I have quite a few fond memories of playing the 1989 Batman game from Sunsoft on my Nintendo Entertainment System. Like almost every game back then for the NES I would have a set number of hours at my Grandparents after school…generally at the end of Transformers and before the nightly news began…but Batman changed the rules. My gaming marathons against this cartridge went well past the designated time issued and into when we would usually be watching early evening sitcoms.
To use my Grandfather’s saying, “It ate my lunch”. I could get almost to the end of the game but eventually run out of continues before I was able to get Batman to go mano a mano with the Joker. There have only been a few games in my collections that have ever triggered the switch of what I think is ‘Gamer Rage’ but this was one of them. Over and over and over I would play the game but continuously fail which just made me angrier and angrier until it boiled over at one point and a scene very reminiscent from the Christmas Story with Ralphie helping his Father change a tire took place in our home.
So while I was at school the next day, my Grandmother decided to visit our local shopping center and pick up something that would give me the edge, nay, the Advantage over Batman.
It totally worked. That very afternoon when I got home from school I was able to not only meet the Joker but defeat him. Now maybe I couldn’t do a speed run like you can see on the SpeedDemosArchiveSDA YouTube page but I could certainly replay the game and enjoy it now. It became one of my favorite NES games in fact, with the NES Advantage it gave me the time to appreciate the music and animation…when I wasn’t spamming that Slow button of course.
Imagine my surprise when NECA announced they were releasing a 7″ Batman figure based on the 1989 NES game!
Toy images courtesy of NECA.
The figure includes 25 points of articulation and as you can see is painted in a style similar to how he looked in the game. What really caught my attention though was how they made the packaging for the figure resemble a distressed version of the original game NES game box.
You can follow the link provided up above to visit NECA and check out all the details for this limited edition figure.
First of all we should start with the good news. Artist Teo Zirinis over at The Yetee.Com has created what might possibly be the greatest idea for a Christmas sweater. Ever. You should hop over to Yetee and check out the whole slew of retro-inspired shirts they have available for purchase.
Image courtesy of Geeky Vixen.
Now for the bad news. The sale window for this shirt ended back on November 7th. Though at least we can bask in the awesomeness of that shirt image thanks to Geeky Vixen’s Instagram post, right?
Image courtesy of Scream Factory.
When Lord of Illusions was released back in 1995 I believe it is safe to say that I was pretty excited about it. I had been a fan of Clive Barker’s previous films, Hellraiser in 1987 and of course Nightbreed in 1990. I was also a big fan of Scott Bakula thanks to his main role as the time jumping Sam Beckett in the hit TV series Quantum Leap. So I was at the Razorback Theater on opening night to catch the latest film from Clive Barker, one promising a mixture of detective noir and supernatural menace.
Personally I felt the film didn’t deliver what the trailer was promising and I left the auditorium feeling pretty let down. Which is why I was so excited when our friends from Scream Factory were kind enough to send me the new Lord of Illusions 2 Disc Collector’s Edition because it includes Clive Barker’s Directors Cut of his film. The new High Definition transfer of the Director’s Cut looks great of course, even if at times it brings out the faults in the CGI technology of the time but it does a remarkable job of tightening up the story and more importantly the characters themselves.
As for the story, when private detective Harry D’Amour (Bakula) is sent from New York City to L.A. to tail a man guilty of insurance fraud he literally stumbles upon a web of supernatural revenge that was started 13 years prior in the Mojave Desert. Now Harry to be honest isn’t your typical private investigator…he just recently found himself embroiled in a trifling matter…a case of exorcism (The flashbacks from these scenes made me jump a foot).
So as Harry finds himself put on the case by forces beyond his control he crosses paths with master illusionist Philip Swann (Played by the Mummy’s Kevin J. O’Connor) and his beautiful Wife, Dorothea (X-Men’s Famke Janssen). When Harry witnesses an illusion gone wrong that ends up killing Swann onstage, a gruesome and prolonged death with swords dropping from above the stage and making the illusionist a human pincushion…he decides to get to the bottom of the mystery and do his best to protect Dorothea and himself in the process.
Which will lead him on a quest to solve the mystery began 13 years ago and to face off against a cult leader known as ‘The Puritan’.
As usual with a Scream Factory release they’ve packed it with the extra features we all love:
— DISC ONE —
Theatrical Cut of the Film
— DISC TWO —
All NEW High Definition Transfer of Clive Barker’s Director’s Cut of the Film
Commentary by Director Clive Barker
“A Gathering of Magic” Featurette – Original Behind the Scenes Footage
Unseen Rare Behind the Scenes Footage “Illusion of Reality” – Vintage Interviews and UNSEEN On-Set Footage Provide a Fascinating Look into the Making of the Film
Deleted Scenes with Clive Barker Commentary
NEW Interview with Storyboard Artist Martin Mercer
So follow the link up top to secure your copy of the Lord of Illusions Collector’s Edition today!
Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This time we chose the first segment from the 1972 Tales From The Crypt feature film entitled “And All Though The House”. We discuss the full synopsis for the segment as well as its notable cast and crew and the Projectionist of course has brought along some of his vintage Drive-In ads to share with you.
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Okay. If you had told me a year ago that a short film was being made that featured the legendary…no, that’s not right…LEGENDARY Rowdy Roddy Piper taking on the mind-shredding Cthulhu in an epic battle of good versus evil…I would have probably said ‘Shut up! Take my money!”.
Thankfully you aren’t going to have to see me behave in such a way in person because you now have the chance to aid such a short film yourself with “Portal To Hell!!!” because there is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign going on right this second.
Now the short film already has funding from the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-To-Features program but what the filmmakers, Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Matt Watts (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) are asking is help with the funding to make the short bigger and better. The money will increase the visual effects and the amount of locations they can shoot which would help as they show off the finished product when trying to pitch a feature length version of the short film.
You can find out all the details including the awesome perks if you decide to help by following the link up above but why not let Vivieno and Matt tell you about the short film themselves…and Roddy Piper?
Now when I normally think of Ricky Schroder I generally recall his role as Ricky Stratton from the hit TV series ‘Silver Spoons’ that ran on NBC from 1982 to 1987. What I wasn’t aware until this very week is that he also was featured in this commercial for the Star Wars Patrol Dewback toy that aired back in February of 1980.
[Via] The Museum of Classic Chicago Television
I’m pretty sure that I received my own Dewback toy the same Christmas morning that I was gifted the Death Star playset! Though the Dewback wasn’t featured in the original Star Wars film (Episode IV) it most certainly was featured in the Star Wars Storybook that I ordered from the Scholastic Book Club!
I can remember remember having long talks with my Father about the Dewback and why it wasn’t in the film…but my most vivid memory of the toy is when I was spending the night over at my Grandparents with my Cousin Brandon and for some reason we decided it would be hilarious if we filled the toy with Popcorn seeds. Why? I still do not know the answer to that but I was still finding seeds falling out of that Dewback well after Return of the Jedi had been released to the theaters.
I’ve written more than a few posts about by being lucky enough to work at the Arkadia Retrocade and thanks to that I come into contact with not only the most skilled Players but some of the most talented artists working in Northwest Arkansas. Case in point, a great guy and good friend to the arcade and also one of those gifted artists I’m talking about, Terry Thielen!
Images courtesy of Terry Thielen.
The other night while I was working he dropped by to gift the arcade with some of his fantastic perler bead artwork, they are coasters in fact inspired by the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title by Ultra Games (Konami).
Check out this character select screen from the original game and then take a look at Terry’s work.
Now you can probably see how much the Players that come into Arkadia are going to enjoy that artwork when they belly up to the snack bar but couldn’t your own home need some NES Turtle Coasters? So why don’t you take a quick moment to jump over to Terry’s official Facebook page at TNThielen Art & Comics, check out some of his other wonderful artwork there and maybe see about picking up a set for yourself?