Friday, April 20, 2012

IHOP Commercial: 1969

Here is one of the weirdest old school commercials I've seen in some time. It's a 1969 TV spot for the popular pancake restaurant IHOP. This one has all kinds of madness written on it and so many questions. Why are they running to the place with balloons? Where do they park their balloons? The music and singing is one of the most head scratching things about this commercial, yet it's the most alluring to me. It's like some little ghoulish imp is singing... possibly tipsy off a malt liquor/high fructose syrup mix. Watch and listen and see if you don't find yourself rewinding for a second viewing.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The League: Holy Grails & White Whales

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"We all collect something. What is a holy grail item you hope to find at a flea market, toy show, or comic convention? What else do you collect?"

This is an interesting question. I collect various things associated with horror and sci-fi films. However there isn't one particular type of thing I collect. I have have figures, posters, soundtracks and more. It's all over the board. Mostly items I can find and then afford. So, it's not nearly as big as my dream collection. However, the question at hand is asking to identify that one thing that you'd love to have in your collection. Speaking in terms of the types of things I collect I actually couldn't think of anything at first and the fact that most things if you have the money can be found and bought. Then after Brian (Cool & Collected) asked "there has to be a Predator item out there.." I thought about it and there is one thing that I'd love to find at a flea market or hell, even a thrift store. A place where this item would be super low cost. Not only would I like to own it because it looked cool as hell in an ad in Fangoria magazine, but I'd like to see if the real deal lived up to how well it was photographed. The item is a "Collector Predator Mask" put out in the early 90s by a company called Distortions. As you can see in the photo below it's of the unmasked Predator from 1987 film. It's his complete head and a bit of shoulders and partial chest. The photo makes it look fantastic.

Two things kept it from my hands as a wee kid. First was the $320 price tag, the other being even if you had this how would you wear it. Id think you have to have a kick ass Predator costume to wear with it, or it would looks ridiculous. You can't put on a black sweat shirt and jeans and call yourself the Predator. There are a couple of other notable things here in the ad that I don't necessarily want. The "standard" Predator mask and the "Child's Complete costume". The kids' costume idea on paper sounds cool, but look at it. No dreads, no gloves and no wrist blades… and apparently nothing covering the nether region… what in the hell is with that. It's stupefying!!

What other rare oddities are driving my fellow bloggers mad?!?!? Read on to find out.