Zombified Disney Princesses

Warning: this post contains graphically violent (cartoon) images directly involving Disney princesses. If you are a child, please click away and go watch “Beauty and the Beast” blissfully untainted. If you are an adult and children are nearby, I’d advise clicking away when the pitter-patter of tiny feet reaches your ears. I’m sure you don’t want your monthly family viewing of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” spoiled by questions like, “Mommy, why isn’t Snow White eating any of those dwarves’ brains?” We got that? Okay.

The family-unfriendly, horror movie-inspired pics arranged below are courtesy not of The House of Mouse but of Witit Karpkraikaew, or Clocktowerman, as he goes by on deviantArt. On his two-year-old page, the Thailand-based artist posts gruesome portraits depicting Disney princesses in a much less glamorous fashion than usual. In the paintings, the beloved animated characters are imagined as reanimated corpses (like the monsters of AMC's “The Walking Dead”) with an unquenchable hunger for human flesh – Snow White likes her men brainy, it seems. Their innards are outards, their lips have rotted away and whole limbs have been torn off. It’s like Walt Disney went all George A. Romero.

As was warned, not suitable for littluns. [Read more…]

The Video Notebook: A Retro Design

Don’t go sticking this in your VCR (providing you’re perpetually trapped in the ‘80s). Behold the Video Notebook, a 260-page writing pad ingeniously designed to mimic the appearance of a VHS cassette tape, a recording device now considered primitive in the modern age of the Blu-ray. Such a strikingly retro design will allow for diarists and casual scribblers the world over to indulge in sweet nostalgia, of which the makers of this conceptually brilliant product were fully aware: “For most of us, the VHS is just a nostalgic memory, but we thought it was an object worth revisiting, in the form of this very nice Video Notebook.”

A must-have for any self-respecting film fan of a certain age, the Video Notebook comes with a protective sleeve and a sheet of sticky labels for writing on, just like the actual tapes of yesteryear. The manufacturing company has apparently (and unsurprisingly) sold out of the product, although you can find it on Amazon for a measly $29.99. Oh, a little advice: if you do buy the Video Notebook (and who could blame you?), try and make sure you don’t get it mixed up with your VHS copy of “The Notebook” – y’know, if you’re a complete doofus.

The images above were taken by filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, a proud purchaser of the Video Notebook, and the images below are official marketing stills. [Read more…]

The Film Map: Over 900 Movies in One Location

This is a must-have item for any die-hard movie buff with an empty space on their bedroom wall. UK-based design studio Dorothy has created the Film Map, a map featuring over 900 movie titles as the names of roads, buildings, ponds and parks. This stunning and inventive piece comes after Dorothy’s Song Map, another cultural map which was much the same but with song titles replacing film titles.

“A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito's Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown,” says the official Dorothy site. “The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There's an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.”

Check out images of the Film Map below, and maybe even buy one over on the official Dorothy site, where it’s selling for a measly £25 plus p&p (around $50 for US readers). Also, if you ever find the magical location displayed in the map, make sure you steer clear of Jurassic Park – things may get a little messy there. [Read more…]

That’s No Moon… It’s a Ping Pong Ball!

That broken sphere up there, that’s no moon. It’s a Death Star. Or, to be more specific, it’s the incomplete Death Star II, the second iteration of the intergalactic battle station, built by the villainous Galactic Empire after the smaller Death Star I was triumphantly blown to smithereens by Jedi apprentice Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

Since it first appeared on cinema screens in 1977, the Death Star has become an iconic image of science-fiction cinema, initially made famous by Alec Guinness’ ominous line, “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” Well, now it’s about to become that little bit more famous, thanks to Japanese internet user tatumaru5963. Y’see, Mr(s). tatumaru5963 has intricately created his/her own miniature Death Star II, using just a ping pong ball and card stock.

The creator of this mini masterpiece provided some commentary on his/her glorious creation, as reproduced here thanks to the wonders of online translators: “Things repeatedly cutting the ping-pong ball, plastic board was finely cut of 0.2, we reproduce the internal structure.”

Umm, yeah. Check out pictures of the mini Death Star II below. [Read more…]

50 Pictures of Cats in Hats

We all know of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book “The Cat in the Hat.” Featuring a mischievous cat clad in a red and white-striped hat, it is and always has been a widely cherished piece of family-friendly literature, beloved since its first publication in 1957 and  turned into a full-length feature film in 2003 starring Mike Myers as the titular feline. Did you know that Myers was nominated for Worst Actor at the Razzies for the film? The film itself was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst On-Screen Couple and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie. It only won the last one. You’d think it’d win all of them, really. God, that movie was lousy…

Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, cats in hats. So, I’ve collected 50 (that’s right – fifty!) images of cats in hats from all four corners of the silly part of the interwebs. We’ve got all kinds of hats here: bowler hats, top hats, cowboy hats and wizard hats. All sorts of cats too: Siamese cats, ginger cats, pussycats, erm, those black ones… So, scroll down, look at the pictures, observe them, soak them in and possibly even laugh at them (y’know, if you’re into that kinda thing). Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go throw darts at a picture of Mike Myers’ stupid face. You ruined my childhood, Myers! You ruined it… [Read more…]