Alberto Del Rio Gets “Future Endeavored”

Notes On Alberto Del Rio's WWE Departure, His Last TV Match And Contract –

Earlier today,amid all of the blame being poured on Vince Russo(as usual) for the un-renewal of TNA’s contract with Spike TV(“Ohhhhhh…..we got to see Dixie Cater being put through a table tonight !! Woo-Hoo !! Yipppppiiiiiie !!!”),now comes major wrestling news of the WWE having given the axe to Alberto del Rio,mainly for “improper conduct and an incident with an employee”.

Alberto,who(along with Mistico[/the original Sin Cara]) was brought in to expand their Latin/Hispanic audiences,since Rey Mysterio is too badly injured to wrestle anymore,and the WWE behind-the-scenes enjoyed del Rio for being the tall,muscular wrestler that he is(since Vince McMahon always favors tall,bodybuilder physique sporting types). del Rio did have some success in the WWE,despite not being able to fully connect with the WWE audience,and he was recently getting downsided and his contract was up,for it sounds more to me like del Rio’s “Release” was more connected to the recent WWE budget cuts that are attributed to both the WWE Network’s failure to gain massive viewers and subscribers(in the U.S.) and having enough money to pay to Sting when he eventually makes his WWE debut(and give him that mucho big payday).

With the El Rey Network’s Americanized version of AAA readying up to make its October debut,what is the WWE’s loss could be AAA’s biggest gain,since AAA could really use a big name star in its El Rey debut and who else better than del Rio ?

Movie Of The Week:
NYMPHOMANIAC: Lars von Trier’s most recent film is a four hour super provocative drama that’s basically both the KILL BILL of softcore erotica dramas(/cinema) and the first all-star cast NC-17 film since 1976’s 1700(even though NYMPHOMANIAC was released as Unrated). It’s got several heavily explicit sex scenes(including a few hardcore XXX bits) amid the extremely lengthy drama(that sets up the story),and it could have been cut of a hour and instead been a three hour film since the last half of VOULME 2 pretty much drags,but it does have a decent pay-off. Had this film been made in the late 80s/early 90s it would have definitely got major mainstream coverage as an extremely controversial erotic drama instead of the puny Straight-To-VOD release that Magnolia Films gave it(to avoid getting caught up in any mainstream media controversy,as well as not having the financial resources of Sony/Columbia,Fox,Disney,nor Lionsgate to afford such a nationwide release). It’s a real good film,although the 1974 softcore erotic British romp THE SEX THIEF(with David Warbeck sexing it up with his [very willing] female burglary victims,and even having a full frontal nude scene[!!!]) is much more fun and enjoyable(and is 3/5 half the length of NYMPHOMANIAC).

Oh,Wow. Michael Bay’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Is Coming To Theaters This Weekend. I’ll Pass,Since I’m Still Stuck With The 1990 Version And I’d Rather Prefer TWO LIVE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES(The Two Live Crew Blended With The Ninja Turtles,Only With Facial Hair And Penis Shaped Swords And Nunchucks),Since They’re Horny In A Half Shell.

Steven M.

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Rob Zombie Goes The Crowdfunding Route With 31




        As revealed yesterday,musician/genre filmmaker Rob Zombie announced that he is going the crowdfunding route with his soon-to-film new horror project 31(which he replaced his originally intended[-to-film] hockey drama BROAD STREET BULLIES with),which has a plot that sounds similar to the 2001 film SLASHERS,in that a kidnapped group of ramdom people must endure a fight-or-die game against an army of weapons-carrying psychopaths,with the main psychos being a massive arrays of clowns.  Yep: what everyone thought would be either a HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES/DEVIL’S REJECTS follow-up,a Captain Spaulding prequel,or a HALLOWEEN sequel is instead another new Rob Zombie horror yarn that he’s teased the fans with,and mightily succeeded in manipulating,toying,and trolling again upon them(since he really enjoys doing that so much).

    I’ve got no problem with RZ going the crowfunding route with this one,since he’s allowed more freedom in making his film as he wants to make it without any Hollywood production suits interference,although some of the crowdfunding perks for this one do disturb me a bit: $300 gets RZ to become your Twitter Friend,and $1,000 gets your name in the Special Thanks edition of the End Credits.  Come On,for most crowdfunding projects add your name for free if you contribute some of your hard earned money to their film,and paying a couple of hundreds to a filmmaker to become your social media buddy is ridiculous,since on-line friendships and connections from anybody(including filmmakers) are mainly for free.  And if RZ is going to charge that much money,he might as well have those that fund his film to choose which actors and actresses they want to see in his film(even though RZ will stick his on-screen faves Sheri Moon Zombie[Mrs. RZ],Bill Moseley,and Sid Haig somewhere in the film),with Fangoria editor Chris Alexander having already suggested to RZ to cast Nicolas Cage in the film(!!!!). Nicolas Cage as the lead psycho clown really would be a riot,yet it would be cool to see Cage emotionally lose it on-screen(as only he can do it). Boy,can I see all of the Rob Zombie fanboys(who think that he’s a God and that he is The whole horror genre) massively lining up to see who contributes their bucks to him first.  


  Films Of The Week…

  HIGH VOLTAGE: I’m no fan of the usually wooden Antonio Sabata Jr.,but this 1997 actioneer by Isaac Florentine pretty much strengthens him as an actor,casting him amongst a group of friends(with Locklyn Munro,Amy Smart,and Mike Manis[the film’s scriptwriter) who rob a bank that turns out to be a cover for the local Vietnamese mafia,who pursue after them with a vengeance and chase them around town until they finally face-off at a deserted ole hotel with both mob turncoat Shannon Lee(Bruce Lee’s daughter) and Antonio Sabata Sr.(as ASJr.’s uncle) helping them take on the mob,as well as a greed obsessed psychotic friend(William Zabka) out to kill for his share of the mob’s stolen money,in a final showdown. Whatever weaknesses the film has(acting-wise) is strongly overlooked by Florentine’s wonderfully staged Hong Kong-esque sequences of shoot-outs,gory deaths,and ferocious fights,with the finale duel between ASJr. and Zabka being the showstopper. Definitely worth seeking out(despecially if you’re a Florentine fan).

  MELACHOLIE DEL ENGEL: Germany-based CANNIBAL director/filmmaker Marian Dora is a severe madman,as he openly proves with this follow-up film that plays like an artsy combo of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES with the film depicting two young gals who meet a Charles Manson looking,white suit-clad guy and his motley group of friends(who consist of a pudgy bald guy,a Goth clothes attired chick,a [Dark Delicaties owner] Del Howison looking long haired old man,and a wheelchair bound young gal) at the local carnival/fair,who soon take them to their remote place to spend the rest of the film shooting up drugs and playing twisted and depraved games,which explode upon the screen after 70 minutes(of getting to know the characters and their locale spot) with truckloads of rape,piss,shit,and vomit antics drenching the screen in ways that Pier Paolo Pasolini couldn’t imagine displaying them in SALO:120 DAYS OF SODOM. At nearly three hours,this film is no torture porn nor mindless splatter fest but is merely a major shock fest full of horrific sequences that’ll chase away the routine horror fan,especially with the showstopping scene consisting of the Manson looking guy beating up the wheelchair gal,stripping off her clothes,ripping off her IV and colostomy bag,and then finger raping her bodily poop covered colostomy hole. Yikes !!!!  And I haven’t even got into the scenes of various on-screen animal killings(that would even horrify CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST director/filmmaker Ruggero Deodato),people taking on-screen urinations,and the bald guy pooping on a chick. With his super artsy and heavily atmospheric filmmaking style displayed from beginning to end amid these shockingly depraved scenes,Dora is indeed one artsy lunatic who makes Jorg Buttgereit look like a regular working joe,and I wonder what other horrors he’s got to display in his recently released film VOYAGE TO AGATIS,as well as proves that Germany is indeed a country full of severely shocking genre films that can stand up along the fellow shocking genre films of Italy,France,and Japan.  Watch it at your own risk(if you dare yourself to)…

     Time for me to go(and enjoy the rest of the new month of August)…

 R.I.P.: Dick Smith (Make-Up FX Maestro/Extradinnaire)

Steven M.

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     Last night was the announcement that everyone in the IWC and the wrestling community was waiting to hear and just weren’t surprised by it: TNA(Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling’s contract was Not renewed by Spike TV.

   That’s right: after being a mainstay on that very network for 8 to 10 years,the executives at Spike TV felt the need to pull the plug off of TNA’s slowly disintergrating life support system as TNA’s Impact show was declining lower in the TV ratings,for the company that Jeff Jarrett founded in 2002 and was taken over by both Panda Energy and Dixie Carter(and the Carter family) openly had their golden opportunity at becoming the alternative to the WWE and any wrestlers that was either brand new or had a career in the WWE,ECW,or ROH(Ring Of Honor),but Dixie’s bad decisions and the reckless carelessness of TNA’s producers,production executives,and scriptwriting people(which included the likes of ex-WWE writers Vince Russo and Dave Laguna) is what drove TNA from gaining many new fans,since the company had the chance to rise their TV rating past one million but only rose as high as 1.5 million,and then fell downward as the weeks went by. Sure,the blame could easily be tossed upon the likes of Dixie(who started acting like a delusional female version of Eric Bischoff),Russo and former WCW success stories Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff,two men who were clearly out of ideas to strengthen the company,but the scripters and the production folks had the chance to make TNA as big as WCW was 18 years ago,but they clearly didn’t have the vision and diving hunger to make it happen and were lucky they got as close as they did in reaching one million viewers and gaining a small but super loyal audience/following(who always monstrously defended TNA to the fullest).

   The Hammerstein Balllroom-based June New York shows were supposed to be the shows that would save TNA and resurrect their Spike TV deal,for as critically acclaimed as they were those New York shows were mainly viewed upon as retro shows by the various fans and wrestling podcast hosts,as well as being too little,too late to save them from feeling the falling axe of Spike TV’s executive decisions.

    Now that TNA is about to collapse and die a painful but peaceful death,the many talented wrestlers in that company that are suffering the most will now have to flock over to the likes of the other alternative wrestling companies who now have had the WWE wrestling alternative fall into their paws,they being the likes of ROH(Ring Of Honor),and the impending federations of both Global Force Wrestling and the El Rey Network’s upcoming Americanized version of Mexico’s AAA(which happens in October[for a limited 8 weeks]).  

     Now that TNA is gone and the WWE is facing its own problems(via the WWE Network not meeting its success[due to it not being available worldwide],and having to decide to how to debut Sting onto WWE TV[as their financial company savior]),it’s up to ROH and the other alternative wrestling companies to quickly grab onto TNA’s fallen ball and carefully carry it upon not just saving the universe of alternative federations wrestling,but the future of wrestling itself.

Hard To Believe That Scarlet Johannsen’s LUCY Toppled The Rock(Dwayne Johnson)’s HERCULES At This Weekend’s Box Office,For I’ll Never Know What The Appeal Of Scar Jo Is…

Steven M. 

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50,And Still Going Strong

    Well,I’ve just turned 50 years old yet still feel like I’m still 14,but yet my body tells me that I’m not that young anymore.

    Nothing has pretty much changed nor is different for me,other than that the post-9/11 world has truly been a crazy,Internet obsessed place for the last 13 years that just gets wackier yet we all have to live in and fully deal with it.  Otherwise,I just had a quiet day eating at the local Mexican restirant(even though I’m not Hispanic,yet do look like I would be),and I plan on fully celebrating my birthday at this coming Saturday night’s Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden concert at Planet Hollywood,which is the first stop on their tour and it’ll be quite an exciting night to look forward to. I’m also going to get tickets to Kiss’ Hard Rock Hotel/Casino three week November residency for myself and my Mom,who has been wanting to see them for the last five years and her birthday is happening during the first week of their residency shows,for getting those Kiss tickets will make it the third time I’ve seen them and her second time(since we first saw them back in 1979[when the whole family went as a family event,making it my first ever concert]).  I’ll let everyone know if I go to any other concerts(with The Joint’s All Star Rap concert coming in two weeks) or events in the next few weeks(since there are several interesting ones that are coming up).

   BTW: enter me as a member of the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES fan club,since I also thought that film truly Rocks and does take CGI to another level,for I’d be shocked if the Oscars ignore this one(as well as the motion capture performances of Andy Serkis [Caesar] and Toby Kennell [Koba],who both really help make the movie),and I fully can’t wait for the next one(maybe have the apes and the humans team up to take on an army of mutant beings out to annihilate them both).

   Other than that,I’m outta here(for now,anyway)…

THE PURGE(2):ANARCHY Arrives In Theaters Today,For Hopefully It’ll Be As Good As The First Film,And ANNABELLE(THE CONJURING Spin-Off/Prequel[About That Creepy Looking Doll]) Looks Pretty Damn Cool,Too

Steven M.


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      Well,according to the link below,Tom Cruise’s latest film EDGE OF TOMORROW(alias his latest attempt at replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the big budget,big screen sci-fi action cinema icon) has badly bombed at the box office…

     It’s bad enough that the mainstream media won’t admit that Tombo’s new film mightily failed,to the point that that place a B in place of the word “bomb”. Since having seen Tombo’s career rise and semi-fall throughout the last 33 years(as well as seeing him as an acting rival during my time in the early-to-mid 80s at attempting an acting career[which seeing the fallout of so many 80s stars makes me glad that I didn't]),for here’s my unbiased opinion on why his new film bombed…

     First,I’ll have to give Tom Cruise credit as a studio groomed star who started out as a mainstream drama big screen pretty boy,but in the 90s and early 00s/2000s eventually blossomed on his own as a decent actor(ala his roles in THE FIRM,the first two MISSION IMPOSSIBLE films,COLLATERAL,and INTERVIEW THE VAMPIRE),but unfortunately in the mid 00s his career suddenly took a major skid when he divorced his then-wife Nicole Kidman for a brief affair with Penolope Cruz(who has since married Javier Bardem),and later an affair and marriage to Katie Holmes(that lasted for a few years),which he proudly declared on an Oprah Winfred episode by excitedly jumping on her couch( and did one monstrous box office flop after another(VANILLA SKY,WAR OF THE WORLD),as well as his public admiration of Scientology(which he happens to be a proud card carrying member of) and verbally criticizing those who speak against his religion,to the point that he took a co-starring third billed role in a Robert Redford film. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE(4):GHOST PROTOCOL(as super ridiculous as it was) was a major success that spiked up his career and showed the bright promise of an almighty career comeback,but unfortunately not long enough following the failure of his actioneer JACK REACHER.

   The majorities of celebrities of the last 60 years have gone on from being heavily built-up big name stars to frequent low budget cinema workers a handful of years later,showing that the longevity of a successful film career doesn’t mean much anymore,even if you win an Oscar(just ask the likes of Hilary Swank,Forrest Whitaker,Adrian Brody,and Lou Gossett Jr.). This situation has pretty much happened to the one-time-big-time likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger,who nowadays have to rely on THE EXPENDABLES films to keep their careers fully going,with Tom Cruise being no expection to that rule,since he’s as much a vulnerable and expendable star as everyone else in Hollywood. And the fans that used to enormously love him are now tired of him,his openly exposed personal life,and the media overhype over him and his movies,and have just basically moved on to newer actors and actresses.

    Otherwise,a recent box office failure(amid many of his recent films that have underperformed at the box office) is just another day in the park for the man that used to be on top of the world with TOP GUN and RISKY BUSINESS,but now has to take a regular walk in the park just like everyone else.

Self Indulgent End Comment: In Ten Days Is My 50th. Birthday,And I Still Feel Like I’m Fourteen Years Old; I Will Do An Upcoming Self Indulgent Blog Entry About The Age Thing Real Soon…

Steven M.

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Guillermo Del Toro Says He’s Prepared To Do ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ As PG-13 Now|The Playlist

Guillermo Del Toro Says He's Prepared To Do 'At The Mountains Of Madness' As PG-13 Now|The Playlist.

According to the link above,Guillermo del Toro has announced that this pet project AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS,which he was originally going to film a few years ago with Tom Cruise attached to the project but it got its plug pulled by the studios,who wanted it to be filmed on both a lower budget and for a PG-13 rating,for del Toro has expressed interest in re-assuming production on his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic story,with a big budget still in mind but he’s willing to scale it down for a PG-13 rating just to get it filmed,for anything to get this movie made, for all I care about is that it turns out to be a real good film,no matter what it’s rated,for I’d rather take a del Toro backed Lovecraft adaptation over a gratuitious remake or another retread anyday.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Arrives In Theaters Next Week,For It Looks To Be More Than Just Good(With Advanced Word Saying That It’s THE GODFATHER 2/THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Of The APES Saga)…

Steven M.

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DEADLY FRIEND: Director’s Cut Petition

I just stumbled across a very interesting petition,one being for the original Director’s Cut of Wes Craven’s DEADLY FRIEND,a horribly botched 1986 film that was heavily marred by constant studio-forced re-shoots,re-edits,and a forced grim finale(that didn’t quite fit the film).

Now there’s a large petition drive to convince Warner Bros. to allow Shout!/Scream Factory to construct and release DEADLY FRIEND’s original Director Cut(as a future Blu Ray/DVD set),in the version(and vision) that both Craven and (Oscar winning) scriptwriter Bruce Joel Rubin originally intended for us all to see.

I’m all for seeing this film once again,and even more so if that Director’s Cut does get released onto Blu Ray/DVD,since if the upcoming Blu Ray releases of both NIGHTBREED:The Director’s Cut(coming on October 28th.) and HALLOWEEN 6:THE PRODUCER’S CUT(for that upcoming HALLOWEEN series collection Blu Ray set) can both happen,then the DEADLY FRIEND Director Cut is a sheer possibly,as long as we fully sign and support the petition for that impending future release.

Here’s the link to that petition below…

The WWE Now Offically Sucks,Via Both John Cena And AJ Lee(As Stale,Boring,And Tiresome As Both Of Their Shitcks And Personas Are) Retaining Their Title Belts,Emma Getting The Boot(Via Her Shoplifting Arrest At Wal-Mart),And New Talent Being Kept Down,Ala TNA And The Immensive Egos Of Triple H And The McMahons,For It’ll Have To Take Court Bauer To Get ROH(Ring Of Honor) To Become The No. 2 Promotion(Even If Both Jim Cornette And Don Tony/Anthony DeBlasi Constantly Shit On That Federation),Since TNA Doesn’t Have Its Shit Together And Both Global Force Wrestling And The American Version Of AAA Are Just All Talk,Talk,Talk And Less Actual Constrcution Of Both Impending Companies/Federations…

Steven M.

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