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7/11/13

An Update to The Dirge To The Death of Horror








                           Well Horror fiends, if you have been paying attention, then you know I haven't done a post or review on Horror films in ages. Horror has died, it seems. To me, anyway, and mostly on the big screen for the most part.

       Horror is VERY much alive in the written word, and more and more increasingly so, along side grand, gratuitous artwork in the pages of a comic book, complete with gore, and a touch of the gross on a glossy page for the more slasher type fan, if so desired. It runs the gamut of the Horror realm including creature features, werewolves, vampires, zombies, giant monsters, aliens, and various sickos, and psychopaths.  It's all there, and all better stories than most films on Netflix. John Carpenter and Lance Henrikson, both have been penning some very awesome comics. If you haven't seen it and are a real fan of Horror then get to that local comic shop and see what you'v e been missing. Including the world of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Time has continued to move forward since that first night we witnessed the dead rise and trap a farm house full of The Living, eager to dine on their flesh. It is now the 70's and the dawn of punk rock, and a threat the world thought gone rises from the grave. Even Hellraiser has continued with more sights to show us, and now an even more devilish tale from the writer and creator of that world unfolds each month on the pages of Boom! comics and Clive Barker, himself.

    What I really wanted to show you was for the upcoming Halloween season. It's half-way to Halloween, believe it or not, Even if it is 95 degrees out right now. For the person that loves a great DIY project and a fan of all things Lovecraft is this awesome home made Cthulhu costume. It is pretty awesome, if you ask me. Instructables! is chock full of the DIY information. Complete with full instructions on anything posted, a lot even including step-by-step video. As you can tell, members giving helpful hints on goodies and gadgets to construct for every Horror fiends favorite Holiday isn't left out, either. Now that you have found the best Horror instructables on the web, it's time to get started on that new costume or spruce up some home haunting. Just in time for Halloween!

7/14/12

The Red Pill




There is a worldwide conspiracy being orchestrated by an extremely powerful and influential group of genetically-related individuals (at least at the highest echelons) which include many of the world’s wealthiest people, top political leaders, and corporate elite, as well as members of the so-called Black Nobility of Europe (dominated by the British Crown) whose goal is to create a One World (fascist) Government, stripped of nationalistic and regional boundaries, that is obedient to their agenda. Their intention is to effect complete and total control over every human being on the planet and to dramatically reduce the world’s population by 5.5 Billion people. While the name New World Order is a term frequently used today when referring to this group, it’s more useful to identify the principal organizations, institutions, and individuals who make up this vast interlocking spiderweb of elite conspirators.


Take the Red Pill and continue

7/9/12

We Are In The Cabin In The Woods

As you can tell I have been a little busy writing. I think this information is needed to be known. I am not trying to scare you though some further posts may.  Please check it out and then leave a comment. I'd like to thank Vigilant Citizen for their vigilance. Be sure to check out their site: http://vigilantcitizen.com


Mind Control Theories and Techniques used by Mass Media 





Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable. This article looks at the workings of mass media through the theories of its major thinkers, its power structure and the techniques it uses, in order to understand its true role in society.



Programming Through Mass Media


Mass media are media forms designed to reach the largest audience possible. They include television, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, records, video games and the internet. Many studies have been conducted in the past century to measure the effects of mass media on the population in order to discover the best techniques to influence it. From those studies emerged the science of Communications, which is used in marketing, public relations and politics. Mass communication is a necessary tool to insure the functionality of a large democracy; it is also a necessary tool for a dictatorship. It all depends on its usage.
In the 1958 preface for A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley paints a rather grim portrait of society. He believes it is controlled by an “impersonal force”, a ruling elite, which manipulates the population using various methods.
“Impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this impersonal pushing is being consciously accelerated by representatives of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of new techniques for manipulating, in the interest of some minority, the thoughts and feelings of the masses.”
- Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World


His bleak outlook is not a simple hypothesis or a paranoid delusion. It is a documented fact, present in the world’s most important studies on mass media. Here are some of them:

(continue if you dare)

6/29/12

Friday Night Videos: Brains Exposed (X)

Caution





I Magi Nation

6/26/12

Today in Strange - June 26, 2012


     On this date in 1284, it was said that the Pied Piper of Hamlin, Germany lured 130 children out of town, and they were never seen again. On June 26, 1974, supermarket scanning of UPC codes began with a pack of chewing gum in Troy, Ohio.

6/20/12

Today in Strange - June 20, 2012



     

On this day in 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murder of her parents,

Jaws, the movie by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to swim in the ocean, opened in theaters (1975),

and

"Price is Right" model Janice Pennington was knocked out by a TV camera while taping the show (1988).

6/15/12

Friday Night Videos : Video Villain :: Paranoia vs Demon Seed


This is the first video mash up done by videovillaintv :
  Paranoia vs Demon Seed.


Demon Seed (1977) : An artificial intelligence system, Proteus, goes mental and rapes his creator's wife with the aid of a pair of electric scissors attached to a wheelchair. Enjoy!


6/6/12

Today In Strange - June 6 2012 :Transit of Venus

June 6, 2012

The path of Venus between it's 8 year cycle of 2004 and 2012




     Venus will cross in front of the Sun. This is called a transit. Historically, some of the worst natural disasters ever recorded tend to occur in the days and weeks following a transit of Venus. 


 Here's your proof: 

Transit of Venus December 7, 1631. Nine days later Mount Vesuvius erupts, disintegrating the mountain and killing nearly 6,000 people.

Transit of Venus June 3, 1769. Immediately, the worst drought in world history began. By the time it was over the following Summer, over 10 Million people would die. It was called the Bengal Famine Of 1770.

Transit Of Venus December 6, 1882. Several months later Krakatoa erupts in the single largest explosion in recorded human history, killing over 37,000 people instantly.

Transit of Venus June 8, 2004. Before the year was over, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history with a magnitude of 9.3 would cause one of the most catastrophic tsunamis ever recorded. Over 230,000 were killed. It was called the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake/Tsunami.

The Transit of Venus will occur again today, June 6, 2012. Seismic activity is already off the charts. There is no question that we have seen bizarre weather and geologic activity lately. If you live in or near earthquake/tsunami prone areas, be advised of what history is telling us. Prepare yourself. Prepare your family. Know what to do. 




5/18/12

Today in Strange - May 18, 2012


     On this day in 1897, a public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel Dracula was staged in London.

      And, it was on May 18, 1980, that Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded in a cataclysm that sent ash 12 miles into the air, and left 57 people dead.


Did you know?   
   
     The word Akasha, as in Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned is from the  Akashic Records. The Akashic Record is a dimension of consciousness that contains a vibration record of every soul and its journeyThe Akashic Records take their name from the Sanskrit word Akasha, which means the primordial substance from which everything comes from. The Records represent the soul's journey.
     Someone who interprets these is known as an Akashic Records reader.  They basically looks at your whole journey and help you understand at this point in time what you're about, and what your specific gifts are, much like The Queen of The Damned towards Lestat. The Records contain the histories of a person's past, present, and future incarnations. Interestingly, only certain past lives affect a person at any given time.



5/11/12

Sinister Forces


 In keeping with the countdown to apocalypse, tonight's Friday Night video will lead off into another direction. This is the famous and controversial avant-garde film made by occult author Tracy R. Twyman while in college.

Remember, Freemasons rule the government!

 Happy Friday!





Today in Strange - May 11, 2012


On this date in 1811, famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker were born. So unique and famous were the brothers that the term 'Siamese Twins' is derived from their birthplace of Siam. Their remarkable lives would also inspire a short story by Mark Twain, a BBC radio play, a best-selling novel, and even a musical in Singapore.

5/7/12

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

by Daniel w. Drezner 
 2011 
Princeton University Press




    What would happen around the world and to international politics, specifically, if the dead rose from the grave and started to feast upon the living? Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask.
     
     Drezner cleverly deploys the zombie metaphor to illustrate how different theories would deal with a situation in which ravenous zombies roamed the Earth. He explains the often-arcane world of international theory in an interesting and highly amusing way. Using many different scenarios to explain the systems of balances that exist in the field of International Politics and how effects in one area can effect a much larger. He also shows how close the relationship between politics and popular culture is, how the latter can convey social and political critique in the most unlikely ways, and why satire remains such an important form of that critique.
     Theories of International Politics and Zombies looks at ways that various schools of thought—structural realism, social constructivism, etc.—might combat various threats posed by an army of the living dead. It all adds up to a gory, entertaining and extremely enlightening little volume.

    Daniel Drezner is professor of international politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, so he is certainly the go-to guy on the subject and lays it all out quite realistically, even if that may not be so optimistic in certain situations. With Hurricane Katrina as a large and looming example in the United States, you can basically guarantee that any first response to the dead will be improper, too little too late, or generally botched causing a spread of the undead from the initial response. But then again the initial outbreak may not be in this country at all. And, what if, in fact, it breaks out in a place that we are not too terribly fond of internationally. Should we drag our feet so as to have a threat to different areas of the world wiped out and weakened from within to eliminate that global threat of their politics, extremism, terrorism, etc.? And what of our Allies should they be the ones initially in danger?

     As you can see, it is a farther reaching topic than most zombie fiction or movie ever really goes into. Of coarse, those are fiction and this book deals with the real world "what ifs" and is the more interesting for it.


     You may have been able to surmise from the Princeton University stamp of approval that this book can be some pretty heady stuff. You would be correct in that assumption. Theories of International Politics and Zombies definitely ranks in the "highly intelligently written" category. At times, very much like a college lecture. That doesn't make it all bad, and considering the sociology and everything else behind it, it really is written quite as plainly as possible, and at only 117 pages, reading and re-reading certain parts a second or third time to really get the grasp of it is quite painless. At certain points, for most, probably even necessary to do for paragraphs here and there, which does make reading such a small book very time consuming. Of coarse there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking time to read something when you are going to learn a whole lot. It may even come in handy one day, and what's so wrong about your time being taken up by learning about politics and zombies?

     Drezner is also a member of The Zombie Research Society which is dedicated to the serious study of zombie science, survival, and pop culture. They have some really great things over at their site on all things zombie and are always looking for new members. This is also Zombie Awareness Month so look for a Give-Away every day from them and be sure to check out the fascinating view of the end of the world with Theories of International Politics and Zombies.

5/4/12

The Butthole Surfers - Graveyard


Welcome to the Graveyard!





Happy Friday!


4/25/12

Today in Strange - April 25, 2012


On this date in 1990, the crew of space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope into a Low Earth Orbit. Initially, Hubble's operators suffered a setback when a lens aberration was discovered, but a repair mission by space-walking astronauts in December 1993 successfully fixed the problem, and Hubble began sending back its first breathtaking images of the universe.

4/24/12

Today in Strange - April 24, 2012



On this date in 1907, the one-of-a-kind Hersheypark opened its doors. However, unlike today, back then the amusement park was not for the general public, instead it was meant to be a leisure center exclusively for Hershey Candy Company employees.

On the birthday front, acclaimed actress and paranormal enthusiast Shirley MacLaine was born on April 24th, 1934.

and in the strangest find of all, on this date, Nazi chemists developed a series of equations during WWII which demonstrated that oil can be formed synthetically. Known as the Fischer-Tropsch equations, they indicated that the mixture of hydrogen and carbon with various catalysts under intense pressure and heat, produced hydrocarbons-- such as what is made in the mantle of the Earth on an ongoing basis. It doesn't take dead plants or animals, dinosaurs, plankton, algae or former living matter to produce oil, and the Nazis understood this. Thousands of Nazi scientists were brought over to the US during Operation Paperclip to continue their research after the war.
However, documents of their research into Fischer-Tropsch were largely lost or hidden, suggesting that the US government and Big Oil conspired to bury their findings because they didn't want the public to know that the planet naturally produces oil, abundantly on a deep earth level. The science of abiotic oil continues to be suppressed and ridiculed, while the "fossil fuel" explanation for oil persists.

4/23/12

Today in Strange - April 23, 2012


     On this date in 1985, the Coca Cola company unveiled their New Coke formula for their signature beverage. The result was outrage from Coke drinkers across the country, who bombarded the company with demands to return to the original formula. Less than three months later, 'old Coke' was re-introduced as 'Coca Cola Classic' and New Coke became known as the modern-day equivalent to the Edsel.


4/21/12

Young Frankenstein in 5 Minutes


Happy Friday!





4/20/12

Today in Strange - Edgar Allen Poe 4/20



On this date in 1841, America's master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, published The Murders in the Rue Morgue in Graham's Magazine. His story has been credited with launching the detective genre or the 'whodunit' into popular culture.
 
Please support the Poe House and Museum!
They have some really cool things you can buy to help support them.


     The Poe House needs your help. The Poe House had been funded at around $80,000 a year, which included the caretaker's salary, a security system, utilities and all supplies. Since the city cut off its annual support last year, the house has been operating on reserve funds and they are running out fast! Check out the post I did about it here:  

The Fall of The House of Edgar Allen Poe


     



4/18/12

The Cabin in the Woods

Now Playing
   Rated R

  So you think you know the story behind the scary cabin in the woods movies, do you? Think again. This movie changes everything yet keeps a devilishly gleefull tongue in cheek tone that will make you laugh as quick as scream. With delightful homages to classic horror, The Cabin in The Woods is the best original horror film in a very long time, and a must see of a movie, so why aren't horror fans going to see it?



     I know I have written it in the Blog previously, but it just can't be stated enough. If you are a fan of Horror, GOOD Horror, that is, you need to get out and see this movie, as soon as possible, and show the studios that this is the type of movie that you want to see in theaters. Namely, new material. New movies, not all these ungodly remakes. There is only one way to do that my fellow Horror fiend, and that's to put your money where your mouth is and catch a matinee. The Cabin in the Woods opened in 3rd place and did well at just under $14 million, but even so, it still brought in less money than most of the remakes that have been released lately. I had warned you about going to see that stinking awful Fright Night, didn't I? Are fans of Horror listening? I really don't think so. Not to me anyway and you really should be. As much as "the fans" bitch about remakes, they are the first in line paying to see them. As much as "the fans" have been saying they want new movies and new Horror, the box office numbers haven't been showing this. What kind of movies do you think this tells the studios to bank on then? Certainly not the new stuff. So what gives here? Either the Horror Fans are lying to themselves and others and really do just want lots of remakes of what's been done before, yet aren't willing to admit it, or Horror Fans are apathetic and really just don't care if good films make it to public theaters or not. Therefore they don't bother to cast a vote with a movie ticket. If what you want is good new Horror, then by damn, you need to buy a ticket and go to the movies. Often, too many people stay on the fence for one reason or another, they think someone else will do it, and I am here to tell you, that will never change anything. For those of you that are on the fence about The Cabin in the Woods, allow me to ease your worries.


     At it's heart, The Cabin in the Woods is truly an homage to all things Horror. The love for the genre shines through. It takes the well known scenario such as the weekend getaway by a bunch of teens to the ever dreaded secluded Cabin in the Woods, and then proceeds to effectively turn the genre on it's head. In doing so it also makes a very blunt statement about the current state of Horror and it's stereotypical characters placed in said bad situation to be killed. You can guarantee that with Joss Whedon behind the writers desk that the characters and dialogue is anything but stereotypical. As ever, it's intelligent, witty, and very funny but it never let's up on scares. If you are a fan of any of his work and/or Buffy The Vampire Slayer the series, you will love this movie. I dare say, that even the person who never watches any Horror movies at all, will like this film if they watched it. It's just that good. It has a realism and depth rarely seen in this day in movies. It is completely immersive and will keep you glued until the very end.



     As you may know from various commercials or posts around the inter-webs, The Cabin in the Woods has some twists and secrets to it that anyone is loathe to divulge should they ruin your movie going experience. Here on my blog, you will never find spoilers. But I am going to give you a large hint. It, by no means, is one of those sorry ass Shyamalan twist endings that you see 20 miles away, nor is it a secret like Sleepaway Camp. The main premise has been done before but never like this Is it like  Scream?  No, it is not, it is much, much better. The main premise falls more along the line of Leslie Vernon than anything else. That is, that these creatures, killers, and every other thing that goes bump in the night really does exist in the world, and that's all I am going to say.

     Back in the woods, everyone is having a good time with the usual Horror movie party favors of beer, joints, truth or dare, and hormones. Which makes me wonder how many Horror fans really do smoke that much weed. I've been a fan all my life and I think I have met more fans that don't smoke than do. Not that I care what anyone does either way, just saying. But wait a minute, this doesn't seem quite right. Is something off with everyone? Do they seem to be acting differently than normal. This is par for the coarse for a horror flick but something just isn't quite right. And then the screaming starts.

     By all means, start your screaming, too, and get out there to see The Cabin in the Woods and help to stand up and be counted as one of the fans looking for what's new. It's a great movie that you will highly enjoy.




Today in Strange - April 18, 2012


On this date in 1906, San Francisco was shaken by an earthquake measuring close to 8.0 on the Richter scale. City blocks crumbled, fires erupted, and when it was all over the quake had claimed hundreds of lives. 8.0–8.9 is equal to a 15 megaton explosion and can cause serious damage in areas several hundred kilometres across. And many this size or greater is expected to hit this year more than usual due to the changing weather patterns and melting ice caps.


4/16/12

A Zombie Apocalypse, How Everything Goes to Hell

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Today in Strange - April 16, 2012



On this date in 1866, a leaking crate of nitroglycerin in San Francisco exploded, leveling a Wells Fargo office and all surrounding buildings.

And on this day in 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman accidentally discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD. 





4/14/12

Saturday the 14th



It Gets bad on Friday the 13th, but it gets worse on Saturday the 14th!





On this day in 1894, Thomas Edison demonstrated the kinetoscope, a viewing device that was a precursor to the film projector. Thank you Mr. Edison, for the great invention. Without it there would have been no SATURDAY THE 14th! Still the best Horror-Comedy ever.