Thursday, 26 October 2017

Plan 9 From Outta Our Arses!


So I have been a naughty boy and not posted on the website for awhile and for that I apologize. I had a hectic month with planning Halloween specials, guests backing out of upcoming projects, trying to find replacements that are of equal awesomeness, took an ill advised but well needed vacation and I was repeatedly unwell. None of these are great excuses but are just simply the facts.

I am striving to create something we can all be proud of at Terror Firma Media and also push myself beyond my own perceived limits. I lost focus along the way while constructing the Terror Firma Artist Union over on Facebook taking my eye off of the website and to be honest with you the YouTube channel. 

I am looking to rectify that in the coming weeks. I will be doing wee blog updates about my writing journey adapting TW Brown's Zomblog series. These may be videos or written posts or a mix of both. 

I am also still putting together my little personal project "Mind Garden." Mind Garden is a short documentary where I talk candidly about my issues with social anxiety and PTSD while interviewing other creatives who have found a solution to their own issues through their own creative journeys. I am desperate to have this released on YouTube by Christmas so keep your eye out for that. I will also be doing sporadic blog videos about that project. 

I am also putting together a further documentary for Terror Firma TV & the podcast about writing horror. I will be interviewing some cool authors and filmmakers on this and it will be in a similar vein to the "What Does Halloween Mean To You?" Documentary a few episodes back and may end up being a 2 or 3 parter.

Also we will be bringing some fun interviews to the show in the coming weeks so look out for them. A real mix of celebrities and "true" horror voices so they should be fun and no doubt I will get into trouble on at least one of them. 

In other Terror Firma Media news my old show the Drew Carson Show will be finally making its comeback very soon. I have been hesitant to bring the show back as I am wanting to take that show to the next level. Thanks to a strong and loyal audience and word of mouth that show attained heady listener numbers weekly and was only cancelled because I lost interest in playing the PR game. Now with hindsight I realize that the bullshit and banter that goes with booking guests is worth the fun guests. 

I want to bring the show back and for it to be bigger than ever. It will no longer be a podcast but instead a YouTube series. Ideas going around my head include eventually having live music, stand-up, interviewing guests in person and possibly a set being built and taking the show out of the virtual studio and into a new venue with a fun set and a live audience. To get to that level I will need your help.... No don't worry I don't mean your cash, although if your offering I have a bunch of T-Shirts that you can buy over on the Terror Firma Store lol, no what I need is your help building the word of mouth. I need you to tweet the celebrities you want me to interview and get the name of the show back out there. That will help more than money ever could.

As for the Terror Firma podcast and YouTube shows I have big plans for them also. I want to record more film commentary tracks, roundtables, specials, documentaries, interviews, appearances at events, on location interviews, taking the show on a ghost hunt for fun and of course always being anti-mainstream in content. This is the show that I do for fun, for the sheer joy of hanging out with horror stars, fans my friends to talk shit about the industry. 

We will also be bringing more content to the YouTube channel featuring members of the #TFAUnion in fun and interesting collaborations. So if you are an artistic person or just love film, music, video games, podcasts and all other forms of entertainment then hop on over to FB and send a request to join the best group.... nah the best community on that platform right now. 

Drew 'Terror' Carson CEO of Terror Firma Media


Saturday, 7 October 2017

It Comes At Night Review by Steve 'Sandwich' Hanisch

It Comes at Night
Year: 2017
Directed and Written By: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Tagline: “Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Most of what you see advertised today are the big films. The It remakes, the Marvel and DC movies, the empty-calorie blockbusters like Transformers or Fast and the Furious and endless, mindless remakes. However, every once in awhile, modern filmmaking turns it’s glance on an effectively chilling and all-around fantastic film. It Comes at Night is one of those films.
First off, Joel Edgerton is one of the most underrated actors in all of the known universe. The man should be a legend. Couple that with a gripping premise and plenty of room to show off his acting chops, that’s a recipe for success. Now, ala the tagline up top, it does start with the fact that this is post-sickness, whatever that means. I thought they would devolve into full zombie bullshit by the end of the film, but they didn’t. They stayed true to what this film was about. It’s about the family, the relationships built and the interactions and settings that make those relationships crumble. In doing so, you come away with a surprisingly realistic, post-Apocalyptic event where you start to question what you would do as well as make you want to watch the movie with a gas mask and a bottle of Purell.
Hey! Shocker! I agree with Rotten Tomatoes. “It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.” I was left with a feeling of anxiety and a knot in my stomach and that’s exactly what they were striving for. As I stated at the top, today you get a lot of empty movies. Movies you mentally check out of. Movies that twenty-minutes in you pause it and go, “FUCK ME, there’s still an hour and ten minutes left? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?! NooOOOooOoOooOooo!” Which then prompts you to just scroll through Snapchat and glance up at the screen every once in awhile and go, “Ha. That’s cool.” Then back to the phone. I didn’t look at my phone once during this film. I think the word “gripping” is used a lot to describe films as a buzzword so it loses something. But this movie is gripping. It’s true to what it is and never apologies for it.
I had to record our comedy podcast, The Ranting and Raving Podcast (#CheapPlug), after seeing this and it was honestly tough for me to switch into full joke mode. What movie has that effect on me? None usually. See what happens when I string together some good films to watch?! I become more human than human*! That must stop. Shark Exorcist here I come!

General Shenanigans Written By: Steve “Sandwich” Hanisch

Last Word “You can't trust anyone but family.” - Paul, It Comes At Night takes outtake lines from The Godfather and re-purposes them. “It’s okay, sweetie. It’s going to be okay.” - Sarah, It Comes at Night correctly predicts my mantra to myself every morning after remembering what I ate and drank the night before. 

*Sandwich’s random music outburst this week brought to you by “More Human Than Human” by White Zombie*.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IT Review By Steve 'Sandwich' Hanisch

Year: 2017
Directed By: Andy Muschietti
Based on the Novel By: Stephen King
Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff and Bill Skarsgård
Tagline: “A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Stephen King, as noted on Terror Firma previous episodes, does not have a good track record when it comes to his novels, shorts and stories being turned into films. For the most part, my experience with it is they ignore the characters...which is the basis for most good films and shows. It is not one of those films. This is a great movie and a great Stephen King book adaptation. When It: Chapter Two comes out (2019), I believe this will cover the entirety of the book (or at least the most important parts) and it will feel like a good meal. Satisfied and not overstuffed or with an aching stomach because it was too much bad shit. Like the pound of skittles I nervously munched through watching this.

I’m struggling to even find a place to start with this movie. The cast was great, the acting was great, the soundtrack was effective, I loved the camera angles and the different variety of angles you got. Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown was stellar. Reading up about this film after viewing, he was tremendously nervous about living up the performance by Tim Curry in the 1990 version. By my accounts, he created a new Pennywise in his own right. The story was great, loved the relationships and everything going on in the film. If they took away Pennywise and the whole supernatural element, you still would have a great murder-mystery on your hands and the film would still stand up. That’s saying something, especially in the horror genre.

Back to the acting for a hot second. I am generally not a fan of child actors, but it would seem recently these kids really got that shit on lockdown. I feel like up until now, the only qualifications for being a child actor before was to remember your lines. Now, they’re telling Bill Skarsgård they love what he’s doing with his character and shit! It’s the same thing that’s happening in the sports world, if your kid is a pitcher and you’re a parent today, you’re going have him pitch the entire twelve months of every year until he gets into college baseball. Except by the time he’s twenty, he’ll need Tommy-John surgery and be totally fucked out of a baseball career. The same thing is happening with these child actors and actresses. They’re actually acting! I imagine it’s because parents are training them to be professionals instead of letting them have normal lives. Take it or leave it, but this film and shows like Stranger Things, there’s a whole movement of legit child actors and actresses coming up. For better or worse, they’re here.

Okay, rant over, back to the movie. I equate this film to Stand By Me meets The Conjuring and I loved every second of it. There will be some debate surrounding this movie and the things in it, as always in the Stephen King circles, but I love how they took on this project, and in my estimation, succeeded with flying red balloons. I couldn’t agree more with Rotten Tomatoes. “Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King’s classic story without losing touch with its heart.” #Preach. Plus, they avoided the particular inflammatory moments of the book and replaced with what I believed to be very effective substitutes. But that may be up the the eye of the beholder. “CHOICE IS MADE FOR YOU, MY FRIEND!”*

 I’m very much looking forward to It: Chapter Two to see how well they attack the adult parts of the book. Also, the adult cast, will they have the same charisma as the teenage actors in this version? I’m not entirely sure they’ll be able to pull that off and that’s a big meatball just hanging there. Either way, there I was in an AMC theater at noon on a sunny Saturday nursing a hangover and still was bone-chilled and impressed with the chosen feature. I think you will be too. I may even buy this sumbitch on Blu Ray.
Review and General Shenanigans Written By: Steve “Sandwich” Hanisch

Last Word “Tasty, tasty, beautiful fear.” - It, Pennywise the Dancing Clown sums up forgetting your anniversary.

*Sandwich’s random Metallica outburst of the day, brought to you by him writing ‘eye of the beholder’. It doesn’t take much.