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Remember Matty Collector? Ah, those were the days when it was exciting to be a toy collector. Mattel was hitting home run after home run with DC Classics, Ghostbusters, and Masters of the Universe figures. The renowned toy company even produced excellent replicas like the Ghost Trap, Neutrona Wand, PKE Meter, and Marty McFly's Hoverboard.

Scott 'Toy Guru' Neitlich of Spector Creative is the man we have to thank for quite a lot of Mattel's collectibles from the late 2000s and early 2010s. Scott was a brand manager for Mattel, and in his own personal time, he helped He-Man establish a foothold in the collectors market after having been dormant for many years.

We spoke with the Toy Guru about his experiences in the toy industry and where it could be headed in the future. Check out our interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvcWNqXxKFM

https://youtu.be/RvcWNqXxKFM

Scott has many videos dedicated to not only the Masters of the Universe and DC Classics lines, but he also covers Mattel's Ghostbusters figures and toy trends. Wonder why so many pegs are empty at your local retailer? Mr. Neitlich has an answer. There are hours and hours of information to be found at the Spector Creative YouTube Channel.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUYkJsAfs0KX5iGCt8w6T9Geeh4hIgi9B

 

For more information on Scott and his company, Spector Creative, check out the following links:

Spector Creative YouTube Channel

Spector Creative Official Website

Spector Creative Official Twitter

LinkedIn

 

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Griffin Gluck & Hallea Jones talk demons and keys in our interview regarding the second season of NETFLIX's 'Locke & Key'.

 

SYNOPSIS / LOGLINE: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), Locke & Key is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family. Locke and Key on Netflix is the television adaptation of the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Entertainment and returns October 22 for Season 2.

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Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez about the upcoming second season of NETFLIX's 'Locke & Key'.

SYNOPSIS / LOGLINE: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), Locke & Key is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family. Locke and Key on Netflix is the television adaptation of the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Entertainment and returns October 22 for Season 2.

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Carlton Cuse & Meredith Averill talk season two of NETFLIX's 'Locke & Key'.

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Dr. Uwe Boll is many things. A writer, producer, director, filmmaker, boxer, and Ph.D. He is also famous for his big screen video game adaptations. From House of the Dead to Postal, Boll has turned many famous and infamous games into equally notorious movies.

The good doctor gave us a few minutes of his time to talk about his early days in filmmaking, his move to big budget films, and the criticism he faced during his journey.

https://youtu.be/PNDwRE7rt98

During the interview, I mentioned that his rise in fame/notoriety also came when overly-cynical internet reviews and videos were hatching. For example, many years ago, we riffed House of the Dead over at Dread Central. I'll admit, it wasn't funny. But, at that time, Boll's movies were the butt of the joke. He was an easy target, and believe me, and people took advantage of it.

The reasoning may also be because they're safe things to tear apart. In my younger days, editors would tell me that certain films, directors, or studios were off-limits for scathing reviews. A friendly director with the site I was working for would have to be handled with care. Or if we often got event invites from a studio, we'd have to treat its worst movie as though it were only mediocre.

When you hear complaints about "access media," this is what we mean.

When you watch around ten direct-to-video indie films a month, you start to forgive the "sins" found in Uwe Boll's movies. After rewatching a few of them, it is clear there are technical issues, plot issues, and, as Uwe admitted, casting issues. However, the vitriol critics and YouTubers had for the filmmaker feels exaggerated.

What are your thoughts on Dr. Uwe Boll's films? Do you have any favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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Jason Tobias (Days of Our Lives), the writer and co-director of the survival horror film FEAR stopped by to talk to us about the film. What was it like shooting in the snow? How do you shop an indie movie around for distribution? All those questions and more will be answered direct from the Syxx Sense Media studio!

 

FEAR is available now on Amazon Video and on DVD via Walmart.

 

Synopsis:

Set in the desolate regions of the Pacific Northwest where a young family faces a group of bandits who steal the last of their supplies; with time running out, they must form an alliance with the outlaws to protect their children.

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Today we spoke with writer/director Stephen Rutterford about his upcoming supernatural thriller called Finding Ophelia. The film stars Jimmy Levar and will be available on June 23rd via Tubi, Amazon Video, and GooglePlay. Finding Ophelia is a unique cinematic experience. Liken it to being in a dream. Not everything will make sense, but you'll certainly remember the visuals and sounds. It was a nice departure from the other supernatural films that have come our way this year. NEW YORK ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE WILLIAM EDGAR (JIMMY LEVAR) IS MESMERIZED BY A SERIES OF HYPNOTIC DREAMS THAT BLUR THE LINES BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY. HIS LIFE IS THROWN INTO DISARRAY WHEN FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN HIS CAREER, HIS RELATIONSHIPS AND HIS ROMANTIC OBSESSION WITH A MYSTERIOUS WOMAN (CHRISTINA CHU). DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FIND HER, LEADS DOWN A BIZARRE, DARK PATH OF SIGNS AND WONDERS, WILLIAM SOON DISCOVERS THAT FINDING THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS CAN BE A NIGHTMARE. #horror #interview #newyork

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After the director of 'Crop Circle Realities' quit mid-podcast, we had to rely on professional Midwest crop circle investigator Tendro Killmere to help us understand what crop circles are and why they're made in crops, and why they're circles. 

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Rich Lowtax Kyanka threw a fit and rage quit during the middle of our interview with the UFO Bros (Joe and Emmett Hayes).

https://www.realufobros.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnaDsQcj4_m9xeHFhH81BZw

#UFO #TRAVELCHANNEL #UFOBROS

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Comedian and former Food Network host Josh Denny spoke with me about his experiences with the self-righteous outrage mobs of Twitter, his stand-up comedy career, and more. #Standup #Comedy #JoshDenny

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Food Network's "Josh Denny" took time out from stuffing his fat face to talk to me about why he was canceled from his show 'Big Fucking Food'. #FoodNetwork #JoshDenny #Racism

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Can the stars predict pandemics? If so, how? Is it just one giant roll of the cosmic dice that decides our fate when certain planets align in the different sectors of the astrological charts? I have no idea. I’m just a journalist. However, we did speak to someone who’s knowledge of astrological happenings far surpasses my own. Richard Kyanka and I spoke with filmmaker and astrologist Nicholas Snyder about his new informative video ‘The Astrology of Pandemics.’ It was quite informative. We learned about IBM computers, AIDs, holograms, and the importance of geometric angles in regards to the planets’ positions throughout history. Check it out below. ‘The Astrology of Pandemics’ is available now on Prime. Snynopsis: The Astrology of Pandemics is a new film on the astrology of both COVID-19 and previous pandemics. Can astrology help us understand the current pandemic and assist us in preparing for future outbreaks? Renowned astrologer André Barbault predicted the 2020 pandemic, using planetary cycles, back in 2011. Based on astrology, The Astrology of Pandemics also provides a glimpse of the near future, of what our post-COVID society might look like. The Astrology of Pandemics examines astronomical data to show the correlations between celestial phenomena and pandemics. Its aim is to help in the prediction of future health crises while changing how the public views astrology: from a pseudoscience to a more scientific discipline. “It’s astonishing to see that there is a correspondence between three specific planets of our solar system, eclipses and pandemics.” says Nicholas Snyder, the director and producer of The Astrology of Pandemics. “Astrology has been underrated for many years, but this will hopefully change soon, as it can be a very useful and precise tool when it comes to predicting pandemics. It can therefore help us be more prepared for future global health crises.” #Covid #Astrology #Pandemics

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The current state of social media and journalism is in shambles. Truth is secondary to scandal. Even our entertainment is littered with a US VS THEM mentality. I spoke with social science specialist Aydin Paladin about these matters, because I'm sure as hell not knowledgeable about all this to speak intelligently in regards to these topics. Check out the interview below and then head on over to her YouTube channel for more in-depth analyses.

https://youtu.be/vwciNDOSXM4

 

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Actress, writer, and filmmaker Honey Lauren kicked off our interview by informing us to how Hollywood was been affected by the Covid-19 virus and the subsequently shutdowns.

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Honey Lauren was our guest today to talk about her role in the new and unique horror film Sweet Taste of Souls. The film was written by Felicity Mudgett and Terry Ross served as director. Mrs. Lauren gave us some insight into the casting process and the filming location, along with some info on her upcoming projects. Check out the interview below!

Sweet Taste of Souls is currently available on these platforms: Amazon, InDemand, DirectTV, AT&T, FlixFling, Vudu & Fandango.

Synopsis:

Nerves are frayed after an all-night drive when Nate, Kyle, Wendy and Lily spot “Elle’s Kountry Kitchen” in the decaying rural town of Angel Falls. They make a fateful decision to stop for cherry pie.

The eerie café and Ellinore’s disturbing demeanor are unnerving enough but the café also displays an unsettling display of photos – of previous wayfarers all in odd, stiffly posed positions. In fact, the people in the photos are alive, trapped in their little photo prisons, free to move about except when customers visit the shop.

A sinister force also lurks in the cursed café. It directs Ellinore’s sad, broken mind and orchestrates her bizarre photography “collection”.

When a problem with one of the photographs causes Ellinore to drown its captives in a fit of rage, she composites a new photo with the images she secretly took of her last visitors. As the replacement shoots off the printer, Nate, Kyle, Wendy and Lily suddenly get “disappeared” out of their van. They awake to find themselves in a stark photo prison. Through their one glass wall they see the outside world – the empty café they just left. They are the Ellinore’s new exhibits and must escape before her escalating temper causes her to replace them as well.

But some dangers are even more penetrating than death: Evil is always hungry for souls. It cultivates terror, manipulates fear and seduces with revenge. Nate’s good heart understands and resists but Lily’s heart is tender, traumatized, vulnerable – an irresistible prize, like Ellinore’s was before Evil first seduced her.

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Someone claiming to be Stephen Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group came on the Syxx Sense Media show this week to talk to us about the new documentary 'Volcanic UFO Mysteries'. I cannot verify if this is really Mr. Bassett. He appears much different than he does in the doc, in age, weight, and voice. Perhaps the executive director of PRG has undergone facial reconstruction surgery due to government surveillance? I am not sure why he chose to look like Richard Kyanka, though. Or maybe he was going for John Goodman. Regardless of the validity of this man's identity, he did take us on an educational journey. We learned about the two types of extraterrestrials and their plans for humanity. Check out the interview below: About Stephen Bassett: Stephen Bassett is the executive director of Paradigm Research Group founded in 1996 to end a government imposed embargo on the truth behind the so called “UFO” phenomenon. Stephen has spoken to audiences around the world about the implications of formal “Disclosure” by world governments of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. He has given over 1000 radio and television interviews, and PRG’s advocacy work has been extensively covered by national and international media. In 2013 PRG produced a “Citizen Hearing on Disclosure” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. On November 5, 2014 PRG launched a Congressional Hearing/Political Initiative seeking the first hearings on Capitol Hill since 1968 regarding the extraterrestrial presence issue and working to see that issue included in the ongoing presidential campaign. PRG has assisted numerous organizations and initiatives working to 1) raise public awareness of the both the extraterrestrial presence and the truth embargo, 2) convene open congressional hearings to take government and agency witness testimony, and 3) incite the political media to appropriately cover the attendant issues. There can be only one outcome to the Disclosure advocacy movement – the formal acknowledgment of the extraterrestrial presence by world governments. #UFO #VOLCANOS #GRAYS

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Today we had the honor of speaking with Michael Dorn ('Star Trek: The Next Generation') about his role in the upcoming sci-fi spectacle 'Agent Revelation'. Mr. Dorn gave us some insight into the production, casting, and how a successful actor/director relationship works. He also let us in on his upcoming project, a Western that he will write, direct, and star in.

Agent Revelation will be available on-demand on January 22nd.

Synopsis:

Jim Yung, a rejected CIA analyst, has been exposed to an ancient 'dust' that transforms him into a super soldier that can communicate with aliens. When a secret organization works with him to discover why aliens have returned to Earth, the truth comes at a price.

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Think Daughters of Darkness and Dark Shadows. That's what came to my mind when I watched Mickey Reece's Climate of the Hunter. Part brooding horror film, part vampire flick, this indie project combines a lot of 1970s nostalgia while also challenging the audience. Is everything as it seems? Is there something truly sinister at work here? We chatted with the film's director Mickey Reece about his inspirations and making a period piece in the current age. Check it out below. Climate of the Hunter is currently available on-demand. Synopsis: Two sisters, Alma and Elizabeth, along with a dog who’s described as a “philosopher,” have come to Alma’s remote house to reconnect with Wesley after twenty years. Alma is recently divorced, Elizabeth is a workaholic in Washington, D.C., while Wesley lives in Paris dealing with a wife recently struck with a fatal disease. When the three come together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely adult melodrama about loneliness, and the desire to connect and share our lives with someone… but we must add to the mix one otherworldly piece of information: Wesley could be a vampire. #interview #indie #vampire

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Olivia Luccardi (It Follows, Channel Zero) gave us a call to discuss her role in the post-apocalyptic thriller by Alex Knapp called Go/Don't Go. The film which is, admittedly, a slow burn features some great camera work for an indie film. Though more of a character study than an outright nail-biting thriller set in an unpopulated world, Go/Don't Go hits a bit differently than we were expecting. Ms. Luccardi spoke with us at length about the process of filming this feature and what it takes to be an actor in this current age. Check it out below. Go/Don't Go is currently available on streaming platforms and blu-ray / DVD. Synopsis: After an unknown cataclysm, Adam (Alex Knapp) is alone. The sole inhabitant of a vacant, unchanged world, or so he thinks. While attempting to stay grounded in the desolate landscape, visions come to him—the fateful night his best friend Kyle (Nore Davis) introduces him to the love of his life, K (Olivia Luccardi). As Adam’s mental state starts to unravel, he is plagued by lingering questions and uncertain realities about his world. His grip on what’s left starts to slip away—sending him spiraling towards a series of unforeseen consequences and unexpected truths. #interview #ItFollows #OliviaLuccardi

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Actor, producer, and film distributor Han Soto spent some time with us to discuss his ventures and the role he plays in the third season of the now-Netflix exclusive Cobra Kai. How'd he get the role in one of the most important flashbacks of the series? How has covid affected the entertainment business? What advice does he have for those wanting to get into the industry? Check out our exclusive interview below. Mr. Soto also runs a distribution label that handles my specialty, indie films. Given the current situation, we're all in, independent cinema has been a go-to as large studios have found themselves at the mercy of local and state governments. Check out Kamikaze Dog Fight's official site for more info on what films they're currently promoting. This latest installment of the classic karate franchise sees the return of a number of familiar faces and gives us a deeper look into what made John Kreese (Martin Kove) one of the best villains of the 1980s. The third season of Cobra Kai is available to stream right now on Netflix. The series has been picked up for a fourth season. Synopsis: With a new sensei at the helm of the Cobra Kai dojo, a three-way feud takes center stage. Old grudges — like Cobra Kai — never die. #cobrakai #netflix #hansoto

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