9 items from 2017
By David Kozlowski | 25 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #10 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you! Share your feedback and ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend
Previous Issues: 8.18.17 | 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17
Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've hit double-digits! This week we're taking a dive into the odd career of martial artist-action star Steven Seagal, exploring the creations of Hellboy's Mike Mignola, and reaching back to the amazing, epic sci-fi films of the 80s. But first, in our editorial we explain why WB needs to stick a knife between the ribs of the Dceu and dump it into the nearest body of water.
Hollywood has fallen deeply, tragically in love with trilogies, franchises, and connected universes, often to the detriment of simple, »
- David Kozlowski
We’re coming to the end of this years exhaustive Frightfest 2017 interviews as our host Stuart Wright talks to actor-turned-director Graham Skipper about his fantastic sci-fi body horror Sequence Break, which has its European Premiere at the festival on Friday August 25th – its one we urge you Not to miss!
Altered States meets Videodrome in a surreal sci-fi romance written and directed by one of FrightFest’s favourite people, Graham Skipper, star of Almost Human, The Mind’S Eye and Beyond The Gates. A reclusive video arcade technician encounters strange metaphysical forces that result in bizarre bio-mechanical mutations when a new console appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as he works to solve its mystery and the new chaos that has entered his life as he hurtles towards a shocking self-realization. Let the haunting kaleidoscope of stunning colour, grotesque visuals, stylish fright and disturbing horror begin!
- Stuart Wright
With 2017′s Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival set to kick off this Thursday (August 24th), running across the Bank Holiday weekend to Monday August 28th at the Cineworld Empire in London’s Leicester Square And the festivals old home, the Prince Charles Cinema, we thought we’d take a look at the festival line-up and highlight ten of the films we think you should definitely Not miss – broken down day-by-day!
Thursday 24th August: Cult of Chucky
Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions – an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll – a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. »
- Phil Wheat
Much like book covers, it can be tempting to judge a television series by its main title design — those evocative and increasingly imagery-driven sequences designed to convey everything from the essence of a show’s content to visual aesthetic and thematic reach, often while still telling a mini-story all its own. This year’s five Emmy nominated title sequences certainly pass judgment, effectively inviting viewers into a variety of worlds.
“American Gods” (pictured) (Starz)
Charged with conceiving the title sequence for Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel exploring the role of rising and falling deities in the modern age, creative director Patrick Clair looked directly to the two words in its name. “It was dealing with two very powerful, potentially sacred, very weighty elements — being basically the legacy of America and the legacy of religion on the other side,” Clair says.
In order to represent this duality visually, Clair »
- Scott Huver
After last week's epic discussion on the future of movie watching, I figured it best to approach this week's Hys with something a little less... daunting. Kinda. This past Saturday I unexpectedly found myself rewatching Ken Russell's Altered States for the fourth time. Despite any shortcomings the film may have (look up its troubled production history to get a taste of the root problems) I found myself falling back in love with Russell's wildly exciting ride through the very stuff of life and the cosmos. This got me thinking about the mutability of cinema and how it is a medium that easily attracts stories of transformation, great and small, of the mind, and of the body... and of the spirit. So I present to you...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Sundance goes online in July, with a trio of buzzy, well-reviewed indie pictures from the festival surfacing on streaming sites. Meanwhile, Netflix drops a star-studded dramedy, a cult video-game series adaptation awash in blood and Jason Bateman breaking bad; Amazon presents both an original F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation; and Shudder offers a tour of the unhinged, psychotronic mind of Flying Lotus. You need a guide to July's streaming highlights? Boom. We've got your back.
Altered States (Hulu, July 1st)
During the Sixties, scientist John C. Lilly was a pioneer on the frontier of consciousness, »
Welcome back to Mailbag, a series about the sometimes weird, sometimes fun stuff we get in the mail. Today, Assistant Editor Alex McLevy brings in the vinyl re-issue of the Oscar-nominated score for Altered States, the bonkers “William Hurt takes drugs and hangs out in an isolation chamber” mindfuck of a film. The new record features exclusive liner notes from composer John Corigliano and gorgeous artwork provided by the art collective We Buy Your Kids. »
- Baraka Kaseko
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Danny Luckert
Colorist: Marie Enger
Publisher: Image Comics
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I’ve been reviewing Cullen Bunn’s horror comics since 2014, of which there are more than a few: The Remains, The Empty Man, Wolf Moon, Hellbreak and the long-form ongoing Harrow County. He’s an insanely prolific writer and most of his titles are worthwhile but honestly it’s a bit hard to keep up, especially with more and more creators dropping their own horror titles left and right. But Danny Luckert’s covers for Regression, greatly enhanced by the work of colorist Marie Enger, have caught my eye with their body-horror, skin-crawling promise. So here we are.
Regression is, like Bunn’s Wolf Moon, a relatively simple concept: what if hypnotherapy accidentally unlocked, for one innocent man, a whole host of unseen horrors? Except, in Regression, those horrors have mandibles, thousands of tiny legs, »
- Chris Melkus
Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »
9 items from 2017
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