Halloween at Yankee Candle (2015)

If that cool breeze isn't enough of an indication that Halloween is getting closer and closer than Yankee Candle's annual Witches Ball should have been a dead giveaway.  Every year Yankee Candle adds to their Boney Bunch collection, a series of small skeleton-themed collectibles.  They range in price and style; everything from bride & groom to tart warmers.  Suffice it to say there's definitely something to please every fan of the Halloween season.

This year was my first time attending the event.  Unfortunately I got off to a late start thanks to a broken phone, but thankfully there were plenty of products to go around.  While some of the other local retailers have had a few Halloween items trickling out, this was my first big Halloween "experience" of the year, and it was definitely worth having to trek through a busy mall.

Doctor Butcher MD or: How I learned to quit worrying about the convoluted release history of Italian horror films

Zombies, cannibals, and mad doctors, oh my! Zombi Holocaust might just be one of the weirdest Italian cannibal films ever, however it's odd US distribution history might just rival the film's strangeness.  Directed by Marino Girolami (Violent City), the film was heavily "inspired" by the success of Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 and Joe D'Amato's Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals.

Like most Italian horror films of that period, the film was released in a number of countries and had dozens of titles throughout the 80's; La Terreur Des Zombies (France), Zombi Holocausto (Portugal), and in 1982 the film was unleashed unto US audiences as Doctor Butcher MD.

Blood Beach

Production Year: 1980
Director: Jeffrey Bloom
Review written by Bradley Zybert

Santa Monica, California. Summer, 1980. The surf is pounding, the sun is shining, and the beach surrounding the Santa Monica pier is eating people. A little old woman, a stewardess, a harbor patrolman, sucked into the sand and vanished. A teenage girl from Beverly Hills gets all scratched up, and that's when the police really get moving. (Seems the girl's father gave a lot of money to the current mayor's campaign. Go figure.)  The cops are led by Captain Pearson (horror vet John Saxon, fresh from shooting Antonio Margheriti's PTSD fearfest Cannibal Apocalypse), Lieutenant Piantadosi (Otis Young), and Sergeant Royko (Burt Young), a cigar chomping misanthrope much like Paulie in the Rocky films, the role Young is still most famous for.