Category: Features

Blotter: Dirty John, Kim Wall, and a Request for Stories

Hello! I’ve been busy collecting ghost stories and interviewing people about their experiences with the supernatural for some solid October content for you. I hope you’ll excuse me if the Blotter links are just a bit briefer this week. I hope to pay you back in scares over the coming weeks. This past weekend, Dirty John, a unique joint podcast and print feature from the Los Angeles Times blew up online. I’ve only just finished listening to the first of the five-podcast series and it’s every bit as good as people have said. I’m partial to the audio version...

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Hispanic Directors You Should Be Watching

While we are all familiar with master filmmakers Pedro Almodovar, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, there are others that deserve your undivided attention, despite having less of a spotlight shone on them. The following are a combination of filmmakers that are breaking out in Hollywood, on the cusp of something special, or crafting an incredible career back home. Irrespective of where their careers are at the moment, they are all doing impeccable work that strengthens the Hispanic cinematic voice. Nacho Vigalondo (Spain) With 2017’s stellar outing Colossal, Nacho Vigalondo proved he is a filmmaker who rejects...

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Our Patience is Rewarded with New Trailer for The Last Jedi

Star Wars! And here’s the new poster! So this looks amazing! I don’t want to speculate too much, but it definitely looks like Rian Johnson is mixing up the traditional Star Wars story elements beyond the dark side and the light. Of course the major discussion around this film is what Luke Skywalker’s role will be. And while we can’t tell from the trailer what side of the force he’ll land on (though we do know what fear leads to), it’s clear that Mark Hamill has brought his A-game. Other key moments are a glimpse of Snoke in the...

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The Justice League Rise Above in New Trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League! Hot damn! Justice League is really shaping up to be something spectacular. I got chills when Superman’s theme from Man of Steel started playing in Lois’s dream, and I couldn’t help but grin at the banter between the team. After all the reshoots, and rumors, and whatnot, it’s clear that Justice League remains very much a Zack Snyder film, as the official reports always suggested. The lighter tone was expected and promised before BvS, and this trailer delivers on that promise, while still showing the gravity and depth of consequence...

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Prepare for the Uprising in First Trailer for Pacific Rim Sequel

Here’s our first look at Steven S. DeKnight’s sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim: Uprising!     I had my doubts. Could you blame me? It’s no easy feat to follow in Guillermo del Toro’s footsteps, but DeKnight looks like he may acheive just that. Pacific Rim: Uprising looks like a complete blast! While it may lack some of Guillermo’s aesthetics, you can still see his influence heavily on this film. And Uprsing may offer an improvement by having what seems to be most of the film’s central battles in daylight to better showcase the kaiju....

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BLOTTER: Room 1046 and The Dyatlov Pass Incident

For today’s Blotter, I wanted to try something different. Instead of sharing my account of an old case, I want to offer up some tantalizing resources you can either enjoy as standalone creepy stories, or choose to follow them down the rabbit hole. This first case is among the strangest I’ve ever heard, combining elements of mystery, violence, and one of those logic puzzles they used to throw at you in junior high (“But I can’t operate on this boy. He is my son.”). How does a man with no past exist? What made him check into a motel...

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Prepare for the World of Blade Runner 2049 in the Third of Three Shorts

Following the release of Blade Runner: Nowhere to Run, Denis Villeneuve swtiches things up with the final short film installment leading to his film Blade Runner 2049. This time round he brought in famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) for Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Set just three years after the original film, Black Out explores the ramifications of a massive EMP detonation that sends the already dark world of Blade Runner into an even darker place. This really makes us want to see an Animatrix style release of different animated stories set within the Blade Runner universe. Blade Runner...

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Neill Blomkamp is Back for More With New Short Film

Neill Blomkamp continues to make cool shorts his way through his venture, Oats Studios. We posted his first two shorts from Oats Studios earlier this year, and now we have another to share: ADAM: The Mirror. The film serves as a sequel to a short he released last year, ADAM: Chapter 1. Both shorts were filmed using creation software Unity Technologies. A third installment, ADAM: The Prophet is expected to be released online later this year. Watch both ADAM: Chapter 1 and ADAM: The Mirror below! You can find out more about Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios and how to support it here: http://oatsstudios.com/ Featured...

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A Sinister Mating Ritual: Hellraiser and the Sublime

The last month has largely consisted of talking about Stephen King, about his particular brand of horror and his insights into the human spirit. There was no preventing some of that from bleeding over into this consideration of Clive Barker, who King once described as the future of horror. Well the future is now here, and this conclusion has come to the forefront: if Stephen King’s works are about facing the dark with the companionship of others and ultimately finding the light again, then Barker’s works are about staring into and being consumed by the dark…forever and entirely alone....

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Nightbreed and the Majesty of Monsters

Do you remember the first time you fell in love with monsters? I do. It was somewhere in the midst of Frankenstein, Goosebumps, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and War of the Colossal Beast that I came to love them. I researched them. I wrote about them. I drew them on every blank piece of paper I could find and turned many a school art project into a monstrous vision of blood and blisters, much to the disgust of my teachers. I was separated from my peers for monsters. I went to detention for monsters. My parents were called...

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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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Curb Your Cynicism: Long Shot is the Rare Feel-Good True Crime Doc

Overview: A young man is charged with murder, while his attorney goes to unusual lengths to prove his innocence; Netflix; 2017; 40 minutes. A Guy Goes to a Ballgame: The keystone around which the documentary Long Shot is built is a sad one: the 2003 murder of a 16-year old girl in Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before police zeroed in on the then 24-year old Juan Catalan, a father of two with no significant record (certainly none suggesting he was capable of murder). There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, but plenty of the circumstantial kind;...

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The Best Screenwriters, So Say Actual Screenwriters

Best-of lists are too often cynical, randomly thrown together content churn designed to drum up internet arguments but not much new thought on the subject. Vulture’s list of the 100 Best Screenwriters is different; it’s packed with high-quality analysis and, perhaps most importantly, was generated by working screenwriters who are too often relegated backseat status to directors and actors. But it all begins with the word. So enjoy this list from Vulture, and let us know your favorites!   Featured Image: Columbia...

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22 Hispanic Horror Movies

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and to crossover with Haelloween, we’re bringing you a list of 22 Hispanic Horror movies (and a couple thrillers) to keep your heart rate up and celebrate the quality genre cinema coming out all over the world. You’ll note a distinct absence of GDT here. Not because we don’t celebrate him here at AE, but because he tends to dominate a lot of these lists and we wanted to lift up some gems you may not have seen. Check it out, and let us know what your favourite Hispanic horror movies are! Penumbra (2011,...

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