Those other Shark Attack Movies! Summer Fun!

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Those other Shark Attack Movies – in preperation for Sharknado 2

aka: My Big-ass list of shark movies!Tara-Reid3

Sharknado 2 is premiering on July 30th, so I thought it would be a great time to take a look at those other shark movies. The films here range from decent thrillers (very few) to poorly-written CGI debacles, to all out hokey-campy fodder.

Don’t forget, as Tara Reid says, “This can really happen!” so it’s important to watch Sharknado for realistic ideas on how to survive…

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Theatrical releases:

Shark! (1969) aka: Caine
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)
Great White (1982) aka: The Last Shark
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
12 Days of Terror (2004)
Blue Demon (2004)
The Reef (2010)
Dark Tide (2011)
Shark Night 3D (2011)
Bait (2012)

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SyFy channel regulars:

Shark Attack (1999)
Shark Attack 2 (2000)
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)
Shark Zone (2003)
Red Water (2003)
Shark Attack in the Mediterranean (2004)
Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy (2005)
Spring Break Shark Attack (2005)
Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2008)
Shark in Venice (2008)
Shark Swarm (2008)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
Malibu Shark Attack (2009)
Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)
Sharktopus (2010)
DinoShark (2010)
Sand Sharks (2011)
Swamp Shark (2011)
2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)
GhostShark (2013)
Sharknado (2013)
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)

 

 Gallery of shark attackfilms; victims, violence and predators…
Be sure to SCROLL over all the pics in the gallery below and read the captions! Enjoy.

 

There are more… but there’s only so much time in a day!

 

Horror Art and Music – the artists – part III

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Horror Art and Music – the artists

Derek Riggs – Seth Siro Anton – Mercury – X

 

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Derek Riggs – Riggs has had a long and successful career painting album/cd covers, T-shirts, and tour booklet designs for Iron Maiden. ‘Eddie’ has become the most successful and recognizable mascot in music history.

 

Seth Siro Anton – Seth’s artwork began appearing on CD covers in the 1990’s for labels like Century Media. He has since provided artwork for many bands including: Moonspell, Kamelot and Paradise Lost.

Mercury – X – Is a local artist that did some work for me in years past. He is not well know like the others presented here, but I wanted to show his work in appreciation.

 

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – movie review

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

 Directed by Matt Reeves

Andy Serkis
Toby Kebbell
Jason Clarke
Keri Russell
Gary Oldman 

Finally a director that gets it. Starting with the traditions of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, countless Sci-fi films from the 50s, and continuing with Star Trek (original series), 2001: A Space Odyssey, and of course, Planet of the Apes, sci-fi has always been about more than the surface story. There has always been a layer of socio-political commentary underlying any good science fiction story, one that asks tough questions about human existence and society as a whole, one that often leaves us with more questions than answers. To me that is what makes a sci-fi story good (or any story for that matter). It’s what is missing from most of today’s sci-fi and horror films; depth. The first reboot of “…Apes” (2001) had no underlying theme at all. “Rise…” treaded lightly into the theme of animal treatment and testing, but didn’t drive too dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes posterhard on the subject (perhaps afraid to offend future advertisers).

Matt Reeves pulled no punches here, making “Dawn…” worthy of sharing the title namesake of the Pierre Boulle novel and the original series of films. The question here is about the responsibility of a leader sending his people to war, the inherent benefits and problems of compromise, and the question; can a war be avoided once a conflict in interests has arisen? The story covers both sides evenly, diplomacy vs declaration of war, and doesn’t force an opinion to which is better or worse, but it sure does get the conversation going. It is interesting that the film is about the Apes’ story and the humans are almost a secondary plot. Apes living in a delicate harmony must decide how to deal with the encroachment and danger of mankind. Most of the action is in the last half-hour, but the story is engaging and kept my interest from the beginning.

I have to commend the writers, Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, as much as Reeves for the kind of “Apes” film that I would actually recommend for its cerebral stimulation as much as its visual experience. If this film doesn’t get you thinking about the responsibility of war, then you’re just not the type of person that likes to bother with the bigger questions of the human condition. But that’s what makes a great science-fiction film and this film is one.

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A seriously good sci-fi film with a strong moral and socio-political message, worth watching for those looking for a film with depth.

I give it 5.0 marvelous monkey’s out of 5 on the scale of chattering chimp flicks!

 

Rodan – Aurora Monsters of the Movies – model Kit

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Rodan – Aurora Monsters of the Movies – model Kit

This is the Rodan, Monsters of the Movies, model kit originally made in the late 1970’s by Aurora. This build is the re-issue by Polar Lights.

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I remember building this as a youngster and complaining about the massive seams that show when the kit is assembled. When rebuilding this last month, I assumed I could do a better job as an adult, but found the same problems inherent in the kit design itself. I putty filled and sanded all the seams before priming and painting.

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I hand painted with acrylic paints using blends of Red, Yellow, Orange, Black and Brown. I did a gradual blend on the wings from dark to light to accentuate the depth in the wing curve.

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I made a custom base from my box of parts. I never really cared for the MotM squared off bases and preferred the original style Aurora kit bases. I cut pieces from a different base I had to fit the buildings and made extra debris from stone clay.

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Even though Rodan’s wings in the actual films are different than the kit, this is still one of my favorite models.

 

The Monster of Piedras Blanca (1959) – movie review

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The Monster of Piedras Blanca (1959)

If you’re into 50’s horror, this film is noted as the gorier, nastier step-brother to Creature from the Black Lagoon. Similarities are expected the monster from Piedras blanca poster 3because Jack Kevan who worked on The Creature costume also worked on this costume. Most notable in this film is pin-up model/actress Jeanne Carmen, who was also famous as a ‘trick shot’ expert golfer (beauty and talent, eh). This is your basic 50’s horror: a budding romance, a man with a secret and night time attacks by a hideous creature. Small details make this movie stand out, like the creature drooling when he sees Lucy and the severed head being picked at by crabs in a sea cave. There is one jarring scene where the police are investigating the death of a shop owner and are mulling over his headless corpse, thinking the monster is long gone. It’s not. I can say this scene must have been frightening for the 1950’s and it even gave me a jolt the first time I had watched it. The summary goes like this: Sturgis is the lighthouse keeper who goes to the butcher shop often to collect scraps. He complains that the butcher is not giving him enough and the butcher gets mad. Sturgis was secretly leaving the meat scraps for a legendary monster. Now that he is not leaving anything the monster begins to attack people. His daughter, Lucy Sturgis has a habit of skinny dipping at dusk. The Monster apparently enjoys this because when he captures Lucy, he doesn’t kill her, he kidnaps her. So Lucy’s love interest, Fred, arrives with a posse and battles with the monster on the Lighthouse exterior. If you’re a fan of 50’s horror and haven’t seen this you should. It’s one of those lesser known monster film gems that have gone under the radar for far too long.

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Trivia tid-bits:

The hands of this monster are the same hands used in The Mole People.

The feet of the monster are the same one’s used for the Metalunan creatures in This Planet Earth (1955)

Piedras Blancas is a real place in California and exterior shots of the lighthouse were filmed there. The name means White Rocks.

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Creature Features Revisited- Beach Blanket Terror – Summer edition

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Creature Features Revisited- Beach Blanket Terror – Summer edition

Usually in my Creature Feature posts, I like to pick out the top films in the subject matter – one’s worth watching today, whether for their historical impact, monster designs or nostalgic value. The following picks have laughable monsters, bad acting, and hokey plots. I’ve selected these films solely for their seaside locations and bathing beauties. Hey it’s summer, enjoy!

The horror of party beach posterThe Horror of Party Beach (1964)

A Del Tenney directed, surf rock-n-roll beach party flick, featuring dancing bikinis, sea monsters and the rockin’ sounds of the Del-Aires.  Bad acting, a hokey creature design, and some gnarly old time rock-n-roll dancing can’t deter this film’s innocent charm. In daylight the creatures look like something a child would draw with crayons, the film’s low-budget was obvious thin in the costume design department. The monster looks like it has as dozen frankfurters stuck in its mouth. My guess is they were supposed to be multiple tongues. Okay, so a disposal company dumps drums of radioactive waste in the NY waters. That causes some dead bodies in the sea to regenerate using fish and sea-life parts. Hank has a fight with his girl and after a sexy cat dance, she goes for a swim. She’s the first victim. The scene is just like Jaws (and by ‘just like’ I mean ‘nothing like‘) with people running, screaming, and the Del-Aires singing, “Zombie Stomp“. Other sunken bodies regenerate (off the coast of NJ, figure it out) and soon there’s a dozen of these fish zombie things. Hank, working with a reputable scientist discovers they can be killed with sodium…sodium? Isn’t that salt? These things came out of salt water, didn’t they? Anyway, they throw some salt bombs (sodium snow-balls) and the creatures flame up and disappear (like in Blade). Awesome dialog like, “smells like dead fish” (isn’t that a Nirvana song?) – “He’s cute. Fill me up, hon?” (talking to a gas station attendant with dreamy eyes), and “I hate drunks!” (from a drunk guy that just crashed his car.) The best scene is the pajama party, pillow fight, that turns into a fish-fry massacre. I have to mention the sound, the fish-monsters roar is awesome and the background music during monster attacks have that old school sci-fi/horror weirdness.

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Beach Girls and The Monster dvdBeach Girls and the Monster (1965) Aka: Monster from the Surf

A young dude Richard quits his science studies to become a surfer. He spends his time at the beach with dancing beauties, radical waves, and rockin’ surf tunes. However, his science knowledge is called upon to discover what is killing young girls at the Santa Monica beach. What indeed, seems to be a parade float wrapped around an actor, plastic strips flapping in the surf and wind, with plastic ping-pong ball eyes with paper-mache tooths. The film often cuts to four young ladies gyrating to the rockin’ surf music on the beach who are credited as dancers from the Whisky-a-go-go. The music was put together specifically for the film, sung by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Arnold Lessing (who plays Richard), and performed by members of the surf band, The Hustlers. Songs titled “Dance Baby Dance,” and “There’s a Monster in the Surf” fuel the dancers booty-shaking. Surfing footage is shot by Dale Davis, who is famous for shooting surf footage, and also stars in the film as one of Richard’s friends. The plot gets a little hazy with all this dancing and music, but it has something to do with Richard’s step-mom hitting on both him and his friends. Richard’s dad is not too happy, his son left his career to hang ten with the surf crowd, and his much younger wife seems to be more interested in the young people than being a wife. If you need a good guess at the film’s conclusion, there’s this picture:

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But it takes an awful long haul to get there. Unless you’re into surf music, 60’s dancing, and nostalgia for vintage no-budget films, I would steer clear. But I happen to like all three, so I was bemused with the floppy flick.

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creature from the haunted sea poster 5Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)

This early 60’s Corman flick takes a comedic parody pot-shot at both spy films and horror films. A gangster, Renzo, looking to take advantage of unrest in Cuba plans to steal the nations fortunes. He attempts to kill the Cuban loyalists and blame a legendary Sea Monster. When his plans fall apart he sinks the ship with plans to retrieve the treasure later. Secret Agent, ‘Sparks Moran’ (what a name) infiltrates the gang to discover Renzo’s plan. When Renzo’s gang attempts to retrieve the treasure, they discover a real sea monster and are picked off, one-by-one. Its hard to believe this monster can pick-off anything, except maybe turds at the bottom of your toilet. The monster was made from amongst other things, brillo pads, Tennis balls (eyes) and pipe cleaners (claws). Reportedly the crew had a hard time not laughing when they were shooting scenes with the thing. The film was shot on location in Puerto Rico in 5 days, back-to-back with, The Last Woman on Earth and Battle of Blood Island. Agent Sparks also narrates the action with great lines like, “The sun was beginning to set. I could tell because it was getting dark.” In one scene there’s a Spanish subtitle for no apparent reason. The film is painfully slow-moving and the comedy is ultra b-campy, but some people are fans of everything Corman put out. It’s a definite WTF? when you see the monster and you can get a chuckle out of that for sure. Perhaps with a six-pack and a couple of friends you could have some fun goofing on this super cheesy flick. However, it’s definitely one of the least impressive in Corman’s catalogue.

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Photo Galleries – beach babes, monster waves, and monster raves!

The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

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Beach Girls and the Monster (1965)

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Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)

No matter how many ways you do the poster art, it isn’t gonna make it a better film:

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Sub-Genres in speculative fiction – erotic horror

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Sub-Genres in speculative fiction – erotic horror

Erotic Horror had been well established in the 1980’s with the success of the Hot Blood series, anthologies edited by Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett. It featured stories by name authors and were top-notch horror tales with erotic content:

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Cthulhu Erotica is now an established sub-genre

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http://cthulhurotica.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Darkness-Lovecraftian-Peter-Tupper-ebook/dp/B005Z8WOHY

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Big-foot Erotica is a more recent sub-genre

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Amazon has decided to pull some titles of Bigfoot erotica and the ones that they didn’t remove they made harder to find on the web-site. However, they have left Dinosaur Erotica and Alien Erotica publications intact. Some authors have said that Bigfoot Erotica may be considered too close to bestiality and that is why they were removed from distribution. So, in conclusion, one of the biggest companies in the US is saying, Bigfoot is real!

After selling over 100 thousand dollars of Bigfoot Erotica, author, Virginia Wade has seen a huge drop-off in sales due to Amazon’s tactics.

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The real Bigfoot could not be reached for comment.

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(art and photos are (c) (p) by the original artists, used here for informational purposes)