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Review for the Horror Movie ‘Incall’

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Brock Riebe, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, discussion, entertaining, entertainment, frightening, gay artist, Horror, horror art, horror artist, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, Incall Horror Movie, Incall Movie, Independent Horror, movie discussion, movie review, movies, new horror movies, scary movies on February 24, 2017 by Alexander S. Brown

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I just had the pleasure of viewing the cult movie ‘Incall’ written and directed by Brock Riebe. For those unfamiliar with this underground flick, it’s a homoerotic horror thriller. Throughout its 2hr + runtime, it stands alone as its own movie while honoring presiding cult classics.  Multiple elements within its production, acting, and writing reflect the styles of indie masters such as: Paul Bartel, Roger Corman, and David DeCoteau.

Incall opens with the lead character, Kasey, visiting his mother’s grave.  Kneeling before her tombstone, he speaks of frustrations regarding work, finances, and the general public.  After relaying his troubles, he prays to her spirit, asking her to provide him with a means of escaping the rut he has become trapped in.

Upon walking home, he crosses paths with a charismatic man who we later discover is thief named Marco.  At first, they continue opposite ways, until a shared chemistry stops Kasey who admires Marco walking away.  In response, Marco stops, turns, and smiles at Kasey. By how this is orchestrated, we can conclude their passing is caused by fate, or a supernatural force.

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The next 30 minutes, or so, delivers character development and a background story. By day, Kasey is a bill collector.  At night, he is an inhouse massage therapist who is frequently propositioned by horny, old men.  Remaining professional, he declines their advances despite the money being offered.

In his private time, he journals in a back room at a coffee shop.  Although he intends to stay antisocial, a character named Beth frequently interrupts his secluded visits.  By little screen time, we can see her character is built to have a pestering, noisy disposition, which lacks in communication skills.  An example of this can be seen as Kasey clearly wants to be left alone, yet she continues talking about herself.  Rather than being cruel, Kasey tolerates her company.

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Now with an emotional platform established, the action begins.  One night, Kasey is propositioned by another elderly client.  Trying to remain business professional, he attempts making excuses so the client will leave.  The man, who won’t take no for an answer, pushes himself onto Kasey, causing a scuffle.  During their struggle, one wrong move results in the client’s accidental death.

Uncertain of what to do, or how to react, Kasey is overcome by a numb aftershock that causes him to drink himself to sleep.  The next morning, he goes to work, leaving the corpse where it lay, until he can decide on its disposal method.  Meanwhile, Marco breaks into Kasey’s apartment, finding the dead body. Instead of letting sleeping dogs lie, Marco later confronts Kasey with an irresistible proposition.

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Overall, I enjoyed Incall.  What made the movie stand out for me were the mixture of diverse psychological and spiritual components.  The most fascinating aspect was how Incall commented on emotionally broken characters coming together.  Example: dialogue reveals Kasey’s father is a felon and Marco’s father was abusive. Although it’s not blatant that Beth has daddy issues, she shows characteristics by how she pushes herself on guys and her inability to walk away from her cheating, abusive boyfriend.  Perhaps one of the conveying messages in Incall remarks on the father figure?  Perhaps this shared conflict is one reason why fate has brought the trio together.  However, I believe the main reason for them being acquainted is due to Kasey praying to his mother’s spirit. I speculate this because Marco and Beth eventually provide the necessary tools that Kasey has prayed for.

A final aspect I enjoyed was the gray character development.  No one in this movie is truly good or evil.  Rather they are human, trying to survive a day at a time. Because of their complexity, and ability to have viewers empathize or sympathize, the creator has provided his audience with emotional gold.

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From a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, I rate this an 8. Incall is a speculative piece that pays homage to B movie classics, the characters have synchronicity, and the director has a photogenic eye. When Incall receives a DVD release, I plan to include it to my library.

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Artist Phil Good Shares His Halloween Memories and Thoughts on Halloween’s Controversy

Posted in artist interview, discussion, gay artist, Halloween, holidays, Horror, horror art, interviews, october, ozarks with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

In 2013, while signing books in the Ozarks, I met a fantastic artist whose horror inspired equality signs captivated me. Finding his technique unique and fun, he and I struck up a conversation that regarded the horror and Halloween culture. Our conversations had been so favorable, they continue well into the night hours. And now, I hope that you can enjoy some of the same topics we discussed on that cold Ozarks night.

I would like to introduce everyone to my friend Phil Good. He is an artist who describes himself as, “having no origin, and is a regular fagabond, or hobosexual… a real nomad journeying as far and wide, physically, as well as creatively. His works are collected for limited viewing due to the masses’ inability to deal with such splendor… honestly, though, it’s just a thing of constantly creating and zero time to get a website going.”

A “like”-able Facebook page *is* underway.”

Currently, you can contact Phil Good by the following URL:

https://www.facebook.com/ponytoast?fref=ts

Phil Good

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween has always been a huge inspiration, a world all its own. I’ve always been into the spooky, yet I’ve never had a sense of community, so it really felt like MY own little world… and I was VERY okay with that. Since then, especially with social media, it’s been refreshing connecting with other like-minded sorts… making up for lost time, I’m sure.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

The most memorable would have to’ve been when I was 20. I had no time and had next-to-no money, donned a crappy batman cape and cowl, wore my pajamas, and went with my friend Darin, who’d dressed as a nun. It was ridiculous, not at ALL spooky, but definitely the most memorable. My most IDEAL Halloween has yet to be realized.

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

Depends on who’s around, though I make sure I spin the hits, the personal favorites (movie-wise). I try to hit a haunted house, but it’s generally kept pretty simple.

What was your best Halloween costume?

Shaye St. John, hands-down (or, mannequin-hands-down). I was in LA, walked the streets with friends to West Hollywood and I had complete strangers come up to me, recognizing the character. Because I can sound like I’ve sucked in a bunch of helium, they thought I *WAS* Shaye. Look her up – she’s a DELIGHT of the most bizarre sort!

What was your worst Halloween costume?

Definitely, without a doubt, “Batboy”.

Some people believe Halloween is a negative Holiday to celebrate. Why do you feel Halloween has such a controversy to it?

Because it’s not about The Ever-Grumpy, but Loving, Sky Daddy. To many, it’s about the other guy. I’ve since given up any subscription to all that crazy, as I have enough on my own. Remove the obvious, religious element, and you’re left with simple people believing that violence in the world comes from SOMEWHERE, and people are quick to believe it’s from media (comics, movies, games). That makes sense, because that crap is EVERYWHERE… however, it starts in the home, with the parenting, and what the kids are taught. I’m not a dad, but I’ve manned for YEARS, and anytime I have an opportunity to do so, I try to teach kids to NOT be afraid of things like the dark, or monsters. Fear is a tool too often used by terrible people, and Halloween is a time to, in a way, embrace or even BECOME what scares you. Once you have power over your fear, it cannot control you… sounds trite, but VERY true.

What do you do to keep the ghosts and ghouls away on Halloween night?

Please. I welcome them to all of my slobbery make-out parties. I offer them the elderly as party favors, though.

What frightens you and why?

The words “syrup” and “coco”. They’re just dreadful. I avoid pancakes and crappy chocolate powder mixes just so I don’t have anxiety attacks upon reading those loathsome words. I – – no. I’m done. Moving on.

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was 5 years old when I saw it (don’t ask me how I’d managed it), but I pretty much fell in love with Johnny Depp and Heather Langenkamp; both for different reasons. The story itself was just so unbelievably dark, and the way Krueger functioned and understood the fears of his victims… it was all scary. SO scary in concept, alone. BTDubz, Never Sleep Again is a BRILLIANT documentary about the ENTIRE series if you’ve never seen it.

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and its two follow-ups. The stories were just GREAT, and the art only made it better… I appreciate reading, but enjoy art to drive a story further. In a lotta cases, that’s spoon-feeding the brain, but I just have a higher appreciation for visual art.

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

Totally different beasts, and I appreciate both. However, slow-burns provide the time necessary to get to know a character as they make their way through, hopefully, a good mystery. The horror is the consequence of NOT figuring out the mystery. I am sooner taken by House of the Devil, Repulsion, or the Americanised The Ring because there’s a real sense of dread throughout those films, whereas movies like Friday the 13th are ALL about body count… but those allow some pretty great creativity to happen, and I love that, also.

What inspires your more frightening work?

My nightmares… or, y’know… a stray thought.

Do you plan to contribute to the horror genre in the future?

Yes. Big yes.