Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Black History & Women in Horror Month 2018 Giveaway

Women in Horror Month 2018 is right around the corner and we have another big giveaway to extend to our readers. Black History and Women in Horror Month are two major celebrations in February that we take in fun and seriousness by magnifying the dialogue and curating the information available on the history Black women have made in the horror genre and more importantly, the history they're presently making.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Desolation (2017) Combines Classic Cinema Madness With Our Dark Digital World

A young woman has a chance encounter with a hearthrob star filming a movie in her small town that leads her to a fling vacation in Los Angeles. With a few days alone in the star's apartment building, she uncovers the darkest extensions of entertainment.

Written by Craig Walendziak & Matthew McCarty
Directed by David Moscow

Katie Connor sleeps with her curtains completely drawn and glances upon dreary roads expressionless as she makes her way to a service occupation at a hotel, luckily capturing glimpses of life when she girl talk's with her co-worker/friend Debbie. The external may seem pretty ordinary, but this is a horror movie, and inside of Katie is a hoarder's row of trauma she drowns out with a prescription drug and time not occupied with the web or celebrities. Jay Cutter, that guy from the movies that all the girls love and some would even "fuck if he had AIDS" saunters on the damp concrete of Elmira, New York, totally taken by Katie's lack of starstruck intrigue.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

#SciFiSunday: Spark (2010) Ignites Hope In An Environmental Dystopia

2017 bared national attention yet again to the devastating effects of wildfires in California, shattering records for this particular environmental disaster. A science fiction short film, Spark forsees the definitive end in the escalation of the damage through the eyes of a young lady, while hands frantically gather belongings and loved ones hug with the images of smolder and decay in the background, says that she's seen the end of the world.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Get Montiese Mckenzie's Second Speculative Novella, The Providence Of Human Affairs

The second book in the Awakening of The Spirit series promises more magic in an already fantastic universe by award-winning author Montiese McKenzie. In The Providence of Human Affairs the saga continues with a focus shift to Sam Kassmeyer, the spirit most trusted by vampire Kathryn Spencer and integral guide in finding her kidnapped husband from the first novella in the series Blood of my Blood. McKenzie matches the mystery and suspense of the first novella in the second with a much richer dive into spiritual mythos and the essence of human survival: hope.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Exposing Your Fears With Filmmaker Tristian Montgomery

Among the first things you notice about Brown Wreck-Loose is its soundtrack. The echoing tones of Childish Gambino’s “No Exit” ring out against the deep hues of writer/director Tristian Montgomery’s camera and the nuanced pacing of her film’s editing. Music is crucial to her visualization of ideas; among her career goals is to create music videos. Telling stories through image and sound, together and separately, is at the heart of her artistic style. Brown Wreck-Loose is dialogue-free and rich in color contrast. As a viewer, you must piece together the story, and the experience is at once haunting and exhilarating.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Z-Stuy (2017): Movie Review

One Halloween in Brooklyn, strange things begin to happen to certain would-be Bed-Stuy residents. Only one woman notices the threat and tries to fight to keep herself and neighbors on her way home, safe.

Written & Directed by Devan Gallagher

New York. Brooklyn. This was an area that bled into my consciousness at a very early age because of its cinematic representation. The number of films that make the borough and the island itself a character that the entire world recognizes are countless. I can imagine, because of its decades long cultural allure and potential for opportunity (especially for artists who actually want to make a living as artists) is the spark that invokes a real fear that translates well in the horror canon: gentrification. It's a scale which positions itself being on the heavier side of economics and bulldozes in order to selfishly utopianize. Grabbing on to those bright eyed dreams of NYC seen on movie screens and television to taste the "cool", then cannibalize it.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Fund This: A Nightmare on Elm Street Fandom Documentary, FredHeads

I didn't end 2017 without reflection on all of the wonderful experiences I had traveling, networking, and meeting what were once only faces on a screen, in person with the ease of reuniting with close relatives. Serendipitous and overwhelming in the most positive way imaginable was my time with the crew behind the documentary FredHeads, a deep exploration into the fandom and fans of the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. You can read more about that here, right now I'm excited be a part of helping FredHeads get the funding it needs.

The Indiegogo campaign is overflowing with a detailed story, footage, and perks, all geektastically tailored to grab the attention of any Nightmare fan.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Rasheedah Prioleau

Rasheedah Prioleau is a super hero. I don’t know how she does it. She’s a self-published writer of dark fiction novels, a ghostwriter, a scriptwriter and filmmaker. After working in the corporate world for several years, she left and became an unpaid intern for a literary manager. She hasn’t looked back. Since then, she’s published three novels and written several screenplays for TV and the big screen. One of her TV pilot scripts, URBAN DYSTOPIA, won BEST Urban Action Script at the Urban Action Expo Film Festival this year.

She is also, like me, a descendant of the Gullah-Geechee people and includes the culture in her work, aiming to bring focus to our heritage using the medium of dark fiction. As such, I felt an immediate kinship with her and decided to reach out and ask if she’d be willing to do an interview. I was pleased to see she was not only willing, but also open, friendly, and eager to chat about her inspirations, our shared heritage, and horror as a genre for people of color. As she does so much, I’ve broken my discussion with Rasheedah into fiction and film.

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