TIFF has come around again so I'll likely be incognito for the foreseeable future. See you on the other side, kiddies!
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Another cool thing I discovered this weekend was Shudder's original podcast Video Palace. This is a terrific little audio play that I came across while surfing Amazon Video.
One of my all-time favourite pieces of media is Limetown (I get to watch the first episode of the upcoming TV adaptation at TIFF this weekend, Yay!) and I think Video Palace fits right into that oeuvre. This should be of particular interest to tapeheads because it exists in our world, relying heavily on hearsay and urban legend to propel its narrative, all while using technology's latest tools.
I highly recommend it. Don't have Shudder? Well, don't you fret, as it can also be found here.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
I heard some terrific news this weekend. Adult Swim's Toonami is adapting Junji Ito's bonkers manga Uzumaki into a four-part anime miniseries. Check out the trailer below.
Man, that music by Colin Stetson is fucking perfect. As we know, Uzumaki was made into a feature in 2000, and though it had unsettling visuals in spades, I think this anime may best capture Ito's unrivalled forays into cosmic madness. The miniseries is set to be released in 2020.
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Check out this sweet poster for the newly formed Night Light Film Festival.
Taking place this October 3rd-5th at the Apollo Cinema in Kitchener, Ontario, Night Light will be showcasing both contemporary and retro genre cinema. For more info, go here.
Friday, August 30, 2019
This week's VHS was Don Edmonds' 1980 rock n' roll slasher, Terror on Tour.
Several women are being murdered during concerts of controversial rock band The Clowns. Could the killer be a fan? Or even a member?
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this movie, but considering it was from the guy who brought us the first two Ilsa flicks I surely hoped for something less dull as dirt.
Technically it's a slasher in that nubile groupies were picked off one by one, but the movie meandered so much I often wondered if I was watching either a Drugs PSA or a biopic about a hot new rock band. Pacing was a huge problem, as the killer's most brazen rampage happened like thirty minutes into the movie. There's nowhere to really go from there, right? And they didn't even pay off the fact the band were using trick knives onstage to stab their go-go dancers. That's a no-brainer.
It didn't help that like, six people were all wearing the same black-and-white make-up, so there's no way to really differentiate anyone. Literally the only ones with anything to work with at all, are the two roadies – both red herrings, as one paints his face wishing he could be in the band and the other gets pissed because his alcoholism gets him fired. I mean, Imdb had to tell me “The Soup Nazi” was in this.
|No idea which guy this is...|
And then there were the female roles, such as they were. Meaty roles in slashers (if you're not the Final Girl of course) were anemic at best, but there was no hiding the fact that ladies were meant to be empty knife holders. The sound on my VHS was pretty tinny, but I could swear that one of these chicks comes up to a band member at one point and says. “I think you're better than The Beatles or the Kiss.” Shit, Dyanne Thorne could've helped this movie immensely.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
In preparation for an upcoming article for Delirium Magazine and also that I'm working the booth at Fan Expo, I brushed up on nineties Full Moon movies this week. By brushing up, I mean I somehow viddied sixteen titles between Monday to Friday.
Most of them I watched through Fullmoonfeatures.com, which is their official streaming site. You should check out their 7-day free trial, as it not only has FM titles, but also that of Blue Underground and Wizard. Okay, enough shilling, here's a quick rundown.
My introduction to Full Moon and still one of my faves.
Sherilyn Fenn & Charlie Spradling are so hot in this they almost melted my laptop. I didn't remember it being so rapey when I was sixteen.
This was a lot of fun. Jackie Earle Haley plays the villain.
Stuart Gordon & Charles Band make a fine pair. This is a high point in Full Moon's catalogue.
Some cool stop motion and Anders Hove bringing it as the villainous Radu.
The only thing more distracting than all the sci-fi exposition were all the close-up shots!
Hard to describe, definitely more incoherent than I remembered it. The flying hand was still cool, even if it is just ripping off Phantasm.
A Puppet Master redo to be sure, but these new creatures are certainly memorable.
This riff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of Full Moon's more pedestrian offerings.
Completely bonkers idea and good move to cross market the soundtrack featuring Blue Oyster Cult.
Can't get the rights to Dr. Strange? No problem, just make your own!
Man, I love nineties computer graphics. It's like Seth Green says; "VR is the wave of the future!" Over twenty-five years later, the future is here!
Overall, this is the best PM film of the series, even though I'm still partial to Part 2.
Even though barely an hour long (when you take out the flashbacks), this is still amusing and a pioneer of the now-ubiquitous cinematic crossover event.
High concept and larger production values than normal. Solid flick.
Gordon is back with another winner. And this time he's brought Jeffrey Combs AND Barbara Crampton. Top notch make-up effects in this one.
So yeah, now my brain is slightly fried. I think I've earned myself some sun, wouldn't you say?