Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Buffalo Bill & The Creeper

Just the other day I was listening to Silence of the Lambs. What I mean by that is I have mp3 audio of some favorite films so that I can listen to them while I work or I'm out-and-about. If you know a movie pretty cold then it's a great way to enjoy a flick while doing something other than sitting in front of a screen. I'm getting away from the point however. I was listening to the film and about 48 minutes into the movie, just after the scene when Clarice's scientific friends identify the "death's head moth", there is a scene where the camera moves through Buffalo Bill's lair. The camera moves through various rooms and you can hear screaming and music playing and then there is a reveal of Buffalo Bill sitting nude on a stool at a work bench. You can hear a sewing machine going and he looks focused on working on something. Listening to that scene I had an epiphany about a scene in the 2001 film Jeepers Creepers.

At the end of that film... spoilers here folks. I'm not sure I really need to say that for a 13yr old movie, but in the event you haven't seen it I'm going to give away the ending here. The Creeper at the end of the film actually claims one of the main characters of the film, Darry, and flies off with him. Given what the film as showed to us up to that point we know that the Creeper wants a body part from Darry and that he'll most likely be killed by the creature. The final scene of the movie takes us to the Creeper's latest lair... see where I'm going with this now. The camera moves through the rooms, with creepy sound effects and music playing. Just like in  Silence of the Lambs there is the reveal of villain, the Creeper, not in his human clothes disguise, but nude at a workbench working just like Buffalo Bill. I've never heard this scene talked about or anyone ever mention the similarity to Lambs. I think this is a direct homage to that film and I think done very well. It only took me 13 years to notice it. Have any of you noticed this before?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dark Dungeons - Chick Tract

Many years ago my wife and I came across some Jack Chick tracts. It had been years since either of us had seen them. I had forgotten about them completely up until that point. For the uninitiated they are a series of small two/three panel comics put out by what I believe to be an extreme Christian by the name of Jack Chick. Many of them are over-the-top and completely ridiculous and in turn hilarious. My wife bought me a ton of them and after reading through them we found there are some that are so classic and others not so great. Of the many I've read now, the one called Dark Dungeons is an all-time favorite.

Dark Dungeons is about the dangers of playing role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. It's about some kids playing, seemingly unsupervised by their parents, with adults in the neighborhood. These adults just happen to be a witches coven and are recruiting kids to their cult through the game. They claim to be able to teach the kids real magic. Two of the girls in the story are heavy into the game. One girls apparently is casting spells to maker her dad buy her D&D game stuff and the other friend died in the game and is so saddened by this... kills herself. The other friend apparently sees the error of her ways. Below is a video someone put together with some sinister music, a computer voice and visuals from the comic. Enjoy.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Sideshow Cinema Extends to Facebook

Well at long last my Sideshow Cinema blog has a new tentacle. I'm extending myself into the world of Facebook. The reason is sort of two-fold. One reason was to add another avenue for you boys and ghouls to connect with me and add weird pop-culture items into your Facebook news feed. I thought it would break up the normal boring fare your friends post, pictures of kids, how many miles they ran and the like. The other reason is that my own personal FB page didn't feel so fitting for most things I like to post about, the average friend on there I don't think finds it to be their cup of tea. My page is relatively new so I don't have a lot of posts for you to dig back through yet.

You might wonder why I say my new Facebook page is a another tentacle, if all you know about is this blog. Well friends I'm out there in some of the other social media arenas too, Twitter, Instagram and my movie review site that shares the name of this blog.

Join me friends... Sideshow Cinema on Facebook!

Monday, March 03, 2014

She-Ra - "Too Long At the Fair" Book

Just yesterday my wife was at a local grocery store, of sorts. Along with food they have an area with books for sale. She found this perfect/never used copy of She-Ra: Princess of Power "Too Long At the Fair". We're guessing somewhere these were sitting in a wherehouse for 20 years and someone unearthed them to sell here. Whatever the reason it's a very cool find. My daughters are big She-Ra fans so they were excited to get this book.

Overall the book is pretty enjoyable, as far as standards can be for a Golden Heroic Champions book based on a toyline and animated series. The bar tends to be low generally in this area. The artwork I like quite a bit because they characters seem to closely match their Filmation counterparts instead of the actual Mattel toyline that just didn't feel as defined as individual characters.

The story is about Adora asking Castaspella to come to the rebellion's festival that they have going on. Castaspella initially tells Adora she can't come because the festival date corresponds with a magical day in Mystacor where she must make sure she stays at the stroke of midnight to say some magic words and retrain her throne there. She warns that if she's not there her evil cousin, Allepsatsac, will have the opportunity to take over. She as you can guess is Castaspella's opposite. Backwards name, backwards morals, backwards outfit, the whole deal. Adora assures her she'll be back in time as the festival won't go so late. Castaspella agrees to show up, but Catra and Allepsatsac, were listening in. They hatch a plan to take over Mystacor. The plan hinges on Catra's henchmen going to the rebellion's festival and continuing to asking Castaspella to do more magic tricks, which sort to keeps Castaspella tied up for the whole evening and under a spell of performing. She-Ra figures out a way to snap her out of the spell and gets her back to Mystacor before all is lost.

Like I said, an enjoyable story, if not a bit corny. I'd rather they use standard characters from the She-Ra universe. I think Shadow Weaver would have been cooler to see here trying to take over rather than this identical/backwards cousin angle. Castaspella and Allepsatsac makes me think it's like a Patty Duke Show kind of thing... "cousins... identical cousins!"

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Fixx heard in "The House of the Devil"

I just recently watch the 2009 horror film The House of the Devil and was pleasantly surprised. I was hoping I would like it, but admittedly wary of many modern horror films. I intentionally stayed away from reviews, because I wanted to see it as fresh as possible without being influenced by outside opinions  I plan to write a more lengthy review on my sister site "Sideshow Cinema", but for now and since this blog was for many moons a soundtrack centric place I wanted to touch on the soundtrack to the film.

The movie, and hopefully this isn't a spoiler, is set in the 80s. The original score is great haunting stuff, but I really loved those few scenes when pop music of the time was used when the characters had music on. One great example of this is when character Samantha puts on her WalkMan and headphones and cranks up the track "One Thing Leads to Another" by the band The Fixx. This really captured for me that love I have of hearing pop music in 80s classic films. When done right both the scene, and music are somehow enhanced... and probably forever now when I hear this song the movie will come to mind and that, my friends, isn't a bad thing. Now of course this isn't a true film from the 80s but it is a film that was done in that style/vibe if you will and did it expertly.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rudolph Frosty and Friends Favorite Christmas Songs

Hello all, we are well into the Christmas season now just coming off of Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago. I present to you, in the spirit of Christmas and because I love Christmas music of all kinds, a pretty nice compilation of tracks from the Rankin and Bass holiday specials that many of you are fond of. Some of these specials have their dedicated soundtracks, but this one pulls together some "hits" from those and it's a nice addition to any Christmas playlist.

"Goodbye, Cornelius. I hope you find lots of tinsel. Goodbye, Hermey. Whatever a dentist is, I hope someday you will be the greatest."

Download it here!