Tuesday, 23 August 2016

THE TRUTH



















Reality bites in John Carpenter's crappy - but prescient - 'They Live' (1988).

Saturday, 20 August 2016

ANGELS WITH DIRTY FEATURES

























A 1979 Smash Hits clipping, mercilessly defaced in somewhat poor taste. It's his Gran, ffs.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

SOUTH SEAS SCIENCE

























Try working topless and wearing flip flops in a laboratory type environment now, health and safety will shut you down like that - it's political correctness gone mad!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

PULSATING / WARBLING



















FIRESTARTER, d. Mark L. Lester (1984)

Inspired by the great Stranger Things, I’ve been delving into the world of the 80s, a period that I have previously had little affection for, despite spending my formative years there. Firestarter is a film that I have never seen before, and was amazed how good it was. Fast moving, well-acted, choc a bloc with psychokinesis and death, and a mad, eclectic cast (Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Freddie Jones) it’s a film where literally hundreds of people are burned alive by a nine year old girl and, for the most part, they absolutely deserve it. 

Aside from the relentless, pitiless violence, two things stand out for me: the portrayal of ‘The Shop’, the harmless sounding government department that specialises in making monsters; and George C. Scott’s performance as John Rainbird, a Native American assassin who nurtures a relationship with the little girl hoping that, one day, she will kill him.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

HYBRID ART



























Felix Labisse (1905-1982)

Bridging the gap between first wave surrealism and the sort of pictures people used to buy from Woolworths and put on the walls of their maisonettes in the 1970s.  

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

HELL ON EARTH


























The appalling agonies of crucifixion, sensitively rendered in Jack T Chick's extraordinary slide show film Light of the World (2003). 

Sunday, 7 August 2016