Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sexy Cthulhu Cosplay?!??

Those are three words that I never really expected to be putting together!




Monday, July 8, 2013

Inhumanoids!



What a weird show Inhumanoids was.  A show like this would NEVER make it in the children's cartoon market today.  






Friday, June 21, 2013

Dracula Eats Hamburgers!


Huh.  That's weird.  I didn't take Drac as the burger type!  Oh well!

Found this online, apparently it's from a Japanese cartoon.  If anyone knows what it's from, let me know!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Compelling Alien/UFO videos

I came across this compilation video on MUFON's Facebook page and thought it was pretty interesting.  Particularly the alleged videos of extraterrestrial creatures.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Hilarious Training Videos

In my travels around the world weird web today, I came across a hilarious McDonald's janitor training video.  It made me giggle, so I decided to see what other ridiculous training and "work" related videos I could find.  I hit paydirt when I learned of The Found Footage Festival.  It's like these guys know my obsession with the strange and fucked up!  Let's check out some of their stuff!

First up is this ultra hilarious industrial safety film.  There is nothing better than a corporate produced "scare" film!  I was actually rather surprised with some of the "special effects" and stunts they pulled off in this one.  Kudos!




Up next is a rather amusing Nintendo training video on how to deal with customers.  I especially like the dude trying to return the Gameboy....I've known a few of these "know it all" guys....




I actually wasn't going to include this Blockbuster training video at first, but after watching it, I can't resist.  It's so damn cheesy!  This is a two parter, so settle in for a bit.  Remember........Listen, Think and Act!






Ya didn't think I was going to have a blog about training videos and NOT include the Wendy's Grille rap did ya?





This is quite possibly one of my favorites:  A Sears training video appliance salesmen.  You just have to see it to believe it......any training video that starts with a girl dancing in a bikini is okay in my book!






German forklift training video.  Slow to start....but once it gets goin'.....HO!  Watch out now!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's Sexy Supergirl Time! *NSFW*

Man of Steel comes lands in theaters tomorrow, so I figured what better way to celebrate that bring to you some Supergirl cosplay!













The TV of my Youth.....

 I thought it would be fun to compile some pictures of some of my favorite stuff from TV of my childhood and teen years.  I miss TV like it used to be.  Cable and Satellite are all soulless now.


TNT's 100% WEIRD!  always showed great stuff!

I spent many a Saturday afternoon in front of the tube watching  CDF!

Commander USA!  Okay to be honest, I remember this the least....but I still remember it!

Rhonda Shear, if you are reading this...call me.

If you read Midnight Cinephile, then you know that I have a special affinity for WNDS!

This really goes hand and hand with TNT's MonsterVision....

YES!

Ah Night Flight.  They don't make ANYTHING even remotely like this anymore.

Responsible for my first viewing of John Carpenter's They Live!

Remind me to tell you a funny story about when The Movie Loft showed The Terminator....

Perfect set up for USA Up All Night!

FUCK YOU MTV!!!!!!  I WANT MY V66!!!!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Creepy Alien/UFO TV Shows

I'm completely obsessed with tv shows about UFOs and aliens.  I can't get enough of them.  It started way back when I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries with my mother when I was a kid.  The UFO stories always freaked me the hell out.  It wasn't enough just to watch them on TV, but I also had to read everything I could possibly find about UFO's from our public library.  I can still remember hot summer nights, reading about police officer Lonnie Zamora, who had an encounter with an other worldly craft in Socorro, NM in 1964.  I was absolutely terrified after reading about the disappearance of Travis Walton in 1975 (and then when the film based on his story, called Fire in the Sky, came out in 1993 I don't think I slept for a week.).

So, I thought it would be fun to count down some of my absolute favorite (read personally psychologically disturbing) Alien/UFO moments on TV!

Here we go!

#10) The Alien Interview

I saw this for the first time on a show called Mysteries, Magic and Miracles.  I'm not sure exactly how aliens fit in to any of those categories, but....whatever.  I remember watching this late at night and it absolutely freaked me the hell out.  As usual, a mystery former employee of Area 51 smuggled out some "evidence" of aliens that our government is keeping secret.  Their face is blacked out and digitized and their voice is altered to that goddamned creepy deep serial killer voice.  So already, you're kinda feeling a little on edge.  Then.....BAM!  They lay this video on you:


Is it fake?  Yeah, probably.....but that doesn't make it any less creepy!


#9)  Alien Autopsy

I remember when Fox used to show alien and UFO specials every other night.  The one that really stuck (I think for most people, including myself) was Alien Autopsy:  Fact of Fiction.  Hosted by Jonathan Frakes, this hour long special showed clips from what appeared to be an authentic autopsy of an alien creature recovered (allegedly) from the Roswell, NM crash in 1947.  I was completely riveted to my TV for 60 minutes and though, like most footage that's found its way into mainstream media, I'm sure it's probably an incredibly well executed fake, it doesn't make it any less disturbing.  Especially when they start to tinker with the poor dead alien's eyes.  BLECH!

Here is the uncut autopsy film.  Pleasant dreams!



#8)  Ancient Aliens - The Dyatlov Pass Incident

I enjoy Ancient Aliens quite a bit.  Sometimes they get a bit far fetched with their hypothesis (No....I seriously doubt that Albert Einstein was talking to aliens and I'm pretty sure that the Vikings didn't design Thor around an alien....but then again, I wasn't there, so who am I to say?) but sometimes they come up with some damn compelling evidence.  And sometimes they come up with some damn disturbing shit too....such as the episode that dealt with the connection between aliens and perceived "evil places" here on Earth.  One of the segments talked about the Dyatlov Pass Incident, in which 9 ski hikers died under extremely disturbing circumstances and their corpses were radioactive.  This really creeped me the hell out!



#7)   Alien Abduction Security Cam Video

An episode of The Paranormal Borderline (and I think it may have made rounds on other shows as well) that  allegedly shows a person being abducted by aliens and then returned two hours later.  Apparently Jonathan Frakes had the market on alien documentary shows in the late 90's early 2000's....because he once again takes us through the video, the usual panel of experts review the tape and confirm that it is, indeed, a compelling piece of evidence.  Compelling?  Yep.  Real?  I dunno.  Disturbing?  Oh yeah.



#6)  In Search Of........UFO Abductees

The thought of being taken against your will....or worse yet, having your will completely sapped away from you is a horrifying thought.  This episode hit all the hallmarks of what horrifies me about alien abductions....lost time, confusion, anal probes....okay....well maybe they don't mention that last one here...but still....I don't want no aliens giving me a colonoscopy, aight?  I don't know why, but these old shows like In Search Of really managed to hit an extremely creepy vibe that always stayed with me long after the show was over.



#5)  Sightings - Any UFO segment

This show used to wig me out, big time.  My older sister is two years older than me.  When she got to high school and joined the marching band, she went to all the football games on Friday nights (as marching bands are wont to do).  Any way, instead of dragging everyone out at nine or nine thirty at night to pick her up, my mother would leave me home to watch my baby sister (who was already in bed at that time).  Sightings would come on just as my mother was leaving, which left me to watch it alone.  Usually by the time that she and my sister were back, I was thoroughly freaked out but trying to play it cool.






#4)  The Betty & Barney Hill Abduction Case

I don't have a memory of a particular documentary or TV special for this one, but the case is extremely well known, especially to those of us here in New England, as the alleged abduction took place in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire (a place in which I have been camping MANY times.....and each time I can't help but thing about the Hill's abduction case).  In this case, the aliens seemed benevolent....but it still does not ease any of the dread I feel when I'm in the area....always looking tentatively to the skies.







#3)  Unsealed: Alien Files  - The Solway Firth Spaceman

Unsealed:  Alien Files is a show that (I think) heralds back to the good ol' days of Sightings and Unsolved Mysteries.  The combination of the deep voiced narrator with the creepy music creates a great kinda retro vibe to the show.  One of the creepiest episodes actually involved one of the more ridiculous cases.  The Solway Firth Spaceman.  Allegedly a spaceman appeared in a middle photo of a series of three of a five year old girl.  What was creepy was not so much the photos or the "spaceman", but the stories of the aborted missile launch and the MIB involvement.





#2)  Overlords of the UFO

I can't even begin to explain to you what it is about this documentary that gives me the chills.  If you are looking for a classic 70's creeptastic UFO documentary, you've come to the right place.  I'm just gonna let the documentary do the talking:





#1)  Travis Walton

If you watched the Overlords of the UFO documentary, then you probably know where I"m going for number one.  Also, I mentioned it all the way back at the beginning.  Travis Walton's case has been featured on just about every UFO/Alien show around.  So really you can take your pick on which one wigs you out the most.  I remember seeing this interview on 20/20.....I remember thinking that he must be legit if he's on 20/20!






Miami Connection.....The Greatest Lost Action Movie of the 80's



This movie is goddamn magical.  I'd heard about this for a while and it had fallen off my radar until I recently came across Rob Freese's write up in the latest Phantom of the Movie's Videoscope (Issue #86).  I immediately jumped on Amazon and ordered a copy of the Blu Ray.  After watching the special features I'll put up a full review of the disc on Midnight Cinephile, but I just couldn't wait to jot some thoughts down on this 80's action masterwork.

Ninjas on Motorcycles?  Check.  Cheesy 80's band called Dragon Sound singing a song called Against the Ninja?  Check.  Sword fights, bikers, bikini clad chicks and Taekwondo?  Check, check, check and....check.   The acting is absolutely amazingly atrocious, the special effects are wicked 80's lo-fi and the martial arts choreography is pretty wonky too.  In short, there is nothing that I don't absolutely LOVE about this film.  I want to show it to everyone I meet.  This movie has single-handedly reminded me why I love movies.

Now how about a Dragon Sound tune?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Whole New World of Retro Gaming Goodness!

I've known about the Sinclair ZX Spectrum for quite some time, but it was not until yesterday that I actually started to explore the zany world of the "Speccy" (as it's affectionately known by it's loyal fans).  I've gotta tell ya, I haven't played too many games, but I am completely hooked.  The Spectrum was an 8-Bit computer that was developed in the UK and was very friendly towards "bedroom programmers".  I would say probably more so than any other computer system of the 80's.

I'm still exploring the vast library that is available via emulation, but with titles such as Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner and Kokotoni Wilf, I'm very excited to finally play these long cherished games.  Digging further into the library, I come across some titles that sound absolutely friggin amazing (they are listed mostly as freeware....so I'm sure they're actually kinda on the chinzy side, but that is completely besides the point!) such as Killer Knight, Killa Gorilla, Jungle Warrior, Beat the Bug Eyes, Ghosts Revenge and the list goes on and on.

I've actually been playing Killer Knight a bit tonight and it's extremely frustrating, yet I feel compelled to keep playing.  The controls are ludicrous and extremely unintuitive, but I guess that's the price you pay for a Donkey Kong clone with a Killer Knight taking the place of ol' DK!  I have yet to make it past the first level, but I'm determined. 

Please note...the Speccy did not have the same keyboard layout,  You must use the number keys on top!

Ok....so the Killer Knight is rolling barrels at me?  That's an odd attack, isn't it?

You are looking at the furthest that I have made it in the game!  

As I delve further into the ZX library of games, I will post them up in The Space Dungeon as well as pop some non review thoughts here in the HotAR.  

The sun will be up soon and that damsel in distress still needs saving.  So forge ahead I must.  FOR HONOR!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Retro Gaming Fun with Zauberwald

I've been having a blast the last few days playing some retro games on my Commodore 64 emulator.
By chance, I happened upon an odd little title called Zauberwald (which translates to Magic Forest).  It took me a little while to figure out what was going on, but once I did, I discovered a fun little platform/puzzle game.

You control a wizard and his skeleton companion and must collect herbs in a certain order so that the skeleton may become a fully fleshed out wizard again himself.

I did a full write up on the game over at The Space Dungeon of Vestron, so if you wanna check out the full
review head over there.  Or you can watch this video clip of the game:

video

I can totally see my 9 year old self playing this over and over again on a rainy autumn afternoon.