Horror Cafe (1990)

Directed by J. F. Crook, the Horror Cafe was a single episode, unscripted television program which aired in 1990, that brought together a half-dozen of the most notable names in horror fiction at the time. The event was hosted by Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Books of Blood), with novelist Lisa Tuttle (Familiar Spirit), Roger Corman (House… Continue reading Horror Cafe (1990)

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’

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2

Putting aside many of the age-old questions concerning the validity of the concept of Human Nature one can with absolute certainty say that there are Human Universals, that is, Human Generalities. Everyone who exists was born and everyone who was born will die. Everyone feels the pangs of hunger and thirst, of dread and envy, jealousy… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2