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.
"A short fable about a village that must hold a lottery to decide who will feed a monster waiting in the forest."
“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.
“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?
"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]
"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]
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
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.
The fascinating story of the origins of those high priced headphones
all the kids are wearing these days.
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]
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
With hundreds of millions of variations, Robohash
is among the leading robot-based hashing tools on the web.
Sad Baby Monsters
are sad. Maybe they need hugs? Or perhaps some fresh prey... [more inside]
is a 1969 song about America by Canadian band Steppenwolf
. [more inside]
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]
Ultra Monster art by Takayoshi Mizuki:
art from the 70s. Warnring: Contains Dino-Tank
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
, or sometimes just to create masks, suits or shells
(mostly NSFW, all creepy as hell).
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
The Monster Initial Stickers Name Generator
-- scanned from a trading card set released in 1974.
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]
, 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]
[belated but brilliant] Friday Flash Fun — The Majesty of Colors
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.
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
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]
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]
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.
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
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
) 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."
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"
, in Japan, divers swam with a live frilled shark
. Let the abject terror
commence (embedded video). What does it eat? OTHER SHARKS
The Daily Monster
- Time-lapse videos of artist Stefan Bucher
turning ink splotches into monsters. A new one every day. Also available on YouTube
OH NO! THERE GOES TOKYO! GO GO GODZILLA
(Nearly) every Godzilla soundtrack.
(Thanks to my girlfriend for hipping me to this)
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
rubber appliances right off the shelf.
The Obakemono Project
- a Gaijin's guide to the fantastic folk monsters of Japan. (via oink)
An Eye for Annai
is a terrific little animation, suitable for all ages. (QuickTime).