Blood Red: Train to Busan, Hush, & Starry Eyes (Netflix Edition)

Blood Red - Train to Busan, Hush, Starry Eyes

Another month, another Sunday, another Blood Red.  You’d think we’d try to be thematic and center this month’s entries around movies with mothers, right? Heck, we could do Mother’s Day, Goodnight, Mommy, and Psycho right off the top of my head.  But that of course would imply a level of foresight and preparation that would go against everything we’ve done for this column so far.  Besides, I literally just remembered that it was Mother’s Day as I was writing this, so really I’m thinking about all the trouble I’m going to be in when I come to my wife empty handed.  That’s the real horror, folks.

So in the meantime let’s take a look at three recent films streaming on Netflix, the MOTHER OF ALL STREAMING NETWORKS (see?  Thematic!) that are more than worth your time.  Zombies, psychotic killers and bargains with the powers of evil are all here in Train to Busan, Hush, and Starry Eyes.   Continue reading

How Not To Do It: Interview with Jack Fryer from Metal Recusants

Metal Recusants - Jack Fryer

Hello everybody! For the next couple of columns of How Not To Do It I decided to interview some bloggers to get their perspective on how to promote your band.
For this month’s installment, I decided to talk to Jack Fryer of Metal Recusants. I hope you enjoy it, as always if you’d like to get in touch with me please contact me at dewarpr.wordpress.com Continue reading

Blood Red: Giallo! Giallo!

Where would we be without the Italian giallo, I ask you? The genre has a bright and varied history, mixing pulp thriller with outright horror, extensive gore and outlandish scenarios that would be ridiculous if they weren’t so amazing at the same time. The “classic” American slashers of the 80s hold a huge debt to these films and you can see in the best of them shades of the crazed psychological underpinnings and obsession with violence gallo built its bones on.

For this month’s edition of Blood Red I wanted to take a little space to talk about a pair of classics that have influenced generations of horror films. So if you’re new to giallo there’s no better place to start than Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood and Dario Argento’s Deep Red.   Continue reading

How Not To Do It: Lessons From My Cat

Cat

Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything for Nine Circles, but now I’m (hopefully) back to a regular schedule. This month I wanted to go over some valuable PR tips that I’ve learned from cats. I have a cat, but half the time I hate her fucking guts. She howls in the middle night, knocks glasses onto the floor, claws my kids and is a general nuisance half the time and yet we still keep her. I was thinking about this and I realized that there are a few tips that bands can learn from cats. Continue reading

Blood Red: The Girl With All the Gifts, Under the Shadow, & Phantasm: Remastered

Little known fact about me: before taking up the call to metal for Nine Circles, I used to write about movies. A lot. Since 2005 I wrote film reviews for various blogs and sites, and for the past three years have been participating in a massive horror marathon over on Letterboxed called Hoop-tober, where under a strict set of guidelines around what you could watch hundreds of horror fans would attempt to watch and review 31 horror films in 31 days (you can see my picks for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and if you love horror, I encourage you to give it a shot).  So when our Stalwart Editor™ asked if I was interested in doing some type of horror column I jumped at the chance. With so many streaming options and even some services dedicated to curating horror there’s a lot to wade through, so each month I’ll be spending some words talking about new releases, streaming picks, and some of my favorite classics, cult or otherwise.

We’ll play around a bit with format, but for today I want to talk about a trio of films definitely worth a watch and readily available for your discerning eye: The Girl with All the Gifts, Under the Shadow, and the remastered classic Phantasm.   Continue reading