Monster (and some space) surf covers

In the summer I listen to quite a bit of surf music. I guess because surf music and it’s culture plus monsters were all big in the 60’s that there is a connection of sorts. So it’s not surprising (to me anyways) that bands would have a love for both and combine them. Some of the bands below also combine punk and or garage rock in with the surf influences. Here are some my favorite covers from the genre.

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Ghouls Night Out - The Mourning After

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Lois and Clark- Vatman

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“You’re a Superdork”             “No, you are”

1994

What’s this about?

Superman is in France saving a plane from crashing. Meanwhile back in big old Metropolis Lois, Perry, Jimmy and Clark watch it on TV. Wait, a minute… Clark? How could that be? Some thing is loopy here. So Clark wants to find out what the heck is going on. Eventually he runs into the other Superman who acts like a really little kid only you know with super strength and stuff. Lois suspects this Superman is not real either because he looks at her like she’s a slug. Turns out Lex Luthor is behind this, no surprise there. Lex hired a corrupt scientist to make a close of Superpest with the reason being to train him to whoop the real Superstinker. However as with all evil plans there’s a flaw in the slaw-seems Superclone is fading and so he’ll die so Lex launches him after the real big guy. Eventually there’s a big showdown on an old western town movie set after phoney Supes takes Lois there to lure the real hero in. They battle but pretty soon imitation Supes gets winded and knows he’s not long for this world. He has a change of heart and gets back the lock of hair Lex used to make the clone. Superman (the real one) has to burn the fake Superdude and the lock of hair so there be no more clones. Roll the credits.

 

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What’s up?

The negatives-This show always had a fair amount of humor and that may not be for everyone.

The positives-I make no secrets about being a big fan of this season and season one was my favorite because it had Lex, a developing relationship between Lois and Clark, the better Jimmy plus Clark and Supes are both still figuring out their roles in life. This was a good episode that focused on those roles. I like that Clark and Supes struggle to figure things out at times in this show. Lex is a great villain here as he always has an evil plot brewing and just shows the cocky, nasty attitude that make him a great villain.

Growing up with the Planet of the apes- a short history

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Take your eyeballs off me you doggone dirty human!

Monkey Business week rolls on here at my blog.

My earliest memory of the Planet of the apes was not of any the movies, but rather the short lived tv series that ran in late 1974. I have just brief memories of monkeys and people running around. My dad wasn’t a big sci-fi fan so either my brother begged to see it or there wasn’t much else on at the time. Someone bought me a Planet of the apes play set around then that had plastic apes, Army soliders for some reason and some plastic trees with a connecting bridge. I am sure that I played with it until it fell apart. For years my only memories of Planet of the apes were that toy set and a few images of the show. In the early 80’s we had a channel that showed a lot sci-fi and horror films in the afternoons. Vincent Price movies and Ray Harryhausen films were common place as it seemed like Mysterious Island and Theater of blood were on almost every month. Then they showed what I thought were Planet of the apes movies. I liked them and they were about two dudes and their chimpanzee buddy running from the mean gorillas, kind of like the Dukes of Hazzard only with more hair and no cars. Wait, two guys? How could that be? Well what I didn’t know at the time was that in the early 80’s someone had the bright idea to reach back and grab those tv episodes from 1974 and put some together and call them movies for the sake of showing them on tv. It would actually be another ten years until I saw a real made for the theater Planet of the apes movie. Flash forward to Halloween 1992 I was a freshman at college and it was Friday night. All my friends went drinking and I  just wasn’t into it. So sci-fi nerd that I was and still am I went to the films the college was showing for Halloween which was a double bill of Fantastic Voyage which I had seen many times and the 1968 Planet of the apes which I had yet to see. I was thrilled by Planet of the apes as I watched it in awe, if I wasn’t an Apes fan before I was now. It would be another six years until I saw the other four films. AMC showed them over and over for a few weeks and I watched and taped them. My interest in the Apes was even stronger after that. Since that point I have bought all of the movies on DVD plus the show, the cartoon (one day to be reviewed here) and the two other films one of which stunk like stink has never stank before (thanks, Tim Burton) and the 2011 film which was pretty good. There you go.

Hope to review Conquest of the Planet of the Apes on Thursday to keep Monkey Business week going.

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Raise your arm if you’re sure.

Darkman 3-Die, Darkman, Die

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1996

Straight to video

This time around Arnold Vosloo (The mummy) is Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman. Needing money to continue his work to make that synthetic skin goop he swipes some cash from a freakazoid drug lord named Peter Rooker (Jeff Fahey). Take that, crook. Rooker wants to get back at Westlake grrr, but ultimately he is more curious about how Westlake got his strength because it isn’t from spinach or wheaties. Rooker gets his lover/evil Doctor Thorne (Darlanne Fluegel) to use Westlake and get a sample from him- youch. From this Rooker has a syrum made and tests it on some of his gorillas/goons/henchmen who act like 6th graders when injected only with super strength – just shoving each other around, at least they didn’t give each other super powered titty twisters. Rooker wants his goons to murder a guy who is trying to shut him down. Meanwhile in order to learn Rooker’s plans Westlake makes that fake skin stuff and goes to Rooker’s house. There he learns about the baddie’s plans but he also begins to care about Rooker’s wife and daughter. Rooker’s goons fail in their deadly plan thanks to Westlake. Rooker takes the syrum and becomes even more of a freakazoid as he and Darkman have it out. Of course you can guess who wins. That’s the last chapter fro Darkman. Roll the credits.

If you were at all interested in the two staight to video sequels then you know that this one was actually made second. However before releasing it they found out that Larry Drake could reprise his role as the evil villain Durant. So they shelved this one, filmed the other film and that one become the second one. This was then released third. However because it was originally set to be second there is a recap of the first film at the beginning with Vosloo in Neeson.

The negatives- I stated the above because I wish this film has been second. It’s fits better in that order due to the beginning and I would have liked have a different villain besides Durant second. Also they use Vosloo sparingly which is a shame because he is just fine in his part but just wasn’t well known at the time.

The positives-Both sequels get a fair amount of criticism from fans which I have never understood. Given that it was straight to DVD you know the budget will be lower. However this film is quite good and captures the feel of the first film perhaps even better than the second one does.Jeff Fahey is extremely creepy as Peter Rooker. Really a quite decent film that is panned by too many dpeople who have their panties twisted just because Raimi and Neeson are not involved. If you like the first one give it a chance.