The Night of Dread happened last night. Organized by Toronto’s Clay & Paper Theatre, the annual event, now in its 11th year, is designed to bring together the community in a pre-Halloween march around the city streets, complete with bands, hand-made costumes and masks. Each year a different fear is mocked. Appropriately enough, this year’s fear was environmental disaster.
Archive for October, 2010
Jeremy Messersmith’s new video for “A Girl, A Boy and A Graveyard” sees the Minneapolis-based indie pop nerd collaborating with animator Eric Power for this slightly spooky video. The touching track is featured on Messersmith’s new album The Reluctant Graveyard. Watch for the Frankenstein’s monster cameo!
Just a reminder that the Halloween party to attend in Toronto this weekend is Rue Morgue Magazine‘s Ceremonia Satanica. Among the fearful festivities…
It sounded like the set-up to a joke: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost move in together. But Being Human has proven itself to be an addictive BBC TV drama. It’s currently in production on its third season, and the SyFy network is, for better or worse, working on an American remake.
For those unfamiliar, Being Human is about vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow) living together and trying to lead normal lives in a Bristol suburb. Season One saw the trio struggle with what it mean to be human (nudge nudge) and what it means to be a monster. There was blood and there was guts, but there was also heart which made it an unexpected and pleasurable discovery.
The Opera House
Any worries that Gary Numan’s status in North America as a one-hit wonder would mean that no one would turn up to The Opera House to see the synth-pop icon and his band perform his seminal 1979 album The Pleasure Principle were pushed aside when the “Sold Out” sign was spotted on the east end Toronto venue’s door.
Toronto Goth punk band Cadillacs and Cadavers (http://www.myspace.com/cadillaccadaver) provided the musical entertainment last night at Toronto’s Cherry Cola Lounge for the launch party of Andrea Subissati’s new book “When There’s No More Room In Hell,” an academic text which examines the zombie phenomenon from a sociological perspective.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2
Directed by Tod Williams
Written by Michael R. Perry
It’s difficult to talk about Paranormal Activity 2 without getting into spoilers, but let’s try.
The challenge the filmmakers have here is trying to match, let alone exceed, the scares generated by the first film. I had the chance to see Paranormal Activity in early September last year, about six weeks before it opened and before the “you’ve got to go see this” hype began. Suitably unarmed, I was genuinely frightened and did not sleep well that night.