15,000 hits – Thank you! – NEWS

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On Thursday 14th March, 2019Retrollection.net‘ reached a total of 15,000 hits.  I am continually astonished to see how many people are now reading the blog.. ..as well as the rate at which viewer interaction is increasing, with some days getting well over 100 views. It is very humbling and gratifying to know that so many people are reading and hopefully enjoying my blog posts, so thank you all!

‘Retrollection’ is something I started having no idea of the response I would get, or indeed if anyone would have interest in. The substantive number of reader hits is a fantastic response.

As such, I thought I would share some viewing statistics with you:

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‘Christine’ – REVIEW (Columbia, 1983)

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Christine‘ is a 1983 American supernatural horror film directed by John Carpenter. It starred Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky and Harry Dean Stanton, with supporting performances from Roberts Blossom and Kelly Preston.

“She was born in Detroit.. ..on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is ‘Christine’ – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way..

..she seduces 17 year-old Arnie Cunningham, who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden, body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath..”

The screenplay was written by Bill Phillips, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which was also published in 1983. Filming began in April 1983, merely days after King had published his novel.

The movie follows the changes in the lives of Arnie Cunningham, his friends, his family, and those that cross him after he purchases a vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine.

Despite an initially lukewarm reception amongst critics, the film has gone on to become a cult classic.

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‘Children of the Corn’ – REVIEW (New World Pictures, 1984)

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Children of the Corn’ (officially entitled ‘Stephen King’s Children of the Corn’) is a 1984 horror film based on Stephen King’s 1977 short story of the same name. An American production, it was directed by Fritz Kiersch, and starred Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger, Anne Marie McEvoy, Julie Maddalena and R.G. Armstrong.

In the drought-stricken prairie lands of Nebraska, the corn crop has failed. Nothing survives in the arid soil and people pray for rain. Into the small community of Gatlin comes a sinister boy preacher, with a message for the children – only human blood will restore life to the parched earth and revive the dying corn. So it is that all the adults perish one hot Sunday, as their sons and daughters obey the savage commands of Isaac and his bloodthirsty executioner Malachai..

..three years later a young couple on their way through Nebraska get lost on the maze of roads around Gatlin and stumble into the seemingly deserted township. But here every adult must die..

The film tells the story of a religious cult of children who worship a malevolent entity known only as ‘he who walks behind the rows’. Under the direction of one of the children, the others have been lured into ritually murdering all of the adults in the (fictitious) rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, in return for a successful corn harvest and ultimately salvation.

Although King himself wrote an original draft of the screenplay, it was rejected in favour of one by George Goldsmith. King was keen to focus on the characters of Burt and Vicky and the uprising of the children in Gatlin. Goldsmith wrote a more conventional narrative, which was more violent and ultimately won the favour of the producers. The film was mostly shot in Whiting (see this page from Google maps) and Salix, Iowa with some filming taking place in California.

Although largely panned by the critics upon release, the film has amassed a cult following, has spawned several sequels and is arguably better known than the original short story.

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‘Salem’s Lot’ – REVIEW (Warner Bros, 1979)

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Salem’s Lot was a television mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel of the same name. It was directed by Tobe Hooper, shortly after his success directing ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and was released in 1979.

Novelist Ben Mears returns to his childhood town to exercise the ghosts of his past, unaware that an ancient evil has unleashed itself upon the Lot..

..one by one the people are disappearing, Salem’s Lot is dying. Ben fears the answer lies in the old Marsten House, with its mysterious new occupants, the sinister Mr Straker and the elusive Mr Barlow..

The mini-series was an American production starring David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lance Kerwin and James Mason. The plot centres on a writer who returns to his hometown to discover that the townsfolk are being turned into vampires; it also combines elements of the haunted house sub-genre of horror.

Many regard ‘Salem’s Lot’ as a staple of the a classic horror genre and it generally received good reviews, mixing the classic vampire tale with a more contemporary setting and moving away from the then standard depiction of a vampire ‘master’ back to an earlier Germanic cinema interpretation. It has some really subtle, creepy and clever effects, which heralded a move away from Hooper’s previous work and aligned him to a more mainstream audience.

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Recent Hardware Pickups, Episode No. 1 – Retrollection YouTube

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This is the first in a series of quick looks at my recent hardware pickups – from the end of 2018 to the start of 2019.

They include an Atari ‘Retro Handheld Console’, Atari ‘Retro TV Joystick’, Neo Geo ‘Mini’, SEGA ‘Megadrive Flashback HD’ and the Pacman ‘Quater Arcade’ from Numskull.


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Prepping a Dreamcast – Retrollection YouTube

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This is a quick look at me prepping a ‘Dreamcast’ before adding it to my collection.

This is mainly to replace my original ‘Dreamcast’, which was not entirely mint and had started to ‘yellow’. I realise that I could have gone down the ‘Retr0bright’ route, but the new unit is in generally better condition, has a quieter laser mechanism and.. ..it’s winter here in the UK, so hard to ‘Retr0bright’ successfully. In addition, I sold my original ‘Dreamcast’ on soon after this video for the same price I paid for the unit in better condition.. ..so cheaper than buying the bleach solution etc.

I have placed a warning on this video, I do not recommend or suggest that you dismantle and work on any electrical equipment without prior training. In particular, the PSU in game consoles can give a potentially fatal shock, even after the unit has been turned off for some time.

I hope you enjoy the video and please do comment and like, if you do.


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‘ARCADE ART: exploring the space between chaos and control’ – RETROSPECTIVE SPECIAL

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Back in 2015, when I started ‘Retrollection.net’ one of the first articles I wrote was a review of possibly my favourite arcade game, ‘Gyruss’. When researching and looking for ideas for images to use, I came across the fantastic work of Rosemarie Fiore.

Rosemarie is an artist working out of New York, who has created some fantastic artwork based on time-lapse photography of arcade games in action. They are fascinating and really convey the movement of the games in a way I had never seen before.. ..her work captures both the movement, frantic nature and fluidity of the games really well.

I really wanted to include one of Rosemarie’s images when I originally wrote the ‘Gyruss’ article, but as I had only just started the blog, I don’t think I had the confidence to ask.

However, now that the blog is growing, with just under 15K hits, I have gained a bit more confidence and contacted Rosemarie to see if I could include one of her images in an amended version of my original article. She was not only more than happy to oblige, she was really friendly and approachable.

Looking through Rosemarie’s portfolio her work on ‘Gyruss’ represents just a ‘snapshot’ of her talents and she has many other works that are related to retro gaming. As such, I am delighted to be able to share with you some more of Rosemaries images and also asked her a series of questions about her artwork.

So in this special retrospective we will be taking a look at some of Rosemaries work, finding out about how she creates her art and exploring the connection between arcade art and the space that exists between chaos and control.

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