Archive for the 80’s Category

Desktop Goodies 9/17

Posted in 80's, absurd, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, comics, creatures, death, ephemera, food, humor, illustration, macabre, meat, postcards, religion, retro, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Be warned:
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Sometimes I write fictional surrealist resumes in my head just for fun. I’m definitely adding “Can appear as a disembodied head and hypnotize crocodiles” to my skill set.
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The daintiest amphibious juggler.
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There is something very wrong with this cat’s hind quarters (or maybe very right as far as he’s concerned).
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An unlikely friendship, indeed.
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There are not nearly enough meat puns in the sentimental postcard industry.
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So delightfully subtle…until you step in the wrong spot, that is.
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Thank you, Rachel, for these next two. I’ll quote her here: “No means NO, Jesus!”
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…but this is a sweater that many can afford. (I’m sure this man’s parrot has become clinically depressed from living with him).
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Genuinely creepy. Not sure where this comes from. Hell, presumably.
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I was going to write an individual comment for each of these, but they kind of work as a dyad.
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I spent a while trying to figure out this “twelfth finger” thing. Does anyone get it?
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Now, a giant chicken absconding with a child, anyone can understand.
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Image Odyssey: Discontinued Cereals of the 70’s and 80’s

Posted in 70's, 80's, absurd, food, humor, image odyssey, retro with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

It’s SO hard to narrow down my search results for this image odyssey. There are legions of bizarre and beloved crunchy, sugary relics to be found. Let’s start with some collages by Like Totally 80’s, where you can also find original commercials. It was all about toy, video games…and doughnuts. Lots of doughnuts. (Click images to enlarge)

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What kind of cold hearted freaks could look at Gizmo and cancel this cereal? Look at those eyes! I’d eat a box that’s been sitting around since 1984 if this creature asked me to.
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Who remembers Body Buddies? I had these as a kid. I think I believed they were healthy because of the deceptive name (and those awesomely strong kids on the box). Dear World, please notify me when sugary corn puffs become healthy. Thanks.
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Barbie? No wonder this failed. Everybody knows she has black coffee and cigarettes for breakfast.
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Poor King Vitaman didn’t reign for long.
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These were before my time, but I’m sad to see any monster cereal go.
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I’m not sure what prompted anyone, ever, to think that grape flavored grains and marshmallows was a good idea. This has to pass…committees and stuff.
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I’m sure this got discontinued because no one wanted to bother writing the name on a grocery list. Still, the premise of a robot who shoots out sweetened morsels when tickled was gold.
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It’s not cereal, folks. It’s a cereal system, which sounds undeniably sophisticated.
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If someone handed me chocolate food…filled with chocolate…I’d be calling him Mr. Wonderful too.
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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.

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?

Desktop Goodies 9/9

Posted in 80's, absurd, Books, candy coated nightmares, dolls, ephemera, humor, monsters, photography, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

McDonald’s Icecapades…how was this not traumatizing for children (or was it)?
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This looks like the Codex Gigas.
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And then we have the Holy Bible, which apparently has a wider readership than I had suspected…
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Seduction for Dummies (*groan*).
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Make sure you order a DIET soda with this to save calories.
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Puts things in perspective, no?
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So true…
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A dinosaur’s preferred travel method.
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I wish I did!
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I couldn’t find an artist for this image anywhere. Any ideas?
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Ah, finally a realistic series.
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Pants on fire!
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Hollis Brown Thornton

Posted in 80's, art, retro with tags , , on April 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Anyone born around the same time I was, or before, will likely get a twinge of nostalgia when looking at Hollis Brown Thornton’s work. His images made with permanent marker are my favorite:

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Ah, VHS and Atari cartridges! I didn’t have Atari, but I certainly had those stacks of tapes.
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Who remembers this logo preceding TV specials?
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