Fatal Pulse

Fatal Pulse

FATAL PULSE (dir. Damon Packard): 5/5

Damon Packard’s psycho-surreal / psychopathic / psycho-everything new masterpiece of digital celluloid FATAL PULSE, recently released by Gregory Hatanaka’s Cinema Epoch, is now streaming on Amazon Prime. AND, if you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to check the world theatrical premiere Friday, June 1st at the Egyptian in Hollywood! This bizarre “yuppie fear thriller” plays out like the Los Angeles horror-show that you didn’t know you needed. But, yeah, if you’re like me and you groove on the hyper-intensity that Packard brings to the table, then you need it.


Fatal Pulse Damon Packard StillI contributed to the film’s crowdfunding effort and couldn’t be more “thrilled” with the results that Packard pulled off. FATAL PULSE rests somewhere between David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE and a deep pink/purple-twinged version of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE mixed with a gunky monster movie AND a conspiracy angle that explodes like a storm of neon hammers on crack. Simply said, there’s a “killer” (of sorts) on the loose, tranquilizing young woman and this film tangles into the web of the weirdo while shifting across and through various high-level Hollywood players who are implicated in this fluctuating web of violence.


Fatal Pulse Damon Packard

I can confidently say that I haven’t experienced a movie like FATAL PULSE before. It’s intense, spastic, saturated in bold colors, tinged with science fiction undertones, dripping in static-warped horror, bristling with edges of horror and beauty, and wholly willing to take you beyond any narrative expectations that you might have. If you’re looking for something that you can sink into, a movie that swells with a weird nineties occult fever, then you’ll love this experience.


Fatal Pulse Damon Packard

I came to Packard’s work a couple years ago via his REFLECTIONS OF EVIL and later with FOXFUR and his cut of GRIZZLY, but of all his work, I’m most taken by this movie. The digital tone, the crispness of Packard’s colors and lighting are truly alive in this movie. You’ll even be able to see Julia “fucking” Roberts (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY) very comfortable on the sofa. Too comfortable… Too gorgeously comfortable. This movie is a feast for the senses, a prickling strangeness that keeps up its frenetic edge until the end. So, pour yourself a Mimosa and rip into FATAL PULSE.

Watch this movie. 

The Gory, Perverse Insanity of Yoshihiro Nishimura: 5 Must-See Films – Blumhouse.com

This past weekend at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, we had the honor of seeing Yoshihiro Nishimura’s newest film and the latest inclusion in the MEATBALL MACHINE series, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA. Nishimura has become famous worldwide not only for his amazing special effect work but also for his self-styled fast-moving gonzo films, all of which […]

Source: The Gory, Perverse Insanity of Yoshihiro Nishimura: 5 Must-See Films – Blumhouse.com

David Lynch: A List of Over Twenty Interviews on Creativity and The Creative Process

David Lynch: A List of Over Twenty Interviews on Creativity and The Creative Process

David Lynch is a perpetual inspiration. I’m watching INLAND EMPIRE as I write this brief introduction, a surreal horror film I can return to countless times, year after year, and never tire of exploring, of being frightened and intrigued by its nightmarish profundity and creative power. His film TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME clawed into my subconscious at crucial time in my young life. I had a small wood-paneled television in my bedroom as a teenager, a VCR below, and curtains to shut out the dark. But Lynch invited me into that darker chamber of Douglas Firs, a darkness that light and time and fear crawl out from and flourish behind dressers.

What follows is a collection of links to the best David Lynch “creativity” and/or “creative process” interviews I could find on this rainy morning. If you find others that you have prospered from, please post them as a comment. I would like to grow this list to act as a resource for those who might be flirting with the idea of further understanding Lynch’s work, or for those among us who wish to review his words and the depths of his creative spirit.

So, read on and dig in. May these links, these videos, and the audio interviews serve you well.

The Collected Interviews: David Lynch

  1. The Fragmentary Nature of Creativity (brainpickings)
  2. How to “Catch” Creativity (Good)
  3. On Meditation, Creativity, and Twin Peaks (TimeOut)
  4. On Meditation, Success, and Happiness (David Lynch Foundation)
  5. What To Do When You Catch a Good Idea (No Film School)
  6. Secrets for Tapping into your Deepest Creativity (Huffington Post)
  7. “It’s ignorance that keeps up in that boat of suffering” (Salon)
  8. On the Creative Process Behind “The Big Dream” (Spin)
  9. “Everybody Holds the Key to Unlock the Mystery” (The European)
  10. “Sometimes the Fish Talks Back to You” (The Guardian)
  11. Interview with Hikari Takano (on Creativity)
  12. David Lynch: Life Coach (Harpers Bazaar)
  13. “Idea is Everything” (Creative Screenwriting)
  14. Patti Smith and David Lynch Discuss Creativity (Electric Literature)
  15. An Ocean of Solutions (Origin)
  16. David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation (All Good Found)
  17. Find Your Own Voice, Be True To That Voice (A Bittersweet Life)
  18. Wild at Art (Talking Art)
  19. David Lynch’s Elusive Language (The New Yorker)
  20. On the Meaning of Eraserhead (Vulture)

Selected Video Interviews: Creativity, Process, Meditation

Selected Audio Interviews: The Creative Life

  1. David Lynch Collected Audio Interviews (davidlynch.de)
  2. The Unified Field 
  3. David Lynch: The Wire Interview (Wire)
  4. David Lynch & Frank Herbert: The Dune Audiocassettes
  5. The Soundboard Collection

Thank you for reading. I’ll be growing this list, so please, if there are other better interviews out there, get in touch and I’ll add to this list accordingly.


Darling: a rough map

Darling: a rough map

NOTE: If you haven’t yet seen DARLING, you might want to check back here AFTER you’ve experienced it, for SPOILERS abound. I’ve outlined the entire film, albeit in my own scrawl. If you have watched the film, may this serve you well.

DARLING (Official Trailer) (dir. Mickey Keating) 

Though I tend to sketch out the flow of certain films I watch to study story beats, character decisions, narrative arcs, act breaks, thematic elements and visual or expository motifs, all with the intent of becoming a better writer, rarely do I do so with as much concentration and verve as I did with Mickey Keating’s masterful DARLING. Perhaps, it’s the film’s attention to the disintegration of a self captured so intricately by Keating’s visual poetry. Perhaps, it’s because the film’s horror still lingers under the weight of my weary eyeballs, in the mirrors of my home, or in the ticking of a clock that resounds like bones clacking gently, calling, murmuring me into another hallucinatory state. Whatever it is, this is the kind of film I want to approach with care. It deserves it.

This map, or sketch, was done on the film’s second viewing, so I know there’s a lot that has been left out. More always comes to light under further viewings and as thought and time work together. I also understand this sketch might not be helpful to anyone except me. That said, it most certainly could be helpful in terms of understanding how a movie becomes effective to a particular viewer, the beats and repetitions, the structure that makes it tick when graphed in real-time. In many ways, it’s a simple diagram of the story structure, but certain elements (doors, mirrors, phones) did start to stick out more for me. Seeing it in this way also shows me how skillfully Keating navigates a tense story with such little exposition or backstory.

I would love to see hows others mapped the film, too. So, consider this rough, but hopefully useful in some capacity. And, of course, if it stirs you to experience DARLING, all the better. It’s a fantastic piece of work, mesmerizing, really.



Thank you for your attention. If you have any tips on how you “map” films, please do let me know. For those interested, here’s an article in which Keating shares his inspirations for DARLING.

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter

The premonition begins. The anticipation of release. And I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be watching than PFFR‘s latest Adult Swim mini-series masterpiece of comedic intensity NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER. This is precisely what our festering planet needs. For safety. Consider it a balm, a salve for these tortured howls, a strategy, a tale written on the dead hearts of so many snarling backwoods beasts who bleat their death-cries under the malefic moon of your worst night terror. Yes, dear reader, the time is near. Tonight, the moon shall be soaked in neon streaks of werewolf hunting glory. Midnight. May we all be so fortunate to witness his coming, the coming of Neon Joe.