December 2 2017

Horror Prop Auction Spotlight – Jeepers Creepers

One of my favorite things to collect is Horror Props. When I can afford them which is almost never!

Not only am I fan of the Jeepers Creeper Horror Movies, I also own an old vintage wooden Jeeper Creeper with metal wheels for rolling under cars. Belonged to my Grandfather.

Anyway, I saw this prop and said: “Wow, I would LOVE to have that hanging on my wall!”

Unfortunately not in my budget, but if you think it’s as cool as I do maybe it is in yours!

Jeepers Creepers life size resin Bust 1:1 scale with license plate "BEATINGU" | eBay

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October 27 2017

Auction Spotlight – Hellraiser

Wait, what? I know, not my typical spotlight for sure, but then this is not your typical item!

If you didn’t know I am a prop guy, now you do! Although I am poor, so most of my props are replicas.

This was just so cool though, I thought I would pass it on! The price tag is WAY outside of my budget!

Hellraiser Hellseeker Puzzle Box Original Movie Prop Horror | eBay

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February 5 2017

Richard Garriott Auction Spotlight – Man On A Mission

This is a fantastic documentary about Richard Garriott’s preparation and flight into space. It is not hard to find at all. However, I have NEVER seen it posted this inexpensively on Ebay. I even paid a bit more than this for the copy I own, and I waited a year before I nabbed it at what I paid!

You do not need to be a fan of or interested in Richard Garriott to enjoy this movie. I think just about anyone with an interest in some of the things taking place in the commercial space flight industry would do well to check this score out!

There is also bonus features on it, including the first (and only still?) horror movie that takes place in space, actually filmed in space. It’s just a short flick of only a few minutes but is enjoyable.

So whether looking to add it to a collection, or just want an enjoyable and educational movie to watch, this is a win!

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars

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August 10 2016

Quick Movie Review – Deathgasm

Amazon recently added Deathgasm to their rental library, or you get it for free if you have their Shudder channel (or a free trial!).

I was excited to get a chance to watch this as a while back I had gotten a subscription box from “Box of Dread” with some props from the movie. Whenever I get some swag for a game, movie, book, etc.. If I have not experienced it, I like to do so.

High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… and this is only the beginning! It s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.

If you do not like blood and gore, stay away from this one! If you are ok with that, enjoy Heavy Metal, over the top Horror comedy then you may like this. I found it fun when watched as a non-serious movie. It reminded me a lot of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

July 8 2016

Watching Movies With Stile From Your Man Cave

Ok, looking for some more Movies to watch this weekend? Here’s a quick run-down of some stuff I have fielded for you over the week this week. Click the images to go the Amazon link.

Make no mistake; Grizzly IS a 1976 movie, and you will notice this immediately. The nice long intro with twangy music and pretty rivers is a great indicator! If you put yourself back to the time, though, and an era of such movies, I found it enjoyable. Sort of like Jaws in the woods!

I did not particularly enjoy the Eye2 myself, just found it lacking for some reason. It is fairly popular in some circles though so you may want to put it on your list.

The Finest Hour was fantastic. The acting, writing, directing, and effects were all above the top coming together to make a fantastic movie about a great historical event.

Skyline had me at “Arthur C. Clarke”. I grew up an avid fan of the true Sci-Fi greats and devoured everything by them, Arthur C. Clarke included. So I am well familiar with his work and was curious to see how it correlated to the work being done in this field. If I think about it sometimes, I need to ask Richard Garriott what he thinks about the Space Elevator projects that have been explored.

More than likely you are going to be familiar with the movie Maximum Overdrive based on Stephen King’s work. What many people do not realize is that there was another version of this film made previous to that one, in which, unfortunately, the soundtrack was NOT done by ACDC. Objectively I like the Emilio Esteves version better, as does my wife. On the other hand, this version has some enjoyable moments the other didn’t, and I LOVE the ending!

I am not a fan of most American comedy, especially more modern pieces. This piece did a good job of not being over the top and mixing a lot of fun into an enjoyable plot. My wife and I both enjoyed it and I would give it 8 out of 10 torches.

Wanting to expand your knowledge of Geek history? This is a MUST watch. It covers the history of Atari and some of the peripheral companies, including Activision. The Nostalgia I felt watching this movie was overwhelming. It made me think back to all my consoles and cartridges and I can only hope I rebuild those collections someday!

I did not know much about Burning Man until I watched this. Given the bulk of the documentary takes at the event, you come away with I think about the best feel short of going or future VR tech, you are going to get.

I actually did not watch this one this week. I started it up and said “oh, I’ve seen this” and hit stop. Was about a year or so ago and is a good documentary I learned a lot from.

July 4 2016

Celebrating 4th of July Geek Stile

So this 4th I am working on trying to get some things accomplished, getting side tracked with things like this article, and watching movies while I do it all.

Looking for something to watch? Then watch with me! The below images are links to the titles on Amazon if you want more information.

I have been watching quite a few documentaries.

Now the above is all good and fine and stuff I enjoy, but I like to mix it up with some fiction. Additionally, it is not my wife’s cup of tea, so it has been watching when she hasn’t been present this weekend, and then here is some of the stuff we have been grabbing together.

June 30 2016

Movie Recommendation From Stile With a Lot of Geek Talk

So I recently listened to both “Armada” and “Ready Player One” on Audiobook, by Ernest Cline. I, of course, have read both of these books long ago no worries on that score! I enjoy listening to Audio books for the books I like the most, though, as I often pick up things I missed in the books. Well, not missed per say but that pops out at me in a different way just because of the various media.

Amazon had done an Audibles thing a while back, where you could do a 3-month trial membership. I think that’s open all of the time if you use one of my image links below to go to Amazon and try it out. The trial gave me three free books (1 a month), and Ernest Cline‘s were two I choose (Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy being the third.)

As I have been listening to both books on Audible, something that caught my attention in a way it didn’t on the read was the lists of video games, movies, books, etc… from the 80’s. The difference being as Wil Wheaton’s voice read them off I was going “yep read it, yep saw it. So on, so forth, to the tune of there being ONE MOVIE between both books I do not remember seeing!

I do not mean out of just the film’s, but I mean every media listed, from both books, regardless of what it is, I’ve seen it, read it, listened to it, played it, and so on. I attribute noticing this in this way more because I felt like I was responding to someone mentally as opposed to reading a list.

Now I will list a caveat; there are SOME video games listed that when I say I “played,” I may have dropped a single quarter into it at the arcade, or fired it up on a console a total of ONE time and said “not my thing.” There are some damned obscure games on those lists that given my age at a certain point of time just did not work out for me. Take the references to the Atari 2600 Swordquest Games. Sure, I wanted to win those contests but believe me when I say I was a TAD bit young to complete them.

I, however, was NOT so young I could not play a perfect Pac-Man game, flip the high score on Space Invaders, work the madness of Pitfall, or, one of my favorites, blasting music while playing Megamania.

I remember a game of Defender in which I ended up with an audience of family members surrounding me in awe. I was in the zone, had been playing all night, and was in a trance. How I miss the day’s of playing video games with others, in person 🙁

I was born in 1973 though, and the Atari 2600 came out in 1977. I believe I got mine in 78 or 79 and of course had it for a very long time until I sold it all to my uncle. My uncle had amassed what was one of the largest collections I had ever seen (even in photos), but I had a very respectable collection on its own, yet didn’t collect. Was helping him out.

I was a bit young for finding Easter Eggs in games, solving the complexity of Swordquest (I think I eventually DID finish the first one), or figuring out how to address the stupidity of E-T.

I have played them all, though, and that includes pumping tokens into the Arcade all day with my mom on a Saturday or Sunday at the local place that had killer deals for exchange rates.

My mom’s favorite game? Joust! She still loves it, and growing up with such a mom is why I am the Artimus I am today, that can legitimately point at two books covering an entire decade of the best of the “geek” out there, and say “yep, loved it!”. Yes, I loved Joust also 🙂

Oh! A second Caveat, I of course also did not play any of the video games references that are questionable as to whether they even exist and such!

Another reason though I was paying particular attention to the lists is I have been “educating” me daughter in “geek”. No, not the games but movies and books are fair game!

She has full access to my library with over a 1,000 books in it. Although she rarely takes advantage of this preferring more modern authors overall.

Stile Teckel Library

Watching geek movies though is something that we do DAILY when she is staying at my home. As an example as I am typing this particular article I have Mad Max (the first one), playing for us.

So, when a particular movie was read off that I didn’t recognize, I did a double take and quickly emailed myself the name! That flick is… *Drum Roll*;

“Bishop of Battle”, or more specifically, Nightmares, in which Bishop of Battle is one of the four movies on this anthology.

I was, sadly, mistaken, though. I have in fact seen this movie and once I did more research vaguely remember it. For whatever reason, though I do not remember it and so would like to watch it again. Also, of course, introduce my daughter to it! Unfortunately, it seems you can only purchase as opposed to rent, and finances are tight right now so I will be waiting until I can either stream this or pick it up used, like at a garage sale.

June 24 2016

Geek Recommendations From Stile Teckel, Fun For The Weekend

A Game recommendation from Stile’s Basement:
So many great games, what to spotlight next? Let’s go with a card game this time. This particular one, while residing in my basement, is one that belongs to the wife. She picked it up at a convention, we liked it and have since picked up many expansions for it.


Killer Bunnies is a game that is fun for two people up to many. I have primarily played it with just my wife and I although we have also introduced it to a lot of individuals. It’s easy to learn, and anytime you want to mix it up more, you can get another expansion. There are an LOT of expansions!

You can get it here on Amazon, though, this is the starter kit. If you scroll down, you will see expansions galore! I recommend just starting out with the starter set. Maybe one or two expansions at most. It can get confusing quick if you add a lot at once!

Prefer a movie this weekend? Here is a must watch if you want uber geek cred!

Want to lay in bed with a good book instead? Be sure to read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, if you never have. If you enjoy it, there are additional books in the series.

May 13 2016

Stile’s Weekend Movie Recommendation – Point Break & Deadpool

I had a chance to watch the new / remake of Point Break last night. I went into it with both some excitement and some nervousness. The original was a fantastic movie and many remakes do not begin to compare.

I felt that this was a situation in which you could not beat the original. I had nothing to worry about as while in some ways the original was better, the remake did things that topped the original so when taken on it’s own it was a damned enjoyable movie!

Do yourself a favor and watch this in the highest definition option that will work for you. One of my favorite aspects of this remake of Point Break was the scenery. I often found myself distracted from what the characters were doing to the vast, beautiful, varied landscapes this movie was shot in.

The plot while some similarities to the original had overall been changed. I felt this lent to the fact they were not making a remake. They were taking a core idea and presenting it in a new way, meant to be different and more modern. Just my opinion.

I felt the cast did a great job, although perhaps not as good as the original. Some of the concepts and stunts performed in this movie were entirely new to me. There were multiple times I was blown away by some of the action scenes.

I have a rating system for movies. Since I watch movies while I work on my computer, my rating system is, how much do I get done? The better a film or a TV show is, the less I get done. This was the second movie this week in which I got nothing else done as it completely captivated me. The other? Deadpool, which I think you know plenty about already!

I think Deadpool to date is my favorite Marvel movie. I am sitting on a lot of Amazon media credit’s right now from no-rush shipping use as an Amazon Prime member. I decided to buy this one for “free,” as I knew my daughter would also want to watch it and renting it twice was getting close to a purchase price. I am glad I did; I could see this one being seen a couple more times over the years!