Scars Like These – Live @ Connie’s 4-7-18 Video Clips

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SLT first 2018 show/new release TONIGHT

The new Scars Like These EP called Defiled is officially released, and will be available tonight at our first show of the year at Connie’s Ric-Rac in South Philly, alongside Disoriental and The Prisoners!  There will be a followup blog entries with pictures, video, and maybe even audio. Check back sooN!

DeathMetal Dave

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives! (1986)

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Starring: Thom Matthews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen

First off before I start – GREAT FUCKING SEQUEL.  Many might give me shit about it or say its cliche’, but this really is a great sequel.  It’s even better if you watch it right after Part 4. They both go together very well. This is the Part 5 fans really wanted, because Jason really does come back, for real this time! Tommy is back too and played by the awesome Thom Matthews from Return of the Living Dead.  Him and his buddy from the institute (played hilariously by Ron Palillo from Welcome Back Kotter!), are out to dig Jason up and make sure he’s dead.F136-3
Right off the bat, the film has horror and comedy nicely combined. There’s an energy to it faster than the previous Fridays. Tom McLoughlin’s direction is spot on.
Of course things go horribly wrong when they try to dig Jason up. Jason rises from the dead after Tommy impales his corpse with a metal rod that gets hit by lightning. Yes! The moment fans were waiting for.

 

 


They even do a joke James Bond style opening.

Tommy runs to the sheriff’s office of Crystal Lake now called “Lake Forest Green”. The Sheriff played by David Kagen plays the perfect asshole counterpart that doesn’t believe a word Tommy says and thinks he’s crazy. He decides to lock Tommy up for the night.

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In the morning when he awakens he sees the Sheriff’s hot daughter Megan (Jennifer Cooke), and her friends getting ready to open Camp Forest Green. Of course, she takes an interest in Tommy. Sheriff definitely doesn’t like that.

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He basically gets kicked out of town once they see Jason’s grave is dug back up thanks to the drunken caretaker of the cemetery, Martin.
The locals and counselors are picked off by Jason, and the cops of course think Tommy is doing it. Megan finds out and meets up with Tommy to get him back at the camp to get everyone out of there. The Sheriff interrupts many times to annoy us, but once it all comes together, Tommy faces Jason one last time on the lake. It’s a decent ending, keeps the door open for a sequel.

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Apparently there’s an alternate ending where Martin the caretaker (who was already dead anyway, so it doesn’t make sense), shows Elias Voorhees (Jason’s father) visiting his grave. That would’ve been very odd.
There are some great kill scenes, including company people playing paintball in the woods, and then later in an RV. All classic Jason moments.

 

 


CJ Graham is one of my favorite Jasons, too. He totally pulls it off.

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It really is a fun time — great cast,  great soundtrack songs too by Alice Cooper! Couldn’t ask for a cooler movie. My only real complaint for this entry of the series is that is the first one (until Jason Goes to Hell) that has a lower amount of gore than usual. Definitely cool kills, but wheres the extremely bloody and gory details? By today’s standards, it almost feels PG-13. Ugh. They really needed Tom Savini for this but he was probably busy with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 at the time. There is no nudity in this one either. While 4 is probably my favorite of the sequels, and despite the minor flaws, this comes as a close second. Another essential Jason to see.

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

Jason 2.0 looking more zombie-like, which is awesome but if Tom Savini was doing the FX would’ve been a step in the right direction in that department.

Not only is there no nudity, but no stoners get killed in this one either.

Always heard mixed reviews for this one over the years, which I thought even for Jason fans was weird. I never understood how anyone could hate this sequel. It’s too essential for the series and the continuing Jason story. Just my thoughts. Oh well. Everyone’s got an opinion, just like everyone has an asshole.

Updates Mar 2018

Hello friends/fans,
It’s been a hectic winter to say the least. Luckily its coming to an end, and with the arrival of Spring comes the Scars Like These shows. We already have a good amount of shows booked and ready. We have copies of the new Defiled EP ready, too!
I want to get more movie reviews going, and work on MoonCandle as well. It’s a lot of work on top of my regular working life, so as usual I must be patient.
Check back soon!
DM Dave

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

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First let me get this out of the way for Part 5. Unlike some of these so-called fans (ha), I still loved and enjoyed the shit out of Part 5.  Unfortunately all my first Friday the 13th viewings were out of order. I saw Part 4 and 6 before seeing this one. For the moments leading up to the first viewing of Part 5, I kept wondering what the hell was going to happen in between 4 & 6. The cover didn’t give away anything, it’s just a cheesy looking hockey mask. The pictures on the back of the VHS tape just show a chick crying, holding a chainsaw, Junior about to be decapitated, and maybe the kid making a scared face.

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The description of the film was also very vague. It was something along the lines of the typical, cheesy description “Jason Voorhees is back and more murderous than ever in this blood-soaked installment to the classic slasher franchise, etc.”
It must be pointed out that Tommy Jarvis is the first character since Alice and Crazy Ralph to show up in a following sequel.
It’s nice (but only for a brief moment) to see Corey Feldman play the Tommy we remember in the very beginning of the film. Right away we see him wandering through a Crystal Lake-looking forest. He ends up at the grave site of the deceased Jason Voorhees.
2 random dudes with shovels randomly run over to the grave and just start digging him up. Really? Now I’m confused as shit thinking how the hell is the beginning of Part 6 supposed to get to that point?
We find out its really just a nightmare of Tommy’s, who now appears to be older and in a van on its way to somewhere… Roll opening credits.

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So at this point early on in the movie, I see it has something going for it. Tommy is now at a mental institute in the form of what looks like a “recovery” house run by Matt and pretty blond Pam. We learn that Tommy’s been in and out of these kinds of places because he can’t seem to shake Jason Voorhees out of his head (Who wouldn’t after the events of Part 4?). He suffers from hallucinations of Jason, only to leave the audience wondering. Unlike the Tommy Jarvis in Part 4 and 6, this Tommy (played by John Shepherd) is very quiet and mentally unstable. If people mess with him, he will fight back like a motherfucker.

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Tommy isn’t the main focus believe it or not, as the story progresses. We learn that some of the locals don’t like the “nut house” including a wacky redneck lady Ethel and her son that looks oh so much like Uncle Eddy Dennis Quaid, “Junior”.

There’s a shocking moment in the beginning of the film where one of the nuts kills another. The slow, fat kid Joey annoys the shit out of a guy Vic, who is chopping wood. I was actually not expecting that at all even though i was thinking Vic might do something to Joey if he keeps pissing him off.   And whaddya know, Vic attacks Joey with an axe. Why not?

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After that incident, murders begin to happen again. First its random locals, then it seems to be people around the area of the nuthouse.  Basically everyone in this cast, one by one. Even though most of these are typical Jason-like kills (some of them are actually creative I’ll go over my favorite kills a little later), something felt off about the killing scenes while watching it.
This has the Part 1 & 2 feeling of the mysterious killer. In Part 3 and 4, we knew clearly it was Jason. In this one, the killer is hard to figure out. It couldn’t be Jason, the murderer’s hands are too clean-looking instead of the usual rotting Jason flesh, and unlike the other 4 there is hardly any POV of the killer. While I was confused about all that, I was also starting to realize the body count is very high compared to the previous 4.

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Finally by the end, we find out the killer isn’t really Jason, but a copycat. It ends up being Roy the paramedic who was earlier in the film bagging up Joey’s corpse. When Roy was called to the scene, he realized it was his own son that was killed by Vic. He took it upon him to vow revenge Jason Voorhees-style.
Unlike Jason, Roy wasn’t a zombie, so he did meet his own fate in this one. This has a bad effect on Tommy, one of the few survivors left at the end. I’ll ruin it for you, Tommy dawns the Jason mask Roy was wearing, and…

This is why it was a big disappointment to a lot of people. But you have to realize that they wanted “A New Beginning”. That’s why the ending sucked. Tommy the new Jason after this one? Get the fuck out of here.
It’s hard for me to completely dismiss this one though. I do agree that Part 4 and 6 follow each other very well and with this one in between it feels like a mess, BUT it’s still Friday the 13th-like as it always is, and I love that. The kills are very creative. My favorites kills include the flare in the mouth, the cleaver to the face landing in a pot of hot soup, and when Demon (played by Miguel Nunez from Return of the Living Dead!) gets killed in the shitbox after singing “oooo baby” to his girlfriend, etc. Classic.

If you know this going in, and just watch it for what it is – a Friday the 13th movie! So chill out and stop hating, you can always skip it after Part 4 and go right to Part 6.

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS
— Anyone else think Pete and Vinny were weird dudes looking like they’re teens from the 50s?
— Before their deaths, Ethel and Junior would’ve been a great spin-off comedy.
— Joey’s Munchies chocolate bar. Wish I had an authentic one!
— Violet the emo chick looks ahead of her time.
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— Reggie the Reckless screams at a pitch almost higher than a little girl. I laugh at that every time. Turns the horror to comedy every time 🙂

2017

Hey friends,

Again like I always say, sorry for the slow updating. Life can be really busy sometimes. But it’s the end of the year so I should say something.
It was a year that had a lot of ups and downs (probably more downs), but it almost balances out as an okay year. This is for me of course, not for others who may have gone through way more hardships.
Well, the biggest highlight for me was auditioning and being hired into the band Scars Like These. This was big for me because prior to that I had only been in bands that never really got around to playing shows regularly. So this was my first year of playing shows regularly and I gotta say its a lot of fun. That was the big part of the year for me.
Nothing is peaches and cream of course. On the darker side of this year, I had lost some people who were very close to me. Now, and probably for the rest of my life, it will affect me.
There was a lot more to this year that I didn’t mention because it’s a little too personal, but I can pretty much sum it up as an okay year, just not great as how I felt about 2016.
As for Oblivion’s Realm 2018, I will continue to post reviews and Scars Like These updates. I hope for a new MoonCandle release, and a lot more movie reviews here.
My original 2018 plan was to post something every day, but I may save that for 2019.

Have a great rest of the year, my friends !

Death Metal Dave Debauchery Smith

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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

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Starring: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Ted White

What can I say about the fourth and “last” installment? Well its definitely, without a doubt, an essential Friday the 13th film. It has it all. Hot girls, gruesome deaths, a little bit of comedy, and a lot of suspense.
It starts with a great opening montage in case you missed the first 3. We find Jason’s corpse back at the Higgins Haven barn. That means the dream Chris had at the end of Part 3 didn’t happen.
We find ourselves at the Crystal Lake “Wessex County Hospital morgue”. The idiot in charge is Axl (hilariously played by actor Bruce Mahler who appeared in many Police Academy films). Of course he is very negligent and just wants to get laid with the night nurse. Come to think of it, I probably would too, but handling Jason Voorhees you better  be careful.

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The big highlight of this movie for me is the return of my favorite gore master Tom Savini. Our first kill with Axl is the perfect example.

After Jason escapes the hospital, we are back to the usual formula. First we see a family that happens to live deep in the woods of Crystal Lake. There’s a mom, a sister Trish, and the younger brother Tommy. This is the first sequel in which we are introduced to the character Tommy Jarvis, a recurring character played in this one by a 12 year-old Corey Feldman. I was about the same age at the time so this would mark the first time I watched a Friday movie that I could actually relate to one of the characters.

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A group of teenagers move next door next to the family.  Crispin Glover plays one of the guys in the group of teens, and if you don’t know who that is… he is known for playing Michael J. Fox’s dad, George McFly, in Back to the Future. Before Corey and Crispin went on to better things, they were in this great Friday the 13th movie.
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Crispin plays Jimbo, a guy who is seriously desperate to get laid. His friend Ted keeps making fun of him and calling him a dead fuck. There’s a funny scene where Jimbo does a ridiculous dance to the band Lion.

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Unlike Part 3, we see a lot more nudity. No complaints here. There’s a funny scene in which young Tommy sees a hot girl stripping nude in front of the window. This also the one with the twin girls (who I personally thought were the hottest chicks I’ve seen in the series besides Megan in Part 6).  Tommy sees them skinny dipping and the look on his face is priceless.

As usual there are more awesome and intense kills that ensue. Some of my favorite kills include poor Jimbo’s death. “Ted, where’s that corkscrew?”  Also, the cheater Paulie getting it in the balls was really brutal. I didn’t expect it at first and was like damn!


I have to admit Ted White, who didn’t want recognition for the part, played the perfect Jason. Many could disagree with me on that, but I really dug Joseph Zito‘s F13 direction style as well. He didn’t pull any punches. My only real complaints were the music Paulie the cheater puts on ( aye… too old even for me). Also, the long buildup to the offscreen kill of the Mom. Maybe that was done intentionally for the suspense, who knows.
Speaking of intentionally doing things… the title. That is my only other complaint, albeit a minor one. Usually I don’t like the scenes where Jason chases the last person around, but in this one I don’t mind as much. Jason’s death at the end IS brutal. It’s worth to see how it all goes down.


I hate when I tell people Part 4 is one of my favorites, and they go which one is that? The Final Chapter title always throws people off. A year later the title meant nothing, but they kept it anyway.

Overall, awesome sequel. Definitely a good time, and one of my top favorite Jasons.

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

Axl likes softcore aerobic porn. I notice movies around this time in the 80s have a lot of aerobic exercise videos.
We briefly get a glimpse at Pamela Voorhees’ grave. It says she died in 1979.
“I got my reputation in 6th grade.” Whooaa dude. I remember the first time I heard the hot girl say that I wondered what all that meant.
Whats up with Trish and the Rob guy being so bossy with Tommy like he has to do all the work? He’s 12 !

Show cancelled

Hello friends/fans,
Due to the weather yesterday, Scars Like These couldn’t make it out to Philly. It was really bad, I almost got into a car accident driving yesterday, and that was BEFORE getting ready to go to Tom’s place (the typical band meetup spot). The temp was basically 23 degrees and wasn’t increasing. Chris, our bassist, was trapped in gridlocked, bumper-to-bumper traffic. One of the bands’ vehicles broke down and they were well over 5 hours away. This show was the middle of their tour schedule. Tom’s neighborhood hadn’t even been plowed. It would’ve been ridiculous, and who would even be there to see a show in the middle of a storm?
Anyway, that would’ve been the last show with Chris. After he got out of traffic, he went to Tom’s, grabbed his bass and amp and left. That’s it. Now we have to find a new bassist to audition/join up. This could be a while. I bet we’ll be a 3-piece temporarily, time permitting. We just need to finish the vocal parts. After that it’s the mixing/mastering that, according to Tom, will probably be 1-2 days hanging out being obsessively attentive to all the sounds and changes. Then we have to make the changes necessary until we are satisfied.
Me, I’m personally very excited. This is my debut recording with them as the drummer, so it will be a very big thing for me.  Early 2018 seems to be the goal for the release, so it’ll start the year off fresh. I can only imagine the great times that will follow. I just hope the new bass player is someone who can work well with us in all aspects.
Well anyway, enough babbling. I never did get around to talking about the late show we did, which coincidentally was our actual last show with Chris on bass, and the last of the year. The Red Stallion was interesting because you could smoke inside the bar. We were pretty far out from our usual gig locations. But nonetheless we sounded really good on stage. By that I mean the sound system was incredible.  Unfortunately I don’t think I played my best because I attempted backup vocals, and because I am still new to it, it threw off my playing. I have to get better at this. In the meantime, I might not do that again for awhile.  Our friend Shawn, the drummer of Old Fezziwig, who actually lives down the street, showed up before we went on and filmed us.  We may never see the footage. We were able to get a few funny pics taken, too.
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Well anyway, will update more soon. See ya friends!

Dave