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Showing posts from June, 2017

I'm A Survivor: Conceptualizing Horror With Filmmaker Elizabeth Bayne

Elizabeth opens our Q&A talking about her fascination with Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989) "in which a demonically possessed floor lamp terrorizes a California family." What I find equally amusing is the fact that it's a film she's reminded of when she encounters a street lamp. Watching horror films as a child truly is a range from the distinguished to the utterly bonkers that played commonly on Saturday's in the 1980's and 1990's. Since it appears we both are in a similar age range, I completely relate to the allure of some of the questionable-in-coherence genre entries. And it is often these kitchen sink film viewing experiences that lead down a winding road of creating our own work in some capacity. Elizabeth Bayne, a filmmaker who has spent over ten years working in video production for the University of Southern California and various organizations in the wellness and public health sector found inspiration for her own entry into the hor

Women Of Color Horror Writers: Interview With Rebecca Pierce

By Eden Royce  ( @EdenRoyce ) Sometimes I stumble upon fantastically inventive writing in my travels online, and when that writing is horror written by a woman of color, I take notice. Rebecca R. Pierce writes horror poetry and short stories that have a graceful quality that lives among the creeping darkness. Her experience with the poetic form bleeds into her prose, filling it with resounding symbolism and lingering metaphor. She is able to move between sub-genres of horror, while maintaining the ability to give the reader the sense of awe and what all horror readers love—that gasp of surprise. Some readers shy away from short stories, feel they aren’t long enough to get involved in the characters and be pulled along into a plot. Short stories are a skill unto themselves—the ability to craft an immediate connection to protagonists and villains alike, as well as craft an intriguing storyline that unfolds and resolves within an abbreviated number of pages. Pierce shows she’s

Horror Blackademics: The Get Out (2017) Syllabus

I'll be in the movie mania that was/is still Get Out for a very long time. I had my initial response soon after my first screening and sung its praises of being an all around great film. Literally, a piece of cinema that is almost perfect. And the follow up from other writers that have celebrated and highlighted other facets of symbolism in relationship to the dynamics of race as well as what Get Out woefully underdevelops has been necessary to the conversation. Crystal Boson, PhD is the woman responsible for creating a syllabus inspired by Jordan Peele's 2017 shockwave. A film that brilliantly tackles the nuances and fine threads of racial discrimination that often aren't addressed with care, Get Out uses them to tell a darker, more overt, genre-fied tale about the outcomes of them.

Quarries (2016): Movie Review

During a nature hike, seven women encounter a group of men and must put an end to their murderous rampage in order to survive. Written by Nils Taylor & Nicole Marie Johnson Directed by Nils Taylor There's a constant awareness of how unknown and vast the wildness is. It has been alluded to as its own dimension with living creatures and objects that humankind has yet to witness or comprehend. If ever there is a physical or emotional need to journey through this space, the first rule is to reverence both its beauty and danger. There are so many films that give the outdoors this credit, and horror turns up the dial on dread, capitalizing on the uncertainty with just about anything it can muster. This includes the broad depravity of humanity.

Should You Watch This? Blair Witch (2016)

By Kayla Koger ( @digitalkayla ) Did you ever wonder if you could trust those rating sites on their reviews of movies? I mean all those strangers can’t know if you’re gonna like a movie! Leave it to just one stranger... me. I’m gonna tell you whether or not you should watch movies (there will be spoilers). Let’s go. Movie Name: Blair Witch Year: 2016