It’s More than Just a Movie: The Legacy of ‘The Last House on the Left’

Fear is assumed in horror. Moreover, fear is an expectation. Fear, by even the most layman filmgoer, is intrinsically tied to the definition of what a horror film is.

To broadcast to your potential audience that your film is ‘only a movie’, is to suggest something more than fear. The unnerving concern, it would seem, is that you’ll walk away… different. Changed, somehow.

That is, unless you can convince yourself that what you witnessed was simply fiction.

But, still… can you?

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Screamcast 141: Let’s Get Naschy

This week Josh Obershaw and Stephanie Crawford join in on our What’s On Your Doorstep segment. Josh brings us the New Release blu-ray news & Stephanie sticks around to discuss Scream Factory’s Paul Naschy Collection release!

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2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 2

Welcome back to the 2nd and final edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). After a massive first week of MIFF where I watched a total of 29 films (you can check my mini-reviews of 7 of those films in part 1 of my coverage right here), the second and final week of the festival was definitely at least a little bit more easy-going by comparison since I was only saw about 17 films that week. As great of a week as the first one was, it was actually week 2 of MIFF that I was really the most excited for since nearly all of my most anticipated titles of the festival were scheduled to be screened during that time. Some of which just happened to be genre-related films. Just like I did in part one of my MIFF coverage, I thought I’d share with you my brief thoughts on all of those titles. So without further ado, here’s my complete recap of the second batch of genre films that I watched in the second week of MIFF 2017…

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2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 1

Welcome to the 1st edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). For those out there who don’t know what it is, MIFF is one of Australia’s biggest and most prestigious film festivals that my adoptive home town of Melbourne celebrates every year. Over the course of 18 days (the festival was held between from August 3rd to the 20th this year) MIFF showcased over 358 films of all different types ranging from many countries from around the world. This year was my 6th time attending the festival and it was without a doubt my biggest one so far.

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From EFX to Action: Special Effects Artists in the Director’s Chair

They say that it’s hard to do more than one thing in Hollywood. If you’re known for being at least competent in one field, it’s usually difficult to convince people to give you a chance in others. There’s just too much money and too little time involved. There are always exceptions to this, however, and during the mid-1980s to the late/mid-1990s, it seemed like a concentrated group of special effects artists were merging into that fabled second thing in Hollywood: In this case, it was directing.

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Horror Down Under: THIRST (1979)

When I think of the most common sub-genres that most Australian filmmakers seem to tackle when they make a horror film, the main ones that I’ve noticed always seems to be either of the following: serial killers, supernatural, slashers, zombies, psychological and monsters. However did you notice which one was missing from that list? Vampires.

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The Zombie Chronicles: A Tribute to George A. Romero

When I was 19 I filled a large section of a college ruled notebook with a zombie epic that was as terribly written as it was derivative of other people’s work. It was cliched, hackneyed but, dammit, it was something I cared deeply about.

It was called THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES (Yah, I know…) and it was the first long form effort I had ever made in writing. I stayed in every night for months writing it. I skipped out on parties, hang outs, dates, and every imaginable teenage social obligation just to complete this novella I was so sure would catapult me to a career as a respected author.

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