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The Gate: Short Film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1SfwPPbkVI&feature=player_embedded

“…for the gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it.’
(Matthew 7:13-14)

The Gate – absolutely no idea why I decided to watch this short but it is mind rippingly awesome and is criminally hard to find. A simple premise on which a series of astonishing events are predicated regarding the Human Genome and the potential trapped inside it. It’s joyously creepy and disturbing example of British short film making and certainly something we aspire to here at Beyond the Bunker (particularly Dan who is currently showcasing his work here every Thursday – I made one film – it’s hidden somewhere on the site – like a terrifying perverse easter egg – if you find it be warned, unlike Dan’s work it’s not great but it is shocking).

Be warned before you watch this short – it’s one that lingers…..

Still Can't Sit Through It: Paranormal 4 Trailer

What happens when something makes loads of money in Hollywood? You do it again. 3 more times at least. So the Paranormal Activity saga continues unabated. While the plausibility of people continuously managing to film the events are getting increasingly unlikely, introducing a teenager with a webcam in a house already filled with CCTV is helpful. No.5 will most likely be pushing it but that in no way means it won’t happen if Saw and Final Destination are anything to go by.

Nevertheless, this trailer manages to give me (a 31 year old man) the eeby jeebies to the point where I haven’t actually seen the end of it. Please tell me what happens. Obviously there’ll be a figure at some point but the anticipation was killing me…

W…w…what’s that behind you?!

Moon's Song of the Week: Cold As Ice Remix by A.Skillz & Nick Thayer

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7l6Qt2U-G4&w=640&h=480]

 

I’m digging out a great club track this week British DJ A.Skillz and his Aussie partner in crime, Nick Thayer produced this badass reworking of Foreigner’s Cold As Ice a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to throw it up on the site ever since. There’s not a tonne of stuff to say about it, just that you’re gonna wanna play it loud.

You can download the track for free from HERE.

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BTB Film – The Devil's Fork

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWVYrNt2j1Y&w=853&h=480]

Another film by Jim Eaton and me this week. The Devil’s fork is a comedy horror, produced for the 2 Days Later horror competition 2010. It stars Joshua Broadstone and Jack Gavin as a pair of regular guys who are menaced by a sinister toasting fork and its ghostly owner. It also features some lovely camera work by Steve.

Devil’s Fork was Jim and I’s first proper film project together and it remains one of my favourites. The film went on to win Best Screenplay and Best Popular Film at the competition, which was a nice bonus!

Hope you dig it.

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Oh and if you’re so inclined, you can watch the outtakes too.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6F57cN060w&w=853&h=480]

Star Wars: The Star Wars That I Used to Know Music Video

Everybody loves a bit of Gotye’s ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ but here’s an alternative that George Lucas might not want to pay attention to. This great spoof uses a blend of both films and music video and speaks for a good ol’ section of the adult population that remember the first time a Star Destroyer appeared chasing a Frontier Runner in 1977.

Practitioners 3: Mike Mignola

As a catch up for all new visitors to Beyond the Bunker, we’ll be representing the original Practitioners series 1-55 (Simon BisleyChris Bachalo and featuring the most influential comic creatives in history). Thoroughly incomplete but featuring legends like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller and Alan Moore already more will be hitting the site next year. For now though, sit back every Tuesday for a run-down of the men and women who created the comic industry we know today. (Or check the full list in the menus above). This week: Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

Alien : Salvation (Darkhorse Comics 2001)

Mignola was born in 1960 in Berkley California and not as some might assume in a Caravan on the side of a grey stone track in an Eastern European forest valley in the rain, presided over by witch fiends and troll-likes. Working his way up from his intro into comic illustration in 1980 he brought to life Red Sonja on one page (despite his assertion to this day that he’s never been any good at drawing women), Daredevil, Powerman and IronFist, Incredible Hulk, Alpha Flight and the Rocket Raccoon Limited series (which I’ll literally snap your arm off to get ahold of). Mignola seemingly only ever touching the fringe, edgy characters of the Marvel universe, where, for any long term reader, the great ideas are formed away from the bright, commercial centre. This undeniably is exactly where he belongs.

Mignola is not a mainstream artist but dragged the mainstream towards him with some indelible, brash and clear artwork, broken by black line and mat colours. Mignola’s work is best viewed from a distance… and really close up. Any image he creates works as well as a poster as a piece of comic design or storytelling tool.

He is an artists artist. His abstract linework imbuing life with effortless light detailing. A carved out eye brought to life with a commaed black circle. His Alien glides in black shadow, his Hellboy looking twice as powerful than any carved superhero with his bent coathanger shoulders, his trench coat hanging off him. His composition allowing mind-blowing Kablammo whack outs with rock hard mitts and tender fear and indefinable nightmares in forms and shapes that are perfectly laid about a panel but form a broader latticework across the page. His viewpoint in art is life, curved and shaped and seen through the bottom of a broken bottle and a late night nightmare.

His ‘household name’ moment came with Hellboy, son of the almighty damned one, broken horned, bright red with FF’s Thing scowl, stone hand and Judge Dredd jaw he imbued him with savagery and a bitterly Human soul in the face of fairytales and horrors. Constantly in conflict with the bumps in the night he should be leading, Hellboy represents any person who refuses to follow a path laid out for him by others. Fascinated by international lore, fairytale, myths and legends; Mignola pushes Hellboy from dark path to broken bell tower where he meets a menagerie of dark gods, witches, gargoyles and pig boys who he inevitably fails to reason with and ends up battering with his great stone hand.

A better philosophy on life for the average guy there may never have been.

Red Dwarf Movie Trailer

Red Dwarf’s been going since 1988. Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer and Cat found themselves locked on a mining ship 3 million years in the future with a deranged computer navigating. In that time a fair few things have changed but the the basic premise of fish out water or slob out of oxygen has held it together for all of those 24 years.

If it’s time to give up on the Dwarfers nobody’s told them – the tenth series is arriving on Dave very soon – and frankly the inexorable nature of the series kind of fits the idea. Dave is old now, and whether he’s staying an unwashed space bum remains to be seen – you’d think he’d’ve pulled it together a little in the last quarter decade.

But the constant, hopefully, will be the manic non-aliens (Gelphs, Simulants, Psirens, Polymorphs et al), the Bazookoid blasting, explosions and rampant ineptitude so often found by a group of idiots left womanless for three full millenia. With no real focus to cause them to up their game, Rimmer, Lister, Kryten and Cat will continue to wander aimlessly along the space lanes in search of curry and Pete Trance’s sister.

This trailer pretty much nails the outer limits of anarchy and testosterone fuelled hyper violence that Red Dwarf has represented for a good chunk of a century… loadsa fun…

Moon Launch 2: The Build-up

We are very quickly moving towards Moon Launch 2. Final touches to the book still need to be completed, extra material, colours, graphics, bit of lettering and effects but as soon as those are complete Moon Launch 2 is a go. Currently scouts are moving through the underbelly of central London, trying to find the perfect location for just such an event Music license, music equipment, fine bar, good atmosphere, reasonably priced alcohol and a door from which the good Moon fans can pick up their brand new spanking copy of Moon 2.

This is the point at which the pressure is greatest, as the finished product forms right in front of our disbelieving eyes. The strange things is seeing how these things develop as each layer is put on. From the first panel of Moon 1 to the last page of Moon 2, little has changed in terms of story, humour and style, but slight tweaks and improvements to Moon 2 mean that it will most likely be a much more slick affair. No typos for starters – though one was indentified in 1 that neither me nor Dan had ever noticed and that no fan has ever commented upon. First to write the typo in the comments below gets a free copy of Moon 2.

G4S Have an 80s Style Theme Song…and this is it!

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I wasn’t going to bother posting anything Olympic themed this weekend (there’s enough of it already) but then I stumbled upon this.

Yep, bungling Olympic security firm G4S have a theme song, it sounds like the theme tune to an 80s cartoon and what’s more, it appears to be genuine. I’m sorry to say that you will probably be humming this all day.

Thanks Internet!

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Moon's Song of the Week: Burning Streets of Rome by The Smittens

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR7ZHWBt93E&w=853&h=480]

Aching for a bit of 90s-esque alt-pop? We’ve got you covered. American indy band, The Smittens, have hit on an ingenious way to make a video about Rome without actually having the fly out to the eternal city itself. Everything about this video – from the clever use of Google Street View to the quintessential ‘dancing in your bedroom’ shots – is wonderfully low-fi and to my mind that just adds to the charm of what is already a lovely song.

Burning Streets of Rome is out now.

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