Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Son of the Creature from the Black Lagoon?


While a colleague of mine was out poking walls in Bridlington, one wall barked back at him. Upon peering into the hole in the wall to investigate this peculiar matter further he was rather surprised to find an eye peering back at him. The above is a photo he took of the strange beastie lurking in the small hole in a seafront wall in Bridlington. Nice that he immediately thought of me as someone who would love this madness.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Why I Need to Get Out More

Things That Have Kept Me Off the Streets the Last Few Weeks:

Frayed – Only watched this because the psycho killer had the same name as my brother and that amused me.

Feast Trilogy - Flesh eating beasts, Henry Rollins, Mexican midget wrestlers, tattooed biker chicks and boobies. What could possibly be wrong with these movies?

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Still funny.

Abbott and Costello: Hold that Ghost – As above

Who Done it? – Ditto.

Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy – And one more time for luck.

Laid to Rest – Sometimes people who are stalked by a raging, chrome-faced mental case deserve all they get.

April Fool’s Day (1986) – I have the biggest soft for this movie.

Session 9 – Creepy.

The Mist – You just knew how this was going to end! Damn it, Stephen King!

Friday the Thirteenth 3-D – Sometimes Channel 4 just pisses me off. Despite them for some reason insisting in their trailers that this was 70s film, it wasn’t, and neither was Jaws 3-D, Channel 4, while we’re airing our grievances, I still watched this. Sadly, I think everyone concerned was just a bit carried away with the whole 3-D idea to bother with making a proper film. Shame. Some nice kills though. If only 3-D hadn’t been so brazen with its wiles and short skirts leading everyone astray maybe people might have gotten some ruddy work done.

Monster Squad – Turns out there are good reasons this isn’t played for kids on Saturday afternoons anymore.

Monsters vs. Aliens – Awesome.

The Comedy of Terrors – Price, Lorre, Rathbone, Karloff -the horror equivalent of a supergroup, like The Travelling Willburys, but scarier.

Venom – You are very, very silly.

Ghost Ship – This was a rubbish film, but I’m fairly sure I quite enjoyed it, though for the life of me I can’t think of damn thing that happened in it.

Drag Me to Hell – Clearly, I am the last person in the world to see this, but I'm glad I did. Good to see some old fashioned gore and supernatural silliness back on the block.

The Quatermass Xperiment – In my book Hammer rules so I loved this.

City of the Dead - Or Horror Hotel to our American friends. I remember this from being a little one, and obsessed over finding it for ages as couldn’t remember the name. Turns out it was fairly easy to find and worth the wait.

The Thin Man - Oh, boy, Myrna Loy, how I love you. And you're not so bad yourself, Mr. Powell. Never get tired of watching these films.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Boris Birthday Bumps

As I appear to be totally all about deaths and birthdays at the moment (probably deeply psychologically telling that), I simply couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the birthday of horror’s gentlemen Boris Karloff.

There now follows a brief list of reasons Mr. Karloff rocks:

• The sheer wealth of works he left behind. Seriously, the man had made more movies before talking was even invented (yes, talking had to be invented) than a lot of actors make in a lifetime.

• He turned down The Monster role in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein because he did not think it was respectful to the character.

• Despite this, he did, however, have sense of humour enough to pose for publicity shots for the movie that showed him buying tickets to see it. He also did go on to star in two other movies with them; …Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff and ….Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

• Arsenic and Old Lace. I love this movie so don’t even feel the need to justify this statement.

• That face. It truly was a beautiful face.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the reasons I believe B.K. to be rocktastic, but rather an imperceptible but respectful nod of the head in direction of a horror icon.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Not Forgotten

Rest in peace, Mr. Woodward.


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