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Pixie’s Year 5!

Published October 17, 2017 by rmpixie

See what I did there? Five skulls for five years? Eh?… Eh? No?….

 

It’s year 5 for Rosemary’s Pixie! This year has been really different with fewer posts since I’ve been re-assessing my career choices, one of which involves seriously considering making outfits for my cats and taking them on the road in a crazy cat lady revue.

Programmer-wise, I had a great first year with BITS, and gotten to know my fellow BITS crew really well. We promoted the festival at Shock Stock  and Niagara Falls Comic Con, and had a great time hanging out with vendors, guests like Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp who is a gem of a person, The Monsters of Schlock who are seriously the coolest guys, and Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini who is very sweet and apparently needs no sleep.

The Toronto horror community suffered a big blow when Suspect Video closed down early this year. This rental store was not only a place where you could find current films but the rarest of the rare cult movies and superb conversation with the knowledgeable staff.  Founder Luis Ceriz and his staff were always ready to suggest or help with titles, books and other obscure info needed for general fun facts or important research. I owe a lot my blog content to them and the amazing films they had available. We were all heartbroken, and made our pilgrimage on the final day the shop was open. I’m happy to say that Luis is still operating Suspect as an online shop and if you’re in the Toronto or GTA area, follow the shop on Facebook as there are weekly posts of new films for purchase. He is also at the helm of Horror-Rama, Toronto’s only horror convention with his co-founder director/writer/musician Chris Alexander. Tickets are on sale now for the November 4-5th event and I can’t wait.

Some of you have noticed that I stopped doing recaps for Face Off this year. I was quite frankly bored of the show. I loved judges Neville Page, Ve Neill and Glenn Hetrick and host McKenzie Westmore, but I felt the show was mining people who have already been contestants and there is a serious lack of diversity. There have only been a handful of POC on the show, one POC winner, and after 11 seasons it seems like they’re perhaps running out of ideas. I’ll try tuning in at a later point, but I know there are a large number of POC’s out there creating wonderful makeups that would definitely hold up on the show.

The Rue Morgue library recently added a new volume to the collection, Women with Guts, a fantastic set of essays about famed women in horror written by women horror and genre writers. I attended the book launch and met the book’s author Alison Lang, as well as contributors Liisa Ladouceur, Monika S. Kuebler, executive editor to Rue Morgue Andrea Subissati, and Alexandra West. I was so thrilled that my friend and founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters Ashlee Blackwell was also a contributor. These women are stellar writers and wonderful people. You can get your own copy here. I also celebrated a personal milestone by contributing to Rue Morgue Magazine’s 20th anniversary edition. I was honoured to write a synopsis of Shock Values: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern Horror  for the 25 Non-Fiction Genre Film Books That Every Horror Fan Should Own feature. Andrea Subissati really pulled out all the stops for this gorgeous issue and the articles are fantastic. Pick up a copy here.

More fantastic people I met this year were:  Monika Estrella Negra, founder of Audre’s Revenge Film Collective where her tireless efforts to create content and promote QTIPOC filmmakers should be noted and shared; Jamie Broadnax, founder of Black Girl Nerds and Lauren Warren, one of the hosts of Nerds of Prey and tweeter extraordinaire at the Black Girl Nerd TIFF brunch. It was wonderful to meet so many fellow writers and content creators just as passionate about film as I am.

I’ve recently ventured into the podcast world and was a guest on The Matinee a couple of times. Ryan McNeil, a blogger, reviewer and podcast host had me on to discuss a couple of films with him. You can check them out (episodes 172and 176) here. I had a great time, and I’ll be popping up on podcasts here and there, so stay tuned.

I’m also gearing up for festival season on the horror calendar. Toronto After Dark Film Festival is up with some great films and then Blood in the Snow from November 23-26th (of course). And I’ll be at those with the best horror boyfriend in the world (and my biggest cheerleader) on my arm.

As always, I want to give a shout out to my friends Laina Dawes, Ashlee Blackwell, and Courtney Small (www.cinemaaxis.com) who support my writing, and all of you readers who visit my blog. Thank you from the bottom of my horror heart!

 

Carolyn

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Pixie’s Festival Frenzy!

Published November 27, 2015 by rmpixie

I’m sure the burning question on your minds, dear reader, has been “Where the heck has that pixie been lately?” Well, I’ve been writing away for Cinema Axis, reviewing great indie horror, and really getting out there for the horror film fest season here in Toronto.

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Tonight is the opening night of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival, an all Canadian content horror film fest put on not only for the fans, but for filmmakers to learn about the industry.  They’ve showcased some of the most bizarre horror like the oozing Thanatamorphose, and my pick of 2014, the haunting Black Mountain Side.  BITS has a special place in my heart because it was here last year that I got to meet Canadian actor Stephen McHattie, so I will forever be a fan.  I’ve reviewed a few films for this fest, and there are some really interesting filmmakers out there.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing my horror friends, old and new, and rubbing shoulders with cast, crew and directors during this industry driven festival.

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/11/21/bits-2015-bite/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/11/22/bits-2015-white-raven/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/11/26/bits-2015-secret-santa/

 

If you want to see any BITS films this weekend (November 27-29th), there are still some limited tickets available:

http://www.bloodinthesnow.ca/BITS2015.html

 

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I also attended the Toronto After Dark Film Festival , a film fest staple every October in this fair city for 10 years. They’ve consistently brought us great horror films like The Babadook, We Are What We Are, Tales of Halloween, Housebound, Deathgasm, and countless other fan favourites that have gone on to larger success.  This anniversary year was no exception, and I now have new favourites in Sion Sono’s fantasy cute-fest Love and Peace and the one-man psychological horror The Interior.  What I loved about this year in particular was reconnecting with more friends, and actually heading out to the pub nights after screenings.  I had a great time chatting with fellow horror fans and schmoozing with directors.  Definitely one of my favourite years.  Here are the reviews I wrote:

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/25/tadff-2015-patchwork/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/14/tadff-2015-night-of-the-living-deb/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/22/tadff-2015-synchronicity/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/18/tadff-2015-the-interior/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/17/tadff-2015-the-hollow-one/

http://cinemaaxis.com/2015/10/15/tadff-2015-a-christmas-horror-story/

And check out the winners for the TADFF viewer awards.

So fair reader, there you have it.  Another festival year is coming to an end, and I hope you check out, or have seen some of the great indie horror these festivals work so hard to bring us, because independent films will forever be the backbone of horror.

 

Rosemary’s Pixie: Three Years of Fear, Growth and Learning To Say Yes

Published October 17, 2015 by rmpixie

It’s year three for Rosemary’s Pixie and I’m happy to say once again that I’m still here. With all the ups and downs, steps forward cancelling out the steps back, I can truly say that fear has been a driving force in my learning curve.

In terms of horror, fear is essential and the thing I love most about the genre. The creatures, villains, and psychopaths all titillate and terrify; giving us that adrenaline rush that can’t be beat.  Tapping into it at the basest level triggers a primal response to keep us from danger, even though that danger is on a movie screen.  As a child, I loved to be scared by movies and stories, but in real life, fear became a bad thing manifesting itself in a not so great way.

I was taught to fear my elders, an all-seeing God, and authority figures because I was lead to believe they could determine whether I sink or swim.  I depended on them for guidance like most, but was held back by what they might do if I disobeyed the rules or went my own route, fearful of an unknown or harsh discipline and judgement.  This gave way to anxieties and pressures that became crippling as I grew older, and, along with some significant life events that changed me, made everything come to a full stop.  I soon found out these figures of authority and their mythologies were hugely flawed, did not apply to me, and I needed to live my own life.  That took a long time to figure out, but when I did, it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.

Now I see fear as something good, something I feel before I take a leap into the unknown.  It now drives me to try new things and leave the doubt behind.  This past year, I have gained the confidence to branch out with my writing and love for horror, and I would like thank the following people for the support and faith that I could contribute interesting content:

First off, there’s Ashlee Blackwell, founder of www.graveyardshiftsisters.com.  She works tirelessly to make sure women of colour horror writers and fans like myself are heard.  She is scholar and über horror aficionado and I will forever appreciate her constant encouragement and support.  You must go to her site to learn about Black women and women of colour who contribute to the horror genre via print, film and other media, and I am honoured to have a couple of posts on her site:

http://www.graveyardshiftsisters.com/2015/08/sci-fi-sunday-advantageous-future-of.html

http://www.graveyardshiftsisters.com/2015/01/sci-fi-sunday-born-in-flames-adelaide.html

 

Then there is www.thegeeko.com, a super fun and informative site that covers all things geeky where my obsessive Face Off posts are shared, and www.cinemaaxis.com where I have just recently started contributing film reviews.  Thanks to Mat and Courtney for being really awesome dudes and restoring my faith in the blogging community.

Lastly, but never, ever least, are my girls Laina D. running around in a New York minute, Ana Maria who lives “over the pond” at the moment, and my cool, calm and collected sister Semone. Without these three lovelies, I don’t think I would have had the courage to sit in front of my poor, dusty laptop and hammer out anything at all.  Of course, there are all of my friends, visitors, Twitter followers and Facebook likers who read my ramblings and take the time to leave comments, both good and bad.  I am forever grateful to know you all still want to read what I have to say, and that you care enough to write a response.  Oh, and since you’re still here, stay tuned for a couple of announcements in the coming months/new year!

So this is what happens when you embrace the fear, take the leap and say “yes”. Here’s to another year of the good kind of fear, and more of saying, and hearing, that three-lettered word, that one syllable simply described in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a positive answer to a question, request or offer” but opening doors to so much more.

Cheers!

Carolyn

It’s Year 2 for Rosemary’s Pixie!

Published October 17, 2014 by rmpixie

Just a smidge of my horror collection that keeps me going! And yes, I still have vhs tapes!

 

So it’s year 2 and I’m still here!  I may not have posted as often or reviewed as many films, books and events as I would have liked to, but I’m still here!  Have I learned any lessons?  Definitely, especially about focus and staying on track.  Nothing good comes from the wishy wash!  I realize that I thrive in a creative environment which I am not currently in, so this little blog still really helps me as an outlet.  I am still striving to be in such an environment, to better myself and to keep true to what this blog does for me which is express my love for the horror genre and all the creepy crawlies it brings.  One way I’m doing this is by once again treating myself to some unadulterated horror movie mayhem at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, which I’ve done for 4 years now.  I’m hoping to make this an annual event, and it is a total coincidence that my anniversary falls on the start of the festival, but it is a happy one!  It reminds me that there is a place for horror, and that working hard at something you love can be fulfilling and fun at the same time.

At the start of this new year, I wondered if I should continue to blog about my favourite show, Face Off.  I wondered if anyone really cared about my opinions and recaps of this innovative special effects makeup competition, but one look at my stats changed that.  People from all over the world were reading my posts.  I realized that even in this day of high-speed internet and satellite T.V., some fans out there don’t have access to the show.  That made me want to continue with a renewed zeal, and it also keeps me connected to my makeup artist past without having to actually do makeup!

I still don’t have a ton of followers, which was never my goal, but the ones I have make me really grateful for their loyalty!  I will once again thank all my friends and family that encourage me to do my thing, my twitter and Facebook friends and followers, all the visitors to this site, the WoC writers and bloggers that inspire me, indie filmmakers who continue to think outside the box, and horror fans that keep the genre alive.  I am looking forward to another year of horror fun, films and fracas and pushing myself to keep pursuing things that I love!

Happy Second Anniversary Rosemary’s Pixie!!

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