August 17, 2015

My Top Ten Black Cats

Although you should appreciate cats every day, August 17th is officially "Black Cat Appreciation Day".

Often associated with bad luck and witchcraft, and portrayed as incarnations of evil, it's obvious that black cats have had some very bad press and a lot of misconceptions about them over the years. Horror movies, particularly, have done nothing to redress the balance.

Bearing in mind that black cats are completely harmless and lovable pets, and that their often sinister depiction in horror movies is purely fiction, here's a quick top ten list of my favourite black cats.

1. Becker from "Blacker Than the Night" (1975).

2. Mar from "The Grudge" (2004).

3. Wellington from "The Uncanny" (1977).

4. Pluto from "Masters of Horror: The Black Cat" (2006).

5. Satan from "Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" (1972).

6. Belasco from "The Legend of Hell House" (1973).

7. Satanas from "Dr. Cyclops" (1940).

8. Mittens from "Funeral Home" (1980).

9. Hecuba from "Drag Me to Hell" (2009).

10. Ebony from "The Eye 3" (2005).

Bonus: Mr. Kittles from "Scary Movie 2" (2001).

For even more black cats, please visit: The Horror Cats - a Celebration of Felines in Horror Movies and Television.

The Horror Cats

August 16, 2015

Straight Outta Silliness

A movie called "Straight Outta Compton" is currently breaking box office records, so I'm sure that you've already seen a few memes for it on the social networks.

Other than being something to do with rappers, I have no idea what "Straight Outta Compton" is actually about. I probably won't ever see it until it ends up on Netflix anyway, but since I had nothing better to do for a few minutes, I thought I'd make a few memes for it too.

If you want to make one, the "Straight Outta Somewhere" meme generator can be found at: You can upload your own picture, change its size and contrast, and add whatever place name you want. You can't, however, correct the terrible abuse of the English language to "out of".

It's one of the cleverest and most successful marketing gimmicks (for a movie which I have no interest in) that I've seen so far.