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Bonesaw Podcast – Episode 43: Carcass’ Bill Steer


Brace yourself for a most metal Halloween podcast when Carcass guitarist Bill Steer unleashes some choice cuts from the death metal outfit’s long and storied past. Trick? Treat? Both.

Bonesaw Podcast: Episode 31 – Scythe Director Jim Rothman


Jim Rothman is our first director on the show and he’s here to tell you about his crowdfunding campaign for his latest flick, “Scythe” – a realistic horror film. We talk Rothman’s roots, love for the genre, how he broke into becoming a director and all things Scythe in this scary-good show.

Check out the Scythe campaign here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/413608…ic-slasher-film

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ozzy Era Black Sabbath Halloween Tribute Show Haunts Brian’s Backyard BBQ

A party went on this Halloween at Montgomery, NY restaurant Brian’s Backyard BBQ. This (free) party included a costume contest, an outside haunted house and three tribute bands covering Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden classics.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to see cover bands but a free show with tributes to three of metal’s greats only five minutes away was something I just couldn’t pass up.

After a party with co-workers I picked up an older metalhead, my buddy Jay and his friend. After a short car ride consisting of jokes about Danzig making a Christmas album we got to the venue for some great music.

British Steel

First up was the Priest cover band British Steel. My friend Branden and I went close to the stage when it was their time to get on. We were joined by several people including a drunken old woman.

After the band started their set with one of Priests newer songs “Dragonaut,” they then went into classics such as “Nightcrawler,” “Painkiller,” “Breaking the Law” and “Metal Gods.”

What impressed me the most was when they played “Free Wheel Burning.” I’ve seen Priest twice and they didn’t play it either time.

While not as good as Priest (obviously), the band did a good job playing the songs and was able to get the crowd going.

Never Say Die

Next up were Never Say Die – an Ozzy era Black Sabbath tribute.

Though the band was called “Never Say Die,” they didn’t play any songs from that album (thankfully). Instead, they opted for a mix of deep cuts and hits.

I was glad I got to hear some of my Ozzy era favorites such as “Wicked World,” “Snowblind,” “N.I.B” and “Children of the Grave.” The crowd was pleased with “War Pigs” and “Paranoid” (yet no “Iron Man”).

The crowd was a little more drunk than at this point, with drunk old ladies grabbing Branden (not making this up).

The band sounded great and I was glad that the singer didn’t fully try to copy Ozzy. Since I’ll be seeing the real Sabbath in February, lets see which band has the better set list.


The final band of the night was the Iron Maiden tribute Sanctuary.

They played “Caught Somewhere in Time,” “Flash of the Blade” and “Flight of Icarus” before the band took a break for the costume contest.

While I felt the hot girl dressed as a dragon ninja was the best, somehow an old lady dressed as a banana won. After the contest Sanctuary  went back to playing.

They played many more greats such as “Powerslave,” the new single “Speed of Light,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Wrathchild.”

Sanctuary did such an awesome job covering Maiden’s songs to the point where if you were blindfolded you’d think it was the real deal. The singer would even talk to the audience in a British accent and acted like Bruce Dickinson on stage.

It was starting to get late and I had work the next day so I didn’t stay for the whole thing. I did however, stay long enough for my favorite Maiden song “Hallowed Be Thy” name which sounded epic.

F*ck Mondays – Episode 2: James Bond, Bruce Campbell and the X-Files Walk into a Bar

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Jon and Chris talk Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Halloween excursions, the returning X-Files, the new James Bond film “Spectre” and more.

Bonesaw Podcast – Episode 22: Superjoint’s Jimmy Bower

We got the chance to sit down with Jimmy Bower from Superjoint, Down and Eyehategod during the New York City date of Danzig’s “Blackest of the Black” tour and had a ball!

Bower talks about Superjoint’s reformation and plans, the joys of fatherhood, which guitar company he’d like to be endorsed by and a whole lot more in this awesome podcast.

Manopera! Episode 4: Hell in a Cell 2015 Supershow


Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank Lucci return for another round of Manopera to discuss Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series possibilities. Also discussed are NXT Takeover and Chikara Pro Wrestling. Chris and Frank cut promos on pet goldfish and Burger King’s Black Bun Halloween Whopper.

10 Underrated Horror Films You Must See Before You Die

Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means…everyone is in the mood for horror (you know something to watch while sipping your pumpkin spice coffee).

Here are some films that need to become staples of Halloween horror along with the classics (the ones that are public domain will have a link to watch instead of a trailer).

10. Avenged (2013)

The most recent film on this list is about a deaf mute woman who is killed by a gang of rednecks. Her boyfriend goes looking for her only to be kidnapped by the same group. Little do these onion-towners know that she has been brought back to life by Native American magic and is out for revenge.

The film feels like a throwback to movies such as “I Spit on Your Grave” and “Thriller: a Cruel Picture” but is nowhere near as explicit. “Avenged” is more like “Kill Bill” fused with supernatural horror and one of the more original recent horror films.

9. Anguish (1987)

The most bizarre film on this list is a Spanish film done in the style of Italian films. “Anguish” is about a man who is brainwashed to kill by his telepathic mother and is also actually a movie that two teenage girls are seeing in a theater. Events in the real world start mirroring whats going on in the movie. The film is full of symbolism and is very unpredictable in the best way.

8. I, Madman(1989)

Film critic Roger Ebert barely ever likes horror films but he loved this one. The movie is about a bookstore clerk who discovers a really good book called “I, Madman.” While she reads the book the murderer somehow comes into the real world. The film fuses slasher with weird Twilight Zone-ish horror and does it very well.

7. Mystics in Bali (1981)

Kathy travels to Indonesia in order to learn more about dark magic. She ends up meeting a witch who transforms her into a floating head that goes around drinking blood and eating unborn babies (not making this up).

This is just the tip of the iceberg as this film is one of a kind, managing to be weird and over the top yet pretty well made at the same time.

6. Vampyr  (1932)

“Vampyr” is a French/German horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. A traveler who is obsessed with the occult goes to a town to later find out it is under the curse of a vampire. Being a mixture of silent films and early sound silents,the film has very little dialogue and uses cue cards to help tell the story. Atmosphere is where this gem shines and it’s one any fan of classic horror films should give a watch.

5. Messiah of Evil (1973)

A horror film found in many cheap horror packs, “Messiah of Evil” is one that’s worth the bargain.

A young woman goes searching for her father – a former artist. She ends up in a seaside town that is governed by a mysterious cult. Like “Vampyr,” this film is heavy on atmosphere. The visuals are really well done. After making this film, husband and wife team Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck would go on to write screen plays for classic films such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

4. Martin (1977)

George A. Romero is mostly know for his zombie films, but has several others well worth checking out – including the vampire classic “Martin.”

The film is about a young man who thinks he’s a vampire who goes to live with his insane elderly cousin who believes he’s a result of a family curse.

The film plays on the old-world hysteria that created vampires, but sets them in modern day as well as showcases Romero’s love for social commentary.

3. In The Mouth Of Madness (1995)

You might have heard of this film as one of John Carpenter’s worst -you’ve heard wrong.

The film is about a horror writer who’s writing comes to life and is causing the apocalypse. With a good story, creepy special effects and tons of homage to H.P. Lovecraft this is actually one of Carpenter’s best.

2. LO (2009)

One of the many films Netflix seems to love recommending people, this is one that is well worth watching.

A man speaks to a demon named Lo in order to find the whereabouts of his girlfriend who was captured by demons. Unfortunately Lo has other plans.

The film is a low budget horror comedy – something that comes out a lot nowadays. Unlike the others it doesn’t fall into Troma worship territory and gets pretty emotional at times.

1. Spider Baby (1968)

We end this list with a film that’s not only underrated but also influential.

“Spider Baby” stars Lon Chaney Jr. as Bruno, the caretaker of three teenagers Virgin(Jill Banner), Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) and Ralph (Sid Haig). These kids suffer from a disorder that makes them regress backwards, eventually devolving into cannibals.

“Spider Baby’s” style is a horror/black comedy fusion (a very rare thing at the time). It is also the first of its kind, inspiring many other crazy family horror films such as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Hills Have Eyes.”

Haig would go on to become a horror icon and Hill would later direct other classics such as “Coffy.” This is not only one of the most underrated horror films of all time but one of the best.

Trailer Feedback: Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania (International Trailer)

The Godfather of Gore is back with an offer we can’t refuse.

After six long years since 2009’s “The Uh-Oh Show,” director Herschell Gordon Lewis will be giving us what is being billed as “a new horror anthology” and we couldn’t be more excited.

BloodMania doesn’t give us many clues as to what the plot is other than it revolving around an all-girl rock band, murder (of course) and apparently “the worst day of Brewster Bricabrac’s life.”

Seeing as Bricabrac (who we can assume is the film’s main protagonist) gets run over by a steamroller and has one of his eyes gouged out it has to be.

Other than copious amounts of gore set to Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, there is some kind of demon/poltergeist lurking about and a disgusting old man who’s severed head winds up in an air vent. There’s also two women making out in a shower (which we can safely assume will die during the feature) and a pretty hilarious interaction between two homeless men (because why not?).

From the man who brought us such classics as “The Wizard of Gore,” “The Gore Girls” and “Blood Feast,” “BloodMania” looks to be a fit for every gore fan. While it won’t be up for an Oscar or mentioned in the same sentence as “Titanic” or “Good Will Hunting,” “BloodMania” will certainly cater to the niche audience that Lewis intended it for.