By lydia in films, horror, movies
In what could be the sexiest podcast crossover ever, Chris from Bind Torture Kast had little old me on for a show to talk about this film. Stream, download, listen, enjoy. One of my new most favourite films talked about with my favourite human ever, what could go wrong? Oddly, nothing. It’s probably the best show ever.
BindTortureKast – 130 – Decay is in the Air
This one doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention, and now that I’ve seen it I’m not sure why. Startlingly atmospheric for a film revolving around one man and his new cadaver, I found it a really touching story. Mental illness is sometimes treated poorly in film, especially horror. I’ve my gripes with stereotypes and while this shows OCD fixations to a nearly comic degree, it serves to reflect the dire state of the main characters mental state. There are elements tied into the end that smack of cliche though I find them drowned with the visual and aural creativity put into building the world that Jonathan is willingly trapped in. Apparently this is based on a true story so I’ll be poking around to find more on that.
By lydia in horror
This one would have been my pick from 8 Films to Die For and last year’s Fantasia Festival. I’d been waiting for a Canadian VOD release but it seems that, and review buzz, quickly dropped off the radar. Not sure why, since this was a lot of fun for me. Luckily, the IndieCan booth at Dark Carnival had this, among other neat films I snagged, so a year later I get to check it out. Not so for ‘The Barn’ and ‘Devil’s Candy’ which I’ve not seen yet but were added to my list around the same time. ‘Suspension’ hinges on suspension of disbelief in a way, and sort of plays with that idea throughout, especially with a semi-unreliable lead of perhaps unsound mind. Really glad I finally got to see this hip little slasher.
By lydia in podcast
Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/29jFk4g
O Canada! Our Horror loving Land~! Right now you’re thinking My Bloody Valentine on Canada Day? What?! That’s right, for those in the know MBV is the quintessential Canadian slasher from the golden era of the sub-genre and if that wasn’t special enough for you creeps, we got a double stuffed super special edition that includes an interview with one of the films stars Jim Murchison ! In three and a half hours we cover this film in detail and right after Jim takes us on an extensive behind the scenes journey to the town of Valentine Bluff! Happy Canada Day!
By lydia in films, horror, movies, music, podcast
Where The Dead Go To Die (2011)
Not only does this bluray case come emblazoned with a lovely sentiment from the creator himself, it came as a lovely gift from Chris. These things alone make it a treasure, and then I watched it. Should you not trust my judgment, head over to episode 5 of BindTortureKast and hear more about this film, and an interview with Jimmy Screamerclauz as well. After becoming a fan of Mister Screamerclauz’ music and seeing his contributions to other films and shorts, this viewing has been a long time coming. I can see many fans of horror having a hard time categorizing this, not only because it packs so much darkness into 95 minutes that it will make your head spin, but the delivery is as unpolished as a freshly broken femur – the meat still clings and the edges are very sharp.
Much of the story could serve as a gut-punch to your morals, but hey, that depends on where you’ve been and what you’ve seen, let alone what of the darkest facets of humankind that you’ve honestly contemplated with an unblinking eye and still heart. Some could cry that it’s a collection of images that the storyteller could ‘get away with’ which is a common opinion tossed out when talking extreme horror – but that’s not it at all – even in accepting that it would be nearly impossible to replicate half of this in live-action. Every frame (millions of the fucking things, surely) serves the story, as did Mister Screamerclauz evidently, as it’s only a tiny fraction as engrossing, distressing, infectious, and exhilarating to watch as it must have been to create.
This film made my day, so gracious thanks to Jimmy and of course Chris ~ without whom I’d have likely not had the opportunity. Now on to When Black Birds Fly!
By lydia in books, horror, writing
Two wonderful horror anthologies came out last week; Gutted, and Madhouse. Of the two, I opted for one in print and one digital. The amount of really good, if not truly important, horror books coming out is cost prohibitive at best. Impossible to keep up with at worst. Anthologies offer a dessert platter and these two up the ante by being illustrated. That was the shiny sparkle I loved about being published in Postscripts To Darkness, as having a story illustrated is a near magical and humbling thing for an author. Tied for first with hearing another person read your work out loud.
Gutted is getting a lot of press. Like, a Lot of press. It has an impressive list of contributors and lovely cover art. I figure is has a lot of traction so I opted for the ebook figuring I may find a print version someday.
Madhouse, however, has been a lurking quiet release. It’s not all over my social media but damn, madness is my wheelhouse so I ordered the print version. With an equally impressive roster of authors, it strikes me as somewhat darker. Since I had such a good time with the John Skipp edited collection ‘Psychos’, then ‘Madness’ should push all those same hidden buttons.
There seems to be a real boom at the moment in horror anthologies, not only in submission calls, but in real quality books on shelves. If you’ve complained in the past of picking up something that only has one gem among coal then these should tap that vein. If not, there is always The Best Horror of the Year where my favourite editor Tobin Elliot (who helped in polishing Nightface and two thirds of Pray Lied Eve) gets a mention for his story in Expiration Date – another fine anthology itself.
By lydia in podcast
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Enough is never enough of The Stuff! We hope you’re hungry because we’re serving up a big ol’ bowl of Dead Air! This week it’s a fan requested film in the form of the 1985 killer junk-food movie; The Stuff! A seemingly irresistible new food product has hit the streets all across America and while some people seem content to wolf it down in huge quantities others are noticing that fans of this freaky foodstuff are acting as if under the control of something sinister. Certain people see through the shiny 80’s ad campaigns and start questioning just what is in The Stuff? It would appear to be a seamless mesh of horror, action and comedy that won’t add to your waistline!
By lydia in podcast
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Coming at you Fast As A Shark! No need for formal wear cause this ain’t no White Wedding! Oh no it’s a sneak preview of the latest and greatest episode of DEAD AIR. This week we rip our tickets and head to the theater where the floors are sticky with puss, bile and effluence, We tackle the classic 80’s Italian splatterfest; Demons! Horror juggernauts Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava deliver an unforgettable night at the movies! Also, Wes and Lydia lament theater etiquette. For more episodes check out splatterpictures.net
By lydia in films, movies
I Melt With You (2011)
When I was first told about this, the first thing it brought to mind was a story I wrote in high school. It was called ‘Swam’ and had a lot to do with 4 guys reuniting and all of the horrible things they had done in life while aging, or all the horrible things aging had done to their lives. By the end, there was death, for sure, not unlike I Melt With You. There is a message from the director in the special features regarding the music. He speaks about the music choice and how it is more than backdrop, but part of the landscape. I love the intention, though the application… perhaps I’d wanted more. Also, I found the volume fluctuations–while realistic, yes–jarring. For the casual viewer this may prove more hard hitting, especially to those who haven’t properly contemplated their future vis a vis their past then hit middle-age like a face-first brick wall. An interesting entry to the drug-culture take on bleak mid-life crises. This was something that was certainly on my mind in high-school, and it would have fit really well back then, as would the soundtrack. It also serves to make me very glad I have not aged like this. NOTE: Not horror.
By lydia in Uncategorized
The poster caught my eye with promises of cannibalism and a minimalist aesthetic. There were rumblings from the past Fantasia film festival that sparked hunger pangs and I’d been patient for this one since the buzz died, and I wasn’t exactly champing at the bit, so it fell off my radar. Through the first half I was certainly ‘awaiting’ something substantial to happen. Something more visually interesting than the characters themselves. That said, it did a good job of creating a snapshot of the dysfunctional daddy daughter duo, similar to that in The Loved Ones, just way less fun. The second half delivers, and while the endgame has enough originality to overtake the taste of predictability there is some unpalatable CG. Yeah, if there is an aftertaste you just can’t kill, it’s After Effects. With a lovely set-piece that you just wanted to spend more than a few poorly rendered seconds with, or relentless motion capture CG… Now, it’s not without some very very lovely practical effects related to one of the main characters escape attempts, and the tension between him and the daddy daughter duo is delicious, so I did have fun with it–but I am glad I waited.
By lydia in podcast
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WARNING WARNING: We have some bad audio in this episode. Not sure what happened but we figured it was better to give you a shitty sounding episode over no episode. Forgive us! We make up for it by talking all about the 2002 infection splatterfest Cabin Fever. A group of recent college grads head up to a cabin to enjoy a week of sex, drinking and fun but an encounter with a very sick local wondering in the woods exposes them to an aggressive infection that eats them from the inside out. Can any of them escape back to civilization before time runs out? Also we talk extensively about Lydia’s upcoming projects. For more episodes check out splatterpictures.net
By lydia in films, horror, movies
Deep Dark (2015)
For a story so minimal, this kept me enraptured as I’d have been discovering a hole in the wall like this. One that talked, one that truly communicated. Deep Dark is an interesting title for this film, since it is only as deep and dark as you let it be. As is the lead character, and I don’t mean Hermann. It serves as a comment on distance relationships though the people in them here are deeply dysfunctional, the comment itself is as deep and dark as you choose to make it. Some of the visual themes and small patterns are so very subtle, that I’m glad it’s a fairly uncluttered film; strands, cords, tethers, symmetry, balance… even some mirrored dialogue, it’s all very organic to the plot and this is the worst run on sentence I think I’ve ever written.