Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Please Stand By...


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:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

THIS JUST IN

This is my baby cousin, Blaise.
He is the brother of Batman fanatic, JD.
Clearly, I've made an impression on the bugger.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WANT OBSCURELY AWESOME HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR HALF THE PRICE?!

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

BJ-C'S HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION LIST FOR THE INEXPERIENCED COLLEGE KID

 As the witching hour slowly approaches, it now comes the time that just about every horror aficionado dreads.  I'm referring to, of course, when our friends and loved ones harass the living daylights out of us over recommendations for scary movies.  Luckily for me, everyone who asks is between the ages of 18-23 and for some reason, are completely oblivious to the horror genre. I'm not sure why people who spend their Halloween season trying to figure out which form of a costume looks sluttier suddenly feel compelled to watch horror films in October, but alas, who am I to judge?  So as an attempt to finally compile a list of films to keep my chummy collegiate chums at bay, here is a categorized list (five films per category) of the horror films I refer to my collegiate buds for the upcoming haunting season.

CLASSICS
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.


Psycho (1960)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Nosferatu (1922)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
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)
Audition (1999/2000)
The Orphanage (2007)
Inside (2007)
[REC] (2007)

GHOSTS
No matter how many horror movies I sit through, there's always something scarier about the thought of it actually happening.  Even if people claim not to believe in them, everyone at some point, has been afraid of ghosts.  There's something about the possibility of what goes bump in the night to be someone...something else.  The mystery of what becomes of us after we leave this life is a seemingly universal fear for everyone, and ghost movies exploit that fear better than anything.





Lady in White (1988)
The Changeling (1980)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
The Shining (1980)
Lake Mungo (2010)

ZOMBIES
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)

COMEDY
Believe 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)
Zombieland (2009)



SLASHER
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.




Candyman (1992)
Black Christmas (1974)
Halloween (1978)
Scream (1996)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

SCI-FI
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.


Videodrome (1983)
The Thing (1982)
Alien (1979)
Event Horizon (1997)
Lifeforce(1985)

GORE
There 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!

Re-Animator (1985)
Dead Alive (1994)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
The Beyond (1981)
City of the Living Dead (1980)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TERRIBLE POSTER TUESDAY: MY SOUL TO TAKE

As much as I'd like to sit here and tell you all how brimmed with excitement I am for Wes Craven's new brainchild, My Soul To Take, I just can't lie to you.  My mother is a HUGE Wes Craven fan and was begging me to come home for a weekend so her and I could see it together, but I don't think the theatre could handle the amount of groaning and whining that would take place if I was to sit through this film in public.  Don't get me wrong, I haven't seen the film, and this very well could be the greatest thing that's ever been made, ever....but I just don't see it. I'll hold my tongue on what I'm expecting from this film, and instead focus my energy to something more fulfilling...like this hack of a one-sheet.

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

31 PAINTINGS IN 31 DAYS: G. EDWIN TAYLOR'S HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA

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!  

AND

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/festivals!
 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

BJ-C'S MOST BEAUTIFUL HORROR MOVIE SCORES

Now, I could very well have compiled a list of horror movie scores that were fun to listen to, scary as hell, or just plain bad-ass.  Instead, I decided to compile a list of horror movie scores that I find to be absolutely beautiful.  I have a multitude of friends currently majoring in Music Performance and Composition, and I love tricking them into believing horror movie scores are the work of some up and coming 21st century composers.  To help kick-start some of the Halloween celebrations, here's my list of what I feel are some of the most beautiful horror movie scores.





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
ORIGINAL THEME

SUSPIRIA: GOBLIN'S
SUSPIRIA


DARIO ARGENTO'S OPERA: Main Theme Sung by Claudio Simonetti

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: Johan Soderqvist's
Eli's Theme
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