El Retorno Del Hombre-Lobo – Paul Naschy – 1981

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

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Alright, so my goal here was mainly to show off the quality of Blu-Ray, however, my computer doesn’t play them so I had to use the camera to take photos of the TV and I think any quality that was gained from Blu-Ray was lost with the photography method. Anyway, in the beginning I was a little skeptical of Blu-Ray but it was kind of inevitable that I would get a player since I was planning on getting a PS3 and it plays them as well as regular DVD’s. I started looking around for good stuff and found this twofer from BCI Entertainment which includes “The Night Of The Werewolf” and “Vengeance Of The Zombies” both by and starring yours and my favorite Spanish wolfman, Jacinto Molina aka Paul Naschy. I was converted right away. I never dreamt that these low budget masterpieces would ever look better than when I saw them on late night TV but here they are, all shiny and new. Not only does Blu-Ray just look better but some of the scenes jump out as though they were filmed in 3D and it really adds a different dimension to the film. Effects that seemed hokey before, now appear much more professional. Now I know that the grainy quality of these films is one of the things that attracts much of the fan base that these films have and I agree that not every film is going to benefit from this treatment, but I think that an exceptional job was done here. I’ll try and get some shots of “Vengeance Of The Zombies” soon as it looks remarkably good as well.

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Heavy Metal Money

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , on August 14, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

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Rears It’s Ugly Green Head

Posted in Art & Illustration with tags , , , on August 14, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

Browsing through some old issues of Heavy Metal. Thought this was pretty cool. Reminded me of Guy Peellaert

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Get A Job

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on August 14, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

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R.I.P. Billy Lee Riley

Posted in Messages From Skipper with tags , on August 8, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

Môjû aka Blind Beast – Yasuzo Masumura – 1969

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , on August 7, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

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Môjû is one of the many films based on a story by Edogawa Rampo. Rampo was Japan’s foremost writer of tales of mystery and imagination, actually Edogawa Rampo is a pseudonym for Taro Hirai and is really a Japanisation of Edgar Allan Poe.

The film opens in an art gallery featuring an artists works inspired by one model. The model comes to the gallery and finds a blind man caressing the statue of her that is the centre of the exhibit. Later she calls a masseuse to her room and it turns out to be the same man. He chloroforms her and, with the help of his mother kidnaps her and takes her to his studio, a giant warehouse space filled with large sculptures of human body parts and two gigantic bodies made from materials that feel like skin. They live entirely in the dark and the artists goal is to revolutionize the art world by focusing everything on the sensation of touch.

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The artist’s intention is to keep the girl there as his muse and he begins to sculpt her. Trying to find ways to escape, the girl senses the Oedipal relationship between the artist and his mother and uses this to her advantage. A confrontation and a struggle ensues and the mother is killed. The artist flies into a rage and his former impotence appears to be gone as he rapes the girl repeatedly…..and then it gets weird…..

Over time, from being locked up in the dark, the girls eyeballs atrophy and she goes blind as well. She begins to understand the artists world and they fall into a spiral of touch and feeling that can’t be satisfied. They experiment further and further into dangerous territory searching for the ultimate sensory experience until the film reaches it’s inevitable conclusion.

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Hitler’s Inferno

Posted in Art & Illustration, Miscellaneous with tags , , on August 7, 2009 by skipperbartlett1

So I’m at the thrift store rooting through piles of bad records yesterday, and the lady that works there drops a pile beside me and says here’s some recent arrivals. I start going through them, mostly classical, Wagner, Beethoven , German folk songs etc. and then these two popped up, and then the lady came back and dropped a copy of Mein Kampf on the pile of paperbacks. These were obviously all part of the  same collection, which get my mind going and I immediately think “some old Nazi died and his family is getting rid of his stuff. Do I really want these records? I’m not going to listen to them, I’m just a record collector who loves to find weird shit to add to the collection.”  But these are creepy. If it had just been recordings of speeches, I would have passed them up. I thought “better that I own these than someone who might be influenced by them. I know someone who once bought a copy of “Bloodsucking Freaks” just to keep someone else from getting it. And then I thought of Klaus Kinski in Crawlspace and I plunked down my ¢20 and walked out with them.

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