Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Paranormal Apparition, Aka Cold Blood Canyon

Review: Paranormal Appartition
By William Pattison, aka Eric Morse
For Horror Bob's Blog

Last night I watched the newly released film Paranormal Apparition. To my shock I realized I was watching a film I saw a screener of nearly ten years ago. Amusingly enough Paranormal Apparition is in fact the film Cold Blood Canyon, which was shelved all those years ago. I know this because Elissa Dowling who plays the ghost in the film sent me a screener. This was before she turned into a total bitch and started bad mouthing me and Cory Steven’s film Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day to make points with Bloody-Disgusting. Even back then some people were mercenary douche bags that would sell out friends for cheap promotion. Anyway, back to the film. The distributor, World Wide Distribution had the filmmaker update the film a bit. They reshot a few scenes to add CGI FX . It was amusing because the lead actress and cast look ten years older, and she had a boob job since, so there are continuity issues. One nice thing that royally helps the film, besides the CGI, is the fact the filmmaker cut out all of Elissa scenes as the ghost and had another actress with what looks like oatmeal smeared over her face re-due the scenes with CGI enhancements. The thing is in the original cut of the film Elissa tried to be like the ghost girl from The Grudge and was gyrating around like a palsy girl on meth. If you found her annoying as the screaming girl in the documentary His Name Was Jason, you would find her royally annoying spasming through her ghost scenes in the original cut of the film. Unfortunately, the filmmaker did keep Elissa in the film via flashbacks, though you can really see that this is old footage because she look nothing like she does today. Thankfully she has very few speaking lines. So all in all I found the new cut of the film watchable. It might become one of those films you watch with friends drunk and try to count all the continuity mistakes and laugh at the Quaker Oats ghost scenes. But for me it is one film I will avoid like the plague, because of some nasty past associations. I give this film one generous howl on the new Wolf Pack Howl Scale. Atleast it is a vast improvement over the total stinker that was shelved all those years ago….

(Oh, and an amusing note, along with the screen I got of the new cut of this film I also got promotional material for the film along with a copy of the trailer. Nowhere in the promotional material is Elissa Dowling mentioned. She actually doesn’t even appear in the trailer I saw…So me finding out the truth about this film makes the fact that Elissa is being ignored that much more amusing….)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wikipedia Bans Eric Morse From Its Knowledge Database

By William Pattison, aka Eric Morse
For Horror Bob's Blog

Wikipedia, which is supposedly a repository of all knowledge for the internet, just recently deleted all knowledge of author Eric Morse (aka William Pattison, aka Me) from their online database. The reason for this is because former managing editor for Fangoria Magazine, Bob “Uncle Bob” Martin complained saying that Eric Morse’s biography was “nothing but a vanity profile that is totally fictitious.” Martin even had Morse’s reference and that of his books in the section on the Friday the 13th franchise of Wikipedia taken out and “some young adult novels by an author” put in their place. The reason for this is because “Uncle Bob” said that none of the information in Morse’s Wikipedia biography had sufficient references to reasonably verify the information. When Bob Martin went on Eric Morse’s Facebook profile because Morse made a post about the situation, he stated the fact that not only did he have both references erased and made the claim that none of the references on the biography were valid. Of course, after Uncle Bob stated this Wolf Pack Podcast co-host Derek Young and Eric Morse produced twenty-five references in five minutes that clearly supported everything on Eric Morse’s biography. Uncle Bob had to back off and even gave Eric a link to a person at Wikipedia to talk to. Yet, after this, Bob Martin went on to have two hundred people sign a petition to have Eric Morse’s biography and any reference to the author and filmmaker banned from being posted on Wikipedia. Since then six people have tried to restore Eric Morse’s biography to the online database only to have their work erased and them to get warnings from Wikipedia not to try again. Here is a question for you, horror community, with all the hard work done by Uncle Bob and others to have Eric Morse and his works erased, doesn’t that in it’s own way prove that the author/filmmaker is either so very famous or so very infamous that Wikipedia as the internet repository of knowledge for the internet really does in fact need to reference him in order to maintain the integrity of the accuracy and completeness of their data base? It is a major fault in democracy that a loud minority can get power of over a silent and disinterested minority. We see that all the time in the horror community with the horror socials and how this small group manipulates things in the horror community. The truth is that more than likely there are probably far more people who are fans of Eric Morse and his books; definitely far more than the two hundred people who disliked Morse and  who signed Uncle Bob’s petition. Yet, those two hundred people managed to present a situation that made the supposed repository of all knowledge for the internet go against its own mission statement and erase the biography of a person who is clearly a public figure in horror at the very least, thus worthy of reference in said database. What does this say about Wikipedia? Also, what does this say about Uncle Bob Martin? According to reliable sources,Uncle Bob during this situation has gone on Mike White’s website Aint It Funky and has outright bragged about how he has put Eric Morse in his place and has really fixed him. It is obvious, given all the bragging, that Uncle Bob’s motivation was more to cause trouble for the author and be petty because he for some reason doesn’t personally like him rather than act for the public good. The question in the end is what does this say about this supposed repository of knowledge? It is a puppet for the minority and what they want as knowledge for the internet, or is it as it is supposed to be, a truthful data base of knowledge that is not compromised by popular propaganda. The deletion of knowledge is just that, the deletion of knowledge, thus if Wikipedia supports the deletion of knowledge because of minority support than it is not worthy of the trust of its users…..

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Addendum: Since writing this blog it turns out that I might have miss heard what my sources told me. It turns out that Uncle Bob Martin did not do his bragging on Mike White's website, but on Mike White's Facebook profile. I believe that corrects the mix up. Sorry.