Dorm of the Cleaner

On the last Splattercast, during the DVD releases, we sort of half-joked about a zombie film called Dorm of the Dead starring Tiffany Shepis. Well, I just got the screener for it in the mail today. Can’t wait to watch it 🙂

Also, I received a copy of a short indie film called The Cleaner by our good friends over at The Chopping Block. I should have a review of that early tomorrow.

Resident Evil

It’s a Resident Evil kind of evening for me.  I just got out of Resident Evil: Extinction.  It was ok, really bloody.  I might write a review.

Anyway, I got home and logged on to the good old internets.  Turns out the new Resident Evil game is actually set in Haiti, not Africa.  Suppose people will learn not to jump to conclusions?

My Name is Bruce…coming sooner than we think?

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I’m not sure if this has been reported yet, but I just went over to Bruce Campbell’s official website and found an interesting update about his upcoming flick My Name is Bruce: “Bruce leads a posse of dim-witted residents of Gold Lick, Oregon, in search of Guan-di, the Chinese god of war. Be afraid”

Perhaps more interesting is the “Fall 2007, DVD” text directly above the synopsis. Interesting. I wonder when we’re gonna see this. I didn’t care for Bruce’s last directorial endeavor, but I’ve been really looking forward to seeing this ever since it was announced. Looks like we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later.

Some review stats

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A couple weeks ago Steve and Mat were asking me what our total review count was at. I just went into the database and crunched some numbers to pull out that information, along with some other stats.

I should note that if you start double-checking me, some of my figures won’t add up. This is because I designed the database to not be very strict. So Mat can rate Hell of the Living Dead as “An Inescapable Abyss out of 10” and Steve can rate Zombie 5: Killing Birds as “negative infinity minus 1 out of 10” – and it’s good for some laughs but I can’t really do math on those reviews. So little things like that will throw off the stats slightly but it’s not like we’re doing brain surgery here, I don’t think it will matter too much.

So, here are some numbers pulled from our reviews database…

We currently have 557 reviews: 453 movie, 43 game, 33 book and 28 music.

Mat leads the pack with 316 reviews, Steve has 101, I have 24, Brady has 12 and Sleepycast co-host Ronin has 9. Carlin also has 9, but the most important contribution he’s made has been this one. Oh, and some guy named Adam has 34. I have no recollection of this dude, but shout-outs to him for contributing back in the day.

Site-wide, the average score of our movie reviews is a 4.4 out of ten. By reviewer, Mat on average gives a movie a 3.7, Steve a 4.9, Brady a 4.5 and I’m more generous with a 6.9 average.

A breakdown of number of movies by score is as follows, with fractional scores rounded down (so a 4.5 review score is reflected in the 4 figure)…

0: 23
1: 32
2: 42
3: 38
4: 43
5: 34
6: 49
7: 83
8: 61
9: 39
10: 6

The six 10’s were given by Mat (Predator, Aliens, Robot Monster) and Adam (The Shawshank Redemption, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Shaun of the Dead)

Spin-off podcast: Dead Politics

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Mat and I along with a couple of the other Dead Lantern fellas are going to take a swing at doing a political podcast. We love and respect our Dead Lantern readers and our Splattercast fans and we realize you may have zero interest in our political commentary, so we’re not going to put a lot of political stuff here on the main Dead Lantern site.

I’ve set up a separate sub-site for our political podcast: politics.deadlantern.com, so you can go there to listen to the show. We’ve got a variety of different viewpoints and we’re hoping to put together a fun show.

Men of Horror #1: Lon Chaney, Sr.

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If you’re talking about the greatest actor in the history of horror, two names come immediately to mind: Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Sr. Chaney was such an immensely popular and idolized actor in 20’s silent film that parents, when their kids would come across an insect or reptile, would tell their children “Don’t step on it; it might be Lon Chaney”. “The Man of a Thousand Faces” was famous for putting himself through agonizing prosthetics in an attempt to create his unique characters. Nowadays, Karloff is generally considered the greatest male horror actor of all-time, but it should be noted that Lon Chaney not only did it first, but arguably created more frightening characters.

Did you know: Lon Chaney, not Bela Lugosi, was set to star in Dracula before his untimely death of lung cancer. Imagine that!

Some films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Monster (1925), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925, 1930), The Unknown (1927), London After Midnight (1927)