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…


Marcel Schwob lived in the early 1900s and wrote mostly short fictions.

A silhouette is seen standing as a shadow before a declining sun over a gerying sky.
A silhouette is seen standing as a shadow before a declining sun over a gerying sky.
Courtesy of dramitkarkare

You know those One Thousand and One Nights you’ve been reading are fake, right? I mean, if the version of these book you own contains either Ali baba or Aladdin or Sinbad, then you have to know those aren’t the original text. This book had a weird history, mainly because it was first bRought to the Occident thanks to a Mr Galland who decided to translate them as a hobby and when he realized there weren’t one thousand and one nights, he began to add a few. Some Turkish epics such as Sinbad for instance, which predates the original manuscript…


This is a short story I wrote coming back from Christmas diner. For once, this isn’t horror.

A bunch of Christmas decorations and gingerbread men are hanging in the air, onto a birghtly lit background.
A bunch of Christmas decorations and gingerbread men are hanging in the air, onto a birghtly lit background.
Photograph thanks to Pixabay

There was a bit of luck involved in having a good time during Christmas. First, you had to pick the good building. The Crooked Man would have told you that Xmas 07 was proof you could spend an entire night in one apartment complex and see no door ever granting you access.

There existed a trick, though. One cheat taught by the ever-distant dimension of the work place and its slave wages. Be early. …


For 10 years, the found footage craze drowned us into a fury of release but what was the first one?

A woman is seen looking terrified over a black background. Only the upper part of her face can be seen.
A woman is seen looking terrified over a black background. Only the upper part of her face can be seen.
Promotional Material for The Blair With Project

You remember the found footage craziness? When every studio tried to turn every movie idea, they had into a project which could be shot with a handheld camera and a tiny budget? What’s interesting is this trend started with Paranormal Activity and for a time it seemed like every executive from Hell and beyond thought this was THE way of milking spectators out of money. I mean, Romero had to do a found footage movies, there were talks of David Bruckner having to shoot a Friday the 13th found footage. Craziness, I told you.

What’s more interesting is that, despite…


The first rape-and-revenge movie directed by a female director.

A women covered in blood is seen looking upon her shoulder in a desert.
A women covered in blood is seen looking upon her shoulder in a desert.

At the beginning of it all, there’s a little girl who thinks that the feminine world is centred around avoiding danger. Thanks to her brother and grandfather, Coralie Fargeat, who would go on to direct Revenge, begins to watch genre movies: Mad max, Robocop, Rambo. Armed with a camera she even shoots a remake of Star Wars.

Coralie doesn’t instinctively direct herself towards film studies. She first enters Science Po, France’s most famous school, and after two years she wants to qui studying. But then a film production takes place in the building she studies in, she speaks to some…

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