Friday, January 12, 2018

Vistiting GHOST HOUSE 2007

By - Stephen Mezo

I was making my way through the virtual video store Horror section and GHOST HOUSE (2017) seemed like a good choice.
And I'm glad that I was right.

Set in Thailand a young couple Jim and Julie from America take a trip there to see the sights and beauty of the country.
But it doesn't take long for them to discover some of the local lore and wind up on a tour that wasn't on the travel site.

I really liked the pacing of the movie and I am all about Japanese Vengeance Ghost (yes I know I said it takes place in Thailand but she is a Japanese Vengeance Ghost) you'll see when you watch it. 
It also has an awesome creep factor and plenty of awesome jump scares too. And for all of you S.O.A. fans you'll get to see a familiar face. 

After watching the movie I decided to look up Ghost Houses also known as Spirit Houses and the movie does keep close to the folklore and beliefs involved with them. 
The small houses are set out as offerings for ghost to stay in and various offerings like food are usually left outside of the houses to appease the spirits and keep them happy in their homes. But if anyone disturbs these houses or the offerings made they bring the wrath of that spirit onto themselves or their own home. 

I don't want to type too much and cause spoilers but I will say that if you've enjoyed Asian ghost movies and/or their American versions I think you'll really like this one too.         

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Talking About THE TOYS THAT MADE US Show


By - Stephen Mezo 

Talking about

Brian Volk - Weiss show is so good I can guarantee that you will binge watch the entire first four episodes of this Docu-Series! Instead of each episode simply being a video catalogue of every piece of every line (because that's what the internet is for) it gives you the backstory of each line.
From concept, to design, to prototype, to artwork and release.

On top of that it covers how each of these toy lines affected toys and parents culturally and socially. And if you're a dude the Barbie episode is required watching. Not only is her origin cool but it blew me away how even the idea of Barbie had to win over moms first so that they would buy her for their daughters. And then how she had changed quite a few times to keep up with the times and trends.

It's really cool how the interviews with most of the people people that created these lines are very candid and give you first hand accounts on what was involved with creating and marketing the toys.

There is literally something for everyone and since it's fast becoming a huge hit there are more episodes coming to back up my statement. And since there is a lot to fit into a time slot there are additional segments from the aired episodes on their Facebook page. One of those extras is the legend of the "Wonder Bread He-Man" which seems to have it's own Mandela Effect to add to the mystery. 

Then there's the "Hey what about these toys?" questions. 
This is where I don't envy those involved with TTTMU in creating this show. Because even though there are as many toys as stars in the sky they have to had some kind of cultural and or social effect. Then they have to figure how much information about each toy line makes it to the aired episodes and what becomes extra features later. So yeah they can't please everyone but they do try their best. 

As far as episodes I would like to see the Fisher-Price toys are a big old favorite. Yeah their pull along and push toys were cool, but the introduction of Little People around the time I was one and then Adventure People later changed playtime for me forever. 

Another I would love to see would cover two Monster Kid Decades with the Aurora Monster Models that made every kids bedroom smell like paint and glue, and inspired kids that never touched a car, plane or boat kit to get creative and build and paint something else. 

Then there would be the MEGO - AHI rivalry in making their 8" Universal Monster figures that had MEGO creating Mad Monsters and AHI creating the Official Worlds Greatest Super Monsters after a licensing situation. Then another issue had caused AHI to create Action Apeman while MEGO secured the licensing for their Planet of The Apes figures. 

Now I'm going to end this one with my absolute love of the show and hoping there will be even more episodes after the upcoming four for me to binge watch!