Nightmare on Elmo Street

“Nightmare on Elmo Street” is the latest creation brought forth from the mind of indy flimmaker and “King of the B Movies,” Bill Zebub. Bill Zebub is a metalhead, a magazine editor, a radio personality, a social commentator and a self proclaimed clown who has been making movies since the early 2000’s. Such movies include comedies like “Indie Director” and “Stereotypes;” sexually explicit works like “Loving a Vegetable;” documentaries like “Death Metal: Are We Going to Watch You Die;” and straight up horror movies like “Night of the Pumpkin” & “Holocaust Cannibal.”

So what is “Nightmare on Elmo Street” about? In this film, you have a world where puppets and humans are living together but not necessarily in harmony. You see, some people don’t like puppets and treat them as second hand citizens. But some people do like puppets and have relationships with them. Like Lydia. Lydia, portrayed by Lydia Lael, is a starving artist who has recently hooked up with a puppet but her lesbian roommate, portrayed by Erin Brown, isn’t too keen on the idea as she is not a fan of puppets and also has a major crush on Lydia. Most of the movie revolves around these ladies relationship and it’s ups and downs. By the way, one particular puppet Erin doesn’t care for is Jesus. Yes, in this movie, Jesus is a puppet. Oh and don’t forget about the cable guy, Barbara, who is played by Bill himself. Barbara is a felon who installs cable as part of his community service. But Barbara also has a dark secret; one that gets revealed at the end of the movie. Just be wary of anytime Barbara asks if you don’t like puppets because if you don’t, something is going to happen to you and you won’t like it. There is a lot more to it, but I don’t want to ruin anything or give spoilers away. That’s not what this is for.

Simply put, Bill Zebub makes fun movies. Sure they are full of weird, quirky humor; they are loaded with gratuitous female nudity; and there is a lot of anti-religious dialogue, but overall….they’re fun. “Nightmare on Elmo Street” has all these things and more. A lot more. What you ask? How about Teddy Bear rape, girl on puppet sex and a ton of pussy………cats. Oh and it has a message. Wait….what? A message? Yes……A MESSAGE! Now basically, this movie looks like a weekend project for a film class. Some of the camera shots are static, the editing is not very tight and a few of the acting performances come off as rushed. Not to mention it also has a fecal matter consuming puppet called “The Cocky Monster.” Get it? Instead of “The Cookie Monster?” Yeah it’s got all that. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Bill’s movies. But there are some things you’ll probably end up fast forwarding through. Like the fight scenes for example. The fight scenes in this movie, and several of Bill’s other films, are usually produced in slow motion which drag them out in my opinion. Plus there are some scenes which seem to move the film away from it’s main focus. But  if you can get through all that, you get to the message. And what is the message you ask? Well I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to see for yourself. But trust me, when you get to the message, it will be a big WTF moment.

You see above the editing and the slow mo fight scenes, that’s the thing I really enjoy about Bill’s movies. He has all these weird things happening on the surface that normal people will turn their noses up at and ignore but just under the surface is some intriguing dialogue that indiscreetly exposes religious hypocrisy and also engages in breaking down our common American English language for it’s inconsistencies. What a concept? A movie featuring a woman having oral sex with a puppet also includes these highly thought-inspiring themes. Well, not to mention, the lovely ladies that adorn this film like, Lydia Lael, Erin Brown, Scarlett Storm, Vanna Blondelle & Dangrrr Doll.

So if you don’t have the attention span to make it through the 2 hours and 7 minutes of this movie to get to that message I mentioned, don’t bother. If you want to look at some beauties in little to nothing, go for it. If you want to have a film that you and your friends can let roll while you polish off a few bottles of Jack, Jim & Crown, this is for you. Or if you’re like me and can appreciate the time, work and effort it takes for an indy film to be made and want to see how the director did it with very little resources, then you should see this movie.

If you want to see it, go to Bill’s Vimeo page where you can rent or buy this movie and stream it online: https://vimeo.com/billzebub/vod_pages

As of this writing, Bill has an Indiegogo page up to help fund his next project, “Dickshark.” https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dickshark#/story. I made my donation so why don’t you.

Here is one final clip for you. It’s an outtake featuring Bill and Dangrrr Doll. And as a former Pro-Wrestler, Bill, my advice to you is learn how to bump. It will still hurt but not as much.

The Maxx Axe can be found on line on Facebook.com/TheMaxxAxe and Twitter @themaxxaxe.

5 Metal Albums of 2015 That You Should Be Listening To……

We’re about halfway through the year and there have been a good amount of good albums that have been unleashed upon the “metal world”.  Here are five albums released this year that I have enjoyed immensely and I honestly feel that you should give them a listen to…..

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Soilwork-Live In The Heart of Helsinki

Yep, starting off with a live one.  If you are familiar with Soilwork, you should already be well aware of this monster.  If you are not, this is a perfect starting point.  A heart racing, 23-track tour de force spanning the Swedish metal outfit’s entire body of work, Live In The Heart of Helsinki is a perfect display of the raw, adrenaline induced energy the band gives off in their studio recordings.  Guest appearances from Floor Jansen of Nightwish and Nathan J. Biggs of Sonic Syndicate further compliment this amazing set. .  I can give you guys a whole lesson on the Swedish metal scene but I’ll save that for another time.   Don’t just get the album, grab the blu ray as well. Fulfill the experience.

Haven

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Haven is the Florida-based power metal band’s eleventh album and the second to feature vocalist Tommy Karevik, who replaced the very popular longtime vocalist Roy Khan in 2012.  Their previous effort, Silverthorn, was an enjoyable record but seemed to lack a sense of solidarity, perhaps due to Karevik’s abrupt arrival.  However, “Fallen Star”, the powerful and majestic opening track of Haven, is an indication that Karevik has found his niche and comfort zone within the band.  This, along with a handful of wonderful, memorable moments, makes this Kamelot’s best work since 2005’s The Black Halo.  Notable tracks include “Insomnia’ ‘Veil of Elysium” “Under Grey Skies” (a medieval-tinged ballad featuring Charlotte Wessels of Delain) “Liar Liar” (featuring Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy) and “Revolution”.

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Night Demon- Curse of The Damned

This album is going to be very much discussed on next week’s Necrocasticon podcast and its also going to include an interview with Bassist/Vocalist Jarvis Leatherby, so I’m going to keep this brief.  Night Demon’s Curse of the Damned pays true homage to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the early days of the 80s thrash movement.  Neck snapping guitar riffs, tight production and great vocals.  If you love classic metal pick this up.  And tune in next week for more on this!  Metal!!!!!!

The next two albums I’m going to present are not released yet.  However, once they are, I DEMAND you get your hands on them.  Trust me…..

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High on Fire-Luminiferous

On June 16th (my wedding anniversary), Matt Pike and company are going to once again unleash their hellacious, skin-scorching brand of doom upon the world!  If you have never experienced the brutal awesomeness that is High on Fire, START NOW!!!  The best way I can describe them is to imagine a giant running full speed across a valley laden with skulls.  Take the doomy elements of bands like Trouble, Sleep (Pike’s former band) and Saint Vitus, the sludge of Mastodon, Clutch and the Melvins and the kick your ass rock and roll aggression of Motorhead and this is what you get.  Be ready…..

And now ladies and gentlemen….

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Paradise Lost- The Plague Within

On June 2nd, witness the return of the kings.  I have witnessed very few bands go through so many transitions and come full circle.  When Paradise Lost arrived on the scene in 1990, they were one of the founding fathers of the dark, slow, doom-laden style of death metal.  By the mid 90s, they evolved, moving to clean vocals, cleaner production and a more gothic metal based sound reminiscent of The Sisters of Mercy. At the turn of the new millenium, their sound became that of a melancholy synthpop, heavily influenced by such acts as New Order and Depeche Mode.  With each passing album, they slowly inched towards their roots, blending elements of each era with another.  Enter The Plague Within, the return to the sound that grabbed the metal world by its throat and demanded its attention.  I, amongst other fans of this band, can barely wait!   June 2nd……

This is not the be all end all of great new stuff released (or soon to be released this) year.  If there is anything that you guys have been listening to, share it with us.  Like you, we are fans and we are open to new stuff.  Until next time……METAL!!!!!