Friday, April 17, 2015

Ticket to Tsucess

tsu.co/movievigilante
scan to join tsu
I wrote about tsu once before on how it remained to be seen if it could be a viable alternative to Facebook. The jury is still out on that. However, I've been using tsu for a few months now and  my followers and earnings have slowly been increasing.

The best thing about tsu is that there's a direct way to donate to charities that are also on there. All you need to do is transfer funds from your tsu bank  to the charity of your choice. So far I've been able to donate to three different charities. Previously you were only allowed to donate a minimum of $1 but recently tsu changed that so you can donate one cent if you want.

When I first joined tsu, the site was rampant with spam but they have really done a good job  of ridding the network of spammers, lately. I hardly notice them anymore.

I follow a wide range of users on tsu, including artists, graphic designers, cartoonists, photographers and of course, movie fanatics. I would prefer to follow even more movie lovers but they need to join in order for me to do that. So if you love discussing movies and would like to give tsu a try, I would like to invite you to join using my short code link, tsu.co/movievigilante. Another way to join is by scanning the QR code at the beginning of this post.

If you want to learn some tips on how to use tsu, you can visit my blog, Ticket to Tsuccess. I've also opened a store at Zazzle  in which you can customize some products to add your own short code to advertise to people and invite them to join your network.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Keep Calm And Carry Luggage

Torgo poster
Keep Calm poster
If uninvited guests show up to your house, it's important to keep calm and carry luggage, just like Torgo does.

If you've ever seen the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate, you know that Mike can be a little overbearing, even obnoxious as he orders Torgo around like a mistreated hotel bellhop. Mike doesn't seem to realize that he hasn't stopped at some hotel, despite the title of a certain documentary film. Nope. Because of his inability to follow directions, Mike has gotten his family lost and ends up at The Master's residence. It is here that he meets The Master's servant, Torgo, he of the unusually-large knees, staggered walk and odd talk.

Not only does the uninvited Mike invite himself and his family to stay overnight at the residence, he takes advantage of Torgo's hospitality by expecting to be treated just as if he had checked into a hotel.

I have news for you Mike. You're not at a hotel and Torgo is not your servant. You can carry your own damn luggage! You could have at least given Torgo a nice tip, you cheap bastard.

Yet, through all this, including listening to Mike bark orders at him, Torgo remains calm and carries luggage. Well, there was that matter of him peeping on Mike's wife Maggie while she was undressing and awkwardly fondling her hair but I never said he was an angel.

So to sum up, keep calm and carry luggage but under no circumstance should you awkwardly fondle your house guest's hair no matter how long and lustrous it is.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Manos Movie Poster

movie poster
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



movie poster
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.