Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Watch 31 Horror Movies Starring Black Women In October

Can you watch 31 horror movies starring/featuring Black women in prominent roles this October? 

Below is a link to save and print this challenge as a checklist along with a list of each film that corresponds with the day. 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

#SciFiSunday: Imitation Girl Is A Beautiful Epiphany Wrapped In A Extraterrestrial Clone

*slight spoilers ahead

Living and life involves developing a sense of self. When prompted, we often describe ourselves in a group of adjectives, commonly, a group that reflects opposites and contradictions to the word used before it. By extension, our actions, depending on mood and circumstance give others maybe just one descriptor while in a different space, another. And we are all guilty of looking at someone with limited knowledge; judging by one descriptor when we know ourselves as many. The human condition is simple despite our flawed assessments; we are all many things. Iranian filmmaker Natasha Kermani's science fiction revelation Imitation Girl delivers this thought stream when, from an undisclosed part of the universe, a form in the image of a New York party girl in the adult entertainment industry appears on earth as a remembrance of these ideas. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Montiese McKenzie's Blood Of My Blood Is Another Triumph In Speculative Fiction

Blood of my Blood is book one in a novella trilogy titled Awakening of the Spirit. Author Montiese McKenzie introduces us to a supernatural world with familiar mythology but a healthy serving of original twists to both vampire and spirit lore. She begins the series with Washington D.C.-based FBI Agent Alexander Rubidoux, a married-to-his-job, kind hearted man who is asked to help find a high profile government employee by the wife of the missing, Kathryn Spencer. Kathryn, a Black woman whose looks defy a life lived for centuries, particularly as a native of the country we know as Russia, now dwells in a lavish D.C. estate along with her three children. But the circumstances of his disappearance unearths a supernatural world that intermingles with the mostly unknowing natural. Kathryn's vampirism stuns Alexander, but instead of running, he becomes dedicated to helping this nervous yet stoic woman and her children get the husband and father they desperately want back.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Werewolves, Religion & Gentrification: Horror Screenwriting With Chris Courtney Martin

25 never looked so remarkable. The traction and determination in award-winning writer Chris Courtney Martin is a flourishing image that cannot waver. Her Twitter timeline reads like an articulate, casual girlfriend chat with a dose of realism in case you forgot that we're all trying to figure this thing out called life. And horror. Chris' list of screenplays in the waiting room is that meme of Sam Neil in In The Mouth Of Madness. She has a profound way of picking from the tree of her occupations and horror is the vehicle gets work in from the first page to the last. The multi-lingual, social advocate finds time for thrillers and comedy as well (seriously, H.E.I.R. looks incredible).

But as an impressionable child of the 90's, the Scream factor was a catalyst for horror's seductive qualities. "In my adolescence with Saw and Hostel, I really started to develop my own relationship with the genre," Chris remembers. "My tastes were growing a little more independent from what I was raised on with my sister (I grew up with a big sister, so that’s how I got a lot of access to that stuff). But I didn’t really think about writing horror myself until I saw Insidious, which came out pretty early in my college career."


Sunday, September 17, 2017

#SciFiSunday: Brown Girl Begins Premieres At Urbanworld Film Fest

Director Sharon Lewis is bringing Brown Girl to life on the big screen.
Photo courtesy of Facebook

*From the Press Release

Brown Girl Begins, a feature film directed by Sharon Lewis will have its world premiere at the 21st annual Urban World Film Festival in New York City, a five day festival event sponsored by founding partner, HBO and featuring an array of powerhouses such as Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman. Brown Girl Begins is inspired by Nalo Hopkinson's award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. The film, written and also produced by Lewis tells the tale of a dystopian world where the poor are segregated, and ruled over by a cruel sorcerer drug lord, only Ti-Jeanne a reluctant priestess can save them by embracing her ancient Caribbean spirit power.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams' Favorite Horror Films (Updated, Expanded, and Remixed)

Over the last few years I’ve completely immersed myself in horror films. Although I’ve always loved and enjoyed watching them, now that I have embraced this genre as a filmmaker, I’ve watched, re-watched, re-visited, studied, analyzed and experienced these films in a whole new way. I hate how horror is treated as the ugly stepchild of cinema because I feel horror is the most fascinating cinematic genre there is. It has a unique ability explore universal fears in the most imaginative ways. Hopefully perhaps this list will illustrate that for the non-believers.

I felt it was time to update and expand my favorite horror film list that I previously posted on this site. Many films remain on the list, though a few are removed, others added and the order almost completely rearranged (note: this list could shift again in another few years). I will note many of my favorites during that initial list were slightly skewed because I’d been working on my short film Paralysis and I was partial to the films that impacted and inspired me most up until that time. This go round, I really looked at the genre as a whole and carefully thought of all the films that have made a relentless impression on how I look at cinema. The films I return to over and over. The films that stay with me. This is by no way my attempt at “what are the best horror films ever”. There are a lot of excellent horror films that didn’t make the list because this is just a list of personal favorites. I’ll also say these are my favorite modern horror (post-1960) films. Classic horror films pre-1960 will be another post altogether.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Supernatural Horror Comics Project "Box of Bones" Coming Summer 2018!

*From The Press Release

Rosarium Publishing is proud to announce its latest comics project, Box of Bones, by Ayize Jama-Everett (The Liminal People, The Entropy of Bones) and Eisner Award winner, John Jennings (Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road). With a mix of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi writers, Box of Bones is set up to be a fantastical journey to the depths of the darkest parts of history. Described as “Tales from the Crypt meets black history,” Box of Bones is a supernatural nightmare tour through some of the most violent and horrific episodes in the African diaspora.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Seriously Strange 5 Questions With Kiera Davis

Missing this essential detail before I reached out, the sub-title to Kiera Davis' website portfolio, "You don't have to be pro to create something awesome…just need imagination and YOU" would read like an embarrassing oversight if this ethos wasn't the DNA running through her approachable, online presence. She has a serene and warm way of demonstrating that the process of becoming great at something builds a character and an honesty that is not instantaneous. It's a journey.

Kiera is studying Animation with a background in illustration, comic book art, writing, an graphic design. Managing to find time to mix it with her horror imprint, formeraly True Nightmares, a YouTube channel that has over 1,000 followers. There you'll find Fright Film Friday trailer reactions, movie reviews, disturbing facts from history, and she even narrates her own tales with accompanying visuals and sounds.

Soft spoken, honest, hardworking, and just plain having fun, Kiera's collective thinking is a part of what made our chat about horror so eclectic and positive.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival Featuring Tragedy Girls & More!

PUFF is bringing Tragedy Girls to Philly!
*From the Press Release

Badges are now on sale for the 2017 Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (PUFF) and the initial lineup for the second edition of the fest is now available with more exciting movies, guests, and events to be added in the coming weeks. This year, PUFF has been expanded to include a slate of over 30 short films and features from around the globe in the heart of Philadelphia.

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