Announcing HOUSE OF SKIN: A Tribute to the films of David Cronenberg (2018)!!

Brief/Primer for HOUSE OF SKIN: A Tribute to David Cronenberg’s Films.

Hey, Dave K. here. You might know me as A Fiend On Film or you might not know me at all (probably the latter). After publishing two successful film based fanzines, Hara-Kiri: Extreme Asian Films (2016) and FIENDISH (2017), we are going for a 3rd in 2018. It will have one theme and that is to celebrate the films of David Cronenberg. Everybody usually waits for someone to die before they start looking back on their life, I wanted to put together something that celebrates a career while they are still alive.

David Cronenberg has a long and very solid history making films since the late 1960’s. I personally consider him to be the most consistent of all genre directors out there. While I have not personally seen every single film he has worked on (that is one of the reasons I am setting this up), all the ones I have seen I rate pretty highly (Crash is my favorite). He has always been interesting.

So here is what I am asking you to do, write about his films, either a single one or a few. I am looking for more long form writing this time out but don’t let that scare you off. Write what you feel. For me, I plan on watching films of his I missed and put them into one long form article. You can do the same if so desired. The writing can be new or if you have done something on an old blog/website but never saw print. I know I have many returning writers for this project though I really would welcome some new blood (or flesh)…

I would like to also see some artwork based on these films. Either direct representations or “inspired” form. It would have to be something that can be replicated in black and white well.

The fanzine itself will be 8 1/2/ x 11 inches B & W with a color front cover.

This is an all volunteer project. I cannot pay for any material but all people who respond with writing/art work, etc. will get a printed copy when it is released in January 2018. This will also be available a PDF for screen and to print. It can be as big as we can get it, I would like to shoot for 100 pages.

I would like to have all material in by December 1st 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me at: Grandnagus69@yahoo.com with “HOUSE OF SKIN” in the subject line.

 

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COEURS NOIRS: Day 7 Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (1982) film thoughts… Hmm…where do I begin with this one. As volumes have been written on this film (and I have read many), I really don’t need to go into what it’s about too much. This is more about how long it has actually taken me to see this sci-fi neo-noir classic film. I am old enough to have seen this when it came out and I am a sci-fi kind of film person. I just never got around to it. A little of that is because of the various versions that have come out over the years. Which one to see? What would I miss. Blade Runner always went to the back burner. A few months ago, I picked up the 5 disc BluRay set from 2007, which included the version I decided to see, The Final Cut. From what I read it contains the director’s true vision, the way he wanted it. Now much of the time we have seen director’s rework films they made, but he never had final cut in the beginning, so I think it’s fair to give him a pass in this case.

For those who don’t know, the plot is mankind has created human replicants to perform tasks too dangerous for humans to do, such as working on other worlds in mining operations. Over the years, the manufacturers have made them more sophisticated and actually have been planting false memories and giving them emotions. Out of the last batch of these, four have escaped their work places and are killing people who get in their way of one thing… how they can live longer than the 4 year life cycle they have. Harrison Ford’s character of Dekker is a former cop, now working as a Blade Runner, one who takes out errant replicants, is tasked with the job of eliminating the 4. I am not wise enough to go through the many themes running throughout Blade Runner, so I will not try. It is a very deep film. Dekker is not a bad ass, he is actually freaked out by the situation he is currently in. He doesn’t even want to face it.

Even if it wasn’t such a deep and complex film, the visuals are so stunning, you can actually turn your brain off and just get carried along. No other film looks like this and now that I have seen it, I know all the others that have tried cannot get even close. My head spins just thinking about how they may have accomplished all of this. Without CGI. I’m sure the proposed sequel/remake that is in the works is going to cheap out and do everything on the computer. It’s a masterwork of set designs and effects. My eyes were darting all over the screen to hopeless try to consume it all. Definitely, a second viewing is in order soon.

If you haven’t seen this one, don’t wait as long as I have. It’s a classic work on many different levels. Glad I didn’t die before viewing. A must.

and now some photos of a special Blade Runner set released a few years ago, courtesy of Neil Brightwell!

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