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Archive | June, 2011

Red River Theatres presents…..

28 Jun

My love affair with the movies has been a long one. Some of my greatest memories are in a darkened theater in a cramped seat eating carefully smuggled contraband candy. It all started with the now defunct Hampton Cinemas 6 (RIP 1980-2009) and ventured all over New Engalnd. During my days in Boston I haunted the Brattle and the Coolidge Corner theater like Casper the Ghost. I even got the chance to high five Chow Yun-fat at the MFA after a screening of Better Tomorrow. I’m no movie snob but I hold cinema as an artform that transcends and entertains. I am also a huge B-Movie fan and feel that many of these genre films (as I call them) are some of the greatest entries in the history of cinema. I’ve had some of my memorable experiences with these types of movies.They also are where many of our greatest filmmakers got their start.

When I was just recently asked by Concord’s own Red River Theatres to do a poster for their upcoming Friday Night Film Series I was blown away. Red River is the 10 time award awinning independent non-profit theater showing the best of current independent and foreign films, classics, documentaries and cult favorites. This  is one of the places a cinema fan must support, because you just don’t see this type of theater that offers this high quality of experience just anywhere. They are few and far between especially outside of Boston. This series includes an absolutely wonderful linup of some of the best genre films to come out in the past year:

It all starts with super gonzo Hobo with a Shotgun on August 5th, and I’ll be appearing in person for the screening of Stakeland . More details to come later!

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The Thing in the Moonlight

2 Jun

I will readily admit I’ve been a horror fan since a very a young lad. There’s something fascinating and unsettling about the unknown and unexplainable. That simple fact that there forces in the world beyond our control and comprehension. It’s very thrilling to be scared, at least when you know to some degree you’re safe. Now imagine a world of horror beyond vampires,werewolves and ghosts. Where folklore and legend are mere shallow, historical footnotes. Imagine a scenario where true horror is on a level far older and alien then mankind itself. Enter the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Howard Philips Lovecraft, born in Providence, Rhode Island, created a mythos of cosmic horror where mankind itself was born as a mistake. A mere pawn to greater and powerful ancient creatures form other worlds. While indeed rooted in New England, his stories painted an unsettling and chilling view. To this day his work has inspired countless other writers,musicians and filmmakers from around the world some 70 years after his death.

This illustration is inspired by the story The Thing in the Moonlight by J. Chapman Miske, based on an actual letter written by Lovecraft himself about a dream he had. The wonderfully talented Senator J1m of Weird Fiction recordings is putting together a celebration of this particular tale and this is my little contribution. Also J1m is part of the awesome Lovecraft inpsired group the Humanoids who just happen to have a new EP for sale. (Which is awesome!) More details on all this later.

If your curious about how revered Lovcraft remains check out the trailer to this superb documantary about the man himself.