Liz Whittemore

Liz Whittemore is the author of AWFJ's I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog. She is Co-Managing Editor and writes for www.ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts the podcast Girls On Film and is a contributing writer for Cinemit.com and The ArtsWireWeekly. Now New York-based, she was born and raised in northern Connecticut. She's a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and has performed at Disneyland and famed Hartford Children's Theater, and been a member of NYC's Boomerang Theater, Connecticut's Simsbury Summer Theater, Virginia's Offstage Theatre, where she also directed. Her film credits include Suburban Skies and Surrender. In 2008, she shot Jabberwocky, a documentary now in post-production. Liz is still a children's theatre director and choreographer. She's working on an updated adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a series of children's books.

 

Articles by Liz Whittemore

 

THESE FINAL HOURS – Review by Liz Whittemore

these final hours posterWe’ve come to expect over the top action sequences and huge action stars when approaching the subject of the end of days. In this edition of Sunday Bloody Sunday, we’re looking at apocalyptic poignance in the new Netflix release These Final Hours. Taking a step back from the usual fare, this film gets to the heart of coming face to face with ones demise. Read more>>

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GRAND PIANO – Review by Liz Whittemore

grandpianoposterNot every film has to be gory to put your nerves on edge. Grand Piano is a beautiful nod to the masters of suspense. Elijah Wood and John Cusack stretch their acting chops in two very different ways in this elegant thriller. Never have I watched the opening credits to a film and felt so uneasy, Grand Piano is now available on Netflix. Read more>>

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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN – Review by Liz Whittemore

nothingbadcanhappen-202x300Katrin Gebbe’s work is exceptional. What trust and respect she must have had with her cast and crew to be able to pull off a piece that is so incredibly dark and frightening. It is hard to believe that this is her feature debut. This film draws you in from the get go. It has an ominous feeling that makes you happy that you are just watching a movie. You have to try to forget that this actually happened. Read on…

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COOTIES — Preview by Liz Whittemore

Cooties-poster-202x300Cooties comes to the to the big screen in September, just in time for the start of the new school year, and with it, Hollywood puts fear back into the classroom. Co-stars Elija Wood and Rainn Wilson find their teaching job to be unexpectedly terrifying as they discover that their classrooms are populated with zombie kids. Circle. Circle. Dot. Dot. Did you have your cootie shot?! Read on…

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CRIMSON PEAK – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Crimson-Peak-poster-200x300With Guillermo del Toro‘s fascination for Gothic horror, Crimson Peak should be right up his aesthetic alley, along with his other iconic films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. While del Toro has also delved into the sci-fi and comic book world with the Hellboy films (soon to be a trilogy) and Blade II, his eye for fantasy and horror is really his forte. Judging from the recently released trailer, Crimson Peak promises to be a great addition to del Toro’s filmography. Read more and watch the trailer>>

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (Final Sequence) – Liz Whittemore comments

humancentipedeposterWriter/Director Tom Six has given us two films that made us sick to our stomachs. The third and final installment of The Human Centipede trilogy is just about ready for release. There’s a whole lot of Human Centipede 3 pre-release hype that’s preparing us to puke again. But is anyone truly ready for the full repeat (and more) of Human Centipede blood and gore? Read on…

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GONE GIRL: Selling Scary in A Digital Age – Liz Whittemore comments

gone girl save amyA film’s ad campaign can make or break its theatrical run. Oftentimes, the entire plot of a film is laid out in its trailer. If the film is a comedy, all the best jokes are already available in a 2:30 minute television spot. Horror trailers, on the other hand, must be carefully edited so as not to give away too much of the story. We hope for a seductive plot twist, but also keep our fingers crossed that the trailer doesn’t reveal all the scares. Ad campaigns are seemingly straight forward with very few exceptions, but the marketers of Gone Girl broke the mold with a campaign that was full of surprises and created a new frontier in the selling of scary. Read more…

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BACKCOUNTRY Sells Scary in the Extreme – Liz Whittemore comments

backcountrybearsBackcountry, an adventure thriller based on a true story, explores the terrible things that can happen to a couple on a camping trip. But even before the film opened theatrically, the producers were selling scary in the extreme via a very clever marketing campaign that included graphics showng the frequency of black bear attacks on humans in the wilderness. The marketing strategy may just be a game changer in the adventure thriller genre. Read on…

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AWFJ @ SFF Filmmaker Forum: Storytelling Skill Sets For Documentarians — Liz Whittemore Reports

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As audience members, each of us has a visceral response to images on the screen. We walk away with our own opinions and feelings when the lights come up once again. Whether a particular documentary touches you or not, having the opportunity to interact with the filmmakers in person is sometimes a once in a lifetime experience. During this year’s Salem Film Festival, AWFJ hosted two very successful and extraordinarily insightful panel discussions. Jennifer Merin moderated each of the panels, asking questions of the artists that they may never have posed to themselves. With time allotted for audience participation, attendees were allowed a glimpse into the making of some of the films featured at this year’s festival. Read on…

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THE RETURNED – Review by Liz Whittemore

the returned160The Returned is the story of husband and wife living in a world where a zombie virus actually has a cure; a daily serum that keeps symptoms at bay. If one single dose is missed, the effects are irreversible. Society is divided about how to deal with ‘the returned.’ This film is essentially an allegory for everything from HIV/AIDS to abortion. Chock filled with picketers and talking head pundits, the divide among the class line and religious beliefs allows for some truly vitriolic moments. Read on…

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IT FOLLOWS – Review by Liz Whittemore

Most horror films are relatively formulaic. I can appreciate that as a fan, but every once in a blue moon, something truly special comes along. It Follows is the story of 19 year old college girl, Jay. During the early stages of a relationship with a boy named Hugh, Jay is knocked out by chloroform and tied to a chair. He explains that since they have slept together he has passed a curse onto Jay. Read on…

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POLTERGEIST: Then and now — Liz Whittemore comments

poltergeist still1982 and 2015. Poltergeist is the movie that traumatized me at the inappropriate age of two, and subsequently launched me head first and full throttle into horror genre fandom. Comparing poster art and trailers for the then and now versions of this classic fright fan favorite yields quick and fun insights into how horror filmmakers assure that once a scare is always a scare. Read on…

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Hearts and Horror on Valentine’s Day — Liz Whittemore comments

only lovers left aliveMany of our favorite horror films of the past and present revolve around sane or sordid love relationships. Couples who are central to their plots and scares wear their hearts on their sleeves. Certain pairs have the know-how to survive. Others are doomed from the opening credits. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s take a survey and analyze their skills. Read on…

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ALIEN OUTPOST – Review by Elizabeth Whittemore

alienoutpost37The notion that we are not alone in the world is one I thrive on, as a total nerd. Now if I were actually faced with E.T (and not Spielberg‘s cute, wrinkly guy) I would most likely run screaming in the opposite direction no matter how much I know X-Files has prepared me for a close encounter. In the new IFC Midnight action/sci-fi ALIEN OUTPOST only the brave survive, if they’re lucky. The pace of the film is slow and steady, and it’s consistently eerie in that you’re constantly aware that something is not quite right. I had no idea what was coming next, which is rare these days. Read more>>

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PREMATURE – Review by Elizabeth Whittemore

premature160In Premature, Dan Beers brings us his feature debut about a high school kid named Rob. It is a seemingly formulaic set up. Kid needs to nail his college interview, score with his crush, and move on from the expectations of the world around him. You’ve got your checklist for the high school comedy; boy next door, childhood female best friend, vulgar sidekick, prodigy oddball, stereotypical hot blonde, jackass jocks, college admissions interviewer, and overbearing parental units. The twist in this story is that whenever Rob approaches, let’s say, sexual gratification, his day starts all over again, ala Groundhog Day. His terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day… if you will. Read more>>

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