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SCI-FI MONSTER-PIECES INVADE DOWNTOWN CONCORD, NH!

31 Mar
RedRiverSciFest

hell hath no fury like a 50 foot woman scorned !

The 1950s saw a transition in the movie industry, with the rise of television changing the way studios would exhibit their films. The western genre had moved itself to the weekly small screen, and the rise of the drive in theater helped shape the future of what we would call the B-Movie or genre film. The science fiction and horror genres were a perfect mix of straight forward plots and creative and  shocking special effects, and were perfect fit for the drive-in theater experience. They often exploited the fears of the atomic age and the paranoia of the Cold War. They were bold both in delivery and advertising.

This was an era that was incredibly prolific and so popular that many tv stations would start running these movies late at night, creating what would become the midnight movie format. The Vampira Show (1954-55), starring Maila Nurmi as the titular host, became a cult classic and would inspire countless other programs in the following decades. Notably Elvira, and for New England natives remember this one?

I thought you would!

April 18th Concord, NH’s very own Red River Theatres is offering their own slice of midnight madness with a blast from the past showcasing a tremendous sampling of these very films with the 4 hour Sci-Fi Monster-Pieces Film Festival! 

For a mere $20 dollars you get food, films and fun and you get to see these movies on the big screen the way they were intended to be seen. So relive your childhood, or experience some of the cult classics for the first time!

You also get to choose the films you want to see, with multiple screens showcasing the below..

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958 version)

CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN

THE CRAWLING EYE

THE MAN FROM PLANET X

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE

KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (Campy 70s classic with Bill Shatner. Need I say more?)

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

THE MYSTERIANS (From Toho studios, home of Godzilla)
And yes I made the above poster, full disclosure!
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You were always smart Harold.

19 Nov

Well here it is in color, better late than never I suppose. One of the reoccuring things I’m constantly up against with my art is utilizing whatever limited tools I have around me. I’m basically a pen and ink artist so in that sense I don’t need much to get by . What I use now is what other artists have been using for centuries, which I think is rather cool.  Coloring my work is a whole other thing altogether. I’m rather on a budget, a strict one at that. Finding it neccessary to color my work, and lacking the skill with traditonal media, I turned to the computer. I couldn’t afford Photoshop, and my 2002 IBM Thinkcentre wouldn’t run it anyway. So I started messing with the freeware GNU Image Manipulation Program or the GIMP. I still color everything with my mouse, so yes its a bit awkward but it’s wonderful to have this tool available. For a low-fi guy this is a high-fi means to an end. Hopefully soon I will have a tablet to draw upon!