The Empire Strikes Back, to many the best chapter of the original Star Wars Triology, had its 30th anniversary last week.
I guess that’s reason enough that I digress from my usual Steampunk theme and give you the Hoth battle scene:
I’ve shamefully neglected posting about Riese the Series for a while, but there is some great news (now rather olds, actually):
The series received a Streamy Award:
Best Cinematography in a Web Series: Riese (Christopher Charles Kempinski)
and there has been a Q & A Session with Sharon Taylor, a.k.a. Queen Amara.
I managed to get a numer of questions in, of which at least two were answered (maybe more but I only recall the following two to be mine):
Q: On a scale of 1 to ten with 1 being a common thief and 10 being the likes of Hitler and Stalin, how evil do you think Amara is?
Sharon: A common thief generally steals out of necessity or for survival, whereas Hitler and Stalin were power hungry murderers. Because of Amara’s alliance with The Sect (who are in the process of “purifying” the people of Eleysia) and the fact that people had to die in order for her to become Empress, she definitely falls toward the end of the evil scale. I give her a 9. She can be ruthless and willing to commit murder to hold her power, but she does have moments of remorse – not so much for the horrible things she has done, but because her actions have left her all alone in a deadly game of chess.
Q: Do you see any potential love interests in the future for Amara?
Sharon: I hope so! Amara isn’t afraid to use her sexuality to get what she wants. She’s a bit like Cleopatra that way, so it could be fun to have a Caesar or Mark Antony involved to solidify her grip on the throne.
Hmmm… I guess I should check on the official forum now.
A beautiful little cartoon about an Apatosaurus-like, more or less domesticated dinosaur by the name of Gertie:
Tells you a lot about people’s attitudes towards these creatures back in the day. If a team of intrepid explorers had in deed discovered a hidden Valley of the Giants, this is very likely how the poor archaeo-fauna had ended up… Or as trophies mounted over the fireplace.
A really sad view into ouir not so distant past in deed, come to think of it…
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins was the first album I bought in Nottingham back in ’97.
To this day „Tonight, Tonight“, the second track on the album, is one of my all-time favourites. So it is almost inexcusable to feature the very steampunk video of this song only now and not much sooner.
So without further ado, here it is, enjoy! If you do not like the music, you can still enjoy the visual component.
Yesterday I went to watch this movie:
And I can recommend it to all classic horror and Steampunk enthusiasts out there. The atmosphere is excellent, a rotting Victorian family, plagued by a course, forbidde love, insanity… Psychotropic landscapes (i.e. thunder, lightning and rain when it is appropriate).
The movie is shot in greyish, slightly faded colours as if there was a never dissipating mist over everything. The atmosphere is built up between an empty but still claustrophobic mansion, a hostile wilderniss and the moloch of London. No matter where the main protagonists turn, time and place is against them.
The movie is also a stud of several remarcaby well-played characters:
It is this band of twisted, tragic personas that carry this film, together with the very good and never over-the-top special effects. They are helped in this task by the unavoidabe lynch-mob, the gypsies who are somehow in the know and the doctors and orderlies of a really terrifying London insane asylum (the chief doctor of the asylum is a particular nasty piece of work, I did not mourn his death).
What I also found very pleasing was that they stuck to the imagery of the classic Wolfman of Hammer Film fame. These werewolves actually look good in a tattered suit.
So by all means, go and enjoy this dark, Victorian and Steampunk piece of horror entertainment. It is not spaller, but it ha its scenes of violence but this is not what creates thehorror. It is the development of the curse, its spreading and the tragedy of the characters involved.