OK fellas, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. You know the drill by now so make with the flowers, candy, and assorted frilly things declaring your undying love. Need some suggestions this year? Here's some vintage Valentine's Day advertisements to help you get in the mood... for shopping. (Western Union Telegram, 1948) DEAR LIZ SAW YOU IN MALT SHOP, FOLLOWED YOU HOME. PLEASE DO NOT CALL POLICE ON ME AGAIN. I WAS ROOTING IN YOUR TRASH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. YOU WILL REALIZE THIS SOME DAY. YOU CANNOT STOP ME. LOVE, YOUR DESTINY (Baker's Coconut, 1940) Mmmmmmmm! Nothing says "I love you" like a shag cake from a can. (Columbia Grafonola, 1921) I say this with no sarcasm whatsoever - I would gladly accept any of the items in this ad as a gift. The Grafo
It'll be at least another week or two before the usual bombardment of Christmas/holiday marketing kicks in, so let's take a minute to enjoy some classic Halloween-themed advertisements. Not surprisingly, most of the ads you'll find are very costume or candy-centric, as Halloween is most definitely seen as a children's holiday. Of course it wasn't always that way, and even today there are many visible vestiges of the holiday's pagan roots. But I digress... Now I don't remember getting any Cracker Jack in my bag when I went panhandling for goodies (aka 'trick or treat'). And even if I had I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had the gall to stand there and eat it right there on the person's front walk. (Cracker Jack, 1954) Witchcraft? No, that's just Procter & Gamble's patente
Credit Rob Zombie for at least this much -- he opted to offer a different perspective on John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween rather than to simply update it. The problem is not that his new take fails to improve upon the original story, but that it detracts from it in crucial ways. While this was perhaps predictable, it is nonetheless disappointing. Zombie's biggest miscalculation is in providing a more detailed look at Michael Myers' early life in an abusive and low-class household. Not only does this demystify the character - for part of what made the original so great was that Myers was seemingly as blank as his iconic spray-painted William Shatner mask - but it reduces him to a clichéd white trash psychopath. He is picked on at school, tortures animals, and lives with a d
If you're so inclined, scoot on over to Yahoo! Movies and check out the trailer for Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. I could go either way on this one - I do so love the John Carpenter original, and am doubtful if remake is really needed. On the other hand, I know Rob Zombie is a huge horror fan so I think he will treat the material with respect. There are, of course, some major ingredients missing that could spell trouble. Instead of an unknown and fresh-faced Jamie Lee Curtis redefining the role of Scream Queen in what was her debut movie, Laurie Strode will be played Scout Taylor-Compton, who it seems has already built a sizable resume. I hope that experience doesn't prevent her from portraying the innocence that is crucial to the character. Also missing will be the late Dona...