Okay, folks, as I’ve mentioned before, the deadline to vote for the 26th director in the upcoming ABCs Of Death anthology is Midnight tonight. I’ve gotten word that T Is For Trick, the entry by New York City filmmaker Shade Rupe, is in the top ten entries, which means that it will be one of the final contenders for a spot in the film. Shade has been a good friend to Basement Screams and I urge everyone who hasn’t voted yet to take a minute or two out of their Halloween celebrations and vote while there’s still time! It’s a dark and dirty little gem, but if you don’t take my word for it, this is what Clive Barker had to say…
“That was an elegantly shot, sharply edited and strongly conceived and directed four minutes of film-making. Colour me impressed.”
Yep, if it’s good enough to get Clive Barker’s vote, well you know what to do…
Alright, boils and ghouls, the time has finally arrived to don your best attire and go out and beg for some sweets! I have to apologise for the lack of posts lately, between real world obligations and preparing for Halloween there just hasn’t been much time. So this is just a quick hello to wish you all a happy holiday, and remember , whether you’re out trick or treating, enjoying a pumpkin ale or twelve, or heading back home to stalk and kill your long-lost sister or niece, please be safe… and don’t blow out the candles!
I’ll leave you with a scene from one of my favorites to watch this time a year, and a dance that’s primed to sweep the nation!
Bonfires burning bright, pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween…
You may remember last year I made mention of an upcoming indie vampire flick Midnight Son. Well if you didn’t catch the film at one of its many festival screenings, you’ll have the opportunity in January 2012, courtesy of FEARnet, when the channel unleashes the film’s US debut. Continue reading
I took part in The Halloween Fifteen over at The Moon Is A Dead World with a review of the sorely misunderstood and underappreciated Halloween III – Season Of The Witch.
Check it out…
“When Roy Coop finished his stint in the Navy, he only had two things on his mind: seeing his brother Dale, and writing the great American novel. What he gets, however, is the homecoming from Hell! A pair of violent vaudevillians mistake Roy for brother, looking to collect on a debt that he didn’t know he owed. Eight fingers later, Roy is burnt to a crisp, forged by fire into a new man. Roy is dead. Nobody is born.”
Writer/director J.L. Vara‘s feature-length debut is an insane collision of noir and cartoon like influences. It’s a film that is impossible to neatly categorise, having its severed fingers dipped equally into the revenge, horror, action, western and the aforementioned noir genres. From the very beginning, with its animated opening title sequence, South Of Heaven blends these influences up and sprinkles them with a dark humour to top it off. The result is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve all heard about Drafthouse Films‘ latest project The ABCs Of Death. For those that haven’t, The ABCs Of Death is an anthology film featuring twenty-six directors from around the world all contributing a short film dealing with death, starting with a different letter of the alphabet. From the official website – “Each director is assigned a letter and every letter represents a word that acts as a springboard to tell a short story about death. A linking device will open, connect and close.”
The line-up of directors is pretty impressive. You’ve got Ti West (The House of the Devil), Angela Bettis (Roman), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Jason Eisner (Hobo With A Shotgun), Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), and a slew of others, both established and up and coming. The really cool thing about The ABCs Of Death is that they are having a short film contest to choose the 26th director who will be given reign over the letter T. All of the entries have been uploaded to The ABCs Of Death website and are being voted on by you, the horror fan, with the deadline for voting being Halloween.
You can vote for as many films as you like, and there are some really good ones to choose from. One to take notice of in particular is T Is For Trick by filmmaker/writer/modern-day renaissance man Shade Rupe. Equal parts grit and art, T Is For Trick is a bleak, dialogue free visit to a very dark corner of New York City. The best way I can describe it is a four-minute long homosexual version of William Lustig’s Maniac! It definitely stands out, both stylistically and content-wise, from the other entries. It’s well worth your time, and vote. Check it out HERE.
I’ve been really excited about the upcoming FX series American Horror Story for months now. Now that I’ve watched the first five minutes I can’t wait for Wednesday! I have done a really good job of avoiding reading too much about the show until recently. I wanted to go into it with as little knowledge of the plot as I could so it would be a total surprise. I succumbed to the temptation of reading up on the show a bit last week and when I discovered the video preview this morning via Geeks Of Doom , well I just couldn’t help myself! Continue reading