Moebius Mummy – model kit build and paint

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Moebius Mummy – 1/6th scale – custom build and paint

Here I’ve taken the Moebius Mummy and made some major modifications to have it emulate the cover art of Monsters of the Movies Magazine, issue #6, 1975.

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It is 1/6th scale and stands about 13 inches tall.

I was never impressed with the older mummy movies. I thought they were slow and boring. The mummy seemed too slow to really stir up fear and the films dragged on worse than the mummy’s left leg. It wasn’t until I had seen the cover of this Monsters of the Movies issue that I gained interest in mummy movies. My favorite is the Hammer films adaptation, but I eventually developed an appreciation to some of the older films too. Of course the newer films are action movies, not horror movies, and I think they’re entertaining enough, but not my favorite pics for Mummy flicks.

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Monsters of the Movies Magazine -1975


 

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here’s a side by side comparison, standard kit build and my modified kit


 

Modifications:

Repositioned mummy’s arm and sculpted new legs.

Broken Sarcophagus and loose pieces flying outward

Added steps to base, repositioned Sarcophagus cover

Added torch light mounted to wall, skulls and rats (from Aurora Customizing kit #2)

Spider webs/cob webs

Mummy nameplate holder

 


 

 

I’ve been working on this kit for a few months. I’m glad I finally finished it and it came out the way I had envisioned it.

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Horror Fiction Book Review Blog-athon – 2016

Horror Fiction Book Review Blog-athon – 2016

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Check out the reviews for these great horror fiction books:
(click on links to see reviews)

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Many Thanks to the bloggers that participated and allowed me to add their links/reviews to this page🙂

Have you reviewed any horror books this year on your blog?
Put your link in the comments and I’ll post a pic and link on this page. (sci-fi books too!)

 

Triclops (2016) – movie review

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Triclops (2016)

Directed by Brett Piper

Starring:
Matthew Crawley
Steve Diasparra
Richard Lounello
Erin Waterhouse

 

A couple of stills from this movie on Facebook caught my interest. I looked it up on Amazon and the DVD was cheap enough to take a chance. The film contains typical B-movie acting and a typical B-movie story-line, However, the stop motion animation had a 1950’s sci-fi monster film charm to it. So, I pretended the film was from the 1950s (despite being in color) and I got along fine with it. The animated creatures were numerous; some kind of horned dinosaur, a giant Venus fly trap, a few different types of giant bugs, A mutant scorpion, and a poofy giant tic looking creature. Oh yes, we also have a giant, three eyed, mutant, humanoid known as the Triclops. The effects were quite decent and smoothly filmed for a movie with a macro budget. triclops-dvd

 

Samantha is on a search mission for her husband, an air force pilot whose plane went down in a giant meteor crater which is an off limit area like Area 51. She and her brother-in-law seek out a drunken unemployed pilot with a reputation for accepting questionable jobs. They set off, flying under radar into the ancient crater. When they land, they discover strange beasts and mutant giant insects. Samantha is kidnapped by the Triclops and the rest of the team sets out to find her. After some cat and mouse antics they eventually outsmart the 3-eyed giant and find Sam’s husband. They use a map with an alternative escape route from the crater to escape the exploding meteor within it.

 

Brett Piper, (director/producer/special fx/writer) has been doing effects for z-budget films since the 1980s. He had spent some years as FX man and editor at EI/Seductive Cinema adding minimal storylines and FX to cheap soft-core sex flicks (a real waste of his talent IMO). However, this is Brett’s, 4th or 5th recent film with a definitive direction in mind, to keep the B-movie and Creature Feature style films of the 1950’s alive by producing new films in that subgenre. He has an affinity and talent for stop-motion which puts him in a good position to do just that and in recent years his mantra seems to be giving him new recognition and a cult following.  It kind of reminds me of how Full Moon grew to popularity in the late 80s. The film’s are mostly campy fair with nostalgic effects so if that is something you would like, look up some of his films. Triclops would be a good place to start. The next film from Piper I’ll watch is going to be Queen Crab.

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Nostalgic stop-motion is the main point of this b-movie monster-fest.

I give it 3.4 mutant monsters from far off stars out of 5 on the creature feature fun scale.

 

(note: some of these pics are screenshots and the quality is not as good as you would see in the actual film)

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Happy Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving Day Surprise!

A Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers that celebrate. For this day I offer you my Holiday Horror Story from Last year, Thanksgiving Day Surprise! Yes, I’m recycling…

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Happy Thanksgiving for those readers who celebrate this holiday. 

Typically, I know there’s not much to do for the men on this Holiday besides watch football and eat turkey. For the women, I imagine you’ll be busy cooking, but if you have a few free moments, you may want to escape the day by reading this short.

For those of you that need a little horror entertainment I offer you this story,
Thanksgiving Day Surprise!
You may want to wait until after you eat to read this, Yeah it’s that kind of story.

Here’s my Thanksgiving Day present to you…

Thanksgiving Day Surprise
Michael Thomas-Knight

Millions of turkeys marched through suburban streets pecking and screeching, attacking anyone that happened to be caught outside. Their beaks pounded like sharpened jack hammers, breaking skin, shredding clothing, ripping flesh and leaving mangled corpses in their wake. They smashed their beaks into glass…

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A Bunch of Fun Horror Stuff and News for the week!

Lauren over at “Requiem: A Hymm for the Dead” (haunted spaces) blog did a feature on me and Parlor of Horror this week. If you’d like to check it out click here:
https://hauntedspacesblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/michael-thomas-knight-its-all-about-horror/

Also check out Lauren’s articles/posts about Haunted places in her local area, NJ/PA

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Here’s some new books for reading choices during the holiday season:

The Blood Parade by Joseph F Parda  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N91JEHC/

Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters by Frank Martinhttps://goo.gl/hRHLHL

PODS and other Supernatural Tales by DF Holland – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0CFK72/  

Written in Red Dreams by Robbie D. – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537792555/

 

 


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Here’s a fun pastime for the horror fan:

Horror Crossword Puzzles from Fringevoid
https://fringevoid.wordpress.com/horrorcult-movie-crosswords/

 


Shadows of thanksgiving past:

WOR Thanksgiving Monster Movie marathon
https://youtu.be/aTuHnzGSNOs

 


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Just a reminder, if anyone has a book review they did in 2016 and would like to have it featured  in my Horror Fiction Book Review Blogathon, just send me the link to the review.

Or you can post the link in the comments on this page: https://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/horror-fiction-book-review-blogathon-join-the-fun/

 

Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 2 – RIP Pablo…

 Ash Vs Evil Dead, Season 2 – RIP Pablo…

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If any of you have been watching Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 2, we were treated to some very wonderful surprises this season such as, Lee Majors playing Ash’s Dad, Brock Williams, and Sam Raimi’s brother, Ted Raimi, playing Ash’s best friend, Chet. We also had Ash’s sister Cheryl return, played by the original actress, Ellen Sandweiss, who appears in (almost) the same make-up as the original ED movie!

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However, we’ve also seen one of the members of the demon fighting force, the character Pablo, played by Ray Santiago, die in last week’s episode. We’ll miss you Pablo…you were the real Effay!

Ray Santiago as Pablo

Ray Santiago as Pablo

BTW, Season one is now out on DVD/Blu-Ray. If you are a fan of the Evil Dead movies, the show is well worth your viewing!

 

https://www.starz.com/series/ashvsevildead/episodes


 

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all photos courtesy of Starz

The Best of DF Lewis – by DF Lewis – book review

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The Best of DF Lewis – by DF Lewis

TAL Publications 1993

 

I first discovered DF Lewis in the small-press horror magazines of the 1980s. He was an unknown author at the time, appearing in home grown magazines amongst other unknowns. I didn’t know what flash fiction was, but I was learning quickly. His stories were little more than a page long and left more of an impression than the featured stories in the publications. Often I reread his stories because they almost seemed like a magic trick. How could it be that the shortest story in the publication is the one that haunts me for the rest of the night?

 

I recently found this chapbook of DF Lewis stories, a limited edition, signed used copy from TAL Publications. There’s 15 stories, but it barely reaches 55 pages. Having not read any of his stories in many years, it was clear from the start I was in for a treat.df-lewis

 

In Jack the Ratter, Jack is hunting rats. Only his concept of a rat and everyone else’s is quite disturbingly different. The barely 300 word Dreamaholic twists in upon itself in demented splendor until the final treat is revealed. The 1k word, Bloodbone effectively creeped me out when an unnamed protagonist travels to the ‘dark side’ of the city for life’s answers. The chap book ends with its longest story, The Weirdmonger, which seems to insinuate that a stranger can completely tear your life apart by imparting a few words upon you.

 

Most of his stories would be considered weird tales or weird fiction but they also have a strong horror element, so much so they are undeniably horror tales, perhaps with a Lewis Carroll undercurrent. Here I am trying to label the unclassifiable. The stories break all boundaries, making perfect sense in their abstract nature, delivering twists that are unfathomable, and leaving the reader mortified yet satisfied. DF Lewis is a mad genius, like Dr. Seuss with ill intent and sinister motives. The collection includes an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.

 

Currently Mr. Lewis is active in the underground press reviewing fiction and publishing anthologies by authors who align with his fiction mantra. He has published over 1,500 stories in his lifetime. He has won the Karl Edward Wagner Award from the British Fantasy Society for his accomplishments and also been nominated for his Gestalt Real-Time Reviewing of fiction books. For more info about DF Lewis check out his blog:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/

For a bibliography, click here:

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/l/d-f-lewis/

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