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Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968)

100 Monsters
Yokai Monsters is a series of Japanese tokusatsu movies created in the 1960s.

There were originally three movies made:

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)
Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters (1968)
Yokai Monsters: Along With Ghosts (1969)
The films were produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company, and bear a resemblance to that studio’s other series, Gamera and Daimajin, and to other Japanese pop culture favorites like Godzilla and Ultraman.

Legend has it that the Yokai monsters will only interfere with human affairs when it is absolutely necessary. Things are quite awry, however, and it is time for these mythic figures to step in. A crooked magistrate and developer are booting the residents of an apartment building onto the street, and when the owner of the building tries to stop them, he is murdered. Now a masterless samurai must call upon the spiritual protectors of human kind in order to right the wrongs of his world.

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Artist of the Year 2008 – Auto-Tune – The Cyborg Takeover Auto-Tune Conspiracy

Auto-Tune – An effect infectin’ every genre of popular music like a cybernetic virus, reducin’ our aversion to the artificial by accustomin’ us to digital process over natural progress. Gettin’ us ready for the big takeover.

“Auto-Tune was used to prominent effect on Cher’s Believe, recorded in 1998.

When first interviewed about this, the sound engineers claimed they had used a vocoder, in what Sound on Sound perceives as an attempt to preserve a trade secret.

Auto-Tune was also used heavily in Daft Punk’s One More Time which featured Romanthony. The song was one of the first mainstream uses of Auto-Tuning, along with Believe. The software came to attention in dancehall reggae music from its use on Tanto Metro & Devonte’s song “Give It to Her” and Beenie Man & Ms. Thing’s song “Dude.”

R&B singer T-Pain has been credited with revitalizing the technique in contemporary popular music by making active use of it in his songs, a style that has since gone on to be imitated by numerous other R&B, Hip-hop (including emcees Kanye West, Ron Browz, and Lil Wayne, and R&B singer Akon, most notably, as well as Birdman, most infamously.), and other pop-music artists.

According to the Boston Herald, “Country stars Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have all confessed to using Auto-Tune in performance, claiming it is a safety net that guarantees ticket buyers a good performance.”” –Wiki



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The Scary-Ass Hobo Dog Mutant from the 70’s Remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

I was lookin’ at an old friend’s facebook profile picture and I was suddenly reminded of one of the most horrifyin’ film scenes ever…one that burned an impression in my young mind.

The Hobo/Dog hybrid from the 70’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

” Elizabeth similarly alerts the pod people when she screams in reaction to seeing a pod duplicate with a dog’s body and a human’s face. This “creature” was formed from a combination of the banjo playing hobo and his dog, when Matthew kicks the pod growing next to them and obviously damages the duplication process to accidentally duplicate both the dog and the man into one creature.” – Wiki

It’s simple, just a mask on a dog, but way more effective than any modern CGI.

Arrrgggghhhhh!!!

Anyways, check this movie if you can.

I especially recommend the original black ‘n white version, one of my all time favorites.

The recent remakes of this picture just suck. The secret is to just keep it simple, stupids!

The paranoia of pods replacing you when you sleep is timeless.


File under Blast From The Past, Influences, SeMeN SPeRmS BLArRrG, SeMeN SPeRmS ViDeO CLuB, So Wrong!, They Said 'Don't Be Scurrred' But This Shit Is Just So Scurrrry!