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Friday the 13th part 7 The New Blood Unrated and Uncut!

Posted in Misc. on June 7, 2011 by jamesdunn81

I read this article on and about flipped my lid. Anyone who has read my blog knows that Friday the 13th is my favorite slasher series. With part 7 being my all time favorite. When I first read this article it made me kinda upset to here this dude bashing part 7, then he began talking about all the shit they left out, and man did they cut out allot. I know some years back there was an online petition asking Paramount to release the fully restored version. Well, i guess it didn’t fly. Now check out this article on this blog. God I wish they release this. Please oh please oh please….


Murder Legendre plans for 2011 and future

Posted in Misc. on June 6, 2011 by jamesdunn81

I know, I know. I haven’t been on here in what seems like forever but thats because I’m about to make some serious changes to this blog. First off I have been working like crazy (as always) but working on a couple of side projects that I think in time will really take off. One of which is 40ozofHorror! A new podcast site I started with my buddy Chad. We drink allot, talk about horror flicks and beer. It’s just like what we do at every horror convention except now we do it every weekend. A podcast for fans by fans, nothing is better than arguing about scary flicks and whatnot while throwing back some cold brew. It’s great.  Another is called Late Nite Creature Feature, it was started by another friend of mine Shannon. He is bringing back classic monster movies in a big way! I’m very excited to be helping him out with this and I look forward to helping how ever I can.

Now onto my baby Murder Legendre. Murder Legendre was started by my wife and I as a way to talk about our favorite horror films and lost movies that people didn’t really talk about. As time went on it became increasingly harder for us to keep up with it on a regular basis. So what to do? Well, I’ll tell ya. Murder Legendre will live on as just my blog for now. Posting cool flicks I find, rants and raves and other odds and ends I think people would like to read about. As time moves on I want to turn Murder Legendre into my own f/x company. I have been doing makeup/effects now for a couple of years and want to take this passion I have for it professionally. I love make up and practical effects and seriously want to pursue a career in the field. So thats where I see Murder Legendre heading into the future. So until next time check out and Late Nite Creature Feature on facebook. I hope to still hear from all you guys and gals and like George Romero always says, stay sacred.

Horror remakes. The good, the bad, the ugly.

Posted in Misc. on November 14, 2010 by jamesdunn81

When it comes to remakes of horror movies there are always going to be two sides. The ones who will always hate them for whatever reason and those who will give them a chance. Even the most forgiving horror fans have waded through their fair share of rehashed crap, and sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m going to name a couple of films that I think shine on each side. Being a good example of being a pro or con for horror remakes.

There are only a couple of films I can think of that have out shined the originals in most ways. One of them I have talked about numerous times on here is Night of the living dead 1990. Even though the original was essentially horrors last great black and white classic. I truly feel Savini’s version with the help of Romero really gives that extra something. Giving Barbara a much needed overhaul, she went from being an essentially dead character 10min into the flick to becoming a survivor.

Another great remake is The Thing 1982. Allot of people firmly believe this is the greatest remake ever for the horror genre. I am one of those who totally agree. Between Rob Bottin’s amazing animatronic creature effects – that two decades later, haven’t lost a step with modern makeup. That along with a kick ass cast and stellar bleak remote atmosphere, not even the downbeat ending could keep me from loving this awesome piece of work.

This has been wrongly overlooked and I still have no idea why to this day. Tobe Hoopers Toolbox Murders 2004 stands high over its original counterpart. Hooper not only re-established  his quiet scares and graphic gore, but it also stars Angela Bettis, arguably the best thing to happen to horror since the invention of corn syrup and food coloring.

The retelling of this 1958 classic The Blob 1988 (which fucking stars Steve McQueen!) is just as campy and entering as any great B-movie should be. Add in another plus that it bumps up the gore quite a bit is a total win!

The Fly 1986 is a rare example of a remake that confidently trumps the original. Even though Cronenberg is know for his hyper-violent B-movies, he’s seldom done it better than this amazing flick.

House of Wax1953. Vincent Price. Nuff said. If you haven’t seen the original Mystery at the Wax Museum, don’t.

Alright, now comes the time when the people who always say “I told you so” get to say, “I told you so”. The cons to horror remakes, these horrific flops of shit neither had the substance nor the weight that the originals held. With out further ado, here are some my favorite remakes to bash.

The Haunting 1999. Bad remakes of horror flicks are as plentiful as black clothing at a horror convention, but the profoundly inept raping of the 1933 haunted house classic almost had me kick my cat. This film qualifies as a crime against humanity.

Psycho 1998 Fuck You Gus Van Sant for even thinking about this. Hitchcock totally rolled over in his grave after this piece of shit slid into theaters. I don’t even have to say anything else, it kinda goes without saying. Once again, fuck you Gus Van Sant.

I was upset when I herd about Salem’s Lot 2004 being retold into a tv series, but like I said earlier, I was one of the ones who gave it a chance. Between the ham-fisted performances and needless revisions to every single character the whole thing fell apart. Watch Tobe Hoopers original and beautiful shot film. It’s soooo much better.

When George Sluzier remade his own The Vanishing 1993 for Hollywood it amounted to bigger stars and less tension with a forced ending. A very, very needless rehash. Throwing more money at something never makes it better. Take note Rob Zombie. Speaking off…

Rob Zombies Halloween I & II 2007/2009 where do I start with this fucking piece of shit. Lets just say this. Soulless fanboy filmmaker masturbation served up in the most spectacularly flaccid of ways, void of substance and fun, and most of all my fucking time. Biggest failure of a horror film I have ever seen. My wife and I almost walked out of the theater when we saw the first one. The second piece of fuck we picked up sadly at a local red box and turned it off 15min into it. Let these films be a great basis for any argument against classic horror film remakes.

Jack Pierce and the Monster Makers of Universal.

Posted in Misc. on October 9, 2010 by jamesdunn81

Growing up I was always quite fond of monsters. More so, I loved the Universal Monsters. I was enthralled with everything about them. The castles, the costumes, the atmosphere and most of all, the makeup. I think I loved the idea of making a monster the most. Starting off with nothing and creating a hulking terrifying creature that will know no bounds is something terrifyingly astounding.

It wasn’t actually until my freshmen year of high school that I started to read about the craft of special effects make-up. I remember that summer watching a ton of classic flicks and waiting till the credits rolled and looked for who did the make-up in these creepy films. I was hooked. These men actually created my favorite monsters that haunted me when I was younger. Needless to say, from then on I wanted to be a monster maker like Jack Pierce, Dick Smith and Lon Chaney, but sadly I never got around to pursuing it.

One make-up artist that will always stand out in my eyes is Jack Pierce. Fans of the Universal Monster films will always hold his name in reverence. He is the one man who gave us such great monsters: The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and last but not least The Invisible Man. What really stands out to me is that back in the 30’s and 40’s is when he made these truly terrifying monsters with tools that we would look back now as primitive. They didn’t have molds of the actors face, so each and every day they had to sit down to apply and then take off the make-up all while trying their best to make it look just like the day before, brutal!

It makes me feel great that artists like Greg Nicotero and KNB FX are stepping up a filling these giant shoes that these artists once walked in. These artists are giving kids and adults alike new nightmares and monsters to sit through with every film that they make. Through them, the spirit of these artists live on today, not only through the great masterpieces that they have created, but also through new artists they have inspired through countless films and theater work they have done. Well done Jack Pierce, your work still makes me feel great to be a monster kid.

Murder Legendres Top 10 Werewolf Movies!

Posted in Misc. on February 3, 2010 by jamesdunn81

With the release of Universals The Wolfman only days away (Feb 12th). We have decide to share with you our top ten werewolf flicks. Some of these we know you have seen and hopefully there are some in here you haven’t. In no specific order, here are our top ten werewolf films!

The Undying Monster (1942)

John Howard is an effective werewolf, seen only in the last few minutes of a cheap but effectuve thriller helmed by an underrated director John Brahm.

The Wolf Man (1941)

George Waggner directed the werewolf movie by which all others must be judged. Very well acted, with incredible make-up by the one and only Jack Pierce on Lon Chaney Jr., who made the role his very own. Claude Raines and Bela Lugosi also star in this classic of the silver screen.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)

Directed by Roy Williams Neil, Chaney’s wolfman is as much the focus of the flick as Frankenstein’s monster, played by Bela Lugosi. (I don’t know why Karloff didn’t reprise the role) Once again, amazing makeup and transformations by the legendary Jack Pierce.

House of Dracula (1945)

In this Kenton film, Talbot is finally cured from some mold grown in the castle basement.(who knew, right?) This flick sadly turns out to be the last of the “serious” Universal monster efforts with Jack Pierce doing EFX.

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Directed by Terrance Fisher, this Hammer film made Oliver Reed a star. This story explores some interesting points, including the werewolf as a child. Roy Ashton did the make-up. Kinda sucks you only see the werewolf in the last 15min, but this film is well worth checking out.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

I don’t think I have to say to much about this one, since we did an entire podcast about it. But Rick Bakers one of a kind makeup effects for this John Landis film won him the first ever Oscar for makeup. The transformation scene still blows aways any CGI work done today.

The Howling (1981)

Directed by Joe Dante, this is another modern approach to the genre with a look at an entire community of werewolfs. Rob Bottin’s makeup effects and startling transformations using squibs and air bladders are still magic to this day.

Silver Bullet (1985)

Daniel Attias offers a fairly good retelling of a classic Stephen King story. Mike MaCracken did the make-up effects for the film.

The Monster Squad (1987)

If it wasn’t for this scene in the old, scary house on Shadowbrook Road, horror fans may have never know that the wolfman’s got nards!

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Murder Legendre in the press…well sorta

Posted in Misc., Promotional on October 29, 2009 by jamesdunn81

Murder Legendre managed to be cited in the newest issue of The Southside Times! Even if it’s only a mention, like KISS said, any press is good press! Check it out below.

Vincent Price, my hero

Posted in Misc. on September 9, 2009 by jamesdunn81

vincent-priceWhat can you say about an actor who seems more like an uncle or friend, than an out of reach movie icon. I grew up with Vincent Price. As a child growing up in the 80’s, I could not wait for Saturday night to come so I could see a Vincent Price movie on TV. Even though Vincent Price regularly played a villain, I never saw him that way. Even through a kid’s eyes I saw through each and every character portrayed. You always got the feeling that yes, this character was a “bad guy”, but there was some underlying reason for this. A certain madness, rotten wife, family curse, something that made him that way.

Mr. Price often played a good guy, as in The Fly, Edward Scissorhands, Laura, The Last Man on Earth and the Raven. But oh, were not the roles that he played the villain in, so much more entertaining. Roles in such movies as Theatre of Blood, Dr. Phibes, Madhouse, The TIngler, Masque of the Red Death, Pit and the Pendulum, House on Haunted Hill and my personal favorite. His role as Prof. Henry Jarrod in House of Wax will stand out as a classic of horror for all time. Mr. Price is probably most widely known by the general public for his many roles in Roger Corman films. But as an actor with over 100 films to his credit this is but a small sampling of his great talent and contributions to the film world.

Mr. Price was also a renowned author, chef, art expert, radio personality and host of Mystery Theater on PBS (which I was lucky enough to catch a few of). He loved art so much that he even started his own gallery. The Vincent Price Gallery is located in East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, California.

Prior to his movie career Price joined Orson Wells Mercury Theater for a brief stint, here he claimed everyone in the company had a disagreement with Wells at some point or another. Price’s first movie was “Service De Luxe” in 1938 and he went on to play such diverse historical characters as Raleigh, Clarence, Richelieu, Charles II and the Mormon Joseph Smith. He was also cast in several films as a charming but stern young man, notably in “Laura” 1944 and “The Fly” 1958. The occasional horror role came his way too at this time; he reveled in the old Lionel Atwell part of the demented sculptor in “The House Wax” (1953). This, I think was one of his best films. Price’s niche in the horror genre was carved in 1960 with the classic movie “The Fall of the House of Usher”. To die hard genre fanatics, this film was the beginning of a slew of amazing pictures with Roger Corman. Price did return to the stage in later years. He toured his one man show of Oscar Wilde throughout America for many years to great acclaim.

Vincent Price is best remembered for his roles in horror movies, specifically the Roger Corman adaptations from Edgar Allan Poe. When he passed away I felt that I had truly lost a dear friend. Never again would I hear that great evil laugh, or see that wonderful smirk and twinkle in his eyes. But then, I remembered yes he was an actor, a great actor and artist who remains for all us to enjoy over and over on film. Although he will always be to us loyal fans an inspiration, and guide as to how to live life to the fullest and never once compromise yourself to anyone. Above all else, this is why Vincent Price will always be one of my hero’s.

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