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Writer/Director Izzy Lee Once Again Defies the “Genre Box” with the Experimental Short Film, ‘The Obliteration of the Chickens’

Writer/Director Izzy Lee bring us to the brink of the “Herzogalypse.”

“The Universe does not notice or care. All of us are nothing.”

So starts the new short film, The Obliteration of the Chickens, by writer/director Izzy Lee. If you’ve seen her work, that aforementioned quote could be considered a recurrent theme. Or, perhaps a mission statement. However, this new film doesn’t want to freeze a rictus of horror on your face. This time, Izzy Lee wants you to share a sardonic belly laugh while the world burns into a cinder.

Since 2013, Lee has been creating a steady body of genre films that burst with social commentary and are steadfastly uncompromising in their execution. Her horror movies and thrillers comment on the abuse of power in religion and politics, sexual harassment, internet shaming, pedophilia, and cold, hard revenge.

Izzy Lee’s short films distinguish themselves with an admirably tight story structure. The narrative drive of her movies is straightforward and precise, just as it should be in the 10 to 20-minute short film format. Like the first Ramones album, Izzy Lee’s films are all killer, no filler.

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Hellbent for Horrible Questions: Sarah K. Reimers

The 6th Annual Etheria Film Night will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, and H4H is celebrating with a series of interviews with the filmmakers!

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most prestigious showcase of new short genre (horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and thriller) films directed by women.

This interview is with director Sarah K. Reimers to discuss her short film (and festival favorite), Bitten, her life-long love of horror films, and the horror of Midwestern cooking from the ’70s!

Join me as I ask Sarah some horrible questions!

Etheria Film Nighthttp://www.etheriafilmnight.com/

Sarah’s production website: www.bestbaddogfilms.com

FB page for Bittenhttps://www.facebook.com/bestbaddogfilms/

Family Recipies YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-712XsG36VrQZ3lE5kqFtA

Episode 086- Horror Pride

Horror is an emotion first and a setting later. It’s the only genre that is directly named after an emotion, and that gives horror a universal appeal. It also makes each person’s experience and interpretation personal.

We close out June, Pride Month, with a celebration of the contributions the LGBTQ community has brought to the horror genre since the creation of the Gothic novel. Continue reading “Episode 086- Horror Pride”

Hellbent for Horrible Questions: Chelsea Lupkin

The 6th Annual Etheria Film Night will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, and H4H is celebrating with a series of interviews with the filmmakers!

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most prestigious showcase of new short genre (horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and thriller) films directed by women.

This interview is with writer/director Chelsea Lupkin (Flutter, Uncovering Eden) to discuss her newest short film, Lucy’s Tale and her love of genre film.

Join me as I ask Chelsea some horrible questions!

Etheria Film Night: http://www.etheriafilmnight.com/

Lucy’s Tale: http://www.chelsealupkin.com/lucy

Marvel’s New ‘Black Widow’ Collection: The Importance of Challenging Voices in Pop Culture

Images from Marvel’s Black Widow Collection (2019) Issues #1-5. Written by Jen and Sylvia Soska. Artwork: Flaviano Armentaro. Color Artist: Veronica Gandini. Letterer: Joe Caramanga

With Marvel’s New ‘Black Widow’ limited series collection (2018), writers Jen and Sylvia Soska continue the proud comic book tradition of using superheroes to challenge readers to take a closer look at our culture.


Spoiler Alert: the following article contains some plot and thematic details (which I think will make you rush out to read the series).

 

It’s one of the most iconic and legendary comic book images in history. The moment Captain America’s fist connects with the jaw of Adolph Hitler still elicits a raw emotional response. People remember the image, but very few realize that Hitler was a threat long before Captain America existed. In fact, Captain America was created because of Hitler.

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Episode 085- Last Kiss

Nothing marks the end of an era more potently than when the icons of that era pass away.

The cold reality is that when horror icons pass away, they rarely get memorialized in mainstream arenas.

So, I wanted to give an “Irish Wake”, a happy send-off for several of the people who passed away over the last few years. The people who gave horror fans their First Kiss. Continue reading “Episode 085- Last Kiss”

Episode 083- We Need to Talk About Guillermo

(Photo Credit: CHRISTOPHER WAHL/CONTOUR BY GETTY IMAGES)

If director Guillermo del Toro didn’t exist, we horror fans would have had to invent him.

He’s a true lifelong fan himself, who brought his unique style and passion to horror films, and his love for monsters paid off when The Shape of Water won Best Picture in 2017. 

So…why is there so little conversation about Guillermo del Toro in the horror community? Continue reading “Episode 083- We Need to Talk About Guillermo”