Thursday, April 28, 2016

Girls Will Be Ghouls Podcast Episode 14: Horror Comedy & Hush


Zena’s new audio series, After Midnight!

Zena at Spooky Empire & her purchases.

Graveyard Shift Sisters, Attack the Block DVD Giveaway

Black Girl Nerd/Graveyard Shift Sisters meet up at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

Ashlee’s guest hosting Nightmare Fuel Episode 7 & 8

Theme Discussion Comedy in Horror

Movie Discussion Hush (2016)

Queen Skull Rating-
Zena: 5
Ashlee: 4 1/2

Minority Report Rating-
Ashlee: 1
Zena: 2

Recent Horror Screenings

Ashlee: The Invitation (2015)
Zena: Girls School Screamers (1986)

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Argento's Baroque Nightmare": Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' Descent Into Suspiria

"...there is something about this film on a molecular level that demands we engage with it in different, and sometimes quite challenging new ways, approaches strikingly different from how we've been culturally 'trained' to understand cinema, particularly in terms of things like the dominance of narrative and character. In this sense, then, to answer your question I guess that writing at length about Suspiria was for me in many ways almost inevitable for precisely these very reasons."

As writer and film critic, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas discussing Dario Argento's high profile work, Suspiria in an interview (quoted above) prompted my own investigation into understanding why this film drew me as a viewer and never left my consciousness. No matter how many times you see Suspiria, it registers as a sensational, shattered jigsaw puzzle that your mind desperately wants to put together, even if some pieces don't logically connect with another.That is where the excitement lies; in a horror classic that makes its own rules.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Your 21st Century Woke Horror Host: Addison Hadley

From the prolific dome of actor, artist, and writer Tarik Davis (@tarikrdavis), Addison Hadley is the "scribe of the terrifying and macabre" all the strange kids should grow up watching and the weirder adults would naturally embrace. Addison (performed by Davis) made his debut in Ego Trippin', the NYC monologue and comedy showcase developed by LeMar McLean. Since, the astoundingly handsome, grim soothsayer resides in a budding YouTube series.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Favorite Horror Host: Saturday Night Dead's Stella

One of the greatest pleasures I had as a kid was the opportunity on weekends to set my own sleep schedule. During the weeknights, it was pretty strict considering school, but Friday and Saturday nights were concocted events as I monitored the airwaves in hopes for a horror "Friday Night Movie" on Philly 57 and doubled my anticipation with the following afternoon of a Tales From The Darkside marathon on PHL-17 or an edited-for-television genre film on any of the other sparse channels. This was a golden period where your big three and syndicated-heavy, offshoots were enough.

Consistently on my radar on Saturday nights was Philadelphia's Elvira template, Stella, the hostess of Saturday Night Dead. The title was very a unsubtle play on Saturday Night Live, fitting that it aired directly after on our NBC affiliate station. Years after its run (1984-1990), the only thing I clearly remembered as a teenager was its whimsically, haunting theme (originally derived from "The Mooche" by Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra) and Stella's kooky aesthetic. Being considerably young at this time, what I learned from the documentary on horror hosts, American Scary (2006) was just how subversive the interludes between the film-of-the-week were. Stella blended unabashed sexuality, camp, and risque pun play to her personality that I doubly appreciate as an adult.

Stella, "the Maneater from Manayunk" is Karen Scioli, a South Philadelphia native and fellow Temple University alum who has been a performer since she was a child. Saturday Night Dead came on a whim while she was in New York City doing stand up and looking for steady work as an actress. Her mom alerted her to the hostess position and Scioli beat out 150 others for the part. Currently, she lives in New Jersey with her husband and stays busy with local events where her Saturday Night Dead fame is still of interest and continues to act in other genre projects including web series, the Goth Mothers Of Transylvania.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Black Women in Comics: Malice in Ovenland #4, The Finale

Malice in Ovenland is a remarkable tale of a Black girl named Lily Brown's Labyrinth like adventures. All the fun happens when her kitchen oven draws her into a different dimension with its otherworldly personalities that will help and hurt her quest. What's engaging about Malice In Ovenland is its ability to let the oven become a lively world based much from our common usage of it; what we bake, what's left as residual full of crumbs and greasy spills create a mythology that is wildly entertaining. The comic is a great tool for expanding the dynamics of creativity for our youth and gives them all, regardless of race and gender, an opportunity to understand that anyone can be the the hero.

Malice in Ovenland #4, the series finale is available now!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Black Horror Filmmakers: Interview with Meosha Bean

To expand the “Black Women in Horror” interview series, I’d like to start including filmmakers along with authors to show how these two mediums combine to make stunning works of horror. My first director is the wonderful Meosha Bean. She is one of the directors for 7 Magpies, a first of its kind: a short horror film anthology written and directed entirely by black women. I consider myself lucky to be working on this project with Meosha, along with twelve other amazing creatives. but I wanted to know more about her work.

Turns out she’s a powerhouse and has made over a dozen horror short films within five years. One of those films is a standout in indie horror journalist circles. Meosha took a break from her busy schedule to chat with me about what it is to be a Black woman in the film industry.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Graveyard Shift Sisters Going's On: April Edition

Hello all!

We're starting this brand new update series to let you know where we'll be, what's happening with our partners, supporters, other artists, as well as how you can get involved. Here's the rundown for Spring 2016.

More to come!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Black Women Making Horror Films: Deep Into The Madness With Simret Cheema-Innis

Blogger, filmmaker, and London dweller Simret Cheema-Innis has spent much of her quality time talking with horror industry insiders and creators from all arms of the creative medusa on her blog, WickerGirl. Recently, she's been ascending into the welcomed madness of her erotic, sci-fi/horror tale, From Me To You which is one of the most trippy and fascinating descriptions of a film I've read in a long time:

A guy in his late 30's who doesn't want to conform or settle down, leaves his fiancĂ© and goes to Vietnam to 'live life and explore more.' Unfortunately for him, he finds himself in a world/place with its own problems, habits and discrimination. Following a weird incident with a prostitute (and a graphic alien sex scene) our guy finds himself with many questions of his own to answer. 


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sci-Fi Sunday: Attack The Block DVD Giveaway Challenge

One British film emerged from 2011 that managed to both wow critics and expose genre fans to a still presently shadowed science fiction adventure tale titled, Attack The Block. Its piercingly esoteric language yet universal approach to friendship, consciousness and survival is what has made the well-deserved positive buzz about the film so consistent. Attack The Block stands as one significant step forward in pushing back on the resistance of who and how to frame the hero. John Boyega's performance as Moses still gives me cathartic goosebumps as his arc makes him visible to a world, a people who would quickly label him a criminal, never a hero. And that's the complicated and fascinating factor that Attack The Block runs with and explores throughout its nuanced, action-packed run time.

Never should a film like this continue to be so overlooked. And never should we imagine that the liberties Attack The Block has taken can't be expanded upon or matched. Continuing to think about this film, even beyond what I've said in the past led to an idea of having an Attack The Block DVD Giveaway Challenge!

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