Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guess That Movie Quote: Week 59, Return of the Horror Movie Edition

The rules:
If you know or think you know the source of the movie quote please leave your guess in the comments section. As people guess the source of the quote I will grey it out and give them credit (using google to find the answers will disqualify you), the person who has the most correct guesses each week will get a fun movie genius award to decorate their blog. Any person who wins 5 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) will earn a Movie Master award and must then refrain from guessing for 5 weeks but a master can email quote suggestions for the game.

Let the guessing begin!

1. "Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from! I think you're evil. EVIL!" Splotchy

2. "At the store, can you buy a new frying pan? I'm a little squeamish about using the one we use to kill people." Jaquandor

3. "It's totally insane. We have three new cheers to learn in the morning, the game is in the afternoon, I have to get my hair done at five, and the dance is at eight! I'll be totally wiped out!" Randal

4. "You fuck off ya patronizin bitch! I'm sick'a yer shit! I'll lube my own crankshaft from now on. You treat me like a baby again I'll wrap this goddamn walker right around yer head!" Spin the Moon

5. "Honey? Did you do a lot of drugs before we were married?"

6. "Just look at the face: it's vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who's lost a bet." The Imaginary Reviewer

7. "I love famous people! They're even better than the real thing, ya know?" Mob

8. "This is no dream! This is really happening!" Splotchy

9. "...your generation doesn't want to see vampire killers anymore, nor vampires either. All they want to see slashers running around in ski masks, hacking up young virgins." Splotchy

10. "Look around you all what do you see? A bunch of buffoons parading around in fancy dress. You think the prince of Darkness would deign to manifest himself before the likes of you? He never has and he never will! Never!" Splotchy

And with 4 correct guesses this week's winner is the talented and funny Splotchy! Way to go Splotchy I am humbled by your movie know-how...you may collect your award below:

And thanks to everyone else for playing! And come on back next Tuesday for more movie guessing fun! Oh and the answers will be in the comments.

Happy Birthday Deborah Kerr

It's the amazing actress Deborah Kerr's birthday and to celebrate the life of such a wonderful lady here are 5 things you may or may not have known about her.

1. Her surname is pronounced "car", not "kerr".

2. When she was a young girl, she had a strict "Victorian" grandmother who made her lie on her back, on the floor, for long periods of time, in order to "straighten her back" and ensure good posture.

3. Joan Crawford was originally meant to play her role in From Here to Eternity, but when she insisted on shooting the film with her own cameraman, the studio balked. They decided to take a chance and cast Ms. Kerr, who then was struggling with her ladylike stereotype, to play the adulterous military wife who has an affair with Burt Lancaster. The casting worked and Ms. Kerr's career thereafter enjoyed a new, sexier versatility.

4. Originally when filming began on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, her co-star Robert Mitchum worried that Kerr would be like the prim characters she frequently played. However, after she swore at director John Huston during one take, Mitchum, who was in the water, almost drowned laughing. The two stars went on to have an enduring friendship which lasted until Mitchum's death in 1997.

5. Deborah Kerr, her husband Peter Viertel and her biographer Eric Braun all died within the space of five weeks in the fall of 2007. All were aged 86.

Happy Birthday Monica Bellucci!

It's Monica Bellucci's 44th birthday and to celebrate the life and career of the beautiful Italian actress here are 5 things you may or may not know about the lady!

1. Measurements: 35C-24-35

2. She studied jurisprudence for a short time.

3. Doesn't always live with her husband Vincent Cassel, for avoiding routine the two live in separate apartments; she lives most of the time in London and he lives in Paris.

4. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.

5. Was originally cast as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. The part then went to Peta Wilson.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lamb of the Month: EuroTrip

On the day of his High School graduation Scotty Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) gets dumped by his long-term girlfriend Fiona (Kristen Kreuk). Later that day trying to make him feel a bit better Scotty gets dragged to a party by his best friend, and slacker extraordinaire Cooper (Jacob Pitts). Drowning his sorrows in beer the situation doesn't get any better when the band starts playing a little punk sounding ditty, Scotty Doesn't Know, featuring every lewd detail of Fiona and the singer's affair.

Completely devistated, drunk and angry, Scotty arrives home and answers an email from Mieke, Scotty's good friend and German pen pal whom he assumes is male. Mike says he is sorry for all that has happened to Scotty, and wanted to meet up with him to make him feel better. Scotty jumps to the homophobic conclusion, calling Mieke a sick German freak in his reply only to find out much to late that Mieke is not a male name but a females name.

Realizing his mistake, and that he has feelings for her, Scotty joined by Cooper and two other high school friends brother and sister Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester), Scotty travels to Europe intending to find Mieke and fix the situation face to face, but of course it's not as easy as all that...

First there is a run in with a group of soccer hooligans in England, then the robot face off in front of the Lourve in France, the dominatrix in Amsterdam, their brush with wealth and the green fairy in Slovakia, a run-in with the pope in Vatican City and an amazingly wonderful cameo by David Hasselhoff.

On the outside this movie looks like just another silly teen flick but in reality it's so much more. Anyone who longs for the days of movies like Revenge of the Nerds and the Harold & Kumar flicks will really enjoy EuroTrip; it's full of cheap gags, great performances, hilarious cameos, robot balls and something you rarely see in the college-age, gross-out comedies these, days nudity. If all those things sound like fun to you then I think you'll have a great time watching EuroTrip. I've seen this movie close to 50 times now and never get tired of it! I highly recommend this underrated movie.

This would be the pen to get then...

I'll take Uncle Walt's word on that!

I love gorillas!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Witchy Sketch

Here's an old drawing I did of a cute little witchy and her owly friend.

The Women of Hammer Horror: Barbara Shelley

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Overlooked Movies: Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein

The Udo Kier double feature!

Flesh for Frankenstein

"You have to fuck life in the gall bladder! I made that up! The thing about "Frankenstein" is that it was my first big film, for Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, So I asked if a doctor could come to the studio to give me lessons in Latin and teach me technical terms, something people learn in ten years, I wanted to learn in one day! But I learned all of the Latin words, I didn't know what a gall bladder was! So I mixed everything: "Manum" and "Nazum", I was completely crazy!" ~Udo Kier on Frankenstein

In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to its grand connections to ancient Greece. In his laboratory, assisted by Otto, he builds a desirable female body, but needs a male who will be superbody and superlover. He thinks he has found just the right brain to go with a body he's built, but he's made an error, taking the head of a gay aesthete. Meanwhile, the Baroness has her lusts, and she fastens on Nicholas, a friend of the dead lad. Can the Baron pull off his grand plan? He brings the two zombies together to mate. Meanwhile, Nicholas tries to free his dead friend. What about the Baron's children?

We dare you to see...
Brings The Horror Off The Screen... And Into Your Lap.

Fun Trivia:
In the early 1970s director Roman Polanski and producer Andrew Braunsberg, were toying with the idea of working on a new version of the Frankenstein legend, and particularly keen to produce it in 3-D. Braunsberg had approached Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol’s then-manager and co-founder of The Factory arts workshop, to collaborate on the venture. Unfortunately Polanski then to abandon the project to finish 2 other productions he was committed to (What! and Chinatown) and so Morrissey took over the directorial reins of Frankenstein.

Andy Warhol's name was added to the title of both Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula for promotional and exploitation purposes. Morrissey shared his profit participation with Andy even though he had virtually nothing to do with the making of the films. This marketing gimmick backfired however for Morrissey when Warhol's connection was promoted above all else to the extent that the actual director’s own contributions were almost completely ignored. This caused a great deal of acrimony between Warhol and Morrissey and eventually led to the latter formally severing ties with The Factory shortly after the release of the films.

While Polanski was still attached to the project, Tonino Guerra who famously wrote Fellini's Amarcord and Antonioni's Blowup was commissioned to write a treatment. Morrissey and another Factory writer Pat Hackett wrote the final screenplay based on Guerra's treatment.

Originally filmed in Spacevision 3-Dimensional, although most video presentations found today are in 2D.

Dalila di Lazzarro Flesh's "Bride of Frankenstein" later played the bitchy headmistress of Jennifer Connelly’s boarding school in Argento’s Phenomena.

Fun Quotes:
Baron Frankenstein: To know life Otto, you have to fuck death... in the gall bladder!

Baron Frankenstein: The medical profession would love to claim my achievement as part of their own and call it a giant stride forward of medicine. But they can't. It is a giant stride forward for me!

Baron Frankenstein: We failed! That beautiful Serbian female! Everybody would have jumped - everyone! But maybe that head of that... creature wasn't any good! His perfect nose! His perfect nose! He has the perfect brain, he was the king I wanted, and we failed! We have to try it again! Otto, we have to try it again! I am going to prove that we can do it! We waited for so long!

Blood for Dracula
"I really did starve myself. I did not eat. I had salad or steak sometimes and that's why I'm sitting in a wheelchair in DRACULA: because I really couldn't stand up anymore. I was really weak -- which I liked."~ Udo Kier on playing Dracula

A sickly and dying Count Dracula, who must drink virgin blood to survive, travels from Transylvania to Italy. With a shortage of virgins in Romania and thinking he will be more likely to find a virgin in a Catholic country, Dracula befriends Marchese di Fiori, an impecunious Italian landowner who, with a lavish estate falling into decline, is willing to marry off one of his four daughters to the wealthy aristocrat. You know what happens next...

He couldn't live without a virgin's blood..... ...So a virgin had to die!

Fun Trivia:
The X-rated version contains a bunch more gore as well as a cameo by Director Roman Polanski who was filming What? on a nearby Italian set. He wears the same mustache in both films.

Polanski's cameo happened quite by accident, according to Kier. "Polanski agreed to appear in a cameo because I went away. I had promised a friend of mine, a German director that I would appear in his film. And I kept my promise. So I went away, for one day, and they didn't know what to shoot without me. That's why they shot the scene with my assistant [Arno Juerging] and Polanski. It was not only Polanski in that scene but also Gerard Brach [Polanski's screenwriter], the producer [Andrew Braunsberger] and writer, and all of Polanski's friends. It was a very important day, actually. I went to Austria, played a poet in my friend's film, and came back to shoot."

Italian director Vittorio De Sica also has a role in the film as the old world aristocratic Marchese de Fiori one of the unwitting parents trying to to regain social status through the marriage of one of their daughters.

The Camera Operator was Ubaldo Terzano, a Mario Bava mainstay serving as cinematographer for such classics as Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, & Blood and Black Lace he was also Camera Operator for Dario Argento's Deep Red. The locations employed on this film were also utilized previously for Flesh for Frankenstein as both films were shot back to back.

Kier spoke of the locations to David Del Valle. When asked if the locations were famous villas, he remarked, "Well, Frankenstein was more or less all done at Cinecitta, in the studio. Dracula was done in an actual castle in Frascati, where the famous wine comes from. And it was fabulous because this castle actually had its own story. The owner of the castle was in a madhouse, and his family was renting it out to film crews to make money so they could pay his hospital bills. It was very funny; at one point there were two different film crews working in the same building. Once I went out of a door, dressed as Dracula, and I came out through a secret door, and found myself in the middle of another set, with the cameras running! So I ran in, said "I'm sorry," and I got out! Unfortunately they were not clever enough to keep my little cameo in their film!"

In Italy the credit for both films was assigned to Antonio Margheriti, who in English versions is listed as an assistant director, second unit director and effects makeup man but Margheriti's name was probably used only to circumvent Italian labor regulations. Kier has stated that he and the other cast members received direction only from Morrissey, and noted that he never saw Margheriti on the set. It took decades for Paul Morrissey to be firmly established as the real director of Blood for Dracula.

The combined budget for both films was $800,000.

The actor who played Dracula's manservant Anton, Arno Juerging took his own life shortly after the film's completion in despair over the death of his mother, to whom he was severely attached.

Fun Quotes:
Count Dracula: The blood of these whores is killing me.

Anton, the Count's Servant: Things look promising.
Count Dracula: O, you think so? I have no coffin to sleep in, the kitchen is full with impure meat, we've been travelling for days... No progress!

Rubinia: Well, if you must know, this man is obsessed with marrying a virgin.
Mario Balato, the Servant: O well, you didn't tell me this. So what's he doin' with you two whores?

Mario Balato, the Servant: You should lose that... uh... virginity of yours before he gets to you.

Happy Birthday Mark Hamill

It's Mark Hamill's 57th birthday and to celebrate the man here are 5 things you may or may not have known about the voice of the Joker! (You thought I was going to call him Luke Skywaler, didn't you :)

1. He was originally cast as David on Eight Is Enough, and asked to be released from his contract before Star Wars came out because he sensed the movie would be successful, and Hamill wanted to focus on his movie career. ABC refused to release him from his contract, thinking that having a successful movie star connected with the show would help Eight is Enough. Hamill was then in a car crash in December 1976 and injured his face. This made him unavailable for shooting the TV series, and ABC was forced to recast the role of David, which then went to Grant Goodeve.

2. Claims his inspiration for the vocal interpretation as The Joker on the animated Batman came from a mixture of Hannibal Lecter and Jerry Lewis.

3. He kept his Luke Skywalker boots, from the first Star Wars movie. When the movie was re-released to theaters in the late 1990s, his son asked if he could wear the boots to a showing. Hamill said no, telling him he didn't think the boy would "get out alive" if fans knew his boots were the originals.

4. Mark and his Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford were both considered for the role of the bumbling wizard Schmendrick in the 1982 animated adaptation of The Last Unicorn.

5. He was a friend of Robert Englund, the actor best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street films. Englund, himself, auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker and, when he didn't get the part, he encouraged Mark to go and audition after him.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Halloween is near!

Halloween is almost here! Well in a little over a month it'll be here...but it's never too soon to start talking about all things, spooky and scary! So here is the first of many posts I plan to do in the next month or so with a Halloween theme!

This is a quick horror themed cartoon I sketched out and colored in photoshop.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Guess That Movie Quote: Week 58, Horror Movie Edition

The rules:
If you know or think you know the source of the movie quote please leave your guess in the comments section. As people guess the source of the quote I will grey it out and give them credit (using google to find the answers will disqualify you), the person who has the most correct guesses each week will get a fun movie genius award to decorate their blog. Any person who wins 5 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) will earn a Movie Master award and must then refrain from guessing for 5 weeks but a master can email quote suggestions for the game.

And now the guessing!

1. "I know now that my wife has become host to a Candarian demon. I fear that the only way to stop those possessed by the spirits of the book is through the act of... bodily dismemberment." Undead Film Critic

2. "I've always said, If you can't find a friend, make one." Bubs

3. "She's a real carpenter's dream: flat as a board and easy to screw!"

4. "You can't make things like that up, son. Killing people is wrong, destroying demons is good. Don't worry, God will send you your own list when you're older." Bubs

5. "Okay, okay. But if we do get to summon up the big daddy with the horns and the tail, he gets to bring his own liquor, his own bird and his own pot."

6. "To know life Otto, you have to fuck death... in the gall bladder!" Bubs

7. "Villainy wears many masks, none of which so dangerous as virtue..." Bubs

8. "And so, the next night, the ghost returned to the haunted cabin and he said to the campers "None of you really believe in me, so I'll have to prove my power." And the next morning, when the campers woke up, all of their old noses had grown back." Pidomon (Two weeks in a row!)

9. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters." Undead Film Critic

10. "They're going to make you one of them, my peacock!" Bubs

Hooray we have a winner! The super cool Bubs takes the prize this week with 5 correct guesses! Way to go Bubs! A true horror fan indeed! You may collect you award below:

And thanks to everyone else for playing! I will post the answers in the comments and come on back next week for more movie guessing fun!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dita Von Teese Poses for the Camera!

Dita Von Teese looking amazing!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Adam West!

I got distracted yesterday and didn't havew time to blog but I wanted to wish Adam West a Happy 80th Birthday! And in celebration here are 5 facts you may or may not have known about the man:

1. After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle's Quik commercial in the early '60s, he caught the eye of ABC execs. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming TV show that was about to be produced, Batman. The rest is history.

2. According to DC Comics statistics, Batman stands 6-foot-2. Of all the actors who have played Batman, West is believed to be the only one who stood the same height.

3. Had his creative dentist add a little black Batman logo to one of his molars.

4. He is a prolific voice-over actor in animation appearing on The Simpsons, The Critic, The Boondocks, Histeria!, Kim Possible, Johnny Bravo, The Fairly OddParents, Family Guy, and Robot Chicken. His latest voice-over performance was playing the role of Uncle Art in the Disney film Meet the Robinsons.

5. His given name is William West Anderson.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tarzan and Jane

A drawing I did last month. I kind of like the way Jane is hanging on for dear life but Tarzan is confident he won't let her drop.

I didn't know Fred Williamson had a pussy?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In bad taste?

Now I'm a pretty big Star Trek fan but this is kind of creepy. Just doesn't feel right. I guess we all mourn in our own way.

Chuck Norris in Action Pants!

They won't bind your legs...and only $19.95 a pair! What a deal!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Guess That Movie Quote: Week 57

Okay we are gonna try something a bit different this week. I will link to a sound clip from a movie, listen to the clip and then tell me what movie the sound clip is from. If this is technilogically frustrating and a pain in the ass to do let me know and I won't do another sound clip quote quiz...I just thought it would be a fun change of pace!

The rules:
If you know or think you know the source of the movie quote please leave your guess in the comments section. As people guess the source of the quote I will grey it out and give them credit (using google to find the answers will disqualify you), the person who has the most correct guesses each week will get a fun movie genius award to decorate their blog. Any person who wins 5 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) will earn a Movie Master award and must then refrain from guessing for 5 weeks but a master can email quote suggestions for the game.

Now let the listening begin!

1. Click here to listen to quote 1... (John)

2. Click here to listen to quote 2... (John)

3. Click here to listen to quote 3... (Pidomon Hooray! He got one :)

4. Click here to listen to quote 4... (John)

5. Click here to listen to quote 5... Ben Varkentine

6. Click here to listen to quote 6... (Undead Film Critic)

7. Click here to listen to quote 7... (Undead Film Critic)

8. Click here to listen to quote 8... (John)

9. Click here to listen to quote 9... (Undead Film Critic)

10. Click here to listen to quote 10... (Jaquandor)

And we have a winner! Congrats to the super, awesome John who made 4 correct guesses! Very cool!! You may collect your award below:

I'm glad people thought this was fun! I will certainly do it again, thanks for the feedback!!! And thanks for playing! Come on back next Tuesday for more movie guessing fun!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Drawing

A drawing a did a while back. Who is your favorite MST3K host Joel or Mike?

Aria Giovanni is Wild!

....or at least her bra and panties are :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

God Bless Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer gave us a lot of cartoon atrocities didn't he. Sure he gaves us He-Man and She-Ra but he and the folks at Filmation were responsible for BraveStarr, Gilligan's Planet, BlackStar...I can go on...

In September 1975 Lou and the folks over at Filmation began airing a show called Uncle Croc's Block; a block of cartoons including M-U-S-H (Mangy Unwanted Shabby Heroes), an obvious tongue-in-cheek canine version of M*A*S*H, Fraidy Cat a cat down to his last of 9 lives and Wacky and Packy a prehistoric man and his pet pachyderm trapped in modern times. Framming the cartoons were a series of live action segments hosted by a crocodile named Uncle Croc and his friend Rabbit Ears a Rabbit with a TV in his stomach (Hmmm wonder if Filmmation could sue the Teletubby people).

The live action Uncle Croc segments are like the epitome of bad cheese television starting Charles (insert King Lorch joke here) Nelson Reilly as Uncle Croc our host.

Jonathan (Dr. Smith) Harris as Basil Bitterbottom (genius name by the way!) the show's bitter crotchety and arty (I can only assume he's arty cause he's wearing a beret) director.

Phyllis Diller as Witchy Goo Goo (ick I prefer not to think of Phyllis Diller in that way) who lets face it is playing Phyllis Diller walking around in a witches hat.

Jonathan harris does a perfect impression of my reaction to discovering Phyllis Diller had appeared in the Croc Block...

Alice Ghostly as Junie the Genie (whom you may remember as Esmerelda in Bewitched or from one of about a billion other TV appearances).

and Kenneth Mars as the voice of a whole host of characters (none of them German for a change)...

"Shockingly" enough the show was canceled after only a few months. The ratings were too low to justify making it any longer. Aw come on you mean kids didn't want to watch Charles Nelson Rielly ponce about in an crocodile suit? Say it ain't so!

In any case you owe it to yourself to check out the brilliant awfulness of this show. There are a bunch of clips on YouTube including:
Uncle Croc's Block Opening
Witchy Goo Goo
Uncle Croc and the $6.95 Man