Saturday, November 22, 2014

AZ Paranormal Investigations & Ghost Outlet

Arizona Paranormal Investigation & Research Society (AZPIRS)
For several years, Arizona Paranormal Investigation & Research Society has been exploring and inspecting the many paranormal claims around the state.  Their main function is ghostly enquiries, but they also have progressed into “a full service, professional paranormal organization”.
Their studies have taken them to numerous haunted locations.  They make use of the most recent equipment to assist in their mission to communicate with the departed who may still be walking the halls of these locations.  After analyzing all their videos, recordings and photos, they will look for a logical answer to the mysterious happenings and debunk the encounters or have a compelling explanation for the paranormal activity.
For 20 years, this group has performed with other groups in the New Jersey region, but has been the Arizona Paranormal Investigation & Research Society since 2008.  They also do not charge for anyone who needs their help.
To learn more about this team and their investigators, check out their website:
Ghost Hunters Outlet

“The one source for all your paranormal gear” 
The Ghost Hunters Outlet is where you can find and purchase paranormal investigation paraphernalia for a reduced price.  Their prices may be low, but their equipment is top notch.  They guarantee the quality of the gear because they have used just about every tool in the shop on their own investigations.  Whatever they offer, they make sure they have direct knowledge of how it works before selling it to you.  They are a small company and state on their website, “We are investigators selling to fellow investigators.”  
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crossing Over Paranormal Society & P.I.E. Equipment

Crossing Over Paranormal Society (COPS)

The C.O.P.S. Crew began in 2003 with a husband and wife duo, Jay and Marie Yates.  They investigated any places notorious for having ghostly activities around the state of Arizona.  The couple found themselves the subjects of a demonic haunting in their own house.  Shortly afterwards, they created “The COPS Crew” to aid, counsel, educate others who are undergoing paranormal encounters, and reveal what happened to them.  They never charge for an investigation.  Their motto is, “We seek truth, understanding, and proof of the paranormal.”

Check out their website for more information about this group:

Paranormal Investigation Equipment (P.I.E.)

The Paranormal Investigation Equipment’s shop has set out to assist anyone in the paranormal field in finding the best equipment and tools for their paranormal studies.  They provide you with quality paraphernalia at affordable prices.  They will also aid others in their inquiries and probing of all things paranormal.  They are also looking for evidence and solid verification of the paranormal.  To see all the equipment they sell, check out their website and Facebook pages:


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Toxic Advenger & Tutu

The Toxic Avenger is the tale of Melvin (played by Mark Trogl), known as mop boy, who lives in the fictitious town of Tromaville, and works at the Tromaville Health Club.  Melvin caters to the snobby, self-indulgent and disrespectful club affiliates to the point of trusting their phony behavior.  His convictions eventually cause him to inadvertently tumble into a tub of toxic waste and change his life forever.  The consequence of this accident is a horrific, but humorous crusader known as the Toxic Avenger.  He vows to clean up the town of all the dishonesty and tormentors like those who are members of the health club. 

TOXIC TUTU is a mockumentary feature film that chronicles the emergence of Mark Torgl, who starred as Melvin the Mopboy in the legendary cult film classic "The Toxic Avenger" (Troma classic).

This flick cuts to thirty years later after a long absenteeism from our crusader, the Toxic Avenger.  The certainty of the films accuracy evolves as we follow Mark from one horror convention to another.  This voyage is documented on film to get the opinions of the fans who may have surmised why Mark had disappeared all this time.  Were the special effects real?  Was Mark actually marred and looked like a horrible monster?

In this film, many surprises and mysteries will come to light on what really happened on the set of the Toxic Avenger.  Not only will skeleton’s hiding in the closet finally come out, but the Toxic Tutu pays homage to the many loyal Troma fans.  The film’s technique is that of a documentary with interviews with fans and guest celebrities.

“You will find great moments of pleasure and titillation woven into the realism of this Toxic Tutu experience. So, brace yourself for the unexpected...”

Mark Torgl is the absolute Troma actor.  He has appeared in not only The Toxic Avenger, but other films of theirs as well.  He was remarkable as the ill-mannered Duane in The First Turn On as Duane, and had a small part in Toxic Avenger 4 as Evil Melvin.  When Mark relocated to Los Angeles it was to be a film and television editor.  At present time, he works for “Entertainment Studios” and travels the convention circuit filming his mockumentary, Toxic Tutu, with filmmaker Joe Nardelli.

I met Mark at the Phoenix FearCon’s Halloween Ball.  He was fun and interesting to talk with.  He told us about his latest project (Toxic Tutu), and explained some of the places he has been.  It may have been years since The Toxic Avenger, but Mark Torgl’s fans still remember him and Melvin the Mop Boy.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Phoenix FearCon 2014: Celebrity Guests

The photo is courtesy of Debe Branning.  Check out her article of The Walking Dead panel discussion.
Examiner Walking Dead Cast Article
The theme for this year’s Phoenix FearCon was geared towards the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead.  We were thrilled to have some of the actors from the show at the event for autographs and a discussion panel.  Who was there?

Theodus Crane

Me and Theodus
Theodus Crane (Big Tiny), a prisoner in residence.  Theodus began his professional acting career in Georgia.  He has acted on stage, even vaudeville/sideshow acts, and started his TV career in 2010.  This amateur fighter currently lives in New Orleans, LA.  He was a nice man and a pleasure to get to know. Theodus Crane Facebook page

Kyla Kenedy (Mika) was a part of the most talked about and surprise ending of Season 4.  Her character was killed by her disturbed sister, Lizzie.  This young actress has been keeping busy since her character's demise, guest starring on several shows and having other projects in the works.

Markice Moore (Andrew) is recognized as Kesan, an actor, rapper, and reality star.  I really enjoyed meeting him.  Markice Moore Facebook page

Markice Moore

Me and Markice

Greg Crews (The Snoring Guy) currently lives in Georgia.  He was in the Navy and a skilled truck mechanic before becoming an actor.

Michael Koske (various walkers, Calloway) enjoys going to conventions and meeting the fans.  He currently lives in Georgia and regularly shows up on The Walking Dead as a walker.

Larry Mainland (stuntman, zombie) works out of Georgia as a stuntman and actor.  After his picture appeared in GQ Magazine as a walker for the show, he was lovingly labeled “The GQ Zombie”.  His image of a walker has appeared on countless magazines and other items.

Mike Mundy (Grandpa Walker) started season 3 with a shot of his eyeball in the opening scene.  Mike takes acting jobs at any time he can get them.  When not working, he relishes hanging out with his friends and family, cooking, traveling and many other activities.

Sonya Thompson (zombie) portrays zombies on the hit show or also known as “walkers”.  She is a very busy gal who has appeared in several movies, music videos, and TV commercials.  She is an upbeat person who is always looking for the best in everything.

Some of the other celebrities who were there are:

Ken Foree has appeared in numerous horror and other genre films.  Some of his movies include Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders, From Beyond, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.

Oliver Robins started his acting career at the age of ten in the horror flick, Poltergeist.  He acted in a few TV shows and movies but preferred being behind camera as a director.  Oliver has written, directed and produced many short and feature films such as Dumped, and Wild Roomies.

Tiffany Shepisshepis is a New York native and a very hard-working actress.  She has many movies to her credit such as The Hazing, Nightmare Man, and Night of the Demons for example.  Her latest was Sharknado 2 where her character met her demise from a flying shark.

Mark Torgl is best known as Melvin the Mopboy in The Toxic Avenger.  (I will have more information on Mark and his movies on my next ATN post.  Stay tune…)

Me, Mark Torgl, and Sharon at the Phoenix FearCon Halloween Ball.

Jennifer Lynn Warren has not been acting very long, but landed a role on American Horror Story: Coven.  Her character, Borquita LaLaurie, was the defiant daughter of Delphine LaLaurie, played by the fabulous Kathy Bates.  Before acting, Jennifer was a stunt woman and belly dancer.

Fred Williamson, also known as “The Hammer”, has appeared in many movies.  Some of the ones to his credit are Black Caesar, Inglorious Bastards, Vigilante, Original Ganstas, Starsky and Hutch, and as a Vietnam vet turned trucker in From Dusk Till Dawn.

Sharon, Fred Williamson and me

John Brightman is the founder of New England Paranormal Research, and has been investigating for nearly a decade.

Craig W. Chenery (Zombie and pop culture specialist) is the award winning and critically acclaimed author of “Blood Splatter: A Guide to Cinematic Zombie Violence, Gore and Special Effects” and “The Comicon and Convention Survival Guide”.

Jim O’Rear is a screenwriter for many horror type films.  His work includes Hayride Slaughter and Scream Farm.  His writing doesn’t stop there.  He has been published in numerous national publications.

Chanel Ryan’s acting career began in 1994 in the movie, Waiting for the Rocket.  She has appeared in many other films such as BASEkeball, Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, Bad Kids Go to Hell, Fantazia, and the soon to be released horror film, Alice D.

Scott Tepperman is best known for his appearance on Ghost Hunters International.  He is now working on projects in the economical indie horror category.  Scott still has interest in the paranormal, but is very busy with future movie projects such as Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness 5, and ID: Don’t Look in the Basement2.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Arizona's Walking Dead Cosplay and Corpse Crew

I was fortunate to meet some of the actors from the Walking Dead Cosplay AZ group.  They are a delightful bunch of performers who love the show The Walking Dead.  They will recreate scenes from the show, and spearhead panel dialogues with the show's fans.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, check out their Facebook page.
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The Walking Dead Cosplay AZ

Another entertaining local group is the Arizona Corpse Crew.  They are a certified fx and cosplay assemblage who not only conduct all the acting, but creates their own prosthetic as well. The group began in 2013 and have been all over the area terrifying people and having fun.  They also have a collection of original videos.  (AZ Corpse Crew YouTube Channel)

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