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Lammy 2013 Nomination

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So, it turns out I’ve been nominated in the Best Horror Blog category for the 2013 Lammy Awards.

This truly is an honour, as I never really intended for this blog to be anything more than my random thoughts on a few truly atrocious horror movies. The fact that there are people who not only read it, but actually enjoy reading what I have to say, is very heart warming.

So here’s how it works: click here to find the full list of all the little Lambs who’ve been nominated. Give them a read, there are some really awesome bloggers that are nominated this year. If you are a Lamb member, voting can be done by clicking here. Voting closes on the 30th of April.

Also, if you’re on Twitter, follow me and spread the love, for me and all the other nominees, by using the tag #LAMMY2013

Thanks for the nomination, and remember to keep coming back for all the horror cheese you can possibly handle!

I’m Back!

I'm Back

Hey everyone! I’m back!!

So you know it’s been a while since you’ve done anything on your blog when a lot of the editing tools have been completely overhauled since the last post. Taking a bit to get used to.

The last couple of months have been crazy, between trying to complete my Masters degree, find a permanent job and several little doozies that the Fates like to throw at you, and unfortunately The B-Horror Blog just had to go onto the back burner for a while.

It’s been so crazy, in fact, that since my last review back in October, the only two horror movies I’ve had time for have been Resident Evil: Retribution (which I absolutely loved, and don’t understand why people are so down on it) and Silent Hill: Revelation (which deserves all the scorn you can possibly heap on it).

Now that things are less crazy, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and enjoy some truly traumatic cinematic experiences. I’m a little out of the loop, so if anything particularly horrifying has been released lately please do let me know about it, it’ll be much appreciated.

I’m gonna have a new review up over the weekend, just have to choose something awful enough in honour of my comeback, and I hope that people will still tune in to read what I have to say on the absolute worst of the worst than the horror genre has to offer.

Tropical Mary and I are also starting to plan our next UMM, and I’ll keep everyone posted about when it happens.

It’s good to be back ­čÖé

South African Horror Fest 2012

Living in South Africa comes with its many perks, but there are a few things that we lack when it comes to cultural matters. We don’t have a lot of big-name festivals, and musicians are only just beginning to find us on the map. For horror fans, unfortunately, Halloween isn’t a really big deal here like it is in the States, so there hasn’t really been many organised things that we can do around what should be the most deliciously gory time of year.

Thankfully the fine people from the SA Horrorfest are doing a damn fine job to sort that out. This year marks the 8th Annual Horrorfest and the first time it’s making a trek across the country. I’ve attended three Horrorfests so far and I’ve had a blast at all of them, and there’s a little something for everyone. My personal taste for the cheesy and ridiculous is well catered to, and the audience is always more than happy to join in on heckling a movie. It’s like MST3K but with a full theatre. They have some awesome preview screenings of movies that haven’t hit the screens here yet. One of the highlights of Horrorfest, however, is the silent movie night. The Makabra Ensemble performs a live soundtrack to the movie, and the awesomeness of the experience is beyond description. This year’s film is Nosferatu, which is going to be mind-blowing.

And that’s just the movie side of things. The Bloody Parchment is an evening spent with local horror / thriller authors doing readings of their works, along with a tie-in short story competition. The Alternative Market features a variety of entrepreneurs selling a range of rare, strange and super cool Halloween-themed goodies. There will also be a Halloween dress up competition and the ever-undead Cape Town Zombie Walk. This year will also feature the first DVD release of the best short films submitted and screened at Horrorfest since the event’s inception in 2005.

Horrorfest runs in Cape Town from the 24th of October to the 2nd of November at the Labia Theatre in Orange Street. The guys in Joburg gets to enjoy the new arrival from the 26th to the 31st of October at The Bioscope in Fox Street.

For more information on the whole event, click here.

To follow the SA Horrorfest on Twitter, click here.

To Like the SA Horrorfest on Facebook, click here.

To order a copy of the Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and Other Stories anthology, click here.

If you are interested in sponsorship, advertising etc. at the event, contact Horrorfest by clicking here.

Hope to see you all there!

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Versatile Blogger Award

OK, so I’ve been a little bit lazy when it comes to doing this, but since I’ve now been given this award by three people (check out Cinema Schminema, Head in a Vice and Parlor of Horror) I rate it’s about time to pull finger. First off, a very big thanks to the people who nominated me! When I started this blog I never really thought I’d be able to keep it going for that long, or that anyone would find my writing to be all that interesting, so to receive these awards a really great feeling. Through this blog I’ve come across some terrific authors with equally strange and wonderful tastes so, without further ado, I give you my ten nominations (in no particular order):

1. Badasses, Boobs and Bodycounts
2. Cheap as they Come
3. Subtitled Hell
4. Mr Gable’s Reality
5. Night Train to ¡Mundo Terrible!
6. Cinema Schminema
7. Deep Red Rum
8. Parlor of Horror
9. Andy Watches Movies
10. Head in a Vice

10 random facts about me:

1. I own two cats, but one of them is definitely my favourite. You can tell because when I go grocery shopping I buy smooth strawberry yoghurt because I know she likes it.
2. I almost have a Masters degree in Classical Civilisation and specialise in Ancient Roman religion.
3. When I’m suffering from insomnia I like to drink tea and dance to Dolly Parton in my kitchen.
4. When it comes to cleaning my OCD is so advanced that I’ve given that personality its own name.
5. When I’m at work I often fantasise about breaking out into a song and dance routine that reflects whatever the situation may be.
6. I’m completely addicted to watching reruns of The Golden Girls.
7. I would sell my soul to the devil to be able to see Britney Spears in concert.
8. I think that the track that plays at the end of a level in any of the Kirby games is the happiest sound in the world.
9. One day I plan on writing an alternate history novel.
10. When playing Mario Kart I like to yell obscenities at Princess Peach. Because she’s a bitch and a terrible driver.

After that small journey through my head, here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 10 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award and link to them.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 10 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So that’s everything covered. A big thanks to anyone and everyone who has ever commented, liked or read a post, or even just landed here by accident and decided to hang around for a bit ­čÖé Stay tuned, I plan on keeping the b-cheese coming thick and fast for a good while yet!

James

Countdown to Hellraiser UMM

The time has come for yet another Ultimate Movie Marathon!

This time we’ll be taking on the Hellraiser franchise. Myself and Tropical Mary will be handling the live tweeting, swapping back and forth from movie to movie. We will be joined on our adventure by the Stygian Mole and our Occult Specialist, both of whom will be responsible for keeping track of the total kill count and Breast-O-Meter readings, as well as the final death-to-breast ratio.

The marathon’s taking place on Friday the 13th of July. Do pop onto Twitter and see how we’re doing!

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