District 9 (Gif Loop)

Here’s something I’ve not featured for a while, a bandwidth-crunching animated GIF!

This frenzied loop is ripped from Neill Blomkamp’s magnificent “District 9” (2009), for my money the best allround, accessible Sci-Fi flick since Jim Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986). The great thing about District 9 is that it’s a Sci-fi film that spans way beyond the confines of just one genre, it’s an absolutely fascinating blend of docudrama, social commentary, cutting edge Sci-fi, and (sporadic) breakneck action – add to this the very finest Peter’s Jackson “splatterhouse” FX then lace with wry black humour – superb! I also think a very good indicator for it’s greatness is the fact that most of my friends enjoyed it, and (unlike myself) most of them aren’t geeks!

I’ll say nothing about the featured footage, just in case you’ve still not seen it! anyway you should – available at Amazon http://bit.ly/bwBWiO << treat yourself to the Blu-Ray I reckon....

Pet Sematary 2 / kindertrauma.com

Pet Sematary 2 / kindertrauma.com

Pet Sematary 2

This freaky spectral beast is a special effect from the 1992 movie Pet Sematary 2, sequel to the the original 1988 film Pet Sematary that was in turn based on Stephen Kings 1983 novel.

(SPOILERS!!) (SPOILERS!!) The basic premise is that the Pet Sementary in question is actually built near to a certain other type of burial ground (wonder what that might be) and (gasp!) burying a dead pet there will in fact resurrect it, only of course the reborn pet is not exactly the same as the old one… I’ve not seen either film  (I have read the book) so didn’t recognise this when I originally spotted it via FFFFound, when backtracking through my bookmarks and came across it’s source; the absolutely awesome kindertrauma.com and that’s really what this post is about….

If you’ve even the slightest bit interested in Film Horror from the 70’s / 80’s / 90’s particularly of the B-Movie variety, then I wholeheartedly recommend a good peruse through kindertrauma.com – a lovingly devoted site to all those slightly obscure films you might just remember being tucked away at your local video store…

Check out http://www.kindertrauma.com “Your Happy Childhood ends here”

Kevin Hauff – Rendezvous with Rama

Kevin Hauff – Rendezvous with Rama

Kevin Hauff - Rendezvous with Rama

The angry clouds of Jupiter swirl beneath a retro Von Braun-esque rocket, and a mysterious cylindrical object – Rendezvous With Rama as imagined by UK Illustrator Kevin Hauff. This piece was commissioned by The Radio Times for the BBC 4 dramatisation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic 1974 Novel.

The story concerns humanity’s first contact with an alien intelligence, when in 2244 a large cylindrical object of unknown origin ermerges from the void of deep space speeding through the solar system on slingshot navigation of the Sun. An Intercept mission is hastily organised and launched, the job of the astronauts to approach the giant craft and board it before it races back to the beyond….

All in all an excellent imaginative novel that was followed by a series of entertaining though perhaps not entirely necessary sequels. Rendezvous with Rama also spawned a point and click CD-Rom adventure/logic puzzle game from the mid 90’s [Link to Rama at Mobygames.com] and has long been rumoured to be about to enter the pre-production phase for a Hollywood adaptation – alas nothing yet! However I did come across this nicely done short film by Aaron Ross, check that here: http://ow.ly/klyc

Read more about Rendezvous with Rama at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama

See more of Kevin’s excellent Illustration at his portfolio site http://www.kevinhauff.com/ and blog http://kevinhauff.blogspot.com/

** Addendum: 1st sept

An excellent 3d rendering of the world inside Rama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIQCm54dfY cheers for the link Preston!

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Na Srebrnym Globie (On The Silver Globe)

Haunting still shots taken from the extremely rare late 80’s Polish Arthouse Sci-Fi Movie “Na Srebrnym Globie” (Translation: On the Silver Globe) Directed by Andrzej Żuławski.

I’m ashamed to say I’ve not seen this myself yet, though it’s gone straight to the top of my wish list on it’s rarefied nature alone… Youtube has a series of short clips taken from the films total 166min footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT4zmcDtbd8 and If your interested in aquiring a copy (I am!)  it’s available via Amazon.com here: http://is.gd/M3D9

These images are taken from a larger set of 22 photos via Flickr Fav “spinoza1632″ purveyor of all things cult, trashy and obscure or VERY cult, trashy and obscure” – check some of the fantastic featured sets out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8808272@N07/sets/ – Highly reccomended!

Addendum: larger set of images via the Directors official website: http://www.andrzej-zulawski.com/Gallery-silverglobe.html WARNING! some graphic imagery and possibly spoilers….

Thanks for the link Andrew!

Colonial Marines Technical Manual (1)

Colonial Marines Technical Manual (1)

Mk.35 Pressure Suit

Pig

Alien Cutaway

Scans taken “The Colonial Marines Technical Manual” written and illustrated by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood and published by Boxtree in 1995… I’ll have to admit this rare book is one of my prize possessions!

“The Colonial Marines Technical Manual” if you hadn’t of guessed is basically an analytical expansion on all the military hardware envisaged and designed for the movie Aliens. This book covers in an insane level of detail everything this future American fighting force has at it’s disposal, from the things you’ll recognise: Pulse Rifles, Drop Ships & Smart Guns etc through to things you won’t: Ghille Suits, Rocket Launchers, Tanks and much more…

If you’ve ever watched Aliens and wondered just how many floating point operations a Synth – sorry – Artificial Person is capable of processing per second then this is simply an absolute must read!

James Cameron – LV-426 “Acheron”

James Cameron - LV 426 Acheron

A rare glimpse of some of James Cameron’s original concept artwork for his 1986 masterpiece “Aliens”. This topographical painting his re-imagining of the films nightmare planet, the inhospitable, unearthly bleakness that is LV-426 Acheron, a dimly lit world ravaged by screaming wind and lashed with perpetual storms….. not unlike a few places in the UK I can think of, only their populated by a species much worse than Giger’s creation’s….. that’s right, the Chav.

Image taken from a larger selection of Alien/Aliens goodies over at the always excellent ski-ffy.blogspot.com original post at http://ski-ffy.blogspot.com/2009/05/alien-aliens-laser-disc-goodies.html