night of the living dead (1968) movie review

by Nico

directed by George Romero

made: 1968

96 minutes long

the film starts with barbra(Judith O’Dea) and johnny(Russell Streiner) driving to a family member’s grave in Pennsylvania.  once there they arrive they soon are confronted with and then attacked by a man, barbra runs but johnny is attacked and killed. barbra soon finds refuge in a seemingly abandoned house there she meets ben(Duane Jones), and the others. they all learn that the dead are rising and killing then eating the flesh living. it is a story of the people. not of the monster or catastrophe, its what the people do and plane to do in a tale of survival.  that is what makes the story so excellent and powerful. excellent directing, acting and writing are also notable trates of this film.  and the ending… oh god the ending… just wow.

SON OF SAM BIO

    The Son of Sam Killer

by: Nico

David Berkowitz also known as “the Son of Sam” or the “44 caliber killer” (for his choice in weapon), killed 6 people and wounded 7 he is to this day in prison.

From Life…

David Berkowitz was born in Brooklyn, New York June 1, 1953 then was adopted by a wealthy family in the same area.

John Vincent Sanders (a psychologist and reporter) wrote in his studies that “David’s childhood was somewhat troubled. Although of above-average intelligence, he lost interest in learning at an early age and began an infatuation with petty larceny and pyromania.”

Later David would join the army.  He served in the United States and South Korea for 3 years. When he got back he tried to track down his birth parents.  He was successful but only in finding his mother, for his father was deceased. This news was extremely disturbing for him and one of his major braking points, he writes.

Cult Beginnings…

David says that he joined a cult in 1975.He explains that the group introduced him to drug usage and sadistic pornography; this is probably what led to his choice in victims; being “young pretty girls” as he put it. (Sadism is the derivation of pleasure as a result of inflicting pain or watching pain inflicted on others.)

The Killing Begins…

On July 29, 1976, Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti are in a car parked outside of Donnas’ parent’s apartment. Around the same time Rose Lauria (mom) and her husband mike come home. Then as Donna and Judy were leaving for a walk, a man would approach them. He pulled a gun from the bag he had in his hand, and then with one fire killed Donna instantly, with the second he, shot Judy in the thigh, the last missed.  But he says he in interrogation meeting he was aiming for Judy’s head.

Judy never got a good look at Berkowitz. After that David killed 5 more people and along the way left this note and was very happy to go more in-depth to it when he was captured.

Why?

David left this note after one of his killings saying that, his neighbor’s dog, Sam had possessed him and told him that Sam must have the blood of young attractive women.

This is the note, misspellings intact.

I am deeply hurt by your calling me a women hater. I am not. But I am a monster. I am the “Son of Sam.” I am a little “brat”. When father Sam gets drunk he gets mean. He beats his family. Sometimes he ties me up to the back of the house. Other times he locks me in the garage. Sam loves to drink blood. “Go out and kill” commands father Sam. Behind our house some rest. Mostly young — raped and slaughtered — their blood drained — just bones now. Papa Sam keeps me locked in the attic, too. I can’t get out but I look out the attic window and watch the world go by. I feel like an outsider. I am on a different wave length then everybody else — programmed too kill. However, to stop me you must kill me. Attention all police: Shoot me first — shoot to kill or else. Keep out of my way or you will die! Papa Sam is old now. He needs some blood to preserve his youth. He has had too many heart attacks. Too many heart attacks. “Ugh, me hoot it urts sonny boy.” I miss my pretty princess most of all. She’s resting in our ladies house but I’ll see her soon. I am the “Monster” — “Beelzebub” — the “Chubby Behemouth.” I love to hunt. Prowling the streets looking for fair game — tasty meat. The wemon of Queens are z prettyist of all. I must be the water they drink. I live for the hunt — my life. Blood for papa. Mr. Borrelli, sir, I dont want to kill anymore no sir, no more but I must, “honour thy father.” I want to make love to the world. I love people. I don’t belong on Earth. Return me to yahoos. To the people of Queens, I love you. And I wa want to wish all of you a happy Easter. May God bless you in this life and in the next and for now I say goodbye and goodnight. Police — Let me haunt you with these words; I’ll be back! I’ll be back! To be interrpreted as — bang, bang, bang, bank, bang — ugh!! Yours in murder Mr. Monster.

In most of his notes lied his symbol.

After being caught by the NYPD he was jailed for 25 years to life for 6 consecutive life sentences. He has been denied parole by New York authorities for the sixth time, as of may 2012. He is up for another parole hearing in 2014. He now is the prison pastor and is part of a food drive in Queens. David said that Jesus Christ has forgiven him for his sins.

Bibliography

http://www.biography.com/people/david-berkowitz-9209372

http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/david-berkowitz-son-of-sam/biography.html

http://crime.about.com/od/murder/p/sonofsam.htm

http://www.essortment.com/david-berkowitz-son-sam-36940.html

http://www.freeinfosociety.com/article.php?id=32

the cabinet of dr. caligari (1920) movie review

By:Nico

71 minutes long

Made: 1920

Director: Robert Wiene

This film is considered one of the best examples of German Expressionism ever.  The set and background is so distorted it’s difficult to even understand what things are sometimes, windows are never square, the rooms have more than 5 walls, and shadows are painted in all the wrong places.  The reasoning behind this is, the entire movie is being told from the point of view of a man in an insane asylum, it’s a really cool concept done perfectly!

The plot is a pretty simple one, the insane magician, Caligari controls a human puppet, Cesare to do his bidding.  This happens to be to seek and kill anybody Caligari has a grudge for.  But as he kills Cesare falls in love with a woman, Jane.  And that is caligaris down fall.  This is definitely one of the more creepy movies I’ve seen the kind you start thinking about at night.

I highly recommend it for any fan of German Expressionism.

Knots (IOS)

By: Nico

I want to do this review because not that many people know about this fun free app.    Knots is an game for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.  It has a difficulty setting (easy, medium, or hard)  It also has a single player setting as well as a two player setting.  The game works like this, a blue dot will appear, put your finger on it and don’t let go.  Then another dot will appear put your finger on that one as well but don’t let go of the other finger.  This will get harder and harder as the game progresses and more and more dots start appearing.

This may remind you of Twister, it’s a bit like that.  But, some dots will start putting off red circles that means you let go of that finger.  As more dots start appearing it begins to become harder and harder to see out witch one to let go of, because you want to go fast to get the highest score!  This is a fun little game to play, especially on two player mode.  A really great part about this game is it’s completely free on the apple app store!!

I highly recommend this app for someone who likes Twister or some one who is bored.

Gods of Mars (Book Review)

By: Garrett

The gods of mars is actually the second book in the John Carter series. You don’t have to read the first one, but it would help you figure out what’s going on. The book is by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and it was a very early sci-fi book. It is about a captain in the confederate army named John Carter who goes to mars. The aliens that live on mars call mars Barsoom. But, since the atmosphere is different on mars, people from Earth are super strong. John carter has to save his princess Dejah Thors from evil aliens. I recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.

WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) movie review

By: Nico

66 minutes long

Made 1932

Director Victor Halperin

This is the first zombie movie…ever, it was made in 1932. I think it is important to realize that the zombie icon, George Romero wasn’t even alive yet. So you’re not going to be seeing any flesh eating, gore fests, like we know to day. But, if you are looking for something a little different I suggest you check it out. The movie takes place in, ware else but the birth place of the zombie, Haiti.

It stars Bela Lugosi, you might recognize him from the original Dracula. He plays another horror villain, this time a power hungry brain washer, as you can imagine he is the leader of the zombies. Bela’s character basically digs up graves and re-animates the corpses to do his bidding and work in his sugar mill. But soon a engaged couple comes in to town to get married and Bela’s character falls in love with the bride to be and must be with her. She is the “WHITE ZOMBIE.” That is the basic just of it, and it can get slow at times. But again if you like something a little different I highly suggest you check it out.

I’d also like to acknowledge Jack Pierce who did the make up on Bela in this movie as well as Karloff in Frankenstein and many other Universal horror films. He is just awesome.

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Minecraft Giant Trees Mod

By: Garrett and Nico

If you don’t know what Minecraft is, I will put a link to my other site here.  Basically how this mod works is you put any two blocks on top of each other, (the top one is the leaves of the tree, the bottom is the trunk.) then you place a block of obsidian on top of those, and a sapling on top of that. Then you use bonemeal on the sapling to make it grow. This will create a giant tree made of the two blocks you placed before the obsidian and sapling. This is fun, because you can make all sorts of types of giant trees, such as snow and ice or mossy cobblestone and diamond.

Minecraft Giant Tree Mod 

GAMEMAKER

By: Nico

http://sandbox.yoyogames.com/games/159775-brenden-humanitys-last-hope

This is a video game that me and my little cousin made.  I highly suggest the game maker I used.  It only took about 2 weeks to make the game and it was my first game!  It’s a easy, straight foreword way to make you’re very own game. The game maker is available on the yoyo games web site and it’s free!!