Saturday, 20 February 2021

A New Beginning

I’m close to handing in my fourth in-depth piece of film criticism in as many months, and I’ll complete work on a fifth next month, so I think it’s safe for me to say I’m really getting back into writing now. However, I want to do even better, as I’m aiming to write 24 pieces this year, so technically that's two per month. Although, it sure does feel better than only writing seven in three years; that’s all I wrote from October 2017 to October 2020. It’s so frustrating when life stuff gets in the way of your passions.

I’m starting a fresh, so I’ll be doing away with Cinematic Shocks, and turning it into an online portfolio for my work with a new name. I’ll be taking down everything I wrote exclusively for this blog since February 2012, along with all the grammatical errors, which I would make until I quickly started learning from other editors, when I began contributing work for websites in September 2016. Some of these articles won’t see the light of day again, but there’s a lot of material to mine too, so I’ll be extensively reworking others into new better reads.

I plan to become a regular top contributor for Diabolique from early next quarter.

I hope all of you will be joining me for this new beginning.

Dave J. Wilson

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Scream Magazine Issue #60 (April 2020)

I got to write about one of my favourite ‘80s horror films for Scream. The sub-genre pastiche of folk, witchcraft, backwoods slasher, and creature feature, the dark, mystic, grim fairy tale - Pumpkinhead. Plus there's a load of great content from various talented writers (see cover).

The new issue is out on April 25th, only from the Scream website’s online store, and is now available for pre-order.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Scream Magazine Issue #59 (February 2020)

The next issue of Scream Magazine will feature my first print article ever - my retrospective on the making of Hammer’s classic 1960 Gothic vampire horror, The Brides of Dracula. Now available for pre-order on their website. The new issue will be sent out to subscribers and pre-order customers on February 18th, and will be available in stores the following week. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

Day of the Woman: Feminist Revenge Exploitation in I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Independently distributed by writer, director, editor, and co-producer Meir Zarchi in 1978, 'Day of the Woman' drew little attention on its limited rural drive-in circuit run. Zarchi pulled it due to hardly making anything back on the marketing costs, and it was quickly forgotten. Then a few years later in 1981, legendary exploitation producer/distributor the late Jerry Gross gave the film a wide release. He re-titled it to 'The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill', and 'I Hate Your Guts', before settling on the now notorious 'I Spit on Your Grave', named after Michel Gast’s 1959 film noir, an adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1946 crime novel J’irai cracher sur vos tombes ('I Spit on Your Graves'). Meir Zarchi hates this title. Its infamy then went through the roof, garnering the attention of mainstream critics and their scathing narrow-minded views. “A vile bag of garbage”, proclaimed the late, often great, but sometimes imprudent, especially when it came to genre cinema, Roger Ebert. He and partner in pomposity, but at times great as well, the late Gene Siskel, led a misguided campaign against films featuring women in danger, with this as its leading example and prime target. Ironically, this became positive publicity, as it generated even more box office revenue, because the horror crowds lap up this kind of controversy.