Monday, February 22, 2016

Updates: Podcast Interviews, Book Formatting, and The Witch (2016)

OK, so I didn't do an update on Saturday, or Sunday. This is Monday. But damn it, at least I remember to write one. lol (Yes, I am that busy right now. Deal with it.)

Terror Talk Interview

First up, on Saturday 2/20 I did a Terror Talk interview with Pete Yagmin for my podcast Carnage Cove. Pete is a short horror film maker that is slowly carving out a niche for himself on the Internets and indie film scene.

It was a fun interview, and I found that I had a lot in common with him, in terms of watching movies and paying attention to the plot, not enjoying low-brow humor (even though I actually made a poo joke when we started discussing how CGI was used in John Wick to make dog poop. $4k for CGI dog poop. Yeah... Priorities much?), and having a love for supernatural horror films in all shapes and sizes.

The interview will appear in episode 5 of Carnage Cove. I'll share the link when it's up.

Book News

My debut novel, "The Caddis Initiative: Symbiosis" is almost officially, officially done. The formatting is in it's last stages, so I should have a release date soon! Woo!

The Witch (2016)

This not a micro-review of whatever the kiddies are calling those things nowadays. This is an observation. 

Several of my buddies went to see "The Witch" this weekend. Some loved it, some loathed it. What I noticed? The people that don't enjoy slow burn psychological horror films hated it. They just HATED it. (They have the same opinion about "The Babadook" and "It Follows", i.e. it's over-hyped and not scary at all, so that really didn't surprise me.)

My friends and colleges that enjoy a good slow burn movie, really loved it. So there's that.

Here's the thing:

It's pretty darn clear in the trailer that it's an atmospheric thriller that questions what is real and what is not. So...what the fuck did you think that you were going to see? A torture porn flick full of viscera and gore and the ubiquitous 15 jump scares? Seriously.

Be responsible.

Watch trailers pro-actively. If you aren't sure if a movie is a slow burn or not, ask your friends, your spouse, your dog, your cat, your neighbor. One of them will be able to tell you if it's your kind of movie or not. That way you spare yourself the "boredom" of watching another "over-hyped" "slow" "not scary" horror film.

You know how you don't think psychological horror is scary? I feel the same way about torture porn and jump scares. Remember that.

Stay tuned for news next week, where I may or may not wax poetically about how to write a good horror parody. Oh the suspense! 

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