VHS Revival’s Bizarre Movie Posters – Part One

Promotional posters are an essential part of any successful movie. Not only do they offer the public its first visual insight into an upcoming picture, they help to promote its genre and theme, as well as the marquee attractions whose job it is to convince eager fans to part with their hard-earned cash.

Posters can make or break a movie. From the crudely drawn, minimalist posters of the late 19th century, the art form would grow in both scope and impact, employing illustrators and artists as visual connotations and conceptualization came to the forefront, altering the process from mere advertising to storytelling and subliminal appeal…

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Saving the World, One Hunk at a Time.

Recently, I have noticed that some cable television outlets have taken to showing disaster movies.

I don’t know whether to be alarmed or amused by their schedule, but it started the old gears turning in my head. Why is it that when an impending cataclysm is looming Hollywood feels the need to turn to a beefcake-o-rama? Look, I am not going on a feminist rant or anything, but just think about it: besides Deep Impact, has there ever been a crisis thriller helmed by a woman?

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Xenomorph: The Birth of a Monster

The Xenomorph is perhaps the most terrifying creation in all of cinema.

There had been monsters before, and there would be monsters after, but does anything else really come close? Let us take a moment to consider. We have the iconic monsters of horror’s golden era. Frankenstein’s monster was at his most effective as a symbol of the misunderstood, and the scares were largely accidental, owing to the unfortunate brute’s giant frame and all round clumsiness. Nosferatu looked creepy enough, and F.W. Murnau’s expressionist vision was startling to say the least, but there is a romanticism to the character and an air of necessity to Count Orlok’s misdeeds.

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The Bruce Campbell Factor

A couple of weeks ago a fellow writer and I had a discussion regarding Bruce Campbell’s Unified Theory of Jessica Alba.

As a result of that conversation, I began thinking about other actors who have made significant impacts on popular culture. There is a concept that exists about Kevin Bacon called Six Degrees of Separation that everyone has played with at one time or another. If you aren’t familiar with it, you take a Kevin Bacon movie and try to connect him to other actors…

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Arnie’s Top 10 Movie Puns – Part Two

When it comes to iconic figures, there are none more recognisable than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born to stringent communist parents in a small town with a population of just over 2,000, Arnie would burst to fame in bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. With his docile accent, Arnold hardly seemed like a superstar in the making, but next to his musclebound co-stars the cocksure kid from Thal shone brightest. In spite of his oppressed upbringing Arnold was frank, confident, quick-witted and erudite – all of the qualities required to succeed as a likeable mainstream presence…

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