My latest painting
Ink and watercolors
9” x 11” Canvas
10. “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”
Night Of The Living Dead (1968) Directed By George Romero
I think it’s fair to say Romero started the whole zombie fascination with this single classic. The funny thing is it started as an extremely low-budgeted project between him and his childhood friends somewhat, “guerrilla film-making”. Now, the zombie is the best selling monster in Hollywood today. I remember I used to stay up to watch this movie with my older brother and every time a zombie would pop out, we would choose a weapon in the room like we were actually in the movie fighting zombies but eventually we were out numbered. It never occurred to me, as a child, how political the film was. But I think the scariest aspect of this film is just the fact that the zombies are so so slow. Let’s face it, fast zombies suck and besides, the original slow, rotting zombies won’t getcha by being fast and ugly. They getcha by numbers.
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09. Remember the first cliche` shower scene?
Psycho (1960) Directed By Alfred Hitchcock
My mom and I are huge Hitchcock fans. She actually introduced me to the campy Hitchcock films when I was a kid. The nightmarish, disturbing film’s themes of corruptibility, confused identities, voyeurism, human vulnerabilities and victimization, the deadly effects of money, Oedipal murder, and dark past histories are realistically revealed.
08. The eerie sequel to Coffin Joe
At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1964) Directed By José Mojica Marins
I’ve never actually seen the previous film to this one but I really didn’t need to to appreciate this cult classic. This is pretty much the first horror film to come out of Brazil so, yes you will have to follow along the sub-titles. It’s so worth it, though. I love everything about this movie from the way the beginning credits swivel across the screen to the played out storyline. You know, Coffin Joe is looking for a bride only to find that all attempt to fall in love will conclusively fail. You can’t turn a killer into a hubby. My favorite thing about this movie is the romantic symbolism and Coffin Joe’s relentlessness to accept the idea of Heaven and Hell. Eventually, he is dragged into the firey abyss to confront his demons (the women he had murdered). Ughhh, it’s beautiful.
07. “Repeat to yourself: It’s only a movie…”
The Last House On The Left (1972) Directed By Wes Craven
I am not a fan of Wes Craven but I consider this film to be one of my favorites. Don’t get me wrong, it’s just disgusting. The elements he gets away with this picture is simply criminal. It really is a shocking piece of cinema. It was actually banned for quite awhile when it was first released specifically in the United Kingdom but a home video boom in the mid 1980’s slipped it through the cracks of censorship. I am drawn to this movie because of the bounds Wes Craven’s breaks to show the cruel truth of corruption. Okay okay, maybe it’s really just the badass chainsaw scene. Oh and yes, I have seen the remake and I happen to like it as well.
06. The goriest film you’ll ever watch
Dead Alive (1992) Directed By Peter Jackson
Don’t let the reputation fool you, this guy is a complete nut. Before the success of the Lord Of The Rings films, Peter Jackson was the main offender. I really think he purposely tried to be as dark “tongue in cheek” as possible. It’s genius. Well, this isn’t exactly your typical horror film. It’s a comedy wrapped around the zombie sub-genre. It you’re looking for laughs and gratuitous amounts of blood than you’ve got to watch Dead Alive.
05. It’s so bad that it’s funny
Teenagers From Outer Space (1959) Directed By Tom Graeff
A friend of mine recommended this movie to me not too long ago. He obviously understood my passion for bad acting and not-so-special effects which is the source of most of the movie’s unintended hilarity. Fortunately, that’s what makes this film such a gem. I mean, it was used for an episode on Mystery Science Theater 3000. If your taste in movies is anything like mine, you’re gonna love to hate it.
Teenagers From Mars - The Misfits
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04. A classic case of love sickness
Nosferatu (1922) Directed By FW Murnau
To be honest, I can’t watch this film just as it is. It’s a silent film, the music behind it is complimentary but I just can’t do it. I have a tendency to listen in for a few minutes before I put on one of my own CDs behind it but I do enjoy watching the imagery. There’s really only a handful of people who can appreciate the dark cinematography that is Nosferatu. I think my favorite thing about it is the classic charm of the movie like it isn’t compensating for attention, it’s just fine as it is: Simple and elegant. One of the pioneer films into horror.
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03. “In Heaven, everything is fine.”
Eraserhead (1977) Directed By David Lynch
I forgot how much I love this movie. The thing is, Eraserhead is more of a piece of art than anything. It’s a surrealist-horror film that takes you through a bizarre sequence of events such as visions of a woman trapped within a radiator singing and dancing, the lead character having constant dreams in which his head is used to make pencil erasers, and a baby-like creature. This movie takes you above and beyond and that’s why it’s one of my favorites.
02. Pass me a barf bag
Audition (1999) Directed By Miike Takashi
What is it about Japanese horror that gets me? I don’t know, the majority of the goriest films I watch are Japanese horror films. Once again, I was recommended to see this by the lovely Hannah Bridgens and she never lets me down when it comes to any type of movie so, of course I had to watch Audition. What didn’t expect was the utterly unflinching graphic content. I wish American directors could be as risky.
01. The crème de la crème
Suspiria (1977) Directed By Dario Argento
Back when I used to have Netflix, I would constantly scan through the films they had recommended to me. One film in particular was Argento’s Suspiria. Quite frankly, glancing over the plot summary I thought it would be the lamest movie but it ended up being the exact opposite. Suspiria, in a nutshell, fucks my shit up. To this day, I cannot watch it without having a pillow close by. There’s just something about Dario Argento’s twisted tales that send shivers up my spine. Argento is a pro at challenging your sanity.
So, Josh asked me if I could burn him a CD of some of our favorite Classic Punk songs. I can’t explain how nostalgic I’m getting listening to it. It makes me want to raid into my closet and put on old studded belts and makeshift vests. I miss the good old days…
Anyway, this is the track list.
01. Chinese Takeaway - The Adicts
02. You’ll Never Walk Alone - The Adicts
03. Safety In Numbers - The Adverts
04. Television’s Over - The Adverts
05. Oh Shit! - The Buzzcocks
06. Lipstick - The Buzzcocks
07. They Saved Hitler’s Cock - Angry Samoans
08. Nazi Punks, Fuck Off - Dead Kennedys
09. Stupid Girl - Channel 3
10. City Baby Attacked By Rats - Charged G.B.H
11. I’m An Upstart - Angelic Upstarts
12. I Don’t Wanna Be No Catholic - The Dead Boys
13. Jet Boy, Jet Girl - The Damned
14. Making Teenage Faces - The Exploding Hearts
15. Sniffin’ Glue - The Exploding Hearts
16. Kiss Me Deadly - Generation X
17. Rock N’ Roll Bullshit - Government Issue
18. Young ‘Till I Die - 7 Seconds
19. Steppin’ Stone - Minor Threat
20. Guns Of Brixton - The Clash
21. Six Pack - Black Flag
22. All By Myself - Johnny Thunders
23. Blank Generation - Richard Hell & The Voidoids
24. No Fun - Iggy Pop & The Stooges
25. Teenage Time Killer - Rudimentary Peni
26. Cosmetic Plague - Rudimentary Peni
27. Borstal Breakdown - Sham 69
28. Where Have All The Boots Boys Gone? - Slaughter And The Dogs
29. Bloody Sunday - Stiff Little Fingers
30. Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
31. Mickey Mouse Is Dead - SubHumans
32. Can’t Cheat Karma - The Zounds
33. You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) - The Undertones
34. You Broke My Heart - The Vibrators
35. Sex & Violence - The Exploited
Unfortunately, I could not find a link to every song.
My name is Isashah (e-saw-sha)
Ever since I was old enough to start going to school, teachers and classmates have had trouble pronouncing it so, I figure I’ll save you the head ache. Besides you’d probably look awfully silly sitting in front of your computer trying to press your lips together and such.
I was born in Guanica, Puerto Rico but I was raised a healthy Floridian. Four years ago I moved here to Atlanta, Georgia and it was the best decision I’ve yet to make.
I am a tattoo artist but I’m mostly a self-employed painter.
My interests include reading anything by Friedrich Nietzsche, Film-Noir/Classic Horror, zombies, art as a whole, body modification, obscure instruments, traveling, and meeting new people.
It’s not so much the people who interest me rather than just the time spent and the experience gained. I like meeting people worth sharing memories with.
I take every day minute by minute.