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"They weren't human. They were monsters." "All monsters are human."

The Devil In Disguise: Modern Monsters And Their Metaphors [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 28, 2014 - 20 comments

Owlbears, rust monsters, and bulettes - common ancestor found.

Inspiration comes from strange places. During that time that I was playing with these “Prehistoric Animals”, somebody else was playing with them too – a fellow named Gary Gygax.
posted by bitmage on Dec 30, 2013 - 39 comments

Monster

Monster. "A short fable about a village that must hold a lottery to decide who will feed a monster waiting in the forest."
posted by homunculus on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Beasts of the Past

“One day, we looked around and realized that almost no one is making tokusatsu anymore,” said Shinji Higuchi, one of a handful of Japanese directors who still have experience in the genre, having directed three movies in the 1990s featuring the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. “We don’t want this technique to just quietly disappear without at least recognizing how indebted we are to it.” - The last days of the rubber-suit monsters.
posted by Artw on Sep 2, 2013 - 41 comments

Monster Smash

“What I wanted was for kids to see a movie where they don’t need to aspire to be in an army to aspire for an adventure. And I used very deliberate language that is a reference to westerns. I don’t have captains, majors, generals. I have a marshal, rangers . . . it has the language of an adventure movie. I want kids to come out of the movie and say, I want to be a Jaeger pilot! I really think that would be my dream come true.” - Guillermo del Toro on being a monster loving pacifist. Designer Wayne Barlowe talks about Pacific Rim's creatures. But has maneuvering at Legendary doomed the film before it has even opened?
posted by Artw on Jul 8, 2013 - 387 comments

The Monster of Colors Doesn't Have a Mouth

"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection," she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it." Roger Omar collects children's dreams, and asks artists to illustrate them. [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 9, 2013 - 18 comments

Cookie Monster Broke Luce

Cookie Monster and Tom Waits together again. nsfw lyrics [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Apr 30, 2013 - 15 comments

Now at TKTS in Times Square, It's Monsterpiece Theatre!

"On an average afternoon in the area around 44th and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, you’ll find a motley crew of Chewbaccas, Buzz Lightyears, and Minnie Mouses — along with the usual Naked Cowboy and face-painted Statues of Liberty—posing for tourists’ pictures and demanding cash in return." Condé Nast Traveler editor Eimear Lynch spent a couple of days dressed up as Cookie Monster to see what it was like. Video. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 29, 2013 - 28 comments

He has come, our Ultraman!

Ultraman Hit Song History Legend Hero Hen and Ultraman Hit Song History New Hero Hen are two 45 minute commemoration compilations of theme songs and clips of the Japanese tokusatsu hero Ultraman that were put together for the show's 45th anniversary. If you're pressed for time, you can just watch the original theme song with English subtitles.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 comments

A Monster Beat By Dr. Dre

The fascinating story of the origins of those high priced headphones all the kids are wearing these days.
posted by COD on Feb 7, 2013 - 114 comments

Guerilla theatre. May contain actual gorilla.

Founded in 1999 and quickly winning over theatre critics and audiences alike, Abattoir Fermé is an avant-garde collective that was awarded the 2008 Flemish Culture Prize for its "penetrating and ominous theatre." [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Jan 31, 2013 - 2 comments

Not Your Average Saturday Morning Cartoon

What do you give a spoiled brat who has everything? His own monster, of course. "My Bloody Lad" is two manic minutes of imaginatively morbid mayhem* from a team of four French student animators who call themselves Dead Walter. SLVimeo for now, but we'll be seeing more from these warped toonsmiths for sure.
* probably enough cartoon gore and ghoulish content to earn an NSFW on the weekend
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 comments

What are you doing this Halloween?

His and hers Halloween sex toys. (Previously, related)
posted by hermitosis on Oct 20, 2011 - 64 comments

Random Robot Generator

With hundreds of millions of variations, Robohash is among the leading robot-based hashing tools on the web.
posted by Laminda on Aug 8, 2011 - 14 comments

"Not enough people to devour and sate their endless, all-consuming hunger for death?"

Sad Baby Monsters are sad. Maybe they need hugs? Or perhaps some fresh prey... [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jul 13, 2011 - 14 comments

America - Where Are You Now?

MONSTER is a 1969 song about America by Canadian band Steppenwolf. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jul 4, 2011 - 109 comments

Mother Leeds' Spawn, Geotagged

Mapping the Jersey Devil
posted by Miko on Oct 28, 2010 - 26 comments

A MONSTER'S LIFE IS NEVER BORING

From the venerable MONSTER BRAINS (previously, previously, previously) comes the lost children's classic GODZILLA LIKES TO ROAR
posted by The Whelk on Oct 26, 2010 - 19 comments

MLYT Japanese Club Jazz Madness

Mid-week pick-me-up, straight outta Japan: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, live in 2009 at the annual North Sea Jazz Festival. If those live clips are a bit noisy, check out Pop Korn, My Foolish Heart~Crazy on Earth~, and My Foolish Heart ~Foolish in Mind~. And for a cool-down, try Welsh producer Doc Daneeka's bassy slowed down house version of Pop Korn (image source: Fotos+Mono, from the Chilean artist Relleno De Mono). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 11, 2010 - 6 comments

OH NO THERE GOES TOKYO

Pachimon (knock-off monsters) at landmarks; postcards.
posted by klangklangston on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 comments

I Am The Draw!

Script to Page - Guy Davis(automusic) comic panels alongside a Rob Williams script of a story of the eponymous law man from the Judge Dredd Megazine, a spin off magazine from the venerable comic 2000AD. The original comic has been around since 1977 and the Megazine itself is now approaching it's 20th year. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 20, 2010 - 15 comments

ULTRA MONSTERS ATTACK!

Ultra Monster art by Takayoshi Mizuki: Japanese monster-kaiju art from the 70s. Warnring: Contains Dino-Tank
posted by The Whelk on Apr 16, 2010 - 31 comments

She peeled away (NSFW)

Maybe it was V, or maybe something clicked when Travolta and Cage did Face/Off, but at some point some people became fixated on women shedding their skin (horrible site design warning) to reveal other women, aliens/monsters, men, robots, or sometimes just to create masks, suits or shells (mostly NSFW, all creepy as hell).
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Apr 13, 2010 - 64 comments

Edison's Frankenstein

The Edison Frankenstein, the first movie adaptation of Mary Shelley's story, and the first horror movie, is 100 years old as of last week. The Frankenstein blog has more details.
posted by Artw on Mar 24, 2010 - 15 comments

Monster Initial Stickers Name Generator

The Monster Initial Stickers Name Generator -- scanned from a trading card set released in 1974.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jan 29, 2010 - 10 comments

DO NOT FUCK AROUND WITH THE MUMMY

A Hierarchy of Classic Horror Monsters: Regular vampires are shit. They can only beat Zombies, Witches, assorted Poltergeists, and Mr. Hyde. That is BARELY BETTER THAN A REGULAR PERSON. Shut the fuck up about vampires. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Oct 28, 2009 - 129 comments

The Monster at the End of This Beer

Last month, the makers of Monster Energy Drink (Warning: Flash, Ads) sent a cease and desist letter (PDF) to Rock Art Brewery, makers of The Vermonster beer. Brewer Matt Nadeau plans to fight back, even though such a fight would be nasty, time consuming, and very, very expensive. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Oct 14, 2009 - 79 comments

A battle of perceived qualities

Sennheiser, a family-run company with an interesting history of searching for audiophile quality, has created what it boasts as "the new standard for audiophile headphones." But will it matter in the long run, when the next generation of listeners enjoys the "sizzle sound" associated with lower bitrate MP3s? (via) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 16, 2009 - 118 comments

Vampire Lincoln meets Zombie Platypus

The Official Creebobby Comics Archetype Times Table
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 10, 2009 - 19 comments

New application of tilt shift stop motion photography

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! TILT SHIFT MONSTERTRUCKS! TRUUUUUUUCKOOOOSAAAAAUUURUUUUSSSS!!! BEEEE THEEEEEERE! [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Jan 3, 2009 - 32 comments

I fel in love with it

[belated but brilliant] Friday Flash Fun — The Majesty of Colors
posted by cthuljew on Dec 27, 2008 - 21 comments

iC Hexapod

The iC hexapod is a robot built by Matt Denton which tracks and photographs human faces then uploads the images to a website. It was one of the featured pieces at the recent Monster Mash FX exhibit in London.
posted by Tube on Aug 3, 2008 - 11 comments

El Gato Unicornio!

As a child, illustrator Rafa Toro adored the creepy Monstruos Diabolicos sticker collection. As an adult, he's giving the whole set a fresh look. [Via]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] on Jun 15, 2008 - 9 comments

Fritzl, all too nonfictional

The horrifying crimes of Joseph Fritzl shocked Austria and the world. Recently two essays explored Austrian literature in an attempt to understand what cultural conditions could foster such monstrosity. Nicholas Spice, in Up from the Cellar, explores the work of Nobel Prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek and her dissection of male violence. Ritchie Robertson searches for antecedents in Josef Fritzl's fictive forebears. [via The New Yorker's Book Bench]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 8, 2008 - 63 comments

Beautiful pictures of toxic sea slugs

National Geographic has a really neat photo gallery of nudibranchs. These are very colorful, very cute sea slugs. Enjoy.
posted by phunniemee on May 18, 2008 - 43 comments

WOW Lovers

WOW is the largest role-playing game in the world. Monster Camp is a new documentary that follows the folks that participate in a real life role playing camp/organization. A WOW camp. For some, this might be heaven. Here are some reviews: Variety, Rotten Tomatoes. [more inside]
posted by octomato on May 15, 2008 - 81 comments

Monster

Dear Monster Lawyers, Let me begin by stating, without equivocation, that I have no interest whatsoever in infringing upon any intellectual property belonging to Monster Cable. Indeed, the less my customers think my products resemble Monster's, in form or in function, the better.
posted by veedubya on Apr 15, 2008 - 87 comments

Hairbeast from the watery deeps

The partially decomposed sea monster has 4 paws, a tail, and long fur. Is that you, Dagon?
Other famous sea-monster bodies (known as "globsters") include
The St. Augustine Monster ^
The New Zealand globster
Several more recent blobs
And here's how to tell a blob from a sea monster
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Mar 24, 2008 - 14 comments

Biplanes are for sissies

How would the military really kill a giant monster? The excellent Danger Room blog considers the problem in a two part post. Of course, if you want to find out how giant your monster is first, you may want to consult this discussion comparing monster heights.
posted by blahblahblah on Mar 5, 2008 - 36 comments

I Accepted the Deadly Challenge of Zarkorr!

38 unreprinted Jack Kirby monster stories. [more inside]
posted by freem on Nov 11, 2007 - 11 comments

Plush Monsters

Monsters! — Jennifer Strunge & Sarah Bourque
posted by sciurus on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 comments

HDMI Cable Battlemodo

So you finally broke down bought that fancy 60" HDTV. Now, you need a fancy HDMI cable for the finest quality picture. BestBuy (et al) promote Monster almost exclusively. But they can cost up to $250. Meanwhile, Monoprice (and others) can be had for about 1/10th the price.

Gizmodo just finished their detailed three part breakdown (including using test machines at Monster's own HQ) and comes to the conclusion that "The only people who should buy Monster cable are people who light cigars with Benjamins."
posted by revmitcz on Jul 27, 2007 - 29 comments

He did the Mash.

ObitFilter: Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 69 To remember him by: "Monster Mash" video mashup, his official site (with spooky 1998 sound), "The Climate Mash" (2005 eco-political rewrite with Pickett's vocal), and his lesser-known co-creation (with Peter Ferarra): "Star Drek"
posted by wendell on Apr 26, 2007 - 24 comments

Frilled Shark Destroys Everything You Love

Today, in Japan, divers swam with a live frilled shark. Let the abject terror commence (embedded video). What does it eat? OTHER SHARKS.
posted by nathancaswell on Jan 24, 2007 - 39 comments

Passes the Rorschach Test

The Daily Monster - Time-lapse videos of artist Stefan Bucher turning ink splotches into monsters. A new one every day. Also available on YouTube.
posted by Partial Law on Dec 12, 2006 - 13 comments

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man

OH NO! THERE GOES TOKYO! GO GO GODZILLA! (Nearly) every Godzilla soundtrack. (Thanks to my girlfriend for hipping me to this)
posted by klangklangston on Oct 10, 2006 - 28 comments

A pair of one-foot-tall girls shows up, begging the business man to give the egg back to Mothra.

They rode on Mothra's back. They were The Peanuts. They were a band. The released albums. They have been digitized (and digitized some more). They summoned monsters (video link) with monster theme songs. But what happened to them?
posted by Astro Zombie on Sep 1, 2006 - 9 comments

Rubber monsters

If you know monster makeup, you already know the name Jack Pierce, who created the makeup for Frankenstein's monster, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and many others. But Pierce's career with Universal Studios, for whom he created these masterpieces, came to a sudden, and unexpected, end when, in 1945, he and his entire staff were fired.

The trouble? Pierce's methods were time-consuming and painstaking, involving, among other things, building up his creatures features with cotton and collodion, a process that took many hours. Universal had fallen on hard times, with mergers, sales of its catalogue, and the loss of its 1,500-screen theater chain bringing the bean counters to the fore. They wanted to cut back on Universal's grand-spending ways, and out with the bathwater went the baby. The sorts of makeup men the bean-counters like were George and Gordon Bau, two brothers from Minnesota who had worked at Rubbercraft and brought with them a knowledge of how to make reusable appliances from cheap, lightweight foam latex. Their major accomplishment was House of Wax (1953) and they revolutionized the industry (Dick Smith's work in Little Big Man would be unthinkable without it, as would the entire career of Rick Baker. Best still, it's now possible to buy monstrous and gruesome rubber appliances right off the shelf.
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 18, 2006 - 27 comments

fantastic folk monsters of Japan

The Obakemono Project - a Gaijin's guide to the fantastic folk monsters of Japan. (via oink)
posted by madamjujujive on Feb 3, 2006 - 27 comments

The Eyes Have It

An Eye for Annai is a terrific little animation, suitable for all ages. (QuickTime).
posted by Scoo on Nov 2, 2005 - 17 comments

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