Friday, September 15, 2017

RIP Basil Gogos




Artist Basil Gogos passed away yesterday.  Famous for his illustrations for Famous Monsters of Filmland Gogos was 78.  His illustrations, especially of the Universal Monsters, are legendary.  Cool fact: he came out of retirement to create the CD covers for such musicians as Rob Zombie and The Misfits.  Thank you for the scares Basil..





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Monday, September 11, 2017

IT-Famous Monsters Private Screening

Hi team!  I'm back.  You may be wondering where I have been for the past 2 years.  Well, I've been reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  This has occupied all of my time.  I am up to chapter 5!


What amazing event could persuade me to write again?  The Famous Monsters of Filmland private screening of It which I attended last night.  A little backstory for you...



 


We recently moved back to Santa Rosa, California.  As much as I miss all the Tech Bro's and entitled Yoga Mommies of Palo Alto I am really happy to be back here.  Since my absence Sonoma County has become home to the revamped Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.  And they do all sorts of amazing events here, including this private screening!  Not only a private screening, but a private screening with prizes!!!  I won tickets to the Famous Monsters Halloween Convention in San Jose!  The question I answered you ask?  "What actor was originally cast as Pennywise in the remake?"  Of course I knew it was Will Poulter.  I knew it because I drink and I know (useless) things.


I took my very wonderful, up for anything husband Jonathan.  He seemed to enjoy the experience enough and will probably be featured on the Famous Monsters TV show because when asked for an interview he did not run screaming like I did.

Another cool thing: I met the publisher of Famous Monsters,  Phil Kim.  I have begun my stalking strategy by asking to connect with him on LinkedIn.  Which in the history of stalking is the lamest thing ever.

So, I mean, who doesn't love Famous Monsters??  How could I not restart my blog living here?  There are a lot of other cool things about Santa Rosa and Sonoma County on the horror front which I will explore at a later time. (Don't hold your breath.)


Shit Clown! You scary!!
 Obviously I love Stephen King.  I love It.  Pretty sure I read it as a freshman in high school.  The book was only slightly more terrifying than my high school experience.  I also loved the 1990 miniseries, despite my strong aversion to Richard Thomas (sorry Mr. Thomas).


I knew I would love this remake as soon as I saw the trailer.  The trailer gave my goosebumps!  Like, serious goosebumps!  The cast looked on point, and Swedish hot number Bill Skarsgard looked horrifying as Pennywise. 


And love the film I did.  The kids are perfect, especially Stranger Things alumni Finn Wolfhard as Richie and Sophia Lillis as Beverley.  Some of the imagery is really horrifying, especially the scenes involving a painting come to life...


But the real star of the show is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.  He is at once repulsive and Bill Skarsgard.  So hot.  There will be some real twisted fan fiction involving Bill's Pennywise I guarantee it.

I loved the film so much I am going to see it again tomorrow to catch all of the cool shit I missed.  I especially love a scene set in the library that reminded me of the amazing film It Follows.  AND I just made that connection right now. 

Thank you Famous Monsters.  I am so jazzed to be living in Sonoma County again and can't wait for another event.  Stay tuned to this space for more exciting content such as....

  • My thoughts on whatever book I am reading
  • American Horror Story: I'm over it
  • mother! It sucked
  • Stranger Things season 2
  • Why Twin Peaks: The Return sucked ass
  • How many ghosts are haunting my apartment?
  • Top 10 reasons I think my dog is possessed
  • And much, much, more....

Friday, September 8, 2017

Can you feel it???? I'm going to write something.
(No Promises.)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Reboot of this blog coming soon!!!
(Its still Zombies are Magic.  I just haven't used Blogger in so long I forgot how to update things!)
Jen.

Monday, August 31, 2015

RIP Wes Craven


There is not much more I can add to the heartfelt tributes coming out today about Horror Maestro Wes Craven.  He was universally loved in the horror community and his impact on the genre is without question.  By all accounts he was a really nice, cool guy who loved what he did.  That sounds like a pretty good run of it to me.

It broke my heart to heart to hear the news.  Wes Craven's films had a dramatic impact on my horror loving soul.  I remember when A Nightmare on Elm Street came out.  First thing I remember is seeing that terrifying poster.  I was repulsed and attracted at the same time.  I was 10 and still slept with the lights on.  Everything scared me: Ghosts, Frankenstein's monster, Vampires, Zombies....I knew these things were not real but that didn't stop them from haunting me every night.  When I finally saw Nightmare I met the new monster who would haunt my dreams.  For months I wouldn't fall asleep without the TV on.  The channel couldn't be on MTV: that was the channel Depp was watching when he was sucked into the bed.  Despite the trauma I watched this film again and again.  To this day it is one of my favorites and although I don't have to sleep with the light on any longer, Freddy still occasionally pops up in my dreams, along with the rest of my friends.

Thank you Wes Craven.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Forbidden Planet 1956

 
How have I lived to be 41 and NOT have seen the classic 1956 flick Forbidden Planet?  I could also ask how have I lived to be 41 and not learned how to cook or parallel park?  How have I lived to be 41 and not have contributed anything meaningful to society?   Where the fuck did my youth go?  What have I done with my life??

 
Anyway, Leslie Nielsen was kind of hot right?  This is him as Commander Adams, the Commander of an all white, all male 23rd Century rescue mission bound for the plant Altair IV.  Much like the guilty pleasure "I will drop everything and watch it when it is on" flick Event Horizon, no one has heard from a group of Scientists and researchers that landed on the planet Altair IV 20 plus years ago. Also as in Event Horizon the rescue team discovers that hell awaits them.  I just realized that Event Horizon is a Forbidden Planet remake with 100% more gore and 100% less Robby the Robot.
 
 
 
Event Horizon also lacks this hot number and fashion icon Anne Francis, whom I immediately became obsessed with for about 10 minutes.  Francis plays Altaira, daughter of Dr. Morbius, played by Walter Pidgeon.

 
Dr, Morbius, giving off some serious Anton Le Vey vibes, is the last remaining survivor of the original team.  His daughter was born before his wife finally succumbed to the mysterious force haunting Altair IV, leaving Father and Daughter as the only inhabitants.  Well, besides Robby the Robot, whom Morbius built, and some random deer and tigers, who for some reason also live on the planet and that makes no sense at all but just go with it...
 
 
Let me just pause this riveting recap for a minute to celebrate this amazing art work created for the film by artists on loan from Disney.  This backdrop is the cemetery, where Morbius has buried his fallen colleagues.  These beautiful, eerie dreamscapes really set the tone for the film, and are so fully realized that even though you know they are matte paintings, you fully accept them as the world of Altair IV.  Some day when I am very rich from writing once a year blog posts about horror films, I will have this painted as a mural in my living room.  As Liz Lemon would say "I want to go there."
 

 
 
Let me continue this pause to celebrate Anne Francis.  I don't think it was her I loved as much as it was her outfits.  You see, Robby the Robert creates all of her outfits based on Altaira's designs (this is plot point I am not making it up).  My guess is that it must be very hot on Altair IV because Altaira favors hot pants.  As you can imagine this drives the all white, all male rescue crew crazy, and we are treated to a creepy interaction between Altaira and one of the crew before Leslie Nielson swoops in to save her, and then we are treated to a creepy interaction between them.
 
Back to recap.  If you are familiar with Willie Shake's The Tempest you already know Forbidden Planet.  Let's just say things get strange.  Strange but never cheesy.  This film is not only beautiful to look at, but also really good.  There is a nice sense of dread, a little carnage, and a twist I really didn't see coming because I was totally unfamiliar with The Tempest.  Add a killer all electronic score (the first) by Louis and Bebe Barron plus the truly innovative Robby the Robot and you have a classic that really is a classic. 
 
I was lucky enough to be able to see Forbidden Planet on the big screen at the revival house in my town.  If you have the opportunity to do the same take it.  You won't be sorry.
 
 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ex Machina- A very short rambling review..... Maybe spoilers.



 It takes a special film to make me stop being a lazy bitch and write a post.  I have about 5 posts planned, going back 6 months, but do you think I could write them?  No.  I would rather catch up on 30 Rock.  I must have one of the longest recorded cases of writer's block on record.  Honestly the only reason I am writing this is that I am too nervous to watch the Warriors game.  Game 2, second round playoffs.  As a long time Warrior fan I cannot help but feel a sense of doom.  I have faith, but I also know that the ball could literally drop at any fucking moment.  Nothing is assured (except that Curry is an absolute fucking monster.)  Much like this film, I don't know what is going to happen next, and that is why it is so damn fantastic.  


I can't describe Ex Machina as anything except a total mind fuck.  The trailer tells you the story.  I don't need to go into here.  Needless to say any film that mentions the "Turing Test" in the first 5 minutes has my attention, I am that kind of wannabe geek.  

Ava is AI.  The first of her kind (or is she?)  Because you have consciousness's does that mean you are moral?  Does being self aware make you beholden to other people?  These are the larger questions asked in this film.  The comparisons to Frankenstein are quite valid. Who is the monster?  The creature or the creator?  Where did I leave my keys?


Go see this.  It will keep you up all night.