The Phoenix Film Festival


Hello everyone,

I have been awfully busy as of late. Between my podcasts, prepping for the premiere of Death By VHS, and trying to get my next short moving forward after some speed bumps slowed me down I have not had much time to blog. Sorry for that. But, if it’s any consolation, I do miss you.

Here’s what’s going on with me right now. Starting today I am going to be spending some time at the Phoenix Film Festival. We were able to score some press passes to the event thanks in part to the wonderful Andrea Beesly. This festival also includes the annual International Horror and SciFi Festival. This year they have Meg Foster coming by to screen They Live, the John Carpenter classic starring Roddy Piper. I’m hoping I get a chance to interview her for you all. If I do it will be up on the Abnormal Entertainment page soon.

Among other guests I am hoping to chat with are DB Sweeney, Teller, Natalie Imbruglia and one of the producers of the Saw franchise. I will try and update you as soon as I can on what we were able to score from our time at the fest.

Also, we are going to be at Phoenix Comicon next month, C4 (a first year comic convention in Ventura, California) in September and the Rapture Horror Expo in October in Tempe. If you are planning to come to any of those shows make sure you come by and say hello. We always love to meet people who listen to either The Gorram Nerd Hour or From The Underground.

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Jessicka Rabid Reviewed


I watch a lot of bad movies. It comes with the territory. Part of The Gorram Nerd Hour each week is that we review a b-movie. most of them are films I have a deep affection for, like Night Of The Creeps. Other times I watch movies because I have made some sort of connection with the stars of the films and want to give them some press. That’s what happened here. Elske McCain lives in the city Tucson, a mere two hour drive from my home in Mesa, Arizona. I connected with her on Facebook and asked her about the film. She told me how I could find a copy and I set out to locate and watch it.

The movie starts out with a man driving. It’s a long, boring scene of him driving through the desert as the credits slowly appear and disappear from the screen. It went on far too long. Once the credits ended we see a man played by Trent Haaga get out of his truck, pop a beer, drink it down, pop another and drink it while talking to his neighbor about some boys trying to get into his backyard. We still know nothing about the story of the film at this point and we are ten minutes in.

Finally things start to happen when Haaga’s character, named Marley, goes into the garage where we see a dog and a woman, played by McCain, locked up in cages. He proceeds to feed them both dog food and then goes inside. This is where we meet his roommate, possibly cousin…the movie isn’t really clear on that. Marley tells the cousmate that he needs to go deal with Jessicka because she shit all over herself from being locked in the cage and he needs to hose her down. He refers to Jessicka as the cousmate’s cousin, so we know the relationship there. Well, cousmate goes and hoses down Jessicka and removes the shirt she’s wearing, gives her a clean one and forces her to give him oral sex. She never says a word, just acts like a dog the whole time. I’m still not sure what is going on and we’re now nearly twenty minutes into this thing.

Cousmate takes Jessicka to a porn shoot where she’s doped up and forced to have sex with a black man on camera. Next, cousmate’s sister arrives to stay with them at the house. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that they have a woman being treated like a dog in the house. Then cousmate, her brother, tries to rape his own sister. He gets kicked out. Marley goes away for some unknown reason leaving the girl home alone with Jessicka. The girl decides to rub peanut butter on her crotch and make Jessicka into her own personal sex pet. If she’s the sister of the cousmate and if the cousmate is the cousin of Jessicka then that means there is a lot of incest going on in this movie. Incest and rape.

At some point Jessicka gets bit by the dog in the house and gets rabies. Her next door neighbor gets her a chew toy. Someone attempts to rape Jessicka and she kills him. The other girl kills someone else. Cousmate shows up again to rape his sister. Jessicka kills everyone. What the hell did I just watch?

I’m not in the habit of watching movies that showcase so much rape and incest. Sure, I like “Spanking The Monkey” but that was just a damn good movie. This one was not. Strangely, Trent Haaga did write a movie that was both disturbing and amazing dealing with rape called “Dead Girl” but this was a far cry from that. If you’ve ever read any of my reviews you know that I don’t usually just talk negative about a film. There are usually bright spots to be found in anything. Such is the case here as well. Elske McCain was amazing as Jessicka. The other performances were all very good as well. I cannot reccomend this movie, however, unless you just want to see attractive women naked. If that’s all you want then have at it. McCain is a beautiful and talented woman giving a very brave performance in this film.

The movie itself gets only 1 star out of 5. The directing and script left a lot to be desired. The 1 star is for the actors giving this movie their all, attempting to raise this film from exploitative garbage to a watchable b-movie. I wish them all success in the future and hope to see some great stuff from each of them.

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Rapture Horror Expo


Well, we are only two episodes in to The Gorram Nerd Hour but things are heating up fast. If you haven’t listened please go to http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a try.

I just got off the phone with the man behind the first ever Rapture Horror Expo happening in Mesa, AZ in just a couple weeks. He was able to pull in some pretty heavy hitters in the horror genre like Jake Busey and Tony Todd. There are also going to be screenings of The Frighteners and Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies with the man who played Honest Abe in the film.

We talked about the chance to do a podcast from the Expo and he agreed. He wants local support as much as possible. This is great news for everyone. It gives us a chance to really get our names out there for The Gorram Nerd Hour and Robot Vampire Productions. It gives us a chance to support indie horror cinema, something I have always tried to support and encourage people to watch.

For more details on The Rapture Horror Expo, guests, dates, events, and ticket prices go to http://www.rapturehorrorexpo.com. And don’t forget to “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga.

80’s Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure


Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out just as I was hitting my teenage years. I loved hard rock music and wanted to grow out my hair and be in a band. I had no idea how to play an instrument but I didn’t care. Then Bill & Ted came along. It was like the movie spoke to me. They were me, just dumber.

The movie opens with Rufus, played by the great George Carlin, explaining what we are about to see. The movie wastes no time giving us the lovable stupid characters that have, so far, stood the test of time. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were perfect as the goofball slackers in the film.

As the story goes Bill and Ted have an oral history report due in order to pass their class. If Ted fails his dad is going to ship him off to military school in Alaska, thus ending their dreams of starting their band. This, of course, would change future history and the world would be a less excellent place.

The movie is filled with historical figures from Abraham Lincoln to Ghangis Khan. Sigmund Freud also appears, most of the time dealing with something phallic like a vacuum cleaner hose or a corn dog.

One of the things I love about this movie is playing “spot the location”. Most of this movie was shot in and around the Phoenix area. Sunsplash is the most recognizable but the bowling ally, the mall, and the Circle K are all places I have frequented numerous times in my life. In fact, when George Carlin died I tried to convince my roommate to dress like Bill and I would dress like Ted, we could go down to Circle K and act out the scenes from the movie starting with “Excuse me. Do you know when the Mongols ruled China?”

This movie is dumb on its surface but there is definitely more underneath. That is why this movie has been so popular for so many years. And the writers knew it when they made Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Overall, this is a flawed but beautiful piece of nostalgic history and deserves a special place in my heart. Even Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter talk about wanting to revisit these characters and make a third film. There’s something there for everyone to love.

4 out of 5 stars on this film.