Archive for January, 2014

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Got the Time?

January 30, 2014
Tick tick tick BOOM!

Tick tick tick BOOM!

Announcing the launch of wall clocks on Society 6! Yup, these puppies are 10″ in diameter, feature a high-impact plexi-glass crystal face and are available in natural wood, black or white frames.

Twelve designs in total – including Big Brother seen above – at $30 a pop. Get ’em via http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign/wall-clocks and join me on Facebook at facebook.com/SellergrenDesign While on the subject:

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Loud Comix logo t-shirt!

January 29, 2014
Get some!

Get some!

Head on over to Birdcage Bottom Books to pre-order the Loud Comix logo t-shirt! With art by Jamie Vayda (and me handling font duty) these puppies are one-color silk screens printed on 100% pre-shrunk black Gildan 5.3 oz heavy cotton. Pre-orders are expected to ship towards the end of February and the asking price is $15. All sizes available. Get ’em here.

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R.I.P. Riz Ortolani

January 23, 2014

Oh man, today’s a sad day for all fans of Italian genre films. The word just started spreading on Facebook with this Italian article being shared, and now it has been confirmed by Bloody Disgusting.com that composer Riz Ortolani passed away in Rome at the age of 87.

With a most impressive list of credits to his name, genre fans will probably remember him for composing the score for Ruggero Deodato‘s infamous Cannibal Holocaust. R.I.P.

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Mark it 8, Dude

January 23, 2014

Dust off that ol’ Konami code as brothers David and Henry Dutton – also known as Cinefix – just released their 8-bit version of the Coen brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski on YouTube. It’s all here: The bowling alley, the German nihilists, and plenty of White Russians to be had.

Like I already stated when writing about Hacktivision‘s 8-Bits From Hell, all it takes to make these pretty damn cool ideas a reality is a successful Kickstarter campaign, and I for one would be more than happy to chip in some money to make that happen. Check out Anchorman below, and for more goodies like The Shining, Blade Runner and Kick Ass, head on over to their official channel here.

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Northwest Passage

January 20, 2014

Today marks the 68th birthday of director David Lynch, and what better way to celebrate than to offer up a taste of my coming, yet-to-be-titled EP? Entitled Northwest Passage, the track was heavily inspired by the cult TV series Twin Peaks, so I figured today was pretty fitting to upload it. Using footage from the pilot episode – hence the song title, natch! – with some choice cuts from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me I think it turned out pretty okay. Check it out and spread the word

Speaking of which: You heard the news that has every ‘Peaks fan going gaga right now that Lynch is back in the Pacific Northwest shooting new footage for the series? I’m not too sure if this means that the final, third season will see the light of day or it’s just additional (promo) footage. Still, it’s pretty exciting, no?

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Ghoul School

January 15, 2014
copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

Ever done anything by sheer accident? I for one truly believe in serendipity, and if you’ve even read the slightest bit of C.G. Jung you know what I’m talking about, but sometimes it even surprises a true believer. Nothing wrong with a good work ethic or brainstorming, but letting your subconscious take control usually creates more interesting results. It only takes time and patience.

Anyway, sitting down to do something as mundane as just creating a profile pic for my Facebook page – my digital camera works fine but some French jerk rummaged my bag and stole the USB cable while I was on tour I can’t upload any photos – I kinda came up with this concept. The initial sketch turned out pretty good so I figured I’d just go for it. Check out my Lucio Fulci tribute Matul High School Class of 1979.

Available via my Society 6 here and please do join me at www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign for more imagery. While on the subject of tributes to Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh-Eaters:

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Sock It to Me, Baby!

January 7, 2014

A week in on the new year I’d figured it was time to create something new, right? Well, good thing yesterday evening was one of those brilliant creative bouts that don’t happen too damn often, but still thrills me to no end when “they fall right in your lap” like I prefer to call it.

Pretty much taking a break from some soundtrack work, I decided to toy around with this so-so kinda horn section sample and the next thing you know the tentatively titled Funky Simian jumped out of me. Adding a nice funk rhythm to it I figured I wanted to go kinda surf-ish with the whole thing – but using Casio keyboards instead of guitars. It turned out kinda groovy and quirky with a nice “cool” vibe, for lack of a better word.

Having the track roughly 80% finished I was so psyched by the results last night that I decided to create a teaser video using some old sexploitation trailer in order to share it. Taken from Lou Campa‘s 1968 Sock It to Me, Baby – released by Something Weird Video, natch! – it’s a nice sort of tribute to Mike Vraney. Roughly a minute long, so check it out on YouTube and spread the word.

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The Imaginary Movie Database

January 5, 2014

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Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Imaginary Movie Database page on Facebook is probably one of the funniest pages you’ll find. Collecting “phantom philms, imaginary movies, hoax horror” etc. this page offers short paragraphs of plot from faux movies – with a focus on the ridiculously awful. I have no idea who runs it, but how can you not love concepts like:

Clown Penitentiary (1978): Not all clowns are nice… Bobbins is a hard drinking, dirty fighting clown whose kids party days are long behind him. Incarcerated in a maximum security Texas Prison-Circus after drunkenly mowing down an innocent family in a runaway clown car, he must now use every means at his disposal to survive in a harsh lock-down world of big shoes and shivs, spinning bow ties and fatal landing rumbles.

But when D-Wings infamous gang of butch Pierrots get a hard-on for the new fish, he has to take the fight into the ring in a gripping trapeze finale that will leave you shocked and aghast. Directed by Patch Broadback (Twenty Way To Murder My Wife / Danger: Heavy Lipstick / This Trip Is A Heavy Bummer, Charlie Brown) with music by The Electric Wednesday.

Unfortunately things have been slow lately, with their last posting being almost a year ago – February 2012. There were some talk about creating its own blog in April of said year, and even if it was launched in a skeletal form it remains to be updated with content. Which is kind of a bummer, ’cause personally I’d love to see this concept being transferred to a page of its own, complete with actors, biographies, top ten lists, posters etc. Sure, a mammoth task, but in the long run I’m convinced the page would become a cult website.

Join ’em here  to get a taste of non-classics like Mrs. Magicka’s Magical Gravy Boat (1971), E.T Strikes Back (1996) and Taste The Quiche Of Dracula (1983) – and, if you’re feeling creative, make sure to add your own!

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R.I.P. Mike Vraney

January 3, 2014
courtesy Something Weird Video.

courtesy Something Weird Video.

Oh man, I just heard via a friend online, and roughly five minutes ago Something Weird Video confirmed the really sad news via their official Facebook:

In Memorium
MIKE VRANEY
Founder of Something Weird
December 29, 1957 to January 2, 2014

We regret to tell you that Something Weird’s founder, Mike Vraney, passed away on January 2, 2014 after a long heroic battle with lung cancer. He was 56 years old, way too young to leave this planet. There was still so much Mike wanted to do in his life, so many films to be found, and adventures to be embarked upon.

This sad news may come as a shock to most of you. Mike was a very private person and didn’t want anyone, except his closest friends, family and colleagues, to know about his illness. He went through aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments for over a year, but sadly the cancer spread and cruelly took him from us.

Mike had a larger-than-life personality and a genuine enthusiasm for movies. Something Weird was his heart and soul, he was obsessive in his pursuit of tracking down the weirdest, wildest movies out there. And it wasn’t enough to find a few forgotten films, he was always in search of the movie motherload. (Making 370 two-hour volumes of Nudie Cuties loops is a good example of this. Who does that?! Mike Vraney!) Even as a child, Mike loved movies. During his teenage years, he worked at the Bel-Kirk Drive-In, and then later as a projectionist at the Green Parrot and Apple Theaters in Seattle. Then around 1990, Mike went in search of as many old, unusual, obscure, and lost low budget exploitation movies as he could, and preserved them for prosperity. Mike amassed thousands of these rare movies and had them transferred to video so that people could relive the good old days of going to the drive-in or grindhouse theater, in their very own home. We have him to thank for introducing fandom to the wonderful world of sexploitation sinema, rescuing it from the dark recesses of forgotten film vaults and defunct movie theatres.

Some of you may know that prior to Something Weird, Mike was involved in the early Seattle punk rock music scene. He was a partner in Modern Productions, the group who started Seattle’s seminal rock venue, The Showbox, in 1979. Mike then went on to manage such well-known bands as The Dead Kennedys, TSOL, and Seattle’s own The Accused. Mike always seemed to be at the forefront of whatever was happening and cool.Mike’s second greatest passion in life was collecting old comics, vintage toys, movie memorabilia, and pop cultural ephemera. He enjoyed going to the swap meet and always had a magical ability for finding great stuff. But when he wasn’t working, collecting, or telling great stories, Mike spent quality time with his beloved family. Mike adored his wife and business partner, Lisa, and two (now young adult) children, Mark and Danielle. These three were the center of his universe, and his reason for getting up each and every morning.

The folks at Something Weird fully intend to honor Mike’s incredible legacy. Mike may be gone, but his remarkable achievements will live on. One of the happiest days of Mike’s life was when legendary David F. Friedman and Dan Sonney called him “the forty-first thief,” which to him was the ultimate compliment and recognition for his work. We’d like to think that Mike’s now hanging out with his old pals Dave and Dan, reminiscing and talking shop with Dwain Esper, Kroger Babb, Barry Mahon, Joe Sarno, Doris Wishman, Bob Cresse, Dale Berry, Michael Findlay and all the other exploiteers and smut peddlers who’ve gone to the great grindhouse in the sky.

We will miss Mike with all our hearts. Goodbye dear friend, husband, father, and fearless leader…
— Lisa Petrucci, Tim Lewis, Kendall Bechtel, Mark Vraney, Danielle Vraney of Something Weird Video

This just sucks, and, as Mike obviously kept his health issues private, a total surprise. R.I.P.

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The Postmodern Dead

January 3, 2014
copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

Hey! It’s the first Friday of the new year and time to present the next batch of art prints: The Postmodern Dead! Meet Larry, Lana and Lloyd. Sort of The Walking Dead meets Roy Lichtenstein, these puppies are available as art prints and stretched canvases. Sizes vary between 8″ x 10″ up to 28″ x 38″. Check ’em out here.

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