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Claudia Jennings: The Cult Icon Who Fell to Earth

Claudia Jennings: The Cult Icon Who Fell to Earth

For Claudia, The Man Who Fell to Earth was a dream come true. She was working with a veteran, respected director on a major film. This is what she had been waiting for… While her role was unbilled and her screen time was very limited, her impact on the movie was much greater than her brief appearance would indicate.

“The tragedy of her death was quite shattering, but in a strange way perfection for the scene [in 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth] upon reflection.”

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Grave Tales by Craig Jex

Grave Tales by Craig Jex

Grave Tales is a collection of eight short stories by Craig Jex, writer of the exploitative, EC Comic styled Brutal Bombshells. Written over a period of twelve years each short story is drenched in sticky crimson red, bookended with two highly exploitative tales of terror.

Grave Tales may be a short read at only 69 pages, but it is one collection that will grab you by the throat and won’t let go until your eyes burst from their sockets!

“Thank God for a quick funeral…he had never done anything like this before, even with a live member of the opposite sex.”

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Brutal Bombshells by Rik Jackson and Craig Jex

Brutal Bombshells by Rik Jackson and Craig JexAfter a successful Kickstarter campaign last Halloween, Rik Jackson and Craig Jex introduced their sexy, independent, splatter anthology Brutal Bombshells to various comic conventions throughout the United Kingdom.

Brutal Bombshells is exploitation at it’s finest; a collection of six EC Comic styled short stories, each featuring femme fatales, dangerous ladies and psycho bitches who are determined to stalk you, stab you, and (as you take your last breath) gouge their way…to your heart!

“Barbara only intended her new breasts to turn heads… NOT IMPALE THEM!”

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Support Down by Kontact on Kickstarter (Become a Zombie!)

Down by Kontact by Matthew Myers and Dixie FilloyThe year is 1996. Four inebriated friends plan to dominate a local arcade tournament but soon find themselves stalked by the undead, struggling to survive in a terrifying nightmare inspired by George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and the Pre-Code horror films of the 1930’s.

Matthew Myers has joined forces with Dixie Filloy; artist of the macabre and daughter of Arthur Filloy (animator of the The Ren & Stimpy Show).

Back this project on Kickstarter.

Deadline: Monday 15th August 2016

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The Hunger Games vs. Battle Royale

Battle Royale (2000)

My impression on first hearing about the hugely popular [young adult] book trilogy (and now mega money-making feature-film franchise) The Hunger Games was: ‘Hey, teenage contestants forced to fight to the death in a populist amusement engineered by a manipulative, despotic master of a dystopian future world? Wow, what an interesting idea! …But wait, isn’t that just like…’

“Life is a game. So fight for survival and see if you’re worth it.”

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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Part IV: A Personal Godzilla)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

“As I watched the World Trade towers collapse on September 11, I felt guilty. The scene looked similar to those that had entertained me in many Godzilla films. But it wasn’t a fantasy, the people were real, and their fear and suffering were heartbreaking.”

Over the years Godzilla has changed roles significantly from once being the ultimate threat to Japan, to now being Japan’s protector. One could believe that this change was made to make the monster appeal to a broader audience resulting in much larger profits for the studio or perhaps it is the result of the fears Japan once had post-war becoming less and less significant?

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Part III: Looking upon an Entire Empire)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

How can we understand Japan’s mindset after World War II? How did they really feel after the atomic bombings and their subsequent defeat? Was any blame placed upon a particular nation, including their own, for how the war ended?

Every culture has it’s fears… Godzilla itself is a creation born from the fears of another future nuclear disaster. Modern technology of the time created nuclear weapons and from these nuclear weapons came Godzilla! Tom Miller believes however that through the film’s inherent symbolism Godzilla represents more than just the atomic bombing of Japan. In his article “Struggling With Godzilla: Unraveling the Symbolism in Toho’s Sci/Fi Films” Tom states: “In the movie they made, Godzilla represents more than the A-Bomb; Godzilla is the United States itself”, but didn’t the United States have a motive for the atomic bombings? Godzilla needed no motive… Just the animalistic desire to survive.

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Part II: Fandom from an Academic Viewpoint)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

William Tsutsui is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, an author of many books on Japanese history and a life-long fan of the mutant lizard having authored “Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters” (First published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2004).

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of GodzillaGodzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters” discusses how it grew into a global phenomenon thus exploring the monster’s lasting cultural impact on Japan, the United States and the rest of the world whilst a video entitled “Godzilla and Post-War Japan” uploaded onto the web for UCTV (University of California Television) presented Professor William Tsutsui arguing that the evolution of Godzilla, throughout it’s many films, reflects the social and political changes of post-war Japan and Godzilla’s lasting cultural impact on the world.

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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Kaiju Neutral Alignment (Is Godzilla truly the King of the Monsters?)

Kaiju Neutral Alignment

After World War II Japan’s economy made one of the most remarkable recoveries in the history of the modern world.

Arguably one of their most vital post war recoveries was that of their film industry and by 1953, the industry had entered its Golden Age.

This study of Japanese culture looks at the fascination Japanese audiences have for the symbolism found in these science fiction Kaiju movies. Are they just presented as brainless entertainment or are they born from an ingrained fear that their could perhaps be another disaster like the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the future?

Is the fascination in Japanese culture for science fiction Kaiju films and its symbolism born from the fears of nuclear war?

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The Hammer Vault Book Review

Another first for us here at Attack From Planet B, we bring you our first book review, yes those things with pictures and sometimes words in them.

We will be having a look through the pages of this new offering from Titan Books, The Hammer Vault. This book tells the story of Hammer Films through treasures from the company’s archive. Like many of the other ‘Vault’ type titles around many of these are previously unseen and show some amazing titbits from the world of Hammer.

But what makes this Vault so much more than those that have come before it? Head inside to find out.
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