Clinger 2015 Directed by Michael Steves- Review

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When her possessive high school boyfriend dies in a gruesome accident, Fern Petersen’s life is thrown into turmoil. Things go from bad to worse when he returns as a love-sick ghost to kill her so they can be together for eternity. And yes that is the movie in a nutshell.Part teen romance with a twist, part Horror Comedy that works at times, yet falls flat when it wants to deliver. Clinger attempts to provide a lot of laughs, and would like to scare you at the same time, unfortunately, it didn’t quite have the actors or the budget to pull this off consistently. Over-acting is the word of the day when it comes to this film, but I think some of that was planed,  and the fact that the movie makes fun of it’self made it worth the watch. The ending was one of the most ridiculous seances that I’ve had the pleasure of watching, and a number accidentally funny bits had me smiling for an hour after. All and all, the film was worth the time spent, and keep an eye out for Fern’s sister and the sister’s boyfriend, these two made me laugh the loudest, and gave the comedic relief in all the right places.  I give it 2 1/2 Hats

Clinger 2015 Directed by Michael Steves- Review was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

Skinny Puppy and Youth Code, House of Blues Review by : Vincent Piazza

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Hello fiends, it has been twenty years since I’ve seen Skinny Puppy perform live, and let me tell you, it was just as fantastic today as it was back then.For those of you not in the know,Skinny Puppy is an influential post-industrial band, formed in 1982 by core members cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) and NivekOgre (ohGr) (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The concert was marked by their bizarre and bloody conceptual performance art, which for every concert was planned with the intention of challenging the notions of all who observed. Their music speaks to the ugly young non-conformist in us all, in raw noise and danceable beats, their influence on me as a young man growing up in the nineties, and on industrial music in general, is immense.

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They played classics like Assimilate and Smothered Hope, as well as a few new tunes to a warm crowd that was just mesmerized by the performance. Post-punk politics are a recurring theme utilized by Skinny Puppy. Some say the meaning of their name is that their music and lyrics give a view of the world from the eyes of a starving animal. They have long had an interest in animal rights;this is most obvious in their song Testure, which is about vivisection and other animal testing being scientific fraud.Needless to say, many large syringes were used and abused, and a fine time was had by all.

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The only thing I wanted more of was a few tracks from “Too Dark Park”, but that is just the hallucinogenic album that I owe such a debt to in rabid youth and times spent in a place with good friends, Slidell, La that we dubbed Too Dark Park…. Ah, memories, but I digress.

The opening Act, Youth Code, was also surprisingly stellar, filled with Hate and Rage. Bile and Truth.Sara Taylor and Ryan George, aka Los Angeles’ Youth Code,Brought the fucking house down, uncompromising and consuming You could feel her fierce and brutal take on life and those who live it with a Chainsaw and a Razor Blade.  They are an upcoming band to watch, and I recommend them quite highly.

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All and all, It was a  Brap, a word coined by NivekOgre and defined as a verb meaning “to get together, hook up electronic instruments, get high, and record”.  I couldn’t have said it better myself. I will leave you, dear fiends, with a few more shots of the Show, as I sit at my keyboard and try to process what I saw last night.

 

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All Photos and Writing copyright Vincent Piazza 2015

Stay Gold…

Skinny Puppy and Youth Code, House of Blues Review by : Vincent Piazza was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

A Review of “The Billionth Monkey” : by Richard Kaczynski

51pYfENpSjL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Fun fact: All writers are crazy, to some degree. There is a reason for it — actually making it through a novel almost requires it. If you love to read, then you’re continually benefiting from other people’s craziness. And by this standard you would think Mr. Kaczynski is quite insane (I did at first), but in a delightful, Slapstick 0 to 80 Mph sort of way. For someone born and breed from the city of New Orleans, this book gives some of the best descriptions of the city and it’s likes’ and dislikes’ by a non-native that I’ve read in quite sometime. Filled with nerd humor, dead bodies, and more Pop culture references then you can shake a microwaved kitten at, It strains my imagination to the breaking point to even attempt to tell you what this book is about without ruining it for you.Let me just put it this way, say you happen to live in a world where every urban Legend your grandma’s, boyfriends, ex-roommate’s uncle told you about slowly became real and tried to kill you. What would you do? Mr. Kaczynski gives us a few ideas, along with sight gags in print, occult facts mixed with the Snarky Observations of the main Protagonist’s “companion” , Dr.Who style, AND a Hamlet scene comic book at the end. Why? I can’t tell you that! Read the book and see, I promise you dear reader, you will not be disappointed.

I Give this one a Tip of my Hat, and look forward to his next work with rabid anticipation.

Stay Gold folks…

Review by: Vincent Piazza

A Review of “The Billionth Monkey” : by Richard Kaczynski was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

Queens for A Day: A Birthday Tribute Show for Picolla Tushy and May Hemmer! A Burlesque Review by Vincent Piazza

IMAG0530I wasn’t going to go to this show, but at the last minute the Hat and I decided to jump in the car and go to a small Burlesque show put on by Picolla Tushy and the Bluestockings at the Bar Redux. And let me tell you folks something, I’m overjoyed that I did! I was given the chance to meet some fantastic talent in an up close and personal venue, something that doesn’t happen often at the larger shows. Speaking to one of the fans, when asked what he thought of the burlesque revival in New Orleans, his reply was as follows…

And the night only became more fantastic from that point forward. The MC, Ren French,(AKA Buster Reaux)  did an amazing job keeping the crowd entertained with Queen trivia between sets.He is the writer and creator of “The Clifton Monroe Chronicles” and from the small interview I did with him it sounds like he has a number of plays in the works, One that this writer plans on attending and reviewing called “A Crescent City Christmas” ,opening December 2nd 2015 at NOCCA.

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The two lovely ladies who this birthday show was put on to honor, Picolla Tushy and May Hemmer both performed with much skill and ribald comic fun.These two Dazzling debutantes are favorites in the New Orleans Burlesque Review, and the upcoming Show,The Demon Boobies of Skeet Street: Sweeney Todd Burlesque, Written by the talented Honey Tangerine , is going to be on my list of things to see and review this October.

Picolla Tushy made a flamboyant splash as Freddy Mercury…


And May Hemmer was elegant and self composed as the White Queen….


I even had the pleasure to meet a performer from my old stomping grounds, San Francisco, named Rasa Vitalia.She  is an award-winning dance performer, vocalist, songwriter, and performance artist, and her sexy scimitar dance had the crowd howling for more.


Honey Tangerine gave us a Blade Runner esque performance that hit all the right chords with the crowd, “The Show must go on”, Indeed…

And speaking of the show going on, even with technical difficulties trying to derail her performance, Ember Blaize still pushed forward and gave us a set that no one in the crowd will soon forget.

Rabbi Meat gave the crowd an eye popping example of feats of strength, done to the sounds of “We will Rock you”, she had the entire audience clapping and stomping along.

I do wish I was able to get a few clips of everyone who performed last night, but this is all I have.If I missed anyone I apologize, but all of the Ladies who performed here tonight couldn’t have done a better job or gave such a shining example of what Burlesque is all about. Here are a few more stills of Constance Neurd and Sadie D’Amour doing what comes natural for them, and boy don’t they make talent look easy, Bravo Ladies!

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All in all, it was a stellar performance put on by the cast and crew of the Bluestockings. I had an enchanted evening and just can’t wait to see the next show by this Burlesque Troupe. I want to thank them for having me and I’ve included all of the Facebook links to the performers below if you care to know more about these talented and high-spirited artists.

Honey Tangerine
Rabbi Meat
Sadie D’Amour
Ember Blaize
Constance Neurd
May Hemmer
Picolla Tushy
Hosted by Buster Reaux ( Ren French)
Queens for A Day: A Birthday Tribute Show for Picolla Tushy and May Hemmer!

Take care everyone, and Stay Gold…

Review by: Vincent Piazza

 

Queens for A Day: A Birthday Tribute Show for Picolla Tushy and May Hemmer! A Burlesque Review by Vincent Piazza was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

An Interview with Scott Lefebvre, owner of Infernal Interiors

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, I was walking the dusty halls of Facebook one night and stumbled an Occult furniture maker and Artist who runs a business called Infernal Interiors.His name is Scott Lefebvre, and I just had to sit down with him and find out more about his work and Infernal Creations…..But first a few Photos of his amazing Art.

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V: Hi Scott, tell my readers a bit about yourself..
S: Well,I live and work in Providence, Rhode Island, the birthplace and final resting place of H. P. Lovecraft, I’ve always had an interest in art, and have been practicing since I was a child.

V: How long have you been making pieces like this?
S: I decided to take my practice seriously a few years ago.I figured out how to run stencils so I could easily reproduce the pencil layout for paintings, that way I didn’t have to free-hand the layout for each work.I’ve always been drawn to horror and the occult, and this is exhibited in the subjects and themes that I chose to use in my art.

V: So how do you get your inspiration?
S: Most of the art that I make begins with a desire to own something that I can’t buy.I figure if I want something then there might be other people out there that would also want it.I do tend to create most of my art with the intention to sell it and as a result I tend to use popular subjects/themes in my art, mostly horror movies and the occult.

V: Do you do custom pieces? I have a Lucifer Sigil that would look Great on a table…
S: I am always interested in accepting the challenge of doing a custom commission piece as long as I can honestly say that it’s within the range of my artistic abilities. Just send me the Art, and I will work something out for you,Vincent!

V: So here’s the money-shot, are you a Satanist, Luciferian or just a bloody Heretic? :)
S: I wouldn’t say that I am a practicing Satanist, more of an atheist that has read the source materials for all of the major religions from an interest in philosophy.Although I don’t believe in Satan as an entity any more than I believe in any of the other gods, I understand and appreciate Satanism as a philosophical study that is compatible with my primary philosophical interest in existentialism.

V: Fantastic, you are amongst friends here, I assure you. So, what are your other interests?
S: In addition to making art, I write and publish books and dabble in making electronic music.You can find links to most of the things that I do in the bio I gave you. I would like to build my brand of art by doing quality work and develop a customer base big enough that the demand meets my ability to produce work. I can be quite prodigious in production if there’s a demand and I can sell the pieces I make so I can make my money back so I can afford to buy more materials to make more art.

V: Art= Money to make more Art. Hell, I can respect that, and relate as well, folks just don’t get how much time and money goes into creating great Art, then when you ask a fair price… but enough about all that, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me, and I can’t wait to see more of the work you have in wings.

S: Thank you and your readers for having me, it’s been a pleasure.

If you want to know more about Scott and his Infernal Creations, his Bio and Web links are below.The Hat asks that you take care folks, and remember… Stay Gold.

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Bio:
Scott Lefebvre can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island, and Condemned; and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
Check out his publishing imprint Burnt Offerings Books here:http://burntofferingsbooks.blogspot.com/

Check out his electronic music here:http://soundcloud.com/master_control
And here:http://master-control.bandcamp.com
Check out his Etsy here: www.etsy.com/shop/ScottLefebvreArt
Stalk his Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheLefebvre
E-mail him at: Scott_Lefebvre@hotmail.com

An Interview with Scott Lefebvre, owner of Infernal Interiors was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

A Review of “The Secret Life of H.P. Lovecraft”:by W.J. Renehan

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This is not a book about the “Secret” life of H.P. Lovecraft, but more a monologue about how each one of the more famous stories that came from HPL’s fevered mind “could” have been inspired by a series of black envelopes.Not a bad thing in and of itself, the writing is well thought out and pacing is solid, but I should note that if you are an avid fan of Lovecraft like myself, you will find nothing new in these pages. I would however recommend this book to someone who has never read the Mythos, as it would be a fantastic introduction. All of your favorites are mentioned here; Dagon, Herbert West, Thomas Malone and Arthur Jermyn (White Apes!!!!!) and the chronicle flows seamlessly from story to story. I only wish the Author/Editor would have given us more, new points of reference from other subjects not covered by Lovecraft within the tales themselves, just to name one example.The Author,W.J. Renehan, is the Editorial Director of Dark Hall Press and from what I can gather he has a passion for Lovecraft brewing just under the surface. He has emulated the style of Lovecraftian fiction quite well,unfortunately he has only given a myopic view of a what might have been, and I feel the meat is missing from the bone.If his next installment gives us more substance from the darker corners of “histories archaic”, this reader would be more than pleased.

Review by: Vincent Piazza

A Review of “The Secret Life of H.P. Lovecraft”:by W.J. Renehan was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival – The Live Experience: A Review by Vincent Piazza

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And that was the Question asked often before and after I went to Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival – The Live Experience, sometimes whispered, sometimes shouted during the Q&A. The Answer was different depending on who you talked to, and I love a movie like that. This Horror/ Musical/ Visual sensation is the brain child of cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich, the creators of 2008’s REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA and 2012’s THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL: EPISODE ONE. I watched episode one, on recommendation a month ago from a friend, and was blown away by the skill and artistry of the entire film.When the Prytania Theatre rolled out with this presentation of part two, I truly had no choice but to go. I mean the cinematography, the singing, and the story line of the film is just that good.Now know, gentle reader, that I’m not a long time fan of this, but am quickly becoming one! Speaking of Fans, The Devil’s Carnival has them in spades and the Fandom base is strong. With a devotion I’ve not seen since Rocky Horror Picture Show, this film series is destined to become an immediate cult classic.From what I could gather, this movie is just as much about the Fans, as it is about the fight between Good and Evil (and whats good and evil here is never what it first appears to be). To give you an example, here are just a few photos of some of the Sinners ans Saints who came all dressed up for the show…IMAG0301IMAG0299IMAG0296IMAG0291IMAG0290IMAG0284 (1)IMAG0287 (1)

But, as I started this review with the question,”What the Fuck is this movie about?” let me cover that a little, without giving too much away.It all starts in Episode one (and if you haven’t seen it, drop everything your doing and download the bloody movie, and if you hate it,well, I can’t give you good taste; only a great review, so I’m sorry)With a story about an obsessed father (Sean Patrick Flanery), a kleptomaniac (Briana Evigan), and a gullible teenager (Jessica Lowndes) Who are cast from Heaven by God (Paul Sorvino). They find themselves trapped in the midway of “The Devil’s Carnival”. The Story becomes a book, read to a child  by Lucifer (Terrance Zdunich), and it only gets more interesting from that point on. Part Two brings us a pissed off Lucifer Plotting against Heaven and shows us the “Wonders” of Heavenly Productions Incorporated” Bad things happen to good people, and we find out that which glitters isn’t always gold….Still with me? Good, for that is all I can tell you without giving away more then I’d like of the film.Back to Live Experience. The Merchandise table was filled to the brim with great swag, things that any sinner would adore to possess.The Pre-show and Q&A with Darren Lynn Bousman, Terrance Zdunich and Barry Bostwick, was very personable and well received, and I could tell these guys are real Horror Fans. Instead of feeding us some line of bullshit about how long it took to make the film and how hard it was, they told us how much they loved making it and gave us some real insight on what it’s like being on the road, showing an Indie Film like this.The three gentlemen in question, and the awesome crew that comes with them, go from city to city, some 32 stops, driving in a small van to bring this production to you. That in itself demands some major respect, and I tip My Hat  to the dedication they must have to pull off such a feat.

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The full cast includes such names as, Victoriandustrial rocker Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), heavy metal hotties the Butcher Babies, Chantal Claret (Morningwood), Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy), Briana Evigan (Step Up franchise), Brea Grant (Heroes), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), J Larose (Insidious), Mighty Mike Murga (Mini Kiss), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Adam Pascal (Rent), rap icon Tech N9ne, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Marc Senter (The Lost), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera).

A great time was had by all, and I do plan on following all of Darren Lynn Bousman’s and Terrance Zdunich’s upcoming projects, they gave us a sneak peak of a few of them, including something called American Murder Song,A collection of original murder ballads by Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman….. you can find more info on it here.http://americanmurdersong.com

I hope you all enjoyed my Review!More info on the Devil’s Carnival can be found on the webpagehttp://www.thedevilscarnival.com/ , go take a look and let me know what you think! Stay Gold Folks….

Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival – The Live Experience: A Review by Vincent Piazza was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand