Complete Unofficial Movie List From In Search Of Darkness I + II

In Search Of Darkness II is now on Shudder and if you’re like me, maybe you wanted a list of every movie mentioned in parts one and two. So here’s a gorgeously put together syllabus courtesy of my very organized and wonderful friend @TheDezz !

Here’s a link to the complete Part I list on Letterboxd
The complete Part II list on Letterboxd

And some beautiful graphic lists:

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HorrorGirl Problems: Fangoria Chainsaw Awards The Morning After w Director Xanthe – Podcast Ep 35

Xanthe Pajarillo is here fresh off directing the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Join as us we chat the challenges of virtual production, trials and triumphs and ultimately – the importance of making the most of what you’ve got!

Did you miss the live stream? You can check out both the pre-show and the big event in this post

Twitter: @xanthepajarillo

Watch 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Pre-Show + Full Awards Ceremony

Wow! What a wonderfully wild week and a most magical night. I don’t know if I will ever return to my body after this out of body experience. Getting to chat with so many people I respect and admire greatly… well let’s just say I’m still scraping my brain matter off the walls and attempting to stuff it all back into my skull. Eternally grateful.

Thank you to Fangoria for inviting me to be part of this. Big thanks to Gigi Saul Guerrero, Barbara Crampton, Josh Stolberg, Travis Stevens, Sarah Lind and Sam Zimmerman. And thanks to everyone who tuned in, sent lovely words of support, kept the chat fun and lively, it was great to see so many familiar names on the feed. I wish I could go back and read all the comments but apparently I would have needed to do a screen recording for that to happen!! If you missed the pre-show live stream you can check it out here:

And if you missed the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (or if you just want to rewatch it like I have maybe a few times now) you can check that out on YouTube. I believe it will also be on Shudder at some point. What a production! Congrats to everyone who pulled this off, I know it delivered a straight shot of glee to my guts and the sentiment seems to be overwhelmingly similar. David was an incredible host and it was so much fun to watch the presenters and winners videos. Congratulations to all winners, nominees, and each and every person behind the scenes, pulling off this awesome show.

The 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards hosted by David Dastmalchian with presenters Jamie Lee Curtis, Keith David, Kevin Smith, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Doug Jones, Biqtch Puddin’, and more! Directed by Xanthe Pajarillo.

It’s Chainsaw (Awards) Season, Baby!

We are halfway to Halloween and just over a week away from the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards! Awards shows are severely lacking blood and bits, so I’m looking forward to satiating my hunger for all that is cinematically sanguine. Click here for details on how to watch The event will be streaming live on Shudder, April 18th 5PM PT.

To get you in the mood and prep your palates, I’ll be hosting a LIVE Fango x Convo panel on April 14th 4PM PT,  diving into the history of the Chainsaw Awards with Fango legends Tony Timpone, Mike Gingold, Rebekah McKendry and current EIC Phil Nobile Jr. Click here for full details + to register for the zoom panel

SXSW: Jakob’s Wife – Reinvention By Way Of Bloodletting

Jakob’s Wife is Travis Stevens’ directorial follow up to Girl On The Third Floor. Written by Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland and Stevens, Jakob’s Wife centers on Anne (Barbara Crampton), the wife of a small town minister (Larry Fessenden) who feels she has been shrinking away, fully absorbed by her “church mouse” pastor’s wife role over the course of the last three decades. Her husband often talks over her, dismissive, and she is largely unseen. Everything changes when Anne has an unexpected encounter, and she becomes absolutely unleashed. This movie takes so many elements of favorite horror films from a bygone era, throws them in a blender and smoothly pours it back out- an entirely new cocktail elegantly mixed with just enough modern updates to make it fresh, refreshing, and brand spanking new.

Barbara Crampton as an often overlooked housewife, reclaiming her power, her voice, her sexuality and her sense of self is a joy to watch. Dripping in dark humor and an absolute bloodbath of gore that quite literally shoots and sprays in a delightful deluge. As Jakob reassures Anne, “This is what I was trained for. To fight evil.” I can’t help but recall another line from a member of the cloth in regards to fighting evil, “I kick ass for the Lord!”. In addition to all the wacky wonderful being delivered here, Anne’s fashion evolution was a special treat in itself.

Overall, this was a really fun one. Seeing it with an audience, the right audience in a midnight movie type setting would really set this unfettered, full throttle. It knows exactly what it is, so it cuts loose and allows free range to play with an abundance of sanguine soaked scenes and dark humor. We don’t get very many lead characters like Anne, middle aged housewives are not typically central to the story and that’s a damn shame. Crampton lifting furniture and dancing with abandon to Concrete Blonde is a prime example of one of these cutting all the way loose moments; but it also has a message at the core regarding relationships and our lives, who we become, how we become. A commentary on feeling stagnant and clawing, gnashing our way out of that stagnancy with fangs bared, to reclaim a sense of self. A journey back to the self, or maybe even becoming the best version for the first time.

Jakob’s Wife premiered as part of the SXSW Midnighters series, and will be available on Shudder in April.

SXSW: Sasquatch- Weed, Greed, Murder + Cryptids In This New Hulu Documentary

Is it a Sasquatch documentary? Or is it a true crime doc? Yes.

Both of these elements are explored in Hulu’s upcoming documentary limited series, executive produced by the Duplass Brothers. At the risk of spoiling, the first episode is pretty Sasquatch-heavy featuring local Sasquatch experts and enthusiasts. There are also interviews with the guys involved in arguably the most famous Sasquatch footage in existence- the Patterson-Gimlin Film which was shot in 1967 in Northern California. The docuseries centers specifically on journalist David Holthouse. In 1993 Holton was visiting a pot farm in Northern California. It was during this stay on the pot farm that Holton heard a story about three men who were ripped apart on a nearby farm. The claim was that Bigfoot was the culprit. Twenty five years later, Holton returns to the area to investigate what really happened that night. Who were the victims? Was Bigfoot really to blame for the murders? Did those murders even actually occur?

Through a series of interviews with Bigfoot experts and people who are able to reconstruct the environment of the Cannabis industry in the are in the early 90’s, David is led down a dark path in the pursuit of the truth.

Sasquatch is a three-part documentary series
premiering on Hulu April 20th

SXSW: Luchadoras – Fight For Your Dreams, Fight For Your Life

There is so much more here than you might be expecting. Yes, it is a documentary about badass female Mexican wrestlers. But aside from the world of lucha, these women are fighting against machismo and violence in Juarez, Mexico – a place that at one point earned the title of “deadliest city” because its homicide rate was so high. And I don’t just mean homicide across the board, this is primarily gender-based violence targeting women.

This documentary centers primarily on three fighters- Baby Star, Mini Sirenita and Lady Kandy. Outside of the ring we come to know the women as fighters in their day-to-day lives.

Baby Star- A legacy fighter, the daughter of a luchador with no sons, and so he taught his daughters (Baby Star and Little Star) the art of lucha.

Mini Sirenita – A mother and a grandmother, with aspirations of moving to Mexico City to be closer to her daughter, grandchildren and fighting in the big time.

Lady Kandy – Outside of the ring, she is fighting to see her daughters. Her ex fled to the U.S. taking her children with him and along with her rise to success in the ring, we also follow her fight back to her girls.

Directors Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasmin not only allow the audience to see these women as luchadoras, but as mothers. As grandmothers. As strong women existing in this world. All of this set against the backdrop of Juarez, where women are habitually murdered and frequently go missing. The luchadoras run a self defense workshop for women, they take to the streets and protest against violent machismo and femicide. In a conversation about family Mini Sirenita talks about how she felt better off alone as a single parent, “You are your own macho”. For these women, lucha is more than a sport. It is more than entertainment. It is a rebellion. It is a movement.

Fight for your dreams. Fight for you life.

One of the closing shots is a powerful composition featuring a long line of women from all walks of life, stretching across a vast empty desert; the luchadoras stand with them and they collectively stare straight down the barrel of the lens with a defiance that you believe in and root for. A moving portrait of warrior women and a strong reminder that in the end- aren’t so many of us just fighting for a better life?

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