Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'll be introducing several movies at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels this week. Hereunder are the films I'll be talking about. Come by if you have the chance ;-)
Les rencontres d'après minuit (You And The Night)
On March 9, at 8 p.m., I'll be introducing the French erotic comedy Les rencontres d'après minuit (You And The Night), a hommage to the euro-trash cinema of the seventies, directed by Yann Gonzalez (frontman of M83) and starring Eric Cantona and Béatrice Dalle.
Cult director Radley Metzger will be at Cinema Nova in Brussels on March 9 at 8 p.m. for the introduction of his movie The Image (1975), a highly erotic tale about a young woman who loves to be humiliated by her mistress.
The Opening Of Misty Beethoven
Also on March 9, at 10 p.m., Radley Metzger and I will be introducing The Opening Of Misty Beethoven (1976), an erotic adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.
The horror/sci-fi classic Xtro (1983) is all about alien abductions and blood-thirsty monsters. I'll give an introduction to this film on March 12 at 9 p.m at the Brussels' Cinematek.
More titles will be added to the list over the next days, so don't forget to check back.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Whilst spending New Year’s Eve in Spa, Belgium, I stumbled upon an urbex site I hadn’t heard of before: the spooky Hôtel du Golf.
As I moved through the domain to explore, a slight winter breeze made the curtains flutter polyphonically along with the the clacking of the windows against their frames.
Inside the hotel, some rooms had been daubed by decay, whereas others still bore witness to a lively past. Menus, glasses and ashtrays sat on the bar, exactly where they had been ten years ago. Files had been left inside their bookcases, and computers on their desks. One could easily imagine the staff working the administration in their respective cubicles, or tourists enjoying an apéritif in the lounge, soft music in the background, the smell of cigarettes and lime wafting through the air.
It’s the life inside the decay that makes urbex so fascinating in my opinion. Just as with a dying body, there’s still a heart pumping inside the place, there’s still blood moving through its veins, though so weak it can easily be denied.
The municipality of Spa isn’t too pleased with this spooky hotel in the midst of their wellness attractions. However, the true heart of the city, together with all its souvenirs, are more present here than anywhere else in town.
What do you think of this spooky hotel in Spa? Are you a fan of urbex?
Previous urbex posts: Creepy fortification in Sint-katelijne-Waver / Abandoned horror-themed restaurant / Abandoned haunted convent / Abandoned hotel on Ibiza
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I get many questions from authors wanting to know how I managed to get all my stories adapted into movies. So when author T.B. Markinson asked me a couple of weeks back to guest post on her blog, I thought I'd share with you my story about how I got several filmmakers interested in my books. You can read about it here: How to get your novel noticed in Hollywood
Photo: Little Winter