Archive for "Jul 2008"

Science, Religion, and The War of the Worlds

My personal story in terms of involvement with the fantastic goes back to a viewing of The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) on television. I was probably six or seven at the time, but this experience hooked me in terms of fascination with science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Soon after watching this program I […]

Random Creatureface and Indie Horror Films

Independent horror films, indeed, independent filmmaking in general, is an area of ongoing interest for me. In my explorations of this art form, Mike Nelson of Random Creatureface, an indie horror filmmaker, discussed his work with me recently. TheoFantastique: Mike, thanks again for stopping by to talk about your work. I like to begin on […]

Spectrum Interview: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

One of the ways in which I enjoy the fantastic in popular culture is through art. And there may be no greater collection of fantastic art than the annual volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. I recently spoke with Arlo Burnett, the Administrator for Spectrum, who shared his thoughts on this inspiring […]

Dead & Buried: Neglected Film Broadens Treatment of Zombies in Cinema

The other day I was reflecting again on how certain movies are considered good films, sometimes classics, of a given genre. Others that appear to be just as good, for a variety of reasons, just don't capture the attention and imagination of the viewing public like other films do. I've posted on this in the […]

Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Opens in Theaters Today

For fans of Mike Mignola's comic Hellboy, as well as fans of the gifted director and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, today ends a long awaited sense of anticipation as Hellboy II: The Golden Army is released in theaters nationwide. This new film promises to be different from del Toro's previous treatment of Hellboy in 2004. […]

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Academic Study of Zombies

The Religion and Popular Culture group on Yahoo! recently issued the following call for papers: Call for Papers: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays on the Zombie We are seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary edited volume discussing the zombie from a wide variety of perspectives and within a wide range of contexts. We encourage submissions from […]

WALL-E: Moving Visual Storytelling, Laughs, and Subtle Social Commentary

It had been some time since my family and I took in a movie at the theater. Normally we keep our eye out for advertisements of upcoming films, and then once a movie is released to DVD we make a trip to the nearest Redbox DVD rental location and for $1 we have a good […]

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