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September 9, 2010

State of the Midnight Address: Vol. 5 - More '70s Cultness, Communes, Falling Crests, and MORE!

It's been a while since I've taken a moment to share some of the finer things going on in FMWL's world.  Let's change that, because there are a lot of exciting things going down.
  • First off, I'd just like to say that the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is one of the most amazing monsters ever seen.  That's all I've got to say about that.
  •  FMWL's '70s Cult Project came to an end last week, and I'm happy to say it went better than I ever thought it would.  But after the final bell, one of the original Midnight Warriors went out of his way to send me a list of some of his own cult favorites from that decade.  That man is Zach of, and he offered one heck of a five-pack!  Many thanks to Zach!  
Zach's Five Cult Classics
The Crippled Masters (1979) - Some of the most WTF chop socky cinema you'll find ever.
Pinnochio's Birthday Party (1974) - This was creepy when I first saw it, and it's still friggin creepy.
Inframan (1975) - Power Rangers can suck it sideways. Here Kaiju Monsters are just beaten, they're straight murdered.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) - Almost as awesome as Clash of the Titans. Almost. (Note from The Mike: CAROLINE MUNRO!)
Zombi (1979) - It may be cliche at this point for a horror fan to drop this reference, but it's a classic for a reason through and through. Find me a better soundtrack, I dare you.
  •  A large amount of you asked if FMWL would host an '80s Cult Project as the '70s version closed.  To put it simply, not happening anytime soon.  That project was by far the most time consuming thing I've done at FMWL, and I simply don't have it in me to do another one right now.  Maybe someday...
  •  In supremely awesome independent horror news, The Commune - which I reviewed here and pleaded for help about here - will be available via Netflix THIS TUESDAY!  That's right, Tuesday September 14th is the day whence one of the most interesting and unsettling horrors in my recent memory will be available to the public! Congrats to director Elisabeth Fies and the rest of the folks involved with The Commune!  And, to the rest of you, enjoy the show!
  •  In FMWL news, I have to admit that I've been slightly disappointed with myself lately.  The Random Horror Throwdown had become a weekly feature here over the past few months, but lately I've just lost the handle on that post I previously had.  Gonna keep trying to work it back in, as I know a lot of people loved those posts, but only if I can do it right.  
  • Speaking of those Throwdowns, you may remember that I was asked to contribute to Flickchart: The Blog shortly after my first RHT occurred back in May.  I recently wrote my second piece over there, in which I discuss the mainstream reaction to modern independent horror films, particularly The Last Exorcism.  I'm really proud of that post, and you should check it out too.  Just click on the image below!  (Or, click HERE.)
  • Last but not least, I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite horror fans, and a good real-world-friend, Mr. Russ "R.D." Penning.  Russ blogs a bit over at Dead End Drive-In, but is more interested in the filmmaking side of horror.  Rightfully so, as he's written a script that is being shot this weekend, entitled Crestfallen.  I am very excited to see what comes of Russ' project, and would like to take a moment to publicly wish him - and everyone else involved in Crestfallen - the very best as they set out on their filmmaking adventure! 
And finally, I once again feel the need to thank everyone who has read FMWL and become a follower of the site.  I am extremely humbled by all the feedback (in comments, messages, emails, etc.) from people who have enjoyed the site, and I truly feel blessed to have crossed paths with each of you.  From the deepest part of my midnight lovin' heart, I thank you all. 

Peace; I'm outta here.


Anonymous said...

I have seen parts of Crippled Masters. As soon as I read that title, I had to go immediately to youtube and watch the trailer, lol.
Mr. Stay Puft!!! I will concur, sir, that he is probably the greatest monster of all times!!
Dreaded Dreams
Petunia Scareum

R.D. Penning said...

Thanks again for the shout out Mike! I need all the help I can get! haha