Monthly Archives February 2019

BOOKSHELF: Bill Schelly’s James Warren Biography is a Horror Nerd’s Dream

Fantagraphics’ upcoming biography of publisher James Warren, by Bill Schelly, titled James Warren: Empire of Monsters – The Man Behind Creepy, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters is a horror nerd’s dream. Replete with the history of multiple iconic publications, it’s not only the tale of Warren’s life, but that of magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, Help!, Creepy, and Eerie. Were Warren to have only published Famous Monsters of Filmland, his contribution to fandom would’ve been lauded for generations. However, given that the likes of Creepy and Eerie brought the work of EC-era artists to a whole other group of kids, he
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A Brief Primer in Black Horror Inspired by HORROR NOIRE

The recent release of the documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror has folks buzzing about black representation in horror films. The documentary, inspired by the book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, is both entertaining and educational. Viewers are offered a glimpse into the minds of some of the most influential black filmmakers on the scene. If you’re interested in learning more about the film, check it out on Shudder and read our review here. Upon seeing it, I felt inspired to revisit some of my favorite black
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Witches In Contemporary Cinema and Television: A Radical Feminist Aesthetic

The portrayal of witches and witchcraft in film, television and new media is a very specific and effective framework for a radical feminist ideology. The content within this framework is inclusive of age, gender, ability, etc. The application of a violent, dark tone to this content acts as an aesthetic tool to convey a feminist ideology with radical intent to a post 9/11 audience. In the last decade, the female voice, the feminine form and the emblematic presentation of the Witch in television and cinema suggests a societal conflict between the sexes, a reignited focus on the natural world and a
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ANALOG ADVENTURES: Must Love Dio, Priest, and Maiden

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. In terms of timeliness, I am ridiculously behind on this column, because I’m pretty sure I intended this to be done in time for Aneurysm’s debut full-length on Tor Johnson Records, Awareness, to have been out less than a week. It’s now coming up on
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CINEPUNX Episode 93: HORROR NOIRE and BLACK WAX

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Cinepunx_Ep93.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAIN’T NO STOPPING WHAT CAN’T BE STOPPED, NO KILLING WHAT CAN’T BE KILLED, ESPECIALLY EPISODE 93 OF CINEPUNX! We are so glad you have joined us for this spectacular and timely episode. Recently, both Josh and I were able to catch premiere screenings of the new amazing horror documentary Horror Noire and we both felt extremely compelled to cover it. The timing of the film could not be better, as February is both Black Heritage Month and Women in Horror Month, and this film is an exploration of the
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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: Talking With Diane Franklin About Her Return to Amityville

Actress Diane Franklin is well-known to genre fans for her work in such films as TerrorVision, Amityville II: The Possession, and, to the die-hards, an appearance in an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares —- A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series. However, she’s known the world over to fans of ’80s films as Monique Junet from Savage Steve Holland’s 1985 classic, Better Off Dead, to say nothing of being one of the princesses in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Karen in The Last American Virgin. While her output slowed after the early ’90s, Franklin has recently returned to film, and it’s
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CINEPUNX Episode 92: RUNAWAY TRAIN, FIREWALKER / That is, a Cannon Episode!

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Cinepunx_ep92.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE MIGHTY RETURN OF CINEPUNXXXXX, THE MOST POWERFUL PODCAST ON THE PLANET! BOW BEFORE THEM!! Or not, whatever. ON this Episode 92 of Cinepunx your pals Josh and Liam start what will likely be a continuing journey into the sometimes awful and sometimes amazing films of The Cannon Films Group!  Of course, like man folks who discuss the company, the Punx are focusing on the 80s era when Cannon became a power house for releasing some of the most insane and ill conceived cinema on
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BOOKSHELF: Craig Oldham Reveals the Details of Making THEY LIVE: A VISUAL AND CULTURAL AWAKENING

In November, John Carpenter’s sci-fi invasion classic, They Live, celebrated its 30th anniversary. To say the movie’s influence has been long-reaching would be to undersell They Live‘s cultural impact by quite a lot, but suffice it to say, the film’s imagery and story have cropped up in any number of unusual places, from South Park to the punk rock of New Jersey’s Night Birds, to name but two random selections. In honor of that anniversary, Rough Trade Books released They Live: A Visual And Cultural Awakening, the first in Craig Oldham’s Epiphany Editions. “Designed as a perfect replica from the
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Review: HORROR NOIRE Offers Fresh Perspectives on Representation in the Genre

Documentaries about movies can be a tricky subgenre. Ideally, the doc should strike a balance between entertaining anecdotes and scenes from key films and the need to dig deep into the social, industrial, and cultural importance of the films. In other words, the best horror documentaries are more than just glorified clip shows with talking heads interspersed, instead actually bringing something new to how we understand the genre. With that in mind, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (dir. Xavier Burgin, 2019) is one of the best horror documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. As author/educator Tananarive Due
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