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Deepstar Enigma

The awesomely-named scyphozoan jellyfish Deepstaria enigmatica was christened after the deep-sea research submersible that collected the very first specimen back in 1966—the Deepstar 4000

The first specimen, which measured 50 cm in diamater, was encountered in the San Diego at a depth of 723 m. Other specimens of this deep-sea jelly have been collected from depths of over 1,000 m. 

In the first clip above, you can see the intricate network of gastrovascular (read: digestive system) canals that radiate from the stomach of D. enigmatica and across its vast umbrella. 

In the second clip, you can see its oddly-shaped gonads. Sexy.

Video source: ChablisChannel

References: Russell. 1967.

                    Winkler and van Soest. 1981.

House IV

House IV – also known as House IV: The Repossession and House 4 – is a 1992 direct-to-video comedy horror film. It was directed by Lewis Abernathy (DeepStar Six storyline), produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and Debbie Hayn-Cass and written by Geoff Miller and Deidre Higgins. Director Jim Wynorski co-contributed the storyline. The film is the third and final entry in the House…

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Cinefessions Fourth Annual Summer Screams Challenge

Cinefessions Fourth Annual Summer Screams Challenge
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Ashe’s Main Checklist

Week One - When Science Screams - Sci-Fi/Horror (June 1 - June 6)
[X] Featured Film - DeepStar Six (1989) Points: (3)
ex. Title (Year) Points:  Date:
1. Deep Blue Sea (1999) Points: 2 Date: 06/01/2015
2. Deep Star Six (1989) Points 3: Date: 06/01/2015
3. Extraterrestrial (2014) Points: 2 Date: 06/01/2015
4. The Hybrid (Scintilla) (2014) Points: 2 Date: 06/02/2015
5. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Points: 2 Date: 06/02/2015
6. Predator (1987) Points: 2 Date: 06/02/2015

Week One Theme - Points Total: 13

Week Two - It Came from Italy – Italian Directors (June 7 - June 13)
[ ] Featured Film - Suspiria (1977) Points: (3)
1.

Week Two Theme - Points Total:

Week Three - Camp Hell – Summer Camp/Camping Movies (June 14 - June 20)
[ ] Featured Film - Camp Dread (2014) Points: (3)
1.

Week Three Theme - Points Total:


Week Four - Singing in Space – Space Operas (June 21 - June 27)
[ ] Featured Film - The Fifth Element (1997) Points: (3)
1.

Week Four Theme - Points Total:

Week Five - The Mighty, Mighty Scream Factory – Horror and Sci-Fi Films Released by Scream Factory (June 28 - June 30)
[ ] Featured Film - New Year’s Evil (1980) Points: (3)
1.

Week Five Theme - Points Total:

[ ] Checklist (30 Points)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film from each specific sub-genre:
[ ] Black and White Horror or Sci-fi Film (Film, Year)
[ ] Comedic Horror or Sci-fi Film (Film, Year)
[ ] Splatter Film/Gore Film/Torture Porn (Film, Year)
[ ] Superhero Film (Film, Year)
[ ] Zombie Film (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film from each of these specific directors:
[ ] David Cronenberg or John Carpenter (Film, Year)
[ ] Stanley Kubrick or Tobe Hooper (Film, Year)
[ ] Ridley Scott or Mary Lambert (Film, Year)
[ ] Paul Verhoeven or George A. Romero (Film, Year)
[ ] James Whale or Rob Zombie (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film that stars one of the following actors:
[ ] Zoë Bell or Marilyn Burns (Film, Year)
[ ] Boris Karloff (Film, Year)
[ ] Bill Moseley (Film, Year)
[ ] Linnea Quigley or Lena Heady (Film, Year)
[ ] Tony Todd (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film that fits into the following categories:
 [ ] Watch a Film on VHS or Watch a Film that Takes Place in a Video Rental Store (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Canadian Film or Watch an Australian Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch/Listen to a Film’s Commentary Track (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Film that Appears on the Video Nasties List (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Found Footage Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Film that Takes Place During Christmas (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Non-Italian Foreign Film with Subtitles (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Made-for-TV Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Rape & Revenge Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Natural Horror/Nature Attacks Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Film on Total Film’s 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies List (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Film Based on a Novel (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch an Animated Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch an Anthology Film (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Remake or a Reboot (Film, Year)

Optional (for an additional 5 bonus points each):
[ ] Complete a Horror or Sci-Fi Film Series with at Least Five (5) Entries
………………..[ ] Film One (Film, Year)
………………..[ ] Film Two (Film, Year)
………………..[ ] Film Three (Film, Year)
………………..[ ] Film Four (Film, Year)
………………..[ ] Film Five (Film, Year)
 [ ] Watch a Movie in Theaters (Film, Year)
 [ ] Read a Sci-Fi or Horror Graphic Novel of at Least 50 Pages (Book, Author)
 [ ] Read a Sci-Fi or Horror Novel, or a Book about Sci-Fi/Horror of at Least 100 Pages (Book, Author)
[ ] Play at least Two Hours of any Horror or Sci-Fi Video Game on Console or PC. (Game, Console)

[ ] 25 bonus points for checklist and optionals completion

Films Outside weekly Theme and Checklist
1.

Outside Points:

Points Total: 13

Cinefessions Summer Scream Challenge 4

Cinefessions Summer Scream Challenge 4

Here is where I will post all my viewings for this years challenge!

Week one- 12:00am Monday, June 1, 2015 to 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 6, 2015:

When Science Screams – The Sci-Fi/Horror Genre: Tradition shines again as we kick off this year’s festivities by combining both genres of the challenge into one. This week’s theme is about all those movies that mix horror with science fiction. (ex: The Thing, Resident Evil, Alien series)



Week One’s Featured Film is DeepStar Six (1989). It is available on Netflix Instant Queue or Amazon’s Instant Video Service for $7.99.

This film has fallen onto my radar thanks to the Scream Cast’s admiration for the film, and it has to better than last year’s Galaxy of Terror, right?. Netflix synopsis: “In the midst of establishing a top secret nuclear Navy base on the ocean floor, a crew of explorers inadvertently disturb a terrifying alien life form.”

                                        CHECKLIST FILMS:
Watch a sci-fi or horror film from each specific sub-genre:
Black and White Horror or Sci-fi Film (Film, Year)
Comedic Horror or Sci-fi Film (Film, Year)
Splatter Film/Gore Film/Torture Porn (Film, Year)
Superhero Film (Film, Year)
Zombie Film (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film from each of these specific directors:
David Cronenberg or John Carpenter (Film, Year)
Stanley Kubrick or Tobe Hooper (Film, Year)
Ridley Scott or Mary Lambert (Film, Year)
Paul Verhoeven or George A. Romero (Film, Year)
James Whale or Rob Zombie (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film that stars one of the following actors:
Zoë Bell or Marilyn Burns (Film, Year)
Boris Karloff (Film, Year)
Bill Moseley (Film, Year)
Linnea Quigley or Lena Heady (Film, Year)
Tony Todd (Film, Year)

Watch a sci-fi or horror film that fits into the following categories:
— Watch a Film on VHS or Watch a Film that Takes Place in a Video Rental Store (Film, Year)
Watch a Canadian Film or Watch an Australian Film (Film, Year)
— Watch/Listen to a Film’s Commentary Track (Film, Year)
Watch a Film that Appears on the Video Nasties List (Film, Year)
— Watch a Found Footage Film (Film, Year)
Watch a Film that Takes Place During Christmas (Film, Year)
— Watch a Non-Italian Foreign Film with Subtitles (Film, Year)
Watch a Made-for-TV Film (Film, Year)
Watch a Rape & Revenge Film (Film, Year)
Watch a Natural Horror/Nature Attacks Film (Film, Year)
Watch a Film on Total Film’s 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies List (Film, Year)
Watch a Film Based on a Novel (Film, Year)
— Watch an Animated Film (Film, Year)
Watch an Anthology Film (Film, Year)
— Watch a Remake or a Reboot (Film, Year)

Optional (for an additional 5 bonus points each):
— Complete a Horror or Sci-Fi Film Series with at Least Five (5) Entries
………………..— Film One (Film, Year)
………………..— Film Two (Film, Year)
………………..— Film Three (Film, Year)
………………..— Film Four (Film, Year)
………………..— Film Five (Film, Year)
— Watch a Movie in Theatres (Film, Year)
— Read a Sci-Fi or Horror Graphic Novel of at Least 50 Pages (Book, Author)
— Read a Sci-Fi or Horror Novel, or a Book about Sci-Fi/Horror of at Least 100 Pages (Book, Author)
— Play at least Two Hours of any Horror or Sci-Fi Video Game on Console or PC. (Game, Console)