Archive for horror

the enduring suspense of Suspiria

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture, Film with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2017 by phanteana

one of the joys of being an archivist is discovering copies of materials that were thought to either be lost or damaged. for those in the film archives industry, it means bringing new life to a movie that has previously been screened by audiences, but perhaps missing essential footage or dialogue. such a breakthrough occurred recently at an abandoned movie theater in Italy, whose storage room harbored an uncut 35mm print of Dario Argento‘s Suspiria¬†that hasn’t seen the light of day since its initial release nearly 40(!) years ago. the print was discovered by the Chicago Cinema Society, and after careful inspection appears to be in excellent condition (always a plus when handling rare materials). in fact, this version of the film is in such great condition that it will be embarking on a mini-tour of the US in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Seattle (the CCS website lists dates and locations). so if you’re in or near any of the above metro areas, are a fan of horror/foreign cinema, or simply looking for something different to do, this is your opportunity to see Suspiria on the big screen! hooray for film archivists and their valiant efforts to save movies!

 

…and since Hollywood loves to reboot classics, that long-brewing remake is finally unveiling its “secret” “irises” on the Internet. two elements that have (hopefully) eased the anxiety of long-time fans are that the new version is not set in modern times, and original star Jessica Harper is among the cast. Ms. Harper (who i’ve met, and is a lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humor) is also known for appearing in the film that inspired a considerable portion of my WordPress, so she can clearly do no wrong. ūüôā

 

{author’s note: i admit i haven’t seen too many of Argento’s films. but of the ones i have viewed, my favorite is Phenomena}.

stay on the path!

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , on June 15, 2017 by phanteana

the Paris Catacombs are one of the most highly visited sites in Europe, as they stretch far and wide underneath the bright lights and grand romance of the city. while in Paris many years ago, it was among several tourist spots on my itinerary and seeing it in person is truly memorable. but for two teenagers, a recent visit to this subterranean lair warranted a very different experience straight out of a horror movie. fortunately, their ordeal had a positive outcome. but let this be a lesson to anyone embarking on a tour group: stay on the path! (and bring extra batteries for flashlights)

what an excellent day for a(nother) series renewal

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 14, 2017 by phanteana

when a TV series based on The Exorcist was announced last year, i was initially skeptical…after all, it’s a classic in both print and visual form and with the over-saturation of remakes and reboots infiltrating the entertainment industry, i feared it’s reputation would be slathered in pea soup. but when the pilot episode aired last September, i was pleasantly surprised and drawn in just as i was with the small screen version of Damien. but while the latter was sadly cancelled after one season, the former has been renewed for a second run. the first season’s highlight was the surprise return of Regan (and to a lesser extent, Chris) MacNeil. there are no details yet as to the plot for season 2, but for everyone who was curious as to whether the show would return, it looks like those prayers have been answered. amen!

the door to other worlds has opened

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on May 3, 2017 by phanteana

darkness before dawn

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2017 by phanteana

hello, gentlemen…the world has been expecting you for some time now. so good of you to¬†drop in.

a cure for the winter doldrums

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , on February 18, 2017 by phanteana

winter movie season is typically characterized by films most people will wait to see until the DVD release; from January through late March, moviegoers are content with staying home to avoid venturing out into the cold for a sub-par screening. there’s the occasional big-budget mess (this year, it’s Matt Damon battling monsters in ancient China) plus a montage of crappy horror films (VHS? that’s soooo 2002). but there’s¬†a cure¬†for this ailment. i attended an advance screening of A Cure For Wellness earlier this week, and was absolutely intrigued by Gore Verbinski‘s latest project. despite some negative reviews and complaints regarding a long running time, A Cure For Wellness is “the first good horror film of 2017.” Switzerland is beautiful, and so is¬†Dane DeHaan. but this film will haunt your dreams, and make you think twice about going to a spa.

 

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hurts so good

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2017 by phanteana

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farewell, faithful Storyteller