Archive for September, 2012

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Turkish Delight

September 28, 2012

Oh man, they just don’t make movies like they used to. This death scene from the 1973 Turkish movie Kareteci Kız is nothing short of epic. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it, proving once again the comedic rule that if you repeat something enough times it becomes hilarious.

Speaking of Turkish film; If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomena you’re in for a treat (if you’re into surreal movies that is.) A dictatorship back in the 70s their movie industry produced their own films, often ripping off western blockbusters and not respecting international copyright laws one iota. We’re talking lifting whole scenes or even concepts from American studios and then release the Turkish equivalent onto the domestic market – often raking in some pretty big bucks on account of the audience being so culturally isolated they had no references to compare what they were seeing with. And to be perfectly clear; We’re talking physically scissoring out scenes, music etc. and just slap ’em onto the domestic version. Are you a fan of say Star Wars, The Exorcist or maybe even Rambo – First Blood Pt. 2? Well, the Turkish versions has to be seen to be believed! Type in “Turkish ____” on YouTube and brace yourself. Especially when it comes to the Star Wars rip-off.

Anyway; Being a huge fan of William Friedkin‘s 1973 shocker masterpiece I just had to get myself a bootleg copy of Seytan as the Turks renamed it in 1974. Young Canan Perver stars as the little girl Gül that gets possessed by the Devil himself after playing with a Ouija board in her posh Istanbul apartment, and her desperate mother (played by Meral Taygun) gets in touch with troubled psychologist Tugrul Bilge and an experienced Muslim exorcist (Agah Hün) in order to exorcise the demons. Directed by Metin Erksan it’s a surreal masterpiece. How about a little taste?

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2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards

September 25, 2012

A big congratulations to the cast and crew of The Adventures of Superseven who won the Audience Choice of the Year category by the Annual Indie Intertube Awards yesterday! This is so cool and I’m happy for the guys getting some recognition for their time and effort.

Check it out here (it starts around 11 minutes in), visit the official website here, and show the webseries your support on their Facebook here.

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(I Wanna Wanna Be A) Male Model

September 25, 2012

Well, the Swedish Mail brought me a nice lil’ gift yesterday: The CRKO Fanzine t-shirt! Yes, these cotton pieces of high fashion was printed in a limited edition and sent out to the staff the last couple of weeks and I gotta admit mine fits me like a glove. Or, uh, t-shirt I guess. Took a picture of it and sent it off to Editor-in-Chief Bernd Fischer yesterday as a thank-you note and today I find myself being the poster boy for it on their Facebook:

Today’s handsome dude: Magnus (of The Cymatics) from Sweden! Thanx man! 🙂 Still some shirt-sizes left for all those who don’t have it! Write if you want one…

These look great and if you want one drop ’em a line here. Speaking of the lifestyles and hardships of us male models; Here’s the Undertones‘ classic:

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Bmovies.com

September 24, 2012

Oh man, prepare yourself to become much, much less productive for the next couple of weeks: A friend on Facebook just hepped me to bmovies.com – a site that streams hundreds of full length b-movies online for free! Tons of co0l stuff in the horror, kung fu, sci-fi, western and b-indie categories – we’re talking cult classics like the slobbery Beyond the Door (Italian-produced pea-soup drama ripping off The Exorcist), the gory Sonny Chiba kung fu bad-assery that is Street Fighter and a nice handful of Italian spaghetti westerns just to name a few. And to top it off they even got a DVD store offering titles for as low as $5!

This is great. Check ’em out here and visit them on Facebook here. Enjoy!

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Superseven: Operation Shaken not Stirred

September 24, 2012

Well, another week and another episode of The Adventures of Superseven on YouTube! In a way I must be one of the few people on the planet that actually longs for Mondays, ha ha ha. This time it was extra thrilling to watch on account of the song Space Pussyfoot making its on-screen debut as it was exclusively written for the episode! I never done that before, but director Scott Griffith gave me a rough outline of the episode so I went right on it trying to create something to enhance the imagery. I think it works nicely and after having such a blast doing it I am seriously considering trying to get out there and make more music for various productions.

Anyway, as always it’s pretty funny in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way with nice deliveries from crew and cast. Check it out!

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Maximum Overdrive

September 23, 2012

Well, keeping up with my put-your-feet-up-and-relax theme of the last couple of days, I once again decided to revisit an old horror favorite I haven’t seen in ages: Stephen King‘s Maximum Overdrive! Remember that one? Based on a short story that originally appeared in one of his collections who’s name I’d be damned if I could remember, it was actually the first horror movie I saw back in the 80s. I still remember sneaking into the cinema being about 12 or 13 years old (the age limit was 15) and getting a big kick out of seeing it, and even though I sure have seen way better movies since then it was still fun getting reaquainted to it in a nostalgic kinda way.

Speaking of which; even though I haven’t read anything to confirm or deny it, I’m still pretty sure ol’ Steve, ahem, “borrowed” the idea for his short story from the made-for-TV cult classic Killdozer that aired in 1974. Based on Theodore Sturgeon‘s short story that appeared in pulpy Astounding Science Fiction Magazine as far back as 1944 it tells the similar tale where a work crew on an island gets killed one by one by a bulldozer that’s running on its own. Check it out:

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Seher Mahabra

September 22, 2012

Well, I might not be able to pronounce her name correctly but Seher Mahabra‘s self-titled album is a truly great electronica record offering up an eerily perfect blend of classic 60s sounds and the trippy beats of today. Add her sublime vocal style to the mix and you got yourself (yet another Twin Peaks-esque) winner! I heard it at a friend’s house last night and I’ve been obsessing over it all day. Check her out on Bandcamp here.

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Freebie

September 22, 2012

Well, as Halloween is coming closer you might wanna use some of  the 16 free fonts available from Warm Hot Chocolate for your upcoming graphic work. There’s some nice ones here – my favorite being Haunted Mansion – so check ’em out.

Via Eva Halloween.

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Crypt of Wrestling

September 21, 2012

Oh man, more cool links for you to peruse: A friend of mine hepped me to the Crypt of Wrestling on Tumblr! Collecting monster magazines, toys, gum cards, all things New Wave/Punk, pro wrestling from the past, comic books from the bronze to the golden age etc. it’s a great site dedicated to vintage popular culture. Tons of cool stuff – check it out here!

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Pic o/t Weekend

September 21, 2012

Well, I don’t know too much about how accurate this is, but it’s been popping up here and there over the last couple of days so I thought I’d at least share it and leave the detective work to someone else: Godzilla Vs. The Beatles! Now, how about that for a movie? According to a post on Facebook by Art Chantry this is:

a rare publicity still from the ill-fated and aborted, but legendary cinema classic “Godzilla vs. The Beatles.” Sadly, only a few pull-frames like this still remain to give us some idea of what may have been truly the greatest movie of the 1960’s era.

I totally agree! If this is true it’d be one of the truly lost gems of the 60s in the same way as KISS‘ late 70s TV-movie Kiss Meets the Phantom Of the Park if anyone remembers that one. While on the subject, how about Fu Manchu wrapping it all up with their cover of Blue Oyster Cult:

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