Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It's been a while since I've posted a Roger Corman trailer, so why not go big with one of the most infamous.
Trailer courtesy of ShoutFactoryTV
The mass procession of girls screaming and/or various stages of undress in between shots of huge explosions was basically the template of how to sell a genre film in the eighties. Of course, this iconic poster didn't hurt either.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
All this white outside is making me see red this morning. I'm so irritated right now, I can't even bring myself to write an intro. That said, here's what I got for you...
Earlier this week, Fangoria editor-in-chief turned filmmaker Chris Alexander released the official poster for Queen of Blood, his sophomore feature and pseudo-sequel to his 2012 debut, Blood For Irina.
It looks pretty darn sweet. Shortly after, he also premiered a teaser trailer.
In addition to looking like Jean Rollin and sounding like John Carpenter, I think the biggest draw for me is that it stars Skinny Puppy frontman Nivek Ogre. I'm interested to see how this turns out.
Although I wasn't able to attend the latest edition of Little Terrors last week, curator Justin McConnell was kind enough to send me links to the ones in the programme that are currently online. Here below, is James Bushe's dark (literally!) UK horror Blackout.
You can also view the cool WWII actioner Project Arbiter from Michael Chance here and Daniel DelPurgatorio's crazy-ass body-horror short Other, by clicking here.
No Sleep Indeed.
My friend Lisa recently turned me onto a Reddit forum called No Sleep this week. It is basically a writer's group for scary stories, but all involved pretend that everything presented is fact and not fiction.
I've only scratched the surface so far, but the six-part story by user 1000Vultures (which was later expanded into a novel called Penpal) is pretty exceptional. You can read the first story entitled Footsteps here. I take no responsibility for any increased electrical bills or insomnia caused by said stories.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This is just crazy. Manure, the short I co-wrote with Michael Schwartz for the ABC's of Death 26th Director contest is going to be screening in Yubari, Japan this weekend!
Tomorrow, as part of a twelve-hour marathon of mayhem and madness at the Yubari Chamber of Commerce, Manure will be one of ten ABC submissions that were handpicked by Yoshihiro Nishimura himself. The maniac who brought us Tokyo Gore Police likes our shit!
It warms my heart to know that our humble short will be playing before a live S&M event featuring Eihi Shiina (of Audition fame) and a screening of Brian Yuzna's 2005 flick Beneath Still Waters.
What is most awesome is that Manure has now been subtitled in Japanese. Schwartz tells me we'll be getting a copy, and I can't wait to see what “shit for brains” looks like in Japanese. For more info on the “Rebirth of the Nishi-Zo Marathon Event”, check out this post over at Twitch. For the entire schedule, check out the Yubari festival website, here.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Rounding out Women In Horror Month, I wanted to highlight a great posting from my friend Tal Zimmerman's Tumblr 27 x 41" about graphic artists Tricia Zimic and Joann Daley. Zimic created several posters for Troma Entertainment back in the eighties and Daley was responsible for some of the most iconic horror posters around. To check out the post, click here, but here below are some samples of their fantastic work.
Tal is an life-long poster collector, currently neck-deep in production on his documentary Why Horror? and just came back from filming interviews overseas. For more info on that project, click here.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hey all. With it being the tail end of Women In Horror Month, it seems fitting to post the trailer for the 1982 “feminist” slasher flick The Slumber Party Massacre.
Trailer courtesy of trailer0boy.
For more SPM, check out this Q&A with writer/director Amy Holden Jones following a Toronto screening of the film last year.
For the original post from 2012, including the end of the interview, click here.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Hello all. I just woke up after a nap following Canada's hockey gold performance in Sochi. It was about the only thing (save from a film shoot) that could get me up at six a.m. on a Sunday, so I'm glad it was worth it. Anyhoo, following last week's archives posts, I thought I'd keep today's festivities heavy on the VHS, as well. Enjoy.
I found an old Deviantart post from Matt McEver this week, that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye. Below is a huge poster made up of about nine hundred horror VHS covers that would have been available in your local video store's horror section circa 1989.
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Apparently Matt made this for a friend as part of a wedding present. Man, if only we could all have friends like these! I have an idea how long this must have taken him, as it reminds me of the labourious hours I spent fashioning my thousandth-post video some years ago.
VHS may be a dead format in the eyes of many, but two French artists named Patrick Massobrio and Nan (whom I discovered by way of FearNet) have decided to use those crusty black boxes for their own artistic endeavours. Check out the following pieces below;
To visit their website, which includes all manner of oddities, click here.
The Women In Red.
I regretfully realized that Women In Horror Recognition Month had almost passed me by when I saw this year's WIHM Masive Blood Drive PSA this week. With the help of contributors that included The Soska Twins, Jessica Cameron and Hannah Neurotica, this year's ad focuses on the amount of blood needed to survive various nasty mishaps. Check it out below.
Stay safe, kids.