MUSIC :: A HORROR FAN’S RUNNING PLAYLIST — PART VII — “EVIL”

This is the seventh installment in a continuing series calling out songs that should be in every horror fan’s running (or exercise) playlist. For this installment, it’s about EVIL — that creeping abomination that lives in the black heart of darkness. As I steel myself to shake off the “afternoon drowsies” and head out there and get my running shoes in motion, I felt it was time for another post in this series.

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On with the dark tuneage.  ::

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“Evil Eye” — Franz Ferdinand

What a sweet groove. I really love this one. This album was a huge sleeper but was really one of the best releases of 2013. Horror lovers will ADORE this video — a really fun nod to the grindhouse horror gems of the early 70’s. You go, boys! Rock it out!

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“Good Mourning, Black Friday” — Megadeth

I had the incredibly good fortune to see these gents last summer open for Iron Maiden. They sounded really great and I was thrilled to have caught them live. Without question, Megadeth are virtuosos of the metal craft and always turned out some of the most intelligent work of the genre, IMHO. This track off of the landmark masterpiece “Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying,” has awesome build and a delightfully sinister and psychotic quality. Careful… The guitar work may melt your face off. Running faster may mitigate the face-melting properties of this blazer.

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“Wailing Wintry Wind” — Baroness

I caught these guys live as well in 2013. SIMPLY. AWESOME. I seriously think that there is no one doing it with quite as much heart, soul and raw power as Baroness right now. Their blend of sheer talent and elemental potency is unmatched. This song demonstrates a touch of that blend. First of all, buy everything recorded by this band… AND if you ever have a chance to experience them live, don’t even think about it. GO! Get your feet moving to this one, folks!

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Get out there and do it (he says more for his own benefit than anything)!

Here’s all of the other parts in this series — CHECK IT OUT.

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ART :: POSADA… CALAVERA OF THE WEEK

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Welcome to the latest in an ongoing tribute to the master of the calavera, José Posada. As I say each week… His rapier visual wit and penchant for the visual metaphor of the human bone remain stunningly fresh today. Sadly, he died penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. May this series serve as that lasting nod to his incredible legacy.

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ART :: CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE QUOTES… PART I… ANNNNND AN ANNOUNCEMENT

This the first post in a series of images that pays homage to the most iconic of quotes from the chilling, memorable and often darkly humorous world of horror film. Each piece features totally hand-created custom typography for the quotes themselves. A BIG “thank you” to all of the writers who give us those words that inspire in each of us as many broad smiles as cold chills. Enjoy!

Consider this a Top 10. Here is #10 and #09 in order ::

#10 :: AMERICAN PSYCHO

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#09 :: DAWN OF THE DEAD

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I am also very pleased to announce the grand opening of my Society6 store! Selected posters and other art featured here at The Strange Far Places or in my other film-oriented personal projects are available there for purchase. All of this is really a labor of love for me, but I had some requests to obtain some of my work and it was quite fun for me to make it available. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

CHECK OUT MY SOCIETY6 STORE >> 

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ART :: THE TOP 50 HORROR POSTERS OF ALL TIME… 30 >> 26

As you may be able to tell, I love great poster art, but especially posters from the great horror movie cannon. This is the fifth installment of my countdown of the best of the genre.

Here’s how I selected the list. I used three main criteria to shape my decisions ::

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>> DESIGN / IMAGE — This is the baseline. As a designer by trade, I feel strongly that any great or effective poster HAS to start here. Is the poster effective as a piece of art? Is the poster is a strong representative of the art of graphic design? Did it capture a particular spirit or movement in design?

>> TITILLATION / PROMOTION — Though we tend to contextualize film and the associated collateral as “art,” it is ultimately a form of commerce. Any movie poster has to promote the film it supports either through a delicious tease or overt sales pitch. How effective is the poster at selling the film it is tied to?

>> IMPACT / LEGACY — Sometimes even mediocre films get truly great posters. Sometimes, we even remember the image of the poster far longer than the film itself. What was the lasting effect of the poster? Was it iconic or timeless in some way? Was a part of a larger context?

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Every poster on this list is a cocktail of the above elements, mixed in different ways. All successful in their own right. Let’s jump in to 30 >> 26…

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2007

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2010

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1960

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1956

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1959

Look for Part VI, coming right up!

Special thanks to http://www.impawards.com for many of the images in this countdown. AWESOME site.

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ART :: CHARLES DICKENS: 4 GHOSTS… PART IV

I trust everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season! To celebrate the season here at “The Strange, Far Places,” I wanted to create a poster series in tribute to the Charles Dickens ubiquitous holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” This is the second installment in the series.

We all know the story and we all tend to think of it for it’s message, a universal story of redemption and change. What we tend to forget because of its hopeful holiday context is that it’s really, in style and subject, another one of Dickens’ ghost stories. Realistically, this story is crawling with them — the four main agents of change within the story being spirits bent on not only educating Scrooge into a new way of life, but also scaring the nightshirt off of him to do so.

With the advent of the New Year, I am posting the final in a 4 poster series in tribute to the season and the ghosts that drive this story of chills and change. Here is poster No. 4 ::

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The happiest of New Year’s wishes to all!

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