Sunday, April 21, 2013

The League: First Impressions

This week's League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic is...

You never get a second chance at a first impression–what moment in pop culture had you saying “Now, that’s how you make an introduction!”

I thought about this a minute and then it hit me. One of my favorite villains from horror film history is Freddy Krueger and the original A Nightmare on Elm Street being the best of the bunch,  in fact one of the best original horror films I've ever seen.

The opening scene to that film when I first saw it and having no idea who Freddy was or what the movie was really about was startling.. spooky... shocking... thrilling! The original film starts out showing you just a guy's hands laying out an old leather glove and dumping a bag of razors and metal pieces all over a dirty old work table. You have no idea where this is, what this stuff is for or what the hell is going on. You slowly watch this person's horrific creativity come together as he begins sharpening and welding. Then his diabolical creation is revealed. With a creepy raspy "Ahhhhh" and Charles Berstein's score hitting a high note you know you are in for something that you've never said before! This is easily my all-time favorite film opening. The visuals and the music! I've found the scene on Youtube for your viewing pleasure.

Check out what my fellow bloggers found to WOW them!!

3B's Toy Hive: Tim Burton's Batman tells the world his name.

Geek Chunks: 80s Cartoon Intros.

Cavalcade of Awesome: LL Cool J rocking the house.

Diary of a Dorkette: For the honor of Grayskull!!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

This is Boxsome!!!

Hello boys and ghouls! I wanted to share something with you all. Especially, those that are into 80s pop culture TV, movies, toys, trading cards. I'm thinking chances are high that if you have come to this blog this sort of thing will be your bag, baby!

There is a fantastic new company called Boxsome that recently started making available something they call "Nostalgia Packs". What are these you ask? I'll tell you using their own words. They are more eloquent than I. "Nostalgia Packs contain unopened trading card wax packs of your choice, stickers, some random loose cards, and more goodies. I want these to be really fun and to make you excited about getting mail again." Below I have a photo I took of the Nostalgia Pack that I received.

As you can see I got a couple of Dark Crystal wax packs, which I was able to select. They have many different wax packs that you can choose from. The old wax packs are awesome enough, but the really fun part to me is that they will throw in some random items. As you can see the random items I got are some cool Sonic pogs, Gremlins and Return of the Jedi cards, and some old school Nintendo stickers. I haven't had the heart to open the packages to look at the cards and stickers, because they just seem so cool sealed. I invite you to check out their site and buy some packs of your own. They are a great addition to your existing pop culture collection items.

Also, and I should have mentioned this earlier. Boxsome was started by Tommy Day of Top Hat Sasquatch fame. So you know this is coming from someone that knows pop culture and collecting the weird and wonderful!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Wolfmen of Mars
We're Gonna Die Either Way

Hello all! I've been meaning to get the good word out that Wolfmen of Mars released a brand new album. It actually came out back in January and if you haven't heard of it or them I suggest you give it a listen. The title of their latest effort is "We're Gonna Die Either Way". I'm a big fan of their work and always welcome new music they release. The reason it appeals to me so much is that their style is heavily influenced by the synth soundtrack sounds of films from the 70s and 80s. Personally I feel they have a definite horror/sci-fi vibe. This is my favorite era of soundtrack scores, so to hear that flavor mixed with a modern kind of groove is always good fun. I suggest you take a listen below and if you dig what you hear pick up an album or two. Check out the Bandcamp embed below or peruse the music via iTunes .