HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGENDARY JOHN CARPENTER!

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HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGENDARY JOHN CARPENTER!

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Today legendary genre director John Carpenter turns 75! As he has directed so many classics and is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers, who’s created some of my all-time favorite films, MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse wishes him a very happy, healthy 75th birthday!

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SLAY BELLES: HEROINES OF HOLIDAY HORROR 2022!

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SLAY BELLES: HEROINES OF HOLIDAY HORROR 2022!

The holiday season is here and sometimes it seems there are more Christmas themed horrors than ones set on Halloween. But if there is a gift these holiday horrors bring, it’s a bevy of cuties and foxy final girls to warm our hearts like chestnuts roasting over an open fire. So without further ado, here are some of holiday horror’s hottest heroines!…

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Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas is one of the original modern slasher films and graced us with the beautiful Olivia Hussey as final girl Jess and a pre-Superman Margot Kidder as sexy, saucy Barb!

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night is another Christmas horror classic and this film has it’s shares of beauties as well. Sexy blonde Tara Buckman plays killer Billy’s mom Ellie, Toni Nero plays his work crush, Pamela and legendary scream queen Linnea Quigley plays the hot ill-fated babysitter Denise!

Black Christmas (2006)

Black Christmas 2006 wins the award for most holiday honies in one movie. Remake of the 1974 classic has a bevy of beautiful sorority sisters to melt any snowman…

SILENT NIGHT (2012)

This quasi-remake has a few cuties of its own. It has My Bloody Valentine 2009’s Jaime King as pretty deputy Aubrey Bradimore, Scott Pilgram’s Ellen Wong as adorable police station receptionist Brenda and Zombeaver’s Cortney Palm as ill-fated adult movie actress Maria.

BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)

Next up, Olivia DeJonge as embattled, yuletide babysitter, Ashley from the twisted Christmas thriller, Better Watch Out!

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019)

Next up, Imogen Poots as Riley Stone in yet another Black Christmas remake!

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CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS (2022)

We finish up this year’s look at festive final girls, Christmas cuties and sexy slay belles with a look at one of the latest to join the holiday fun, Riley Dandy as Santa-bot gone awry battling Tori in Christmas Bloody Christmas!


HAPPY HOLIDAYSfrom MONSTERZERO NJ’S MOVIE MADHOUSE!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 BEST/FAVORITE HORROR FLICKS of 2022!

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Hardest working actress in horror Jenna Ortega makes a horrifying discovery in Ti West’s X.

MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 BEST/FAVORITE HORROR FLICKS of 2022!

It’s time to look back at the past year and see what horror flicks left an impression. There were some strong titles, but to be honest, I wasn’t overly impressed by this year in horror. 2022’s bests/favorites are…like most years’, a healthy mix of high-profile chillers and indie productions. So, without further ado, here are my ten best/favorite horror movies of 2022!…

…along with a no surprise honorable mention streaming series!…

(To get to our reviews of these titles use the search engine at the top of the page!)

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Technically more sci-fi than horror, but Amber Midthunder did make a strong final girl in the Predator prequel Prey.

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 21 HO HO HORROR FLICKS TO ADD A CHILL TO YOUR HOLIDAYS!

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A combat robot, converted into a toy store Santa, reverts back to its original programming in Christmas Bloody Christmas!

MONSTERZERO NJ’S 21 HO HO HORROR FLICKS TO ADD A CHILL TO YOUR HOLIDAYS!

That “other” holiday season is here, the one that doesn’t involve jack-o-lanterns, witches and goblins! That doesn’t mean you can’t have some chills and thrills. I tried to add some variety here, so, not all of them are classics…and not all strictly horrors…though A Christmas Carol IS a ghost story after all. Here are twenty-one flicks to add some chills and thrills to your ho ho holidays!

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Anna (Ella Hunt) battles the undead in the zombie horror Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse!

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HAPPY (belated) 87th BIRTHDAY, TOM ATKINS!!!

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HAPPY (belated) 87th BIRTHDAY, TOM ATKINS!!!

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 The man, the myth the legend…Tom Atkins turned 87 yesterday!

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HAPPY 46th ANNIVERSARY ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13!

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HHAPPY 46th ANNIVERSARY ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13!

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Cops and cons unite against a vengeful youth gang in John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13!

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46 years ago on this day, John Carpenter’s now classic first theatrical film, Assault on Precinct 13, was released in theaters!

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ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

Tasked by producer J.S. Kaplan to make a low budget film for him, John Carpenter came up with this violent and action filled urban version of one of his favorite Howard Hawks westerns, Rio Bravo. Two years before he hit big with Halloween, Carpenter wrote, directed, edited and composed the score for this cult classic about a remote and soon to close ghetto police station, under siege by a vengeful and well-armed youth gang. Lt. Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker) is sent to oversee the closing night of the Anderson ghetto police precinct, an assignment he expects to be routine and dull. But across town a youth gang with a cache of stolen guns and already sworn to avenge the death of some members by a police ambush, roam the streets looking to take their anger out on someone. They pick a poor ice cream vendor (Peter Bruni) and when a little girl (Kim Richards) gets in the way, both vendor and his young customer are brutally murdered. When the little girl’s father (Martin West) follows and kills a gang member, the rest chase him across Anderson where he finds himself at the skeleton crewed police station. Add to that the arrival of a bus carrying prisoners being transported to a state correctional facility who stop at the precinct when one prisoner takes ill and we have a recipe for a night of violence, revenge and a fight to survive. Now Bishop and the meager staff of the precinct must decide if they can trust two hardened criminals as the gang Street Thunder lays siege to the station with intensions of killing everyone inside.

Assault On Precinct 13 is a great little action flick that definitely foreshadows the type of intensity, suspense and style that John Carpenter would become known for. The film is loaded with tense action as the gang tries to get into the station and slaughter all inside and the uneasy alliance of cop and inmate must somehow fend them off with very little arms or ammo. And it works, because not only has Carpenter set up this claustrophobic situation of a remote and small building surrounded by vicious enemies but fills it with great and endearing characters like the noble Bishop, the death row inmate with a sense of honor, Napoleon Wilson (a great Darwin Joston) and resilient and tough secretary, Leigh (Laurie Zimmer).

The acting is top notch with Stoker, Joston and Zimmer really giving intense and well-rounded performances in their respective roles and a good supporting cast including Carpenter familiar faces Charles Cyphers, as the prison bus commanding officer and Nancy Loomis as meek secretary Julie, along with Tony Burton as prison inmate Wells. We never get to personally interact much with the vengeful gang, instead they are presented as a malevolent and deadly force, a faceless wall of death that surrounds and closes in on the station’s occupants and this approach keeps them a dangerous and unpredictable element whom we fear because, like Michael Myers in Halloween, they appear less human and more a force of homicidal rage. It gives them a supernatural quality despite being very much flesh and bone.

The action scenes are very intimate but intense, fast paced and well shot and, as with all Carpenter’s movies, the film has a great visual style that makes good use of its desolate locations and its largely night set scenes. While the film didn’t get much notice upon release, it was a hit in Europe and, as with a lot of Carpenter’s work, is now recognized for the classic film that it is. In my opinion it is one of what I call ‘Carpenter’s Core 5’ which in my opinion are his best films… or at least my favorites… Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York and The Thing. A great low budget action classic!

Available currently from Scream Factory on a collector’s edition Blu-ray!

Rated 4 (out of 5) classic bullets.

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR 2022!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR 2022

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TI WEST!

With the dual theatrical releases of his 70s set horror X in March and its prequel Pearl in September, indie filmmaker Ti West is finally getting the notice he deserves. Horror fans have been watching his films for years, but now he is getting the attention of more mainstream audiences and it’s about time! Finally breaking out of streaming and VOD only releases and having not one but two horror hits in one year, makes Ti West our filmmaker of the year!

If you haven’t seen any of his films yet, here they all are below for you to discover!…

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2022!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2022!

During the spooky season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on All Hallow’s Eve… so here is a revised list of some horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 REASONS WOMEN OF COLOR ARE GOING TO ROCK YOUR HALLOWEEN!

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Native American actress Amber Midthunder made quite an impression as Comanche warrior Naru in Prey!

MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 REASONS WOMEN OF COLOR ARE GOING TO ROCK YOUR HALLOWEEN!

Horror films have always been a step ahead with having diversity in their casts and women of color have played important roles for decades! To celebrate their contribution to our favorite genre, here are 15 reasons women of color are going to rock your Halloween🎃!

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VONETTA MCGEE in BLACULA!

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PAM GRIER in SCREAM BLACULA SCREAMGHOSTS of MARS and BONES!

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KELLY JO MINTER in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS and POPCORN

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EIHI SHIINA in AUDITION

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LUCIANA FAULHABER in THE NIGHT CREW and DON’T LOOK!

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CHASTY BALLESTEROS in THE NIGHT CREW and GIRLHOUSE!

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LUPITA NYONG’O in US and LITTLE MONSTERS!

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TARA BASRO in SATAN’S SLAVES and IMPETIGORE!

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CHELSEA ISLAN in MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU and MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU TOO!

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KIANA MADEIRA in THE FEAR STREET TRILOGY!

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ROSA SALAZAR in BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR!

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CRISTINA RODLO in NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE!

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JENNA ORTEGA in SCREAM and X!

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AMBER MIDTHUNDER in 14 CAMERAS and PREY!

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TSAI HSUAN-YEN in INCANTAION!

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Versatile and talented Latina actress Jenna Ortega in Ti West’s’s chilling X!

These talented ladies aren’t the only ones and women of color are now also getting a chance to add their voices behind the cameras, with writer/directors like Nia DaCosta (Candyman) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexico Barbaro) making a name for themselves and opening doors. All the more reason that women of color are going to rock your Halloween🎃!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JOHN SAXON!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JOHN SAXON!

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Watching horror flicks during the Halloween 🎃 season, there might be yet another face, aside from Karloff, Lugosi, Lee, Tom Atkins and Robert England, that you might see more than once…and that familiar face is actor and horror icon, the late John Saxon! A movie and TV veteran for over sixty years, Saxon has appeared in a number of horror classics and cult classics, from the 70s to present day, like Argento’s Tenebrae, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Robert Rodriguez vampire flick From Dusk till Dawn. So, in honor of this veteran of horror, here are 10 horror flicks that illustrate why it’s not Halloween 🎃 without John Saxon!

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A talented and versatile actor that returned to the horror genre time and time again for over six decades! Photo: IMDB

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