While I'm basking in some Northern Ontario sunshine of a rare cottage weekend, here's your weekly splash of horror.
Here below is a pretty wonderful zombie short submitted to this year's Tropfest called Cargo. I know what you're thinking? Oh, great ANOTHER zombie short, but just watch it.
You see what I mean? The most successful zombie shorts are the ones that are actually about something else and this is a prime example. Even the signature item - something the organizers make the filmmakers insert into the story - of a balloon is implemented beautifully. Being a short filmmaker myself, engineering a payoff that feels both meaningful and earned is kind of the Holy Grail. Congrats to Australian directors Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke on a job well done.
Another Go Round.
Drafthouse Films' ABC's of Death 2 is now in full swing as the contest for the letter "M" was unveiled earlier this week. The Great White North is already well represented with the Soska sisters (American Mary), Steve Kostanski (Manborg) and Chris Nash (Skinfections & last year's ABC's of Death contest submission T is For Thread), but it's time for everyone to step up and own this thing. Here's a promo video below.
I'm really looking forward to this. With the inaugural experiment over, I think the new crop of filmmakers are now aware of what worked and what didn't. For more info on ABC's, click here.
Front Line Assemblage.
If you know me, you know I love the combination of horror and industrial music. A friend recently sent me a link to this awesome little video melding Front Line Assembly with Hellraiser and the best thing about the first ABC's, D is for Dogfight. It may seem like a weird mix on paper, but...