Sunday, February 25, 2018

NIGHT OF THE LIVING BREAD: BAKERY HORROR STORIES


Body Part Bakery
by Kittiwat Unarrom

These pieces by Thai artist Kittiwat Unarrom are pretty gruesome, but don’t call the cops just yet. What appear to be severed human body parts covered in blood are actually loaves of bread baked in grotesque form and hand painted by the artist. Kittiwat is the son of a baker, and explains “My family is in the bakery business and I learned to bake when I was about 10,” Kittiwat said. “I want to speak out about my religious beliefs and dough can say it all. Baking human parts can show the audience how transient bread, and life, is. Also, my bread is still bread no matter how it looks.” [SOURCE: PopcornHorror.com]






Workers baked alive in bread factory horror
by DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Two bakery workers died in agony after bosses sent them into a giant oven to carry out repairs on the cheap, a court heard yesterday.
The machine should have been allowed to cool for 12 hours, but was only left for two.

David Mayes and Ian Erickson were unaware of the full danger as they crawled into the oven because fans had cooled its outer reaches to 40c. Its core, however, was still at 100c.

The repair was a delicate procedure in which they had to collect broken parts from along the length of a conveyor belt which carries bread trays slowly through the 75ft-long oven.

They had removed enough trays to allow them space within the rails of the belt to crawl along with it at the same speed.

But within five minutes they were relaying terrified messages over their walkie-talkies, saying the oven was too hot. There was no way of reversing the belt and they were trapped on its journey through the oven.

Mr Erickson, 44, was pulled out at the other end and died on the factory floor in front of horrified workmates

Mr Mayes, 47, collapsed inside and was caught in the machinery. He died from 80 per cent burns and multiple fractures.

The tragedy occurred because the Harvestime bakery in Leicester put productivity above safety, prosecutor Anthony Barker QC, told Leicester Crown Court. Harvestime had been told by the oven's manufacturers that the operation would take four men 12 hours.

The company would have lost £1,120 for every hour the oven was shut down.

The two men were sent into the oven just two hours after it had been baking bread at 260c and managers decided they could go in through the entrance hatch to avoid the cost of removing side panels.

The company, part of the Walsall-based William Price Group, and three of its directors face huge fines after admitting their parts in the tragedy.

Fresha Bakeries Ltd and Harvestime Ltd, Fresha's trading arm, each pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide a safe system of work.

Fresha managing director John Bridson, 53, of Hale, Cheshire, admitted two similar charges.

Production director Brian Jones, 59, of Hartford, North-wich, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to a single count of the same offence.

Chief engineer Dennis Masters, 44, of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, admitted one charge of failing to take reasonable care for others at work.

The court heard that when asked after the deaths if he had set up a 'permit to work' system, Mr Masters replied: '****, I forgot. I'll sort it out now.'

Mr Barker said: 'The work should have been carried out in temperatures of no more than 40 degrees, but the gauges would have read 100 degrees.

'The men were provided with a thin suit, hat and gloves, with protected knee and elbow padding. But these were last-minute thoughts.

'Those men went in when it was hot enough to boil water, in such circumstances where serious injury or death was inevitable.'

On the day of the tragedy in May 1998, Mr Erickson, of Walsall, admitted he wanted to get the job done quickly so he could go home and watch the FA Cup Final with his two sons.

Mr Mayes, of Rushey Mead, Leicestershire, had told friends the night before: 'I have a challenge in the morning. I am going for it - the money is good.'

Coleman Treacy QC, defending, said: 'This was an avoidable accident. The company acknowledges it was at fault.

'It failed in its duty to both men, and that has caused untold heartache to the families. For this we publicly apologise.'

The hearing continues.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

MMW NOMINATED FOR RONDO AWARD EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW


MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD has once more been nominated for a Rondo Award in the "Best Website/Blog" category. That means that it has been nominated every year since it first began way back in 2010. Since then, MMW has been selected for "Honorable Mention" three times. With your help, monster lovers, maybe it can be a winner this year.

If you are a regular reader of MMW, click on over to the Rondo Awards website and spend a few minutes to access the ballot and cast your vote for all the best horror of 2017, and please put a big "X" in the spot for MMW!

The "Rondos", as they are called, are a big deal in the horror community and it would be awfully swell to be recognized again. I hope I've provided enough entertainment and chewy monster goodness over the years to warrant your vote.

I sincerely thank you in advance.

To vote, click HERE.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT!


JLH: "I would just love once to be called sexy. Just because it would make me something other than cute."

MMW: Okay, okay, JLove -- you're sexy!

FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS NO. 1 (PART 1)


FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS
Vol. 1 No. 1
1962
Publisher: Black Shield Productions, Inc.
Editor: Ron Haydock
Editorial Director: Paul Blaisdell
Research Editor: Bob Burns
Associate Editor: Jim Harmon
Cover: Photo cover
Pages: 68
Cover Price: 50 cents

Back in the day, Paul Blaisdell and Bob Burns were bubbling over with imagination like test tubes in a mad scientist's laboratory. Put them together and you had at least double that. That's why it was no surprise that sometime in 1962, they decided to put out their own monster magazine.

And why not? Each had something to contribute and they both had a trove of movie still and other memorabilia that could easily be appropriated for the contents of their 'zine.

The idea was to make a monster mag for "older kids", you know, more mature than the pre-pubescent one reading "kids stuff" like FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Plus, that Forry Ackerman guy and Blaisdell had a falling out after Paul's first appearance in FJA's publication. FM still showed films that Blaisdell had worked on within the pages of FM, but his name was never mentioned again. Towards the end of his movie career, Blaisdell was dejected and bitter with the Hollywood rat race, and the disagreement with Forry, even back in the late 1950s, might have been the tipping point of his disillusionment.

The working title of Blaisdell and Burns' magazine was originally FANTASTIC FILMS, but ended up deciding on using the longer (and similar sounding title to Forry's FM), FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS. Both versions used the close-up of Chris Lee as Dracula as the cover image.


Original title and cover concept (from MONSTERSCENE #5).
Bob Burns elaborated in an interview in MONSTERSCENE #5: "We originally wanted to call the magazine FANTASTIC FILMS not FANTASTIC MONSTERS. There was FANTASTIC FILMS later. The printer wanted to call it MONSTERS, and he was probably right tor the time. I think it had to be Monsters [somewhere in the title]. I think FANTASTIC FILMS at that time would have sounded too much like a journal magazine. He was right on that point. We had some really great ideas we wanted to do. Some we got through, some we didn’t. I brought Ron Haydock in on the thing. I didn't know how to edit and Paul certainly didn’t want to edit it either. I just wanted to be the research editor because I had all the stuff. In the first five or six issues every still in there was mine. I did the first two stories in the first issue, the one on DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and the one on DESTINATION MOON because I had so much material on both."

The first issue (shown today here at MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD) hit the newsstands in 1962. CV2lr3EE0i14x51U13s9






















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