Archive for June, 2018

a changeling of seasons

Posted in Film with tags , , on June 20, 2018 by phanteana

it’s officially summer, but Halloween is already on everyone’s mind. i kicked off my summer season over Memorial Day weekend with a chance to see the newly restored version of The Changeling at my local theater. this is one of my favorite films, and its effectiveness at telling a spooky & semi-true* story without the gore can still be felt in modern releases such as The Conjuring and Winchester. the film has been described as a “slow burn”, which is how a lot of horror should be (at least in my opinion, since i’m not a fan of blood & guts).

for the folks at home, a special 4K blu-ray edition will be released in August complete with an attic full of goodies including a poster, an enamel pin, and a replica of the infamous red rubber ball featured in the movie. several audience members at my theater jumped out of their seats during that scene…works every time!

 

*a lot of The Changeling‘s events match up, but because this is Hollywood there’s always bound to be revisions. in addition, there has been speculation as to whether Russell Hunter’s account is real or fabricated. regardless of whether or not you believe Hunter’s story, it certainly made for one of the greatest films of the late 20th century.

 

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listen for the whispers

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 13, 2018 by phanteana

it’s safe to say those people who experienced the lunchtime terror of the first footage of the updated Suspiria have recovered from the ordeal…just in time for the trailer that dropped last week!

so what did i think of it? (not a spoiler alert)
well, it’s definitely creepy in terms of tone and appearance. but it looks more like an artsy foreign film as opposed to a horror movie. the costuming screams 1977 (but not tacky 1977). the color scheme used in the original is nowhere to be found, which further confirms that this new version is not a remake but rather a re-imagining. it’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. until the actual film is released on November 2 (which, coincidentally is Day of the Dead…good job, marketing team!), please enjoy the musings of Suspiria‘s Twitter page. whoever runs it is quite imaginative with their postings & retweets!

i heard it through the grave-vine

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 3, 2018 by phanteana

libraries & cemeteries have a lot in common: both hold significant historical records (the former in print/electronic form and the latter in markers/stones) and they provide a quiet environment for reflection and study. now imagine these two places were combined into one. that’s what happened when New York’s iconic Greenwood Cemetery collaborated with the remains (womp womp) of the Brooklyn-based Morbid Anatomy Museum for a unique pop-up experience: a library inside a cemetery where patrons can read all about the dearly departed. the museum opened in 2014, and catered to family-friendly crowds & more mature audiences with its eccentric series of lectures (ranging from Taxidermy 101 to a visual presentation on 80’s Goth), exhibits, and activities. but despite its appeal, insufficient funding and the high cost of property space (it is New York, after all) caused it to fold last year. but thanks to the staff at Greenwood, the Morbid Anatomy library has been resurrected to the delight of locals and tourists alike…and just like libraries, Greenwood is very vast so be sure not to accidentally get locked in after hours (not to worry, the groundskeepers have been known to rescue stranded visitors in case they get stuck inside post-sundown).