Ask Movie Slate - Episode 198
Featuring Brainy-Twilight created by the awesome
Sometimes some ideas come on their own, but other times it's impossible to get them to work until something clicks right into place. The problem with an Ask Pony Blog is that you depend on your followers to send you questions, so if people don't send the right movie to Movie Slate I can't work on a picture for it. It's been a while since I've wanted to draw this picture and it feels absolutely great to get it done!
"Fiend Without a Face" is one of those movies I didn't discover on my own but thanks to Mr. James Rolfe and his video series "Monster Madness". Only recently I've managed to get it on DVD so I've watched it and I can count myself among its fans. It's a movie about a scientist trying to build a machine to control objects with his mind, and instead he ends up creating a bunch of monsters made out of pure thoughts. A simple and cheesy premise that the makers of this movie take advantage of in every possible way. It is a pretty "archaic" movie considering it's subject matter (you know, all the fear of nuclear power, scientists being the ones putting the world at risk and the Army coming to save the day) but it never hammers any of these points too hard and in the end it's a group effort that drives the story to its happy ending. Hell, it even has one of the most competent female characters in a B-Movie ever, that's pretty rare for a movie made at the end of the 50's. Also the stop-motion and animatronic effects in this movie are delightful. They can be a bit jittery sometimes but they are the good kind, the kind that makes the monsters either scarier or funnier. So despite its shortcomings it's a pretty good movie (pretty short too at barely 70 minutes long) that you guys should give a look to. I can totally recommend it.
It feels good to work on a Movie Slate update that's black and white again. I was originally going to make it full color, then I tried making it sepia toned, and in the end I went for greyscale. It's what works best with a b-movie that's shot entirely in black and white, plus it was awesome having the chance to draw these Fiends. It's a shame they are not more popular among movie monsters. I've never seen a creature with a design such as this one. I say we should bring them back, they deserve being next to the xenomorphs from Alien, don't you think?
I hope you guys enjoy the picture!
Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments. I appreciate each and every single one I receive.
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