Monday, October 29, 2012


Three girls who are going to the same Halloween party might try something like this...The Three Bored Beatnik Girls. It's important to look bored and aloof if you're going to be a beatnik. 

Geez, I wish I hadn't shaken the camera when I took this. Thanks to Mike for revealing his Theory Corner readers. Oh, "P" is for porcelain. I had to look up the spelling.

Here are the same girls, only in color this time. How do you like "Darn-Old Duck" in the background at the top?

That's all I have on beatniks, but I do have more pictures. What do you think of this painting by Carl Barks?  I stole this from Michael Sporn's site. Michael says its his favorite Barks Painting. It's one of my favorites too, along with the "Scrooge in the Klondike" pictures.

Michael's site:

Above, old crones from a dark ride that I can't identify. I have a great idea for a dark ride. Maybe I can work it into a story.

Where would Halloween be without spiders?

This (above) looks like an amusement park ride that takes its passengers straight to Hell then returns for more victims.


Can't think of a costume?  Maybe a hat is all you need.

Sometimes (above) it's only necessary to cover the back of the skull. 

For outdoor work on hot, sunny days I could actually see having a hat like this. 

Thanks to TCM we have lots of Halloween movies to choose from. Here's a still from "The Innocents." 

This (above) is from my favorite horror film, "Burn Witch, Burn." It's based on a terrific book by Fritz Leiber, "Conjure Wife," and a wonderful screenplay by Richard Matheson.

Then there's the wordless underground classic (above), "Dementia."

Can you find the face in this Baroque wall detail?

Here's a couple of my favorite sequences from James Whale's "Old Dark House." Start at 49:00 and end with 106:00. I'm a big fan of the The eccentric/elocution-acting style that preceded modern acting styles and that method is vividly on display here. 

Watch for it in the character of Sir Robert (The old man in bed, played by a woman) and the in character called Saul. Melvyn Douglas was one of the finest practitioners of the smooth elocution style that replaced the old style so we have a clash of acting styles that produces lots of fireworks. 


Stephen Worth said...

That's The Innocents with Debra Carr, not The Haunting.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Steve: Thanks! I'll change it!

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

Just saw TMC's restored double feature of "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein". I love the camera placement in BOF where they go all dutch as they prepare the body for the electrical storm that will bring it life. According to the film "Gods and Monsters" James Whale considered BOF as a dark comedy and I can see how it would be. Not only do you get a mad scientist, you get two! And Dr. Pratorious is pretty over the top and campy. Fun stuff and one of my faves.

Anonymous said...

Your Halloween themed posts of late made me think of this. I've never seen any of the movie except this clip. Odds are the whole movie isn't like that, but I can imagine moviegoers in 1934 getting a shock as they watched the first two minutes of craziness!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Joel: Bride of Frankenstein is a great film, but in my opinion the horror is diminished a bit by the too overt comedy.

I don't think any horror fan will agree with me. I have to agree that some of the jokes really are funny. Dr. Pratorius is terrific!

Stephen: Wow!!! The film looks great! I can't wait to get hold of a copy. Many thanks!

Roberto Severino said...

Beautiful Donald Duck painting! I love the skillful use of color to create contrasts, composition and focus on Donald and the witch. Happy Halloween to you, Eddie and thank you for taking the time to make Halloween a fun holiday, rather than something to be feared.

Kelly Toon said...

Oooohhh, that wallpaper scene from The Haunting gives me the chills to think about!! That is my all-time favorite scary movie. Brrrrr.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Roberto: Thanks!!!!