Artist’s Spotlight: Midnight Drive

This week artist’s spotlight is on Midnight Drive:

  1. Describe in detail your art.                                                                                                “After graduating from Savinis school in 2015 I decided to start my own mask company with my wife called Midnight Drive. Midnight Drives esthetic is neon soaked late night tv monster goodness. The louder the monsters the better!”image1 (1)
  2.  What is your favorite piece you have done and why? What is your least favorite or most difficult piece you have created and why?                                                         “Every monster I make is always my favorite at the time. I’m too much of a monster kid to have any favorites. Although, I’d have to say the Neon Nightwolf is probably one of my favorite color schemes I did. It turned out super loud and like it came from some region beyond soaked in sleazy neon hahaha.”image2.jpeg
  3. What is your least favorite or most difficult piece you have created and why?           “I did a mask called Death Knight a while ago. He was going to be this ethereal undead space knight kinda thing. Looking back I don’t know what I was thinking with that sculpt haha. He turned out nothing like that!”
  4.  Where do you find your inspiration in creating your art?                                           “My inspiration comes from 80s horror, vhs cover art, neon soaked arcades, late nite tv, Joe Bob Briggs, USA Up All Nite, local horror show hosts, new wave and sleazy B-movies.”
  5. What venue has favorite place in terms of selling or displaying your art and why? “Maskfest! Hands down Maskfest! It’s a convention that happens every year around Aug/Sept in Indiana and it celebrates all things monsters and masks.”image1
  6.  Do you have anything excited coming up in terms of your art? “I’m currently working on a large Deadly Spawn mask and some other monsters for Maskfest in August.”

If you have any other questions and/or would like to contact James for more information is contact info is his Instagram: midnight_drive

 

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Until Next time!

Welcome to the Insta-hood: Dogeatdave

Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting installment of “Welcome to the Insta-hood”! Where I interview fascinating Instagrammers. Today’s interview is with Dave Neabore (IG: DogeatDave)

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  1. Hello Dave, please tell me a little about yourself:                                                           “My main interests are always music and movies! I always had a love of this stuff since an early age. I was really into heavy metal, punk, hardcore and classical music as a teenager which probably started my appreciation of horror movies and soundtracks. I used to manage two video stores from 1986-1994, so I was known as “the video guy” in my town. I’ve been in bands since I was 12 and started touring Europe and recording records by 18. I’ve been very fortunate to have had a successful music career for 30 years including gold records and an MTV award by age 25. I love to travel, so touring has made it possible to visit over 50 countries and counting. I love animals and meeting good hearted people of which I consider myself one.”
  2. What are your five top soundtracks?                                                                                     “I get asked this question a lot and as a serious collector I find it very difficult to answer cause I love so many! But I can say the soundtracks that influenced me the most are Creepshow, Halloween 2, Dawn Of The Dead, Maniac, and Phantasm. There’s so many more great ones including plenty of non-horror stuff too. I’m very open minded and into everything, so all you have to do is drive in my car and for sure you will say what everyone does – “WTF are you listening to?”IMG_7272IMG_7271
  3. What movies have you recently really been into?                                                          “The last movie to really blow me away was A Ghost Story. That movie was brilliant and haunting (no pun intended!). I really liked Brawl In Cellblock 99, Mother!, Ingrid Goes West, Brigsby Bear, The Neon Demon, Mayhem, and Hacksaw Ridge. I prefer indie and challenging art house films and I’m really not into a lot of big budget Hollywood films. However I like Kong Skull Island, and thought Wonder Woman was fun. I’m always watching the older classics, b-movies, and trash films! My motto is bad movies and good beer are the perfect combination! I’m not really into newer horror as much although there’s still a few good ones coming out however it doesn’t have the same effect as the films I grew up on. The Suspiria Blu-ray from Synapse is mind blowing in its detail and color and for me is easily the best release of the year!”IMG_7266
  4. You have posted some really great movie items. What are some of your favorite things you have and why?                                                                                                   “I’ve been collecting horror related items since I was young so I’ve got tons to share! When I joined Instagram a few years ago I felt like I finally had an outlet to share the stuff that has just been sitting in boxes or piles for decades. I could go on for years and never run out of items to show off. My prized possession is definitely my Zombie poster signed by Lucio Fulci. I was extremely fortunate to have met him in NYC before he passed away. I really love my soundtrack collection on both vinyl and CD.  Plus I got some great books and magazines that were published before the internet took over.”IMG_7268IMG_7270
  5. Do you you any exciting events coming up that you would like to share?              “Well first in March I’m going to Monster Mania horror convention in NJ to meet John Carpenter again.”IMG_7274 “Then I start touring Europe in April with my band Dog Eat Dog.”IMG_7275 “After that Chiller Theatre convention in late April, then the Misfits reunion show in May, and at least 5 more trips to Europe over the summer! I have a bunch of soundtracks coming out this year including the Zombie and Bottomfeeder comics from Eibon Press, and a re-release Of my soundtrack to Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered coming out on Poisoned Mind Records, so I will be very busy and having lots of fun in 2018!”

 

Thank you Dave for letting me interview you! If you have any questions and want to know more information about him his IG  is: @DogeatDave

 

until next time!

Booking it: The stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives was written by the amazing Ira Levin. It was short tongue and cheek triller about the possibility of having robots as spouses. I have read this book at least three times ever since I discovered it after Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s baby. The Stepford Wives centers around photographer Joanne Eberhart a wife and mother of two decides to leave the big city to the small town of Stepford, Connecticut. As she tries to fits into her new surroundings she finds it hard because something seems extremely off with the wives of Stepford. This book has been turned into a movie twice. Once in 1975 and another time in 2004. I prefer the 1975 because it had more of a darker undertones than the remake. Hopefully that version will get a blu Ray transfer fill of awesome extras! But I guess for now he dvd and book will suffice.

Below are some examples of the book cover artwork.

Until next time!

Welcome to the Insta-hood!:

hello everyone to another round of “welcome to the Insta-hood” Were I interview exciting and fascinating people. Today we meet fellow IG-er: Jesse Nelson

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ” I am Jesse Nelson from right outside Philadelphia and I am 1/2 of DiabolikDVD and 1/4 of Exhumed Films.  I live in an old, old, old farmhouse with my wife, 2
    kids, 3 cats, a dog and a lot of chickens plus mounds of movies, books
    and toys. It is chaos!”fullsizeoutput_f7f (1)
  2.  How did you come up with your concept of  DiabolikDVD.com ?:                         “When we started Exhumed Films 20 years ago we would bring VHS tapes to
    sell at the shows. Three of us used to work at a video store and the
    owners were constantly selling off tapes and I spent a lot of time at
    the flea markets in those early ebay days when you could still find
    things.  We soon realized we needed some more things to sell at shows
    and  moved over to importing DVDs – mostly from Hong Kong.  We watched
    a lot of Hong Kong action and horror movies those days and there were
    also some oddballs Japanese titles available from Hong Kong.   For a
    long time we didn’t even have a US distributor. We only bought titles
    from overseas, but as things progressed, so did we and eventually we
    were bringing things in from all over and also moved over to more of a
    horror/cult focus than we were initially.”fullsizeoutput_f81
  3.  What are your top five personal favorite movies on your website and why?:        “VIY / BNN – back in the early days there was a Russian import of this
    film that we carried. We bought them from a shop near coney island in
    NYC and had to order only by fax but I was so thrilled to finally see
    this film and it still remains a favorite and an all time best seller
    of diabolik.Farewell Uncle Tom – I know this is a rough one and it really isn’t a
    favorite film of mine (though I did go out of my way to see it at
    Fantastic Fest a few years ago and Exhumed Films has shown it), but
    what I love is that this film exists on home video at all.  It really
    is amazing that films like this have been released despite the content
    and I don’t have to buy some crummy burned disc of it.

    Equinox – I have loved this film for so long, I have the poster in my
    office, we own a 35mm print, I have the press books and the 8mm
    digest.  When I read that Criterion was doing a special edition with
    both versions of the film, I really couldn’t get over it.
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    The Thing – Pick the arrow version or pick the scream factory version,
    I don’t care, I am not interested in debating.  They both look
    fantastic to me and it is Carpenter’s best film.  I watched this so
    many times on VHS back in the 80s that it was a revelation to finally
    be able to watch it on Laserdisc, DVD and now Blu-Ray.

    Suspiria – Amazing. The Synapse steelbook is probably one of the best
    releases we have ever had and right up there in the top 5 best sellers
    as well.”

  4. . What interests/ activities do you enjoy personal that outside your
    business interest.                                                                                                                         “I spend a lot of time working. Probably too much says my family! But I
    also love reading and playing video games.  The books in my life
    probably take up about as much room as my movies and lets not even
    talk about toys and other little things I pick up all time !   Of
    course watching movies is probably my biggest passion.”IMG_1062 (1)
  5.  Do you have any exciting things coming up for your business that
    you would like to share? ” A lot of things we work out aren’t really planned too far in advance. We are working a lot more conventions this year than in years past.
    Double what we did last year and triple what we did two years ago.  We
    also have something else coming up that we can’t talk about yet, but
    it should be amazing!  My goal is always to have a better year than
    last and while we can’t please everyone, I really do make the best
    effort to try.”

For more information, questions or to contact Jesse please used the following contact info:

http://www.facebook.com/DiabolikDVD
\https://twitter.com/diabolikdvd
http://pinterest.com/diabolikdvd/
http://www.facebook.com/ExhumedFilms

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Thank you Jesse for giving me a chance to interview  you!

 

Until next time!