All Geek To Me

Pure Geekness

Archive for the tag “Demons”

Autumn of Terror: My Favourite Monsters Part 1

By @hmsbeefnuts

You may have noticed that around All Geek To Me, we like our monsters, we like them quite a bit in fact. As this month is our celebration of all things that go bump in the night, I thought that I couldn’t really let it pass without a look at my favourite monsters, so I wrote something about that very thing. I have picked my favourite iteration of each of these monsters, and as they have been put on screen many times, I hope this adds variety, as I could just choose the Universal or Hammer film versions, but I will try my very best not too. These choices are based on the look alone, film quality does not enter into my choices here, just this is my prefered version of the different monsters mentioned. So with that out the way, lets get on with some monsters.

WEREWOLF

I know the remake of The Wolf Man was not well received, but I liked it, I liked it a whole lot. Now yes, there is some dodgy cgi, but the main Wolf Man suit is quite simply spectacular. I loved it. It takes the look of the Lon Chaney Jnr. version and ups it to new super fearsome and crazy levels. This for me, is the finest example of The Wolf Man, all claws, jaws and ripped clothing. I will always have a soft spot for the 1941 original, but I don’t think you can argue that this design is far more awesome.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Van Helsing is another movie that everyone thought sucked. Well for all the cheese and bad acting, I still liked it. The Wolfman from Van Helsing is supersized, really huge and powerful, but once again, I really dug the design, I would definitely not like to meet this beast on a dark night.

VAMPIRES

For me Bela Lugosi owned the voice, but Christopher Lee owned the physical manifestation of Dracula, and so, as the Lord of all Vampires, he has to be my top pick for best Vampire. Hammer vampires were much scarier than Universal ones, all blood shot eyes and dripping fangs. Christopher Lee was just such a badass as Dracula, the embodiment of evil, however, Hammer did also show a talent for other types of vampires too, as we shall see below…

HONOURABLE MENTION

Hammer ruled the roost in terms of Horror sexiness, and thus any female vampire, bride or victim of Dracula, instantly becomes very appealing, especially Ingrid Pitt. I know it’s shallow and a bit sexist, but fuck it, vampire chicks are hot, and lesbian Hammer vampires are the hottest.

THE MONSTER

The Monster, not Frankenstein, has never been bettered since 1931 and Boris Karloff’s portrayal. The make up is stunning, the acting is amazing, the Universal Monster is the greatest that has ever been, and ever will be. Can’t really say any more than that.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Yes it’s Van Helsing again, but I thought this design of the Monster was unique, I liked the steam punk legs and the glowing brain. He may be a bit theatrical, but then wouldn’t you be if you had been cobbled together from a few dozen other guys?

GHOSTS

Ghost? Demon? Well it’s responsible for Paranormal Activity anyway, so I think it counts. I absolutely loved Paranormal Activity 3, and especially the bit from the picture above. I love how usually the invisible force is scary enough, but I couldn’t resist this sight gag, amazing. Paranormal Activity is so scary because it happens in normal houses to normal people. Those are my favourite kinds of spooky stories, the other being the classic Victorian ghost story.

HONOURABLE MENTION

The Woman in Black was a great return to form for the bleak and depressing Victorian Ghost Story, and is a great example of such a ghost. Vengeful, scary, and a bit of a dick.

SWAMP CREATURE

Universal’s Creature From The Black Lagoon, or Gill Man, if you prefer, is the classic beastie from the depths. It’s a great look for a sea monster, webbed feet and claws, and slimy skin. Enough to make you think twice about swimming in that lake or river.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Maybe not a typical Gill Man, however, the Fluke Man is disgustingly scary. One of the most memorable monsters from the X – Files, Fluke Man was horrendous. Just look at him. That shit is fucked up.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 By Geeky Gem

Back before vampire’s sparkled and two vampire brothers fell in love with one girl, there was a television show that marked my teenage years. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired in 1997 after a film of the same name came out.

  

This show was the brain child of Joss “The Avengers” Wheadon, and like I said, was pretty much the only show I watched in my teenage years apart from Friends. As I said, it aired in 1997 and ran until 2003, Wheadon brought Buffy to us through his production company Mutant Enemy Productions. The series follows Buffy Summers played by Sarah Michelle Geller, the latest in a long line of young women known as Vampire Slayers, or simply Slayers. In the series Slayers are well chosen to battle vampires, demons and all other kinds of nasty beasties and forces of darkness. As with every Slayer, Buffy is entrusted to a Watcher, a mentor that trains them in order to fight the darkness. Buffy’s Watcher is Rupert Giles played by the fantastic Anthony Stewart Head, unlike the other Slayers, Buffy has friends who are in the know about what she gets up to at night. They are nicknamed the Scooby Gang, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenberg are the founding members of the Scooby Gang but other character’s dip in an out of the gang. Xander and Willow are played by Nicholas Brendan and Alyson Hannigan.

 

The series then follows them as they try to defeat the army of darkness, as well as having relationships and trying to be normal teenagers. Each series always had what came to be known as a Big Bad, that the gang had to find and kill, if needs be, along with other stories going on. Each episode was different, it was never the same show twice.

Some of my favourite episodes are ones that dont centre around Buffy, but the other members of the Scooby Gang. There is one episode where Giles wakes up to find he has turned into demon. There is another fantastic one where a a group of demons have stolen all the voices of the people of Sunnydale, meaning the whole episdoe relys heavily on the casts facial expressions and the music.

Buffy was everything to me, I never missed a show and when I was going to miss it, my parents or my friends would tape it for me. The Soundtracks were pretty much always in my CD player and I carried a copy of my Watcher guide book with me nearly every where I went. As you can tell, I was even a geek back then. I wasnt the only one thank goodness, I had plenty of friends who also watched the show and sometimes we would gather at someones house and watch the show together.

It was, and still is, an awesome show. Joss Wheadon really hit the nail on the head with this one. It’s just a shame Firefly never took off in the same way as Buffy. Which was a real shame, however Buffy was a fantastic show and if you have never seen, I have to ask why? And that you go find a copy of it and watch it. These vampires dont sparkle they kill and that’s what makes this show awesome.

 

Post Navigation