Posts Tagged ‘Lamberto Bava’

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8 Bits From Hell!

October 6, 2013

Well, here’s a project that easily scores a 95 on the Nerdgasm-o-Meter for it’s sheer creativity and awesomeness: Docterror.com‘s 8-Bits From Hell! Taking their cue from classic Nintendo Entertainment System games such as Friday the 13th, artist Frank Browning with musician Sean O’Connor (under the Hacktivision moniker) set out to emulate these games – with a horror twist to sweeten things up.

zombieNES8How about Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh Eaters (that’s Zombi 2 for those in the States) complete with a zombie-vs-shark sequence (and infamous eye-gouging scene), Lamberto Bava‘s 80s gorefest Demons (yes, you can choose motorcycle man mode), and even Cannibal Holocaust (yikes!)? All staying surprisingly true to the celluloid originals – which is more than you could say about some of these games back in the 1980s. More goodies include Hell of the Living Dead, Black Christmas and Absurd (aka The Grim Reaper).

Only existing as videos on YouTube (along with additional coolness such as screenshots, promo artwork and instructions via their webpage), these mock-ups got both horror fans and NES enthusiasts salivating, urging them to actually make this a reality. I for one agree and would be more than happy to chip in some money to fund a Kickstarter project. Maybe if word gets around it’ll happen?

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Friday the 13th: The Link Roundup

September 13, 2013

Hey! It’s Friday the 13th! You know what that means. Yeah, a lot of us horror nerds will be plopping down on the couch with a choice installment of the classic slasher series. My personal fave is Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (aka “Part 4″ I guess) where the characters are at their most cardboard-y and Tom Savini ups the ante when it comes to gory FX.

Speaking of which: Tom is crowdsourcing his coming zombie epic Death Island! Sounding like a throwback to the classic Haitian zombie theme (think White Zombie, Zombi 2 or even The Serpent and the Rainbow) he’s got a nice cast including Tony Todd (that appeared in his remake of Night of the Living Dead) and is looking for one million dollars to get this made. I found an article about it here, check out the campaign on Indiegogo here (I’m totally contemplating chipping in some $$$!) and join him on Facebook here.

While on that subject I gotta admit it is the weirdest damn coincidence that he’s launching said movie project when I recently finished a similar soundtrack project. How’s that for timing? I already sent a head’s up to my license agency. The stars are aligning…

More horrors can be found as they have been posted on my Society 6! Got four new art prints this week: Demons 1 and Demons 2 (a sort of visceral update of Lamberto Bava‘s 80s gore fest of the same name) and two abstract/psychedelic pieces called Stardust and Fire and Ice. I’m mildly irked by the latter two as I was forced to censor them in order to post the pictures on Facebook as there were some boobage to be seen. Something that apparently “some” people (who are they any way?) have a problem with. Sounds like “some” people got Mommy issues.

Got a batch of more cool S6 discoveries to share with you guys: Jon MacNair (who’s b&w art reminds me of Charles Burns), Brett 66, Silver Larrosa, David Luscombe, you gotta check out Grant Hunter who’s style is sort of a nightmarish Ralph Steadman, and finally Luke Ramsey. Check them all out and invest in some stylish art for your home!

Some real horrors comes via Design You Trust that tells all you need to know about The Uniface Mask. It’s sort of an anime type face that you glue onto your real face. Only $399. Wow.

Double that amount of money and you might snatch up the original test pressing of Minor Threat‘s debut EP that’s up for auction on eBay right now. But FYI, these things have a tendency to go for a lot more than that.

US-based blog Trust Me, I’m a Scientist is easily one of my personal faves, always delivering thought-provoking articles covering all things creative, with a focus on music. Their recent post How to Become the Best at What You Do should be of interest for anyone who wants to perfect a skill, and I highly recommend it. Among other things it proves that talent is a very abstract concept – if it even exists – and is secondary to basic hard work. The article The Quirky Habits of Great Mixers (via Sonic Scoop) is also of interest for the fellow audiophile, so check ‘em both out.

One of the funnier videos I’ve seen this past week was the faked Monty Python and the Holy Grail modern trailer. Funny as hell but I sure hope this doesn’t give Hollywood producers any ideas.

News wise one of the funnier stories from this past week came courtesy UK’s The Guardian about the feral pig in Western Australia that went on a bender, drank 18 beers and ended up in an altercation with a cow. You can’t make that stuff up, man.

More nerdgasms came (hyuck!) when AMC premiered a short teaser from the coming fourth season of The Walking Dead. Typically they’ve blocked it for us non-US citizens, so go here to watch it on YouTube.

Remember that weird story about restaurant owners in Oklahoma finding a huge 300-lb. monument on their lawn that claimed ownership of the land in the name of (H.P. Lovecraft‘s) Azathoth? Well, mystery solved. It was a student prank. And here I was awaiting The Arrival.

Music-wise I’ve recently finished Call Me Greenhorn‘s oddly-titled Pink Hulk that really sees me, uh,  getting down playing with my organ (ahem). Soon to be remixed in a couple of dub variations (I was thinking at least two) and released as yet another dubmusic.com exclusive, I posted the track on my SoundCloud, but you can give it a spin below. Have a nice weekend!

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“It’s about Audience Participation”

December 28, 2012
Original (and funny) VHS ad.

Original (and funny) VHS ad.

Yeah, well, once again the hostess with the mostest Eva Halloween makes me reveal my inner nerd as a recent post on The Year of Halloween offered a horrific animated .gif that I immediately recognized was taken from Lamberto Bava‘s 1985 Italian gorefest Demons. In fact it’s one of the highlights towards the end. But I’ll admit it was a bit unsettling realizing my said nerd-dom was at such a level one photo would be enough for me to recognize it’s origin.

Anyway, being directed by genius Mario Bava‘s son you’d probably expect this celluloid effort to be a beautifully shot and staged piece of subliminal Euro gothic and well, you’re wrong as it’s quite the contrary. Junior’s effort is not bad, it’s just loud, packed with gruesome special effects – how about maniacally laughing demons groping out the eyes of their victims? – and to top it off has a heavy metal soundtrack that I gotta admit fits nicely as “loud” is the word that pretty much sums it up. And as we’re talking a movie that was made during the height of 80s fashion there’s some pretty loud colors and outfits that smack you right in the eyes too.

Kinda re-imagining George Romero‘s zombie concept it’s basically about a collection of strangers in Berlin receiving invitations to a free screening of a horror movie at a recently renovated cinema. One of the patrons scratches herself on a mysterious silver mask outside in the lobby, and as the movie progresses she gets sick and turns into a demon. Once transformed she attacks the moviegoers and all her victims turn into demons too and soon all hell breaks loose. As someone has bricked up the cinema during the movie (!!!) a small bunch of uninfected barricade themselves in order to survive.

Quite gory and violent despite being 25+ years old it still has some strong material that certainly aren’t for everyone – I gotta admit the “teeth sequence” still makes me cringe and if you’ve seen it you’ll know exactly what I mean. Produced by Dario Argento himself it received enough success to warrant a sequel and a third (unofficial) that I frankly haven’t seen. Check out the trailer:

UPDATE: Well, as I stumbled across this on YouTube I thought I might as well share it. Ghoulfriends and boyfiends, I give you Demons in all its uncut glory! And as I already wrote this is a pretty gory piece of entertainment, so you’ll decide if it’s something you wanna watch.

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