June 23rd, 2007



In early July, I'll be heading out to L.A. to start developing a short horror film with director/producer Raiya Corsiglia.

Raiya is best known for co-producing and starring in the J.R.R. Tolkein adaptation Ancanar (now in its seventh year of post-production!). We're talking about a ghost story, perhaps with Coney Island as the setting. Lots of interesting history there, and it's such a provocative locale.

I'm looking forward to learning more about script writing. It's a whole different beast from writing stories or novels, and it's a good skill to have.

I haven't been to L.A. since the late '80s, and even then I was mostly in the Orange County area, which I didn't like very much. Raiya has promised to take me to all the hottest clubs and introduce me to all the hottest celebs. With my luck, we'll wind up seeing Rob Schneider picking up garbage on the street (always nice to see him working) and that'll be it.

The Abandoned

Now that Nacho Cerda's The Abandoned is out on DVD, I highly recommend horror film fans check it out. It's been a long time since there's been a really good, creeptastic horror movie for adults. Among the refreshing differences: the protagonist is a forty-two-year-old mother, not a teenage screamer; the two leads are brother and sister instead of love interests; and Cerda uses an actual score instead of generic metal songs. I also really liked the running theme of circles and doubles.

Unfortunately, the ending kind of warps under its own pretzel logic, as is the case with so many horror movies, but until then it's a very well made ghost story that relies on atmosphere and genuine creepouts rather than gore and oh-it-was-just-the-cat startle moments. And I think that's something to be celebrated.

Cerda's come a long way since his weird, avant-garde short gore films, and in my opinion, he's headed in the right direction.