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Josh Cooley, storyboard artist for Pixar, has an interesting hobby. When not working on films such as Up and Ratatouille , Cooley takes scenes from R-rated movies (including Jaws, Alien and Pan’s Labyrinth, among others) and illustrates them as if they were meant for a children’s book. The results are nothing short of amazing.
Rue Morgue contributor Paul Counelis checks in with some Monster Kid thoughts on Halloween.
To me, Halloween is unique. Not just because of the obvious – little kids dressing up like monsters, superheroes, cartoon characters and rock stars, and threatening adults door to door for candy. Yes, that is kinda weird, but it’s a different kind of weird. Halloween is strange, because the mood of the holiday is dictated by its placement on the calendar.
One year as a teen on Halloween night, I remember stopping in the middle of the road and looking around, soaking it all up. The way the wind was blowing, the smell in the autumn air, the orange and red hues of the sky itself. I remember thinking, “If I didn’t know tonight was Halloween, I would STILL think there was something special going on.”
I never knew this, but according to this 1863 illustration from London’s Wellcome Library, one of the many ways syphilis can mess you up before killing you is by giving you crazy vampire teeth.
Via Boing Boing, with thanks to Florence, my partner in crime, for pointing this out.
My virtual travels recently led me to Dream Anatomy, an online exhibition from the US National Library of Medicine. It’s a collection of crazily imaginative anatomical illustrations (and a few photos) from the 16th century to the present. The images are morbid, beautiful, disturbing and inspiring — some are grotesque, others weirdly whimsical; quite a few are both. Check out a sampling below, then head over to the exhibit to see the rest and read some background on each image and its creator.
You might think a full-length feature film claiming to be the “definitive story of the American drive-in movie” could have a tendency to be a bit dry. Maybe you’d wonder if spending 90 minutes watching footage of long abandoned or torn-down drive-ins, as well as interviews with people who are still running the storied outdoor theatres today, could be topical and entertaining, or just an extended bit of hokey nostalgia for die-hards. You might assume there’s no way a filmmaker could sustain a whimsical, perfectly paced documentary on the subject for any considerable length of time.
You would be wrong…
[RM contributor Paul Counelis rises from the depths with a new installment of Monster Kid Corner!]
I was a very young boy in the late ’70s, and like countless other kids, my first real exposure to monsters was that huge, fire-breathing lizard Godzilla, stomping around Tokyo and making that awesome screechy noise. For a short time, I was truly obsessed with Godzilla – so much so that when Toho released a line of Shogun Warriors, I begged my parents for the Godzilla model, which stood nearly two feet tall and featured a flickering “fire” tongue (and for some weird, unexplained reason, a fist that shot right off of his arm)…
As Ellen Ripley could tell you, nothing kicks alien ass like an exoskeleton suit that makes you taller, stronger, and an all-around better person. It seems that a Japanese company called Sagawa Electronics is selling them for the paltry sum of $125,000. Honestly, I can’t tell whether or not this is a real product (wasn’t Sagawa the name of the corporation in Ghost in the Shell?), but it’s plenty awesome either way. Do check out the video; it’s bonkers and wonderful and chock-full of references to Japanese genre cinema.
Also, I want a power suit.