The Haunted

You have likely never heard of Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse. And that’s okay; it was barely released on this side of the Atlantic, and never really found a larger audience on VOD or disc.

But those of us who have seen McPherson’s claustrophobic study of an Irish widower (Ciaran Hinds) who starts seeing ghosts have never been able to shake it.

I’m one of them, and so is Chris Nash, my guest on this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie. And while Chris was a little worried he wouldn’t have enough to say about the film — especially as it relates to his own first feature, the fairly brilliant revisionist slasher movie In a Violent Nature — he found his stride quickly enough, because when you’re talking about something you love you never run out of words. That’s the thing I love the most about the podcast, honestly.

So go give it a listen, and then go find The Eclipse. And see Chris’ movie as well, because what he achieves there is easily as interesting as what McPherson did in his film.

You can find the podcast at the usual locations — Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify — or download the episode directly from the web and listen to it while you zone out as a blowhard author talks about himself for hours on end.

And then maybe catch up on Shiny Things, because I did quite a lot of writing over the last week, starting with the duelling releases of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two and David Lynch’s original-formula Dune, and then tackling new editions of Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Proyas’ The Crow, the Chiodos’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Schrader’s Affliction. And there’s more to come, I swear. Have you subscribed? Please subscribe, it makes me feel less alone.

Oh, and if you’re reading this on Wednesday the 29th, there might still be tickets left for my conversation with Emma Seligman for the Toronto Teen Film Festival.  I know, I know. I am old. But festival founder Dafna Winer asked me to sit down for an hour with the director of Shiva Baby and Bottoms to talk about her signature brand of anxious comedy, and honestly there’s nothing else I’d rather do. We hit the stage at 5:30 pm, it’s just $10, and at the time of this writing there were like fifteen tickets left. It’ll be fun! Come down!

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