Monday, June 26, 2006

Penny's Run

I was looking over the groovy faux gum cards over at BUBBLEGUM FINK today. The Logun's Run set looks just like a real set of cards and I was wondering why they never made these. I was thinking how strange it was that a lot of that was shot here in Dallas, neighboring Fort Worth and Irving.

The Carousel entrance was the Great Hall at the Apparel Mart (from which I live about 10 minutes away).

Logan's apartment building was the Bruton Park Building on 35 Stemmons Frwy (about 15 minutes from me).

The classic scene at the Wave Power Inlet is of course at Fort Worth's Water Gardens (usually about 30 minutes from me).

While waxing nostalgic over that period, my wife Penny came from behind me, looked over my shoulder at the computer, and started telling her classic Logun's Run story in my ear.
"Oooh..Logun's Run!" she excitedly started. " Did I tell you the time when me, Pam (her sister) and Francine (their friend, who appears briefly in the Sex Pistol's film, "The Filth and the Fury" as the girl rubbing gravel in her hair), went to a cattle call for crowd scenes for Logun's Run?"
"Yes. You told me." I answer with no enthusiasm.
"We went to the old city hall in Dallas and lined up with a bunch of other people.." she continued, not hearing me apparently. "I remember it was warm and it was at night." She sits down at the desk to give the details.
"We were already accepted and were standing around,dressed in our tunics 'n all, waiting to be called for our group....they had them in groups. Normal looking people were for the extreme background....the beautiful people were up closer to the camera. We were waiting for the beautiful people to be called. We were cute 'n all."
I roll my eyes.
She continued, "We saw and talked to our friend Judy Jett (one of many girlfriends to Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music). She made it in the movie..she did a walk the Sanctuary scenes."
She continues, "Anyway...we stood around for hours...probably 4 hours, and we were thinking, 'This is gonna be a bad movie...this is boring."
I wince and shake my head slowly.
"We finally got tired and started walking away. Then the coordinator called after'hey..wait', right? I look at Pam and Francine and scream, 'RUN!!' and we all take off running."
I look at her for a second. " ran away?"
"Yea. We ran from city hall as fast as we could."
"After standing there for 4 hours?"
"...and you were wearing THEIR costumes?"
I look at her for a few more seconds. "Why?" I ask.
"'Cause I got the part...".
I give another blank stare.
"Who else can say they ran from Logun's Run?" she stated proudly. She walks off saying something about being a true "Logun's Runner"...or something. I watch her toddle off.
Penny herself is not sure why she and the others really ran. The only way I can logically comprehend these actions, is to relate them to Logun's theme in the film. The only problem is...he found an answer by running.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Do-It-Yourself Monsterblog!

I think these two have flipped their wigs...or bald caps! Max and Courtney have taken Dick Smith's classic tome...the ray of light for all monster maker kids of the 60's...the Warren Publication, "Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Hand Book"..and are in the process of doing each make up effect in the book.

Here's their version of the Martian...Great color!!

Dick Smith was responsible for several of cinema's most indelible make up effects over the past 50+ years. High on the list is Linda Blair's horrific (and still very realistic looking) possessed make up for "the Exorcist".
Back in 1965 he hooked up with Warren Publication (Famous Monsters of Filmland) to write a make up manual for kids. He couldn't have possibly known how he was going to change so many lives.
I bought my first copy back in 1981 through Fangoria magazine. The ONLY reason I didn't buy a copy in '65 was because I was only 1 year old and had NO money on me at the time!
The mail order company had original magazine copies from '65 in mint condition. I bought mine for $12...which I thought was pretty steep at the time...but no cost was too much for Dick's info. I noticed that later, the cost of the back issues went up to $30!!
Fortunately, it's been reprinted a few times in book form with color images.
After 21 years in the film business, I still refer to the book's basic info if I'm stumped on a project.

Check out the make ups Max & Courtney have already done:
The Mummy!!
The Werewolf!!
..of course the Martian!!
...and my all time favorite, The Weird-Oh!!

(thanks to Mr. Bali Hai for the tip!)

Monday, June 19, 2006


I came across a 1976 copy of the Archie comic "PEP" today, and bought it solely for the inside cover ad...

Hugo..Man of a Thousand Faces!
I wanted one of these so bad, back in '75. Dad didn't get the whole puppet fascination, but mom did...she did puppets at church and such. I never did get one, but they did get me "Ernie" when Sesame Street started merchandising their Henson puppets.
Until I find a HUGO, I'll have to play the virtual HUGO over at the SECRET FUN SPOT. Download and have "disguise fun"!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Bugaloos...The Bugaloos..

I downloaded The Bugaloos soundtrack from over at MONDO DADDYKIN the other night. I had to come up with a label suitable for this recording. I've been searching for these tracks for many years and I wanted something that looked nice. In the zip file provided, there are a couple of good images that I converted into a decent Photoshop label...thingy.

I use TDK CD/DVD labels so this might work for you if you use the same. Download and print out.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tails from the Cryptozoologist

I ran into my old buddy Jeff Johnson yesterday. He was at the local mold supply shop, that's run by my other buddy, Mitch.
Jeff has a site up that shows his resin model kits and his other works. Take a look at his THYLACOLEO CARNIFEX. (Say that with a mouth full of cookies.)

Saturday, June 03, 2006

E.T. Phone Merchandising Rep.

I was digging through some old pictures (that's what we use to call pics, by the way..) and found this photo I took in a grocery store circa summer 1982.

If you look at the price tags, the store was a Skaggs Alpha Beta...which became Albertson's years later. A single bag of Reeses Pieces was 30 cents!!...a 1/2 pd bag was $1.29!!
I remember taking this pic because E. T. was so huge then...and I was already collecting many movie related items. (I was the first person I knew to display Star Wars figures on a shelf...just to look at.)
When I was walking out of the store, a manager came after me and asked why I was taking pictures and I told him..."cause it's E. T., man..." I think that confused him.
I think he thought I was an undercover health inspector or something.
I eventually got one of those T-shirts and had it in pristine condition until the mid 90's. I eventually gave it to a niece, because at that time, the 80's and it's images were a huge fad among the teenagers.
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