IFC picked the theatrical trailer for 1979's Alien as #1 in its list of The 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time, adding another to the ranks of frightful film trailers from the 1970s. Part of which made the Alien trailer so effective at the time were the dialogue-free glimpses of the film's eerie, otherworldly designs when the crew of the Nostromo run afoul of a hostile E.T. on a haunted planet. "In space, no one can hear you scream is one of the all-time best tag lines ever, and the image of the moonscape that reveals itself to be an egg is masterfully photographed, particularly given that it never appears in the actual film. The point at which the egg cracks and that sinister light shines through, with such spooky sound effects, hints that something wicked this way comes. I wonder if the star-field effect influenced David Lynch's Eraserhead?
I was on a road trip to Kentucky recently and did something I never do — stopped at Waffle House. The morning light coming through the windows was beautiful and the people-watching was superb. My breakfast wasn't half-bad either.
The most effective trend in horror trailers from the past couple of decades comes from the rise of the "found-footage" thriller, in which the shaky-cam point of view heightens the viewers you-are-there anxiety. The Blair Witch Project from 1999 practically founded the subgenre (and had an iconic teaser), and inspired a similar low-budget sleeper hit ten years later with Paranormal Activity. Spain has presented two horror films in that vein, 2007's [REC] (remade in the United States as Quarantine) and its 2009 sequel, [REC 2]. Georgia State University's Cinefest is screening both of the original [REC] films this weekend, and while the subtitled [REC] teaser doesn't break stylistic ground, it shows how suspenseful the point of view can be.
While browsing a blog post trolling for ideas for team Halloween Costume ideas for my 2-year-old son I came upon this posting on the SpoutBlog concerning the "stars" of Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Unlike the Joaquin Phoenix movie, the Banksy doc is still a mystery as far was what’s real and what’s made up. Is Thierra Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, aka “MBW,” really just an alias of Banksy? We may never know. But you can address the question in masquerade form by dressing up as a combination of the two “characters.” All you need is some facial hair (sideburns and mustache, real or fake), a pork pie hat and a retro polyester shirt. That’s the MBW part. Then, over that you wear a black hoodie, obscuring most of your face. It’s your choice if you want the underneath costume to ever be revealed to people, but in that case the gag is only appreciated by you alone.
Colleges across the country are in the process of banning Four Loko and beverages of its ilk — others include Liquid Charge and Joose — from being sold on campus after a string of "overdoses," but in many places lawmakers are seeking wider bans to protect potential overindulgers both young and old. Add to that list Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts, who issued a press release today saying he'd seek ways to ban the beverages countywide.
The release says:
[Commissioner Pitts] has asked County staff to review the County’s jurisdiction over alcoholic beverage sales, particularly in unincorporated South Fulton. Even if the County is unable to completely ban the sale of these types of beverages, Pitts hopes to require the posting of signage warning of the dangers of these beverages.
By providing caffeine that “boosts” energy, experts believe alcoholic energy drinks mask the impact of alcohol and may lead to overdrinking. Additionally, packaging resembles energy drinks, rather than traditional alcoholic beverages. Packaging does not always carry warnings about caffeine content. They are marketed to younger drinkers, and may be more enticing than other alcoholic products to underage drinkers.
“We already see the ravages of binge drinking on young people and the community,” said Commissioner Pitts. “It is not difficult to draw a line between alcoholic energy drinks and risky behavior. The results are potentially catastrophic.”
Apparently no one will be making it rain in Club Reign this Saturday night, as we'd previously posted. It turns out that the Gidewon brothers decided there were too many competing events this Halloween weekend — including their own horror-themed throw-down tonight at Compound — so they pushed back their opening party until next Saturday, Nov. 6.
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