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Carpe Scream 4: Child’s Play

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Today, I look at another Horror Movie Icon. For the longest time I thought I’d seen the first Chucky movie, but I guess that was number 2 or 3, because I have no memory of Child’s Play. This is back when they were still calling it “Child’s Play” and not “The ____ of Chucky,” because, let’s face it. It’s all about this freaky little doll, possessed with the spirit of a Chicago Serial Strangler.

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Childhood fears are a subject I embrace with tender love, but this movie is the only one to encapsulate the TERROR which I lived with as a child: FREAKY UNCANNY VALLEY TOYS OF THE 80’S. Seriously. ALL of these guys could have been possessed by dead serial killers. Just look at them!

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Killers. All these guys.

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Ahhh! No!

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WHAT…. I DON’T EVEN….

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BURN IT WITH FIRE!!!

So yeah, I was among the millions of kids who saw the “Good Guys” doll in commericals (a cute nod to the “My Buddy” doll for boys of that era) and immediately cottoned on to the idea that it was evil. But still not as evil as the HuggaBunch movie.

The rest was your typical Talky Tina plotline, except this doll isn’t protective of its owner and has a vendetta of his own to kill the guys who pursued him in life and—HOLY CRAP, IS THAT GRIMA WORMTONGUE?

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Brad Dourif, image property of MGM/UA

So, I guess this guy is just good at being the evil little voice in people’s ears.

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“Chucky says she was a rotten bitch and got what she deserved!” (image property of Newline Cinema)

It was pretty fun, and Charles Sarandon was pretty fun as the detective, but it might have been fun to hint at a little romance between him and the mom. And for all Chucky being possessed by a serial strangler, he actually did very little strangling. Mostly stabbing, but when your body weight is reduced to a measly five pounds, you don’t really have that power behind it.

Final thoughts? This movie wins the award for the most fake-out endings ever probably. Chucky is now available to stream on Xfinity OnDemand for a limited time. Also Netflix just posted the The Cult of Chucky for streaming. I might take a peek later this month just to see how weirdly this concept deviates from its source.
Sweet Screams, everyone!

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Carpe Scream Day 3 2017

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Cape Fear

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Cape Fear 1962, Universal Pictures

This was a hard one, guys. I’d seen plenty of visuals and references to Cape Fear, most noticeably on The Simpsons. I expected this to be a straight forward movie about a criminal getting vindictive revenge on a lawyer. I didn’t expect this to be a very realistic thriller about obsession, violence against women, paedophilia, and how rape is the worst crime against women, but the victims are always punished more heavily than the perpetrator. I could go on, but it’s all there in the movie. Gregory Peck as a helpless, petrified father is heart-breaking. Robert Mitchum is transformed from his usual goofy, charming-asshole-with-a-heart-of-gold character into a sleazy, greasy, creepy predator that was truly terrifying to watch. I’m not sure I can watch Sabrina for a while after this.

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Holy shit, are you scary, Bobby.

Yesterday I touched on how the theme of child-loss is such a strong, true fear to stain a gore-streaked horror movie with. This is the other one. Mitchum’s character, Max Cady is a very REAL sort of fellow. There’s hundreds like him all over the world, maybe thousands, and the film reminds us, that for the most part, society won’t help us against them until it’s too late. Maybe not even then. So, yeah. This is probably one of the scariest movies I’ve seen for Carpe Scream. This totally counts as Horror.

This is streaming on TCM On Demand for a short time only. I feel the need to state: Trigger Warning: rape, abuse of women, child rape,

Stay close to each other tonight, folks.

Inktober is back!

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Once again, I’m challenging myself as an artist with Jake Parker’s Inktober challenge!  the point of which is make an inked piece of artwork every day for 31 days. “Wait, Monica, aren’t you also doing Carpe Scream?” Yes. Yes. I am. I’m crazy.

DAY 1

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INKTOBER DAY 1, 2017. SKELETON CREW EXCERPT BY MONICA MARIER copyright (c) 2017 Tangent Artists LLC

Sunday is (if I’ve had a bad week) the day I do Skeleton Crew Inks so I tried to really turn it up to eleven on this panel. I love Zomboy’s tacky hawaiin shirt and flip-up glasses, and that Weston is noe wearing a “Death Kompas” shirt. This was fun to really take my time on.

 

DAY 2

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Kiyana by Monica Marier, copyright (c) 2017 Tangent Artists LLC

Today I decided to challenge myself in a different way. Usually, when I’m trying to ink I get big fat lines because my hand shakes. This is due to various factors like my daily meds and my coffee addiction, but it’s plagued me a bit. This was a simple drawing, but making it really tiny made me stop and really try to get control of the brush pen to get those teeny-weeny lines. My hand is killing me, but I’m pleased as punch!

See you all tomorrow for Day 3.

 

OUR STORY SO FAR…

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Okay, so the problem with working on TOP SECRET non-disclosure stuff is that YOU DON’T GET TO BLOG ABOUT IT!

So here’s some updates from me.

Just finished TWO big no-talky projects, one TBA, the other was that I was asked to do badges for KatsuCon! This guy got to be on a shirt!
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So that was cool.

ALSO:

I’ve been working on consolidation the next collection of CRIT! Comics our “Second Edition will feature issues 4&5 in a mega-sized volume! Here’s the cover in progress.

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I love that Miles is doing a Van Halen jump of the cliff. Reminder: This volume will feature the musical guests Eien Strife!

In other news, I’ve finally finished re-editing Must Love Dragons, and it’s off to the proofreader. BOY does it need proofreading. We hope to have it republished as a Tangent Artists book, which means it will fit a leeeeeeetle closer in with the CRIT! Universe, but still be on it’s own “trousers of time” timeline that doesn’t really interact. Here’s the working cover.

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So, as you can see I have NOT been slacking off, I’ve just been very busy with a lot of hush-hush. There’s more but I can’t even really tell you.

Which brings me to my ironic next announcement,

Next week my kids start summer break. That means I’m taking NO NEW COMMISSIONS UNTIL AUGUST. If you desperately need something from me, PM me on my facebook author page  ASAP and we’ll try to work something out!
(If you already have a standing contract with me, this does not apply.)

That being the case, I might be able to post more about intermediate stuff on my blog.
(HAW! RIGHT!)

Stay in touch, lovies. Peace out.

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Intober Day 27

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Today, we meet another alien, a holographic computer interface: G.eotech L.abs I.ntelligent T.echnology C.ommunications H.ologram Model 3.1. Or as Henrik calls them, “Glitch” (G.L.I.T.C.H.). Glitch is not an interface created by humans; The G.L.I.T.C.H. interface was made by Flin Reli, an alien race with no genders. Glitch is a little ditzy, a little kooky, and when provoked, very sassy. It should be fun.
Glitch’s appearance was partly inspired by Jynx Monsoon a TV drag queen from Rupaul’s Drag Race, and partly by by Elroy from The Jetsons. This is my first non-binary character and I hope to do it some justice and make it fun.

 

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G.L.I.T.C.H. copyright(c)Monica Marier, 2016

Inktober Day 26

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Yep, I fell behind, but I’m just going to keep right on going. So, anyways, I was looking at some Buzzfeed videos when I came across a video about how Asians are very rarely cast as major characters in movies. It made me look at my cast and think about Henrik Cates. Henrik was going to be yet-another white straight male lead in my books, and I suddenly wondered if it wasn’t getting a little same-y. The character design especially looked a lot like Evelyn Kelly from Madame Bluestocking.
I decided it was time for a change. I talked to my kids (since this is a joint project) and said, “what would you think about Henrik being Asian?” My daughter asked why the change and I said, “I think it’s nice to switch things up, so kids from other backgrounds can have a turn seeing people like themselves in books.” Girl then piped up. “Can he look like Eugene from the Try Guys?”

So, here we go: Henrik Cates, Captain of the Fishing Vessel, Mallard.

 

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Henrik Cates Redesign, 2016

 

Inktober 17&18

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Goodness, this is hard to keep up on weekends! Well, all I can do is my best. Sadly inspiration and energy seems to find me at 10:45pm, so it’s a scramble to finish before I collapse from exhaustion. I can’t keep doing it this way. I’m going to try to find a time in the day where my energy is at a better place.

Here’s Day 17, It’s Mama Maxie, the Carnival Tycoon from an upcoming game. Some severe proportion problems, but I will fix them. I like her dress in any case.

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Mama Maxie by Monica Marier, copyright(c)2016 Tangent Artists

And here’s today’s ink. This is a concept design for Elanai, the Mechanic from my upcoming SciFi book. He’s a Luo-Drigue—basically a lilac-colored space elf, since my daughter loves my elf characters so much and she said we needed one. Who am I to argue. Elanai is a cantankerous Rimmer who hates the kids and everyone else on the ship, but they’re pretty much the only people in the galaxy who tolerate him.

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Elanai by Monica Marier copyright(c)monica marier 2016