Free Counter Do You Know?: May 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What do you know About Horror Movies?

Horror movie is a film that designed to frighten or panic, caused dread and alarm, invoke our worst hidden fear, and terrifying, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in cathartic experience. Horror movie usually deal with our most primal nature and its fears : nightmares, our vulnerability, alienation, revulsions, unknown terrors, fear of death, dismemberment, loss of identity, or fear of sexuality.

The first horror movie, was made by imaginative French filmmaker Georges Melies, titled Le Manoir Du Diable (a.k.a. The Devil's Castle, 1896). The movie only about 2 minutes long and containing some elements of later vampire films.

Nachte des Grauens (a.k.a. Night of Terror, 1916) - German's silent movie - was the first vampire movie that made in length-feature film. The film was directed by Arthur Robison, and it is about the story of vampire-like people.

Horror movie that have been considered as silent expressionistic landmark classic is German film called Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919) from director Robert Wiene. The story is about a ghost-like hypnotist-therapist in a carnival called Dr. Caligari (played by Wener Kraus) whose performing somnambulist. It was brought to Hollywood in the 1920s, and later influenced the classic period of horror films.

Meanwhile, the first horror movie that adapted Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was Hungarian film called Drakula Halala (a.k.a The Death of Dracula, 1921).

Meanwhile the American actor that been introduced the horror genre to audience in Hollywood was Alonso "Lon" Chaney, Sr., who also been known as "the man of a thousand faces". He's been known by that nickname for his transformative, grotesque makeup and acting genuis. He's been well-known for his act as the huncbacked Quasimodo - a tortured bellringer in a cathedral - in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923, directed by Wallace Worsley). Chaney's most memorable protrayal was in the ground-breaking, vividly-frightening horror classic The Phantom of the Opera (1925) as Devil's Island escapee Erik, a disfigured, deranged, biter, and vengeful composer / ghost of the Paris Opera (based on the character in Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel).

The most frequently portrayed character in horror films (that also been noted by Guinness Book of World Records) is Dracula, with over 160 representations. The first Hollywood movie about him was Dracula (1931), directed by Tod Browling, produced and released early in the year by Universal Studios. The film itself was a adaptation from Lugosi's Broadway stage story (played in 1927).

Another classic horror film was Frankenstein, which been produced in 1931. It was an adaptation from Mary Shelley's novel. Boris Karloff - played as the creature made by Dr. Henry Franskenstein - had been well-known after played this character.

Meanwhile, the first werewolf film that made and produced in US was The Werewolf of London (1935). It's directed by Stuart Walker and played by Henry Dull as Dr. Glendon, a scientist who brings the "wolf curse" upon himself.

Notable films with living dead "zombie" plots was made for the first time in 1932. The film called The Mummy, directed by Karl Freund, with Boris Karloff in the title role as the 3,700 years-old bandaged corpse of Im-Ho-Tep.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What Is The Longest Film Series Ever Made?

Officially, The World Guinness Book of Record stated that Wong Fei Hung is the longest film series ever made. It has 99 sequels and has been made since 1921 until today. There are several actors has played as Wong Fei Hung. The long- lasted actor who played this character was Kwan Tak Hing. He played this character since 1921 - 1970 and played in 77 sequels. Meanwhile other stars that also starred this character are Jet Li (in the series of Once Upon A Time In China) and Jackie Chan (in Drunken Master & Drunken Master 2 a.k.a. The Legend of Drunken Master).

But unofficially, the longest series ever made was the series of Three Stooges. They had made 217 series already since 1921 until 1970. About 190 series were made in short movies (30 minutes duration) and 27 series were feature -length movies. Their first short-movie called Women Haters (1921) which became their debut. After the success of the movie, they start to made series of their slapstick adventure. At least of of their movies been released in every 3-4 month.

Their first long movie was Soup to Nuts (1930), which directed by Benjamin Stoloff and also starred by Lucile Browne.

Their last movies was in Kook's Tour, which released on February 1970. On January 1970, Larry Fine - one of the Three Stooges - suffered a severe stroke, and paralyzing the left side of his body. He passed away on January 24, 1975 after suffered several more strokes. He was entombed in in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetary.

Meanwhile Moe Howard - the leader of the Three Stooges - died of lung cancer on May 4, 1975 and entombed in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.

The last member of the trio was Emil Sitka, who died in January 16, 1998.

The Three Stooges were an American comedy act. They were commonly known by their first names, such as "Larry, Moe, and Curly", "Moe, Larry, and Shemp, or "Larry, Moe, and Curly-Joe". They had been known by their hallmark of physical slapstick comedy punctuated by quickly-delivered one-liners, within outrageous storyline.

The original members of The Three Stooges were Moe Howard, Ted Healy, and Shem Howard (1922 - 1923). The members been change several times, and members such as Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Joe Besser, Curly Joe DeRita, and Emil Sitka had join the team and played in several series of The Three Stooges.

The longest team members of Three Stooges was "Moe, Larry, & Curly Joe" whose been been team up for 17 years (1958 - 1975). Meanwhile the last team members of Three Stooges was "Moe, Emil, & Curly Joe" (1975) and only took several months.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What is "Horenzo"?

Well... it sounds very Japanese and not so many people know about this vegetables. Well... Horenzo itself means "spinach" in Japanese. But different from regular spinach, it is delicate, small, spear shaped and relatively flat leaves. It is a Japanese local variety of spinach. The stems are slightly pink-red color, and it has flavor mild and sweet.

Same as regular spinach, Horenzo is also high in minerals and vitamins. It is one of the favorite green vegetable in Japan. Usually it can be found easily in Japanese home and restaurants' menu.

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