Monday, 4 February 2013

Calm and collective

but in my mind I killed you all.. several times over..

..and I hid the bodies.

Pleased to see me then?

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Vampire fangs.. no teeth.

Play for today; Vampires 1979.

Sitting around at home whilst the parents are knocking back the Babycham and cavorting in lime green Ford Capri sports coupe's...
Watching old Hammer Horror's and staking (!) out the local cemetery grounds for likely vampires..

What's not to like here?

Even Paul Shane drops in as the ex-uncle to provide free chips.

This is your childhood.

Or maybe it was just mine?

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Weird tales for February

My 'Belbury Poly' album arrived this morning in the post.
I felt like a twelve year old boy again, excitedly waiting for the glimpse of Frank the postman coming round the corner, wondering if he'd have my record with him..

The artwork, packaging & design are sublime and reason enough to own the vinyl version.
I already had the music via a digital download when I purchased the album on-line, but to hear the stylus hit the vinyl and the 'Belbury Poly Logotone B' kick in... wonderfully completes the aesthetic & the atmosphere of this marvellous album.

  Belbury Poly - The Belbury Tales by Ghost Box

Monday, 27 February 2012

Turn from the light...

A late finish from work.. a quiet and strangely still night..

It can mean only one thing... the perfect horror of all time.

Schalcken the Painter (1979)

I cannot recommend this wonderful adaptation of Sheridan LeFanu's ghost story enough,
it is quite simply magnificent in every way..
The screen literally creaks with the pressure building atmosphere of sheer dread.
Watch it on your own, in the dark, very late at night...

Saturday, 25 February 2012

It's mother time.

Seven God fearing children bury their dead mother in the back garden,
turn the shed into a shrine & perform seances to ask advice from their
deceased parent...

Does anybody want to speak to mother?
Mother is here...
It's mother time....

Enter a young and 'quietly menacing' Dirk Bogarde as the estranged father...

Brilliantly overlooked classic from 1967.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Elder days.

This painting has always been one to randomly pop into my head,
never quite sure if that is a good or bad omen..

It is simply a wonderful painting.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The fall of Icarus. 1558.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Last supper with the unknown girl.

I said my farewells, but promises made continue our little affair;

"Portrait of an unknown model (girl/women)" Modigliani. 1918

Modi had relocated to Paris at the time and was apparently subject
to a robbery along the way... penniless he had to work quickly and
painted the above portrait rather quickly, you can tell this from the
unusually rougher edges & more sketchy style of brush work..
I always thought this added to the quality of this particular painting,
the romance and the sheer beauty of the 'unknown girl' who is just
breathtaking in her nonchalant pose.
(also bearing an uncanny likeness to Jeanne Hebuterne, maybe that's
just me)

I also had chance to sneak some cheeky photographs of Grayson Perry's
wonderful vases he currently has exhibited;

Stunningly beautiful work indeed.

Now... tea cake time.