Prelude To A Bloodbath (1974)
Dec09

Prelude To A Bloodbath (1974)

Facing criticism from an increasingly hostile press that its television programming was not preparing the then-present generation of children for what many assumed was going to be the decade-to-come, the 1980s, the British Broadcasting Corporation (sometimes known as the BBC) began to toughen up its output in 1974 starting with this annual based on the popular Basil Brush TV show. In addition to connect-the-dot puzzles, brainteasers, jokes about gay diseases, and facts about fox encroachment in urban environments a number of picture stories entertained the pre-teens who were the target audience for the book all of which culminated in the cheeky puppet Basil graphically tearing his companions to...

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Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts
Dec07

Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts

It’s almost Christmas and that means just one thing in our house: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton’s musical animation masterpiece. We have a tradition of watching The Nightmare Before Christmas before Christmas (as after or during is terribly unseemly). We don’t follow the tradition every year primarily because we’re forgetful but also we wouldn’t want it to become a ritual. From ritual it’s a short hop to religion and from there to religious wars with Corpse Bridists on one side and Jack Skellingtonians on the other, then schisms among the Skellingtonian followers as cults of Oogie Boogie Resurrectionists blossom. All of which is my way of leading in to highlighting Christmas gift ideas with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. These are the sorts of things we’d love if they were bought for us, not that you’re going to as demographic studies of the website’s visitors show a distinct lack of Mysterious Wealthy Benefactors. Jack and Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Print 8″ x 12″ Lovely print (and ridiculously cheap) from Kia Wynne featuring my favourite character, the devilishly delicious Sally. There’s something about a woman with a knowing smile, eyes the size of tennis balls, and detachable limbs that just sets my heart racing. Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Comic Manga Heels – Made to Order No, they wouldn’t be for me. My missus, on the other hand, has a bit of a thing for shoes and this particular listing from Hero Chic Heels really appeals: your choice of shoe style, heel size, and one-of-a-kind Jack Skellington print all for a fixed price! 27×40 Nightmare Before Christmas – Full Size Retro Movie Poster – 1930s Vintage Horror Movie Inspired, Retro Alternative Pop Art If you know anything about me then you know I’m a fan of retro so this vintage-style movie poster for the film by Ehron Asher appeals highly to me. The other posters for sale in that shop would all make equally fantastic presents. Nightmare Before Christmas Tiles I’ll be honest and admit I’ve never really thought of artwork on ceramic tiles as something to desire but these particular ones for The Nightmare Before Christmas (there are 72 designs at the present time) from Terry Tiles are really quite lovely. Nightmare before christmas – Halloween Thong – Jack the Skeleton G-String underwear Again – and let me really stress this – these would not be for me. Not exactly. I mean, I’m not saying I wouldn’t get some enjoyment out of them but I wouldn’t wear them. Ugly Lightup Christmas Sweater – Sally – Doll Santa To finish with here’s something from the US that if I...

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Russ Abbot Triple
Nov30

Russ Abbot Triple

Blame a friend on a social network for posting the phrase “I love a party with a happy atmosphere” as the inspiration for this trio of music videos from British comedian and actor Russ Abbot. I’m very sorry. Atmosphere The video that, of course, came to mind where Russ sings about parties with happy atmospheres and his love of them all while sporting a happy and atmospheric party jumper. We’re A Folk Group From his Madhouse TV series and featuring Les Dennis, Dustin Gee, and Jeffrey Holland performing a pleasant little comedy folk number. I’m softening you up for the final video. The Four Bottoms I’ve saved the best for last. The same foursome from the same TV series and a parody of a Four Tops number. With blackface! And a bleached lead singer! Ah, can you watch this without...

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Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies
Nov15

Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies

In 1978 I was taken to the cinema to see a movie called Warlords of Atlantis. It was a movie that appealed to me on a lot of levels; Atlantis!; nasty creatures!; a bathysphere! I was young and bathyspheres were cool, so sue me. The movie’s lead was played by Doug McClure and over the years that followed thanks to the explosion of VHS films and then weekend showings on television I became introduced to a few other Doug McClure films too – The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, and At The Earth’s Core – all of which had a common theme of explorers exploring, adventures adventuring, and monsters monstering, and all of which were directed by Kevin Connor. The Land That Time Forgot (1975) Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs book of the same name and set during the first world war the story follows what happens when survivors of a German U-boat attack take control of the vessel but end up chancing upon an isolated, volcanic island where dinosaurs still exist alongside various types of humans. Just like in the Bible. The first lobby card from the movie shows the scene on the island of Caprona where we learn that the dinosaurs have learned over the millenia to abhor violence. Here, a prehistoric creature takes the dangerous guns from the sailors. America’s NRA launched a successful lobbying campaign of their own to get this particular scene cut from the American release of the film and to dub over the movie’s dialogue where Doug McClure’s character Bowen Tyler speaks of his admiration for the dinosaurs’ evolved sense of morality, replacing it instead with a wish that there was a good monster with a gun nearby to terminate the bad monster with his own gun. A memorable moment from the movie captured in this card when the German submarine commander performs a thrilling cabaret with some of the various creatures swimming around near his boat. The act of holding his hand within the jaws of an enormous plesiosaur demonstrates his bravery and helps to cement a blossoming relationship between himself and Tyler. The final lobby card shown from The Land That Time Forgot features a still from the middle third of the movie, the infamous hardcore sex scene between Susan Penhaligon’s character Lisa Clayton and a caveman. Gratuitous, very graphic, and highly censored worldwide it’s subsequently been very difficult to get hold of a print of the film that leaves much of the scene intact which does make the ending of the movie with Clayton nursing a hairy baby a tad confusing. The People That...

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Ghost Chili
Oct18

Ghost Chili

What happens when you eat a ghost chili? Does it hurt to eat a ghost chili? Should you drink copious amounts of milk to offset the searing pain that comes from consuming a ghost chili? I’ve no idea. Personally, I think you have to be certifiable to want to eat anything that will hurt you. I’ve got a scientific background and I’ve no interest in investigating these questions but your luck’s in if you’re keen to know just what level of agony eating a ghost chili will deliver as others are stupider/braver than...

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Tool Triple
Oct18

Tool Triple

You wait ages for any posts with a reference to the word tool and then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of the Ridgid Tools Calendars post comes this trio of music videos from American rock band Tool. Not a lot to say about the videos other than that they seem to perfectly fit the dark, brooding music and the styles of stop motion animation along with bizarre creature make up – the sort of things that wouldn’t look out of place in Pan’s Labyrinth – really appeals to me. Sober Parabola Schism Jenny Hansen, Jesus Izquierdo liked this...

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