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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 01:50 am:   

I found this on line a couple of months ago on YouTube- it came up in the sidebar after I'd viewed the book trailer for The Faceless. It hasn't been made as a horror movie exactly, but it honestly creeped the hell out of me. Maybe it was the lateness of the hour. Tiny/non-existent budget, simple effects, but... Jesus. And ultimately moving as well.

That was what I thought, anyway. See what you think:
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Joel (Joel)
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Registered: 03-2008
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 09:18 am:   

I've not seen a health awareness film made by an unfunded group before, and thought it was quite striking the use of film techniques to convey loss of balance was particularly effective. The 29th February was International Rare Diseases Day (yes, the choice of date was significant), so I spent much of last week at work reading the press release equivalent of this film in relation to various conditions all little-known, poorly understood and very hard to treat.

Woody Guthrie is among the better-known people who have died from Huntingdon's Chorea. In the UK, journalist Charlotte Raven is suffering from the disease and has done much to raise public awareness of it.

The best hope for a cure is genetic research. If the religious right keep their hands off stem cell research, that might give doctors a chance. There's a long, long history of doctors being told that saving lives through intervention in biological processes isn't 'natural' and isn't what God intends. If we'd accepted that verdict in the past we wouldn't have antibiotics, vaccines or transplants. Dying people deserve more than prayers.

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