January 19, 2012

2 Perfect Movies for a Snow Day

The trees in my backyard, weighed down by heavy snowfall

Snowed in for five days now, we're spending lots of time reading, huddling by the fireplace with hot cocoa, taking long wintry walks through the snow, and watching movies. Today I'm in the mood for these two:


Stephen King's delightful tale of a writer kidnapped, injured and snowbound by a crazed fan, forced to write her preferred version of his story.

Easy to watch, not too complicated, and nothing that will give one nightmares. Just a good fun light horror/suspense film, perfect with popcorn.


Misery DVD, on Amazon

Misery (novel) at Stephen King.com

Misery Trailer, on YouTube

Misery, on IMDB

Misery Fan Fiction

Misery (film) on Wikipedia

Misery (novel) on Wikipedia

Misery Transcript, on Script-O-Rama

The Shining

Who can forget the snowy maze scene? The desolation, isolation and creepy long hallways? Perfect for a snowy evening where you're terrified by the film, yet cozily wrapped up in your blankie in front of your cheery fireplace. Good luck getting to sleep after viewing though, no matter how many times you've re-watched this film.


The Shining Blu-Ray, on Amazon

The Shining, at IMDB

The Making of "The Shining," on YouTube

The Shining Trailer, on Google Video

The Shining (film) at Wikipedia

The Shining (novel) at Wikipedia

The Shining, at The Kubrick FAQ

Redrum/Murder in the Shining (The Fine Art Diner)

The Shining Post-Production Script, at Daily Script

Room 237 Documentary (Talk Stephen King)

The Shining: Analysis of the Kubrick Horror Classic

Shining Fan Fiction

The Stanley Hotel, at Wikipedia

January 14, 2012

6 Excellent Goth Music Resources

1. CureFans.com

This is a very active set of forums and a great place to keep up with news on The Cure. Sometimes I think posters here know when The Cure is playing a show before even members of the actual band do! There are subforums for media coverage; Cure trivia; trades; solo projects; and buying/selling.


2. Gods and Alcoves

I've really been enjoying this blog on goth, post-punk and alternative music. The blog covers the formative years, 1979 to 1989. Besides the blog, there's a list of influential bands, a timeline, and recommended listening. The photographs reproduced here are fabulous, too. This is shaping up to be a very very important goth historical resource. Well done.


3. Joy Division Central

Here's an old fashioned site design that's clean, easy to navigate and works with any browser. Great way to showcase the tons of info here. This Day in Joy Division History; plus extensive info on bootlegs, concerts, sessions, places of interest, media coverage, band history, tribute bands, and so much more. Someone has put a ton of work into this site.


4. Cure Connections

Another active and useful Cure fan forum, this one quite slickly designed. Any time I've been looking around here, there have been over a hundred people online busily catching up on news and info on The Cure. It's part of The Cure Community site.



5. Dark Grave

If you're into goth music, I'll bet you've already been to this site. If not.. here are news, reviews, downloads and info on new goth bands.


6. Some Dizzy Whore

A Morrissey/Smiths fan blog that someone works hard on - I see something new here frequently. Currently blogging about Morrissey joining the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign and sharing info on his first show in 2012.


-Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net

January 13, 2012

16 Beautiful Dark Things to Look Forward to in 2012

1. Closer - a Joy Division Celebration

In April 2012, in Australia, Peter Hook's band Peter Hook and The Light will perform Joy Division's "Closer" album, live and in entirety. They will do so in four cities: Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. I would love to see this. There's no Australian travel in my immediate future however, sadly!

Closer - A Joy Division Celebration with Peter Hook, on Facebook

Closer - A Joy Division Celebration Ad, on YouTube

2. The Raven Movie Premieres

On March 9, The Raven will hit theaters. Starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, the film is highly fictionalized. Edgar Allan Poe does detective work to find and stop a serial killer in Baltimore.

The Raven Movie (Official)

The Raven 2012 on IMDB

The Raven Movie Trailer, at Apple

3. Dark Shadows Movie Premieres

Tim Burton's long-awaited project premieres May 11, 2012.

Dark Shadows on IMDB

Dark Shadows Fan Site, on Facebook

Dark Shadows News

4. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Premieres

Starring one of my favorite dark brooding actors (Rufus Sewell), this movie based on a mashup novel comes out on June 22, 2012.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, on IMDB

5. Blade Animated Series

On Friday, January 13th, Marvel's Blade animated series will debut on the G4 network. It's already aired in Japan in 2011. Twelve half-hour episodes will air.

Marvel Anime, on Wikipedia

6. Prometheus Movie Premieres

This film takes place before the events in Alien, but is not a "prequel." You won't see Sigourney Weaver in it, for example. I'm looking forward to the beautifully dark story this will surely tell. The film opens in June.

Prometheus (Official)

Prometheus Movie, on Facebook

Prometheus, on IMDB

Prometheus News from AVP Spectrum.com

Alien Prequel News

7. The Woman in Black Movie Premieres

Daniel Radcliffe experiments with a role in a spooky ghost story. It hits theaters soon - February 3.

Woman in Black (Official)

The Woman in Black Trailer, at Apple

The Woman in Black Movie, on Facebook

The Woman in Black, on IMDB

8. World War Z Movie Premieres

Brad Pitt interviews survivors of the zombie apocalypse. It will premiere just in time for Christmas 2012 - how lovely.

World War Z, at IMDB

World War Z, on Wikipedia

9. Paranorman Movie Premieres

Here's something I'm looking forward to immensely. It's by the same animation company (Laika) that did Coraline.

Paranorman (Official)

Paranorman, on IMDB

Paranorman, on Facebook

Paranorman Trailer, on Apple

10. Convergence

The yearly get-together for denizens of alt.gothic. This year it's on June 15-17, 2012 in Buffalo, NY. Sadly, I don't think I can go this year due to having so many foster kids.


11. Southern Gothic Festival

A gothic and industrial music festival held in New Orleans. This year it takes place July 12 - 15.


12. Midlands Goth Festival

A music festival that takes place February 18, 2012 in Birmingham, UK. Some of the bands appear to be "goth metal" or metal, not goth though.


13. Whitby Gothic Weekends

The most important yearly goth event in the world. This year's events take place April 26-30 and Halloween through November 5, 2012.


14. Wave-Gotik-Treffen

Leipzig, Germany is taken over by gruftis for an entire weekend. This year it takes place May 25-28.


15. Resistanz International Industrial Festival

An industrial music festival, April 7-8 in Sheffield, UK. This year's lineup includes Icon of Coil and Be My Enemy.


Resistanz Festival, on Facebook

16. World Horror Con 2012

Horror professionals meet up in Salt Lake City March 29 - April 1, 2012. Mike Mignola is the Artist Guest of Honor, and Dacre Stoker appears as a special guest.


--Carrie Carolin