Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just try to rewrite "DEATH BY DIALOGUE"!

Hi again, HMNers -

We have a lovely bunch of coconuts in store for February.  And we get to bring you our show on a special Friday the 13th!  Every once in a while, a movie crosses our path that makes us say, "It's called what --?"  Thankfully, that movie is 1988's "Death By Dialogue."

Another gem from the direct-to-VHS boom of the 1980s, the film concerns a group of teenagers headed out to the country for some spring break fun (because nothing says "party" like hanging around fields of dead grass and unkempt trees).  They are staying at the home of one of the kids' uncle, a retired taxidermist.  The uncle is also the unwilling guardian of a haunted movie script, which the kids eventually discover.  Whoever reads the script will find themselves pursued and killed by sinister forces.  The kids attempt to discover the nature of the curse before the script gets rid of all of them.

I know, right?!

The producers thought a big selling point would be to cast Ken Sagoes, the unexpected and hilarious star of "Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."  Even Ken could not dream his way out of this wonderfully ludicrous movie.  Wait until you see the deadly heavy metal band (trailer is NSFW on account of boobies).

FRIDAY, February 13th, 2015
9PM (doors 8:30)
NerdMelt Showroom
7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90046
Tickets: $8. in advance ($10. at the door)

We are excited to have you come and riff the movie with us!  We have one of the stars of the film scheduled to appear after the show for a Q&A.  As always, we will have excellent stand-up comedy from some of L.A.'s best comics.  There will be cheap snacks & drinks, and FREE POPCORN!  Remember, the best one-liners of the night will win prizes.  Get your tickets cheap in advance, and bear in mind the show is FRIDAY this month.

Stalk us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and via our email list.  Make sure to get on it as we have a very special guest co-host planned for a future show, and the email list will get first crack at tickets.

See you soon!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Too horrible for HMN! Exhibit O: "Lazarus the Legend"

Hi HMNers -

First off, a huge thanks to the awesome crowd of fans that packed our last show at NerdMelt, and our awesome guest, actor Toni Hudson.  It was amazing.  We will be back on Friday, Feb. 13th (Friday the 13th, yo) with another cinematic disaster.  Get on our mailing list, as we are planning a killer guest very soon.  Email listers will get first crack at tickets before we announce to the general public.

Next is another in our ongoing series of movies, for one reason or another, that are just too damned bad for HMN.  This time, we feature "LAZARUS THE LEGEND."  Shot on video in 1991, this oddball kung-fu nightmare was directed by Matt Frazinni in Erie, PA.  It won an award at a local film festival, then disappeared for decades.  Tales of this missing masterpiece were passionately woven in bad movie circles.  Unfortunately, after years of working in local TV, Matt was killed in car crash in 2009.  The family decided to honor his memory by finally releasing "Lazarus" to the public.

The movie's brazen, balls-out action and insanity is jaw-dropping.  Unable to score the movie himself, the director chose to use the music from the original "Star Trek" TV show, with sound effects pulled from Bruce Lee movies.  Your mind might start to warp with the unending kung-fu battles, and the laconic intercuts to the sleepy puppet masters behind the effort to destroy Lazarus.  It's truly a sight to behold.

The awesome folks at Adjust Your Tracking are offering a special edition of the movie in a VHS clamshell.  All profits to the Frazinni family are being donated to a local Pennsylvania animal shelter.  Go check it out!  Here also is a link to view the movie on YouTube.

See you in February!  Get on our email list and you won't miss a horrible thing.