An exercise in 100 words horror.

Picture a cancer in a larynx. Resembles a big red circle across an ocre background.
Courtesy of Wikimedia

*cough cough*

“Can anybody shut him up?” Asked Letterman angrily.

Wesker looked at his boss then slowly to his sickly associate. All around, the tunnel contracted and dilated and glistened in an eerie manner as would the entrails of some mastodon.

“Imma check on him,” sighed the doctor while closing in on the chocking man. “Can you open your mouth, Boris?”

Armed with only his flashlight, which made grotesque shadows dance over the cavern walls, Wesker peered in his companion’s larynx. Gasped. There, surrounded by teeth and saliva, climbed a blind naked man.

It blankly stared at Wesker and howled.

There is no doubt death is a powerful experience to any human being, but what about bands? How do bands deal with death?

Photograph of a cematary in Autumn
Courtesy of Hemant Arya

On the 18th of May 2017, Chris Cornell lead singer of Sound Garden would commit suicide right after a concert. His death would prove the downfall of the band but would have more obscure consequences. On the 20th of July of the same year, Chester Bennington, lead of the band Linkin Park, would go on to hang himself on what should have been Chris Cornell’s anniversary.

It’s intended for a suicide to have consequences, whether the people killing themselves believes it or not.

Part of me cannot believe that when Cornell decided to leave us, he even thought this could…

Since Scream Factory just released a 4K version of the Christophe Gans’ blockbuster, I thought it was time for this paper.

Poster of Brotherhood of the Wolves. Samuel Le Bihan and Marc Dacascos are both covered with high leather neck and hat.

Richard Granpierre isn’t at ease on this 31st of January 2001. For more than three years now, he’s been the producer on Brotherhood of the Wolves, a French blockbuster that ran late, in which investors sank a lot of money. Today’s the release date, if Granpierre is touring Paris on his scooter, right now? It’s in part to reassure himself. Deep down, he wants to know if the spectators are there.

Story of what would become one of France’s most well-known blockbusters starts in 1997, when a young screenwriter named Stéphane Cabel pens what he calls Lupus Dei. At this…

This is how I started Life Space.

A computer and a notebook on grey table.
Courtesy of Marko Milivojevic

Recently a colleague of mine told me: It pains me to see you working here. This acquaintance had just read a novella of mine, thought I had some talent. When my contract with Amazon ended, he came to me and said: I hope I see you again but the truth is I’ll pray for your side projects to succeed, this is how reality should be.

It was nice of him. What he didn’t get is I spend 7 years trying to make it into filmmaking. Seven years as a gaffer, a location manager…

This short story was written for a submission call, t’was rejected twice. Hope you like it nonetheless.

The first time I noticed Samson was growing horns, he was in the bathroom, gazing at the birth of his baldness. Outgrowth were mere bumps back then, all crackled and black as some recent burns. Did you know horns are usually made of coagulated hairs?

My big brother, he was losing those by the handful, half bent over the sink, staring straight at the mirror. It was as if the protuberances mattered less than his shiny skull, as if he was already accustomed to this. Oblivious.

That is, until he saw me watching him and slammed the door shut in…

I know Jared Leto’s Morbius is coming out, but did you know it was part of a deal Marvel signed in 2000?

In August 1940, Theodore Sturgeon released It, a short story about a family of farmer having to fight off a human/plant hybrid. This short story, and its swayed prose, would spawn a bunch of such mutant throughout American comics book history but it would be in 1971 that the real duel would take place. In May 1971, in Savage Tales #1, Man-thing made his first appearance, followed two months later by Swamp Thing who first appeared in House of Secrets #92. Both those first appearances were one-shots, as was usual at the time. Both tales told a chemist becoming a…

Imagine being an aspiring filmmaker and deciding your first self produced movie would be about an alien invasion.

A spider-legged woman is holding a tired young man in a dark alley. Resembles a pieta.

In my paper about Jean Claude Biette and his movie Le Champignon des Carpathes, I stated that it’s rare for a filmmaker to try and self produce his movie. Even more so when he’s an established one. Of course, everyone’s gonna Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson me — although you’re forgetting about the SPierig Brothers! But those types of movies do not exist in the French landscape. Or, well, they do exist, as a production teacher of mine once stated: “A film that’s self produced in France is what we call a wild movie. There are around five of them…

Weird to get to know an artist only to discover they’re dead.

A lone native American warrior is seen standing and singing on a battlefield as his enemies close on him.
The Death Song of Lone Wolf — Charles M Russell

I see you standing there, mouth already agape, ready to answer: “But, Basile, everyone’s already listened to some dead man’s voice.” I feel you, I really do. I mean if you ever watched a sitcom you’ve been listening to some dead people’s laugh for as long as I have. But this is not a paper on the disturbing fact that audio cues of you might still be found and heard way after your death. …

Which may very well be the first survival horror. EVER.

Screenshot of the game, very first playable screen, a man wearing tweed is seen standing in an attic.

So, Resident Evil Village is a FPS. Interesting. Even more so if you’re one of the few who knows the franchise, before making it as the originator of the survival horror trend, was to be a FPS. Resident Evil ? A FPS? Come on, we all know it was fixed cameras, tank control, polished drawn decorum and 3D character models. There was no first person perspective involved. Well, this might depend on who you ask. For if you asked Capcom from 1995 to 2015, they would have answered by the negative. It’s Shinji Megami who said so, right after the…

Basile Lebret

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