Horror on TV: Twilight Zone 2.26 “Shadow Play”



This is one of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone! In Shadow Play, a man (Dennis Weaver) is curiously unconcerned about being on death row. According to him, it’s all just a recurring dream and everyone around him — the other prisoners, the District Attorney, the judge, the jury, and everyone else — is just a part of his dream. As the other characters start to realize that Weaver could be telling the truth, they’re forced to consider what will happen when he either wakes up or starts the dream over…

I love this one. It’s just a lot of fun and not quite as heavy-handed as some of The Twilight Zone‘s other attempts at social commentary.

This was originally broadcast on May 5th, 1961. It was directed by John Brahm and written by Charles Beaumont.

Review: Fukpig – This World is Weakening

When I saw a band described as “crust black metal”, my first thoughts went out to recent Darkthrone and Carpathian Forest’s Fuck You All!!!!. I was hoping for the latter of the two, but I found something far more unique to itself. With a healthy dose of thrash, grindcore, and a dozen other influences in the mix, Fukpig deliver a sound I can appreciate from a lot of different angles. Their discography is showing 18 releases in a span of 14 years, so I imagine a lot of people knew what to expect. I didn’t.

Fukpig – This World is Weakening, from This World is Weakening

If This World is Weakening has the look and feel of a grindcore album, it certainly does not share their typical length. At 36 minutes, there is no lack of content. The album actually feels rather lush, with a lot of experimentation and variation that does not succumb to the repetitive. The title track, for instance, opens with a bit of a doom/stoner drone before bursting into a really old-school black metal grind, harkening to the days when the style was not so distinct from thrash. The vocals are deliciously distorted in a way that reminds me a little of Converge, and I’m already loving it. But Fukpig aren’t content to leave it at a black/thrash throwback. 35 seconds on, a drum roll tosses you into a really desperate and compelling tremolo chorus that turns the song on its head. It wouldn’t feel terribly out of place in a screamo song, and it definitely tosses “This World is Weakening” into a category all of its own. Not too many 2 minute songs can feel this complete.

Fukpig – Fascist Moron, from This World is Weakening

The next track is night and day different. The crusty thrash gets layered over a synth chorus that you normally wouldn’t hear outside of Norway. It quickly goes from a nearly tongue-in-cheek dramatic delight to sick and crunchy in the chorus, and then we move on to a dirty breakdown that makes me want to rock my head into orbit, all to a comical grindcore squawk of “FASCIST MORON!” Nearly every song on this album is a world of its own, totally distinct from the rest. Fukpig manage this while rarely extending a track beyond the two minute mark. The unmistakable vocals and thrash beat might be the most consistent features, along with some faux-dramatic synth, but each track seems to put these to use in novel new ways. This World is Weakening taps just about every trend in extreme music and crams them into explosive shells of crusty, thrashy old school black metal. It can and inevitably will replace bands like Pig Destroyer in my really limited collection of tight brutality–a musical mood that strikes me only occasionally but always seems to lack sufficiently appealing sources. There is an underlining intelligence to This World is Weakening that keeps your mind running when you pause from the direct confrontation long enough to suck it in.

Final Trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

It’s nearly the end of the year which, of course, means that it’s time to release the latest film in which Jennifer Lawrence kicks ass.

Here is the final trailer for The Hunger Game: Mockingjay Part One!

The Cutest Version of Gone Girl That You’ll Ever See!

Let’s take just a small break from horror and instead, let’s watch something that’s really cute.  And kinda horrific.  Here’s is the Pet Collective’s version of Gone Girl!

(And be sure to check out the Pet Collective’s version of Boyhood as well!)

6 Mummified Trailers For Halloween

For our latest Halloween edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Trailers, the Trailer Kitties have gone digging and have braved many ancient curses and broken a few international laws!  Let’s see what they’ve brought back to us.

1) The Mummy (1932)

2) The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

3) The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

4) The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)

5) The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

6) Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?

Mummy Cat

Horror on the Lens: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (dir by Robert Wiene)

We previously shared and reviewed this movie two Halloweens ago but so what?  It’s a horror classic and watching it is a bit of a Halloween tradition and here at the Shattered Lens, we are all about tradition!  Add to that, this is one of the most influential films of all time.  First released in 1922, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari both introduced the world to German expressionism and it was one of the first films to feature a twist ending.

So, the next time you’re thinking about how much you love M. Night Shyamalan, be sure to say a word of thanks to Robert Wiene for directing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!