The Lost Continent (1968)

§.00 The Lost Continent (a 1968 Seven Arts-Hammer Film production, based loosely upon Dennis Wheatley's Uncharted Seas) opens with a wheezy, breezy organ-laden lounge track by The Peddlers—vaguely reminiscent of the club music in Melville's Le Samouraï—murmuring over the introductory credits. The song (which I found quite catchy) is, in its languid, slightly seedy tone, at… Continue reading The Lost Continent (1968)

Roger Corman’s The Phantom Eye (1999)

The Phantom Eye | 1h 2min | Horror | TV series—feature film (1999) Directed by Gwenyth Gibby | Edited by Lorne Morris | Written by Benjamin Carr Starring: David Sean Robinson, Sarah Aldrich and Roger Corman, with Michael J. Anderson & Frank Gorshin. Originally aired in 35-chapters for AMC's Monsterfest 99. The film begins with AMC Horror Department head… Continue reading Roger Corman’s The Phantom Eye (1999)

Venom (2018) | Review

Plot Summary Venom opens with a spaceship owned, by the biotech firm Life Foundation, blazing up in the atmosphere and crashing to Earth. Shortly after the crash it is revealed that the vessel contained several alien lifeforms called 'symbiotes.' All but one of the aliens are retrieved and the events of the crash are covered up… Continue reading Venom (2018) | Review

Mandy (2018): Excess & Acceptance

"For me, film performance is like music." —Nicolas Cage, 2018 Sundance Film Festival Cheddar Interview Panos Cosmatos' 2018 phantasmagoric horror film Mandy (script by Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn) takes place in 1983 with Red Miller (Nicolas Cage), a stoic, seemingly unhappy and aloof lumberjack who lives in a cabin in the wilderness with his lover, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough),… Continue reading Mandy (2018): Excess & Acceptance

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

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.4

  Art as a directional model for human action. All human endeavors bespeak of ourselves; such is the case with fiction, which gives form and function to the nebulous, scattered and fevered energy of the brain’s wild imaginings which roil up from from the instinctual chasm.  -Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Part. 3 In the… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.4

Riddick, Patriarchy & Modern Masculinity

[Contains spoilers] From his very first scene in Pitch Black one understands Riddick as a feral, disturbed individual. Animalistic in his lust for both sex and blood. Ruthless in his dispatchment of anyone who would seek to impede him from whatever it is he pleases to do. In the beginning narration of Pitch Black's sequel,… Continue reading Riddick, Patriarchy & Modern Masculinity