It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection

A couple of weeks ago we attended the “It’s Alive” exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

There are 100+ items on display curated from Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s private collection.

Like Kirk, I grew up as an early teen reading everything I could find about horror and sci-fi movies.  The definitive information source in the early 60’s were the Famous Monsters of Filmland and Spacemen magazines which I would buy at the local variety store.

Forrest J. Ackerman(Forry) was our monster movie subject matter authority.  He was Editor for Famous Monsters/Spacemen. He had an extensive memorabilia archive of 36,000+ items at his three Ackermansions. I learned a great deal from his authoritative articles that highlighted rare movie stills from such classics as King Kong, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula. His favorite sci-fi movie that he turned me on to was Metropolis by Fritz Lang (1927).

I collect music posters and they adorn many walls in my house. I gained a deeper appreciation for the rare movie posters in Kirk’s collection as an art form. Many of the posters on display were from Universal Pictures.  I never fathomed how many movies Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi had made either individually or in collaboration.

If I had to choose one poster that enchanted me most it was the French movie poster of Frankenstein (1931) with the rare graveyard scene.

I deeply thank Kirk Hammett for sharing his private collection with the public.  I also want to thank Peabody Essex Museum for the fantastic exhibition. It brought back many deep-seated memories seeing the Universal Movie posters, lobby cards and giant green Space Invader from Mars alien.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is on view until November 26.

Interstellar Overdrive – The Shindig! Guide to Spacerock

I was leaving through Issue No. 36 of Shindig! when I happened upon a forthcoming special edition magazine from Shindig!, The Shindig! Guide To Spacerock, Interstellar Overdrive. It’s due to be published on January 16, 2014.

This special edition of Shindig! explores spacerock’s peculiar mix of heavy riffs and electronics through the age of the space race, the resulting sci-fi explosion and the mind-expanding influences of the acid-fried ‘60s and beyond.

The magazine reawakened a deep passing interest I once had with an early 1960’s magazine, Spacemen from Warren Publishing. I treasured that magazine as a boy growing up.  There were only eight issues ever published and it is a rare magazine collectible today.

Needless to say I’ll be placing a preorder for this Shindig! special edition magazine. The question becomes will it be the iBook from iTunes or the real magazine.  Or better yet I may order both (who knows this could be a future collectible like Spacemen 😉 As soon as I decide I’ll let you know in the comments section below.

Until the publication date I plan to stay plugged in via their Facebook Page and Blog.

C’mon, c’mon, c’mon let’s go Space Truckin

Million Dollar Movie, Godzilla and Blue Oyster Cult

I was looking for a different YouTube music video for today’s blog post. I more than found that in Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Godzilla”. It brought back special childhood memories about black and white television viewing, science fiction, and Aurora model making. (Godzilla was one of five or six Aurora model kits I bought and made in the 60s).

I discovered Japanese Science Fiction films by watching “Million Dollar Movie” on WOR-TV Channel 9 in the early 60s. “Million Dollar Movie” played the same film every night for five afternoon/nights in a row, Monday through Friday. So, if you loved it, you could watch it all week-long.

I was a latch key child along with my brother in the apartment in those days. We would watch Million Dollar Movie after school until our parents came home from work.

A film that kept my repetitive interest was Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956). The version was dubbed in English and featured Raymond Burr. The Japanese movie making process paled in comparison to the superlative stop animation techniques fashioned by Willis O’ Brien (King Kong) and his protegé Ray Harryhausen. But I never seemed to mind that nuance because I found Godzilla engaging to watch.

I loved when I heard Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” on BOC’s Spectres in 1977.

Metropolis (1927) – Gorgio Moroder Presents and the Complete Metropolis Bundle 50% Off

Metrópolis (1927)
Metrópolis (1927) (Photo credit: Lord_Henry)

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I didn’t get to see Metropolis until 1984 when it was re-released in the nostalgia movie houses. I went to SoNo Cinema in South Norwalk to experience it. Giorgio Moroder restored and produced the 80-minute 1984 re-release, which had a pop soundtrack written by Moroder and performed by Moroder, Pat BenatarBonnie TylerJon AndersonAdam Ant, Cycle V, LoverboyBilly Squier, and Freddie Mercury. I love that soundtrack. I find it inspirational and vibrant to this day. The combination of rock artists and the colorizing techniques proved a very effective medium to communicate this Sci Fi classic to our generation.

Giorgio Moroder presents Metropolis

There is a special 3-Disc DVD bundle available at 50% off (29.99) from Kino Lorber Home Entertainment. It contains THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS and GIORGIO MORODER PRESENTS METROPOLIS.

What’s really sensational is that The Complete Metropolis is now the most comprehensive restoration of Fritz Lang‘s classic with an additional 25 minutes of lost footage and the original Gottfried Huppertz score.

Now I just have to make one final decision do I get the DVD edition or the Blue Ray edition? Flips a coin….calls heads….