Entries from September 2007 ↓

Scarred – An Introduction

It’s that time of the year again, when horror blogging gets swept up in the Halloween hullabaloo. To help me get through the month with my sanity intact, I’ve enlisted the help of over two dozen guest writers for a special column entitled ‘Scarred’. Each participant was asked to describe a piece of [...]

Oct 1, Ice Cream Man horror movie review from BHM: Wonderful Terrible Crap

Ice Cream Man is not going to win any awards (ever) but I love it anyway. Where else can you see Ron Howard’s less-successful brother, king fu mental patients and Butter Brickel?

Oct 1, Ghost Under the Bed

I love this website! To be brief, I was hoping you would know about a 70s horror movie that this site doesn't mention. I thought it was called

Oct 1, Ask a Horror Movie Question and get the answer from Horror Freaks world wide.

Do you have a horror movie question? Trying to figure out the title of that killer zombie movie you saw on TV when you were ten years old?

Oct 1, Independent Horror Comic Juniper Falls

Start: 2007 Created by: Rich Robinson and Tim Allison Written by: Rich Robinson Illustrated by: Tim Allison Colored by: Nate Brown Lettered by:

Oct 1, Night Watch (Nochnoy Doroz) Horror Movie Review from BHM: An Exceptional Epic.

Night Watch (Nochnoy Doroz) is a Russian Horror/Fantasy of Epic Proportions. This is one of those rare instances when the hype is justified.

Episode 69

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The "Sexter" episode. Horror themed porn reviews and discussion of Showtime's "Dexter".

Tagged!

Absolute vanilla has just tagged me for a writing meme created by Patrick at Writing Life. If I accept this task the instructions are:

“Make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It’s not really bragging, it’s an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or even mention them in contrast to each strong point you list. Tag four other writers or artists whom you’d like to see share their strengths.

It sounded a little like mission impossible to me at first because I didn’t think that I could come up with four other people to tag. Then I looked at my blogroll and decided that I could. So there’s no escape for me I suppose. Damn! It would have been much easier for me come up with a list of weaknesses like, for instance my poor spe – oops! Not supposed to say. Never mynd, but it is eggstremely bad tho.

Okay. Mission accepted and I’ve even got my pointed ears on. What? He  only has pointed ears in Star Trek? Oh. Sorry. Anyway I came up with one strength straight away; the rest took a lot of thinking about. I’m not sure if I was doing it right, but after a partially successful Vulcan mind-meld with the canary I have managed to come up with the other four.

(1) Persistence. It doesn’t matter how many rejections I get I just keep on submitting and keep on writing. I might not be the best writer in the world and I might have had to reinforce the bedroom floor to withstand the weight of all those thanks, but no thanks letters, but I am one persistent dude.
(2) I read a lot. I think this is important. Heck, some of the books I have read have even been about writing, and I have read many times that it is very important for writers to read a lot and when I am reading I do notice how sentences have been structured etc, perhaps growing shorter and shorter as the pace of a story increases, or consisting of just one word to make a point.
(3) Willing to learn. I could fill a book with the things that I don’t know. Fortunately for me other people have already done this and so I can try and benefit from their labours. One of the most boring books I ever read was on grammar, but I knew that I had a problem in that area. To be honest I think I still have things to learn and will continue to try and improve in that area. Or any area.
(4) Like Vanilla (who tagged me, probably aided and abetted by the Atyllah) I also enjoy playing with words and like to use them in one context while I am really talking about another. It is hard for me to explain this here, but it is something that I am aware that I do and I do it a lot.
(5) I try to mix a little light in with the dark and add humour, eroticism and love (yeah the ‘L’ word) into the old word stews when I write them. Contrast is important. You can’t fully appreciate daytime without having nighttimes to compare it to (and vice-versa). If the sun hung high and still in the sky for 24 hours a day and every one of those days it was summer and you never had to go to work, it would get old real soon. You would be bored. Maybe you spend all winter looking forward to summer or most of the year dreaming of that holiday you are saving up for. If everyday was a holiday, and the only breeze was always warm, what would you have to look forward to? Contrast is important and I see it in all of the best stories: The mammoth struggle of one man’s rise from poverty to riches. The long unrequited love that is finally rewarded. That poor sad soul that has been wronged all of her life and then finally takes solace in the ways of the chainsaw (hey, come on, you know the kind of stuff I read).
Anyway that’s me done. I’m off for a cup of coffee. It’s thirsty work doing this meme stuff and I’m spiting feathers.

Oh, nearly forgot I tag (mean smile) Deborah Woehr, Michael from  Notes from A Darkened Room, Andrea from Ghost Stories and Ben from Literacity.

Story Starters

Sep 30, Flight of the Living Dead Horror Movie Review by BHM: Fantastic Zombie Feast

Flight of the Living Dead is just what zombie fans have been waiting for – great gore, a passable story and characters that you despise just enough to applaud their being ripped apart.

Speaking of lists…

‘Funny Games’ First Poster, Stills, Concept Art, Website!

Today Warner Independent unleashed a flurry of goods from their upcoming remake of Funny Games (trailer), which hits theaters February 15. Not only has the official website been revealed (yet to launch), but the poster was also unveiled, along with new stills and a piece of concept art. Read on for all the goods. In this provocative and brutal thriller from director Michael Haneke, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive.

Can You Read Japanese? ‘Cloverfield’ Website Update

Today the official website for Cloverfield - the still untitled JJ Abrams film - has been updated with a new image and some clues. If you head to the site you'll see an image of a Japanese chef, just take your mouse and move it really quickly left and right and the image will flip over revealing some writing in Japanese. If you know what it says, leave a comment below! The film is a giant monster movie (a parasite) shown on cheap cameras from regular people's perspective. A few weeks ago we were informed that the film might be titled "WRECK" and are still awaiting confirmation.

Hacker Meets Hacker: When Adrian Met Kane

They were having a triple feature at the Georgetown Drive In this Saturday, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Hatchet and the Halloween remake. And lucky us, Kane Hodder was in attendance signing autographs!!! Here is a video of my fanboyish behavior:



And a few pics:
Small Adrian And Kane

And my Machete:
Small Keep On Hackin’

Thanks to Kane and the Fright Night Film Fest for bringing him to town.

Dates: Halloween, An American Crime, White Noise 2

We've got a few new DVD date announcements for you this morning starting with Rob Zombie's Halloween (review), which will hit DVD on December 12 from Genius Entertainment, no official word yet on extras. And what a bummer as First Look Home Entertainment has announced that they will release An American Crime (review) on DVD February 5, 2008. The film is based on the true story of a girl (Ellen Page) who's locked in a basement and tortured by her friend's mom. The DVD will be rated R, no extras revealed yet. Lastly, Universal Home Entertainment is dumping White Noise 2: The Light (review) in retailers on January 8. Click the titles above for more details on all films.