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2009-09-22 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Monster Evil Protact

This is some great stuff. Apparently movie posters in Ghana in the 1980s were not the same as elsewhere (i.e. not supplied by the distributor). Instead, a local artist sees the movie and then paints the poster: In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from [...]

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2009-09-15 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Billboard, April 4, 1964

As I mentioned: top five slots. Beat that. (Obviously, nobody ever has.)

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2009-09-12 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Remastered

I’m on an insane deadline and under tremendous stress, so I’ll make this quick (I only allowed myself fifteen seconds to provide a picture, which is why the above is so crude). But I had to mention 1) that (through various Jack Sparrow-type channels) I’ve acquired both the Stereo Box and the Mono Box in [...]

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Okay, go with me for a minute here. I suddenly realized what this whole damn Avatar thing is all about. For more than ten years, James Cameron made movies like this:Right? You can almost hear the “clang…clang” of steel on steel; the blast of bullets; the explosions; people yelling “This ain’t no drill, slick! Make [...]

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2009-08-28 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
The J-27

I know there are other music geeks out there in Horrorthon-land…actually, aren’t we all music geeks (in addition to everything else)? Anyway, as I continue my obsessive study of the technical structure of rock and roll, I’m compelled to share my lastest fixation. Behold the Euler J-27 four-track mastering tape recorder (above). This Euler was [...]

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2009-08-21 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Avatar vs. Delgo

This is great! Apparently there was this animated feature called “Delgo,” which I didn’t see, but which everyone’s sardonically referring to in reference to the Avatar trailer. Anyway, somebody did a side-by-side comparison of the two, and they’re nearly identical. Take a look!

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2009-08-17 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
District 9

(2009) **** This really was astoundingly good. But I’m not going to say anything here, because you guys probably haven’t seen it yet (except for JPX). Follow me to the comments page for more discussion, not because I’m going to spill any spoilers but because I prefer to see movies knowing absolutely nothing (except what [...]

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1) What if Ghostbusters had been made in 1954? here’s one man’s answer to that burning question: 2) The first official trailer to the Coen Brothers’ new movie A Serious Man is here. I think it looks amazing beyond words. Even if the movie doesn’t live up, the trailer is a masterpiece (in the loved/hated [...]

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It’s 25 minutes longer, 186 minutes total. It was supposed to be released in theaters in July; I don’t know anything about that (and I think we all probably missed it). The DVD and the Blu-Ray come out today (July 21). Anyway I just watched it…and it’s good. I’d say it’s a lot like the [...]

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2009-07-06 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Take a ride

Trolling through the wilderness of bittorrent, what did I happen upon but an 11.58 GB archive containing 168 issues of Heavy Metal magazine, beginning with its debut in September 1977 and extending (sporadically) thirty years to March 2007 (comprising about half the total run). The collection also includes 9 “related publications” (like the 1979 Alien [...]

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George Pal was a fair-to-middling producer/director of high-concept sci-fi spectacle movies in the 1950s (like “Destination Moon” and the original “The War of the Worlds”). In other words, he was the Roland Emmerich of the Truman/Eisenhower Era. Anyway he made a movie called “When Worlds Collide” in 1951 (based on a novel of the same [...]

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2009-06-29 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Nobody likes my posts!

My remarks about the awesome-looking new disaster movie 2012 just below are the latest in a series of Jordan posts that nobody seems to care about (except octopunk, who’s kind enough to spare me a sardonic remark out of pity in between his diaper-changes and Spider-Man archivia). Was it something I said? Where’s the love? [...]

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Danish political cartoonist Boris Artzybasheff was heavily influenced by the then-contemporary surrealist movement (from what I see, I’m guessing Di Chirico and Dali). In his collection As I See, while discussing modern warfare, he wrote In their long search for better tools and weapons, men at last have found the way of locking a pinch [...]

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I’ve seen the movie and want to talk about it with other h’thonners who’ve seen it. SPOILER WARNING! Don’t even think of clicking on this unless you want to read major plot points immediately given away (in my first comment within). You have been warned. [Octopunk sez: Jules and I just saw it tonight and [...]

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Another spoiler-filled bunch of comments on the new Star Trek movie — this time, focusing exclusively on questions of visual design. Not surprisingly, it turns out that I have a lot to say about the design elements in the new movie. I make no promises about any of this being remotely interesting to anyone, as [...]

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2009-05-15 :: Jordan // Cartoons + Horrorthon Posts
Zack On My Back

Zack On My Back is a children’s rhyme that my friend David composed for his godson Zack a few years ago and asked me to illustrate. (This was way before octopunk and julie had their own Zack.) Now that 7 Souls (my teen supernatural thriller, co-written with my genius friend Barnabas Miller) is complete, I’ve [...]

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2009-05-13 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Don Martin Dept.

The drawing above is the very first panel of the very first Mad magazine strip cartoon by Don Martin (1931-2000), “Mad‘s Maddest Artist.” For those of you who are familiar with Mad and with Martin, you’ll notice that the style of this image (from Mad‘s 29th issue, published September 1956) is noticeably different from the [...]

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2009-04-28 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Star Trek IMAX tickets!

I’ve got two tickets for Star Trek The IMAX Experience, in Manhattan, at the Upper West Side IMAX, 7:45 on May 12th. I’ve got to unload these tickets. Can any New York-based ‘thonners help me out? If not you, maybe someone you know? It’s the Tuesday after the movie’s opening weekend. Thanks!

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Obviously I need to come up with a new name; suggestions are welcome. Anyway here’s the idea: I’m really into the movie The Shining (see above picture in which I am literally “really into” the movie). Since I just co-wrote a scary book I found myself watching The Shining over and over for various reasons [...]

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On Monday, we turned in the second draft of our young-adult supernatural thriller 7 Souls (“we” meaning myself and my writing partner Barney). I say “young-adult” because that’s the market, the characters etc. but it’s really aimed at any reader from any age group who’s into this kind of thing (cynically, anyone willing to surrender [...]

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2009-03-26 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Crabs, Robots

I don’t know if other ‘thonners ever follow the Onion News Network (The Onion’s recently-added video component), but it’s really surprisingly good. I’d stayed away from it for a long time, expecting “Mad TV”-style broad parody, but the style and precision (and the incredible detail) of the stuff is really amazing. Anyway these two recent [...]

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I don’t really have the goods for the whole Horrorthon routine on this one. In fact, everything about this post is completely half-assed: I haven’t really seen the movie in question; I haven’t read to see if anyone else here reviewed it; I’m not planning on saying very much anyway; It’s not quite worth uploading [...]

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2009-01-27 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
I’m obsessed!

I can’t get over The Real Tuesday Weld (the London band that may just be one guy, Stephen Coates) and the incredible music and animation that those four words continue to mean. Octopunk introduced me to them years ago by walking into my house, opening his laptop and insisting (before even taking his coat off) [...]

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Since this is Horrorthon, the “season of giving” means “giving” the gift of ultimate horror (unless there’s something wrong with my logic). Anyway here’s four minutes and forty-six seconds of pure unspeakable dread. I’d say the body count for this clip dwarfs every horror movie seen by every Horrorthon participant this year (and it takes [...]

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2008-12-09 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Shout out from Jordan

Hi everybody! (Dr. Nick Rivera voice) Barney (my current co-writer) and I have been holed up for months working against a book deadline, so I missed all of Horrorthon, to my intense regret. But the good news is that we made our deadline, and submitted the first draft of our teen supernatural thriller 7 Souls [...]

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2008-09-18 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
SKUM-X®

Look at this beautiful little can I found in my grandfather’s studio last month. (It’s 2 1/4″ tall.) Product design sure has evolved over the decades. UPDATE: Thanks to Brett, here’s the current version. The look hasn’t changed that much.

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I’ve been going nuts over the Watchmen trailer since it first appeared. This is actually the first time I’ve ever gotten a song stuck in my head (an unfamiliar song) just from a trailer; I’ve watched it that many times. I know that some Horrorthon regulars have not read Watchmen (and I’m not going to [...]

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2008-07-17 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Red Car Redux

Wow! I’m so glad I brought this up. Look at the crazy variant edition Cord they did! I’d never seen that before. (I can’t imagine the car museum liking it much, but I could be wrong.) They’ve been doing Hot Wheels Cords for a long time: The ’37 810 Cord has become one of the [...]

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That’s right, it’s the Mattel (R) Hot Wheels 1999 edition (and 2002 Re-Issue) of the 1936 Cord 810 5-Passenger Sedan. (Exactly the car I showed in my exhibit.) The same toy and casting marketed twice in two different Mattel (R) Hot Wheels series. The earlier edition ties in with the ACD museum; the other one [...]

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2008-07-09 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Red Car

http://www.jordanorlando.com/ns/redcar Same movie. Red car. My grandmother’s Cord 812, exhibited in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, is a rich, cold red that’s extremely hard for me to reproduce (since its deep pigmentation and high reflectivity respond unpredictably to different lighting, making it difficult to extract the actual paint color from photographs). But I began [...]

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Jordan’s Twilight Zone, coming to Horrorthon soon. I’m on a seriously crazy book deadline, but, as soon as the book is done, look out, Rod Serling. Just a heads up.

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2008-06-24 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Farewell, old friend

After three years of faithful service, my beloved Pioneer DVR-109 internal optical drive has failed. I replaced it today with a brand new, robust DVR-115 (which has already proven itself faster and more reliable than its predecessor—it earned those additional six increments in its name!). Once I got the new drive in there, I disassembled [...]

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2008-06-23 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Unfortunate contrast

Side-by-side photographs on Huffington Post’s “Entertainment page,” earlier today.

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2008-06-19 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
V2

I’ve just completed the second version of my animated short for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. This new edition of the gallery exhibition is essentially what I wanted to do all along. I was working on a very tight deadline last time (getting ready for the gallery opening) and wasn’t able to get the [...]

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2008-06-12 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Hulk Bore

[I originally posted this as a comment below, but nobody's replied yet (in a whole half-hour), so I'm impatiently clamoring for readers by re-posting it up here. Pay attention to me! Me, me, me, me!] [UPDATED BELOW] You know, the thing about The Hulk story in all its incarnations is very simple…so simple that I’m [...]

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2008-06-09 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Jordan’s Two Songs

My anxiety in this case is that my taste is so shallow that I’m just posting tracks that everyone else on Horrorthon not only has heard before but considers to be the most mainstream, freshman year “get over it” obvious music they’ve ever heard. I spent some time poring over my iTunes library but in [...]

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[NO SPOILERS] Once upon a time, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on exactly the same page, and it was glorious. That time was roughly 1973-1983, and their careers were nearly mirror images: two film-school brats from the California suburbs who had each made intriguing debut features (THX-1138, The Sugarland Express) and extremely profitable follow-ups [...]

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I’ve just returned from the small town of Auburn, Indiana, where my grandfather, Gordon Buehrig (who died in 1990) worked as a car designer in the 1930s. He worked on the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg lines, developing the body surfaces for the entire Duesenberg J line (driven by Gary Cooper and others of that ilk), [...]

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Okay, without spoiling anything, I have to say: anyone who watched last night’s Lost and who nevertheless still thinks they’re “randomly” generating plot developments and “don’t have a plan” either isn’t thinking it through, isn’t paying even a low level of attention or is being willfully perverse. Damn it, I remember what it was like [...]

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For me, the best part of all this TOS discussion is that I keep learning stuff I didn’t know before; sometimes it’s basic, elemental ideas that I can’t believe I’ve missed for thirty years, and other times it’s somebody’s clever insight that I’ve never thought about before. Looking at the new/old versions of the imagery [...]

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2008-02-19 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
TOS SE Recommended

I’ve reversed my earlier opinion on the new, enhanced “Special Editions” of original TOS episodes. The first season is out on hybrid DVD/HD DVD (too bad, huh?) discs, and, judging by copies of the earliest episodes, I have to admit that they’re doing a great job. I just had to get my head around it [...]

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2008-02-17 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Jordan renders II

Here are six models I’ve been working on recently as jpx mentioned. You can click and then click again for larger versions. The Nostromo sure is creepy looking, isn’t it? A side-by-side “car dealership showroom” comparison like this emphasizes how even the innocuous parts of that movie have an ominous, unsafe mood to them. UPDATE: [...]

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Having just added four really long comments to my already-overbearing argument about LOST, I have to finally face the truth about myself: I am Comic Book Guy. It’s not a pleasant realization but then life is filled with moments of searing, unforgiving self-knowledge like this one. I must learn to live with the pain, and [...]

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2008-02-14 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Jordan defends Lost

Because I have a spectacular talent for wasting time, and because I love Lost, and because it’s been called to my attention that Whirlygirl is dealing with some recalcitrant people who have mounted an all-too-familiar attack on the show, I have to weigh in. In previous posts about Cloverfield, various Horrorthoners have addressed the disquieting [...]

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2008-02-14 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Indy Trailer Online

You can see the first trailer for Indiana Jones and the Question of Whether They Can Still Do This at the official site, here. Me? I liked it.

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The Onion AV Club has an excellent interview with George A. Romero today, in which he discusses his new zombie movie.

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In the ‘Sixties, television production companies had a much simpler and more primitive relationship with the networks and their viewers than they do today. Remember that there was no “fourth network” like FOX, no cable TV at all, and no “first-run syndication” networks. There were no VCRs, either (let alone seasonal DVD boxed sets). Every [...]

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2008-02-12 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Out my windows right now

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Thanks to jpx and JSP I had the opportunity to select and critique my ten favorite original Star Trek episodes (posted here on Horrorthon). It was a surprisingly rewarding endeavor, since it forced me to document a few decades’ worth of Trek thinking. While working on something else the last couple of days (involving a [...]

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This page presents an accumulated list of all Cloverfield viral/web information (with links) so you can read it all without doing all the grueling investigation. (Now that the movie’s in theaters I think it’s okay to just read this stuff rather than sleuthing it all out.) Overall, it’s a fascinating Lost-style backstory for the movie [...]

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Oh my God… I don’t know how long this has been around or if anyone else has seen it, but I can’t stop laughing. Click here.

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2008-02-03 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Cloverfield

2008 (*****) (NO SPOILERS WHATSOEVER) Wow. I’ve been home for about half an hour and the adrenaline’s finally starting to abate — walking out of the theater, I was practically shaking with cathartic nervous anxiety, which, in my opinion, is how you should feel walking out of a horror movie: like somebody who just got [...]

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When I Am Legend opened last Friday, I scrambled to see the very first IMAX showing, at one in the afternoon. I was so desperate to see the movie that I considered forgetting about IMAX and seeing the 10:30 AM show, just because it seemed like a better option than waiting two and a half [...]

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So I Am Legend was just fantastic, as was the special five-minute excerpt from The Dark Knight that came first (and was probably the reason all the IMAX showings are sold out). (One of the great things about living where I live — as an “East Coast jerk” — is that the closest IMAX theater [...]

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2007-12-14 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Got my ticket!

I just got my online ticket for today’s first IMAX showing of I Am Legend — so in just a few hours I can stop frantically ignoring every jpx/handsomestan posting that refers to the movie. I’m off to the moving pictures!

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By the end of May, 1977, lines would be stretching around the block and the cover of Time magazine would be given over to a view of Luke in his beat-up speeder racing across the dunes of Tatooine, but, in mid-April, all we had was the first couple issues of the MARVEL comic adaptation (sold [...]

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Just sayin.’

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2007-12-03 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
The Tell-Tale Heart

1954 (*****) Thank God for YouTube, because without it, I’d be doomed to spend another thirty years fruitlessly searching for this exquisite seven-and-a-half-minute animated film, which scared the crap out of me in a fifth- or sixth-grade 16mm showing in school (so much so that I couldn’t sleep that night without the light on). Like [...]

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2007-11-27 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
WATCHMEN set photos!

Click here for high-res versions of these excellent backstage Watchmen photos! You will recall that Zack Snyder, the director of 2004 Dawn of the Dead, is “helming” this movie. Look at the Gunga Diner! The Nixon poster! It’s all there! It’s great to see that the last vestiges of the Tim Burton disease have been [...]

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In between the original Cloverfield trailer (which debuted in front of Transformers) and the new, longer one (which is currently showing in front of Beowulf) the filmmakers have apparently been re-working a lot of the effects. The “Statue of Liberty’s head tumbling down Broadway” shot, in particular, has been re-done; I made a comparison to [...]

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2007-11-21 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Mahna Mahna

(*****) 1969 The Original And Best (TM) (click here to watch). It’s all about Henson, as the commenter says. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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2007-11-19 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
New Cloverfield trailer

The much-anticipated second trailer of Cloverfield (or whatever it’s actually called) is now available here at Apple. I suspect a bunch of you already saw this in front of Naked Fake Angelina this weekend, but here it is in more accessible form so we can all pore over it. ADDENDUM: How about that: the movie [...]

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2007-11-01 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Happy Halloween!

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The always excellent Onion AV Club has a great Noel Murray essay today, called Year-By-Year With Friday The 13th: Whole books have been written about the conservative-leaning “sex = death” politics of early-’80s slasher films and the Friday The 13th series in particular. But since, the Friday The 13th saga stretches from 1980 to 2003 [...]

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They’re coming to get you, Barbara! 1968 (*****) How can a movie this bad be this good? The last two entries in my “Masterpiece Series” (Alien, The Exorcist) are premier examples of big-budget, Oscar-winning, meticulous Hollywood artistry and craftsmanship with A-list actors, groundbreaking special effects and some of the most renowned and accomplished photography, sound [...]

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1973 (*****) Nominated for ten Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor) and awarded two (Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay), The Exorcist cannot reasonably be excluded from any “Masterpiece Series.” This was a truly revolutionary horror movie, the first legitimate ‘blockbuster” of the genre as well as [...]

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[REPOSTED]1988 ( )Boy, was this an unpleasant experience! Talk about pure horror…I certainly could go on at great length about the sheer, raw revulsion I experienced at the hands of this loveable purple dinosaur, in his first big screen adventure! I am going to detail the entire plot, involving lots of adorable little kids, and [...]

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I didn’t mean to piss you off! Sorry about all that. Peace bro.

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2007-10-14 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Alien

You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. I admire its purity: a survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse or delusions of morality. 1979 (*****) This movie is perfect. It is flawless. (Actually it has one flaw; see below.) As I continue [...]

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2007-10-10 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Psycho

You know what I think? I think that we’re all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out. We scratch and claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and, for all of it, we never budge an inch. NORMAN BATES 1960 (*****) My Horrorthon “Masterpiece [...]

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1978 (*****) If I was going to do a Horrorthon “Masterpiece Edition” series this movie would definitely be in it. It’s simply one of the best there ever was. I wasn’t necessarily going to review this but ac made a comment on my Invasion review Tuesday, suggesting that there might be some interest in that [...]

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2007 (***) This movie flopped completely about two months ago (it only made $5 million). Which means that almost nobody will ever see it, ever…which is a shame. Am I recommending it? Not as such. Is it “bad”? We’ll get into that below. The important consideration here is that this is the real thing — [...]

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1) I will watch horror movies. I will not get anywhere near the sheer volume of titles watched by the other participants. I will review the movies as is appropriate. 2) I will comment on other reviews. I will in so doing occasionally express a certain amount of (for example) extreme contempt for certain movies [...]

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Wired has posted a new interview with Ridley Scott about the upcoming theatrical re-release of Blade Runner. Scott gets into various interesting subjects, including, of course, the “Deckard is a replicant” debate. Scott believes that Deckard is a replicant and convincingly portrays himself as having advanced this idea all along and having deliberately put clues [...]

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2007-09-21 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
’07: Count me in

I’m going to try participating in Horrorthon this year. I probably won’t watch nearly as many movies as you guys. I may only just watch a few. And, I may review movies that I watched before October ’07 (like, for example, a movie I watched this week). I know that all of this is a [...]

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2007-08-27 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Sunshine is hot; bright

Hey everyone! I just wanted to report that I saw Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and it’s fantastic; the best sci-fi I’ve seen in years. It’s the good, old cerebral kind of sci-fi they don’t make any more, i.e. it doesn’t proceed like a comic book. (Not that I have anything against comic books or movies that [...]

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2007-08-15 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
1/BOO

Re-set your retinae on Keira, to recover from the Kirsten Dunst thing. (Sorry about that)

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2007-08-15 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
BOO!

Hey everybody, look: it’s “pretty” Kirsten Dunst. She sure is “pretty”—I guess that’s why she’s such a beloved movie star. Some might even say “beautiful” but I would demur from going that far.

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2007-08-06 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
LAPD fire sale

I managed to pick up a couple of spinners in pretty good shape (see photo). Of course I wasn’t thinking about parking so I nearly got a citation blocking 76th street like this (I’ve since moved them to the roof). Somebody spilled noodles on the passenger seat of the older one. (Full size image here,)

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2007-08-03 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
My Falcon

It didn’t cost me $499 (in fact, it didn’t cost me anything): here’s my Millenium Falcon model, which I did not make. Another modelmaker built this and shared it on a site. But I’ve “made a lot of special modifications myself,” bringing the model into my own workshop and fiddling with the surfaces and sculpting. [...]

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Last November, Horrorthon Elder Statesman jpx took time out from his busy schedule of watching and reviewing horror movies (remember: there is no prize) and generously volunteered to teach us the finer points of Haddonfield study with his excellent, seminal HOW TO WATCH THE HALLOWEEN FILM SERIES BY JPX. Herewith, I humbly present HOW TO [...]

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My current favorite Tex Avery cartoon, “Cellbound” (1955), up on my site for a limited time. Enjoy! (The Warden is my favorite part, btw).

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2007-07-02 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
No Comment Necessary

This is just an old “infographic” from The Onion that I came across by accident while looking for something else. But I couldn’t get my eyes off the image, which pretty much says it all.

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Yesterday, in the trailer discussion, I mentioned an old Hitchcock/Jimmy Stewart trailer as representing the absolute worst of all pre-modern movie trailer conventions. I went back and looked, and it’s not Rope; it’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (a far worse film; this is the one Hitchcock made twice, and didn’t quite get right [...]

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Hey guys, get a load of my trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey! (Trailer, page etc. are 100% scratchbuilt. Octopunk’s friend Adam first suggested “making a movie trailer” to add to my portfolio, and a guy I talked to at R/Greenberg associates also mentioned this concept when I talked about my interest in the design [...]

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I guess this falls into the “Guilty Pleasures” category. I checked out the original Fantastic Four (2005) again (in preparation for the sequel) and I have to say that I actually really dig it. I know this places me in a category of scorn-deserving fools, but I’ve just got to be honest about my likes [...]

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HORRORTHON officially welcomes octopunk back to the workforce after his “sick” day.

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I have to weigh in here (even though we’re about as far afield from Horrorthon subject matter as possible) (Okay, not) because: 1) There is no question whatsoever that they got matching nose jobs a ways back (see photos); and 2) I think they’re ridiculously hot and I don’t care who disagrees (see photos). I [...]

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Everyone’s favorite extended underbite turns 22 today. Movie fans around the world can rejoice or whatever, if they feel like it. Hat tip to octopunk for pointing this out. Ordinarily I pay no attention whatsoever to movie stars’ birthdays. In fact, I kind of wonder how octo found out. Maybe he was obsessively lurking on [...]

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There will be no spoilers here whatsoever! I just want to exploit my membership in a geek blog to gripe for a second about Battlestar Galactica, which reached the end of its third season last night. And what an end it was! Oh my God. Then, once the stunning season finale was over, a somber [...]

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“Paul Simon has a history of building musical song-cycles around grand, over-arching themes (such as his famous “Songs From The Cape-Man” Broadway show/Album hybrid or his immersion in African rhythms for his groundbreaking “Graceland” release). The new album, devoted in its entirety to a musical depiction of humanity’s struggle with occupying Cylons (and the compelling [...]

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From the Horrorthon Archives (circa 1957): “‘ Terrifying,’ according to the New York Herald Tribune, although opinions vary. The titular monster is indeed menacing, thanks in large measure to its obvious untrustworthiness, leading to set-piece scenes of violence like that depicted on the cover. ‘Not for the faint of heart,’ insist the publishers.”

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I have to interrupt the proceedings to make a simple point. Here is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Fifth Avenue in New York: The above image depicts is a portion of the four-block-long facade along Fifth Avenue, constructed directly in front of the original building by Calvert Vaux and J. Wrey Mould (1880), which [...]

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2006-12-12 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Shout out from Jordan

Given octopunk’s post-review-writing R&R (involving a certain 2-year-long Gerry Anderson British 1970′s sci-fi series) I have to pass along this “videophone” shout out. (Yes, this is a “rerun”; as octopunk or notmarc may point out. “Screw the council!”)

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2006-11-24 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
zombie roundup

Here are a few extraneous points I wanted to make about zombies, Romero’s zombie movies, and the Dawn of the Dead remake. 1) I added this to the bottom of my review of Dawn of the Dead (2004) directly below, but I don’t think anyone saw it, so I moved it up here: ADDENDUM II: [...]

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Well, this was the dessert course that nobody expected, wasn’t it? A big slice of cappucino cheesecake sent over compliments of the chef and on the house—with brandy, espresso and a Cuban cigar. Yeah. For me, these zombie movies turned out to be a roundabout re-introduction to what makes right now, the present moment, such [...]

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2006-11-21 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Saw II

Very clever indeed. This definitely kept me guessing until the end, and (unlike its predecessor) was put together with a cinematic flair that actually justified a lot of its more garish features (like those stacatto montages that octopunk complained about so hilariously). I’m glad somebody decided to just write James Wan a check, thank him [...]

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The zombies are better. There’s no question about that. Day started very strong, with the helicopter-level view of the blasted-out landscape and the much-improved zombies staggering around. The subsequent portion introducing the setup in the underground base was intriguing and suspenseful, and the mad doctor trying to “domesticate” the zombies (having tacitly given up on [...]

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I’m posting this because it’s absolutely horrifying, and because it’s germaine to the site: critics of horror movies and violent video games etc. are constantly remarking that violent entertainment “desensitizes” people to actual violence. I say bullshit (and always have) and I offer as a case in point the just-posted You-tube video of the UCLA [...]

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2006-11-14 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Cell

I’m not sure what kind of Horrorthon post this is — whether it’s a review or just a normal post like we do when it’s not October — but I just read Stephen King’s Cell and I wanted to talk about it and see if any of you fine gentlemen had read it.As far as [...]

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(1976) **** Okay, here we go with another HORRORTHON entry: “The Bringers of Wonder”, a two part episode of Space: 1999. Not suitable for Horrothon, you say? Nonsense! This is two hours of pure fear! Take it from me. (If it were merely an ordinary single episode of Space: 1999, of course, I wouldn’t dream [...]

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