Archive for horror

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!

con-founded

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by phanteana

conferences are always filled with free food, informative panels, swag bags & the occasional surprise guests. the tech conference i attended last weekend certainly offered all of the above (except for the surprise guests). it’s a good thing one of the sponsors gave out free hand sanitizer bottles, because after a few days of being surrounded by hundreds of people you’re bound to catch the dreaded ‘post-con crud’ (cough/cold). fortunately, it’s not bad enough to keep me home from work. but i do feel bad for everyone who hears me sneezing. this is where remote access will come in handy in the future.

while my conference may have been low on the surprise factor, CinemaCon delivered a wallop during its lunchtime schedule with the premiere of the first footage from the upcoming Suspiria remake. judging from the reactions, whoever decided to show the clip while people were chowing down is either insane or a marketing genius…or both.

while i’m not the biggest fan of Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered to be his most well-known and most successful movie. i understand why people love it: the visuals & the soundtrack are important elements in his approach to storytelling (remember, i studied Film in Undergrad). when news of the remake broke, it sent fans into a frenzy because they felt it would ruin a classic: replacing Goblin with Thom Yorke for the score is completely ludicrous. on the other hand, there is no modernization of the plot so expect lots of 70’s outfits/haircuts. speaking of the original, Jessica Harper has given her support by appearing in a small role in the new version so that has put some of the anxiety at ease. but until the first trailer drops, we’ll all just have to rely on the commentaries from those terrified lunch-goers who may never look at quinoa salad the same way again.

 

 

 

do you hear the clock ticking?

Posted in Film with tags , , on March 28, 2018 by phanteana

oh, how i love the spooky old house in the middle of nowhere trope….but that doesn’t mean i want to live in one. i’m perfectly content residing in a major metropolitan area, where stores are open late and everyone can hear you scream should a painting magically come alive (or, more realistically speaking, a mouse scurries across the living room floor).

now imagine being a kid in said spooky old house in the middle of nowhere…does it excite you? does it make you think twice about going to live with weirdo relatives you’ve probably only met twice in your life? do you worry that all the other kids at school will think you’re a freak? these and other questions remain to be answered, but in the meantime here’s the trailer for a film many of us avid readers longed for.

 

 

 

 

the house that Helen built

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , on February 1, 2018 by phanteana

everyone loves a good “the following is based on actual events” film (ok, not everyone…but lots of folks do). we’ve seen countless historical dramas & war films, or feel-good inspirational stories of underdogs rising above adversity (ahem, Rudy…which is still a classic). each one has a unique story to share with its audience, whether they are familiar with the events depicted or not. horror is no stranger to taking its cues from real-life, even if some of the moments are embellished for Hollywood’s sake. thanks to these movies, we are now better acquainted with people like the Warrens and places like a certain town in Long Island, NY. the latest in this trope combines both historical drama and spookiness, and hails from San Jose, CA’s most notorious mansion. oh, and did i mention everyone’s favorite dame, Helen Mirren, is portraying the infamous owner of said mansion? let’s see…Helen Mirren + haunted house = ALL IN.

 

 

lights out for the Dark Universe

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , on November 8, 2017 by phanteana

although i have a background in Film Studies, i rarely go to the movie theater these days (unless it’s a second-run screening). my reasoning is a combination of financial (let’s face it, going to the movies isn’t cheap anymore… on top of that, if you’re going to pay $20 to talk/look at your phone while the film is showing, you might as well just stay home) and personal (a story has to really speak to me in order to grab my attention).

we’re still in 2017, but i saw a total of 4 new releases in the theater between February and September. that’s a rather low number, but i’m probably not alone; the offerings we’ve been getting over the years are remakes and franchises, and the repetition has caused most people to drop the multiplex to watch films on Amazon Prime for far less than they could if they got off the sofa.

despite the downturn in movie-attendance, there was an upswing for the Horror genre. once relegated to the Halloween season (plus the “dump” months of January & August), scary movies have conjured up a lot of success this year. it was even announced some time ago that a whole cinematic universe revolving around classic movie monsters was to be launched. unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly gone as planned* (The Mummy was not among the 4 films i saw this year, mostly because i’m just not into Tom Cruise flicks…except for the glory that is Legend). but the final nail hasn’t been hammered into the coffin just yet, so perhaps the Dark Universe will rise from its premature cutting room floor grave.

 

*while the writers at bloody-disgusting may not have liked Dracula Untold, i thought it was a wonderful film.

 

 

 

clowning around

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2017 by phanteana

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the scariest thing about our IT department is when you really need assistance, but their out-of-office notification is turned on!

 

(as for the movie, the reviews are pretty darn good so far)