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BFS Events / Re: We can't all get down to London...
« on: November 30, 2010, 07:52:07 pm »
Ah, that's good to know. I was VERY impressed with the drinking at FCon this year! Only trouble is, at the Christmas bash we won't have those cute little name badges to tell each other who we are...

TV and Film / Re: Film - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
« on: November 30, 2010, 07:47:48 pm »
Interesting that it didn't receive a theatrical release in the UK. It wasn't a bad film by any means, and a lot better than I expected. Okay, Ben Kingsley's performance was flat but we had Alfred Molina's to enjoy... ::)

Oh, and can someone please explain to me the appeal of Gemma Arterton? I just can't see it.

TV and Film / Re: The First Men in the Moon (BBC TV)
« on: November 30, 2010, 07:45:18 pm »
Am I the only one who didn't enjoy this? As much as I like Mark Gattis, he just didn't cut it as Cavor for me. There were some nice touches throughout, but I couldn't help but compare it to the 1960s Harryhausen version. And what was missing was the sheer warmth and humour.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Monk Punk - Call For Submissions
« on: November 30, 2010, 12:53:01 am »
Hello, AJ! Fancy seeing you here.

Any BFS members sent you anything?

BFS Events / Re: We can't all get down to London...
« on: November 30, 2010, 12:51:33 am » of hands, please, on who IS coming to London?

And what happens at these open nights? This'll be my first one...

TV and Film / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:34:06 pm »
Sad to hear Sam Worthington's not too good in it: he was shaping up to be the beefcake of choice this summer (as far as I was concerned, anyway.) Boo.  :(

This was a 3D conversion, wasn't it? Purely, one assumes, based on Avatar's success at the cinema; cynical indeed. Was it just not very good as an effect, or did it actually detract from the film?

Sam Worthington makes a good action hero, without a doubt. He was good in Avatar and Terminator: Salvation, but he just drifted through this.

I wouldn't say the 3-D detracted from the film as such, some parts did look pretty good. But as Avatar was my first ever 3-D film I expected COTT to have the same visual quality. I didn't know until afterwards that the 3-D was a conversion, I just thought the projectionist was pissed up. By the way, I've heard Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has the same problem - loads of folk went in expecting the same breathtaking visual experience as Avatar, and came away disappointed.

Bandwagon, bandwagon. If Hollywood ain't careful, they're going to kill off the 3-D revolution.

TV and Film / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:08:08 pm »
I saw the Clash of the Titans remake.

I must say, I quite enjoyed it. A special place is reserved in my heart for the 1981 original - my parents took me to the cinema to see it as a birthday treat. That's how old I am.

The remake - well, I really liked the theme of men rebelling against the gods. A very modern theme, and for that reason perhaps ill-fitting for a tale of Greek myths. But it made the character of Perseus more interesting. Refusing the gifts of Big Daddy Zeus, determined to make it on his own...the 'reluctant hero' is a refreshing change from the watery 'Wow! Zeus is my old man? Great! Is my hair girly enough?' portrayal by Harry Hamlin.

Just a shame Sam Worthington was so wooden in it.

Effects - yes, really good, but suffers too much from this extra fast-paced, overly-jumpy editing that's in vogue at the moment. And the Medusa scene suffered because of it. It should've been a lot more slower paced to build up the fear, rather than an action set piece.

The giant scorpions were great, but seeing them tamed at the end of the scene and used as desert-crossing mounts ruined it for me.

And the 3-D is crap. Added as an afterthought, or cynical ploy to get more bums on seats.

Still, huge fun.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Oxfordshire
« on: April 30, 2010, 07:56:10 pm »
Thank you, Carole and Iam!

As you say, Carole, just over a month's not bad - and I've not been on here for a while myself. That's the trouble with all these forums. I end up joining so many I forget to post on them all...

Which one's this again?     ;)

By the way, Iam - didn't I meet you at Pitch Black? I think I asked how radioactive that fez was. Well, my hair's fallen out and my teeth have turned green, so I know the answer now...

Introductions / Re: Hello from Oxfordshire
« on: April 28, 2010, 12:01:21 pm »
Hi Adrian - welcome to the society! Your first mailing should arrive towards the end of the month, or at the beginning of next month. Blame me for holding it up...

Hey, Stephen - I haven't received the mailing yet. Can you look into it for me?


Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Twitter
« on: April 28, 2010, 10:01:41 am »
Great idea, LouM!

I'm putting mine up here shortly and I'll tweeterism a link to it here.

By the way - how do you do all those fancy 'shortened' web links that I see so many of?

To shorten a link, go to:

Thanks, Shaun. Have a BHN karma!

Here's mine. Perhaps I misread the brief. Looking back, I know they wanted stories that show diversity in horror, but my attention was drawn to the 'modern fears' idea. Knowing lots of spectacle wearers have a fear of using contact lenses (Aargh! Shoving bits of plastic in your eyes! Aargh!) I wrote a story about that...

CONTACTS - Adrian Chamberlin

Switching to contact lenses was an act of vanity. My belief was that appearances are everything. Well, I’m paying the price for that vanity now. But so are you. Because appearances aren’t everything. Seeing those things will be no defence from them.

My eyesight had been deteriorating for so long and I was fed up with the ever-increasing thickness of my glasses. Hell, I was putting on more weight, losing even more hair, so I figured I was allowed something that would give me back a bit of self-esteem.

After six months of regular use the optician told me that I couldn’t wear them anymore. Build up of proteins or something. By this time I was so used to the lenses, so happy to leave the Coke-bottom glasses behind, that I didn’t want to part with them.
So I sourced them from somewhere else. Not a reputable supplier, but the prescription was spot on. The vision was perfect – even better than the lenses given to me by my optician.

Too perfect. Because I found I could see things that I couldn’t before. Things that you can’t see.

I can see the shadow-creatures that hover over you. I can even see what passes for faces on them, and their alien smiles as they enter your bodies and take you over. What happens after that you’ve read in the papers and the police reports.

I gave up trying to warn you people. I just walked on by and let things take their own course. I don’t even hear your screams anymore.

Like everything else with wearing contact lenses I just got used to it. Just as I got used to the itching and the constant dryness in my eyes whenever I put the lenses in. Even the sharp, stabbing pain was bearable. For a while, anyway.

One thing I couldn’t get used to was taking the lenses out. They seemed to stick to the cornea, reluctant to come away. Each day that passed I found it harder, until one day I found that I couldn’t take the lenses out anymore.
I tried prodding the lens with an index finger and there was nothing there. The contacts weren’t merely fixed to the surface of the eyeballs. They’d passed through completely.

Last night the pain increased. It became unbearable. I rubbed and rubbed the eyes until…well, until there was nothing left.

So now I’m wearing glasses again, dark ones this time to hide the emptiness of my eyeless sockets. The irony hasn’t escaped me. The price of vanity.

You’d think I wouldn’t be able to see the shadow-things through my wall of darkness. But I can. I can still see them, because they are creatures that are darker than blindness itself.

Be thankful you can’t see them. And understand why I walk past you when they make contact. They know I can see them. They’ll make a move on me if I stop to help.

Like me, you’re on your own.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Twitter
« on: April 27, 2010, 09:01:47 pm »
Great idea, LouM!

I'm putting mine up here shortly and I'll tweeterism a link to it here.

By the way - how do you do all those fancy 'shortened' web links that I see so many of?

General Discussion / Re: Campaign for Real Fear
« on: April 25, 2010, 12:50:23 pm »
Well, I got rejected.  :'( It was a great challenge, though, thoroughly enjoyed it  and I'm really looking forward to reading the ten winning entries.

How about anyone else? Did any of you chaps and chapesses manage to get in?

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Fantasycon 2010
« on: April 25, 2010, 12:47:16 pm »
Anyone else here taking part in Area 51?

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Twitter
« on: April 25, 2010, 12:46:29 pm »
I've always said Twitter is a fad. And my phone is too ancient to send and receive twits, but I've decided to follow the bandwagon anyway.

Purely to annoy people with my Icelandic Proverbs of the Day, you understand.  ;D

Follow me here...

My main gripe with it is the feeble number of characters you're given. I like to rant and rave and post obscure and sometimes baffling Facebook still rules!

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