My town had its Halloween party last weekend. It was pretty fun if you're into that kind of thing. There's a little square downtown, and they set up tents with games and free zombie face painting. All the shops down there had bowls of candy, and the kids went store-to-store trick-or-treating while their parents shopped. There was music. There were contests and prizes. Everyone seemed to be having an awesome time. At least, they did for the brief time that I saw them. I didn't spend to long at the festivities (really just long enough to determine that yes, I was too old to trick-or-treat). I love Halloween but I hate Halloween parties. Think back to when you were a kid. The two best things about the holiday were eating candy and running around in the dark scaring people and getting scared yourself. Parties, with their "lighting" and their "adult supervision," ruined the experience, as far as I was concerned.
The Traditional WebVee Guide Halloween Song
These days I'm too old to chase kids in the dark (or so their parents and the police keep telling me), but my anti-party bias holds strong. So if I want to be scared silly, my best bet is to watch something spooky. Yes, I know Zombie Pub Crawls are a thing now, and that DOES sound kinda fun, but I honestly don't trust the people of this great nation not to shoot me when I'm staggering home drunk, groaning, and covered in fake blood. No, for my money, the best thing to do on All Hallows Eve is pour the candy in a big bowl, qeueue up some creature features, and pretend you're not home when the doorbell rings. Help combat juvenile diabetes! Keep the candy for yourself!
This week, our reviewers have compiled a list of high-quality horror series for your viewing pleasure. Some shows are funny, some are simply scary, but all of them are a great time. We also have a new column from Yuri Baranovsky (going up Tuesday) on the role of structure in screenwriting, and lots more coverage from our days at the Web Fests headed your way. Have a safe and terrifying holiday!
The short answer is for good stories, structure is everything. The long answer?
Or: How Do You Spell "Spooktacular?"
I married into an Italian family fully accepting of the idea that the stereotypes promoted by The Jersey Shore and The Sopranos and The Godfather were just that: stereotypes. The cliched gold chains and gelled hair and wife beaters (still an awful name for a shirt), the machismo and shouting, the affected speech...it couldn't really be like that, could it? The general acceptance (and even pride) that certain members of the family were connected with a vast criminal underworld and so could “get things done,” I mean, that was just movie stuff, wasn't it? Well, I can't speak for other families, but as far as my wife's (massive) family goes, it's all true.
It's possible to do a zombie comedy, but it surely isn't easy. While films like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland and Fido have pulled it off successfully, I had yet to see a web series come close; and then I saw Zomblogalypse.
The Arksville Homicides
I talk a lot about the very direct link between access to technology and the era of online content that we are entering. Yes, the internet provides a free platform on which people can display their art, but there's more to it than that. Digital cameras, sound recorders and editing tools are now cheaper and easier to find than they've ever been before. This has drastically lowered both the cost and the amount of work required for people to make their dream series come true. And it's not just live action stuff. Animation tools, while still expensive, are also increasingly accessible. These days, it's even possible to make your own CGI series. Well, possible for some people, anyway.
For a guy who died at 46 and was never able to support himself with his writing, H.P. Lovecraft has had one hell of an impact on the horror genre. From comics and films like Hellboy to premium dramas like True Detective, to novels like Hearts in Atlantis, Lovecraft's dark, atmospheric style and fascination with occult ritual has become so prevalent that critics and fans now toss the term “Lovecraftian” around as a universal signifier of spooky things to come.
Zombie With a Shotgun
All day long all I hear about is how great this Zombie show is or how wonderful that Zombie show did that. Zombies, Zombie, Zombies! How does a Zombie show get noticed with that big, successful Zombie show on TV? Well, maybe amid all the Zombie clutter out there, you do need to be the New Jan Brady.
I’m not sure what I just watched, but it was freaking awesome! Let me start by saying I’m not Catholic. It might have enhanced my understanding of Divine, but it certainly didn’t diminish the pleasure of the experience. I’ve seen The Exorcist and read The DaVinci Code, but my knowledge does not extend a whole lot further than the basics. Most religions are based in the knowledge that one’s free will allows a choice of good or evil. Divine shows what might happen if the wrong choice is made.
The Walking Tedd
We all have our own way of trying to get over a failed romance, and Kelly (Sofia Regan) wants no reminders of her breakup with Brett (Brett Johnson). In an angry breakup fight, she disposes of every memento of their now-failed relationship, including the giant teddy bear Brett won for her at the fair. Tedd (Derek Stusynski), the innocent bear, does not take kindly to being tossed in the trash and seeks revenge on the person who inspired his old friend to discard him.
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The No Name Game Show: Episode 1!
In this exciting new game show, Jonathan Robbins, Matthew Carvery, Tonya Dodds and Victoria Sullivan of Asset square off against Rachael Hip-Flores, Jenny Grace, Betty Kaplan and Kevin Sebastian of Producing Juliet!