Monday, December 28, 2009

Just Wrong: The Asylum's Princess of Mars (2009) Trailer

I, like many, am waiting for the John Carter of Mars movie to come out. Well, the fine folks at the masters of ripping off the blockbusters known as the Asylum have you in mind. Ladies and gentleman, I give you...

I like Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords, but--my god.

I did like the "Inspiration for James Cameron's Avatar" bit, though. I can apprecciate the chutzpah.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Eve with Full Moon Entertainment!

With Christmas rapidly approaching, I turn now to one of my Christmas Eve traditions, after the eating of pizza or crab cakes. It's the wrapping of presents set to the velvet tones of the Full Moon Films Trailer Reel on DVD running in the background.

Yeah, I admit it's not watching It's a Wonderful Life or Prancer. But I love the B-Movies of the 80s and 90s, and Full Moon Films were a great part of my VCR viewing. They were definitely cheap and roughshod, but Charlie Band could make a fun bad movie most of the time. Full Moon had several long series of movies : Puppet Master (8 films), Trancers (6 films), and Subspecies (4 films).

Below are some of my favorite Full Moon Entertainment trailers. Most of them are from 1990 to 1995, when Full Moon had ties to Paramount Pictures. I (like many Full Moon fans) consider this the Golden Age of Full Moon Entertainment.

First is a promo that has clips from almost all of the Full Moon movies...

Trancers was released by Charlie Band's previous movie company Empire Pictures. I included it here beacuse the movie is really cool and Full Moon did five sequels to the film.

Doctor Mordrid is one of my favorite movies, and I really don't know why.

For more on Full Moon films:

Full Moon Direct the website for the most recent incarnation of Full Moon Films.
Full Moon Features on Wikipedia a decent history of Full Moon.
Full Moon Underground a message beard dedicated to Full Moon Films.
Full Moon Reviews is a blog/review site dedicated to Full Moon Films with great links.

Since I probably won't be on a computer until Christmas Day, today I'd like to wish everybody in the RPG blogosphere a Merry Christmas. It's been fun having this little RPG and More Blog, and I appreciate everybody who glances at it. So to you and yours, Merry Christmas. Now, the Angels' Carol by John Rutters.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Mini Six and BASH! Ultimate Edition: Some RPG Fun

So much for posting more on my blog. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest time in the grocery business. So time that could be spent writing up game stats and posting YouTube videos was time spent doing stuff like sleeping. I never understood how easily Pa could fall asleep in his chair until I got in my 30s. It's real easy.

Due to several good reviews and recommendations (especially by the legendary Dr. Rotwang), I downloaded the D6 Clone Mini Six by the fine folks at Anti Paladin Games. It's seven pages of pure role playing power. I think I have the engine for my Sci-Fi Original Movie-esque role playing game.

I also got a copy of the BASH! Basic Action Super Heroes Ultimate Edition by Basic Action Games. This is a simple superhero system with an immense amount of flexibility. There are rules for playing superheroes ranging in power from pulp heroes from the 30s to superbeings grabbing comets and beating the bejeezus out of each other. Check out the Basic Action Games RPG home page here for samples and order info.

Right now I'm trying to get some writing done, so I'll see you later!

Friday, December 4, 2009

RIP Paul Naschy

To the uninformed, horror actor Paul Naschy (real name Jacinto Molina) died on December 1. (I found about this on the Groove Age of Horror blog (link in my blogroll). This is a shame because he was a familiar face I always like in my horror movie journeys. My exposure to Mr. Naschy were mainly the dubbed versions of his Waldemar Daninsky werewolf movies (a great list is here). I saw plenty of these in the day, and I enjoyed them for the fun grindhouse they were. You think that Terminator continuity is confusing? Try figuring out the Waldemar Daninsky timeline. Great b-movie fun.

The other films of his I really liked were Horror Rises from the Tomb, Vengeance of the Zombies, and Return of the Zombies, all watched during my misguided youth.

Here are some Paul Naschy trailers:

Here is a two fights from the movie Assignment Terror (aka Los montruos del terror):

For some good reading (and viewing) I recommend:

Paul Naschy wikipedia entry
The Mark of Naschy: a website about the actor
Paul Naschy movies on YouTube