The Ed Wood of the 90s?

That's what he calls himself, at least, himself being David "The Rock" Nelson, an ex-Golden-Gloves boxer turned B-movie-maker. (B-movie may be too kind; Nelson may have single-handedly invented the C-movie.) Inspired by the great old horror movies of the 50s and 60s, Nelson set about creating his own canon in the early 90s, featuring such monsters as The Giant Fly (a rubber fly on a string), The Devil Ant (a rubber ant he would throw at people from his perch behind the camera) and, bafflingly, Saddam Hussein (Nelson himself in a disturbing Saddam mask). Yes, there are plenty of no-budget crapsterpieces out there today thanks to the superabundance of cameras, editing software and DIY distribution channels like YouTube, but for my money, no one does it like "The Rock."

The best part is, he actually makes money doing it, having achieved enough cult status (throughout the Chicagoland area, at least) that people buy videotapes directly from him, via email. So he's not widely available on YouTube -- that would be givin' it away for free -- but a few juicy tidbits do exist, which I can't resist sharing. The first is Happy Fangsgiving, which "The Rock" directs, stars in as the mad scientist character, and introduces (via phone) on the Chicago-area news show that featured his flick. (Yes, that's the newscasters you're hearing over movie's soundtrack -- laughing.)

Happy Fangsgiving

The Giant Fly

Devil Ant 2
OK, here he seems to have updated his moniker to "the Ed Wood of the 21st Century," just to keep current:

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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