Wicked Art Wednesdays – Gris Grimly

Author, illustrator, storyteller, and filmmaker Steven Soenksen a.k.a. Gris Grimly grew up inspired by classic horror films, comics, art, and all the great horror writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Gorey, and H.P. Lovecraft. After college, he moved to Los Angeles and fell into illustrating children’s books and built a successful reputation for his dark yet whimsical characters. Grimly was hired to draw illustrations for retellings of classic stories, such as, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Halloween Tree, Wicked Nursery Rhymes, Pinocchio and Frankenstein, a story which holds personal meaning to him.

 

 

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In 2005, Grimly wrote, produced and directed a horror short called Cannibal Flesh Riot! with his good friends, which received good reviews and toured the festival circuit that year. The film’s success led to other opportunities, making other short films and music videos, including a video for Texas psychobilly fiends, Ghoultown, starring the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.

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© Gris Grimly

Artist: Gris Grimly
Where to Purchase Goods: horror conventions, specialty stores, special events, and  online store (although temporarily closed as of October 2019, while it’s being revamped, check back later)
Website: http://www.madcreator.com/ or http://grisgrimly.com/
Social Media: Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/grisgrimly/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/GrisGrimly

Why we love them: Handsome, rock-a-billy, tattoed and super talented, what’s not to love? I’ve met Gris Grimly a couple of times at horror conventions and he’s incredibly nice. He recently moved his family back to the home state of Nebraska and looks like, he’s already working on a new book. I can’t wait to read it.

 

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© Gris Grimly

 

 

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Frankenstein Cocktail

Today is the last Friday in October, which means it’s National Frankenstein Friday! Weary from the work week? Well, give your system a jolt with a spookalicious drink to kick off the last big weekend of the Halloween season.  Miss Information teaches us that science can be fun with this freaky good Frankenstein Cocktail.

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Ingredient List
  • gummy eyeballs
  • ice
  • black sanding sugar
  • 2 Shots Vodka
  • 1 Shot Triple Sec
  • 1 Shot Rose’s Lime Juice

For full mixing instructions, please go here:  https://www.missinformationblog.com/halloween-cocktails/

Hey all you scientists, if you prefer your monsters to be a little more green (or blue or purple or whatever), a dab of food coloring should help. 

Tuesday Terror – Curse of Frankenstein

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I’ve harmed nobody, just robbed a few graves!

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Curse of Frankstein ©Hammer Film Productions

Hammer Film’s first incursion into the Frankenstein mythos, Curse of Frankenstein, spawned several sequels, all of them starring soon-to-be horror icon Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein.  Directed by Terence Fisher, in what would be the first of many films that Fisher would make for Hammer Films, the film also starred a young Christopher Lee, playing the Monster, before he would go on to don Dracula’s cape for the next three decades.

Universal Films fought vehemently to protect their own Frankenstein film and its rights, which reflected heavily on many decisions Hammer made during filming. Make-up artist Phil Leaky created a brand-new look for the monster, and several key scenes from the novel were cut due to a limited budget. Despite its limitations, Curse of Frankenstein impressed many with its art direction, costuming, camera work, and the stellar cast, which also included English actor Hazel Court, (just starting out in her lengthy career as a horror queen), and Scottish stage and TV actor Robert Urquhart.

 

This story revolves around Frankenstein himself, rather than his creature, choosing to show the Baron as a more ambitious, egotistical and ruthless man; at the start of the story, he awaits execution for several murders. Hammer’s version of Dr. Frankenstein is a villainous man, willing to commit crimes, set up a man’s accidental death, aka murder, to obtain the parts he needs to create his creature, and even use the poor creature to kill opponents standing in the way of greatness. Since, the brain was damaged, it becomes apparent quickly that the monster has little intelligence and is too far too violent to control, thus, Frankenstein is forced to destroy his greatest creation. With the evidence gone, fate comes down to his younger associate Dr. Paul Krempe, the only witness to the experiments.

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©Hammer Film Productions

Colin Clive may have had the most memorable line in horror history, but it was Peter Cushing who was highly praised for the truly unforgettable performance of Victor Frankenstein, for fleshing out the character that audiences deemed charming and intriguing, in spite of his villainy. It was Cushing that helped inspire the mad scientist archetype and motivated Hammer to continue his story all the way into the 70s.

Curse of Frankenstein was Hammer’s first color film and considered by many to be the first truly gory film. The deep red blood and guts appeared gorier on screen than any other horror film of its time, causing a bit of uproar and scathing reviews. It even received an X rating for a time, when it opened at the London Pavilion in 1957. Despite receiving the lukewarm reviews from critics, audiences seemed to really like the film, grossing nearly $8 million, thus, putting Hammer Films squarely on the map.

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Curse of Frankstein ©Hammer Film Productions

 

Recipe of the Month – Halloween Avocado Toast

It’s the last Friday in July. It’s hot. I don’t even want to think about turning on a stove.

Some people actually dread the early weeks in Fall because they live in states where the weather is hot and humid. Being from SoCal, I understand this.  So, when I came across this Halloween Avocado Toast breakfast idea from Brit + Co., I immediately thought, a fun no-bake recipe that quadruples as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner?  This is genius!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 sheets of seaweed
  • radishes
  • black olives
  • mini dill pickles
  • grape tomatoes
  • walnuts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 4 pieces of toast

The entire recipe instructions can be found here: https://www.brit.co/get-in-the-halloween-spirit-with-our-avocado-breakfast-recipe/

Pretty sure this qualifies as crafts project too, since kids will love making little monster faces with all the cool cut veggies.

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Bonus: Brit + Co make Halloween Bento Boxes too. We might never have to cook again!

Saturday Horror Matinees

 

The full moon has risen and transformed the Wolfman.
Frankenstein’s monster is alive and looking for a Woman.
Dracula’s magnetic gaze will leave you entranced.
The Mummy has risen and wants his soulmate to dance.
The Invisible Man has lost his left shoe.
It was found by the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
King Kong terrorizes the Empire State Tower.
Godzilla rampages Tokyo with his atomic powers.
The Blob crashed landed from outer space.
The Living Dead will eat your face.
I grew up at the theater, watching double features.
That’s why I love all monsters, madmen, and creatures.

 

Universal Monsters Photo©Universal Studios

 

Recipe Corner – July 2018

This year marks the 200 anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, so what better way to celebrate than with some grotesque experimenting of your own.

Okay, truth is, this recipe for Frankenstein Twinkies, courtesy of Bullock’s Buzz, is actually pretty cute, and simple! Only five ingredients are needed and no baking, which means you and your little creations will have a blast working together to bring this recipe to life.

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Ingredients:
  • Twinkies
  • 1 bag of green candy melts
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Candy eyes
  • Black decorating icing
  • Cookie sticks

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You can find the whole recipe with instructions over at:
https://bullocksbuzz.com/frankenstein-twinkies-frankenstein-treats-for-halloween/

You can pacify any monster big and small with this tasty treat. Good thing too, once word gets out that you made these, the whole neighborhood will show up at your door with their (pitch)forks!