Showing posts with label nosferatu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nosferatu. Show all posts

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vintage Video Of The Week : Michael Jackson As ... Nosferatu?!

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As you probably gathered by a few of his music videos (including, of course, Thriller), Michael Jackson was by all accounts a big time fan of classic horror films.  And what do fans of horror movies do?  Well, they attend horror conventions.  But when you're as big of a star as Michael Jackson was, life isn't so simple.  One cannot simply waltz into a crowded hotel and hang around for a few hours, unnoticed, when one is Michael Jackson.  So what's the King of Pop to do?

Well, in 1995, legend has it that Michael wanted to attend the Famous Monsters Convention, not as Michael Jackson, but rather as just another fan.  In the event's costume contest, Michael saw the opportunity to do just that.  

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Dressed head to toe as Nosferatu, Michael was completely unrecognizable, and no one was the wiser.  There, standing in front of the crowd, was one of the most iconic figures in pop culture history, and on that one night, for that one fleeting moment, Michael was just another face in the crowd.  Disguised as one of his favorite horror icons, the King of Pop was just a fan.

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For this week's Vintage Video of the Week, check out an Inside Edition news report from 1995, which peeled back the Nosferatu mask and exposed the man underneath.



This certainly wasn't the only time Michael Jackson wore a disguise out in public, and it seemed like he was forever chasing the feeling of just being a normal person, and living a normal life.  Though I can of course only speculate as to how Michael felt when he was up there on stage at the Famous Monsters convention, fooling everyone into thinking he was just another fan, ya gotta believe he was at peace in that moment, and I can't help but smile at the thought of that.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Awesome Fan Made Posters : Part 8!

 Since fan made posters are typically light years ahead of studio made posters on the awesomeness scale, I've got another batch of such goodies for ya here tonight.  Here are fourteen more fan made posters that'll kick your ass, in the very best of ways.  As always, click the artists names to see more of their awesome work!!
 
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If you enjoyed looking at these, here are a ton more equally awesome fan made posters to feast your eyes on!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 Halloween Offerings From Morbid Enterprises!

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Last year, a new company called Morbid Enterprises spit pea soup all over my Halloween radar, when they unveiled a pretty badass line of 2011 holiday wares that included all sorts of Exorcist themed goodies, including a Regan mask as well as a life size animated prop, of course featuring 360 degree head spinning action.  Morbid Enterprises is one of those companies that makes Halloween decorations to be sold to the masses at the online & brick and mortar Halloween shops that sprout up all over the country during the fall season, and their focus on officially licensed merchandise based on horror flicks has made them a must watch company for folks like us.

Well, their 2012 catalog is now available for browsing on their website, so tonight I wanted to take a look at just a few choice offerings that they've got for the upcoming haunting season.  Come along with me, won't you?!

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The folks who run Morbid are clearly Rob Zombie fans, as evidenced by last year's Captain Spaulding costume and even Rob Zombie mask.  This year they've got this 6 foot hanging Spaulding prop, which features light up eyes, poseable arms and a moving mouth that spouts movie dialogue.  As a dude who's always dreamed of having Sid Haig hanging around in his bedroom, I cannot thank Morbid enough for fulfilling such desires.

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This 6 foot tall inflatable Slimer joins Morbid's offering from last year, an 8.5 foot tall inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.  I would like to say I'll be purchasing this but honestly, I've kinda given up on decorating the outside of my house.  Putting something this awesome on your lawn is essentially asking little shit kids to come slash it up or walk off with it, and that's a risk I'm just not willing to take.  I have giant inflatable Freddy and Jason decorations and I really don't even bother putting them out anymore.  It's a shame they make so much noise when plugged in, from a constantly pumping fan that keeps them inflatable, otherwise I'd just use them as indoor decorations.  But nope, there they sit, deflated and sad on my cricket ridden basement floor. Damn you, asshole kids.  Damn you all to hell.

How 'bout an inflatable firehouse or Ecto mobile next year, Morbid?!

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I'm a big fan of the life sized animated decorations but if I'm being honest, I never really have the money laying around to afford them.  Everyone from Regan to Myers, Freddy to Voorhees has been given the life size decoration treatment over the years, and due to my lack of funds, none of them currently reside in my household.  It's one of the great sadnesses of my life.   Someday, I will own them all, and baggy pants Nosferatu will most certainly be a part of my animated monster squad.  Just gotta keep playing that lotto...

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Though the mask is pretty lame, this is clearly a knockoff Silent Hill nurse costume.  You see this kind of stuff all the time around the Halloween season, where companies either don't want to pay for property rights or simply can't get a hold of them, so they just make costumes in the likenesses of movie villains that don't exactly make direct reference to the movie they're clearly cashing in on.  Thus, 'Hockey Masked Killer' and 'Burnt Christmas Sweater Dude' costumes creep onto the market, familiar enough to sell but obtuse enough to avoid legal troubles.  If you want to be a sexy Silent Hill nurse for Halloween, I'd recommend making your own costume, as Jen did last year.  Or at least, find a better mask than this one.

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Officially licensed Trick 'r Treat Halloween decorations ... now this is more like it!  I have such an obsession with Trick 'r Treat and its loveable little protector of Halloween that I pretty much cannot stop myself from buying absolutely anything Sam related, whether it's official merch or handmade swag.  Sam is one of the most marketable horror villains (if we can even call him that..) of all time, and I think it's so awesome that he's gonna be stocking the shelves of Halloween shops the world over.  The cool thing about this is that I can totally see people who don't even know what the hell Trick 'r Treat is embracing Sam, which makes me incredibly happy.  He's more than just a horror villain, he's a symbol of Halloween itself, which is why I love him so damn much.

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This looks to essentially be a Trick 'r Treat poster that lights up like a pumpkin with a candle shoved inside it.  Seems only fitting for such a movie.  Consider this one already bought by me too!  They've also got a lenticular Sam poster, which you can see in the online catalog.

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And finally, there's just something about these bottle cover monsters that I dig.  Really takes the whole decorating liquor bottles thing to a whole new level, far cooler than those lame 'Zombie Virus' and 'Liquid Poison' bottle stickers you normally see.  Granted, Morbid makes those too, but I must give them serious props (no pun intended) for coming up with the idea of pouring booze out of the mouth of a vicious killer animal beast.  Now that's my kinda party!

This is only the tip of the iceberg that is Morbid Enterprises' 2012 line, so head over to their website to browse the full catalog of twisted treats!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The 13 Coolest Living Dead Dolls!

Believe it or not, 2011 marks the 13 year anniversary of the birth of the Living Dead Dolls, a continuing line of horror inspired dolls ranging from original pieces to depictions of iconic genre characters. Started by Ed Long and Damien Glonek way back in 1998, the dolls were individually handmade until the company was picked up by Mezco Toyz two years later, who still produce the dolls on a regular basis to this very day. In celebration of the 13th birthday of these creepy little creations, I thought it only fitting today to take a look at 13 of the coolest dolls that have come out over the years. So in no particular order, here are 13 of my favorites!

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Nosferatu & Victim

Released in 2003, this set is the first in a long line of Living Dead Dolls Presents... dolls, all based on well known characters from the world of horror. It was an exclusive to Diamond Comics, the largest distributor of comic books in North America.



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Dahlia

Part of 2003's Series 5, this highly morbid and controversial doll was only the second in the main line to be based on a real person, with the first being Series 2's Lizzie Borden and the third and last being Series 15's Elizabeth Bathory. Based on tragic murder victim Elizabeth Short, this doll was released in both color and black & white versions.



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Damien

One of the first dolls ever released by Mezco in series 1, Damien showcases how far Living Dead Dolls have come over the years. While figures like this one were clearly inspired by and named after characters from horror movies, it wasn't until a couple years later that Mezco started picking up licensing rights to movies, allowing them to officially produce dolls based upon those characters.



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Sadie Pencil Sharpener

Over the years, Mezco has branded out the line of dolls to create everything from lunch boxes to pencil sharpeners, the latter of which comprised a small line of only two back in 2003 and has since become very hard to find. The pencil is inserted into Sadie's bloody eye hole and then the shavings come out of her mouth, giving you a super sharp pencil in the process. Little fun fact ; one of these was featured in a scene in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Mr. and Mrs. Smith!



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House of 1000 Corpses

These are actually two seperate entities, though it seemed only fitting to combine them. Otis and victim Cindy were released in 2007 and Spaulding was released in his own box the next year.



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Glow in the Dark Michael Myers

This variant was released in 2009 and was exclusive to Mezco Direct, limited to a fitting 666 pieces worldwide. To the best of my knowledge, it's the only Living Dead Doll to date to utilize the glow in the dark feature.



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Fashion Victim Sybil

2003 saw the release of a Fashion Victims spin-off line, which lasted only two series. The dolls were given breast reductions in the second series and Mezco did away with the "Deadmate of the Month" posters that the first series came with, which featured the dolls in provocative poses. Sybil came with interchangeable outfits, one being a strait jacket and the other being Clockwork Orange inspired digs.



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Freddy Krueger

Last year, Mezco released not only this Krueger from the original Elm Street, but also one depicting Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy from the piss poor remake (seen here).



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Jason Voorhees

Much like with Freddy, Jason also got a Living Dead Doll for both his more favored original look and one for his revamped remake design (seen here), both featuring removable masks. The original Jason, released in 2006, was exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con and Wizard World Chicago conventions.



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Leatherface

The original look of Leatherface got the doll treatment in 2007, with a remake version yet to be released. Though one of Leatherface from Chainsaw 2 was glimpsed at during Comic Con 2008 (check it out), it to the best of my knowledge was never actually put out.



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Retro Halloween Set

2010 saw the release of my favorite thing that's ever been done with the line, when a series of three vintage Halloween packs were released, each featuring an exclusive doll, a t-shirt and a vintage looking Halloween mask based on the doll. Can't help but think Halloween 3 when I see these all together.



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Billy The Puppet

Proving that Saw has become one of the most popular horror franchises of all time, Billy was given the Living Dead treatment last year, putting him up there with iconic villians like Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and Michael Myers.



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Urban Legends

Series 7 was the first where all the dolls had a common theme, which continued in series 17 with the release of an Urban Legends line, with all dolls serving as the incarnations of some of the most popular urban legends out there. Featured in the set were The Vanishing Hitchhiker, Spider Bite, Bloody Mary, The Hook and Unwilling Donor.



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Honorable Mentions (aka they're just as cool but I had to limit it to 13!) ; Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood (coming March of this year), Beetlejuice and Lydia, Alice In Wonderland set, Dia De Los Muertos series and Living Dead Dolls head lights (which hang in my bedroom!).


Happy Birthday, Living Dead Dolls. Here's to many more!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Foreign Horror Art

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I was just at the library today and I stumbled upon this pretty cool little book aptly titled "Horror Poster Art" The book has some of the coolest posters, mostly foreign, from just about every classic horror film you can think of. Posters you have probably never seen and posters you will surely want to track down and adorn your walls with. The coolest ones are by far the foreign ones and are some of the most impressive and elegant pieces of art i've ever seen. They make their American counterparts look like child's play. Here's some of my favorites from the book :

Alien (Polish)

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Aliens (Polish)

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The book states that often times Eastern European artists were given only the title of the film and a brief summary of the plot to work with, which led to such interesting and abstract art, such as those two.

Nightmare on Elm Street 4 : Dream Master (British)

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This poster was pulled within hours of being put on display due to the infringement of the Bond copyright.

Gremlins (Polish)

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Night of the Living Dead (German)

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Nosferatu (Czechoslovakian)

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New York Ripper (French)

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The Omen (Polish)

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Suspiria (Italian)

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The Birds (Czechoslovakian)

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The Fly (Polish)

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Pick up Horror Poster Artfrom Amazon today!