Film Review | Hellraiser: Judgment | 2018

***this post contains spoilers "I knew what I wanted to make, and I felt like 'you know what, I wrote a traditional Hellraiser story with Revelations and I got raped by the fans. I'm not going to try and appease the fans anymore.' I'm going to make a film for me and I have a very strong idea visually… Continue reading Film Review | Hellraiser: Judgment | 2018

Alienation, Elitism & Lived-Art in The Midnight Meat Train | Part 2

THE KEEPERS OF OUTER DARK Interspliced with Leon's break from society and descent into the heart of the city, are numerous sequences featuring the subway killer, a man who is referred to only as Mahogany. Mahogany, unlike many contemporary horror film antagonists, is not a raving lunatic, rather, he is restrained, dutiful and immaculate, keeping… Continue reading Alienation, Elitism & Lived-Art in The Midnight Meat Train | Part 2

Alienation, Elitism & Lived-Art in The Midnight Meat Train | Part 1

"I was like a kid in a candy store any time we filmed the scary bits. The one thing that did make me cringe was the pierced Achilles tendons, having severed my own five years ago playing basketball...” - Bradley Cooper. ♦ INTRODUCTION Ryuhei Kitamura's The Midnight Meat Train1, released in 2008 and first shot… Continue reading Alienation, Elitism & Lived-Art in The Midnight Meat Train | Part 1

A Brisk Review of Clive Barker’s ‘The Midnight Meat Train’

MINOR SPOILERS; watch the feature length film first if you do not want to know essential details concerning the plot here-contained. Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and based upon the 1984 short story of the same name by horror author Clive Barker, The Midnight Meat Train is considerably more than the sum of it's parts and also much less… Continue reading A Brisk Review of Clive Barker’s ‘The Midnight Meat Train’

The Photographer’s Dilemma (II)

"That fucking bastard." Ariadne Campbell mouthed the words under mint and marijuana tainted breath as she beheld the large five foot by five foot drawing which hung upon the pure white wall of the gallery pulling all present eyes towards it with is grim and imposing majesty, even as it repelled with its stark audacity.… Continue reading The Photographer’s Dilemma (II)

Rumination One | What Did It Matter?

When I awoke from the dream the world seemed to have shifted. As if something within me had moved or grown or diminished, I knew not which, only that something was different. It were as if I had carried those fateful imaginings back into the waking world with their full weight, as if they lingered… Continue reading Rumination One | What Did It Matter?

INTERVAL ONE | THE SEVERING

IN MY DREAM | I lay upon a bed, hard and uncomfortable, unable to sleep, swaddled in darkness. After a single heart's beating the wall to my abode exploded in tandem with a furious howl that left a dreadful ringing to hover ghastly upon the air. A strange, dim, reddish light flooded the room. Stunned,… Continue reading INTERVAL ONE | THE SEVERING