The League of Tana Tea Drinkers

LOTTD Our mission is to acknowledge, foster, and support thoughtful, articulate, and creative blogs built on an appreciation of the horror and sci-horror genres.

Horror bloggers are a unique group of devoted fans and professionals, from all walks of life, who keep the genre, in all its permutations and media outlets, alive and kicking. Often spending long hours to keep their blogs informative and fun, horror bloggers share their unique mix of personality, culture and knowledge freely to fans of a genre difficult to describe, and fun to fear.

We honor exemplary horror blogs with our own special insignia: one that signifies the heights to which we aspire, and the code of excellence we follow to promote horror in all its wonderfully frightening forms, from classic to contemporary, from philosophical to schlockical.

The League of Tana Tea Drinkers are bloggers who toil away the extra midnight hour to present the best in horror blogging to reach the heights of horrifying excellence. We know what rapture it is to sip tana tea in the full moon light, and feel the thrill of walking the dark passageways in cinema and literature, searching for the unusual, the terrifying, and the monstrous. For the fun of it.

Keep watching the skies, and reading the horror. LOTT D is coming for you!

--jmcozzoli, Zombos' Closet of Horror

March 2, 2009

LOTT D Roundup for February 2009

Lottdroundup Howdy Pardners! Tie up your horse and mosy on over to the chuckwagon. We've got steamin' coffee and sizzlin' beans, and a month's worth of favorite posts from the notorious LOTT D horror ranch lined up and waitin' for you...yeehaw!

Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire explores the "absolutely stunning" Czech film" Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Every frame of this movie could be a surrealist painting, and by the time its hour-and-fifteen minute run-time is up, it's as if one is awakening from a beautiful dream whose importance hovers just out of reach of concrete understanding.

And Now the Screaming Starts had trouble choosing a favorite, but here is its most visited post of the month, Sweet Little Thirteen. Perhaps the strangest phenomenon spawned by the Friday the 13th remilkshake is, unlike the treatment of the original, this flick has entered the pop culture sphere with a resounding shrug from the non-horror world.

I Love Horror disapproves of the recent remake of My Bloody Valentine 3D. This gets double billing due to its uncharacteristic approach. I’m fairly certain no one will agree with my assessment, but hey, different strokes for different folks. It’s also short, so, uh, deal with it.

The Vault of Horror explores what disturbs Karl Hungus in An Exploration of Fear. Greetings once again Vault dwellers, it is Karl Hungus here, so do not adjust your set, I am now in control of the transmission. It's amazing how much excitement can be derived from exploring our own anxieties in this way, with a good Horror film, we come face to face with so many negative emotions, and come out thrilled at the end.

Dinner With Max Jenke shares the love for one of the lesser-loved Friday the 13th's in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. This controversial attempt to continue Friday the 13th after 1984's The Final Chapter didn't win many fans at the time of its 1985 release. And in fact, it hasn't won many more in the twenty-four years since then, either.

Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies was surprised by La Residencia (The House That Screamed). By this point in my movie-watching career, there are certain known quantities when it comes to watching Mad Movies. For instance, my tastes being what they are, I pretty much know going in to a movie by Paul Naschy, Jose Mojica Marins, or Jean Rollin that I'm going to find something to make my heart beat a little faster; similarly, I'm fairly confident that most Eurocine productions are going to leave me crankily unsatisfied.

Unspeakable Horror is excited about Rue Morgue High in Vincent Price Presents No. 9. The cover art by Joel Robinson totally captures the horrifying energy of the Ourang-Outang monster that I adapted from my favorite Poe story, "Murders in the Rue Morgue."

Billy Loves Stu takes us on a 60's romp with Nich&Katherine&Chad&Michelle, and Baghead. From its poster's homage to that swinging 60's romp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, to its Blair Witch Project meets Body Double by way of Friday the 13th, Baghead is one beguiling and entertaining film.

Final Girl does something "a wee bit different" with a cheeky-monkey-hilarious comic strip review of Trilogy of Terror II. Don't miss it!

Kindertrauma picks something it hopes is "not too weird" with Eden Lake. Maybe I’ve got a bit of that Stockholm syndrome because even though I got my ass handed to me, I can’t let go of the fact that EDEN LAKE, vicious as it may be, really is a good film.

Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat provides us with three links to enjoy this month. Start with Loveless; Given that it's a slasher movie set in the unlikely environment of mining, it's appropriate that My Bloody Valentine 3D eventually collapses. Starts off pretty strong, though. Then head over to Top Shelf Productions to read the new comic 1998 High Street by Sean T. Collins. And make a grand finish with the review of Charles Burns's great horror comic, Black Hole, at The Savage Critics.

So there you have it Buckaroos, until next time. Happy Trails to you!

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