StarBeast — Prologue: Alien, Dan O’Bannon’s Cosmic Horror

Monster Legacy

Alienconceptobannon Dan O’Bannon’s original Alien sketch.

During the pre-production of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon witnessed the concept art work of Swiss surrealist Hans Ruedi Giger — who had been hired to visualize Giedi Prime’s architecture and barren landscapes, as well as Arrakis’ Sandworms. Whilst the film was short-lived, the airbrush paintings portraying grotesque amalgamations of organic and mechanical parts (what Giger called “biomechanics”) made an impression on O’Bannon. He recalled in his essay Something Perfectly Disgusting: “[Giger’s] visionary paintings and sculptures stunned me with their originality, and aroused in me deep, disturbing thoughts, deep feelings of terror. They started an idea turning over in my head — this guy should design a Monster Movie. Nobody had ever seen anything like this on the screen.” Years before, O’Bannon had wanted to write a horror film set in outer space; initially called StarBeast, it was finally titled Alien. ”StarBeast is…

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The Chemistry of the Colour Out of Space, Part 1

Lovecraftian Science


Illustration by Shane Gallagher (

Relative to the various disciplines of science, HPL is most known for his knowledge and expertise in astronomy, reflected in the large number of articles he wrote on the subject (Collected Essays, Volume 3: Science H.P. Lovecraft, edited by S. T. Joshi, 2005). However, HPL’s first “scientific” love was not astronomy but chemistry. As a child he was fascinated with the pictures in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary of the scientific equipment and tools one would find in a laboratory (I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi, 2013).


A sample of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary (from

His first voyage into the subject of chemistry was the purchase of some chemistry equipment and the book The Young Chemist by Professor John Howard Appleton of Brown University. Besides experimenting and the occasional explosion in the cellar or fire in the…

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Just finished up another LiveStream!

Just a real quick dump here! Finished my LiveStream :D! Good 3 hours, had a lot of fun! I’m hoping to do these every monday so keep an eye out.

Anyways, as promised, heres the download to the psd of the Zombie I did tonight! All seperated layers!

Click here for the PSD Download!!!!!!

Big thanks to Johnny Fowle(jfowle) for the host!

if not I’ll try and find a place tomorrow, too tired now D:

Thanks for watchin everybody!

Exciter! Violence and Force

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Demon's Resume

The Blob is the Rodney Dangerfield of horror characters.  It may seem odd to you and me that a gigantic neon space-booger isn’t as sexy to kids as vampires are, but that does seem to be the case.  No respect.  No love.  No romantic TWILIGHT-style franchise for this guy.  Can you imagine?  I can, but then I’m deranged.  Still, you don’t have to be crazy to appreciate the frequently-underconsidered cinematic adventures of The Blob.
When I bring up THE BLOB, I’m really referring to the 1988 remake written by Frank Darabont and Chuck Russell, not the 1958 original – which, even though it stars Steve McQueen, is not exactly as memorable as the newer version.  All due respect to the original THE BLOB for lighting the way – it may just be that slime technology advanced so much in the intervening thirty years.It’s not that the idea…

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The Blob (1988) Blu-ray


If It Had A Mind You Could Reason With It

If It Had A Body You Could Shoot It 

If It Had A Heart You Could Kill It 

Now, Man Is No Longer The Supreme Being On This Planet


Terror Has No Shape

You’re probably going to see this point mentioned in other reviews, I’ve seen it brought up before over the years, but it’s always a nice, logical, jumping off point to make with a film of this particular ilk from that particular decade, so I’m going to bring it up yet again and say with the exception of the 1978 remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (I feel I can get away with a mention of this flick because it’s so damn close to the 80s) there were four other remakes of classic sci-fi/horror movies done in the era that managed to achieve cult classic status that are…

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Space Monsters

the thing 1951 uk poster

With Space Monsters magazine almost ready for release we are already hard at work on issue two – a vampire special! So we thought we’d ask you to choose your favourite science-fiction movie featuring space vampires! We’ve unearthed a number of classic and not-so-classic sci-fi fear flicks that have featured some form of blood-sucking outer space creatures over the decades but if you can think of any we’ve forgotten you can add your choice to the “Comments” section of our exclusive poll. The final results will be revealed in issue two of Space Monsters magazine along with a whole host of features, reviews, interviews and artwork featuring a plethora of plasma-drinking monsters and aliens!

planet of the vampires black and white

LIFEFORCE  Ash cartoon 2

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Top 10 Movie Poster Artists

My Favorite Waste of Time

Movie poster artists are without a doubt some of the most overlooked contributors to cinematic history. Ever since short form films began to be shown publicly in the late 19th century, there were posters (or then simple 8 x 10 inch lobby cards) enticing audiences to fork over their hard earned cash. Initially these lobby cards simply included a sensational description of the moving pictures that were being projected, much like a newspaper headline. However, beginning in the early 1900’s, studios began hiring artists to add equally sensational illustrations to their tag lines. Hence the movie poster was born. Through the 1930’s studios would attach posters and lobby cards to the reels of film sent to theaters (back then most theaters were owned by the studios themselves). Once the film had its run, most posters were just thrown out by the theaters. Starting in 1940, a organization was set up…

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