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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!!

Rosemary’s Pixie’s First Anniversary!

Published October 17, 2013 by rmpixie

It’s hard to believe, but Rosemary’s Pixie is one year old!  But before we raise a glass, I have a confession to make…

I started this blog because I was in distress.  Last year, life handed me a giant shit pie.  For a little over eight months, it was difficult to leave my apartment because I was consumed by either anxiety or crushing grief.  As I tried to regroup a la Howard Hughes,  I was comforted by the knowledge that I could always throw in a cheesy horror DVD from my vast collection, order a slasher movie on cable, or crack open a horror novel and lose myself for a couple of hours.  You see, horror was always my first love.  I know, it sounds counter-intuitive.  Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Horror as a therapeutic outlet for someone who was haunted by death and anxiety?! You’d be surprised…

Watching film after film got me thinking.  I  felt the writer I used to be wake up and started to see things that I wanted to comment on and point out.  Many of my wonderfully supportive friends didn’t shared my enthusiasm for the genre, so I started writing about my opinions and observations right here, on good ol’ WordPress.  It didn’t bother me that I didn’t have an audience.  I just liked writing.  A lot.  I would reward myself by watching a movie and writing a post after several hours of job searching.  I started to venture out to Suspect Video to get a couple of cheap rentals here and there, and to chat with the knowledgeable staff.  Typing away on my laptop, with my cats snuggled close by, I started to feel better.  I was able to focus on something other than my troubles, and I only now realize how much that helped me regain confidence in many areas of my life.

I was shocked when I got my first follower and called my friend, Laina D., a seasoned journalist/published author/blogger, who applauded my tiny triumph.  Someone liked what I had to say!  This fueled me to carry on, and here I am today.  I am in a much better place, and I am very glad I took the chance to do something creative again.  I am also very, very grateful for the support of my fabulous friends and sisters, and for all the followers, visitors, retweets, favourites, and likers I have gained through Twitter, Facebook and WordPress.  I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my twisted heart!  Who knew something I started as a distraction would bring me such joy, just by adding my voice to the internet throngs.

Some highlights from the past year:

My lovely friend L.F. (who wants to remain pretty much nameless), designed the gorgeous pixie logo for me.  I was thrilled with her talent and will love that pixie forever!

After writing my first book review on The Demonologist, author Andrew Pyper found and retweeted the link to the post.  I was floored, since I was too chicken to tag him in my tweet.

The indie film Hate Crime disturbed me so much that I reached out to the director, James Cullen Bressack, to answer some questions about his film.  He did so within a day, and became my first interview.  Still very grateful for his time, retweets and all the traffic that he brought to my blog.

The dashing Neville Page, Face Off judge and Hollywood creature and concept designer extraordinaire, started following me on Twitter. A judge from my favourite reality show!  Imagine that?!!  And he is super lovely too!

Interviewing The House of Haunt band members Fang and Skull.  Really fun guys who are passionate about their music and horror.

Meeting writer Steve Niles!!!  This was a big deal for me.  I totally nerded out, and you can read about that here.  I am not ashamed of my er, coffee fueled spaz attack, and he is the nicest man!

I love this blog, I write about what interests me, and I’m glad to be a part of the blogging community as I grow as a writer/reviewer.  I think it’s only fitting that I celebrate this anniversary today with my one true love.  I plan to start with something from my collection (maybe Horror Express), and end with a big finish.  Tonight is the opening night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and since I missed the entire festival last year, I wouldn’t be anywhere else!   So now we can raise a glass, toast to pixie’s first anniversary and hope for many more here in the blogosphere!

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Um, o.k….so I’m raising two glasses…yeah, one’s for you…er,yeah…that’s it…

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