Most horror fans remember the announcement and lead up to last years "The Purge". The majority of horror films that have received a theatrical release in the last few years fell into the torture, possession or remake sub genres. "The Purge" seemed to be a breath of fresh air harkening back to the home invasion genre with a twist of political satire. The film received mixed reviews from critics and even the big guys here at Bloody Good Horror. Overall it was entertaining and contained interesting choices mixed with cliches.
I’ll give it to del Toro and Hogan this week. Opening episode four “It’s Not for Everyone” with the dissection of the plane captain was disgusting, fascinating, and an expository change of pace. The show’s “monster” aspects – and their obvious del Toro signatures – keep me coming back each week. The attention to detail of what we learn during the dissection, and to the stinger especially, is impressive.
I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a pretty big fan of Kevin Smith. I loved his original movies, I liked "Red State" quite a bit. I realize though, there are a lot of folks out there that can't stand him, and I get that. (Read: Joe.)
It's been a long road for Mushroomhead, and while the band has run through hot and cold times, the solidarity of their core has led to a remarkable streak of consistency. Fresh off the release of their newest studio record and holding up a pillar Mayhem Fest, Mushroomhead remains a popular and capitvating live performance. As much as any of their contemporaries, the band are artists, blending their music with personal flair and inspriations far and near. Taking a few minutes out of their schedule to sit down, we talked with Skinny and St1tch about their band, balancing all the pieces and the state of horror cinema.
M.DREW: Let’s start at the beginning and set the stage. You’ve got a new record, go! What do people need to know, what does it mean to you, what should they take away from it?
RICK ‘ST1TCH’ THOMAS: They need to know to go to stores and buy it.
Picking yourself up off the canvas is never an easy thing. Losing a lead singer and band member is about the hardest thing a band can endure, nevermind losing a close friend. But, less than two years after the unfortunate passing of singer Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence is back, unleashing a new record unto the world and starting their bold ascent back up the mountain. Here to share a few words about overcoming loss and starting again, is Mark Heylmun, on the road at Mayhem Fest.
M.DREW: I guess we’ll address the most sensitive topic first – how do you rebound after the passing of a bandmate?