Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 10 Philosophically Relevant Horror Movies Of 2014

It was the bloodiest of times, it was the most exhausting of times. Racial strife hit the fan in Fergeson. Israel Genociding Palatine, again. Obama and Putin couldn’t find the time, as hard as they tried, to set their differences aside and relieve their international sexual tension. Along the way horror flicks splattered the screen or, sadly, discarded to direct to video releases. Looking over the list of horror releases for 2014 I am hard pressed to find a theme, outside a renewed interested in the occult and a renewed need put the fear of Jesus in the hearts of the masses. Between found footage and pseudo-religious morality tales 2014 brought us a few special flicks that I know will be lining my blu ray shelf. We also saw the widespread proliferation of horror TV shows. But most importantly 2014 brought you this guy. izombiheartzoey – the only horror philosopher on the internet!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Grimm Love (2006) Or If Only Romeo And Juliet Were Cannibals?

Many films and books have explored love. The iconic tribute of solidarity to the binary. The relationship that rubs against the spirit and brings forth something deeper and primal. From love we get this connection that seems to incorporate transcendence and destiny. There is a sense in which what love brings to the surface always-already should more than its trivial material reality. Love is already more then it’s base existence. But, there is a radical absurdity in staking a claim on a singular entity, why this one and not others? While this ring on this chick? Why is there this wife rather than another or none at all? Upon even the most basic inspection love is not able to hold its ground. Love thrives in this contradictory dialectic. The bond that love creates calls into question the very reality that it exists in. Once in love, the lover’s world is twitter-painted. A vibrant shroud covers the world. Meaning springs forth from the meaningless. A tree or a park bench passed on the morning commute get pulled into re-justifying transcendence. Objects and entities are dislodged from their context and redistributed along a new context. All that you know of the world revolves around the significant other. The world stays in place but means something very different. Because love becomes all we come to think we need. But what if our love is a love for the obliteration of love? What if rather than a love expressed through cherishing one is compelled to consume one's object of affection?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scenic Route (2014), Tribulations of Bromance, and Hoes Before Bros

Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time searching for love and lust in life. We break our hearts on the altar of this demand. This compulsion to connect and reproduce. We track down that special someone and get them ringed. Wrapping our whole existence in the other. Wrapping tax codes, self-esteem and sanity up in marriage. But what does this all amount to? Living the dream we are brainwashed to love? Of what use are all these emotional and economic rituals? Scenic Route is a film that explores the void between romance and bromance. Should we live our life chasing our dreams or settle for what the world grinds us out to be?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dear Zombies - This Dude Is Back.... Let the Horror Drip From The Ceiling

Long story short - this horror blogger been in the process of acclimating to a job in the big cold and windy city of Chicago. The pay checks are rolling in but I did not have access to horror films or my computer for most of the last month. Boring I know. Luckily over the last week I have been moving into a new horror crib and getting myself ready for adult life. This weekend I moved into my apartment. I'm just a futon on the floor and a large stack of blu rays filled with blood and guts.

I look forward to getting back into writing. When this will be exactly is to be determined. I don't have a desk and my next weekend is going to be another pair of days moving heavy boxes. Look out for a post next-next weekend.

I'm sure you punks will find this conundrum entertaining. I have a set of severed limbs that I picked up on clearance when I worked a Halloween at a Halloween store. I can't seem to find a place in my apartment to put them. Sadly I don't have any furniture that goes with dismemberment. Har! Har! Har!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Zombies - Wage Slavery and Poor excuses.

I tell you what, commuting to Chicago is exhausting. I'm losing about 3 hours of my day to traffic. I don't see this calming down until I can move into the city. I haven't been watching much horror this week. I did finally burn through the first season of House of Cards. Great to see some Machiavellianism in action! Didn't catch any horror and was too exhausted to write. I expected to write something this weekend. But the best-laid plans got destroyed by poor planning. On to next week, and figuring out a strategy for writing now that I am working.

I'm going to shoot for a write up next weekend.

Are you watching anything scary?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

10.19.2014 - Got a Job - Blogging

Dear Zombies,

Yay! Halloween is  11 days 6 hours and 33 minutes away! What are you doing for Halloween? I’m too poor for plans this year. Although, everything is changing tomorrow. I am embarking on my first day of wage slavery. That’s right this punk found a job. After over 200 applications and 25 interviews I finally found someone to cut me a check. Tomorrow I start. I will be doing mental health social work in Chicago. Should be fun.  Next week is mostly training and paperwork. At some point over the next couple months I plan on moving to the city. As you might have guess this will impact the blog. I expect to post irregularly for the next month until I get I develop a good flow with working. We shall see.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism with Mick Ridgewell about his Horror Novels The Nightcrawler and Evil Never Dies

Earlier on in the week, I interviewed author Mick Ridgewell about his horror novels The Nightcrawler and Evil Never Dies. Be sure to say hello on twitter!

Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I first started writing about 10 years ago. I got an idea for a story and proceeded to write 2 pages of utter crap. I decided then and there that writing should be left to those who know how to write. Some time after that I stumbled on Stephen King's On Writing-A Memoir of the Craft. While reading it the idea for The Nightcrawler, my first completed novel came to me. I decided to try again and 2 years later I had a completed draft of my first book. After 6 years of rejections, and many iterations The Nightcrawler released May 2012. Since then I have had Evil Never Dies release Apr. 2014 and the sequel, Evil Unleashed is scheduled for release Dec. 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism with Lee Majdoub From See No Evil II

Earlier on in the week, I interviewed Lee Majdoub who started in recently released slasher flick See No Evil 2. Follow up to the WWE production of the same name.  

I wanted to start by thanking you for providing your time for this interview. Could you tell us why you got into the movie making business?

No problem! Thanks for having me.
I was always artistic. Acting was something I had always been drawn to, but I don’t think I was conscious of it when I was younger. I was going through a rough patch, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and my sister pushed me to take some acting classes while I was studying engineering in college. I did that, and then got hooked.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HBG: Halloween Blog Carnival - Great American Nightmare Review

I attended Rob Zombie’s The Great American Nightmare last night. The demented trio of haunted house each based off its respective film; Lords of Salem, The Haunted World of El Superbesto, and House of 1000 corpses. I (and my friend) opted for the 36$ ticket which included a tee-shirt and shorter lines. I am also submitting this post as my entry in the Horror Bloggers Guild's Halloween Blog Carnival. Happy Halloween! May you get more tricks then treats this year!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saw IV (2007), John Carpenter Vs. Rob Zombie, and How Over-contextualizing Kills The Scary Movie

Is Jigsaw not the Jesus of Slashers? The vast majority of previous Slashers required either their own physical embodiment or someone else to don the mask. It always struck me as odd that Jason Vorhees only received his ski mask in the third film. The previous two films used a potato sack with a hole. Of course, we know that capitalism is responsible for what happens next. How could they have marketed a potato sack like a hockey mask? The visage of the Slasher is the motif that solidifies his character and market share. Freddy is an incredible example of how market can’t turn the representation of the most heinous repression of evil into a knickknack. Is there not something odd about the bobble head of a child molester occupying the dashboard of a soccer mom’s minivan? Even Scream, which shares similarities with Saw, used the Ghost face mask to instill a continued market presence, terrorize teens and maintain hegemony to the notion of Ghostface. All the while the Ghostface gave credence to the killer’s re-inhabitation, and the anonymity required to unify conspirators under one convoluted murder scheme.