Autodidact: self-taught


Mad Monster Party

by V. L. Craven

My last tattoo was Tim Burton-esque, and my tattooer recommended Mad Monster Party, a stop-motion film released in 1967.

What a trippy, fun time.

Dr Frankenstein needs someone to succeed him upon his retirement, so he calls a weekend-long party/conference to choose his successor. Included in this group is Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, the Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, a werewolf, the Mummy, the creature from the Black Lagoon and other monsters. Also invited is the doctor’s nebbish nephew Felix.

Dr Frankenstein is voiced by Boris Karloff and Frankenstein’s mate is voiced by Phyllis Diller. I cannot tell you how fantastic that is. There’s also Dr Frankenstein’s helper, Yetch, who is based on Peter Lorre. The impression was so well done I was surprised to learn the character wasn’t voiced by Lorre himself.

And my tattooer was right about the Tim Burton connection. According to Wikipedia:

The stop motion cute/ghastly look of the creatures in this film was very influential on Tim Burton’s Vincent, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride; in particular, Burton creations strongly resemble the little monsters seen in the Stay One Step Ahead number.

And the end was a genuine surprise.


A Gorey Place to Shop

by V. L. Craven

Being the twisted child I was (who would grow into the twisted adult that I am) Halloween was always my favourite time of year. I loved Charles Addams cartoons, Tim Burton films and watched Mystery! on PBS just for the Edward Gorey titles. I tried to talk my parents into buying me all sorts of things at Halloween so I could decorate my bedroom with them year round. These kids today don’t know how great they have it–thanks to the internet, they can buy a panoply of spooky things any time of the year.

For example, I love the Gorey Details . It’s a shop that is full of things to please those of us who embrace our darker side.

They have a huge range of products, but some of my favs are books from the Mutter Museum , pages dedicated to Emily the Strange, Edward Gorey, Edgar Allan Poe and Tim Burton.

Now I at least have my own money and can buy whatever I want.


If it Works, Don’t Fix It

by V. L. Craven

This has been around awhile but it’s still hilarious.



by V. L. Craven

French and Saunders: Bergman Days

That Mitchell and Webb Sound: Welcome to Hufflepuff

‘All I can do is urge you to look on the bright side. At least you’re not in Slytherin. Another curious decision on the part of the school, there. To dedicate an entire house to those of the children in its care who are evil. Surely a recipe for trouble…’

Dot Dot Dot
A flash based on a voice track about a review (of another flash)

A Day in the Life of a Hangover (Director’s Cut)

Weird Al: Stop Forwarding that Crap To Me

Weird Al: White and Nerdy

Liz Lemon: The Early Years

Brute Force Doesn’t Always Work

‘NO! They’re running… NOOOOOOOO’

Neil Gaiman and Adam Savage Dorkiness

And this is what Neil Gaiman was referring to:

When Kathy Griffin Met Michele Bachmann

BBC America Advert

I’m a Climate Scientist: NSFW

Jim Henson Gets Told

College Humour: Tim Burton’s Secret Formula

Weird Al: Another Tattoo

Pretty much every video in the Gentlemen’s Rant series is hilarious, but these are my favourites:






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