Fabian Huebner wrote to me the other day to inform me that he had started a Kickstarter project to help fund the rest of his film Fonotune. He told me that he was doing this in order to retain artistic freedom and control over the project. The bulk of the film is complete but more money is needed to add some important desert scenes and to finish the principal shooting.
There are some great rewards on offer such as soundtracks, comics, posters, art books etc. with pledges starting at $5. I have finally finished my set of paper toys and these are also available as part of one of the reward packs.
I finally added the finishing touches to this piece that I started a little while back. It is a tribute to one of my favourite TV shows of all time, Twin Peaks.
We recently finished watching the second season which was finally released on DVD last year. Watching the whole thing again confirmed in my mind the fact that director David Lynch is one of the few people alive today that I would describe as a true genius.
Here also is the clip from Twin Peaks that inspired my picture.
The second feature film that I have seen by the director “Lucky” McKee is The Woods. It unfortunately went straight to DVD, which is surprising given the very high production values and level of acting shown by the excellent cast. The Woods is a more traditional horror movie centred around an all girls boarding school deep in the titular woods. It is a 60s period piece with a more magical than horror theme and brings to mind British horror movies of the era it depicts. The set designs and costumes are impeccable and it also features the legendary Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame.
Lucky also directed an episode of the Masters of Horror series that I reviewed earlier.
Apparently a sort of sequel to May was released at the end of last year called Roman. I have yet to see it but it sounds intriguing, as roles have been reversed this time with Lucky in the lead role and Angela Bettis in the directors chair.
One of my new favourite directors of late is the American horror director Edward “Lucky” McKee.
Admittedly I have only watched 3 things that he has directed but that is almost the sum total of his work. Lucky gained a cult following after the release of his best known work May in 2002.
Though his films are ostensibly labelled as horror to me they seem like adolescent dramas that happen to have horror and fantasy themes. I say this because Lucky builds up relationships properly between his characters and also injects all of his films with a certain romance and also a sense of humour. The look of his movies is also very special – slick and colourful without quite tipping into the realms of an MTV music video. All in all it makes for a very pleasant (apart from the gore) viewing experience.
May is the story of an awkward and lonely young woman who is desperate to have relationships like the so-called normal people around her. It is almost like a modern day Carrie, but as I explained above the whole thing plays out more like a coming of age movie. It is only towards the end that things start moving in a horror direction. The movie stars the excellent Angela Bettis who appears in some form in every film that Lucky has made.
I have recently been watching the Showtime series Masters of Horror.
It is a series of one hour horror shorts each directed by a famous horror director. Names include John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Dario Argento (Suspiria, Inferno), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). There are also many interesting cameo appearances from famous horror actors.
Though it is very much a hit and miss affair there are a few stand out episodes. John Carpenter’s “Cigarette Burns” for example is one of the best horror pieces I have seen for a long time and almost feels like a full length feature. It is also nice just to have a horror based series and with 2 series of 13 episodes a piece it will certainly keep you entertained for a while.