At this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, I was pleased to see a new development in Israeli cinematic language. Three films stood out as using groundbreaking methods of presentation, taking the innovation of Israeli movies to a new level
I didn't know book trailers were a thing until it was suggested I should make my own. Book trailers, also known as bookreels, are like movie trailers -- except they're made to promote books. I'll bet you guessed that already. They're almost exclusively found online.
I felt stripped of all the conventions that I'd come to rely on, especially as someone who always wrote in first person. Pulling a story out of me this way was like trying to give birth through your bellybutton -- just not going to happen.
Look at the bottom of this post and you'll see the images of two teenage lead actresses in recent horror films: one is the star of Insidious 3; the other, the star of It Follows. Both have reason to fear.
H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a prolific American author of poems, short stories and novellas in the horror/fantasy genre. Although he died in poverty and obscurity, he has since been recognized as one of the most influential writers of "weird fiction" since Edgar Allen Poe.
Never in my lifetime have I heard of a science fiction theatre festival -- perhaps because they never existed until actor/writer David Dean Bottrell came up with the idea in 2013 after reading The Wife's Story, a dark and unusual short piece by the great Ursula LeGuin.
Instead of being just a flat rip-off of current trends, this first film from writer/producer Nelson Greaves is surprisingly inventive, eerie, and fresh -- even throwing in some Final Destination-style gore for folks who need that kind of roughage in their horror diets.
Coye was a key figure in the "weird fiction" genre. This was a generation of writers and illustrators working in the specific world of horror, sci-fi and bizarre pulp books and magazines. We look at them now as masters of a disappearing craft.
Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic -- prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.
The frontier has always been a place of magical realism -- even at it's most gritty. This isn't your typical zombie drama. Zombies may not exactly be passe', but we have witnessed a lot of their creeping, crawling trauma over the past few years.
Not all megalomaniacs are preening, medal-bedecked-uniform-wearing, sociopathic assholes. Sometimes they're mousy, tatty, middle-class husbands with a basement full of electronic equipment and a murderous secret to hide.
Hotels inspire the horrific and macabre, and with Halloween almost upon us it's time to celebrate haunted rooms, menacing presences, poltergeists, and even the occasional Log Lady lurking in the lobby.
As an alternative to the standard fare of Psycho, The Exorcist and the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises, here is my list of suggested titles which can be watched back to back, esoteric selections, if you will.
True "scream queens" aren't cowering in closets and stumbling in the dark -- they're the powerful authors of these spooky, excellent, female-forward reads, perfect for curling up with on a rainy October night. Read 'em and creep.