“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.
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.
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”
My book, Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy, has been getting great reviews, and now it’s been nominated for Book of the Year on the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards!
The Rondo Awards are special because they arefan–based,andhavenoconnectiontoanycommercialsponsor.Anyone in fandom can vote or propose nominees.
However, as the official website states, getting nominated doesn’t mean you’ll make the ballot:
“We will note that the world of horror has exploded in recent years. Time was if something existed, it made the Rondo ballot. Now there is so much talent and excellence, that we need YOU to help us sort through the best of the best, always with ‘classic horror,’ whatever that means to you, in mind”.
This means that the judges need to see real interest in a book from across the community, with several people stepping up to show their excitement about an artwork done in 2018.
If you read the book, and you enjoyed it and feel that it might be worthy of a place on the final ballot, please consider nominating Screaming for Pleasure for Book of the Year!
You can read the rules and suggest your nomination here: