10/12/2017

Outside of a Dream, Episode 2 - The Witch

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In the early 17th century, a Puritan family, recently exiled from their colony in Massachusetts, build their home at the edge of the wild, unwittingly trespassing on the territory of a witch. The wood's resident crone is less your Margaret Hamilton, "I'll get you my pretty" type and more a nightmarish servant of literal Satan. Yet the witch herself is only the catalyst for the actual conflict, which is the paranoia and zealous fervour that starts to rip the family apart. Tuck yourself in for Robert Eggers' The Witch.

VIDEO: Local 58 - Weather Service

STORY: Ted's Caving Page

Theme music is "Deep Blue" by Bensound, found at https://www.bensound.com/

Outside of a Dream, Episode 1 - The Babadook

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For the inaugural episode of Outside of a Dream, my new podcast discussing new horror cinema, I take a look at Jennifer Kent's unnerving 2014 feature debut, The Babadook. In reading a disturbing children's book at bedtime, beleagured widow Amelia and her troublesome boy Samuel inadvertently invite an unwanted guest into their home, upturning their lives and relationship.


STORY: The Whistlers

Theme music is "Deep Blue" by Bensound, found at https://www.bensound.com/

7/18/2017

Daniel's Horror Digest, 07/18/17

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*turns cap around, sits backwards in chair*
 
Hey folks, I don't often give shoutouts to Brands, but I would be remiss if I didn't give Shudder its propers. It's basically Netflix for horror (plus other obscure, uncategorizable movies) and it's where I watched a few of the movies I've very briefly reviewed below. The others can be streamed on Netflix or rented on YouTube as indicated.

7/09/2017

Review: Blair Witch

All photos courtesy of Lionsgate

Blair Witch, 2016
Directed by Adam Wingard
Written by Simon Barrett
Distributed by Lionsgate
 
Last September, select moviegoers were more than a little surprised to learn that The Woods, a found footage horror movie premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, was in fact a stealth sequel to the landmark film The Blair Witch Project. Briefly (and somewhat confusingly) titled Blair Witch, it picks up over a decade and a half after the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of student filmmakers Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard deep in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland. It's actually the second sequel, with 2000's Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 being a non-found footage cash-in so bad and unlike the original that most people reading this have forgotten it, if they even heard of it in the first place.
 
I finally got around to watching the new Blair Witch a couple days ago and to sum things up really quickly, I wasn't a fan. I am, of course, absolutely biased here. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez's The Blair Witch Project is the scariest movie I've ever seen and one of my favourite films in any genre. So my standards are high, to say the least. But I don't think the Blair Witch sequel is a bad movie, just really misguided, and in fact I even want to give its few shining moments their propers when I get around to discussing them. So without further ado, and knowing that I am NOT going to shy away from spoilers, let's dig in.

3/20/2017

Resumption

Guess it won't be a surprise when I say I don't think I have it in me anymore. Writing, I mean.