Below is our latest music video for D.Catalano's track "Strange Brother, Stranger Sister" off his new album "Everyone Else That Isn't You." Intended to be a part of a different project that didn't quite come to fruition. I used the existing footage and put this together instead. The end result perfectly captures the dread and gloom of a tortured soul.
BBQ Films is an event production company that specializes in bringing classic films to life in the form of a giant party. Most of their events are topped off with the film being screened and several characters being recreated for photo ops and unique experiences. Unfortunately I missed a few of their past events, but was lucky to finally attend the latest... Ghostbusters HQ!
I'm a huge Ghostbusters fan like most kids that grew up in the late 80's/Early 90's. I obsessed over the movies, I watched the cartoon, and collected all the toys. I drank Ecto cooler and got a chance to see the (now retired) stage show out in Universal Studios Florida. Ghostbusters was my life and honestly not much has changed as an adult, so when I heard about this event I jumped at the opportunity and got a ticket.
When we got to the location the first thing we noticed were three different versions of the Ecto-1. This included the latest version from the upcoming reboot and a replica of the vehicle from the original sequel. Also painted across one of the exterior walls was a giant "No Ghost" logo with the BBQ Film logo attached to it. As we approached the line we noticed two men in suits. These were Walter Peck Jr. and Walter Peck Jr Jr. (if you're a fan, you get the reference) and they urged us not to enter the warehouse since the Ghostbusters were frauds. They even handed us a signed document detailing why.
Once inside, we're given a portable proton pack and are greeted by Janine who gave us a brief overview and urged us to grab a map and check out all of the activities throughout the headquarters. Some of these activities included possession testing, a proton pack demo, and the slime lab. One of the activities not listed on our map was an ESP test. After being approached by Vinz Clortho (Key-master of Gozer), he recommended that we head up a flight of steps. Once upstairs we were greeted by two Ghostbusters sitting behind a table. We were then attached to a electric shock device and told to guess objects on the back of cards (Triangle, star, wavy lines, etc) If we guessed wrong we'd get zapped. This played out just like the scene in the beginning of the film with Peter Venkman and the two college students.
There were also bars set up with Ghostbusters themed drink cocktails. I ordered an Ecto-Ketel One, which was quite delicious. I'll definitely be making myself a few of these when I'm home. After a few hours they announced that the film was about to begin. We took our seats and sat back to watch the original 1984 film. It was great watching the movie with a large group of people. Everyone was laughing and quoting the lines, just having a ball. They even added a special light show at the climax of the film which encouraged the audience to participate.
All in all this was an excellent experience. If BBQ film's event are all put together like this, then I look forward to attending another one in the future. This was a Ghostbuster fan's dream and the attention to detail along with the activities just made for one hell of a night. If you're in the New York area and want more info, check out their official site here. I'm sure these guys will have more to come in the future.
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I'm a huge fan of anthology television (It inspired my web-series Holidays of Terror). I love being able to sit down and watch a story unfold in front of me for 30 minutes, not having to commit to seasons worth of binge watching. I'm able to bounce around episodes, skipping the lame ones and going straight to the good stuff. In this ongoing series I'll delve into my favorite anthology shows. Also, occasionally I'll cheat and review episodes from series that run an hour long; but hey, those still count!
I figured I'd start with a show almost everyone universally loves, The Twilight Zone (if not, something is wrong with you.) The show, which first aired in 1959 and ran for five seasons, consisted of science fiction tales dealing with monsters, paranormal, and the Armageddon. The show's creator, Rod Sterling, would introduce each episode with an opening and closing monologue and would end with some sort of morality tale or twist. The show was way ahead of its' time to say the least.
My first experience with The Twilight Zone was in the early nineties. Every New Year's eve WPIX 11, a channel here in New York, would run their annual New Year's Eve Twilight Zone marathon. While the adults partied, waiting for the ball to drop, I'd be in the other room mesmerized with what was on the TV. At this point, I was more involved with the marathon then Dick Clark's New Year's rockin' Eve.
One of the first episodes I remember watching, during said marathon, was "Five Characters in Search of an Exit". The premise of this episode centers around five people; A Major, Ballerina, Clown, Bagpiper, and Tramp all mysteriously wake up inside of a room with no exits or windows. Also, a loud ringing noise erupts from time to time that is disorienting the group. Paranoia ensues and the five characters must band together to escape; along with figuring out the reason behind them being put into this room in the first place. Personally I always thought the acting in this episode was top notch. Both Murray Matheson (The clown) and William Windom (The General) steal the show. Each have their own characteristics foreshadow the somewhat depressing ending (I'll get into that in a sec.) The Clown, for the most part, seems unaffected by the scenario and tends to joke around constantly. He specifically annoys The General, who is determined to escape with the group, thinking of different ways they can escape the hell they are in. Even after failing in their first attempt, he continues to push them.
Now the ending, whoa! It's great! You don't expect it coming, well I didn't when I initially watched it. It turns out the five characters are just that, characters. They are different toys to be donated to a girl's orphanage. The cylinder room is actually a barrel sitting in the middle of the street and the loud ringing is the bell the handler is using to get pedestrians attention,(like those salvation army bells you hear during the holidays.) The episode ends with the haunting images of the characters frozen faced and mannequin like. A single tear falls from the ballerina's eyes, she slowly moves and hold the majors hands as the scene fades. It's a very downbeat/depressing ending, but really effective. I'll never forget seeing it for the first time and feeling chills run down my spine. I watch the episode at least once a year and it continues to leave me with the same sensation.
I'm sure I'll revisit "The Twilight Zone" again, considering how many episodes I love and it being one of my favorite shows that fits the anthology format. Check it out!
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I just returned from a short-but-relaxing trip to LA. Before heading out, I looked into a few places I wanted to visit, trying to pick out the most fun and least touristy options. On that list was "The Museum of Death." I was worried that this was going to be just another tourist trap, but after checking out their site and learning more about the museum through the internet and a few friends, I was won over!
The museum is located on Hollywood Blvd, just a few blocks from the TCL Chinese Theater. Out front, a Large skull is painted on one of the walls, with the words "Museum of Death" over the top. You can't miss the building. Once you enter, you'll be inside of the gift shop, next to the ticket desk. All of the walls are plastered with taxidermy animals, pictures of serial killers, and coroner tools. They even had a fish tank with living conjoined turtles, which had 2 or 3 heads if I remember correctly. We were told that this was a self-guided tour and that we should take our time walking through all of the different rooms. I won't go through the entire museum (that'll just spoil it) but here are some of the highlights.
· Charles Manson Murders Room (Murder photos, memorabilia, authentic blanket sewn by his family, Etc...)
· Seeing real art work by serial killers (Richard Ramirez, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz,etc...)
· A piece of the closet Rozz Williams (Singer of the Goth band Christian Death) hung himself in.
· Area dedicated to notorious punk singer GG Allin (They had an autograph of his signed in blood)
· The Heavens Gate recruiting video.
Be warned, apparently people have been known to pass out due to the graphic nature of some of the exhibits. Inside the museum are images and videos of real deaths; murders and autopsies are on full display. They even had a room with chairs set up for people to watch old Traces of Death videos. I thought the most disturbing thing was a wall full of images from real car accidents, but even that you can easily avoid by looking away. I highly recommend checking out the Museum of Death, especially if you have an interest in the morbid side of life.
For more info check out the museums official Site: http://www.museumofdeath.net/