Celluloid Diaries

Monday, February 24, 2020

43 Best Time Travel Movies

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Messages from the future, precognition, the Butterfly Effect, the Grandfather Paradox, time loops, multiverses, wormholes... There seems no end to the variations on the time-traveling theme. Yet filmmakers were slow to recognize its dramatic potential. Despite several screen versions of Mark Twain’s novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) and H.G. Well's novella The Time Machine (1895), and time travel being adopted as a recurring device in 1960s TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, it remained a marginal phenomenon on the big screen, chiefly confined to experimental or arthouse films (La Jetée, Je t'aime, je t'aime, Idaho Transfer). But the floodgates finally opened in the 1980s blockbuster era with The Terminator (1984) and Back to the Future (1985), mainstream entertainment that hit the sweet spot between science and fiction. Henceforth, time travel, bolstered by increasingly sophisticated special effects, would be a familiar element in Hollywood's SF arsenal.

This year, the Offscreen Film Festival is doing an entire strand on time travel movies, serving up not just crowd-pleasers such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Looper and Interstellar, but some of the lesser-known and alternative examples of the genre, from rip-roaring B-movies such as Trancers (1984) to brain-scrambling cult favorites such as Timecrimes (2007) and Triangle (2009).

Here's an overview of the more than 40 films that they will be screening.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Offscreen Film Festival 2020

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This year, I've been once again part of the programming team for the Offscreen Film Festival, which takes place in Brussels between March 4th and March 22nd. My 'babies' for this edition are the beach movies, the premieres, and the Jeff Lieberman retrospective. Check out the program and participate in the Rafflecopter below to win free tickets to the movie of your choice:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Love Witch

the love witch

What will you be doing for Valentine's Day? 

Why not join me for a screening of The Love Witch, which I'll be introducing at Ciné Rio in Ghent? More info: https://www.offscreen.be/en/other-programs/love-witch

Friday, January 31, 2020

Strange Blood is going to Extrême Cinéma in Toulouse

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Strange Blood is going to Toulouse!

I'm happy to be invited to the festival Extrême Cinéma, where I've programmed and will be introducing the vampire movies Female Vampire and Ganja & Hess.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Good Man is now available on DVD

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Many of you have been asking where you can watch the short film based on my story A Good Man/Un homme bien

It is now featured as an extra on the DVD of the documentary Forgotten Scares: An In-Depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema (they're both by the same director), which is available through Zeno Pictures. The film is also mentioned in the documentary itself.

You can read the screenplay on which the short film was based on Kindle. Two versions exist: English and French.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Mystics in Bali

mystics in bali

To celebrate the recent release of my book Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, I was given the opportunity to program a film to be screened at Cinema RITCS in Brussels. My choice fell on Mystics in Bali, an Indonesian cult film featuring a new kind of vampire. I'll be giving an introduction to Mystics in Bali on November 5, 2019. The film is so offbeat and crazy it has rarely been screened outside of Indonesia, so don't miss this opportunity.

More info => http://www.offscreen.be/en/mondo-culto/mystics-bali

Monday, October 21, 2019

Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2019

razor reel flanders film festival

I'm happy to announce that I'm part of the Young Blood jury at Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival this year. Their line-up features several anticipated movies, so check out their program here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Book Giveaway

halloween book giveaway

Who doesn't want to dive into a good, creepy book this time of the year? With Halloween around the corner, we're giving away ten books, written by the contributors of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies (released April 2019).

From vampires and werewolves to ghosts and serial killers, these terrifyingly brilliant books will have you enjoy the creepy season that much more.

You can win all of them by filling in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends October 31st, 2019. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Night Owl

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To celebrate the book release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, BUT (B-movies, Underground & Trash) Film Festival in Breda, the Netherlands, asked me to select a vampire film for their program. My choice was Jeffrey Arsenault's Night Owl. I'll be giving an introduction to this film on Thursday, August 29th. Night Owl will be preceded by the short film Orlok's Return, produced by one of the contributors of Strange Blood, Declan Lynch.

night owl jeffrey arsenault

If you want to get your personal copy of Strange Blood, you can do so on Saturday, August 31st, where I'll be signing books at the BUT film market between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Harry Kümel, the director of the vampire cult classic Daughters of Darkness, will also be present at the book signing.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Movie night recipes for vampire lovers

vampire recipes

I'm currently on a book blog tour to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies. Many of these book blogs feature a vampire-themed recipe to accompany the promotion. Here's an overview of the recipes and where you can find them.

Vampire Cookies

These are made with peanut butter cookies and topped with melted chocolate. Easy to make and delicious.

See the recipe

vampire cookies