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Dear Joe 2: 11/26/20, Sleepless @ 2am and for Comfort We Reach for…

Barton Fink. Because self-pitying failed writers need kicks, too.

And then we throw the damn bird in the oven. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Yes We Have Reached The Point w/ WordPress Wherein We Say Fuck It and Throw the New Damn Car in Gear and DEAL W/ IT.

This is not completed. Going back seems to be impossible. New Site Design. Yay.

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Dear Joe 1: 11/15/20, Thunderstorm, We ARE Watching The Screens!

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Dear Joe,

I just added these flicks to my watchlist! Just now! Let’s see, we have: SEVEN (7) absolute comforts that can be played anytime (or be listened to, say, at The Lab) and they are Highlander, both Nosferati, Busan, Trilogy, Night, and The Church; ONE (1) Film from the 80s with a serious rep that I never bothered to see, Gods; ONE (1) that deserves a no-bullshit, all eyes front rewatch, Inception; TWO (2) stone-cold strangers that, uh, yeah sure, we’ll give them an optimistic watch! And they are Agora (maybe Rachel Weisz, as an Egyptian Princess under cruel Roman Occupation, has a really big strange cat, and Stonehearst Asylum because what the Hell, we like Kate Beckinsale. No really. And it is an asylum story! Which brings us to…

The Ninth Configuration.

So, let’s see. It’s on the SHOUT! label. Doesn’t SHOUT! cull its shit from various catalogues? So there’s a chance, unlikely, but still a very remote chance, that out of all the recuts and edits and its goddamn various incarnations as TWINKLE TWINKLE KILLER KANE, that somehow this could be a copy of the original cut.

Highly unlikely. Last we read anything on the matter, it was largely accepted that the original cut is gone forever. Thank you Mister Blatty.

Which is really too damn bad, Joe. Because I saw this movie on its original release—on a night like tonight, rain and wind, except it was day, and I was fifteen, skipping school, and my weird older sister drove us to New Hampshire in a town by the ocean, and seeing 9th was one of the greatest film experiences of my life.

But Joe, but! And this is important! Even if the original cut somehow surfaced, it would not alter the fact that for all its imagination and flair and moood, The 9th Configuration is a pretty weak movie, clumsy, at times embarrassingly inept. Which is so weird, given that super-rich and first time director Blatty had extensive prior exposure to the film industry, such as the Pink Panther movies and his involvement on The Exorcist. Obviously Blatty realized his film was flawed, and hence the endless tinkering and re-tinkering.

So there we are. A beloved imperfect final result, still a comfort.

Will report back on the newcomers. We’ll talk again soon, Joe. We’ll keep watching the screens!

Love

Brian

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Joe Kane, The Phantom of The Movies, June 5 1947 — November 1 2020

We are heartbroken.

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GOOD SHIT Love Drax

Hail Satan, Finally some Good News: VideoScope #115 is In The House and it’s The FALL HORROR HARVEST EDITION! #Yo

Son of a bitch, it IS Lon Chaney Jr on the cover! From THE INNER SANCTUM.

Yes it’s really Fall. I have to remind myself. Because Summer roared with a vengeance and it’s still on fire, I know, but it’s October 15, the Zero Moon is nigh, and thank The Gods, VideoScope #115 is here for us to enjoy.

Joe Kane and Nancy Naglin make the glorious SCOPE happen 4 times a year. It’s all here: Horror! Sci-Fi! Action! Asian! Cult! Animation! Indies! Exploitation! 4 times a year, man! What are you waiting for? Subscribe or die, baby!

VideoScope Magazine

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Hello Beautiful, Hello October

Live from Luna, Only on DraxTV.

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August Has passed! September Burns, the Planet is SCREAMING and No, We Are Not Dead. Happy 9/13 BREAKAWAY, baby.

Sorry for not posting since good old dark August (8/19; to my credit I started a post on 8/26 but this new WordPress editor eats my patience and stamina with alarming savagery, man). August is a month that grips me in way similar to good old creepy October—I want to seize and suck every second out of the damn month—and then it gets away from me. I stagger through the daily exertions of the day job, exert what little Will I have on drax-centric endeavors (yes I count blathering on this little site as a drax-centric endeavour) and then I blink, and August is gone. And, now fuck me, it’s 9/13 and it seems the previous weeks have been nothing short of Lightning War, a blitzkrieg of accusations, violence, disaster…

So you’ll bear with me if I just stick w/ the Breakaway shit today. Yeah, yeah, “More later,” but I don’t want to be blinking and stumbling when October’s gone and November has descended and we’re all fucked, know what I’m saying? To arms, Doomtroopers.

So.

Holy… something. Just learning this now. Some fan I am.

Definitely more to come.

Seriously. This sparked something. I’ve been scribbling notes for the last 30 (?) minutes. More to come. I’ll be back.

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August (v)

Oh he is pissed. On the set of DRACULA 1972 AD.

Good evening Doomtroopers.


Photo via @HorrorHammer1

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August (iv)

Behold the Victorious Sunflowers Standing Tall Right Outside My Goddamn Window! Good afternoon Survivors.

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Art AUGUST

August (iii)

Frederic Clement, illus. for Cheveche by Odile Cail (cropped, retouched)

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