The VIP Auction was an annual fundraising event through the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. Each year, a committee voted on a theme and encouraged attendees to dress the part. In 2019 for example, my colleague Nannette created a kick-ass look for the Rock the Night event with a hair metal feel without sacrificing the ozone layer.
For 2020 the theme was Hooray for Hollywood and I was assigned as creative lead. My design married an art deco font with a Saul Bass 1960s movie poster feel. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the event, which was scheduled in April of 2020. Much of the materials were already produced, including the logo, invitation, backdrop and nearly all of the signage.
Michael Myers is back and Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t putting up with his shit in a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s classic, ‘Halloween’… also called ‘Halloween.’ Does this slasher still cut like a knife, or are we looking at death by a thousand AARP card cuts?
We’ll go in depth on this latest installment, directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Danny McBride and featuring an A-list cast that includes Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and a return cameo from the original The Shape, The Nick Castle . We also tease a discussion on the Michael Myers-less “Halloween III” which we end up saving for another episode because after a two month hiatus, we talk for a really long time.
Grab your Shatner masks and listen in on our discussion. Let us know what you thought of the new ‘Halloween’ on Twitter.
Just when you thought it was safe to back into the Ghosthouse…
Our 132-hour expose of this 1988 Italian horror movie continues with Part 2, where Jon, Pete and guest Bernie Gonzalez dial it up a few notches to discuss Willy Moon, world’s creepiest happy-go-lucky hitchhiker, among other details.
Since friend, artist and all-around great guy Bernie Gonzalez told us to watch the bizarro 1988 horror flick Ghosthouse (it has been give then RiffTrax treatment) it’s only fitting we have him on to explain himself. We also get a comprehensive summary of Italian giallo cinema, of which Ghosthouse is a part. When the Italian director uses the nom de plume Humphrey Humbert in the credits, you know something messed up is happening.
Add a little ghost girl, a not really creepy clown doll and some Troll 2-level acting and you have this beautiful disaster. Plus America’s favorite happy-go-lucky hitchhiker, Willy Moon. Ciao!
How far would you go to see your dream come true, even in the face of overwhelming public indifference? Such is the conflict facing Sal DiNuccio and Sven Hjornsen in the soon-to-be-released documentary, ‘Kneeballers,’ the trailer for which is featured here. ‘Kneeballers’ chronicles the attempt of these two dedicated and passionate individuals to elevate a little-known and little cared about sport to national prominence.
With the dogged determination of ‘American Movie”s Mark Borchardt and about as much self-awareness, ‘Kneeballers” protagonists will raise deluded self-assurance and sheer stupidity to new heights. Coming Spring 2011.