CyberSurfing 12/13/07

What horrors lurk in the primordial surf that is the World Wide Web? We plumb the depths to find out, so you don’t have to…
Hilarious Horror:

Just in time for Christmas, Chicago-based Lake Claremont Press has published Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows — From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie.
Authors Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw, who happily grew up on local TV fare here and write with real authority, trace the 50-year history of a genre that defined television for generations of thrill seekers and comedy lovers.

A Bloody Good Time: Horror History Lessons, The Final Chapter: Joseph Lee concludes his lessons with a look at recent “torture porn” films. He objects to the phrase but never really explains why. Most of the post is just a list of titles with brief capsule comments.
Hamilton’s Rocky Horror Creator comes home: Richard O’Brien returns to his old New Zealand diggs for “a strange and revealing journey” at the Gallgher Concert Chamber, hosted by TV One’s Mark Sainsbury.
Horror Film Festivals Rise from the Grave” examines the growing number of annual festivals devoted to the horror genre. There are interviews with people associated with several fests, including Rachel Belofsky of Screamfest in Hollywood (read about this year’s fest here).
Speaking of horror film fests, FearZone.com alerts us to the fact that submissions are now open for Eerie Horror Fest 20008. Categories include features, short subjects, and scripts in the horror, science-fiction, and fantasy genres.
Beyond science-fiction” looks at some Dimensional Imaging technology that takes science-fiction and turns it into reality:

In the movie Déjà vu, a science fiction crime thriller directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington, an FBI team is equipped to recreate a terrorist crime scene in New Orleans in full motion 3D by combining data from multiple street-level surveillance cameras. […] their bogus description of the image building toll would actually ring bells with engineers at Dimensional Imaging in Glasgow, who have realised a similar technology called DI3D. Dimensional Imaging has converted a desktop PC into a supercomputer with the addition of an FPGA computing platform, creating a practical 3D image processing solution for medical, entertainment and security applications around the world.

Movie Producer Okay with Internet Pirates” tells us that THE MAN FROM EARTH, a low-budget science-fiction film based on a story by Jerome Bixby (STAR TREK) has jumped from #11,235 to #6 on IMDB’s movie meter, thanks to attention it has received after being pirated online, prompting Eric D. Wilkinson to issue a thank-you. eMediaWire.com has another article on the subject.

CyberSurfing 12/12/07

Again, we cruise the eldritch, primoridal waters of the Internet, searching for news of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction so that you don’t have to…
THE VAULT OF HORROR is a nice little weblog I had never encountered before. Recently, Brian R. Solomon has been posting a thumb-nail history of the horror movie genre, which so far includes “Part 1: The Silent Dead” and “Part 2: Gods & Monsters.”
Solomon also links to an amusing photo of actor Benicio Del Toro and make-up expert Rick Baker clowning around in anticipation of their upcoming collaboration, a remake of THE WOLFMAN.

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Check out other bits of flotsam and jetsam, culled from out web-surfing, below the fold. Read More

CyberSurfing

What does the Internet have to offer in terms of coverage of fantasy, horror, and science-fiction films? Let’s take a look…
ADVENTURES IN ANIMATION: Comic Book Bin offers a thumbnail history of stop-motion magician Ray Harryhausen’s career.King horror fest comes to the big screen: TheWest.Com.Au takes a look at 1408 and THE MIST, both of which are due to open in Australia.Oh, the Horror of it All: With the release of I AM LEGEND looming on the horizon, Otto Penzler takes the opportunity to revisit the Richard Matheson novel on which the film is based and declares that it still packs the power to thrill.
Air Ducted: Over at The Exploding Kinetoscope, Chris Stangl examines his three pet peeves regarding THE X-FILES: 1) Air Ducts; 2) Killer-Computers; 3) Mytharc versus Monster of the Week.
ZOMBIE 2: Over at And You Call Yourself a Scientist, Liz Kingsley (who reviewed BLACK SHEEP for us) gets her first look at Lucio Fulci’s infamous 1980 Italian zombie flick, in all its eyeball-gouging glory. My favorite passage:

Brian knows its grim local reputation, and warns Peter in advance that he and Susan won’t be coming ashore when they reach their destination. “I’ve found it never pays to ignore native superstition,” he comments in a display of intelligence unsurpassed in the history of the Italian horror film. Of theoretical intelligence, anyway: when the critical moment comes, Brian will, of course, evince a signal failure to take his own advice.

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Cinefantastique Web Surfing

What’s happening on the web today, vis-a-vis fantasy, horror, and science-fiction? Let’s take a look…
Zombos Closet has a lits of Great Gift Ideas for Your Horror Fan. The suggestions are all books, and some of them sound quite interesting: Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, The Doctor Who Encyclopedia: A Definitive Guide to Time and Space.
A blog at TampaBay.Com howls with mirth over a mis-fired screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s new film YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, which contains what is sure to be one of the great camp lines of all time: “One more regression and we’ll reach the proto-language.” (Ranks right up there with VAMPIRES’ infamous “He’ll be unstoppable unless we stop him.”)
Movies Online has an interview with actor Sam Elliot, talking about his role in THE GOLDEN COMPASS.
Swedish web TV4 is preparing to launch a science-fiction chanell that will serve Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
BlogCritics.Org has a review of the unrated BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR DVD
Ultimate News Flash tells us to eagerly anticipate THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, a low-budget horror film that unspools as if you are watching the home movies of a serial killer committing his crimes. Personally, I think it looks like the home invasion from HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER expanded to fill a home movie, and I think the whole “found footage” gambit (a la BLAIR WITCH) is growing tired, but I have to admit the trailer looks pretty creepy.
Ultimate News Flash tells us to eagerly anticipate THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, a low-budget horror film that unspools as if you are watching the home movies of a serial killer committing his crimes. Personally, I think it looks like the home invasion from HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER expanded to fill a home movie, and I think the whole “found footage” gambit (a la BLAIR WITCH) is growing tired, but I have to admit the trailer looks pretty creepy.

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