A ‘Hexing’ time in Calgary with Tuesday Knight & the Nightmare on Elm Street Gang (Part One)

9 Oct

Appearing at Hex Calgary, Oct 11 to 15th!

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

An abridged version will appear in Absolute Underground Magazine Oct/Nov issue, distributing in major Canada outlets, in stands soon!

Tuesday Knight and Lisa Wilcox are just a part of the massive team of ‘Dream Warriors’ from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise that’ll be appearing at Hex Calgary. This first annual event is already huge with a guest lineup spanning different eras of horror entertainment in film, music and much more. Together, with Robert Englund, Andras Jones, Brooke Bundy, Brooke Thiess and Danny Hassel (to name a few) are just part of the line-up of guests under this banner and the panel is sure to be spectacular, now matter how you slice it.

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Emerald City Comic Con to go K-Pop and Anime in 2020!

9 Oct

 

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Emerald City Comic Con March 12-15, 2020

Emerald City Comic Con is expanding! Whether they are looking to add to the local Asian scene or is planning to work with the organizers behind Sakura Con for a mega-sized event, the information is scant at time of writing. Announced in today’s newsletter is the fact this added section will be exciting to track.

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The Magic in DreamWorks Yeti is Alive!

9 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

Belief in the Yeti is not Abominable. DreamWorks latest film is not only magical but also mystical. I haven’t had this thrill since Kung Fu Panda 3, as it interprets the legend of this cryptid to new wonders. Not only is the creature honoured according to local beliefs, but also, it’s just as human as us; they hid from humanity for a reason.

When Yi (Chloe Bennet) discovers a young Yeti hiding out on the rooftop of her apartment building, the relationship that develops is familiar. The film takes the best bits from How to Train Your Dragon trilogy and offers something slightly new. Although the marketing for this film is very much like other DreamWorks films concerning a human and beast, the relationships forged are always key. Here, two worlds look like they will collide and it would come at a cost.
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Where’s the Longevity in Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity after 10 Years?

7 Oct

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(The Vintage Tempest)

The Paranormal Activity franchise ended many years ago. and some fans may argue it’s been a trailblazer for the found footage genre. Anastasia Hanna of mxdwn.com thinks so, and I have the opposite opinion. It’s been 10 years since its wide theatrical release on Oct 16, 2009 (technically 12 if you count the film festivals), and the last film was about three years ago. Unless there’s a steady stream of this franchise, interest will pitter off.

The impact of this franchise faded with the passage of time. This series has always been a social experiment from the get-go. It’s designed to see how many people will react to the jump scares than to follow the trail of clues offered in all the movies made to date. Blair Witch did a better job with this particular subgenre of horror films since it felt realistic. It did not depend on sequels to make a lasting impact which gets imitated in comedy variety shows and in pop culture. After six films, there’s nothing to even truly recall other than the one ‘scary’ scene where the bedroom door swings open and the fate of Katie and Micah unwinds for all to see.

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