Archive for "Nov 2008"

Bluewater Productions Gets Graphic with Ray Harryhausen Presents: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

I recently received a press release from my talented filmmaking friend Marc Lougee that describes his latest project with another group of friends, the good folks at Bluewater Productions. Congratulations to them both with this new project: BELLINGHAM, WASH. (NOVEMBER 25, 2008) – The success of Ray Harryhausen Presents; The Pit and the Pendulum, a short stop motion animated film produced […]

Dark Scribe Magazine: Dark Genre Roundtable

I was asked by Vince Liaguno of Dark Scribe Magazine to be part of a discussion with a few fellow League of Tana Tea Drinkers (LOTTD) horror bloggers. The result is the "Dark Genre Roundtable" which can be found here. My thanks go to Vince and Dark Scribe for the interview and where I can […]

Mechademia: Anime, Manga and the Posthuman Future

Mechademia 3 Limits of the Human Frenchy Lunning, editor University of Minnesota Press | 288 pages | 61 b&w photos | 2008 ISBN 978-0-8166-5482-6 | paperback | $19.95 Mechademia Series, volume 3 Exploring the possibilities and perils of a posthuman future through visionary works of Japanese anime and manga Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, […]

Twilight: Literary Phenomenon Becomes Cinema Sensation

It’s that time of year again: Hollywood has begun to release its winter films that it hopes will be blockbusters, or at least do well in box office returns in connection with the holiday movie viewing habits of consumers. The latest fantasy film involving youth and the supernatural (or supranormal) is doing very well in […]

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008): Potential and Peril

I was a young child when I first discovered the fantastic through television broadcasts of science fiction films. These became sources that fueled my fears and fed my imagination. My fears took shape through films like Invaders From Mars (1953) with the images of aliens burrowing underground and mind control devices drilled into the base of human […]

Celebrating 50 Years of The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling Conference at Ithica College

The discussion list for the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations included an item recently of interest to TheoFantastique. Ithica College is hosting a Rod Serling conference in October 2009. As the college event's website describes the event: Picture, if you will, a place where communication students can study the creative work of one of […]

Aliens R Us: Science Fiction and the Other

Sean Cubitt is Director of the Media and Communications Program at The University of Melbourne. With Zaiudin Sardar he is the co-editor of Aliens R Us: The Other in Science Fiction Cinema (Pluto Press, 2002). As the subtitle indicates, this volume looks at various expressions of science fiction and how the genre has served as a […]

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Documentary - Director Frank Woodward Interview

The special Halloween double issue of Rue Morgue magazine included a number of interesting features, as usual, but one which caught my eye was a description of a new documentary on titled Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (Wyrdstuff Productions, 2008). This fim was directed and produced by Frank Woodward, and after getting in touch he […]

Van Norris: Surrealism in American Animation

  A number of research sources have provided a variety of things to think about in my exploration of deeper levels to the fantastic. One thought provoking source was David Skal’s book The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror (Faber & Faber, 2001) where, among other things, he argued for a connection between horror […]

Stephen King: Horror, Politics, Theology and Other Social Commentary

It is amazing to me how serious social commentary surfaces in films that are often dismissed as mere entertainment. A recent post from the message board for the Popular Culture Association that touched on research resources supporting the idea that popular cultural texts, such as Stephen King's horror writings, now have become sources for articulating theological […]

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