GHOSTBUSTERS 3: BUSTING INTO A THEATER NEAR YOU!

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AFTER YEARS AND YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT HELL, GHOSTBUSTERS 3 IS HAPPENING AT LAST!

Who ya gonna call?  GHOSTBUSTERS!  I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS, THANKS TO THE GHOST BUSTING GHOSTBUSTERS, and fans are in for a treat!  WHY, YOU ASK, ARE THEY IN FOR A TREAT?  Well, it has been finally confirmed that GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is being made and that many of the original cast members are coming back!  YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME?  It is the truth, my friends!  IVAN REITMAN, the director of the first two films, confirmed that GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is finally in the works, and this is not a rumor, by the way.  There have been rumors circulating in cyberspace for years about a GHOSTBUSTER 3 being made, but these rumors were all false.  However, this is the real deal, my friends!  Unfortunately, HAROLD RAMIS, the guy who played EGON SPENGLER, passed away recently, so obviously he won’t be back.  But there is a strong possibility that BILL MURRAY, who played PETER VENKMAN in the movies, will be back, as well as DAN AKROYD, who played the character RAY STANTZ.  A whole new cast of characters will be introduced, according to REITMAN, in the new film, and this movie will not be a REBOOT of the movie franchise.  The events of the new film will be a continuation of the events of the first two movies, and some of the old characters will return together with a host of younger actors.  Bringing in new blood to project  will hopefully revitalize the series for a new generation of moviegoers while luring the older fans as well.  Also, REITMAN revealed that the new film will not be called GHOSTBUSTERS 3.  Judging from his recent comments, the new film will be using a lot of CGI effects and will most likely be in filmed in spectacular and eye-popping 3D.  Fans of old-school special effects like myself are a bit disappointed, but we, the fans, are eternally grateful that a third installment of such a beloved movie series is being finally made! A possible title for the new film could be “GHOSTBUSTERS: TOTAL CONTAINMENT,” because the subtitle “TOTAL CONTAINMENT” comes from the jargon used in the popular IGN comics.  So the new title will likely contain a subtitle based on established GHOSTBUSTERS lingo. IVAN REITMAN will not be directing this movie; instead, he will be one of the producers of the new movie project.  THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS WILL BE PLAYING A MINOR ROLE IN THIS FILM.  There are doubts as to how SONY will handle the fact that HAROLD RAMIS is no longer with us, and concerns have been expressed by REITMAN about BILL MURRAY’S reluctance to be involved in this project.  HOW WILL SONY DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVING TWO ESSENTIAL CHARACTERS IN THIS SEQUEL?  Only time will tell if BILL MURRAY will, at the last minute, decide to be involved with the movie after all.  REITMAN stated that BILL MURRAY had the tendency to wait until the last minute before confirming involvement in a movie project.   REITMAN says that the production of the film will start in the Fall of 2014, but due to unforeseen obstacles and problems, the film project may begin during the early part of 2015.  WELL, MY FRIENDS, WHO YA GONNA CALL?  GHOSTBUSTERS!  LIKE I SAID BEFORE: I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS!

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SIGOURNEY WEAVER FANS WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER IN GHOSTBUSTERS 3. THERE ARE A LOT OF RUMORS IN CYBERSPACE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT SHE MAY REPRISE HER ROLE AS DANA BARRETT, BUT SHE HAS REPEATEDLY STATED THAT IF BILL MURRAY CHOOSES NOT TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE, SHE ISN’T REPRISING HER ROLE IN THIS FLICK. THE OLD-SCHOOL FANS OF THE GHOSTBUSTERS FILMS WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IF SIGOURNEY WEAVER DOESN’T REPRISE HER ROLE, THAT’S FOR SURE!

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978: The best darn ZOMBIE flick ever made!

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ON APRIL 20TH, 1979, U.S. ZOMBIE FANS WENT TO THE THEATERS TO WATCH GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!  This vintage zombie movie is THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, in my opinion and in the opinion of most zombie movie fans.  I saw DAWN OF THE DEAD for the first time in a seedy grindhouse cinema located near my house.  They would show DAWN OF THE DEAD together with LUCIO FULCI’S zombie island masterpiece ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBI 2 and ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS).  I think I watched this double feature dozens of times over the years, and I never got tired of re-watching these magnificent zombie flicks.  Back then, for a buck and a half, I was allowed to stay inside the theater from the early afternoon until about 2 or 3 am.  I’d watch these films over and over again!  WHAT A TREAT!  It’s these two movies, but particularly GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD that initiated my insatiable hunger for zombie movie madness, that’s for sure!  Fans won’t forget about DAWN OF THE DEAD, even if the film is 36 years old.  What made this film better than all the other imitations?  It was a combination of factors that have made this film a global cult classic.  First of all, the film featured a top notch cast: David Emge (as Stephen Andrews), Ken Foree (as Peter Washington), Scott Reineger (as Roger DiMarco), Gaylen Ross (as Francine Parker), David Crawford (as Dr. Crawford), David Early (as Mr. Berman), Howard Smith (as the TV Commentator), Jese del Gre (as the Old Priest), Tom Savini (as Blades), Taso Stavrakis (as Sledge), and many more talented actors.  When you do a zombie flick, you have to choose a high quality cast with charisma and actual talent.  The cast of GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD was an excellent cast, and all of them had memorable scenes with very unforgettable lines.  Also, the cast had good chemistry; they looked good together, and they sounded good together!  These actors convincingly portrayed their roles, and that’s a recipe for cinematic success! 
The script, written by GEORGE A. ROMERO himself, is a masterpiece in zombie fiction horror.  Who can forget the memorable lines delivered by the great KEN FOREE, when he stated in a sobering manner that “WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL, THE DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH.”  That has to be one of my favorite horror movie quotes of all time!  And don’t forget the great makeup effects by the talented and famous TOM SAVINI.  There were no CGI zombies back then, so TOM SAVINI had to create the effects by hand, which made the movie more believable than many of the modern zombie flicks being made by Hollywood today.  The soundtrack for the film sets the creepy and atmospheric mood of the whole zombie apocalypse story in a way that stays with you, even after the movie is over.  Today’s zombie soundtracks are nowhere near as creepy and atmospheric, because there are few bands out there like GOBLIN.  This Italian rock band was the perfect choice for this film.  Without GOBLIN’S music, I doubt the movie would have been as good as it was.  I still listen to the classic DAWN OF THE DEAD soundtrack in total awe and admiration.  All the other zombie flicks lack that special moody and atmospheric quality because they don’t have the right soundtrack.  DAWN OF THE DEAD is a masterpiece that fans continue to mention and re-watch over and over again.  I wish we had modern zombie flicks that would capture the special moodiness of this late 70s smash hit.  Will there ever be another movie like DAWN OF THE DEAD?  It’s always a possibility, but Hollywood does not listen to the old zombie movie fans.  They want to emulate the new 28 DAYS LATER style zombies that run and scream like rabid maniacs.  Old school zombie fans are disappointed about these running, screaming and fast paced zombies.  What made Romero’s zombie flick different was the fact that the zombies had a supernatural element.  People were not sure why the zombies were attacking, and if it was a virus or some other force.  There was this idea that god, nature or some other force was punishing humanity for its crimes.  That’s what I liked about the original.  The dead were really dead, and they walked like animated corpses.  Now, the dead run, scream and use weapons to attack their prey.  I and a lot of old school zombie fans don’t like this, and filmmakers need to take note of this.  We want rotten, bloated and slow moving corpses with misshapen bodies.  We want monsters that more closely resemble a classic ghoul.  Forget about the rabid screaming zombies.  Bring back the old classic slow-moving zombies that look like rotten corpses with worms.  Bring back the animated dead with missing limbs and guts hanging out.  Make the zombies look like dead people who have been dead for a while.  Also, bring back the mythology of the dead supernaturally rising from the grave, a la Lucio Fulci.  In Dawn of the Dead we were not sure what was the cause of the zombie apocalypse, and that made it even more frightening.  Rabies like viruses are not as scary, and gives the zombie apocalypse a scientific explanation.  Keep the zombies mysterious; keep the cause of the apocalypse unknown.  PLEASE LISTEN TO ME, ZOMBIE STORY AUTHORS, VIDEO GAME MAKERS, FILMMAKERS AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT MAKES A LIVING CREATING ZOMBIE STORIES!  Study GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC 1978 flick more closely, and take a look at what made this movie so successful.  Try to expand on the mythical, mystical, otherworldly aspects of ghoul legends, and expand on that.  The music is very important too!  If you are a filmmaker or a video game designer, you need to pay attention to the music.  Hard rock soundtracks don’t work for creating a super creepy atmosphere; you need to use electronic music like the type that GOBLIN creates to get the right mood for your project.  LISTEN TO ME, AND YOU WILL SUCCEED IN YOUR ZOMBIE PROJECTS!  Listen to the fans.  The gore has to be outrageously over-the-top, and you need to be more creative when it comes to zombie carnage.  Select the right type of cast, if you are a filmmaker.  Don’t select actors and actresses just because they look pretty on screen.  The actors and actresses need to have a certain amount of charisma, and that means selecting unique looking characters with distinctive personalities.  GEORGE A. ROMERO’S ORIGINAL CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, BECAUSE IT HAS THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF ELEMENTS.  Great actors, atmospheric music, old-school special effects and a well written script make GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 an inimitable global cult classic that will continue to live on for many generations to come!

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THE SCENES IN THE ORIGINAL DAWN OF THE DEAD WERE MEMORABLE AND STAYED WITH YOU EVEN AFTER THE MOVIE WAS OVER.  THE SHOCKING AND MEMORABLE SCENES IN THIS FILM WERE THE RESULT OF A COMBINATION OF FACTORS THAT INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: A GREAT CAST OF CHARISMATIC CHARACTERS, A WELL WRITTEN SCRIPT, ATMOSPHERIC AND SPOOKY MUSIC, GREAT MAKEUP EFFECTS, AND PLENTY OF OUTLANDISH ZOMBIE EXTRAS IN AN ENCLOSED AND CLAUSTROPHOBIC LOCALE.  NEW FILMMAKERS AND OTHER ARTISTS NEED TO TAKE NOTE OF THE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE THIS AN INIMITABLE CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK FROM THE LATE 70S.  YES, DON’T IMITATE, BUT TRY TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THESE ELEMENTS IN YOUR NEXT ZOMBIE BASED PROJECT!  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978: THE BEST DARN ZOMBIE FLICK EVER MADE!

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THE MARKETING FOR GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 WAS AND STILL IS QUITE INGENIOUS.  THE ANNOUNCER’S DEEP AND CREEPY VOICE, THE ZOMBIE’S BREAKING THOUGH BARIERS, THE MUSIC BLARING IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE WARNING DISPLAYED ABOUT THE FILM’S VIOLENT SCENES.  ALL OF THESE ELEMENTS MADE POTENTIAL MOVIE GOERS WANT TO SEE THIS PICTURE EVEN MORE.  THE POSTER WITH THE ZOMBIE HEAD RISING LIKE THE DAWN’S EARLY SUN IS INGENIOUS AS WELL.  THIS MOVIE WAS SUCCESSFUL AND IS A CULT CLASSIC BECAUSE OF ALL THESE ELEMENTS COMBINED.  NEW ZOMBIE FILMMAKERS NEED TO STUDY THESE ELEMENTS VERY CLOSELY IF THEY WANT TO CREATE CULT CLASSIC FILMS THAT WILL LAST FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

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THIS GUY DID A GREAT JOB AS THE SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT THE ZOMBIES ON THE TV BROADCAST.  HIS NAME IS RICHARD FRANCE, AND HIS DISTINCTIVELY DEEP VOICE BLARING IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE FILM ADDED TO THE APOCALYPTIC GLOOMINESS PERMEATING THE ENTIRE FILM.  HE’S GOT AN EYEPATCH, AND HE’S GOT CHARISMA.  IS HE THE BEST LOOKING ACTOR?  NO, NOT EVEN CLOSE, BUT THAT’S WHAT WE WANT IN A GOOD ZOMBIE FLICK.  WE WANT INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE CHARACTERS THAT ARE UNIQUE AND HAVE STAGE PRESENCE.  SOME OF THE ACTORS CHOSEN FOR MODERN ZOMBIE MOVIES ARE PRETTY TO LOOK AT, BUT THEY HAVE NO CHARISMA, AND THEY ARE VERY FORGETTABLE.  DAWN OF THE DEAD HAD DISTINCTIVE LOOKING CHARACTERS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES, WITH UNIQUE PERSONALITIES.  A GOOD ZOMBIE MOVIE SCRIPT WRITER NEEDS TO CREATE INTERESTING CHARACTERS FOR THEIR MOVIES, JUST LIKE GEORGE A. ROMERO DID WITH DAWN OF THE DEAD.  EVEN THE BACKGROUND CHARACTERS WERE INTERESTING, LIKE RICHARD FRANCE’S PORTRAYAL OF DR. BERMAN.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD IS PETER WASHINGTON (BRILLIANTLY PLAYED BY THE FAMOUS AND TALENTED ACTOR KEN FOREE).  WITHOUT THIS CHARACTER, THE MOVIE WOULD PROBABLY NOT HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL, AND THE DECISION TO SELECT KEN FOREE FOR THIS ROLE WAS BRILLIANT, IN MY OPINION.  HE IS ONE OF THE CHARACTERS THAT I REMEMBER MOST FROM THIS MOVIE.  GREAT ACTING, MR. FOREE, IF YOU ARE READING THIS.  I HOPE YOU READ THIS SO YOU KNOW HOW I AND MANY FANS OUT THERE FEEL ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THIS FILM.  WITHOUT YOU, THIS MOVIE WOULD HAVE FLOPPED.  THE WAY YOU DELIVERED YOUR LINES, WITH THE NATURAL EXPRESSIONS OF YOUR FACE, MADE YOUR CHARACTER BELIEVABLE AND VERY MEMORABLE.  WE, THE ZOMBIE MOVIE FAN COMMUNITY, SALUTE YOU!  IMAGE SOURCE:TAP OR CLICK HERE!


THIS SCENE FROM DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978 IS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE IN THE ENTIRE FLICK.  THE CHARACTER’S NAME IS ROGER DIMARCO, DRAMATICALLY PLAYED BY SCOTT REINIGER, AND HE IS MY SECOND FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM THE FILM.  HE DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB OF PORTRAYING A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY SURE OF HIMSELF AND OVERLY IMPULSIVE.  IN THE END, ROGER’S IMPULSIVENESS AND CARELESSNESS GOT THE BEST OF HIM.  IN THIS SCENE, AFTER HAVING BEEN BITTEN BY A ZOMBIE, HE RISES FROM THE DEAD AND BECOMES AN ANIMATED CORPSE.  PETER IS FORCED TO SHOOT ROGER IN THE HEAD, SPLATTERING ALL HIS BRAINS ON THE WHITE WALL BEHIND HIM.  THIS IS A SCENE THAT STICKS WITH YOU FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME.  MODERN FILMMAKERS AND AUTHORS NEED TO TAKE NOTE WHEN CREATING A GREAT ZOMBIE SCENE.  WHAT MAKES GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD SO MEMORABLE?  YOU NEED TO MAKE A LIST, AND STUDY THAT LIST VERY CAREFULLY.  EVERY SCENE IN THIS MOVIE WAS METICULOUSLY CRAFTED, AND THE SPECIAL EFFECT GORE SCENES ARE TOP NOTCH.  YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION, MODERN ZOMBIE ARTISTS AND FILMMAKERS.  SOMETIMES YOU’VE GOT TO GO BACK TO BASICS AND SEE THE CLASSIC ZOMBIE FILMS AGAIN.  I REALLY HOPE YOU GET IT, BECAUSE YOU WILL FAIL MISERABLY IF YOU DO A SILLY ZOMBIE FLICK WITH STUPID CHARACTERS AND A JUVENILE PLOT.  SOME OF THE ZOMBIE COMICS, VIDEO GAMES, AND FILMS OUT THERE ARE QUITE DUMB AND FORGETTABLE.  YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHY BY ANALYZING CAREFULLY WHAT MADE GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD A GLOBAL PHENOMENON.  IMAGE SOURCE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!

GEORGE A. ROMERO ON THE SET OF DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978.  WITHOUT A GREAT SCRIPT, YOU CAN’T REALLY EXPECT TO CREATE A CULT CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK.  IT’S THE SCRIPT, THE DIALOG, AND THE CHARACTERS THAT MAKE A ZOMBIE FLICK SUCCESSFUL.  WITHOUT WELL WRITTEN SCRIPT, YOU ARE DOOMED, MY DEAR ASPIRING FILMMAKER.  I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LATER ON, BUT THE NEWER FILMS LACKED THE POWER OF THE ORIGINAL DAWN OF THE DEAD.  DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) IS ALSO A VERY GOOD ZOMBIE MOVIE, BUT DAWN OF THE DEAD REMAINS MY FAVORITE ZOMBIE FLICK OF ALL TIME.  AFTER DAY OF THE DEAD, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED.  I AM NOT A FAN OF THE NEWER WORK BY ROMERO.  I LOVE THE FIRST THREE ZOMBIE MOVIES: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD AND DAY OF THE DEAD.  LAND OF THE DEAD, WELL, I JUST DIDN’T GET THE SAME MEMORABLE VIBE I GOT FROM THE FIRST THREE FILMS.  I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF FANS WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH ME, BUT I JUST DID NOT LIKE THE NEXT THREE FILMS AFTER DAY OF THE DEAD 1985.  A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE MAY OR MAY NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO.  EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS, AND I DO HAVE QUITE A FEW OF MY OWN.  I RESPECT YOUR OPINION IF YOU LIKED ALL OF THE FILMS, BUT MY FAVORITE GEORGE A. ROMERO ZOMBIE FLICKS CONTINUE TO BE THE FIRST THREE, AND THE NUMBER ONE ALL-TIME FAVORITE OF THE THREE IS DAWN OF THE DEAD.  I NEEDED TO EXPRESS THESE FEELINGS WITH THE WRITTEN WORD IN HOPES THAT SOMEONE WILL LISTEN TO ME.  DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE ORIGINAL ONE AND NOT THE ONE THAT CAME OUT IN 2008 THAT FEATURES THE RUNNING AND SCREAMING 28 DAYS LATER ZOMBIES, WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE ZOMBIE FLICK OF ALL TIME.  PERHAPS YOU, MY READER, WILL BE THE NEXT FILMMAKER THAT WILL REVITALIZE THE ZOMBIE GENRE.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

ON APRIL 20TH, 1979, U.S. ZOMBIE FANS WENT TO THE THEATERS TO WATCH GEORGE A. ROMERO’S CLASSIC ZOMBIE FLICK DAWN OF THE DEAD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!  This vintage zombie movie is THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE, in my opinion and in the opinion of most zombie movie fans.  I saw DAWN OF THE DEAD for the first time in a seedy grindhouse cinema located near my house.”


— R. J. ALFARO, REPORTING FOR THE MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES COMMUNITY 2014.




GEORGE A. ROMERO’S 
DAWN OF THE DEAD VIDEOS


Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 1 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 2 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 3 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 4 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead 1978 Original HD Trailer 5 George A Romero Tom Savini

Dawn of the Dead Soundtrack


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THE ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM: A NOT-SO-SUPER 80S RETRO video game console!

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My good friend from JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL had an ATARI 5200 in his room, and he was so proud of it.  He’d polish it, and he had all his games stored in a special cartridge brief case.  YES, THOSE WERE THE DAYS!  I had COLECO’S COLECOVISION, which was and still is a very cool video game system, but ATARI needed to compete with COLECO’S success in the home video game market.  This SECOND GENERATION video game console was actually created to compete with the INTELLIVISION video game system, but ended up competing with COLECOVISION instead!  The internal hardware was based on ATARI’S 400/800 computers, but the software was not compatible between the two systems.  I had to settle for the COLECOVISION because my parents could not afford buying me another video game console, and, to tell you the truth, I really didn’t need any other system at the time.  Besides, I was able to play with the ATARI 5200 at my friend’s house, so I didn’t really miss anything.  The 5200’s game controllers were criticized as not being very good, because they were “sloppy” non-centering analog controllers.  I personally preferred the COLECOVISION controller because it would center automatically, and I think it worked better overall, especially for games like FROGGER and Q-BERT.  This video game console failed miserably because it had too much competition from a lot of superior video game systems, such as the INTELLIVISION, the COLECOVISION and the old classic Atari 2600.  Well, I don’t need to tell you this, because you probably already know if you are knowledgeable about video game history.  The Atari 5200 wasn’t a very good video game system because it had a bunch of wires, the controllers sucked, and the original console was huge and heavy.  I never had the heart to tell my friend that his system sucked, but he was very proud of it.  I had the superior COLECOVISION game system, which my friend did not get to play.  He missed out on a better system with cool games and accessories, but I always kept my mouth shut.  I remember playing Atari’s Kangaroo 5200 video game, and I liked that game.  However, the ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM controller really did suck, and it was very difficult to move your character around with those bulky game controllers that looked like giant cell phones, with a numeric keypad and all.  I still had lots of fun, but I am sticking with COLECOVISION instead.  Later on, Atari took out another smaller version of the 5200 which was a little better, and then the superior 7800 came out.  Atari made a lot of mistakes when they designed the 5200, that’s for sure.  However, I did like playing KANGAROO, MISSILE COMMAND, and POPEYE on my friends old 5200.  He had lots of fun too, but I know I had the better game system.  I wouldn’t have traded my COLECOVISION for anything in the world!   

The ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM: A NOT-SO-SUPER 80S RETRO video game console!

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THE ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM IS A HUGE AND BULKY SECOND GENERATION VIDEO GAME CONSOLE WITH DIFFICULT TO CONTROL VIDEO GAME CONTROLLERS.  SOMETIMES, THEY WOULD NOT WORK, OR THEY WOULD STOP WORKING AFTER CONTINUOUS USE.  THE JOYSTICK WAS A PAIN IN THE BEHIND BECAUSE THEY WERE NON-CENTERING, SO YOU VIDEO GAME CHARACTER SOMETIMES WOULD NOT GO WHERE YOU WANTED IT TO GO.  IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAY GAMES LIKE PAC-MAN WITH THESE TYPES OF CONTROLLERS.  THIS UNNECESSARILY LARGE GAME MACHINE HAS A SPACIOUS AND CONCEALED STORAGE COMPARTMENT TO STORE THE BIG CONTROLLERS.  LARGE, BAD CONTROLLERS, A FEW GOOD GAMES, AND THE VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 84 SEALED ITS UNFORTUNATE DESTINY.  NOW, THIS SYSTEM GETS MENTIONED IN A POSTING LIKE THIS FROM TIME TO TIME.  ONLY HARDCORE VINTAGE VIDEO GAME CONSOLE COLLECTORS WOULD WANT ONE OF THESE IN THEIR COLLECTION.  YOU CAN SEARCH THE INTERNET FOR A FEW 5200 EMULATORS THAT EXIST OUT THERE.  MANY PEOPLE DON’T BOTHER BUYING THIS BEHEMOTH OF A SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE ALL THE USED SYSTEMS HAVE THE GAME CONTROLLERS BROKEN.  YOU’D HAVE TO INVEST IN THIRD PARTY CONTROLLERS SO YOU CAN PLAY THE FEW GOOD GAMES THIS SYSTEM HAS TO OFFER.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!


THIS IS AN ATARI 5200 SUPERSYTEM GAME CONTROLLER, AND IT REALLY LOOKED IMPRESSIVE TO VIDEO GAMERS BACK IN THE 80S.  IT HAS AN ANALOG JOYSTICK THIS IS NOT SELF CENTERING.  AT THE BASE OF THE JOYSTICK IS A WEAK RUBBER BOOT RATHER THAN SPRINGS, AND IT IS THIS RUBBER BASE THAT WOULD CENTER THE JOYSTICK AND NOT SPRINGS LIKE THE REGULAR JOYSTICKS OF THE TIME.  TO BE FAIR, THE CONTROLLERS CAME WITH A FEW FEATURES THAT WERE AHEAD OF ITS TIME, LIKE PAUSE AND RESET BUTTONS, A NUMERIC KEYPAD, AND FOUR FIRING BUTTONS (TWO ON EACH SIDE OF THE CONTROLLER).  THE FIRE BUTTONS WERE MADE OF SOFT RUBBER, WHICH MANY PLAYERS FOUND VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.  ACCORDING TO IGN EDITOR CRAIG HARRIS, THE ATARI 5200 PRIMARY GAME CONTROLLER IS THE 10TH ALL TIME WORST GAME CONTROLLER IN HOME VIDEO GAME CONSOLE HISTORY (WIKIPEDIA).  MANY PEOPLE DECIDE TO PURCHASE NEW CONTROLLERS BY A COMPANY NAMED WICO, WHICH MADE A FEW GOOD GAME CONTROLLERS FOR THIS OLD ATARI SYSTEM.  I HAVEN’T PERSONALLY TRIED ANY OF THESE THIRD PARTY COMPANY CONTROLLERS FOR THE ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM, BUT THOSE WHO HAVE SAY THAT THESE CONTROLLERS DO THE JOB OF CORRECTING MANY OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ORIGINAL ONES.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!


“I remember playing Atari’s Kangaroo 5200 video game, and I liked that game.  However, the ATARI 5200 SUPERSYSTEM controller really did suck, and it was very difficult to move your character around with those bulky game controllers that looked like giant cell phones, with a numeric keypad and all.  I still had lots of fun, but I am sticking with COLECOVISION instead.”

— R. J. ALFARO, REPORTING FOR THE MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES COMMUNITY 2014. 


ATARI 5200 SUPERSYTEM VIDEOS

Atari 5200 Commercial


Atari 5200: Popeye [Parker Brothers]


Classic Game Room MARIO BROS. review for Atari 5200

Atari 5200: Gremlins [Atari]



Classic Game Room HD – ATARI 5200 Console review



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PHANTASM EXHUMED: The book PHANTASM FANS have been waiting for!

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EXCITED is an inadequate word to express the exhilaration PHANTASM FANS like myself feel when a book like PHANTASM EXHUMED gets published.  AUTHOR and PHANTASM ARCHIVES head DUSTIN MCNEILL has written a comprehensive and in-depth examination and exploration of DON COSCARELLI’S cult classic horror/sci-fi film series PHANTASM.   I saw the first PHANTASM film when it first came out in the theaters in SOUTH FLORIDA, and I’ve been addicted to the entire series since then.  My favorite all-time PHANTASM character is THE TALL MAN, played by ANGUS SCRIMM, who, by the way, stars in the latest and last sequel of the series PHANTASM V: RAVAGER.  Fans everywhere are going wild in cyberspace chatting about the brand new PHANTASM flick that’s coming to a theater near you!  NOW, fans have another reason to celebrate.  Not only are they going to get to see the PHANTASM sequel they’ve wanted to see for so long, they will be able to purchase and read the UNAUTHORIZED COMPANION to the entire series of films.  This magnificent book features an introduction by THE TALL MAN himself, ANGUS SCRIMM, more than 200 rare and never photos, more than 60 interviews with everyone involved in the series, unpublished excerpts from ANGUS SCRIMM’S 1977 set journals, coverage of the UNPRODUCED PHANTASM FILMS, a chapter on DON COSCARELLI’S first two films, and detailed information on deleted scenes and script variations for all four films.  PHANTASM EXHUMED by DUSTIN MCNEILL is a book that no true fan of the series should be without (FANGORIA MAGAZINE). 

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must say, the cover for the book PHANTASM EXHUMED by DUSTIN MCNEILL is quite striking, wouldn’t you say?  It features the face of THE TALL MAN, played by ANGUS SCRIMM.  Move over Michael, Freddy, Jason and Leatherface!  THE TALL MAN is one creepy alien that’s stronger than all of them, and he has mustard-yellow blood and severed fingers that turn into giant mutant bugs!  He can carry a heavy coffin under his arm like if it were a loaf of bread!  READ ALL ABOUT THE CREEPY TALL MAN IN THIS GREAT BOOK, IF YOU DARE!  IMAGE SOURCE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!
THE PHANTASM EXHUMED OFFICIAL WEBSITE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!
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Some people don’t understand my obsession with PHANTASM.  There’s something about the very first film that I truly love.  For one, the soundtrack has to be one of the creepiest and best horror scores ever!  Secondly, THE TALL MAN and the flying spheres in the mortuary.  Also, the shrunken dead people that look like evil hooded dwarfs.  The imaginative imagery in this cult classic film cannot be forgotten, that’s for sure.  Have you seen PHANTASM?  How many times?  I’ve seen the original film over 300 times and counting.  Every year, many cable TV channels show reruns of this classic flick.  You need to see this movie if you haven’t already.  When you are finished seeing this movie, go watch the others in the series, and, then, go purchase the new book by DUSTIN MCNEILL called PHANTASM EXHUMED!  This book is chock-full of never-before revealed inside information about the entire PHANTASM series.  You will find out information about unproduced PHANTASM movies that never came out in the theaters!  THIS BOOK IS A GREAT READ, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! IMAGE SOURCE: CLICK OR TAP HERE! 

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THE TALL MAN, PLAYED BY ANGUS SCRIMM, IS READY TO SCARE A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF MOVIE GOERS! IMAGE SOURCE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!

PHANTASM EXHUMED: The Book PHANTASM FANS Have Been Waiting For! 

This is truly amazing, folks!  I just chatted with the author of PHANTASM EXHUMED and he has agreed to allow me to embed hyperlinks with excerpts from the book right here for your viewing pleasure absolutely FREE OF CHARGE!  Could you believe it?  The author DUSTIN MCNEILL is amazing!  Thank you DUSTIN MCNEILL for allowing the MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES cyber community the opportunity to read excerpts of your magnificent book!  We, the fans of PHANTASM, salute you!




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“EXCITED is an inadequate word to express the exhilaration PHANTASM FANS like myself feel when a book like PHANTASM EXHUMED gets published.  AUTHOR and PHANTASM ARCHIVES head DUSTIN MCNEILL has written a comprehensive and in-depth examination and exploration of DON COSCARELLI’S cult classic horror/sci-fi film series PHANTASM.”

— R. J. ALFARO, REPORTING FOR THE MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES COMMUNITY 2014. 


Phantasm (1979) – The Tall Man [Best viewed 720p & up]


FANS OF THE PHANTASM MOVIES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT FOR YEARS!  YES, MY PHANTASM GEEKS, NERDS AND FREAKS, THE NEW MOVIE IS BEING MADE AND THIS IS A BRAND NEW TEASER TRAILER FOR THE FLICK!  CHECK OUT THE BRAND NEW PHANTASM V: RAVAGER TEASER TRAILER:

PHANTASM V: RAVAGER TEASER TRAILER IS HERE!

Published on Mar 27, 2014
Official first teaser trailer for PHANTASM: RaVager
More info at http://www.phantasm.com
The long-awaited fifth and final entry in Don Coscarelli’s
classic horror Phantasm film series is coming soon.
Starring Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm.

GOOD NEWS: All the original cast members of the previous movies are in this brand new flick: MICHAEL BALDWIN, REGGIE BANNISTER, BILL THORNBURY, KAT LESTER, AND, OF COURSE, ANGUS SCRIMM.  In this new installment of the franchise, Reggie (Reggie Bannister) finally finds THE TALL MAN (Angus Scrimm) in his alien home world.  I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THE TALL MAN AND HIS ORIGINS IN THIS FLICK!


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“Could you believe it?  According to FANGORIA MAGAZINE, Phantasm V: Ravager has already been shot and has entered post production.  Don Coscarelli did not direct this film.  Someone else did the directing and Coscarelli took an executive role in the film.  WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW PHANTASM V: RAVAGER FLICK?  ANSWER: DAVID HARTMAN, AN RELATIVELY UNKNOWN DIRECTOR.  I hope Mr. Coscarelli made the right choice by placing DAVID HARTMAN in the director’s seat!” 

— R. J. Alfaro, reporter for the MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES (BLOGGER EDITION) 2014. 


THE COOLEST HORROR MOVIE THEME EVER BY FRED MYROW AND MALCOLM SEAGRAVE! PHANTASM “MAIN THEME”!


Phantasm ‘Main Theme’ by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave [720p HQ]


COOL NEW PHANTASM V: RAVAGER POSTER BELOW!

When I was a little kid, one movie made me want to put a sweater over my head in the theater!  This movie was Phantasm (1979).  Since then, I have been absolutely addicted to the entire PHANTASM franchise.  I can’t get enough of the infamous TALL MAN or his menacing metallic brain-drilling orbs!  It seems I am not the only one that feels this way.  I’ve got thousands of cyber buddies that can’t wait for a BRAND NEW PHANTASM FLICK to be made.  Yes, my friends and curious visitors, PHANTASM V: RAVAGER is a reality!  Check out the cool poster for the new PHANTASM V: RAVAGER movie below.  

PHANTASM V: RAVAGER is a reality!  Check out the COOL POSTER for the new PHANTASM FLICK!


This is the poster for the brand new PHANTASM V: RAVAGER film.  I can’t wait to see this film! 

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PHANTASM V: RAVAGER OFFICIAL WEBSITE: CLICK OR TAP HERE!


I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE NEW PHANTASM FLICK!  HOW ABOUT YOU?  ARE YOU A PHANTASM FAN LIKE ME?  WRITE TO ME!  I’D LIKE TO READ YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT PHANTASM AND THE NEW MOVIE PHANTASM V: RAVAGER! AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, ALSO CHECK OUT THE NEW BOOK BY DUSTIN MCNEILL CALLED “PHANTASM EXHUMED.”  EVERY TRUE FANATIC OF THE PHANTASM SERIES SHOULD HAVE A COPY IN HIS OR HER OWN PERSONAL LIBRARY!


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THE AMAZING VECTREX COMPUTER GAME CONSOLE: A Unique Vintage Video Game Console from the 80s!

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Vector display-based video game console VECTREX, developed by the now defunct WESTERN TECHNOLOGIES/SMITH ENGINEERING video game company, continues to be the most unique and inventive entertainment system ever conceived.  This visually appealing video game console was licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electronics (GCE), and then by Milton Bradley Company after their purchase of GCE.  How I wanted one of these consoles when I was a kid!  However, at the time, the console was quite pricey at $ 199.00 when it was first released in 1982.  Today, $ 199.00 is not a lot of money, but back then that was the equivalent of $ 470.00, which would have been more than what my family was paying for rent every month.  Plus, the fact that the cartridges and peripheral devices for this machine were son expensive, my family gave me COLECOVISION instead, which was a bit cheaper.  So, I missed out on having one of these electronic beauties when I was a kid, but I did have a chance to play with them more than once at the department stores.  All I can say is this: Wow!  It was like playing the coin operated vector graphic games at the video game arcade!  Soon, the price started falling from $ 199.00 to $ 150.00 and then it went down to $ 100.00.  I had a friend who had Atari 5200, so between COLECOVISION and the new Atari, I was able to meet my video gaming needs in the 80s.  Time kept passing by, and the video game crash of 1983 happened.  VECTREX unfortunately did not survive this crash, and it exited the market in 1984.  I still remember this video game console like if we were living in the early 80s.  A flood of nostalgic feelings come over me because I really had a lot of fun during those times.  Life was simpler back then, and with little or no money you could have a good time with your friends.  Now, I have the chance to write about this magnificent vector-display based video game console after so many years.  It seems that this system is having a comeback of sorts, especially among foreigners, who are rediscovering the magnificence of this unique entertainment system.  This system has a growing cult following, and many gamers from this generation are curious about this classic electronic entertainment device (WIKIPEDIA).  

THIS IS THE BEAUTIFUL VECTREX COMPUTER GAME CONSOLE THAT CAME OUT IN 1982.  I WAS A KID BACK THEN, BUT I’D SPEND HOURS AND HOURS PLAYING WITH THIS CONSOLE AT VARIOUS DEPARTMENT STORES IN GIANT AIR-CONDITIONED SHOPPING MALLS.  I WAS A MALL RAT, THAT’S FOR SURE.  I’D SPEND ENTIRE WEEKENDS WITH MY FAMILY GOING TO ALL THE MAJOR SHOPPING MALLS NEAR MY HOME.  THE RETAILERS WANTED MY PARENTS TO BUY THIS EXPENSIVE ENTERTAINMENT MACHINE, BUT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD IT BACK THEN.  THE CARTRIDGES WERE PRETTY EXPENSIVE TOO, AND THE PERIPHERALS WERE AWESOME, BUT THE PRICES WERE STEEP.  I HAD TO SETTLE FOR THE MORE ECONOMICAL, BUT AWESOME COLECOVISION INSTEAD.  THE YEARS PASSED BY, AND I NEVER GOT TO OWN ONE OF THESE.  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

THE AMAZING VECTREX COMPUTER GAME CONSOLE: A Unique Vintage Video Game Console from the 1980s!  IT IS HAVING A COMEBACK WITH VINTAGE VIDEO GAME CONSOLE COLLECTORS EVERYWHERE!

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DO YOU LOVE THE VECTREX COMPUTER GAME CONSOLE?  EXPECT TO SEE MORE ABOUT THIS VINTAGE ELECTRONIC GAMING SYSTEM IN FUTURE POSTINGS.  I WILL BE GOING MORE IN-DEPTH INTO THE HISTORY OF THE VECTREX SYSTEM, AND I WILL BE WRITING ABOUT ITS INGENIOUS PERIPHERAL DEVICES VERY SOON.  DID YOU HAVE A VECTREX WHEN YOU WERE A KID?  WHICH WERE YOUR FAVORITE VECTREX GAME CARTRIDGES?  I’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  IMAGE SOURCE: TAP OR CLICK HERE!

This is a video game entertainment console like no other, because it has an integrated vector monitor that displays luminous and geometrical vector graphics featured in many of the most popular upright coin operated games of the 80s.  All the other video game consoles had to be connected to old analog TV sets, and these non-portable video game consoles would render raster graphics instead of the cool vector graphics of such games as Atari’s “Asteroids” and “Battlezone.”  Who can forget such arcade classics as Cinematronic’s “Cosmic Chasm” or Sega’s “Space Fury”?  I sure can’t.  These games were revolutionary and so was the VECTREX computer game console.  VECTREX was a computer system way ahead of its time, and it was very underrated and under-appreciated by many during the 80s.  It was a highly competitive video game market with Atari’s 2600 and Coleco’s COLECOVISION leading the pack.  It is no wonder that VECTREX could not compete with so many great computer gaming systems.  Perhaps now, after so many years, VECTREX and its spectacular vector graphic games could receive the attention and recognition they deserve.      

“How I wanted one of these consoles when I was a kid!  However, at the time, the console was quite pricey at $ 199.00 when it was first released in 1982.  Today, $ 199.00 is not a lot of money, but back then that was the equivalent of $ 470.00, which would have been more than what my family was paying for rent every month.  Plus, the fact that the cartridges and peripheral devices for this machine were son expensive, my family gave me COLECOVISION instead, which was a bit cheaper.”

— R. J. ALFARO, REPORTING FOR THE MIAMI ZOMBIE TIMES COMMUNITY 2014. 


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