This weekend, let’s take you through some classics of Frankenstein rock. Above, from Edgar Winter. Continue reading
There’s not much I can add to illuminate what’s known and what’s loved about Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m pretty sure that if you are reading this, you know this movie and its music all too well.
Maybe I can offer this: Dr. Frankenfurter is the fabulous ultimate expression of Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein. Where one is an odious, cowardly mass of 19th century anxieties and weak egotism, the other’s rampant self-centeredness is perfect and glorious. Both scientists create their own downfalls, but only one does it with heels and fishnets, and with a lack of remorse that’s honest and goddamn decadent. Continue reading
This weekend, enjoy the very first film adaptation of Frankenstein ever made! This 1910 short was discovered in the mid-1970’s, is twelve minutes long, and I like it a lot. I especially enjoyed the creepy, phantasmagoric creation sequence of the monster around the four-minute mark. And the monster itself is more nightmarish than the bolts-and-stitches model engineered by Universal Studios two decades later.
Blade Runner 2049
I think the Blade Runner series fits quite well in the canon of fiction inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, even if Philip K. Dick’s mind wandered elsewhere.
Human beings with god complexes creating biological, artificial lives and being horrible parents? Alienated and angry offspring suffering and murdering for their parents’ sins? It was all there when Rutger Hauer’s Roy kissed his creator on the lips. Continue reading
In 2004 Chaos magician and rock star comic book creator Grant Morrison brought to life a vibrant, weird and understated superhero magnum opus: Seven Soldiers.
Morrison took the name of an old Golden Age superhero team (The Seven Soldiers of Victory) and he took inspiration from a 1970’s period in DC Comics where strange, lush horror comics were en vogue. Continue reading
“All them ethical blurry lines point to the same thematic question up in here: are we inherently good, or evil? Are people driven to murder because of society’s sh**, or is it written from Day One that a playa gonna be a cold-hearted killer?” – Sparky Sweets, PhD
I was, of course, born in the wrong decade. Instead of not reading the book for English class, I had those Cliff Notes and what not. But I most definitely didn’t have Thug Notes, narrated by the formidable Sparky Sweets, PhD.
Get the lowdown on Frankenstein like it IS, not like your fastidious English teacher wants it to be. With less pretentious, annoying jargon and with more banging booty. Continue reading
In the home stretch, and here are my takeaways on the end of the novel! Of course, I don’t really have much more to say, not about Vic all of a sudden becoming a self-righteous avenger of justice, dramatically appealing to “spirits” etc etc. What a drama queen! I don’t have much to say about the showdown in the Arctic, either, except that Vic kills a lot of huskies trying to chase the Monster. Nope, not a whole lotta sympathy from me, gotta tell ya. It also looks like Captain Walton is developing a man-crush or more on Vic. Find another thing, Walton. Continue reading