Category: Films

Frightful Films

The Honest Courtesan

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.  –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Scary Movies” is the name of my one year ago today column, but it’s about the interaction between porn and escorting; I did do a short piece on vampire sex workers as part of October Miscellanea, but since I really love horror movies, I think we’re long overdue for a discussion of them.  Before we start I should mention that slasher flicks aren’t horror; yes, I know that video stores stock them with horror and movie companies often stamp “horror” on the boxes, but that’s about as valid an argument as “the sex offender registry is not a criminal penalty because it is housed in an administrative agency, not in a court office or in an agency charged with carrying out punishment.”  Slashers are actually more closely related to porn than horror…

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Cockneys vs Zombies finally has a release date!

Last year in April I was an extra in Cockneys vs Zombies and after being told it was going to be released on Feb 14th 2012, (but it wasn’t finished), it has now finally been given a release date, 31st August.

After waiting and waiting the film is finally coming out. It was a fantastic experience to be on a film set, even in the cold at 6am. But the best bit was scaring the locals whilst we walked down the road, in a massive group of bloody zombies.

Once the trailer is released I shall post it on my blog, but for now all I can do is carry on waiting. I would write a synopsis, but from what I just read on empire, it’s slightly different to what I was told when I was in the film.

So I’ll add that later as well.

Only thing is, when the film comes out I won’t be seen ’til the end of the film, although with my bright red hair, I’m not hard to spot.


Express yourself

I’ve always been slightly unsure of what I want to do as a career. After studying the News & Journalism unit, as well as Fact & Fiction, during my last year at Bournemouth University I’ve realised that Journalism is a great career choice.

As I’ve said before, there are many different types of journalism, but I’ve always been interested in films. Films, especially horror, fascinate me. I’ve loved horror films since I was a child and I hope to go into that industry in the near future.

Empire Magazine intrigues me because they show more opinionated pieces as well as reviews about films and that’s what I love reading about. Furthermore, being able to access news stories online is great because you may not always want to go out and buy the publication, such as a newspaper or magazine.

Although, unlike most people, I don’t like to rely on the opinions I receive from the publications. Such as a review on Empire may slate a film, but it makes me want to go and see it and provide my own review. That’s what journalism makes me want to do; show what I think about the films, as every opinion matters.

Especially with horror films as they are usually seen as a waste of time or apparently have no real plot. But in my eyes, horror films are more interesting than romantic comedies or action films as they show ideologies and represent the contemporary events happening in society at that time.

For the past five years I have always thought about doing this myself, expressing my opinions about what I think and feel about certain events, and that’s why I always thought about going into directing or screen-writing for films as they are a great way to express your own opinions, even in a subconcious way as Stuart Hall stated in 1973 about how producers embed messages for the audience to read and decipher for themselves.

I think Empire Magazine and Total Film are great because they also allow others to comment and give their own reviews and ratings. They give the readers a voice and a way to express themselves which is great. Film journalism doesn’t need to be exaggerated, it just needs to be truthful which is an amazing way to show your own opinion.

Breaking Dawn – Part II, The finale is nearly here

Empire Magazine have released images from the finale of the Twilight Saga. We finally get to see Bella after she has transformed into a vampire, and in all honesty I cannot wait.

I’ve read all the books and in my opinion Breaking Dawn is possibly the best. The book has more action and drama in than the previous three books and to see it adapted into a film is going to be fantastic!

Breaking Dawn Part II will wrap up the story about Bella, Edward and Jacob as well as the Cullen’s and the rest of their family. In addition to this, it will show the Cullen’s rounding up their vampire friends in order to protect Bella and Edward’s child, Renesmee, from the Volturi as they have been wrongly informed that she is an ‘immortal child’ (a child turned into a vampire), which happened before and resulted in catastrophic events.

Empire Magazine states that director Bill Condon is still putting the pieces of the puzzle together and wrapping up the film. He said, “A film is a lot like a puzzle, with each piece – each shot, no matter how brief – needing to fit exactly with the ones around it. Our Part 2 puzzle is finally coming into full view, and in a few weeks we’ll be heading back north to pick up some additional shots – the last tiny missing pieces. We’re not shooting any new scenes or dialogue, just some technical work with some of our cast and stunt actors.”

Breaking Dawn is hitting cinemas in November this year!

Here’s the trailer: