August 12, 2015 |
Philadelphia is about to celebrate a very different Rocky. Forget the boxing ring and the Art Museum steps, and get ready to do the "Time Warp. " South Street's historic Theatre of Living Arts will host a bash Saturday to commemorate four decades of Richard O'Brien's wacky, racy cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show . The film, based on O'Brien's Rocky Horror stage musical, was released in the UK 40 years ago Friday. It premiered the following month in the United States.
July 31, 2015 |
A REAL MONSTER was hiding behind a door Tuesday morning, in the darkened hallway of a North Philly rowhouse. Police don't know who he is or why he was in the home next to an old, rundown church on Hutchinson Street, and unlike the tropes of a rated PG-13 horror movie, this stranger didn't just scare the little 5-year-old girl who walked past him in the dark and slip out like a ghost. The man took the little girl by the hand, out into a tiny, weed-choked backyard, where police said he beat her with his fists and boots until her little face was broken.
July 3, 2015 |
STUDENTS OF sound design and horror-movie scores should see - or hear - "Closer to God," which elicits more creepy scares than its transparent plot warrants, thanks to an unsettling audio mix and pulsing, percolating music from Thomas Nola. With shades of David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , writer and director Billy Senese's midnight indie follows a clinically cool scientist (Jeremy Childs) who has cloned the first human. The opening-credits birth sequence, with the fresh pink baby popping out as normal as can be, takes a nightmarish turn when a small, shiny receptor is planted in her forehead.
June 5, 2015 |
IN "INSIDIOUS: Chapter 3," a high school senior tries to contact her deceased mother with the help of a psychic. Careful, says the medium, it's a dangerous business. "If you call out to one of the dead, all of them can hear you. " And, of course, when the girl is alone, what are the first words out of her mouth? "Are you there, mom?" Teenagers! An impossible challenge for parents but a bountiful natural resource for horror movies. It was only a matter of time before the "Insidious" franchise made use of one. Till now, the durable and profitable James Wan/Leigh Whannell horror-movie series has concerned itself with suburban homes and distraught parents, part of their ongoing homage to "Poltergeist.
May 15, 2015 |
YAMEEN ALLWORLD, a Philly hip-hop producer and Questlove's emcee, settled into the fifth car of Amtrak's Train 188 on Tuesday night with a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. It wasn't that he was unfamiliar with this particular Northeast Regional train. He took the same one every week for various gigs. This time, he was New York-bound to join Questlove at the Marquee Club in Chelsea. But a half-hour before he'd boarded, he said, a friend and "spiritual adviser" had warned: "Be careful.
May 5, 2015 |
Paranormal Activity is far more than a low-budget, spine-tingling horror film to Dawn Keetley, associate professor of English at Lehigh University. For her, it's a window into "the problems of selfhood. " Why, for instance, does the 2007 flick feature a photograph of the protagonist, Katie, and her boyfriend when the person in the photo is not Katie, the professor asks on her blog. Keetley explains: "The fact that this photograph of Katie is not of Katie heightens the fact that the film in general erodes the very idea that we have a distinct, stable, persistent 'self.' " There's good reason Keetley has become known to some on campus in Bethlehem as the Professor of Horror.
April 22, 2015 |
It is known as the day Haddon Heights lost its innocence. April 20, 1995. John McLaughlin, 37, an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, was fatally shot while trying to serve a search warrant at a borough home. Slain, too, was John Norcross, 24, a Haddon Heights police officer who was shot in the head as the suspect began firing onto a neighborhood street. On Monday, the 20th anniversary of the shooting, family members and more than 150 police officers and residents came together to remember the men's lives.
April 16, 2015 |
I STEPPED through a hole in the wooden fence surrounding the Mantua home and beheld the filthy wonder of the once-majestic property. The yard was shin-deep in trash. The second floor's bay window was gone, opening a huge hole to the elements. An extension cord ran from the house to an alley light, dangerously affixed there by God-knows-who. As I picked my way past another missing window, the spring breeze caught the stench of feces (Animal? Human? Does it matter?), jolting me to my senses.
March 31, 2015 |
As a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier in the all-black 183d Combat Engineers Battalion, Leon Bass arrived at the Nazis' Buchenwald extermination camp just one day after it had been liberated in April 1945. Bass saw the living skeletons of those who survived. The camp reeked of burned human flesh. The torture chambers were still covered in blood. After the war, Bass left the Army as a sergeant, returned to Philadelphia, and eventually became principal of Benjamin Franklin High School.
December 24, 2014 |
JEAN McINTOSH, daughter of alleged Philadelphia dungeon-master Linda Weston, has pleaded guilty in federal court to myriad crimes ranging from racketeering to forced human labor to kidnapping resulting in death. She is one of five defendants charged in the criminal case of Weston, who allegedly lured vulnerable and mentally disabled victims to her home and kept them locked and starved in the basement while collecting their Social Security disability benefits. The guilty plea was made quietly in court Monday, with both McIntosh's defense attorney and the federal prosecutors in the case declining to comment.