Kudos to Jan for pointing this beauty out to me:
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.