This special Holiday Gift Guide 2017 edition includes Pere Ubu, L7, Alice Cooper, and more.
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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Alice Cooper fan, from the time I raided my big brother’s room and absconded with his Alice Cooper Goes to Hell vinyl many years ago. My little Radio Shack turntable was never the same, and I loved its ability to stack multiple records for continuous listening, which was useful when I pillaged my brother’s collection for more Alice Cooper albums. Would his latest record make the stack if I still owned that beloved stereo?
Most people know that Alice Cooper is considered the king of shock rock. When he’s not being executed by guillotine or dancing across the floor with Cold Ethyl, he brings his brand of horror to other arenas besides the stage. If you thought you were safe from his influence, think again. Read the rest of this entry
Any television series with its roots in the espionage genre should be about trust. And let’s face it, even though “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set in a superhero universe, it is at its heart about espionage. All the clichés apply, like the enemy of my enemy is my friend and better the devils you know than the ones you don’t. That last one hits hard this episode with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new alliance with the A.C.T.U. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Devils You Know.”
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
The 80’s were a great decade for horror, especially my favorite subgenre, the slashers. Many one hit wonders were released, but a few franchises were born. Friday the 13th brought us Pamela Voorhees, followed by her son, the hockey-masked killing machine, Jason Voorhees. Jason may not be portrayed by fan favorite Kane Hodder in the film I most enjoy, but it does include a fine mix of horror, humor, hard rock, and a hot car, not to mention my favorite kill in the series.
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John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live. Those are probably the quick three that come to mind when you hear this horror legend’s name. But with 28 directing credits and 41 writing credits on his IMDB page, there’s surely more to Mr. Carpenter than just Michael Myers and R.J. MacReady. I was given a copy of Prince of Darkness on Blu-ray for Christmas this year (from Andy Burns, no less) and could not wait to watch it again. I hadn’t seen it since I was a kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old, and couldn’t believe I had somehow left this one by the wayside. I mean, Alice Cooper?! As a sketchy hobo?! How could I have forgotten about this? It was even creepier, way cheesier, and more glorious than I remembered. I’ll get into some dirty details after you check out this sweet, sweet 80s trailer:
The Universal Monsters are pop culture icons. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman – all exist in our consciousness in the images created of them back in the 1930s by Universal Studios. All later versions of these creatures are seen through the lens of this original motion picture creation. As good as Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Gary Oldman, or even this new Dracula Untold guy, Luke Evans, have been as Count Dracula, our first impression, our go-to visual will always be the aristocratic, Eastern accented, slick haired, perfect suited and caped Bela Lugosi version. More on the 1931 Dracula, and its secret Spanish twin, after the jump.
Forget basketball, folks. The real March Madness begins here at Biff Bam Pop.
Over the next month we’ll be taking a look at how madness has played out in the world of pop culture. From music and movies, comics books and television, the crazy’s have always been compelling characters, some tragically true.
Take Alice Cooper, for instance. One of his classic yet criminally underrated albums, From The Inside documents Alice’s real life time spent in a sanitarium to deal with his alcoholism. While not to everyone’s tastes, it still introduced the rock and roll world to Nurse Rozetta.
Speaking of sanitariums, Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum graphic novel is a creepy place to visit, regardless of your own mental health. Or Buffy fans, remember the time our favourite Vampire Slayer got locked in an asylum, where she was almost convinced her life in Sunnydale was a dream? It was real life…wasn’t it?
Then there’s the movies…and characters like Jack Torrance in The Shining…Alex from A Clockwork Orange…Tom Waits’ Renfield in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Mad, all of them. And that’s just the beginning.
So for the next month, hop on board our crazy train, as we take you on a ride through our very own asylum.