Horror-themed restaurants, bars and clubs are nothing new, and they’re cropping up all over the world: the H.R. Giger Bar in Switzerland is built on the Alien designer’s creepy biomechanical artwork, and establishments like New York City’s Jekyll & Hyde Club have scared and delighted horror-loving patrons for decades. But the owners of Cambiare, a new Italian bar & grill located in Tokyo’s “Golden Gai” district in Shinjuku (a haven for Tokyo nightlife), have now made their mark with the first club to base their look and design on Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria.
From the lettering on their sign to the intricate stained glass windows and iris-painted walls, the bar takes a cue from the surreal primary-color set design from Argento’s masterpiece.Cambiare just set up their Facebook page this week, so drop by and keep watch for more updates and images. I’m willing to volunteer for medical testing in order to raise the funds for a trip to this place… who’s with me?
Okay, if you don’t know what Hammer Films are, just click this link and go there now. Hammer made some of the finest horror films in the history of everything ever. Stuff like Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein Must be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, and The Man Who Could Cheat Death. Movies with Peter Cushing (that British guy from Star Wars), Christopher Lee (that old guy with the lightning fingers from Star Wars), and Vincent Price (that guy from the Tim Burton movies that’s too good for Star Wars).
With Hammer Films being on YouTube, this is going to be the best Halloween ever. Do check it out.
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Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
Bantam; Apr 1960
Happy birthday to Rod Serling, born today in 1924!
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas, Rod Serling
The Gulf War had a great deal of TV coverage, but it was heavily restricted. Supposedly this was to protect sensitive information from Iraqi military tuned to CNN but the reality was that the Pentagon feared a repeat of Vietnam. Many in the Pentagon felt Vietnam was lost because of the press’s unrestricted access to the war. To reduce the number of reporters working on ground, the war was conducted under a pool system, where any press organisation that was a member of that pool had access to everyone else’s work. On the other hand, the Pentagon tightly controlled the pools with government approved reporters and provided military escorts for any field reporting. Just a few hours before the 1991 Gulf war ceasefire, photographer Ken Jarecke was heading back to Kuwait from Southern Iraq. Jarecke came across a single truck burnt out from airstrike in the middle of a highway. Jarecke told his military escort that “If I don’t make pictures like this, people like my mother will think what they see in war is what they see in movies”, and went over to the burnt tank and took the above photo. At that time, it was an image challenged the prevailing notion that the ‘clinical’ attack avoided ‘collateral damage’.