10 Dec 2014

CHRISTMAS: K-ROD'S CHRISTMAS GIFTS THE 1993 EDITION

Today I am casting my mind back to the Christmas of 1993. I remember lots about that year especially due to the fact that Jurassic Park opened it's gates and Hulkamania officially died. I remember certain songs and bits and pieces but the rest is a blur apart from.. my Christmas gifts. This was another sweet ass Christmas for me where the Santa list seemed to do the trick.

Like most kids in the UK at the time I was obsessed with owning a Super Nintendo and everything involving the Gladiators toys. Lets see what I got.

1: EVERYTHING INVOLVING THE GLADIATORS TOYS

Like I mentioned earlier Hulkamania was dead and unless you were a big fan of Yokozuna, Bret Hart or Ludvig Borga WWF just didn't cut it anymore. However what did cut it was another group of roided up men and women who battled it out every weekend on ITV (or London Weekend Television) the mighty Gladiators. Gladiators was an American concept which made its way to our television screens and made superstars out of the athletes who went out each week beating people up with padded sticks and tennis balls. The show was as huge for TV as the X factor is now netting millions of views from families up and down the country every Saturday night for over five years.

It came as no surprise that a toy line would be released of the Uk version, but the bigger surprise was the fact the toys were made by Hornby the most famous train set makers in history.


The playsets were really cool and the figures were clumpy little things that bared no resemblance to the real life counterpart apart from the fact they had the same clothes and had bulking muscles. The playsets were really cool and are something I will review more in depth at a later time. I got most of the figures and playsets for Christmas and the rest I got by saving coupons from Kellogs Frosties.

2: CLIFFHANGER VHS

Can't remember who bought me this but it was something I wanted. Under rated Stallone movie where a bloke who can climb mountains in next to nothing has to get a briefcase full of money for a bunch of well casted bad guys headed by 3rd Rock From the Sun's John Lithgow. Amazing stunts and the musical score is really good as well. I also loved the fact this movie had so many cuss words for a 15 certificate.

 3: THE SUPER NINTENDO MARIO ALL STARS EDITION

So yeah this was my main present and I was over the moon to get it because money was tight at the time and my mum came through and bought me the latest console I needed. It came free with Mario all Stars which was the complete collection of Mario games from the NES upgraded to 16 bit with stereo sound. Although it was fun to play the games in this format I didn't really care much for replaying games I had been playing the past 3 years. Which brings me onto my next and last gift.

4: STREET FIGHTER II THE WORLD WARRIOR

Now this was what it was all about. The fighting game which was so good that it was released 3 more times on the same console and is still played to this day by freaks like me.. STREET FIGHTER II The World Warrior. Had any of us played Street Fighter one? No? Did it matter? NO! This game started the craze of beat em ups which is still alive and well today.


The first game only had 8 playable characters and the speed was a lot slower and more deliberate. Each year a new version of the game would be released with new costumes, characters, game speeds and a few new moves. As soon as this was opened my other presents seemed obsolete. 

Thanks Santa (aka Mum) for another awesome Christmas.

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5 Dec 2014

CHRISTMAS: K-RODS FANTASY SANTA WISH LIST

So its that time of the year again, the time of year where you can receive really cool shit from your loved ones by addressing a letter to a fictional character in the hopes that a grown up will find it and give in to your demands.

However I am a grown up now and last year I received 4 bottles of the same aftershave and 60 quids worth of WH Smith vouchers as my mum told the whole family to get me the same thing. So to put it bluntly Christmas sucks now present wise,

Back when I was a kid though Santa always came through. The Santa Claus letter (or visit) was the perfect opportunity to ask for over the top shit without being clipped round the ear for being greedy.

I have only enjoyed a handful of Christmases as an adult and it is something that makes me sad as I love this time of year and the build up. Christmas has kinda become like Wrestlemania has the past few years.. a fucking let down.

I think the main reason it never lives up to it is due to the fact that I no longer receive toys and other childish stuff which is well.. fun. Don't get me wrong I am not ungrateful for receiving the nice clothes and multiple bottles of the same aftershave but its just not the same as opening a Super Nintendo or a Castle Greyskull.

In the past I have talked in great detail about some of the coolest presents I have ever been given at Christmas. Today I will be showing you the stuff on which upon opening would make me love Christmas again like I did back in the day. Some of it is stuff I generally want and most of it is stuff that is ridiculous beyond any normal persons price range.. unless a certain bearded man in the North Pole reads a shitty blog called Lost Entertainment.

ITEM 1: TERMINATOR 2 PINBALL MACHINE

I don't know why but ever since I saw this pinball table in Roller Bowl in Collier Row in 1991 at a friends birthday party I have wanted it. Even 23 years on I am still in love with it and I don't think until the day I get it (and get bored with it) I will ever be over it. Played it a few times around the globe and love the spinning Terminator skull the most. I don't even have the room for this but I am sure I will one day.

ITEM 2: PLAYSTATION 4 WITH GTA V
I am sure that this is on a lot of Christmas lists this year. Although I have listed this item it's not something I want that urgently. My Xbox 360 is still in fine working order and there are not that many great titles out yet on the next gen consoles that you can't already get on the last gen. Out of the battle between this and the Xbox One, the PS4 is a much wiser choice and something I will be purchasing when it comes down in price. Unless Santa is feeling generous..

ITEM 3: WWE JAKKS WRESTLEMANIA 2 DELUXE RING WITH BLUE STEEL CAGE
This WWE wrestling ring is a few years old now but it is the greatest toy wrestling ring ever created. It has been scaled to the real size of a WWE ring and has a real canvas, changeable ring aprons, real turnbuckles and the super awesome old school blue steel cage from back in the day. This toy was a fortune when it was released a few years back and I dread to think its value now. I sold all my wrestling figures a while back so fuck knows why I want this but it's just plain awesome.

ITEM 4: A 3D PRINTER

The 3d printer is one of the coolest inventions ever and it is only a matter of time before they are introduced into our homes at an affordable price. For now only rich people and big companies have them. I can't wait to get one so I can print out loads of prostitutes and make money from their immoral earnings. 

ITEM 5: WEED VAPORIZER 

So I tried a vaporizer the other week and it was pretty kick ass. I have seen these many times on my adventures in Amsterdam but I was reluctant to try for some reason. Actually the reason was most of the people who worked in the coffee shops were rude douche bags and I was really fucking high and not in the mood to ask for stuff. Anyway these are really cool inventions which vaporize weed  into a clear bag for you to breathe with no smoke which is just better all round.

ITEM 6: A SHIT TON OF WEED

I need this to put in my vaporizer and to smoke in general.. it is Christmas and if you expect me to get through all that food than I am going to need some of this to get me through the whole ordeal. Plus I just like getting high.

ITEM 7: A TRIUMPH CRUISER

One of my mates has this bike and I had a little go on it and enjoyed my self so yeah give me one of these Santa. If you get me this then I will forgive you for not getting me that bike I asked for when I was 7!

ITEM 8: HOT TUB

A few months after Christmas the weather gets a lot warmer and this seems to happen every year. This is why I need a fucking hot tub.. and some bitches!

ITEM 9: REAL IRON MAN SUIT

I know it's a bit far fetched (even for this list) but bear in mind this list is for a bloke who apparently has been alive for over a century and has flying reindeer's.. yeah exactly. Having a real working Iron Man suit would be awesome and I would get mine made up in West Ham colours so I could then go on to blow up all the other grounds I hate in the country starting from the Den in Millwall. 

ITEM 10: HAPPINESS

I had to end this one a leveled out one as I am not going to receive any of that crazy shit I have just listed. Apart from the weed part as I do tend to get pretty fucking stoned during the holiday period. If I can have a trouble free Christmas which has semi decent presents and no drama I will be happy with just that I guess.

K-ROD

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29 Oct 2014

MOVIES: THE EXORCIST III:LEGION

Sorry for the lack of updates during the Halloween countdown this year. I have been very busy working around the clock finishing art projects and clothing products.

So last night I sat down and watched the Exorcist III for the first time in about ten years, and to be honest I was pretty blown away as I forgot how awesome this movie was for a sequel.

The second Exorcist movie was an absolute disaster and had little or nothing to do with the first film. This third movie however acts as a direct sequel to the original Exorcist.

The film is set 15 years after the first movie and is set in the same location. A spree of grizzly murders begin happening in George Town involving decapitations and other acts of a blasphemous nature. The killings very much resemble those of a serial killer known as the Gemini who was executed 15 years before.

A murder investigation leads to the mental ward of a hospital where Father Damian Karras (played by Jason Miller) is locked in a padded cell. Karras was the priest from the first movie who dived from Regan Mcneal's bedroom window after being possessed by the spirit which was inside the child he was trying to Exorcise. Karras survived the fall and is now still possessed by the demon and also the spirit of the Gemini killer. It's now time for one last Exorcism.


The Exorcist III is a top notch movie sequel and almost a decent movie on its own. I think the main reason for this is due to the fact the movie was written and directed by William Peter Blatty who penned the original Exorcist novel and worked very closely with Bill Friedkin on the first movie. Blatty walked out of a screening of the second movie in disgust. From what I know the production of this movie was a very troubled one and the movie was originally completed without Jason Miller. Miller was brought in after to fill the blanks and appeared in the jailhouse scenes.


There are some really good performances in this movie by all involved but especially Brad Dourif who was Oscar nominated for his supporting role in One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest and was also the voice of Chucky from the Child's Play franchise. Dourif plays the spirit of the Gemini killer which father Karras turns into while locked in the cell. His performance in this is very much like Heath Ledgers Joker in the Dark Knight.


Another spooky thing about the resemblance to Heath Ledgers joker and the Gemini killer is the fact one of the statues in the movie has the jokers head on it. There are lots of other cool little things I spotted in this one including Samuel L Jackson as an extra.


The Exorcist III is not better than the original but it does give us an extra story which carries on from the original and done really well which is what a good sequel is all about. This movie has alot more psychological stuff going on and far less of the shocking scenes the first movie had to offer. This film leaves alot more to the imagination of the viewer but still does have some very gory and shocking parts. The movie has a tremendous atmosphere and some top notch scares which are achieved by perfect atmospheric build ups and music. I could recommend watching this one as a stand alone film without watching the first movie but it works much better if you watch the original movie first. Avoid the second movie and the god awful prequel like the plague!

8 Oct 2014

MOVIES: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

ARTICLE AND ILLUSTRATION BY K-ROD
It has been 30 years since the release of Wes Craven's a Nightmare on Elm Street. With it being the countdown to Halloween here on Lost Entertainment and the anniversary of the movies release we will be taking a very in depth look at the movie that started it all.

The movie is about a notorious child killer called Freddy Krueger. Krueger who terrorized the American suburbs of Springwood by murdering dozens of the local children. When Krueger was apprehended by the police and he went to trial and was set free. This was due to a search warrant being signed in the wrong place at the time of his arrest.

After being set free angry parents took matters in to their own hands and burned Krueger to death inside his boiler room.

Years later the teenage children of Springwood start having nightmares about a burned creep with a fedora hat and knives for fingers. The teenagers are picked off one by one in their dreams and then die in real life. One girl the daughter of the local policeman who was involved in Kruegers killing (Nancy Thompson) decides she is going to fight back and take on Krueger for an ultimate confrontation.


For me Freddy Krueger is the ultimate movie monster. He's perverse, complex, creative, evil and just damned right disgusting. From his appearance, his back story and not to mention the ghoulish apparel which is topped off with a razor glove. The real life back story which created one of the most iconic characters in cinema history started from a couple of things which happened to the movies director and creator Wes Craven.


After reading an article in the New York Times about healthy Laotian refugees dying from what they believed were their own nightmares. Wes Craven was inspired and being the creative mind who put together the controversial horror movies such as The Last House on The Left and The Hills Have Eyes decided that this could be an awesome concept for a movie. Craven needed a villain for this project and needed a bloody good one. Craven based Freddy Krueger on a homeless man who he saw as a child through his bedroom window that scared him by looking at him. He also named the road Elm Street after the road where the President was shot in Dallas Texas.

The script went around Hollywood for a few years before being picked up by Bob Shay from New Line Studios. The studio had a few other minor titles under their belt but this movie would be their make or break project. 



The movie has a great cast of actors including Johnny Depp in his feature film debut. The cast have a great chemistry and really pull it off when interacting with each other and Freddy Krueger on screen.


Freddy Krueger was played by Robert Englund who ended up playing him for the rest of the entire series of Nightmare on Elm street movies. Englund would sit through hours and hours of the most grueling and tiresome special effects and make up sessions. The special effects were created by David B Miller who worked alongside Rick Baker on Michael Jacksons Thriller (though he is uncredited).


Most of the budget for A Nightmare On Elm Street was spent on the special effects. The special effects in this movie are done so well and even look better than the CGI versions done recently. They used a rotating room to achieve many of the movies classic nightmare scenes. The scene in which Glen is pulled into his bed used over 500 gallons of fake blood. Lots of great camera trickery also play a part in some very well thought and clever scenes which still stand up to this day.


A Nightmare on Elm Street is hands down one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Being an 80's kid obsessed with Freddy Krueger I am a firm believer that he is the undisputed king of horror. He even beats Dracula. The fact Freddy Krueger is a serial killer who uses the dream realm as his habitat is the scariest thing about him. With a character like that the possibilities we endless and so were the sequels!


Growing up at the time the movies were still being released was awesome as hell. Freddy Krueger became the new boogeyman of the play ground. I remember telling all the other kids at primary school the story of Freddy Krueger and how he was going to get them all in their sleep. Great times. 

I remember being scared out of my mind of him myself though. I remember watching the whole of the first movie on my own as a child with the lights out and it was the hardest and scariest thing I had ever done in my life up to that point. As the series went on he became a more humorous type character who you ended up cheering for to sort out these atrocious teenage actors instead of being terrified like you were in the first movie.


If you havent seen this movie then you suck! However you can redeem yourself and watch it and then thank me later. This is THE essential horror film that anyone needs to watch. It has good performances, visuals, story, music and not to mention FREDDY FUCKING KRUEGER!

If you have seen this movie before I suggest you re watch it as it's Halloween and it's the movies 30th birthday. 

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2 Oct 2014

HALLOWEEN 2014 COUNTDOWN: GAMING: RESIDENT EVIL 2

On April the 28th 1998 Resident Evil 2 was released on the Playstation 1. For me this was a big fucking deal as I was a huge fan of the first title. After playing the demo of the sequel in December 1997, I counted down the days to the release of Resident Evil 2.

The game was £50 which was fucking steep for a game back then and being only 14 getting hold of that kind of cash was pretty hard. I remember selling my SNES, Megadrive and Atari 2600 consoles to Cash Converters and only getting like £15. I then had to trade in some of my other Playstation 1 games and that along with some birthday money I received mid April was enough to seal the deal.

At the time I knew that sacrificing all my vintage consoles and some of my lesser loved games would be worth it on the 28th of April.. and it fucking was.


So we all played the first game in which members of the S.T.A.R.S Team are trapped inside a mansion which is full of zombies, monsters and mutants. The house also houses the secret laboratories of the Umbrella company. The first game was a purely terrifying experience which still holds up today, which is pretty cool considering the game was made almost 20 years ago!

In this second installment the virus has spread to the streets of Raccoon city and we follow the stories of Claire Redfield (the sister of the male leading character in the first game) and Leon Kennedy who is a cop on his first day on the job. The two are separated when a fuel truck explodes leaving them on either sides of the flames with hordes of the undead to contend with.


The two survivors take refuge in the local police station which turns out to be Umbrellas latest hiding place for their underground laboratories. This can be reached by solving puzzles and descending the underground sewer system. From there you have to fight some nasty monsters and then ultimately the final boss and blow the place to kingdom come. So yeah this one is a mega beefed up version of the first game.


The game play is very much the same as the first game but with many more features and tweaks. The graphics are much better and there are more varieties of zombies and monsters. In the first game there were only 3 types of zombie creatures, where this game has many different types of zombies lurking around. The game uses the same types of level designs using 3d characters over a drawn static environment which still looks pretty damn good.


The game has some terrifying moments throughout and gives the first game a run for its money in terms of atmosphere. From giant mutant crocodiles in the sewer to mutants flying through windows its all in there when it comes to bringing the terror.


One gripe I do have with this game (and the whole series in general) is the fact you can only carry a certain amount of items. Although I do really admire Capcoms taste for realism, I really don't enjoy spending a lot of game time running round storing items in boxes which magically appear in other boxes on the other side of the building. One thing I will say is that this game is more generous than the first in this aspect.


We also get to play as two other characters as the game progresses. These characters are Ada Wong and young girl called Sherry Birkin who's father caused all this mess and is the main boss at the end of the game. 


Resident Evil 2 will not only go down as one of the greatest PS1 titles of all time but it will be ranked up there with the top games of all time period. With an amazing story and gameplay experience and not to mention the hours of extra content and replay value Resident Evil 2 is a bench mark when it comes to great video games. If you want to replay a classic Resident Evil 2 should be way up on the list.