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Writer/Director Robert Eggers' 'The Witch' built a significant buzz at the last Sundance Film Festival and I've been dying to see it ever since.

After a lengthy wait, the tale of occult horror set in the woodlands of colonial era New England is finally coming to theaters some time within the next year.

The trailer looks absolutely incredible.

That black goat is everything!

'The Witch'
Posted by El Keter
At 08:30 PM on 08/23/15
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'As Above, So Below'

'As Above So Below'
Rated: R
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar


I was instantly intrigued by 'As Above So Below', a 2014 horror film set in the Paris catacombs, when the first trailer started making the rounds last Summer. I've been sorta obsessed with the catacombs since seeing a "pod" about them on Current TV, Al Gore's cable network that began as a showcase for user-created content, a number of years back. So you can bet your ass that an underground fright fest, which is what 'As Above So Below' was marketed as, was right up my alley.

I didn't get to see the flick when it was in theatres, so my assumption was that it was another ghost story, or some other type of psychological horror typical of the style of scary movies of our modern era, just transported into the claustrophobic world of the Paris underground. When I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the film here at Imageyenation HQ I found something far different, and far more in-line with my own interests in the supernatural, magick, alchemy, witchcraft, Rosicrucianism, and transcendental illumination.

Surprisingly, the film features elements of Indiana Jones-style archaeology, some of the mystery of the historical conspiracy fiction genre made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code', and a great deal of horror which to my delight springs from a foundation of alchemical philosophy (thanks to a story that hinges on a mystery involving Nicolas Flamel) and touches on notoions of "the dark night of the soul" and other ideas popularized by Robert Anton Wilson and his ilk. By the movies mid-point I had it all figured out, but didn't believe I could possibly be right because it would mean a mainstream horror flick was based on some of my most beloved magickal concepts.

I fear I may have given too much away as it is, so I'm not going to discuss any more of the plot here. But for what I initially thought was just going to be another found-footage ghost flick or 'Flatliners'-style psychological horror rehash, 'As Above So Below' proved to be far more engaging, exciting, and satisfying than I'd expected.

'As Above So Below'
Posted by El Keter
At 05:08 PM on 03/15/15
Filed under Cinema



When Motown's in-house backup band The Funk Brothers were showcased in a documentary several years ago they called 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown'.

The new documentary about The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians responsible for the music on countless Pop, Rock, and Soul classics, might as well be called 'Standing in the Shadow of Everybody'.

Simply titled 'The Wrecking Crew', the Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing film is out in theatres, on demand, and on VOD, March 13th.

'The Wrecking Crew'
Posted by El Keter
At 01:49 PM on 01/18/15
Filed under Cinema



The 2012 film 'Iron Sky', a movie about Nazis on the moon returning to conquer Earth, had a great premise, but was bogged down by some really silly bullshit.

I actually fell asleep while watching it.

Apparently a sequel, 'Iron Sky The Coming Race' is in the works, which appears to draw on the Hollow Earth mythology of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's early sci-fi novel 'Vril, the Power of the Coming Race', which is believed to have inspired the more mystical aspects of the Nazi party.

That sounds, and looks, like another great premise.

I just hope they leave some of the more over-the-top comedic elements (did the Tyrannosaurus give the "heil Hitler"?) out this time.

'Iron Sky'
Posted by El Keter
At 10:28 AM on 11/15/14
Filed under Cinema



Legendary Electro producer Arthur Baker has been working behind the scenes for some time to make it happen, and it looks like '808', a documentary film about the Roland TR808 drum machine, is finally here!

The film features the talking heads of folks like Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Fatboy Slim, Felix the Housecat, and others, and will hopefully delve into some real history of the machine itself outside of any specific musical genres.

It's due out some time next year.

'808'
Posted by El Keter
At 11:41 AM on 10/18/14
Filed under Cinema



Like I mentioned in the Jack Parsons post, I spend most Autumns on the hunt for attractions around "Haunted New England".

Back in the day this included local "Haunted Houses" put on at various locations across the region which I attended with glee in my younger years.

They've become less, and less common and more, and more expensive as the years have passed, so I don't attend as often as I'd like.

But the premise of 'The Houses October Built', where a group of friends seeking the most "extreme haunt" get more than they bargained for, sure does resonate with me.

As a former "Haunted House" junkie there were moments in the trailer that rang so true I found myself nodding my head saying "yes, yes".

I'm really looking forward to being creeped out by this one.

'The Houses October Built'
Posted by El Keter
At 10:31 PM on 09/28/14
Filed under Cinema



I was more than a little entertained by the inventive 2012 found-footage horror anthology 'V/H/S'.

The 2013 follow-up, 'V/H/S/2', on the other hand seemed a bit slow-moving and didn't hold my attention quite as well.

The red-band trailer for the third installment, 'V/H/S: Viral', makes it look like it might skew a little closer to the original and provide some gore-drenched entertainment.

The flick hits video on demand on October 23rd, and select theatres November 21st.

'V/H/S: Viral'
Posted by El Keter
At 10:14 PM on 09/28/14
Filed under Cinema



Apparently it's been available On Demand for about a month now, and even got a short theatrical run earlier this month, but I only just now caught wind of IFC Midnight's 'At the Devil's Door'.

The trailer caught my attention by focusing on story, and then trowing the creepy right in your face like "WHAT? YOU DIDN'T THINK THE DEVIL WAS IN OUR MOVIE? HERE'S SOME GLOWING EYES IN THE DARK FOR THAT ASS! AND, OH SHIT, HERE'S A FUCKING MONSTER!"

I'll be checking it out on VOD this week for sure.

'At the Devil's Door'
Posted by El Keter
At 06:30 PM on 09/21/14
Filed under Cinema



Gareth Edwards parlayed his work on the DIY Sci-Fi/Horror flick 'Monsters' into gigs directing the recent 'Godzilla' reboot and an upcoming 'Star Wars' spinoff.

His approach was markedly subtle, opting to keep the monsters hidden for most of the film in an effort to build suspense before the "big reveal".

While Edwards' style was effective on 'Monsters', and to a certain extent 'Godzilla', it appears his successor, Tom Green, has opted to go balls-to-the-wall with a full-on invasion of Lovecraftian monsters in the sequel, 'Monsters: Dark Continent'.

You know I love me some be-tentacled beasties, so it should come as no surprise that I'm really looking forward to this flick's November 28th release.

@Monsters_Film
Posted by El Keter
At 12:34 AM on 09/13/14
Filed under Cinema



Magnolia Pictures' 'The ABCs of Death', a 2012 horror anthology that featured 26 short subjects from a whole host of directors depicting death in it's myriad of forms, was a ton of grisly fun.

They're dipping back into that blood-filled well again with a sequel, 'ABCs of Death 2', which will give another 26 or so directors the opportunity to display their ideas about death in the goriest, and most alphabetical, way possible.

Feel the splatter via Video on Demand services on October 2nd and in theatres on October 31st.

'ABCs of Death 2'
Posted by El Keter
At 12:11 AM on 09/13/14
Filed under Cinema



Directed by Adan Jodorowsky and starring his brother Cristóbal Jodorowsky and giallo director Dario's daughter Asia Argento, 'The Voice Theif', looks like a surreal experience that certainly bears the stamp of influence of the Jodorowsky family patriarch, cult filmmaker and "psycho-magician" Alejandro.

The film, which follows a husband's quest to find a new voice for his opera-singer bride after causing her to lose hers, was finished in 2013 and has been making the festival rounds of late, sometimes shown in conjunction with Alejandro's autobigraphical 'La Danza de la Realidad', but hasn't seen an official wide release yet.

It doesn't have an official website either.
Posted by El Keter
At 03:21 PM on 09/06/14
Filed under Cinema



I was lucky enough to see 'AKIRA', the groundbreaking anime based on director Katsuhiro Otomo's manga in an actual movie theatre upon its initial release here in the US.

I also owned a copy of the original Streamline Video VHS which I watched over and over and over again in almost ritualistic fashion throughout the 1990s.

It's been re-released on home media several times since then, including an extended edit of the film with a completely re-written and re-dubbed English audio track from Pioneer at the beginning of the new millennium.

And sadly the years have also seen US movie studios attempt to produce a live action version of the tale, usually starring some "hot at the moment" Caucasian actors in the various major roles, which I think we all can agree should be played by actors of Asian heritage.

"Inspired" by these attempts at whitewashing the story, a group of filmmaking fans got some money together, rounded up a mighty fine cast, and made their own 'AKIRA' mini-movie which they've released to YouTube.

It was their intent to stick as close to the source material as possible and do 'AKIRA' justice with their crowdsourced, Indiegogo campaign funded adaptation.

They did it.

Project Akira
Posted by El Keter
At 01:00 AM on 05/11/14
Filed under Cinema



It appears that it's only showing on the film festival scene right now, but 'Starry Eyes' from young filmmaking duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch looks to be a must see!

This indie-horror flick, ostensibly about a would-be film starlet who sells herself to "The Devil" or some such, looks like it's bringing the gore and the sex back to the silver screen.

Keep an eye on the film's website to see if it might be showing near you sometime soon.

'Starry Eyes'
Posted by El Keter
At 04:05 PM on 04/27/14
Filed under Cinema



Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch already did Samurai (see 'Ghost Dog') and Cowboys & Indians (see 'Dead Man') so I suppose it's only right he does the immortal undead (a.k.a. Vampires) in his newest flick.

The latest trailer for 'Only Lovers Left Alive' showcases Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright in what appears to be a Burroughs-esque black romantic comedy of some sort.

It arrives in US theatres, in limited release, on April 11th.

Count me in! Bleh!

'Only Lovers Left Alive'
Posted by El Keter
At 06:03 PM on 03/16/14
Filed under Cinema



From the looks of the latest trailer for Gareth Edwards' "reboot" of 'Godzilla', it appears the 'Monsters' director has a handle on the giant city-wrecking beast.

The small glimpses he's been giving us of the big green guy in these preview spots leading up the film's May 16th release date have been downright spine-tingling!

'Godzilla'
Posted by El Keter
At 05:11 PM on 03/16/14
Filed under Cinema




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