Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I watched an interesting documentary about Ivar the Boneless, Viking conqueror of England, which supposes that he suffered from brittle bones disease. After watching it I feel that it is more than likely that he did, rather than being a reference to impotence or being an ironic nickname. I guess it's an issue where we will never know for sure because a thousand years of history has to be sifted through but it is an interesting theory.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This is an illustration that I did on the title page of A Tell Tale Heart. I've been doing these for a few years and I really like the way this one turned out. Poe is in my top 10 favorite authors so I guess it was about time that I did one based on one of his stories.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I wanted to be sure and wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!!! And who better to do that with than Michael Myers!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
A great German expressionist film! Doctor Caligari and his somnabulist minion, Cesare commit a series of murders in a German village. Everything was going right for the good doctor until Cesare falls in love with a German beauty.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I know what your thinking, that's just a guy in a gorilla suit with a space helmet on. But you'd be wrong, this is The Robot Monster!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I decided to do an illustration that was a bit more humorous. But I am still a big Gillman fan! Ever since I was 6 years old, the Creature has always fascinated me. When I was 8 I was able to go to Universal Studios in California, I enjoyed seeing the Battlestar Galactica attraction, Jaws, Psycho House, and standing on a giant chair that was used in The Incredibly Shrinking Man. But I absolutely loved the Universal Monsters attraction! That was almost 30 years ago but it's still burned into my memory.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Ardeth Bey (aka Imhotep, aka the Mummy), is my favorite Boris Karloff character! More diabolical than Dracula (actually his character is based off of Dracula) and with more speaking parts than Frankenstein!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Acne is the scourge of teenagers everywhere, but combine that with lycanthropy and you've got the crisis of a lifetime! The role of a lifetime that put Michael Landon on every family's television set for the next three decades! Okay, maybe that was a different show, but I Was A Teenage Werewolf must be a close second.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Crimson Ghost wasn't a horror icon in the strictest sense, mainly he was a criminal mastermind from a 1946 movie serial called "Cyclotrode X". But this iconic figure brings along the sense of horror and the macabre that's perfect for the first day of The Countdown To Halloween! And yes, this is the same guy you see on all of those Misfits t-shirts.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I can't say enough good things about this movie, it's a perfect B-movie! I first saw it on television in 1983 on some late horror night show, and it's been a favorite ever since. It's a typical alien invasion movie and the acting wasn't the best but the creature design is just great! Check out the whole thing on Youtube!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
I hope everybody in the U.S. celebrating today has a happy and safe Independence Day! Those not in the U.S. have a happy and safe 4th of July! Today we celebrate the 235th birthday of the nation, it's important not to get distracted by a lot of self serving political noise and just focus on what's important. I always liked the way School House Rock summed up American History, so enjoy!
Friday, June 3, 2011
I just found out today that author Joel Rosenberg passed away on June 1st. He was best known for his Guardians of the Flame fantasy series, which is a fun read and I highly recommend it. And he was a great champion of our constitutional liberties. I had just become friends with him on Face Book about a week ago, and was happy to see he was still living in the Twin Cities, which is only a few hours from me. This is unfortunate news and I wish his family well.
Here's an article on Hot Air.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I wanted to pay homage to one rockin' gal. Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's girlfriend and partner in his early movies passed away yesterday at the age of 88. You can read the obituary here.
Along with acting in some of Ed Wood's movies she also wrote many songs for some the Elvis movies and helped launch Johnny Rivers' career.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ray Bradbury's "The Chrysalis" is a short story in the collection called S Is For Space. It takes place after World War III, a group of scientists are trying to figure out a mysterious illness that has afflicted one of their colleagues.
Click Chrisalis Movie for more information about the film.
Friday, April 29, 2011
One of the toys from my childhood was the Micronauts by Mego! These were so original and cool, I wish they had been more popular. I had a few of them and I usually used them with my Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Fisher Price figures. My favorite was the Pharoid figure that came with an egyptian type sarcophagus and the Baron Zemo figure with magnetic limbs.
It would be great to see these re-released, but then again I don't need another thing to collect.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is a great story, originally in "S Is For Space". The Pedestrian is a story about non-conformity in a police state where everyone is under surveillance and forced to stay inside their houses and watch mindless television (Ghost Machines), on man dares to go outside for a walk.
I can identify with Ray Bradbury's reason for writing this. I too was stopped one time by police, just for walking at night, no other reason. They left me alone after I proved that I wasn't up to anything but it angered me to be harassed like that. I guess that's all police have to do in a small town, harass the citizenry and forget about the real problems going on in town.
Now this episode seems a bit long for the story, it's only about seven pages long. They do take some liberties with the story to flesh it out for an episode. The main character is alone in the short story, but the original concept still remains.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Okay, so it's not really Tuesday but I forgot to post one. Here's another great episode of In Search Of, actually it's the first episode.
Was humanity really a colony from another galaxy who began mankind's civilization? I say no but it makes for an interesting story!
Monday, March 7, 2011
A young man, Chico (George Eastman) is driven to revenge after his father is murdered by the henchmen of cattle baron, Barrett (Daniele Vargas). Chico inadvertently saves hired gunman Django (Dragomir Bojanic) and takes a bullet. Django helps Chico and trains him in the ways of the gunfighter. Will Chico get revenge, and will he have to face Django at the end...
It's a pretty decent revenge film with good actors and decent production values. The story isn't too original, but it has enough of a twist to the revenge angle to keep it interesting.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
A great Spaghetti Western by the Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci. It's not really your typical western, it's got some intrigue and a lot of fist fights, I don't think I've seen so many fistfights in a western before. The fight choreography is pretty good except for the trampoline acrobatics, and the sound effects are pretty typical for the period.
The film is set in 1866 in New Mexico, a young prospector, Tom Corbett (Franco Nero) receives a letter calling him back home to his family. He arrives in his hometown only to find the whole place is being run by a wealthy robber baron named Jason Scott (Guiseppe Addobbati) and his psychotic son Junior Scott (Nino Castelnuovo). Tom stays with his drunk brother Jeffrey (George Hilton) and plot to overthrow the Scotts criminal enterprise, but Tom is about to find out something shocking...
It's a fun movie, and a very underrated film in the Spaghetti Western genre.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia! From 1979 - 1983 (Quite possibly the best era in pop music) the Riptides really kicked out the hooky surf inspired power pop jams. Unfortunately they never really hit it big in the U.S. but had quite a following in Australia. Read a short history of the Riptides here.
Just check out these videos!