31 Days Of Horror 2013 – Guest Blogger Justin McConnell On Horror In Reality – Documentaries For The Halloween Season
For my second Halloween-themed article here at Biff Bam Pop, I figured I’d meld two of my favourite film genres into one comprehensive list. Are you a big fan of the season, but want your scares more grounded in reality? Would you rather learn than escape? Below is a list of horror-themed documentaries that are sure to satisfy your hunger for down-to-earth scares and information. The first part of the list are docs dealing with dark & disturbing themes (or Halloween-based, at least), while the second part are docs about horror films themselves. All are well-worth a watch.
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31 Days Of Horror 2013 – Guest Blogger Justin McConnell Presents Little Terrors – The Halloween Home Edition
Almost every month since July 2011, I’ve been running a monthly short film festival in Toronto called LITTLE TERRORS, which is co-promoted by RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE. In that time I’ve played over 200 genre shorts from all over the world, including a huge number of premieres. Part hobby, part mission, and a little bit business, the series is now in it’s third year, and shows no signs of slowing down. Our next local Toronto event is on ‘Devil’s Night’, October 30th, and will be another great line-up of horror-themed goodness. If in the area, make sure you come out to Carlton Cinema and see for yourself.
However, I’m aware that many people don’t live close to Toronto, so when the good folks at Biff Bam Pop asked me to do a couple of articles for their 31 Days of Horror, I jumped at the opportunity. Consider this a ‘Little Terrors – Home Edition’. Here is a list of 10 shorts, taken from past programs, which you can play right now using the magic of the internet. So lock your doors, make some popcorn, turn down the lights, sit back, and enjoy.
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Our good pal Justin McConnell is a busy man these days. A writer and director (Skull World, The Collapsed), Justin is also a Programmer & Special Projects Manager for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, plus he curates the Little Terrors Monthly Short Film Series in Toronto. He’s also an acquisitions rep for Indican Entertainment. The latest film the company has acquired is JUNKIE, described as a gritty dark comedy from director Adam Mason.
“JUNKIE is a mad slice of outsider cinema, something that we’re happy to bring to the audience it deserves,” McConnell exclusively tells Biff Bam Pop. ” If you want to see something darkly entertaining and outside the norm, it’s got you sorted.”
Check out the trailer and then read the press release after the jump!
Last year, Biff Bam Pop had a chance to talk to the cast and crew of the horror film, The Collapsed (you can check that out here). Less than a year later, director Justin McConnell’s latest film, Skull World is now available, and it’s not what you might have expected. This time out, McConnell has hit us with a documentary about a unique individual known to many as Skull Man. Check out the trailer for the film and then find out just who Skull Man is, along with a crash course in documentary film-making, in our exclusive interview with Justin McConnell.
As mentioned last week, we had the chance to talk to the cast and crew of the new post-apocalyptic thriller, The Collapsed on location at Toronto’s great video store, Eyesore Cinema, including director Justin McConnell. As you’ll see in the video, everyone was very forthcoming and great to talk to.
Thanks to our friends at Anchor Bay Canada, everyone from The Collapsed and the fine folks at Eyesore Cinema. Check out our interview after the jump and then order your copy of The Collapsed here.
Tuesday saw the DVD release of The Collapsed, the acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller from director Justin McConnell. Without giving too much a way, the film involves a family of four making their way out of a devastated city, on the way to the country and hopefully safe haven. Along the way, something or someone may be after them.
There’s more to the film, but I’ll let director McConnell explain things more when we post our interview with the director and members of his cast and crew, conducted at Toronto’s Eyesore Cinema earlier this week. We’ll have that up in a few days, but in the meantime you can check out the trailer for the film and some photos of the event, courtesy of Biff Bam Pop’s own Corina Hitchcock.