Greetings everyone! Here's what I have for you today on this fine January afternoon.
My first extinct was to put up that Devil Baby viral from earlier this week, but considering everybody and their mother has seen it by now, I'll go a different route. If by some miracle you missed it, click here.
This week, a trailer was released for Jennifer Kent's spook-fest The Babadook. Here it is below.
I'm pretty happy with how this is looking. There's some great imagery in there with considerable effort given to the lore around the antagonist - whatever it may be. It is playing Sundance this week, but I'm hoping it will appear in my neck of the woods sometime this year.
You know, I was just thinking the other day about how the story of Lizzie Borden seems to have escaped the public consciousness over the last ten years. When I was a kid, her story was the stuff of legend, right up there with Charles Manson and Jack The Ripper. This little rhyme;
“Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.”
--was often heard uttered around the school playground. Then, as I got older, her story seemed to fade. It had been years until I had even thought of her until recently. Well, it looks like Lifetime is going to rectify that.
This looks, well... It looks like Lifetime. Not the most flattering trailer, but hey, its Christina Ricci, so... Lizzie Borden Took An Axe premieres this Saturday the 25th.
A Very Bad Boy.
I heard some cool news out of Sundance a few days ago. It looks like Elijah Wood, with his producing partners at SpectreVision, is moving ahead with a project called The Boy. According to The Hollywood Reporter;
“The Boy is the first movie of a planned trilogy that will track the childhood of a future serial killer. The films will explore the killer at the ages of 9, 14, and 18, culminating with him becoming an iconic mass murderer.”
The Boy is based on a 2012 short film called Henley. Here's a clip below.
All this sounds good to me. For the original HR article, click here.
The Doctor Speaks.
A few weeks back, I talked about a new book called Hidden Horror that chronicles underseen and underappreciated horror films. Well, Filmmakermagazine.com recently interviewed the editor Dr. AC (Aaron Christensen) on his newly released tome. Here's a snip.
Filmmaker: “Are these original essays? And did you curate the films included, or respond to the passions of your writers?”
AC: “All the pieces were written specifically for the book, and I’m thrilled with the results. Because of the personal nature of the essays, we get a little glimpse into each writer as well as the critical analysis one would expect. We all love the genre as a whole. Most of the writers are people I know personally, but a few came via recommendations from other contributors. Some are established journalists and authors, others are filmmakers, some have podcasts or blogs, and a few are just passionate fans that I’ve met at conventions. I couldn’t ask for a better band of lunatics to help run the asylum.”
Click here for the full interview. Also, as a bonus, Filmmaker posted five of the essays from the book over the course of the week and are linked at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!