Thursday, April 30, 2015

Black Women Horror Bloggers: Rosemary's Pixie


The most crucial aspect of being a blogger is that your voice should shine through the topics you're discussing. Many take to task this venture. Here, horror is the anchor, but our identity as Black women is what keeps us afloat and even sail. I understood just how important that was with one blog essay from this year, "Oh Canada. A Woman Of Colour And Her Perspective On Horror In The Great White North". As a community, we're all fans of horror, but it's our perspectives from the subjective realm that makes our sentiments not only critical, but unique. An author should encourage, entertain, and inspire new ideas to take away. To bring to the table the angle less considered so the media we consume can evolve without losing what made us love it so much in the beginning.

Talking to the horror blogger and author of that essay felt like a step in the right direction to further explore a geographically removed horror community from my own from the voice of a Black woman.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Old Dracula (1974) Review

The revival of old vampire tales in alternative forms percolated in the early 1970s (Blacula, Count Yorga, Dracula A.D. 1972). Reflectively, this was the first wave of "remakes" in a sense where, as opposed to what feels currently like cheap cash-in's, these re-imaginings took the core of the original text and injected something fresher: What if 'Dracula' was Black? What if Dracula was transported into the future?

In similar fashion, a light horror comedy out of England originally titled Vampira was changed into a more catchier title for the United States, Old Dracula or, Old Drac in order to place it in the camp of Young Frankenstein (1974). Flatly, the film's tagline read, "If You Liked 'Young Frankenstein' You'll Love 'Old Dracula'!" Distributed by American International Pictures (AIP) in 1975, Old Dracula was written by British comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd (Are You Being Served?) and directed by Clive Donner, noteworthy for the film's tone immersed in English sensibilities.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

15th Annual Shriekfest Announces Its Call for Entries!


*From the press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Denise Gossett, email@shriekfest.com 

(Los Angeles, CA)

Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 15th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country. We offer filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in a world-famous city. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region's diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and scifi fans. Over the past Fifteen years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Horror Favorites: with Party Lifestyle Guru & Blogger Latanya Rene


Sometimes, the best way to break the ice with a stranger is to talk horror movies. Which is half-true for the budding friendship me and Latanya share. After meeting for the first time last October, we were already all too familiar with each other on social media. But the first words we spoke to each other face-to-face, literally, was a debate about Annabelle...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The #FridayNightHorror EP

There's almost no dispute that a good film soundtrack boosts a films presence in the audiences memory. With growing interest in #FridayNightHorror, it's been fun to track some of the trends in each live tweet. One major trend, the audio behind the visuals, is at times the pinnacle of talk during and after the event's run.


Here are the top three that have been popular amongst participants!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spooky Cosmetics with Cara's Ten Three Labs

You may never catch me in a dress and definitely not with a hand purse, but I do enjoy indulging in wearing make up. The fun and colorful transformation of your face and the variations it can take on is a trial and error type of fun I've had a personally uncommon amount of patience for.

Ten Three Labs, an independently owned online cosmetics shop from Cara Davis (@caradeedavis) mixes and concocts some seriously enticing salves, scents, and shadows that I couldn't pass up a chance of purchasing; now and in the future. Forgo Covergirl and Mac, Ten Three is in the cruelty free game and art genre alternative with names like All Vamp Everything to Sinister Reputation. Frankly, she has a customer for life.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sci-Fi Sunday: A History of Race in Science Fiction Films

Take out your notepads.

Adilifu Nama concocted a thorough read that blends a critical look at science fiction cinema's milestone works in conjunction with American sociopolitical history, specifically with some of the most profound shifts in American race relations and policy.


Black Space: Imagining Race In Science Fiction Film does a great job of breaking down the historical context of race and racial discourse in American science fiction films. Nama argues that non-white representation and implied blackness has abounded in sci-fi cinema, past and present in two very important ways. First, a "structured absence" speaks to the creation of a science fiction story that overtly excludes people of color and imagines an alternative, all-white world. Second, that absence is commonly replaced with the alien Other, some non-human like being that relies on relevance with their relationship to white characters. The alien Other is at times coded as non-white and consumed by attributes that imply blackness or the ideas, behaviors of non-white people.

Chapter 1's "Structured Absence And Token Presence" is the focus here, providing film examples alongside the sociopolitical events from which they emerged. I found it wildly fascinating and a fantastic introduction for text on sci-fi films and race. I'm not even denting the cosmic coaster of this detailed script, but I couldn't pass up an overview to demonstrate the appreciated efforts of Nama's work.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Interview with a Walker: Stunt Double & Actress Shellita Boxie


As anticipation for season five of AMC’s The Walking Dead grew, AMC previewed Inside The Walking Dead: Walker University a few months before the start of the season. The show gave fans a look at the process of selecting potential walkers for The Walking Dead and explained their make-up and costume process. Viewers were able to see that becoming a walker and being on the set was not as easy as it looked. First of all, you have to audition for the part. Being a walker takes a lot of time on set as well as patience with effect applications. You have to be available and physically able to endure the demands of the role.

Graduating from “Walker University” means that you have the walk, the look, and have been selected to appear on set. Despite the complexities of becoming a walker, winning a role can be quite a rewarding experience. Those chosen get to become part of the number 1 horror show on television, and perhaps meet and interact with their favorite cast members.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams' 11 Favorite Horror Films


First I must say this: this is nowhere near an all-time greatest horror film list ever. This list probably won’t even score me many cool points with hard-core horror fans that love their blood and gore in excess. This is simply a list of my personal favorite horror films. These films simply exemplify what I love about the horror genre.

I will be directing a short horror film that I wrote entitled Paralysis later this year. This will be my third film but my first in the horror genre. Paralysis fits in the psychological horror film sub-genre -- which is my favorite sub-genre. The following films on my list definitely played a part in me wanting to make a horror film and they continue to inspire me as I hope to make a horror film that resonates with viewers the way these films still resonate with me.

Why 11 films and not 10? Because…indecisive.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blacula DVD Giveaway!

We want to beef up your horror collection with a copy of Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream in our first DVD giveaway!


Want to know how to get your hands on these horrorific classics?

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