Sailor Mizz joins us for her very first podcast, hooray! We get to know her and her geekstory for the first half of this podcast. The other half is Halloween centric because it’s our favorite holiday. We tell real ghost stories, paranormal experiences, sleep paralysis and just good ol’ spooky shit. WARNING: If you’re easily freaked out, you might want to skip those parts.
Hammer Films had a huge influence on me as a child. They encouraged my love for film and particularly my love for horror. Once upon a time, for the whole month of October, AMC had “Monster Fest”. I looked forward to this every year. AMC would show all of the old classics, and many of these movies were the beautiful Hammer Films. They were gothic, macabre, eerie, erotic, and atmospheric. They were everything the imagination craved, yet feared.
I do have my favorites, but I feel that for my “Halloween Flicks” list, it wouldn’t be right to leave out any Hammer Film. So, I’ve decided to celebrate and gush about all of them. Yes, there are the great ones and the not so great ones, but even the films that fall into the latter category have their worth and are much better than most of the horror movies that are released today.
On Sunday – this was a cute arts and crafts panel hosted by Tammy Vince Cruz and Rachelle Abellar from the Geek Girl Con’s design team. Not only were these two ladies busy churning out all the design collateral for the convention; they also organized a successful, interactive panel that encouraged attendees to drop by and make sock puppets.
But not just any sock puppets. Sock puppets inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
I arrived a little late into the panel due to the walk from the main convention center to the EMP Museum. The room was jam packed with people busy super-gluing feathers and rhinestones onto their puppets. It was great to see everyone in deep concentration over their own sock puppets. It was definitely a full panel and a lot of fun for all ages– a great way to mix the nerdy adults with nerdy children.
The panel felt like it ended a little too soon. Maybe next time they will be allotted more time because, seriously, you can’t rush art. Everyone seemed to have had fun regardless and they all smiled as they held up their puppets proudly.
I didn’t try and butt in to make my own puppet (every seat was taken by the time I got there) but I did take a lot of photos of everyone while they worked.
I managed to squeeze in a quick museum visit at the EMP Museum – which was also hosting panels and events with Geek Girl Con, including a special panel with writer, Jane Espenson. The museum is neat, dedicated to mostly music and science fiction exhibitions at the moment. My main reason for making the effort to go was to see their Battlestar Galactica collection. It was pretty frakkin’ cool! They had life size models of the space vehicles and costumes displayed.
The exhibit both had elements from the original series and the new series most of us have come to love. I also checked out their Avatar exhibit. I’m not a big fan of the movie but it was still interesting to see the different artwork and objects used in the movie production. I love that this museum is dedicated to science fiction, horror and alternative music. It’s very unique and awesome for geeks. It was the perfect space to host Geek Girl Con events.
Check out my photos from inside the museum.
Here’s a Halloween idea as comfy as it is silly!
Kigurumi comes from a combination of two Japanese words: Kiru (“to wear”) and nuigurumi (“stuffed toy”) which is very appropriate since you’re literally dressing yourself as a stuffed animal or cartoon mascot. The equivalent of kigurumi in English is “splash mascot”. You see them pretty often from Mickey Mouse in Disneyland to the poor soul working as a sign spinner dressed as an anthropomorphic ice cream cone.
In Japan, there is another subset of kigurumi in the form of giant stylized onesies called “disguise pajamas” that became a big fashion item among the girls of Harajuku literally overnight in the early 2000s. What’s better than raiding the giant Don Quijote stores (think of them as 24hr Japanese Walmarts) and buying funny animal pajamas to wear after night of heavy partying?
Final Halloween craft post. One of my favourite Halloween films is Nightmare Before Christmas. I couldn’t resist making a crochet Zero, Jack’s pet dog. Pattern available here.
I’ve taken lots of photos of the creation process, so check out my flickr if you need to see more angles.
I started with the main body, the odd heart shaped bit. Then the under-body, jaw, and finally head. I blocked, or flattened, out all the pieces but the head.
When people think of Buffy the Vampire SlayerÂ they usually think of the television show. I am a huge fan of the show and pretty much idolized Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. Something I’ve noticed though is that a lot of the fans of the show dislike the movie, which came out in 1992. I, for one, am not one of these people. I adore the movie and think it is worthy of being on my list of “Halloween Flicks”.
For those of you who don’t know, the movie came out years before the show. It stars the lovely Kristy Swanson as the ditzy valley girl turned slayer, Buffy, and Luke Perry as Pike, the adorably grunge boy who finds out that vampires exist. There are a lot of reasons why I love this movie. One of the reasons is that as a fan of the show, it’s interesting to see the first version of the iconic character, a Buffy 1.0 you could say. The movie is more lighthearted than the show and is full of delicious Whedon-esque humor, but still has its dark moments. At times it’s over the top, like the bravado and grandiose of the villain Lothos, played by Rutger Hauer, but for me that is part of what makes this movie so much fun.
Another reason why I love this movie is the portrayal of vampires. They’re the perfect mix of old school gothic vampires with contemporary humor. One of vampires is played by none other than Paul Reubens. Yes, THAT Paul Reubens. These vampires have sharp teeth, pale skin, dark circles, and love to hiss. It’s a little cheesy, but it makes me think of vampires from the old Hammer movies. Therefore, they’re awesome.
I have to say that even though the movie is lighthearted and humorous, it’s pretty atmospheric. There’s this whole sequence that takes place in a storage yard where they keep parade floats. At night, it looks pretty damn creepy. It reminds me of places you drive by at night and all of a sudden a shiver goes down your spine, but you can never quite explain why.