Sunday, October 31, 2010

After many beers and The Blob (1988), this is what a bearded movie aficionado thinks about:

I just finished watching The Blob (1988), and this made me think about practical effects, and todays CGI overload. Why the hell would movie makers want to use CGI, instead of Practical effects? It looks so much better. I can't rant about this without mentioning CGI blood. Now what the fuck is that? What happened to squibs? Are squibs extinct? Heh. Funny. They use CGI for every little detail that could have looked so much better with make up fx or practical effects. Is it that people have so high budgets these days that it's practical or do they actually think that it looks better? Maybe not; The prequel to The Thing actors, which has many Norwegian actors in it, stated that 15 of the 70 million used for production was used on practical effects. Which is a fucking good thing. So there is still hope out there in the horror world, and maybe this project will be good after all.

Even people like Rob Zombie, who is what I would call a ''fan director'' also uses CGI for many of the blood effects. In a horror world where practical effets and make up fx are dying, it's good to see that someone still wants to use it, and see the benefits of it, and how much better it looks. You can't beat practical effects.

Just a small rant.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween movie time and drinking.

Well, I'm kinda back again. As most of my readers or followers remember, or not remember. Is that I stopped posting last Halloween. And know it seems I'm back again. I feel I can do this again.

I never celebrate Halloween. Well, I always watch horror movies. But I don't dress up or anything like that. I watch movies! And I always watch the horror movies I know that I love. So today I watched Return of the Living Dead Part 2. Which I love! I remember as a wee little boy I watched it every halloween on TV. NRK (a TV-channel here in Norway) used to show A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Return of the Living Dead 2 and in later years they started showing newer stuff. Not to my liking of course. I remember this as a time of joy. So today me and my girlfriend made dinner and sat down and watched Return of the Living Dead Part 2 and had a great time. I had three beers while making dinner, so extra good time was had. A great horror comedy which I've seen a thousand times. Just a shame about the soundtrack.

So what are you watching this Halloween?

The Troll Hunter

Here is the trailer for the new Norwegian movie The Troll Hunter, with English subs:

The premiere was yesterday, but I haven't seen it yet. Will see it soon. Looks fucking amazing.

I love you Mondo Macabro

After learning that Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide has been slightly delayed, I'm glad to hear that Mondo Macabro is finally ready to release the Jess Franco movies Lorna, The Exorcist and Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac. Wooooo!

Thank you. You are my favorite company.

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

The biggest documentary release this year or in a very long time is Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. A 3 disc release, spanding over 9 hours with footage from the Video Nasties era. I can't wait. But today I got a mail from the manufacturer of this product that the release that has been changed to 8th of November - 2010.

 Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. For the first time ever on DVD, trailers to all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions are featured with specially filmed intros for each title in a lavish three-disc collector's edition box-set, alongside a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape.

Disc One: Presents the 39 titles which were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt.

Disc Two: Presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list.

Disc Three: This era-defining documentary features interviews with filmmakers Ruggero Deodato ('Cannibal Holocaust') Neil Marshall ('The Descent', 'Doomsday'), Christopher Smith ('Severance', 'Black Death') and MP Graham Bright as well as rare archive footage featuring James Ferman (director of the BBFC 1975-1999) & Mary Whitehouse. Taking in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West's documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Antropophagus - Thai poster

Aahhaha. Holy shit. You have never seen anything like this. I just got this beautiful item:

This is the Thai poster for Antropophagus! Have you ever seen a better poster? Have you actually ever seen this?