Here’s an idea to twirl around the old noggin’. John Carpenter writes(under the pseudonym Frank Armitage, itself being a reference to Carpenter’s hero, H.P. Lovecraft) and directs the film “They Live”(1988) which becomes an instant classic. Almost a decade later, up and coming graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey adopts the conformist propaganda/OBEY iconography from the now classic cult film into his growing design/clothing line featuring the face of 80’s wrestler Andre the Giant. OBEY is born. And riding that success, Fairey becomes such a prolific modern artist that he is commissioned to make the art for Presidential nominee Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. The iconic HOPE poster joins the zeitgeist. In turn, it helps Obama ride his grassroots momentum to an astute victory over the republican nominee making him the first African-American to hold office in US history.
Carpenter was partly responsible for Obama getting elected.
Crazy like a FOX!
No, sadly this was likely not a large factor in Obama’s decisive win over McCain, but it’s a fun thought. This much IS true: whether it’s having Keith David mercilessly kick Roddy Piper’s ass for what seems like hours or indirectly helping the first black president get elected, John Carpenter is not only one of the greatest film makers ever, he seems to enjoy empowering black men with the work he does. Remember that Keith David is also one of the only two people alive at the end of Carpenter’s “The Thing”(1982). Just another reason he totally kicks ass.
“I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum…”
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We love films. As a result, we watch films. Many films, and often. Some are pretty decent and others are wonderfully… not. A few are surprisingly good, and a good deal more we could take or leave. But ultimately, because we love films, we love them all in one small way or another, whether it be the quiet awe of seeing something we’d never before conceived of, or the smirking, smug glee brought by ninety-three minutes of taking shots at something that is so bad it has transcended into the realm of accidental genius. But every so often, on sweet, rare occasions, we see a film that gives us deep pause. A film that that makes us stop and examine the way we look at life. A movie that makes us feel, a film that consumes us, a piece of cinema that changes the way we think… And those experiences, while few and far between, are gratifying and meaningful in ways that are uniquely and startlingly personal. Well my friends, compatriots, and colleges, I have an experience I’d like to share with you all. Tonight I watched the film Tideland, the 2005 effort from Terry Gilliam, and it was fucking terrible. Hand to god, from start to finish this movie was just an irredeemable piece of trash. And not fun, John Waters-esque trash mind you, but traveling island of milk jugs, used condoms, and Dasani bottles in the Pacific Ocean trash. Without a doubt, the best thing about this movie is that it wasn’t any longer. The only thing done by the people involved in this movie that was at all altruistic, the only thing that can’t be construed as a figurative dick-slap across the face of the viewing public, is the decision not to make a sequel. I understand that a film review typically includes a critique of things such as plot, dialog, pacing, acting, and story, but I cannot in good conscience do that, because to do so would be to imply that there was any semblance at all of these measurable criteria in this film. At first, I wrongly believed that I was angry at myself for throwing away the last two hours of my life, but I’ve come to realize that I’m actually just disappointed in myself…. …..and if I’m being honest, that hurts a lot more.
Hey there Eaters of Face and all those who are also reading this, in one week it will have been ONE YEAR since the first FACECON. Considering how far we have already come as a burgeoning cinematic and dare we say, cultural collective, it’s exciting to ponder where we will be in another year’s time. We thank everyone who has been supporting the Face Eaters and attending FACECONS over the past twelve months. As Karen Carpenter once assured us, “We’ve only just begun…” and 2015 is looking to be a memorable year for the future of our group and these FACECONS we so love.
Random Data: “We’ve Only Just Begun”(1970) by The Carpenters was used extensively in John Carpenter’s “In The Mouth of Madness” and the Stephen King adaptation, “1408”, both of which have been screened at FACECONS.
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Well, after a couple months of slowly widdling away at them, we are proud to say that we have finally completed work on the marquee cards for FACECON III. We have created, for each film, a poster sized card giving a summary of the film and it’s history, the original(or coolest)cover art/poster for each movie and of course, Monstervision-style Drive-In Totals. This way, even if you get caught up with one of the other activities, you will never be lost as to what is up with the film at hand. Just another one of the ways we gots your back at FACECON III.
Friday, March 13th, 2015. Come live the horror.
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Now this has recently become a hotly debated issue amongst hardcore genre fans and isolationist, socially-inept, malevolent little web trolls like the ones constantly trying to crash this site, but we here at the Face Eaters wanna throw our hat in on this one. With the announcement of the upcoming Friday the 13th TV series, many like us are compelled ask why such a lazy cash grab like this could be allowed. Simply put, while anyone can appreciate more of Jason coming to the (increasingly) small screen, the producers’ decision to not stick with Friday cannon and instead semi-reinvent the mythos(such as it is) behind the man behind the mask is ill-conceived at best and sacrilegious at worst. The original story of the many years of tumult of Camp Crystal Lake may not have the flair of the Nightmare series nor the raw power of the Hellraiser’s, but Jason is an icon. If you want to adapt him for primetime TV, it seems essential to stay with the material as it exists while expounding on certain themes or characters. One such person could be the many-fabled, Rasputin-esque father of Jason, Elias Voorhees who was originally planned to briefly appear at the end of Part 6 but who was ultimately cut from the final product. The worry here would be that the modern audience’s need for deep explaination of backstory and motive would make the mystique of Elias Voorhees null ans void. Additionally, the tendency of the modern horror-show runner to push the envelope as far as what the audience has seen runs the risk of moving the tone and overall mood of the show into something darker than the films and closer to either the long-forgotten Harper’s Island or perhaps even Bates Motel. And while there are merits to both of the aforementioned shows, they are not burdened with such a heavy backlog of existing material. We know how we want Jason and if he comes off all wrong, then the whole show will be a wash. It’s good to think positive, we know that. But we also know here at the Face Eaters that Jason is death incarnate, and after that truly indefensible taking-of-a-friggin’-hostage bit in the awful 2009 reboot, we’re hedging our bets.
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He may have started in 1986 with “Drive-In Theater”, but for many of us here at the Face Eaters, horror-host and everyman Joe Bob Briggs really hit his stride when he hosted TNT’s Monstervision from 1995 up until it’s untimely demise in 2000. Every Saturday night the show featured a double header of horror/black comedy/cult flix spanning everything from “Red Dawn” and “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead” to “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Howling 4”. And every week Joe Bob would regale us with factoids about the film while providing “Drive In Totals” for each feature including breast/dead body counts, notable deaths and odd thing of note. Many of us grew up under his tutelage and owe him a great debt for making so many a night stuck with basic cable bearable. RIP MONSTERVISION 1993-2000. We will never forget.
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For all of you Face Eaters, die-hard horror fans, or even the oddball misanthropic web troll who just wandered in here, we present the final list of swag bag items all attendees of FaceCon III can expect to receive:
1 MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY STICKER
2 PACKS OF BILL AND TED’S TRADING CARDS
3 PACKS OF TOXIC HIGH TRADING CARDS
1 CUSTOMIZED NAME BADGE
1 EVENT LANYARD
1 2″ x 3″ FACE EATERS MAGNET
1 FUNKO POP FIGURINE
1 RANDOM PIECE OF FACE EATERS SWAG
To say nothing of all the trivia prizes that await…
The various Funko POP! figurines will be of horror/cult notoriety i.e. Jason Voorhies, Cthulhu, Kahl Drogo, Buffy, The Bride, Freddy Krueger, Chucky and many more! Get ready people. Pack up your machetes and sharpen your axe blades. This is gonna be LIVE IN 85′!
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A happy glitch appeared in the matrix this morning while the Face Eaters were monitoring our global data feeds. Turns out that Sam Raimi, director of the original Evil Dead trilogy and purveyor of bad “Spidey” flix has agreed to helm the first episode of the forthcoming Evil Dead TV series. Sources close to the project say he will also serve as executive producer. For the many of us film geeks who are trepidatious and even weary of this proposed Evil Dead TV series, this can likely be seen as good news. There is really no one more qualified to lead us into the next chapter of Ash’s epic, deadite-ridden tale than his creator, Mr. Raimi. Let’s just hope this thing doesn’t fly off the rails.
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FACECON III is just around the corner and we are happy to announce the addition of two items to the program schedule. First, the mystery movie/reigning trivia champ’s pick has been revealed to be none other than the seminal 80’s slasher flick, “Sleepaway Camp 2”. In addition, thanks to the suggestion of Face-Eater-At-Large Sinister T, we have added another episode of “The Real Ghostbusters” to the lineup. Mark the date people. Friday, March 13th, 2015. Basalt, Colorado. Planet Earth. Milky Way. On a turtle’s back.
FACECON III. Be there or be…somewhere…else.
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In case it has been a few weeks since the anniversary of an event made you feel old, we offer the following. Thirty years ago… that’s how long it’s been since Emilio, Ally, Judd, Anthony and Molly wasted a whole Saturday in the library at Shermer High School in the fictional Shermer, IL. There’s not much to say about the legacy of this film that hasn’t been said so we will just make this digital toast to the memory of the greatest teen/high school film ever made. Also, we give you the following list of why each member of the Club was in attendance that Saturday. Enjoy!!
The Brain – Flaregun went off in locker
The Jock – Taping a nerds buns together
The Princess – Ditching class to go shopping
The Criminal – Pulling a fire alarm during an assembly
The Headcase – She had nothing better to do that day
Happy Birthday Breakfast Club!!
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