Category Archives: horror

Jeruzalem’s Paz Brothers Talk Technology And History

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Their zombie apocalypse movie Jeruzalem premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival last summer, before hitting Fantasia, FrightFest, and Sitges, among other notable festivals. Now it’s out on iTunes, VOD, as well as a run at Toronto’s Carlton Cinema (read our review here). We talked to the brothers about the genesis of the film and where they are headed next.

You’ve discussed how Jeruzalem is not “found footage” but “POV” and that it was the invention of Google Glass that helped you bring your concept to fruition. What other ways does technology impact the narrative of the film that maybe aren’t as apparent to the audience?
Most of the time, when we are making a film we can use an unlimited amount of audio channels but only one channel of video. By using the “smart glass” interface we were able to tell other stories at the same time (in the way that people check their smart phones while watching a film) and that was a great tool for the storytelling. We were also fascinated by the contrast between the history of the old city and the newest wearable technology. Read the rest of this entry

Less Lee Moore Reviews New Horror Film Jeruzalem

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Jeruzalem, the first feature from brothers Doran and Yoav Paz, has a tantalizing premise. For one thing, it’s not a found footage movie, at least according to the pair of Israeli filmmakers. They have called Jeruzalem a “POV” film, which is quite accurate and could probably be applied to a few more recent horror films like Open Windows, iLived, and Unfriended. It’s an interesting idea, but does it work? Yes and no, but more on that later.

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Satan’s Hollow: An All New Terrifying Tale From Zenescope Entertainment!

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When I was a co-host of The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast, we talked about Zenescope Entertainment and their unique and fantastic line of comics often. I’m happy to announce a new series from Zenescope coming soon – Satan’s Hollow. Meet me after the jump for more details.

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Trailer Time: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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While there had been much discussion about some sort of sequel to Cloverfield, the 2008 monster film from producer J.J. Abrams, today’s release of a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane comes as a surprise to virtually everyone. The movie, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, had been filming under the name Valencia, but its clear that was simply to keep us all in the dark.

Here’s the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, due out March 11th.

American Horror Story Hotel S05 E12: Be Our Guest

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The season finale of “American Horror Story: Hotel” is finally here and, I’m still waiting for Lady Gaga to belt out a song or two before it’s time to check out of the freakiest hotel in history. On last week’s episode, the Countess lost her head and, thanks to Mr. March, a coven witch is dead. Can Iris and Liz turn the Cortez into a Disney attraction? Nothing will surprise me with this show. Read the rest of this entry

Hotel Transylvania 2 keeps horror alive for kids

A few months ago, I wrote a review on Hotel Transylvania 2 for my friends at Rue Morgue. With the film hitting DVD/Blu-ray today, I thought it would be worth sharing with you Biff Bam Poppers, especially after my daughter and I had such a good time rewatching it.

Growing up in the 1980s as a horror-loving kid was a blast. My generation was just so lucky! The world hadn’t become obsessively PC, and the icons of horror could be found in the safest of places. There was the Hilarious House of Frightenstein (which, like the whole Berenstain Bears conspiracy controversy from a few months ago, I will always remember as Frankenstein, right or wrong). There were the Real Ghostbusters and Teen Wolf and Drac Pack, all airing on Saturday mornings. I’d be thrilled seeing old reruns of The Flintstones when the Gruesomes would appear. And come Halloween time, local channels in and around Southern Ontario, where I grew up, would air classics like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The kid that I was, the adolescent who read and reread books like Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor, for me that world was right there waiting, easily accessible and oh, so entertaining. Those monsters became my go-to’s, and helped make me who I am today.

Things are different now, though. Read the rest of this entry

The Haunted House of Jeff Szpirglas: Looking Back at Terror In The Aisles

They say you never forget your first.

(You know I’m talking about horror movies, right?)

For me, it was catching a portion of Jaws 2 under the babysitter’s watch, effectively traumatizing me for the next several years. But if we’re talking about the real gateway film, the one that opened up a path to a lifelong passion for the macabre and the terrifying, that prize goes to 1984’s Terror In The Aisles, first screened in that sweet spot around the onset of puberty, when my taste for Star Wars soundtracks suddenly took a left turn for Alice Cooper records.

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American Horror Story: Hotel S05 E11: Battle Royale

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American Horror Story has always served up generous portions of horror and craziness on their series, but this season’s Hotel is freaking awesome. On the last episode: Alex tricked the teen vampire brigade into coming to the hotel; Liz made peace with his son; John, Alex and Holden go home; Liz and Iris go Rambo on the Countess and, someone new checks into the hotel. Justice at the Cortez will be promptly served. Read the rest of this entry

2016 Brings Us Back To The SWAMP THING #1 On The Wednesday Run

Swamp Thing 1 coverSo, you made it, eh?

You made it through the holidays intact and your back is no worse for wear, what with carrying all of those heavy Absolute and Omnibus editions of various comic book compilations and graphic novels. Congratulations!

That brings us to the first Wednesday of the New Year – and our first Wednesday run to the local comic book to pick up something new and interesting.

It may be a new year, but today’s pick is a decades old throwback – from an entirely new perspective naturally. Follow me after the jump for the muck-encrusted low down on the new Swamp Thing #1!

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A few of Andy Burns’ favourite things in 2015

So long, 2015!

It was a good year for pop culture lovers like you and I, and to see it out, I thought I’d share a list of a few of my favourite things. Keep in mind – this isn’t a ‘best of”. What I consider ‘the best’ is likely different than what you do. This is my faves, pure and simple. Feel free to chime in with yours in the comments!

Favourite Album – AC/DC, Rock or Bust: To be fair, I wouldn’t have anticipated putting an AC/DC album at the top of any list, but this is far and away my favourite album of 2015. I listen to it weekly. It’s short (less than 35 minutes) and full of killer riff after killer riff. All killer, no filler, as they say. Had Rock or Bust followed the 1980 release of Back in Black, I think it would have been hailed another masterpiece of cock n balls rock n roll. Which it actually is,

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