Weird Universe


Blood is Money

Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

The Certainty of a Future Life In Mars

Did you know that when you die, your soul goes to a new life on Mars?

You can read all about it right here.


Here's what happens when the new soul first arrives.


Here's a little scholarly perspective.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 24, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Religion, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Travel, 1900's

Jasper and the Haunted House

What else but "Spooks Gooseberry Pie?"

Learn more here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation, 1940's

Murad Cigarette Ads



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Surely one of the most gorgeously over-the-top ad campaigns for any cigarette was the long-running series for Murad brand. What a realm of fantasy!

Read a small history of the brand and see a large gallery of images here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 12, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fantasy, Smoking and Tobacco, Middle East, Twentieth Century

Follies of the Madmen #208

Where to begin with this long ad? The surrealism of a Corvette on the Bonanza set? The notion that a sexy spy like Napolean Solo would drive a Corvair? The mashup of Bewitched with Bonanza characters, including the ultra-campy Agnes Moorehead? It's a commercial that just keeps on giving in the weirdness department.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, Surrealism, Crossovers and Mashups, Fantasy, 1960's, Time-travel, Cars

(Queen of the) Amazons

Here's a twist. Usually, I present the trailer first, then the full film it represents. But I can't find the full film for Roger Corman's Amazons trailer (1986) above. And I can't find the trailer for the feature length Queen of the Amazons (1947) below. So you get the trailer for one, and then the full other feature. But they are both so bad, you probably wouldn't have noticed if I didn't mention it, despite a 40-year gap and one being in color and one in B&W!!

Enjoy both!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 03, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Fantasy, 1940's, 1980's, Women

Goliath and the Vampires

Just to get you in a Halloween mood. If you need more, the full movie follows.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 17, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Fantasy, Myths and Fairytales, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

The Land Eaters

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 19, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Surrealism, Fantasy, Stop-motion Animation

Who Are You?

Edward Packard invented the "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre, which made him a good living -- and still does. According to wikipedia, he recently started a company to bring Choose Your Own Adventure apps to the iPhone and iPad. Packard may also have caused an entire generation of kids to be confused about their identity:
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 01, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Literature, Books, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Writers
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