Thursday, February 28, 2013

Moonshine of the Damned Update #1

I'll start labeling these with numbers, just because it makes sense since I plan on doing more.

For starters, I'm officially changing the name from Bimbo Zombie Killers! Moonshine of the Damned to simply Moonshine of the Damned. Not only to simplfy it, but as a reference to the naming scheme of Evil Dead - so it's a vague reference, but one nonetheless. It went from Evil Dead, to Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, and of course, Army of Darkness, so I'm doing the same thing.

And I've been giving some thought to a poster - not that I really need one, or ever do really, but it's part of the process that I enjoy. This time around instead of doing a photo of the girls or something like that, I'm actually going to paint it - not digitally, but regular old, acrylic on canvas, paint. I'll be using this design:

And this will be, sort of, yet another reference, this time to the movie House, which featured a painted, slightly stylized zombie hand ringing a doorbell. I'll be scanning the painting and digitally touching it up a bit, but that's it.

This painting will also be the prize I'll be giving away for the funding campaign. Not sure of the size yet, but I'll be picking up the canvas next week and start working on it.

Speaking of the funding campaign, I'll be launching the 2nd phase of it next week - more about that then.

Finally have the first draft of the script, it's a little rough but it's all there. Casting is pretty much sewn up for all the new parts. So far the zombie casting process is going pretty well, not fantastic, although I haven't really been pushing it too hard just yet. I've broken up the zombie parts as actual roles that are being cast, rather than just making a random call for extras and hoping for the best.

And I've been working away trying to get a more accurate gauge on the FX budgets now that I know the needs of the script. That will be going on for the next couple weeks, finding out all the little bits I wrote and now have to create somehow. Should be fun.

That's it so far, we'll see how next week goes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brain and a Finger!

Brain and a Finger for $12.

Limited supply. I have 10 of these sets for sale on a first come, first serve basis (orders must be paid for within 2 weeks of ordering or it will be offered up to the next person who requests). The partially eaten Brain Keychains are normally $10, but this set is being sold for $12 - the Brain would normally retail at $8 and the Severed Finger at $7, you might be only getting a few dollars in a discount, but this is for a fundraiser not a direct retail sale - so that's a pretty decent deal.


The Severed Finger will be chosen at random from a batch already made. All orders can be made here, brains@themonkeyrodeo.com and mention "Brain and a Finger" as the subject - should they be all sold you, I'll let you know right away. Shipping is the same as usual, $15 in Canada, $25 in the US. Contact me for overseas rates, but be warned it won't be cheap, so best to find a couple other folks who might be interested in reduce the shipping costs.

If you're wondering what this is for, you can check out the page here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lord of Tears Kickstarter

This is the first time I've every really promoted someone else's work  here and I'll admit it's probably only because no one's every asked, but also because I think I'm pretty hard to impress. UK filmmaker, Lawrie Brewster recently contacted me to help promote his Kickstarter campaign for a film he's working on called Lord of Tears.

He sent me a pile of links to check out, so I'm just going to repost them all here because I feel like it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2367066/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3879509/

The Kickstarter below includes our trailer, and a video in which I describe more about the film.
Kickstarter - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lawriebrewster/lord-of-tears
Direct Trailer Link - https://vimeo.com/60118572
Direct Trailer Download - https://dl.dropbox.com/u/29968604/LORD%20OF%20TEARS%20OFFICIAL%20TRAILER%20v6.zip

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lordoftearsmovie?ref=ts&fref=ts

Tumblr - http://lordoftears.tumblr.com/

Key Art and BTS Stills - https://dl.dropbox.com/u/29968604/Lord%20of%20Tears%20-%20Screenshots%20and%20Key%20Art.zip

Official Website www.lordoftears.com

I highly recommend you check it out, it looks pretty funky, if you  can't be bothered following all the links, here's some stuff right here. Here's some stills he sent me:


This is one thing about the UK I love, the locations.
Look at this, it's damned awesome.
 How's this for creepy?



Even if I were to just judge it by the stills, I'd say it's pretty cool. How about a trailer?
So if your pockets are feeling heavy and you're in need of some good karma, head on over to to his Kickstarter page and get to donating.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Need Zombies this summer on PEI for web series.

The title pretty much explains it.

If you've been following this blog you might recall I tried shooting a web series last summer, Bimbo Zombie Killers! Undead in the Water - well, it didn't work out since we were late starting and ran out of time. We're trying it again, now under the title Moonshine of the Damned.

We need zombie extras in order to do all this though. We're looking for reliable folks who can commit to just one day of shooting - there'll be several involving zombies, but most people will only be needed for one day for a specific scene.

Anyone interested in being an extra can email me at casting@themonkeyrodeo.com or send me a message on The Monkey Rodeo page on Facebook.. We're looking for adults only, no children please. Must be able to commit to at least one day of shooting, schedule will be available for this summer very soon - so no excuses there. We'll be starting in June and shooting on weekends throughout the summer on Prince Edward Island.

We supply the makeup as well, it will be foam latex prosthetic appliances - so if you're allergic to latex, you might want to let me know. We will be doing some simple face painting makeup as well from time to time. Zombies will be asked to show up 2-3 hours before shooting times to get done up.

Costumes can be any ratty old clothes (you can check to see if we have any zombie wardrobe though), no logos - no brand names at least, bands and stuff like that are fine. We're also accepting clothing donations for our zombie wardrobe - the more torn up the better and all sizes welcome, send me an email about that as well (same address as above), I'll even thank you in the credits.

That's more or less it, you can email me with any questions as well.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Demon Photo Services

While I'm continuing to do my own shoots, I am no longer really looking for new models - but that doesn't mean you still can't get demonized as I'm planning on offering up a Demon Photoshoot Service. Here's the details:

If you’re not a resident of PEI and you don’t live here, well that’s a problem. However, should you plan to be on the Island at a certain time and are interested, let me know – but 2 weeks notice minimum would be appreciated as I am busy and this is not a last minute thing.

Since every shoot will be, most likely, totally different, it’s hard to pin down all the finer details – such as locations, travel, costumes and whatever. I can say, I don’t have a car so travel is up to you. I don’t have a stock of costumes, so if you wanted something special or specific, you’d have to supply that yourself unless it’s so special (and you’re willing to pay extra) I’d have to make it. As for locations, anywhere you’re willing to drive to is fine by me.

Cost Breakdown:


For example, this here picture, should someone wish to recreate this, would be expensive – and that’s not even thinking of the costume, which was mostly custom made for this shoot. The makeup was a full face piece ($50), a pair of ears ($20) and 4 pairs of horns($40), plus application ($20) would run $130, plus $20 for the shoot itself – you’d be looking at $150 for that kind of photo shoot.

Another example


Forehead ($20) – and for this shoot I did make some custom fangs and had a pair of contacts leftover from another shoot with the same model.  This would run you $40.

However, if you wanted fangs, custom made ones are pretty pricey and a bit of a pain to do a right now (working on that however), my suggestion would be to find yourself some cheap Halloween ones for yourself. I think Repeats in Charlottetown actually has some all year round, but I could be wrong.

Some other important stuff to know:

The more people, the more time it'll all take and the more it'll cost - there's no discount for multiple people since it's way more work time for me. Also, multiple people at night can be tricky since it's harder to focus on multiple subjects unless there's good light.

Children...Nope. I DO NOT recommend this for children because there's a lot of things that can go wrong and some adults even have issues with it. I am not interested in dealing with these issues nor is a simple explanation enough to waive this - unless you yourself have gone through it and totally understand the entire process and are willing to convey that to your child and are willing to accept the consequences should there be a reaction to the makeup or something in the whole process, I refuse to do a shoot with anyone of age 12 - and there's no wiggle room on this, and they must be accompanied by a parent. Also, most of the larger pieces I have will most likely not fit children anyway.

Sometimes, in certain conditions - like nighttime - pictures can not to turn out very well, no problem there at all. Should you want to do a night shoot and the bulk of the pictures just turn out blurry and out of focus, I've no problem redoing the shoot at no extra cost. However, the makeup must be identical to the previous shoot.

I'm sure there's a lot more things that could be covered, but there's just too many variables - so feel free to send me an email foxhenderson@themonkeyrodeo.com, and asked away. Can't hurt.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Remaking Malice

As the title would suggest, I am remaking the never finished movie that started me on all this demon stuff, Malice.

I have no idea what prompted this, but the idea just popped into my head this morning and I debated doing it or not. So I sent a message to the original lead actress, Heather, and gave her the rundown on my idea. It's not that I wanted to let the project go, but I just couldn't see it be completed to a point where I'd really have been happy with it.

It suffered a massive amount of issues because of the length of time it took to make it. Continuity errors were everywhere, nearly everyone's hair changed at one point or another, some very dramatically at that. Just so much changed as we shot it that I just can't see salvaging anything really worthwhile out of it all.

The only people who would even enjoy it where those who were in it, I couldn't see myself being comfortable posting it online (and it would've been unfair not to) because of the barrage of insults and comments that would've come flooding in regarding all the problems with it.

It was fullscreen, standard def, some video glitches as well. The number of reasons not to finish it just piled up and got worse with every year it wasn't completed. So today, I decided to just let it go.

Now, the remake isn't going to be a direct remake of the original story. I'm taking a queue from the reshoot of BZK! Moonshine of the Damned, taking the best parts of the story and reworking everything into an entirely new story. The idea came from working on the grant for another project called "Conversations with Demons", which is about a world in which we've discovered that Demons exist, it deals with the social implications, not the military fighting large hordes of murderous creatures, but the simple notion of how we would welcome a race of creatures we previously only believed to be fictional and have for hundreds of years just passed off as evil anyway.

The remake of Malice will be a much simpler, and much more peculiar story - I'm planning parts of it to have no dialog for very long stretches, leaving the audience to figure out what's going on for themselves at first and finally revealing as much as possible by the end.

Malice will no longer be a human girl with an eyepatch and super strength, but a full blown Demon. I'm hoping that will remove any issues with hair continuity that might arise should it take awhile. At this point, I'm still talking (more or less) with Heather about being involved as Malice again - time commitments are obviously a consideration. So I'm hoping she's willing to wait to see an almost final script before making a definite choice.

We'll see how it all goes. I'm planning on writing over the course of the next year, planning it out as much as possible so when time comes to shoot, the bulk of the work will already be done and we can just focus on shooting instead of struggling with making things work and juggling schedules last minute.

And, the footage from the original will not just vanish, but I've decided that from now on, anytime I shoot something involving a TV screen, we'll be showing part of Malice randomly.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brains, brains and more brains...

We're approaching the 1/4 mark sold of the Brain Keychains, not too bad - but I'm pretty sure we can do better. It'd be nice to have them all sold by April, if not sooner. So here's hoping - with a little help - we can get the word out there.


They're $10 each ($10.50 if you're using Paypal) + shipping 15 in Canada and $25 in the US. If you want one but you're not too keen on the shipping costs, than find a few friends who might want one and split the costs, it's as simple as that. And, if you're on PEI, you can arrange a pickup or delivery, so it's even cheaper that way.

All the funds are going towards the FX budget for the (hopefully) upcoming web series, Bimbo Zombie Killers! Moonshine of the Damned. The FX in this will easily be the most impressive of anything done on PEI - although, that's not really saying too much since I'm the only person doing FX like this locally at the moment.

For every person who places an order, their name will go into a draw to win one of the larger props be specifically made for this series, and there's going to be some awesome one. Could be worth well over $100 retail. And, you'll also get a thanks in the final credits of the series - so snag one of these bad boys before they're all gone, only 200 are ever going to be made and the moulds will be destroyed once I make all 200.

If you've any questions or want to order one, send an email to brains@themonkeyrodeo.com.

Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Things I Hate About Movies - Part 10.



10. Continuity Errors.

Now, you might think I’m going to bitch about movies with continuity errors. You would be so damned wrong. I’m going to bitch about assholes who think they “win” at movies by constantly pointing them out.

Look people, continuity errors happen. They’ve always been there and they always will be. Do you realize the monumental task it is to make a movie? Why do you think they cost millions of dollars to make? Do you see all those names in the credits? Think of it this way.  Take a huge empty room and place a donut on the table. Tell 1000 people who are about to walk through the room to not touch the donut. Without a doubt not one person will admit to it, but the damned thing will move or just have vanished. It’s just the way it works.

Now, multiply this idea by a thousand and you’ll just begin to understand the shitstorm that is movie continuity. I hate continuity, so when I make it movie there’s a line of what I will and won’t worry about – because (and I’ve said this before) making good movies is really hard work, which is why I don’t make them. You’ve got a single set, filled with hundreds  of little props and dozens, upon dozens of people walking through it between each take. Do you really expect that one little prop will never move between shots?

Glasses of water being full one second,  half full the next.  Clothing articles missing or partially removed or unbuttoned. Food, cigarettes, background extras, the list is unending. It’s just a near impossible task to make a movie without this happening. Everyone should know this my now. EVERYONE. So why do some people feel the need to sit on their little throne of “I watch the movie good!” and point out continuity errors? Sure it might be fun when you notice it the first time and it’s kind of a funny error, but you move one and continue to watch. You don’t sit and make lists and expect the world to be in awe that you’re pointing out someone else's mistakes – let’s face it, it’s like pointing out there’s weather today, we all know, we just care to talk about it sometimes because we’re too busy enjoying it.

The End. I'm sure there's more thing about movies that annoy me, but I can't be bothered anymore.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Re: Your Brains

So the title was a bit of a lure, but yes, this is about Brains, just not Jonathan Coulton.

In case you missed it, I'm selling only 200 of these custom made, partially eaten Brain Keychains. They're made of resin with a hard gloss coating, hardware included as you can see here. They're probably just slightly larger than the average male thumb, if you needed to know that.

Why am I selling them? I'm trying to raise money for the Bimbo Zombie Killers! Moonshine of the Damned web series I'm hoping to shoot this summer. The funds are going towards the special effects needed for the series.

The details: for only $10 you get one of these bad boys and a thanks in the final credits of the series. Plus once it's all over and done with, I'll be picking a name from those who purchased one, and they'll be winning one of the larger props being made for the series. No idea what it'll be yet, but there's a lot of awesome stuff designed and it'll probably retail for well over $100 or could even be a one of a kind. Who knows. But it will be unique.

To date, 30 have been sold. 170 remaining.

Payment details: Canadians can use Email Interact, everyone else Paypal (Paypal users need to add $0.50 for each brain). Shipping in Canada is $15 on average and $25 to the US. Residents of PEI can just arrange a pickup or delivery.

Questions or Order can be sent to brains@themonkeyrodeo.com

Just let me know the amount of brains you want. If you need shipping or not, and if you do need it shipped, let me know your address. Pickup and shipments will be made every Tuesday. That's pretty much it.

Bulk orders are definitely welcome and encouraged for anyone looking to cut their shipping costs. And please feel free to share this, any help is good help.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

10 Things I Hate About Movies - Part 9.

9 POV Movies (or Found Footage)

This style is very, very tricky to pull off. I mean in reality, imagine you’re out with your friends videotaping them doing something stupid and the end of the world happens.  Are you really going to run around filming stuff, screaming “Someone has to see this!” as your friends are being eaten by giant ancient squids from space? Just so you know, YouTube is probably down at that point, so no one really cares.

The hardest part is coming up with that thing that makes people believe that someone might continually film this incident. “Quarantine” did a decent job of that – and no, I don’t believe “Rec” did. I’m not a huge fan of American remakes of foreign films, but “Rec” just wasn’t that great and the lead actress was utterly atrocious.

“Cloverfield” I have mixed feelings about. There’s nothing more fun that a giant monster movie, but when you push your monster into the background and focus on these pretty white people trying to survive, I felt a little lost. I get the idea, and I respect the idea – take something that’s a well known genre and do something different, I was complaining about people not doing that earlier – so for that fact I appreciate the movie. I like it didn’t explain too much, but I didn’t care for the overhype promotional campaign. Like I said, very mixed feelings. Good on the one hand, and literally bad on the backside of that same hand and one the other, the opposite – or something like that.

“Diary of the Dead” an example why this style should be shot in the head. What an undead turd of a movie. From the clich├ęd (and badly acted) characters to the way they conveniently placed the “real” camera to catch those scary zombie moments cinematically. This movie should never have been made, if you remove the POV element this was an incredibly sad, tired and just unnecessary attempt at a zombie movie by a man who should have known better.

“V/H/S” was kind of amusing, I think only because it was several short POV movies instead of one long movie – this is the only reason this movie worked, because instead of trying to set up a scenario and continue it for 90 minutes or more, it was like “Tale of the Unexpected” or “The Twilight Zone” in a series of pretty much unrelated freaky ideas that didn’t have enough time to wear themselves out. It also did a decent job of justifying the filming and even simulating video noise and tape or digital courruption.

“The Last Exorcism” is a good example of a good premise gone horribly lame. It started off kind of interesting, got into somewhat promising territory and then suddenly absolutely nothing really interesting at all happened until it was finally over – thankfully. A pretty dull movie in retrospect, although they did that typical best justification of it being filmed possible, until the very last shot which really was pandering and probably would never have actually happened.

I’ll only mention “Paranormal Activity” to say how much I hate those movies. Unscary and boring as fuck on a stick. Ooh, look at the scary floating pool cleaner!!! Fuck you to those who made those movies – you’ve just made other assholes think they can do it too. Thanks. These movies are a good example of how “found footage” movies don’t work when you think of the logic behind them. There was a horrible incident and people died and there’s footage, let’s creatively edit it like a horror movie since we’re doing this for commercial purposes instead of, in reality of the logic of movie, for an investigation into the incident, they’ll enjoy that. 6 seconds of black footage and a jump scare? That should really help those government officials figure out what happened. Piss off. These movies are just terribly made and should stop now.

Like the aforementioned “Monster” if you’re not bringing something new, don’t do it. You can’t outdo “Cloverfield” so why bother? This genre/style is already near dead, there’s only so many “things” that can be done POV style.  So far we’ve had (and this is going way back kids) Cannibals, Witches, Zombies, Outbreaks, Dinosaurs, Giant Monsters, Trolls and I’m sure a who slew I can’t think of offhand. Hell, there’s a Japanese movie (I haven’t seen it) called “P.O.V. – A Cursed Movie”.

There’s so much to complain about this style, and nearly everyone does. “Video cameras don’t do that” and blah, blah, blah – and they’re right. Take a camera, record something and shake the shit out of the camera. Shut it off, turn it back on and record again. Throw it at a wall…Now watch the footage, I guarantee none of those little glitches and artifacts you see in movies will show up. How hard is it to replicate that accurately? Not at all, do what I just said and make note of it, there…your work is done. To be fair, one or two movies have done it right – congratulations to them.

I have yet to really see a POV movie that I really felt worked and I never once questioned “why is this person still filming?” It’s a great idea, I understand the psychology of it. It makes you feel like it’s happening to you, “ooh, much more scary”. It’s a nice tool – unfortunately it’s a simple seeming style. So simple that shitty little indie studios try to do it to pull it off focusing too much on their annoying, poorly written characters and not enough on the actual “scary” stuff. When all you have is a handful of shots involving your horror element or “bad guy” you’ve failed, you’ve failed so miserably you should have the camera ripped from your pathetic little hands and be beaten with it – while it’s being filmed with said camera. That would be an awesome movie.

UPDATE: Since I originally wrote that last paragraph I finally got to watch “Troll Hunter” and god-damn, what an awesome movie. Now this was a movie about three students doing a documentary, so it’s kind of like “Quarantine”  and “The Last Exorcism” in that it justifies its need to be POV (even though it would’ve worked as a normal movie) and it did it well. I felt like I was watching a documentary, actual footage that might have been shot. There were no sloppy cuts for action or pauses like those retarded “Paranormal Activity” movies (man, did I mention those things suck shit?), there were no weird “glitches” to hide stuff – you want documentary style footage about trolls? Here it is. However I’m not sure how the footage was supposed to have been “found” and ultimately “released” but who the hell cares after seeing a guy take on a 200ft troll with nothing more than a glorified flashlight. This was a POV or “found footage” movie done well, and done VERY well at that. Very rarely do I see a movie I’m jealous of and “Troll Hunter” was one of them.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Demons Vs Aliens

Someone once made the remark upon seeing some of my work, which was very plainly labelled "demon" and said "They look like aliens to me." To which, I have to admit, I was pretty fucking offended. I didn't say anything, because really what does it matter? At least that I thought at the time, upon further reflection I realize it didn't say anything about me but just about the limited imagination or general ignorance of some people. That might sound a little harsh to some, but to me - being very immersed in this genre of fiction - it's akin to saying "All you (pick your race of humans) all look alike to me!" It's a dumb thing to say, even if it is true I guess in some situations to some people - whoever the hell they are. It's just a case of limited contact as far as I'm concerned.

Partly I wonder if people often realize how offensive their little remarks are? Sure it might seem funny in their head but it comes off as dismissive and belittling to the person who created whatever it might be. To say it reminds them of something superfluous or disgusting or completely unrelated to anyone who actually understands what they're looking at, it's just plain rude. And trying to be funny about (and trust me, that's never successful) doesn't help either, in fact it's slightly worse.

Music, stories, drawings, sculpture, whatever the medium. It's just one of those things a person who creates stuff has to contend with - you either chose to ignore it or get offended...Or you do something about it, no matter who insignificantly you do so - so I'm doing this. Also, you'll notice I've specifically chosen not to use the word "artist" because it makes me cringe sometimes.

So, my main point. Demons Vs Aliens. To me it's night and day. Sometimes there's a bit of blurring and I guess certain cases can be made. I'm going to do both side of the fence on this, just to be diplomatic...or something like that.

Here we go:

When dealing with the basic public perception of Demons and Aliens, pop culture is pretty much what defines it because, let's face it, both are, at this point in our understanding of "everything", are fictional. They don't exist. They're not real. And you won't accidentally hook up with one while out drinking one night (here's the point where someone would make a stupid joke and annoy the hell out of me, probably).

Demons, are generally used in pop culture as forces of evil. That's what we accept because of religion and whoever else uses that word in a negative context - so we use demons as our villains, mostly. Although in more recent years the border between good and evil in terms of demons is becoming blurred. Aliens, same thing. When they first made it to the big screen they were ridiculous looking and most always wanted to kill us all or just mate with our women. So there's a pretty strong similarity there. And when you get right now to it conceptually, what are Demons? Things that aren't human. Aliens? Same thing.

Aliens are usually used to represent the unknown, the unexplored, the potential to learn more about ourselves and blah, blah, blah. And sometimes they're just here to shoot people in the face and wave around their bloody skulls as trophies. Demons aren't as often used as a storytelling tool in this sense, and that's part of what annoys me about all this, but back to my point for now.

Sometimes Demons are presented as having special abilities, like telepathy or super strength, with odd weakness like sunlight. Aliens, same thing only maybe not so keen on water or the common cold. They're often very odd looking, very "not-human", although almost always humanoid in appearance - this is more because of budgets and story points or even laziness, more than anything else though. There have even been instances where Aliens have "possessed" people, much like Demons are usually thought to do.

When you boil all that down, I guess they're virtually indistinguishable. Whose to say in the land of Star Trek, all those "Aliens" aren't really Demons. Cthulhu was from Space after all and I'd hardly refer to him as just an Alien though. There are Aliens from other dimensions, just as there are Demons. So who's to say in the land of Buffy, all those Demons weren't really Aliens? You know who's to say? The people who invented them, that's who.

And that's it. This is something that's always annoyed me, that people feel they can just refer to something as whatever they want because it simply reminds them of something else. I guess you can, but you're wrong. You can't call a Dog a Cat just because you're not familiar with them. Well, you can, but you'd be wrong. A lamp is different from a lump of cheese, that much is obvious. Than why, because something is fictional, do people feel "it doesn't matter" what it's supposed to be? That's what's offensive about it to me, it's not just the dismissive little comments, it's the utter thoughtlessness behind the comment. It's the ignorance of how disrespectful that attitude is to whom it does matter.

Someone pours their energy into something and you come along and say "It looks kinda funny to me. Is he supposed to taking a crap?" or something - that was just an example, I've honestly never heard that. Do you really believe that was the best thing to say? Sure people are entitled to their little opinions, but do we really have to hear them all regardless of how stupid and pointless they are? Is it because people are afraid to admit they don't get it and it just might be slightly over their heads so they find the quickest way of knocking it down a couple notches? Maybe, I don't really think people think even that hard about it, but it's entirely possible.

I've sort of gone off track here and before I just start writing "people are fucking stupid assholes" over and over again, I'll wrap this up in a bit. 

I think to anyone who is part of this "world" as I'll call it, or genre of fiction, be it books or movies or any other format in which Demons and Aliens exist, there's a huge difference between these two things...or creatures? Not sure the best term to use there. Anyway, there's a big difference between them as far as I'm concerned. And perhaps that's because most of what I watched growing up was about 80% horror and sci-fi movies. There's a massive fundamental difference between Demons and Aliens. It might be subtle to some, but it's there. I'm going to use that image from above again here.


Demons: Usually have horns, this is a pretty much the defining quality. Some, most even, have a more "angry" or "darker" tone in their basic expression and overall feel of their design. Part of this is why Buffy was so amusing by times, they took these normally threatening and evil looking beings and gave them very 'human personalities. Demons are more often primitive feeling, they seem more like they come from a small "tribe" rather than a advanced civilization.

Aliens: It's actually hard to point out why something looks more Alien than Demon to me. Overall I think Alien designs tend to be a little more silly and simple. Not to dismiss some great Alien makeups, not by any means, I mean more in comparison to Demons. They more often feel way less menacing than Demons and are usually only defined as Aliens because of various cranial ridges or odd facial markings. Than there's the other end of the spectrum like the Xenomorph of "Alien", that is some very un-Demonic looking to me and very distinctly Alien. Aliens also tend to feel more advanced, use technology and seem to have a strong social structure about them. Those things are a little more ethereal however and not easily identified by everyone I guess.

Maybe I can't really perfectly outline the exact differences, I think it's more of an overall feel which is why some folks don't see it or have a narrow range of visuals and experience to draw from. If it's not human, I think the first instinct is to go with Alien. For me it's just not possible to see the basic difference. Aliens don't look like "monsters" to me, plain and simple.

As I mentioned before, it's also about their context. Aliens in movies and TV shows are more often used as metaphors and ways of allowing us to see the other side of things - and others just want to kill us. Demons aren't as often used that way, although they are becoming more trendy they still use as villains. Vampires and Werewolves might be demons, but they're uninteresting for the most part and used more for fluff story telling to make teenagers with fantasy's of Necrophilia and Bestiality all blubbering and more annoying than usual. Using them died out with the likes of Buffy and Angel, all this crap that followed are sad, dried out imitations. Mostly.

Sci-Fi (the realm of most Aliens) leans towards the "learning a lesson about tolerance" kind of storytelling. Whereas, Horror (the domain of most Demons) is about gore and tits and bloody everywhere. Fantasy...kind of falls in between, however neither Fantasy and Horror are every really considered "great literature". This is my whole angle on Demons though, my take is less blood and gore and T&A and more - what if we were wrong about them and we're all just ignorant, racist assholes? Another time though, for now, what's the difference between these two thing?

Let's try this:
Demon - Alien
 Alien - Demon
 Demon (technically Devil) - Alien

There's a pretty big difference. And this is a very small cross section of what, in my own opinion, of a few images that well represent what sort of creatures qualify as Demons and Aliens. Sure the Predator might somewhat qualify as a Demon in some visual regards, but I just don't see it myself, I only mention it because it does come off as more primitive as I said Demons tend to and they do use  advanced technology and travel in space ships...from space...where Aliens supposedly come from.

I don't have a strong closing to all this, and really, maybe I didn't even have much of a point. Maybe my annoyance stems is from the fact I know longer feel Aliens are interesting anymore? I think the world of Demons has much more interest and possibilities to it from my standpoint as an...ugh, I have to use that word, don't I?...artist. 

Why don't I like that word? Artist. That's another story for another day and one I'm sure will offend the hell out of some folks...but that's too bad, it's just my opinion.

**Also, I don't have permission to use any of these images and if you get mad about it, that's cool, I'll remove them. But honestly, I only used them because they're some awesome images.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

10 Things I Hate About Movies - Part 8.

8. Bad Casting I’m starting to run out of steam here and need to really dig deep to think of what else I hate about movies. Bad casting isn’t something I would call pervasive and the bringer of ultimate doom to movies, but it can ruin a potentially decent movie.

Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” had some wonky casting that didn’t really work for me. I don’t mind Adrian Brody and I’ve gotten used to Jack Black, but neither of them really felt like they belonged in that movie. They just didn’t mesh with the rest of it for me. This is another subjective, it’s just your own damned opinion kind of thing, but that’s the point of all this. It’s my opinion.

The Asylum has issues with this as well, although in their defense (for a change) they don’t have access to big names, but it feels like they just grab whoever and draw the part from a hat. Sometimes it works and other times it’s just this weird awkward mess.

Uwe Boll is pretty guilty of this by times. Burt Reynolds as a king? Burt’s amusing and all, but seriously? He used to be a great actor actually (Deliverance anyone?) but now he’s just wandering through the script waiting to take a nap. Boll casts otherwise unlikely, and sometimes unlikeable, actors in roles that just don’t fit them. It’s really hard to call things out on this because it’s really a matter of taste.

People bitched back in the day about “Total Recall” and how Quaid, in the original novel, was described more like Woody Allen that Arnold. I’ve recently heard the same mutterings about “Jack Reacher” and the casting of Tom Cruise.

Casting really is an art and the issues here are more towards studios or directors playing favorites. Like when David O’Russell was doing “Uncharted” and wanted Mark Wahlberg for Nathan Drake. No one was happy about that, and nor should they. Video game adaptations get more scrutiny here I think than book adaptations. Mainly because the fans feel a little more connected to a character, especially in the case of Nathan Drake – who everyone wants Nathan Fillion to play. I love Fillion, but he’s getting a little too old to really fit that character (and Nathan’s the same age as me, so that’s not an insult, it’s just the way it is).

This post was a little weak maybe. I might’ve been premature in calling this “10” things, we’ll see how 9 goes.