Celluloid Diaries

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.

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

john leguizamo
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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Vampire cocktail recipe

vampiro cocktail recipe

Did you know that in Mexico, there's a spicy cocktail called El Vampiro? It's the ideal drink to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, so here's the recipe for one drink:

2 shots tequila
1 shot tomato juice (or pomegranate juice)
1 shot orange juice
1/2 shot lime juice
7 drops hot pepper sauce
1 pinch salt
1 grind black pepper

Mix all the ingredients with ice. Shake well. Enjoy.

vampire cocktail

About Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies:

An overview of the most offbeat and unique vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.

Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Forget about Dracula and sparkling vampires. Here, they come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, and floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting.

Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and festival programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires.

Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.

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