Before science and medicine offered explanations for how bodily functions work and what diseases do to the body people had all kinds of strange ideas about what was happening inside their bodies.
“Bodily functions personified as popular kabuki actors,” artist unknown, late 19th century
Diseases felt like a curse, fevers felt like demonic possession, and drugs felt like a blessing from a god, so when artists created visual depictions of illness and diseases these terrifying themes could be seen in many of their works.
“Chasing measles away,” by Utagawa Yoshimori, 1862
The free falling elevator trope is so overused that audiences know just what to expect when "things go wrong" with an elevator while main characters are on board, but would you know what to expect in real life?
Elevator cables almost never snap in real life, and when they do most commercial elevators have secondary cables, brakes and air pressure on their side to keep the elevator, and its occupants, from going splat.
Norbert's life played out like a Greek tragedy, as he tried to come out of the shadow cast by his larger-than-life father Richard and instead found a life full of failure, debauchery, violence and hate. No wonder he was chosen to play Vigo The Carpathian!
Halloweentime isn't all about scares and nightmares, it's also about that fringe kind of funny known as dark humor or black comedy.
It's the kind of funny that makes you laugh in the face of death, or get a good chuckle from a horrifying situation, and designs created with this peculiar hue of horror humor in mind can be found in the NeatoShop!
Those who dig black comedy have a rotten sense of humor
When you're looking for a little inspiration to kick your workout routine into high gear you should take a note from Wonder Woman and train like a princess. Of course, it helps if you're an Amazonian princess who was born with a superhuman physique and endless endurance levels, but every hero has to start somewhere!
Shape up in superheroic style with this Amazon Gym (Full Color) t-shirt by Adria.Wells, it's one tee that's sure to earn you lots of compliments from your fellow geeks at the gym!
Bob Raccoon used to go by the name Rocket, back when he was a bad little mammal with a tendency to get into scrapes all across the galaxy. Rocket was a hothead, an angry little furball who would rather shoot down the problem than discuss it rationally, and Rocket's temper burned bright. But then one day his buddy Groot introduced him to a marvel-ous leaf that made all skies look bright blue and all trees seem happy, and since raccoons are rather fond of trees this life altering leaf made him giddy. He decided it was time to retire the name Rocket and go back to his real first name, which was Bob, and he swore from that day forward he would wield a paintbrush instead of a plasma cannon...
Add some painterly style to your geeky wardrobe with this Happy Little Groots t-shirt by Taylor Rose, it's the colorful way to show love for your favorite Guardian!
Imagination is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, and when a dreamer realizes their full potential by utilizing the power of their imaginative mind the whole world comes along for the creative ride. Jim spent his life dreaming, imagining and eventually creating, but his creations weren't kept in a box or locked in a closet, they were shared with the world. Now we can all see how important those imaginative walks through the forest Jim took with his froggy pal Kermit were to the world of entertainment, and the world no longer discounts the life of a dreamer...
Celebrate the power of the creative mind with this Imagination Mash-Up t-shirt by MightyRain, it's the adorable way to show love for your favorite puppet and the mastermind that created him with his own two hands.
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Samurai warriors trained to strike with precision, defend themselves when the fight stretched on and, most impressive visually, unsheath their katana and strike in the blink of an eye.
With a flash a well trained samurai can cut down a foe, or a flying baseball, while making their katana magic look way too easy.
Modern day samurai warrior Isao Machii demonstrated his considerable skills with the sword for Oricon News by slicing a baseball clocked at 100 miles per hour in half with a lightning quick katana strike. Note to the MLB- baseball needs more swords!
Halloween is less than a week away, which means Halloweenies who are prepared for the big night already have their costume and event picked out, and the procrastinators have another week to decide what to do.
There you'll find costume ideas ranging from crappy (like the Hammer Time getup on top) to crafty (chocolate chip cookie in the middle) to downright creative and worthy of compliments (jellyfish below).
Meatloaf revealed his brush with one of the afterlife's resident spooks on the Lifetime Movie Network show The Haunting Of, and the tale is every bit as cheesy at it sounds.
It goes like this: One night, Meatloaf saw a ghostly woman in white walk past his window. “And I went, ah, man ... Todd Rundgren groupie!” Meatloaf explains. (There’s absolutely no mention as to whether or not Meatloaf, who eventually had a well-documented drug addiction, was on anything at the time.)
Filmmakers are always trying to prove that they can make a kid appropriate movie that parents will enjoy as well, and flicks like The Incredibles and Wreck-It Ralph have come pretty darn close.
But these PG movies have something else in common besides their rating- their plots are incredibly similar to some R-rated films.
The Incredibles was heavily influenced by Alan Moore's graphic novel masterpiece The Watchmen, a connection posited by Baltimore Sun writer Michael Sragrow back in 2009 that seems pretty obvious in retrospect.
But would you believe parallels can be drawn between Wreck-It Ralph and Taxi Driver?
It's easy to dismiss these theories as nothing more than a case of every story influencing every other story, but the parallels extend beyond the plot to the very camera shots, story arc and dialog, making them mighty hard to ignore.
This year fans of The Walking Dead, and those who appreciate a good zombie tale no matter the franchise, will be wanting to celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all in undead style.
So here's ten tutorials to help you have a Walking Dead themed night of fun this Halloween!
1. Zombie Makeup Tutorial-
Greg Nicotero is one of the industry's leading special effects artists, and with his guidance The Walking Dead makeup crew keeps their undead cast looking extra rotten and gross.
If you're joining the rotting masses this Halloween check out this zombie makeup tutorial by Greg Nicotero, where you'll learn the old tissue and liquid latex trick to make realistic looking rotten flesh.
Now that you have the makeup covered you need an actual costume, and this stylish yet oh so easy to make corpse rising from the dead costume by Heather Green of Paint Pal is sure to lift some spirits this Halloween!
What's a costume and makeup without a horrifying prop?
Now you can make an accessory that looks disgusting but is actually delicious thanks to this tutorial by Mike from Semi Sweet that teaches you how to make the sugar cookie version of Daryl's Ear Necklace. Mmmmm....disturbing!
Pika is so cute and tiny that it's easy to forget he has the potential to evolve into a larger, and much more powerful, pocket monster. But shadows never lie, and the bigger the shadow the bigger the potential trapped inside, waiting to bust out and grow large along with the eyes of those watching the evolution. So while you're crushing and squee-ing on Pikachu for being so cute remember there's a Raichu lurking around inside that little guy too!
Bring the power of geeky imagination to your wardrobe with this Pikachu Shadow t-shirt by PsychoDelicia, it's big time fun!
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They say fame and fortune have changed that grumpy internet feline sensation, and that fame is a double edged saber. Unfortunately what they say is true, and even though that cat has more money than a Black Sun bookie and a legion of loyal followers she's blown up as big as a Hutt thanks to her all-you-can-eat goldfish habit. Her new Hutt physique has given her even more of an attitude, and now she deals with internet trolls by sending one of her star cat minions after them with orders to shoot to kill!
Light up geeky lives wherever you go with this Grumpy The Hutt t-shirt by Chet Phillips, it's the best tee to wear while you're waging war in the stars or simply watching cat videos online.
Some people (and quite a few pets) have a superb sense of style, seemingly born with an innate flair for fashion and a body made to wear clothes.
These fashion forward individuals are both real and imaginary, sometimes both at the same time, but unlike real people sporting real clothes the fictionally fashionable are hard to copy come Halloween.
It's like they got their clothes at some store nobody's ever heard of, in a city that doesn't really exist, so how's a Halloweenie supposed to cop their style?
For every person who believes aliens actually exist there are ten thousand skeptics ready to tell the believer they're dead wrong because of things like atmospheric conditions, FTL technology and the Bible.
But extraterrestrials don't care whether we believe in them or not, and when they eventually appear on Earth things are bound to take a turn towards the totally far out, man.
Aside from repeating tropes, themes and plots, filmmakers also like to recycle background characters to ensure the human clutter behind the stars in every scene looks comfortably familiar to viewers.
This recycling and reuse of filler characters means your favorite background friends will be in every movie, like the steadfast shopper or the trucker who keeps on truckin' no matter what's happening on top of his truck.
Dorkly's JHALL brought six background characters into the spotlight with his illustrations, and once you've seen them all in cartoon form you'll be seeing them in every movie you watch!
Thanks to pop culture weapons are the first thing on everyone's mind when they think about survival during the end times, and that goes double for a zombie-related apocalyptic scenario.
But even though a biblical armageddon will never happen, and corpses will never rise from their graves to devour the living, people are preparing for an unknown future by making sure they're well armed.
If you're wondering what the weapons of that dark future might look like you should check out this gallery of Homemade Weapons with the tagline- when you can't buy a gun you can build one.
The only thing this gallery is missing is a link to info about each weapon, because some of those guns look too ridiculous to actually fire bullets!
Death by fear is one of the most effective tropes in visual media, and despite the fact that dying from fear related shock is extremely rare people can't help but be mystified by the prospect of a heart stopping scare.
But it's far more common for a person to die while scared rather than dying from fear itself, and just thinking about a scenario where your worst fears come true and seal your fate is enough to make your pulse quicken.
Cheryl Eddy began a Superlist on io9 with descriptions of The 10 Scariest Ways To Die, which became a much more super list thanks to input from readers.
Here's my favorite entry from Cheryl's list:
7. Your nemesis doses you with a poison that slows your breathing and heartbeat to barely perceptible levels; everyone, including medical professionals, thinks you’ve kicked the bucket. At your funeral, which you’re able to fully witness in your immobilized state, your nemesis leans over your living corpse and whispers all of his or her plans to ruin the lives of all the grieving loved ones you’ve left behind. In a Quentin Tarantino movie, you’d be able to break your way out of the grave and get sweet revenge. But this is real life, and since you can’t die of a rage overdose, you slowly suffocate in the subterranean darkness of your coffin instead.
Frank doesn't wear a skull emblazoned across his chest to look cool or up his street cred, because he doesn't need any help in these departments. He wears the skull to strike fear into his enemies before he makes them pay for their crimes in blood, reminding them all that the Punisher is the angel of death to the underworld. Ordinary people marvel at how Frank manages to escape with his life after wasting whole buildings full of scumbags, but Frank knows it's all just a matter of luck, intense training and never running out of ammo...
Show the world you've got some seriously good taste in superheroes with this Punish t-shirt by Legendary Phoenix, it'll knock your fellow Punisher fans dead!
Canadian filmmakers are often overshadowed by their American counterparts because Hollywood is the hub of the entertainment industry, and the press doesn't give our cousins to the north their dues.
But Canadian creators have been changing the face of the industry for decades, sharing their unique view of the world through visual media, and their visions are often far more interesting than the played out ideas presented by mainstream Hollywood movies.
The Canadian contribution to the horror genre is no less interesting or important, because Canada gave us David Cronenberg, genre influencing films like Cube and Ginger Snaps, and classics like Black Christmas and My Bloody Valentine.
When you're looking for a fright flick to watch this Halloween you should consider going Canadian, and if you like your horror dark and disturbing yet cerebral you can't go wrong with a Cronenberg!
Everybody's always going on about working for the weekend and thanking god it's friday, but if these workers lived in the same town as Jason Voorhees they'd be looking to work as many overtime hours as possible! With a psycho in a hockey mask lurking around your weekend isn't looking too safe, and that goes double if you're thinking about going camping near Crystal Lake, so save your TGIFs for when your job isn't the only thing keeping you alive...
Slay your fellow horror fans with this TGIF The 13th t-shirt by tomburns, it's the fashionable way to cut down on hump day depression in your office!
When you've spent years traveling back and forth through time it becomes hard to tell whether you're heading back to the future or forward to the past. Marty is a smart kid, with a good head on his shoulders, and even he has lost track of whether he's coming or going! Good thing he has Doc Brown looking over his shoulder, making sure he gets back to his version of Hill Valley, because without Doc Mr. McFly might run outatime!
Get geared up for a time traveling adventure, or for a time travel related movie night, with this Back In Time t-shirt by Stationjack, it's old school cool just like your favorite sci-fi movie franchise!
The Groovie Goolies could have easily existed in the same cartoon universe as Scooby Doo and the gang, but surprisingly it was actually a spin-off of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show.
With Drac on the organ, Frankie on drums and Wolfie on lead guitar-like instrument, the Groovie Goolies were totally hip and always ready to rock the stage for the fine freaks who called Horrible Hall home.
While they're not technically monsters like their creepy neighbors The Munsters, The Addams Family are creepy and kooky enough to be considered honorary monsters.
Riding high on their comeback thanks to the success of the movie adaptations, The Addams Family finally received a well-deserved animated series and introduced a whole new generation to the first family of the macabre.
Many classic '80s movies were transformed into animated series, but Teen Wolf stayed true to the movie and gave us a glimpse into the home life of the Wolf.
With his average middle class lycanthropic family at his side, Scott Howard tries to tackle his teen years without wolfing out every time he gets overexcited. The show was okay, but the intro was totally radical!
They were skating along the edge of the universe, riding high after recent victories and feeling like the most radical military unit ever. But then came the screaming which could be heard half a galaxy away, terror growing in the pits of their stomach as the unit members discovered they were being stalked like prey. The xenomorphs were like nothing they'd ever seen before, and the sight of them made the screams come whether you willed it or not, your body's knee-jerk reaction to coming face-to-face with the galaxy's ultimate killing machine...
Aliens have never been so radical! Bring home this The Hand That Feeds t-shirt by Jehsee and watch the faces of your fellow fans melt with envy!
If you're traveling around the galaxy or whatever and you come across the gross looking old dude in this holofeed fight the urge to puke and report a Rick Sanchez sighting to the authorities. Seriously, this guy is a total menace who should be locked up because he's always taking my brother, I mean his grandson, on seriously messed up adventures that seem to be messing with the fabric of time.
Spread the word about the schwiftiest individual in the entire space-time continuum with this Free Rick Sanchez t-shirt by Outlawalien, wear his crimes like a badge of glory without all the guilt!
Doc Brown never thought he'd see the day when he lived to see that day when he and Marty arrived in the Hill Valley of the future, October 21st, 2015. There was something very different about the real life future day that truly set it apart from the future day they experienced after traveling nearly thirty years into the future, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it. But then he saw a gaggle of hipsters twisting their moustaches and guffawing as they walked down the sidewalk, and a kid nearly took out Doc's legs with his skateboard on wheels. Doc Brown exclaimed "Great Scott!" as he realized the biggest difference between the real future day and the one they'd seen- no Biff!
Take your style back to the good old days of sci-fi cinema with this Doc Brown - Great Scott! t-shirt by zer0patollo, and let your shirt do all the exclaiming for you!
The art of seduction is full of subtle physical cues, subtly probing conversation and subconscious chemistry tests, or you can just skip the song and dance and drop a pickup line on whomever you like.
This method has a very low rate of success, but the recipient of your fabricated flirtation will definitely remember your attempt, no matter how feeble.
People took to the Reddits and shared some of the most creative ways they've been hit on, which generally involved some sort of "smooth" line that earned the line dropper a permanent place in the recipient's memory banks. Talk may be cheap, but at least it's free.