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typicalfilm – Decay

April 3, 2016
By lydia in films, horror, movies

decayDecay (2015)

In what could be the sexiest podcast crossover ever, Chris from Bind Torture Kast had little old me on for a show to talk about this film. Stream, download, listen, enjoy. One of my new most favourite films talked about with my favourite human ever, what could go wrong? Oddly, nothing. It’s probably the best show ever.

BindTortureKast – 130 – Decay is in the Air

This one doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention, and now that I’ve seen it I’m not sure why. Startlingly atmospheric for a film revolving around one man and his new cadaver, I found it a really touching story. Mental illness is sometimes treated poorly in film, especially horror. I’ve my gripes with stereotypes and while this shows OCD fixations to a nearly comic degree, it serves to reflect the dire state of the main characters mental state. There are elements tied into the end that smack of cliche though I find them drowned with the visual and aural creativity put into building the world that Jonathan is willingly trapped in. Apparently this is based on a true story so I’ll be poking around to find more on that.

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typicalfilm- Meat

September 23, 2016
By lydia in horror

Meat (2010)

After a long festival run and who knows what else, I saw some buzzing around Meat. Lucky us, Artsploitation picked this wild little film up and it’s streaming on Vimeo as we speak. It’s not often that I fail to ‘get’ a movie. That’s not a bad thing. Remember the first time you watched Memento or Irreversible? That feeling (more so with Noé) of what the hell did I just watch coupled with questioning morality on top of having been visually dazzled and seduced into wanting to see it all over again right away? Well, perhaps I’m speaking entirely for myself but that is where I am with Meat. It’s not safe for work, and hell it may not be safe for your home. Not a horror film by any means, it does have a lot of sex and sexual situations and is very dark indeed. Enjoyed this one very much, and will enjoy it all over again as soon as possible. 

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typicalfilm – Blair Witch

September 15, 2016
By lydia in events, films, horror, movies

blairwitchBlair Witch (2016)

After making a joke of wanting a screening pass in trade for the spammish ‘viral’ campaign attempted for this film, I entered a Rue Morgue contest on a whim and ended up with two passes. It was a lovely way to see the film, though I was surrounded by not-horror film fans who won their passes from radio stations and the like. The gentleman seated next to my guest was terrified from the middle of the film on. Every jump scare got him, nervous laughter not making a bit of difference as his hands floated up to his face to shield himself from the next tense sequence. A tiny bit of gore, a lot of screaming, and enough lore to push through had me just entertained enough. The last fifth or so was grand, though for the time spent up to then I found the cameras a little too kinetic. Not one to complain of shakiness or screen-vertigo my wish is to be able to tell who is holding the camera based on style and quality. Every actor held the camera like it was a scrap piece of duct tape they were trying to shake loose so the style wore thin fast. By the end, there were a handful of great scenes that did bring the gruesome artistry of horror film that I do love to found footage.

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typicalfilm- Cronos

September 12, 2016
By lydia in films, horror, movies

Cronos – 1993

What a debut! This Guillermo Del Toro gentleman is going to go places. Or, that is the sort of thinking I’d have had watching it when it came out. So many years later, and I’m likely just as impressed as I would be then. Not sure why it is so hard to find these films for a reasonable price locally and they are ghosts on digital rental sites. Considering how much love Del Toro pours onto Canada, you’d think Netflix and similar sites would push to host these for viewing. Either way, I’d have to thank Chris of BindTortureKast and Turning Point for facilitating my viewing of his older films – Devil’s Backbone and Cronos respectively. This was one of those wonderful vampire films that I adore. Far away from mainstream and Dracula, there is an element of alchemy that butts against this being placed in the very real world that I really like. From the first five minutes onward, I was captivated. 

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HWA-newreleases-2016-Aug19Hello wicked writer! This is a reminder I’ve posted on the Horror Writers Association facebook page, to submit your upcoming releases for the newsletter, member’s books gallery on horror.org and the side-scrolling gallery of amazing horror awesomeness that is on the main site! Next month’s releases are complied by the 15th, but you can submit now for books coming out anytime after and I’ll post them as time creeps toward the street date.
 
The form mentions the turnaround time, though rest assured, I’ve been able to post on a near-weekly basis for a while now. It’s volunteer based so the disclaimer stands but I do aim for the posting to be up within a week of release.
 
Past releases may or may not make it in as some titles submitted came out too long ago so if it isn’t a reprint or new edition, the room is best used for upcoming work.
 
Thank you!
 
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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/2aoMJiB

Ding dong, you’re Dead! It’s episode 67 of the Dead Air Podcast and with that comes this spacious four bedroom home. It’s located in a quiet suburban neighborhood with friendly neighbors, elegant decor, an in ground pool and a backdoor in to another dimension! Monsters demons and spirits will drive you mad and attempt to shuffle you off this mortal coil faster than you can say MORGUE-age! in the 1986 horror comedy House; a rock-star writer named Roger inherits a house that seems like the perfect place to finish his next book but just as he settles in he realizes that the cracks in his own troubled psyche have invited more than a few unwanted guests. Also, Wes and Lydia talk the business of writing – inspiration, agents and income!

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Spider Baby (1968)

With what I take as a distinct Addams Family feel, I instantly fell in love with the Merrye girls. I can see why this has been recommended to me countless times. Even though I’ve no good excuse for missing it until now, it seems as if I’d seen it before. Not because of the very clear influence it had on Rob Zombie films and such, but because these quasi-infantile murderous folk fit in with me like kin. Very nice to see a young Sid Haig channeling Schlitze alongside a very fun Lon Chaney. If you’ve put it off, fix that. I’m glad I did.

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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/2aoNUyv

Prepare yourself! Episode 66 of Dead Air shreds its way through time and space to your very ears! On today’s episode Wes and Lydia answer the call with another fan requested fright fest in the form of 1987’s The Gate.
The family home of a young boy named Glenn becomes ground zero for Armageddon when a fallen tree is uprooted on his property that just so happens to create a portal to Hell. Now, Glenn, his sister Al and best friend Terry are all that stands between a pack of pint-sized demons and Hell on earth!

Also, Wes and Lydia discuss Dark Carnival and battle a Godlike fly.

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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/2aoNlVs

When throwing a party it’s always considerate to inform your neighbors because, when your neighbor is the Blood Widow you’re in for more than a noise complaint. Episode 65 of Dead Air is here where Wes and Lydia review a modern day Slasher from Midnight Release. Laurie and Hugh buy a house and while Laurie has visions of a rural lifestyle of peace and togetherness Hugh, has visions of having the greatest party house ever. Tensions flare when the house fills with people intent on having a good time. However, When they manage to disturb a very disturbed woman lingering in an abandoned boarding house next door, well, heads, like the good times…will roll. Also, Wes and Lydia talk about old-school trips to the video store while Wes rants about reviewer scores.

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Suspension (2015)

This one would have been my pick from 8 Films to Die For and last year’s Fantasia Festival. I’d been waiting for a Canadian VOD release but it seems that, and review buzz, quickly dropped off the radar. Not sure why, since this was a lot of fun for me. Luckily, the IndieCan booth at Dark Carnival had this, among other neat films I snagged, so a year later I get to check it out. Not so for ‘The Barn’ and ‘Devil’s Candy’ which I’ve not seen yet but were added to my list around the same time. ‘Suspension’ hinges on suspension of disbelief in a way, and sort of plays with that idea throughout, especially with a semi-unreliable lead of perhaps unsound mind. Really glad I finally got to see this hip little slasher.  

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Gather under the sluice grate, for the latest Dead Air podcast episode has been mucked off the slab ~ http://ift.tt/29jFk4g

O Canada! Our Horror loving Land~! Right now you’re thinking My Bloody Valentine on Canada Day? What?! That’s right, for those in the know MBV is the quintessential Canadian slasher from the golden era of the sub-genre and if that wasn’t special enough for you creeps, we got a double stuffed super special edition that includes an interview with one of the films stars Jim Murchison ! In three and a half hours we cover this film in detail and right after Jim takes us on an extensive behind the scenes journey to the town of Valentine Bluff! Happy Canada Day!

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