148 posts tagged Monster
148 posts tagged Monster
Here’a an awesome compilation of every animated creature made by legendary American special effects creator Ray Harryhausen, who also created his own brand of stop-motion model animation known as Dynamation. Here we get to see all of his feature film creatures presented in chronological order.
[via The Presurfer]
Bunnicula is real and he’s a black rabbit with red fangs and claws menacingly perched above the ornate doorway to solicitors’ offices in the historic Cathedral Buildings in Newcastle, England. He’s a mysterious grotesque who’s been up there for over a century now, but no one seems to know why or what he represents. However there are stories:
"Erected with the rest of the building in 1901, locals tell a tale of grave robbers who were running rampant in the area until one dark night the fanged beastie rose on the door opposite the graveyard as if to scare off future robbers. Less superstitiously, it has also been theorized that the vampire rabbit is in fact a hare whose ears were mistakenly put on backwards. If this were the case the bloody little creature could have been installed to reference Sir George Hare Phipson, a local doctor, Freemason, and friend of the cathedral’s architect."
The blood-sucking bun was originally the same sandy color as the stonework that surrounds him. His jet-black coat and blood-red teeth and claws are a modern addition. So he could simply be a representation of the Easter bunny, albeit an alarmingly sinister one. Whatever his reason for being there, we think he’s awesome.
Photos by wanderingfool
[via Atlas Obscura]
After gathering round the Cthulhumas tree to sing Lovecraftian Solstice Carols and exchange accursed texts and arcane artifacts, it’s time for the Horrible Holiday Feast. We can’t think of a more disturbingly suitable entrée than Lubbock, Texas-based Rusty Eulberg’s monstrous “Cthurkey”:
According to Eulberg, he and wife Jennifer Robledo “wanted to do something unique for Christmas dinner with friends of ours. Jenny is a big fan of Cthulhu so we went and bought some crab legs and some octopus and bacon and cooked them all separate and slapped them together on a plate, and that was it. The next year I made a Cthicken [see bottom photo]; the same thing using squid instead of octopus and a chicken.”
Eulberg says, “The universal reaction was, ‘Oh my God, I couldn’t eat that.’ But each individual piece was cooked separately; all I did was set them together on the plate. It was delicious. The crab leg was awesome and the bacon added a nice flavor to the turkey.”
Visit Gothamist to learn more about Rusty Eulberg’s malevolent holiday meals.
The 2013 Krampusfest (previously featured here) is currently underway in Los Angeles and our friend Rusty Blazenhoff (of Blazenfluff) just attended the first Krampuslauf ever conducted in the Western United States. A Krampuslauf is a public run (or walk) of celebrants dressed up as the dreaded Krampus:
It is customary to offer a Krampus schnapps, a strong distilled fruit brandy. These runs may include perchten, similarly wild pagan spirits of Germanic folklore and sometimes female in representation, although the perchten are properly associated with the period between Winter Solstice and 6 January.
The event was organized by Krampus Los Angeles and took place during L.A.’s monthly Downtown Art Walk. For those of us who couldn’t attend, Rusty’s photos make it clear that the Krampuslauf was all sorts of fearsome holiday fun:
"The costumes were over-the-top fantastic and the vibe was great. The parade of St. Nicholas leading “horned and furry yuletide” devils was well-received by onlookers and fun was had by all."
Photos by Rusty Blazenhoff, click here to see the entire gallery.
From sports car to mythical monster car, this fantastic vehicle is a BMW Z4 that was extravagantly transformed into a dragon car. We love how the gull-wing doors have been turned into the dragon’s wings.
"Sprayed a gaudy gold, the BMW Z4 has then painstakingly been adorned with the limbs of a dragon, including legs and feet with golden claws, wings on the scissor doors, a tail that sashays behind it and a bonnet that is covered in scales. Each and every scale is made from the bone of China’s indigenous mountain yak, and is designed with a dragon-inspired pattern."
These photos were taken while the spectacular car was on display at the China Import and Export Fair in the southern Guangdong province.
Walsall, England-based artist Simon Patel spent 90 hours hand-carving a large section of tree trunk to create this awesome Predator head. We agree with Technabob’s Conner Flynn who said that, since Predators take trophies from each of their kills, they would probably really appreciate this piece themselves. We also think this monstrous sculpture would look great wearing a jaunty hat or perhaps even an extra-large toupée.
Norwich, England-based artist and illustrator Gemma Correll (previously featured here) created this awesome poster for THE MR PICKLES FAN CLUB, her April/May 2013 solo exhibition, which took place at the Magic Pony gallery in Toronto, Canada.
We love that Gemma’s depiction of a monstrously adorable 50-foot-tall pug includes illustration of the copious amounts of drool that would almost certainly flow from his slobbery mouth.
Reblogged from gemmacorrell
This tentacular video is further proof that science is awesome and so are the kids who appreciate it.
This is what happens when you mix Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 and then set it on fire. I was honestly expecting the fiery volcano part, but at about 30 seconds in something… horrifying happens. The kids witnessing the experiment really make the video. “The kraken!!!!”
Science + Kraken-aware kids = Super Awesome
Have you ever seen a more melancholy pile of pasta? Entitled Le Solitaire, this surprisingly emotive sculpture of an enormous anthropomorphic heap of noodles slumped on a little chair is the work of French sculptor Theo Mercier. In 2010 it was exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.
In reality, the surreal figure is nothing more than a pile of silicone coated cords. Using two large, blue eyes and an intentional body gesture, Mercier has created a sense of vulnerability, saying that this sculpture is “The one who is showed, who is watched, he is unique and alone because he is a monster. It tells a lot about the idea of exposure.”
We hope at least one brave person went up and gave this awesome sculpture a great big hug, because we sure want to. Sometimes even noodles need a little love and reassurance.
[via My Modern Metropolis]