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On first viewing Psycho I was aged eighteen, listening to Stock, Aitken & Waterman on the radio whether I wanted to or not and I had just begun active employment for a bank. I was grown up. Or, at least thought I was. In one respect this was probably true; I had become numb to the glut of gory horror that had clogged cinema screens and rental shelves for much of the Eighties. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy them, just that I had seen too much of it. It was time to dust off the considered Grandfather of modern horror.
Still being a teenager though I had that built-in defensiveness that ruled that the day's music and film output was great and anything that my parent's favoured was too old school to be cool. I found Psycho at the time, dry, dull and very, very slow.
At the time I found I favoured the 1983 sequel, the thoughtfully entitled Psycho II. I considered it a wonderful sequel that kept the story fresh with some wonderful twists and, of course, it had conceded slightly to the cinema of the time and it was a little gory in places. I especially liked the part where Vera Miles ended up with a knife in her gob.
Upon its release in the States Paranormal Activity opened on a limited number of screens until attendances and word of mouth led to the distributors pushing the movie out into more and more cinemas with each successive week. Such a strategy paid off seeing the flick hold the number one spot over Halloween when normally, at the time, the latest Saw release reigns large.
Inevitably the accompanying fuss and hype about this phenomena means that by the time the rest of the world gets to see Paranormal Activity they will, by and large, be disappointed with it and wonder what all the fuss was about. It's a movie that will split audiences down the middle, and like Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it.
It was apparent that many people at the screening I attended were getting bored, and from the comments overheard upon leaving it was apparent that they didn't like this movie one bit. I've got to say though that I liked it a lot. It's nice to see a back-to-basics horror movie after the slick editing and in-your-face gore that has poorly reasoned that's what scares/entertains people.
Scream Queen Jessica Cameron has just announced that her latest project, An Ending, which she will produce and co-direct with screenwriter Josh Chiara, begins shooting at the end of April.
Jessica Cameron will also star in An Ending as Florence, a woman who wakes up in a nightmare world after being rushed to a hospital for unknown reasons.
An Ending also stars Heather Dorff as Collette, a woman who has been in the nightmare world much longer than Florence, and Ali Ferda as Molly, a woman coming to terms with crushing guilt.
As the three women are stalked through the corridors of the nightmare world by something lurking in the shadows, they are split apart, and each finds herself on her own personal journey.
Josh Chiara previously worked with Jessica Cameron as DP on her film Mania, which just won its tenth film festival award. Heather Dorff acted in Jessica Cameron's debut feature Truth or Dare, and the two star alongside each other on Scream Queen Stream, a weekly variety show that airs online. Ali Ferda stars alongside Jessica Cameron in Desolation, which was shot as part of the Kill the PA road trip and is currently in post production.
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A young woman, Mary Morstan (Cheri Lunghi), desperate for help enlists the aid of Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) and his assistant Watson (David Healy). Draw in by her intriguing tale the game is afoot and they begin to delve deeper into the case of a missing army captain in India, secret pacts and a king's ransom in stolen jewels, all the while shadowed by a mysterious peg-legged man and his dangerous associate.
Richardson is terrific as Holmes encapsulating exactly how I envisage the famous detective to be, much preferred to Jeremy Brett's later moody, caustic performance of Holmes in the British TV series. Richardson is more playful and easier to warm to and like. However David Healy, as sidekick Watson, appears uncertain as to how to interpret the role - should he adhere to the buffoon template made famous in the Rathbone movies or play him as he appears in the source material? His performance sits awkwardly between both.
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