Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Making Of Scary Pop: Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

...because this image chills me to this very day.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. This year, I wanted to honor MJ's horror efforts that, needless to say, has had a rippling effect on pop culture for decades. Happy Birthday, brother. We miss you...

Michael Jackson's "Thriller", that about fourteen minute music video with the pop icon in red leather get-up, a werewolf, zombies, and a frightened young woman who looked eerily like one of my mother's closest friends at the time all managed to successfully scare the hell out of me. After watching it for the first time not too long after its release, I immediately became cautious before turning every dark corner and made sure my nightlight bulb was fresh. I even imagined I could watch it during the day time and the imagery would lose its effect. So I did. That was a joke.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Images From Upcoming Horror Film, American Exorcist

The only thing that can get me more excited about a horror film with a Black female lead is a horror film filmed and based in my hometown. Philadelphia filmmakers Tony Trov and Johnny Zito of South Fellini have already established their talent with 2013's Alpha Girls which I thoroughly enjoyed. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, they're back pushing their latest project, American Exorcist starring Falon Joslyn (also the star of Alpha Girls) and the incomparable Bill Moseley.

The story goes: A paranormal investigator finds herself trapped in a haunted high rise on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Black Women Horror Writers: Nuzo Onoh's Unhallowed Graves

Nuzo Onoh is a British writer of African heritage from the Igbo tribe in what was formerly known as The Republic of Biafra. During their civil war with Nigeria, Onoh had several family members die in the conflict. That war had a great impact on her writing style. For people whose lives have become full of such brutality and carnage, their stories become full of tales about death and the afterlife.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

#SciFiSunday: Advantageous & The Future Of Aging

As a middle-aged woman who doesn’t look or feel her age, I am still very aware of how growing older excludes you from the club of progressive youth.  It is difficult to find one’s place in the millennial world, with activities such as job searches and dating catering more to the young and hip who fit the target market, while fashion choices leave me wondering if I am too old to shop in some stores or still too young (and broke) to shop in others. It is a conundrum of how you are perceived and accepted in society and what you perceive your real self to be. 

This culture of smooth skin, slim bodies, fresh ideas and technology running rampant under the banner of healthy living for a new age is nothing new; it is a cycle of life that leaves those of us who are near or at the age where we don’t fit in struggling to find a footing. In Jennifer Phang’s feature film Advantageous, we get a first-hand account of what the consequences of aging and a woman’s place in the not-so distant future would be like if we had the choice and the means to renew ourselves.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fallon Grey: The New Slayer In Town

Marvel has unleashed excitement amongst the black girl nerd community! During San Diego Comic Con 2015, a new superhero was revealed. Not just any superhero, but a woman of color. She presents a breath of fresh air, something we’ve been missing in the modern world of superheroes. From the initial reveal, it appears this new character will be an instant fan favorite: the daughter of Blade, Fallon Grey will be featured in a new series.

The African American comic book character turned big screen film franchise Blade generated a movie trilogy and a television show. Also known as Eric Brooks, he was a notorious and skilled vampire hunter. Blade himself is half vampire, half human because Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire before giving birth to him. The vampire venom was transferred in the process.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monster Mania 31 Recap

Cherry Hill, New Jersey's semi-annual Monster Mania convention is for the horror commune-deprived during rest of the year in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Gathered were an eclectic legion of collector hungry manics in an expansive yet dense first floor hotel from July 31 to August 2. Overall, I loved seeing the old faces I adore, new faces I was glad to finally greet, and of course, one particular actress who's a fan of what we're doing here!

I made sure Rachel True (@RachelTrue) was my first priority when I arrived. A friend was there to bring me out of my crippling modesty, so when she realized I'm the wizard behind the @GraveyardSister curtain, we had a conversation built on mutual admiration. I can't say enough about how warm and fun Rachel was and I'm glad a small legion of us got to let her know how important we think she was in her role as Rochelle in The Craft and all of her other screen credits. Someone actually brought a copy of Half Baked for her to sign which I found delightful. I told her I'm ready for TVOne to bring Half & Half back into their scheduling rotation.

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