Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Review

Sweeney Todd’s Origins Sweeney Todd is adapted from a serialized tale called The String of Pearls: A Romance. The story took place in 1785 and was first published as a serial in 1846-47. The story has been adapted for stage and screen many times over, but in case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s the short version. Sweeney Todd is a barber on Fleet Street in London. He kills his victims (sometimes through breaking their necks and sometimes giving them too close a shave with his straight-edge razor). Then disposes of the bodies by giving them to his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett. She bakes them into meat … Continue reading Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Review

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth

The History of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The story first appeared in print in 1820 as a short story. Since then, it’s gone on to be one of the most enduring American ghost stories of all time. In Washington Irving’s original tale, a hapless schoolteacher in New York state is pursued by a ghost in 1790. I remember watching a short Disney adaptation at Halloween every year in elementary school. Compared to its adaptation by director Tim Burton in 1999, that was definitely child’s play. The Movie Punks the Original In the film, the character of Ichabod Crane has been fundamentally altered. (Except, perhaps, for … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow (1999) Punks an American Revolution Myth

Edwardian Ball VII date confirmed

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Photo by Marco Sanchez, used with permission

February 1, 2016: (Los Angeles, CA) – The 7th Annual Edwardian Ball returns to Hollywood’s legendary and storied Fonda Theatre on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for ONE NIGHT ONLY. The “epic and elegant yet seductively dark affair that enchants all of the senses,” according to LA.com, is a re-imagined turn-of-the-century world that presents an inimitable, description-defying, whimsical and surrealistic living interpretation and celebration of the late macabre cult author, comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist Edward Gorey. Continue reading “Edwardian Ball VII date confirmed”

British steampunk photographer exhibition

Gary Nichols, a British photographic artist taking the steampunk world by storm, is preparing to release the first tranche of his conceptualised neo-gothic fairy story eponymously based on the Victorian fairground attractions of The Imaginarium. This fantastical tale celebrates the redemption of one woman’s journey from ruination to salvation. Gary doesn’t just take photographs. He uses photographs to create art. Three of his original composite images have been chosen for an exhibition in New York City (between 25 July and 10 September) while he will be displaying the first chapters of The Imaginarium at “The Asylum” – the largest purely … Continue reading British steampunk photographer exhibition

A steampunk wedding?

Further to my previous post about steampunk being the “word of the moment”, here’s an article in The Guardian about having a steampunk themed wedding. Apparently Harry Potter, Edward Scissorhands and Batman are all steampunk. And I despise the word “movie”. We’re British, why can’t we simply watch a film? Here’s an extract of the article with a link to the full piece below: “As a spin-off from last week’s topic of having a Victorian-themed wedding, this week I’ll be sharing with you the very popular trend of having a “steampunk-themed” wedding. This theme can be best described as “Victorian era … Continue reading A steampunk wedding?