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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: I’ve Seen You Before, Yesterday You Died (Pg. 27 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2018 by ranranami

This first story in the final portion of this Black Magic issue reminds me of a Hammer Mummy movie, with its tendency to give innocent characters the darker fates that they don’t quite deserve. It’s fantastic, actually. One of my favorites I’ve shared so far. The second is oddly reminiscent of an old radio show I can’t quite recall the name of, with the singular reminder that one can never truly escape or prevent their fates (or the grisly future of another.)

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Book(s) Of the Week: Monster Road

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by ranranami

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Back in the 90s, I was wild for books. I still am, but the point here is that I devoured every book fair that came to school. Especially when it came to book lights and horror stories. Monster Road was one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the cover that drew me to it, or the fact that I’d run out of Goosebumps books, but this one was pretty easy to miss tucked back at the bottom ‘L’ shelf.

Written by David Lubar, Monster Road tells the story of Kevin taking a road trip with his eccentric scientist Uncle. Eccentric and wildly naive, every single monster Kevin’s uncle meets on the trip strikes him as something absolutely mundane and non-supernatural in any way. What’s more, he seems to come up with a solution for most of their problems in the process.

My old copy I had of Monster Road sadly fell to pieces, but that’s the sign of a well-loved book. At least for a kid. Monster Road is a great little story to read with your kid, or to just let them read on their own, lying in the somewhat sketchy area of 2nd grade – 4th grade reading level.

Halloween Commercials

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by ranranami

You know what I used to love about October? All of the awesome Halloween commercials. Just a dash of plastic fangs and a sprinkle of green make-up could make a product that much more appealing in October. Here’s to the television spots that reminded us all about Halloween’s impending approach…

 





 

To Trick or to Treat: Where Did it Come From?

Posted in Around the World, Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by ranranami

For those of us who’ve had the greedy joy of snatching candy at multiple houses from kindly adults in the name of a holiday, Halloween was one of the greatest days of the year. Not to mention the costumes and tv specials.

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For the last century, ‘Trick or Treating’ has been a popular thing for American children. If you trace it back far enough, this past time can be traced to something called ‘Souling’. I’d be a fool not to mention Samhain here, the famously dramatic celebration of the Celts that served to ring in the dead part of the year. You know…the cold bit.

 

So first, let’s look at the apparent origins, Samhain. It’s October 31st/November 1st, as if that wasn’t obvious, at the basic practices were what you’d expect. Dealing with crops, moving livestock, and doing the hard bits anyone in an agricultural community would have to consider when preparing for winter. The fun bit was the festival, you know…the actual Samhain bit. By the way, it’s pronounced Sah-ween. Thank you, whoever decided to spell it that way. You made me look like an idiot for the last decade on the rare occasion I ever decided to mention Samhain to my grandmother. Anyway, much like the AWESOME ‘Dia De Los Muertos’, the Celts thought Samhain was the day when it was a crap-load easier for the dead to speak with them. Or chat. Or hang out. However you want to look at it, they’d be doing the opposite of what you generally expect dead people to do, which is rot and stay quiet 6 feet under the rest of the 364 days of the year. Of course you’ll all remember the main thing we’ve carried over into the modern day, lighting candles inside carved-out turnips, or even pumpkins for you dirty non-traditionalists, but they also made gigantic fires and sacrificed animals in honor of the dead, and to kind of keep them from getting ticked off at the living. They’d also sacrifice fruits and nuts, which I consider a terribly cruel thing to do, but it couldn’t be helped.

 

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It’s the Middle Ages. Now we’re onto All Soul’s Day/All Hallow’s Eve, which was basically Samhain altered to be more Catholic. That’s cool with me, because it’s better than getting rid of the day all together. The church took a lot of pagan and non-Christian holidays that were popular to the extreme, and adapted them so they weren’t eliminated altogether. Oh, they tried, but you can’t keep a dead man down (oh, no.) So the church took holy celebrations, and made them basically take place on the days that Pagan holidays might have occurred. Pagan gods and spirits were classified as evil, and let’s not even mention the old ones (ia, ia, Cthulhu fhtagn.) All Soul’s Day was officially on Nov. 2, and people still did a lot of what they’d do on Samhain. Instead of honoring the death of the year and the dead, though, they simply honored the dead. Costumes, fires, all that stuff stuck around. Yet, now people in Europe and primarily England were going from door to door asking for goodies (like pastries and meat pies, but hopefully the type without human flesh in them) in exchange for praying for the souls of the departed. Remember that Souling thing I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that’s what this basically was. Eventually this changed to envelop more types of treats, like drink and sweets. Anything people could get their grimy peasant hands on, actually.

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This brings us to present day America, the melting pot of the world…but…mostly Europeans. Traditions, culture, all of it has been carried over here by hook and crook. A lot of people disagree on this point, but it’s a general theory that Halloween as we know it really got kicking in either the 1920s or 30s, because there are articles about it in magazines. That’s generally their source. Not newspapers or books, but magazines…which makes sense, because god knows there are always freaking miles of Halloween mags on the shelf every year, starting in July. It’s the porn of holidays, right after Christmas.

 

As you’ve probably guessed, ‘Souling’ is now ‘Trick-or-Treating’. Most normal kids don’t collect meat pies or fruits and nuts if they can help it, but instead they’re always after healthy teeth-rotting candy. That’s where tricking comes in. Actually, the day before Halloween is usually when people play the tricks, and those too by jerk teenagers who’ve god grudges to bear. That’s called ‘Devil’s Night’, ‘Hell Night’, ‘Night of the Hormonal A**holes’, whatever you want to call it. This one has fallen out of practice, but it never hurts to explain why your tree got mysteriously tp’d last night.

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SO there you have it. Kids dress up in costumes and demand candy at your doorstep every Halloween, because Pagans had a thing for dead people and seasons. The more you know.

Book of the Week: Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by ranranami

First off, I’m really excited that it’s finally October. That means I’m going to do my absolute best to have a post ready for you guys every day this month. That being said, I’ve also noticed that sometimes I tend to lean too much towards horror cinema, and not enough towards print (if you don’t count the vintage comics.)

But there are a lot of really awesome Horror books out there, both fiction and non-fiction. So today, I’d like to tell you about one of the best nonfiction horror works I’ve read. “Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup”, by Tom Weaver. Yes, it is a mouthful to say the whole title, but it’s really worth reading if you have any interest in classic low-budget horror.

The interviews themselves are incredible, giving you an incite into several brilliantly cheesy films that unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to have otherwise, because a lot of them tended to leave their out-takes and extra footage on the cutting room floor. I particularly loved the interview with a selection of people who had the good fortune of working with Roger Corman before he became officially famous.

The interviews are in-depth, and entertaining. Honestly, it’s like reading real conversations. A lot of times, I have difficulty getting through biographies or nonfiction works, because there’s a fine line between fact-telling and bland. This is a perfect companion with a B movie marathon, and a lot of the films mentioned in this book are actually on Netflix instant watch right now.

If you manage to find this book, don’t pass it up. If you find it and decide to read it, don’t pass up the Mel Welles interview. Some of you may remember him better as Mr. Mushnik…the one that’s not in the musical…

Oh! And the great interview about The Creature from the Black Lagoon…I could go on for ages. Just read the book…

Monster Cereals, Part 2: The Return of the Yummy Mummy and the Fruit Brute

Posted in Food, Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2013 by ranranami

So, just to spite me for telling you guys that they were both discontinued, the Yummy Mummy and the Fruit Brute have been brought back. But they’re not the same, my friends, not the same at all…

 

 

The Fruit Brute is no longer a general fruity flavor, but cherry. It makes sense, since he’s hairy. Hairy rhymes with cherry…let’s just be happy they didn’t change the name of his cereal, or it wouldn’t stick around for much longer. But don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed fruit brute. The great thing about all of the monster cereals is their resistance to sogginess, while still absorbing enough milk to get cool and refreshing.

 

 

Yummy Mummy is the one that really threw me for a loop. It tasted like Frankenberry, though much weaker…but then the after-taste hit me, which was really strange. I don’t think I’ve ever had cereal with an aftertaste. It was like pineapple or a fruit roll-up.

 

 

 

It was good, actually. But the back comic kind of threw me off. He said his spoon was dusty. You would think Yummy Mummy, of all the monsters, would have been chowing down on his cereal for years and laughing at all of us foolish humans, satisfying our taste buds with 3 mere flavors, but never quite knowing the joy of a really Yummy Mummy.

Vintage Comics: Beyond – The Phantom Puppet and The Mummy’s Curse (Pages 19-27)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2013 by ranranami

Okay, so I’ve seen a lot of puppet movies and read a lot of puppet stories. They usually don’t go much further than the puppet murdering other people, the puppet being all in the ventriloquist’s head, or the puppet being shifted off to another owner. This one took a cool turn by actually having the puppet onstage in legitimate plays with other real actors. Anyway, it’s a pretty cool twist. I wonder why it hasn’t been done again…

 

 

On another note, if you find the text on the last two pages is just too small, being an actual written story, let me know, and I’ll transcribe it in another post.