Tag Archives: Horror

Predator: The Original Screenplay is Green for a Reason!

21 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Despite an iffy future for the Predator franchise, I’ve enjoyed the first film for what it was–a tale of who is the alpha. Whether that belonged to man or alien, that was besides the point. Arnold Schwarzenegger and all the heavyweights from that time certainly exercised their testosterone.

The challenge I found was in balancing a “Shootout at the OK corral” type narrative with something of mystery–about alien invaders coming to Earth and in this film, it was all about sport! However, what the first two films created was an intrigue for a species rooted in our primal lore about simply surviving. The mythology was never set in stone. It was made up on the spot as new writers and producers joined the fore. Original producer Joel Silver turned the first treatment that was more pulp science fiction orientated into a cat and mouse style chase.

The sequels and merchandise that followed–including Dark Horse’s foray into cross media projects –had me excited to see just how far back this species visited Earth. I was deadly curious to see how this society works, and now (and no doubt due to the success of William Gibson’s Aliens 3 getting printed), we get to see another screenplay adapted to comic book form! To see how much of Jim and John Thomas screenplay survived will have me very curious, and waiting for this work to hit stands.

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[Victoria Film Festival 2020] Entering the Vast of the Night, A Movie Review

9 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

When much of the movie takes place in the Vast of the Night, the movie theatre (or your home video setup when it arrives to streaming) better be colour corrected to enjoy the picturesque nuances crafted by director Andrew Patterson and cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz. Even the use of solid blacks for long moments of dialogue gives a sense of you’re listening to a radio play than a feature length film.

The technical work behind this micro budget film is nothing but short of brilliant. I suspect the cameraman used a drone to create a beautiful long tracking sequence which stretched from one end of a small town to another. The tale, without giving too much away, deals with themes common for the era it’s set in–fear of the cold war and a threat nobody expects.

We’re not talking about what’s happening south of the border either. In Cayuga, New Mexico, all seems normal. The two nerdy teens, a self-assured Everett (Jake Horowitz) who works at the radio station and a very gabby Fay (Sierra McCormick), a switchboard operator, are the focus. Both performers have a sweet chemistry as they try to figure out what’s going on in true Hitchcock fashion. They are very capable of solving the best crimes in ala Nancy Drew too. It’s easy for me to know the outcome because of my enjoyment of this sci-fi suspense genre, but these kids are in the dark until the adults they are in contact with reveal an unsettling truth. To know more, this review is split. Huge spoilers are coming.

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Before Watching Locke & Key on Netflix, IDW’s “Welcome to Lovecraft” is available free!

7 Feb

Joehilllockekey.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Mention Joe Hill, and most fans of his works will most likely think of NOS4A2. It premiered last year to critical acclaim, and to follow up on this tale of terror is the Lovecraftian inspired Locke & Key on Netflix!

The series follows the adventures of three siblings– – who, after finding their father killed, move home to live with their mother Nina (Frances O’Connor). They discover the ancestral home is special, and gives them powers though possession of magical keys. When a sinister evil wants those artifacts, just what dangers they face means staying ahead …

The comic book ran from 2008 to 2013, and for those who have not had a chance to read the series that started it all, Graphite has an app and made the first story arc available to read for free! Five more volumes are available, and anyone subscribing (prices can begin from $6.50 on up) will have full access to Graphite’s library of over 25,000 comics, webtoons, manga titles, webcomics and strips, early access content and a fully ad-free reading experience!

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The Vintage Tempest’s Picks of the Victoria Film Festival

5 Feb
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Runs Feb 7 to 16th at various locations in Victoria, BC

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

By my count, I believe the Victoria Film Festival is celebrating 25 glorious years! Congratulations! I remember starting to go see this event when they are younger way back when, with Edison and Leo (2008). catching my attention. As a fan of all forms of animation, I found it tough to find the indie material to watch on the big screen.

After that was The Chef of South Polar (2009) to cater to my foodie interests. This organization has  Feast! (runs in the month of June ) for those who love the theme of food, and B-Fest to celebrate the best of pop culture cinema over the summer.

This local event began in 1995 and grew to include the series, “In Conversation With” and “Jammies & Toons.” Both are worth going to, as this event never fails to get fascinating directors or performers to discuss their work. This year they got Bill Nighy and in no time flat, the event is sold out! I’m not surprised and am sad I was not swift as Davy Jones to snag my ticket.

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