Saturday, April 30, 2011

WHIP YO' EXORCIST!


Thank-you to Freddie Young for putting this on my facebook wall and making me pee my pants.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BJ-C?

Hey guys, so I've been MIA for a bit, but with good reason.
I was cast in a show for the Arts4Equality theatre group,
and we open in Chicago NEXT WEEKEND.
I've been swamped at rehearsals every night
and finals week is just around the corner.
Sooo....I haven't had much time to sit down and blog.
I promise I still love you and will be writing as soon as possible
Peace, Love, & Brains,
~BJ-C


If you're in the Chicago area,
Show information can be found
HERE!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A PSA ON COMMENT ETIQUETTE ON DAY OF THE WOMAN


HELP SAVE THE POPCORN DVD!

It was in 1991 when a small group of film students decided that putting on an all-night horror film festival would be the quickest (and most enjoyable) way to raise the funds for their cinema club.  As the 1950's film reels began to spin, the special gimmicks set up throughout the theatre (like 3-D, Odorama, and buzzers under the seats), some very strange things begin to happen.  When the presence of a homicidal maniac is revealed, the little film festival turns into something much more sinister than the filmmakers could conjure up.  If you haven't seen this film, it could very well be because Popcorn isn't available on DVD.  This film feeds to the very nature of horror fanatics, and we can't get a hard copy! Horror fans seem to be quite nostalgic creatures and love having the lovely stacks of films shown around our house.  Thanks to Kristy Jett and countless others, they are trying to save the Popcorn DVD!  With the use of Kickstarter, a group of horror fanatics are not only trying to save Popcorn, but they're also hoping to  include all new special features including a retrospective documentary, cast commentary, a stills gallery (featuring behind the scenes photos), and a feature entitled “Your Favorite Films Don’t Have To Make Sense” where Kristy Jett and Ryan Lieske dissect the film’s weaker elements.  The packaging will include a collector’s booklet along with a reversible collectible poster featuring all new and original artwork from Jeff Zornow, Christopher Ott and Steve Jencks. The project is 100% fan-funded and thus, NEEDS YOUR HELP.  For more information watch the video below or visit POPCORNDOC.com

IF YOU WANT TO HELP SAVE POPCORN,
VISIT THE POPCORN DVD RE-RELEASE AT KICKSTARTER
EVERY DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Friday, April 15, 2011

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: NEVE CAMPBELL

In celebration of tonight's release of SCRE4M, Day of the Woman is going to feature one of the premiere Scream Queens of the 1990's.  Although Neve Campbell doesn't have a laundry list of horror films to her resume, her portrayals as Bonnie in the witch movie The Craft and her role as Sidney Prescott in the SCREAM franchise have permanently earned her a spot in the hearts of horror fanatics everywhere.

Born in Guelph, Ontario, Neve Campbell was the daughter of a yoga instructor/psychologist and a high school drama teacher.  Her grandparents ran a theatre company in the Netherlands and performed as well.  It was only logical that Neve would also found herself bitten by the acting bug.  Her parents divorced when she was two years old and she resided most of her childhood with her father.  When she was nine years old, she moved into the National Ballet.  When she was around fifteen years old,  Neve Campbell switched her focus from dancing to acting and performed at the Canon Theatre's production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Her first widely released film was for The Craft.  Starring alongside Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Christine Taylor, and fellow SCREAM actor Skeet Ulrich, Neve Campbell played telekinetic "Bonnie", one of the four members of the coven shown in the film.  Surprisingly, the most memorable scene from Bonnie's character wasn't performing witchcraft, but rather the painful treatment she endured to try and get rid of the burn scars plaguing her back.  After the scars were treated due to witch magic, the character takes a major switch from playing such a shy and insecure girl, to a cocky and conceited girly-girl.  The flawless character switch Neve managed to portray was highly impressive and a sure signal for the talent she possessed within.  

It was later that year when Neve Campbell would secure her spot in the horror movie hall of fame.  Joining the ranks of Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Thompson, and the like, Neve Campbell emerged as the fresh faced final girl of Wes Craven's SCREAM.  Campbell revisited her role three times in all of the sequels from the original film.  Apparently Drew Barrymoore was intended to star in the film, but due to scheduling conflicts, the role was given to Campbell instead.  Wes Craven saw her performance on the television show Party of Five and is quoted to say "She could best embody a character who was "innocent" but also able to handle herself while dealing with the demanding physicality and emotions of the role".  Neve actually almost didn't take the role after finishing The Craft, but was willing to do so as it would be her first feature starring role.  It's safe to say that she made the right decision in taking the job.  Her role as Sidney Prescott even earned her a Best Actress award at the 1997 Saturn Awards.  Over ten years from her first performance as Sidney Prescott, Neve Campbell is returning to the big screen for one final hurrah with the rest of her SCREAM companions.  SCRE4M opens in theatres everywhere tonight. 


Monday, April 11, 2011

BJ-C's HORROR ABC's!

Today's program was brought to you by reader like you, Thank-you!  I've gotten an overwhelming amount of emails and responses from people about the "twist ending" post I did last week, Oh, and it's also brought to Andre Dumas of The Horror Digest.  If you don't read The Horror Digest, you're wasting far too much time on my blog and not enough exploring the wonderous world of the horror blogosphere.  I don't want to give my homegirl a big head, so I guess I should note that this meme rightfully named the  Cinematic Alphabet  is the brainchild of Rupert Pupkin Speaks.  The rules are simple, write a film for every letter of the alphabet.  It's like pre-school all over again, but you get to pick what the letters stand for instead of settling for mundane examples like "apple" or "bat" or "catheter".  I've somehow managed not to repeat anything that Andre or Chris Hadden over at Fascination With Fear posted which trust me, was a hell of a lot harder than it looks.  Enjoy!

A is for Alice, Sweet Alice
B is for The Beyond
C is for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
D is for Dracula's Daughter
E is for Eraserhead
F is for Freaks
G is for Ginger Snaps
H is for Happy Birthday To Me
I is for I Walked With A Zombie
J is for Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
K is for Kingdom of the Spiders
L is for Last House On The Left
M is for Monkey Shines
N is for Near Dark
O is for Opera
P is for Pathogen
Q is for Queen of Blood
R is for Return of the Living Dead
S is for Splinter
T is for Theater of Blood
U is for The Uninvited
V is for Village of the Damned
W is for When A Stranger Calls
Don't you dare try to tell me this isn't horrifying.
X is for Xanadu
Y is for You'll Find Out
Z is for Zombie Strippers

Friday, April 8, 2011

HORROR MOVIES AND THEIR CURSE OF THE TERRIBLE ENDINGS

WARNING: 
THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE ENDINGS OF
THE VILLAGE
THE HAPPENING
HIGH TENSION
THE LAST EXORCISM
IT

Last night I finally was able to get my eyes on FilmDistrict's newest horror flick, Insidious.  This isn't a review of Insidious at all, but merely another example at an overwhelming trend within the horror genre.  Let me tell you this, I loved Insidious.  I found it to be genuinely creepy, well-casted (Patrick Wilson *drools*), and a very well put together film.  The fact that they managed to make a PG-13 movie scary was very impressive and I thought Insidious was going to jump to the top of my list for the best of 2011 so far.  That was until the ending hit.  There are no words to describe my level of disappointment.  I had been on the edge of my seat for 3/4 of the movie, only to slowly slump back in for the remaining quarter.  I can't really judge the film for it though, not only because the beginning more than made up for it, but also because it seems that a good percentage of all horror movies suffer from a curse of terrible endings.  Maybe the screenwriter didn't have enough time to fully formulate a conciece ending, maybe the budget was cut short, or maybe everyone in the process was just to ADD to even think of one and had to throw one together last second.  Who knows?  All I know is that in one of the most evolving genres in film, we suck at ending our films.

Meet M. Night Shyamalan.  In 1999, people were calling this man the next Spielberg.  In 2011, he's remembered as the man of many twists...many bad, bad, twists.  After the success of his film The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan found himself caught up in the trend of making films with twist endings in order to "shock" the viewer.  The only issue with this was that his endings weren't that shocking.  When it comes to bad horror movie endings, this man takes the cake.  Witness, The Village.  A tale of a community seemingly trapped in a secluded wooded area in the 1800's by mysterious creatures that stalk and kill anyone that goes too far into the wilderness.  Sirens at night alert the people to put themselves on lock down whenever a creature is spotted (a la Silent Hill) and the main question that drug us to the theatres was to figure out what the hell those monsters were.  When I saw that film in theatres, my head was about to explode with nervousness and excitement.  The pacing was wonderful, the creatures were scary, and every plot change was captivating...AND THEN YOU FIND OUT THEY'RE NOT IN THE 1800'S BUT IN THE MODERN DAY, JUST KEPT IN THE WOODS.  Wow...really? I mean, really?  I was dying for their to be something much juicier and riveting, but instead I just get the Amish.  What a freaking letdown.  Not to be forgotten is what critics consider his worst film, The Happening.  I personally enjoyed it, but I also watched this film as a comedy rather than a horror film.  Regardless, the story is about an overwhelming amount of people who seem to be killing themselves in insane fashions.  No one can figure out just why so many people are offing themselves, but it's happening at rapid numbers and people everywhere are harboring into their homes with gas masks on in order to protect themselves.  Pretty crazy stuff, no?  Well, don't worry...IT'S THE FUCKING TREES.  NATURE IS SO PISSED AT US THAT IT'S RELEASING TOXINS AND CAUSING US TO KILL OURSELVES SO WE STOP DESTROYING THE RAINFOREST AND PARKS TO MAKE MORE STARBUCKS.  Yep...trees. The big twist ending was a public service announcement from Al Gore.  You're welcome, I just saved you two hours.

BJ-C, you must be mistaken, clearly the scariest clown in all of horror movie history cannot be on a list of disappointing movies?!  Oh, but it is.  I am one of the most vocal members of the "Stephen King's "IT" is only successful because of Tim Curry" movement.  The mini-series is way too long and filled with way too much reminiscing.  I don't care what you've been doing now, I just want 2 hours of crap-your-pants from the clown from when you were a child, thankyouverymuch.  Pennywise the Clown is the antithesis of evil.  he manifests himself into whatever seems to frighten those around him.  While his usual form is this menacing clown, at the end of the movie he animates himself as a giant spider.  This would be fine and dandy IF THE SPIDER WASN'T THE MOST POORLY ANIMATED USE OF STOP MOTION EVER AND WASN'T DESTROYED BY A FREAKING ASTHMA INHALER.  I'm sorry, but season 1 of South Park had better stop-motion than "IT".  Any sense of fear that was established from the clown was immediately shot away the second that embarrassing display of a spider showed up.  I really don't understand how anyone behind this mini-series could have watched the spider scene and thought that it was good enough work to play alongside Tim Curry's genius.  There's supposedly a movie in the works, which I'm actually okay with if they cast Tim Curry as the clown.  Come on, we saw what happened when they re-cast Freddy Krueger...

If you've yet to experience the film that put Alexandre Aje on the map, make sure you turn it off about 10 minutes before it ends.  Haute Tension/High Tension is easily one of the bloodiest, craziest, most screwed up movies I've seen in the past 10 years.  Unfortunately, the ending is so mind-numbingly terrible, it almost kills everything built up to it.  Two girls go home to stay a weekend with one of the girl's family and have some gratuitous lesbian masturbation, only to be awaken in the middle of the night by a huge trucker with a penchant for using dressers and decapitation weaponry.  The film is a crazy cat and mouse chase game and we're built up to believe there's going to be some intense, gory boss-fight at the end.  That would be the logical thing to do IF THE TRUCKER WASN'T THE MANIFESTATION OF ONE OF THE GIRL'S SPLIT PERSONALITIES.  Yep. She did it. The whole time.  The bigger problem with this is that it doesn't line up.  There's a scene where the trucker is giving himself road head with a decapitated head of a woman.  If the french lesbian was really the killer...how did she do that?! I don't know, I don't care, this movie was ruined for me by a horrible ending.

I'm about to catch some slack for this, but the ending of The Last Exorcism was pretty awful.  The saving grace for this movie was that it's a solid film, very unsettling, and well executed.  The story followed a man trying to destroy the existence of demonic possessions and the working power of exorcisms.  The reason it's called the "last" exorcism, is because it was to be his last.  Believing this poor girl is simply ill or just plain bat-shit, he is remarkably unprepared for what awaits him.  The film really picks up and gets good towards the end of the film, when it takes a very Blair Witch inspired ending and cuts off sooner than we'd hope.  Basically, THE POSSESSED GIRL'S CRAYON DRAWINGS FORESHADOWED THEIR DEATHS AT THE LAST FIVE SECONDS.  Cool. I knew the ending all along, and I just wasted my life on something I figured out two hours ago. Thanks.

Are horror movies cursed or are we as viewers just too damn picky?
I guess it'll go back to that nature vs. nurture debate.
Regardless, we need to start focusing on the endings of our movies more than our stupid intros and false advertising trailers.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

FACE OFF SEASON 2 CASTING CALL



NOW CASTING SPECIAL FX MAKE-UP ARTISTS FOR SEASON TWO OF SYFY’S COMPETITION REALITY SERIES, FACE OFF

WHO:  Syfy’s Face Off, the hit competition reality series that celebrates the incredible artistry of special FX make-up, exploring the world of these pros and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. The series incorporates effects make-up, as well as a a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, sculpting, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one $100,000 grand prize that will launch a career.
  
WHAT: Casting men and women, both professionals and novices to the art of special FX make-up. Must be 18 years or older and proficient in beautifying, prosthetics and special FX.  Interested participants can obtain an application by sending an email to: www.syfy.com/faceoff

WHERE:         LOS ANGELES MARRIOTT – MONSTERPALOOZA CONVENTION
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505   

NEW YORK – IMATS CONVENTION (downstairs)
82 Mercer Building
82 Mercer Street
New York, NY

WHEN:           Sunday, April 10, 2011
                        10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. pacific in Los Angeles
                        9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. eastern in New York

 ***Copied verbatim from New Media Strategies 
Promotional Assistant Danny Christiansen
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