Posts Tagged ‘Tobe Hooper’

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Post Mortem

April 14, 2015

I think most horror fans are familiar with horror director, producer and writer Mick Garris. Creator of the Masters of Horror TV series, he’s penned The Fly II and Critters 2 as well as directed The Stand and Sleepwalkers – both based on Stephen King‘s novels – just to name a few of the titles on his résumé.

His great interview series Post Mortem – originally created for the now-defunct FEAR NET – are now available on YouTube. I love these! With a very laid back style, he interviews fellow horror creators such as Roger Corman, Wes Craven and Rob Zombie. The interviews have a great conversational flow that offers some nice insights into the artist behind the famous (or infamous) name – I can’t say I knew all too much about Frank Darabont – and the only complaint I have is that some of these feel a bit short. But hey, leave them wanting more!

The series is available on his official YouTube channel as well as MickGarrisInterviews.com. Check them out and give him a like on Facebook here.

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R.I.P. Marilyn Burns

August 6, 2014

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Well, this day sure started off odd, as the news of Marilyn Burns‘ untimely death pretty much shocked the international horror community. The circumstances are being leaked here and there, and by the accounts I’ve gathered online she passed away in her sleep and was found in her home by a family member. She was 65 years old.

Star and original Scream Queen of Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Burns appeared in other horror fare such as the made-for-TV Helter Skelter, Hooper’s 1977 Saw follow-up Eaten Alive and, alongside fellow Texas alumni Ed Neal (who earlier today wrote a quite moving tribute to her on Facebook), in the 1985 Future-Kill.

Read more at Variety and TMZ.

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Post #650: Summing up 2013

December 31, 2013

Oh jeez, has it been a whole year already? Well, 2013 sure flew by fast I can tell you and I can’t say I remember that much on account of pretty much working my ass off for these past 52 weeks. In fact I once again had to go through the blog in order to check up on what happened and when because it’s all kind of a blur to me. So here we go:

copyright Sellergren Design 2011!January saw the release of Germany-based CRKO #3/4, which I made one of the covers for. The rough mix of In Space, originally slated for my first full length album, somehow turned into a 7-song EP released towards the end of the month. The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West was released in a mammoth 5 DVD box collecting their initial 28 episodes plus bonus goodies like The Norliss TapesGroovy video. My work for the series earned both me and The Norliss Tapes our own pages on IMDB.com.

February saw the release of Sal Canzonieri‘s book Electric Frankenstein, compiling posters and record sleeves made for them during the period of June 2005 to December 2013, but I’ve still to receive any confirmation that my contributions are in it. Check it out on Amazon.com.

March saw the initial demos for my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi being created, starting out with A Modest Tribute to Fabio Frizzi. Meanwhile I finished up most of the tracks for the Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West soundtrack album and released the doomsday-dub Armageddon Dub, with a b-side featuring some drumming courtesy The Jimmy C.

squawkyApril kicked off with the release of the super-silly EP Squawky – featuring one of my personal fave b-sides The Name is West. A teaser-taste freebie of the coming soundtrack album was released and the They Call Me Superseven OST was released mid-month. The web series ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter, generating funds for the third season. UK label Dead by Mono‘s third installment of No Way Out! saw the physical debut of The Norliss Tapes with the track A Trip to the Moon. Me and UK photographer Robert Boud crossed paths resulting in some pretty cool collaborations. The end of the month saw the release of Call Me Greenhorn’s new-wave-ish Chasing the Dawn EP, originally slated for inclusion in an Australia-produced feature, but somehow that fell through. The poster I created to commemorate the launch of The Bigfoot Diaries live radio show was released in a limited edition.

May saw the release of Robert Boud’s video for Armageddon Dub, more dub sounds as The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable was posted on SoundCloud, more videos as Robert Griffith‘s Here Comes Gorbot was made official and The Harvester appeared on SoundCloud, slated for an EP that I totally forgot about. The Jimmy C released the eight-track EP The Man Who Never Dies featuring three mixes I did and the month ended with the release of the CMGH2 album, aka The Abandoned Project.

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June kicked off with a teaser taste from my stoner project Ursa Major, followed by The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd album and I chipped in some $$$ on Kickstarter for James R. Petix and Sarah Babila‘s documentary It Came From Detroit.

July had me creating some merchandise designs for Belgium’s own Captain Catastrophy, I released the I’m Normal! cloudcast on MixCloud, released the “summer bonus” EP L’amour en Apesanteur and started my second side project Get Carpenter – I gotta admit I just love that name!

August saw me launching my page on Society 6, kicking off with the August 18, 1973 series honoring Tobe Hooper‘s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. My stoner side project Ursa Major debuted with its 18-minute two-track Like Leaves and the end of the month saw the release of my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi.

September saw the launch of greenhorndub.bandcamp.com where I added the four-track The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable EP after things turned out less-than-optimal over at dubmusic.com. The same month Pink Hulk EP followed. The John-Carpenter-meets-King-Tubby track Cutthroats at Midnight was finished and I began work on a S/T EP. The end of the month saw the release of the Halloween-themed The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef EP and Robert Boud’s video The Modern Day Holocaust.

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In October I chipped in more of my hard-earned cash to support Tal Zimerman‘s project Why Horror? on Kickstarter, a documentary on the whys behind this film genre, and I even had a chance to do an interview with the guy for Swedish Gore Film Society. Towards the end of the month my second Haunted House of Horrors cloudcast was released in time for Halloween.

November saw me creating some artwork for U.S.-based true crime magazine Serial Killer Magazine and the end of the month saw the release of the Cutthroats at Midnight EP.

Finally, December saw the launch of Jamie Vayda‘s Loud Comix #2 – featuring a sleeve by yours truly – the release of the It Came From Detroit documentary – check it out! – and some videos I edited with a new freebie video editing software: Battle è in Arrivo, In Orbit, Invasion of the Dead and Voodoo Rhythm/A Feast on Flesh.

Yikes! How’s that for a list? Gee, no wonder I’m tired. But then again, I am quite enjoying myself and hopefully people out there enjoy what I create as well. Got more cool things happening in 2014 and I’d appreciate you joining me to check ’em out. ‘Til then, Happy New Year!

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Out now!

August 18, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, here we go: It’s August 18 and I’m stoked to announce that my August 18, 1973 art print series is available via my Society 6 as of now. A total of eight different designs honoring Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with the Bloodstain Leatherface print coming in a variety of color combinations.

I’m pretty satisfied with the results and the top one Bloody Texas #2 is a personal fave that will end up hanging on my living room wall. As soon as I can afford it, ha ha ha. Anyway, check ’em out here and visit my official Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign. Cheers!

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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

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August 18, 1973 (event)

August 12, 2013

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On Sunday, August 18, I’ll release a series of art prints honoring Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror movie classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Entitled August 18, 1973 it’s a fan boy project as the movie is one of my personal favorites and a remarkable piece of American independent cinema.

The date holds a special place for ‘Saw fans worldwide as “the events of said day were to lead to one of the most grim, disturbing cases of our time”, and the series felt like a nice complement to the occasion that at least for me include a mandatory viewing of the movie.

Do attend the event on Facebook and make sure to share it and invite your friends as you know how the saying goes: “The Saw is Family.”

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/494937290596260/
Official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign

UPDATE: The album’s online, so check out the designs here. Cheers!

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How To Make A Web Series

October 17, 2012

I was hepped to this article via The Adventures of Superseven‘s official page on FacebookJerry Kokich‘s How To Make A Web Series that he wrote for Filmmakingstuff.com. In it he gives some great advice when it comes to indie filmmaking using his own experience producing the Superseven web-series. And I think he brings up some great points in his article, but the main one is that many hopefuls waste their time (and money!) on the tech side when it’s the creative one that really matters. And that’s something I’ve been trying to tell people for years. You think you need a zillion dollar’s worth of equipment in order to make that masterpiece? No, all you need is a good, compelling story (or just a plain entertaining one!) and people will watch it even if you shot it on your darn iPhone.

In the end tech means very little. Sure, it can add a nice polish to an already good product, but – as the old musician’s proverb go – you can’t polish a turd pal. And that’s one of my main problems with today’s film industry.  I’m gonna use Alien 4 as an example: I’ve done lighting on small local indie projects (and I’ve learned my fair share of available tricks when it comes to film editing) and from a strict technical point that movie is just perfect. Each scene is an individual masterpiece and is nothing short of breathtaking when it comes to scenery, lighting, camera filtering and editing. Still, I find it duller than watching the lawn grow. In November. The story is a hack-job at best, the characters pure cardboard and the dialogue is so excrutiatingly bad I can almost enjoy it on a pure ironic level. I have no idea how much it made at the box office, but I seriously doubt it had the same impact as Alien or the follow-up Aliens. Compare that to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (yep, Angry Old Fart is gonna bring up Tobe Hooper‘s classic once again!) or John Carpenter‘s Halloween that were shot on a beat-up old 16 mm camera (although I think Carpenter went with 35) with an inexperienced crew of enthusiasts, starring noob actors and for laughable budgets somewhere  around $300,000.

That’s all you need. Enthusiasm and a great story. Don’t get stuck on the tech hooplah because chances are you’re gonna find yourself paralyzed by it. The average viewer is willing to accept a lot if he or she is truly entertained by your product. And to people that insist on the tech-talk (and FYI there’s a lot of that when it comes to music as well) I’ve got the same question I’ve had for years: So what typewriter did John Steinbeck use?

Anyway, it’s a great article. Read it here.

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August 18, 1973…

August 18, 2012

Well, as you probably can see today is kinda special for us horror nerds as it is August 18th. As in the opening dialogue/date of when Tobe Hooper‘s Texas Chain Saw Massacre – the best damn horror flick of the 20th century – was supposed to take place. There’s no question what I’ll pop in the dvd-player later tonight, if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you do too. The trailer:

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La Isla de las Munecas

August 13, 2012

Keeping up with today’s apparent creepy-doll-theme, I was hepped to La Isla de las Munecas (literally The Island of the Dolls) via Eva Halloween and now we’re talking a nightmare for automatonophobes! Looking like something outta Tobe Hooper‘s Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the island is basically littered with doll parts, giving it a more than slight creepy feel.

The story goes that the island’s caretaker was obsessed with a little girl drowning in the river that borders it in the 1960s  and started collecting dolls and doll parts in order to keep her spirit happy. After half a decade’s worth of collecting the man passed away leaving something truly disturbing for the world to see. More links to be found at Eva’s blog here.

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