Inside The Artist’s Mind..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 In the past our convention coverage, our focus would stay on the art of the comic book pages and the creative minds that put pen to page. In this installment of our adventures at the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo, we are leaving the pages and moving to the wall, so we can talk with artist Michael Matsumoto.

 Michael is an illustrator and a conceptual artist that delves deep into pop culture for inspiration. During his continuing elevation in the art world, Michael has developed a following and has picked up freelance work in the form of commissioned pieces. Also, during this time, he has found a place in the convention circuit and this is where we crossed paths.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Michael Matsumoto

It was a pleasure to talk with Michael at this event and it was great to put a face to the creator of one of my favorite “Back To The Future” artistic pieces. If you want to check out the work of Michael Matsumoto CLICK HERE for his official website.

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Gaming With The Ghostbusters Vol.1

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(Philip Morgan.Staff Writer)

Hello everyone. If you are already familiar with our site you might know that I am a diehard Ghostbusters fan. When I wrote The Ideal Ghostbusters marathon blog, I realized that I really didn’t discuss the many Ghostbusters Video games. True I mentioned them, but I didn’t really go into many details about their history or their mechanics. So I figured I would talk about them right now.

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First we will talk about the first Ghostbusters game for the Atari 2600. This game was published by Activision and Designed by David Crane. This game was originally going to be a game called Car Wars, but once Activision got a hold of the license they tweaked the game to make it tie in with the 1984 film.  The overall gameplay goes like this. When you start the game you are treated to the Ghostbusters theme song and the demo map screen. You then hit the reset button and then you are in the STORE. You are given 5000 dollars to buy your Ghostbusters equipment. There are only four items to select on the screen.

Image Intensifier for $800– You are going to want to buy this because this makes the ghosts in the Ghost Catching Screen more visible when you are trying to catch them.

Ghost Bait $400– You are going to need this when Stay Puft shows up to destroy a building.

Ghost Vacuum $500– This item goes on top of your car so you can suck up ghosts that are floating around on the map screen.

Ghost Trap– This allows you to catch the ghosts in the Ghost Catching Screen.  You can carry 3 once all three of the traps are full you are going to have to go to the Ghostbusters Headquarters to empty the traps.

Once you purchase the items you need flick the left difficulty switch and then you are taken to the map screen.
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Here you are controlling the GB Logo.  On top of the screen there is a big green block that say ZUUL.  This represents the building from the movie.  Here you will see that there are ghosts floating to the top of the screen towards the ZUUL building.  You don’t want the ghosts to get up there.  If they reach ZUUL the PK Energy meter in the lower left corner goes up.  Once the energy goes up to a certain number, Stay Puft will show up and destroy a building.  When Stay Puft destroys a building it takes money from you.  If the PK energy gets up to 9999 and you have less than $10,000 the game is over.  First thing you want to do is stop the ghosts from reaching the top of the screen.  To stop them just move the GB Logo over them and the Ghosts will freeze.  Now as you do this you want to look for any flashing blocks on the screen.  The blocks represent buildings, if they are flashing there is a Ghost is in there.  You want to drive to the flashing block and press the action button.  After you do this you are taken to the Driving Screen.
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Now you are driving.  If you moved the GB Logo over the Ghosts they will appear on the screen and they can now be captured by driving over them and pressing the action button to suck them up in the Ghost Vacuum.  This is beneficial for keeping the PK energy from getting too high.  When the car stops, you are then taken to the Ghost Catching Screen.
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On this screen, you control 2 Ghostbusters and at the top of the screen is a ghost flying around. What you want to do is catch the ghost. First, move the characters to where you want to put the ghost trap and then you drop the trap. Next, you place the 2 Ghostbusters and start firing your beam, your Ghostbusters are stuck facing in whatever direction that you pointed them and you can only move them towards the center of the screen. This is why it is important that you place your Ghostbusters where you want them, because once you fire you can’t cease firing. When you fire your beam, you better hope you are able to guide the ghost over the trap and hit the action button to catch the ghost in the trap.  You only get one shot to trap the ghost, so you need to make sure that the ghost is over the trap and if you are one pixel off, the trap misses the ghost. If you miss the ghost, it will slime one of your Ghostbusters and fly away, then you have lost time and money. Also, you lose the ghost if your Ghostbusters Cross streams.  If you cross the streams 2 of your GBs are incapacitated.  You have 3 Ghostbusters in your arsenal, so if one is slimed, you can still continue driving around and try to catch ghosts. However once 2 of your Ghostbusters get slimed or taken down by crossing streams, you will need to drive to the Ghostbusters HQ to get them fixed up or cleaned off.  You will also have to drive to the Ghostbusters HQ in order to empty your Ghost Traps when they are full.  Don’t worry the game will let you know when you need to clean your guys or empty the ghost traps, a block in the lower left corner will start flashing yellow.  That yellow flashing building is HQ, so you just go to that block and push the action button, then your GBs are replenished and traps are ready to be filled again.

Now the object of the game is to catch ghosts and get more money than you started with, before the PK Energy Reaches 9999. To keep from losing money when Stay Puft shows up you are going to have to play with the right difficulty switch to drop the Ghost Bait and this sends Stay Puft away.  If you manage to keep catching ghost, avoid losing any of the money you have earned, and once the PKE reaches 9999 you are taken to the final screen of the game Stay Puft is hopping from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen.  You need to get at least 2 of your Ghostbusters past him in order to beat the game.  This part is very painstaking and I have only succeeded in doing it once, so I really have no idea of a good strategy to get under him without getting stepped on.  If you manage to get passed Stay Puft, you have beaten the game and are treated to a screen with 2 GBs crossing their streams in the middle of the street.  It will stay on this screen until you decide to switch the game off.
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This version of the game was also ported on the C64 home computer.  The game is exactly the same, except the graphics are a little better on the C64.
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Now we move to the NES Console.  This is essentially the same game, but it has a bit of a face lift in both graphics and mechanics.  Let’s start with what happens when you turn on the game.  You are greeted by a simple screen with the Ghostbusters Logo.
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This screen is perfect and the game is just waiting for you to push Start.  Once you do the game actually shouts “Ghostbusters.”  You can barely make out what it is trying to say, but the unclear voice quality is part of the charm of this game.  This game still gets me pumped when I play it, but I am pretty simple sometimes.  The C64 does the same thing only the voice is much clearer on the C64.  After you push start, you are taken to this game’s map screen.
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Just like the other game you start with $10000.  Let’s talk about the equipment in this game.

Ghost Vacuum: $2,500- Does the Same thing as the Atari 2600 Game.
Sound Generator: $100,000- Slows down the Ghosts on the Stairway Screen.
Capture Beam: $3,000- Captures the Ghosts on the Ghost Catching Screen.
Hyper Beam: $12,000- Does the same thing as Capture Beam, but Shoots Higher.
Ghost Food: $2,000-   This Stuff is Useless it is for the Ghost’s on the stairs, but you don’t want it.
Anti Ghost Suit: $20,000- Protects you a little bit from the Ghosts on the Stairway Screen.
Capture Trap: $1,000- This trap only holds one ghost at a time.  You don’t want it.
Super Trap: $6,000- This trap holds unlimited Ghosts so you don’t have to empty it.
Ghost Alarm: $2000- Lets you know where Ghosts are before you drive next to a building.

There is a lot of equipment here, but the ones you absolutely need in order to beat the game are   The Hyper Beam, Super Trap, Anti Ghost Suit, and Sound Generator.

In order to beat the game you have to catch as many ghosts to get as much money as possible to buy the right equipment.  You can only carry four pieces of equipment at a time. This is the best way to approach the game.  First Purchase the Capture Beam, Super Trap and Ghost Vacuum from the shop.  Then move the Logo around until a building flashes.  Once you go in the building you are taken to the Driving Screen.
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Don’t let the cars hit you, it will cost you money.  Suck up the ghosts, if you have moved the logo over them.  If you see gas cans on the road drive into them, because you don’t want to run out of gas.  Yes in this game you can run out of gas and once you get to your destination you are taken to the Ghost Catching Screen.
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This Screen is a whole lot easier than its Atari 2600 counterpart. You move both of your Ghostbusters, who are carrying a trap and move them where you want them. Then you drop your trap and catch the four ghosts that are flying around.  You have a limited time to do this and you still don’t want to cross the streams, but you can keep moving both busters to better fight the ghosts.  You can switch between Busters with the press of the B button and you can control the stream.  You also get more money, if you catch all four ghosts at the same time.

So you go around this game slurping up ghost on the road and go into flashing buildings until you have a little over $14,000, then you want to go to the shop and trade in your Capture Beam for the Hyper Beam.  From this point on, you have what you need to make a small fortune to beat this game.  You need to have at least $18,000 dollars to enter the Zuul building in the center of the map, so go around busting ghosts until you have $138,000.  This should give you plenty of money to go to the shop trade in the Ghost Vacuum for an Anti-Ghost Suit and The Sound Generator.  Then you want to enter the Zuul building once you are there you are taken to the Stair Climbing Screen.
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Even if you are fully equipped this is a very challenging part of the game.  This level is absolutely frustrating.  The Ghosts here are deadly and if they slime you 3 times the game is over.  You want to avoid the ghosts and you have to make your way up 22 flights of stairs and worst of all there is no way to defend yourself.  All you can do is walk, I have no idea why the developers wouldn’t let you use your Proton Packs here and they’re the GHOSTBUSTERS for crying out loud, so they should bust them not run away.  To move your 3 Ghostbusters up the stairs you need to continually press the A button to make them walk.  This level is much easier if you use a Turbo Controller, that way the Ghostbusters move up the stairs faster.  If you make it up to the 22nd floor you will be taken to the final screen in the game.
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Now this is it, you are controlling two Ghostbusters that are crossing streams.  As I type that it kind of sounds bad, but this is as close as this game comes to resembling the movie. You control two Ghostbusters and you have to aim for the Flat Top to harm Gozer. There are many gamers that think it looks like you are hitting her crotch, but I think the developers meant for you to hit her in the head.  Now as you do this, Stay Puft is slowly climbing the building and he goes up faster if you get to close to the bottom of the screen.  Each time you go to the bottom of the screen Stay Puft gets closer to the top of the building.  If he reaches the top the game is over, so while you are fighting Gozer you have to dodge projectiles, Ghosts that she is sending after you, and keep from going to the bottom of the screen.  You have to hit Gozer directly like 10 times to defeat her than you are greeted by one of the most infamous game endings in Nintendo History.  It has to be seen to be believed. 🙂
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Now we move on to Ghostbusters for the Sega Master System.  This game is an upgrade from the NES version and arguably the best version of David Cranes original Ghostbusters Game for the Atari and C64.  For Starters the game is much more colorful than the previous versions.  Now this is a fun and challenging game, you first give the game your initials and the game gives you $10,000 to start your own Ghostbusters franchise.  Just like the previous one.  I like to play this game and not be too challenged, so I know a cheat for this one.  When the game asks you to enter your initials just enter A A and than enter 5887135454. You will start the game with $5,572,200 and that is plenty of money to buy all the equipment you need to win this game.  We start at the shop screen. You should buy Super Ghost Vacuum, Ghost Bait, Super Ghost Traps, pretty much all super items. Also, buy the fastest car and it doesn’t matter what car you buy it will always be animated as the Ecto 1 in the Ghost Catching Screen. Finally, buy the Image Intensifier that will make the Ghosts easier to see and a defensive wall for the car and marshmallow sensor.  Now we go to the Map Screen.
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It works the same as the other games go around to pink or red buildings than you are taken to the driving screen.
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Use the Vacuum to suck up Ghosts and make your way to the Ghost Catching Screen.
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This is real easy. You just move both your guys around, get all the Ghosts in the center, and suck them up as much as you can to get them in the trap.  Keep an eye on your beam power, because if you run out of power all the ghosts will slime you, so if you are low just go the GBHQ and charge up your packs.  Just keep going around busting ghosts, until the City’s PK Energy goes fully in the Red and you will be taken to the next Screen.
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You just need to get 2 GBs past Stay Puft and into the building.  Just watch his pattern and it is pretty easy.  Once you get 2 GBs past him, you will be taken to the Stair Climbing stage.
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Now in this game you can actually use your proton packs to fight against the ghosts on the stairs.  Just be careful because one hit and your GB is down.  You have 3 Ghostbusters and you only have to get one up the stairs to make your way to the final screen in the game.
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Now you are face to face with Gorza.  Yeah I am not 100% sure how this mistake happened, but it happened.  Either there was some translation trouble or the developers didn’t see the movie.  Either of those ideas seems plausible, but in the long run forgivable since the wrong name on a game boss doesn’t make the game any less fun.  The game even gives you a nice long ending text that tells you how awesome you are for beating the game.  Congratulations is even spelled right.
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Now we will talk about Ghostbusters for the Sega Genesis.  Developed by Sega Enterprise.  This game came out in 1990 and in my opinion was the best Ghostbusters game, until the 2009 video game.  Now this game takes place after the events of the first movie, but takes place before the second one.  Rather than making a Sega game based on the events of the film, they decided to give this game it’s own story.  There are 3 playable characters Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz and Egon Spengler.  Sadly Winston Zeddemore is left out of this awesome game just like he has been left out of the previous games I have mentioned.  The story for the game goes something like this: The Ghostbusters are down on their luck with no ghost to bust until finally they get a call. This is where the Ghostbusters jump into action and there are four levels to choose from. These levels can be played in whatever order you choose, but keep in mind some levels are harder than others.

I would recommend taking the levels in this order:
Home Sweet Home– Contains One Middle Ghost
Apartment– Contains Two Middle Ghosts
Woody House– Contains Two Middle Ghosts
High Rise Building- Contains Two Middle Ghosts

As you play the game you will discover that the game is non-linear, so you can pretty much go where ever you want in the level.  This is a great way to pick up bonuses and power ups.  The mechanics are simple, there are ghosts all over the place so just blast them and the Ghost’s disappear.  Eventually you will enter a room and a Text Box will pop up with the words ENCOUNTER in it.  Then you are attacked by the game’s sub bosses called Middle Ghosts.   The Middle Ghosts have to be worn down and captured in a Ghost Trap.  You fight them until they explode and transform into a green wispy ghost.  When they are like this you can then capture the ghost.  To do that you just press and hold the fire button and wrangle the ghost into the trap.  Sometimes even if you defeat the Middle ghost, he can escape from being captured.  If this happens you don’t get the bonus points, but you can still proceed to fight the Boss Ghost at the end of the level.  It is just in your best interest to capture as many of the Middle Ghosts as possible, because the extra money allows you to buy better equipment.
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After defeating the first Boss Ghost, the Ghostbusters pick up a piece of a stone tablet.  The Stone Tablet is the cause of all the supernatural activity, so it is up to the Ghostbusters to find the rest of the pieces and put the tablet together.  Eventually, after you play through the four selectable levels in the game and put the tablet together, whatever character you picked to play comes back to Ghostbusters Headquarters to find that the other two Ghostbusters have been kidnapped by some maniac named Aurther who wants the stone tablet.  You then drive to a new Castle level and give Aurther the tablet.  In this level there are four Middle Ghosts and two of them are your fellow Ghostbusters who are now possessed.   After you save your friends, defeat two more middle ghosts, and defeat the Boss Ghost, the Ghostbusters retrieve the tablet along with a jewel that fits in the center.  They discover that Aurther was eaten by the Boss Ghost that they just fought.  Once they take the tablet back to headquarters, they put the jewel in the tablet and an earthquake occurs opening a hole in the middle of the city.  A city representative comes in and asks the Ghostbusters to go check out the hole and you’re taken to the final level of the game.  Under the city is now this big supernatural jungle, where you have to face four Middle Ghosts in this level and they are four of the Boss Ghosts that you have already fought.  Only this time you need to wrangle them into a Ghost Trap.
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After they are captured you follow the map to the final boss of the game.  Janna The Goddess of Death and Destruction.  This character doesn’t exist in the films canon, making her a completely original character and she has a pretty awesome back story.

You can read up on it by CLICKING HERE

She first appears to the Ghostbusters in human form, but then transforms into the big boss that you have to fight.
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After she is defeated, the Ghostbusters have saved the day once again and the game is over.

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Again this is an awesome Ghostbusters game.  The only flaw in the game is that there is no Winston Zeddemore, but you can’t deny that this is a fun action oriented game.  This is without a doubt the ideal Ghostbusters game for its time.

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 There is too much gaming awesomeness and knowledge for one post to contain. Stay locked in to this site for the next entry of “Gaming With The Ghostbusters”

 (article edited for posting by Joshua Gilmore)

 

How Taz Spent His Halloween Vacation..

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(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

During Nowhere California’s coverage of the 2016 Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Convention, the guys from Nowhere crossed paths with a friend of con’s past and caught up with Taz.

The last time the team had crossed paths with Taz was at the 2014 Days of the Dead Convention, during the conventions Saturday morning cartoon screening and a friendship was formed through a alcohol charged commentary.

CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Cartoon Commentary With Taz (25:00)

Since that chance meeting, we have been looking for a chance to cross paths with Taz and that opportunity came at this year’s Los Angeles Comic Con. There wasn’t a cartoon screening to riff our way through, but Taz and I had a great conversation about his return to the states. Also, the conversation delves into Taz’s musical life and his work with the band “As Flesh Decays” (CLICK HERE for As Flesh Decays EP “SINISTER”)
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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Taz (12:18)

As with every convention, the people we meet are the highlights of every event and touching base with Taz was a definite highlight of the Los Angeles Comic Con. Thank you Taz for talking with us and, to everyone reading this, check out “As Flesh Decays” This level of death metal is perfect for any hardcore horror fan.

JOIN THE FIGHT! Help the HACK PACK!

(Nicholas Dye/ Staff Writer)

The guys here at Nowhere California have launched a new campaign that, at the very least, will get us some awesome shirts made, and at best, we might just earn some money that we can put towards our convention expenses and equipment costs.

We have designed an exclusive “HACK PACK” t-shirt and the short goal is to sell 14 shirts which will get them to print. If we can reach a goal of 50 shirts, then we will actually make some money to put towards expanding our horizons at Nowhere California.

 

The campaign can be found at http://www.booster.com/nowhereca and the shirt runs a total of $19.99 with shipping included. They are 100% cotton high quality t-shirts that you can show off at conventions or comic shops. BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE!! The first 14 people who purchase shirts will receive ALL of our interviews and content from the upcoming Stan Lee’s Comikaze before the general public does.

We here at Nowhere California don’t usually like to pander but…OKAY OKAY we have never been above pandering to get listeners and now we hope that same shameless groveling will get you to join the HACK PACK and sport our mildly suggestive t-shirt!! Excelsior!!!!

 

 

Blood On The Screen And Atari Dreams

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

A few weeks ago, Nowhere California was introduced to the independent horror/comedy “CONJOINED” and I was quickly intrigued by this bare bones, but highly creative movie. I wrote a review for this movie and posted my thoughts to this website.

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CLICK HERE For The Conjoined Movie Review

Recently, I was able to talk to one of the creative minds behind this movie and talk to Joe Grisaffi. Joe was the director of “CONJOINED” and this interview dives into the evolution of a crazy story idea. Also, our conversation takes a look at Joe’s career and his adventures in the 8-bit video game world.

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CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Joe Grisaffi

Movie Review: CONJOINED

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The genre of horror is like walking down a dark alley, there is excitement and a possibility of your outlook on life being changed. When you take that same scenario and bring it into the world of independent filmmaking, you can look at that dark alley and slap on a blindfold, since it’s a world where the normal rules are thrown out the window.

CONJOINED is a horror comedy that follows the hopeless romantic Stanley, who is played by Tom Long, as he prepares for his long term and long distance girlfriend Alina, who is played by Michelle Ellen Jones, move into his place. As the special day arrives, Alina reveals a small secret and that secret is her sister Alisa, who is played by Keefer Barlow, who happens to be literally attached to her. This news is a shock to Stanley, but he wants to make it work and his attempt is honorable, until one more secret is reveal is the bloodiest of fashion. Alisa has a psychotic side that will leave a body count.

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The work of the cast stands out in this cross between an episode of Tales From The Crypt and Three’s Company with a few low doses of acid, but the minds behind the camera deserve the praise of the suppliers of the cinematic hallucinogens.

Joe Grisaffi was the director of Conjoined and gave this film a visual look that fit perfectly into the twisted script that was written by Chuck and Tim Norfolk. Grisaffi’s direction made this movie into a great watch, when a concept like this could have fallen off the rails fast.

As CONJOINED is not your normal movie, a review for this movie should be treated the same way. This movie should be seen with a group and enjoyed. Also, if you’re a fan of the worlds of TROMA and other strange cinema landscapes, you will be right at home with this blood soaked side show of a love story. In the end, I will give CONJOINED a 7 out of 10.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL CONJOINED WEBSITE

Nowhere California Crosses Paths With Captain Spaulding..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The following is the finale of Nowhere California’s coverage of the 2016 Los Angeles Days of the Dead convention and in this installment the guys have fallen prey to some top secret clown business, as Josh and Doug talk with horror icon Sid Haig.

Sid is a legend of the silver screen, with a list of over 100 roles to his name and an impact that can be felt in many genres of the film industry. In recent years, Sid has become a mainstay in the convention world and a familiar face to the Days of the Dead loyal.

During Nowhere California’s adventures at Days of the Dead, the guys from Nowhere have made it a point to bump into this legend and we have been lucky enough to sit down twice with the man behind the clown make up..

CLICK HERE  For Nowhere California Presents Our Conversation With Sid Haig From The 2013 Days Of The Dead Convention (11:26)

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(Doug Porter, Joshua Gilmore, Sid Haig. April 2016 Los Angeles Days of the Dead)

CLICK HERE For Nowhere California Presents Another Conversation With Sid Haig From The 2016 Days of the Dead Convention (6:18)

As with all of our conversations, everybody on the Nowhere California team would like to extend our thanks to Sid Haig. It was an absolute pleasure talking with this icon.

For Everything Sid Haig CLICK HERE For The Official Sid Haig Website

NowhereCalifornia.com Reaches Its First Year..

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(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

It started one year ago today, this site was launched and took the concept of Nowhere California to a whole new level.

Nowhere California started in 2011 and it was just another conversation between two friends, but these conversation started taking place in front of a microphone and unleashed on the internet. It was as simple as that, but as Nowhere California evolved, the team grew and new accomplishments were reach.

The episodes started to grow and the team ventured out of the Nowhere city limits, as they dove into the world of conventions and conducting interviews. It was with each accomplishment, the Nowhere California family stuck to their ideals of what they wanted to produce and not to become just another podcast.

It was that mindset that grew into this website and, as we mark our first year on the net, we want to simply say THANK YOU.

Thank you for following the journey of Nowhere California.

Thank you for listening to the original podcast and all of the other podcast that have sprung from this little idea.

Thank you for checking out this site

And thank you for continuing this adventure with us.

The Ideal Freddy Krueger And Jason Vorhees Marathon..

(Philip Morgan.Staff Writer)

Happy Post Halloween everybody. On this day after, I would like to take the time to talk about my 2 favorite horror movie killers. That would be Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees.

Now any fan of the genre knows about these slasher Legends, I am a real big fan of both. I used to be able to enjoy the Nightmare Franchise and The Friday the 13th Franchise separately, but I haven’t really been able to do that since 2003. At that time all horror fans questions about what a movie starring these 2 horror icons got answered. That answer was Freddy vs Jason and the result was just pure horrific fun. Both icons were well presented in the film and it had something that satisfied fans of both franchises. In my opinion this movie was very well executed and came out at just the right time. I don’t think they could have done these two icons any justice if they tried to pair them up in the 90s. The movie had few scares, but it was real big on laughs.

The story moves along really well, all the way to the point where Freddy and Jason fight. There are 2 pretty good fights between the killers, one in the dream world and Jason actually does a good job of holding his own, until Freddy figures out what Jason’s fears and The tables are turned towards Freddy’s favor. Freddy’s momentum is short lived, until he gets pulled into reality and the trick used to kill him in previous movies, for example Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, is used. Now with Jason being awake and Freddy in the real world it is more of a fair fight, since Freddy’s powers are limited. I say limited because if he was completely powerless he would be either dead or at least just a normal 56 year old man.

If he was just some regular 56 year old, I don’t think he would have been able to perform some of the karate moves he pulled off during the fight with Jason in the real world. So either Freddy retained some of his supernatural powers or Freddy was a Judo expert before he met his original demise. Needless to say after these guys tear each other apart ultimately the fight ends in a draw. Fans argue about details, but I would say the overall fight was a tie. Any normal person could probably enjoy the franchises normally, either watch Jason when they feel like it or Freddy. For me on the other hand I can’t do that. Now that these franchises share continuity I have to watch these movies in a specific way. It would be real simple if Freddy and Jason had the same amount of movies between them, but as of today excluding Freddy Vs Jason, There are 8 Freddy films and 11 Jason films including their respective remakes. Now in all fairness, Freddy is in each one of his movies. Jason is only in 9 of his, so he still beats Freddy by 1. This isn’t overly complicated and there are many ways to get around this, if you happen to be anal like me. Let’s take a look at the movies individually along with their release dates.
JASON’S FILMS-
Friday the 13th May 9 1980
Friday the 13th Part 2 May 1 1981
Friday the 13th Part 3 August 13 1982 (See what they did there)
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter April 13 1984 (They did it again, Final Right.)
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning March 22 1985
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives August 1 1986
Friday the 13th Part 7 The New Blood May 13 1988 (They did it Again.)
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhatten July 28 1989
Jason Goes to Hell the Final Friday August 13 1993 (They did it Again, Final Right.)
Jason X April 26 2002
Friday The 13th Remake February 13th 2009 (They couldn’t resist.)

FREDDY’S FILMS-
Nightmare On Elm Street November 16 1984
Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddy’s Revenge November 1 1985
Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors February 27 1987
Nightmare On Elm Street 4 Dream Master August 19 1988
Nightmare On Elm Street 5 Dream Child August 11 1989
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare September 13th 1991 (Hey this isn’t Friday the 13th! Final Right.)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare October 14th 1994
Nightmare on Elm Street Remake April 30th 2010

Now if you want to just go chronologically you can watch the movies like this. This is perfectly reasonable. After all this is the way they came out.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday The 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 The Dream Warriors
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhatten
Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
Friday The 13th Remake
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

Your probably thinking where is Freddy Vs Jason. Okay here is the list with that included.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday The 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 The Dream Warriors
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhattan
Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
**Freddy Vs Jason**
Friday The 13th Remake
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

There is another way to do it. If you ignore Friday the 13th Part 1 and Part 5, you eliminate the movies that didn’t include Jason. Unless you count his well-executed jump scare at the end of the first movie. Anyway you exclude those 2 you have 9 Jason Films to 8 Freddy Films and Jason is still beating him by one. We can jump the shark and include the Nightmare on Elm Street Series Freddy’s Nightmares that came out in 1988 and squeeze that in there to take the place of a movie. Even though it is an anthology series with Freddy as the Crypt keeper of the show, there are a few episodes where he is the focus and you would be perfectly even.

Friday The 13th 2
Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th 3
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Friday the 13th 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday The 13th Part 7 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 5
Friday the 13th Part 8
**Freddy’s Nightmares**
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason X
New Nightmare
Freddy vs Jason
Friday the 13th Remake
Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

There you go 9 Jason’s, 9 Freddy’s, and 1 movie where they both star. That could work, but who really wants to skip movies. Friday the 13th may not have Jason as the killer, but his entire origin is mentioned in that film and you really want to know what’s going on there. Friday the 13th Part 5, even though Jason is not the killer, the movie is fun to watch. There are things that they mention in this movie that makes me feel that this movie doesn’t take place in the same world as the others. For instance someone mentions that there is no possible way that the killer can be Jason because his body was cremated. That completely contradicts what happens in Friday the 13th Part 6, because he is buried and they are digging him up in order to cremate him, then the lightning brings him back to life just like the Frankenstein’s  Monster. I wouldn’t really recommend this method, but I think it is still a fun option.

Now the list below is the way I enjoy the Freddy and Jason Franchises. I do it this way in order to keep things more even. As you can see Jason gets 4 movies, 3 of which where he is the killer before Freddy even gets his first film and I let Freddy go through his first 3 films to even out the playing field so to speak. Then there are 2 Friday the 13th between Nightmare 3 and 4, because Jason is not the killer in number Friday 5 that is a copycat killer. Jason doesn’t officially return until Friday 6, so that makes it a bit even. Then from there it goes Freddy, Jason, Freddy, Jason, Freddy, Jason until each respective franchise ends. Even with the Freddy glove that popped up at the end of Jason Goes to hell, I never really considered it cannon, but just a joke. Freddy makes his return to the silver screen in Wes Craven’s A New Nightmare. This is a different depiction of Freddy, but it is still Freddy. Then Jason returns to his Franchise after a 9 year rest in Jason X or as Josh and I like to call it “Friday the 13th Part 10:Jason Takes The Cosmos”. This Jason gets an upgrade at the end of this film that kind of Mirror Freddy’s alteration in his Film. So both slashers were reinvented in a way. Then I watch the Nightmare Remake. I know that this came out after Friday’s Remake, but Jason just had a turn in Jason X so Freddy’s is up. Then I watch the Friday Remake, then I watch Freddy vs Jason. I feel both franchises should end with these Super Stars of Horror fighting. It’s the cherry on top of both properties. Also, I feel that Freddy needs to end with Robert England. Jackie is okay, but I don’t think he was quite up to the challenge of trying to fill Freddy’s Glove.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th Part 4
Nightmare on Elm Street
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Friday the 13th Part 5
Friday the 13th Part 6
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 5
Friday the 13th Part 8
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake
Friday the 13th Remake
Freddy vs Jason

So there you have it folks. That is how I enjoy the Freddy and Jason movies. In the end it doesn’t really matter how these films are viewed what matters is that they are enjoyed. Now go and enjoy the rest of your post Halloween Night.

(Edits By Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)