Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Manos Movie Poster

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Manos: The Hands of Fate
Ever since I first watched Manos: The Hands of Fate, I've been fascinated with it. Even though the movie is severely flawed both technically and plot wise, the characters known as The Master and Torgo are thoroughly entertaining.

I've become so obsessed with the cult film, I decided to try my hand (pun fully intended) at designing a movie poster for it.

For my design, I tried to convey the feeling of a movie that was creepy and sinister. I felt the best way to do this was to focus on The Master with his piercing and hypnotic gaze. His white face is starkly contrasted against a black background, like he's appearing out of the darkness of night. I've just noticed that Tom Selleck has a slight resemblance to The Master. Keep that in mind, should there ever be a remake.

The red hands frame the movie's title much like I imagine director Hal Warren used his hands to frame a scene before shooting although I don't think it helped him much. I positioned them to appear as though they could still be part of The Master's robe. This also conveniently left an appropriate space between the thumbs to insert the credits of the cast, crew and production company.

Next, I recreated the rectangular boxes with the color and disclaimer info just as they appeared in the original newspaper ad and placed them onto the hands.

Finally, I added the tagline at the top, slightly modified from the original version.

This poster is available for purchase at my Society6 store by clicking on the poster image. It's also available at several other of my following online stores: Zazzle, Redbubble (metal print) and DeviantArt. All rights reserved. If you see this poster available for download or purchase at a website or store other than Movie Vigilante online stores, please report it to me.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Torgo Twitch


We Rock The Tomb
We Rock The Tomb cover art
MST3K fans no doubt know about Torgo, the creepy yet sympathetic caretaker from the film MANOS: The Hands of Fate. If your taste in movies is more refined and you're unaware, Torgo is a servant to a cult leader called The Master, with unnaturally-large knees and a staggering walk.

With a restoration of the of the movie in HD soon to be on Blu-Ray and Manos mania at an all-time high, it was only a matter of time before MANOS: The Band of Fate was a reality.

The band features Mike on guitar/vocals, The Sheriff on guitar, Torgo on drums and The Master on bass/vocals on the CD, We Rock The Tomb. It has songs titled, Jackey, I've Been Drivin', I Love You Maggie, Take Debbie, Wild Desert Bikers, Number 7, The MANOS Dance and The Torgo Twitch. The last song is available as a free download.

I listened to every track and thought every song was quite catchy with a heavy, classic rock sound. You can purchase all eight songs for $5 or individual tracks for 99 cents.

In my opinion, this is a must have for any fan of Manos:THOF.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Teenagers Battle The Thing



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Teenagers Battle The Thing (TBTT) was an obscure, low-budget, monster movie released in 1959. It was also used for an extended version under the title Curse of Bigfoot in 1978. The plot of the film involves five high school students and their teacher who are enlisted by an archeologist/museum curator and travel to the small town of Ivanpah to help him excavate the ruins of an ancient Indian camp site. While doing so, part of the group stumbles across an ancient mummy's burial site. Thrilled with their discovery, they decide to bring it back with them. It turns out however, that they're in for more than they bargained for.

One of the teenagers in the film was Jan Swihart who played Sharon, the blonde girlfriend of Johnny (Bob Clymire). Nowadays she is known as Jan Hart and is a talented artist living in Costa Rica.

When I found a copy of this film on Internet Archive, I noticed a comment by Jan from January 14, 2014 stating that she was Sharon in the movie. She also included her website address. With information on this film being scarce and wanting to know more about it, I decided to contact Jan through her website and ask for an interview. To my delight, she agreed.

What follows is my correspondence with Jan via email over a 2-3 week period, approximately. She was nice enough to answer many of my questions and filled in a lot of missing info a well as correcting some of the misinformation listed on IMDb.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Listen To MOM



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Maltin On Movies logo
Listen to MOM. By that, I mean Maltin On Movies.

MOM is my new favourite podcast on the subject of movies. The Maltin in the title refers to well-known movie critic, Leonard Maltin. Some of you may remember that he was the long-time resident film critic on Entertainment Tonight back when ET was actually about entertainment and worth watching. Nowadays, the TV show has devolved into a trashy, gossip news show. I assume this shift in direction meant that there was no more room at ET for Leonard's insightful and delightful movie reviews.

Whatever the reason, it didn't stop Leonard from reviewing movies. He also had his annual Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide in which he rated movies and wrote capsule reviews. It started in 1969 as a one-off and beginning in 1987, was published annually. Unfortunately, due to declining sales attributed to internet sites such as IMDb, it was announced the 2015 edition of the book would be the last.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Film Leader


Film Leader Countdown (old film with torn sprockets) from Movie Vigilante on Vimeo.
Film leader with simulated old film appearance with torn sprockets.


film leader number with clock wipe
I've seen several film leader animations uploaded on YouTube and it gave me the idea to create my own. The one above is on Vimeo since I wanted to take advantage of its Vimeo Enhancer which is what gives it the appearance of an old film with torn sprockets.

I used Corel R.A.V.E. 2 for the animation, Audacity for the audio and Windows Movie Maker to edit before finally uploading it to Vimeo and applying its Enhancer effects.

It's important to note that this is not completely accurate and is only an approximate simulation of a typical film leader. Do not rely on this for authenticity.

It's available for download to use in any way you want under a Creative Commons license (CC by 3.0)