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It is a beautiful summer Tuesday, and this
is the Long Live the New Flesh roundup of news from the indie horror world for
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• Big news from The
Cutting Room podcast – the boys are embarking on a really ambitious new project
called Experiments in Podcasting, which will not just chronicle the development
cycle of an indie film, it promises to let listeners interact and help shape
the outcome of the project. Listeners of The Cutting Room have already weighed
in and chosen between two proposed films to make and settled on EXPERIMENTS IN
KILLING, a promising new take on the found footage genre. Throughout the show, the audience will get to help make decisions and influence the final product as
well as be treated to brilliantly candid behind the scenes commentary from the
crew (including Joseph Christiana, Thomas Dettloff and William Bourassa Jr). This
is pretty much must-listen podcasting here for anyone truly interested in indie
horror. Win or lose, this will make for amazingly compelling listening. Succeed
and they might have the 21st century HEARTS OF DARKNESS on their hands. Fail, and it’s the podcasting MAN OF LA MANCHA. Whether it be dragons or windmills
the boys end up tilting at, I’m in for the ride, and you should be too. Hit up
The Cutting Room page on the Horror Palace podcast network and subscribe to the show. You can also
check out The Cutting Room fan page on Facebook for updates. You can also check out some of Joseph Christiana’s work in my very
first installment of Long Live the New Flesh and a fantastic two-part interview we did shortly after.
• Toronto After Dark Summer Screenings are
back tomorrow night with DETENTION and V/H/S at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! If
you are in the greater Toronto area, come on out and see two highly
anticipated movies in the company of hundreds of your twisted peers. DETENTION kicks off at 7p.m., and I think it will end up being a lot of fun.
After DETENTION, stick around for the
Canadian premiere of the much-hyped anthology picture V/H/S! People in the know
are saying this is the scary movie of the year and it has the proper pedigree – six stories, six directors and one terrifying night. I can’t wait to dig in for this
one! Buy your tickets in advance for
this one mutants, because I predict everybody is coming out. Check
out Toronto After Dark for showtimes, advance ticket sales and other info.
To calm the nerves after the intensity of
V/H/S, I also invite you to join us a the Paupers Pub just across the street
from the Bloor Cinema for Pub After Dark. Share a drink with film fans,
filmmakers, producers, writers, festival staff and the various malcontents and
hangers-on. It’s a good night out with a lot of really awesome people so
please, don’t be shy and come out for just one drink. One drink I promise.
Okay, maybe two but two is it. That’s my limit. I have to be up early in the
morning. Three? Oh shit, here we go…
• People send me things. Some of these
things I like immensely. Some of these things, I do not. Others still have
interesting aspects I want to share. I was sent THE 28th DAY: LIZ LUCKY AND THE
AMULET OF ZASULGROUND recently, and it falls squarely into the latter category.
I’m not even entirely sure what to make of what I saw, but let me try. First
though, check out the film:
Expository text at the beginning: This
rarely works and usually only in brief. Using this trick in a short film less
than 15 minutes long is probably a sign you are trying to squeeze too complex a
premise into too small a space. The best shorts I know are totally
self-contained in that they explain themselves through what unfolds on the
screen and/or allow the audience to fill in many of the blank spaces. What really irritates me about thi is that the
story of Zasulground could have been told much more effectively visually within
the short. Cave paintings. Hieroglyphs. Tablets. Film is a visual medium and
requiring a bunch of text to make sense of your movie is a tiny white flag of
Set a tone and keep it: LIZ LUCKY is all
over the place. It can’t decide if it’s a pulp adventure film as suggested by
the title, the Indiana Jones-style getup sported by Liz Lucky herself and the
dramatic chase music plucked from a classic sound library; or if it’s a horror
film as suggested by the zombie creatures, the gore and other supernatural
elements. I get that it can be both, but the texture isn’t right. Waiter, there
are some chunks here in my TOMB RAIDER/EVIL DEAD smoothie! Director Zack Scott
has to keep blending that sucker until it is nice and consistent and pours
languidly over the audience and immerses them.
Ask questions about your story: Why is the
film called THE 28th DAY? What does that mean? Is the whole Lord Zasulground
backstory even necessary to tell a story of a high school archaeological dig
which uncovers ancient horrors? Lord Zasulground and his woman-butchering ways
are never really a part of the story after the opening text crawl, so I’d ask
why bother? You could cut the backstory and have plenty left to work with. In
fact, I’d submit you have a stronger short without the backstory and the action
seeded with hints at the terrible crimes of this ancient menace. You could do
it all visually and it would be much more effective.
I don’t say any of this to discourage
director Zack Scott. I applaud him for getting up and doing something and I
look forward to seeing him grow as a filmmaker. That is the beauty of these
times, we are now able to see a filmmaker grow and progress as a public act. We
are in this together so let’s help each other out.
Join me Thursday when I will bring back the
goods on V/H/S! Be it, don’t dream it.
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