MUSEE MECANIQUE – Pictures taken at the Musée Mécanique at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Enjoy!
SCARIEST OLD TIME RADIO EPISODES? – Before internet, cable and satellite–the network television channels we think of today–began as broadcast radio. The same way good writing employs zero narrative distance, there is something about sitting in a dark room, listening to a scary old time radio play. The following are arguably the best-of-the-best tales of the supernatural from yesteryear.
NOSFERATU – The iconic 1922 silent film is the stuff of nightmares, so realistic the lead actor was rumored to have been an actual vampire, in the tribute film entitled ‘Shadow of the Vampire’. ‘Nosferatu’ was an unauthorized adaptation of ‘Dracula’, it’s studio Prana Films was immediately embroiled in lawsuits, brought by heirs to the Bram Stoker estate. It made it’s one and only film then went bankrupt to avoid copyright infringement. Courts at the time ruled that the film be destroyed, however a few prints were salvaged and the film came to be lauded, as a triumph of horror cinema. The film’s use of angles, light and shadow–along with locations in Germany and Slovakia, shot by single camera–was probably intended to be color tinted, which didn’t happen. There is a rumored remake in the works, by Robert Eggers, director of ‘The Witch’.