Friday, August 14, 2015

Cult films inspire art -- the work of Steve D. Stones

As readers know, Steve D. Stones is the co-blogger at Plan9Crunch blog. In fact, his work, Plan9Crunch is our blog logo. We've taken advantage of Steve's talents many times to provide art for blog posts. Steve is a professional, highly regarded artist and teaches at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Today we are starting an occasional series in which we feature Steve's art and link to blogs that likely served as partial inspiration for the art.

As you can see above, the first art is a Post cereal box with Hideous Sun Demon Flakes. We have reviewed Hideous Sun Demon and the link is here. Here's an excerpt: In his autobiography “Robert Clarke: To B or Not to B: A Film Actor’s Odyssey,” Clarke mentions that he had a desire to create a film similar to the Robert Louis Stevenson story Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He was impressed with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde while seeing it in a movie theater at the age of 12. He wanted to create a film that would have much more substance than The Astounding She Monster. 

Steve's next art is a Vampire Crunch cereal with Nosferatu enjoying a meal. The link to a review of the film is here. And the excerpt: Max Scheck’s portrayal of Count Orlok is grotesque and iconic, a true screen legend that continues to haunt audiences even today. Scheck’s Orlok is more truthful to Bram Stoker’s vampire in the Dracula novel. More contemporary depictions of Dracula show him as a handsome aristocrat that attracts and repels beautiful women. Scheck’s Orlok is meant to be a frightening creature, avoiding any romantic references.

The final work of Steve's for this blog is Kellog's Creature Crunch, which features the iconic Creature From the Black Lagoon of Universal horrors. Here's a link to a review of "Octaman," a low-low-budget ripoff of original Creature. We hope you have enjoyed the art and the reviews. And here's an excerpt: Some viewers have described Octaman as a low-budget version of The Creature From The Black Lagoon. There are some similarities. For instance, there is a scene where the expedition is trying to leave the local area in their motor home. They encounter a fallen tree that blocks their path on the road, making it so that they cannot leave. This is similar to when the creature in The Creature From The Black Lagoon moves a fallen tree in front of the boat expedition.

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