Saturday, January 31, 2015

#goodreads - Annabelle


Horrorlair has the script here. This prequel/spin-off of The Conjuring wasn't exactly on my must-see list for 2014 because I just don't find most creepy doll stories all that creepy. However, there are a few exceptions...


What I like here is the ambiguity for most of the story. Is he slowly going insane or is that cute, plastic doll harboring a malevolent entity?

Anyway, back to Annabelle, what sane person would want this in their home?


At least Tina looked like something a kid might want...

 Take a look at the "real" Annabelle:


Still there? Hope I didn't cause any sudden heart attacks. Given the right scenario, I can see how a Raggedy Ann doll with big eyes and a sweet smile could freak some people out-- especially those with coulrophobia. I thought Annabelle's Hollywood makeover seemed too much of a cliche, but audiences obviously disagreed.

When you say possessed doll, this guy usually comes to mind:


From what I gather, Annabelle doesn't go this route, so I'm curious to see how they pulled it off...




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Shorts: He Took His Skin Off For Me

He Took His Skin Off For Me from Ben Aston on Vimeo.

The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn't the best idea...

A little late with this one-- busy prepping for #Snowmageddon2015. Despite the title and the visuals, I wouldn't rush to label "He Took His Skin Off For Me" as horror. Director Ben Aston describes it as a fairytale, which I guess makes sense, but without the typical fairytale ending...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Shorts: ABE


Sure, we've seen this scenario a zillion times but the sci-fi angle makes it a bit fresher. Not too hard to imagine it as a feature length film.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Shorts: Cargo


We're used to seeing copious amounts of brains, blood, and intestines in zombie flicks, but it's not often you come across one with a lot of heart....



Think I got something in my eye...



Damn allergies...



Friday, January 09, 2015

12 Monkeys (SyFy) Preview


While it doesn't premiere until next week, SyFy has put the first nine minutes of 12 Monkeys online. Not enough to praise or condemn, but just the right amount to pique your interest. So far, the biggest departure from the 1995 Terry Gilliam film is the fact that there's no beating around the bush about Cole being from the future. Unless he's some kind of psychotic magician, it would be pretty difficult to explain away the watch and the whole vanishing right in front of Cassandra thingy. I think I prefer the prolonged ambiguity in the film.

I always struggle with this sort of thing. Do I dive headfirst into the genre stuff or get the audience invested in the characters first? I guess it's about finding a balance between the two. Anyway, more thoughts to come after the premiere...




BTW, you can watch Chris Marker's short that inspired the film and show here:  La Jetée

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sunday Shorts: See You Soon



I might have tweeted this one before, but it's worth repeating. Love the set up here. Look at all the information it conveys without the use of dialogue. While the running time is a little on the extreme side, this is an excellent example of how scenes should start as late as possible and quickly finish when their job is done.

Check out how it was made:




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