Thursday, January 29, 2009

American Scary

From the mid 50's until the mid 80's, local television stations around the country found themselves filling time and reaching audiences by re-packaging old horror movies with sometimes zany hosts. This new-found popularity for old films was a direct cause of the Monster Craze of the sixties and seventies that so many of our readers find so dear.

American Scary is a new documentary film by John Hudgens about the phenomenon of American Television Horror Hosts. The film features segments on such favorites as Zacherley, Ghouldari, Vampira, Count Gore De Vol, Svengoolie (the cool ghoul), Bob Wilkins, Chilly Billy and more!

The DVD is available now for pre-order at Amazon

Trailer 1


Trailer 2







Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lost: Jughead Rex

Although we don't have conclusive proof yet, it's looking more and more likely that I was right about Hawking being Dan's mom. Des and Penny seem to be on their way to Los Angeles to find the real Daniel's mom since the lady in Oxford wasn't Daniel's mom, and Los Angeles is where Hawking, Ben, Sayid et al were at the end of the last episode.


is this the same person?

The Lady in the Bed
I might have been partially right about the second part of my prediction too. The woman in the hospital bed in Oxford who wasn't Daniel's real mom looked an awful lot like Charlotte in old age makeup.

The woman in the hospital bed (who we'll refer to as Not Dan's Mom until the show gives her a name) seems to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Her sister says she drifts in and out of reality with regards to time. People who suffer from Island-Time sickness (like Desmond last season) have similar symptoms where they literally can't keep track of the time with the addition of nosebleeds like Present-Charlotte displayed last episode and ended this episode with.

My guess is that Not Dan's Mom is indeed future-past Charlotte with island-time sickness and Daniel from the future forges an unholy alliance with Widmore in the past to save her and provide for her until he can save her.

It's All Greek to Me
Following this logically, Daniel in the past apparently believed that Charlotte was his mom, while Hawking, his real mom, is off doing strange-time-travel-lady stuff somewhere. Anybody want to bet Daniel gets blinded by the end of the show? Maybe he wont go full Oedipus and gouge them out with a broach, but if that was Charlotte in the bed then it might be almost irresistible for the writers not to blind him.

They already have Desmond and Penelope playing Odysseus and, well Penelope, so why not have Dan and Charlotte play Oedipus and Jocasta?

Who is Jughead?
The episode title "Jughead" is pretty much perfect. Jughead, you see, is an atomic bomb, specifically: a hydrogen bomb. Back in the 40's and 50's when the U.S. military was developing these devices, they really did give them funny names. The Archie comics began publishing in 1941 and would have been popular when the fictional Jughead device was built. It might also reference the many Lost fans who began calling Juliette and Kate "Betty and Veronica" last season, with Jack as the earnest Archie.


Jughead Is The Swan?
A new question opens up this episode. Jughead is a hydrogen bomb and Daniel suggests burying it. Could Jughead be what's buried in the Swan station? Could jughead's detonation be what sets off "the incident"? He asks Ellie, the very young chick with a gun and an English accent, if they have access to lead and concrete. When Sayid and Jack explore the Swan station two seasons ago, Sayid says the last time he saw so much concrete was at Chernobyl. Perhaps pushing the button every 108 minutes keeps Jughead from exploding. It's worth noting that the phrase "fail-safe" as in the fail-safe key Desmond turns to blow up the Swan has long been associated with nuclear energy.


She's Hot, but who is she?

Who is Ellie?
Dan looks strangely at Ellie. All too fondly considering that she's holding a gun on him. She even asks him why he's looking at her funny. Here's a possibility (two actually): Ellie is Ms. Hawking, not only that, she's Charlotte's mom.

Widmore
Oh yeah, we get to see a young Charles Widmore. He's on the island, and yes, he's already an asshole.

Lost On DVD at Amazon.com
Lost - Season One DVD
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Lost - Season Three DVD
Lost - Season Four DVD

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Lost - Season One [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Two [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Three [Blu-ray]
Lost: Season Four [Blu-ray]

LOST - McFarlane Toys 6"
Each 6-inch Lost figure comes with a detailed base and photographic backdrop, capturing an episode-specific moment in the character's story. In addition, each package includes a detailed prop reproduction central to the character's story.
Series 1 Hurley, Locke, Jack, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, The Hatch Diorama With Light

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lord of the Rings Bakery

So how do Lord of the Rings fans celebrate their favorite movie? With Cakes!

Cake Wrecks gives us a look at several cakes made in the shape of Lord of the Rings characters and places.

The one ring cake is cool, but check out the link to see the ultra awesome Minas Tirith cake!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Blue Water Comics Monster Titles

Blue Water Comics publishes several titles that may be of interest to our readers. In particular, they have licensing arrangements with Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price.

Check out this list of titles and see if your monster-sense doesn't kick in.

Ray Harryhausen Presents:
20 Million Miles More
Back to Mysterious Island
War of the Elementals
Flying Saucers VS. the Earth
It Came From Beneath the Sea...Again
Jason and the Argonauts - the Kingdom of Hades
Sinbad Rogue of Mars
Wrath of the Titans
Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops

Vincent Price Presents:

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Godzilla Costume

Although often derided as a "rubber suit", producers always put a lot of work in creating the Godzilla costume. Early versions of the Godzilla costume were built-up out of foam rubber on a cloth base. The rigors of filming often meant that Toho had to build a new costume for each Godzilla movie. Fans became fascinated with the subtle differences in the costume from film to film.

Robert Biondi pens a really thorough essay on the different Godzilla costumes. Read Part 1, Part 2

Below is a video essay by Ed Godziszewski on the building of the first Godzilla Movie Costume

Godzilla Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick Stewart presents Godzilla with this award in 1996 on behalf of the MTV movie awards.



Link

Jimmy Kimmel tortures Hurley For Answers

I can't embed the video but you can watch it here

Lost Theory: Hawking is Daniel's Mom

Here's my latest LOST theory: Ms. Hawking is Daniel's Mom.

In episode 5:01 "Because You Left", Daniel arranges to give a message to Desmond during a time skip to the past. The message is "Find my Mom in Oxford. Her name is ..." and he teleports before telling Desmond (and us) her name. There's been a lot of speculation among fans that Dan's mom is Ms Hawking, first seen in episode 3:08 "Flashes before your eyes". Here are some reasons why:

  • Hawking is the right age to be Dan's mom.

  • Why would Dan want Desmond to meet his mom, unless his mom knows a lot about time travel too.

  • Dan says his mom lives in Oxford. When we first meet Hawking she's in London. Oxford is about an hour's drive from London.

  • Hawking seems to know a lot about the rules of time travel, so she'd be a logical person for Dan to want Desmond to meet.

  • In 5:02 "The Lie" we see Hawking working with physics equipment and doing complex physics equations on a blackboard. Daniel is a physicist too. Like Mother, Like Son?

  • Both Dan and Hawking are of the opinion that you can't change the past, even with time travel, although Desmond seems to be able to get around that rule.

  • The show already has an established pattern of characters working against their parents who are somehow also connected to the island. Consider Ben and his dad, Jack and his dad and Sun and her dad.

  • The real Faraday and the real Hawking are both noted physicists.

  • When Hawking first meets Desmond at the jewelry store, how does she know to meet him there? Since Dan made Desmond his constant, maybe that connection leads Dan to know key turning points in Desmond's life, which he could then tell his mother.
Distractions: Some will say Hawking can't be Dan's mom because Dan tells Desmond to meet his mom in Oxford, yet in 5:02 Hawking seems to meet Ben in L.A. Hawking could very easily live in Oxford, yet travel to L.A. in the future to meet Ben and work on getting the six back to the island.

Other Possibilities: Although Hawking is old when we first meet her, she could also be a character we already know who took up time travel when she got older to try and change something. Candidates for a younger Hawking might be: Juliette (already a science background), Kate or more interestingly Charlotte, who already has an English accent like Hawking and an interest in time travel and a history with the island. We see Dan fawning over Charlotte already, maybe it's not because he's romantically interested in her, but because he's protecting the woman who will become his mother.

Lost On DVD at Amazon.com
Lost - Season One DVD
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Lost - Season Three DVD
Lost - Season Four DVD

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Lost - Season One [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Two [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Three [Blu-ray]
Lost: Season Four [Blu-ray]

LOST - McFarlane Toys 6"
Each 6-inch Lost figure comes with a detailed base and photographic backdrop, capturing an episode-specific moment in the character's story. In addition, each package includes a detailed prop reproduction central to the character's story.
Series 1 Hurley, Locke, Jack, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, The Hatch Diorama With Light

Hurley Explains Lost To His Mom

If you've watched ABC's Lost, then you know it's a pretty confusing show, and it's really hard to explain to outsiders.

In Episode 5:01, Hurley (played by Jorge Garcia) decides to explain to his mom what really happened to him after the crash of flight 815. I should point out that Hurley has a spent a lot of time in a mental institution. Here's a transcript of what he told her.
Okay… See, we did crash. But it was on this crazy island. I mean, we waited for rescue, and there wasn’t a rescue. And there was a smoke monster. And then there were other people on the island — we called them the Others, and they started attacking us. And we found some hatches and there was a button you had to push every 108 minutes or — well, I was never really clear on that — But the Others didn’t have anything to do with the hatches, that was the Dharma Initiative. They were all dead — the Others killed them. And now they’re trying to kill us. And then we teamed up with the Others because some worse people were coming on a freighter. Desmond’s girlfriend’s father sent them to kill us. So we stole their helicopter and we flew it to their freighter, but it blew up. And we couldn’t go back to the island because it disappeared. So then we crashed into the ocean, and we floated there for a while, until a boat came and picked us up. And by then there were six of us. That part was true. But the rest of the people who were on the plane…they’re still on that island.
Watch it on video:


As crazy as it sounds, this is the best explanation of the show I've seen so far. Believe it or not, it's pretty darn accurate.

Sometime after that, Hurley attacks Ben with a Hot Pocket:



Is it any wonder why I love this show?

Lost On DVD at Amazon.com
Lost - Season One DVD
Lost - Season Two DVD
Lost - Season Three DVD
Lost - Season Four DVD

Lost on Blu-Ray DVD at Amazon.com
Lost - Season One [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Two [Blu-ray]
Lost - Season Three [Blu-ray]
Lost: Season Four [Blu-ray]

LOST - McFarlane Toys 6"
Each 6-inch Lost figure comes with a detailed base and photographic backdrop, capturing an episode-specific moment in the character's story. In addition, each package includes a detailed prop reproduction central to the character's story.
Series 1 Hurley, Locke, Jack, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, The Hatch Diorama With Light

Friday, January 23, 2009

Catching Up On Lost

What happens when a guy watches all the previous episodes of Lost so he can be ready for season five's premier? Check the video below.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harryhausen Producer, Charles H. Schneer Dies

Long-time collaborator of Ray Harryhausen, Charles H Schneer passed away Jan. 21, 2009.

Schneer's first collaboration with Harryhausen was the film It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) for Columbia.

Like Harryhausen, Schneer had served in the US Army Signal Corps.

Schneer went on to produce twenty-five other films, twelve of which in collaboration with Ray Harryhausen. Both Schneer and Harryhausen retired after the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans.





Links:
IMDB Entry Charles H Schneer
VARIETY.com Obituary






Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Robots All Out Attack

Earlier, I reported the passing of actor Bob May who played the Robot on Lost In Space.

Below is a video clip from an Australian television commercial, featuring the Lost in Space Robot, Robot John from Planeta Bur (Planet of Storms, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet), and even a Dalek or two.

Millennium Falcon Paper Model

Tired of building Sci-Fi models from plastic or resin? Try paper!

All you need is a color printer, some glue, scissors and a lot of patience. The results can be really cool.

Check out this Millennium Falcon available at VectorVault.com

Monday, January 19, 2009

Robot Is Offline

Actor Bob May Dies Jan. 18, 2009

Bob May is best remembered for playing the Robot on the iconic 1960's television show Lost In Space.

May's character was never given a name but referred to simply as "Robot". One episode revealed the robot's model number was B-9 (a reference to his benign character) and he was an "environmental control robot."

May would often say that he got the job playing the Robot because he fit the costume. Made of fiberglass and rubber, the costume required a smaller actor like May. The Robot costume was designed by Robert Kinoshita, who also designed Robby The Robot for the movie Forbidden Planet. Because of their similar design, people often confused Robby with the Lost in Space Robot.

Although May spoke all of the Robot's lines on set, they were later dubbed over by the shows announcer, Dick Tufeld. May operated a switch hidden in the Robot's hand to make the neon chest light synchronize with the dialogue.

Because it was so tedious to change in and out of the Robot costume, May often spent the time between takes resting inside. Sometimes, cast and crew would notice a cloud of smoke coming from the Robot, which indicated not an electrical failure, but that Bob was taking a cigarette break.

In later years, May was a regular guest at science fiction and television conventions where his bright personality made him a favorite with fans.

May was preceded in death by Actor Johnathan Harris who played Dr Smith. Harris died in 2002.

May is survived by his Wife Judy, son Marty, daughter Deborah and grandson Devin.


May and Dr Smith on the set of Lost In Space. The smudges on May's face are from the dark grease paint he wore so his face wouldn't show through the costume's plexiglas collar that May saw through.



Links:

May's Obituary in the Los Angeles Times

Build your own Lost In Space Robot at http://www.b9robotbuildersclub.com

Bob May's Website: http://www.robot-b9.com/