Supernatural Sunday Jam - Bitemarks and Bloodstains

Supernatural Jam – ‘Bitemarks & Bloodstains’ - by Suzanne

This will hurt you, it's killing me
This will hurt you, it's killing me
This will hurt you, it's killing me
This will hurt you, and I will too, and I will

Blood loss, bloodlust, for this girl
Blood loss, bloodlust, for this boy
Blood loss, bloodlust, for this girl
Blood loss, bloodlust, for this boy, this boy

I discovered Finch through a friend a few years ago and was hooked instantly. Their first album, "What It Is To Burn," is genius and deep. Their sophomore effort, “Say Hello to Sunshine,” eh, not so much. Most fans took a pass on it because it strays from their initial sound, but I still dig it and there are a few pretty cool songs. Bitemarks & Bloodstains is a personal favorite. The lyrics make very little sense and the video for the song, even less. Then again, I make very little sense the majority of the time. - SB

Supernatural Made For TV!

A Supernatural Honey Homage - by Suzanne

Inspired by GORE-geous Head Honey’s article about horror films to watch with your kids, I started thinking about the things that inspired me as a young horror devotee. Growing up in the 70s and 80s was a great time to discover and immerse in the genre. It was during this time that some genius came up with the TV Movie of the Week. Granted, there was some real trash produced, but, oh, the horror! Two hours, glued to the TV, getting scared out of your mind? Sign me up! OK, some of them aren’t all THAT scary, especially considering some of the theatrical fare at the time, but when you’re too young to go anywhere by yourself, you take what you can get. With that said, I have crawled through the recesses of my brain to dig up some of my favorites that follow the supernatural theme. 

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – Undoubtedly my favorite made-for-TV movie EVER, this is a yearly watch for me. Addled gentle giant, Bubba Ritter, accused of attacking a child, is hunted down and killed by a lynch mob before they even know the real story. Bubba then exacts his revenge from beyond the grave.  The premise is great and even though the production value is a little low, it’s still a better movie than 85% of what is churned out these days. It has a tremendous cast of character actors. Charles Durning plays the evil pedo-postman, Otis Hazelrigg, so well I still can’t watch him in anything without thinking of this. Honestly, I thought Larry Drake was really retarded between this and LA Law. Bubba is such a sweet and sympathetic character, your heart hurts for him and his mother. Not available on DVD until a few years ago, I wore out a bootleg copy I scored at a convention. This is a great add to your Halloween watch list.

Stranger in Our House (1978) – Also known as Summer of Fear, this early effort by Wes Craven is a winner. Linda Blair is Rachel, a teenager whose life begins to disintegrate after her family takes in orphaned cousin, Julia. When Julia begins to win over Rachel’s family, friends and even her boyfriend, Rachel pegs her cousin as a witch. Of course, everyone thinks she’s a jealous nutter, until it’s too late. Typical. Let’s face it, we’ve all had an older cousin or older sibling who was just a little bit better and we hated them for it. Granted, I never suspected my cousin of witchcraft. Everyone always thought I was the one possessed.

The Night Stalker (1972) – Ah, Karl Kolchak, how I love thee… I’m not sure I can adequately express my love for Darren McGavin’s street-wise, smart-assed reporter. This movie paved the way for a sequel, The Night Strangler in 1973, and then a short-lived TV series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-75), all starring McGavin. Kolchak hunted all manner of supernatural and otherworldly beings, from vampires and werewolves to zombies and ghouls. The two films were written by Richard Matheson and produced by Dan Curtis. The two worked together frequently to adapt Matheson’s stories to the small screen. Sadly, they opted out of the series so it was never quite as clever as the original material and didn’t last.

Salem’s Lot (1979) – This was a mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. I have great love for this movie, which is born more out of nostalgia than the quality of the film. While it does have some wonderful moments, I made the mistake of live tweeting this 3 hour extravaganza a while ago and realized, when REALLY watching it, it’s slow, sort of boring and there are a ton of technical mistakes. Still, VAMPIRES! I’ve always loved the Barlow makeup and James Mason hamming it up as Richard Straker. Plus, David Soul was a real hottie.

Don’t Go to Sleep (1982) – Not many people seem to know this one, but it’s pretty spectacular. Starring, a host of well-known actors, such as Valerie Harper, Dennis Weaver and Ruth Gordon, this film is about the loss of a child and family guilt. Oh, and ghosts. After the tragic loss of eldest daughter, Jennifer, a family tries to move on. There is much debate over who is really responsible, but Jennifer’s ghost, through her surviving sister, Mary, exact revenge on everyone involved so they can be together… forever. It’s a tense, well-acted thriller that leaves you wondering if there really was a ghost or if Mary is just bat-shit crazy.

Midnight Offerings (1981) – After Little House and Afterschool Specials, Melissa Sue Anderson threw her hat into the horror ring. This film came out the same year as Happy Birthday to Me, but unlike the aforementioned slasher, this is a tale of two witches. I remember this one mostly because it was an Ingalls vs a Walton, fighting over a (lesser known) Cassidy. Actually, it’s a pretty cool little movie that gives MSA a chance to be bad and ditch her good girl image. She portrays Vivian, a black witch, who doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her getting what she wants. Enter Robin (Mary McDonough), a white witch just coming into her powers. They fight for supremacy in their small town. As far as I can tell, it’s never been released on DVD so I’ve not seen it in a long time, but if anyone has a VHS and wants to burn me a copy, I’ll take it.

Gosh, I could go on, but you probably have other things to do. This is but a smattering of the fine frights TV had to offer "back in the day." With almost everything available on DVD these days, you can get the goodness without all of the commercial interruptions, 90 minutes of pure enjoyment. Not all of my favorites are of the supernatural variety and some are so well-known, you may not even realize they were made for TV.

Honorable mentions: Trilogy of Terror, Death at Love House, Bad Ronald, Duel, The Norliss Tapes, The Spell, The Initiation of Sarah and Are you in the House Alone?

Happy Easter from the Horror Honeys!

Honey Radio - Episode 20 - FAN EXPO VANCOUVER

Welcome to Episode 20 of Honey Radio!

In our 20th episode, the Vancouver Honeys take on FAN EXPO VANCOUVER - fandoms, cosplay, anime and horror nerds unite! We chat about our media pass awesomeness, official Q&A's, exclusive interviews, celebrity autographs, Zombie Honey gets misty about The Last Unicorn, and can you guess the horror icon interaction that made the Head Honey blush?!?

Join us!

Head Honey - Kat @horrorhoneys
Gamer Honey - Kaley @kaleyazuri
Zombie Honey - Rose @RoseMooreWrites

Honey Jam - 'Earth People'

A Sci-Fi Jam!

First patient, pull out the skull remove the cancer
Breakin' his back chisel necks for the answer
Supersonic bionic robot voodoo power
Equator ex my chance to to flex skills on Ampex
With power meters and heaters gauge anti-freeze

Oh, Dr. Octagon. This crazy, theatrical fellow was my first introduction to the mashed-up world of horror and music and I can't even begin to think of a better entry to the genre. Dr. Octagon, an extraterrestrial, time-traveling gynecologist from Jupiter, was the alter-ego of musician Keith Matthew Thornton. Octagon's music was a direct extension of his persona, offering jams about space surgery, sex, and scatological humor, which I normally loathe but was willing to overlook because he was just so damn weird. It was like Iggy Stardust had a strange, MC cousin with a surgery fetish. And to this day, I love the shit out of the music Thornton did as Dr. Octagon, and the work he has done as himself.

If you don't know who he is, now is the time to learn, darklings! ~RH

The Last Days on Mars AKA Zombies On Mars?

A Sci-Fi Honey Review - by Katie

The Last Days on Mars (2013)

There’s a bad cop-movie cliché I was reminded of while watching the opening scenes of The Last Days on Mars, and it involves the detective who is one week away from retirement.  If this detective talks about his impending retirement early on in the film, this last case is sure to be the case of his career.  Conversely, if he talks about the grand plans he has for his retirement, including but not limited to buying a boat and spending long sun-drenched, sepia-toned afternoons with his family, odds are he’s going to die before the film’s runtime is up.

The sci-fi genre is not immune to this formula, and for films that take place on a spaceship with a crew, this old chestnut is known as the “Last Mission” cliché.  As the title of The Last Days on Mars suggests (and an opening expository statement counts down, hilariously, to the very second that their mission ends), the crew of the ill-fated Tantalus Base is preparing to leave the godforsaken red planet after being away from home for a very, very long time.  One crewman rhapsodizes about being able to walk in green grass again; another, missing his children, talks about how he barely remembers what they look like anymore.  The problem is, for an audience all-too-familiar with the “Last Case/Last Mission” clichés, dialogue like this paints a big red target on the backs of all who date to utter these fate-damming lines.  Is it still fun for the audience if you know exactly what’s coming?

Friday Favorites: Top Five Honey Horror Movie Obsessions!

This week, you get Favorites out the ass! Today, we share a list of every Honey's five favorite horror films, painstakingly compiled just for you. We hope you appreciate how difficult it is to narrow it down to five. Seriously. There was a little bit of blood involved. And Revenge Honey and Supernatural Honey traded some angry eyebrows over The Sentinel. (Don't worry... no limbs were lost. This time.)

What are your top five favorite horror films, kiddies? Let us know on Twitter, using #topfivehorror!

6/6/6 with Cory J Udler

6/6/6 Interviews by Tonjia Atomic

Cory J. Udler is an underground exploitation filmmaker known for his subversive "Incest Death Squad" series and "Mediatrix". Udler is also a writer for grind house legend Ted V. Mikels and has co-written his last 3 features. He has been featured in Lloyd Kaufman's "Produce Your Own Damn Movie" book, Kevin Sean Michaels' documentary "The Wild World of Ted V Mikels" and has worked for Full Moon Features.

1.You just finished production on your latest feature. How do you feel?
Like prison ass!  No, I feel tired but I'm so stoked about the new movie. We shot it in less than 3 days. I know people will hear that and immediately dismiss it, and I hope they don't. Shannon Lark is one of our stars, Kristen Casey is our lead and she totally nailed it. Full, head on commitment. It's my 5th feature, in addition I have done countless shorts over the years, so this wasn't an Andy Hardy "let's put on a show" gimmick. This was a lot of fucking work to be able to do it in 3 days, and I'm feeling it.  I love my movie "Mediatrix" and this feels like that, so I'm super happy and excited to excrete this thing on people's screens.