31 Days of Horror: Let the Right One In

Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) is a 2008 Swedish horror film. Based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist the film is about a young bullied boy named Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant). His parents are divorced and he spends a lot of time alone while his mother works.

In Oskar's apartment complex a couple of new neighbours moves in. An older man and young girl about his age called Eli (Lina Leandersson). Some of the local people have been found dead while Oskar forms a friendship with Eli.

Vampire movies have been plentiful lately but it's been a long time since I've seen one that brought something new to the genre. The majority of them have been either romanticized crap or another take on the Dracula story.

This is a quietly beautiful and unsettling creepy movie. Director Tomas Alfredson, whose going to be directing a new version of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tinker, Soldier, Spy, has crafted a brilliant horror movie that doesn't follow the standard cliches that plague the genre.

Unfortunately Hollywood is going to remake this film with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves at the helm. They've even changed the title to the more blunt Let Me In. One can only hope that it fails miserably.

Friday Afternoon Kitty: Halloween Edition!

I think the movie Cat People affected my sexuality forever: two hours of a mostly naked Nastassia Kinski and her incestuous, hooker-eating brother PLUS all those great big black pussycats, all set to David Bowie's soundtrack... Well, it made me into one confused, horny little kitten, let me tell you.

For this Halloween edition of Friday Afternoon Kitty, we present the sexy kissing scene (deep down we know that for adults, Halloween is really about kissing) and the scene where poor Irena turns into a panther for the first time and nearly eats her new boyfriend. Mmmm... miscegenation....

Today On the Scarth Street Mall

Someone celebrating Hallowe'en early, or an insidious marketing ploy by a coalition of local TV stations to generate public sympathy for their campaign to pressure Ottawa to extract money from so-called "cable cash cows" to help fund local TV news, drama and other programming although some might call bullshit on that given the stations' demonstrated lack of commitment over the last several decades to producing said programming? You be the judge.

Pick of the Day: God Made Me Funky

I did a post on this Toronto-based nu-funk hip hop group when they passed through town last winter. I didn't catch their March 6 gig at the District. I'm not sure why. But it probably had something to do with the weather being shitty, and me being busy finishing up whatever writing assignments I had for the March 12 issue of prairie dog.

Anyway, tonight the band makes a return visit to the Distrikt. What with the gigs last night (Marianas Trench, the Downchild Blues Band); all the shows tonight (Akon, Asleep at the Wheel, and a These Estates and Architects & Builders double bill at O'Hanlon's); and the shows happening tomorrow night (Puddle of Mud, the Feast of Screams Hallowe'en metal blowout at the Exchange) it's a busy few days for live music fans in Regina.
Do your best to get out to something, okay? And for a taste of what God Made Me Funky have to offer, here's a link to my earlier post.