Lost & Found: On the Production of “the Picco Incident”

[Photos credit: Nika Jasic]

[Screenwriter Brad Abraham has worked the Sci-Fi beat before, pounding the pavement of a futuristic Detroit in RoboCop: Prime Directives, and engineering the end of the world in Stonehenge Apocalypse. But he found his newest project, The Picco Incident, to be the most challenging yet.]

When is a “found footage thriller” not a “found footage thriller”?
When it’s called “The Picco Incident.”

January 2012: I’m freshly back from Paris, …

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Review: Splinter (2008)

By Paula R. Stiles

Splinter (2008). Director: Toby Wilkins. Writers: Ian Shorr and Kai Barry. Cast: Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham, Rachel Kerbs. Country: USA.

[some spoilers ahead]

A young couple, adventurous Polly (Jill Wagner) and nerdy Seth (Paulo Costanzo), goes camping in the woods on their honeymoon. After they’re carjacked by an escaped convict, Dennis (Shea Whigham) and his dimbulb addict girlfriend, Lacey (Rachel Kerbs), they are all attacked by a parasitical creature that eats its victims from …

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Report from Comic-Con 2011, Part 1

By Heather S. Vina

This is my second Comic-Con. Last year, I attended both Saturday and Sunday when a friend of mine bought us tickets as a surprise for me. I had so much fun that I decided to attend this year, purchasing a four-day pass (without preview night)! And despite the lines and some of the frustration of not being able to make it into every panel I wanted to, I had a blast!

Some of my favourite …

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Angels and Demons Week: Review: Incubus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Incubus (1965). Cast: William Shatner, Allyson Ames. Director: Leslie Stevens.

You’d think, with William Shatner speaking Esperanto in a black-and-white 60s film, the result would be utter hilarity. However, the much-maligned Incubus is not that bad. In fact, it’s a pretty decent film for what it is: an allegory and not a horror film.

There are demons here, to be sure, but they don’t engage in the typical demonic activities we’ve become used to. No bloody attacks …

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Review: Supernatural: “Saving People, Hunting Things”, special issue in the journal “Transformative Works and Cultures”

By Paula R. Stiles

Tosenberger, Catherine, ed. “Saving People, Hunting Things” in Transformative Works and Cultures. Vol. 4 (2010).

This is a special issue in the sociology journal “Transformative Works and Cultures”, which examines fandoms of television shows. It consists of an Editorial, a Praxis (theoretical) section, a “Symposium” section which appears to be a collection of articles by fans, a section of interviews of tie-in authors and fansite administrators, and one of reviews of tie-in works and works …

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Click Yes: A Review of Pulse (2006)

By Carla Lee

Though I am not really a fan of either Damon or Ian Somerhalder, Somerhalder’s next on the IMDB.com cast list for The Vampire Diaries and so, this week, I bring you a brief review of Pulse. Brief because it’s simply not a very good movie and I couldn’t find very much to say about it.

IMDB.com synopsis: When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop …

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Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cynical insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is hired by a publishing firm to find its AWOL bestselling author, Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow), and retrieve the book of the title. Cane’s past books have had a “disturbing” effect on his less-stable readers and the rumour is that the latest will drive any reader insane. Skeptical of a publicity stunt, or even outright fraud, Trent goes on a road trip with Cane’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), …

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Top 10 Most Dateable Aliens

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

One of the things about V is that, just like one character says on the show, all the aliens look great. Morena Baccarin, Laura Vandervoort and Christopher Shyer are extremely easy on the eyes. Since V is on hiatus and I’m not starting my reviews of the original mini-series until the DVDs arrive this weekend (yay!), this week we are talking aliens. The kind we would like to have invade the planet. Not the ones Ripley was …

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Guy Fawkes Day: My Bloody Valentine versus My Bloody Valentine 3D: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Slashing

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for both films]

Making the sheep nervous

When Canadian slasher My Bloody Valentine came out in 1981, it was most famous for its butchering by an MPAA nervous about its scenes of graphic slaughter, dramatis personae – working-class miners in an economically depressed Nova Scotian town.

My Bloody Valentine came out during a recession in both Canada and the U.S. The remake, My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), relocated the story to a hard-luck mining town, …

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Guy Fawkes Day Review: V for Vendetta

By Paula R. Stiles

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

This verse refers to a man, Guy Fawkes, whose name has lived on in infamy (and also fame) since he was arrested in 1605 on this day for treason. The celebration, “Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night)“, has been named after him. Fawkes was an Englishman who was part of The Gunpowder …

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Hot Messes: Horror Films That Weren’t Quite Great

By Paula R. Stiles

It’s so easy to make MSTK-style fun of truly bad horror (like The Giant Gila Monster), or even mediocre stuff. Far more frustrating are those films that had some beguiling charms, but ultimately, just couldn’t quite hold it together. And no, I don’t mean genuinely-good films, like Targets, that have simply been forgotten, but those films that contain what Stephen King calls in his classic study of the genre, Danse Macabre, “gold nuggets”

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Historic cinema vandalized

By Sara Bickley

Sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the main screen at the Paine Street Cinema was defaced by a person or persons unknown. According to police, the words “You have no right to see, you have no right to know” were written in an unknown “grey, gelatinous” substance on the surface of the screen.There were no signs of forced entry, and no suspects have been identified.

Cinema co-owner and operator Marian Wasocki, who discovered the damage, is …

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