I’ve been banging away at this entry for weeks and weeks, trying to write something “serious” and “important”. Which therefore involved a lot of “pissing” and “moaning”. Always a terrible mistake. (Wanna listen to some old guy complain about the state of modern horror? ME, NEITHER!)Read more »
John Skipp’s Nightmare Royale (On Making Horror Better)
Horror has always been the black sheep of genre fiction and film. Despite its long history of brilliant work, it’s routinely dismissed on the basis of its dumbest tropes and worst excesses…all of which, it must be said, are cheap and plentiful e-z pickings for those who would write off our entire genre as crap.
Horror legend John Skipp has built a career out of smart, fun, shocking, provocative work that pushes the boundaries. And in NIGHTMARE ROYALE, he’ll make a monthly case for how to make horror smarter, cooler, and better, without losing any of its wild joy or raw power.
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – and it is – then mockery is the sincerest form of saying fuck you.
These are flip sides of the same coin. That coin is known as caring.Read more »
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NIGHTMARE ROYALE # 2: SO WHAT THE HELL KIND OF SICKO HORROR FREAK ARE YOU, ANYWAY? (A CHEERFUL QUESTIONNAIRE!)
Lemme ask you this. What’s the greatest horror novel ever written? How ’bout the greatest horror film ever filmed?
You may already have an answer handy, with bullet-pointed irrefutable proof at every step. Or you may be one of the many who love so many it’s impossible to choose. Perhaps you’re even one of those who’s hoping that someone will point you to the Holy Grail, so we can end this discussion once and for all.Read more »
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Well, the Oscars came and went once again: mainstream Hollywood’s annual jillion-dollar celebration of itself. Like the Super Bowl and the Presidential election, it’s something we’re all supposed to care about deeply.
As to we whether we do or not, that’s a purely personal thing.
I’m always torn, when it comes to awards. And the Oscars are top of the line for that. I love movies almost more than life itself, but my favorites are rarely in the running (I’m lookin’ at YOU, LOOPER and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS). And when they are, they rarely win (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was my actual 2012 fave, and I’m thrilled it was up there, but it didn’t stand a chance).
So I had the festivities playing downstairs, in the kitchen, and found myself wandering in and out towards the end, while feeding the dogs and waiting for THE WALKING DEAD.
But I gotta tell ya: I’m really glad I was there when Quentin Fucking Tarantino picked up Best Original Screenplay.Read more »