Archive for July, 2005

Spooky film

This sounds like my kind of independent film making. From the Greenock (U.K) Telegraph:

SPOOKS, goblins and things that go bump in the night are all being brought to the streets of Greenock.

Young film-maker Fraser Coull is lining up a scary story for the silver screen and plans to start shooting around Inverclyde next month.

Fraser has completed a shooting script for short film PITS — Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland — which he describes as a “dark thriller” and a “cross between Ghostbusters and Taggart”.

Cool article about his efforts to attract interest for the project. It’d be great if the DVD became available to see the final results. It really does sound like a movie I’d like to see.

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Run DMC ghost

I’d run, not walk this way, from the Run DMC ghost. From Virgin:

Run DMC rapper Reverend Run claims he was visited by the ghost of late bandmate Jam Master Jay only days after he was murdered.

The hip-hop star, whose real name is Jason Simmons, claims Jay visited him from beyond the grave to demand money shortly after he was shot dead in a New York recording studio in October 2002.

He said: “Jay came to me a couple of days after he passed and said I owed him some money. And let me know that when you die, you don’t die.

“I couldn’t actually see him, but I could feel him. He was talking to me, saying, ‘You owe me some money.’

“I was like, ‘Oh God,’ because I was in charge of all the money so I offered to give him some right there and then and he was like, ‘No no, give it to my wife.’

If the people that we owe money to haunt us after they die, I’m doomed. Doomed! I say!

Anne Rice

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Hat tip to BeaucoupKevin.

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BloodWeiser

I love Old Haunts. This Bud’s (actually Miller) for you, Keith.

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Vampire sex

Via site meter, I just discovered my blog is ranked 11th on yahoo search for vampire sex out of 4,630,000 sites on the planet. It was this “sexy” post that did it.

Nevertheless, I’m happy.

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Friday vampire cat blogging

I do not drink…a saucer of milk.


Hat tip to PhillyGal.

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Britain’s mysterious triangle

What is it about Britain?

From The BBC:

Tourism leaders in Cornwall are hoping to cash in on a new survey which has found Cornwall to be the spookiest place in the country.
The survey has identified an area, that includes Penzance, which it is calling the Cornwall Triangle.

Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Jail and the Dolphin Inn are just some of the haunted sites found there.

South West Tourism welcomed the report saying it will help add to the overall mystique of the area.

Chief executive Malcolm Bell said: “I’m sure it will add to the attractiveness of the area.

And The Sun:

FIRST there was the legendary Bermuda Triangle, an area of ocean where ships and planes mysteriously vanished without trace.
Now paranormal researchers have identified three more treacherous areas a lot closer to home — the Penzance, the York and the Norfolk Triangles.

The Penzance Triangle is a 226-square-mile area of Cornwall between Land’s End, St Ives and the Helford Estuary.

Here you are twice as likely to spot a UFO and three times more likely to see a ghost, than in the rest of the UK, according to research by Sky Travel.

The region has the most sightings of unexplained phenomena in the country.

The researchers, led by paranormal expert Lionel Fanthorpe, spent months collecting documented cases of UFO and ghost sightings, crop circles and mysterious creatures, then plotted them on a map.

The boffins, commissioned by Sky Travel for their Mysterious World series, were stunned by the concentration of supernatural activity in the Penzance Triangle.

The Devil’s Rejects revisited

I posted my initial thoughts of The Devil’s Rejects last night immediately after seeing the movie.

When the movie was good, it was really good: Texas Chainsaw Massacre as if directed by Sam Peckinpah. Well acted. Stylistically interesting. Great cinematography. Unabashedly gory and violent. I’d looked forward to it for some time. I was tired of the PG-13 horror flicks liked Cursed that were afraid to cut loose and give the horror audience any splatter.

But this wasn’t really a horror flick. There were a few scary scenes, but scary in a way a tornado is scary. No sense to the destructiveness facing the victims at the hotel. Just people randomly in the path of destruction.

Where Rob Zombie, as director and writer, failed, however, was in the half of the story line with the vengeful sheriff.

I touched on last night how the scenes with the police struck me as unrealistic. They raid a house with 75 bodies and a few still living victims in cages in the cellar (though the prisoners are not shown being released, it’s safe to assume the deputies freed them). Four deputies killed and a dozen wounded. Yet in subsequent scenes after the initial raid, the deputies are shown as if moving in slow motion. No urgency in the behavior of the deputies at the station. He relied too much on the “news footage” to create that illusion, which made it distant and remote to the audience.

Zombie should have filled the screen up with actors in the background doing things to create the impression that a massive manhunt was underway, that police officers also had “cowboyed up” as they say on the streets after an officer goes down.
That leads me to the part of the story that dragged the movie down. Zombie wants us to see that the sheriff in his quest for vengeance for the death of his brother becomes as much of a monster as the Firefly family he is hunting.

Yet it happens with too much being said in over-the-top dialogue and not enough being shown. And it should not have been the sheriff alone. Where Zombie either did not think of going or feared going (and it’s probably the former and not the latter) is to go into the heart of darkness of authority.

He hints and dances around it with the sheriff’s quest for dark revenge. But the sheriff outsources the capture to the Unholy Two bounty hunters. A better way of handling it would have been to show the sheriff and deputies go down that dark path together. Whereas Zombie captured the maniac Fireflys realistically, he missed out on how police behave when pushed by terrible circumstances. Hunter S. Thompson in his classic work Hell’s Angels and David Simon in Homicide, Life on the Streets captured the sense that the boys in blue can be as much a gang banded together as the people they hunt.

This would have given more weight to that half of the storyline and showed the closeness between the police just as he did with the Fireflys. Family is family no matter the circumstances, in other words.

Instead it was left to just the sheriff alone to suffer the consequences of those who fight monsters.

Zombie could have shown the deputies questioning their prisoner for information with some rather old school techniques of the telephone book placed to the side of the head to hide the marks as the flashlight is smashed into the side of a skull or the fingers twisted or pressure to sensitive pressure points on the body. Or he even could have shown the officers using the newer techniques of “interrogation” used at Gitmo or Abu Ghraib and given the movie a current relevancy as to what happens when the government fights monsters and becomes one while doing so.

That would have made the movie much more darker and relevant and horrific. And it could have given more depth and meaning to the still fantastic ending.

Damn Nation

Digital Spy has uncovered that MTV bought the rights to Dark Horse Comic’s Damn Nation, a series about a vampire infestation taking over the United States.

Buffy’s beau on Slayer pic

Oh what does he know? Let’s hope he’s wrong. From E! Online:

According to Freddie Prinze Jr., his wife’s days as a vampire-hunting slayer chick are through.

Pounding a stake through the dreams of Buffy fans everywhere, Prinze said that chances were slim that Sarah Michelle Gellar would one day star in a film version of her hit series, either for television or on the big screen.

“Not with Sarah,” Prinze said during an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour where he was promoting his new ABC sitcom, Freddie. “I’ve never heard of it coming back whatsoever.”

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