It’s January, it’s raining, and I’m fighting a cold that refuses to leave my body as if I’m slowly turning into a zombie-flu monster, permanently sick — but My Favorite Murder is hosting TNT’s I AM THE NIGHT at the beautiful El Rey Theater, so I drop some Dayquil and order an Uber because there are few things that I enjoy more than comedy or true crime. Thankfully, TNT rolls out some drink cards and I head straight to the balcony, which has red couches and cute cups of free popcorn everywhere with a glass of red.
This past weekend I had the chance to attend the first ever M. Night Shyamalanthon, presented by Universal Pictures in partnership with Beyond Fest and American Cinematheque. This event was a back-to-back-to-back screening of M. Night’s “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” which included 2000’s Unbreakable, 2016’s Split, and the first American public screening of the third chapter, Glass. Along with the screening I attended, the Alamo Drafthouse was also participating in this marathon of film in 25 theaters across the country, which included an exclusive conversation with M. Night Shyamalan that was broadcasted live from Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn into all participating Alamo Drafthouse theaters.
When it comes to Tim Burton films, I’ve always been a much bigger fan of his earlier work as I credit those for introducing me to a world that ultimately accepted those of us who were strange and unusual. The film that really drove that idea home for me was Burton’s 1990 film, Edward Scissorhands, which centered around a man equipped with scissors for hands who is brought out of isolation into a new world filled with people who try to understand him. What I loved so much about this movie was that it taught people about acceptance and understanding in a world that is so heavily focused on judging those who are different.
2018 is proving to be another fantastic year for fans of the Wizarding World as we not only got another Fantastic Beasts film, but Universal Studios Hollywood once again brought back their Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Similar in vein to last year’s experience, this year offered an array of holiday treats ranging from a spectacular light projection show on the Hogwart’s castle to the newest addition of nightly snowfall.
Cultists! Rejoice! The 2018 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival rose from the fathomless deep to drive the audiences of Portland, OR to madness this month.
Approaching sun down, we anxiously drive an hour off I-5 down a long deserted dirt road towards The Groveland Hotel. As we continue winding up a steep incline, we notice our cellphone reception starts to get spotty. Isn't this how every horror movie starts? Our minds start to race assessing possible outcomes of our stay at The Groveland. Our experience started long before we even reached Room 15 believed to be occupied by a departed gold miner, Lyle.
The impact of The Jim Henson Company can easily be found in a variety of the things that I have enjoyed in life. I grew up obsessively watching movies like LABYRINTH, DARK CRYSTAL, and MIRROR MASK, growing to love the creepily fantasmical atmospheres that make up the world of those films. Years later I would come to appreciate the sheer might and artistry that went into the puppeteering found in Jim Henson Company’s projects. With the arrival of THE CURIOUS CREATIONS OF CHRISTINE MCCONNELL, I theorized that this project would appeal to both an older generation that grew up on puppetry and also could introduce puppetry to a younger generation. After seeing a special screening of the show on the studio lot, I felt more certain that my theory would be proven true!
Deep within the halls of the Queen Mary, there is a room filled with seemingly ordinary items from the past. However, these items hold spiritual significance that allow them to be used as a conduit for communication with the spirits. These items open up the world between the living and the departed. They invite ghosts to pass over the threshold and interact with the living.
I had the great pleasure of attending Ghoula Events and The 3-D Space's recent screening of the horror film THE MASK (1962) at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and figured I would offer up some thoughts on the proceedings. To best describe what the evening included, I will use my own description
This past weekend I had the chance to attend the 30th Anniversary Event of the cult horror/sci-fi film, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988). This film holds a very special place in my heart and having never had the chance to see it on the big screen, I was looking forward to finally being able to have that experience.
Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) has been taken over by Marvel Superheroes at their newest exhibition.
The Queen Mary has become one of my favorite places to explore in Southern California. Whether it's during the Halloween season with Dark Harbor, or the many events that are sprinkled throughout the year that promise tales of paranormal activity, The Queen Mary has become my home away from home. In celebration of this past Friday, the 13th, which landed on April 13th, I had the chance to once again return to The Queen Mary to get a sneak peek into their infamous B340 Stateroom which would be opening to the public for the first time in three decades and let me tell you, it was one hell of an experience.
On Tuesday night, I had the absolute pleasure of stepping into The Further for the home video release of the latest chapter in the INSIDIOUS franchise, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. While there, I had the chance to check out some of the actual props used in the film while also attending a special Q&A session with the cast and crew. Having been a fan of the series since it first debuted in 2010, the opportunity to sit in and listen to the cast speak about their experiences filming THE LAST KEY, is something that I will treasure for a long time.