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Commercial Break: Beware! Children at Play (1989)

Just when we thought we have seen it all, we were stunned to witness some scenes from this slasher film of the late 80s.  With a plot insane enough to make the most disturbed squeamish, and scenes that are beyond ridiculous, we have to instil, we do not condone this type of child bloodshed!  But as bloggers of the antiquated and bizarre, we wanted to share this film with our readers before it slipped through the cracks of mainstream movies.

As children keep going missing, a writer and a cop begin an investigation to uncover what is happening around them! As one lead leads to the next, they discover the children are being brainwashed into zombified cannibal killers by a deranged teenager.

We are putting this one down in the shock-books.  Not only visually is this disturbing to watch the parents turn on their own missing children, but we cannot imagine what the set felt like while filming Beware: Children at Play.

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Commercial Break: Basket Case (1982)

A country bumpkin Duane arrives in New York City with he, himself, and his basket!? We soon learn the contents of the basket is actually a surgically removed and freakishly deformed Siamese twin, doctors shudder to even call human. Fueled by revenge against anyone they can blame, the killing spree ensues. Until, Duane gets his first date with a receptionist. Now wanting to start a new positive life, the freak twin escapes his basket.

With the tagline “The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad.”, we here at the Eye are amused and horrified. If you think you have the stomach for it, watch this Bonus Clip from Basket Case.

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PhotoBlast: Music Lovers of Every Generation


We take in the soundtrack of daily life, like it or not.  It’s handed out and eaten up.  But what we don’t tune out, sometimes can bring us true bliss.  We find ourselves groovin’ on this collection of pictures and decided to share our buzz with you.   Images through the eras, of music lovers like both you and me.


Any favourites?
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Music Minute: Eye’s Without a Face (1983)

From Billy Idol’s album Rebel Yell, this is a complete standout track!  On an album where angst is a major theme, this ballad brings a softer side we don’t often see from the platinum blonde rocker.

Cowritten by guitarist  Steve Stevens, this was actually Idol’s first single to crack Billboards top 10 in the US.   Beautifully recorded with siren-like back up vocals repeating “Les yeux sans visage” in the most alluring and hypnotic way.   The title of the song actually refers to French director Georges Franju‘s movie ‘Les yeux sans visage‘ (1960).

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Commercial Break: Elvira Mistress of the Dark (1988)

One of the greatest figures in pop culture.  She’s hilarious, sexy and equally scary.  We dedicate the day to the best horror hostess in history,  Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

She’s risen to fame adding comic relief  to the commercial breaks of late night Horror double features, and has been around ever since.  This feature film from 1988 really showcases why so many love Elvira.

Are you a fan?
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Commercial Break: “The Stuff” (1985)

We were horrified when we witnessed what happens to a person when they digest the ‘delicious’ “Stuff”. Written and directed by Larry Cohen, a story based on a mysterious goop found by miners digging in the pits of the Earth, tasted, then was suspiciously marketed to the country! This beyond campy gore horror is a great addition to the freak out flicks that emerged from the 1980s. If you think you have the stomach for it, check out the clip below.

There goes our appetite.
The Eye.
xx.

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American Hunk

Shocking, bloody, upbeat, vulgar, disturbing, outrageously 80s, misogynistic, and aspirational?? Too many adjectives could describe the story of the American Psycho. With rumblings of a remake, we take a moment to remember the performance of Christian Bale as the psychotic Patrick Bateman and recognize the instant cult classic film set in the 1980s from 2000.

Originated as a novel in 1991 by Bret Easton Ellis, the idea of a rich Manhattan businessman that took too much pleasure in his own violent vices. Written mostly as a drafted story, all of the explicit scenes of violence did not come until the book was almost finished. Ellis spent a lot of time researching gruesome murders at the New York Public Library to help paint a the violent picture.

“[Bateman] was crazy the same way [I was]. He did not come out of me sitting down and wanting to write a grand sweeping indictment of yuppie culture. It initiated because my own isolation and alienation at a point in my life. I was living like Patrick Bateman. I was slipping into a consumerist kind of void that was supposed to give me confidence and make me feel good about myself but just made me feel worse and worse and worse about myself. That is where the tension of “American Psycho” came from. It wasn’t that I was going to make up this serial killer on Wall Street. High concept. Fantastic. It came from a much more personal place, and that’s something that I’ve only been admitting in the last year or so. I was so on the defensive because of the reaction to that book that I wasn’t able to talk about it on that level.”   -Bret Easton Ellis

Ellis has taken any stereotype of a killer, and reinvented fear using the American dream. Obsessed with beauty and youth, armed with an iced sleeping mask, tanning bed, chainsaw, designer suits, and love of pop music, the character of Patrick Bateman surely redefines what’s expected from a Sociopath.

We know Christian Bale can pull of any role, but to see the bad boy pull off the over tanned, and toned yuppie American style of Patrick Bateman is a real treat. His American accent, which could be one of the faults to this film, becomes an endearing quality, adding to the overall over-the-top-ness of the whole damn movie!

The aesthetic of this film is one of the major reasons why people keep talking about “American Psycho”. Since it’s set in the 1980s, many elements come into play. With productuon design by Gideon Ponte and Jeanne Develle as the set decorator, every scene is as blatantly expensive and 80’s-tastic as the last. We get a clear sense of the O.C.D. nature of Patrick Bateman in the first glance of the film, with a panning shot of his sterile trendy living room.

Style resonates from every scene of this movie, whether it be Bale in a blood soaked plastic raincoat, or Bale getting a migraine from the mundane in a chic suit. We hope people aren’t reading this and fantasizing about what they could do to a prostitute with a chainsaw, but taking notice of the fashion. While this guy was becoming blood hungry and more and more unhinged, people around him were taking note on how great he looked in designer duds.

We can find the American Psycho style on runways all over the world today. Maybe in the form of some splattered blood on a chest, or an executioners mask wearing model in leather, you could pin the influence to many historical figures or idea’s, but we see Patrick Bateman.



The film got the sequel treatment in 2002, in American psycho 2, starring no other than the Black Swan herself, Mila Kunis. And in 2008, development of a broadway musical based on the novel and film began. Duncan Sheik, a Tony and Grammy Award-winner for the Broadway smash Spring Awakening, is partway through writing the music and lyrics for American Psycho: The Musical, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is in the midst of penning the book.

So can crazy be sexy? Or the biggest turn off? Maybe it’s just Christian Bale, or all the nude shower scenes, but we are turned on.
Su Su Sudio,
-The Eye xx

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Truly Outrageous and Beautifully Bold!

You may love the hair colour you were born with, but life truly truly truly is too short to pass on an opportunity to go NEON! And why stick with just one tone, you can keep changing your locks, and go brighter and brighter than the time before. One bold head of fuschia, or maybe one strand of hot pink, with some blue tips. We say run to a local pharmacy or beauty supply store and grab a can of cheap can of spray on temporary colour, and have a hair colouring party!

This is no passing trend. Perhaps popularized by celebrity culture with star’s like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Katy Perry all donning techno coloured tresses, this is a look that’s cool from the red carpet to the city streets.

Timeless on 80s icon Cyndi Lauper, you can trust to see her with some wild colour. We take some personal inspiration from cartoon rock star, Jem, and her band the Holograms, where hair and its height had nothing to do with God, it was just BIG and outrageous! Even rock/pop goddess Gwen Stefani showed off pink hair in the 90’s, unfortunately to mixed reviews proving she marches to her own fashion drummer’s beat. We don’t think the world was ready yet back then, sometimes trends and fads need some breathing time before they can come back fully in swing. But we say buck the trend! Now’s the time to show off!

This isn’t just a trend for the ladies either, this one is for all the young dudes out there! We’re seeing a lot of guys sporting colours from deep blue, to hot pink! Colour isn’t defining orientation, no no no. When we want to feel aggressive and hit the town, we pick up a can of punk’d Green, toss on a leather jacket and nobody fucks with us. Trust you can rock this style, and no one will question you.

This is truly a look that crosses the board. Whether your an Indonesian punk or an American bread grunge kid, this look is for you! People need to stand out, especially in our consumer junkie world where what’s hip and cool is in yesterday’s paper’s before it’s off store shelves. This is a simple, timeless way to add a little extra something to your signature look.

We hope to see some invitations to upcoming hair colour parties soon!

-The Eye

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Happy Saturday!

After a long day’s work…I don’t need to seeeee that!

Hope you’re all having (or getting ready to have) an awesome Saturday night!

Amazing. Couldn’t NOT put it up.

-The Eye x

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