Friday, October 02, 2015

Silent Movie PSA

I often wonder if patrons were annoyed by people talking during a movie back in the silent film era. After all, you didn't need to listen to a silent movie. In early moving pictures (movies to you and me)you had to read the dialogue in what was called an intertitle. The only sound you usually heard was someone playing live piano music in the theater in sync to the action on screen.

Monday, August 03, 2015

New "Manos" Movie Poster

I created a new thumbnail image for the Manos: The Hands of Fate movie on my YouTube channel so I figured I might as well create a movie poster to go along with it. That's right. This is the official  Movie Vigilante YouTube Channel "Manos: The Hands of Fate" movie poster.

Read my movie review of "Manos"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Movie Vigilante Feature Presentation Intro

Movie VigilanteHere's a short and simple animated intro I made for my YouTube channel.

I was thinking this would also be good to use when showing backyard theater movies. It would be like having your own little drive-in.

It wasn't too hard to make. I used two different images for my MV logo. The first is a dull red and the second is a brighter red with a glowing effect, all of which I created in CorelDraw. I added some sound effects; a switch sound and a running film projector.

I used Windows Movie Maker to animate the whole video. The film flicker and the special effects transition were achieved using some of its features.

If you want more specific details or instructions on how to create one of your own animated intros, leave me a comment.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Snowman in July (Der Schneemann)

How are you enjoying the month of July? Hot enough for you? Try being a snowman in July.

Der Schneemann (aka The Snowman in July) is an animated story created in Germany during the Nazi regime in 1944.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Couple of Creepy Caretakers in Cinema

Movie characters Torgo (Manos: The Hands of Fate) & Hanson (Scary Movie 2)
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Creepy caretakers have been a staple of horror movies for years. Their role is to give their house guests and viewers the heebie jeebies and also leave them guessing whether they are deranged killers.

Recently I noticed some similarities between two such characters; Torgo from Manos: The Hands of Fate and Hanson from Scary Movie 2.

Both Torgo (John Reynolds) and Hanson (Chris Elliott) have wandering hands and seem to have an affinity for awkwardly stroking the hair of their attractive female guests. Their actions are so similar, it makes me wonder if it's too much of a coincidence. Perhaps the director or writer of Scary Movie 2 was a fan of Torgo and the character of Hanson was a tribute to him. The only difference is one was meant to be a horror film and the other a comedy although you could argue that Manos was an unintentional comedy.

Which woman handles the situation better? Is it Margaret (Diane Mahree) with her delayed reaction and face slap or is it Cindy (Anna Farris) with her nervous and horrified reaction?

Which caretaker creeps you out more?