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We have all had relationships like this. Well maybe not the alien portion, but we have had relationships where communication just breaks down…where all attempts to remedy the situation are just lost in combativeness and fury. This is the real terror of Possession.
Andrzej Zulawski is one of the greatest underrated filmmakers out there. Though his career is stacked full of awards, accolades, and landmark art films, it is also peppered with censorship and banning, low-rent distributions, schlocky labels, and unfinished work. And many of Zulawski’s proponents argue that Possession is not horror - it’s an art film with horror elements. Bah to that nonsense! I’m adamant that horror can be one of the most compelling, dramatic, and artistic genres, which is why Possession is this week’s inclusion in The Unseen.
Possession focuses on the extraordinarily messy divorce between Anna (Isabelle Adjani) and Mark (Sam Neil). Isabelle wants a separation, but has provided little rationale and few motives. She is even leaving behind the couple’s son. Mark struggles to understand what is going on or even communicate with his estranged wife who is teetering on the edge of sanity. It soon becomes evident there is a lot more going on with Isabelle than just relationship issues.
It comes as no surprise that director Zulawski was himself going through a divorce when he created the movie. The battles and arguments are of such a refined note that they could have been created only through actual experience. The film is intense, especially the well-known and very controversial scene in a subway where Anna has a miscarriage from every orifice. Her body just writhes and leaks, which may also be one of the greatest actress deliveries in the history of cinema. This scene alone was enough to get the film banned in multiple European countries. The scene also caused Possession to be added to the UK’s dreaded 1980’s Video Nasty list of banned films.
Creature effects (and yes, there is a very sexual creature involved) were the work of the legendary Carlo Rambaldi. In addition to the tentacled, humping creature of Possession, Rambaldi’s special effects work also graced the scene in many giallo hits of Bava, Fulci, and Argento. He also lent his hand to many of cinema’s utmost aliens including Dune, E.T., Alien, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Honestly, I never had that much appreciation for Possession until a few years ago. I had seen Possession in my early teen years, but I was way too young to grasp the terror of the volatile separation, and there were barely enough alien effects to keep my narrow teenage attention. I saw this film way too young. Also, my initial viewing was on a grainy and well-worn VHS copy, which did not do the film or creature effects justice. Two years ago, Cinefamily in Los Angeles held a Zulawski festival and screened several of his few works (some of which were unfinished) in 35mm. My husband, who has always been a huge proponent of this film, insisted we attend on opening night. Possession is the most extreme shift in perception I’ve ever had with a film. This is a masterpiece about human communication and our need to make our lives mean something. The camera work may be some of the best I’ve ever seen, especially the ever-roving steadicam. Every moment of the film is simultaneously emotionally and visually riveting and exhausting.
Possession has never received a worthy release. During its initial distribution in the 1980’s, repeated banning kept it out of many countries. It received a VHS release in the US which is how many of us first saw the film. Even the VHS copies now sell for around $30. Possession did a limited DVD run via Anchor Bay in 2003 on a double feature with the film Shock. Even with no special features and no visual remastering, this is the only stateside DVD release of the film, so expect it to run you around $50. I highly recommend investing in a region-less player to check this title out. I dream of the day Possession gets a snazzy Bluray release with special features oozing out the eyeballs. But don’t let the lack of technological advances stop you from exploring it. Even on the paltry VHS release, Possession is still a fearless paragon of horror filmmaking that all fans must see to understand and believe.
Holy smokes. Can you believe there's only 2 more episodes left of Showtime's 'Dexter'?! Both myself and Aylse are still in denial! But you can bet we'll be tuning in to see what happens these next two weeks, especially after the tense conclusion of this week's episode. (Catch up by reading Alyse's TV Recap for "Goodbye Miami") Well, we've got 2 clips and 2 previews for the final 2 episodes of the series below. 'Dexter' episode 811 titled "Monkey In A Box" airs Sunday, September 15th only on Showtime.
I don't know about you guys, but we here at FEARnet are actually really excited for the upcoming 'Curse Of Chucky!' While there's plenty to appreciate about the latter half of the 'Child's Play' franchise, the most impressive thing about that trailer we got for 'Curse' a few months back was what appeared to be a return back to the basics. No Tiffany. No stitched up face. Just a straight up new, original Chucky story. And if you can't wait until October 8th when 'Curse Of Chucky' will officially be released both on it's own Blu-Ray/DVD and part of a complete 'Child's Play' boxed set as well, then we've got 3 clips below to whet your appetite. Mind you, we checked them out in advance and they're not really spoiler-ish. They're just a good tease of what's in store. We're particularly digging the score for the film which we get a sample of in the "We Found Him" clip. Have a look (and listen) for yourself!
In Part Five, C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson continue with their insight on how to break into the mainstream entertainment business (by somebody being the gatekeeper and holding the door for you) and why certain films and books are greenlit and some are not.
I'm of the school of thought that if somebody has something artistically strong there is enough room for anybody at that house party. My problem is that too many people who don't do things correctly or really have little to offer get into the same party. Who held the window for you?
DERRICKSON - That's a good question. The first person of note who did it was Bryan Singer. I had come out of film school and he was the first person to read, right after Usual Suspects and he was making X-Men, and he read a script I had written and watched a short film I'd made from USC. He liked them both and brought them into Sony. That was my first real studio deal.
I owned an original theater program from Citizen Kane and I gave that to him as my Thank You gift because he had opened that door to me. I think everybody needs somebody who is in front of you who is established to hold the window open.
Everybody who is in there understands that they are their own gatekeeper. There's the bouncer at the door but, man, hardly anybody gets in the front door.
I remember an interview I did with Clive Barker and I asked him his greatest fear. He said that somebody will come up and tap him on the shoulder and say that they'd figured him out and it was over.
DERRICKSON - (laughs) That's Clive Barker!
CARGILL - That's everyone's fear. We had that conversation a couple of months back where we were talking about how sad it was that Blockbusters were gone and I said, Yeah I'm really bummed because that's my fall back career. (laughs) I have got 6-1/2 years of experience. I could get hired at a video store but they're gone now. Scott, you told me I didn't need to be worried about that anymore. I was just being safe. I'll bet you right now that Tom Cruise and Will Smith are sitting up at night trying to figure out how to save their career.
James Stewart said that he always worried about that.
CARGILL - Everybody I talk to, everybody thinks they're a fraud. I guess it's because so much of the industry is built upon creating an image that you begin to believe that people only see the image and don't see what you've actually done and don't value what you've done. Because you as a creator don't really value what you've done.
Because you are just you.
CARGILL - When you hear a song on the radio or you see a movie or you read a book you're like "Wow!" It connects with you. You think it is amazing and you don't know where this came from but wherever it came from it is amazing. But when you look at the stuff that you make, you're like, "I made that in my office." Or, "I made that in my garage. I just typed for several hours a day and suddenly there were words on a page and that's a book." You know what went into making it and that's how you look at it. You don't look at it like somebody who just picked it up and goes, "Where the hell did all of these ideas come from? How did he get all of this to work together?"
So you tend to undervalue and underplay your own art. A lot of people start to believe that the image that gets crafted for them is more of who they are then what the art is because they think the art is just something they made in their living room. So everybody gets this feeling that they are a fraud. Everybody's terrified that they are going to be found out at any moment and it's going to be the thumb over the shoulder, "Sorry Mr. Cargill. It's time to go. You really do need to find a video store that is still open."
Isn't it also that those of us in the business believe that there is a large chunk of luck involved in getting us to wherever we are? Even with all the training, since that is what luck is – being prepared for when the moment happens. But we still have that word "luck" hanging around because, like you said, very few people go in through the front door.
DERRICKSON - I think the best advice I ever heard from anybody about the Hollywood industry and being within the business of Art and Entertainment on this global level was a producer I worked with one time who said to me that Hollywood is an industry built to cycle you out. That's what it does. It is organized to cycle you out of that party. It's always throwing people out. What you've got to do is get up and work hard at it every single day to give that machinery a reason to not cycle you out.
You're fighting to get your ass back toward that front door the entire time so that you aren't pushed out the back.
DERRICKSON - That's the work ethic part. I had the experience of feeling for a minute that I had been found out after making The Day The Earth Stood Still. I thought that maybe I would never make another movie again because that movie wasn't received so well. I think that was a really good experience for me because I think the creative answer that drove me to was that I just needed to make every movie like it was my last movie. It might be! Someday it will be. I got rid of the idea, completely abandoned the idea, of thinking too strategically about what I'm going to make. Instead my attitude is that every movie I make I'm going to assume I won't get to make another one afterwards. I won't make it unless I feel that way about it.
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Both Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill can be found on their Facebook sites
Del Howison is a journalist, writer and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. He is also the co-founder and owner of Dark Delicacies “The Home of Horror” in Burbank, CA. He can be reached at Del@darkdel.com.
Holiday sweaters have long been the bane of many kids' existence. They are bulky, they are itchy, and they are definitely not cool. No one looks good in them. I just assume now that every single holiday sweater is worn ironically. Every Christmas party I have been invited to in the last decade or so has had an "ugly holiday sweater" theme.
Shredders Knit Apparel is here to help, by making ugly holiday sweaters ironic on purpose. They are "taking it back" as they say. In the style of traditional ugly X-Mas sweaters, you can now get them with designs that include bigfoot, Krampus, and Satanic themes. You will impress your friends, and you could probably even wear these to your family holiday dinners. Old Aunt Edna is nearly blind now, right? Stay in the shadows and she just might mistake that demon for a reindeer.
The sweaters are available for pre-order from Shredders (never to early to plan for the holidays). Each sweater will set you back about $80, but these are definitely sweaters you can wear for years to come.
Patrick Bateman may be headed to small screens soon, as FX goes into development on a TV series based on American Psycho.
The series would take place after the 2000 film starring Christian Bale, and be set in the present day. The film, like the Bret Easton Ellis novel it is based on, is set in the late 1980s, amongst the oppressive consumerism and greed of Wall Street. It doesn't seem so far removed to set the series in 2013.
The TV series would follow Bateman, now in his 50s, as he trains a new sociopath to become the next American Psycho. There is no doubt in my mind that this project got the go-ahead after the success of another movie-to-TV project, Bates Motel.
The series is currently in development, so no cast has been announced yet.
As we creep towards American Horror Story: Coven's October 9th premiere date, we get our first peek at the cast in this new teaser, "Initiation." A flood of stylish witches in matching outfits (I want their hat) enter a gothic mansion and are greeted by the larger-than-life Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett.
Plus there is a naked minotaur.
Nightmare Magazine is edited by bestselling anthology editor John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead). This story first appeared in Nightmare’s September 2013 issue, which also features original fiction by C.S. McMullen (“The Nest”), along with reprints by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman (“Alone, Together”) and legendary horror scribe Peter Straub (“A Short Guide to the City”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with most of our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with horror author/homicide detective Joe McKinney. You can wait for the rest of this month's contents to be serialized online, or you can buy the whole issue right now in convenient eBook format for just $2.99. It's a great issue, so be sure to check it out. And while you're at it, tell a friend about Nightmare!
Face Off Episode 505
“Mother Earth Goddess”
Original Airdate: 10 September 2013
In This Episode...
The contestants must create their own earth mother goddesses. There must be a focus on beauty, and to make it personal, there should be at least one aspect of their moms represented in the makeups.
Roy came back big after last week’s epic failure. His mom was represented in the tree roots, as she grounds the family. Neville said this was one of his favorites, and found it elegantly balanced. Glenn thought it was beautiful, full of smart decisions, and he loved the color. Ve also loved the color, and thought the bit of pink peeking through on the face was stunning.
Eddie aimed to make a warrior goddess, to show his mother as the strength of the family. Unfortunately, there was not a feminine detail to be seen. Not only did he not do any beauty makeup, he left his model’s face completely bare. Not a hint of mascara or a whisper of lip gloss. The only touch were creepy yellow contacts which just looked incongruous. Glenn saw this as Eddie trying to take on too much. The sculpt was rough and poor decisions were made all around.
Scott’s mom grew up on a farm, so he wanted to include... well, I don’t know how the farm worked into his all red, devilish creation. Neville couldn’t get the chest plate which was supposed to represent tree bark but instead looked like flayed skin. Not appropriate for a beauty makeup challenge. Ve thought there was way too much orange and didn’t have any feminine shapes.
RJ was a little put-off by the challenge because he did something similar in season two. He didn’t want to regurgitate an old makeup, so he decided to make a 1960s mom that is kind of green and nature-y. Ve thought it was simply a total failure - he didn’t even do a beauty makeup on his model - but Glenn was much more offended by the fact that he dismissed the challenge all together.
I wasn’t crazy about Lyma’s makeup, but the judges were. Mostly, I was put off by the big, see-through pregnant belly that had a stuffed bunny inside to represent fertility (she was closest to her mother when she was pregnant). It was a little cheesy and overtly on-point. Glenn thought that was a “genius” idea and wants to see an expansion of this idea of fertility. He also liked te “heavenly” approach with her hair, which I agree with. (But what was up with the weird brown stumpy things on the top of her head? They looked like internal organs.) Neville was impressed by the bold shapes.
Laura made a skirt out of trumpet flowers to represent her mom’s love of music, and did a caterpillar makeup to represent her mother’s Buddhist beliefs. I didn’t really see the caterpillar, but she had an amazing paint job that wowed all the judges. Neville called it “freaking gorgeous” and a “sublime palette.” Glenn was astonished by the detail and the quality that she was able to accomplish in a solo challenge.
Other creations this week:
Laura won; RJ went home.
Dig It or Bury It?
I was a little underwhelmed with the theme of this episode, but it didn’t end up being the hippie nonsense I thought it would be. Plus there is something about the way this episode was cut together that made it a little more engrossing. There was more time watching the process of creating makeups as opposed to lots of quick montages.
Enough with this hippie mumbo-jumbo. Next week: Halloween comes early!!
I loves me some zombies. I'm a sucker for them. In any medium, on any decoration... love 'em. With the massive success of zombies in the mainstream (we have The Walking Dead mainly to thank / blame) the saturation of zombie paraphernalia has reached critical mass. But still, I hung in there, I consumed more than my fair share of zombie movies and trinkets.
I think I'm done now.
Why? What did it in for me? It wasn't the adult zombie penguin costume:
That was a little ridiculous, but I could appreciate the weirdnes. Nope, what really got me were the zombie banana:
And the zombie hot dog:
I expect a zombie slice of bacon any day now.
All of these costumes can be purchased at Neatoshop.com
Licensed video games have been around for as long as video games themselves have been around. There is scarcely a movie franchise without at least a video game or two to go with it. Retro gaming blong VGJunk decided to play the "What If?" game and put together some some title screens for licensed 8-bit Nintendo games that are not real - but should be. Again, these are not real, but I can bet you would want to play them all.
For more awesome 8-bit fun, and VGJunk's outlines of what each game would entail, head over to the VGJunk blog
'The (original) Wicker Man' is one of those horror cult classic movies that requires revisiting every couple of years. And thankfully, just as I was thinking of breaking out my Anchor Bay wooden box special edition, the announcement of this new "final cut" is upon us! After an extensive search, the original director's cut containing footage long thought to be lost has been recovered and re-installed just in time for this digital restoration for the 40th anniversary. Below, we've got the new poster, trailer and press release for 'The Wicker Man - Final Cut'! Check 'em out!
Opening Friday, September 27 at IFC Center in NY, Nuart in LA, and national release to follow.
THE WICKER MAN—FINAL CUT, the definitive version of Robin Hardy’s thriller of pagan worshippers on a remote Scottish isle, opens in a new director-approved DCP restoration for a special 40th-anniversary engagement starting Friday, September 27 at IFC Center. Seen for decades only in mutilated copies, the new restoration is the culmination of a long search (conducted via Facebook) for the complete director's cut. A national roll-out from Rialto Pictures follows.
After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devoutly Christian cop Edward Woodward travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for laird of the isle Christopher Lee and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old - and those gods demand a sacrifice. Woodward fears for the missing girl's life and follows every possible lead to find her—despite the islanders' interference—before she becomes a human sacrificial lamb.
Starring Edward Woodward (Breaker Morant, TV's The Equalizer), horror film legend Christopher Lee, stalwart Hammer vampiress Ingrid Pitt, and Swedish blonde bombshell/Bond Girl Britt Ekland (Man With The Golden Gun, After The Fox, Get Carter), WICKER MAN is a quintessential 70s thriller, with the search for its full version one of cinema history's classic detective hunts.
Butchered by its doomed UK distributor to fit on double bills, with its original camera negative apparently lost, THE WICKER MAN has gathered a devoted fan base over the past four decades. Some missing scenes were recovered from an obsolete one-inch broadcast tape, but over the years there were rumors of complete 35mm prints floating around.
Earlier this year, the search intensified when worldwide rights holder Studiocanal initiated a Facebook campaign to recover the missing 35mm material, resulting in the discovery of a 92-minute 35mm release print at the Harvard Film Archive. This print was scanned and sent to London, where it was recently inspected by director Robin Hardy, who confirmed that it was the same cut he had put together for its American distributor in 1979, years after the film’s UK bow. This culminated in a digital restoration of the complete U.S. theatrical version, which director Hardy recently anointed as "the final cut." Hardy, now 83, has said of this restored version, “It fulfills my vision.”
It's the oldest story in the book: a group of friends get in trouble with the internet. In this case, it is six friends, and they make viral "Truth or Dare" videos - until their "number one fan" decides he wants to play and the bodies start piling up. This is the story behind Truth or Dare, the directorial debut from actress Jessica Cameron (Silent Night, Hell-O-Ween, Camel Spiders). The film will get its world premiere at the Arizona Underground Film Festival this Friday the 13th.
In this exclusive still from the set, Jessica is working with one of her actors, Ryan Kiser, on a "particularly intense scene."
For more info on the film, and where you can see it playing, visit TruthorDaretheMovie.com