Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Thing (24 Page Read-Along Book/Audio)
Presented by Space Monkey X Audio

EVERYONE, listen to me carefully. Do I have your attention!?! What I have to tell you is something that cannot be missed. Rob Lammie over at Space Monkey X has created one of the coolest things I've seen in sometime. He produced and audio and PDF book for John Carpenter's classic "The Thing" in the vein of the old 24 Page Read-Along book and record sets that many of us had growing up in the 70s and 80s. Historically these sets were for children and so the releases were of family friendly fare (Dark Crystal, Gremlins, Indiana Jones). They would at times use original soundtrack and voice work from the film along with original music and voice recordings.

Back in the "good ol'" days, this was as close as many of us could get to enjoying the movie after seeing it at the theater. Long before all the avenues that we can now track down movies. What Rob has done here is basically create "The Thing" as if it was done as one of these sets and let me tell you, looking at the book and listening along it feels just like one of the old Read-Along sets. He felt that there are some really classic films from that time, that admittedly not being kid friendly never would have gotten this treatment, but would have awesome if they had been created. It's so much fun that I had to make sure you all knew about this. Head over to his website to download the book in PDF format and the audio in MP3 format. Also, drop Rob a comment there and let him know what you think. I'm hoping he does another one of these.

Space Monkey X - The Thing: An Original Read-Along Record Book

MacReady: I don't know. Thousands of years ago it crashes, and this thing... gets thrown out, or crawls out, and it ends up freezing in the ice.
Childs: I just cannot believe any of this voodoo bullshit.
Palmer: Childs, happens all the time, man. They're falling out of the skies like flies. Government knows all about it, right, Mac?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road

I just watched the Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) preview/trailer that was shown at this year's ComicCon in San Diego. I had reservations about the idea of going back to this story in the modern era. It's usually impossible to capture lightening in a bottle. When re-boots, remakes and new sequels come out based on previously beloved films I can usually tell right from the trailer it's going to be a trainwreck. So with this film I wondered how it would look, would it be a CGI vomitorium, will a new actor of Max be acceptable, will the action and practical effects hold up to the original films?

Well watching this I have to say, early at this stage in the game I'm very interested in seeing this movie. The action looks spectacular, looks very reminiscent of the previous entries in the series and that's a good thing. It looks like a lot of practical effects, there did appear to be a little CGI, but not bad. If there was more I couldn't tell and that's acceptable to me. I hope this movie ends up being really cool.

Take a look at it below if you haven't seen it or just want to re-watch it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Traumafession:: Fiji Mermaid on Alien (1979)

Hello all, I wanted to let you know that I was featured on the incredible Kindertrauma site just a couple of days ago. If you haven't visited Kindertrauma before then you my friend have a very large void in your life. Get over there ASAP for everything they have to offer.

They posted a recent Traumafession that submitted to them.  "What's a "traumafession?, you ask. Basically it's write-up of a memory of something that scared you, gave you the creeps and or unnerving regarding pop culture in some way when you were a young person. Generally that's what its. I submitted a traumafession in regards to the movie ALIEN.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Uncle Buck - Soundtrack
Never Released Officially

It's been a long time since I've posted a soundtrack. The era of soundtrack sharing has sort of come to an end, as it goes with blogs like mine and the other great blogs were out there years ago. My position was always and only posting things that were long out-of-print (OOP), or and is the case here, never released. There were many movies that we all love that never got official soundtrack releases and that still happens today. So when their isn't an official release folks will track down all the songs from the movie and compile them for fans. Again, I will say, if anyone wants this pulled down I'll be more than happy to take this post down.

So anywho, what I have here is a collection of all the tracks you heard in the film. There are some really memorable ones if you are a fan of the film. It's actually quite an eclectic mix. Tone Loc, the Chordettes and more. It's all over the map. With out further ado...

Download the soundtrack here!

"We can talk about burying the hatchet. You know what a hatchet is, don't you, Bug? I got one in my car if you'd like to see it. I like to carry it, you never know when you're going to need it. A situation may come up say for example, someone has been drinking, and about to drive a loved one home... then I'd like to know I have it. Not to kill, no. Just to maim. Take a little off the shoulder. Swish! The elbow. Slash! Shave a little meat off the old kneecap. Fowap! Ooooo! You got both kneecaps? I like to keep mine razor sharp. Sharp enough you can shave with it. Why I've been known to circumcise a gnat. You're not a gnat are you, Bug? Wait a minute, bug, gnat. Is there a little similarity? Whoa, I think there is! Ha ha ha. You understand what I'm talking about? I don't think you do. I'll be right back. Heh heh heh heh."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Scared to Death (1980) - Trailer

Today I had some strange memory pop into my mind about an early 80s horror film called "Scared to Death". I first saw just a bit of it back in 1995 when  I worked at a mom & pop VHS rental store. Due to the occasional boredom I would wander around the store looking at the various movies in particular genres we had. I gravitated to the horror section mostly just to look at the sometimes weird and often memorable box art. One movie that would jump out to me was called Scared to Death. It had what looked like a sort of H.R. Giger designed creature on the cover holding a girls head in it's hands. The synopsis on the back sounded interesting, so I watched just a few minutes of it in the store when there weren't any customers around. It seemed kind of cool, but I never went back to it, for whatever reason. I think I just forgot about it.

Then in 2002 or so I was at a Blockbuster video and saw it again. I rented it and was for the most part pleasantly surprised. It was a sort-of Sci-Fi/Horror flick. Nothing overly original. Felt like a slasher type film, but it had a weird monster that was more, like a said earlier an Alien-esque rip-off in design. Now, that being said, it actually looks pretty cool. Now on the off chance you've forgotten about this movie, or never heard of it, check out the trailer and see if it's something you want to track down. The trailer actually does a fairly good job of making you want to see it and not giving away too much.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Nite Jewel - "One Second Of Love" Video

Normally I don't post anything here that doesn't tie into pop culture movies/tv/comics etc. The only real reason I don't do that is so the blog doesn't go off the rails and not have any type of theme/direction. However, I wanted to share some music I discovered while traveling down the rabbit hole of Youtube and recommended videos based on videos I was searching for. After hearing artist Nite Jewel on the chorus of a song I really dug from last year I discovered she has quite a bit of music out there I"ve never heard. I thought let me check out a solo track by her and see what I think. Well, I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised. The video I watched was for the song "One Second of Love". It grabbed me musically because it really has this 80s synth vibe going on, which I absolutely love. Her vocals are equally fantastic over the track. Being that this is a video, and as often is the case with me personally, sometimes a video can really enhance a song. This video did just that. I wasn't expecting the tone, and imagery that was shown here and it's pretty damn cool.

It appears to be a bachelorette party, and right off the bat the girl of honor steps out of the room. The rest of the girls have money in hand and seem to be waiting for a male stripper to show up. A trio of girls show up with a guy dressed in some kind of strange goat, cultish looking robes and they dance to the song and sing it. The girls watch, not really sure what to make of it all. Some of the girls start vomiting up pearls, octopus legs and black goo. Check it out my friends! I had to get this track and quickly put it on heavy rotation!

If you are curious what original song I was listening to with Nite Jewel, I have that below for you. She appeared with Bay Area rappers Droop-E and J-Stalin on the track "'N The Traffic".

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Godzilla's Greatest Enemies

The new Godzilla movie has just hit theaters. From what I've seen in the teasers and trailers there is a new monster for him to do battle with. What that monster is I don't know. I'm going to stay away from reviews or discussions on the movie so that when I eventually see it, it will be with fresh eyes.

Ever since I was a little kid I've really enjoyed watching Godzilla movies. Honestly the thing that makes them so much fun is watching the fights he has with all those fantastic beasts the creative minds at Toho came up with. These days, it's those fights that stand out more so than story. If I put on a Godzilla movie today, I can't help but just fast-forward to the action! So below for your viewing pleasure, I want to show you who are my personal favorite enemies of Godzilla.


King Ghidorah

Wonder what other monsters I hold in high esteem? Check out the rest of the list!