Spookers is a big-scale haunted house attraction based in an abandoned mental hospital south of Auckland, New Zealand. Run by the Watson family, it includes the main buildings, plus the ‘Freaky Forest’ and the ‘Cornevil’ maze, based on the maize labyrinth that started the Watsons into the horror entertainment business in Marton in 1999.
Through an online competition six fans were sent to film and interview Iggy and The Stooges play the Raw Power album at Montocelli New York’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” Festival. The competitors had to submit a HD video clip of themselves with probing questions and reasons for wanting to film that show a passion for the Stooges.
The Church of Scientology has become notorious around the world. Founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, it spread through its message of self-improvement, but with the secrecy of a cult. British journalist Louis Theroux, adept at infiltrating a wide variety of fringe groups, decided to take on this most clandestine of religions. Continue reading
The Art Life is a letter from father to daughter, from David Lynch to his daughter Lula Lynch. For hardcore Lynch fans you’ll know the majority of these stories and be treated to some unseen footage of Lynch’s childhood. For those who have no idea who he is, I am not sure this is the right place to start. It is quite contemplative and full of scenes that linger on Lynch at home painting and working with wood in the Hollywood Hills. It’s not a dissection of his film accolades or his style, it’s just Lynch telling his life story and doing one of the things he seems to cherish most – art.
I kind of have a love-hate relationship with unathorised DVDs. I know they are normally extremely crappy, but one of my favourite music documentaries, Metal Machine Music: NIN and the Industrial Uprising, is unathorised and is awesome. Ever since I saw it I’ve been hanging out for something just as good.
The concept of fan-created works is nothing new. From fan fiction, where new stories around existing properties are written for fun, through to paintings of favourite characters, there is a long tradition of this form of appreciation. But for three kids in Mississippi, the release of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark would lead to a much larger level of fan appreciation. Continue reading
Growing up during the ’90s in NZ it felt as if I lived in Britain. The Royal family were basically the Kardashians of the era, everyone watched Coronation Street and the music was all Brit-Pop. This may be triggering to some but I hate the Beatles, and being a 9/10 year old girl when they hit big, Oasis were essentially my Beatles. I still hate the Beatles and yes I realise the guitar at the beginning of Don’t Look Back in Anger clearly rips of that annoying Imagine song. I get it. I hear T-Rex and Bowie, but even if they are a tad derivative they definitely had their own sound.
Now, if you were born after 1995 this will probably mean nothing to you so put down your “Applepods” and your “ilaps” and carry on ruining music like the ungrateful sods you are!
Did you know it’s been over 30 years since Back to the Future was first released? Well I didn’t!