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Horrordiva.com redesigned [13 Jul 2003|06:43pm]
[ mood | creative ]

I am currently in the process of redesigning my site. The old design proved to be too much of a challenge to keep regularly updated and I believe that the new site will be a little more user friendly. The new design should be implimented in the next couple of weeks but the development site is located at http://www.horrordiva.com/new/new.html for those who would like a sneak peek. Any feedback on the new design is welcomed and appreciated.

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Another streaming video. [16 May 2003|02:15pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

Another one of my videos has been uploaded onto the web. Go to http://www.sfu.ca/media-lab/archive/2003/226april2003/carinadielissen.mov to view the Quick Time movie (approx. 13M). As with the last video, I'm not happy with the quality of the video and I'm looking into uploading a slicker MPEG-4 version one of these months.

This particular video is a little abstract and some viewers may want an explanation, which is available if you choose to "read more".

Read more...Collapse )

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Big News!!! [03 Mar 2003|11:56am]
[ mood | excited ]

This news is a few weeks old now but I've just been way to busy to post.

I am going to be published!!! Lime Light Editions will be including an updated version of the Ripley essay from my site in an upcoming sci-fi anthology. I'll will post more news about the book on my site when I find out the publication date.

Secondly, a short video self portrait that I made last month has been posted on the web. The quality suffered seriously in the conversion to Quicktime. I'm in the process of re-compressing the video for better quality. The video can be downloaded at http://www.sfu.ca/media-lab/archive/2003/226feb2003/qt/carinadielissen.mov
Of course, you need Quicktime to view.

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Casting Call [20 Feb 2003|03:43pm]
[ mood | crazy ]

Casting Call
I will be holding auditions this spring for a short, independent, feminist, art-house, horror film to be shot in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am looking for amateur, non-union, actors to fill all roles (speaking roles and extras). Additionally, I will be looking for volunteers to help with every facet of the production. I can pretty much use all the help I can get from local horror fans and film hobbyists. Unfortunately, considering the limits of my budget, I can’t afford to pay cast and crew much. Rather, if at all possible, I’m hoping to enlist volunteers. Despite the lack of monetary gain, working on this project could greatly help students of film, art, or media get hands-on experience. Further, a production credit on my film could help anyone needing experience to qualify for union (IATSI) consideration. I am not, however, looking for any current union members as this will not be a union production in anyway.

The script is an original feminist-horror concept and is highly influenced by the psycho-sexual theories of Barbara Creed. Imagine Barbara Creed and David Cronenberg meeting at the Miskatonic Private School for Girls and you may begin to see what I’m trying to get at (vague enough for you?).

The positions that I need to fill are:


Lenore – A young teenage lesbian of about 14 or 15 with a monstrous secret.*
Elizabeth – Lenore’s classmate and lover.*

* For legal reasons, I require actresses of at least 18 years old to play these parts. Obviously, however, I am looking for women who can pass for much younger. Further, these roles (Lenore in particular) require actresses who are comfortable with tasteful partial nudity and some bizarre sexuality. I am not, however, looking for women who have performed in the porn film industry, nor am I looking for strippers. Rather, I hope to catch the honest fear, anxiety, and excitement that these scenes may illicit in the performer. Physically, I am willing to consider women of any colour (provided she can pass for about 15). Please email me with a basic head shot if you’re interested and I will forward more specific information.

Teenage Boy – A young, clean-cut man of about 16 or 17 – cocky, misogynistic, and violent.**

** For legal reasons, the actor for this part should also be at least 18 years old. He does not, however, have any nude scenes.

Extras – I require numerous teenage girls to play students and 30-40 something actors to play parents, teachers, and a security guard. There are also small speaking roles for a teacher and a female student.

Silent Producers - In other words, investors and/or fundraisers. Anyone willing to help raise funds through drives or cold calls, or willing to make a significant monetary donation will receive a production credit.

Accountants - Pretty much self explanatory I think.

Lighting Assistants - To work with the cinematographer.

Sound Technicians - I need people with some knowledge of shooting and mixing sync sound as well as musicians able to compose soundtracks.

Animators - Both the computer and stop motion kind. Any computer animators with access to free hardware and software are an asset.

Costume/Props - Access to a sewing machine an asset.

Material Donations - Anyone with connections in or around Vancouver who can directly donate supplies or help negotiate for cheap supplies (specifically film production supplies; i.e. 16mm film stock, etc.). Donations of beer are also welcomed!

Production Assistants - General help; i.e. drivers, “gofers”, moral support…

This project will undoubtedly prove to be an extremely fun challenge for any horror film fan crazy enough to volunteer. I encourage anyone interested or even curious to contact me for more information.

Please email any questions or head shots to gauntgirl@horrordiva.com

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Awesome Feedback [02 Dec 2002|03:55pm]
I've been receiving more encouraging feedback from my wonderful loyal readers. Keep 'em coming!

"Hello Gauntgirl,
I really like your site and completely agree with you about GINGER
SNAPS. I recently started a horror and sci fi blog (I used to write for magazines before turning to fiction and plays -- I reviewed movies for ELLE and HARPER'S BAZAAR). Anyway, I think you have a great sense of the fun and seriousness of horror, so linked to you in my sidebar. Hope that's okay! It's: http://www.TheVelvetCrypt.com/
Best, Polly"

"Hi! I just stumbled across your website whilst searching for ideas on Barbara Creed's theory and I must say it really impressed me, in the way that you apply all these theories to films and such!!! I would like to ask if you would mind if I mentioned some of your ideas within an essay I am currently working on. I will never pass them off as my own and all credit will go to yourself.
- Razwan"
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So much for Halloween [04 Nov 2002|12:02pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Well I didn't update 'cause I've been seriously sick with a cold and throat infection. I was so sick I couldn't even do anything for Halloween. Oh well. Now, I'm behind on my school work and office work, so I won't be updating for a while yet until I get caught up on everything I have to do first. To make matters worse, I've been playing Sims Online (Gauntgirl in Alphaville) and I'm totally addicted.

Still haven't seen Ring yet, and I don't really want to despite how great everyone thinks it is. Rather, I've been trying to get my hands on a region 1 DVD of the original which has so far proven imposible. I did find a copy in Chinatown but it wasn't subtitled. Poo!

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Long time, no updates [24 Oct 2002|12:33pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I've been a bad girl! I know it's been a long time since I posted any updates on the site, but the "real world" has just been keeping me so busy! I saw a ton of excellent films at the VIFF this year and my list of films to review just keeps growing. I'm also working a ton. I've started doing freelance web design work FOR MONEY!!! So it's been hard for me to prioritize my own site when I can make money working on someone else's. I'm also working on a script for a short feminist horror film. I hope to start fund raising for the project soon, and with any luck I'll be shooting next summer. So much to do, so little time. I'm going to try my darnedest to get the site updated before Halloween. But I'm not making any guarantees.

In other news, thinking about the Ring just makes me angry. No, I haven't seen it yet, but I still know that it's just WRONG! Why can't Hollywood promote excellent foreign films rather than remaking them as Westernized bastardizations? One might say that it has something to do with the American film-going public's reluctance to watch films with subtitles. If that's really the case, I have to say that I'm glad to be a Canadian. Enough said.

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Kind Words [23 Sep 2002|10:00am]
[ mood | happy ]

I received a very nice email today about the site. It was just the boost I needed to get me in the mood for working on the site again.

"i am a visual artist and college instructor. i just stumbled upon (and bookmarked!) your web site and i feel like i am looking into a mirror.

i love your position on what horror film is and how it operates. and i just read your article on lynch's alphabet. i agree with your interpretation of this film AND i have not yet seen another critic spin it this way...

i have also read barbara creed's work on the monstrous feminine --and shelly stamp lindsey's article on carrie that deals with these issues.

good lord, where am i going with this email but nowhere??? i just had to let you know that you rock completely."

So far, all the feedback that I've received has been positive and I should really be using them as inspiration to do more.

"Great site! I especially enjoy the academic writings on films (I'm a film studies drop-out). I have a similar outlook on horror (as your mission statement) and will look forward to updates!"

"This is one of the most fascinating sites that I have visited thus far. Keep up the good work!"

Thanks to everyone who has sent me feedback. And keep 'em coming!
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Apologies [19 Sep 2002|06:15pm]
[ mood | okay ]

OK, so I haven't updated the site like I said I would. I've been feeling very lazy this week. My partner got to meet Bruce Campbell last weekend (I was at work), and aparently he was amazing.

I should also add Tell Me Something to the list of films I for review.

That's about it. I'll try to update the site this weekend. I swear it!

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Crazy week [13 Sep 2002|09:10am]
[ mood | tired ]

I didn't get much accomplished this week. Oddly enough, I've been feeling really bummed out about September 11th. Even though we are on the other side of North America from New York (not to mention in a whole other country), you'd think by the media's coverage that the tragedy happened here. I am sick of seeing crashes, explosions, death, and mayhem playing out on television over and over again. The TV networks all talk about how we must never forget, but what they're doing is not about remembrance, it's about ratings and the all mighty dollar. For the little bit of TV that I watched on Wednesday night, I have to say it was the most disgusting, appalling night of television that I have ever seen. From the show on Fox that went around asking celebrities what they think of the Sept. 11th tragedy; to the Discovery Channel program that focused on showing images of people jumping to their deaths and splattered body parts - I think television media was at its lowest on Wednesday night.

As a devout fan of the horror genre, it's become very clear to me that I can only take horror as fantasy, not as reality. Whereas I can't remember a horror movie ever giving me nightmares, the TV images from last Wednesday kept me up tossing and turning all night. I really didn't need to see those things. Then again, did anybody really need to see it? And the spectacle of pathetic celebrities was more than my stomach could handle. Does anybody really care what celebrities have to say?

Anyway, I'm going to try to get back to working on the website today. I've finished </i>The Thing</i>, so I think I'll start by posting my review. Then hopefully I'll manage to get a film review up later this weekend (not sure which film though).

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Shinya Tsukamoto - A Snake of June [06 Sep 2002|02:49pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Surfing around, I just discovered that my favorite Japanese filmmaker, Shinya Tsukamoto, has a new film out this year that seems to be going to all the film fests except for ours. But the festival is still 20 days away, so there is always a small hope that it will make it into the final schedule. I can't imagine why they wouldn't invite Shinya Tsukamoto and his newest film 'cause people love him here! The last time he was here was with his amazing film Gemini which sold out three showings. The audiences loved him so much they were hounding him for autographs.

I need to see him newest film, one way or another I WILL see it!!!

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SFU and VIFF [06 Sep 2002|02:03pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Well school is in full swing and it doesn't look like I'm going to get much of an opportunity to write an academic analysis of horror this term. On the other hand, the Vancouver Intl Film Fest is coming at the end of this month with a few choice films for me to review for the site.
The films I am currently anticipating the most are:

  • Spider, David Cronenberg

  • Dead or Alive - Final, Takashi Miike

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, Guy Maddin

  • Shangri-la, Takashi Miike

  • Suicide Club, Sono Shion

  • Three, Kim Ji-Woon, Nonzee Nimibutr, Peter Chan

  • Volcano High

These (and I'm sure others) will keep me super busy writing reviews for the site.

Speaking of which, I'm wondering what I should do about Audition. I really want to write an in depth analysis of this amazing film, but I'm not sure whether I should format it as a review or as an academic essay. Being in school makes it difficult for me to get motivated to write academically (since I'm already doing it everyday), but I really think that this film deserves an intensive look; particularly on the subject of women transgressing their expectant social roles. Tentatively, I think I'll start by writing a semi-in depth review, then I'll wait for a future opportunity for me to develop my theories more (possibly in a comprehensive essay focusing on the collected works of Takashi Miike).

But before I do either of those things, I think I'll write a review of the PS2 version of The Thing video game. I expect that this will be a quick and easy review, and I should have it posted by next Monday.
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Autopsy Zombie Staple Babies are up! [29 Aug 2002|02:55pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Alrighty... I finally posted the Staple Babies article up on the site.

Yay, that's another thing I can cross of my list.

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Back to School [29 Aug 2002|09:22am]
[ mood | lazy ]

Well I'm back to school again next week so life is going to get a whole lot busier. Then the Vancouver film fest will be happening around the end of the month and I'll be trying to balance work, school, and marathon movie watching. So I'm trying to get as much done in the next couple of weeks as possible (before I have to start working on assignments).

Currently, I'm working on the Autopsy Staple Babies article which I should have up later today (famous last words). Then I should try to catch up on some film reviews (see first entry). This weekend I'm going to watch Audition again so I should add that to the list of movies to review. If I have the time and energy, I'll write a feminist analysis of it using the 'Monstrous Feminine'.

Now that I'm back in school, there's a chance that I'll have some more horror essays to add to the essay section. But I'm not sure yet if any of the classes I'm taking will give me the opportunity to write about horror (heck, I don't even remember all of the classes I registered for). I do know that I'll be taking a course in advanced script writing, and I might try my hand at writing another horror script.
**Note to self: look for copy of Hidden.

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Horrifyingly bad news!!!!! [23 Aug 2002|01:09pm]
[ mood | depressed ]

I just found out that the potential date for Bruce Campbell to come to Vancouver is September 14th, but I already agreed to take an acting job that day from 7am to 6pm. And there's no way that I can cancel.

Why does the world hate me so much???!!!

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Super huge news!!!!! [23 Aug 2002|12:24pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

I just got some inside scoop from Virgin that Bruce Campbell may be coming to Vancouver on his next book signing tour. Nothing's been set in stone but at least they're trying to get him up here.

Just thinking about it takes me back to the time I met Clive Barker. It was many years ago but I still remeber the experience with great fondness. Barker was the sweetest man and he even hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek.

I wonder what meeting Bruce Campbell will be like.

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LDD Update [22 Aug 2002|02:11pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Finally updated the site with a preview of the new Living Dead Dolls from series 4, Tragedy, Abigail Crane & Mr. Graves, and the red Sinister Minister and Bad Habit minis.

One project down, a million left to go...

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Site Update [21 Aug 2002|12:49pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Well I have managed to do some work on the site in the past few days, mostly just playing with the format and adding thumbnail images. The Sings review has definitely slipped down my priority list. As it is, most people have seen it already anyway and it's a little too main stream for the films I want to focus on with the site anyway. So, I'll get the review up when I get it up, but I'm not going to stress about it. My current priority is in posting the latest Living Dead Dolls update while it's still news. I have a couple of free hours this afternoon so I hope to have it up today. Then I should start working on that Autopsy Babies article.

Also an immediate priority: updating the side bars.

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Guilt [19 Aug 2002|10:24am]
[ mood | comatose ]

I feel so guilty for not having updated the site lately. The day job has just been hell the past month. Some stupid fuck-up managed to delete several weeks worth of my work from the network server, leaving me at square one. So unfortunately I don't know when I'm next going to be able to post more reviews and articles on the site since work has to be my priority. God I hate my job. I just want to go to sleep.

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Creepy Dolls [15 Aug 2002|09:31am]
[ mood | mellow ]

Note to self: write article about "Autopsy Babies".


**Updated** Q&A with creator of "AUTOPSY ZOMBIE STAPLE BABIES"

Are the dolls made by hand?
** yes, they are made from used average vinyl & rubber
baby dolls. Making staple babies from a doll that was
once loved by a child gives them a soul and makes them
slightly creepier when they are done.

Can people order other dolls from your gallery, or can
they only order the "current doll"?
** Well i get a little tired of making the same doll over
and over, but i usually recreate the more popular &
requested dolls, i like to try new things. they are
sold one by one, whenever a new doll is complete it
gets listed for sale.

Is it true that eBay won't allow you to auction the
dolls? (I only ask because I've seen weirder things
being sold on eBay and it seems strange to me that
they would single out your dolls.)
** Yes its very true, they said that my dolls glorify
violence and violate their offensive material policy..
apparently some people were complaining, saying they
were real babies being tortured?!?! You can still find
items such as post mortem photos, taxadermy animals,
and who knows what else on ebay, but you won't see any
of my dolls.

Do you take design requests?
** i've done commissioned work before, but it gets

When someone orders a doll, how long does it usually
take to ship it?
** 3-4 days, depending on current anthrax scares?

Are your prices fixed or are they negotiable?
** negotiable to repeat buyers, sometimes misc. trades
are welcome.

Do you have a return policy?
** no, but it depends on the reason & situation, because
of the high demand for the dolls, they have a re-sell
value of what you bought it for, if you get a doll and
you decide you don't like it, someone else will.

Also, please give me any background or history of the
dolls that you think people might find interesting.
** I'm hoping to score a deal with a toy company to make
a toyline based on similar ideas.

A full page was dedicated to Autopsy Babies in Bizarre
Magazine issue #61 (which can still be found on
Two dolls will be featured on the cover of an upcoming
compilation album for 'Sadistic Records'.

dolls by :jem
photos: nicole R.

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Living Dead Dolls Series 4 [14 Aug 2002|04:16pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Well I finally got a look at series 4 of the Living Dead dolls at ClubMez. Yes, that's the big prize for decoding the latest ClubMez code. I'm not even a ClubMez member and I managed to crack the code without the dumb decoder ring. It was rediculously easy.

Anyway, the dolls look beautiful! Unfortunately, I won't be able to post any pictures of the dolls due to copyright issues. But if anyone wants to know where to see them, just email me and I'll try to help you.

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I am a very, very, very bad girl!!! [14 Aug 2002|02:04pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

I haven't updated the site in ages. I have this half finished review of Signs on my desktop that I just can't get around to finishing. There is so much that I want to do to the site, but I just don't have the time. Work is insane and it's consuming the rest of my life. Next will be better though. I hope. If I'm not too tired after work today, I'll try to finish that Signs review. But I just can't make any promises.

"I can't promise I'll try, but I'll try to try." - Bart Simpson

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Add to "To Do List" [06 Aug 2002|12:57pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Write a review for Living Hell.

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Workin' hard/Hardly workin'! [06 Aug 2002|11:29am]
[ mood | busy ]

**Sings: "You can't see white cats in the snow..."**

If my bosses knew what I really do at work... better not even think about that. :)

Hoping to get the Signs review up today. I can't really say to much about this movie without giving away a bunch of spoilers. Hope no one minds.

Then I won't be updating for a few days because I have to focus on school. Man, I could really use some help!

**Sings: "I would die for peanut butter..."**

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Signs [05 Aug 2002|09:00am]
[ mood | groggy ]

Saw Signs yesterday. It really creeped me out. Going to try to write a review for it today. If I ever wake up, that is.

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Ringu [02 Aug 2002|06:25pm]
[ mood | drunk ]

Drinking beer and trying to research some sites for dmoz, but I am continually distracted by these weird conspiracy sites about the Japanese horror film, Ring (aka Ringu). I would highly recommend checking these out:

Note to self: write a preview for the American remake of Ring.

Sings **Come on dad give me the car tonight...**

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TGIF [02 Aug 2002|04:14pm]
[ mood | lazy ]

Well, I think I'm going to devote my weekend to the 'real world'(I'm spending Saturday at a day spa!) so I probably won't be updating the site until next week (unless I find myself bored silly with free time - but I don't think that's going to happen).

Maybe on Monday I'll add a review for Eight Legged Freaks or a preview of the 2 new LDD exclusives (if can get my hands on some images).

Time to go home! Yay!

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DMOZ [02 Aug 2002|12:41pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Now that I've finished one of my tasks for the website, I should probably do some work on the ODP. I recently proposed a whole bunch of changes to the Horror Movie cats but I haven't followed through on my own recommendations.

Who would guess that I have a day job? HA!

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Dog Soldiers review is now up! [02 Aug 2002|11:25am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Well it's finally up on the site, and it definitely turned into a longer review than I was intending it to be. Oh well, it's nice to have it finished. check it out at http://www.horrordiva.com/articles/dogsoldiers.html

[Reminder to self - update FILMS page!]

Next, I think I'll write a review for Eight Legged Freaks. It shouldn't take very long 'cause, well, there isn't a lot to say about it.

I also need to make it a priority to get the next Living Dead Doll preview on the site.

So much to do, so little time!

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Update [01 Aug 2002|02:25pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Less than 2 hours left of work and I'm so anxious to go home.

Anyhow, I've been procrastinating from doing my work (the day job) by finishing up my review of Dog Soldiers. It's almost finished and I'll definitely have it on the site later this afternoon. It's turning into a much longer review than I intended and I seem to contradict myself a number of times. The truth is, I've already forgotten much of the film - which I think says a lot.

I just really want a nap.

Another change that I've been thinking about making to the site is adding ratings to my film reviews - an overall rating, a gore rating, and 'chick appeal' rating (seeing as how my site is geared toward female horror fans and all). Need to make up some images for the rating scale (severed thumbs?), and I need to write up some code. Yay, more work to do.

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Auctions [01 Aug 2002|09:19am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

For the next couple of weeks I have access to cheaper means of shipping within Canada, so I should get the Auction feature up and running. Not quite sure yet which items I want to sell, but off the top of my head I'll probably put up Society (Brian Yuzna film on VHS - very rare), that audio documentary about Trent Reznor (don't remeber what it's called), those promo anime DVDs, old X-Files memorabilia, and a lot of old B horror movies on VHS. I'll have to wait till I get home to finalize the titles.

Also, I have to add a link to the Auctions page on my home page and I should update the FAQ.

In other news, I am determined to get my review of Dog Soldiers on the site today. It will happen! I swear!

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Website Brainstorm [31 Jul 2002|04:37pm]
[ mood | lazy ]

What should I do with the site?

General ideas:
- Flash intro.
- More banners.
- More content (duh!).
- Redo header???
- More images??? But of what????

Decide on a freakin' "Featured Diva" for crying out loud!!
- Barbara Creed
- Cynthia Freeland
- Actresses???

There is a spider on the ceiling right above my head. Ugh! :P

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Website To Do List [31 Jul 2002|04:00pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Write reviews!!!

Dagon - positive
Dog Soldiers - positive DONE!
Donnie Darko - positive
Nekojiru-so - positive
L'Ilya - positive
8 Legged Freaks - negative/mixed
Top of the Food Chain - positive
Signs - positive
Living Hell - mixed
Odishon/Audition - not sure yet
**Get Trouble Everyday from Reel Horror.**

Books: (lower priority)
Naked and the Undead
Monstrous Feminine/Dread of Difference
If Chins Could Kill

Preview new Living Dead Dolls (Hot Topic and Club Mez exclusives). DONE!

- Update Coming Soon... list.
- Choose Featured Diva for August.
- Update Links page.
- Update Events
- Add multimedia downloads to all of the listed films.

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