Thursday, October 20, 2011

100th Post


The above image is appropriate as today the EYE finally
crawls past the 100 post mark.

It's taken me two long years to get here, but it's been a fun and interesting ride. When I started Unflinching Eye, I doubted that I'd get reader one... it was good enough just to have a free, creative forum to rant about my celluloid obsession. Now, over 500 comments later I'm proud to feel like a small part of a large, vital community of global film freaks. That my humble little blog could carve out it's own tiny niche amongst so many other far better blogs and sites still surprises me, and is surely a testament to the enthusiasm and open-mindedness of my readers. Thank you all.

One thing that I've noticed in the horror/genre/whatever blogging community is that there's almost none of the negative bullshit which seems to permeate some other quarters of the online movie community. I don't think I've had a single trolling comment in all this time (and I rarely see them on other blogs), which would seem to indicate that we bloggers/readers are generally a friendly, tolerant bunch who value other people's opinions as much as our own.


Of course the ultimate proof of that is in the many awesome folks I've "met" through the EYE. In the last two years I've shot-the-shit with a dizzying array of fascinating and learned people coming from as far afield as Croatia, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Northern California, Kansas, New York and Northeast Tennessee... to name just a few. Once again, thanks to ALL my readers and fellow bloggers for your insightful comments and kick-ass blogs. Y'all rock!


So what has the EYE wrought in it's first 100 posts?
If it's soundtracks you're after you could do a lot worse than spending a stormy night with Seppuku Paradigm's score for Martyrs or François-Eudes Chanfrault's OST for À l'intérieur. If Japanese horror scores are more your thing, why not spend a few minutes with Tomohiko Kira's soundtrack for Evil Dead Trap (directed by the late Toshiharu Ikeda, R.I.P. 1951–2010).

Are you a Cronenberg fan? Then take a look at the
Interzone Dispatches (Report #3 coming soon) for a look at the far reaching influence of the body horror master, as well as a great recent short. Not a Cronenberg fan? Maybe you'd prefer to read about Linda Blair or Yaphet Kotto.

Dig comics? Check out the "sequel" to Carpenter's The Thing (it's better than the prequel!), or if that's too mainstream for your tastes why not gross yourself out with Hideshi Hino's Skin And Bone?

Like your music
heavy? You might enjoy Akimbo, Annihilation Time, Rudimentary Peni or Sacrilege.

Or if art and design is your thing, feast your eyes on the lurid paintings of Andrei Bouzikov and the beautiful poster art of
Silver Ferox.

Whatever your tastes, I hope you can find something to enjoy here... and keep finding things to enjoy... because this EYE isn't closing just yet!

13 comments:

Wes M said...

A job well done dude, the Unflinching Eye has always been a great place to visit, always interesting original stuff - no mean feat considering there's a thousand other blogs out there writing about Cult Cinema. Totally agree with the sense of brotherhood that comes with the blogging community - I've abandoned many film forums where the bitching was out of control. Blogging can be a bit of a high-wire act - you work hard on something, and put it out there hoping it will make an impact - and its always good to know that it will be respected if not necessarily agreed with by the readers. 100 posts is a great achievement ! We salute you sir !

CiNEZiLLA said...

Cool!
Congratulations and thanks for keeping up the great work! (and those links :D)

Take care!
J.

G O D said...

Bitchin' ,dude! I am closing in on my 1000th post at http://sluggisha.blogspot.com
and getting close to 100 on my new blog http://mediachrist.blogspot.com
come check me out!
and keep up the fine work you do here! thanks

frank zito said...

this is only my second day knowing about your site, but i'm digging it! i found you because of jgd's living doorway blog.

Aaron said...

Congrats! I've only started commenting on your blog in the last few months, but I appreciate Unflinching Eye and respect you for not pandering or focusing too much on the mainstream. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's good to have an alternative.

Aylmer said...

Thanks for the kind words fellows!

PhilH said...

Just discovered your blog and I like what your doing. Look forward to reading through the previous posts and also the next 100+. Keep up the great work.

alex said...

congrats!!
keep up the good work!
your blog totally kicks ass!!!
greetings from Greece...

Silver Ferox Design said...
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Silver Ferox Design said...

Brilliant blog Aylmer - I've such fond memories of discovering it last year and being thrilled with your explorations into my favourite directors et al. I'm amazed that you find time to write for the Illogical Contraption blog too - I've picked up some awesome metal from there (Assembled in Blasphemy lp in particular) - fuckin' A. Thanks for keeping our dreams alive! Love, Satan.

Aylmer said...

Thanks Jeremy, much appreciated. I've been conspicuously absent from the mighty Contraption lately, so I can't take too much credit there. Didn't know you were into metal, nice one!

James Gracey said...

Congrats on reaching the 100th post mark, Aylmer! Keep up the great work.

On a separate note, I don't know how you feel about blog awards and stuff, but, well, I gave you one... What can I say? I dig your blog, man. http://watchinghorrorfilmsfrombehindthecouch.blogspot.com/2011/10/pass-this-award-onto-five-other-people.html

The Goodkind said...

A little late on the Congrats, but they're her just the same. Keep it coming please!