Guestblog: Written in blood
Been a lover of horror movies since I first saw Frankenstein on the small screen, my first subscription of a magazine was Fangoria, a superb horror mag with all the news about what was happening in the horror genre.
Nowadays if I need some reviews or hints on what to watch, I go to the web and Written in Blood blog was an great choice when I first stumbled upon it, great reviews and interviews. So if you fancy yourself a little blood and chills, go here and enjoy.
In his own words:
As of July 31, 2011 Written in Blood will be just that. It will no longer carry the subtitle ‘A Horror Fan’s Random Ramblings’. This will reflect that I intend to write solely about horror. I am sure there were those of you who got a kick out of my Random Ramblings posts and the one about sending away for new breasts. If you did, I’m glad; but looking back I don’t find them to be in tune with the original idea I had for this blog. Written in Blood is my love letter to horror films. That is why I am constantly trying to improve my writing and to find the right words in the right sequence. Stephen King once said of the novelist Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs) that writing is like ”writhing on the floor in agonies of frustration”, because, for Harris, “the very act of writing is a kind of torment”. I don’t find the act of writing to be a torment, but I understand what King means. Like Harris, I want to put together the right letters to form the right words, sentences and paragraphs to get my point across to my audience. Am I making sense?
I present: Written in blood
OFF THE MEAT HOOK: AN INTERVIEW WITH TERI McMINN, THE ORIGINAL CHAINSAW GAL
I sat down Friday afternoon for a telephone interview with none other than the original Chainsaw gal herself, Teri McMinn. Like all interviews questions were prepared; but in the end what it all came down to was letting Teri be Teri as she talked about her career, her role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre and what it means to ‘come out as Pam.’
Can you share a little bit about working on Texas Chainsaw; about working with the cast? When you mentioned Kim I take it that you meant Kim Henkel.
Right, Kim Henkel. He was one of the writers and producers and he and Tobe (Hooper) produced it together. They had known Marilyn (Burns) and Jerry, Allen Danziger; and they had some money that had been invested and they’d just had a script that they wanted to do; and so they rounded up all actors and did readings and cast it. Then we began filming in, I think it was around the twentieth of July when we started. It was only supposed to go for two weeks; and so we started filming and then after two weeks they weren’t nearly anywhere and so they had to shut down and regroup and get some more money. So they did that and we came back and then we were put on deferred money and we signed these little contracts. We ended up filming about a total of six weeks, around six weeks. It was a difficult shoot. I’m not going to tell you it wasn’t a difficult shoot. But it was incredibly challenging. We got along well as a cast. Some of us got very close. Bill (William Vail, Kirk) and I were really good friends and we worked hard on developing our characters because there wasn’t a lot of behind the scenes; Tobe and Kim and everybody were off concentrating on the technical side of it and there was lot of ad-libbing; a lot of the lines that you hear were lines that we added that worked out very well. But we took it really seriously and we were all serious actors. I think Paul (Partain) was the only one that hadn’t worked as an actor that much before, maybe I’m wrong; but we were all very, very serious about what we were doing and we took it seriously; and I at the same time that we were filming the last few weeks I was doing the lead onstage for three hours full every night playing Lizzie in The Rainmaker. I was doing it with Peter Breck. He played Nick Barkley on…
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Read the title of this post and sink your minds deep into the gutter. Now, get your minds out of the gutter because that is not what I am implying. No, what I am saying is that the other night my wife looked at me and said the words that any horror film fan with a wife or a girlfriend wants to hear. She said, “I want to watch more horror movies with you.” Well, actually she said, “I think I want to watch more horror movies with you”; but ‘think’ is such a minor word. My ears immediately perked up and my heart started racing and my palms grew sweaty. It was like I was the nerdiest kid in school and the head cheerleader said she wanted to go to prom with me. I have wanted to hear these words for so long that you have no idea what they mean to me.
Anyway, we went to see The Conjuring together and she enjoyed it. I saw You’re Next alone as she told me she’s not ready for a home invasion movie. I can understand that. Here at home we have so far watched Insidious (she liked it, but remarked that The Conjuring was better); The Orphanage and Trick ‘r’ Treat; the latter of which she enjoyed but said was a bit weird. I enjoyed explaining how it differs from past anthology films in that it doesn’t tell a story and end it and then move on to the next story a la Twilight Zone The Movie ; but instead intertwines the tales with each other for a more believable non-linear experience.
There’s more to come; I’m easing my wife slowly into the gorier films. She says she has no problem with gore and I believe her. That doesn’t mean I’m going to move her straight from a film like Trick ‘r’ Treat, whose gore is relatively tame, to a film like Inside (“À l’intérieur“) in one motion. No, I plan to take it nice and easy and take baby steps with her. She finally came to the point where she wants to watch horror and it is my responsibility not to scare her back the other way.
Why do I do this? There are a lot of husbands and boyfriends out there who would rather watch their horror or their football or their racing or what have you all by themselves while their significant others are off with their friends or working on some craft project or such. I don’t want to be that type of husband and my wife does not want to be that type of wife. We are still very much in love and want to do things with each other. We’ve sang together, taken karate together, read some of the same books and have done artwork together; her art is pretty darn good while mine would look good on a refrigerator. The point is that we are doing things that we both love and we are doing them together. Isn’t that what a marriage is supposed to be all about?
|NO WONDER THE MONSTERS ARE CHASING YOU: FINE EXAMPLES OF CLEAVAGE IN HORROR MOVIES-A PICTORIAL
Before I begin I would like to say one thing and that is yes I am very aware that this is sexist as hell. I would also like to add that I am just having a little bit of fun. My special thanks goes to Brian at Hard Ticket to Home Video for the idea and for not following through on it himself.
Something very strange happened while I was watching “Them”. It’s a feeling that I haven’t felt in a long time. In fact, I can’t remember the last time this feeling came over me. I’ve watched so many different horror films that I’ve become jaded. But here, right in the middle of “Them”, I felt it.
I felt the caress of the hairs as they stood up on the back of my neck.
“Them” may lack the ferocious brutality of “Inside” aka “À l’intérieur” and the savage intensity of “Martyrs”; but that doesn’t mean it’s not one scary motion picture. This tale of a young couple terrorized in their home by a group of strangers had me looking over my shoulder at regular intervals. If you’re not familiar, “The Strangers” is an American remake of the film; and while it may have had a few creepy moments here and there it’s nothing compared to the level of dread I felt with “Them”. The biggest mistake “The Strangers” made was that we were allowed to see the antagonists too early and too many times. Directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud allow us to see only enough to keep us guessing. When ils (French for ‘they’ or ‘them’) finally is revealed, it is because we have been deemed ready.
The only complaint I have about “Them” is that there were times that I felt more like I was watching a French made for TV movie and not a theatrical release. However, it’s a feeling that doesn’t last very long and in no way takes away from the film. I almost feel like I’m nitpicking to even mention it.
So, who are ils and why do they choose to threaten the couple, Clementine (Olivia Bonamy, “Pretty Devils”) and Lucas (Michael Cohën, “Little Jerusalem“)? All I can tell you is to wait for the final scene and the onscreen narration that follows. That’s when the hairs really stand up.
Shot in 30 days.
According to director David Moreau star Olivia Bonamy suffered from claustrophobia and much of her performance as she crawled through the narrow tunnels was the result of her genuine fear of the tight spaces.