Friday, 15 January 2010

Bleed for Women in Horror!

The wonderful Soska Sisters, the ladies behind tWIStED tWINS PRODUCtiONS, are doing something very special for Women in Horror Recognition Month. They're encouraging us all to bleed. In the same way that every month should be used to recognise women in horror, something that needs to be done more often is blood donation. Pints and pints of blood are needed every day, and only the slightest percentage of the population donates.

Now, I'm not getting on my high horse here. I've never donated blood in my life. I've barely even considered it, because I'm utterly terrified of needles. I love horror films, and can watch all sorts of sickness on screen, but I have to look away whenever someone is given an injection. Think how bad I felt during the needle-pit scene in Saw II...and I still can't bring myself to even try to watch Audition.

My point (haha!) is: I'm considering it! I'm the girl who almost had a panic attack watching the virtual tour of giving blood, so this is no mean feat, I promise. I know there are a ton of people out there though who don't give blood and don't have the (feeble, granted) excuse of having a phobia of needles.

There are, of course, a ton of restrictions, too, on who can or can't give blood, and those restrictions are something that you need to check before donating. But if you're able to, then please, this February - whether it's your first time or you're a regular donator - bleed for women in horror!

Check out this fantastic PSA by the Soska Sisters.

Blood Drive PSA - Women In Horror Month from Twisted Twins Productions on Vimeo.


For more information on how to give blood in the UK, visit www.blood.co.uk.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Gosh! *blush*

The rather fabulous B-Sol has bestowed a great honour upon this humble blog, by declaring it 'Fantastically Frightening'! For those of you unaware, B-Sol is the brain behind the fantastic Vault of Horror, one of the best horror blogs around. I'm truly touched, and maybe I should use this as impetus to be a bit more active in keeping this little blog active! What would you, dear reader, like to see here? More lists? Reviews? Vlogs?! Let me know!

Thank you, B-Sol!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

End of Year/Decade Lists!

Everyone's doing it, so I thought I'd join the bandwagon. Here are my top ten horror films of 2009, and my top twenty horror films of the decade!

2009

1. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
2. La Horde (Yannick Dahan, 2009)
3. Inside (Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, 2007)
4. Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009)
5. Antichrist (Lars Von Trier, 2009)
6. Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz, 2008)
7. Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009)
8. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (Yoshihiro Mishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2009)
9. Drag Me To Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)
10. Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)
Special mention: Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008). I saw the film in 2008, but seeing as it only got its DVD release this year, I thought I'd include it, because it's damn well worth mentioning twice...see my decade list below!


2000-2009

In no particularly order, aside from that little film at #1...

1. Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)
2. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
3. Inside (Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, 2007)
4. La Horde (Yannick Dahan, 2009)
5. Frontiere(s) (Xavier Gens, 2007)
6. REC (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
7. The Orphanage (Juan Antonio Bayona, 2007)
8. Saw (James Wan, 2004)
9. Switchblade Romance (Alexandre Aja, 2003)
10. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
11. The Machine Girl (Noburu Iguchi, 2008)
12. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004)
13. Calvaire (Fabrice du Welz, 2004)
14. Vinyan (Fabrice du Welz, 2008)
15. Repo! The Genetic Opera (Darren Bousman, 2008)
16. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)
17. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (Lloyd Kaufman, 2008)
18. Them (David Moreau & Xavier Palud, 2006)
19. Colin (Marc Price, 2009)
20. The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005)

I've got to give a very honourable mention to 2001's Hannibal (Ridley Scott), because I love that film to pieces, no matter how much hate it gets! Other special mentions go to this year's Thirst (Park Chan-wook) and Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra), as well as 2007's Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein). There are, of course, plenty of films I've missed over the past ten years that, once I've seen them, may well have made the list! I realise there are a lot of European films on this list, but I can hand-on-heart say that the horror coming out of Europe this past decade has been some of the most impressive, to me, for a very long time.

So, there are my lists. Agree, disagree? Do let me know. Here's to a 2010 full of more wonderful horrific offerings!