jetpack_monkey: (Henry Frankenstein - l33t g33k)
Title: Wolfsbane
Song: The Mountain Goats - Dilaudid
Source: Universal Wolf Man series
Warnings: Some violence, but 1940s levels.
Made for: Sweetestdrain, Festivids 2012

Summary: The tragic life and death of Lawrence Talbot.

Password: pureofheart

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Notes under the cut... )
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Ah Man)
Basically, in late 2010, I was filmed for a documentary on makeup artist Greg Nicotero, as one of their makeup history experts. This was a huge deal for me, as you can imagine, and I spent hours researching to make sure I had all my facts straight. I flew out to LA (I was living in Phoenix at the time) and was filmed at the Weekend of Horrors con. It was super-exciting and they said they were going to send me some films to look at and then film me again discussing them specifically.

However, I didn't hear anything after that and their website didn't really update much afterwards, so I assumed the whole thing had been lost in funding limbo or something.

Cut to yesterday, when I randomly found out that the documentary was not only completed, but it aired on Canadian TV in March 2011. And my name is not on the IMDb page and it is not mentioned in any of the reviews online. It looks very much like I didn't make the final cut.

Cue massive disappointment. I was already having a super crappy day (just a bunch of little things that culminated in a foul mood) and this just dropped the bottom out from my stomach. I do not handle rejection well? And this was like massively time-delayed rejection.

I, um, acquired the doc (it's never been released on DVD) and checked it today. As I suspected, I'm not among the interviewees. I did get a "Thanks" credit, however.

Now that I've had a day to process it, I'm fine with it and I'm a little embarrassed about the cryptic post I made yesterday. When you're making a documentary, it's like vidding in a sense. You have to shape a story from footage that may not always go the way you want it to. Sometimes stuff gets cut, because you already have it in another place or it will gum up the flow. Plus the "Thanks" credit went a long way.

Also, [personal profile] fan_eunice promised to shun them.

jetpack_monkey: (Karloff-Lugosi - Masters of the Macabre)
Vid Title: The Song is Over
Length: 6:15
Song: The Who - The Song is Over
Source: Horror movies (all of them)
Warnings: Blood, gore, some potentially triggery stuff for sexualized violence.

Summary: A remembrance of things that go bump in the night.

Password: unheimlich

Download: 68MB MP4 file (right/ctrl-click, "Save link as...")

Notes: Yes, I posted this last week, but now I wanted to make a proper vid post. This vid marks the end of the thirteen year run of, the site that I ran since I was 16 years. As such, it is occasionally mournful and occasionally celebratory. It is, of all my vids, the most reflective of me. It combines clips from over 200 different horror movies, some popular, some incredibly obscure (and all of which have been reviewed on

It's been three years in the making, so there are a lot of people to thank for their help and notes and encouragement -- folks like [ profile] midnightfae, [personal profile] echan, [ profile] bradcpu, [ profile] lizbetann, and [ profile] diannelamerc. I'm sure I'm forgetting somebody.

Is it kind of a hodgepodge? Yes. I have a much better vid about horror and its history in me and I may make that someday. But this is the vid it needed to be for the time I made it. I hope you enjoy it.

And done.

Jun. 15th, 2012 03:05 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Victor Frankenstein - Weird Science)
The last post of went up today.

I'll admit, writing that post was easier than I thought it would be when I decided to just be grateful. And I am. I am grateful for the experience, I am grateful for the people, I am grateful for the giant pile of writing that exists that would not have otherwise. Once I realized that my primary emotion in all of this was gratitude, it was... easier. But not easy.

Also, there's a vid. It's a huge clustereff of horror movie images and I'm not sure how successful it is, but it's heartfelt, at least.

Edit: Complete vidpost

jetpack_monkey: (Jigoku poster)
Okay, the fact that I'm using an icon based on the poster of a movie that has a title that translates to "Hell" is not telling. I just really love that movie.

Lotta stuff going on.

-- has been nominated for a Rondo Award for Best Website! If you like horror, you can vote here: (voting ends April 1st at Midnight EST). For reasons, they only accept copy and pasted email ballots, so it's a bit of a slog to vote.

-- Working on my playlist for the Vividcon horror vidshow. I, uh, didn't realize how much work this would be, but I'm having fun discovering vids that I did not know existed before! If you know of any horror-related vids that you think would be awesome additions, please send them my way. I'm specifically having trouble finding vids made from older (pre-1980) and non-English (Eurohorror/Asian horror) sources. I also want to include at least one television vid that uses the source for creepy/scary purposes and maybe a multifandom vid.

-- On a related note, I am also looking for Premieres for my horror vidshow, because having more horror-related vids in this world cannot be a bad thing. Contact me at nate AT

-- I have a lot (a lot) of reviews to edit lately. Just a lot. Many. Need to work on those.

-- Talked with [personal profile] mresundance extensively today. He is made of awesomeness.

-- Finally watched Sherlock 2x01. AWESOME. Need to see the rest, clearly, although Tumblr has spoiled me to some extent.


-- Ugh, need to do more clipping for my Club Vivid vid. Getting sick of the source already and I haven't even laid anything down in Final Cut. This cannot be a good sign.

jetpack_monkey: (Number 6 - Can You Hear Me Now?)
You know, I try my hardest to attribute quotes and information, but I've gained an all-new appreciation for it since I started finding people pulling quotes from without providing their source.

This post inspired by an awesome Wil Wheaton quote that popped up on my Tumblr feed that seemed really familiar. And then I remembered that I'd heard it with my own two ears when interviewing him years ago. 

jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Love Shack of the Evil Dead

Vid Title: Love Shack of the Evil Dead
Length: 4:06
Song: The B-52 - Love Shack
Source: Evil Dead and Evil Dead II
Warnings: Violence, spurting blood, spurting demon fluids, bodily dismemberment, bodily self-dismemberment, ocular trauma, copious Bruce Campbell abuse.

Summary: If you see a faded sign at the side of the road... run for your life.

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Notes: Let's take a moment to applaud random circumstance. After working on this sucker for over a year, I found that [ profile] sol_se had been working along similar lines (same song and source) at the same time, and in fact debuted her vid at Club Vivid back in August. However, we talked it out and agreed that the world totally had room for two Evil Dead Love Shack vids. So here's mine.

Also, I couldn't have done this without my (occasionally squeamish) betas [personal profile] echan, [personal profile] jmtorres, [ profile] lizbetann, [ profile] diannelamerc, and [ profile] killerweasel.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Vincent Price is Love

Vid Title: 
Club Foot
Length: 2:25
Song: Kasabian - Club Foot
Fandom: Roger Corman's cycle of Edgar Allan Poe films starring Vincent Price
Warnings: Some blood, unpleasant-looking corpses, Freudian imagery

Notes: Contextual notes at Also, many thanks to [personal profile] jmtorres , [personal profile] echan , [ profile] diannelamerc , and [ profile] wiliqueen for being awesome betas.

Summary: Secrets will not stay buried, and neither will she.

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jetpack_monkey: (Donna Noble - Chin Chin)
So I had Social Fail at the July 4th party I went to, which I feel guilty about, so I'm taking a cue from [ profile] qkellie and listing some stuff that makes me happy.

  • Having an apparently telepathic connection with my wife, wherein we are already in agreement on propositions that neither of us have brought up (i.e. whether to leave our stuff in boxes after the recent fiasco).
  • The best coffee in the Phoenix area is a flight of stairs away from my apartment.
  • is back and better than ever.
  • Babylon 5 has been rocking more awesome into my world over the past month (just four episodes left in Season 4).
  • I have great friends who I love and trust.
  • My niece and I have a mutual admiration society going. She thinks I'm the bee's knees, man.
  • Doctor Who Season 5. I wasn't sure about it at first (and I'm still not 100% on Matt Smith), but Moffat makes me go, "Rusty who?"
  • Mandatory daily cuddles. 
  • Being a member of the horror blogging community. These are some of the most intelligent, friendly, and down-to-earth people I've ever dealt with.
  • Watching "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" (an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre) for the first time in many, many years. It stars Peter MacNicol, Christopher Lee, David Warner, and Frank Zappa. Narration by Vincent Price. Fun times and just as delightful as I remember it being when I was much shorter.
jetpack_monkey: (Father Merrin - All Your Demons)
I've been working on this for over two months. I just posted it over at Classic-Horror, but since I know there isn't a ton of crossover between my DW/LJ and my horror site, I thought I'd repost here. 50 years worth of Psycho shower pastiches, parodies, remakes, and rip-offs tossed back into the context of the one and only original.

 Password: marioncrane

Download: 27MB MP4 file (right/ctrl-click, "Save link as...")

The Classic-Horror post

jetpack_monkey: (Karloff-Lugosi - Masters of the Macabre)
Title: Boris Karloff: Frontier Psychiatrist
Author: Jetpack Monkey
Song: The Avalanches - Frontier Psychatrist
Fandom: Classic horror movies

Summary: Starting with The Man They Could Not Hang, Columbia released four mad scientist films starring Boris Karloff in an eighteen-month period between 1939 and 1941. The other films in the series were The Man with Nine Lives, Before I Hang, and The Devil Commands. As a tribute, I created a short video to illustrate the general shared tone of the films and their similarities in structure, casting, theme, and direction.

The song I chose, The Avalanches' Frontier Psychiatrist, is constructed from audio clips and samples from previously recorded materials. I picked this song in particular because it calls attention to the fact that the Columbia Mad Scientist series was itself constructed from "used" parts, taking elements from Karloff's past successes in films like The Man Who Changed His Mind, The Invisible Ray, and even The Walking Dead.

Password: therapy

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Notes: This vid was created as's contribution to the Boris Karloff Blogathon over at Frankensteinia.
jetpack_monkey: (Henry Frankenstein - l33t g33k)
Yeah, I'm posting this everywhere there are eyes to see it, but dammit, celebration is in order. was born (as Classic Horror, a subsection of my personal *cough*Angelfire*cough* site) on June 15th, 1999. Today, I celebrate ten years of the site (and yes, I'm going off Eastern time, for a variety of reasons involving the wonky Internet at the apartment).

Given that I am not likely to ever spawn, is probably the closest thing I'm ever going to have to offspring. Let me tell you, I'm an insanely proud parent.

As part of the celebration, we've launched a brand-new design for the site, which I dig entirely.
jetpack_monkey: (Father Merrin - All Your Demons)
In which I get a little navel-gazey about Classic-Horror's upcoming tenth anniversary and contemplate exactly what running the site for 10 freaking years means for me. I'm of two very different minds on the subject.
jetpack_monkey: (Dr. Horrible - Power in My Gloved Hands)

This is half for my own tracking purposes and half just to illustrate my own insanity. My to-do list through October:

To spare the uninterested... )

jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Dork)
Stuff from Phoenix Comicon:

Zombie Events
My Panels

and as an extra-special bonus:

My interview with Wil Wheaton

Incidentally, he's just as geeky and just as awesome and you'd expect from reading his blog. Maybe moreso.
jetpack_monkey: (Victor Frankenstein - Weird Science)
If you're going to Phoenix Comicon this weekend, be sure to swing by one of my two panels:

Not Dead Yet: Horror Classics

Friday, January 23rd, 9:30-10:30pm in Palo Verde 2

Guests discuss influential and favorite horror classics.

Panelists: Steve Ringgenberg, Nate Yapp, David Ayers, Tess Fowler, Andrea Beesley-Brown (the Midnite Movie Mamacita), and Jimmy and Bobby Calabrese.


So Scary You Made Me Laugh

Saturday, January 24th, 9:30-10:30pm in Superstition

Guests discuss the horror-comedy genre.

Panelists: Dean Lorey, David Hayes, and Nate Yapp.

I have no idea what I'm doing or how this is supposed to work, but it should be a blast! I'll try to have somebody take some pictures for posterity.
jetpack_monkey: (NPH - What Would NPH Do?)
So much stuff going on. Some of it I can control, some of it I can control but don't seem to have any desire to do so, and some of it is out of my hands.

Credits Addict: This bit is boring )

Book: Based on a promise that [ profile] kenobi  extracted from me -- crafty lady -- this year I'm properly starting work on some sort of horror film related book. It was meant to be a book on comedic represenations of cannibalism in film, but it turns out that another author is working along similar enough lines that I need a new idea. I'm still pondering.

Web Design: Designing a website for Dad right now. It's... going.

Work: Busy.

Phoenix Comicon: Not quite sure what's going on here, because the coordinator in question is clearly very busy, but I'm fairly certain I'm doing a panel on classic horror there in a few weeks.

Fun: I do have time for that. And it's been awesome.

Anyway, in the next week or so, keep your eyes peeled for my annual "A Great Many Things I'd Like To Do This Year" list. And of course, next month we'll have my annual birthday mix CD and Top 25 films list.

In Brief

Jan. 4th, 2009 04:59 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Victor Frankenstein - Weird Science)
Icon is unrelated. I just made it and I kind of love it.

- Went out to a Goth club with [ profile] echan Friday night. She totally tricked me into dancing and abusing my poor calves. I can't help it if my idea of getting my groove on involves as little contact with the ground as possible. Clearly I had a load of fun, though, or I wouldn't have agreed to go out again this Friday.

- Finally saw Requiem for a Dream. That is a really really depressing-ass movie. Wow. Half-tempted to write a review for C-H.

- Speaking of, I'm completely stumped for how to properly celebrate the site's tenth birthday in June.

- Been working, ever so slowly, on my Let the Right One In review. It's kind of a bitch.

- Don't want to go to work tomorrow. Gr!

- Quark: The Complete Series is cheese-mo awesomeness. [ profile] liz_marcs should get a medal for pimping it.
jetpack_monkey: (Dr. Horrible - Power in My Gloved Hands)
This newest Dr. Whorrible vid I'm working on is very much a departure from the last two. It's more structured and, despite the song ("My Freeze Ray"), I wouldn't really call it comedic, except for a few moments. If I do it right, it's actually going to be kind of sad. This is new territory for me to say the least. I hope the folks who have been so generous with the feedback on Brand New Day and Bad Horse Chorus will enjoy it, though.

A good chunk of last night was taken up transcribing my interview with Adrienne King, star of Friday the 13th. Usually I hate doing the transcription, because when I do interviews, I sometimes get really excited and my voice goes all squeaky. This time was something else entirely, though. At some point, it stopped being an interview, and it was just two fans riffing on horror and the F13 franchise and whatnot. It was awesome. We would finish each others' sentences and take pot shots at Hollywood and make terrible puns (okay, the bad pun was all me -- and don't look for it in the transcription when it goes up, because I want to keep that moment for myself).

I also did a half-hour chat with Phantasm star Reggie Bannister on Wednesday. I'll have more to say on that when I start transcribing it.

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