March 02, 2005

The Story that Launched 1,000 Bad Horror Novels

Is right here.

Money quote:

Controversial German artist Gunther von Hagens, known for his displays of preserved human corpses stripped of skin, wants to build a factory in Poland to mass-produce his art.

Fire up those keyboards, horror writer wannabes! Why do I keep flashing on Vincent Price in "House of Wax?" Or that super-cheesy 80's horror film, "Waxwork?" Yes, I did see it, and it has stayed with me. Move on.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at March 2, 2005 08:38 AM

First link is dead. So to speak.

Posted by: Jonathan at March 2, 2005 09:28 AM

Yeah, a German artist wanting to make art out of corpses would naturally put the "factory" in Poland. That has to be deliberate; no one is that tone-deaf.

Posted by: Michelle Dulak Thomson at March 2, 2005 11:59 AM

Bad news, BAW. Hubby and I actually got to see a movie last week and there was a trailer for a remake of "House of Wax". Ugh. Am I getting old or is the suckage increasing as dramatically as I think it is in movies?

Posted by: Julianne at March 2, 2005 12:09 PM

Jonathan -

Fixed link.

Julianne -

Oh, dear God.

Posted by: BAW at March 2, 2005 12:42 PM

Wait, it gets worse. PARIS HILTON is in the remake of House of Wax. How's that for pain?

Posted by: Feral Girl at March 2, 2005 12:49 PM

Maybe with Paris Hilton it should be called "House of Plastic"

That could either be a reference to surgery or credit cards.

Posted by: Locomotive Breath at March 2, 2005 02:10 PM

I dunno...I might Netflix it if Paris gets tossed into boiling wax and comes out as an effigy.

Not that I'd be able to tell if she were an effigy, given her normal non-expressions.

Posted by: BAW at March 2, 2005 03:13 PM


I think you've created a new diet.

I have absolutely no desire to eat dinner this evening.

But the question that has been circling the drain of my mind is...who would buy this crap anyway?

Do you really want plastic, see-through Grandma (or anyone else, for that matter) in your house?

Again, back to the ewwwww....

Posted by: di at March 2, 2005 05:49 PM

Maybe he wants to show inner beauty. Coleridge famously said that the trouble with a mechanistic model of man was that ``matter has no inward.'' Well!

Actually it was famous because people claimed he plagiarized it from Schelling, but it's a good line, whoever noticed it first.

Biographia Literaria Ch. 8 ``Motion would only propagate motion. Matter has no Inward. We remove one surface, but to meet with another.''

[Schelling: ``Daher der Materie kein Innres zukommt.'']

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 3, 2005 03:21 AM

The same could, in fact, be said of Paris Hilton.

I sometimes wonder what canonized philosophers and theorists would think of various popular culture phenenon. For example, what would Schelling think about 'Simple Life'. Or Neitzsche on MTV's 'Road Rules/Real World Challenge'.

Or Derrida on mermaid dresses, for that matter.

Posted by: Ph.D. Mama at March 3, 2005 08:46 AM

"PARIS HILTON is in the remake of House of Wax."

They should change the title to "House of Silicone."

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 4, 2005 02:45 PM