Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Am Torgo!

Torgo t-shirt
Two minutes with Torgo is all it will take for you to fall in love with the iconic caretaker from Manos:The Hands of Fate. That is, if you haven't already done so.

The 1966 cult horror film was rescued from obscurity thanks to MST3K and as a result, John Reynolds posthumously gained notoriety for his eccentric portrayal of Torgo. It's unfortunate that he did not live to see the love and appreciation his performance has garnered. He would definitely have been a hit with fans at horror conventions.

Speaking of fans, if you'd like to wear your heart on your sleeve or in this case, Torgo on your chest, you can pre-order this I AM TORGO! t-shirt from Teespring. The design is screen-printed and is available in several styles, colours and sizes.

I don't know if The Master would approve of all this but what he doesn't know won't hurt him. We'll just keep him in the dark . Speaking of which, it will be dark soon, as Torgo would say. So go ahead and get to the nearest phone (even if it's ten miles from here) and spread the word to your fellow Manos Maniacs so they can get their own too. Text them, email them or use any other device of which The Master would not approve. Torgos unite!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How To Build A Time Machine

How to Build a Time Machine - Teaser from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.

movie poster by Jesse Philips
poster by Jesse Philips
How to Build a Time Machine

Directed by Jay Cheel
Produced by Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Roman Pizzacalla
Executive Produced by Michael McMahon
Cinematography by Jay Cheel

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How to Build a Time Machine is the story of two men, both inspired by H.G. Wells' 'The Time Machine', who have set out on a quest to build their own time machines.

When Rob Niosi decided to build a full scale replica of the time machine prop from George Pal's adaptation of H.G. Wells' novella 'The Time Machine', he had no idea what he was getting himself into. The three month project is now in its eleventh year, and he's not sure it will ever end. His perfectionist attitude and obsessive nature -- cultivated by years of detail oriented, time consuming work as a stop-motion animator -- has elevated his machine from prop replica to a true work of art. His goal? To capture the impression he had as a kid when he first laid eyes on the beautiful machine.

When Ronald Mallett was a young boy, his Father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. This event turned his world upside down. He became ostracized from his friends and family and found solace in science fiction. It was H.G. Wells' The Time Machine that inspired Ron to pursue a career in physics. His goal? To build a time machine so he could go back and save his Father.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Teenage Werewolf

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I Was A Teenage Werewolf movie poster
Before MTV's Teen Wolf series, there was the 1985 movie by the same name it was loosely based on. It starred someone named Michael J. Fox. You might have heard of him. He's kind of a big deal. That was not however, the fist time an actor played a teen werewolf and then went on to do bigger and better things. That distinction belongs coincidentally to another actor by the name of Michael, in this case, Landon.

Michael Landon, who is probably best known for his role as "Charles Ingalls" on the TV series Little House on the Prairie, once was a teenage werewolf in what else but the aptly-named I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Landon played the role of Ingalls for eight seasons. He was also "Little Joe" on Bonanza for 14 seasons and "Jonathan Smith" on Highway To Heaven for five.

You may roll your eyes at the thought of these movies but young actors have to start somewhere and it's always interesting to see them before they were stars.

Even special makeup effects artist Rick Baker enjoyed Landon's performance and the werewolf makeup.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Corner Gas: The Movie

corner gas movie logo
Having been a fan of Corner Gas the TV series, I don't know how I'm only finding out about this with only three days left in its Kickstarter campaign. The goal has already been achieved but there are still some stretch goals they would like to reach. If you're a fan, you might want to chip in some gas money.

Friday, May 30, 2014

In Memory of Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

A tribute to Harold Ramis, sending our wholehearted thoughts ... on Twitpic
Harold Ramis tribute by Dan Schoening
We lost a Ghostbuster not long ago. It was inevitable that eventually one of them would pass away sooner or later but I never thought it would be this soon. I was totally caught off guard by this bad news.

Harold Ramis died at the age of 69 on February 24th.

Most of us were unaware that Ramis  had been suffering from a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, since 2010.

Ghostbusters remains one of my favourite movies of all time and Ramis' character, Egon Spengler, is one that I identified with and admired.

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