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Journey to the Rock

May 6th, 2018

When going back through these pages, I remembered that I never finished working through the B series of AD&D modules. So on to B8: Journey to the Rock, probably the most Y&T album-sounding title of any module in the B series.

As usual, some highlights:

  • Encounter W2: Lair of the Harpies. In the harpy nest, there are three harpy chicks. The module text reads, “These little harpies cannot harm anyone. However, they all have the evil inclinations of an adult harpy.” I know that some would argue otherwise, but I could not, in good conscience, allow these little harpies to grow up to be big ones.
  • The Cavern of the Chameleon Men: I guess if there are going to be shambling mounds, there can be chameleon men. Representative chameleon names: Kanreon and Thronik. Likelihood that K and T has used their chameleon powers in an effort to spy on chameleon men women: 1-7 on a d8.
  • A shipful of gnomes pulling said ship across the desert.
  • One of the final encounters is with the Crone of Chaos, who, hopefully, used to live in the Caves of Chaos before relocating to the drier, warmer clime of the high desert. Even crones need to think of how damp cave air might complicate joint pain.

I can see why I didn’t play B8 too much, if ever, during my formative AD&D years. It is a bit of a snoozer. Except for this:

Slasher and Herbert West

April 17th, 2018

In case the viewer did not see the first two, a helpful reminder:

And now, a lovely outfit, courtesy of Miskatonic University, from Beyond Re-Animator:

Another closer view. I don’t think these tees are on sale anywhere:

Herbert West, breaking bad.

Color me blood red:

On a different note, I don’t know why I hadn’t seen Slasher/Blood Rage before. It was probably available for rent at Bootlegger or Winner’s Corner in the late 80s, and it would have been extremely in my wheelhouse. If prime material plane me was still teaching classes in horror, I would have used this number as a way to show overt Freudianism in slasher movies.

This image would make a great t-shirt.

Let’s just say, mom is working through some stuff:

No wonder he is a killer; look how he does his tie:

Nameless, or If You Like, Jack the Knife

March 17th, 2018

Another hidden Hammer classic, Hands of the Ripper (1971), which combines a maybe possession with some top-shelf Freudery and some not-inconsiderable gore.

Apropos to none of these ingredients, this figure may be one of the most frightening:


This is what happens when you mess with the daughter of Jack the Ripper.

Although it is highly unlikely that Dario Argento ever saw Hands, the mise-en-scene is right out of Suspiria.

Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb

March 15th, 2018

Hammer’s 1971 Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb is loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903). Very few people are watching this movie because of its connection to a later Stoker novel; they are watching it for Valerie Leon.


Still using quotation marks around the title I see.


Say what one will, but this is mighty fine neckgear.

Look closely here Buffy fans: ‘Tis a young Giles, probably using his Ripper nickname.


As I mentioned, Valerie is the reason most of us are watching the movie.


Even this snake is bewitched by Valerie.

Blood is classic enough to be an entry in the TCM site. Not bad for a bunch of cardboard props.

Wow, Progressive

March 14th, 2018

Never watched Hammer’s Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) before now, and, frankly fellow orcs and gnolls, I have been missing out. A brief listing of the various wait, what’s of this movie:

  • Jekyll is Jack the Ripper
  • Jekyll is Jack the Ripper because he needs precious female organs
  • Jekyll needs precious female organs so he extend his life to make a medical breakthrough
  • Jekyll needs to extend his life to make medical breakthroughs in life extension
  • Jekyll taking the elixir of organ juice turns Jekyll into Sister Hyde
  • Sister Hyde uses her newly discovered feminine side to kill more women to get more organs to make more elixirs to, wait for it, not extend life, but make sure she stays Sister Hyde.

None of this includes gender-bending makeout sessions with the brother/sister combo from upstairs or the appearance of the famous grave-robbing team of Burke and Hare time-traveling from the 1820s to the late Victorian period.


They sure don’t make labs like this anymore.


Uncut organ elixir


Indica or Sativa?


Mobil elixir sacks.


I don’t always drink wine, but when I am transforming into a woman . . .


I will use “deuced” more than once in this movie to describe someone’s attractiveness.


Upstair’s neighbor prepare to meet . . .


Sister Hyde [at least temporarily].


Deucedly athletic and deucedly sensual.