Every person, an income!
Those who do it are full of excuses. I'm yet to hear a valid excuse or reason. I've always been staunchly against movie piracy but the closer FakeShemp.Net has brought me to film-industry people, the more I see piracy's affect. I cannot understand how people expect the best quality of content (Game of Thrones, Pacific Rim etc) when they're not willing to pay for it. Is it total ignorance? Absolute arrogance? It's both.... SO, If you love movies, be a part of them. Purchase movies legally. The adverse flow-on effect that this behaviour has on people's careers is huge. Consider how many people are involved in a project's production (from catering to grip, from stunts to a lone cellist in the orchestral scoring)... and then there's the poor suffering indie players who need people to buy their films if they want to survive, let alone scrape by. Love film. Pay!
The Global Impact of Movie Piracy from an Australian perspective.
By now most of you will have heard that the 2013 remake of MANIAC starring Elijah Woods has been banned in New Zealand. The classification board deemed the film's point of view from the killer's perspective to be too dangerous and influential on a viewing audience. Is this an insult, or what!? I held back from commenting on the story until more information came to light, but it's a clear case (again) of a select handful of old fashioned fuddy-duddies determining what the rest of us can or cannot view. The horror community is one of the most intelligent and informed of all the fan-bases and prior to this banning, they would have been practically the only people flocking to this film. It's a niche audience. Now this stupid ban has encouraged and facilitated an influx of illegal piracy where the people they are "protecting" will go to illegal measures to see the material anyway... and to use the film's POV as a reason to deny it a release is hypocritical to the abundance of first-player video games, which hit the market every month. These games demand actual participation from the player to perpetrate the violence, whereas a film like Maniac only requires a subdued audience. Those of us who have already seen the film did not walk out of the cinema in search of a kill.... most of us looked for the nearest Yum-Cha restaurant before heading home to bed.
Click image to visit Monster Pictures' article on the recent banning.
I don't have any affiliation with Monster Pictures but I love what they do and I spread what they spew. They would have to be one of the best distribution companies in the world and few mobs like them have such a connection with their audience. They're not just about cheap, tacky b-movies either.... in fact their catalogue is impressive and showcases all sorts of genre films. From eerie paranormal thrillers to slapstick splatter features... from hardcore torture porn to foreign absurdities. Monster have been making waves over the past couple of years with the release of some highly controversial titles like Father's Day and The Human Centipede 2 (both of which waged war on the classification board). In addition to their distribution department they also feature a fantastic blog, a brilliant and inspired film festival (MonsterFest) and an all new, WORLD FIRST, genre based VOD platform. And so this is where I spruik the shit out of them. I'm not getting any kind of kick back or perk but I wholeheartedly encourage you to visit their site, create an account and start reaping the benefits. With the launch of their new MonsterTV service you can rent a heap of their films for just $1 each. Get onto it. If you love horror and feel passionately about the community surrounding it then please support Monster Pictures and help preserve Australian Horror!
How well do you know your sequels? Can you name the originals to these movie posters? Some are easier than others... Click the posters for reveal.
Did you get them all right? Were you oblivious that some of these were even sequels? Can you name any more obscure sequels (with different titles to the originals)?
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Writing is important to me and stories ricochet in my head like a spilled bucket of bouncy balls. My inspiration comes from watching movies and my style strives to emulate everything I love from 80s popcorn cinema. Youthful adventures influence me the most and I draw inspiration from my own childhood as well as the movies I grew up with. The ideas are a plenty, however I battle a fearsome adversary… complacency. I have a habit of becoming consumed by an idea with an unquenchable desire to get it on paper. Creative energy is a powerful driving force, as any writer would know but my biggest problem is that when I am starting to properly flesh out a story, a new one comes to mind and the same unquenchable desire takes over. The previous story gets abandoned for a new one and in a vicious circle; the new idea will inevitably be ditched for another new one. I never abandon my stories and I always return to them… and at any given time I usually have several happening at once. It’s not an ideal way to go about writing and this turbulent method is probably doing my work a disservice. Focusing on just one story at a time would seem logical and I have tried… evidently I need to try harder. I write for myself. I create movies, which I would love to watch. I have no grandeurs of fame or wealth and I am under no illusion that my work would ever make it to the screen. I do it because I enjoy it… I just wish I could finish a script without new stories getting in the fucking way!