September 30, 2016
“It’s a story about a troubled family,” a close friend said to me recently. “They’re ‘supernaturally’ dysfunctional.”
Okay. I was tired of the spooky-witch-in-the-woods trope, but I gave in to peer pressure and put The Witch (A New England Folk Tale) on my Netflix queue. To my surprise, I liked it a lot better than I thought I would. The “R” rated horror flick was written and directed by Robert Eggers.
The first thing that stood out to me about the movie was the powerfully disturbing musical score, composed by Mark Korven. Seriously, without it, the level of anxiety I felt during many of the scenes probably wouldn’t have been as high. Kudos also to the camerawork, which limited the audience’s access to what was happening just the way the characters experienced it.
And my friend was right – it’s a story about a troubled Calvinist family, circa 1630. Banished from their New England settlement due to religious intolerance, a farmer (Ralph Ineson), his wife (Kate Dickie) and their five children build a home for themselves in the wilderness. Right away they sense something evil lurking in the dark forest nearby.
Paranoia sets in when the baby, Samuel, disappears while his teenage sister, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), is playing with him near the edge of the forbidding woods. Twin siblings, Mercy and Jonas, accuse their older sister of witchcraft – and soon suspicion starts to unravel their lives while unsettling things continue to plague the family. Did someone make a deal with the Devil? Is the witch in the forest real, or is she living among them?
The film blends witchcraft, black magic and possession together into a roiling cauldron of terror, resulting in shocking consequences for the God-fearing family.
The Witch (A New England Folk Tale) delivers many chill-inducing moments and scenes filled with palpable dread, and the actors are all excellent in their roles – especially Anya Taylor-Joy. I give it four out of five goblins.
August 31, 2016
It's not too late to get tickets to the East Coast's largest pop culture convention (and the second largest in the nation): New York City Comic Con (NYCC).
The event takes place this year from October 6 - 9, with a show floor featuring comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. There will be Panels and Autograph Sessions along with screening rooms providing sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit the big and small screens. Many special guests will appear in the comic, literary and entertainment fields - writers, actors and artists.
Spotlight guests include Bruce Campbell, Adam West, Lucy Lawless, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman, Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Tom Mison, Jon Bernthal, Carrie Fisher, Nichelle Nichols, Lee Majors, Stan Lee, Stephen Moffat, Chuck Wendig and many more.
Rooms are still available at several of the official hotels.
Check here for all the details.
July 31, 2016
It first started back in 2005 - two horror-loving friends with the same birthday (August 29) decided to have a "different" kind of party for themselves. Fast forward over a decade later: the event is now the world's largest annual zombie "attack" walk, happening every August, always starting at 8:29 p.m. - no matter the weather, no matter what! For those who don't know, a "Zombie Walk" is an event where thousands of people come dressed as a zombie and walk down the street just like they were starring in George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead. (Last year, it was estimated that 35,000 zombies participated.)
The walk starts and ends in the Highlands area of Louisville, Kentucky (my fave part of the city). This year the meeting point will be at the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. Concerts and merriment start after 9:00 p.m. and continue until midnight. So, if you plan to be in or near the Derby City in late August, make sure you attend the zombie walk - even if you'd rather be a spectator or a "zombie hunter" instead. All are welcome.
This year the Zombie (Attack) Walk will take place on August 27. Check out the official links below for more info.
June 30, 2016
Almost time for fireworks! And Fandomfest 2016 - now taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center from July 29 through July 31. This event keeps getting bigger and better every year (started in 2005 as Fright Night Film Fest). You can find accomodations at the Courtyard Louisville Airport Hotel.
Description from the website:
Fandomfest is the largest comic con in the midsouth region, reaching thousands of attendees. We serve the anime, comic book, pop culture, movie, TV, scifi, horror, literary, arts crowd, and Fandomfest is the flagship show of our multi-city tour.
Gaming and Cosplay will also be happening. Special guest of honor will be the legendary Stan Lee. (See the site for a full list of celebrity, artist and author guests.)
Don't miss the fun!
And be sure to check back here later this month for more book and movie reviews.
Happy 4th of July!
May 31, 2016
Happy to remind everyone that Derby City Comic Con is returning this year to the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville on June 25 and 26.
The Hyatt Regency is set to be the official host hotel. Scheduled events include panels, Cosplay, gaming, vendors, as well as activities for children. Special guests who have been announced are comic book artist Jae Lee, comic book writer Bob Layton, Bryan Johnson and Ming Chen of Comic Book Men, as well as Colleen Doran, graphic novel artist - and many others.
Click here for tickets and more information.