Archive for March, 2015
Has it really been 37 years since John Carpenter and Kurt Russell created the masterpiece, that is, The Thing? 38 years since Escape from New York? Two of my fave films, ultimate classics. This photo sums up their friendship.
Its decided then, my Saturday afternoon viewing.
37 years?!! Where did all those years go? Just think of all those Z flicks that have followed. Would we have the rich genre we have today without this outstanding visionary socially aware horror landmark. Dawn of the Dead Reunion with Gaylen Ross, George Romero, Ken Foree, Tom Savini. Front Scott Reiniger and David Emge!
Zombies are pretty hot at the moment with The Walking Dead pulling in huge viewing figures, and remakes of classics coming at us from all directions: Nightmare City by Lenzi and a prequel to Night of the Living Dead by Cameron Romero.
A great resource for all things Zombie, apart from here at 365 that is, is The Zombie Site: Your Zombie Resource Site. The page states it’s a celebration of zombie movies, from the birth of the genre in the 1930s all the way to the present day, modern horror zombie films.
Over the years, Zombie films have been used in a myriad number of ways to turn a mirror on ourselves and explore human fears and anxieties – from providing a backdrop for social commentary, to exposing modern fears of pandemics and diseases, as comedic stories designed to poke fun at ourselves, or simply as plain horror designed to scare you.
You might also want to take a look at Z-Month here at 365 for some inspiration on some less popular Z flicks.
We all love a bit of Charles Manson, but here’s a little gem that can let us delve under the hood and really find out what made him tick. It’s 1969, summer of love… what could possibly go wrong? Starring the delightfully talented Devanny Pinn, this is gonna be something special.
Who doesn’t love Evil Dead? Thought so… so here’s something a little special for all you fan boys (and girls) out there. An epic documentary, a feature length film about Special FX Artist Tom Sullivan who cut his teeth on Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD. Featuring great interviews, never before seen, from the stars of the film, Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Ted Raimi and more.
Thomas Hodge, aka The Dude Designs really has an eye for nostalgia, which has inspired him to create some stunning artwork for modern classics, drawn from a legacy inspiration of 80’s VHS video sleeves. Here, he collects his favourite works of art which have inspired him over the years.
‘My work has been built around a lifelong love of VHS (bordering on obsession at times!) and the amazing artworks which were used to adorn the video covers.’
‘These incredible artworks were created by amazing artists such as Enzo Sciotti, Renato Casaro, Caudio Casaro, Brian Bysouth, Graham Humphreys and Laurent Melki. Many artists sadly remain unnamed. The one thing they all held in common is the style and spirit of pure unabashed creativity, where art and film came together in a visual orgy of moustached muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters.’
Over 240 hand picked sleeves are contained in this masterpiece collection which will strike a chord in the hearts of all those ‘class of the 80’s kids’ and fans of video store nostalgia, alongside those that can appreciate outstanding marketing and graphic design, a totally unique art form.
The 12″ x 9″ hard cover, “VHS video cover art” will be available in MAY , ISBN13: 9780764348679, $34.99 (£27.00)
Its not every day that you get to pledge some of your hard earned cash and purchase something as delightful as a full zombie makeover by the ultimate effects gore artist, Tom Savini. Not only that, but to be a Zombie captured on film in the reboot of Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City… rebooted by Umberto himself!
The original film was stunning. I recently had the opportunity to watch this on the big screen with Umberto offering an after show Q&A which was outstanding, but i’ve been a fan of this film for over 25 years. The reboot could be a disaster, but with these two at the helm, i’m willing to bet that this could be a little gem and something to really look forward to.
So, dig deep and support this stunning project.
For those with some spare time on their hands, what could be better to explore, than the History of Horror.This is the new project from Christopher Brown following his sensational Video Nasties Podcast project and his complimentary book, The Video Nasties Moment. Let Chris educate you with weekly sound bites, as he delves into the dark history of horror.
Check out the first episode, titled ‘Pioneers of Cinema’ in which Chris looks at the birth of horror, exploring exploitation present within Edison’s productions, and the rise of special effects by George Melies.
This will be some journey.