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To celebrate Halloween, tonight on the SyFy Channel there will be a special live broadcast of Ghost Hunters from Buffalo! The location: the Buffalo Central Terminal, which also happens to be the location for the locally filmed PRISON OF THE PSYCHOTIC DAMNED.
Check it out!

Since January, the lovely Mermaid Heather has been celebrating the start of her fifth year as a blogger. So to mark the momentous occasion, she's enlisted the aid of several of her blogger friends to submit a post on one of their favorite films. If you haven't checked out her blog devoted to reviews of horror films (with the occasional detour into other horror related topics), this is a good time to take the “plunge”-- an appropriate verb to use for MERMAID Heather, and I don't mean that to be lamely funny, but because it IS appropriate: Heather's a tad swim-crazy.

She ALSO works in a crime lab, which enhances her sultry coolness factor even more! Which is obvious, because nothing says sultry coolness than an intelligent young woman, well-versed in the ways of horror movies, who investigates a crime scene while clad in a fashionable bikini composed of elastane-nylon and polyurethane, and who’s ready to dispatch a malevolent fish at the drop of a hat!

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The 999 Movie Challenge re-visited!

Happy New Year!

As is my usual tradition come January, I CHEAT with regard to the previous year's Resolutions because I didn't follow through on them, or I started too late at the end of the year to properly fulfill them. So, I usually give myself an extra "grace period" in January to try and catch up.
Not surprising for a guy who's apparent life motto is "better late than never."

As a reminder, the 999 Movie Challenge was to watch 9 movies in 9 different "genres" a piece in 2009.
Or 81 total films.

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Yeah, what's up, indeed.
Well, here's the
post on the original challenge, way back in January.

And now, we’re less than seven weeks away from the New Year (cripes!).

I was supposed to watch 9 films in 9 different genres, so 81 films total. So far, I've seen... three.


Rambling updates…

Well, some film related miscellania here:



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CHAINSAW MAID! Zombie claymation!

This is simply a tremendous bit of claymation work.
It's a simple story but enthusiastically told and painstakingly animated.
And gross? Boy, is it! Exceedingly, ecstatically gross!
Check it out before you read my specific comments about it just so you see it totally unsuspecting. There's no twist endings or things like that, but it's neat discovering the little nuances cold, you know.

I mean, " 'tis" the Halloween season... so go enjoy!
Did you watch it? Pretty neat, huh?

The use of sound is interesting, sometimes a little jarring, like the child's scream being a synthesizer note, I think.
But other uses of sound is cool, like, when the first victim/zombie (mother?) appears and when she turns into a zombie, the little noise she makes when she opens her mouth.
As for the animation itself, there are all sorts of little bits and touches that are funny and impressive throughout.
For example, the way the maid holds her hands after she buttons up her shirt. It's really quick but it's a nice character touch.
The father suddenly drinking his coffee is just absurdly hilarious.
The claymation blood pumping out arterially from the beheaded zombie.
The dismembered arm inchworming across the floor.
The only thing I expected but didn't see is when the one zombie has both arms cut off. I expected clay blood to gush out of his stumpy arms, but that didn't happen. But the beheading more than made up for it.

But, man, you really have to be committed to doing this, to animating everything. I'm particularly thinking of the sequence when the maid is waiting with her chainsaw for the zombies to break through the door. I'm figuring the animator had to storyboard everything and then follow through on every little shot. That's what sells the sequence, all the detailed shotwork and angles.
Man, there are some independent films I know that could use some detailed shotwork discipline like that to fully tell moments of their story and the filmmaker doesn't take the time to do it. And we're just talking about setting up lights and filming live events, not animating clay!

Now, with what little research I've done after checking this video out (and I emphasize LITTLE research), I think the animator is a Japanese (I believe) college student named Takena, or at least that's his name on Youtube. He also has a website. It's just all in Japanese, at least from what LITTLE I've "inspected" so far.

Good stuff! Really great!

Thanks to Kyle "Zombie Ink Comics" Kaczmarzyck for the heads up!

Suddenly, out of the blue...

He returns to his lonely, unused blog.

I've been both busy and, uh,  just "disappeared", over the last half year (HALF YEAR??? Cripes!)-- sorry!
Just to get back into things, here's a miscellaneous posting of some things I found on Youtube today.

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In the last week, I've been fixated on this one clip featuring a "rocking horse" submission maneuver. Good grief!
And then today, I came across this amazing series of clips featuring Yoshiko Tamura, who I've never heard of before. Okay, so maybe wrestling IS fake, but MAN! Some of these sequences look pretty painful to me! Like at,  :34, ;55, and 1:57, for instance. Jeez!
Simply insane stuff!

And then, we have some movie trailers, faux and actual.
This one, MIDGET CHAINSAW ZOMBIE, is an absolute hoot and makes me want to run out and shoot something (on film) NOW. Uh, for those at work, there is tasteless material and swears.


And finally, some actual trailers of "pink eiga" films (Japanese softcore pornography), so definitely NSFW.
The title and plot of the first one cracked me up, A LONELY COW WEEPS AT DAWN (2003). As described on the Youtube site:
A young widow, Noriko, lives with her senile father-in-law, Shukichi, on a farm. He believes his favorite cow, long gone, is still alive. Noriko pretends to be the cow and lets him milk her - a satisfying arrangement for them both. Shukichis daughter discovers their bizarre relationship and tries to put an end to it. It's known as director Daisuke Goto's (Scorpion's Revenge, Zero Woman) best film.

And while discovering THAT clip, I stumbled across THIS insanity, WHORE HOSPITAL 2: ARMAGEDON. Definitely Not Safe For Work.


The status of my 999 Challenge so far...

Let's see how I'm doing so far, shall we?

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Some New Year's "Resolutions"...

,,, and it's ALREADY January 29th! That's insane! And typical for me! Grrrr!

Anyway, I'm still trying to tie up some loose ends from 2008 this month and forge ahead with other plans as well.
Such as:


While checking in on the blog, The Groovy Age of Horror (I’m a sucker for the fumetti posts!), THAT blog gave a shout out to ANOTHER blogger, Holger Haase, at Hammer and Beyond. On a recent(ish) post (uh, closer to New Year’s Day), Haase talks about the 999 resolution/challenge, meaning: resolving to watch 9 films in 9 “genres” in 2009 (hence, 999). You get to "define" the genre.

It sounded like a neat idea, and when I first read the post, he and four other bloggers were participating in this. Haase sort of wished out loud that it would be neat if 9 bloggers were participating and invited others to join, so if course, being the schmuck I am… well, there’s now FIVE other bloggers doing this with him…


So, here’s MY 999 Resolution list:


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The Last 10 Films I've Seen (so far, seen 30 in 2010)

30. BRUCE CAMPBELL VS. ARMY OF DARKNESS (Director's Cut) --on DVD (1992, w. Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi; d. Sam Raimi; Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Ambercrombie, Richard Grove, Bridget Fonda)

29. TRICK R' TREAT --on DVD (2008, w/d. Michael Dougherty; Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt McKillip, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Alberto Ghisi, Isabelle Deluce, Samm Todd, Tahmoh Penikett, Leslie Bibb)

28. SHE-DEMONS OF THE BLACK SUN --on DVD (2006, Canadian; w. Robbie Ribspreader; d. Sv Bell; Isabelle Stephen, Jan Pivon, Melantha Blackthorne, Costa, Michael Brunet, Suzy Loraine, Kerri Taylor, Marie-Claire Benoit, Penelope Jolicoeur, Ivan Judd, Dan Veilleux)

27. 300 --on DVD (2007, w. Zack Snyder& Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon (based on graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley); d. Zack Snyder; Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro)

26. [REC] --on DVD (2007, Spanish; w. Jaume Balaguero, Luis Berdejo, Pacp Plaza; d. Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza; Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso)

25. TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST --on DVD (1976, w.Bill Finger, Charles Sinclair; d. Richard Ashe; Chase Cordell, (Donna) Leigh Drake, Gregorio Sala)

24. RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE (LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE) --on DVD (1968, w/d. Jean Rollin; Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Catherine Deville, Ursule Pauly, Marquis Polho, Louis Horn)

23. SLIME CITY MASSACRE --at the theater (2010, w/d. Greg Lamberson; Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke, Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins, Robert C. Sabin, Roy Frumkes, Brooke Lewis, Michael O'Hear, John Renna)

22. DEAD GIRL --on DVD (2008, w. Trent Haaga, d. Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel; Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice Accola, Eric Podnar, Jenny Spain)

21. PATHER PANCHALI --on DVD (Indian, 1955, w/d. Satyajit Ray; Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Kanu Bannerjee)


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