Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Shining (1980)

It's shameful that I hadn't seen it until now. For those of you who still haven't watched it, a spoiler-free review.

Jack Torrance, a frustrated writer, is employed as caretaker of The Overlook Hotel for the winter. He, his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny are to live by themselves in the enormous hotel for 5 months. Though another caretaker of The Overlook lost his mind and slaughtered his family, Jack expects to find only peaceful solitude... Perfect for writing. Until the spacious hotel tightens it's grip on the Torrances.

Shelly Duval fit well in the role of pitiable Wendy, a nervous smoker, whos only concern is the well-being of her husband and son. More so the latter. Danny Lloyd was unnerving as an average young boy, with the exception of his invisible friend, Tony. It was Lloyd's first and last big movie. Jack Nicholson was spellbinding. 5 months on the wagon and responsible for The Overlook, Jack is understandably tense. Scatman Crothers (please hold your giggles) played the kindly aging cook who shared a unique bond with Danny.

The "Here's Johnny!" scene wasn't terribly scary. Good shot and catchphrase though. There are slow bits, but they only add to the realism. A new favorite of mine. Definitely deserving of it's place as a Horror Classic.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Betty Boop Talkartoon featuring Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher

Full cartoon

Song only

Sintetizador - Halloween 2006

Friday, January 18, 2008



Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

OK, I've not posted anything of my own for some time, so I hope you're interested to hear my humble opinion of Sweeney Todd. It's intensely tempting to gush and say IT'S GREAT! OMG! GO SEE IT! YOU HAVE TO SEE IT!!!... it's what I'm bursting to tell you. Let's see if I can come up with an actual review.

I haven't been in a theater for years. There hasn't been anything that looked interesting enough for me to spend $15 on seeing. Seeing once. (Plus popcorn and soda etc.) $15 can buy a DVD. So I usually wait. But this was worth it.

Previews are a pain. Snake things burrowing under people's flesh and crawling around is hardly my sort of movie. And I misread the title... It was The Ruins. Not The Runs.

A fog rolling in with the credits was nicely meshed with the opening scene. The first song was average. But Johnny Depp's rendering of it was intriguing. (A few moments later, there's an amusing lyric) The effects were marvelous. London in all it's cold, gritty indifference to Todd. Also to Mrs. Lovett; maker of The Worst Pies in London. It wasn't the bloodshed, but Mrs. Lovett's bug squashing that made me cringe! (The costumes were gorgeous too.) Later, the special effects are put to work creating shudder-worthy scenes of slaughter, revenge and baking.

Romantic, tragic, thrilling; a mesmerizing musical not for the weak stomached.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Push-button monsters

Originally uploaded by beatnikside
Aren't they stunning!

Sweeney Todd Trailers

This film is brilliant, beautiful and gruesome. And the songs are very catchy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

RIP Vampira (Maila Nurmi)

Vampira Coffin
Originally uploaded by SpiceLux
Hollywood has lost another legend. Maila Nurmi, who created the character, Vampira, passed away in her sleep yesterday at the age of 86.

She was born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi on December 21, 1921, in Petsamo, Finland - now Pechenga, Russia. She claimed to be the niece of the Finnish athlete Paavo Nurmi, who began setting long-distance running world records in 1921, the year of her birth.

Syrjäniemi moved to Ohio when she was two years old and grew up in Ashtabula -one of the largest Finnish-American communities in the United States.

Maila changed her name at age 17 when she headed west to Los Angeles and landed modeling work with pin-up maestros Alberto Vargas and Man Ray.

Nurmi shared a similar path as struggling yet stunning actresses (early on) Julie Newmar, Tina Louise who all posed for pin-up photos in dozens of men's magazines.

In the 1950s she created the character of Vampira, popular for both films and as a television host.

In 2006, Nurmi was the subject of a documentary called "Vampira: The Movie." The documentary, directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, which noted that her stylized character set the standard for many horror hostesses, including Cassandra Peterson's "Elvira." Nurmi actually sued Cassandra Peterson, the actress and the case was dismissed when Nurmi was allegedly unable to pay for legal expenses.

Even animators tipped their hats to her in cartoon characters and graphic novels.

Source: Monsters and Critics

Cthulhu balloon

Originally uploaded by TwystNeko
Flickr user TwystNeko creates one balloon animal a day, every day. So far, there are 100 Flickr photos uploaded - many are quite creative.

This one to the left is the Cthulhu balloon. The Great Old One doesn’t seem so scary when made of twisted balloons!

Link: Balloon A Day

Source: Neatorama

Monday, January 14, 2008

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

"web content that really matters"

Hey, cool, I've been linked to on mixx, your blend of the web! Thanks, Philonius.

M&Ms Addams Family commercial

Monday, January 7, 2008


Senses Working Overtime
Plastic Pumpkins
House O' Wax
Basil Rathbone Fan Site
Books That Go Bump In The Night

The horrors of dentistry

AdVille has a neat series of advertising posters, styled like old horror movie posters, for a dentist that specializes in after hours dental practice: Link