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Showing posts from December, 2015

How South Of Hell Ignited Personal Fears & Highlighted People Of Color

South Of Hell is the latest debut in horror television with a WEtv binge-model, 7 episode premiere over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend. Moving in slightly under the radar with a healthy backing from names like Eli Roth and Jason Blum (and the majority of episodes thus far directed by women), viewer engagement was modestly neutral to positive, but reviews haven't been too kind. South Of Hell has been described as "an easily digestible piece of horror froth that's totally enjoyable, if entirely facile." The former part of this is more than fair, the tail-end latter, not so much. The show establishes itself dipped in a visually alluring 'southern charm' with a well-paced mystery that entangles very distinguished and likeable characters. Even from the pilot, there's an awareness that it has a meaty story to tell that will keep viewers guessing. But more pertinently that rebuffs this idea of the series being a hallow shell is its ability to do what horr

The Journey Of Horror Writing With Brit Brinson

Ohio-based Trekkie and young adult fiction author, Britney Brinson is quite the presence on social media. Her brand of wit, extensive referencing, snark, and insight into popular culture I've found both funny and refreshing. I'm convinced she's not aware of how dynamic her personality is, a treasure amongst much of which is repetitive, tiring, and mundane. Chopping it up with her one on one has been a long time coming. She consistently provides honest commentary about horror films and television that is pleasantly impossible to ignore. But like all humans on this planet, there's so much more to this twenty-something that's worth highlighting.

Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams On Making Her Short, Paralysis

Production still by Adam Richlin R. Shanea Williams ' award-winning short, Contamination blew me away. There's no other way to describe how amazing the performances and technical touches were. The atmosphere immediately inspired concepts of being low-key genre, a darkness that underlined a work that cannot be necessarily be labeled horror or thriller, but Williams' influences are clear. She has a deep commitment to the horror genre much to my delight. And a specific mission to offer other women of color starring roles where we struggle for prominence.