NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “Super Wicked Rhymes!!!– Boxcutta Maxx – The Beginning EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Boxcutta Maxx (features: A.II.Z, Goomson Produced Super Wicked and Smalls Uno)

Album: The Beginning EP

Release Date: July 31, 2019

Buy/Stream album: https://boxcuttamaxx.bandcamp.com/album/the-beginning-ep

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Boxcutta Maxx’s “The Beginning EP“! Sometimes I forget how young Boxcutta is. The shit he spits and his knowledge of the Hip Hop culture is like he was born in a different era. I mean he was born the day the great legend Biggie Smalls passed away so maybe that is where his natural born skill for rhymin’ comes from! Boxcutta produced all the tracks on this EP, except Super Wicked, Produced by the homie Goomson. I love the use of samples on his tracks it gives the tracks a nostalgic vibe! Boxcutta is just getting started this is the first EP he drops this year and there is more to come! Boxcutta is also part of the Spooky Gang! Everyone in that camp has been droppin music consistently. San Diego’s Spooky Gang is on the rise and killin’ it!

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The Beginning EP consists of 6 tracks of pure raw lyricism! The first track features another dope San Diego artist A.II.Z! The track is called, “Out of Love” he raps why he does this and it’s all for the love! Then you get the third track “Super Wicked” produced by talented Producer Goomson! This song is a hit! Every time Boxcutta performs it live it is something special! The fourth track, “The Man” features Smalls Uno. They both bring their murderous rhymes! The fifth track ,”Given Game” Boxcutta spits some street knowledge he was passed down from his homies. This is one of his more introspective tracks on this project. There are two other tracks we are blessed with. Go check it out to see what Boxcutta has to offer lyrically! Also if I’m not mistaken there were also some DJ scratches/cuts by DJ JG. Overall this is literally just the beginning of Boxcutta’s lyrical takeover! Stay tuned for what he brings next. Go support this EP the link to his bandcamp is above! Support grimey rap and just pure Hip Hop!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “RATING YOUR FEAR ONE HEART BEAT AT A TIME!!! – FEARSCALE INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing a spooky interview I did with FearScale! I came across Joe and Leah’s platform via Instagram. I found their page and website very unique and fascinating! I was intrigued at how they were using heart monitors to rate the heart rate when watching a horror movie! It is a very unique concept and I loved it! I reached out to them via social media to see if they would be open to answer some interview questions. Joe responded quickly and was open to it! Please read below to learn more about FearScale and what they are contributing to the horror community! Read below if you dare!

1. Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are? Where are you guys based out of? 

Hello there! My name is Joe and along with my wife Leah we run FearScale, a review site based on the heart rate monitoring of horror movies. We are located in Orlando, Florida.

2. How did Fearscale get started as far as the inception of it? Who runs your page is it a group of people or individual? I think it is a very dope idea to measure heart rate/ calories burned when watching a horror movie. Very unique concept.

First, Thank you! That’s awesome to hear. I run the page, create the posts and concepts and do the monitoring of all the films. Leah will help me edit the articles, be a model sometimes, and is our main test subject when we review older films. We take volunteers and recruit non-horror fans for theatre reviews. The inception of FearScale came from an idea I had with a friend of mine years ago. We wanted to create a television show where contestants were wearing heart monitors and walked through haunted houses. The production crew would build sets designed to scare them at certain moments. If they could keep their heart rate below a certain number, their cash prize would go up. Unfortunately, life got in the way and our location fell through so we had to part ways. I always loved the idea of using a heart monitor to measure fear. I understand people have varying degrees of fear but when I was reading reviews online, they were so drastically different. I thought FearScale would be an excellent opportunity to get accurate and objective results for precise moments in a film that our truly frightening.

3. What made you fall in love with the horror genre?

My Aunt and Uncle were in charge of babysitting my sisters and I one night when I was about 6 or 7. They were huge Halloween fans. They thought it would be fun to put on Halloween, which had been released a couple years prior. I was glued to the set. The music and that white masked stranger terrified me and I loved it. If that wasn’t enough, when the film ended, my Uncle came from another room wearing a mask and chased us around the house with a butcher knife, a real butcher knife. Not the best babysitting decision upon recollection, but from that moment on, I loved being scared and watching people get scared. I grew up loving Halloween, not only the film, but the holiday. When all of my friends went to parties I would be the loner who would hang back in a Myers costume, sitting on my porch and scaring the little ones. All in good fun of course.

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4. What are your top 5 favorite scary movies? Why?

Well, Halloween (1978) of course. After that initial release I was at the perfect age when 80’s slashers began littering the big screen. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)  haunted my dreams for weeks. I remember building a Freddy glove out of aluminum before they made replicas. I’d also have to say Scream (1996). Wes Craven was a master of horror, and to be able to torture different generations of fans was truly remarkable.  Scream reignited the slasher genre in a time when they seemed to be fading away. Poltergeist (1982) would be on my list as well. I have an unhealthy obsession with the paranormal and that film had so many unsettling images. A more modern film that has crept its way into my top 5 is Trick R Treat (2007). Everything about the film screams Halloween and it has created another famous icon for the holiday. While I can appreciate the creative artsy horror films, I prefer a hard rock, bloodcurdling screams, and a murderous icon.

5. You guys rate new horror movies and sometimes throwbacks. Any movie from back in the day that you have yet to rate, but it is at the top of the list? If so why?

Scream! I would love to monitor Scream, but trying to find a person who hasn’t seen it has proved to be quite difficult. I have a feeling the long chase scenes and intense finale would seriously affect the heart.

6. What has been your favorite film to measure the heart rate to?

Surprisingly it has been the found footage sub-genre. These movies, love them or hate them create a visceral emotional impact. The dark, out of focus shots keep viewers guessing what’s around the next corner. Grave Encounters (2011) was an excellent one to monitor. It kept a 79.16 average heart rate even though the film took a bit getting started and had a runtime of only one hour thirty two minutes.

7. Where did you get all the equipment used to measure heart rate/calories burned? Who does the analyzing? Is it pretty fast process?

We tried several different heart monitor chest straps in the beginning, but we weren’t getting true readings while a person was not active. Plus the chest strap was just plain uncomfortable when seated. I found a portable heart monitor on a hospitals website that uses a pulse/oxygen measurement from the finger. It was extremely accurate and the visuals were great for photos. I do all of the analyzing and I would have loved to simply dump the recordings onto a computer and upload for all to see, but there are so many factors I didn’t take into account when watching a movie. Crossing and uncrossing your legs for instance, or a sneeze,  would both show as momentary spikes in a pulse. So I watch the readings while the subject watches the film. I write down any spikes that aren’t movie induced to remove later. It does take away my enjoyment of the film which is why we didn’t monitor Halloween (2018) in theater. That was too important of a film for me!  For most monitoring’s, we are able to get the results out the next day.

8. If you could be any horror villain or icon who would you be and why?

Geez, how do I say this without sounding like a complete psycho. Haha. Probably Sam from Trick R Treat. He’s simply protecting the rules of Halloween. It’s what I do each year anyway, yell at those disrespecting tradition. I’d be the first one to slice a throat with a pumpkin lollipop if they changed the date of the holiday from the 31st.

9. What has been the highest heart rate and what horror movie was it?

We have kept a leaderboard of movies we reviewed. From the fifty movies we have monitored so far, The Conjuring (2013) has held the top spot. This film knows how to stretch scenes and build anxiety. The average beats per minute of the one hour and fifty two minute runtime was 83.44. That’s 20bpm over our subject’s resting heart rate sustained! Though the movie received mixed reviews, the Netflix film Birdbox (2018) produced our highest peak with our subject hitting 106bpm.

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10. If you could make your own modern horror movie survival rules what would they be?

Be a good parent. If you’re a drunk or you beat your kids, they’re ultimately coming back to kill you when they get older. Also, even in the modern age of technology, don’t bother setting up cameras. You’ll get killed before you get a chance to review it.  Don’t go on vacation.  Sweden, hostels, cabins…in the woods. You’re safer just staying home.

11. You are a guest contributor with the Nightmare on Film Street podcast. That is awesome! How did you guys build that relationship and how has it helped your platform grow?

Honestly, we had only monitored two or three films with less than hundred followers when NOFS reached out to us. They loved the concept and knew immediately that people would get a kick out of this unique way of reviewing. I had been a listener of their podcast before writing for them and love their banter. Jon and Kim are amazingly funny people and it is great to be supported by a website that has such dedicated followers.

12. What does “Fear” mean to you, or how do you define it? Why do you think horror fans enjoy the feeling of being scared?

To me, fear is a motivator. If you’re afraid of something, it means you’re stepping out of your comfort zone. It means you’re living and not watching life pass you by. I think horror fans enjoy the trill of leaving their comfort zone while in a safe environment.

13. If you could be any scream queen or final girl who would it be and why?

Not to be completely predictable, but I have already expressed my love for all things Halloween. I would be Laurie Strode. Like her, I come off as reserved, but when push comes to shove, I can hold my own.

14. How has the horror community embraced you? Any advice or words of encouragement for those entering the horror creative community?

I began FearScale in February of 2018. Before that I wasn’t engaged on any social media platforms. I started like I start anything, just to see If I can. I didn’t realize there was this entire horror community on social media. I’m amazed at how many people have reached out and wrote us words of encouragement from the beginning. I’ve made some truly great friends. I didn’t realize there were so many fans like me that love the art of the scare. For those just starting out I can only say do it for yourself. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish, nobody else will either. In the end, if you have 1 or 1,000 followers it won’t matter because you’re having fun.

15. What do you wish to accomplish with your platform? What does your brand mean to you?

I’m simply a fan of my own concept. Haha, I love the idea as much as everyone else.  I would love to take FearScale on the road. Monitoring in haunted houses and rating them based on beats per minute would be a great promotional tactic for any company. My ultimate goal would be to get a screener for a new release so I don’t have to bother guests in the theater with my heart monitor and bright lighted pen! Haha

16. What is your favorite horror movie sub-genre and why?

I’m a huge fan of the supernatural. A film that doesn’t need to rely on gore but can still get under your skin. The first half of Insidious is a great example of this. The music alone is terrifying.

17. Do you believe in the supernatural? If so have you had any supernatural experiences you can share?

I do believe in the supernatural. Actually, I have been on ghost investigations with GhostStop in St. Cloud Florida. They have an amazing team and have been responsible for creating some of the fun tools you see on the television show Ghosthunters. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any truly spine-tingling experiences.

18. Do you feel like the horror genre is finally receiving the recognition it deserves or do you think it is getting close to that?

I think horror will always be the bastard child of cinema. There have been a few new releases that I thought could win prestigious awards, Toni Collette’s performance in Hereditary for example was outstanding. But horror will always be an experiment and I think the powers that be are afraid to recognize the impact it has and are scared to admit that it turns them on.

19. What is the horror film you are anticipating to watch this year that has not yet been released in theaters? Why?

It should be IT: Chapter 2 or Doctor Sleep because I’m a huge King fan but it’s actually Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell. There’s something hardcore and raw about a Zombie film that makes you feel like this s**t is actually happening. You never know what the f**k is going to happen next. He’s unpredictable and I love it.

20. Any shout outs to platforms or specific people?

Leah of course! She’s put up with so much of this craziness and will never let me quit even though she’s subjected to more horror than she cares to be. The Nightmare on Film Street podcast for seeing the potential in FearScale before anyone else did. And Derek @horrorjunkie103178 on Instagram. He and I started around the same time. We have shared thoughts and encouragement, motivating each other along the way. Even though I have never met him in person, I consider him a true friend… and that my readers is how a horror movie starts.

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To keep up with FearScale please see links below:

https://fearscale.com/
https://nofspodcast.com/?s=Fearscale

Thank you FearScale for your time and being available to respond to my interview questions! I truly appreciate you and what you are contributing to the horror community! I gotta visit Orlando, FL soon to meet you guys in person and thank you personally! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give FearScale a follow @fearscale ! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SEPTEMBER’S VERY OWN!!! -CHUUWEE – NIMROD EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Chuuwee

Album: Nimrod

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Chuuwee’s EP titled, “Nimrod“. I first heard of Chuuwee because of my friend Nomad. He put him on my radar and said he is dope rapper who has great potential and will blow up soon! I listened to a few tracks and knew he was different. His sound is unique and lyricism is not like what I’ve heard before. That put him on the back of my mind. Then in July I had some friends who were opening up for Slum Village at the Music Box and saw that Chuuwee was among the openers. I was pretty hyped to see him perform live! I believe you can tell a lot from a rapper based on their performance skills. You get to see if they can move the crowd, touch people with their music and interact with them on a personal level.

He performed a few tracks I was not familiar with, but he made a supporter out of me that nighy! His word play and lyricism are dope! His energy and the way he captured the crowd was amazing to watch! He definitely has my full attention! I then began following him on IG that same night. I saw a few weeks ago he was dropping this EP “Nimrod” and I knew I had to put it on rotation. I believe the reason for the title of this EP, Nimrod is because that was the name of a biblical mighty hunter who was also a King of Shinar. The reason I believe this is the meaning is because Chuuwee is dropping his next project soon titled, “Nephilim”. For those who don’t know a Nephilim is a being who is half human and half Angel. They were the offspring of fallen angels and female humans. So my belief is that Chuuwee is big on bible symbolism.

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The EP is short, it consists of 7 tracks and a running time of 17 minutes. As you already know I have become a fan of short projects. The reason being there is so much music dropping daily it makes it easier to consume a short EP. For me it is dope if I am able to replay it 5 times and take in the message. So I appreciate this project for being short and filled with dope beats and godly lyricism!

The first track on this project is called, “Money In The Safe“. In the hook he raps, “I’m  always on my job but I’ve never been a slave/I bought an iPad so we are on the same page/That’s why I’m going last so we don’t make the same waves/I  used to save hoes with a mask and a cape/I  think I’m Batman, let me pull up in the rave/Let ’em run their mouth, nothing really they can say“.  I love the trap beat and the catchy hook mixed with dark sense of humor. The second track is, “September’s Very Own” where he seems to be paying Drake homage, since we all know Drake coined the phrase October’s Very Own. Chuuwee goes on a rap frenzy about his ambition and showing off his rap bravado!

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The third track on the project is “Shadow Solange“, the bass and the overall beat on this track is crazy! He then raps one of my favorite verses off this project, “I’m tired of being dissed by ni**as who ain’t dropped no songs/ I no longer have sympathy if you ain’t on your job/The planet saw me struggling, the spirits threw a lob/You cancel out your blessings on your own, you fucken’ fraud/If she don’t call me back, I turn a princess into a swan!” . He shows off his lyrical wit and uses sense of humor to get his point across. The fifth track is titled, “Cheese>Choose“. This is a track geared more for the ladies and a melodic track! Then the 7th and final track we get is called, “Dio“. In this track he raps, “Life handing me lemons I was sautéing fillets huh//Feet up in my jays, I like to parley in your shade huh/Bar none on my efforts, I go out and i get paid huh/Countdown my ascension I’m so down for my upgrade huh”. That last line is fire! I get a feeling he is hinting at his upcoming project “Nephilim”!

Overall this is a solid project, very cohesive and filled with great bars! Definitely recommending buying it or streaming it! It is worth a listen! Can’t wait to hear his next project, “Nephilim” and see what he concocts next! Thank you for reading my EP Review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue”.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “DEVILISH GAME! – READY OR NOT MOVIE REVIEW” (SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Ready or Not

Release date: August 21, 2019

Main Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Melanie Scrofano and more.

Brief synopsis:
“A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.”


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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the horror/thriller movie, “Ready or Not” starring the talented actress Samara Weaving as the lead final girl! When I saw the previews and that Samara was going to be the lead I knew it was going to be a bloody good time! Also she is a very charismatic actress. I first saw her in one of my favorite tv shows Ash vs. Evil Dead where she had a short role. Then she killed her performances in Mayhem and The Babysitter! She has great potential to be a top Hollywood actress and proven to be a true Scream Queen! With that being said I didn’t need much convincing to go see this! From beginning to end the story draws you in. The movie opens up with a thunderstorm and two kids running down a corridor in a huge victorian styled mansion. One of the kids Daniel hides his brother Alex in a closet. Daniel then sees a man, a groom to be by his attire who has been shot with an arrow. The guy asks for his help and Daniel yells “he is over here”. Daniel’s family enters the hallway with creepy masks and old school weaponry and kills the groom with an arrow to the chest. The camera pans to the Bride crying and then the scene moves to present time.

The audience is taken to the wedding day between the two leads Alex Le Domas and Grace. Grace is talking to Alex and telling him how she really cares what his family thinks of her and hopes they can accept her. They joke around that his family probably thinks she is after his fortune.  The two end up getting married, but right off the bat you can tell Alex’s family is off and sinister! The father isn’t to thrilled that his favorite son is getting married with someone who isn’t off his stature. Then his Aunt Helene is also very creepy and just stares at Grace throughout the wedding ceremony. The two lovebirds are ready to settle in for the night when his Aunt barges in and tells him it is time for their tradition to play a game at midnight.

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Grace was under the impression her honeymoon was going to start that night, but it is cut short by this “game”, which Alex fails to go into detail on what exactly it is. Grace is taken to this game room with her new in laws, and the rest of Alex’s family. You get a Clue game type vibe! This is where the action begins and Alex’s father goes into the rules of the game and the family tradition. To keep it short and evil, he tells the story of how his ancestor/relative who was a merchant met a man (Devil) named Mr. Le Bail and pretty much sold his families souls in return to have this gaming empire.

The devil gave them a box which is mechanically operated and is controlled by the devil himself. The pact made with the devil is whomever marries into the family must play the game that the box selects. The card that no one wants to draw is “Hide and Seek”. This card means the family has to sacrifice the Bride or Groom to the Devil, but the Bride/Groom have a chance to hide until dawn. If they survive the game then the Le Domas family will die. To Alex’s dismay, Grace pulls the Hide and Seek card. Alex’s father explains the rules to her. Obviously he leaves the most important detail that they will be hunting her. She is under the impression she just has to hide. Alex is forced to stay in the room while Grace has a head start to hide and his family begins selecting their old school weapons of choice.

Eventually Alex escapes down a secret room to go warn Grace that she is going to be killed. While trying to help her escape they witness how Alex’s coked out sister (played by Melanie Scrofano aka the drunk anti – hero Wynonna Earp if you watch that show like I do lol) shoots a maid with an arrow thinking it was Grace. Grace is in shock and can’t believe her now husband did not tell her about this. You can start to see that Grace starts to question if she even knows who she married. She is upset with Alex and how he did not confide in her about this family secret. He tries to guilt trip and says if he hadn’t proposed she would have left or if he had told her she would have left him. You can see how selfish Alex is and start to see he is not the prince in shining armor you think he is.

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Grace whose background is bit of a mystery only thing we find out about her is that she grew up in foster homes. She so badly wants to be part of the Le Domas family since she never really had a home. Grace toughens up and rises to the occasion to survive this sadistic game. There is a very dope scene in the climax of the movie where she sees herself in the mirror (picture above) and she is wearing her victorian wedding dress, some chucks (shoes) and carrying a rifle in hand and ammunition across her chest. She seems surprised and how she has gotten into this situation and says some cuss word. I loved that because it shows she has to find the dark humor into what she is facing and she looked badass! Also the ending scene as she is walking out of the burning house with her bloody victorian dress and chucks. Grace definitely became one of my favorite modern day final girls! She ends up winning the game, outsmarting the 1%’s and literally burning the house down! lol . Talk about women empowerment!

Not only was she forced to kill to survive, in my opinion she realizes her true family is herself! Alex was a facade pretended to love her for his own benefit. In reality he was trying to prove to himself  that he was a good guy when he was as demented and evil as his family. He hated his family because he knew he was exactly like them! In the end we see the demise of the Le Domas family, in a gory explosive visceral carnage scene! As the Devil makes a quick appearance and nods at Grace for her victory. She walks out the mansion as they burn in a hellish fire!

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This movie reminded me of a mixture of different movies. The sinister entitled and rich family reminded of the family in “Get Out“.  The main theme of the movie having to hunt a human being as a game, reminded me of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Purge“. Also Grace as the final girl who you would least expect to step up her survival game and come out as a victor in this bloody game gave me Erin vibes from “You’re Next“. Also the whole selling your families souls to the devil type deal reminded me of Dorian Gray. I loved the 1800’s gothic aesthetic and the mansion setting. Also the visuals from the old school card games, victorian styled house and the black goats added a devilish feel to it!

Overall this movie does not have a dull moment. It keeps its momentum throughout the whole movie. You get dark comedy, great casting/acting, action and gore to keep you attached to the screen! I loved the twist ending which was predictable for me if you’re paying attention to the little details and storyline. Once an evil rich entitled kid always an evil rich entitled kid lol I’ll leave it at that! Definitely recommend checking this out in theaters!

Thank you for reading my movie review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz on Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH A VISION FOR THE COMMUNITY!!! – KOVU INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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“A lot of people don’t actually know me. A lot people know of me, but don’t know me because I feel like, as messed up as it sounds it’s a way of protecting your energy. Everybody isn’t ready to know you. ” – Kovu

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the charismatic, funny and creative visionary Kovu! I met Kovu by attending and performing at Black Xpression. Kovu hosts from time to time and also is the Director of Black Xpression open mic and the overall platform. Black Xpression is an open mic that occurs every Friday at 8pm at La Bodega Gallery in Logan Heights (San Diego, CA). It is more than an open mic it is a family and a very supportive crowd! You get all types of talents and skill levels. From poets, singers, rappers, comedians, dancers and more! It is the place to be on Friday nights, so if you are around the San Diego area drop by! It is only a $5 cover (only $5 dollars?!)! I actually performed a poem/song there for the first time last year and performed many times after that. Black Xpression is also doing great things for the community. They throw events and are helping San Diego artists get the resources they need to succeed in their craft! Kovu dropped some gems, we also discussed Black Xpression and its positive impact in the community and more! PLEASE LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW BELOW:

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Thank you Kovu for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! I see you got a real entrepreneur vision for your community, keep at it King! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give Kovu a follow @khalifa_kovu and Black Xpression @xpress_it to keep up with their latest events! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to the rest of my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SUMMER SCREAM QUEEN!!! – MIDSUMMER SCREAM 2019 HORROR CONVENTION”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Today I will be sharing my experience in attending 2019 Midsummer Scream in Long Beach. It was my first time there and I was excited !!! I had heard this was one of the largest horror conventions in the West Coast. There are horror vendors, make up effects artists, podcasters, artists, haunted houses, panels and even live podcasts! I felt like a kid at Halloween! It felt like the Horror Comic Con. I loved the vibe and the Long Beach convention center is dope! As soon as you enter the convention you are surrounded by people wearing costumes or in cosplay. The event took place from 8/3 -8/4/19. I went on Sunday 8/4/19, I mainly went to see the 30th Anniversary Tales from the Crypt panel. John Kassir who plays the legendary Crypt Keeper was there and dope Director Ernest Dickerson was there as well. He directed Demon Knight which was the first feature film for Tales from the Crypt spin off film series. If you have not seen that movie you gotta see it! Definitely one of my favorite demon horror movies.

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The Tales from the Crypt panel was very interesting we got to hear anecdotes and behind the scenes stories. I then attended Mick Garris’ live podcast of Post Mortem where he interviewed the living horror legend, Lin Shaye! She has made appearances in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies. I love her for playing one of my favorite clairvoyant characters, Elise in the movie series Insidious. In my opinion she makes the movie and story more interesting. I was so excited to have witnessed this interview live! I listen to the Post Mortem podcast on a frequent basis and to have had the opportunity to be in the same room as the amazing director Mick Garris and talented actress Lin Shaye was a memorable experience! As an up and coming podcaster I was truly inspired! I hope someday I can be a dope Hip Hop & Horror Journalist/Podcaster and learn from the great Mick Garris!

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Midsummer Scream also had a Tiki terror inspired theme hall. There was also the Hall of Shadows that had about 6 Haunted House. I did not get to go check them out, but they looked spooky from the outside. I was able to get some of my first autographed posters/photos. I met Bill Moseley who is known for his killer role as Otis in Rob Zombies trilogy about the crazy Firefly family. He signed my 3 from Hell poster, which is the third installment to the Rob Zombie series. I can’t wait to see that movie on the big screen! Then I also got to meet the beautiful actress and one of my favorite final girls Ashley Laurence who played Kirsty Cotton in the Hellraiser series. She was very humble and I got a signed photo. Lastly I got to meet Ken Sagoes who played Kincaid in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He was also very kind and I loved that he was donating the money he made to his organization Giving Back Corporation.

There was also dope photo ops and movie scene recreations by The Mystic Museum. They had the following photo ops scenes: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Slashback Video counter with Ash from The Evil Dead life size figure, The Shining, Freddy Krueger (Welcome to Prime Time Bitch) prop and American Horror Story Coven the chair of the Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. I had a lot of fun with my mom going to this horror convention. They have a little bit of everything for all ages. I saw parents who brought their young kids to older people just geeking out! I definitely recommend attending a horror convention if you are a horror fan it is an experience of a lifetime and you get to meet cool people!

Thank you for reading my article. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “YOUNG QUEEN FULL OF WISDOM – DP THE UNKNOWN INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the amazing rapper and singer Dana aka DP the Unknown. I had the pleasure of sitting down with DP and getting to talk to her about how she got into music and her journey. Also we discuss her EP “Gone Fishing”, which is a great body of work! One of my favorite EP’s of 2019. You can check my EP review I did on that project at the following link: https://7octoberz.com/2019/07/05/nightmare-on-sedgwick-avenue-we-are-all-in-the-same-boat-dp-the-unknown-gone-fishing-ep-review/ . Dana is a genuine person full of positivity and truly talented! She is also filled with lyrical wisdom. Thank you Dana for inviting me to your listening party a few months back to get to listen to your project in its entirety near the beach which matches the theme of your EP. I had a great time conversing with you and getting to know you a bit more. Please read below to get to know DP the Unknown.

1. Please introduce yourself to those who might now know who you are.

I go by DP the Unknown, they are my initials for Dana Patrice. I’m from San Diego (laughs)

2. Please share with us your journey and how you started rapping. How long have you been making music? How long have you been performing live?

I’ve been writing poems and digital art stuff like forever. When I was 16 my brother brought me to this studio where we could record for free. But I had originally went there to work on digital art. He asked me why don’t you do something for fun on this beat.  Little did he know I’ve been writing poems like forever, but I just never shared it cuz I didn’t think it was important or anything.

So basically my brother got me started at like 16 years old. Last year I started taking it more serious. My first performance was at 16 and then years of nothing since I wasn’t taking it serious. Me and my brothers would do shows since we had a group, but also do our separate things.

3. How do you hone your craft and performance? I saw you perform at Hope 4 the Homeless and you killed it!

I listen to all types of music so I try to merge that into my sound too. I liked to be versatile and not just give one type of style. Just make music everyday, sing or hum whenever I can.

4. You just dropped an EP called Gone Fishing which is dope! Why title it that? What does the album mean to you? I interpreted it as we are all in the same boat called life and it is up to us to make the best of this life!

So many reasons why I gave it that title. I feel like that saying alone can be interpreted in so many ways and that is what an artists supposed to do. Me originally the idea was me going on this fishing trip by myself and really owning in on my thoughts and like my feelings. Letting it all out and reeling in people in with hooks and stuff. It can mean a lot, so that is how I got that idea. When I would get off of social media, I put in my bio “Gone Fishing” cuz I would need a break from this or I need to go think. Social media is a lot sometimes so I had to get away. I was like okay let’s make this a project and make a full concept.

5. How did you get into the San Diego Hip Hop scene?

I’d say since last year I started taking it more seriously and staying consistent. My brother would have people who would do events and we would perform, but that was before I took it serious. Then last year Verde brought me to her shows and that really got me started.

6. What or who inspires your lyrics?

I don’t know, I be in my head a lot so I think a lot. So I feel like I just need to write it down so I can get it out. I’m like a philosopher always pondering.

7. Some of your lyrics have a bit of spiritual wisdom and self belief which is dope! You touch on manifesting and positive thinking? How did you get into that mind set and incorporate it in your music?

Well these past years I’ve felt lost. I was doin a lot of bullshit, but now that I am transitioning and about to move, taking on new journeys. If I can do it, you can do it! As long as you remain consistent type of thing. I just want to spread positivity and also be real!

8. What do you think of artists like Russ who promote self belief, music ownership and manifesting your dreams? Sometimes he is seen as arrogant because he is proud of his accomplishments, but he is sharing knowledge that other rappers fail to do. What are your thoughts on that?

I think it is a good thing, but like as long as they’re not being fake about it. Practice what you preach! Also the consumer has to know,  you are making an artist your idol, they are not always gonna meet your standards if they do something wrong. Everyone has negatives and positives.

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9. Do you have other music genres that influence your lyrics?

I love R&B, R&B is probably my first love! I was making R&B a lot and so this was so different for me, to make some hip hop and different topics. I was always talking about love, sex and all that (laughs). So this was a huge change and I kept telling people. I was kinda scared to release it cuz they are expecting a different side of me and it’s a different vibe.

10. When and why did you fall in love with hip hop and the culture?

I grew up a Hip Hop kid. We do have a choice, but me personally living in City Heights I grew up around it. Hip Hop and R&B it is really all I know. One album that really inspired me was Pharrell’s In My Mind, it was crazy, he inspired me so much. I am really trying to work with him!

11. What is your favorite rap album of all time? Why?
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill . She touched on the Hip Hop, R&B and Soul. She gave us all of it in one! It really helped me through tough times. In High School I listened to the whole album.

12. Who are your favorite emcees dead or alive? Who inspires you?

Mick Jenkins really inspired me! When I started to take myself serious that was one of the people I was listening to The Waters album and Noname

13. What about favorite R&B singers right now?

So many right now, Summer Walker, H.E.R. and SZA. Those are my top 3.

14. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far as a creative?

Manifesting a bigger audience, like touching people a little more with songs that have depth to it, instead of just love songs. You know some love songs have depth to them, but other topics cuz you know that is not what the world is.

15. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?

I just want to be the example that you can do whatever you wanna do in your life whether it is music or sports. If you wanna be a doctor or lawyer, do whatever you wanna do that makes you happy, cuz you’re not here forever! It would be a sad way to go out. If you die doing what you love then everyone is going to remember you as that person.

16. What is your favorite scary movie and why?

One that tripped me out since I saw it when I was young was “Orphan”. Also I like “Child’s Play” and “Jeepers Creepers”.

17. Do you believe in the supernatural or ghosts? Any experiences or know of anyone who has?

I try not to or I would drive myself crazy (laughs). I feel a higher power tho.

18. What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who might be scared to follow their dream whether it be music or something else?

Utilize your resources, there’s like little blessings around you that you probably aren’t taking advantage of. Whether there are open mics that are for free, it is an opportunity to grow. Yeah, take advantage of your resources and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Once you get started keep the momentum!

19. Who are some of your favorite artists from San Diego? Whether singers, musicians or rappers?

So many, but I got say my brother of course he is super talented J.A the unknown. Sir Karri, Keon Forbes, Curtis Cartier, Verde! Too many!

20. You’re EP didn’t have any features which is dope because if shows you can hold your own! On future projects is there any SD artists you want to collaborate with?

Yeah, I really wanna collaborate with John Givez, he is kinda bigger he is in Oceanside. Cali the Dreamer, do some more tracks with Verde, Sir Karri and Fresh Heir.

21. Which song off your new EP do you like the most and why? What would you like your supporters and listeners to take away from this project?

They are all my favorite, but the one that I made spontaneously was the last song “Gone Fishing Forever”. I love that at 3am I made the beat and that night I couldn’t sleep until I got this off my mind. I was like this is really good! I’m not usually too confident in myself , but I was like I know this is really good and I really love the words that I put into this cuz its the perfect way to end it. It was the last song and I was struggling. I had like 3 outros and I made that and I was like the rest of them are trash this is it!

Whatever you want to take from it and however you interpret it! As long as it is positive really, cuz there is different messages in each song.  But just stay true, work towards your dreams and don’t stop!!!

22. Any shout outs to any people or platforms that you are involved with or have supported you and your music.

I wanna shout out my mom because she is super supportive in everything I do! If she can come to a show she will come to it, if it’s not a crazy bar (laughs). She’s there, she supports the music, she doesn’t try to tell me no music isn’t for you. She tells me if I want it, go get it! It’s been like this forever. She has been doing her thing as a single mom! My immediate family, my sister, nieces, my brother in law and my brother. They have been the most supportive people ever. It is great to have them and a foundation so when you do go out in the world you have real people.

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Thank you Dana for your time and being down to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! Keep making relatable and inspirational music! Of course also keep representing for the ladies! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give DP the Unknown a follow @dptheunknown to keep up on her latest projects! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to the rest of my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SPOOKY ILLUSTRATIONS BROUGHT TO LIFE!!! – SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK MOVIE REVIEW” (MINOR SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark
Release date: Aug 9, 2019
Main Cast:  Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Brief synopsis:
“The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the teen horror film, “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark” based on Alvin Schwartz book series. The books are just short urban legends or stories that form an anthology series. The film changes it up and connects all the different stories into one. We are introduced to the main character Stella who has two best friends Auggie and Chuck. They are horror nerds and bullied by the town jock Tommy. On Halloween night the three amigos get Tommy back and they are chased into a Drive-In theater. While trying to hide from Tommy the three amigos hop into the new stranger in town’s car. He is a young teen named Ramon and you can tell he is running away or has a mysterious vibe to him. All four teens end up going to the Bellows Mansion where Stella finds Sarah Bellows scary stories book and that is when the horror begins. I won’t go into detail you’ll have to watch the movie!

I enjoyed the movie, as I was walking out the theater I could hear a conversation between two young girls who didn’t like the film and made the remark, “I should have just read the books instead”. I grew up reading those books so seeing this film on the big screen was a big deal for me and nostalgic. My grandma used to take my sisters and I to the Public Library in the Summer and that is how I stumbled on the series that fed my imagination and my love for the horror genre. Also keep in mind these books are geared toward a young teen audience and this film was PG-13. Meaning viewers who were expecting to see gore, it’s not going to happen! As a horror fan I love gore, but I also like psychological horror and a great horror story. In this case the title says it all, the main focus is building a great story and making the audience connect with the main characters.

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I believe people have high expectations when it comes to horror movies and this is one of those genres that people tend to judge by the fear scale, but as a horror fan we know horror movies are more than jump scares. The audience doesn’t really care about the character development or the story. That is why it is rare to see a high rating on horror movies. Some of my favorite horror cult classics have an average score of 7. Sorry I went off topic, but I feel it is relevant to this film.

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I was really entertained by the movie and yes there were predictable moments and jump scares, but I enjoyed the special effects and make up effects. They definitely did justice to Stephen Gamell’s creepy illustrations. The Director André Øvredal executed the angles perfectly and I loved the ending shot where you see the autumn trees and highway. Definitely gave me Halloween and Fall vibes! Also I loved how Guillermo Del Toro (writing credit/Producer) snuck in social commentary. I can tell it Del Toro I’ve seen his films and recognize his influence lol. He basically shows how history tends to repeat itself. The film takes place in 1968 at the time where young men were being drafted to the Vietnam war and Nixon was about to be elected President. Watching that gave me the chills, because it reminded me of the scary times we are current living with 45 as President and the racial tension. Fear of gun violence is our current reality and our true scary story at this moment. 

I am glad one of the main characters was a latino character. Ramon’s character is my favorite character of the film. But I did wish they had gone more into depth about his character. I can definitely see Guillermo Del Toro’s influence in this film. Overall I enjoyed the movie, it was left open for a sequel. Hopefully we will get to see more scary stories on the big screen in the near future! To end this review I wanted to give a quick shout out and congratulations to Guillermo Del Toro for finally receiving his Walk of Fame star!!! Viva Mexico!

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Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “A CREATIVE WITH DIRECTION! – FADE GREEN INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the talented artist Fade Green! I met Fade Green at a show held at The Salty Frog in Imperial Beach that was thrown by Superior Productionz. That was a very dope and memorable show! I had heard of Fade Green’s music earlier this year when I reviewed Superiors album “1989“. Fade was featured on a track called “Throne” and he stood out to me. I kept seeing him on IG stories where he was performing and also looked up his music. I saw his video for “Marionette” and I was sold! I introduced myself to Fade that night at The Salty Frog and he was super humble! I got to see him perform live for the first time that night and was blown away by his performance. He is a very energetic and charismatic performer! He is also very friendly and dope! I love his music and I actually reviewed his EP “The Fade’d EP 001” that dropped last year.

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Not only is Fade Green an artist, he is also a young entrepreneur who has a company called “Pure Art Ent” that throws local events to allow local artists to showcase their talents. Every other Tuesday at the Go Lounge him and Fino have the PA Room Open Mic! I really love what him and Fino are doing for the community. I won’t take much more of your time. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂

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Thank you Fade Green for sitting down with me for this interview I really enjoyed the conversation we had! I appreciate you! I love the vision you have for the community and what you are contributing to the music scene!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Fade Green a follow @fadegreensd to keep up on his latest music and performances! Also follow @pureartent to keep up on the Pure Art Entertainment events! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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