Don’t miss the up coming Days Of The Dead Horror Convention to be held in Indianapolis July 5-7, 2013
When I first started this website I had a handful of celebrities that I really wanted to interview. Brinke Stevens was one of them. I got to make that dream a reality a few weeks ago when I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for Wonderfest. I had set the interview up with Brinke prior to the show and I had a great time talking with her. We talked about her early days in film on up to what she has been doing over the last year. I can cross something off my bucket list with this interview! Hope you enjoy it!
Be sure to check out May’s Babe From The Basement Ms. Moxie Mantrap. Moxie is an actress and model.. We are happy to have her join the Monsters From The Basement family!
Naomi Grossman appeared in the second season of American Horror Story as Pepper, a micro-cephalic character. Before American Horror Story, Naomi had built a huge following on You Tube and produced her very own one woman comedy show. She was a guest at the recent Blood At The Beach Convention and I jumped at the chance to interview her. We talked about her comedy, American Horror Story and her plans for the future. Hope you enjoy my interview with Naomi Grossman!
Be sure to check out our coverage of Blood At The Beach! We had so much fun at the show. Great guests, great friends and great times!
I am saddened to learn of the death of Ray Harryhausen today. One of my childhood heros has moved on he was 92 years old.
Here is a report from the Rock Till You Drop website written by Ryan Turek:
Raymond Frederick Harryhausen
Born: Los Angeles 29th June 1920
Died: London 7th May 2013.
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.
Harryhausen’s fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s creations in KING KONG with his boyhood friend, the author Ray Bradbury in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home-movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation. Over the period of the next 46 years, he made some of the genres best known movies – MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957), MYSTERIUOUS ISLAND (1961), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), THER VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), three films based on the adventures of SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). He is perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary animation of seven skeletons in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) which took him three months to film.
Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray’s hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so.
Today The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, a charitable Trust set up by Ray on the 10th April 1986, is devoted to the protection of Ray’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving and restoring Ray’s extensive Collection.
Tributes have been heaped upon Harryhausen for his work by his peers in recent years.
“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much.” “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”
“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”
“In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation”
“His legacy of course is in good hands
Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans.”
“You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics “do it like Ray Harryhausen”
“What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits.”
“His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us.”
“Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever.”
“I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant.
If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.”
Ever since I saw “Return Of The Living Dead” for the first time I was a fan of Jewel Shepard. I have wanted to talk to her for this website for a long time and that dream came true at Days Of The Dead Atlanta 2013. We talked about ROTLD and much much more. Hopefully we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future. In the meantime check out our latest Monsters From The Basement audio interview!
Lily is a model and jewelry designer from Austin, Texas, now living in Ontario. When she was younger she would buy jewelry she would notice that a lot of it would tarnish and not keep its color. She started making her own that lived up to the standards that she expected in jewelry. Since 2000 she has been creating quality jewelry that her customers can be 100% happy with. She has done pieces for everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Clive Barker. Her modeling resume contains everything from glamor to horror and everything in between. Click on the link below to check out our latest Babe From The Basement Ms. Lily Monstermeat!
It is time for another Blood At The Beach Horror Convention. The show will be held in Virginia Beach, Va at the Virginia Beach Norfold Hotel And Conference Center the weekend of May 10-12, 2013. We attend both BATB shows last year and had a blast. This one promises to top the previous two with great guests and vendors from around the country!
The 12th annual Full Moon Tattoo And Horror Convention was held Easter Weekend in Nashville at the Nashville Convention. This is one show that keeps getting better and better.