Ed Wood the (in)famous director of Plan 9 From Outer Space is credited with creating some of the worst movies ever. I find his films more watchable than many, but mainly because they’re bad in a fun way.
Did you know that Ed Wood also wrote short stories? Wood did. They mostly appeared in, uh, men’s magazines that last about as long as Wood’s movies did in theaters.
BoingBoing recently posted Ed Wood’s The Day the Mummy Returned. It should give you an idea of Wood’s writing style. As for me, I prefer his movies.
That beautiful cover by Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz is reason enough for me to purchase the first issue of Dynamite’s new Shaft comic series.
Shaft #1 will also feature variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Michael Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley and Sanford Greene.
CBR.com has all the variants as well as an interview with Shaft series writer, David F. Walker. The article is definitely worth a look.
Mark Peters at Salon recently posted his choices for The Most Engrossing Crime Comics in History. Peters’ choices are solid. Both the article and recommended comics are worth a read.
Although they didn’t make Peters’ list I would also heartily recommend:
I enjoyed Chris Hutchinson’s 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Conan the Destroyer more than the movie Conan the Destroyer. Here are my three favorite things…
1. THE DIRECTOR INSPIRED HIS WAY.
Director John Milius drew major inspiration for the first Conan movie, Conan the Barbarian, from 1958’s The Vikings. When Milius was unavailable to direct the Conan sequel, Conan the Destroyer, producer Dino De Laurentiis went to the original source by hiring The Vikingsdirector Richard Fleischer. [They should have waited for Milius. - Craig]
11. ANDRE THE GIANT MAKES A VERY SUBTLE CAMEO.
Who was the actor underneath the rubber suit created for the monstrous deity Dagoth? None other than André René Roussimoff, better known as the wrestler André the Giant.
15. AND THEN POLITICS SCRAPPED ANOTHER SEQUEL.
Original director John Milius came close to making a third Conan movie with Schwarzenegger in 2002. His script, entitled “King Conan: Crown of Iron,” was to be directed by The Matrix’s Andy and Lana Wachowski, but was scrapped after Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California. [Can you imagine what that Conan film would have looked like. Crom! - Craig]
Source: Mental Floss.
I really like this poster for Longmire created by Thinkinb4Talkin.
Longmire is one of my favorite shows currently running. I also think it is the most under-rated and the only one to continue to get better and better with each season. If you have been watching then you know what I mean. If you somehow missed this gem, then please give it a go.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to the first four Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. I haven’t read all of them, but the ones I have read are excellent and they are what got me interested in the tv series.
I like this poster for Horns.
Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe will premiere on October 31, 2014, and is based on the fan-favorite novel by Joe Hill.
If you’d like to see a bigger version of the poster, you can, thanks to ComingSoon.
When I saw this poster for Salem’s Lot it brought back a lot of memories. Released as a 3 hour television mini-series in 1979, Salem’s Lot was one of the last tv events that you had to be in front of the set when it aired if you wanted to see it. Remember, this was in the pre-VCR (anyone remember those) days.
I was excited about the mini-series since I’d read and enjoyed Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot. The mini-series was well done and lived up to expectations. I still can see that kid vampire floating outside a second story window asking to be let in… CREEPY!
Source: Dr. Horror Geek.
It’s the Fourth of July! What better way to celebrate than to check out some rare (and I mean rare) Steranko paperback book covers.
Source: The Golden Age.
The Walk Among the Tombstones website has gone live.
There you can find a trailer, photos and more for the film based on Lawrence Block’s best selling novel.
Andrew Nette recently posted several covers for Ross MacDonald novels published from the late fifties to the early seventies.
Thank you Andrew!