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Muticia Returns to Johnny Brento’s JuJu

Muticia Returns to Johnny Brento’s JuJu

Aug 27, 2013

Hello from your long lost Johnny Brento. Yes, Mutants, I know it has been a while. Yours truly has been on hiatus from regularly updating the site in favor of actually doing things. One of those things is putting together a new intro for the future episodes of Muticia’s Movie Morgue. Just this past weekend, we began shooting that footage. I have to say, it was nice to be back on the set, This time I got to direct a bit and things went really smoothly. To be fair it was a short shoot with not many shots required to accomplish our goals for that shoot. Perhaps that is the key to having more fun and less drama, not being so ambitious shot wise. We had friends old and new along with us and that really made things wonderful. I always like sharing the process with folks who haven’t seen it before. So, in a nutshell, the new intro involves Muticia in a variety of fake genre movies, on an old style TV. In order to make this feel convincing, each of the so called “Fake” films needs one or two shots that are fully realized. That, my mutant friends is where you come in. We’ll soon be broadcasting the call for Zombies once more. If you’re lucky enough to make the cut, your face could be on the intro for every single episode of Muticia’s Movie Morgue going forward. Talk about a legacy. This weekend Muticia takes on the guise of a sorceress battling a wizard, played by Tommy Allen Taylor…of the Taylor’s folk. Ha! Ha! You can check out this exclusive update from Muticia herself below. As usual, Streebo always has the behind the scenes access for you mutants. Check it out below We also got some fantastic photos of the sorceress makeup, Crazy Todd created. In fact, I’ve created a wall paper featuring Muticia as the Sorceress character. You can check that out in two flavors below. Comic Style Photo Real Don’t forget to Like Muticia’s Fan page to stay tuned in on the progress towards Episode #2. Muticia also has her own dedicated YouTube Channel. If you look at the...

Streets of Mutantville and Injustice: Gods Among us on Johnny Brento’s JuJu

Everyone now and then I just have to give it up for a video game. Click on to see what has me in a tizzy after the jump. So yesterday, the wife wants to eat at a particular chinese restaurant by GameStop. While we are waiting on the food, I take the opportunity to duck in a see what’s coming out. I happen to pick up Injustice: Gods among us from Netherworld. I ask gamer guy behind the counter, “Hey, how’s this?” being that it has the Justice League characters in it. He says that it’s gotten nice reviews. I aks if they have a used copy as it is priced at $59.99. He says that they don’t but if I’ll wait 5 minutes there’s going to be a POwer Hour where that very game will be a mere $9.99. The only caveat is that it must be mail to me as opposed to have a copy to carry out.  “Hell yes,” says I. So, being the first in line, I’m kind of shocked when I have to wait for 25 minutes for them to get through the check out process. Apparently, so many gamers are buying this game at GameStop stores nation wide that it has their system crawling. Then we get to the final checkout screen and disaster strikes. The system kicks them back to the first screen. Argggghhh! Meanwhile Nancee is sitting next door wondering where I am. I contemplate leaving, but a savings of $49 on a brand new game is an enticing lure to be certain. As I’m standing there thinking how my lunch break is almost over. Gamer Dude #2, says, “You know what? He was the first in line. I’m just gonna do it.” He then proceeds to turn around and grab me a spanking new copy, marked $59.99 and sells it to me for $9.99. So, I got to carry it home when all the rest of the Power Hour shoppers had to wait on snail mail. Sweet! To boot I reserved, “Call of Duty: Ghost” for Liam and got large swanky posters. Some times cool stuff just happens. So last evening we are playing this...

The Lords of Salem on Johnny Brento’s JuJu

One thing is clear when watching a Rob Zombie film. The man is a classic horror fan, as his influences can be heavily felt throughout his latest work, The Lords of Salem. His subtle homages to films such as “The Devil Rides Out” and “Rosemary’s Baby” could go completely unnoticed by anything other than a died in the wool, or rather washed in the blood horror fan. For those of us in the know so to speak, each one of these hidden nuggets produces a wry smile. Without further ado, here’s the recap. Sheri Moon Zombie stars as Heidi Hawthorne, a late night DJ, living and working in Salem, Massachusetts. She works with two funny co-host dudes Herman Jackson – Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead and slew of other genre films) and Herman ‘Whitey’ Salvador – Jeff Daniel Phillips (Halloween II) whom they only refer to as “Whitey” in the film. The trio seem to be genuinely friendly and a romantic relationship between Heidi and Whitey is implied. It’s also implicitly implied that Heidi has a history of chasing the dragon. I had the feeling that Whitey was her sponsor for sobriety. Leaving the radio studio after the show, Heidi receives a package which inside holds an old school vinyl record. That night as she and Whitey party together back home, they listen to the very strange music. Whitey suggests that they play in the “make it or break it” portion of the show the next evening. When they do, it seems to have a visceral effect on Heidi who asks Herman J to mute it in the DJ booth because it’s giving her a headache. Meanwhile, we see Heidi’s land lady, Sonny (Dee Wallace) and her sisters, each in their own setting, drop their respective tasks and seemingly go into a trance upon hearing the tune. From this point on the sister 3 seem to have an ominous agenda. The two Hermans make one final attempt to save their friend whom they sense is spiraling back into addiction, but she gives them the slip in a poignant scene where she pauses at the side door to say in an almost sad way,...

Poser 2014 & 3D Rendered Comics on Johnny Brento’s JuJu

Poser Pro 2014 was released this week and being the render-geek that I am, I’ve definitely had my nose right in the middle of it. Once again I was lucky enough to provide included content and also got my name in the “Thank You’s” for the inclusion of my Creech figure. So what does this have to do with film making? Not a damn thing! LOL! I kid. I kid. I use Poser for all kinds of pre-visualization on various film projects. Here’s a rad example of what I’m talking about. That’s not all Poser is good for. Once in a while I want to just spin off something that lands on the top of my head. No peer critic or feedback, just start telling a made up story. Poser is especially fun and effective at doing this. Just out the gallery below some example art and until next week, keep rendering,...

One of Those Weeks on Johnny Brento’s JuJu

I’m processing over 320 VHS additions to the archive this week as well as working on a new podcast focused on VHS collecting and commentary type review for cheesy horror flicks ranging from the 70’s – 90’s. The first episode is recorded and in the process of the being edit and put into shape for presentation. Episode #1 of VHS Graveyard features an in depth interview with Dan Kinem, co-director of Adjust Your Tracking: The Story of VHS as well as hosts Jaybird and myself demolishing an cheeseball from Wes Craven called, “Deadly Friend.” We sure to pop on over to the fan page to get the first episode as soon as it drops. Sorry for such a short update this week. It’s been one of those weeks and Crossfit is killing me. So there. Happy Wednesday Mutants. Go watch some...

Ray Harryhausen on Johnny Brento’s JuJu

The film making world has lost an artist this week who’s work left footprints like those of a giant. Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation and special-effects master has died at the age of 92. His work on such movies as “Jason and the Argonauts,” and “Clash of the Titans” (1981) influenced scores of future films makers such as Peter Jackson, George Lucas and then some film makers that really matter to you mutants,  all of us who fly in the Mutantville mothership. One of my earlier film experiments included Claymation which was directly inspired from  Harryhausen’s work. Check out the Grindhouse version of...