Beezer - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Beezer (1982)

Friends, have you ever heard of Beezer? It was an arcade game produced and manufactured by Tong Electronic Inc. although it was distributed by Intrepid Marketing. I will admit that until Christopher Tupa contacted me the other day about his Retro Arcade Art. I certainly had not heard of Beezer before either!
Beezer - Marquee

Now I will jump into what the game play for Beezer is like in just a second. Of course first I need to talk about Tupa’s new art project. I am sure many of you longtime fans of the Retroist are quite familiar with CTupa’s fantastic artwork. He has not only graciously shared his work on the site in the past but even provided illustrations for various Retroist podcasts. Case in point the second of the famed Halloween Specials!


For Retro Arcade Art by CTupa, the artist will be sharing one new illustration a week for the foreseeable future. Furthermore they are all based off the Golden Age of video games. Indeed, a time when a single quarter was the key to protecting the universe or simply becoming a busy bee.

While some of the games that CTupa has chosen in the coming weeks are more mainstream, he made sure to pick unknown titles too. Like Beezer of course. Which as a matter of fact was a conversion kit. Meaning when arcade operators back in the day noticed a machine not being played as much, instead of shelling out the coin to get a brand new arcade cabinet. They could pick up Beezer. With a quick swap of a PC board, the control panel which included a trakball. The applying of cabinet decals and finally replacing the marquee and bezel, instead of a Galaxian you would have a Beezer!
Beezer - Conversion Kit

The goal of Beezer is to maneuver through a honeycomb, avoiding contact with the other bees. Our hero must attempt to trap said bees by turning three-sided walls within the honeycomb. Creating a six-sided trap, which will dispatch an enemy caught in it.
Beezer - Trap

However the traps can work on Beezer as well, which will result in the loss of a life. This can happen when the Queen appears in the honeycomb. She not only can move the three-sided walls herself but lays eggs. These eggs will hatch and naturally become more enemy bees to contend with.
Beezer - Queen Egg

Thankfully for Beezer if he eats those eggs first, he in fact becomes super-powered. Which as a result allows him to eat the enemy bees instead of trying to trap them! In addition our hero can move through the hive himself by way of “caves”.

Now why not take a few minutes and check out the game play for Beezer?

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Do you love Tupa’s Beezer artwork? Know the perfect arcade fan that needs it? Then you are totally in luck as the artist is selling each of the Retro Art Arcade offerings. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s official site to contact him as well as check out more artwork and even listen to his podcasts!

The Resurrected - Scream Factory

Scream Factory Resurrects 1991’s The Resurrected!

Rejoice, Fright Fans as The Resurrected is finally being given its Blu-Ray release. Thanks of course to our friends from Scream Factory! Just in time when our thoughts began to turn to things Halloween. Furthermore The Resurrected is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward!

The Resurrected boasts some incredible talents. For example in front of the camera you have the likes of Chris Sarandon (Fright Night). As well as John Terry (Hawk the Slayer, Lost). Rounding out the cast are Jane Sibbett (Herman’s Head) and Robert Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). The film is directed by the late and great Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead).

I will admit that back in my youth, while working at the local video store. I knew of The Resurrected. However for some reason I never actually rented the film itself. I think it might actually have had to do with the VHS cover of the time. While I certainly knew of Chris Sarandon thanks to 1985’s Fright Night I wasn’t aware of the Lovecraft connection.
The Resurrected - VHS

The story for The Resurrected concerns a private investigator named John March (Terry). Who takes a case for a distraught Claire Ward (Sibbett) concerning her husband, Charles Dexter Ward (Sarandon). Claire is quite worried about her husband’s actions lately. The scientist’s late night disappearances as well as working with an odd Doctor, they have led her to hire John to find out the truth. Lonnie (Romanus) is John’s right-hand man who aids in uncovering disturbing things about Ward.

There is also that matter regarding the portrait found of Charles’ kinsman, Joseph Curwen.

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It would appear that Charles isn’t exactly feeling quite himself anymore. That might have more than a little to do with finding his lost kinsman’s diary. Which as it turns out contains the secrets of achieving immortality. But who is to stay that gift is meant for Ward and the betterment of humanity?
The Resurrected - Chris Sarandon

So what did I think of The Resurrected?

O’Bannon crafted a very well done H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. And trust me, I know there are more than a few bad film adaptations of the author’s work out there. While it may indeed have been an early 90s movie, it feels like it came from the 80s. The horrors slowly pay themselves out, including generous doses of blood and gore. All of the elements wrapped in a quasi-noir movie.
The Resurrected - John Terry

What about the Scream Factory extra features?

You can rest easy. They have most definitely added worthy special features. Although I was shocked they didn’t include in the listed extras, the fact they have a clip from the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Featuring none other than Bruce Campbell and Quentin Tarantino, presenting the award to Dan O’Bannon for The Resurrected.

  • 2K transfer from the film’s vaulted interpositive film element
  • Claire’s Conundrum – an interview with actress Jane Sibbett
  • The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward – an interview with S.T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Audio Commentary with producers Mark Borde and Kenneth Raich, screenwriter Brent V. Friedman, actor Robert Romanus and make-up effects artist Todd Masters
  • The Resurrected Man – an interview with Chris Sarandon
  • Abominations & Adaptations – an interview with screenwriter Brent Friedman
  • Grotesque Melodies – an interview with composer Richard Band
  • Lovecraftian Landscapes – an interview with production designer Brent Thomas
  • Human Experiments – an interview with special effects artist Todd Masters
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes from the workprint
  • Home Video Trailer & Japanese Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

The good news is you can head out today and pick up a copy of The Resurrected for yourself. Although if you are worried about the gruesome horrors that might be lurking outside your door. You can hop on over to Scream Factory and place your order online!

The Resurrected - Attack

“Say Ahh!”

Saturday Frights - Tobe Hooper

Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 64 (Tobe Hooper)

With the passing of Tobe Hooper on August 26th of 2017, the pantheon of horror legends has grown smaller. I certainly made sure to share my shock and disbelief at the passing of Tobe Hooper on Facebook. However after talking it over with the Projectionist we came to a decision. To venture back into the Retroist Vault and record this special episode, one focusing on the works of Tobe Hooper.
Tobe Hooper - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

I realize of course that Tobe Hooper is probably best remembered for his 1974 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Of course this is rightfully so. But in all honesty he was behind the camera for many more excellent horror films as well as TV series.

  • Salem’s Lot
  • The Funhouse
  • Poltergeist
  • Lifeforce
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massascre 2
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Masters of Horror

Granted there is in fact a debate on who actually directed 1982’s Poltergeist. As the Projectionist and I brought up back 27 episode ago. Thankfully for you, the listeners, this is…mostly…avoided this go around.

Furthermore we have a special guest segment for this show. We are joined by none other than Daniel XIII! Whose reviews are easily found over on the That’s Not Current spot on the internet.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in a future special. Or possibly you have comments on the current show, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.

The theme used at the beginning of the episode was provided by Peachy (The Benjamin Wallfisch of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at peachy@Retroist.Com. And be sure to “like” him on his Facebook page…before he goes to investigate what makes Sawyer chili so delicious!

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After listening to the latest podcast about Tobe Hooper. Why not take the time to watch Mick Garris’ Post Mortem?

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Guardians - DVD - Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory Debuts The Russian Film Guardians

I am sure you might remember seeing a few months ago the trailer for Guardians. It kind of made splash I think it is safe to say. What with it not only being Director Sarik Andreasyan’s answer to the X-Men and possibly the Avengers. But it in my opinion decided to go one better. As after all one of the heroes just so happens to be a were-bear. I should make myself more clear on that particular point. Guardians has a were-bear with a mini-gun!

Now Shout! Factory has unleashed Guardians on DVD. It is a Walmart exclusive starting on September 5th but will be made available on Blu-Ray beginning on December 5th. While it does offer both English and Russian audio tracks, I highly recommend you go with the original language with English subtitles when watching it.

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Guardians introduces us to an secret organization that began during the Cold War. With a code name of “Patriot” you can probably guess its sole goal was to protect the homeland from various threats. What types of heroes made up Patriot?

Guardians - Ler
First up we have Ler who quite frankly can call on rocks almost as well as Ludo from 1986’s Labyrinth. I suppose if I am being fair I should say that Ler can go do better. He possesses the ability to manipulate rocks. Flinging them as projectiles or as you can see in the image above, he can also form armor.

Guardians - Xenia
Next up is Xenia, kind of the Guardians answer to the Avengers Black Widow. An acrobatic martial artist who also can transform into a liquid state. Allowing her to become nearly invisible and travel safely underwater without needing to breathe.

Guardians - Khan
Khan is possibly the deadliest of the Guardians. He too is skilled in martial arts but he is proficient in all manner of bladed weapons. Although as you can see in that photo – he prefers to use those crescent blades. Add to that his superhuman speed and you can see why I said he was the most deadliest.

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Last but not least there is the mighty Ursus, the were-bear. Even before Ursus is given a mini-gun he demonstrates throughout the film his superhuman strength. This member of the Guardians has a bit of The Wolf Man in him. As while he luckily can control his super power he is always afraid of losing control and going full bear.
Guardians - Ursus

The Guardians must return!

Apparently being subject to the Patriot project not only gave you super powers but slowed your aging. As after the Cold War the Guardians go into hiding until the modern day. When a threat from their past returns in the form of a rogue scientist. One who gains super strength and the ability to control technology. The team must reunite and now protect the homeland and furthermore the World from the threat of the evil Kuratov.
Guardians - Kuratov

Now you might be wondering if the films is any good. The answer is its an incredibly fun and over the top superhero thrill-ride. I won’t lie to you of course, you won’t be wanting to think real deeply while watching. Which in this case is totally fine as you’ll be too busy yelling in excitement at watching a were-bear going to town on some bad guys. Still I found myself impressed by the special effects and taken in with the truly non-stop action of the movie that I have no problem recommending you check it out for yourself.

What bonus features does Guardians boast?

Well, friends, the truth is not a whole lot. As this was a Russian film you can’t exactly expect a commentary track, right? Still this is Shout! Factory we are talking about and they supplied a few goodies.

  • New interviews with cast and crew
  • Character Profiles
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

You can pick up Guardians on DVD at Walmart tomorrow!

Planet of the Apes Revelations

War For The Planet Of The Apes Revelations

With War for the Planet of the Apes set to debut tomorrow. It is the perfect time to head out and pick up the prequel from Titan Books. Written by Greg Keyes War for the Planet of the Apes Revelations picks up shortly after the events of the 2014 film. I certainly hope this won’t come as a spoiler but Caesar’s clan of apes isn’t so exactly sure that what Koba attempted to pull off was the wrong thing.
Planet of the Apes Revelations - Koba

So of course with some apes feeling that Caesar might in fact be a little too forgiving of the Humans. I feel it’s more than safe to tell you that Koba’s revolution isn’t quite finished. Or at the very least in Planet of the Apes Revelations there is still the very real threat of dissent.
Planet of the Apes Revelations

In addition if you remember at the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The community of humans was able to send a signal to a military group. With the end of the film painting a rather and the unevitable war between apes and humans. This is in fact exactly where Planet of the Apes Revelations picks up, just moments after the end of the film.

Keyes does a wonderful job with not just the cast of characters we’ve met through the films but also introducing new ones. Case in point, Ray, an oranguatan who is both friend and companion to the Son of Caesar, Blue Eyes. Much like in the films with Maurice, Ray kind of steals the show in the book, providing wisdom beyond his years and counsel.
Planet of the Apes Revelations

As I said, Caesar has his hands full with possible treachery and dissension within his ranks. Which is why of course Blue Eyes and Ray get the majority of attention in the book. However it also introduces us to a main protagonist from the upcoming film. Colonel McCullough who is of course played by Woody Harrelson and at least in Planet of the Apes Revelations you can’t help but kind of understand where he is coming from. While some elements of his personality are very much like Caesar – he is obviously the dark side of that.
Planet of the Apes Revelations

So do you need to read Planet of the Apes Revelations before seeing War for the Planet of the Apes? Having not seen the film for myself yet I am still confident in saying that the answer is a negative. But Keyes really does a great job expanding the cinematic world we’ve been introduced to in the first two films. I’ve read his previous prequel novel for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes entitled Firestorm. He won’t let you Apes fans down and the best part is you can head out right this minute and pick up the book for yourself!

Now you know about Planet of the Apes Revelations why not check out Jason Edmiston’s “Trophies”?


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