Check In Time!


Ding! Ding!
It’s check in time!

AHS Hotel Poster

We lived in the Murder House… escaped the Asylum… protected the Coven and went to the Freak Show… and now it’s time to check in at the Hotel!

And it looks like a right nice place to stay…




Returning for its fifth season, American Horror Story has become one of my favourite TV shows. Seasons past delved into classic story arcs of horror- the haunted house, the deranged mental asylum, witchcraft and in a nod to Tod Browning, carnivals and freak shows. The show has had its ups and downs, as the majority of TV shows do from season to season. American Horror Story has always been all about the surface — paper-thin in terms of ideas and drama but drenched in creepy atmosphere, peekaboo depravity, multiple story arcs, style over substance… sheer escapism for the casual horror fan. Hotel promises to keep the depravity and appears to have dropped the voluptuous melodrama of Freak Show and Coven, (the season of the witch being my FAVOURITE season!) instead favouring burlesque art deco pseudo-horror with hints of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher stylisation thrown into the septic tank mix.


“The upcoming season that we’re doing is much more horror-based; it’s much more dark. It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before; it’s straight horror this year.” – Ryan Murphy

The creators of the American Horror Story franchise, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, seem to enjoy creating new worlds and shows rather than sticking with them — so sometimes, a good start doesn’t always result in a satisfying ultimate conclusion. But the one-season length of American Horror Story seems to suit them just fine, and it’s impossible to wander through this first hour of Hotel without wondering, with great expectation, just what else is behind some of those doors. For this audaciously designed anthology series, this is the most visually arresting and twisted one yet — and given the history of American Horror Story, that’s both a compliment, and a warning.

For much of this year’s opener, Lady Gaga glides through without speaking, like the shimmering star of a silent horror film. She even watches one, by going to an outdoor movie in a cemetery, where hipster locals picnic near graves while watching Nosferatu. But when the Countess finally does speak, showing a young boy around some of the more hidden parts of her hotel, she makes quite a chilling impact.


With Jessica Lange taking a break from the show, only time will tell if Gaga can really take on and pull off the part of leading Lady with the style, glamour and evil charm that will be missing with Lange’s absence. Fans of the show will be delighted to know that the majority of familiar faces are returning alongside some supporting stars stepping up to become season regulars:

Lady Gaga as The Countess

Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy

Matt Bomer as Donovan

Mare Winningham as Miss Evers

Chloe Sevigny as Alex Lowe

Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor

Cheyenne Jackson as Will Drake

Wes Bentley as John Lowe

Evan Peters as Mr March

Kathy Bates as Iris

Sarah Paulson as Sally

Angela Bassett as Ramona

There have been rumours of Lily Rabe returning to play infamous serial killer Aileen Wuronos, alongside an appearance by supermodel Naomi Campbell and also a story arc mirroring the weird and tragic real life death of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. The mysterious real estate agent from season 1, Marcy, played by Christine Estabrook makes her return to the show in a role that will begin to show the mythological link between each season!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the fifth season of American Horror Story plays out especially since Ryan Murphy’s other TV horror project, Scream Queens, has just hit the screens.

In a time where TV horror has become mainstream, popular, the norm… here’s hoping that Hotel packs enough punch to rise to the top!

The Chop!



Hosted by the ever amazing Lady Munter, Glasgow’s First Lady of Drag, and supported by The Muntorage – Glasgow’s premiere collective of established and emerging drag kings and queens, Menergy at AXM Glasgow is always an evening of decadence and fabulousness! Taking centre stage is always an international superstar of the drag world!

So when not one… but TWO legendary Drag Race stars take to the AXM stage, you just know you’re in for a damn good time!
Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon. Each separately are seasoned queens, fierce performers and RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourites. Together, they’re an All Star powerhouse of drag royalty!

Having seen Menergy go from strength to strength over the years, through venue changes and everything involved in managing a very successful brand, kudos must be paid to Lady Munter and her team who run the show!

What I admire about Menergy isn’t just the well-known performers we all know and love or the Scottish queens and artists sharing the stage with the likes of Manila, Latrice, Raja, Sharon, Katya, Pearl, Bianca to name but a few… It’s the collective sense of community within the audience, the shared experience, everyone being there for the love of the art of drag. It’s always a good crowd there for a good time!

Meeting your idols is sometimes a daunting experience but I can say hand on heart, Latrice and Manila were two of the nicest queens I have had the chance to meet! Emma and I had quite a long wait to meet them, but when we did both greeted us with a smile and a hug and air kisses (Never kiss a drag queen on the cheek! That’s just rude!) and they chatted to us for a while before we had our photos and our goodbyes! The long wait really was worth it!
And what would a meet and greet be without some autographed merchandise to add to the ever-growing collection I have! And since I am such a good, kind and thoughtful (HA!) person, I even managed to get a personalised set for Jack who couldn’t make it to this Menergy! He’ll be there next time though!

And as one Menergy closes…
Another opens right up!
Amanda Lepore. THE Amanda Lepore.
Club Kid Icon.
At Menergy. On Halloween.

Amanda Leopre GIF

It’s like all my Halloween dreams have come true!
Jack, Emma, Brandon and I alongside some others shall see y’all there!


Hosted by the fabulous Lady Munter at AXM, Menergy Glasgow always knows how to throw a kiki with the best of Queens! I’ve been to quite a few over the past few years and the last time was with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 star and top 3 finalist, Pearl!!!

Pearl gif

Meet and greet with Pearl?!

Group shot with myself, Pearl, Jack and Ferrol?!
Oh yeah!

A good night with fabulous people?!

pearl snake gif

Next up for us is Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live at Menergy in years gone by! It should be a damn fine night! Click on the flyer below for ticket info!


I’ve taken a break from blogging over the past few months but thought I’d kick start things again with this little short film from the brilliant
YouTube filmmakers Fuck You Zombie called ‘Selfie From Hell’.

It’s less than 2 minutes long so turn your phone landscape, hit play and enjoy!

The Mogwai In The Cupboard


I have always LOVED a Mogwai!!!


And I have always appreciated a hungry Gremlin!!!

Gremlin yum

Last week, I was visiting my Grandparent’s house on my birthday when my Gran had something to share with me. It was a picture of Gizmo that I had drawn and coloured-in when I was a wee boy!

My Gran has had this drawing taped to the back of a cupboard door for all these years! Bearing in mind I’m now 32 and Gremlins was released in 1984, this wee childhood drawing is over 25 years old! It’s really sweet to think that she kept my wee picture for all this time!

I Tweeted the photo to Joe Dante, who wrote and directed Gremlins, amongst some of my favourite horror movies, and he retweeted my wee childhood drawing!

Long live the Mogwai in the cupboard!


FrightFest 2015: A Short Review

Film 4 Frightfest Glasgow

Back in February, I was at my first ever FrightFest in Glasgow- a two-day film festival celebrating and screening new and up-and-coming horror movies, a few world premieres and some special guest speakers, directors and stars of the movies!

Let the #FrightFest commence! #FrightFest #FrightFestGlasgow #GlasgowFilmFestival #Glasgow #GFF15

A photo posted by johnmcblain (@johnmcblain) on

Over the two days, I endured (and endured is the word) 11 films back to back! It’s all fun and games until your arse is numb and you’re stuck watching Mischa Barton run around an underground storage facility in The Hoarder… BUT in saying that, the line up was all new to me and I kinda enjoyed the most of them!

I really enjoyed the film adaptation of Mo Hayder’s best-selling book thriller, The Treatment and also the Blair Witch retrospective / documentary The Woods Movie. It was also really brilliant to see a shadowy killer murder fashion models in Arrow Films’ restoration of Mario Bava’s 1964 film, Blood and Black Lace. REC 4 or REC Apocalypse, whatever your preference for sequel titles, tied up the REC series by moving away from the found footage / hand-cam style of the previous installments, although not in the way I wanted the series to end! The Atticus Institute was good and decent tale of possession and military experimentation, and The Asylum / Backmask / Exeter ( they should choose a single name for the film) was another tale of demonic possession this time featuring a group of teens in an abandoned asylum.

There were a few good ones that I really liked namely Clown– where a loving father finds a last-minute clown suit for his son’s birthday party only to realise that wearing the suit is a curse that transforms the wearer into a child eating demon, 88- where a young woman gets taken on a violent journey of revenge seeking the person responsible for her lover’s death, and There Are Monsters– the last film shown at FrightFest- which is a found footage style romp featuring weirdness, distorting faces and a prolonged scene involving a dark basement, a poor isolated woman, an iPhone camera flash and the moment an entire cinema audience of horror fans screamed in fright and joy! The film exists NOWHERE and there is no information to be found on it! But trust me! It was a delight!

The highlight for me was the amazing Wyrmwood!!!

It’s Australian. It has zombies. It has swearing.
It’s billed as ‘Mad Max meets Dawn of The Dead”.
It’s probably one of the best films I’ve watched in a long time!

Fast forward two months and I got a twitter notification telling me that one of my Tweets had been printed in SciFi Now magazine’s review of FrightFest Glasgow 2015!


Out of all the Tweets and Instagrams and blogs and reviews I posted over the two days, they chose this one…


Straight and to the point I suppose! But still! I’m happy and quiet impressed that my wee face graced the pages of a magazine!!!

It may be a year away, but I’m already looking forward to seeing what FrightFest Glasgow 2016 has in store! Here’s to next year!

Happy Birthday To Me


It’s my 32nd Birthday today!
This blog post is my 200th blog post!
So it’s a happy birthday and happy anniversary all in one!
And since my blog is titled All About John McBlain, this post is all about me!

Willam Belli ME GIF

I’ve been writing a series of blogs called 100 Days of Happiness over the past wee while. It was a way to focus my mind on things that brought me happiness and a way to allow me to process a really dark period that had a negative impact on my life. I got to Day 37 and realised… You know what? That is plenty. Don’t get me wrong! It was a positive thing to do and I can safely say that I am now probably in the best frame of mind that I have been in a long, long, long time!

There was a period recently where I literally had the life drained from me. I was living in someone else’s darkness. It was caustic and upon reflection, I can now see that it really wasn’t for me. My friends and family saw the warning signs from afar. I saw them on a daily basis. Other people’s baggage is a heavy and tiresome burden to lift and oh my god my back got broken trying. At the end of the day though, they really weren’t my bags to lift. I tried to lift them. It didn’t work out.

Hindsight is a marvellous thing and I’ve realised that thinking about the should’ves and the could’ves and the would’ves is absolutely pointless. It gets you nowhere. Well. Actually it has let me realise just how dangerous parasites can be if you let them take over.

I suppose every story needs a dark chapter. And my dark chapter is finally over. I have no need or desire to re-read it ever again. The chapters that have yet to come will make much better reading! I can see that the current one has a much happier ending in store already!

So! 32 years old today!

Rocky Horror Birthday

I think I’ve managed to achieve most of the things I set out to do in life. I have an amazing family. I have amazing friends. I own a house. I have a brilliant job. I work in music for a living. I can call myself a musician and educator by trade. I have a Master’s Degree. I have a pretty fucking brilliant future ahead of me! I also now have a record player that plays nothing but Fleetwood Mac. Happy? You better believe I am!

Thank you to all my friends and family for everything.
Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!

Seven Wonders


This blog is dedicated to my one of favourite songs by Fleetwood Mac. It’s my birthday today and my family bought me a little briefcase record player which I adore. I’m collecting Fleetwood Mac records and my parents have donated Tango In The Night to me. Seven Wonders is one of my favourite songs of all time. And that’s all I have to say!


100 Days of Happiness: Days 34 – 37


100 Days of Happiness: Days 34 – 37

I’ve waited 7 years, 7 seasons and an All Stars special to see John Waters make an appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s FINALLY happening tonight!!!

This photo of the Pope of Trash sitting in front of that familiar pink background appeared online in February this year…

And now the time as come to see what the King of Bad Taste is gonna bring to the judging panel!


I can’t WAIT to see how this turns out!!!



john waters gif


100 Days of Happiness: Day 33


100 Days of Happiness: Day 33

What’s better than a payday purchase?!
A pay day purchase that should’ve cost £20 but only cost £5!
It’s great when mutual hatred gets you a discount!

Back to the vinyl!
It’s Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits!

I am LOVING life right now!

I have amazing friends, an amazing family, an amazing job and colleagues and a lifetime of absolute happiness in front of me!

It’s my mission to collect every Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks record!
Happy vinyl hunting to me!