Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Apparently the internet is being a real monster for BJ-C right now. So much for state school facilities. Anyway, she asked me to step in let everyone know she's still out there, and once the technical difficulties subside, more DotW shenanigans are bound to ensue. In the meantime, enjoy the following technical difficulties test pattern--which not only is BJ-C herself too young to remember, but honestly, so am I:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I complain more than anyone else I know around the Halloween season about my lack of creative ideas, and especially my lack of fundage. Thanks to the insufferable Kristy Jett, she has shown me the way to obscure costume designs for extremely cheap. Over at founditemclothing, they've compiled a snazzy 80's inspired Halloween costume guide, with the use of shirts you can buy at founditemclothing! They specialize in iconic shirts from cult movies of yesteryear, so unlike that slutty ladybug costume you had your eye on, you can continue to be Cameron Frye or Nigel Tufnel all year long!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
If there's anything I've learned from being in the collegiate environment, it's that anyone born after 1985 seems to have absolutely zero knowledge whatsoever on horror films made before their time. It's weird to comprehend this, but yes, there are people out there who haven't ever seen a horror film in black in white or without computer effects. That being said, I found it necessary to open this list with the horror films of yesteryear.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
One of the more depressing facts of the horror genre is coming to terms with the fact that some of the greatest horror films in existence aren't in English. Honestly, a good percent of College Americans are just too damn lazy to read freaking subtitles. However, there are some films too spectacular to look past and deserve their recommendations.
Let The Right One In (2008)
The Orphanage (2007)
Lady in White (1988)
The Changeling (1980)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
The Shining (1980)
Lake Mungo (2010)
Alright, let's face it. There is absolutely nothing greater in the world of horror movie monsters, than zombies. Zombies are the kings of the horror world and I don't see them losing their crown anytime soon. Even people who hate horror movies understand the workings and the concept behind our undead favorites. The plus side of the zombie being such a popular creature is the plethora of zombie films being cranked out every year. The downside...they're not all good.
Romero's Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead (1968/1977/1985)
Zombi 2 (1979)
...28 Days Later (2002)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
COMEDYBelieve it or not, there is a huge following for horror comedies. The combinations of laughing and screaming seem to entertain the masses. While most horror comedies tend to be run by the zombie genre, there are plenty of other comedy horror flicks to tickle your fancy. Horror comedies seem to be like the zombie, in that just about everyone loves them. Horror comedies also come in handy when dealing with someone who isn't all that familiar with horror films or tends to scare easily. It's a nice gateway into the realm we all love so dearly.
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Fright Night (1985)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Probably the most well-known of the horror genres, college kids seem to eat up slasher films. With unique kills, sassy dialogue, and the ever entrancing final girls seem to drive straight up young adult alleys. The sad thing is that most people my age recognize slashers as something concocted by Rob Zombie (or an absolutely dreadful remake company), and all of the great ones go unnoticed.
Black Christmas (1974)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Everyone knows that college is filled with more than its fair share of nerds. After the countless unnecessary GenEd's of the biologies and the computer sciences, it's nice to see the sci-fi work in a more entertaining fashion. And what do nerds love more than science fiction? Horror of course! You add a little horror to the mix, and you've got something that appeals to more than just the protractor posse! No offense of course, most of my best friends are nerds....Anyway, sci-fi and horror seem to go hand and hand. It is by combining these two forces that we are given some of the best horror films in existence.
The Thing (1982)
Event Horizon (1997)
GOREThere really isn't much that needs to be said. College kids are a simple breed with simple expectations and simple amusements. There's no easier way to amuse the sick and twisted little minds of the future's best and brightest than to smother the screen in blood and guts. It seems that college kids have all been struck by the Saw & Hostel bugs but haven't really seen anything gorier than that. There are some films like Cannibal Holocaust that I'd never recommend to a college crowd, but that isn't to say there aren't gory gems that need to be seen by the masses!
Dead Alive (1994)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
The Beyond (1981)
City of the Living Dead (1980)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Today I'm feeling a bit spontaneous and have decided it would be best to work from the outside in, bottom up. I'm not sure what these random lines of black on the harshly, bright, white background is supposed to signify, but it looks like someone gave Michael J. Fox a pen and told him to trace the outline of the page. I don't know if they were going for scratches, or broken glass, but both options failed. I think the poster would have been 100% more impacting had they left it pure white and let it absorb into its surroundings. Now, it just looks like a bad pre-school cut-and-paste project
Question: When did it become apparently to list the entire fucking credits at the bottom of the poster? My God, I'm pretty sure even the foley artist's name is listed at the bottom. I understand people wanting their due, but this looks like a cluttered mess and takes up way too much of the poster. Didn't anyone pay attention when they were learning "less is more"? What's even worse is that they've spread everything out so wide that the letters are the EXACT same size as the tagline above it.
Speaking of, why the hell is the tagline the same size as the credits? Not only doesn't it make it ridiculously hard to distinguish what on the poster actually IS the tagline, but it makes it seem extremely unimportant. While I think taglines can make/break a promotional campaign, it's at least important to give it SOME limelight. Granted, I could understand completely why they didn't with this one. "Only one has the power to save their souls"? What the frack is this shit? That sounds like something off of a pamphlet they give to de-cleanse homosexual children in the south. I understand the religious message, but they already have religious messaging in the title, including it in the tagline is a bit overkill if you ask me.
Movin' on up, we see a photo that looks as if this photo from Last House on The Left and the poster for Dawn of the Dead '04 had a baby. You know, over the shoulder toughness mixed with legs that turn into CGI bleeding? Yeah, that. This could have been pretty cool had it not look like it was colored in with a blow pen or a blatant rip-off of another poster.
Finally, we reach the top. Wes Craven, I love you, but here's the thing...NEVER EVER EVER ATTACH YOUR NAME TO SOMETHING WITH 3-D IN THE TITLE. Let alone, make the font that big on the top to where it clutters the rest of the poster. There, I said it.
Monday, October 4, 2010
With Halloween just around the corner, countless horror enthusiasts have been doing plenty to celebrate. I'm glad to announce that Chicago Artist, G. Edwin Taylor, is also doing his part for the holiday season. Each day for the month of October, a new painting will be created and then posted online for purchase.
Each piece will be for sale at the time of it's posting and will be sold on a first come first served basis. The dimensions of each original work of art are 6x6" on a Museum profile canvas (approximately 2" thick) and will have a special selling price of $66.60.
Is your curiosity piqued yet? If so, then visit http://www.taylor9.com or http://www.facebook.com/
taylor9.art every day in October!
The Horror Society Film Festival will be held in Chicago on October 23rd and 24th at the historic Portage Theater and I will have a table for both days of the event! I'll have free swag at my table along with new art on display. If you're in the area and have a taste for horror come by, say "Hi!" and check it out. Details can be found at http://www.horrorsociety.com/
Sunday, October 3, 2010
DRAG ME TO HELL: Christopher Young's Concerto to Hell
28 DAYS LATER: John Murphy's
In The House, In a Heartbeat
THEATRE OF BLOOD: Michael J. Lewis' Original Theme for Theatre of Blood
DEATH SMILED AT MURDER: Berto Pisano's Greta Theme
THE BEYOND: Fabio Frizzi's
The Voci Dal Nulla
CANDYMAN: Phillip Glass'
It Was Always You, Helen
PHANTASM: ORIGINAL THEME
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: HOWARD SHORE'S
DARIO ARGENTO'S OPERA: Main Theme Sung by Claudio Simonetti
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: Johan Soderqvist's