Thursday, January 26, 2012

Unsung Heroes of the Zombie Apocalypse

If you follow zombie films at all, you are familiar with the "patron saints" of undead exterminating. There's Alice from the RESIDENT EVIL films, Tallahassee from ZOMBIELAND, Ash from EVIL DEAD and ARMY OF DARKNESS, and Darryl from THE WALKING DEAD just to name a few.

They're all pretty proficient with snapping necks and blasting diseased brains to kingdom come, but they aren't the only ones who are pretty good at putting the undead back into the grave!

Meet Father McGruder from DEAD ALIVE. Although a small player in the film, this man of the cloth had one of the most memorable scenes in the entire film with two... that's right... TWO fantastic catch phrases that should definitely be worked into conversation at least once per day by every one of us.

The embedding is disabled, but please go HERE and watch the man in action.

Unfortunately, Father McGruder didn't survive, but stories of his efforts against the undead will be handed down from zombie nerd to zombie nerd for generations to come.

We at B'hold Designs salute you, Father McGruder. May you continue kicking ass for the Lord in the great beyond.

Aim high. Run fast.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fun Zombie Flicks

Have you noticed that zombie movies are everywhere? Isn't it great? Well, sometimes it is. In browsing the surprisingly large zombie library on Netflix, I've found a few that are diamonds in the rough. Check them out...


Nazi zombies that can run and throw punches, this funny and horrifying 2009 film comes from Norway.

DEAD ALIVE (original title BRAIN DEAD)

This one is near and dear to my heart, as it was my first experience with a zombie film. It's campy, cult horror hilarity, and it was directed by Peter Jackson (hello? Lord of the Rings?) What made me pick up this gem at my video store (this was 1993) was the fact that it called itself the goriest movie ever!

It is.


This is not the Romero version you're thinking of. This one came out in 2008 and had a few big names in it! Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon (AKA "Mr. Mariah Carey"), AnnaLynne McCord, and my man Ving Rhames!

They took quite a few liberties from Romero's version... in fact it's NOTHING like Romero's version, but I really enjoyed it. Check it out.


From the land of "fromage" comes a 2009 fanTAStic zombie flick with good guys and bad guys teaming up to survive one night trapped in an old apartment building at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. I reviewed it in this blog some time back. See it HERE if you'd like more info.

If not, just know I give it a hearty "oui, oui"!

There you have it. Four fun films for the weekend! Don't say I never gave you anything.

Aim high. Run fast. Pop the corn.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Skins Update

I'm afraid it looks bleak at the moment for B'hold Designs creations to make the leap to a mobile device near you. Ever since losing my spot with the company who got my hopes up originally, I've been emailing a couple of contacts at a different, larger company in the hopes of being added to their roster of artists.

Unfortunately, I keep getting the same basic reply: "no new artists until NEXT quarter."

Nothing against the cool guys I was emailing. I'm sure they're just telling me the way it is. They seemed to like my work, so I don't think it was about that, though I'm not certain.

I should probably give up, right? Nay!! I have found yet ANOTHER company and started the arduous task of "cold calling" in hopes of getting my foot in the door. Should anything develop, I'll be sure and let you know.

Aim high. Run fast. Cross your fingers.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

What's that noise? And why did the power go out while I was taking a shower? It must be because it's every psychopaths favorite day....Friday the 13th!

Every since the first Friday the 13th film came out waaaaay back in 1980, we've been afraid to go camping, hiking, or anything that takes place in the deep woods. Sure, some people still go, but I'm sure that when it's dark, and the camp fire is dying out, they think of Jason the same way those who go into the ocean think of Jaws.

Interesting bit of trivia here...did you know Kevin Bacon was in the very first Friday the 13th? It's true! And to answer your question, no, he did not survive. Not only that, his death was particularly creepy! Don't believe me? Check out the clip below (warning! it's not for the squeamish):

Maybe Jason was trying to show Kevin the dangers of smoking in bed. I'm sure his entire killing spree was just a misunderstanding (speaking of, check out the hilarious movie Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.... talk about your misunderstandings!)

So go out and grab some classic Friday films for the night. There's a great Friday the 13th remake that somehow made Jason even scarier that came out a couple of years back (that's it's film poster at the top of this post). It's even got the gratuitous drug references and nude scenes that made 80's horror films great!

Aim high. Run fast. Watch for machetes.


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Maybe She's Born With It...Nah..."

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Holy Crap, It's a New Year.

Hey, guess what? It's a new year. I'm excited because it only took a couple of weeks to figure it out. Usually it's March before I start dating things correctly.

Did you make any resolutions? I never do...or always do, depending on how you look at it. Each year I make a resolution to not make any resolutions... but of course by doing so, I immediately break the very resolution I never had any intention of making. Paradox. I'm such a deep thinker.

Apparently fitness goals are big on the resolution list each year. I know this because the gym I go to is over run by new faces each year at this time. The crowding can be a bit of a pain, but hats off to anyone who takes the steps to get in shape.

Speaking of the gym, I've noticed something disturbing in the men's locker room. All the older guys love to walk around naked. A lot. They'll dry their hair, stand at the urinal, make small talk with total strangers and even brush their teeth....all while their dangling party favors force your eyes to the ceiling.

Sorry if that was a little more information than you wanted. Even sorrier if you were eating a hotdog while reading.

Aim high. Run fast. Cover your eyes.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

"Friends" forever!

I loved the 90's show "Friends." The silly antics of a group of pals from NY made me laugh time and time again. That program is where I first saw my celebrity crush, Jennifer Aniston (actually, the movie "Leprechaun" is the first time I saw her, but i didn't realize it until years later).

When setting out to find a pic of Ms. Aniston to zombify, I found this great shot of she and Courtney Cox at some kind of party and the rest is history. I'm not sure if you can tell, but the background is the set of their favorite coffee spot, Central Perk.

It seems things have changed a bit since the zombie apocalypse, but one thing remains the same.... Monica and Rachel are still pals and seem to be really enjoying the life of the undead - although it looks like Phoebe either didn't make the cut, or they finally got sick of hearing "Smelly Cat." But just because Phoebe was devoured, doesn't mean she can't still hang out with the girls. And hey... SOMEone has to watch Jennifer's purse.

By the way, did you notice I signed this image? I don't do that very often, but felt compelled to do so this time. Not sure why... I think maybe I just like the idea of Jennifer having my name tattooed on her arm.

Aim high. Run fast.