All Things Horror is dead. Dead as a doornail. Welcome to FILM THRILLS.
It seems like this day has been coming forever. In fact, I remember first sitting down to talk about making this switch Christmas time 2014. It definitely wasn’t an easy decision to make pertaining to retire the old site and start anew. Since August of 2009 we’ve strived to deliver unfiltered, honest coverage of horror movies, television, books and gaming while placing a greater emphasis on smaller, independent titles an the festival circuit. We uncovered monsters from every corner of the globe, raved about the tiny slasher films to needed to check out and all but slapped you in the face or shook you by the shoulders in order to convince you to go find the movies we loved most like The Battery, Spring, Dawning, American Mary, Dear God No, Stomping Ground, The Disco Exorcist and oh so many more of the course of nearly 1500 reviews, posts and editorials.
Horror will remain the predominant focus of our coverage. I could no sooner stop writing about horror movies than I could give up eating or drinking. Horror has been in my DNA since I was five years old and my grandmother would pay me a few bucks in order to stay up with her and watch old black and white films that still scared her well in to her seventies. Whether it was throwing a movie night at our punk house in Allston, dressing up like zombies and shambling the streets around Fenway Park when a new Romero film came out, attending a fest in one of the far flung corners of the country, or hosting our own monthly movie night in tiny room in the basement of the Somerville Theater, I’ve been fortunate to make some of my best friends and been awarded with some amazing opportunities all through my love of horror movies.
The thing is, doing the same thing, writing about the same thing and watching one genre to near exclusivity makes for picking up bad writing and watching habits. Or you look at how many hours there are in a day, do some mental calculations about how much time you have to watch something that catches your eye and write about it versus fulfilling all the other obligations that take up your time and find yourself making tough choices. I have a stack of titles from last year that I keep meaning to devour and one thing or another has kept me from doing so.
So what does the name change mean? It means we can bring you more than horror. We can deliver our takes on action films, marital arts, weepy dramas, animated fair and those superhero movies that deliver sweet, sweet traffic hits. It means we can go back and reexamine the movies and artists that made us fall in love with cinema in the first place without some keyboard warrior in a Basket Case tee shirt tweeting me “What the hell does this have to do with horror?”
It means our team of writers can go nuts and write go nuts and bring you whatever crazy thought about whatever crazy movie is inspiring them at the moment instead of choking back the vomit when suffering through their third found footage film of the week. It means I can theoretically practice my nun-chuck skills in the living room while watching movies about ninjas. Not that I would ever do that since I like having my face all in one piece and I’m one wild swing away from turning my moneymaker into something out of a Picasso portrait.
Along with the name change and new direction comes a gussied up new look for the site, and for that I have no one to thank but the great Tim Scholl. Tim has put in too many hours to even think about coming up with the new look for our site, and I cannot be happier with how damn great it came out.
A fancy new look is no good if it brings the same old, same old. On that end look for added content here at Film Thrills. Look for month long retrospectives on Sam Peckinpah, Chan Wook Park, Brian DePalma, Polanski and others in the coming months. We’re going to expand our podcast and make it a much more regular occurrence. Look for that to dovetail in new directions, such as our upcoming Frankenstein on Film multipart series. We’re also bringing on guests from all spectrums of the filmmaking community and getting them to talk about their favorite movies, filmmakers and movie franchises that inspire them to this day. We should also have a Youtube channel up in the near future for video reviews, analysis, interviews and more. Obviously, these things are works in progress, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. At the very least, pop your popcorn and enjoy me making an ass of myself.
The other thing we’re looking for is YOU. We’re looking to bring on more reviewers, feature columnists, podcast cohosts and more. If you think you’ve got something to say and love writing about movies then by all means, get ahold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.