Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Hey there! Just wanted to let everyone know we're once again planning a month-long tribute to our favorite time of the year by bringing you the Festival of Fear starting Wednesday, October 1.
While we thoroughly enjoy bringing you lists, it becomes exceedingly difficult to come up with a new list every day, so this year we are doing something a little different.
Over the years, FWF has debuted several ongoing features that highlight days of the week. It started out with Sunday Bloody Sunday and just went crazy from there. We've done True Story Tuesday (in which we look into films based on true stories), Wordless Wednesday (seems self-explanatory I think), Friday Flashback (with a focus on films of the past that we still can't get enough of), etc., etc.
So we're going to incorporate some of those themes for the month and add a few more, like our popular Roots of Horror feature, some original lists (you knew we wouldn't completely leave the month go without a few!), and a brand spankin' new feature that starts Thursday Oct 2. We think you'll like the content. But we're not telling what it is just yet....
So stay tuned, readers...we've got loads of good stuff coming your way!! It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Here's a few teasers for things you'll see here on the blog throughout the month....
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Frailty, the directorial debut by actor Bill Paxton, is an underrated gem that at first glance almost appears as tame as an episode of Lassie- with a small Texas family just making ends meet but happy with the cards they've been dealt.
It's a dark, rainy night when Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) walks into FBI headquarters and insists to speak to the lead agent, stating that he has pertinent information regarding the 'God's Hand Killer, a serial murderer eluding capture in the Dallas area. He claims the killer is his younger brother, Adam, and says he can prove it by showing the agent where the bodies are buried. Agent Doyle (Powers Boothe) at first thinks Fenton daft, but after listening to a few minutes of the improbable tale, he reconsiders. And Fenton continues as we blast back to the past...
A father (Bill Paxton, whom we'll simply refer to as "Dad" because no name was given) is raising two young sons, Fenton (Matt O'Leary) and Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), on his own after his wife died giving birth to the youngest. For all intents and purposes, they seem like quite the content family, with older Fenton taking care of Adam while Dad is at work, then the three sit down at dinner and discuss their day.
It's obvious without a word spoken than Fenton thinks his dad has flipped his lid. Younger, more impressionable Adam has doubts but is willing to cast them aside because it's his daddy. And daddies are only there to protect you. If God spoke to Daddy then whatever God said must be law.
When the film bounces back to real-time on occasion, we can feel the pain and hurt of the life that Fenton has lead. The truly agonizing decisions that have been made affected the entire family, and left his adult brother Adam with a gun at his temple, saying he couldn't take it anymore. But there is more to the story that is best left unsaid. Newcomers to this film need to experience this movie without knowing anything at all, like I did. I first saw it many years ago and just recently revisited it. I'd forgotten how powerful it is.
All in all, Paxton's direction is as first-rate as his acting, and when the film comes together for its final act, which is perhaps a tad predictable but nonetheless shocking, it's easy to place it among the best of thrillers, a psychological mind-boggler of the very best kind. Seek this out, by all means.
Friday, September 19, 2014
|"ABOVE MY FLOORBOARDS"|
Art is inspiring. A painting turns a solid wall into a window—even a portal—into another world. In the Dark Arts series, the worlds are dark and unusual, and maybe even disturbingly familiar. They are realms of shadow, madness, violence and ethereal beauty. Indulge with me in our featured artist of the month.
Today we are highlighting Sam Wolfe Connelly, an artist from NYC whose worlds are haunted by strange and beautiful women.
His work has been featured in galleries all over the United States, and in a dozen different publications. He has done covers for Night Shade Books (Hitchers by Will McIntosh), Evil Ink Comics (The Amory Wars), Penguin Books (Love Stories by Ludmisha Petrushevska) and has illustrated stories for Tor.com.
Connelly’s oil paintings capture nocturnal visions of ghosts, witches, murderers, and some creatures we don’t have names for. They take place in shadow-veiled woods and old, dark houses. A few of his pieces appear like flash photography, and give one the sense that this moment—now captured—was never meant to be seen. It is tempting to get lost in the places Connelly creates, but be warned that once entered, one will not come out the same.
You can view all of Sam Wolfe Connnelly’s artwork at his website, HERE.
|"THIS OLD HOUSE"|
|"WHAT LIES IN MAINE"|
|"BAT RIDER" (editor's favorite!)|