All the lonely people…

September 5th, 2015

Eleanor Rigby, reimagined as a horror story.

[Via Electrolite: Sidelights]

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Disgusting. (And the chestburster isn't helping.)

January 20th, 2015

I wonder if this is a sly attempt by Cadbury's social media team to remind us all that there are worse things than changing the type of chocolate.

(For the record, I'm ashamed to note that I completely failed to notice on my first view that that thing should really be a facehugger, not a chestburster.)

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The Man with the Plan

June 23rd, 2014

Having seen Oculus the other night,1 I was reading the comments at the IMDb and came across a mention of a short film made by Oculus director Mike Flanagan back in 2006 that was related to his feature film debut.

Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan uses many of the same story beats as the current film, so you probably shouldn't watch it if you have any thoughts of watching the feature film because Flanagan's full-length effort really is best seen knowing as little as possible about why these characters are doing this thing they're doing. For anyone who has seen Oculus, the short – which can be viewed in full on Vimeo, is an even more compact – and pretty effective – take on one portion of the same story.

  1. My one-sentence review: Oculus is just 104 minutes long, but it's an extremely tense 104 minutes.

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Godzilla Returns

February 25th, 2014

Judging by the first full trailer, this year's take on Godzilla looks bigger, meaner and a whole lot scarier than the version who chased Matthew Broderick around New York back in 1998:

They're gonna need a bigger Jaeger.

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December 28th, 2013

Run is a little beauty of a story.

It's just a vignette, but that's all it needs to be: there's absolutely no need for it to be expanded into a full length feature. What counts is the economy with which the story unfolds, and the creepiness of the idea.

Watch out for the name of run's writer/editor/director Mat Johns in years to come. With a bit of luck and a decent budget to work with, he might well be bringing us something well worth watching.

[Via The Dissolve]

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Was du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf morgen.

November 10th, 2013

I'm probably the last filmgoer over the age of 30 in the western world to have heard about this particular example, but I still think it's worth sharing. It turns out that Stanley Kubrick was something of a stickler for detail when it came to preparing for one of the pivotal scenes in The Shining:

Never one to stint on artistic integrity and veracity, Kubrick used no shortcuts for the relatively simple scene. As artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin discovered during recent research in the Kubrick archives in London, instead of having the sentence typed on only the few sheets seen by viewers, the director asked his secretary Margaret Warrington to type it on each one of the 500-odd sheets in the stack. What's more, he also had Warrington type up an equivalent number of manuscript pages in four languages – French, German, Italian, Spanish – for foreign releases of the film. For these, he used idiomatic phrases with vaguely similar meanings:

Un "Tiens" vaut mieux que deux "Tu l'auras."
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Was du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf morgen.
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca.
The early bird gets the worm.

No por mucho madrugar amanece mas temprano.
Even if you rise early, dawn will not come any sooner.

To be fair, I can see Kubrick's point. What if Shelley Duvall had improvised during the scene, really nailing her character and the moment when Wendy Torrance found out what her husband had been up to in a barnstorming take that absolutely, positively had to make it into the final cut … only for the cool, cruel eye of the camera to reveal that Jack Torrance had only been obsessively typing for five sheets?

All of a sudden, he's not a weak man who has succumbed to madness in the middle of a long, cold winter of isolation but merely a writer undertaking a few minutes of loosening-up exercises at the keyboard before getting to work on his novel.

[Via The Millions]

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November 2nd, 2013

When making macarons no one can hear you scream!

Macaron with a little something extra

[Via fuck yeah, science fiction!]

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Carrie meets Cinderella

October 20th, 2013

Combining footage from Disney's Cinderella with the soundtrack from a trailer for the Carrie remake gets you this creepy little number:

I know the remake has been receiving mixed reviews in the USA, but I'm still sufficiently intrigued to see how it measures up to the original that I'll probably catch it when it opens in the UK.

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The Sleepover

October 7th, 2013

The makers of The Sleepover describe it as a 'proof of concept' for a longer film set in the same town.

Me, I'm happy enough with what they've got here: to-the-point, horrifying and with a punchline worthy of Sunnydale.

[Via The Dissolve]

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Very cosmic. Very horror.

June 12th, 2013

Lovecraft Actually by DrFaustusAU:

Lovecraft Actually

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