Posts by Doug Tilley

Reviving METAL NOIR: Talking to SOVHorror.com’s Tony Masiello

Tony Masiello is a busy guy. Aside from being an accomplished visual effects artist and director, he’s devoted much of his life to the celebration of shot-on-video films through his website, SOVHorror.com, as well as the documentary series S.O.V. The True Independents, which provides a visual history of shot on video horror films of the ’80s and ’90s. So, when he stumbled on a tape of the entirely unavailable 1990 body horror SOV film Metal Noir, you could have forgiven him for celebrating his good fortune in a low-key way. Maybe write it up for his website, or pass it
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: THE SWERVE is a ‘Lovingly Crafted and Punishing Affair’

The Swerve is the striking — and strikingly depressing — feature debut from New Jersey-based director Dean Kapsalis, and it’s best appreciated as it was envisioned: as a suburban update on a classical Greek tragedy. While actions, and the catastrophic results of those actions, are often telegraphed well in advance, it plays out in such a bleak and uncompromising fashion that you’ll inevitably be left emotionally drained by the end. While some viewers may find the slow, occasionally ponderous, pacing to be a detriment, this portrait of a housewife’s steady mental decline proves to be a lovingly crafted and punishing affair.
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The Printed Screen: DARKMAN (1990) (Part 3 of 3)

In The Printed Screen, I’ll be taking an irreverent look at comic book adaptations of notable films. We’re currently looking at the 1990 comic book adaptation of Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Read the first part of this article right here and the second part here. When we last encountered Darkman, he was running for his life after stealing a whole lot of Robert Durant’s money. And his face! And when we last encountered Liam Neeson, he was a beloved actor spending his twilight years making middling action pictures. Oops! It’s too much to recap at this point, so here’s a photo of a
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The Printed Screen: DARKMAN (1990) (Part 2 of 3)

In The Printed Screen, I’ll be taking an irreverent look at comic book adaptations of notable films. We’re currently looking at the 1990 comic book adaptation of Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Read the first part of this article right here. When we last saw Darkman he was vengefully screaming his name into the sky, vowing to get payback against the goons who killed his buddy, blew up his lab, ruined his relationship, and turned his face into raw hamburger. He’s been having a day. In case you’re new to the Darkman mythos, here’s how the 1991 NES video game summarized the plot:
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The Printed Screen: DARKMAN (1990) (Part 1 of 3)

In The Printed Screen, I’ll be taking an irreverent look at comic book adaptations of notable films. Some of these were released at around the same time as their film counterpart, with the comic being based on an initial script and/or concept art, while others came out months or years after the fact. I’ll break down notable differences, look at the advantages and limitations of comic books compared to celluloid, and try to look at the broader context that led to the creation of both works. The big bang for superhero movies occurred in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. Stay with
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Rhythm Over Volume: How Noise Can Ruin A Horror Movie Score

When we think of horror movie scores, we usually think of the same thing the “reet reet reet” of Mrs. Bates’s knife from Psycho or the slowed-down version of the same thing, “duna duna duna” from Jaws. And that’s because they represent two sides of the horror score: the build up and the break. Each part is just as important, and they more or less defined the way we gauge a successful score. Where and how a director or music director implements their soundtrack has a great impact on how the audience digests the information. A type of Mickey Mousing
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FIRE & ICE: A Tragically Funny Movie

Sometimes in life we are blessed with amazing collaboration projects where two amazing artists in their respected fields come together and birth something so great it doesn’t make sense that it could be real. This, however, is not the case with Fire & Ice, while we do have two brilliant and groundbreaking artists in their respective fields. When legendary animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Lord of the Rings animated movie) and legendary artist Frank Frazetta teamed up together, no one could have fathomed that Fire & Ice was going to be a total bust. While technically Fire &
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In Theaters: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

An argument can be made that Alice Through the Looking Glass is more prequel than sequel since so much of it centers on traveling in the past and being told the origin stories of some important characters. James Bobin’s mediocre follow-up to Tim Burton’s equally middle-of-the-road Alice in Wonderland (2010) finds Alice Kingsleigh, played more formidable and less plucky than before by Mia Wasikowska, back in Underland, where she’s informed by the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and the rest of the gang (White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum) that her old friend The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is
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EPISODE 29: MAD MAX – “TWO MEN ENTER, ONE MAN LEAVES”

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.liamface.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Cinepunx_Episode_29.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Hey there my berzerkers, and welcome to the latest thrilling epoch of Cinepunx! This episode is focused on MAD MAX, both the classic films and the latest edition, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD! Spoiler Alert: Josh and Liam like the film. A LOT! Also some spoilers for the other Mad Max films as well as for Ex-Machina and maybe some other films. You know, deal with it. Some things mentioned in the podcast worth checking out Here is Doug Tiley’s new podcast The video Liam mentions was called
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EPISODE 28: EX-FEST RECAP WITH JEN ROGERS (@FinalGirlSG )

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.liamface.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Cinepunx_Episode_28.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCAUTION, AHEAD LIE SPOILERS FOR AGE OF ULTRON, LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! Welcome to yet another salacious edition of Cinepunx where we talk Ex-Fest! This episode’s guest is Jennifer Rodgers (@FinalGirlSG ) who you may know from her blog Final Girl Support Group! The episode also feature’s our own Sean Bennis-Sine, one of our extended members. He is like the Falcon to our…oh wait, Falcon is a regular Avenger in the MCU now. Oh wait, gimme a sec here. He is like the Havok to our 80’s Uncanny
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