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Book Review: how THE FLY got its wings

Every author needs to be prepared for a bad review. Luckily for me, I got this one instead. Thank you to Niina Doherty for her kind words (and impeccable taste).

Women are Horror: an interview with me

As part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) – in which I spoke on the Delightfully Dark panel – I was interviewed by Critics Lab participant Kate MacDonald about the relationship between women and horror.

My argument is that woman ARE horror, and I think I make a pretty good case of it, as proven by the featured image of myself accompanying this blog post.

Hell is for Hyphenates: Martin Scorsese

A monthly podcast since 2010, Hi4H is momentarily hanging up the hyphenates. How long they’ll be on hiatus, we don’t know – or even if they’ll return – but Lee and Rochelle have signed off with a humdinger of a finale, the career of Martin Scorsese.

Past guests and hosts (including my current Plato’s Cave co-host, Paul Anthony Nelson), have gathered together to contribute their various thoughts on Scorsese and his voluminous oeuvre. I make an appearance (having previous tackled Roman Polanski on Hell is for Hyphenates) where I talk about experiencing Goodfellas andCape Fear for the first time as an impressionable, young lass.

Congratulations to Rochelle and Lee for not just surviving but excelling at their commitment to fully survey cinematic auteurs as chosen by their special guests each month. I, for one, have loved being on the show.

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Monstrously Yours, Larry: An Interview by Emma Westwood

It was sad to hear Larry Cohen had died on 23rd March 2019. Thank you to Diabolique for allowing me to honour him.

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ALIEN 4K restoration screening

It’s hard to believe Ridley Scott’s transcendent sci-fi/horror classic ALIEN is now 40 years old. What a film and what a legacy.

Accordingly, I’ll be celebrating this milestone birthday with a few hundred or so of my closest friends when Tristan Jones and I introduce the special ALIEN 4K restoration screening at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Friday 26th April. Here’s what the folks from the Astor have to say about it:

“To celebrate 40 years of the original cinematic space nightmare, we are presenting a new 4K restoration of the original theatrical cut of ALIEN to mark its 40th anniversary. The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery. The 4K scans were done at EFilm and the audio restoration was done by Audio Mechanics.

But that’s not all – in this special “Alien Day” double feature, we will be following the screening of ALIEN with the return of the rare 70mm 6-track magnetic Dolby surround sound print of ALIENS. The way this original print sounds will blow you away!

This is enough to make any ALIEN fan scream! Expect some additional surprise on the night too – and keep en eye on Duke so we don’t have to go back on the ship and get him!”

Tristan and I will have more to say about it on the night. Buy your tickets here…

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The Projection Booth’s Special Report: THE FLY

What an honour it is to be interviewed by Mike White about THE FLY for inclusion in his incredible The Projection Booth podcast!

For anyone who may be a debutante when it comes to The Projection Booth, Mike does a deep-dive dissection of cinema that, just like my book, looks at one film per episode then examines it with a panel of co-hosts (Mike being the constant). Often, this culminates in podcasts over two hours long – 3.5 hours in the case of this one.

Mike has two of the most insightful voices in today’s cinema commentary landscape, Samm Deighan and Bill Ackerman, as his co-hosts for the Special Report on THE FLY. And I step up separately to be interviewed about my book, as does Stuart Cornfeld who is the producer of THE FLY and a champion of the film.

This is a podcast that never fails to deliver to the discerning film fan. Get into it.

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MIDAS RUN: New DVD audio commentary

Lee Gambin and I have been privileged to record a DVD audio commentary for Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray release of Alf Kjellin’s comedy heist caper, MIDAS RUN (1968),

As we’ve come to expect from Kino Lorber, this is a pristine release, a brand new HD master created from a 4K scan of the original negative.

Lee and I had SO MUCH fun putting this down on tape, especially given the quality of the cast – Richard Crenna, Anne Heywood, Fred Astaire, Ralph Richardson, Cesar Romero and more. We could have talked for hours!

MIDAS RUN is released on 21st May 2019.

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17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

I have super exciting news – I’ve been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Commentary with my creative brother, Lee Gambin, for our DVD commentary on William Castle’s STRAIT-JACKET, which appears on Indicator’s Vol. 2 release of William Castle films. Such news deserves an exclamation mark!

This is my first time being nominated, and a huge honour, especially given the esteemed competition in the same category (Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Bill Ackerman, Samm Deighan, Kat Ellinger, Amanda Reyes, etc). My head is spinning like Linda Blair’s, to say the least.

Given these awards are decided on popular vote, I’d love it if you’d support me with yours. All you have to do is send an email to taraco@aol.com before 20th April 2019, and specify your Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards votes:

BEST COMMENTARY:
Lee Gambin, Emma Westwood: STRAIT-JACKET (Indicator)

If you feel like providing even further support, please also vote for the box set in which our STRAIT-JACKET commentary appears:

BEST BOX SET:
WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA: Volume One, Two: Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus; Zotz!; 13 Frightened Girls; Old Dark House; Strait-Jacket (Indicator)

And Cinemaniacs’ glorious book on Scarecrows in which I have written two pieces on JEEPERS CREEPERS:

BOOK OF THE YEAR:
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN: Scarecrows in Film and TV, edited by Lee Gambin (Cinemaniacs, softcover, 242 pages, $21.50). Essays that go far beyond Oz.

~ Thanking you, Emma

Interview by A Fiend on Film

Dave K (aka. A Fiend on Film) and I met through Twitter some time back where we shared a meeting of the minds due to our a mutual love of cinema and, in particular, the films of David Cronenberg (download his House of Skin fanzine, in which my writing on Cronenberg’s From the Drain short was included). So I was thrilled when he asked to interview me about THE FLY to run on his blog. Here’s how it panned out…

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