"Revolution is not for the faint of heart. It is for monsters. You have to lose who you are to discover what you can become." -Hardt and Negri

Monday, July 28, 2014

Horror-Philosophy Blog Series #1: Introduction to Horror-Philosophy - Production of the Scary

This is the first post in a series designed to act as an Introduction to Horror-Philosophy. Horror-Philosophy is the analysis, interrogation and exorcising of Horror and The Scary through the multiple lenses of philosophy. Horror-Philosophy is in the first stages of development and I hope to flesh it out through this series. Feed back is appreciated. Please comment below. In addition to this series acting as an introduction Horror-Philosophy I will be experimenting with and creating new terminology. I will define as I go. I will continue the series every Monday. The follow up post will cover: Why Horror?, The Scary and Ideology.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cabin In The Woods (2012), Deconstructing Bureaucracy, And Subverting Horror Clichés

Cabin in the Woods is a character study on bureaucratization of film narratives. The bureaucratization of horror film (and most genre) take the form of the wholesale manufacturing and re-manufacturing of cliques. The moments, characters, plot themes and expectations that have been categorized and focus grouped by film makers and advertisers in order to bank on the common motifs that have over saturated the market. The repetition of motifs acts as nodal points in a market system that thrives on re-occurrence. A masked man hunts down some chick and kills everyone in the way until the climatic moment comes where she disables the antagonism and sets up for the sequel. Or, some cabin in the woods where a cast of archetypes populate a forest-y vacations spot in order to let loose some middle class angst. Only to be interrupted by some monster, demon, zombie, or creature X appears to clear the slate. Sound familiar? Cabin in The Wood's unearths this the well trended path of the recycled plot, characters, and the scary, in order to illuminate the bureaucratic mode of filmic reproduction.

Chainsaw Exorcism With Kevin Wimer Author Of After The 4th: A Zombie Novel

Tell me about yourself and your writing? 

I started writing a few years ago after I lost my ability to draw. Drawing had always been a creative outlet for me. I wasn't the best at it but I always enjoyed doing it, it was my escape. After suffering an illness I lost that ability and lost my escape from the world. I was looking around on the internet and I came across a website. The site was Permuted Press author J.L. Bourn (Hotel23.com). I began reading stories that people had written and posted. I had always liked zombie movies but never thought about trying to write a zombie novel.

I think that day, I didn't find writing, it found me. It was just by chance that I found that website and started reading. I walked away from the compute with a new outlook and a new adventure. I felt like writing was something that I not only wanted to try but it was burning a whole in my brain to give it a shot.

I had tried in the past to sit down and write a short story but never felt connected to it. I started writing my first novel in 2007 called "The Day After The Fourth" and I didn't finish it until winter of 2013. I wrote it in my free time, something at that time I didn't have a lot of due to my illness. It was a great learning experience and something that helped me with my illness. It helped in keeping my mind active. I had to also kind of re-teach myself how to type and writing helped tremendously with that.

Since that time period my mind has not stopped in creating new projects. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Teeth (2007) Flirting with Causality, And Anti-Castration Complex

Teeth, in the simplest terms, is a film about a vagina that eats penises. Dawn (Jess Weixler) is a post-pubescent teenage girl who was born with a gnawing problem. Her no-no parts are the living embodiment of the mythic Vagina Dentata. The myth was popularized by Freud and his musing about feminine mystery, and human sexuality. In order to supress her personal inclinations about her condition Dawn developed a religious a countering method of religious repression. She is a public speaker for the absence only program in her school. Dawn's biggest problem is not her dangerous genitalia but the boys and men in her life. The film depicts a cautionary tale rooted in an all too frequent feminine experience; rape and sexual harassment. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Susan McNally Author Of The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I live in North London with my husband who is a composer so our house is a creative hub! I am originally from the north of England where the dramatic scenery has influenced the rugged landscapes and adventures in my books.

I didn’t intend to write a Gothic fantasy, the book just wrote itself. Once I had decided on the setting and some of the characters the story just tumbled out, it was a very odd experience looking back.

I watched a Stephen King “You Tube” interview recently and he said virtually the same. That is what is odd about this process – do writers all have this inexplicable experience where they leave their present world and enter another one? The only way I can describe it is that there is a real joy in engaging in this creative process – I sit down at my desk, read over the last chapter and bingo more of the story pours out… the characters take over - it is a bit like magic.

As a writer I rarely plot story lines, I let them evolve through the characters and their motivations, good or otherwise.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E4 Killer With In, Metaphoric Babies, And Lori's Irrational Political Agenda

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kinda. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it cant teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere.

Lori is a tougher sell in the TV series of The Walking dead over the comic book. For me this comes down to an addition to the TV show that was not in the comic. In Secrets S3E6 Lori sends Glenn out to town in order to gather morning after pills. Lori is pregnant with what is in all likelihood Shane’s offspring. So, what is the purpose of this scene? Up to this point Lori was portrayed as intelligent yet morality irrational.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With A. Giacomi Author Of Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl

Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I’m writer, educator, artist, and all around fangirl of everything and anything creative. I love film, literature, comics, performance art, I could go on and on all day, but the bottom line is if it’s based in the arts then it has my attention. On a personal note I’m a wife, as well as a mother.

I’ve been a storyteller from the start, as soon as I could write storytelling became my obsession, whether it be a journal entry, short story, poem., etc. I was also an avid reader from an early age, my writing is pretty much a product of what I read, I absorb and then I create.

All Cheerleaders Die (2013), Underbelly Of Sexual Egalitarianism and Communities Of Difference

All Cheerleaders Die exploits and guts the mythical war between the sexes by destabilizing heteronormative discourse. After Maddy's childhood friend dies she is begins her revenge. Under the surface of what appears to be a superficial motivation for revenge turns out to be a serious desire to ruin Terry for raping her. The heart of this weaving narrative spins around the brutal binary that separates the football plays and cheer leaders along their sex. They self-articulate their inter and intra group identities as Bitches and Dogs. The derogatory identification guts to the bad boy and bad girl persona as the two sides rise to greater levels of violence in order to seek some idealized imbalance where bitches or dogs are rendered a superior status. By playing on the boarders of heteronormative dynamic, All Cheerleaders Die, open's up a space to articulate a disruption inherent in the kernel of the binary. In what follows I plan to explore the disruption in order to identify if All Cheerleaders Die successfully challenges the ground in which the war between the bitches and dogs articulates itself.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Victoria Snaith Artistic Director Of Father Dagon: A Theatrical Experience Inspired By H.P. Lovecraft

Could you tell me about yourself and Father Dragon: A Theatrical Experience Inspired By HP Lovecraft?

My name is Victoria Snaith and I am the artistic director for Dread Falls Theatre.

My drama career started when I was 11 and I joined an after school drama club, I enjoyed it and continued my drama education through school and college. When I was 18 I left home for university and studied drama at Kingston University in South West London.

After university I didn’t think it was viable for me to have a career in drama or theatre. It had never occurred to me that I could become a successful performer. So instead I went into teaching, but I never lost sight of my love of theatre and visited the theatre regularly.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E3 Walk With Me And Idealized Post-Racial Sentiments Only Serve To Colorblind Reality

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kinda. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it cant teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere.

Walk with me begins with Andrea and Michonne stumbling through the world with their two pet zombies. Along the way Andrea developed a hardcore cold and Michonne has been taking care of her. Until suddely their chickmance is rudely interrupted by a crashing helicopter. Curious, they go to check out the crash and run across the Governor and company. Andrea and Michonne are quickly discovered, blindfolded and taken hostage. When the blindfolds are taken off they find themselves in the town of Woodbury.