Food of the Gods - Frogs - Empire of the Ants - Jaws of Satan - Scream Factory

Human Arrogance And Giant Rats

There is a moment in Frogs when Ray Milland announces, “I still believe man is master of the world” to which Sam Elliot responds, “Does that mean he can’t live in harmony with the rest of it?”

That exchange sums up the message in the new Scream! Factory double Blu-ray, side by side releases of Food Of The Gods / Frogs and Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan. The stories take place in a world where humans believe they have outsmarted the laws of nature, but the truth is we have no control over mother nature when she decides to strike back. And when she does rise up, it ain’t pretty.

Each film has a similar premise, an isolated group of strangers fight for their lives because some strange event – either man made or God made – turns the local animals into deadly enemies. In Food Of The Gods and Empire Of The Ants, the enemies are mutant and giant. In Frogs, the reptiles and bugs have just had enough of people poisoning them and strike back. Jaws Of Satan (original release title was King Cobra) is a departure from the others with it’s “devil possession” story, but still delivers the animal-on-people action.

No surprise, all four films have incredible HD transfers from Scream! Factory. Bert Gordon, director of Food Of The Gods provides audio commentary and he has a pretty good memory of how he pulled off a few of the gags in the film. I was particularly amused and upset to hear how he got those rats to look like they were getting shot. I imagine that the American Humane Society was not present during the making of these.

These are great movies for your Saturday night, microwave popcorn viewing. The low budget, exploitation style mixed with the overwrought delivery of the message gives the films the perfect balance of camp, gore, and melodrama. The filmmakers make no apologies for these movies – just stick around for the end of the credits during Frogs to see the ultimate wink and nod to the audience. The productions boast some great cast – noted earlier was Ray Milland and Sam Elliot – but you’ll also find Joan Collins, Pamela Franklin and even a young Christina Applegate. It’s fun to note that Jaws Of Satan was photographed by Dean Cundi (Halloween, Jurassic Park) and he gives this low budget flick a very polished look.

So, before you pull out that bug spray, read the passage from Genesis or dump that barrel of toxic waste into the your local swamp, I suggest you take a look at these films. You might just change your mind.

https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/empire-of-the-ants-jaws-of-satan-double-feature

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Feathered Serpent

The Central American Mythos of Deities and Demigods

Our celebration of the art of this wonderful book continues. Over the last few weeks we have looked at the Babylonian Mythos, American Mythos, the Arthurian Heroes and the Celtic Mythos, today I would like to show you the art from the amazing section, Central American Mythos.

I ran an adventure as a DM that borrowed heavily from this section with a group of elf, dwarf and gnome adventurers finding themselves in a human dominated Central American mythos-based world. I didn’t know a ton about the history or even the mythology outside of “Deities and Demigods”, but I used my imagination and popular culture to fill in the blanks. It would become a very memorable set of adventures and one that the survivors would talk about for years afterwards.

So now, lets take a look at the art that inspired these adventures…

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What would Magnum, P.I. the animated series look like?

When I picture Magnum, P.I. as an animated series, which I do a lot more often than you might expect, I tend to visualize a lush style with vivid colors and details actions. That being said, I kind of like this sparser look that Pat McMullen has used in his ode to one of the greatest shows in TV history. His take on Higgens, with his tiny downturned mouth is PERFECT and I loved how toy-like the cart and helicopter look.

[via] pixenmouse

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Retro Radio Memories Ep 17

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 017 (Popeye Meets Robin Hood)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week we present a fun episode from the 1936 Popeye radio series entitled “Popeye Meets Robin Hood”!

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Victor Irwin of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@retroist.com.And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

Diary of An Arcade Employee Ep 3

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 003 (Golden Axe)

Welcome friends to the third episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss 1989’s Hack and Slash classic, Golden Axe. I am also joined on this show for an interview segment by my good friend and co-worker at the arcade, Andy Pickle!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page!

For more info on the film clips that were used in Golden Axe, make sure to check out the Retroist’s post from back in November of 2014!