Did you know there existed a French movie about irradiation and a magic mushroom that can cure it?

This quote opens Jean-Claude Biette’s third movie, Le Champignon des Carpathes which could be translated into The Mushroom of the Carpathes. Despite this, the feature isn’t really a fairy tale, more akin to a choral film in which the viewer follows a band of Parisian inhabitants, some total strangers to the others, as they fear a radiation cloud that passes over the capital just after a nuclear power plant blew up.

Born in 1942, Biette would direct seven movies from 1977 to 2003, the year of his passing. He first began as a film critic in…


How Fireproof Games succeeded in the mobile market and maybe changed the industry while doing it

Leslie Allin Lewis (1899–1961) was an English writer and a veteran of both world wars. According to his bio, he was a soldier during the first one and a pilot fighter during the second. Throughout his life, Lewis would write horror stories, some of which were collected in his only book Tales of the Grotesque. Sadly, according to his spouse, Lewis was prone to dementia and hallucinations, a sad state of affair that led him to destroy most of his works before his passing in 1961.


A small history of Michel Pagel’s Inhuman Comedy could be useful to any writer.

Two books sitting on a wooden tabouret, next to it a rose stands upward.
Two books sitting on a wooden tabouret, next to it a rose stands upward.
Photo Courtesy of Skylar Kang

Before I became location manager on Bertrand Mandico’s last project, I had this brief talk with my dad where I stated that the sole reason I was back on a movie set was sheer luck. See, I stopped being a gaffer almost a year ago, didn’t miss it. Yet it’s when I decide to put cinema behind me that a French producer, for whom I was once location manager, decides to call me. Funnily enough, at first, there was no movie project in sight, this producer just wanted to ask me to move his stuff from his old office to…


53 weeks, one paper a week. To celebrate here’s the oldest written thing I’ve written that can still be found. Translated since am French.

Paned shot of a child setting his pencils upon a hald drawn sheet of paper.
Paned shot of a child setting his pencils upon a hald drawn sheet of paper.
Courtesy of Viviane Stonoga

Croc was taking a walk, suddenly, he felt his boots getting soaked, it was blood, after he heard a sinister cry: “haoooou”. He wanted to get back home but the Witch of the Wood put a spell on him. Since the Duke of Currant was passing by, he hired him as a cook. He worked there for six months, after that he went on to see the Mage of the Lake, the sorcerer told him: “You have to go see Draculoups, I can say no more.” He went on to see him but, during his walk, he met Jufi the…


Juan Diego Escobar Alzate made his movie in honor of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Here’s the story of its making.

Three naked women are seen taking a bath in a desolate river.
Three naked women are seen taking a bath in a desolate river.

It’s by those words that Juan Diego Escobar Alzate describes his first full-length feature: Luz: Flowers of Evil. Hars words coming from a director oh-so-young. But then, the Colombian filmmaker took ayahuasca before he wrote the movie. For those unaware, ayahuasca is a beverage of hallucinatory nature used by shamans.

I believe Jodorowsky took some before he wrote some of his pieces. Maybe this is where his influence can be felt upon Alzate. For in every interview, the Colombian filmmaker is heard praising the Chilean director/writer. …


Actresses playing boys slowly turning into girls. This is the idea behind Mandico’s movie.

Violet pictures of the Wild Boys over a clear sky huggging one another on what seems to be a beach.
Violet pictures of the Wild Boys over a clear sky huggging one another on what seems to be a beach.

Ask Bertrand Mandico and he’s going to tell you, he’s going to tell you that before he began working on The Wild Boys, he was planning big movie projects with a producer that never seemed to be able to secure any funds. Through lots of interviews can you hear the filmmaker happily joking about having written a bunch of grandiose movies that never saw the light of day.

We don’t know the name of the producer for he always kept silent about that. Still, then came Emmanuel Chaumet.

Chaumet is the head of Ecce Films, a pretty big distributor here…


One year ago, I began to write. First on Facebook for my friends then I began my Medium account. Here’s a translation of my first piece ever:

This quote, it’s Jules…


Was searching for writing prompts on Twitter when I stumbled upon this TL asking to write about a mutant creature.

Courtesy of Martin Vorel

Denis didn’t want to come in the first place. For one, he disliked nature. And he despised walking. Second, he never saw the interest that could be found in killing animals. Sure, he would eat some, from time to time but in a society of mass consumption, slaughtering mammals by the thousands every single day, he always thought of hunting as piling up corpses on an already indomitable mount.

Yet, to Sylvie, this was tradition. Each year, on the 26th of December, she would go hunting alongside her dad and two brothers. Sylvie was the handy one of the item…


On March 18th, the Snyder’s Cut got released on HBOmax, an astonishing outcome for a cursed movie.

The wait for the Snyder’s Cut finally ended on March 18th. If we, spectators, want to give it an honest look, we have to remember the fallout between Warner Bros and the Watchmen director started way before the 2017 release of Justice League. Sometime around Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice League, not exactly when the studio noticed Snyder was the only captain at the helm of a pretty big ship (The entire DCEU!) but when allegations of the company not liking Snyder’s work first appeared online.

What’s funny is: How do you want to drive flocks of people…


Le Chat qui Fume recently released a remaster of the French equivalent of Peckimpah’s Straw Dogs.

The woman is pointing a rifle towards the belly of her smiling rapist.
The woman is pointing a rifle towards the belly of her smiling rapist.

In 2010, Antoine Blossier released a horror movie named La Traque. I remember going to a midnight screening of it. Alone. It was some weird flicks in which a bunch of strangers are confronted by genetically enhanced boars in some dark forest. Think of either Razorback or the Korean movie Chaw but set in the French countryside. To my recollection, there was this hero guy who had to joinb forces with the family who engineered the beasts. Eventually, I’ll talk of its making through this series.

Some ten odd years later, I am scrolling through Facebook when a French distributor…

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