Welcome to the 6th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 6th edition, I take a look at the ’90s set Halloween themed fantasy horror/drama BOYS IN THE TREES…Read more
Each year during Black Friday, Vinegar Syndrome does a huge sale on their catalogue and they always have something up their sleeves. They have killer deals on their back catalogue, Exploitation TV, Limited Edition films, and most of all their monthly packages. Needless to say, there is something in there for any film fanatic. That said, if you are newer to Vinegar Syndrome it can be a little overwhelming because their catalogue grows excessively each year and you can find yourself in a rabbit hole of never ending sleaze. For our veterans, you already know the titles and have ventured out yourselves and dove into many films that were new to you and took a chance on them.Read more
Looks like one of my wishes have come true…again. I say again because this isn’t the first time Class of 1999 has been released on Blu-ray. However, the 3 Blu-rays that have been released for this film have been very subpar. I own the DVDs, VHS, and even a Laserdisc of the film so I know all this because I’m a nut.Read more
I am a mass media consumer. I need to attend a support group, but instead I listen to podcasts like our trusty ScreamCast that only encourages me to want to consume more. But as a father and husband, I find it harder and harder to fit my media wants in to the monthly budget. Sorry, kids, no braces for you! You’re gonna have to get used to those janky teeth cuz Dad really needed that SUSPIRIA steelbook. Jokes aside, I’ve found a few things that truly help out in obtaining all the movies I desire!Read more
Welcome to the 5th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 5th edition I delve into the independently made 2008 supernatural mockumentary LAKE MUNGO…Read more
Digging around Exploitation.TV is fun and intriguing on its own thanks to its egalitarian treatment of sub-genres ranging from horror, smut, comedy, art-house and… other. It was also fun figuring out what would pair well together among the many varied flavors of exploitation cinema, kind of like putting together a puzzle with body parts from all sorts of unusual places.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more