After part 1 which looked at the history of Universal and their Monsters movies, for a bit of fun we thought we’d count down our top five favorite Universal Monsters… So with no further ado…let the ‘count down’ begin (and excuse the bad Dracula pun…) The Mummy Released in 1932 and starring Boris Karloff in the titular role, The Mummy sees an archaeological expedition uncover the … Continue reading Universal Monsters Part 2- The Monsters
Well, when we were children, Halloween meant carving out a turnip…(that’s a Northern thing and a lot harder than these new fangled Pumpkins…) Nowadays the American Trick or Treat has become a tradition here in the UK. Here at Ragtag Towers we tend to get more excited about our props than the visiting kids do…keep watching for some of our ideas for Halloween decorating but … Continue reading Halloween is coming!
The Classic Monsters featured in more than 120 movies made by Universal Studios. After some early entries including the first ever Werewolf movies The Werewolf (1913) and The White Wolf a year later. It is generally agreed that the first true entry into the Universal Monster canon was in 1923 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Lon Chaney. Today, the horror movie is often seen … Continue reading Universal Monsters Part 1- The Movies
Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband’s death by drowning, before she died of a brain tumor at the age of 53 after … Continue reading Mary Shelley
A short history and appreciation of film maker and artist Tim Burton Continue reading Tim Burton
Ray Douglas Bradbury (and the Douglas was used in a lot of stories…) was born on August 22nd, 1920. Bradbury was a science fiction writer…but that’s to categorize him unfairly, and far too narrowly. Even to call him a fantasy, horror or mystery writer, is to do the man injustice. Quite simply he was an artist. Best known for novels like Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked … Continue reading Ray Bradbury
A post celebrating the artistic and charitable achievements of Wallace and Gromit Continue reading Wallace & Gromit and Wrong Trousers Day
Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock‘s movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 – 60 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as well as some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most memorable title sequences such as North By … Continue reading Hitchcock’s Vertigo
For Zombie Awareness Month we look at some of the prime exponents of zombie art Continue reading Zombie Awareness Month Part 1: Films and Comics
Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a film starring Christian Bale, and even a Broadway Musical with … Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?