Happy Geekoween

My sisters are like Martha Stewarts with better senses of humor and extensive knowledge bases of pop culture. So it was no surprise that one of them (Heather) sent me a couple of images of their Halloween pumpkins, and they looked like this...

I'm amazed but not surprised, this is the super cool sister that has also done THIS and THIS.

Happy Halloween from Born For Geekdom and my super cool sister, who always provides us with plenty of geek-related holiday crafts. She seriously blows my mind. (And just wait until you read her novel...it's a comedy about old people becoming werewolves. Did you head just explode with admiration? Mine did.)


Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

Read the full article on its home blog, a super cool craft site called FILTH WIZARDRY. Click on the name of the site to go directly to the how-to blog for this mask.


Greg Nicotero's, "United Monster Talent Agency" and other monster-inspired shorts

I remember hearing about this a few months back and getting so excited that I could hardly stand it. This is a short for AMC directed by Nicotero, a special effects artist and up until this point, a second unit director. But if there's any justice in the world, this will become a full feature! 

If you're a monster geek, this is going to make your DAY. Just in time for Halloween, here's, United Monster Talent Agency.

Naturally, it's only fair to include one of the other great "inspired by" horror shorts. What makes short films like this so great, I think, is the effort to recreate not just the imagery of these great movies, but the dedication of the actors to recreate the style of the dialogue.

What kind of a monster movie advocate would I be if I didn't include the Monster Squad preview. True, it's not a short, but it's one of the best modern makeup salutes to the Universal monsters ever created. (And if you watch it now, it's astoundingly violent...oh how I miss the eighties definition of a "kids's movie".)

One more time now! Let's keep going with the Ed Begley Jr. theme and watch the, Transylvania 6-5000 preview.

In fact, I'm starting to have major monster flashbacks. There was a major monster renaissance in the late eighties and early nineties if I'm remembering correctly, thanks to the run on Werewolf films at the box office. 

I even remember a series of Pepsi commercials featuring the whole undead gang...anyone else remember the great eighties Monster renaissance? (Gremlins, Silver Bullet, etc.)

I found some visual evidence that is starting to focus the fuzzy
 memories...a Monster Match game? Perhaps in the early nineties?

Who else remembers this?


Conan Returns...

You're welcome.

The countdown has been on since last July, but now I'm REALLY getting excited.


Need to Make Travel Plans for Your Star Wars Geek?

Why not visit some planets from the Star Wars universe? Zazzle is offering some super nifty retro Star Wars logos that would make wonderful gifts. (Here's a link to the Star Wars Zazzle shop.) 

If you dig stuff like this, you may enjoy this book of art done by famous concept artist and matte painter Ralph McQuarrie.

Due to copyright issues, the book had to be published overseas.
Here's one last loving look at the travel posters as they hung at Star Tours. Who knows what changes will come with the ride revamp, currently underway?

Travel posters for Bespin, Tattoine, and Endor, homes respectively to Cloud City, Jabba's Palace, and Yoda's Shack.