November 23, 2015

Tales From The Crypt

I found my old sketchbook today and I thought I would share a little something with you. I am currently in waiting mode and a bit restless to be honest, hence the fossil excavations. You wouldn’t believe the discoveries I’ve made so far – if I ever run out of ideas, I have a box full of them (old ones, yet interesting enough for future projects).

Meanwhile, Bowie just released a new single (Blackstar), which is surprisingly good. Ah, David. It’s been so long (pun intended). I feel optimistic about the album, too.

And, speaking about music (and Davids), McAlmont & Butler reunited for a series of shows to promote the deluxe reissue of their albums. I had to mention. I love them too much not to.

P.S. No sponsors in the dungeon. I just love music, damn it.

November 18, 2015

Outtakes VI

In Memoriam: This is the last time you see a picture of the infamous black clay hand. I lost control of the room divider while trying to move it from one side of the apartment to the other (too heavy for my muscles), which then fell flat on the randomly placed iron glass top coffee table where I keep my odds and things, and knocked everything off. The black clay hand didn’t make it. It wouldn’t glue back together either. I tried. Synthetic clay is evil that way.

I felt like writing something today, so it was either this or a dirty limerick. Next time I‘ll go for the dirty limerick.

November 12, 2015

The Horror Game

It’s been quite a while since my last horror movie related post, because:

(A) I have watched too many horror movies to mention
(B) I have watched too many horror movies to mention; and they were all shite
(C) Things have changed dramatically around here, time-wise
(D) All of the above

Dark was the night (2015): Dark Was The Night is loosely based on the “Devil's Footprints”, a phenomenon that occurred in 1855 in Devon, England (it had to be Devon), when after a heavy snowfall, trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow, covering a total distance up to 100 miles. It easily made it to my top 10 horror movies of 2015 (so far). Good scene pacing, strong character focus. If only I could un-see the monster’s face (the Sandworm is back - Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!).

Hellmouth (2014): A tormented and lost in a world where reality and fantasy meddle grave-keeper, enters the Gates of Hell to save the soul of a beautiful woman. Aw. Shot almost entirely on green screen (a nod to 50’s films of that genre, or so the critics have mentioned), Hellmouth is an interesting take on a common theme. Stephen McHattie was an excellent choice for the lead role.

Extinction (2015): Nine years after yet another zombie apocalypse, Patrick, Jack and Lu are playing house somewhere in Antarctica (or so one would think), forgotten by both God and monsters, only to discover that the plague-ridden creatures have adapted to the environment change (everything has frozen up, hence the Antarctica reference), and are back for those remaining. I think I liked the cinematography and set design more than the story but, I always focus on beauty (even in zombie films).

From The Dark (2015): A young couple drives through the Irish countryside when suddenly their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere (shocker), seconds before a creature older than evil itself, awakes deep within the gloomy swamp (bet you also saw that coming). Light is their only weapon against this hellish being, but also something they are short of. Little dialogue, decent acting; I always enjoy that. I read a dozen bad reviews for this and I ignored every single one of them.

Time to head back to my cave, now; too many table lamps to re-arrange.

November 3, 2015

Outtakes V

When low in spirits, get the camera. I have been contemplating with the idea of maybe posting some of my other photographic projects (the ones that never make it to this blog), but I think they are way too abstract and personal to interest anyone. I will think it to death and see where that takes me. In the meantime, let’s re-edit and remember.