In the north east Asian countries of Japan and South Korea, the carrying of an umbrella is a vital tool come rain or shine. Either to keep the rain off, or the sun from beating down on you, umbrellas are carried everywhere. So the idea of reminding people to take their umbrellas isn't such a strange thing. Despite the message that these posters give off. Looking into them more deeply, explains that maybe Japanese culture isn't quite as weird as it may appear on the surface. For example, the random Marilyn Monroe poster, is a play on words. The text in the top right corner "Kaerazaru kasa" (umbrella of no return) is a play on "Kaerazaru Kawa," the Japanese title for "River of No Return," the 1954 movie starring Monroe. The Jesus image, reads at the top "Wishing to God again and again". The poster makes a play on the words "kasa" (umbrella) and "kasane-gasane" (again and again). A little bit of insight into graphic design choices and public information posters? Do you really care?
Lewis and Friedman entered wanted to tap markets that their nudies couldn't or wouldn't reach, andso in 1963 they made Blood Feast. Now a cult classic, that is considered by many to be the first ever "gore" movie. The simply buckets of blood and cheap special effects trickery found a willing and ready market, especially in the drive-ins. So the pair followed up Blood Feats with Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) and Colour Me Blood Red (1965). They'd hit on a formula, and they were going to milk it for all it was worth. As soon other exploitation film-makers picked-up on the movies Lewis was making, and started making their own gore movies. After Colour Me Blood Red, Lewis and Friedman stopped working together, but Lewis continued to make gore movies. His next were A Taste Of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome, both 1967. He still continued to make nudie and softcore movies, as well as a couple of children's films. But it is his gore movies that he's most well known for. He started using the word in the titles of his movie. In 1968 he made Doctor Gore (also known as How To Make A Doll), followed by 1970's The Wizard Of Gore, and in 1972 Gore Gore Girls. Most recently after a gap of nearly 40 years, in 2002 he made a sequel to Blood Feast, Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat.
Now watching bootleg videos through a snow-storm wasn't that unusual in the 80s and 90s. But this, this was a total blizzard. I literally sat through the whole thing, with random turtle like shapes ghosting across the screen, while following the action purely via the soundtrack. Which was surprisingly good. What did I do after it ended? Probably shouted "awesome" and ran around bragging about how I had a bootleg copy of the movie. That people then begged to borrow, and I lent out begrudgingly. How did they react? They reacted by shouting "awesome", and trying to either buy it off me or tape-to-tape copy it with two VHS video recorders wired together... True story... And you try to tell kids today about how a "cam" version of a torrented movie they downloaded off the Weird Wide Web isn't that bad a quality! No chance!
The Quiet Earth is sci-fi in the tradition of serious, thought provoking and philosophically driven sci-fi of the 70s. Here there are no aliens, no big special effects, no clever bells and whistles. Just simple story telling, exploring the loneliness of psychological effects of being the last humans on the planet.
The first Touched By The Hand Of God! post was so popular, I just had to do another one. Just when you thought sniggering at vintage Christian album covers that use the words "touch" or "come" couldn't get any weirder, check out this selection. As we go further down the spiral of innocently depraved albums.
Along with the Japanese animations Astro-Boy and Gigantor, Speed Racer was one of the earliest examples of anime to find success outside of Japan. The animation for Speed Racer utilized a lot of stock repeat footage, as many animations of the era did, but stood out in its stylistic dynamic design. Using a framing and style directly lifted from the manga series, the animation gave viewers the feeling of speed through fast pans, off-centre angles, and extreme close-ups. All edited at frenetic break-neck speed.
Released in 1986, the game tests players knowledge of pre-Vatican II doctrine. The game is a sort of Catholic combination of "Trivial Pursuit" and ''Monopoly". Players mark their progress around the board laid out in the likeness of a rosary by advancing up the "church hierarchical ladder" from altar boy to pope, by completing "a six-decade rosary". Being a Catholic is obviously an advantage when playing!