GRANDMA

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"Taking care of Grandma turned out to be quite a bit more than Tim signed up for. He has to handle her tube feeding, empty her catheter bag, and turn her every two hours so she doesn't get bed sores. He also has to figure out why she gets up in the middle of the night... 
Part body horror, part mystery, and 100% medically accurate!"

  Grandma came to be because I'm good friends with Tom and Kierney -the two lead actors. They asked me to write them a short film: something that takes place in one location, and that has some dramatic tension in it. We ended up spending about $350 dollars on it, which mostly covered pizza and bagels for the crew... We have great sound design, effects, and a fantastic original horror movie score by Stav Drieman... Not bad for a micro-budget production!

  I hope you enjoy it!

 

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

It's been a LONG time since I read a book that was so beautifully written. The excellent Hulu series inspired me to pick it up, and I couldn't put it down. It's terrifying, brilliant, clever, heart wrenching, upsetting, and most importantly, plausible. It's a shame that a book like this could be so timely 30 years after its first publication...

Highly recommended!!!

THE LAST PANEL

 

Lost Arno and I created The Last Panel, a flash fiction comic that is, starting with Issue 182, a regular feature in The Dark Side magazine.

The Dark Side is one of the best genre magazines out there, without question. From the stunning covers to the in depth articles, it's a great read and well worth collecting. We are very excited to be part of this great publication!

BONES AND MUSCLES

 

I'm a huge fan of David Cronenberg's work. And I know I'm not alone, he is generally considered to be one of the best horror filmmakers of the 80s and beyond. But I'm always surprised that he's not celebrated for being one of the best screenwriters... period. Ever. 

He is THAT amazing!

I've been obsessed with his 1986 remake of The Fly since I was a kid. (It's a whole another story why this movie became my favorite. One day I might bore you with it.) In short, it encapsulates everything I love about horror: it's scary, it has great creature effects, it's intelligent, it has a heart and yes, as cliché as it sounds, it deals -in a very deep way- with the human condition.

So if you are a writer, you could do worse than to study it! This movie is so masterfully made and so tightly done that there is no fat, no fluff in it. It's all bones and muscles. It's as lean as it gets.

Let me just talk about the first three minutes of the movie.

The opening scene is a conversation between Seth and Veronica. She's a journalist, and he's a scientist. They're at some sort of science gala where she's trying to find an interesting story.

These are the opening lines:

SETH

                                             What am I working on? I'm working on

                                             something that will change the world and

                                             human life as we know it.

VERONICA

                                             Change it a lot or just a bit? You have to

                                             be more specific.

SETH

                                             You want me to be specific here in this room,

                                             with half the scientific community in North

                                             America eavesdropping?

VERONICA

                                              Is there another way?

SETH

                                              You could come back to my lab?

Now, I don't know if this scene was written like this in the script, or if it got so tight in editing. But it doesn't matter.

What I do know is that any lesser writer (including me, of course) would've started this conversation way earlier. We would've used it as a chance to learn the characters' names -by having them introduce themselves. We would've seen them get a drink. Maybe start with Veronica interviewing some boring scientists about their unimportant work, just to show how desperate she might be to get a good story.

Fluff. Filler. Fat.

But not Cronenberg. By minute four we're in a car, heading back to Seth's lab, and we even learn that he gets motion sickness and hates vehicles! By minute six, we're looking at the telepods.

You don't notice it when you watch it, because it works so well! This movie gets going and keeps building and it's one of the smartest films ever made.

I know people remember the “space bug” at the end, and “Brundle-fly”, and the ear falling off. Some even remember the love story, and the baboon turning inside out. But if you have ANY interest in writing, I urge you to revisit this movie with a writer's eye.

Trust me, it's worth another look. It's THAT good.