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Welcome to my Creepshow and Other Horror News

It’s been rather a long time between drinks over in this small corner of the horror blog world. My love of the genre has not in the least abated, but the first few months of this year were spent organising a solo painting exhibition which showed in April at Sydney’s Sheffer Gallery (images here). While […]

“This is the one night where the dead and all sorts of other things roam free…”

A couple of weeks ago I had an evocative but disturbing dream about a Satanic funeral taking place across the road from where I grew up in Mosman.  As those in Sydney know, some rather inexplicable crime has taken place in this affluent suburb, the most recent instance being the collar bomb hoax.  It seems […]

Tomie Unlimited and Other Snippets From the Sydney Underground Film Festival

The Sydney Underground Film Festival (which I covered for RealTime) rarely disappointed with its array of variously edgy, experimental, dark, playful, confronting films.  Apart from the fantastically wacky Helldriver, I only saw one other horror movie: the equally off-the-wall Tomie Unlimited.  (Helldriver‘s director Yoshihiro Nishimura did the effects on Tomie.)  Tomie Unlimited revolves around Tomie […]

Wrapping Up Australian Horror in RealTime

A discussion that touches on aliens, zombies, vampire supremacy, Tasmanian convict history, cannibalism and torture inflicted by girls in pink party frocks can be found in part two of my article on Australian horror for RealTime + onscreen (online here).  Such is the diversity of our recent horror cinema! The films in question are the […]

Australian Horror in RealTime

I’ve been immersed in Australian horror for a little while now, working on a two-part article on the subject for Australian-based arts publication RealTime.  It’s never a bad idea to have an awareness of what’s going down in your own backyard!  Excitingly (for me at least) Part One is now in print and online, and […]

The Tunnel

It’s always nice to see a horror movie that’s set on your own doorstep, especially since Sydney rarely seems to be the preferred location of Australian horror filmmakers.   Happily, Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey, writer/producers of The Tunnel, decided to set their film in the mysterious labyrinth of disused railway tunnels extending beneath Sydney— “a whole […]

Killer Crocs and the Australian Nightmare

While we’re still on the topic of the Australian Museum, I caught up on some anatomical drawing in the skeleton room there last week. It’s a fabulous place, even without any creepy dummies – where else would you find a real skeleton astride a rearing horse? There were also some strange little reminders of the […]