Celluloid Diaries

Monday, October 12, 2020

MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH

 

Massacre at Central High

I'll be introducing a double screening of Massacre at Central High (René Daalder, 1976) at the Cinematek in Brussels on October 30, 2020 (7 pm and 9 pm).

Massacre at Central High is an icy foreshadowing of the Columbine shooting and other massacres committed by students in American schools. Director René Daalder plays with the conventions of the 1970s teen film and revenge thriller and portrays a high school where a young man stands up for the victims of a gang of thugs terrorizing the campus. The bad guys target him as well, but he won't let himself be pushed around. His response is brutal. Is he only dealing with injustice? Or is he a serial killer?


 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Crash


Crash special edition box set from Arrow Video

 I wrote a piece on David Cronenberg's Crash for an upcoming limited edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video. You can pre-order it here. The release is scheduled for November 11, 2020.

Monday, August 31, 2020

STRANGE BLOOD ON TOUR – MYSTICS IN BALI (PART 2)

 

Mystics in Bali

On September 4th, I'll be giving an introduction to the Indonesian cult film Mystics in Bali on the But Film Festival online streaming platform. Mystics is one of the most insane horror movies ever made, yet it's based on a 'true story': the mythological figure of the Leyak. Most Indonesian people are so afraid of the Leyak you can't even mention the name in their presence. Will you be brave enough to watch Mystics in Bali through the BUT free streaming program? 😉


And if you're interested in knowing more, check out Chris Hewson's essay on Mystics in Bali in Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies.

Indonesian cult films


Monday, February 24, 2020

43 Best Time Travel Movies

time travel movies

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

offscreen film festival

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

extrême cinéma toulouse

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

zeno pictures

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.