Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Remake in Spotlight

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!game-show-host

Let’s play a little game, shall we?

I call it The Remake in Spotlight. It’s the game where we take the never-ending discussion of this frustrating concept and puts it to the test. In the case of your beloved host, the horror genre is in focus (obviously), in order to narrow down the discussions just a little bit.

 In one corner we got the Negative Side:

“Remakes are unnecessary and meaningless. They take an already established concept or franchise and butcher it, in an attempt to ‘modernize’ something that doesn’t have to. Many (if not the majority of all) remakes lacks heart and commitment, making them just shallow versions of their former selves.”

And in the next corner we got the Positive Side:

“Remakes are not so much the destruction of a franchise, but an introduction to a new generation, refresh it so it fits the contemporary times. The view of the world and culture changes constantly and remakes are a way of expanding the boundaries of art and time. Rather than unintentional parodies, they are just different versions that can coexist if we let them.”

Which side are you on?

The Remake in Spotlight will continue some time forward, so stay tuned! Same Horror time, same Horror channel!

Horror Elements in M’era Luna

Anyone ever been to M’era Luna?

Last weekend, I, and a dear friend of mine, traveled many miles from Sweden to Hildesheim, Germany, with a complicated time-schedule and excitement. And afterwards I have to say it’s, without exaggeration, the best thing that’s happened in the year of our Lord 2013, so far. Nice weather, tasty junk food, good festival atmosphere, and awesome bands, many of whom I’ve been wanting to see for years.

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Anyone ever heard or seen Gothminister?

Even if the “highlights” of the festival were supposed to be Nightwish and HIM, I consider Gothminister to be the best show the festival had to offer. Even though they’re singing about different themes, their shows are very theatrical and horror based, which was a nice surprise.

At M’era Luna, they interacted with props and people with disguises. The singer (Bjørn Alexander Brem) brought forth a werewolf infant, cradling it in his arms, and later on, the werewolf mother arrives and starts a fight for the baby. Bjørn also decapitated a woman with a chainsaw, dressed in bloody wedding gown.

Those theatrical elements added a lot of atmosphere in the already dark locale, but it didn’t distract from the overall show. Industrial Gothic-influenced metal, as well as a little horror theater… it just couldn’t fail.

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Anyone ever heard or seen King Diamond?

If you have, then you will see similarities. The theatrical approach, the awareness of the contents of their own lyrics, and their macabre sense of humor. Sure, there are others I could mention, but let’s just save that for future posts.

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Anyone ever experienced something similar at a live concert?

Please, do tell!

Why Was My Window Open?

As a fan of the world of horror, do you know what can be a sign of passion and devotion, but also a side effect from an all-too-vivid imagination?

Paranoia.

A few nights ago, I sat in my apartment late in the evening. Even though the weather is pretty hot right now, I rarely bother to keep the windows open, because the apartment is always cool anyway. I’m, also, situated so the sun almost never reaches my windows. Plus, I live at the bottom floor, and I have always been afraid of potential burglars, thus I don’t want to risk anything, however small that risk may be.

So when I turned away from my computer for a moment in the evening…

Why was my window open?

I’m 99.9 % sure I never touched that window during the entire day. But did I do it anyway, but didn’t remember? Is the explanation so simple that the adjustable lever just wasn’t firm enough? Or is it some form of mysterious entity who wants to make its presence known, but wants to wait until one particular night before it shows its true form in the shadows?

Frankly, right now I’m thinking of the later alternative.

A while ago, I had a horror movie marathon with one of my best friends. Among others, we watched Grave Encounters 1 and 2 (far better than I expected them to be!). The same period I had watched Sinister, in my opinion one of the best horror movies of 2012, in my loneliness at midnight. Meanwhile, I’ve also continued to complete the computer game Silent Hill Downpour, which could be called a gigantic mindfuck on the senses.

The only thing missing would be nightmares. But I don’t have those. My imagination takes care of that just fine.

Twisting my peace of mind. Manipulating my common sense. Makes me think that events with an obvious logical explanation might possibly be a cause of paranormal phenomena. Or just scaring the shit out of me.

Am I disturbed if I happened to say I enjoy it?