Posts Tagged ‘Popcorn Horror’

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In The Diary of Anne Frank, who’s author, you’ll be intrigued to learn, was also called Anne Frank (I’d like to think she’d have been a Belieber), wrote “No one has ever become poor by giving, especially in the case of indie, grassroots horror movies, because those are more absolutely banging than Miley Cyrus’ seminal album Bangerz“.

It’s a great point beautifully made and there’s no finer example of this than the important and necessary Popcorn Horror. To get this out of the way, yes, I am the film reviewer of Popcorn Horror.But that isn’t the cause for this piece. No, in fact I am the film reviewer for Popcorn Horror because I think it is important and necessary.

My relationship with Popcorn Horror started when it was first mentioned as one of the new, unique ways people were distributing movies during a lecture on my masters course at Screen Academy Scotland. From the moment I downloaded the app (when Popcorn Horror was an app) I was hooked. When I wrote for Culture Bomb our first magazine had free advertising space, and Popcorn Horror  was the first I offered it to. And not just by the style and quality of the content. I was incredibly impressed with the fact they did what 99.99% of other content providers don’t do. They valued the content makers enough to reward them.

Just to reiterate how important that is, they value and reward the people who make the horror content.

In a time when so, so many content providers think that content makers should be grateful to even be considered to grace their webpages, Popcorn Horror recognizes that if content makers cannot get rewarded, then not much content can get made. They rile against the greedy modern notion that “exposure” is payment enough for hours of work 0n something different to entertain us.

In a way, Popcorn Horror really inspires the same kind of spirit that made the legendary Night of the Living Dead possible. The spirit that says you don’t have to go to a big studio and production company and have your artistic vision compromised so it’s no longer recognizable just to get it near-made.

And now look at Popcorn Horror. My how, and I hope no one from  Popcorn Horror towers will mind me saying this but, we’ve grown. Since I climbed aboard the good ship PH  the fine vessel has gone from an app to a full blown site, offering some of the most unusual, innovative and varied horror content you could ever possibly imagine. There is honestly nothing the discerning horror fan could ask for that isn’t covered by Popcorn Horror.

So, if you value fantastic content that you’ve never seen before, a thriving community that’s truly passionate about the most underrated yet meaningful genre in cinema (yes, horror, dumbass), and most importantly an ethos that inspires, nurtures and provides for independent horror content, be it my reviews, Cara’s cool news and views, or the myriad pieces of art available on the site, you owe it to horror and yourself to donate just a small amount to the Popcorn Horror Kickstarter campaign.

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If you’ve read my last couple of reviews (Virginia Obscura for Popcorn Horror and Memory Lane for Haddonfield Horror) you’d be forgiven for thinking it is my personal mission to give a generous kicking to every micro-budgeted piece of horror fiction flung my way for review.

Not so for this latest piece, the newest chapbook from This is Horror, Stephen Graham Jones‘ The Elvis Room. You’ll be able to find out what I thought about it in a forthcoming review for Popcorn Horror, but for now here’s the PR from This Is Horror.

Think of it as penance for my recent acts of critical savagery.

[I’ve removed someone else’s praise from it, because frankly, its my gaff you should be coming to for all your horror criticism needs.]


Eleven down, one to go. Twelve Months of Terror is nearly at an end and I take absolutely no pleasure in saying that. But then if you’re leaving wanting more, that’s only a good sign, isn’t it?

As a little filling between your Thanksgiving ThanksKilling Turkie and Christmas Silent Night, Deadly Night turkey, here’s some high-res art you can print off and slap on your wall as a part of, and then soon after, memento of the shock-til-you-drop post-apocalyptic podcasting project that is Goats In The Machine’s Twelve Months of Terror. (more…)

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Like all good horror movie monsters, Popcorn Horror has risen once again, stronger and more imposing than it was ever before.

I had been hoping to write this post a month ago when Popcorn Horror first relaunched but its been a fairly heavy writing/recording schedule.

For me there is something a little bittersweet about this new iteration of the pioneering platform that is Popcorn Horror. I’ve always been a fan of their mobile based delivery system for grassroots, independent horror films. It kept me more entertained on the bus back my last workplace than Youtube ever could and it genuinely supported up and coming film makers in a genre I am passionate about. (more…)
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The Matrix. May Tricks. We're releasing this in May.

The Matrix. May Tricks. We’re releasing this in May.

Its been a ten long years since The Matrix trilogy (and that Animatrix film, which was kind of part of it, but not really, otherwise it wouldn’t be referred to as a trilogy) and to celebrate we’re taking part in the All of Whine & Space project The Matrix Re-evaluated.

In this first episode we take a surprisingly intellectual look at a film that consists mostly of guns, leather and no emotions. This surprising intellectualism trots from how it reads as an Atheist text, and Simulation and Simulacra, to individual character accomplishment leading to ensemble problems and self-eating/repeating cultural patterns.


My Bloody Valentine 3D poster

In this bonus episode Louise Boyd and RJ Bayley take on the bewildering 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine, inventively titled My Bloody Valentine 3D.

This kind-of-appendix to our main 12 Months of Terror entry on My Bloody Valentine offers a comparative review of the film that sparks our wider discussion on the merits of 3D in film, the importance of stylistic synergy in a movie and just how long that actress must’ve been naked for.

From the paintings of Rothko to midgets with fake breasts, we cover the high, low and all brows in between in this 12 Months Of Terror bonus.


Sykesfall & For Your Eyes Owlny

Sykesfall & For Your Eyes Owlny

For a long time now I’ve been a huge fan of All of Whine And Space and their pop-cultural webcast based chatter. Of all their output however, my favourite has always been their commentaries of  all 28 James Bond films. To me these defined the blogging project that was BlogalongaBond. 

So naturally, when it came to my pet project Twelve Months of Terror, my first thoughts on who to get involved outside of Louise was All of Whine And Space(more…)

Comparison: Tentacle food, before and after.

Comparison: Tentacle food, before and after.

I found out I had been selected to be the film reviewer for Popcorn Horror yesterday morning, so it was a pretty fast turn around to get the film done by that night! Every week Popcorn Horror has a different theme and this week’s is was water-based horror. My decision boiled down to Deep Rising (1998) and Leviathan (1989) and the decision came down to a race between whatever I could get hold of first.