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The Football Dance (I Love Melvin, 1953)

Posted in film, humor, music video, vintage with tags , , , on February 7, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Many thanks to the lovely Rachel for the perfect Superbowl Sunday link (not for actual football fans, of course).

This incredible clip of prancing footballers and a leotard-clad Debbie Reynolds playing a football is from the 1953 musical I Love Melvin. The New York Times claimed this “musical comedy contrivance is almost too liberal for words.” You be the judge.

Holiday Link Dump

Posted in absurd, art, christmas, craft, decoration, ephemera, film, food, sci-fi, sea, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I couldn’t choose which link to post…so have a bunch!

What those dead bird holiday cards I posted the other day actually mean.
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“Seasonally Confused” Victorian Cards
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Giant Paper Snowflakes
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Gorgeous Digital Snowflakes
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Gingerbread Iron Throne
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Gingerbread Darth Vader
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Sea Creature That Look Like Whovian Christmas Trees
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SWS Gift Guide: Stay Puft Marshmallow Mugs

Posted in 80's, film, geek, products, wish list with tags , , , , on December 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Honor your nostaligic (and/or present) love of Ghostbusters with a Stay Puft Marshmallow Mug!

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I love that it has two faces (I don’t love that it’s not microwave safe…because I’m lazy when it comes to heating beverages).

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But damn…it’s pretty great.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Mugs

80’s Christmas Horror Movies

Posted in 80's, film, horror, monsters, TV, undead with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Fellow horror fans…I confess I felt remiss in my duties when I discovered there were a number of 80’s Christmas Horror Movies I haven’t seen. A kind reader sent me this list.

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Luckily, 80’s Horror has compiled a nice list of every Christmas horror movie made in the decade. How many have you seen?

They also note two awesome TV episodes (which were staples of my childhood): Tales from the Darkside- Seasons of Belief

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And Tales from the Crypt- And All Through the House
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Check out 80’s Christmas Horror Movies.

The WitchDoctor

Posted in animation, film, kitsch, puppets, stop motion, tiki with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you Shivers of Delight for pointing me to this stop motion animation Kickstarter by Screen Novelties.

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I love the concept:
Welcome to a magical realm of dense jungles, fiery volcanoes, and iridescent lagoons. Meet the WITCHDOCTOR, the overzealous protector of this mysterious archipelago. He’s ready for action with his shiny cauldron, potent elixirs, and shrunken heads. There’s only one problem… The Witchdoctor STINKS at magic. When he mixes a potion or casts a spell, watch out!

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The film will use hand built props, sets, puppets, special effects and black-light to bring their classic Tiki influences (they also site George Pal, Karel Zeman, Rankin/Bass, Jim Henson, Lotte Reiniger, and Ray Harryhausen as influences…YES PLEASE!) to life in a creative, modern fashion. I can’t wait to see this!

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Halloween Countdown: Never Sleep Again

Posted in 80's, film, halloween, horror, monsters with tags , , , , on October 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A FOUR HOUR documentary on the entire Nightmare on Elm Street legacy? Oh yes…I did.

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The film opens with awesome stop motion animated renditions of iconic scenes (which are worth watching even if you turn it off after that).

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I must admit, I think the FIRST Nightmare is one of the best horror movies ever made. With the possible exception of the third installment, Dream Warriors, I couldn’t stand the way they transformed Freddy from the darkest monster imaginable to a fountain of cheesy one liners and gimmicks. Even the makeup looked plastic and less involved in the latter movies, whereas the original was a glistening mess of gooey fresh wounds.

Still, the entire documentary is quite honest and self aware. Those who hated the sequels will probably feel vindicated. It’s streaming on Netflix at the moment. Recommended for hardcore fans of the genre!

Watch the trailer:

Has anyone else seen this?

Halloween Countdown: Extraordinary Tales

Posted in animation, film, halloween, horror with tags , , , on October 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Just in time for Halloween, Extraordinary Tales is hitting theaters. It’s a series of five animated adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe, narrated by some of the greatest horror icons of all time.

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Each story is done in a different style of animation. Featured in this film are “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of Red Death” and “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.” Narrators include Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro and Bela Lugosi (!!!).

Watch the trailer:

Who’s going to see this?

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