Archive for October, 2011

Meeting EYE-Gor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 22, 2011 by mike k

It wouldn’t be Halloween for me if I didn’t watch this movie. “Young Frankenstein” is one of the funniest movies ever and it still holds up to the test of time.

This 1974 film is a parody of Universal studios, “Frankenstein” films of the 1930s. Written jointly by Gene Wilder and director Mel Brooks the film uses the actual sets from the original “Frankenstein” film starring Boris Karloff.

In an interview in the Los Angeles Times, in 2010, Mel Brooks said about the film:

I was in the middle of shooting the last few weeks of Blazing Saddles somewhere in the Antelope Valley, and Gene Wilder and I were having a cup of coffee and he said, I have this idea that there could be another Frankenstein. I said not another – we’ve had the son of, the cousin of, the brother-in-law, we don’t need another Frankenstein. His idea was very simple: What if the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein wanted nothing to do with the family whatsoever. He was ashamed of those wackos. I said, “That’s funny.”

The film was listed at number 28 as one of the top 100 comedies of all time.

In this scene, Dr. Fronkonstein (Gene Wilder) meets his assistant, Eyegor (Marty Feldman)

Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 22, 2011 by mike k

As I’ve said, I love a Victorian mystery, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a graphic novel set (nearly) in my own backyard.

The Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk is a mystery written in graphic novel format set in the tiny town of Mauch Chunk (Present day Jim Thorpe) located in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, Mauch Chunk was one of the centers of American industry: coal, textiles, lumber and manufacturing plants dotted the entire region (nowadays, this section of the country comprises the eastern part of the “rust” belt). When coal miners discover a strange crystal deep underground, strange things begin to happen including some violent deaths, strange lights and disappearances. Industrialist Nathan Gerard enlists the help of Villanova University professor, Dr. James Ashton, to solve the mystery. However, Gerard is not completely honest with Dr. Ashton, who hires a “fixer” named Peter Black to keep an eye on the good doctor. Gerard hopes to use the source of the crystal, and the crystal itself, for his own greed filled endeavors. 

One part Sherlock Holmes mixed in with a touch of Dickens, Victorian Horrors is ripe with well developed and interesting characters. The Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk is bound to be a delight of any fan of Hammer horror film’s the Quartermass Experiment.