Archive for December, 2009

What?! Is It The End Of The Year Already??

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

As you may have realized, the update rate of the blog has been noticeably slower these past few days. This is only because I’ve been on vacation for about two weeks (it always makes me feel odd doing “nothing”). I know I should be enjoying the beach and relaxing blue skies but I have more important things to do. I was planning to play the entire ScummVM catalogue but that task proved to be a little bit daunting, so I have scaled down my ambitions and resolved to play all the Legend Entertainment games. I’m actually doing pretty well so far!

Anyway, all in all, this was a pretty lousy decade. I’m not talking about the economics ordeal or politics but the entertainment media itself. This was the decade of the remakes, of Britney Spears, The Da Vinci Code and Halo. Granted, there have been some good movies, some good games (mostly indies, however), and a bunch of good records I could count with my fingers, but generally speaking, the 00’s sucked. Even the 90’s, which also seemed to suck at the time, were much better than this. For instance, I thought grunge was lame back then but found myself sorely missing it these past few years, and it will probably get worse. Luckily, 2012 will really mark the end of civilization and avoid us further embarrassment. In the meantime, I hope you get obscenely drunk and celebrate the new year as it should be!

R.I.P. Dan O’Bannon

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Cripes, this is starting to read more like obituaries rather than a blog. Quite a lot of cult celebrities have passed away this year and the newest joining the afterlife is Dan O’Bannon, who will remain inevitably known as the screenwriter of the original Alien (ever hear of that one?). But wait, Mr. O’Bannon was also credited with one of the best adaptations of a Philip K. Dick story ever with Screamers and without question the best adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft story with The Resurrected, based on The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, a movie that he also directed. Other notable credits include the writing of Dark Star along with John Carpenter, Dead & Buried (which is a must-see horror movie), Total Recall, Return Of The Living Dead, which he also directed, and special effects in Star Wars. Yes, the man was a giant and he will be sorely missed.

All Set

Friday, December 11th, 2009

So, the brand new YouTube channel is now crowded with clips from all the movies that have been appearing on the blog. There’s much more to come.

Also, our fancy Facebook page has albums with all the snapshots I’ve been collecting, including hi-res covers of the movies!

All is well.

New Week, New Feature!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Let me put it this way: WE HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL!! Oh yes, from now on every single movie mentioned on this blog will have a clip posted on YouTube. You won’t be left wondering about all these marvelous scenes I keep talking about anymore because I will pick a particularly good one for you. This week marks the inclusion of Blue Sunshine, a great movie about bald people going insane:

When possible, I will direct readers to potential sources for acquiring these movies. This way I expect to avoid the wrath of Evil Corporate Companies that prey on unsuspecting bloggers.

You know, I might be breaking the law in several countries for this, but I’m still doing it — just for you.

Link: Slightly Deranged’s YouTube Channel

R.I.P. Paul Naschy

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Paul Naschy

Paul Naschy

Yes… they are all leaving us. Paul Naschy has died at the age of 75 after battling with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Naschy was without question one of the all-time greatest cult actors, leaving nearly 100 movies behind with his presence as well as scripting many of them. He was probably the most popular Spanish actor of the 70’s, most notably with his dozen of so performances of the wolfman (such as Walpurgis Night), movies like Horror Rises From The Tomb, The Orgy Of The Dead and a personal favorite of mine: Mystery On Monster Island.

He will be very fondly remembered.