Hey all. Just stopping in here briefly, as I've got a busy day running around trying to get the final edit for Lively locked down. Also, there's this. But anyway, here's what I've got for you this week.
Deep Fried VHS.
I recently found this great blog post on Deep Fried Movies. Matt Mulcahey put together a list of one-hundred VHS coverboxes recalled from his childhood visits to video stores. Sound familiar? What's funny is we even use the same resources, like Critical Condition and Monster Brains. Click on the image below to check it out.
I think the most fascinating thing about this post is seeing how different VHS permeated different regions. For instance, tapes popular in Matt's home state of Ohio may have never made it up to the suburbs of Toronto. I can certainly say I haven't seen that Till Death Do Us Part movie before. There are even cover art variants, as I'm not familiar with that particular art for Fulci's Lizard In A Woman's Skin.
Looking around DFM, I also saw this fantastic post about artist Matthew Head, and his sketched recreations of classic horror posters. Here are a few below. Click on the images to see more.
I came across this group of featurettes on the National Film Board of Canada website the other day. Friday Night At The Video Store is a series of short documentaries about Quebecois video stores and their continued survival in a rapidly declining marketplace. Some have diversified and some have had to get really creative, but all are still alive and kicking. Perhaps the most interesting is the one for an adult video store in Trois-Rivières, as these are the guys who've been hit hardest by the Internet age. Check out the NFB page by clicking the image below.
Truth Or Dare.
Over the past few weeks, I've been hearing a lot about this new horror flick called Truth Or Dare. The brainchild of Canadian actress-turned-director Jessica Cameron, it appears to bring buckets of blood to the table. But don't take my word for it, here's the trailer below.
It appears to be thematically similar to recent flicks like Would You Rather? and Cheap Thrills, but from what I'm hearing from its recent festival screenings, it may take things a bit further. I'll keep my eye out for this one for sure.
I hope to, but I'm going to get this first fest out of the way, before I think about 2014.
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