August 31, 2007

That's why the lady is a vamp...

I am notable in that I am one of the few people in all of geekdom who has not seen Ed Wood but has seen Plan 9 From Outer Space. Someone lent it to me recently, so I was inspired to draw Vampira:

This was sketched in pen (no preliminary pencils of any kind) on a piece of scratch paper, and touched up a bit in Photoshop. If you look carefully, you can see some text gibberish in her hair--I could have cleaned it up, but decided that it gave the piece an interesting quality. In retrospect, the text is so tiny, I don't think it makes a difference one way or another. When I drew this I wasn't looking at any reference, and with that in mind I think its a halfway decent likeness. I don't know what made me color the picture monochrome, but I think it worked out alright.

And now, a five second review!

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Plan 9 From Outer Space (Available on DVD)

For those who have not seen Plan 9 From Outer Space, I just want to say that it is far from being one of the worst films of all time. It is filled with flaws, riddled with continuity errors, and is unintentionally laughable. In spite of all that, or because of all that, it's still, like, totally watchable. In fact the pacing in Plan 9 has better pacing than most of the movies I've seen in the past two and a half years. No joke!

Verdict: Awesome. Vampira! Tor Johnson! The best narrator ever! Bela Lugosi! Sort Of!

For More B-Movie Awesomeness: An Italian movie from 1963, Atom Age Vampire is a work of genius!


Atomic Swan Serials and If - E - Zine said...

Atom Age Vampire is indeed a classic!

Want teh worst movie of all time? It also stars Tor Johnson. It's called The Beast from Yucca Flats. BY THE GODS, STAB YOUR EYES WITH SPORKS INSTEAD OF WATCHING THAT!!!

As for old skool b-horror my two recent faves are The Blob (greatest intro song ever!) and The Giant Gila Monster.

As for the pic: very good. The text may be unviewable on this level, but the fact that it's there makes me study the piece all the more. Did you know Jackson Pollock has the bodies of dead cockroaches and old cigarettes stuck in some of his paintings? Makes you wanna take a closer look, huh? Same thing here. It adds an extra almost trivia-like level to the piece.

Mayhaps it's because of the portrait quality, but I imagine this would look very nice in a drawn-on old timey frame with lots of filigree and such.

I also suggest The Brain That Wouldn't Die.

annie said...

it is too hot to be alive right now. i wish something would come suck my blood, to relieve me from the misery of this heat that sucks my soul.
curse you, and your air conditioned westside living.

Anonymous said...

yeah! curse you!

J.Ho said...

yeah, curse me! wait a minute...

lol... thx for the movie recommendations lord shen.