Monday, April 18, 2011

The April 2011 A - Z Blogging Challenge - O is for Onomatopoeia!

It's Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #13!

It's also The April 2011 A - Z Blogging Challenge and it sounds like we might have to loop around this time for our three movie posters. All the way around - as in full circle - like an O - and with lots of sounds - because this time out...

O is for Onomatopoeia!

Sssssss  (Universal Studios, 1974)

...tick...tick...tick...  (MGM, 1970)

and what else could come after ...tick...tick...tick...


Boom!  (Universal Studios,

And with Michael Winslow smiling happily somewhere - a prophetic statement if ever there was one, coincidentally, we wrap this sound laden post up! Til next time, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


  1. Like most people, I can't think of Ssssss...s (had to count the S's) without thinking of Ma and Pa Kettle.

    I remember seeing Ssssss on TV when I was young. Completely freaked me out. At the time, I wasn't allowed to watch creepy science-fiction/horror films.

    I was, however, allowed to watch the Ma & Pa Kettle movies that aired every weekend on Channel 11--no doubt because of their high-brow humor and educational value.

    At some point, Channel 11 decided to air horror/sci-fi in place of the Kettles, without advising my parents.

    So one glorious weekend, I saw Sssssss, and a movie about a boy whose dad was a werewolf, and a film about Martian vampires who sucked out people's souls and put them in glass test tubes stashed in briefcases. And maybe a film about a woman chased by a vampire who took refuge in a church. Or that may have been the Martians again.

    Anyway, while it was a welcome change, I don't think I slept well for a while. Just goes to show you can take Ma and Pa Kettle off Channel 11, but it's better to leave the young viewer on the farm.

    o: One riddle, one writer, one answer

  2. Ooh, that was a good one for O!
    (PS. I haven't heard of any of those movies!)

  3. I love that word! It even sounds pretty. Love the old movie posters, but would you recommend the movies?

  4. Joe - Although I distinctly remember my first viewing of Sssssss on KPLR in a nighttime slot, I did watch the airing that you're talking about - the other films are The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, Not of this Earth, and...not sure about the woman taking refuge in the church, though it has a ring of familiarity about it...Glad we were sharing adventures even before we knew each other!

    Jennifer - Thank you very much! Yeah, finding titles that are sound effects does require a little digging!

    Shelli - I do too! I can definitely recommend Sssssss - and it can be picked up at Best Buy with 3 other movies on one DVD (a two-movies-per-side flipper) for the princely sum of $5. I have not seen ...tick...tick...tick... but just about any racial conflict drama from the time period is worth watching - whether they got it right, or if they got it wrong. I would like to see it. As for Boom! it came out in a weird period for the Burtons - they were making some really strange movies and although I have not seen it - I can't imagine this wouldn't at least be worth a look. Thanks for coming by and commenting! Cheers!

    Sharon - as always, delighted to see you! Thanks for the compliment!

  5. Great posters! I didn't expect any less originality. Onamonapia might be the greatest English word EVER. I learned it in elementary school, realized its importance in comic books, and its never left my lexicon since.

    Another strong post!

  6. Matthew - thanks very much! Yeah, whoever named sound words did quite a fine job. It's fun to read or say! There was an art director on the movie Firehead (Chris Lemmon, Martin Landau) named Buzz Krump. Could there be a MORE Onomatopoeic name? Thanks for stopping by - see you on the P break!