Hello all, we have done a good deal of films this year dealing with various monsters and the mayhem that they cause. For our final monster, I’ve delved back to the early 2000’s. Today, I give to you Jeepers Creepers.
This movie has spawned two sequels (the latest film arrived in September 2017), features a good creature design, does not give away all of its secrets, and features a young Justin Long. Two siblings are harassed by a strange truck on a small country road. They see the driver of the truck throwing strangely shaped bundles into a drainpipe and investigate. This is where they become a target of the creeper. Inside, they find a strange mural of the macabre with multiple human bodies having been preserved and placed on the stone wall. Their attempts to flee the monster will lead them to a local psychic and a final pulse-pounding chase through a crowded police station.
Part of the charm of this series is the fact that it hints at a mythology that creates a solid reality and never fully explains everything. You don’t see a wood-cutting from a book and then receive a flashback to fully detail the events of the past. What the film does is provide you with a glimpse of historic things featuring our monster, while not explaining the hows and whys. For a low-budget horror film, Jeepers Creepers hits all the right buttons for me.
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Synopsis: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home turn into a heart stopping race for their lives.
So following the Craft of Lovecraft panel, my next panel was Classic Horror vs Modern Horror (specifically films). Rejoining me were Tim Green, Chad Sides (Master of Horror for Connooga), Tony Young, and last, but most definitely not least the wonderful Victoria Price, daughter of horror icon Vincent Price. Listen below and let me know your thoughts. And as before, there is adult commentary on this panel.
Victoria Price, daughter of legendary Vincent Price.
I don’t often do reviews of movies on here, but I loved this movie and wanted to share that with the world.
Synopsis: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.
Review: Hilarious and shot like a true documentary, What We Do in the Shadows follows four vampires. At no point does the story deny what they feed on or how they get their sustenance, but what the film does really well is let you see that they are more than their appetites. Each of the characters has their own quirks and personalities that are very different, and this is what adds to the fun. At the heart of the story, it’s about roommates. Another thing that I really love about this film are the small nuances that the filmmakers added, which make it a little more believable. In the first encounter with the werewolves of New Zealand, you see the men’s eyes begin to reflect the light (like a wolf’s) as they get agitated. It vanishes as soon as they calm down, and that is just one example of the many subtle touches that have been added to this movie that make it a lot of fun to watch.
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Below is the trailer.
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I realize a lot of you reading this may be writers, filmmakers, or other artists of a sort. Believe me when I say I realize how easy it is to be discouraged by a lack of results. I’ve received my fair share of rejection letters from representative agencies and unopened packages from publishers. If you notice, I often state that I’m an independent author. This is because, I’ve received a lot of these letters. So let me admonish you today to not give up. It is very easy to hit rock bottom when the doors are slammed shut, but you have to go back to the beginning; that first time you put pen/pencil to paper, the first time you snapped a photograph, put paint on canvas, or the first time you turned on that video camera. Why did you do it then?
I had no thoughts of fame and glory when I started writing stories, I didn’t even write them for people to read really. Although I’m sure I bothered a few of my closer friends by constantly making them read my rough drafts. Still it was not for the possible money I was going to make or the notoriety I was going to gain, I did it because it felt good to create something. I was not writing Shakespeare (and I still don’t) I was writing stories that I wanted to read. This is the approach I try to take with most things now, what would I want to read/see. I can’t say I’m more successful for this, but I am happier knowing that I am remaining true to myself and I am still creating worlds and populating them with the heroes, villains, beasts, and places that drift through my mind.
At some point you have to (write, draw, photograph, film) do what you do because you like it. Not to crush any dreams out there but it is not as simple as it seems. Some people come out with one thing and they hit huge and become household names and icons but that does not happen for everybody. To prove my point you should read “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King, he didn’t write one story and all of a sudden become the master of modern horror. He struggled and overcame to reach his well deserved status. Sometimes you create the right thing at the right moment and the right person discovers it and you are set and you can pursue the dream that you have been nurturing. Sometimes the moment is not right or the right person does not see it or it is not the right creation. But take heart my creative brethren and sistren (I think that’s right), your time will come but you must persevere. You have to nurture the dream, especially when others won’t.
I’d like to leave you with a question. If you knew you would never get rich or famous or make a living off of it, would you still create the wonders of your mind for yourself if no one else? I know what my answer is, do you?