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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
This week as we focus on the reconstruction of Nightbreed, helmed by Russell Cherrington and Mark Millar and known as Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut, we’re going to hear a lot about the shortcomings of the original film. (Cherrington, along with cast members Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince, and SFX crew Shaune Harrison, Mark C. Jones, and Mark Coulier, discussed this point in yesterday’s interview.) So was it really that bad? Or has history just looked upon it unfavorably? To get better perspective, we’re taking a look back at actual quotes from Nightbreed reviews back in February 1990. (more…)
Monday, October 15th, 2012
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Words by Colin McCracken
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed was released in 1990, but what the viewing public didn’t know was that the theatrical version which they saw (and the one subsequently released on home video) was very far removed from the source material and even from the original film which was shot. Additional scenes and story arcs were added (unbeknownst to the majority of the cast and crew) to make the film more marketable, with the studio heads believing a story with sympathetic monsters just wasn’t commercially viable. What was once an epic and grandiose love story, with highlighted metaphors of persecution and societal acceptance became little more than a standard slasher flick. Months of hard work and creature design was scrapped, alongside vital elements of storyline and contextualisation. (more…)
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Out July 1, 2012
I’ve read a lot of Joe Knetter’s work in my time — sometimes more than I’d liked. Being one of the reigning kings of splatter punk, Knetter’s is one bell you can not un-ring. You’ve been warned.
Room, a collection of short stories due out July 1, is his best work yet. (more…)
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
When Ridley Scott first announced Prometheus back in 2010, he had fans drooling by divulging in an interview that the story had “strands of Alien’s DNA.” For the sake of the rabid fan boy who just wants to know, we’ll get this part of the review over and done with right now: Prometheus IS a prequel in every single way. And if a film is a prequel, it’s only logical that it will lead into a sequel, right? (more…)
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
You know when you hear about the theme of a movie and you get all excited for it? Then the director is announced for the project and it makes it that much better, then the actors begin to attach to it and it becomes one of your “must see” movies of the coming season?
That was “The Divide” for me. (more…)
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Attack the Block, #1
Now that we’re safely almost ten days into 2012, I’m ready to make a Best Of list. I figured what would be the point back in December if the second the calendar went to 2012, fascists kicked down our doors and stole our computers and demons came out of hell and we all went into detainment centers as we started the long trek towards the end of days. Since none of that happened and we’re still around to read lists like this, I guess I’ll make a list. (more…)
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Nicolas Cage in Trespass. I bet he handpicked that outfit.
Ever since I heard about Nicolas Cage’s real life home invasion (he woke up in the middle of the night to find a naked man in a leather jacket holding a Fudgsicle standing in his bedroom), I’ve wanted to see Trespass. In fact, I was shocked that this anecdote that he dropped at TIFF, while promoting the movie, was the first I’d heard about it. I mean jesus christ, it combines two of my favorite things of all time. Nicolas Cage and home invasion movies. How had Trespass slipped under my radar?
And then how did it just show up on Netflix instant watch with zero fanfare? I thought my Facebook news feed was full of Cage devotees but I didn’t hear BOO about Trespass until a friend told me about it in person, the old fashioned way. I was like, “No WAY this thing is on Netflix and I didn’t know about it.” But it was, and I watched it last night and it was so disappointing that I decided to blog for the first time in months. (more…)
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Aaron Stoquert has written the perfect Zombie soundtrack. If you like Nick Cave and Tom Waits haunting style this will be right up your alley. As I write this the lyrics “Think of us as the world dies” flow like blood out of my Bose ear buds. I highly recommend purchasing anything Aaron has to offer to support his sheer understanding of mood and aural texture.
If you do not see Aaron’s name in the credits of an HBO series soon something’s wrong with the world…
Listen to what he has to offer here
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