32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 24: Haunted by Georges Méliès

Georges Melies

So this time last year when we shared a twofer of Georges Méliès I was discussing how I was unaware of his forays into crazed horror flicks–an excellent genre for showing off his camera wizardry. But then I was also unaware that Hugo revolved around him and would showcase his talents for pretty much everybody.

We’re going to start off with “The Haunted Castle,” which as Wikipedia tells us (and it’s always right) is considered to be the first horror film and first vampire film. Nice. It is from 1896. To help you out, in case you suck at math as much as I do–that’s 116 years, people. So it’s bloody amazing.

Then we go to the silently longer “The Haunted House” from 1908. Not much to say about this, but it makes the remake of The Haunting look like…well, the remake of The Haunting. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:15+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 20: Scream Blacula Scream

Scream Blacula Scream

For blaxploitation movie night here at 32 Days of Halloween, we go to the inevitable sequel to that classic of the genre, Blacula, and bring you… Scream Blacula Scream. Not only do you get the return of William “I Am a Badass” Marshall as Blacula, but Pam Grier is now in the mix. Your rival voodoo priest at the beginning there, the one who does the Bad Thing, is indeed Richard Lawson. You’re recognizing him from V, most likely. The original series, of course. Also look for Craig T. Nelson in a small role. But otherwise…classic stuff.

“Hey look, man, I don’t mind being a vampire and all that shit but this really ain’t hip!” Amazing. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:32+00:00 October 19th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 9: Your Guide to Vampire Combat

Vampire Combat Manual

Well, Day 9 is devoted to vampires and we’re going with a book this time–it’s The Vampire Combat Manual from your friend and mine, Roger Ma, who was last seen talking to you about how to fight the zombie menace. It’s a logical next step, having saved countless lives with the Zombie Combat Manual, to switch to a far more dangerous foe.

The book is, quite frankly, everything you would want. Fans of, shall we say, old school vampires will appreciate the series of debunkings that Ma provides: whether or not they can fly (they can’t), whether or not they want to have sex with you (they don’t), and whether or not they can be repelled with crosses or the like (ask Ben Cortman). You also get rundowns on how they’re built (or rebuilt or…well, you follow what I mean), how they act and what actually effectively hurts them.

Apart from setting up his own corner of the vampire mythos–and creating a story throughline that’s fun to track via the Combat Reports–you also get stuff like combat exercises. There is a blog post waiting to happen somewhere about the effectiveness of a Vampire Combat Diet and Exercise Regimen. And have you considered putting garlic in a mace spray-like device? I actually hadn’t, I’m ashamed to say.

For samples of the book, check out the Vampire Combat Club official site. And for swag (“Keep Calm and Crack Skulls”–nice), they have a Zazzle store. If you dig vampires or have somebody on your gift list that does, you would do well to snag a copy (also available for the Kindle). The life you save may be your own.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:42+00:00 October 8th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: Vampires, Snakes and a Monkey King

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Glades: Complete Second Season DVD
Leverage Season 4 DVD

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:17+00:00 August 25th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

44Flood and TOME

44Flood: Tome

Every so often, there comes a project the scope of which is kind of baffling–not just in terms of the physical components, but in emotional and psychic resonance. TOME, by Ben Templesmith’s new artist collective/publishing house 44Flood looks like it’s shaping up to be just such a project.

To quote directly from the Kickstarter Page:

TOME is an annual anthology in an oversized format showcasing world-class artists as they explore a single theme using the comic book, painting, and music mediums. And by oversized we’re talking big, around 11×17″
[They have since updated this to 12×18″] and 180 pages! That size will let you experience art and sequential storytelling in a way that would be almost impossible outside of standing in front of the original work itself.

This year’s TOME will focus on the theme of VAMPIRISM. Modern popular culture has shown us all kinds of depictions of vampires, from the silly to the subdued. The artists in TOME will each take 3-5 pages to explore what we think is a unique and relevant take on vampirism as a whole, including the misuse of power and the objectification and exploitation of others. And at the conclusion of each artist’s contribution, they’ll have a one-page interview conducted by another artist to continue their artistic exploration.

More info after the jump.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:56+00:00 July 7th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Giant Martian Apes, Civil War Zombies & Other Obstacles in Life

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

John Carter 3D Blu-Ray
A Feast of Ice and Fire cookbook

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:17+00:00 June 19th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #156: Creepy vs. Awkward

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that, as a public service message, wants to help you identify what kind of weirdo you might be near/around/involved with/have living in your attic without your knowledge. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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8 Track: Sounds of the 70s

Agenda:

  • It takes a nation of two to make Flava Flav cry
  • The newest members of the League make their debut and give you sound movie advice
  • How to make Serv feel old
  • How to make Rox go crazy
  • Never waiting to exhale
  • How much you pay for theatrical friends
  • Scott the Pig
  • Do not test Rox when it comes to serial killers
  • I’m really wondering if Scott got any responses from his monologue
  • Aaron vs. the French accent
  • Free whisky at the VIP party
  • Mel Brooks vs. Broadway
  • Bacon the Musical
  • Things just got creepy
  • The Ginger Vampires
  • Phone update
  • Transatlantic Simon & Garfunkel moment
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:32:07+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Headsup: What Christmas Is Actually All About

    That’s right: pandas, bad sci-fi, robots and aliens. That’s Christmas around here. How is it at your place?

    There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

    Cinematic Titanic Live: War of the Insects DVD
    Hangover Part II Blu-Ray
    Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-Ray

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:09+00:00 December 24th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments