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Joshua Hoffine's "Black Lullaby" Kickstarter Project

on October 28, 2013 - 8:53pm

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of Joshua Hoffine's photography. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (then fiancée) Jennifer a few years ago when I bought his print "Death" a few years ago.

Before you pick up that discounted copy of a B-horror film, or buy a pumkin spiced latte, or buy clearance Halloween items, let me direct you to a better cause for your $10 to be spent on. 

And I say $10 specifically because I know money is tight everywhere. Believe me. I know. 

But even that little bit of cash can help to support something pretty cool. 

He has a kickstarter project called Black Lullaby which I just pledged $30 towards. He's in the process of making a short film inspired by his collection of photographs and needs some help with shooting the final monster appearance plus all that post production goodness. Watch the video below to learn more directly from the man himself.

Brushing Up on the Classics

on September 25, 2012 - 8:33am

My VCR died. 

Joke and laugh about my retro entertainment means, but when you have a solid collection of favourite films on VHS and a limited budget, one tends not to be in a rush to convert an entire catalogue of film to DVD. 

I still have one working VCR/TV combo, but I know it's only a matter of time before that fails me as well. 

I didn't realize how often I dip into my VHS collection (especially between September and December when I'm working on holiday items) until my recent loss. I knew I used it, but I used it a lot. And while my modest DVD collection is made up of films I like to watch over and over, I don't want to do so within a week. 

For my viewing pleasure, I have acquired some new films for the Halloween season. Starting from right to left in the photo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Spencer Tracy (which I had never seen), House of Wax with Vincent Price (which I've always wanted to own), as well as Freaks and The Haunting (both of which I already own on VHS). I burned through that as soon as the package arrived. I do love an inexpensive 4 movie collection of what I consider to be some of the best classics. 

"Think of the Children"

on May 6, 2011 - 3:05pm

As you know, I'm an advocate of specially crafted pieces, especially when it involves something unique with a flair for the macabre. Friend and fellow artist King Unicorn (EC Steiner) has a project I want to bring to your attention. It's a horror comic called Think of the Children, but it's not just a comic book. I'll get to that part in a moment. First, a synopsis:

THINK OF THE CHILDREN is a satirical horror comic about the events leading to the original Comics Code Authority. The members of the Senate Subcommittee are secret monster hunters, seeking to destroy evil children, who they believe are corrupted by the stories of EC Comics. So that the story can reach as wide an audience as possible, the creators released it as a free webcomic in February of 2011 at http://comicsmakekidsevil.com.

Quick Movie Review from You Know Who

on November 6, 2009 - 4:28pm

Dead SnowFor my Halloween viewing, I rented three movies I've been wanting to see: a) Drag Me to Hell, b) Grace, and c) Dead Snow.

Drag Me to Hell was fine. I didn't care for the protagonist (perhaps I wasn't supposed to like her, but I didn't even get to enjoy my dislike for her). The ending was obvious (at least to me) for the last 30 minutes of the movie, so it was a matter of just waiting for it to be over instead of enjoying the misdirection. Overall, I think the movie was pretty weak and have no intention to ever watch it again.

Having said that, the movie had a handful of great moments (especially the first physical scuffle between the protagonist and the gypsy, which I thoroughly enjoyed).

The Humble Beginning of Jason in Friday the 13th

on October 12, 2009 - 10:58am

Jason in Friday the 13th
Missed the last two days on the Halloween countdown (bad blogger). Wasn't feeling too well and am totally swamped with Halloween projects. So I spent yesterday on the couch, painting eyeball plants and watching horror movies, including Friday the 13th parts one through three.

I'm sure there are many like me who haven't watched the earlier movies in a long time. And I forgot just how...real Jason used to be.

Sure we know him as the hulking form behind the goalie mask now. The unstoppable, looming figure that's ice-cold.

But back then, he was the size of a regular man. He wore overalls and a sack or pillowcase over his head. He moved at normal speed. He ran, stumbled and when he fell to the ground, he made an audible sound. An actual "oof" noise.

And when you hit him, he was hurt. Just like any other man, when Jason took one straight to the *cough* family jewels, he went down just like you'd expect him to.

He was human. He was desperate and determined in his chase.

And you know what? All these weaknesses - these human traits - made him scarier. Probably because I believed he was real.

So while everyone else can worship the hockey-masked, machete-wielding, supernatural killing machine, I'll save my shudders for the flawed, deformed man who grew up alone in the woods...who (everyone believed) drowned...who saw his mother killed...who wears a one-eyed sack over his head to hide his deformity.