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The Horror!

Some really good looking horror movies are peculating through the entertainment digestive track…

Mama, take some kids raised by themselves in the woods for years…add a creepy ghost…buckle up

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Maybe kids are becoming the next monster (look out, zombies).  Citadel seems to be about cannibalistic kids roosting in an abandoned apartment complex.

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So, what if all those tin foil hat wearers are right after all and the world is run by a secret cabal?  The Conspiracy takes the fake documentary trope to find out.  This one could go either way.  I like the idea but there are so many ways it could go wrong I won’t get my hopes up.

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The only movie trailer you’ll need to see

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about this film project I was working on.

Well, here’s the awesome trailer:

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If you like this, please leave a comment on the YouTube site and, much more importantly, please pass it along.  Because…

…if the director can get enough interest generated he’s planning on starting a kickstarter campaign to make a longer film.

And trust me…you want to see that film.  He’s already filming additional scenes (quite amazing scenes actually…some of which feature yours truly) and as you can see the quality of this production is quite good.

So, dear reader, I ask you to please spread the word and make it loud!

The Grey

Just saw The Grey last night and it’s a powerful film.  Definitely worth a second look (or a third including whatever commentary is available) to pull out the themes and messages it has.

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Coincidentally, I had just been thinking about how hard it is to convey a sense of terror or dread to an audience that knows it’s sitting in a comfortable theater or living room.  How does one get even a small sense of mortality as you’re munching on popcorn?

The Grey seemed to do so quite well in a number of places.  But, all this is for another post.  I talk about it here because of this news story I saw from yesterday.

A zoo employee is Sweden was attacked and killed by a pack of wolves when she (I assume) went into their enclosure to do some scheduled work.

The incident occurred just after 11am on Sunday morning. According to eye-witness reports, the woman went into the enclosure, was surrounded and then attacked, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Spoiler

The zombie apocalypse happened — and we won.

But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there — and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.

A nice 17 minute film that would be great to expand to a full length feature/mini-series. Lots of interesting story potential that the zombie genre hasn’t tapped yet.

A break from reality…

I’m also listening to the audiobook of The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century.  I’ve missed all of these stories before but even if you are familiar with them you should consider picking this up if, for no other reason, for the reading of Terry Bisson’s ‘Bears Discover Fire‘.

You can watch the first four minutes of Iron Sky which everyone here at TwShiloh (by which I mean, just me) has been quite excited about ever since the first trailer was released these many years ago.

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If you haven’t seen the BBC remake of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (names, appropriately ‘Sherlock‘), you’re really missing a treat.  The show brings Holmes and Watson up to the 21st century (with Dr. Watson being a military doctor recently returned from Afghanistan) and updates a lot of Holmes’ quirks in some very clever ways.  Watching the series makes one realize just how disappointing the recent movie reset was which is a huge shame since it had so much raw talent involved.  Anyway, here’s the trailer.
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Afraid of the dark?

I’m not into MMOs and have been around the block enough to know that game trailers don’t necessarly reflect the actual playing experience but…This is a really cool looking trailer for a new horror game coming out shortly.

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Jill Tracy is one of the few reasons why I regret not living in California.  She provides a comprehensive overview of her 2011 and a host of events I’m very sorry I wasn’t able to attend.

I’m looking forward to a couple of movies coming out soon.  I think I’ve mentioned them all but their release date is coming up.

The first is the Norwegian film Thale about a huldra.

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The next is John Dies at the End which promises to be incredibly weird and fun.

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Finally, a little further out, is a movie titled Fangs of War.  How’s this sound (hint: the answer is TOTALLY AWESOME!)?

The Nazi Supernatural Division has taken Castle Dracula and set up a secret lab there with one purpose and one purpose only: unlock the secret behind the legendary Count Dracula’s immortality.

Krampus!

Santa has always been a bit of a pansy.

Look, we’ve all heard about the threats to get coal if you’re a naughty kid but let’s face it, none of us know of any instance where that threat was carried out and in these times of rising energy prices* the upside of being good is not looking like the great deal it used to.

So, may we tip our figurative hat to the Austrians and others who dispense with the idea of leaving the handing out of terrible justice to the guy with all the toys and hands it off to a demon who looks like he eats the entrails of kids for breakfast.  Yes, I’m talkin’ about the Krampus.

What’s a Krampus?

 

 

Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each year on December 6. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart known by many names across the continent…Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below.

Are you feeling how totally cool this is?  Not yet?  Well, check this out!

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And speaking of the horror associated with Saint Nick, allow me to highly recommend the film ‘Rare Exports’.  This Finnish film which came out last year is yet another example of the vibrancy of the Nordic horror genre that is able to put much of Hollywood to shame in terms of delivering an original story in a quality product.

Like ‘Trollhunter’, which I reviewed earlier, this is a film that could only be made in the Nordic lands and the culture and landscape are essential elements of the film.  It deftly spans genres containing elements of comedy and coming of age tales in addition to the underlying horror.  Given the film is about an evil Santa (and trust me, whatever knife weilding Jason knock-off you may think of as a horror Santa doesn’t come close to this) I found myself increasingly thinking this would be a great movie for young teens who are just beginning to leave the world of childhood and figure out what it means to be an adult.  There’s very little in the way of explicit violence in the film but I didn’t even notice until the movie was closing.  Do yourself a favor this year, give Scott Farkus and his yellow eyes a break this year and check out a real Christmas nightmare.

*Just check this out….

Yo Santa…Put me down for ‘naughty’. Now, send 100 tons of coal immediately!

Kvick Tänkare

When I was a child I once (it only takes once) gorged myself on Twinkies. For years afterwards I’d get nauseous even looking at them.  Even today, despite an incredible sweet tooth I never even contemplate eating the things.  Here’s the evolutionary reason why.  (h/t Mrs. TwShiloh)

Red Cliff (Chi Bi)

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

Months ago YT recommended a Chinese film called Red Cliff.  I’m finally getting around to watching it (it clocks in at around 5 hours) and it’s great. From the Pedia of Wiki:

…a Chinese epic war film based on the Battle of Red Cliffs (208-209 AD) and events during the end of the Han Dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in ancient China.

It’s got amazing effects and battle scenes and while you can see some traditional action movie tropes here there are many, many places where you see Chinese influences that simply never would make it into a Hollywood movie (and thanks to my multicultural literature class, circa 1991, for helping me clue in on some of those).  The movie obviously doesn’t strive for historical accuracy and I almost got the feeling it was a bit like ‘Troy’ should have been with heroic types.  Great film that has definite ‘rewatch’ potential.

Scandinavia isn’t exactly known for bright, sunny skies all the time.  So how the heck did the vikings navigate around foggy old England and get to Iceland and Vinland?  Well, researchers have an idea:

It was, in fact, a transparent calcite crystal known as Iceland spar. It’s found all over its namesake country, and Vikings could have used it to depolarize light, which means the crystal is able to split light along different axes.

That optical effect, amazingly enough, was all ancient navigators needed to locate the Sun, even when it was completely hidden from view.

I just started listening to The British History podcast by Jaime Jeffers.   and the TwShiloh team recommends it highly.  Jaime puts the history of Britain in an easily accessible, fun style.  I’m not totally convinced all the analysis and commentary meets a highly rigorous standard (but I might be saying that because I’m also listening to the most excellent History of Rome podcast which delves into much greater detail about the imperial period and I see some simplifications or small discrepancies between the two when they cover the same issues).  Still, Jaime delivers his product in a great style and it’s a very entertaining podcast.  Also interesting is how Jaime is ‘monetizing’ his work.  The core podcast is free and you’re free to donate (as is the case for most podcasts).  He does provide for a ‘subscription’, however, where (for as little at 2.99 a month) he provides ‘exclusive’ content.  Essentially bonus episodes that only subscribers get.  Really great idea…

The Wars of Other Men

Thanks to Quiet Earth, here’s a pretty cool indie film called (as you might guess from the title of this post) The Wars of Other Men.  It’s described as:

Shot in Detroit with next to no budget and a gifted, passionate, dedicated volunteer crew “The Wars of Other Men” takes indie guerilla film making to the bleeding edge of what’s possible – an immersive alternate earth steampunk/dieselpunk period war film set in a city torn apart by war. With high grade visual effect elements, jaw dropping locations, lush diselpunk and steampunk inspired production design, and most importantly a solid story built around compelling characters, “The Wars of Other Men” exists far outside the normal limits of indie film making.

Pretty big promise for a self made film, right?  Well, I can’t vouch for the acting but watch this and tell me you don’t want to see more.

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ohhh….exciting movie news

A couple of years ago I mentioned that I enjoyed a book titled ‘John Dies in the End‘.  It’s a weird, funny, Sci-fi/horror story that I highly recommend.  Anyway, it’s being made into a move and it looks pretty good.

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