Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Courtesy of Rikk. Octaman (1971, writ./dir. Harry Essex) has 4 arms, 3 eyes, and sees 5 of everything. That kinda works out to 8, if you count his eyes plus his field of vision. But it's hard to argue for him really being eight-based. It does argue for his general state of confusion and inability to figure out what his prey is doing or react constructively in a high-pressure situation.

Fredric Brown

I don't know shit about science fiction, so maybe this guy is super famous. A copy of his 1949 book, What Mad Universe, was sighted by me this morning. This is the cover, by which I immediately judged that the book could not be anything other than awesome.

Wikipedia on Fredric Brown

From that page, the plot synopsis of What Mad Universe:

Keith Winton is a journalist for a science-fiction review. With his glamorous co-worker girlfriend, Betty, he visits his friends one day in their elegant estate in the Catskills, unfortunately, as we'll find out, on the same day as an experimental rocket is to be launched. Betty has to go back to New York. Keith is alone in his friends' garden, deep in thought, when, suddenly, the engine of the rocket (whose launch has been a failure) crashes and explodes upon his friends' residence, taking him to a strange but deceptively similar parallel universe. Wild-eyed and astray, Keith is astonished to see how credits have replaced dollars; is amazed when he encounters some scantily-clad pin-up girls who are, at the same, astronauts; is driven to stupor when he encounters his first Arcuturian. But it is when he tries to get back to his usual world when he finally understands his problem, if not the solution.

And there's a description of the novel's "style":

What Mad Universe is full of humour, mostly stemming from the description of the culture shock that the protagonist feels, and the strange things that are in the universe, like knitting machines that open the way for a voyage in space. A half-serious, half-humorous take on modern society and the reality of our world, its light-hearted style would be built on by subsequent books, most notably his 1955 work, Martians, Go Home.


From "Cemetary Gates" (2006, dir. Roy Knyrim), a film about a "genetically mutated Tasmanian Devil" named Precious who gets loose and makes things inconvenient for everyone.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


From "Mexican Werewolf in Texas" (2005, dir.Scott Maginnis). Note that while we actually don't see the blonde put 'em on the glass, it's enough to distract the Chupacabra from its task at hand. But not enough to stop it completely. Apparently the beast gave those puppies "two thumbs down".

****special bonus Chupacabra footage, apparently real***

Monday, October 29, 2007


From "Abominable" (2006, dir. Ryan Schifrin, son of famous composer Lalo Schifrin, who composed the score). Starring Willie Nelson, who put on 200 pounds for the role, as the Yeti.

Surely, a Boaz Davidson documentary must be in the works.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lesson's in Tonality Pt. 2

(Van Halen's Jump in Greensboro)

Lessons in Tonality Pt. 1

To quote a years-old post by DCNAHM:

(original post read, "Warning, you might be Robert Biggers", but I can't front on Nahm; I am merely the interpreter)

How can we be sure, though? Because I said so. So, a few things Robert might like:

but more importantly, some things this man really would not like:

(he might actually like this last one, or at least i hope he would. how could one not? one of these guys actually goes by the name "Birdman", for biggsake)