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Posted in Book Reviews, Fun Stuff, Manga and Anime reviews, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by Sahkmet

Here is my annual update on all the Vampire related things I own. ūüôā

I was cleaning my room so, what the heck!

Photos:

Bela Lugosi greeting Ms. Lucy from Dracula 1931

Bela Lugosi sucking the blood from Ms. Lucy from Dracula 1931

Christopher Lee and his victim from one of his many Dracula Hammer films.

Two little snip-shots of Bela from the Redford Theatre.

LaserDics: *Basically giant DVDs*

Son of Dracula, 1943 starring Lon Chaney Jr. *Not that great of a movie*

Special Edition Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992. Starring Gary Oldman. *I have not seen the film on this laserdisc and hope to keep it that way, in its pretty sleeve for collector’s value. Got it on a pile of Lasedisc dad got on Ebay about two or less years ago*

Vampire’s Kiss, 1988. Starring Nicolas Cage. *Haven’t seen it yet but I do wish to.*

Not Shown: Kiss of the Vampire, Hammer film. *An interesting movie, with alot of love for the score. The composer wrote the featured concerto JUST for this film!*

VHS:

Nosferatu 1979, English dub. *Not so good to have the dub*

Return of the Vampire, 1944 starring Bela Lugosi. *bought cheap from a fellow Bela-collector last year*

Vampire Hunter D, 1985 anime film. *got in a bundle of bad vampire films, lucky me!*

A Return to Salem’s Lot, 1987 sequel. *not seen yet, because I need to see the first film!*

Dracula 2000, starring Gerard Butler. *I secretly watched this two years ago, as it has an R rating. Okay, not too good film. Interesting Dracula concept*

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992 starring Gary Oldman. *not my favorite but definitely an artsy, awesome movie. Perfect for those who love a Dracula/Mina romance, and Gary Oldman*

NOT PICTURED:¬†Dusk Till Dawn, Ankle Biters, American Vampyre, Hollywood Vampire and Razor Blade Smile. *The last one is a horrible 1998 movie, but at the same time a bit interesting. Has some commentary on the 90’s Goths before 2000 hit big time with the pure invention of modern Emos and Twilight*

DVDs:

Vampire Hunter D, 2001. Anime movie. *This rocked my world in 2007!

*The Bela Lugosi Collection: *five films*Dracula, a collection of films including the original Nosferatu, The Vampire Bat, Messiah of Evil, Satanic Rites of Dracula * Christopher Lee hammer Dracula film*, Grave of the Vampire and The Thirsty Dead.

Count Dracula 1973 directed by Jess Franco. *poor movie, but Lee took initiative to finally do a proper Dracula film than the hash he was doing for Hammer*

Dracula 1979 starring Frank Langella. *Very lovely film, but not 1005 the best*

Dracula the BBC miniseries 1976 starring Louis Jourdan. *This is udnerappreciated! Its the closet to the book in EVERYTHING!*

Van Helsing 2004 starring Richard Roxburgh. *I had a huge crush on Roxula here, that’s what got me into vampires in the first place, the winter of 2006.*

The Complete Trinity Blood Boxset. *A very nice anime, especially the music. Sadly I’m sure it pales in comparison with the original novels, and definitly to the manga I’ve read!*

Books: *in no particular order. In * marks are notes on where I got it from and memories attached to it*

The Ultimate Dracula: Collection of short stories with stories by Anne Rice, Dan Simmons…1991 *Used bookstore in Chicago, 2007. Really nice chilling reads*

Lust for Blood: The Continuing Story of Vampires by Olga Hoyt 1984. *from a friend of the theatre. Scared the hell out of me with the account on Batharoy in school!*

Vampire: The Complete Guide to the World of the Undead by Manuela Dunn Mascetti 1992. *Used bookstore 2 years ago. Very ncie coffeetable book.*

The Vampyre by John Polidori, and the original idea’s fragment by Lord Byron. Dover publishing with two other early gothic novels, originally 1966 now plastic reprint. *This was also from the same bookstore in Ferndale, MI. I couldn’t pass up on reading the first Gothic novels!*

The Vampire: In Legend and Fact by Basil Cooper 1973. *This book basically from a time before the 90’s and right before the Anne Rice craze has ALOT of information on the Twilight-like craze associated with the show Dark Shadows. Very informative, a piece of history. From a friend of the theatre about last year.*

Vampires, Wine and Roses short story collection 1997. *I haven’t finished this yet, its a lovely book. From the Ferndale bookstore nearly two years ago.*

Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction short story collection. Also introduction and edited by historian Leonard Wolf. 1997. *This is another good collection of fine pre-2000’s vampire stories. Chicago bookstore as well, 3 years ago.*

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. *I read this before the hype, and I still didn’t like it. I thought it was a boring urban fantasy*

Fangoria Vampires: Collection of Interviews 1996. *Great historical content on Fangoria magazine interviews of vampire films late 80’s till mid 90’s. Includes insight on¬†The Lost Boys, Innocent Blood, From Dusk till Dawn, The Two Vampire Orphans, etc.*

American Vampires. Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Norine Dresser. 1989. *The author talks about people who really think they are vampires and a bit about the vampire in the media. An updated version of Basil Cooper’s historical-modern accounts of vampire-media basically, but with more focus on the vamp-goths as they arose into the 90’s. Interesting but still a poor read. From the theatre friend as well last year.*

100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories collection of lesser-known-author’s vamp stories. 1995. *This was from Chicago 3 years ago. I read this at my grandparent’s house. Its a great nostalgic book for me, with that old yellowing musty old book smell. Tear in the top corner of the paper cover.*

A Dream of Dracula: In Search of the Living Dead by then-younger Dracula historian Leonard Wolf. 1972¬†first edition hardcover. *Some people are lucky to have this. I think this is an AMAZING book by the amazing renowned professor on his observations, like the ‘American Vampire’ book by Norine, of real vampire people and the vamps in media. However this is a time fresh from the 60’s! Its amazing to read and a treasure to have this book. I spent many a month, two years ago, looking at it in the Ferndale bookstore before finally getting it*

The Mammoth Book of Vampires New Edition of 2004. Edited by Stephen Jones. *Another large collection of standard and hidden, marvelous 90’s gems of short stories. Includes stuff from Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman as well. Also from the Chicago bookstore 3 years ago.*

Dracula: Prince of Many Faces by Radu R. Florescu and Baymond T. McNally. 1989 paperback first edition.  *THIS IS A MUST HAVE for ALL DRACULA HISTORIANS. They have charted and talked of his life and times, the Real Vlad the Impaler. This was one of the first Dracula books I got beginning my craze early 2007.*

The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire, The vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned in one large book, by Anne Rice. 1976, 1985, and 1988. Book edition 2003. *Anne Rice’s books have a peculiar lovely style and stories to tell that are good reads, however they are unique and have their own set of opinions. Many don’t like to read them, which is quite fine. I¬† infact got so bored and moved on I haven’t read the other Vampire books she’s written nor even the 4th in the series yet! But I will, some day.*

The Essential Dracula by Bram Stoker, annotated by Leonard Wolf. 1975, book edition 2004. *For those who want to delve deeper into the original novel, this is the annotated version with surprising wonderful notes on sentences, origins etc. for the Stoker-aholic. I recommend if ye be studying the novel deeper with the help of the wonderful Leonard. Got from the Science Fiction Book club last year*

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. 2005, paperback. *This was a book recommended by my old-friend’s mother. Its world acclaimed and a good novel, and stems in the line of a deeper Vlad the Impaler-related mystery like the ‘Da Vinci Code’ with secret societies and such. Great novel, very intelligent.*

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, 1975. This edition 1999. *Good Stephen-esque horror story, dealing with my favorite subject of ‘small towns of America being haunted by something’. But still, ‘IT’ is a way better ‘version’ of this. I haven’t read much King yet. This was a birthday gift, from the Ferndale store, by my best friend Kitleigh. Read it over the Blue Lake music camp summer 2010*

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete volume of Vampire Tales ever Published.2006. *This is a BIG PAPERBACK and I’m still reading it. It has classics from the 1800’s and beyond. Wonderful, the world needs a book like this to help collect things from our vampire history.*

The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman. 1995. *Great novel, Chicago bookstore 2007. Alternate take on World War 1, in a world ruled by vampires*

The Vampire: A Study by Montague Summers. Edition 1991, study unknown. *This book bored me *got it 3 years ago from the Ferndale bookstore* because its a detailed indepth giant thesis on every bit of ancient history of all culture’s of vampires! A certain good read of information for the in-depth vampireologist.*

Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe. 2009. *This book I got recently from the Scifi club. Its a nice story but I didn’t like it, even if the Urban Fantasy is set in 1971, and even if it mentions a ‘YES’ song! However enjoy if you will if you like a modern-book on a time of vampires that was populated with Hammer films*

The Society Of S by Susan Hubbard. 2007. *This is an okay-story, got it almost 3 years ago from the Scifi club. The story of a girl who’s really a vampire, a very moody book. But the writing didn’t give the main character or her family much depth. I didn’t like the style, too empty. Reminded me of Bella.*

Bloodline and Bloodline: The Reckoning by Kate Cary -who also wrote the ‘Warriors’ series about cats- 2005 and 2007. *I got these 3 years ago as well, Chicago. These are far better sequels to the original novel than the official one that came out last year! FAR better, only problem it lacks Dracula. These are perfect sequels, written in the diary-style of the original. Read these instead of Ian Holt’s version*

Dracula The Un-Dead by Ian Holt and Dacre Stoker. 2009. *This is a very bad book. Poor writing and horrible movie-like plot. Even in the notes by Ian he WANTED this book to be written FIRST before they plan on a hollywood blockbuster of this ‘official’ sequel. A pity this story contradicts itself and does a double-insane-backflip and middle-fingering up the asses of Dracula lovers. I’m glad that the initial press has died and let the book go rot and wither. Its a sad waste of writing and my time*

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice. Hardcover 1992. *I haven’t read this yet: Got out of my Anne Rice phase too soon. Got this from The Dawn Treader bookshop, Ann Arbor, a few years ago. The fourth and sequel to ‘Queen of the Damned’. Book’s in very good condition! Except the plastic cover*

Dracula by Bram Stoker. Magnum Books Easy-Eye paperback, 1970. *This was my dad’s novel during college. Then I read it in early 2007. Now its falling apart. I will treasure this always, reading it in the car in Royal Oak in the February air…*

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. 1976. *This particular book was also from Chicago, and this small, 70’s puke-yellow covered book was the first I read of this classic revolutionary vampire story.*

Vittorio The Vampire by Anne Rice. 1999 hardcover. *This is another Anne Rice vampire story, I got this and the next selection from the Royal Oak Salvation Army two years ago, I think in spring or summer. I know my dad was there on that shopping trip, probably getting his dress shirts. Anyways have yet to read it, but definitely will when another Anne Rice phase comes up. Relatively good condition.*

Pandora by Anne Rice. 1998 *From the Salvation Army, also in good condition. Never read by me.*

The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’1993 edition, large hardcover. *Mind you this was written before the previous two above! This was also dedicated to a lady named Aurelia, as it was her ‘Happy Birthday! Love, Mom’ October 14, 1993. I don’t remember where the hell I got this book. I don’t even really need it until I get into Anne Rice again.*

Vampire Hunter D books 1-10 by Hideyuki Kikuchi. From the 80’s, Borders Book’s editions 2006-present. *These are very great books of a vampire-post-apocalyptic future of horrible monsters and everything. Under appreciated novels to Western vampire scholars, as they sit collecting dust in the manga section unfairly next to ‘Vampire Kisses’ and ‘Vampire Knight’. These are wonderful book s that I’ve made my mission to buy them*expensive though* instead of renting from any library*

The Lord Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.  *Very good story and illustrations by Hellboy creator*

NOT PICTURED: Vampireology, the pop-up book.

Comics:

Vampire Hunter D Manga 1 and 2 adapted manga versions of the original novels, manga by Saiko Takaki. *These are okay mangas, the style is very nice but very Manga in execution of the themes. It lacks alot of the darkness and mello, gloomy themes and styles from the novel’s main original illustrator. But after all, this IS a manga, not some artsy graphic novel version of the first 2 novels.*

Assorted Vampire Princess Miyu comics 90’s, Iron Cat comics. *A random mix from ebay my dad got me 3 years ago. Very nice bits and pieces of the running comic-book-style manga series.*

The Tomb of Dracula issue 2 by Rodi, Tolagson, and Palmer. Marvel comics. 2005, monthly issue. *Got this last month at the Midnight Vault comic books store in Ann Arbor. It reminds me of the modern genre like ‘Blade’ and ‘Dracula 2000’ of modern action movies and plots, guns and cool weapons, with Dracula rising from the dead. However good points is that it appears the vampires have a god: Varnae. -sound familiar? Its from the vampire character Varney in the 1800’s French Penny Dreadful story. HOW AWESOME IS THAT-*

Vlad the Impaler: Dracula. Part 4, no. 10 1993. British, Dark Horse comics. *This is a very accurate-style Dracula comic on the rise of Dracula from the grave. Includes alot of historical references that, frankly, are really fact: the name of his second wife, his kids, Vlad the Monk….holy SH*T. Recently got for cheap at the Ann Arbor comic store from above as well.*

Batman: Vampire DC collection of three multiverse Batman comics. *Now this is a dang good comic series. Real dark and everything I wanted in a Batman comic, plus alot of gothic inquiry.*

Misc

Dracula 1931 clips on a 35 mm film reel.A little ‘Count Chocula’ picture from a cereal box two years ago.ÔĽŅ

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland: Not as bad as my local newspaper critics think.

Posted in Movie Reviews on April 26, 2010 by Sahkmet

Now I’m not one who obsessed over all the roles of Johnny Depp, nor am I into Tim Burton enough to tear apart his every style and action, but you old people reviewing Alice in Wonderland need to¬†note something important and acknowledge¬†a respect for this movie in this one fact: It was made for entertainment.

Its a cash-crop film, smothering Tim Burton in corperalization and the instance to make his adaption to appeal to the teenager audience.

This is a sequel, not an adaption of the original books. Why are you still yelling about how it isn’t non-canon anymore?

If Wonderland is a dream-dimension from Alice, and if this sequel  has Alice in an easily identifiable teenager-girl-role, then the Wonderland should properly age with her and have new characters-things that play the allegorical figures of her frustrations. This is the staple in 90% of similar stories and films. Look at Labyrinth, Mirror Mask, Wrinkle in Time, Chronicles of Narnia, Time Bandits, etc.! These stories are a similar genre, which is:

Protagonist has RL problems, goes on a hallugenic/magical/dream/alternate universe adventure where the characters are derived symbolic things of the problems. Solving the adventure there gives the character the lessons it needs so when back into reality character has learned its lesson/solves the problems with new understanding.

This is what this film and all the others are. Entertaining formulaic stories that work and turn into the marvelous adventures of crazy things and fantasy elements.

I also think picking on the details of a movie like this should be tastefully done if you point out that the movie IS entertainment. I enjoyed myself, I the teenager audience it was geared to. It certainly worked. I respect it as franchising material, had fun at the pretty colors, hot Depp¬†and Ilosovic¬†Stayne etc. It wasn’t as bad as you fogies in the newspapers think.

So what if it amuses the obsessives? Its not¬†teaching bad life lessons at all. *unlike Twilight in comparison.* You think its harming¬†your beloved Lewis Carrol’s legacy, but believe me re-inventing Alice in Wonderland isn’t a new thing, bubs. In fact every time someone does an adaption, no matter how close it is to the source it re-invents it.

To clarify, this does not mean¬†you must like this film. It just means you must be aware of what it is, and griping about ‘the formula’ or ‘not another Depp¬†movie, don’t see it’ or ‘Alice is a teen, don’t watch’ or, as as¬†few persons pointed out ‘they only made the Jabberwocky talk so they could get Christopher Lee in there, how stupid a movie that is’. I’d rather want you people to argue more legitimate things to support your thesis on how crappy the movie is. Many of these reviewers miss the point of the film. Those that have gone off the deep end of legitimacy in their reviews skew the review to only a part of the public who hate and don’t enjoy the formula of this story. So why is it in the public newspapers providing nit-pick of how this film has mutilated and killed the preciousness of the original stories, when the majority audience reading is a generation younger that has lived for a few decades of AiW¬†merchandise and reinvention and video games and art books and other things that mutilate the story just as ‘bad’? Its been going on and now you have another film to complain about stupidly.

I do not aim this at reviewers who legitmizedly write their opinions or miss important aspects. This is a rant geared to local reviewers in some of the newspapers and internet that miss the freaking point. 3 of them were over 50 years old in age!

Course, who am I to talk? I love bad music, write perverted fanfics to amuse myself and I watch these films for how hot the villains are. I’m certainly no professional on the matter of complaining about movies for the youth of this generation, though I believe I have a decent amount of experience being one of them.

On another note, I am not a Depp¬†fangirl. I always viewed his roles as nice, quirky and plutonic. I didn’t need to view him sexy and attractive to appreciate his talant.

That is, till I saw the mad hatter, and boy, am I in love with this Depp role.

Something about last year when I connected with my transman¬†friend has made me very open and ‘flowery’, I should say, about flamboyant, colorful, and the beauty of madness and the breakdown of gender-roles has skewed my tastes. Out of all his roles from a drunken pirate, sad Edward, teenager in a Freddy Krueger movie, an opium-addict detective, Don Jaun, disturbed candy-maker…no, I’m not attracted to them, I’m attracted to the mad schizophrenic¬†integrity and devotion Depp’s Mad Hatter has. and the pretty colors. And that giggle. Giggle.

I like the Knave more though.

Offical NOES Remake Trailer is OUT!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Movie Reviews, News Updates Other Than My Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by Sahkmet

At last an offical sneak peek.

As some might know, or others not, the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake is scheduled for release April 30th, 2010. Our information prior has been only the work-trailer to illustrate ideas for the actual film, snippits of information and knowledge of where the filming was. Now at last we have a trailer…the REAL one. The Big-kahoonie.

Trailer and stills at dreadcentral.com.

Looking at what we can, the movie is filled with the references from the first and some of the previous sequels to the original. I hope that because it’s homaging that, that they will not make a sequel to this remake. Because generally they suck, and it is no longer the 80’s and 90’s when sequels to slasher films were more popular and expected. (tell that to the Final Destination and Shrek franchise.)

However one thing to consider: Director is Michael Bay, and I do know there are people who are not fond of his work (Transformers 1 and 2) due to complaints of massive explosions and gearing to the modern American teenager rumble-tumble movie audience. Reasoning why he’s now taken on this classic 80’s slasher film is simple: it has teenagers in it and alot to do with fire and boiler rooms. Perfect for him…however much many would have liked a more reputable horror-director, not one that has fighting giant robots under his directing belt.

Note that my previous post on the remake is now a little outdated. For more information and the art-idea trailer click this paragraph.

The Cat Piano

Posted in Fun Stuff, Movie Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Sahkmet

The Cat Piano.

This animated short deserves it’s many awards. Like noir and styled animation of anthropomorphic cats singing and adventure? Or you don’t even have to like all of the following. Just enjoy, because I did, and it’s definitely of the amazing merit.

The Cat Piano.

Ashes to Ashes: A Batman Fanfilm

Posted in Fun Stuff, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Sahkmet

Ashes to Ashes


I have come across a very interesting, French, big budget fanfilm of the Batmanverse. Grim and in my opinion extremely awesome. A depressing portrait of a man who was unfortunately involved with Harleene and The Joker.

I personally find the compositional format of black, red and white throughout this high-contrast movie *reminiscant of 300* to match the Harleene theme and a gothic style comic book format.

*WARNING* Violence, sex, bad words in French.

English subtitles.

Official website.

The movie.

Star Trek: a Review of the Re-boot.

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by Sahkmet

Star Trek. My GOD!


As some might know, or others don’t, I am a Trekkie. I was raised upon the VHS collectors set of all the Original Series episodes. I had also experienced VHS episodes of The Next Generation when my half-brother, more into that series, was around the house. And a smattering of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Not to mention most of the first season of Enterprise. Ick.

And all the Star Trek movies.

Being in a Trekkie family like that while also appreciating Star Wars at an equal level, no wonder I found the re-boot…and it’s also a continuation…of Star Trek extremly wonderful. The plot was Trekkish, the Red Matter was Trekkish, the characters well casted and recreated *except for Uhura, didn’t like her*, the references to past movies and such was wonderful! Amazing movie!

My only complaints would be the lack of the Star Trek theme throughout the movie’s score except for the end.

The fact Vulcan blew up made me sad.

No other complaints, really. ūüôā

They catered to the original series with it’s style of clothing and references with only a few allusions to TNG and beyond. For those loyal to OS, it will be amazing. To those who hate OS, well, you’ll still enjoy it but this is about the original that started it all, not your TNG stuff or prequels like Enterprise.

I also found the Lensflare effect with the camera work very nice, actually.  Another complaint is the modern camera work of the fight scenes.

Star Trek, is now cool again.

Movies of Mindf*ckery.

Posted in Fun Stuff, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by Sahkmet

A list and things of movies that will make you question yourself…and other things.

Most of these movies I have seen. Some of them I know are pretty messed up art films. But I haven’t put all of the world’s movies down here, so if I miss a few I shoudl check out and add, comment and tell me.

The main purpose of this entry is to introduce the magnificence of artistic and well-done filmaking. These films are mostly dark, graphic, violent, realisitic and futureistic at times, some involving fantasy elements, and some variying degrees of sexuality.

1. The Wall.

Pink Floyd’s The Wall, 1982.

This is my favorite example of a MindF*ck film. Based upon the double album by the band Pink Floyd, the work of dark and pink filmaking, with their music and animations follows the story of Pink, a rockstar and his messed up mind stemming from childhood, his imaginations and music. Based upon the life of the band’s front man Syd Barret. Movie containing brilliant rock music, sybolic animation sequences, the journey of his mind, WW II and England, rebellion and his opinionated thoughts on the world around him, and his sexual fear of women betraying him. Rated R by my standards. Contains some blood, sexuality, flowers making love, drugs and Pink’s cries for help and order in his shattered world.

2. Brazil.

Brazil. 1985.

The genius of one of the pythons Terry Gilliam, this is the complete definition I think of what these types of movies are. Set in the future, a world…oh forget it, I can’t think hard enough to describe it to you. There is an administrative error as the world, run mostly by a gruesome business like way, accidently kills the wrong man in a ‘mundane’ sweep. Sam Lowrey, working for this government tries to correct the problem and realizing more and more how ineffective society has become. He dreams of a woman he flies with and to save form a dream version of this terrible world, and meets her, a trucker. He becomes tangled and accused of working for the ‘terrorists’ who are trying to free the society as they live behind a mask. In the end, does he actually escape the city into the world of grass and freedom with his woman? Or is it a mask of his needled mind, betrayed by friends in such a demented world?

Truly this is a movie that’s hard to describe. There is even more Mindf*ckery to decipher from this movie. Symbols. Actions. Plot. Dreams and doldrum British life gone on steroids. I recommened this movie to you all. Rated R for violence, some gore, bombs, utter frustration, nudity and barbarity.

3. Time Bandits.

Time Bandits. 1981.

ANOTHER film by Terry Gilliam. Boy, but lucky for you this isn’t as wild and serious as Brazil. But it is more tragic.

A boy is considered less than furnature and appliances in a compulsive family. He goes to sleep only to find he is dragged on a journey through time with time-travelling midgets, goign through Robin Hood and Napoleon and time, running from the supreme being they stole the map from, stealing treasure. Eventually after the weirdness of being almost eaten by a troll in the middle of the sea on a wooden, ship, then it being a giant with the ship on his head, then stepping on a house in a desert, then they tranqulizing the giant and getting off, confronting a glass barrier which they breka and confront Evil, who has dogged their every turn. Even before that we had a glimmer of hope as Kevin, the boy, was adopted by a Greek king and almost had a fmaily…rudely dragged back with the Dwarves. Makes one sad.

They confront the form of evil, sacrificing everything in his coldness, really awful guy. He is on a level of freakiness mind you. He is momentarily defeated, the supreme being helps the dwarves collect his pieces to destroy so he won’t return but one is left…and Kevin, poor Kevin is left behind, alone in the fortress as they leave him there without a thought and smoke and…he wakes up, saved by the Greek king *a fireman now*, his parents only worried about the damn toaster and not their son. The fire over, he stands alone in the wreckage. Forgotten. No hope left.

This movie’s ending was so disturbing it truamatizied me as a child. That’s how Mindf*cked it is. Rating? I’d give it PG, Pg-13. It’s not a happy ending. It leaves you empty inside. Really, it does. Nothing overly bloody, but still really dark atmosphere and gruesomness.

4. A Clockwork Orange.

A Clockwork Orange, 1971.

Directed by Stanly Kruberick. This movie I haven’t seen yet. I’m goign to wait a few years. My dad seriously advises me to.

From what I know, it reminds me of Brazil but more violent, rough-and-tumble, rape and mature themes. Themes that when you’re an experienced adult would understand. It’s harsher than Bazil. Why? The summaries say it’s about a man….interested in rape…ultra-violence…talking in a futureistic way of speaking…and Beethoven.

You heard me. Violence and rape. A bunch of ‘droogs’ he gets together in the future Britian raping and destroying as they please, after being ‘reconditioned’ by society’s program to destroy violence tendencies he detests such violence…however his old Droogs try reshape him. The title is from a book an author int he movie is writing, a plea against making people turn ‘good’ against their will making them ‘Clockwork oranges’.

Moral? Sounds like ‘there will always be crime’. No matter how you eradicate and get a better and try to be better society, there will always be rebellion. There is always turmoil. There will always be the balance of good and evil in people. To even emphasize this rape and violent scenes in the movie are set to cheery non-fitting music, the directors way of showing you to experience and see the evil as evil, and you do not need music to mood you into thinking it’s bad. You are not controlled.

R rating? You bet your oranges it is. Rape. Violence. Gore. Blood. Darkness. Force. Bad language. Nudity. Be very, VERY mature my friends.

5. Donnie Darko.

Donnie Darko, 2001.

One of the newer films to be a definite Mindf*ck film, this film follows the troubled dreams and mind of Donnie, as more and more he sees things, feels the the world will end, Frank the rabbit telling him these things, is it a dream? Do time-bubbles exist? What must he do, after the incident with the jet falling down in his house, to stop the world from ending? Does fate exist? Do these things happen all the time? Hell, what is time?

The epic buildup of this movie is magnificent and thrilling. The ending makes you almost crap your pants. It’s a depressing movie set in reality but then again, not. Challenging your thoughts on fate. It is a milder one but a Mindf*ck movie non-the-less. Tears will come to your eyes. You will be depressed and forever when you think of blue and black, you will think of this movie.

6. Pan’s Labyrinth.

Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006.

Despite this being a foriegn film from Spain, it won plenty of awards. Of course it did, it’s a beautiful movie and a definite movie of the Mindf*ckery genre.

The princess of the fairy underworld goes through the portal to the mortal world, and in reincarnation is the sould of a little girl during WW II’s Spanish countryside. Her mother marries and becomes pregnant with a captain at the military dictator outpost fighting the gruellias. This real, historical setting is rare to be in film, but it does. The girl finds a praying mantis fairy and meets Pan the faun, who gives her a book and for her to return to her rightful place with the faire must complete magical and adventurous tasks in and out of the labyrinth in the forest. Meanwhile there is war, bad pregnancy, the death of her and her baby born, the fighters and their drama, death and realisim, guns and blood, stiches and dark, cruel emotions. Are all her travels to the darkness of the fae world real or imaginitive? In the end….did she come back to the world of the fae with her real parents and magic?………………or was it all a fantasy.

The movie questions if it was real of not. The movie mostly settles on her point of view, so the coincidences of magic and pain with her family and life could have been exaggerated. You want to believe there is celtic magic and she is going home to her parents of the fairies but is she trying to block the terror? Dead mother, nasty father, death and guns, war and fire, horror and trauma? Was it just her mortal body that died and her soul went to the portal?…….or was it her last thought she thought…and died….a human. A mortal. That maybe, her imagination was the better of her.

This is another confusing movie, rated R for a reason. Blood, guns and death, war and terror. The sacrifice of a child the adults could never understand. I recomened this beautiful vision to the eye.

7. Blade Runner.

Blade Runner, 1982.

Ridley Scott is an amazing director. That is that.

Blade Runner is a little known masterpiece. Set in a future world where Replicants, fake humans that work the moon colonies and lieve 4 years, some are dangerous and come to Earth. It’s up to Blade Runners, and one in particularily Deckard *played by Harrison Ford* to stop them from infiltrating society and take their little revenges on real humans. Unfortuantely some of them have fake memories implanted in them making themselves question if they are human or not. As Deckard tracks each of the four down we discover human situations, survival in such a sprawling dark and orange city world plus the fantastic landscape and photography and art form…the replicants fight to survive. Some go insane. One never knew. All trying to live. In the end….like tears in the rain…there is a monolouge on human death and life, physcology…

Deckard figures it out. And you will too if you pay close attention.

I will highly suggest this movie to anyone you know. It’s a sci-fi noir, beautiful lighting and camera work. Some violence and deep subjects and thoughts.

Watch the Director’s Cut. The version Ridley wanted.

The one with the ending that will give you one of the bext Mindf*cks in a long, long while.

8. Zardoz.

Zardoz, 1974.

Sean Connery became sick of being type-casted as James Bond, so he embarked on getting a diaper rash in his role in Zardoz.

Zardoz is known as a definite Mindf*ck and classified as part of the sub-genre of psychotronic films *Mindf*ck movies that are more phscyidelic than made for a subliminal ‘greater good’ story. Made around the 60’s and 70’s and very druggy films*¬† The film’s plot involves the world of people on earth in slave and being hunted by a band of scantily-clad warriors, following their God Zardoz, the floating head. In fact, Zed comes in the floating head and goes through the vortex, and discovers he is only a tool by the bored Immortals, who long ago preserved themselves in an oasis as the world sunk into a dark age and left the world behind. Now, bored, they flock over the savage Brutal as they call him due to immense boredom, with sex and questions. Zed soon realizies that they are pawns and tools, stupid people made to grow food, kill, and live to entertain the bored society. During his stay they experiment on him, testing sleeping patterns and trying to get to erect. At this point in the film my parents had to shut it off at the images of the penis * I was 8 years old at the time* so I’ve now glanced throught he rest of the film for this partiular blog post. ^^;

This movie shows a grim future, and that civilizations run by the rich, despite how glorious and perfect the ideal dog-eats-rabbit of this world the more powerful they are the more tension there is, and eventually the perfect system will break, causing Brutals and Zed to lead rebellions and destroy the perfect world. And sometimes, holding unto the past and history of something so, so long, keeps the flow of renewal and life from happening. Zed, then destroys the remnants of the old world order that the rest of the world has forgotten and doesn’t need, and moves on to the future of civilization.

This movie is so weird and psychedelic, people have parties watching it when they’re high. Definitly prepare for weird plots and sexuality, weirdness and the odd. Rated R for sex, nudity, guns, teaching you the penis is evil, rape and slavery.

9. Le roi et L’oiseau

Le roi et L’oiseau, 1980.

A French animated movie, Le roi et L’oiseau *The King and the Mockingbird in English* is a beautiful movie and one of the few fully animated movies to be considered part of this genre. This film is more of a political and passive story, without the use of violence and darker themes. However it’s message and artistic style help count this in the Mindf*ck genre, a passive entry.

Based upon the Hans Christen Anderson tale of the Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, a mockingbird with his children lives at the towering exaggerated castle, who is under the constant barrage of being hunted by the pompus king. The vain king commisions work from a painter, and at night his painting commes to life as does the painting of a young shepherdess and a chimney sweep. The statue however says ‘the shepherdess are destined for the kings’ and so, lusty painting of the king in a duck hunting outfit, embarks on claiming his bride from the chimney sweep. A long chase comes upon them as the painting replaces the real king, sending his swooping bat-like police after them. The couple go down the layers of the castle into the city, where the citizens live in poverty and rarely see the sunlight. In the end the king drives the giant robot, fight breaks out and the city crumbles, the people leave, the bat policemen drop from the skies as symbols…

…there in the wreckage the robot sits in the pose of The Thinker, and a little mockingbird is in a birdtrap. The robot opens it and frees the bird…and crushes the cage…the destruction of tyranny, the pompus, and ushers in a¬† world of liberty and love and freedom.

The symbolic forms and people, the grays and colors of the hand-drawn animation make this a beautiful film, their struggles create emotions and the music…godly. Beautiful, beautiful music. This movie is a passive Mindf*ck and a Depressor, bulled filled with an uplifting message. Rated PG. Nothing overly violent even, nudity, sex, nothing. Just a continue stream of beauty and hard work. The movie has taken many many years to develop. It started in 1948 but production stopped when it was shown prematurely in 1952, and production picked up again 1967. Paul Grimualt the director now finally was able to work on one of his most passionate films.

10. Dark City.

Dark city, 1998.

This dark movie, another future-noir similar to Blade Runner has been somewhat forgotten from the sucess of The Matrix which came out the same time. Matrix was alot like this one, only more anime-ish and straight-forward with it’s message with lots of action and kung-fu, so it did way better than the darker and serious Dark City. I have yet to see this movie, but now I really, really want to.

By Noir, you can tell from the clothing style. 40’s gangster anyone? The plot centers about John Murdoch who wakes up and is wanted for murders and by his wife…that he doesn’t remember. Looking and running about he finds The Strangers, a cult of people who manipulate the city to their desires by altering memories and actions. Apparently he is wanted by them because of his stranges powers he manifested. John soon learns that their lives are a facade int he city and shrouded by the eternal night and the city blocked off. They are The Stranger’s toys.

Remiscent, too, of Zardoz, all the people of the city are controlled subliminally by a higher race. The movie more focuses on the bounds of reality under the mask and accepting the knowledge your life in this movie’s universe is a lie.

Matrix without fight scenes, anyone?

Rated R for some nudity, guns and some blood.

11. The Butterfly Effect.

The Butterfly Effect, 2004.

Again, another movie I have not seen. Alot of people consider this a Mindf*ck, and reaidng the plot, yes, it certainly is. Evan Treborn suffers in his childhood blackouts, and he had written them down at each time. When he is an adult, he looks back to his journals of these events and somehow manages by reading to go back in time and redo parts of his past, saving his friends from their horrible futures, and this was the source of his blackouts. However when he comes back to the future his life has changed with each time, from being a frat boy, to an amputee, to being a prisoner…every action he takes going back in time gives him a new kind of future, one worse than he had before.

Reading this it’s a Sci-fi Thriller, but so many suggestions I’ve got to put this one in it can’t be ignored. I can see how it relates to being a Mindf*ck movie. Reminds me of Donnie Darko too, in a way…

Rated R for violence, drugs, sex and language.

12. The Fountain

The Fountain, 2006.

Hugh Jackman isn’t usually synomous with weird movies. And this one isn’t. It’s abstract about mortality and love.

First part, a conquistidor in the Mayan civilization is searching for the Tree of Life, which would give him and his queen immortality, and by finding it, he would be able to save his queen from the clutches of the Inquisition.

Reincarnated later, he is a modern scientist looking for healing properties in trees to save his wife Izzi.

Again reincarnated, he is in the future, a space traveller in a floating sphere with the tree of life, floating through space as he looks for the clue to immortality…

Reading the plots and all, one can see this abstract movie is an amazing movie. It deals with the ideals of dealing with death and the unknown possibilities of immortality. Diggity dog! Not to mention the colors are mostly oranges and yellow glows, not depressing film like Butterfly and Darko is.

PG-13.

*taking break. Will add more later*