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Halloween countdown post #5: 19 experimental horror films

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Nico B PIG (1998)
PIG, a film depicting the relationship between a killer (Rozz Williams) and his victim (James Hollan), where all lines are crossed, blending fantasy and reality, in a transformation of the subconscious mind of a killer, graphically showing the manifestation of itself into abstract forms and material, all deriving from his suffering and desperation. PIG was the last project of Rozz Williams (who died 4.1.1998), formerly known from the rock group Christian Death among others. R.W. spoke of the film as a form of exorcism & transition of his personal demons. Directed by Nico B.’

 

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Leila Jarman A Dream of Paper Flowers (2016)
‘A “giant lactating tit slug” serves as the star of the short film A Dream of Paper Flowers. The slug and the film are the creations of filmmaker Leila Jarman and puppet artist and poet Chelsea Bayouth. Jarman and Bayouth have teamed up with artist and producer Luka Fisher, artist MRK, digital artist Mike Leisz, cinematographer Spencer Rollins, and electronic musician and head of Proximal Records Sahy Uhns to create a work that combines puppetry and poetry, black-and-white filmmaking, and electronic sound design, into a surreal portrait of the female experience. The film is utterly abject. Close-ups of the film’s “star” pan across leaking conic growths, patches of rough hair (human hair?), and hills and valleys of uneven, alien skin. And yet, these images are also clandestinely beautiful: filmed in black-and-white, their harshness becomes softened and the precise detailing of their designs comes to the fore. As the film progresses, Bayouth’s beast begins to pulsate with greater intensity and, with a final, natal push, MRK emerges, naked like a newborn and covered in a tangling of material that harkens strongly of the organic gore of childbirth.’

 

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Anthony Spadaccini Post-Mortem (2010)
‘A suicidal teenage boy is befriended by a sadistic serial killer, who vows to set him free of his drug-addicted family. From award-winning filmmaker Anthony Spadaccini comes the third and most horrifying chapter in the Head Case series, an experimental horror film that depicts a journey into an adolescent’s surrealistic nightmare.’


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Amx Cassette Shock (2014)
‘XTERRIFYING Present “Cassette shock” experimental Short film horror / Edited,& Directed By Amx. Sound Mixer by Amx.’

 

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Tzuan Wu Disease of Manifestation (2010)
‘The act of manifestation is to rupture with the present world and the compulsion to change it. Here comes the paradox between outward-looking and inward-looking perspectives of the notion of revolution, which is the initiation of this project, manifestations as the infectious psychosis. This work was composed in a pseudo-automatic writing manner, collaged with the fragments of various forms and contents, of images and words. I trim them with juxtaposition, bad translation, and misreading the different visual, audio or textual references in a machinery speaking… forming the work with heterogeneous qualities with in. The work builds itself towards the anarchistic conditions of the inner scenes, can also be seem as a wrong-manifesto.’ TW

 

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Eric Stanze ICE FROM THE SUN (1999)
‘Shot entirely on Super 8 film, this award-winning experimental horror movie was director Eric Stanze’s second feature film. Released in 1999, it remains one of the most logistically complex films ever made at its budget level. ICE FROM THE SUN was among the first independent films to be released on the newly-introduced DVD format – and it was the very first film shot on Super 8 to be DVD-released. Even though the cutting pace of ICE FROM THE SUN is incredibly fast, it was one of the last feature films to be arduously edited on a linear system. Everything (Hollywood feature films, commercials, music videos, amateur shorts, etc.) is edited on non-linear computer editing systems today.’

 

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Romain Perrot & Andy Bolus Free as Dead (2016)
‘In the analog tradition of DIY underground cinema, Lighten Up Sounds proudly presents this VHS edition of FREE AS DEAD, a new experimental short horror film from the twisted minds of Andy Bolus (Evil Moisture) and Romain Perrot (Vomir). The film is a collaborative work, a shadowy nightmare of evil excess, demented sorcery and lurid ritual. Our story concerns a man bound to death and a young girl, following a path of ritualistic transfiguration to ultimately become FREE AS DEAD.


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Adam Lehmeier The Bunny Game (2011)
‘It’s taken The Bunny Game four years to receive a proper American release, and we can see why. As the British Board of Film Classification’s decision to ban it from UK cinemas makes clear, director Adam Rehmeier’s black-and-white, near-snuff film isn’t for the faint of heart; frankly, we don’t know who in the hell it’s for exactly. The Human Centipede II, another recent piece of B&W exploitation, at least has the self-awareness and grasp on gallows humor to make us laugh at its insanity; The Bunny Game, with its repulsive presentation of a prostitute named Bunny (Rodleen Getsic) being endlessly and sickeningly savaged by a mad trucker, is torture porn without a funny bone in its celluloid body. Play this game at your own risk.’

 

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Quentin Dupieux Rubber (2011)
RUBBER is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages. Directed by legendary electro musician Quentin Dupieux (Steak, Nonfilm), aka Mr. Oizo, RUBBER is a wholly original tribute to the cinematic concept of “no reason.’


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Reece and Ryan O’Connell Disturbed (2009)
‘We are a 16 year-old filmmaking duo, which make low budget short films. Our films are usually dark, mysterious, and sometimes experimental, and we also work on various other projects such as music video’s, live performances etc…’

 

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Lois Patiño Mountain in Shadow (2013)
MOUNTAIN IN SHADOW offers a poetic view on the relationship between the immensity of the landscape and the insignificance of the human being, through a hypnotic ballet of night-time skiers on a snowy slope. Starting from the white of the snow, the image turns increasingly darker and more stylized, almost black-and-white, as LOIS PATIÑO gradually shifts from mere representation of the mountain to a fascinating display of spectral, dreamlike spaces, transporting the viewer from the physical level to a metaphysical one.’


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Kurt Dirt Driller Queen (2017)
‘Ida Skinner is a young down and out morgue attendant / drag queen with personality disorders that would make Jeffrey Dahmer blush. He is constantly ridiculed for not being able to afford nice wigs or clothes but one day this all changes when a dead lady with fantastic hair is brought in. Unable to resist Temptation Ida scalps the body and finds himself the toast of the local drag scene. Soon he is inundated with requests for his fabulous human hair wigs and as the morgue begins to dry up he realises he must turn to murder to find the perfect material for his weaves… The film stars Violet Blonde as Ida Skinner. This is Violet’s first acting role but she’s no stranger to performance, and Violet caught the directors attention with her wild and outrageous home made looks, veering from immaculate drag to twisted club kid akin to something from a Cronenberg movie. Violet was originally penned to play “Bubbles” in Life is Cheap but had to pull out at the last minute. The rest of the cast, so far, includes Life is Cheap stars Joe Spencer, Ben Atomgrinder, Lou Woodcock, and a few more exciting new names to be confirmed. As with Kurt’s previous film the directing, editing, special effects etc. will be handled by himself with help from his wife Lisa. US based writer Heidi Moore is set to assist with the script. The film is to be scored by 70s/80s Lucio Fulci / William Lustig inspired composer Polypores, AKA Stephen James Buckley.’


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Michael Higgins Funnel Web Family Refrigerated (2016)
Funnel Web Family Refrigerated is a refrigerated version of the 13 minute Funnel Web Family i.e. it lasts longer. Similar to the defrosted version it is a prying look at the creatures that inhabit a home. Shot using an early form of wireless CCTV camera technology it places the viewer in an intense voyeuristic position which at times generates a sense of unease and atmospheric disturbance.’


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Naoki Yoshimoto Sanguivorous (2011)
‘Naoki Yoshimoto’s Sanguivorous is an experimental vampire film about a woman descended from a line of vampires, and starring veteran butoh dancer Ko Murobushi. A butoh-inspired vampire film isn’t enough of a reason to get you out to the theatre?’


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Eddie Alcazar FUCKKKYOUUU (2015)
‘Shot on black-and-white film with a foreboding drone and static-filled score by Flying Lotus that gets very abrasive, it’s as gorgeous as it is unnerving. “With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self,” the film’s synopsis reads. “Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.” Rather straightforward as far as synopses go. So much so, in fact, that it almost seems like a joke, because FUCKKKYOUUU is anything but straightforward. The exploration of the girl’s identity, both with her gender and state of mind, is full of body horror and dark dreamscapes. It’s Rubber Johnny shot through both silent and modern era filmmaking techniques.’

 

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Pat Tremblay Atmo HorroX (2016)
‘The movie is a VERY weird one, it’s kind of a psychedelic horror b-movie inside an experimental satire and then wrapped into a cryptic mystery thriller… And because of that, I’ve decided to actually release the OFFICIAL TRAILER first, and only later put out the TEASER TRAILER. I want to make sure you will learn even less by the time the second one arrives, especially since the movie has some rather slow burn gags… The film gives lots of trippy visuals but it’s also a detective job for the spectator to decipher this Mind Puzzle. So be prepared for this reverse and very unspoilery promotion angle!’

 

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Janie Geiser Ghost Algebra (2009)
‘What do we see in this film? Holes. Lots of them. Holes for looking through. There’s a little plastic doll who looks very 1940s, some birds, numerals, trees, and lots of grass. Blades of grass. When I see a little plastic girl doll looking into holes I see a filmmaker looking into a camera to investigate the world, or rather the mind, or perhaps the unconscious. This doll approaches an odd stone bunker on a hill and she peers into a small opening into darkness. It looks a bit like an old Nazi gun bunker. Carl Jung would approve! All experimental films should dig into the unconscious mind, I think. People throw ‘dreamlike’ around quite often these days when talking about films. There are very few dreamlike films. What most people mean by dreamlike is simply blurry. Anyway, our plastic doll sees things in storybook fashion that suggest nature and Nazis. There’s warfare going on. The precision of battle maps. The doll’s vision puts conflicting images of tamed nature description together with extreme violence. Nothing is attached properly to anything. Ideas do not lead to logical conclusions. Instead, they lead to odd constructions.’

 

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William F. Claxton Night of the Lepus (1972)
‘Before its release, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) renamed the film from its original name of Rabbits and avoided including rabbits in most promotional materials to try to keep the featured mutant creatures a secret. However, the studio itself broke the secret by issuing rabbit’s foot-themed promotional materials before the release. Widely panned by critics for its premise, bad directing, stilted acting and laughable special effects, the film’s biggest failure was considered to be the inability to make the rabbits seem scary. Night of the Lepus has gained cult status for its inadvertent avant-garde quality.’


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James Batley Kneel Through the Dark (2013)
‘Less a film, more a form of ceremonial magic. An audio / visual grimoire. A rite drawing on the teachings of the occult master Crowley to usurp the physical, mental and astral consciousness that smother and chain the uninitiated to this burning world. An incantation that reconnects and invokes occult rhythms and codas of nature that drill through the subconscious and draw your whiskers fully to the ether.’


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p.s. Hey. I’m back. Let’s catch up. Oh, if you didn’t see or notice the announcement elsewhere, and if you’re in the NYC-ish area, Zac and I are showing LIKE CATTLE TOWARDS GLOW in Brooklyn on October 20th. It’s free, but you have to RSVP, and, if you want to come, you should do that pretty quickly because I think it’s already close to being fully booked up. RSVP here. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Yeah, it was sad: missing Nuit Blanche, but oh well, I guess? Good that you got that interview. Have you had the related luck you’d hoped since we last talked? The UK trip/tour thing went really well. It was fun and gratifying. The screenings of the film in Brighton and at Cambridge University got an excellent, gratifying response, and I also did an event at Sussex University about my own work that was actually really nice. I read some of my work aloud, which I haven’t done in quite a while, but I managed to remember how to do that, and I talked about my, I don’t know, career/life, and the students were very smart and warm and stuff. Yeah, it was a fully pleasurable whirlwind of a thing. It was pretty packed with the screenings and the event and train-traveling, but we strolled around Brighton and Cambridge pleasantly a bit in our downtimes. And you? How did you fill your days and how did they fill you? Much love from me! ** H, Hi. Yes, the Brooklyn film screening was announced a couple of days ago. Oh, that’s okay, I just hope you can see the film. I got more fully into reading Deleuze for a while a few years ago when I met Zac because he’s quite a fan, and I was and still am quite taken with him. Best to you! ** David Ehrenstein, Greetings, Mr. E. Yeah, it (Tscherkassky’s work) is indeed, right? And I agree with you very much about ‘Beyond Belief’. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Oh, I see. Then the Scottish option is to again go for independence? My enormous pleasure on your Saucy post. That was your first guest-post? I’d forgotten that. What a way to start. ** Kyler, Howdy. ** Steevee, Hi, Steve. That’s a great way to put it, i.e. ‘Outer Space’ = horror. Of course I’m disappointed that you can’t come to the LCTG screening, but of course I understand. If you decide to watch it online, let me give you the password to the Vimeo screener. I really don’t trust the quality of the youtube upload(s). ** MANCY, Hi, S. Cool that you were already into Tscherkassky’s work. I was curious about how many people would already be his familiar. Very happy to have helped fill in blanks. What’s new with you? ** Misanthrope, G. We’re both back again! I think that happened last time too. Sounds exactly like jet lag, so I think I am correct in my feeling that I can sympathize with what you were going through. You’re right as rain again? ** John Fram, Hi, John. No, my gmail was murdered by Google. Now I’m at denniscooper72@outlook.com. For the NYC/Brooklyn screening, we’re zipping in and out of the city, unfortunately, but I’ll be there for a longer spate in November, and it would be good to see you then at the very least. ** B, Hi, Bear. Literary Punk, huh, sounds curious. I’ll go find it. Thanks, man. My trip was good. How has your simultaneous and presumably home-oriented trip been? ** Sypha, Coincidence against all seeming odds indeed. Religions have been founded on less, I’m sure. ** Ferdinand, Hi. Uh, I don’t think Duncan got anyone’s permission pre-thing, not surprisingly. Excellent news about your typing of those fateful words. Well, one word and a number. Is apoliticism even possible in fiction? That article must have been into a literal notion of intent? When writing doesn’t make a writer nervous, it’s almost always muzak. I didn’t know there was a second Charles Bronson. Oh my God, that puppet is horrifyingly dead. And the photos have this lurid color scheme or something, or I’m imagining that. I’ll pass the link along to Gisele, but I’ll have to warn her first that it might make her cry. Everyone, if you want to see a very defunct ventriloquist dummy, … well, Ferdinand has one, and I’ll let him explain: ‘Oh dear.. so I thought I would take a photo of Charlie today, my grandfathers Ventriloquist Dummy to share with you – while I was there helping them move and upon opening the suitcase we were confronted with Charlie’s demise. My poor grandfather was faced with this horrid collapsed- in head. It seems the suitcase was left out in the rain with other old useless suitcases. When my mother heard about it she said: “He was like his child, he used to talk to him.” I explained to her that he used to talk through him not to him, but now I realize yes he obviously replied to him so – duh – he did talk to him. Mmm.. Well here’s Charlie‘. ** Montse, Montse! Holy moly, hi my dear buddy! It will be my first time in Spain, yes! I’m very excited! The festival inexplicably wants us there for a few days, so I’m pretty sure Zac and I will have time to investigate and visit Barcelona, yes! As soon we find out what they’ll require of us. Ah, shit, yeah, that festival has some organizational problems. They set up that morning premiere, and then they sent us plane tickets that have us arriving in the afternoon, so they suddenly changed the ‘premiere’ to the screening at 1 am, which is unhappy for me since I’m an early to bed type of guy and will be zombie-like by that point. It sucks. I’m glad you’ll get to see the film — that’s awesome — but it super sucks that I won’t be there when you do. You’re in Paris?! Now?! Yes, of course I want to see you. Let me know when you’re free. I’m pretty free today and this evening. Do you have my new email? denniscooper72@outlook.com. I guess write me there or call/text me if you have my cell#. Fantastic! Hopefully I’ll get to see you as soon as today! Big love to you and to Xet! ** Grant Maierhofer, Hi, man. Thanks, it’s awesome that the post proved so useful. Extremely interesting sounding book you’ve got going on there, needless to say. And the Toussaint retort one doesn’t sound too shabby either. Cool, Grant, take good care. ** Chris dankland, Hi, Sir Dankland! Ha, awesome, cool, thank you. How are you? What’s up? How are you manifesting or planning to enact your Halloween love within your real life, if you are? Love, me. ** Bill, Sad that you were first and yet your response from me ends up way down here. There oughta be a law. Everything went like silk-like over in the UK, even the Eurostar part, although, when we stepped off the train last night at Gare du Nord, it was into chaos because the station’s public address system was bellowing an urgent announcement to vacate the station immediately due to a suspicious unattended bag, so we had to rush/jostle with the alarmed hordes, and managed to squeeze into the last of the running metro trains. Need to get the new Brian Evenson asap. ** Jamie McMorrow, Hi, Jamie! The trip was really good. Yeah, the timing was odd with the Mae horror show stuff, but we were generally protected from that. Other than little strolls around Brighton and Cambridge, we were pretty much occupied with the events and the traveling to and from them, and the events were great, I think. We thought so. Good to see you! Look forward to catching up. I hope you got all the shut-eye you needed. Lots of love back to you! ** Right. We’re caught up. Onwards. More Halloween-occasioned stuff for you this weekend. I’ll see you on Monday.

21 Comments

  1. Jamie McMorrow

    Hey Dennis!
    Glad that your trip went well. Cambridge is a funny wee place, eh? I’ve only been once, but I liked it.
    Today’s post is so unbelievably up my street! It’s perfect. I’m at work right now and can’t wait for a chance to tuck into it properly. Thanks!
    Hope you’ve had a swell weekend. Am going to Edinburgh tomorrow and hopefully going to catch the Joseph Beuys exhibit through there.
    Lots of love to you!
    Jamie

  2. David Ehrenstein

    Dennis are you familiar with Ulli Lommel’s straight-to-video horror films?

    Latest FaBlog: What’s New Pussygrabber?

  3. steevee

    This day is intriguing. I haven’t seen any of these films, although I’ve seen other work by Janie Geiser and Lois Patiño.

    Thanks for the offer of the Vimeo link. You can E-mail it to me at steevee@earthlink.net.

    This weekend, I’m seeing HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO, a 5 and 1/2 hour documentary about the Iraq War (shown over two days) made by an actual Iraqi filmmaker, Abbas Fahdel. I’m intrigued.

  4. Bill

    Haha… no problem with the response location, Dennis.

    An unattended bag sounds totally like the starting point of a Brian Evenson piece. Maybe it contains a severed hand?

    The trip sounded awesome. Will we get a slideshow? Loved the treasure trove today, of course. (And I’ll love it more when my internet stops choking and I can get through more of the clips.) I’m sure you know I’m a big fan of abstract horror, which is so hard to come by. Have you seen It Follows yet? Not that abstract, but good.

    Bill

  5. nemo

    Oh my fucking God. THIS post was made for me. Jarrod and I are always looking for something to watch, movie-wise, and you just compiled a nice little list. Now let’s see if they ever got into one of our movie services….

    xox,
    Joey

    PS: Sent you an email.

    • nemo

      by the way, the email was returned to me, and I know I have the right one because Joel gave it to me. grrrr…

  6. Frederick Maheux

    You may enjoy my latest film, ANA. I’ll send you a digital screener or a physical copy if you’re interested; http://www.anamadim.com

    Synopsis below:

    ANA is an experimental video about the darker zones of the Internet. It is a moodboard of the imagery shared by underground communities exposing their self-destruction: more precisely pro-ana/pro-mia (pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia). From those extremities is a discourse about modern day mortification and the spectacle of self-hatred enabled by web communication.
    Real physical performances re-enact visuals found on hidden forum and social media accounts. They are linked together by the thread of creepypasta (the web answer to an urban legend), going progressively deeper… These performances were remixed to represent the aesthetic of Internet culture. Glitch art, analogic distortion, selfies, references to occultism and others are integrated in the discourse. Video artefacts are voluntary.

    An individual investigates the disappearance of several online female personas. The missing women appear in encrypted videos hidden on the web, leading the protagonist in an esoteric puzzle he tries to decipher.

  7. h

    Hi Dennis, saw the announcement,of course. Will make it there. Oh will write a review. Just don’t know where to house it.
    School is very busy, probably the busiest term I’ve experienced. I like it. It’s a good discipline. But can’t read & write much outside the course work. Have a fine weekend. Welcome back (!) though I assume you’ll travel soon again

    • h

      Oh Dennis, don’t ever try to eat instant ramen. It’s not good for you. And the most of them are not vegetarian foods. I know which instant ramen is vegetarian. But I don’t think you could get them in France. Just cook simple noodle at home with your seasoning. Sorry for the food talk. I wanted to talk to you about this right away, but you travelled…

  8. Ferdinand

    I’m far from being a horror aficionado but I enjoy experimental film. A Dream of paper flowers, Fuck you, both elegant. All I got from Ice from the sun was “Afterward the killers ordered pizza.” I might be a bit too squeamish for Driller Queen but the premise seems amusing. Plenty still to look at here.

    My contribution to the list:

    The films of Richard Kern. Here’s an extensive catalog from the streaming film subscription site: https://mubi.com/cast/richard-kern

    The Japanese stoner gore of Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl which is available here in full in good quality:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy8X_kwrQpk

    Two Hollywood experimental horror’s starring Chloe sevigny:
    the one simply titled #Horror:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WXZNeN4zD8

    and the other a new release Anti-birth:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx1K4yZW5Ds

    I will throw in a golden oldie: Vampyr (1932) Carl Theodor Dreyer
    which is available here in full
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz5aW_IqmMw

    On the topic of weird video’s I’m really enjoying this spooky new music video for the song “Magnitized” by Garbage.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcfOmhGJ8G4

  9. liquoredgoat

    Hey Dennis!

    Peeking my head out of the grad school cavern to thank you for this post. I’ve seen Rubber, but the rest here give me a good supply of films to binge on before/during Halloween. I’ve been doing far more reading than movie watching lately, for school and for leisure.

    I just picked up a copy of Guyotat’s bulky novel In The Deep. Have you read it? I read Eden, Eden, Eden a few years ago and this seems like a more traditional affair at least in terms of form.

    Hope you are well!

  10. Dóra Grőber

    Hi!

    Welcome back! I’m really glad the screening went so well! Oh God, I sure would’ve liked to be there at the Sussex University event! I’m sure it was really interesting! Doesn’t it feel a bit weird though to talk about your career and yourself in front of such audience? Did you read excerpts from a book of yours?
    I did have luck with the interviews so now, even though I’m still seeking volunteers, I can start working on the main part of my thesis which is quite reassuring. Other than that, I had a surprisingly inspired few days when it came to writing and though I’m not sure what caused it (as I was mainly home) I’m glad.
    Also, thank you for the new post. Thrilling.
    How’s your weekend going? Are you back at working on the music video?

  11. Kyler

    Dennis (and DL’s) – thought you might like this (Animated Hieronymus Bosch’s Art)

    https://www.facebook.com/freakssociety/videos/967810156664283/

    • Kyler

      cool soundtrack…keep going…gets bloody.

  12. MANCY

    A few of these I need to check out. I remember seeing Night of the Lepus on TV late at night as a kid and being really weirded out.
    Things good, just started on new GIF cycle last night. I might send you a sample to check out in the near future. Mark and I are planning a recording session later in the month to get toward completing the audio collab we have been working on. Been rewatching Twin Peaks. Reading Joy Williams’ 99 Stories of God and the new XTRA. Hope you are well.

  13. chris dankland

    hey Dennis !!

    this is such a treasure chest of cool stuff, i’m excited to watch these films as the week goes on — i’m interested in watching the full Night of the Lupus when i get a chance, that clip was such an interesting combination of creepy & beautiful & campy…very dreamlike

    things are going really good with me, lately everything has been revolving around my writing, pretty much all my attention is on that right now.
    i got a ticket to see a 15 minute preview of Doctor Strange on Monday, at an imax theater — i’ve been anxiously waiting to Doctor Strange for like 2 years or whenever it was announced, he’s my favorite comic book guy. he was always like the acid-head of superheroes — all the other superheroes were saving the world & he was always out on the astral plane trying to keep reality from disentigrating. the early writers from the 60s were all hippies doing acid on the weekends…like, Doctor Strange’s secret invisible mansion was in the heart of Greenwich Village & a lot of the comic was centered around the idea of everyday, go-to-work reality being a sham. he was sort of Marvel’s Lovecraft rip-off, they share a lot of the same ideas & themes. i’m sure it’s mostly just gonna be a fun hollywood superhero special effects movie, but i have intense little kid excitement about that movie, i’m so psyched for it. i’m very very nerdy about Doctor Strange, i could type a 2,000 word comment about all the ways he’s awesome

    that’s so awesome about the Xiu Xiu video, did ya’ll shoot it yet? if so, how’d u think it went? i’m really looking forward to seeing the final product, yay

    the only Halloween-ish thing i’ve done so far is seen the new Rob Zombie movie, which i thought was meh, it was ok. it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t match my high expectations. although it is weirdly topical right now b/c all the murderers are clowns. when i teach classes, the little kids are sort of nervous about there being clowns out this halloween, they keep bringing it up…& the tweens & teenagers think it’s cool, i expect that this year there’ll be a ton of 14 year old clowns wandering the city, fucking shit up & creeping ppl out. very weird scary clown trend going on in America at the moment.

    hope everything is going good with u !! sending u hugs

  14. _Black_Acrylic

    You ever heard of a 1991 experimental horror film named Begotten? This year I read and enjoyed You With Your Memory Are Dead by Gary J. Shipley, a free verse/stream of consciousness response to it on Civil Coping Mechanisms. Still not seen the film myself but it is on YouTube, I just need to get a HDMI cable so I can hook up my laptop to the TV.

  15. chris dankland

    damn, Pig was really scary to me — it was a very well done & effective piece of art, but i started to feel physically nauseous as it kept going, it got under my skin

    this kind of leads me to a question that i’ve thought about for a long time in different ways: if most horror movies don’t scare u, how would u describe yr reactions when u watch a film like Pig, or something like The Shining, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre or whatever? i’m interested in this question b/c i’ve also heard u talk about how u feel surprised that readers get scared by your books, & i’m just interested in learning how u experience most ‘horror’ movies. also, what do u think it was about Blair Witch that made it the exception to the rule?

  16. Montse

    Hi, Dennis! It was so awesome to see you on Saturday! We had such a nice time with you and Michael and Benedetta. And now we’ll also get to see you this week too! I’m very excited about Sitges and your visit to Barcelona too. Thanks for giving me your email address, I’ll write to you soon. Hope my reply makes it on time. Yesterday we got back from Paris but couldn’t get online. These films are the perfect Halloween plan for those of us who live in countries with no proper festivities. Lots of love to you!

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