Month: August 2010

12 Days to Dragon*Con: Good-Bad Movies, Good-Bad Musicals

So this post is inspired both by yesterday’s Rocky Horror homage and my learning at Venice Little Theater, way back near my hometown of Sarasota, is doing a production of Evil Dead the Musical.

Yes!  There is a musical version of Sam Raimi’s horror-schlock classic!  I haven’t been lucky enough to see it, but evidently there is a blood splash zone.  Also, clever songs such as these:

Um, youtube is full of lots of videos of community theaters doing the musical, but I did find this jaunty montage of the original production:

Like, ohmygod y’all, how fun does that look?!

About a year and a half ago I saw the musical adaptation of The Toxic Avenger, which I believe is a Troma film from way back some time ago.  Since it is not nearly as well known as The Evil Dead: Basically a nerdy man gets dipped in his Jersey town’s toxic waste garbage plant and he comes out a big gross super mutant who takes revenge upon polluters while wooing the local hot blind librarian.  This is what happens in the musical, evidently the movie is a bit less political.  Also, Nancy Opal is in it, and in one scene she plays two characters having a conversation with each other, she is so fierce.

Also, a Carrie Musical happened in 1988.  Yes, a Carrie musical.  Betty Buckley plays the mom y’all.  She sings this crazy song to called “Eve Was Weak” before shoving Carrie into the Jesus Closet.

This musical was pretty much a failure so documentation is scarce.  But man, fierce.

Broadway is nerd-friendly too.

13 Days to Dragon*Con: Rocky Horror Picture Show

So Rocky Horror Picture Show was a definitive point of my early high school experience.  I totally spent late nights with friends prancing around our respective living rooms and belting our “Sweet Tranvestite.”  Tim Curry is such a masterpiece in this movie.  I wish every day were like this.

Dragon*Con does the live reenactment midnight show with this.  Patricia Quinn is going to be there this year.  Totally rocking.

14 Days to Dragon*Con: Whendonverse, Gone Too Soon

TWO WEEKS TWO WEEKS Y’ALL.  Ahem.

Sometimes you love something so much, it breaks your heart.  Case in point: short-lived Joss Whedon series.  Joss Whedon, sometimes, gets tangled with networks that do not enable him total creative freedom.  Such as Fox.  He really should go to, say, SyFy, or maybe even HBO.  He could be totally liberated and let his brain run wild.

Firefly, which was a space western but that’s oversimplifying things, was a series that was most definitely gone too soon, which caused an uproar among the rabid fan base (Brown coats).  Serenity, the movie that followed, quelled a bit of the ire but mostly everyone is super bitter that this fun, original series went poof after a mere half season.  Nathan Fillion once again proved that he is incredible in everything and Joss once again proved his penchant for odd, ass-kicking teenage girls.  Also: sassy black second in command, and Alan Tudyk with toy dinosaurs.  Wonderful.

Then Joss came up with Dollhouse, which had a fascinating premise and tons of potential.  Basically there are these underground organizations all over the world called Dollhouses, where people who have been stripped of their identity hang out in spas waiting to be programmed according to a client’s wishes.  This can be anything from sex toy to assassin to replacement mother.  Obviously this was super-fertile breeding ground for all sorts of moral issues involving slavery and brain washing and prostitution and feminism and every now and then these issues were dealt with but sometimes there were stupid episodes, such as the back-up-singer body-guard episode.  Eliza Dushku, who was great as Faith from on Buffy, sadly lacked the range to play Echo, the series’ protagonist.  She just can’t break out of her tough girl ass-kickery.  However, there were some awesome back up players, like Fran Kranz, Enver Gjokaj (I know) and Olivia Williams.  Plus, peek-into-the-future episodes starring Felicia Day!  Fun times!  Sadly, it only lasted two seasons.

Oh, networks, you can’t take the sky from me.

15 Days to Dragon*Con: Sex With Ray Bradbury

FIFTEEN.  DAYS.  SALIVATE.

Continuing yesterday’s spirited fan post is this gem, which just went viral earlier this week and is evidently driving people insane.  I am in 100% agreement with the girl in this video.  Ray Bradbury is the best, and I would absolutely get busy with him.  The Martian Chronicles is one of my favorite books of all time, for serious.  Anyhow, here’s the video:

This is a fantastic tribute and I already have the song stuck in my head.  I love books, I love books so much, this girl totally gets my love for books, and for Ray Bradbury’s books.  Oh, this is so clever, I think I’ll watch it again.  And you should too.

16 Days to Dragon*Con: The Spirited Fan

Dragon*Con is all about fans.  And these individuals, ladies and gentleman, are true fans.

First, a rendition of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I mean, that is commitment.  I think the highlight for me might be the artistic use of the prop ship at the beginning of the intro, and then the fan’s impressive vocal range.  A king amongst men, y’all.

Next, a Stormtrooper dancing to “Singin’ in the Rain” with CGI buddies.

Words cannot really express, y’all, the devotion that is demonstrated by this individual.  Words cannot express.