Banzai Retro Club October 2017: Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The Banzai Retro Club are gathering members to co-create cross platform blog, podcast and social media posts based on all things retro from movies and television to music, fashion and more. For October 2017 it seemed appropriate to focus on horror movies, specifically the horror movie that scared us the first time we watched it.

Horror movies have never scared me, my mate at college introduced me to all kinds of 70s and 80s white label VHS delights that he used to pick up from a local “horror and martial arts” movie dealer in Manchester. As a child of the 70s I grew up watching movies on television from the 40s, 50s and 60s which included wonderful movies from Universal, Alfred Hitchcock and Hammer Horror. Gore, zombies and creatures are great but it’s the psychological horror movies that float my boat like Night of the Demon (1957), The Haunting (1963), The Devil Rides Out (1968), The Wicker Man (1973) and the science fiction horror Quatermass and the Pit.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Quatermass and the Pit (a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth in the United States) is a 1967 British science fiction horror film from Hammer Film Productions, a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors, it is based on the BBC Television serials written by Nigel Kneale. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker and stars Andrew Keir in the title role as Professor Bernard Quatermass with James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover in co-starring roles.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The storyline centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground at Hobbs End . Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The movie includes several scenes where telekinetic forces manipulate people and objects, alien mind control, mass panic and destruction, mobs of people turning on each other, and the scene that haunted my dreams as a child of a giant physical manifestation of a devil like alien created from energy. The overall horror element is underplayed until the final scenes of the movie and science plays a major role in defeating the other worldly threat. Classic British horror at its best, you can watch the original trailer over on Killer Cosmonaut, my Facebook page dedicated to everything retro from the 1920s to 1970s.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Continue your horror movie journey with the Banzai Retro Club, you can check out more posts from other members by following the links below.

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Neon Horror by RetkiKosmos

Flower Power collides with Miami Vice to create beautifully horrific art. Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface and Jack Torrance rub shoulders with Carrie, Regan and Pinhead in these psychedelic neon portraits by RetkiKosmos. Check out the sneaky cute / sinister all-over prints hiding on the clothing.

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Neon Horror - Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Jack Torrance - The Shinning by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Carrie by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Regan - The Exorcist by RetkiKosmos
Neon Horror - Pinhead - Hellraiser by RetkiKosmos

Spookshow Pin-ups by Ant Lucia

A series of twelve illustrations based on classic movie monsters and their pin-up counterparts by Ant Lucia. King Kong, Dracula, The Mummy and Wolfman never had it so good.

“Spookshow Pinups was my debut line I developed when I first started this particular style. I started doing pinup illustrations but wanted to do a collection that had a common theme as my first series.  I’ve always been a fan of classic movie monsters and noticed that a majority of the vintage posters featured a damsel in distress. The dames always look terrified by the monsters, in mine I wanted to present them as if it where more of a romantic comedy.”

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NOSFERATU by Ant Lucia
DEVIL by Ant Lucia
FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER by Ant Lucia
DRACULA by Ant Lucia
WOLFMAN by Ant Lucia
THE MUMMY by Ant Lucia
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON by Ant Lucia
INVISIBLE MAN by Ant Lucia
GIANT OCTOPUS by Ant Lucia
ROBBY THE ROBOT by Ant Lucia
ZOMBIE by Ant Lucia
KING KONG by Ant Lucia

Monsters – digital illustrations of horror classics by Ian Skelton

Digital illustrations of Universal Studios and 1980’s monsters by designer Ian Skelton. I remember watching the black & white horror classics Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy as a young boy. When the late 70s and 80s hit we were introduced to a whole new breed of iconic horror movies and TV shows including Hellraiser, The Evil Dead, Critters and Tales from the Crypt. You can see more of Ian Skelton’s design and illustration work via Instagram.

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Hellraiser Pinhead, Critters, Evil Dead & Tales from the Crypt by Ian Skelton
Universal Monsters Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man & Phantom by Ian Skelton
Universal Monsters Frankenstein, Bride, The Mummy & Invisible Man by Ian Skelton

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay Special

With so many of us stuck at home watching the events of Comic-Con unfold on YouTube, TV and social media here is a cosplay blog so we can all marvel at the amazing creations brought to life at his years event.

I’m from the UK so chances are I might only get over to San Diego once in my lifetime (unless I win the lottery or they invite me over because I’m awesome) but I’m certainly not jealous of all that crazy queuing for everything. You might think us Brits enjoy standing in orderly lines waiting for tea and crumpets but we really don’t.

This blog will be updated throughout the weekend so it’s probably going to get rather long, get ready for some epic scrolling. Are you the person under the mask / wig / makeup? Message me and I will add credits and links to the images.

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Morrigan Darkstalkers Darkstalkers via b3am
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - BattlebornBattleborn cosplay group via @battlebornSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Mass EffectMass Effect via @firstshowing 18mSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - DiabloDiablo via @CorsairSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - DragonBall Z Master Roshi and Gohan Master Roshi and Gohan via paniniamericaSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Aaahh Real Monsters!!! Krumm & Powdered Toast ManAaahh Real Monsters!!! Krumm & Powdered Toast Man via theoneandonlyforceSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Transformers DevastatorTransformers Devastator via @DessignareSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Astrid from How to Train Your DragonAstrid from How to Train Your Dragon via @AnneSowardsSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 via minibobafett San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Edward ScissorhandsEdward Scissorhands via sthrngrlsrckSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Daft Punk Mortal KombatDaft Kombat via @killer_kistchSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - 300 SpartanTHIS IS SPARTA!!! via @thepopculturecoSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Lily MunsterLily Munster via @MouseInfoSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Skeksis The Dark CrystalSkeksis via @raecarson – Cosplay by Ryan WellsSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - TotoroTotoro via @rgb_alphaSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - RaptorsRaptor Squad via @NickARomanoSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Wreck-It-RalphWreck-It-Ralph via @SnooditSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Wreck-It-Ralph Vanellope von SchweetzVanellope von Schweetz via @mtvcomicsSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Aqua Teen Hunger ForceAqua Teen Hunger Force via ‏@TC_betojubei 2h‏San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay Special - The 3rd Doctor & Doctor BeakerThe 3rd Doctor and Doctor Beaker via tuchainzzzSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay Special - SpockLive Long and Prosper via samarasnohSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Bubba FettBubba Fett via @Crazy4ComicCon cosplay by @nerdsinrecoverySan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay Special - Steampunk Star WarsSteampunk Star Wars via @95Forty
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Funky Wookiee'sFunky Wookiee’s via yummination – Pink Wookiee & Costumes by Catherine FisherSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - StormtroopersStormtrooper escalator via yonginstagramSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Hip-Hop StormtrooperHip-Hop Troopers from the Def Side via hiphoptrooperSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - AquamanAquaman via @AquamanShrineSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - CatwomanCatwoman and the Cat-kids via @lolbowtieguySan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - CatwomanCatwoman walking her dog via mypixelatedgeekSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Doggy ArrowArrow via @NathanTamayoSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - DaredevilDaredevil via @loucrisesSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay Special - ThanosThanos via genevate by // San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Infinity Gauntlet ThanosInfinity Gauntlet Thanos via comicsandponies by //San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Deadpool Jafar and Lady Deadpool MaleficentDeadpool Jafar and Lady Deadpool Maleficent via @DTJAAAAM 4hSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Kuato Total Recall Kuato via @walzodiacSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Flash GordonFlash Gordon via @WileE_KateSan Diego Comic-Con 2015 Cosplay - Tron Legacy SirensTron Legacy Sirens via annissedfd

Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

What happens if you take a much loved Disney Princess and introduce an unexpected element of horror and disorder into her life? Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros re-creates scenes from Disney movies and adds pop culture references into the mix. Sleeping Beauty would obviously meet Freddy in her dreams,  Ariel has a run in with The Creature from the Black Lagoon and poor young Arthur is denied his one chance to become the King of England.

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Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Blood Forrest - Snow White vs Jason Vorhees
Blood Forrest
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Never Sleep Again - Sleeping Beauty vs Freddy Krueger
Never Sleep Again
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Horrorland - Peter Pan vs Michael Myers
Horrorland
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - You Gotta Kiss The Girl - Ariel vs The Creature from the Black Lagoon
You Gotta Kiss The Girl
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Suburban Coiffe - Alice in Wonderland vs Edward Scissorhands
Suburban Coiffe
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - A Clockwork Apple - Snow White vs A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Apple
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Born to be Queen - Sword in the Stone vs Freddie Mercury
Born to be Queen

 

(Competition Now Closed!) Win a free t-shirt from Arcane Store and Killer Kitsch

The wonderful people over at Arcane Store, movie & gaming clothing and accessories, have rustled up a cool competition to win one of three amazing t-shirts that come in all shapes, colours and sizes for men, women and children. A few of the many cool designs are featured below.

Alien USCSS Nostromo from Arcane StoreThe Shining HERE’S JOHNNY from Arcane Store

There are three t-shirts up for grabs and three ways to enter. You are not restricted to only entering once but the way things work you can only get one shot each via Killer Kitsch on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  • “Like” and “Follow” my Facebook page then share the top highlighted post about this competition. Leave a comment so I know who you are.
  • Follow me on Twitter and re-tweet this post.
  • Add me on Google+ and +1 / share this post. Leave a comment so I know who you are.

Three chances to win, you can enter all three of the above if you want. A winner will be randomly selected from those that have entered on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for a t-shirt of their choice from Arcane Store. The competition will close at midnight on 15th April.

Alien Suspects from Arcane StoreHorror Suspects from Arcane Store

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one of these top designs from Arcane Store you can use the discount code ‘killer20‘ for a massive 20% off your purchases until the 15th April. You can also find the Arcane Store on Twitter and Facebook.

TRON Encom from Arcane StoreThe Incredible Hulk from Arcane Store

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IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans

Illustrator Ed Harrington has drawn up a series of IKEA style instruction sheets for famous movie monsters via his Instagram account nothinghappenedtoday. Freddy Krueger, Alien, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead rub shoulders with Beetlejuice, the aliens from They Live and The Walking Dead.

These handy guides detail the items you require and give basic construction guidelines for each miscreant. Not sure what the Allen key is for, but it looks like it comes with every set. You can never have too many Allen keys.

October 2017 UPDATE: Now with more added horror including Candyman, Hannibal Lecter and Carrie.

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IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Gremlins by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Beetlejuice by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - They Live by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Lost Bosy by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Walking Dead by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pet Cemetery by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Freddy Krueger by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Ring by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Alien by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Jason Voorhees by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Human Centipede
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pinhead Hellraiser by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Fly by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Edward Scissorhands by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Winslow by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Candyman by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Damien from The Omen by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Carrie by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Hannibal Lecter by Ed Harrington

Geeky Nesting Dolls by The Butler Art

I own a set of nesting dolls that belonged to my mum, the traditional Russian kind.

The Butler Art has produced some brilliantly geeky, but disturbing, nesting dolls featuring Ghostbusters, Mario and Friday the 13th. They would look great ‘nesting’ on my shelf.


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Lost in Space Robot by Remco 1966. Danger, Danger!

Lost in Space Robot by Remco 1966 Lost in Space toys by Remco and Mattel Lost in Space Robot by Remco 1966