Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
"Fear Itself" is a provocative, new 13-episode suspense and horror anthology series set to push the boundaries of this classic genre through a host of provocative talent, both in front of and behind the camera, including award-winning, sought-after directors John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV") and Ronny Yu ("Bride of Chucky")...Looks interesting enough. I'll give it a shot.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here's my latest VP scan. From House of Wax (1953).
Vincent Price talks about The Monster Club (1982)
VP: Do come again.
Host: I'd be a bit scared.
VP: I wouldn't be. Your veins stand out so beautifully.
Vincent Price reads The Raven
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
The Odd couple (1968)
One of my favorite movies after just one viewing. Fantastic cast, Lemmon and Matthau, the great comedy team at their best. Spectacular screenplay, great lines, and visual gags. The whole thing is stunning.
Who done it? (1942)
Abbott and Costello were one of the best comedy teams ever, even if they didn't get along off-stage... Their only film sans musical number. The Watts and Volts bit was good. I especially like the line said when Who's on first? was on Costello's radio. Something to the effect of "I hate those guys".
It's a mad mad mad mad mad World (1963)
Everyone who was anyone was in this. You could sit there watching it and point to the screen every five seconds going "OOH, OOH, I know that guy!" I liked it.
Soylent Green (1973)
What a downer! It's a fine film, but pretty disturbing. Everyone ought to see it before someone spoils it for you. I don't know if it's considered drama, sci-fi or horror. It seems to be all three.
The Ring (2002)
Good, spooky atmosphere. It scared me more than I will admit...
The Ring two (2005)
They should have quit while they were ahead. Not terrible, but unnecessary and predictable. The CGI wasn't so hot either.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Poor, sweet, Edward Scissorhands! I only saw this well-known Burton and Depp film a few weeks ago. It's beautiful, sensitive, and funny. Vincent Price's last film. He actually fainted during one scene and Burton kept it in.
The Time machine (1960)
This one had an odd effect on me. It's interesting, and it makes you think. I came away feeling somewhat ephemeral.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Leslie Nielson (Lt. Frank Drebin did a serious sci-fi thriller?!) stole the show here. I watched it because I was amused by how young he was, and because, to me, sci-fi and horror are often similar.
The Rocky Horror picture show (1975)
Yeah, you won't stop singing after you watch it. Catchy tunes, clever lyrics, funny, and surreal. Definitely a winner.
The Omen (2006)
One of the few things I like about new horror is the atmosphere. The use, not abuse, of special (and visual, and audio...) effects is key. Omen 2006 handles these things well. Fairly decent in it's own right.
Rosemary's baby (1968)
It's a good movie, but I just don't care for it. Odd, I know, but honest.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
In my head there are people and animals and buses and things so I take a pencil and draw them out. Sometimes my cat Edsel makes this face like he knows something I don't and I lock him in the closet for a few days 'til he stops it. If I can't find a pencil and paper, I'll go knocking on neighbors doors and ask if I can borrow some, and last week when I went outside there was a big stack of paper and pencils and it wasn't even Christmas! I once drew a picture of a horse's butt so real that a friend said it smelled just like a real one (that is if I had one, a friend that is). When I get a drawing job I like to put on my lucky blue cap and drink six big glasses of whiskey and punch, and then I stare at the paper so hard my eyes hurt. This is how I get all my great ideas- once I had three great ideas in a row and passed out. Thank you for your consideration.
- Many Haw-Haws
Monday, May 12, 2008
I got this years ago. The cover creeped me out. Each illustration was more startling than the first. (I didn't read this copy. I have a small pocketbook for reading. It's too easy to get rapped up in the images of this one.) The watercolour appeals to me. It has a dreamy quality. I find Robert Andrew Parker's Monster to be scarier than Karloff's. Karloff is intensly sympathetic. This Monster looks just like that: a Monster. Parts of dead bodies stitched together by a mad sceintist in an attempt to create a living being. Creepy.
Frankenstein and his Monster are engraved on our collective minds. Pop Culture has been loaded with Frankie since circa 1931. TV commercials for credit cards, fingerpuppets, cereal, films upon films! Frankenstein and his Monster are immortal... It's marvelous!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I believe that the horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence. The experience of horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty. Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.
This gallery may bring back memories of nightmares, but they are beautiful in their own ghastly way. Joshua Hoffline.com
Source: Neatorama's Childhood Fears
Here is Cthulhu rising from the oceans, using a convenient little island with a tower on it to climb up. The base was cherry-chip cake, the island and tower a mix of cherry chip and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Also used small chocolate 'pearls' as rocks. Cthulhu himself is all fondant, with two chocolate pearls that I seeped in red dye for eyes.
Cheers to raingirllori for making this creepy (and surely yummy) cake.
Source: Neatorama's Cthulhu Cake