Archive for Carnival of Souls

All Souls Day

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2016 by dcairns

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Criterion’s Blu-ray of CARNIVAL OF SOULS is out, and getting good reviews, some of which favourably mention my video essay, REGARDS FROM NOWHERE. Fiona thinks it’s the best extra feature I’ve made to date — nothing to do with the fact that she’s in it, as a disembodied voice — that would tend rather to damage her estimation of the product. She’s one of a trio of guest stars, also including regular Shadowplayer Anne Billson and comics artists Stephen Bissette, who add their own distinctive thoughts and memories to the mix.

Editor Stephen Horne and I were also delighted to be able to fold into the mix extracts from filmmaker Herk Harvey’s industrial films made for Centron. All this adds richness –generally, the best vid essays are the once with layers of stuff, or a novel approach, and this one was lucky enough to have both. See also my piece on A HARD DAY’S NIGHT where I had my interview with the director, behind-the-scenes material of the filming and premier, and the mighty Rita Tushingham on VO. Currently pondering how to get some of that richness into my latest work for Criterion… currently all I have to play with is the film and its trailer…

Criterion’s extras, including mine, are available on the UK release of AHDN also:. Buy here and support ShadowplayA Hard Day’s Night: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray]

Not in Kansas Anymore

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2016 by dcairns

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Criterion releases CARNIVAL OF SOULS on Blu-ray in July — the DVD was my first Criterion purchase, back when I got my first multiregion player — so it’s a joy to be contributing a video essay to this one, me writing and Stephen Horne editing.

A bundle of goodness went into this project — we had access to Herk Harvey’s Centron Films industrial and educational movies, which I wanted to mix into the stream of it to show the continuity between his feature and his shorts work, and also just to make things even more weird and unpredictable. And my voice is joined by three guest interviewees — critic, horror novelist and regular Shadowplayer Anne Billson, horror comics creator Stephen Bissette, and horror screenwriter Fiona Watson. Thanks!

I think this is my best vid essay to date. A blip, or am I finally hitting my stride?

Deathwatch

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2014 by dcairns

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I contributed a little bit to a new article at The Chiseler, masterminded by Daniel Riccuito and also starring Jennifer Matsui. It deals with such movies as SECONDS and CARNIVAL OF SOULS and Epstein’s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, from which I have selected a festive image (above).

The article.

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