Happy Birthday, Robert Shaw – 1927 to Forever

Well, this also being Shark Week and all, I can’t think of a better clip to put up than Quint’s Indianapolis speech from Jaws (1975), not only one of the best sea monster movie of all time*, but one of the best movies of all time. Shaw’s memory of filming the scene might have been a little fuzzy, but we’ll never forget a word, never get sick of watching it, and get the same chills each time we see it.


While you’re at it, check out our entertaining Jaws drinking game we posted about this time last year!


Grab that first-aid kit! Too late…

*Yes, we realize great white sharks are not monsters, they’re wild animals. Kind of slips your mind while you’re watching Jaws, though… we’re guessing it would also slip your mind if you looked and saw anything resembling the above image coming at you while you were taking a swim.

Name That (Horror) Frame- Week of 11/5/12 – Contest Guidelines Update + Special Presidental Edition

OK, it was going to be an “Election Theme”, but I start to get a panic attack every time I think about it, so I’ll wait. Wednesday I’m either going to be in a really really shitty mood or in a great one, and I’ll hold off on all the actual election, etc. and just stick to stuff that’s more White House related. You’ll be able to figure out the theme pretty fast if you can identify them. I hope to actually post the horror TV show later in the week, and because most of us are in a GOOD mood. After I rented this from Netflix in 2005, I bought not only one but TWO copies, kept one, gave one to my mom, then the next year bought two more, one for a Christmas gift to my friend Dale, the other I ended up giving to Patton Oswalt the first time I met him at a meet-and-greet kind of thing (since I sincerely agree with all his political beliefs, plus he makes them funny. Or did back at the time. OK, beside the point, other than I don’t think I’ve ever given that many copies of the same horror movie to that many people.

So if you can identify the movie… free DVD. I thought I should go over the rules/guidelines of these weekly chances for a free DVD, since only one person even tried for one answer (though I appreciated her doing that) and another recognized and posted the frame from their favorite haunted asylum movie (thanks, Lobotomy Jack)!  Either I’m making them way, way too hard, made the rules sound like a pain in the ass, or the list of movies on DVD I’m giving sounded really uninspiring. Oh, if more than one person guesses correctly, first come first serve. If they guess them right exactly at the same time, then I’ll just, I don’t know, draw their names out of an actual human skull from a severed head to determine the winner (since the chances of two people answering, let alone answering at the exact same time, are about the same as me chopping someone’s head off).

So, here’s the deal, the first one I didn’t knock myself out presenting the guidelines because I was scared multiple people would guess every single one and I’d be scrambling to accommodate everyone. Doesn’t look like a problem, so let me lay this out again…

  • I’ll post three photos per week, some with a connecting theme. In the past some have been, Thai Horror Edition, Creepy Little Kids Edition, Halloween Edition, Jaw-Ripped-Off Edition, Face-Melting Edition, Masters of Horror Edition… one week I even used all of them from the same Thai horror anthology movie and dropped a bunch of hints, which I guess were not as clever as I thought, since either no-one has heard about it or seen it. I mainly do the themes for fun (for both sides) and to try to make it easier. Hint: sometimes I’ll put the title of the film in the “tags” area, especially if it’s in Thai or Korean. A few weeks ago (in the ones that were all from the same Thai horror anthology movie) I put See Prang 2, Phobia 2, 4bia 2, 5bia, and Phobia sequel all in the tags, which is every possible title the movie in question has in Thai and English. I am LEAVING THE CONTEST FOR THE TITLE OF THAT MOVIE OPEN for two more weeks, by the way, and I just gave anyone reading this the answer. HINT!
  • Then put the answers down in the comment/reply section. I keep the “comments” section open for a maximum of 90 days. Sometimes (such as if there is a hit count that shows only one person looked at it on purpose) I spill the answer/s earlier –especially if I’m covering the movie in a piece coming up, or it’s a movie I want to really, really recommend because I know that, even if the movie is hard to find, I can give them the Horror Boom Seal of Approval, by which I mean a movie that I know the majority of horror fans and regular followers of the blog would LOVE and I think it’s underseen/underrated.
  • OK, so say you get all the answers right. If it’s just you who tried and got them, you win a (used, but not beat up) DVD I was thinking of selling, but would rather give it to a fellow fan I know would appreciate them. A breakdown of how I handle that is next:
  • I’ll pay for everything but the cost of postage (though if you live less than an hour’s drive from us, we may just drop it personally in your mailbox).
  • I changed the rule about it only shipping within the US, but if you’re in Canada and want to pay the higher cost of postage it takes to mail out, that’ll work. I’m not going to gouge you on the ship charges to make some extra money. I’ll send them out within the next few (2-3) weeks or so. I just want to give myself some breathing room if I’m sick or have a deadline or family crisis.
  • If you want to pay for more than the cost of ground service, fine with me. Tell me what you want, I’ll find the price (say if you wanted it from UPS D-Day Air) and show you. I’ll even send it with delivery confirmation, or insured, if you want. Takes longer at the post office, but if you want to pay for the extra cost, no problem. I’ll accept the shipping payment (doubt it’s more than a couple bucks to ship by ground service) via Paypal.
  • And here are the DVDs I’m giving away:  The Descent (Director’s cut, the bleaker ending by far), Cabin Fever 2, Hostel 3, Masters of Horror – Pelts,  Jaws (Special Edition DVD), A Korean horror movie called The Wig, An R-Rated version of a The Neighbor  (If that movie’s not torture porn, then I don’t know what is), the very disgusting Bone Sickness,  Event Horizon special edition (I think it’s a two-disc version, but even if not, it’s packed with special features) a VHS-format copy of Suicide Club  (J-Horror), and last but not least, an unrated copy of Adam Green’s Hatchet ! I may add more titles, but that’s all I’m prepared to give away as of this writing,  mainly because I don’t have the energy to pick through my collection right now. You get the pick the movie, though depending on how many people have won already, it might not be your first choice (I will tell you what’s left). Again, it’ll  closes for comments in 90 days, that should give you time.
  • If someone cheats with, I don’t know, an app on your iPhone or something, I’ll be able to tell if you haven’t seen it, or are posing. I always have a little quiz to do that.

Sound good? OK, let’s bring this week’s three on…

First, there’s this…

second, this…

AAAND this to finish up!

That’s a wrap for today! Now tell me how you identified them and get your DVD!

Chrissie's Last Swim

It’s the JAWS Drinking Game!

So!  I got the coveted Jaws Blu-ray as a wedding anniversary gift from my husband earlier in the week. I suppose I could write about how great it is, and why, plus my memories of seeing it in the theater as a kid, but vacation-brain, remember? Instead (for now) I came up with a drinking game. Of course, if you’re not of legal drinking age where-ever you’re located,  just drink some milk or V-8 or fruit punch (red, of course, reminiscent of blood diluted with ocean water) or an energy drink, heh heh. If you’re healthy, not under the legal limit, drink socially, and don’t plan to be driving or operating heavy machinery any time soon after the movie, knock yourself out (so to speak)! How about a case o’ home-made apricot brandy? No? Good choice.

OK! Here’s how it works! Regular version: you got five choices. Pick either Brody, Hooper, Quint, Jaws himself, or the miscellaneous column  (I’m not being lazy, that’s the actual title of the category).  If  more than one person calls Quint, either play Shark-Blood-Harpoon Rock-Paper-Scissors, or arm-wrestle (hey, it is Quint). Also, I don’t want to be held responsible in any way if anyone vomits all over their flat-screens, so watch which category/character you pick if you’re a lightweight! Start with Jaws/Bruce. High alcohol tolerance? Try Quint—he has a pretty high tolerance too!

Simple Version: If there’s a trailer on the DVD, watch it (one of the ones with dialogue, not just a voice-over ‘teaser trailer’) before viewing the feature film. Proceed to drink when a line from the trailer is spoken in the movie (“Michael? Did you hear your father? Out of the water, NOW!” or “This was no boat accident.”)

High Tolerance Version of above– also drink once for a shot/moment that appears in the trailer (like the push-in on Brody showing his reaction to his realization to the Alex Kinter attack), or ‘Chrissie’s Last Swim’) occurs in the movie.

1 drink when:
  • He mentions that he hates the water (or another character calls him on it)
  • Goes through an entire scene with his cigarette in his mouth
  • Swears (high tolerance? Add religious exclamations like “Jesus!”, etc.)
  • Gets reminded by Mayor that Amity is a ‘Summer Town’, meaning closing the beaches or issuing some kind of proactive
    warning will cost the town too much money
  • Looks like he wants to punch Mayor Vaughn in the face
  • DA/PDA (includes shoulder rub) w/Mrs. Brody
  • Tells someone he used to be a cop in New York, and took this job because of the peacefulness and he kind of wanted a more stress-free, less hazardous position  in this quiet beach town of Amity


Hooper —
1 drink when:
  • Uses some aquatic or shark-related lingo that goes over most townspeople’s heads
  • Someone refers to him (to his face) as a college kid/city boy (extra drink if it’s not Quint)
  • Tries to nicely explain to the Mayor (or other authority figure) that a shark is going to attack and eat someone unless they take action/close the beaches
  • Explains less nicely when he gets blown off over and over when he tries to warn them about how dangerous sharks are
  • Makes fun of Quint (when he’s not looking)
  • While underwater in scuba gear, gets terrified (usually by making an abrupt, ghastly discovery, or by encounter with a  three-ton shark) and panics, causing bubbles to burst out of his nose/mouth, close up on his eyes bugging out in shock/fear
  • Laughs/giggles loudly when nervous, or someone says something idiotic. High tolerance version: also drink when he laughs at his own joke.


    See bullet point 6 under “Hooper”

1 drink when:
  • Bellows boisterous sea shanty
  • Croons ominous sea shanty
  • Basically calls Brody or Hooper a pussy to their faces
  • Uses boating/sea hunting lingo
  • Barks directions/orders at the top of his lungs when The Orca is in crisis mode (“Goddammit, lad, MOVE!” etc.).
  • Doesn’t seem overly concerned when part of boat is on fire, motor dies, or boat is clearly taking on water
  • Performs a monologue lasting more than one minute*
JAWS himself (AKA ‘Bruce’)
1 Drink when:
  • Has his meal just baaaarely missed when someone gets to safety at the last possible second
  • Snout/teeth break the water’s surface (sorry, fins don’t count)
  • Makes a horrifying noise that is probably zoologically inaccurate (such as a low roar or a hiss), but it’s so goddamned cool no-one cares about it
  • Bruce’s POV sequence as he cruises underwater while his theme music is played
  • has meat stuck between his 700 teeth after a meal
  • appears to be impervious to bullets or very sharp knives, not even slowing down (unless he’s setting up a trap)
  • successfully eats a human being – drink twice (only four of these).
    Alex Kintner's Last Swim
Miscellaneous –
1 drink when:
  • Dead body –or part of one– pops out and scares the shit out of everyone (audience and/or characters)
  • Any combination of the three lead characters (Brody and Hooper, Hooper and Quint, or all three) get visibly hammered over drinks together (speech is a least a little slurred)
  • Remains of shark victim’s body (on or off-screen) cause a character/s to look like they might puke or faint
  • Anyone trying to kill the shark and get the initial $3000 bounty gets greedy and makes a really stupid, rash decision
  • Mayor (up till third act of movie) announces to everyone there’s no danger of a shark attack, it’s PERFECTLY safe to go in the water!
  • Clusterfuck stampede at beach when someone yells, “Shark!”
  • Any time a classic Jaws line that even people who’ve only seen the movie once remember is delivered (“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”), toast and drink.
Have fun!


Imagine THAT breath.

*and of course, Robert Shaw delivers the speech so perfectly that he just levels everything and everyone else on the motherfucking set.



Behind the Scenes at Horror Boom: Walking Dead Season Two Finale (+ Cool Links)

Well, for a little change of pace today, I thought I’d give you some fascinating insights into my work process. Let’s see, I go online, then when I’m watching something, I jot some deep thoughts down onto my sophisticated equipment consisting of a pen and a series of cheap notebooks, pretty much whatever has enough space for me to scrawl some things down. I do use some very complicated technical terms. Here’s a photo or two of my elaborate notes during the last two episodes of Season Two of The Walking Dead.

My elaborate notes taken during one of the final season 2 Walking Dead episodes (which I ended up deciding not the review on the site).

As you can see, I use a large and varied vocabulary to express myself and make sure all the nuances of the show are captured.  In case you can’t decipher my complicated lingo above, here’s another example…

My ingenious note-taking system, wherein I take a complex, thoughtful approach to mapping out important points to highlight in my review for a Walking Dead S2 episode. I ended up not reviewing the episode I so carefully documented here.

Then I have my assistant re-transcribe– I”M JUST KIDDING. Nothing complex or fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ here at Horror Boom, really! If I had a staff, the site would actually contain breaking news and interviews multiple times, 24/7, if so.  I don’t have an assistant, unless you count one of my kittens strolling across the keyboard out of the blue. My husband gives it a fresh pair of eyes after I post a piece, if he’s not too sleepy at the time.  There’s nothing thrilling enough going on behind the scenes at Horror Boom to warrant a special alert, though if something thrilling DOES happen, like an SUV driven by Adam Green with Bruce Campbell riding shotgun containing George Romero, Stephen King, Greg Nicotero, and Samuel L. Jackson riding in it breaks down in front of our house while I’m working on/writing/researching the site, and they ring the doorbell to ask to come in and use my land line because none of their cell phones have a signal, then tell me it’d be really cool if they could hang out here 4-5 hours and in return, will let me interview them and offer to post blurbs endorsing the site and all pose for various photos with me and my husband (because in the imaginary scenario, they have nothing else better to do) watch some of my DVD/Blu-Rays and record simultaneous commentary for them exclusively, that’d be worth documenting.*  It’s more likely that a parade of polar bears riding tricycles pulls up in our driveway (although that’d be pretty interesting and good for some promotion, too), of course, but you get the idea. I try not to put stuff up that’s totally fucking boring to anyone but me, unless it’s some comic relief, as here.

Actually I vaguely recall taking these pics as a goof (I was still all hyper and geeking out after the next-to-last episode and season finale of TWD while all hell breaks loose. Lots of times I jot shit down I can’t read it myself afterwards or it’s in sentence fragments (ADD) that are really hard for me to re-create into concrete points, or my handwriting’s worse.  My husband laughed when I showed him these, so I kept them.

I have two–it maybe just one big one, but it’s definitely happening– very cool, very scary “Ways to Beat Summer Heat with Cold Chills” pieces coming up, but they were so creepy there is no way in hell I’m gathering my notes together and writing them after dark, when I have insomnia and am the only one awake in the house. Especially since one of them actually showed up in a nightmare last night. I don’t want to talk them up that much and have it by a let down, so I’ll quit with a good quote to celebrate the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Jaws. If you don’t recognize this one then you haven’t seen Jaws, and if you haven’t seen Jaws I don’t know why you’d be reading Horror Boom! It’s too bad this is waaaaay too big for a T-Shirt*. Watched the scene so many times it’s impossible to hear in my head without Robert Shaw’s voice.

Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis?
Brody: What happened?

Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin.What we didn’t know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent… they didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named “The Battle of Waterloo” and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man… that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark will go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then, you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and they rip you to pieces. You know, by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour.
On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us… he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. Y’know, that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a life jacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. (pause) Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

The Jaws Blu-Ray  will be available August 14. Also, a bigger boat-load of links for features on Jaws and The Walking Dead after the jump!

famous poster

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

**but I have a couple of versions of “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” for a design on my upcoming print-on-demand online stores (whenever I have time for that).

Carrie White Burns in Hell and other Classic Horror Jumps (Vote for Your Favorite)

Sometimes I get the brilliant idea (based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever) that if I remember the [jump] scene in vivid detail, I’ll sort of deconstruct it and it’ll lose some of the scare value. Well, 99% of the time, I turn out more freaked out then before…

We’re talking BIG jumps. You know, the kind you either block out after you see the movie because your brain is trying to protect itself from you hitting your head on the ceiling more than once, or, more likely, the kind how may have seen decades ago and will forever be entrenched in your central nervous system. With some jumps, especially those below, I started feeling panick-y just remembering the scene –mainly because I can completely recall the first time I ever saw it in the theater OR my home–and the feeling of my heart skipping a beat …or two. Some are still as fresh in my mind as if I saw them days, not years, ago.

“Slow ahead.” I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit.

Only halfway through jotting them down, I realized I had well over a dozen and decided to split it into “classic jumps” (during the 70s and 80s) and “contemporary jumps.” I have trivia to add on almost every single one. Some of it, you’re probably aware of, but maybe one or two will be news to you. Sometimes I get the brilliant idea (based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support my theory) that if I remember the scene in vivid detail, I’ll sort of deconstruct it and it’ll lose some of the scare value. Well, 99% of the time, I turn out more freaked out then before. Every time I try it, I know it will almost certainly backfire on me, so I learned to do it a little less now… most of the time. I doubt I’ll ever completely learn my lesson.

Okay… there’s nothing out there on the wing of the plane… I’m seeing things… I’ll just gather my nerve and slide the shade up to double-cheEAAAAAAAAAAAH!

You can put your own answer down if you don’t see your most memorable jump here, but there’s a pretty fair chance it’ll show up in the next poll in the series (or, just comment away). Since the poll lists ten moments (and one of them is a two-fer) I allowed up to four repeat votes, in case you couldn’t pick just one.  I think I know which one will be the most popular –but hey, I could be wrong.  Let’s find out together, shall we?

Vote away! Even if you’ve only seen one or two of the movies, it’ll come to you which one made you jump highest, I can promise you that…


*Writing this post at 4:00 AM was a terrible goddamn idea!