Happy Livetweet To Me!

I'm considering a Happy Birfday Livetweet celebration on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Possibilities: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension; The Lion in Winter; Husbands; The Sound of Music. It would likely commence around 9 PM, Birthday Girl time.

Watch this space.
Posted on 10/18/2009 09:18:00 PM by Anonymous and filed under | 0 Comments »

Correction! FROM BEYOND Live-Tweet 10/24 3pm EST

I had made a mistake in my earlier post. My proposed Halloween-themed Live-Tweet will be Saturday 10/24 at 3pm EST so that people across the pond can participate too (Amber Wilkinson, also known on Twitter as "Ninjaworrier," had expressed interest and because more participants is the goal here, I figured it only made sense to try to accommodate said request).

So to be clear:

Stuart Gordon's From Beyond.

Saturday October 24

3pm EST

At Your Place

It will be fun.

Re-tweet this announcement, please, and be sure to follow simonsaybrams, my Twitter account, to let me know you'll be joining in (my account is security protected; it keeps the spammers at bay but it means I have to okay anybody that wants to follow me). So there.
Posted on 10/12/2009 03:37:00 PM by Simon Abrams and filed under | 0 Comments »

Halloween Live-Tweet: Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND (1986)

Allo, allo.

So I expressed interest a while ago in a Halloweeny Live-Tweet Event. And while it's taken me some effort to come up with a title--was seriously considering doing Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979), the J-Horror omnibus based on Rampo Edogawa's short stories Rampo Noir (2005) or Fred "Monster Squad" Dekker's excellent '80s horror-comedy Night of the Creeps (1986), which is free online on Crackle, by the way--I settled on something by underappreciated American auteur Stuart Gordon.

At the moment, this is what I propose:

Stuart Gordon's From Beyond (1986) at 10/24, a Saturday, at 3PM EST. It's a weekend so more peoples can participate and in the afternoon so people across the pond can, too (Amber Wilkinson, who has the misfortune of operating out of somewhere England-way, is interested, or at least has the good grace to lie to me and say she is).

This part is imperative: if you would prefer to have another time, or even one of the other titles I've mentioned below, above, or one of your own preference, say so. I'm open to alternatives. I'm a nice guy. I care. And stuff.

Why From Beyond? It's not Re-Animator (1985), that's for sure. I felt it best represented why I like Gordon/Brian Yuzna's brand of kinda campy (sometimes intentionally), kinda dated but always eye-catching '80s horror. I could have gone with Yuzna's Society (1989), a personal favorite of mine but....well, I didn't. Even though I own it and don't own From Beyond.

Loosely based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond is Gordon's stab at making something semi-seriously in the Cronenbergian "Body Horror" vein. It covers the same ground thematically as The Fly (1986) and Dead Ringers (1988) but it has Jeff Combs, better make-up effects and a fun-fun, silly-willy performance from perennial C-grade performer Ken Foree, who you may remember as the black guy from the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). Oh and kinky stuff with '80s heart-throb Barbara Crampton. Icing, meet cake.

In any case, it's a favorite of mine, one among many. If I had my way, I'd put together a whole program-worth of horror films because I love sharing this kind of stuff and because it's meant to be shared. So yeah. Do it to it and comment belooow.

NOTE: The day of the event has been changed from 10/23 to 10/24 thanks to the vigilance of Tom and/or Mary Russell. Thank yez kindly, sir and/or madam.
Posted on 10/03/2009 04:15:00 PM by Simon Abrams and filed under , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

KUNDUN!, 10/10/09

Scorsese's opulent masterpiece, a conchless affair meant to (1) keep us occupied while we await Filmbrain's conch-certified choice and (2) refresh our live-tweeting muscles before Simon Abrams's extra-spooky Halloween number. Exact time to be announced later.
Posted on 10/01/2009 08:19:00 PM by Tom Russell and filed under | 4 Comments »