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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/1Tm9iVF

A long weekend deserves a long episode! This time we tackle our first horror anthology and I can’t think of a better one to start with than the 1982 film; Creepshow. Also, Wes and Lydia get their geek on and talk all about horror’s relationship with comic books Also, Wes talks about his own creepshow involving a lot of maggots. For more episodes check out splatterpictures.net

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Don’t Look in the Basement 2 (2016)

When Sonsey was cutting the Nightface book trailer (for which I am forever grateful) we wanted some grue and were short on time. Luckily, the long forgotten gem Don’t Look in the Basement was up for grabs being in the public domain. Some of the reveals in it are perfectly atmospheric and reminiscent of the dead hookers scene in the book. Since then, I developed a soft spot for the film and was dying to see it remade. One better, someone finally took it to task and made a sequel. A MUCH better idea than joining the remake centipede!

It’s a middling and interesting horror film that ties neatly into the first and when compared, is an improvement in all areas where it counts. Maybe a little too comedic for me, but that’s me. Much better than a lot of stuff out there than can rely on score, provenance, name actors and a snazzy promo launch ~ it’s a relatively small release related to an even smaller release from way back when. All in all, it’s kind of perfect that way.

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It ate him! Who do you ask? Find out on today’s episode of Dead Air! The team from Re-Animator reunites for the 1986 body horror classic; From Beyond.

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Holidays (2016)

I can’t say I disliked Holidays. It was a fun watch with gems hidden in a few of the shorts. There were some disappointments here and there but by the end, I had a distinct take-away that left me uncomfortable.

The filmmaking was good, the dialogue was good. The acting is good. The title sequences were fun and I liked having the ‘reveal’ of the makers names at the end of each. If you’d like a blow by blow account of each segment that I basically agree with, listen to the recent BindTortureKast episode. The one point that I maybe got even more exacerbated with was the overall message I felt I’d been fed once I sat back to watch the credits roll.

The films were actually telling me awful things. Not fun horror film style awful things either. Social and political style awful things. It said to me that women are all basically fucking crazy. Lone women are utterly helpless or prone to bad decisions and are also crazy. Women are better able to think and cope in groups and may be less helpless but are way fucking crazier. Men are largely absent or abusive and don’t seem to notice all the crazy women until they get killed by one. Honestly, at this rate, I’d rather the much maligned airhead cum dumpster style women seen too often in horror because with them, the audience doesn’t run the risk of being tricked into thinking that she’s anything like most women or that she represents any kind of feminist or egalitarian statement whatsoever.

The only reason I give this stuff much thought is due to the surge in projects like Women in Horror Month and feminist critique of horror films and books, Especially ones written longer than 20 years ago, as they are exactly like shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to finding sexist content. I find that trying to forcefully inject femme-centric stories and leads into the genre has been backfiring in all kinds of really dangerous and mealymouthed ways and this film is a neat example. Now, I’m no social scientist nor any sort of academic of the topic but most of these shorts had me wondering who a lot of these were written for. I’ve been trained now — through being treated like a second-rate citizen for half of my life in a sexist world and shouted down by fundamentalist feminists for the other half since I prefer my own opinion on such matters — to look at films and ask where I fit into this as a human and a woman. It’s never my number one intention when watching a film but with this one it all just sort of gets dragged into the forefront. Kind of unfair when I thought I was going to watch a gnarly nice little horror anthology packed with writer and director names that had me very interested.

With luck, a second installment will happen and have a little more realism and originality to the characters with the same amount of creativity given to the stories which, if you dodge a few snakepits, dead ends, and the Halloween one entirely, were really quite good.

Edit* I forgot to mention the 7000 bonus points for excellent use of baby chickens. If anyone knows me, they know that’s my heartmelter right there. Combined with stigmata? Sure-fire Lydia-win material.

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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/1T5e9Kv

Do you feel it? Beneath the skin something sharp and jagged threatens to erupt from your flesh! It’s episode 55 of Dead Air and we’ve got Shinya Tsukamoto’s classic body horror masterpiece; Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Tetsuo finds himself inexplicably turning in to a man of living metal after a fateful encounter with a stranger who is deliberately pushing a metal rod in to his body. Who is this man and just how far will Testuo’s transformation go? Is there any hope of him turning back? All of these questions will be answered! Also, Wes wonders about Inspector Gadget’s dick. Later on Lydia paints a nightmare picture of relentless blowjobs from Elmo. For more episodes check out splatterpictures.net

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Dracula Untold (2014)

Since writing Nightface, I’d inadvertently avoided vampire films. That is to say, Dracula films and uber-chic urban action vampire films as it wasn’t until Let The Right One In that I realized this. Instead of rectifying the situation I delved into films that reminded me of Nadja, like the more recent Girl Walks Home and Only Lovers Left Alive. You know, real vampires. When this film hit I’d meant to go to theatre but missed out, so I’m glad I finally decided to finish watching it. I’d started before last Halloween and was interrupted (by internal or external distractions, I can’t recall) and picked it back up since I was in the mood for a fairy tale. A really lovely take on the blend of the beast Dracula and the warmongering family man Vlad Tepes.

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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/1WwgehV

We are all connected by this podcast…and pain but, mostly this podcast. On today’s episode of Dead Air Wes and Lydia take a look at revenge, demons, necromancy and the afterlife in this criminally underrated indie horror romp. For more episodes check out splatterpictures.net

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For the past couple of years I’ve been the new releases moderator on horror.org. At first there was a little well oiled team of elves – take that vision where you will – but now it’s just little old me. Emphasis on the old. And with old comes crotchety curmudgeonlyness with bonus made-up words. Posting the recent fare is something I really like to do. A few weeks ago I was handed the reins to drive the Recently Born of Horrific Minds column for the HWA newsletter. Excite! It’s another facet of new releases and makes perfect sense for me to compile the column so we aren’t overlapping effort. I’m very pleased with the new station and looking forward to the June installment.

Over the past while I’d noticed that the way of the new releases was to post any book submitted. If the release date had passed, that’s fine as I figured it gave everyone a fair shake. It’s not always easy to promote your books and sometimes either life gets in the way or you only heard of an advertising method after the fact. That’s all well and good, however, there certainly are books that should not be listed. Last week this was addressed and will continue to be reflected in upcoming posts to the Members Books page (to a lesser extent) and in the newsletter (to a greater extent). This is still about giving everyone a fair shake, so if your book came out a year ago and you’ve been an active member, it may not be posted unless there is a reprint, abridged, alternate medium, or otherwise new car smell to the piece. Last month’s releases will still make it into the rotating banner on the site alongside the actual new releases since a month is but the beat of a moth wing in the lifetime flight a book takes. The newsletter will reflect recent work only since the title has always had the words ‘This Month’ within, so it just makes sense.

For further thought on why this is important, and why I’m willing to research release dates and will even contact authors to make sure I’m not skipping a reprint or new edition, read on. This wasn’t the only set of titles that caught my eye but it seems to be noticed by others. We are easily blinded by the eye candy that is the artwork – and we know I love the cover art – but those release dates are awfully nice to look at too. I am, after all, a data journalist at heart and have an affinity for numbers and the stories behind them.

Thank you, Ginger Nuts of Horror, for the work put into this article and drawing attention to this issue.

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/features/yet-another-small-press-is-up-to-dodgy-doings

It’s far more than release dates, you’ll see that once read, but at the end of the day that’s the concerning part for me as it is free advertising for someone who is taking advantage of authors. Should you have any input, let me know. Members can post new books through the HWA members portal where contact information abounds!

Thanks ~

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Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Before I fawn over the second installment I had to rewatch the first. Just in case I’d missed something that makes so many people like this one better. I must have blinked and missed it. Sure this one has ‘the scares’ I suppose, as the discovery of the body bundle is a very tense scene, but all in all I find this one boring. Maybe it’s due to having the very few people on screen not be very interesting to me. Maybe it’s the long and clunky chase sequences. Unsure, but one thing that I do like is the slow tease introduction to The Creeper.

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So it has been a while but here is a new episode of Dead Cells where I get in line for the Death Parade.

A nice dark and brooding series from 2015 that gets a little Twilight Zone, like all good creepy anime do. Not a hell of a lot of blood here, save two episodes I highlight. Catch this one on Funimation or Hulu and catch me on Dead Air podcast.

If there is anything you think I should be watching, let me know here, on http://nightface.ca or @typicallydia on twitter, instagram, facebook and tumblr. Theme by Trent Reznor – Head Down from The Slip, used under creative commons – Thank you for listning!

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