Alien Anthology Blu Ray Giveaway Contest

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Scifi
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Thanks to 20th Century Fox, I was able to snag a copy of the new Alien Anthology on Blu Ray which just came out this past Tuesday. Do you want this? Do you REALLY want this? Ok, here’s what you need to do.

I am going to make you work for this one but I want you to write a couple of sentences to a paragraph about your favorite horror movie of all time. Submit the entry to me through my email, or post on my Facebook page. When sending me the email, please make sure your name and mailing address is on the email. If via the Facebook page, I will contact you directly through your post as I don’t want your public information out there.

As far as the number of entries per person, there is no limit. However, each entry has to be a different horror movie review. As an extra entry to increase your chances, if you have listened to my Halloween/Horror podcast this past week, I discussed Alien and Aliens. Where do I rate them on my Top 10 all time favorite horror movies?

For this answer, you can subscribe to my podcast now on iTunes to hear the latest podcast or come back after midnight (eastern) to hear the show streaming.

This contests will run for 1 week until November 6, midnight (eastern). The winner will be chose the next day and will be announced on my Facebook page.

Good luck!

  1. Montgomery Lopez says:

    we have many entries from one person – Mike S. on our Facebook page.

    Frankenstein (1910): This black and white classic short is the earliest film adaption of this quilted corpse. Adapted from a play the sets are limited and gestures exaggerated. Jumps quickly to the conflict between Frankenstein and his monster and finds it’s resolve in a Jekyll and Hyde moment where Frankenstein is looking into the mirror and sees the monster in himself.

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ( 1920 ): A dream within a dream within a madhouse. The mass of the story is set in a jagged and skewed dream like town. Young lovers are planning their future with a side show comes to town. The Doctor presents various oddities such as a sleep walker who under hypnosis does his commands. When the doctor commands that the sleep walker steal the woman away, her bo and the towns foke follow suite. In a twist which most people have come to know as the Wizard of Oz ending, the young man wakes up and he’s in an insane asylum. His love is there as another patient, as is everyone from the town… and the doctor is not a side act… but is the director running the institution. The horror here is one of mental illness. We each read different things into events and one person’s good deed may be read by someone else as evil. In the era between World Wars (particularly in Germany) there was a question of who’s accounts were real. There were people disfigured in battle and mentally scarred while others in power talk of bravery and victories. The analogy of the mad men seeing the head of the institution as insane is an extended metaphor of post war Germany and statements which carry throughout much of the German expressionists movement. Where many were hoping to wake up from the nightmare of reality.

    Nosferatu ( 1922 ): Nosferatu is the earliest [surviving] film adaptation of Stoker’s Dracula. Though an unauthorized adaptation, not only did this film capture the essence of the story it adds to the mythology. An example of this is in Nosferatu, Count Orlok (Dracula) is vaporized by sunlight. Though vampires were creatures of the night, that was because they moved in darkness not that they were allergic. In fact, in the book version Dracula travels through the square in mid day. This was an adaptation of the Roman mythology for the Bacchi. ( Bacchi were lecherous creatures who would steal women away in the night and be gone by morning. If they were still there in the morning, the sunlight would reveal them [and likely hurt them since hangovers and sunlight don’t mix].) Though not the dashing image of Dracula we were given by Lugosi, this version was no less romantic in it’s intentions and is as important or more to the contemporary vampire mythology. A side note for animal lovers, enjoy the scenes of the wild dogs shot in the early parts of the film… because they have since become extinct and that is some of the only footage ever captured of them.

    Dracula (1931) [Spanish]: Though everyone knows Lugosi’s Dracula, in the early days of sound (before dubbing became the standard) Universal would shoot foreign languages of some films on the same sets with the same costumes at night. The Spanish version, directed by George Melford and starring Carlos Villarias as Dracula, is one of the best surviving examples of this process. The interesting thing here is that George Melford was told to simply shoot as close to the Lugosi film as possible (only in Spanish) however he was given the Lugosi shots from the day to use as a point of reference. In his version, he made note of what was working and what could have been done a little better and from a cinematography point of view, improved on almost every shot. Of course Lugosi’s version is iconic and the his expression was more dramatic and gaze more piercing… but from the film point of view it’s interesting to see what was possible when instead of simply trying to copy the scenes (as many of the foreign films did) the director took it as a chance to be critical and approach every shot as another take and reshoot of the scene… learning from the previous shots. With more and more modern films being remakes and adaptations of foreign films… there is a lesson to learn here about how one could learn from the original shots and improve on them rather then simply attempt to replicate them. Of course the fact that most of these foreign language versions of the movies were never kept in the archive speaks to how rare that mentality was even back then.

    Horrors of Spider Island (1960): This film kicks off with a casting couch where woman are paraded in one by one to flurt, strip or dance their way into the production. They set off on a trip and land on an island which seems to be empty. They find a small cabin, some dead people and lots of spiderwebs but at least they were safe. While the girls try on each others clothes, cat fight and swap innuendo over cigarettes the surviving male goes off exploring and ends up attacked by a beaked spider puppet… whose bite eventually transforms him into a spider monster. Luckly for them… it isn’t too long before some strapping young men come to their rescue… but first.. Dance Party! The girls throw themselves at the men and the best line comes when one of them who is pressured to flirt (after admitting he was no good at it) professes, ‘I’m glad your plane crashed’. Though this film has all the depth of a kiddy pool… the horrible dialog, cheesy spider, and bouncy women make this a fun popcorn flick. I havd to admit… I’m glad their plane crashed too.

    House of Wax (1953) [Japanese Anaglyph]: When all the world is blind… the one eyed man is king. Prof Jarrod was a master of wax sculpture but like many artists he was more attached to his work then he was business savvy. His partner, dissatisfied with the money the wax museum was taking in torches the place for the insurance money with the prof inside. The prof comes back and relaunches his wax museum only this time with a featured chamber of horrors that spotlights horrific scenes both historical and ripped from the headlines. The sensationalism of it draws crowds. The creations look lifelike… too lifelike. The prof and his assistant had been killing people and putting their bodies in the wax… a fate he would end up sharing.

    Having seen Who Framed Rodger Rabbit at a younger age, watching this film gave new insight to Judge Doom and his ‘dip’ which was a nod so coded nod to this film (or one of the other dozen films based on the same short story).

    For years I was puzzled by the long cut segments of the paddle ball man and can can dancers. When I discovered it was shot in 3D that all made sense. Sadly, because it was shot in parallel 3D which requires 2 projectors and does not adapt well for home theater systems so a good 3D print is hard to find. In ’53-’54, when the film traveled to Japan, a numbers of theaters would only show it if they could show it in 3D (as it was a new fad at the time) however they refused to shell out the cost for a 2nd projector and instead had an anaglyphic 3D print ordered (composited tinted images viewed through cyan and red glasses). Though not given a wide spread commercial release, since this print is a composited image, it does work on TV screens and can be experienced in homes. As is the case with anything, where there is a demand there is a leak and over the past few years prints have surfaced on regionless DVDs both from Hong Kong, in torrents, and less reputable US retailers ( ).

    Though this explains why there the paddle ball and can can scenes were extended, for me that’s not where the 3D shines. Director Andre de Toth, was blind in one eye and unable to see 3D… so he shot with the 2 cameras but never understood the gimmicks (and so didn’t fall victim to them as so many 3D movies do). Scenes where the cameras move through the wax museum give you a real sense of space and a feeling that if you turned your head you could look around the sculptures and see what was behind them. Scenes like this sold me on the idea that it doesn’t have to just be jump scares and gimmicks… so hopefully this new surge of 3D movies, and new 3D technology will give us a proper duel channel print of this classic… and hopefully people will get over the gimmick of it all and allow it to just be part of the medium. If not next time you see a 3D horror film maker… poke one of their eyes out. It might help.

    The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954): Seeing the happy couple, this creature got green around the gills.

    Featuring some of the best underwater videography if it’s era and a smart/ restrained use of 3D climatically creature from the black lagoon was made to be a classic. The story is simple enough. On an archeological dig, scientists discover the fossil of a humanoid sea-creature. Putting together a team they set off in search of more evidence though they never expected to find one alive. From the depths, the creature spots a bathing beauty swimming across the waters surface. He kidnaps her and brings her to his underwater cave. They try to capture the creature but after taking some casualties they end up shooting it up and getting the hell out of there.

    Though visually different… this film is basically an adaptation of Phantom of the Opera. [Girl is introduced into Boy’s environmental. Boy sees girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy meets girl and she screams. Boy runs away. Boy comes back and kidnaps girl. Boy takes girl to his underground lair. Girl realizes that despite boy’s shocking appearance that he doesn’t mean her any harm. Girl’s Boyfriend (and gang) come to rescue her. They leave with girl after presumably killing Boy.] That said, the underwater photography is amazing, the Gillman costume is iconic, and the whole thing is well preformed.

    Over all, Creature from the Black Lagoon may have borrowed heavily (without credit or admission) from Phantom of the Opera… it is still a well made film which added a new species to the collection of Universal Monsters which would (in it’s sequels) go on to develop a story and life all its own.

    A Bucket of Blood (1959) : Clean the wax outta ya ears, man.

    This horror/ comedy took a stab at Beatniks. Corman’s version of ‘The Wax Works’ (same story is Mystery of the Wax Museum, House of Wax, and a dozen other movies) spots a bus boy who takes the beatniks philosophizing to heart and makes sacrifices for his art. When Walter accidentaly kills the neighbor’s cat he hides the evidence in side a clay sculpture. That fleshy armature was just the boost his artwork needed. When he goes to show it off, not only is he praised, he’s told to get a show together of some human sized sculptures. Getting swept away in the culture, Walter starts killing people to make his sculptures. When the clay starts to break, the praise for how lifelike they are turns a mob onto him. Before they can catch him… he finishes himself off as a piece in the series.

    A comedy of errors. Compared to the Prof in House of Wax, Walter is well intentioned and actually believes that people are encouraging him to go out and kill. Caught up and confused by the philosophizing poets and coffee house culture, he approaches the murders like a necessary evil and a required step to make the art and though both characters share the fate of being entombed in their own medium… Walter comes to accept that and does it to himself. In both cases, the moral of the story is… don’t touch the art.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) : Bringing realism into a nightmare is boring. As I sat through this reboot I had to remind myself not to fall asleep.

    My Soul to Take (2010) : A dissociative killer that won’t stay dead goes after a bunch of disposable teens. Like the killer, Craven has lost touch with his identity and refusing to quit slashes wildly at the screen.

    Doghouse (2009) : Doghouse is to Evil Dead what Shawn of the Dead is to Romero’s original Dead Trilogy. Blending the dry wit of British comedy with the zany over the top action of the Evil Dead films, Doghouse embraces the fun you can have with a popcorn horror action comedy.

    Friday the 13th ( 2009 ) : Condensing key plot points from the first 3 Friday the 13th films, this reboot boils the series down to it’s basic elements. For better of worse, this cuts out a lot of the character and plot development and gets right to what the series is known for… Jason clomping around the camp chopping teens up as he deals with mommy issues.

    The Final Destination ( 2009 ) : Attempting to make the deaths less obvious, many of them become convoluted and lack some of the finesse of the first films in this series. Never the less, Rube Goldberg would be proud that death is still out there trying to build a better mouse trap.

    Halloween II ( 2009 ) : Rob Zombie’s reboot of Halloween was met with mixed reactions between people who would have rathered Myers stay ‘the shape’ and those who enjoyed the time he spent on character development. This sequel united everyone in a collective ‘wtf’. The failure of this film is it wanted to be allegorical in it’s imagery and metaphorical in it’s subtext but then mixed those metaphors to the point that it was confusing to it’s audience.

    The House of the Devil ( 2009 ): Hands down one of the most convincing period pieces I’ve ever seen. This movie may have been shot in 2008 but it feels like it’s from the 70’s. The setups make you want to yell at the screen ‘no just leave don’t go upstairs’. Somehow this film is classic and traditional while also feeling fresh… like some long lost film that you had never seen but now you’re glad that you did.

    The Human Centipede: First Sequence ( 2009 ): This film was intended as a gross out film with a mad German Doctor sewing people ass to mouth. Where it lost me was that this guy is a scientist and is making a creature with 4 legs per segment then called it a centipede. If he were really a scientist then he would have either broken the arms and legs sewing them into one another or called it the human millipede because centipedes have 2 pods per segment… millipedes have 4.

    Lesbian Vampire Killers ( 2009 ): Tongue and cheek humor with flirty attractive women and gore. That spells popcorn flick to me. It was fun… and if that’s what you set out to be there is nothing wrong with beginning and ending there. Bring on the werewolves.

    Lo ( 2009 ): This film is about man who summons a demon to ask for the return of his girlfriend only to learn that the demon is his girlfriend’s true form. Playing with stage play vignettes, using a minimalist set (blackness), and intentionally treating things as props all makes the production more appear more polished then if everything was meant to be taking seriously. This dark love story is smart and well planned and produced.

    Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus ( 2009 ): What’s better then 1 giant monster? Two, obviously. This movie not reach any depths in story telling but when the giant shark jumps out of the ocean and bites an airplane in half nothing else matters besides how awesome that moment is. Asylum is an addiction which must be fed. They may not be great movies but they always entertain.

    Pontypool (2009) : A Canadian version of the outbreak story only in this case the virus is spread by word of mouth. Though story is set in a radio station as the world falls apart around them. So much for sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

    Survival of the Dead (2009) : A zombie take of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s done up with cartoony kills and coy one liners. Though not on par with the original trilogy, this is still above par for a zombie flick. Though critically panned, I hope the series continues following one character at a time… because I would love to see Romero thumb his nose at the critics and make a whole movie where they have to go beat that (un)dead horse.

    ZombieLand ( 2009 ) : A large budget star studded zombie film shows how the fan base has grown. This growing of age film failed to grow with the characters being very flat. Still, the kills were fun, the effects were good, the scale was epic and camerawork was tight. Pure eye candy… but it’s good eye candy.

    Day of the Dead ( 2008 ) : Though this film fails to live up to the original Day of the Dead, it is fun if you can get past the title and view it as a stand along. Realizing this some Chinatown copies retitled it ‘Super Flu’. These go beyond zombies, beyond runners, these are super zombies… running up walls and across ceilings. Some of them are also super smart. Honestly, at this point, I’d rather be one of them.

    Deadgirl ( 2008 ) : Deadgirls is the story of young boys raping a zombie again and again. It’s depraved and yet entertaining with the moment being when they suggest that she’s too dry down there to have sex with so they just put another hole in her side. Original, dark, funny, and sick… bravo.

    The Happening ( 2008 ) : With strong visuals and a mysterious lead this film pulls you in and then ironically nothing happens. . M. Night Shyamalan has once again delivered a 2 act film of a 3 act play

    Let the Right One In (2008 ): An original addition to the vampire story. Though it holds well within established mythologies, this film makes viewers feel sympathy for the vampire. There is an innocence to this adolescent romance even in it’s dark and gory moments which is a rare achievement in for a movie, vampire or otherwise.

    The Machine Girl ( 2008 ): Reinforces the idea the all Japanese people are compatible with robotic parts. With nods to Mazinger Z (Well technically Aphrodite) and numerous other action series, this film is over-the-top crazy action horror like only Japan can make.

    Quarantine ( 2008 ): A near shot for shot remake of [Rec], Quarantine removes the religion and mysticism to press the story tighter into the American zombie mold. Apart from spoiling the ending in the trailer and commercials, Quarantine is the next best thing to watching [Rec]… but if you know how to read… there isn’t really any reason to settle for 2nd best.

    Splinter ( 2008 ): Splinter plays out a bit like John Carpenter’s the Thing only with more spikes and at a gas station rather then an arctic outpost. It responds to head, can’t see cold well, binds with dead flesh, and bends it to the point of breaking. Still, the film itself remains visually engaging with dynamic characters and well delivered lines.


  2. Andre says:

    ya gotta love these alien movies, especially the first two. those were classic…Classic I tell ya!


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