This week has been a bit of a trial and I really only see it getting worse. My day job is at DEFCON 1, which means that everyone is working at full speed, while also doing everyone else's jobs. It also doesn't help that my computer's wifi connection has been spotty, making uploading videos a frustrating chore, as well as gathering victorian illustrations for next month's episode. Maybe a direct connection will do the trick.
It's 6:14 AM on Sunday as I type this and while me being awake at this hour wouldn't normally be out of the ordinary, the fact that I have been awake since 4 AM certainly is. Between my wife's knee in my back and our two cats taking up the remaining space, my real estate on the mattress was somewhat limited. I've provided the picture above to give you more of an idea.
October was perhaps the most prolific month I have had in a long time. I finished another episode of Victorian Cut-out Theatre, managed to write 31 horror movie themed microblogs as well as produce an average for three Nerd Reactor articles per week. Add to this my full time job, and Halloween activities, and I'm pretty well wiped out. And yet, I press on…
The World’s End 2013 Dir. Edgar Wright
Attack the Block 2011 Dir. Joe Cornish
Gremlins 1984 Dir. Joe Dante
The Midnight Meat Train 2008 Dir. Ryûhei Kitamura
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Dir. Don Siegel
Post World War II America had a lot of things going on, their was unprecedented prosperity, the suburbs, the baby boom. However, there was also a hell of a lot of paranoia. Senator Joseph McCarthy was spreading a message of panic and fear across the U.S. that communist spies had infiltrated our country and that they must be stopped. This was a time when the slightest off handed comment could wind you up in from the HUAC board to explain your liberal leanings.
Kill List 2011 Dir. Ben Wheatley
Horror, by its very nature, deals in uncomfortable subject matter. In the hands of a competent director, however, a horror film can transcend what the audience expects, delivering them into the clutches of something strange, haunting and inevitable. This is a special kind of horror that only a few artists can do well and this is the kind of work displayed by director Ben Wheatley in his film Kill List
Creepshow 1982 Dir. George A. Romero
In the early 1950s comics took a turn for the lurid. Superheroes were still popular, but other genres arose in the medium. Westerns, crime and war stories all appeared in four-color glory, but the most popular was the horror comic.