Thursday, August 21, 2014


¡Qué horror! 2014
Candidate #11

PROXY
(September 2013)


Within the first seven minutes of Proxy, something horrendous happens to pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen), triggering the sequence of horrible events that serves as the twisted spine for this unsettling narrative.
After giving us Scalene, with the always excellent Margo Martindale, producer/director Zack Parker (from a script co-written by Parker with Kevin Donner) serves up this sordid tale about the terrible, f*cked up things fundamentally damaged people do to each other.

Fair warning, there is nothing remotely “entertaining” about this kind of intensely disquieting psychological horror, the kind you’d never really see from Hollywood.
This is some tough stuff, and I’m not talking about guts and gore or your standard lunatic serial killer from Central Casting. Fake blood and rubber intestines and bug-eyed, drooling Looney Tunes are easy.
Getting under the skin by showing just how crazy apparently “regular” folk can be, now that takes some skill…

(Proxy OS courtesy of impawards.com.)


Sunday, August 17, 2014

SEROKS ART (DIGITAL PRINTS) AVAILABLE


SEROKS art pieces by the mighty fine Alan Navarra are now available! (Shades not included.)
See here and here.
And for other pieces (including non-SEROKS art), check out Alan's Instagram.


Saturday, August 16, 2014


¡Qué horror! 2014
Candidate #10

L'ÉTRANGE COULEUR DES LARMES DE TON CORPS 
(THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS) 
(August 2013)



Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet take their particular brand of neo-giallo--as seen in past ¡Q horror! candidate Amer--even further in the kaleidoscopic phantasmagoria of L’Étrange Couleur des Larmes de ton Corps.
What begins with the mysterious disappearance of a wife very quickly leads us into a dizzying realm where narrative all but breaks down, and dream logic overwhelms the proceedings; this is like an Argento giallo on a bad acid trip. It’s about eroticism, obsession, and quite unsurprisingly, death.
I imagine, if you enjoyed Amer, then chances are, you’ll enjoy L’Étrange Couleur… as well.
But if your test drive of Amer wasn’t quite to your liking (and I did say it was the sort of film that wasn’t for everyone), then I’d avoid getting behind the wheel of this one too…

(L’Étrange Couleur des Larmes de ton Corps OS courtesy of grignoux.be.)
 

Monday, August 11, 2014


¡Qué horror! 2014
Candidate #9

COHERENCE
(September 2013)


"[Coherence] started with a test to see if I could shoot something without a crew and without a script.”
--James Ward Byrkit

Well, let me come right out and say that Mr. Byrkit and company aced this test.
The set-up’s simple: a group of friends get together for a dinner party, on the night that Miller’s Comet passes.
And what Byrkit and his cast manage to improv out of a limited budget, notecards, and short character descriptions is an exquisite Twilight Zone Chinese puzzle mindf*ck feature debut.

To say any more would be to say too much…
Seriously.

“We are visitors.”
--Em
(Coherence OS’ courtesy of impawards.com.)

Monday, July 21, 2014

PIMP MY STUFF
ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Book Launch: July 25, 2014
(Contains “BALAT, BUWAN, NGALAN”)

So apparently, the date is sealed: July 25, Friday, 4PM: the launch of the "Expanded Print Edition" of Alternative Alamat--an anthology of short fiction that repurposes Filipino myths and legends into modern, 21st century configurations--as well as 3 other new titles from Visprint.

Contained in AA is my contribution, “Balat, Buwan, Ngalan (A Myth for the 21st Century),” which has very solid connections to all the work going on in the ‘Verse comic book titles, as well as my novella Parman (also from Visprint).
If you’re following the ‘Verse, or have read Parman (or both), you may want to check my AA contribution.

For more on the “Expanded Print Edition,” see here.


Friday, July 18, 2014

PIMP MY STUFF
ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Interview
(Re: “BALAT, BUWAN, NGALAN”)




While we wait for the Alternative Alamat "Expanded Print Edition" book launch--at the moment still re-scheduled for July 25, Friday, at Powerbooks, Greenbelt--AA editor Paolo Chikiamco has posted an interview with yours truly here (at rocketkapre.com), where he asks me about my AA contribution, “Balat, Buwan, Ngalan (A Myth for the 21st Century).”

The story's got some very solid connections to all the work going on in the ‘Verse comic book titles, as well as my novella Parman.
If you’re following the ‘Verse, or have read Parman (or both), you may want to check my AA contribution; to give you a better idea of what it's all about, check the rocketkapre interview.

And for more on the “Expanded Print Edition,” see here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Book Launch POSTPONED



Due to the approaching low pressure area (aka "Henry"), the Alternative Alamat book launch (which I mentioned here) is being postponed.
At the moment, the tentative date is July 25, Friday.
I'll put up another post here as soon as there's confirmation on the new date...