They’re all gonna laugh at you!
They’re all gonna laugh at you!
I know that it’s difficult to believe that the lead singer of the world’s most outrageous heavy metal band was not a hardcore drug user, but he was not. I can’t tell you what the medical examiner’s report will say, but I can tell you that my friend Dave Brockie did not live his life like some rock star cliche. Out of all of the possible reasons for Dave’s death that have crossed my mourning mind these past few days, a drug overdose is absolutely not one of them. That was one of the most beautiful things about Dave Brockie. He didn’t need mind-altering substances to be crazier than you. He just was
Jen Soska: ”This scene is one of my favorite scenes, if I need to pee while watching the screening I will have peed well before this scene. It was one of the scenes we were planning on shooting ages ago. It was originally going to be on the phantom (Camera), when the blood sprayed up it would just hold like a still photograph in the air. Katie was very nervous to shoot this because she said she’s not sexy and can’t dance, and obviously as you watch this its true. She’s not sexy.” Sylvia Soska: ”Yeah, that’s not sexy.” Jen Soska: ”Very hard to look at. Off camera Tristan Risk was coaching her through it, and saying stage hump, stage hump, sexy little mermaid, and it was absolutely exquisite. I mean you look at this and she is just a fucking living dream the way she looks.”
-American Mary No Holds Barred Australian Commentary.
Not the best movie but great scene, and Katherine Isabelle is a fucking goddess.
I was absolutely thrilled to be chosen as the newest writer of Truly Disturbing's popular, monthly Horror Icon Of The Month feature. My choice, for the first instalment, was an easy one - a man I’ve looked up to for years, whom I had the privilege to interview at Frightfest and whose films, podcast and TV series make me feel more a part of the horror community than practically anything else. The great Adam Green is my pick for my first Horror Icon and you can check out all of the reasons why right here.
I did a Best Of 2013 list for UK Horror Scene, with my picks for the best and worst hororr offerings of the year, along with some extras, like best merch item, best tour, etc. I always have a lot of fun doing lists, but this one was particularly difficult because 2013 was such a strong year for horror. I’d love to think this year will equal it, but I’m not quite sure how that’s possible - and, given that 2014 has just begun with a whimper, instead, of a bang, with the release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (groan), it seems even less likely. I remain hopeful, but if this year does end up sucking, at least we can look back on 2013 fondly. Check out my picks for horror in 2013 right here.
Towards the end of last year, I was lucky enough to be picked up as a writer for a wonderful American site called Truly Disturbing. As their UK (well, Ireland) correspondent, my first assignment was to do an event review of Frightfest, about which I could ramble on for about five years. I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to write for such amazing sites, and TD, being an American site, is even more special to me. If you’re counting down the days til August, like me, check out my FF roundup right here.
As part of UK Horror Scene's Christmas extravaganza, everybody had to pick his/her favourite, festive horror movie. For me, it was an easy choice. Sure, Jack Frost is awesome and Black Christmas is super scary, but nothing compares to Santa’s Slay. I’m not a particularly Christmassy person, but this film manages to get even me in the mood. If you have yet to see WCW legend Bill Goldberg on the rampage as an evil Santa, then click here for all of my reasons why you should fix that now, regardless of the fact it’s now January.
What a shame that a year that was, predominantly, incredibly strong for our beloved genre had to end with this ill-advised piece of shit. A shot-for-shot, at times word-for-word, remake of Brian De Palma’s seventies classic, Carrie sought to take the most well-known of high school stories into the modern day purely by sticking YouTube and Facebook in anywhere and everywhere. Chloe Grace Moretz does her best in the lead role, but the biggest disappointment is surely reserved for director Kimberley Peirce, who could have made this a radical, feminist call to arms for a new generation. Check out all the reasons why Carrie 2013 was a slap in a face to us all, over at Gorepress.
Apologies that I haven’t updated in forever - I keep meaning to link all of the shit I’m writing on here, but I will endeavour to get more up to date this year if it kills me (though hopefully it won’t).
Last year was absolutely amazing, I got to write for so many wonderful people and I got to cover Frightfest and interview the coolest filmmakers, along with one of my heroes, Adam Green, but none of that would’ve been possible if I hadn’t first started publishing on here, so I will try my best to keep this updated a bit more often - starting with the last pieces I wrote in 2013, and the first this year!
In the meantime, I’m lucky enough to write for a load of awesome sites, so if you’re into horror, or even movies, you should definitely check ‘em out:
Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who still stops by once in a while. It means a lot, and I hope you’ve enjoyed watching my writing progress over the past year or so.
Thanks, as always,