Good afternoon! It would appear I have now hit the quarter-century mark for these things. That's a lot of Sundays! Thanks to everyone who keeps coming back on these lazy mornings.
Blood On The Wall.
A friend turned me onto a really cool artist named Patrick Hart. He creates all things grim and grotesque and then mounts them to canvas. Here is a sampling.
You can check out the rest here, but prepare to be there a while, as his collection at this point is nothing short of prolific.
This week, the poster for the female driven horror anthology XX hit the Web, and it is a beaut.
Featuring the talents of Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Surveillance), Karen Kusama (Jennifer's Body) and animator Sofia Carillo, we can expect this welcome shot of genre estrogen to hopefully arrive sometime in late 2015.
Director Alrik Bursell's short film Strange Thing has been touring the festival circuit for the last year, and has now found its way online. Check it out below.
A Delicious Morsel.
While it is maddening that we have to wait until summer for more Hannibal, we did get this teaser trailer.
It would appear that there will be some globe-trotting this year, as Will Graham hunts down Hannibal after the grisly events of last season's finale. It was also revealed recently that the infamous Frances “Tooth Fairy” Dolarhyde will appear this season, played by Richard Armitage. Perhaps of more interest to me is that Rutina Wesley is along for the ride as Dolarhyde's love interest Reba McClane.
Actress Rutina Wesley
When I gave up on the hot mess that was True Blood about four seasons in, Wesley one of the many actresses I missed dearly, so I'm glad she's back on TV.
It's been a very long while since I've talked about comics on here, so I figured I'd chime in on a new title from Dark Horse called Lady Killer.
Written by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich, I dug what was offered up here. It's a pretty easy sell, after all. Does Mad Men mixed with La Femme Nikita seem like something you would be interested in? If you're like me, the answer is a resounding...
Gkk = Yes.
However, there was more to this than its delicious premise. The art (also by Jones) is extremely appealing with wonderful use of colour. I really liked that the colour palette was a lot more vibrant when Josie - the title character in question - was playing the homemaker than when she was on a job. This technique is often employed in film, but I've never seen in it done in comics before. I don't really read a lot though, so it could be common practice.
I also really liked the balance between the whimsical nature of the art and the stark violence that was represented within it.
My only disappointment was its short length. Then again, I usually read trades, so singles always seem really brisk to me. The inaugural issue was all about setup and was over before I knew it. I'm definitely in, though.
Today's trailer, apropos of nothing, is for Michael Mann's underseen supernatural horror film The Keep.
So brooding and mysterious, eh? You know what else is mysterious? Why this hasn't gotten ANY KIND of digital release!!! I mean I know the word on the street is that there are rights issues with the music in the film, but come on! Who wins by not having this little gem reach a wider audience?
This film has so much going for it...
White-eyed Scott Glenn, awesome production design, pre-Magneto/GandalfIan McKellen, Jurgen Prochnow & Gabriel Bryne andNazis getting their comeuppance. Oh, and this fucking guy!
Now that I'm looking at him again, I wonder if the Resident Evil folks didn't fashion some of their big bads on this cat...
Hello all. Here's what I've got for you this week.
Word came down the wire this week that Crystal Lake Entertainment is planning on releasing a new Friday the 13th video game. No word on which developer they are partnering with, but they did say they intend it to be a multi-player experience with one of the players playing the iconic killer Jason Voorhees.
You know, it's weird. I should be excited for this, but i can't help feel that these guys are a little late to the party. With three slasher games already in development (Until Dawn, Summer Camp and Last Year) I can't help feel this is an attempt to cash in a rising trend. I can only hope this game will not just be shovelware and further tarnish an already soiled franchise.
It still stings.
Oh well, the game is set for release in October, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
One of my favourite short films of recent years recently found its way online. James Feeney's 2012 effort Killer Kart is hysterically clever and can be seen below.
It makes a wonderful double bill with Jason Eisener's Treevenge, wouldn't you say?
Grand Theft Orange.
Last week, I said that rendition of The Car trailer was the best thing I'd seen using Grand Theft Auto V's online engine. Well, I spoke too soon. This wonderful take on A Clockwork Orange by WtfdidIjustwatch Productions will sharpen you up for a bit of the ol' Ultraviolence.
Hey all. I just wanted to update everyone on the status of my latest short, The Monitor. Its next screening will be part of Little Terrors Short Film Showcase on the 28th of January. Here's the poster by Darryl Shaw for the event.
Just when I thought it would be a while before i saw anything as enjoyable as Bloody Birthday, along comes a chance encounter with 1985's Night Train To Terror. Holy fuck. THIS movie!!!
My previous knowledge of this movie did not go beyond the poster.
I always figured it was a second rate slasher, but it is actually an anthology about God and Satan battling over souls on a train. The first half-hour is largely incoherent, but my, does it have countless gifts to give if you stick around.
Musical interludes, complete with sax and break dancing!
Richard “Bull” Moll - inexplicably credited as Charles Moll - in two different unconnected roles!
Random stop motion animation creatures!
And Cameron Mitchell!
Vinegar Syndrome recently released a Blu-ray, so it shouldn't be too hard to find it in some capacity. And oh boy, do you ever want to check this one out!