The savvy folks at Severin Films are giving us a gorgeous Blu-Ray transfer of “Hardware” (you remember–that awesome Aussie dystopian killer robot movie I dug so much?) next month. Slated for a street date of October 13th, here’s a sneak peek at the crispy gorgeousness of the print, as well as some of the excellent bonus features:
OK friends! We’ve reached the stirring conclusion of VALENTINA: REDISCOVERED by a gentleman who ranks as my favorite comix artist of all time, Guido Crepax*. One thing I noted in these final pages is that Valentina’s bum still looks incredible even though she’s wearing tennis shoes. Seriously–I could work out with my personal trainer for the next three YEARS and not have my bum look that high and awesome while wearing flat-soled shoes.
I think his style and panache must be genetic, because here’s a clip of daughter Caterina Crepax’s boutique, in which her textured, avant garde fashions are on sale:
It’s bringing a crazy amount of joy to my heart to know that folks love Crepax’s art as much as I do! I’m so delighted, in fact, that I am typing through a silly injury to the middle finger of my right hand (that’s my bird-flipping hand, you oughta know) that’s making the working of the touchpad on my MacBook damn near unpossible.
I’ve always thought I should be way more into HEAVY METAL magazine, but in spite of occasional forays into serious excellence and extraordinary relevance to my interests (please to see the Jodorowsky/Manara series about the Borgias), I never caught the fever to collect the magazine for its own merits. It’s only by grin-inducing happenstance that I found a 1988 issue containing a Valentina story by Guido Crepax, and I figured I might as well make my joy into OUR joy, interpals. I’m going to dice this 38-page story into four parts for your internet delectation. Let’s begin part one, shall we?
Cupcakes, lieblings, muffins, loves-of-my-life–let’s have a tete-a-tete, shall we? I was thinking about the remake/reboot phenomenon, inspired by news that “Suspiria” is next on the chopping block ([snark]apparently the original was directed by Some Dude named Dario Argento–perhaps you might’ve seen it? [end snark]). You might think I was ghastly in my rage, like some sort of avenging goddess of gore… but you’d be wrong.
- Scour messageboards and identify a Beloved Genre Property (BGP)
- Snag rights to BGP
- Attach Controversial Director (CD) to BGP (extra points if CD has some sort of music video link)
- Issue press release announcing that CD is going to be involved in “an ambitious reimagining” of BGP (extra points if you include a quote from CD on how he will “completely blow people’s minds” with how incredibly, awesomely different his film will be from the original)
- Set stopwatch for thirty-seven seconds after the press release crosses the wire (SCIENCE has proven that this is the amount of time it will take for the first Outraged Tweet [OT] to appear)
- Sit back and allow horror bloggers to flood the intertubes with OTs and profanity-laden blog posts about the sacrilegious nature of the BGP remake
- Enjoy free marketing campaign; acquire salary increase
- A year later and one month prior to the scheduled release of BGP remake, issue “exclusive” clips to three or four horror news sites simultaneously, inspiring further outrage and ensuing free marketing
OK, so I WAS just going to leave my thoughts on Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2” to a pithy, under-140-character Twitter post* referenced in Monday’s review of “I Sell the Dead,” but the outpouring of upsetment over this particular cinematic offering has given me pause to think. Simply expressed–Baron XIII and I enjoyed “Halloween 2”** for what it was. Namely, it’s an aggressive, gruesome re-telling of a stalk-and-slash film that prominently features its director’s trash-punk aesthetic. There’s no subtlety going on here, and Mr. Zombie*** isn’t trying to convey any larger cultural message than “what if Michael Meyers was a really murderey dude instead of a monster?” I have no emotional horse in the stalk-and-slash genre. The movies are entertaining toss-aways at best and as such, “Halloween 2” met and–yeah–in some ways exceeded its potential as such.