Author: Sean W. Fallon

 Lost Legends: George A. Romero

In our second week of Lost Legends, we’re turning our attention to the King of the Zombies himself, George A. Romero. As tempting as it would be to focus solely on his work with the undead, I’ve instead opted to look at some of his other horror work (and Dawn of the Dead because if there’s an excuse to watch Dawn of the Dead I’m taking it.)  The Crazies (1973) Overview: A small town becomes infected with a virus that sends its citizens crazy. Focus: A novel aspect of this film is how little it focuses upon the infected. After...

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Lost Legends: Wes Craven

For this year’s Halloween celebrations, Audiences Everywhere is looking back on some of the horror icons who are no longer with us and looking at some of their most famous/infamous movies. For the first week, we’re looking back at Wes Craven, a true master of the genre who made some of the most iconic horror movies of the past forty years. Don’t forget to take to Twitter for your chance to win all of these films. The Last House on the Left (1972) Overview: Two teens are captured and tortured by a gang of criminals who then take refuge in...

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Small Screen Horror: Ash vs Evil Dead

There are not many long-running heroes in horror, and scores of recurring villains; masked men who seemingly can’t be killed and can’t get enough blood to sate them. Occasionally horror heroes like Laurie Strode or Nancy Myers reappear, but the baddies are there for every step of the franchise. That is not the case with Ash Williams. Ash has been front and centre in nearly every iteration of The Evil Dead franchise (he even appears after the credits of the 2013 remake). The Evil Dead series isn’t the story of the titular villainous deceased, but instead it is the...

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Christopher Nolan’s Long Infatuation with Time

2017’s Dunkirk is something of a departure for director Christopher Nolan. His previous movies have all had mainly been set in cityscapes and focused upon technology, both real and imaginary. Dunkirk is a sparse, experimental movie set in elemental spaces: on a beach, on the water, and in the air. However, other than metropolises and theoretical devices, Nolan’s movies have another recurring motif, which is his fascination with and manipulation of time. Looking at his filmography it’s clear that Nolan is enamoured with time and how bendy it is, how intangible, and the ways in which it can be...

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How to Reference The King: Five Great References to Stephen King in Popular Culture

Stephen King has written 56 novels and nearly 200 short stories. He has been adapted many, many times for the big and small screen and has become such a name in the horror genre that he will probably never be dethroned as the king of scary stories. He has become so ingrained in our culture that we see his influence pop up all the time in sitcoms, music videos, video games, music, literature, cookery (he has a mean cheesecake recipe), and animation. It would be impossible to list every reference to him in popular culture, so I’ve narrowed it down...

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Little Evil Wastes a Fun Premise

Overview: A man begins to believe that his stepson might be the Antichrist. Netflix; 2017; Rated TV-MA; 95 mins. Parody: The Omen is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Its depiction of the demonic spawn of Satan in the form of an adorable/intensely creepy kid has been referenced, copied, and spoofed in myriad movies since The Omen’s release in 1976. Little Evil aims at retelling the same story but from the point of view of an overeager step-father who finds himself the guardian of a kid who can make people kill themselves and who communes through a...

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Game of Thrones Season Seven Had Epic Moments but Played it Safe

The final season of Game of Thrones likely won’t arrive until 2019. So how did the show leave us for that long wait? Crucially, with the cliffhanger that the White Walkers have breached the wall and are heading south as Daenerys brings her armies up north to fight them back. Cersei is pregnant and has sent her brother away. Tyrion is acting strangely. The Stark sisters have made peace over the dead body of Littlefinger. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have consummated their season long courtship. And also, she’s his aunt. All in all, the popular reaction to season seven...

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MIFF 2017: A Gray State is Three Documentaries in One

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: The fascinating life and tragic death of Libertarian filmmaker, David Crowley. A&E Indie Films; 2017; 90 minutes. Three Documentaries: Executive produced by Werner Herzog and directed by Erik Nelson, A Gray State is a mix of documentary sub-genres. It is a character study and the life story of central figure, David Crowley. It is a movie about making movies as we watch Crowley’s efforts to get his magnum opus...

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Watching the Music Videos of David Fincher

David Fincher has developed a very distinct style over the years as he has cemented himself as one of our most impressive technical filmmakers. Fincher has a great hold on characters and story, but he stands out because his mechanical, almost robotic, style of filmmaking is so recognisable and effective. His movies are distinguishable by a number of trademarks and signature moves. Fincher likes washed-out colours with lots of metallic blues and greys along with crushed blacks, which makes his movies seem as though they’re being projected to us on a piece of frozen metal. He also avoids handheld...

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MIFF 2017: Spookers is a Peek Behind the Curtain

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A look behind the scenes at the enormously popular haunted house attraction, Spookers. Madman Production Company; 2017; Rated-M; 90 mins New Zealand: It would seem that the popularity of last year’s Tickled has led to an interest in some of the more esoteric aspects of New Zealand culture. At Miff this year, two of the hot tickets were Pecking Order and Spookers, both documentaries that looked at interesting Kiwis...

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MIFF 2017: Pecking Order is a Warm and Fuzzy look at Poultry Pageantry

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A look at the competitive world of New Zealand poultry pageantry. Vendetta Films; 2017; Rated-PG; 88 mins Chickens: The world of poultry pageantry, or chicken fancying, is a hardcore world. After all, this is a competition that requires you to raise, from an egg, a chicken that will eclipse all over chickens (in New Zealand at least). The level of work required, the dedication, the number of ‘ugly’ chickens...

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MIFF 2017: Tragedy Girls is Cool, Funny, and a Little Psychotic

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: Two serial killer obsessed high school girls go on a killing spree to increase their web popularity. Gunpowder & Sky; 2017; Rated-R; 90 mins Horror: No other genre has the ability to reinvent itself like horror. Each year, a handful of movies come out that remind us how much fun this genre can be and how the tropes of the genre can be so easily subverted and changed. Tragedy...

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MIFF 2017: The Killing of a Sacred Deer is Deadpan Horror

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A teenager’s obsession with a cardiologist leads to a mysterious illness and a terrible decision. A24; 2017; Rated-R; 109 mins Genre: Yorgos Lanthimos, more than any other writer/director working today, makes me want to be a better writer. When I watch his stuff it shows me exactly what happens when a boatload of confidence meets an abundance of creativity, and how genre is just something we use to sort...

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MIFF 2017: I Am Not a Witch is a Gorgeous Satire

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A young girl accused of witchcraft is sent to live with a group of other supposed witches. Film4; 2017; 90 mins Beauty: I Am Not a Witch is a gorgeous movie and it knows it. Director, Rungano Nyoni is not ashamed to put beautiful images  front and center and linger upon them whether they be the foolish witch doctor’s get-up, the traditional clothes they cover the young witch Shula...

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MIFF 2017: Godspeed is Messy and Empty

Over the next few weeks, our writer in Melbourne, Sean W. Fallon, will be covering the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and reviewing some of his favourite movies from the festival. Overview: A drug courier travels in the taxi of an unlucky cab driver. 3 Ng Film; 2016; Rated-R; 111 mins Lost: Godspeed is a very odd movie. Not much happens in it, it jumps around in time, the narrative POV shifts from character to character, and by the end the viewer is left with the sense that either they’ve just watched a movie about something that is just out of...

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