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Zombie-A-Go-Go: The Rob Zombie Halloween Special That Changed My Life

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For some of us, every day is Halloween, but for many more, the entire month of October is a time to celebrate our favorite holiday. That’s why we’re going to continue to flood iHorror.com with all kinds of Halloween fun throughout the month.

I wanted to use the opportunity to celebrate one of my own favorite Halloween memories, a week-long special from Sci-Fi Channel in 1995 called Zombie-A-Go-Go.

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Yes, once upon a time SyFy was called Sci-Fi Channel (that changed in ’09). Zombie-A-Go-Go (a name which would also become that of Rob Zombie’s record label), came out during the height of White Zombie’s commercial success. The world had been exposed to the great Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head album, and the song More Human Than Human was in steady rotation on alt rock radio stations, MTV (back when MTV music videos were still a thing), and in metal kids’ CD players everywhere. Rob Zombie the filmmaker had yet to unleash his debut film on the world. That would come something like eight years later.

Playing during the week of Halloween, Zombie-A-Go-Go featured Rob Zombie hosting one movie each week night. It holds a special place in my heart because not only was I a huge White Zombie fan at the time, but it also introduced me to what would become a few of my favorite movies.

The line-up included: White Zombie (the movie), Carnival of Souls, Night of the Living Dead, The Evil Dead, and Night of the Creeps. At the time (I was in 7th grade), I had only seen Night of the Living Dead, which was already a favorite. I missed the first night, which was White Zombie, but I watched every other night, and it was the first time I had seen the other three films, all of which I love to this day.

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Stuck throughout the films, wrapped around the commercial breaks, were segments of Rob Zombie talking about the movies as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting of White Zombie’s yet-to-be-released video for Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy).

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I’d love to embed more videos from the show, but I really can’t find any other than what’s here, which doesn’t include any of the show itself. In fact, I can’t really find a whole lot on the Internet even referencing its existence beyond this bit from an old White Zombie/Rob Zombie fan site, which says:

Rob zombie did a show on the sci-fi channel but it was kinda lame. they recorded about 10 things that rob muttered, and then just replayed them after each commercial. you could tell he was just doing it for pocket change.

It was pretty cool listening to Rob rip on “Night of the Creeps”. He’s like “Man, this is just the worst piece of garbage you could ever watch. I dunno why ANY of you are still watching this!!” Then later on, he’s like “I’m sorry there’s been a mistake. The management has just informed me this is actually a really GOOD movie, I really love it…” and he’s making these awful faces and stuff. Pretty funny shit.

Though I love Night of the Creeps with every fiber of my being, that part does sound familiar, and I still loved everything about the show. As a matter of fact, a recording of that airing of the movie, with Zombie’s segments, was the only copy of the movie I had for years after that. Luckily that changed as I got older.

I know I had a lot more fun with Zombie-A-Go-Go as a whole than that person appears to have had. There was nothing lame about it to me.

Again, this was the first time I saw The Evil Dead after all. Sit and think about the first time you saw that movie. It probably made an impression on you, no? I was familiar with the movie’s existence (and its sequels) at video stores by that point, but had yet to rent it. Obviously once I saw it it became an instant favorite.

And Carnival of Souls. I had never even heard of that at that point. It was so weird and creepy, and I fell in love with it instantly. Now that I’m in my thirties, and have consumed hundreds if not thousands of horror movies since then, Carnival of Souls is still among the creepiest I have encountered. It’s just a surreal and nightmarish, yet beautiful piece of work. I believe it was the second DVD I bought when I made the jump to that format several years after Zombie-A-Go-Go.

It kind of saddens me to see the show all but forgotten nearly 20 years later. To me, it was a big event. I remember going to school the next day after watching the movies, and discussing them with my friends. I remember waiting all day to watch the next night’s film. I even remember getting excited at the prospect of seeing the Electric Head Pt. 2 video (which didn’t get nearly the MTV play that More Human Than Human did, I might add). A new White Zombie video?!? Fuck yeah!

Zombie-A-Go-Go to me is not only about fond memories of one year’s Halloween or even the introduction to some of these fine movies, though these are big parts of it. It’s about nostalgia for a time gone, when something like this meant something to a fan. I know I sound like an old man, but these days, we have pretty much everything we want at our fingertips whenever we want it. At the click of a mouse or the tap of a touchscreen, I can bring up the White Zombie video on YouTube. Over and over again if I choose. I have easy access to all of the movies whenever I want to watch them. In 1995 that was very different, and though we may live in a more gratifying age in these terms, there is something missing – that anticipation and joy that something you love is finally on TV thanks to that glorious time of year – Halloween.

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Another Creepy Spider Movie Hits Shudder This Month

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Good spider films are a theme this year. First, we had Sting and then there was Infested. The former is still in theaters and the latter is coming to Shudder starting April 26.

Infested has been getting some good reviews. People are saying that it’s not only a great creature feature but also a social commentary on racism in France.

According to IMDb: Writer/director Sébastien Vanicek was looking for ideas around the discrimination faced by black and Arab-looking people in France, and that led him to spiders, which are rarely welcome in homes; whenever they’re spotted, they’re swatted. As everyone in the story (people and spiders) is treated like vermin by society, the title came to him naturally.

Shudder has become the gold standard for streaming horror content. Since 2016, the service has been offering fans an expansive library of genre movies. in 2017, they began to stream exclusive content.

Since then Shudder has become a powerhouse in the film festival circuit, buying distribution rights to movies, or just producing some of their own. Just like Netflix, they give a film a short theatrical run before adding it to their library exclusively for subscribers.

Late Night With the Devil is a great example. It was released theatrically on March 22 and will begin streaming on the platform starting April 19.

While not getting the same buzz as Late Night, Infested is a festival favorite and many have said if you suffer from arachnophobia, you might want to take heed before watching it.

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According to the synopsis, our main character, Kalib is turning 30 and dealing with some family issues. “He’s fighting with his sister over an inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Fascinated by exotic animals, he finds a venomous spider in a shop and brings it back to his apartment. It only takes a moment for the spider to escape and reproduce, turning the whole building into a dreadful web trap. The only option for Kaleb and his friends is to find a way out and survive.”

The film will be available to watch on Shudder starting April 26.

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Part Concert, Part Horror Movie M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Trap’ Trailer Released

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In true Shyamalan form, he sets his film Trap inside a social situation where we aren’t sure what is going on. Hopefully, there is a twist at the end. Furthermore, we hope it’s better than the one in his divisive 2021 movie Old.

The trailer seemingly gives away a lot, but, as in the past, you can’t rely on his trailers because they are often red herrings and you are being gaslit to think a certain way. For instance, his movie Knock at the Cabin was completely different than what the trailer implied and if you hadn’t read the book on which the film is based it was still like going in blind.

The plot for Trap is being dubbed an “experience” and we aren’t quite sure what that means. If we were to guess based on the trailer, it’s a concert movie wrapped around a horror mystery. There are original songs performed by Saleka, who plays Lady Raven, a kind of Taylor Swift/Lady Gaga hybrid. They have even set up a Lady Raven website to further the illusion.

Here is the fresh trailer:

According to the synopsis, a father takes his daughter to one of Lady Raven’s jam-packed concerts, “where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.”

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Trap stars Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills and Allison Pill. The film is produced by Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock and M. Night Shyamalan. The executive producer is Steven Schneider.

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Woman Brings Corpse Into Bank To Sign Loan Papers

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Warning: This is a disturbing story.

You have to be pretty desperate for money to do what this Brazilian woman did at the bank to get a loan. She wheeled in a fresh corpse to endorse the contract and she seemingly thought the bank employees wouldn’t notice. They did.

This weird and disturbing story comes via ScreenGeek an entertainment digital publication. They write that a woman identified as Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes pushed a man she identified as her uncle into the bank pleading with him to sign loan papers for $3,400. 

If you’re squeamish or easily triggered, be aware that the video captured of the situation is disturbing. 

Latin America’s largest commercial network, TV Globo, reported on the crime, and according to ScreenGeek this is what Nunes says in Portuguese during the attempted transaction. 

“Uncle, are you paying attention? You must sign [the loan contract]. If you don’t sign, there’s no way, as I cannot sign on your behalf!”

She then adds: “Sign so you can spare me further headaches; I can’t bear it any longer.” 

At first we thought this might be a hoax, but according to Brazilian police, the uncle, 68-year-old Paulo Roberto Braga had passed away earlier that day.

 “She attempted to feign his signature for the loan. He entered the bank already deceased,” Police Chief Fábio Luiz said in an interview with TV Globo. “Our priority is to continue investigating to identify other family members and gather more information regarding this loan.”

If convicted Nunes could be facing jail time on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and desecration of a corpse.

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