Wednesday, May 10, 2017

'Curse of Fate' Horror Movie Spoof Campaign

Curse of Fate  is a proposed hybrid horror movie spoof that I have been working on for a while. The concept consists of using footage from Curse of Bigfoot and adding the dialogue, music and sound effects from Manos: The Hands of Fate, to it. The goal is to combine two bad, B-movies into one new one, spoofing both in one shot. I would then upload it to YouTube, available to watch for free.

The idea came to me when I found out that Jackey Neyman Jones appears briefly in a classroom scene in Curse of Bigfoot. Jackey also plays Debbie, the little girl in Manos. This means she is in two of the worst movies of all time. Previously, I put together a short mockumentary spoofing a documentary about Manos that received some nice comments, including one from Jackey. This inspired me and as a result Curse of Fate was born.

The work-in-progress movie will be over thirty minutes long and will include the screen title seen in the campaign video and credits at the end. In between, I will try my best to make a cohesive B-movie that tries to be good but is bad in a funny way. That means I will try to match up the dialogue from Manos as best I can to scenes from Curse of Bigfoot while still having it make sense, if that's even possible. I have edited about ten minutes of CoF and you'd be surprised how similar both movies are. It's uncanny.

Editing is a very slow and laborious process however. It is very time-consuming clipping movie scenes, then capturing audio clips and then trying to sync them up to tell a story. I work on it when I can but constantly have to put it on the back burner because I have other work that takes priority. Because of this, it's hard to estimate when I will finish CoF.

However, there is a way that you can help me keep this project on the front burner, if you would like to see the finished product sooner rather than later.

Anyone who buys official CoF merchandise will qualify to have their name in the end credits as a Thank You. It can be your real name, a nickname or even a user name. Nothing vulgar or racist, please. You will have to contact me to let me know what name you want to appear in the credits. Obviously you won't see your credit until the finished movie is uploaded to YouTube but in the meantime you'll have some sweet swag to show off.

You have a wide variety of merchandise from which to choose. Any purchase qualifies you regardless of price.

Official T-shirts are available in my Teespring store. Most other products will be available in my Zazzle store.

Teespring t-shirts
T-shirts from Teespring featuring Curse of Fate movie poster design

Products available in the Zazzle store include movie posters (main and alternate), stickers (including retro VHS design), coffee mugs, hats, jigsaw puzzles, temporary tattoos, flasks, neckties and more. I will probably be adding more products from time to time so bookmark the link and visit periodically.

I really hope this interests some of you and would really appreciate it if you could help me finish my bad B-movie spoof. 

grey t-shirt from Teespring
Curse of Fate grey t-shirt from Teespring

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Is VHS Dead or Alive?

If you remember the 80's and 90's, then you probably also remember video rental stores and all the nostalgia that goes along with them. One of those nostalgic things is VHS videotapes which filled store shelves before becoming obsolete due to a new format known as DVD. For a while VHS cassettes and DVDs shared the shelf space until the latter established itself as the superior format and completely took over. DVDs were less bulky, had better video quality and never needed rewinding.

The last major Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was A History of Violence in 2006. It was clear that VHS was dead and never coming back.

Or is it?

Friday, April 28, 2017

New 'Teenagers Battle the Thing' Movie Poster

I've redesigned my poster for Teenagers Battle the Thing. I think this version is a lot cleaner and less cluttered. This is the 16:9 version that is the thumbnail for the movie uploaded to YouTube. The poster features an "orange pop" background which references a line in the movie by one of the characters. In the lower right corner is a prayer stick that is one of the objects discovered by the titular teenagers.

The orange pop reference is also what inspired me to come up with the tag line.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Karli and MV Watch A Movie

eating popcorn and watching a movie
Karli Melder and the Movie Vigilante watch a movie (drawing by Karli Melder)

I held a contest once on a now-defunct social media site that required the entrants to write a short paragraph reviewing a movie they had watched recently. That's all.

I don't recall what movie she wrote about but after she entered, Karli Melder took it upon herself to draw this image of herself and her impression of the Movie Vigilante, complete with front butts. I don't know why Karli draws people with their butts in the front but it's whimsical and funny and those are good enough reasons for me. Notice how my arm snakes in to grab a handful of popcorn? I believe also that the way our hands are drawn is called "popcorn hands." Very appropriate, don't you think?

She didn't have to draw this. She just decided to do it completely on her own, unsolicited and it filled me with joy when I saw it. It was such a nice gesture.

Unfortunately, Karli did not win the contest but it did lead to this interview of her I did after I found out she worked at a drive-in theater. In it, I had originally linked to the drawing that was hosted on the website that no longer exists. Since that link is now broken, I wanted to post the drawing here for all to enjoy.

Thanks, Karli!

Now go watch a movie.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Help Kickstart The Lo-Fi Life of Weird Paul

Scheduled for release in 2017 is the second documentary focusing on "Weird" Paul Petroskey, called Will Work for Views: The Lo-Fi-Life of Weird Paul. It's described as "a documentary film 30 years in the making."

Shooting has finished but now Eric Michael Schrader, the director, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with various costs in order to complete the movie, market it and enter it in film festivals.

Here is what the money will go towards:
  • Color Correction
  • Audio Post Sound Mixing
  • Marketing
  • Film Festival Costs
  • Travel Costs for Talent and Essential Crew

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Own a Deck of Obscure Movie Monster Playing Cards

If you've ever wanted a deck of playing cards featuring your favourite B-movie monsters, now is your chance to go all in. The next time you have your friends over for poker night, pull out your deck of obscure movie monsters. Being dealt a bad hand takes on a whole new meaning when you consider some of the bad movies in which these creatures appeared. Whether you're winning or not, fun can be had by all by seeing how many of these turkeys you can remember.

Speaking of turkeys, Blood Freak is just one of the movies that inspired artist Mark Monlux to create these creepy creature cards. Some other examples are The Killer Shrews, Octaman, Them!, C.H.U.D., Night of the Lepus, Trilogy of Terror and The Monster That Challenged the World, to name a few.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Watch Me Play "Manos: The Hands of Fate" Horribly

In 2012, FreakZone Games released a retro-styled video game based on the 1966 cult, B-movie favourite, Manos: The Hands of Fate. Although I've never been much of a gamer, I purchased the PC version at the time and enjoy playing it from time to time. I'm still not that good and don't get very far but part of that is because I'm using my computer keyboard for the controls, which makes it a little more difficult. Mostly though, it's because I am and always have been a casual gamer. I think I've only ever beaten one video game in my life; It was The Legend of Zelda. I'll never be mistaken for a serious gamer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MST3K Reboot Almost Here!

After much hype, fans of MST3K won't have to wait much longer for the reboot to flick on the movie sign.

The new episodes premiere on Netflix, beginning April 14th.

After watching the trailer, I have to say that everything looks and feels right, from the new host Jonah Ray to the new Mads (Felicia Day & Patton Oswalt) to the set, props and special effects.

All that remains to be seen is which movies will be mercilessly mocked in this latest incarnation of the show. If the trailer is any indication, Reptilicus will be one of those movies. An excellent choice.

I realize that Joel Hodgson has chosen the movies for this new season already but feel free to pick any flawed films from my list for next season, Joel.

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