Insidious Back Online, Clip Upgrades

Insidious: The Last Key Back Online

Apparently, there was a time back in the day when I wasn’t so skiddish about featuring scenes in which kids happen to be part of the scene.  While re-acquiring source material for more clip upgrades, I noticed one of my particularly favorite stranglings from a 2001 flick called Along Came a Spider includes an unconscious student, so I’ve re-posted Insidious: The Last Key.

Clip Upgrades

The following titles have been upgraded to full HD and are back online:

Strangling: Along Came a Spider
Drowning: Constantine (2005)
Strangling: Ninth Gate, The

 

The Request Log is Back

It’s times like this when I’m really glad I make backups.  The functionality behind the e-mail form I was using for clip requests has proven inadequate for my needs so I dusted off the Request Log and put it back on the menu.  It includes all of the requests that were last updated prior to last year’s overhaul.  As I track down past and future requests, I’ll remove titles I don’t like and add the ones I do like to the Video Library.

I also removed my contact form and brought back the Feedback page.

 

Request Log and Feedback Pages Redesigned, FAQ Updated

I’ve redesigned the Request Log and Feedback pages by replacing my email links with contact forms.  Accordingly, I also renamed them Clip Request and Contact.  Additionally, I’ve edited my email links in the Site Info and FAQ pages to redirect to the Contact page.

I’ve also updated the FAQ with this question toward the bottom of the page:
 
May I send you a clip?
 
I no longer accept clip donations because I have no control over video quality or editing.
 

Problems Connecting? Here’s Why…

During the last couple of days, your browser may have blocked access to the site after returning an error message warning you that the site isn’t secure.  There’s a reason for that, and I’m going to explain it now because what I’ve been trying to do has been fraught with problems that I’m blaming Google for getting me into.

Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser in the world.  Last October, version 62 was released.  It includes a new feature that marks non-secure websites as such in the address bar.  Any HTTP pages that collect data (login details, financial or banking info, search queries, registrations, etc.) are now marked as “Not Secure”.  That includes this site.  I don’t use Chrome and didn’t learn about the feature myself until last week.  I don’t want Chrome users visiting the site for the first time getting spooked, especially considering the nature of the content here.

The site doesn’t have a registration form.  I discontinued member logins after moving to WordPress four years ago.  The Login page on the lower right only serves as my access to the site’s Control Panel.  The Comment form does require an e-mail address to thwart spam bots, and that field is what I’m trying to protect by adding a Secured Socket Layer (SSL) certificate to the site.  SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.  This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and the browser remain private and integral.  I added it to my 3D art message board at Visions of Darkness last month in response to user feedback to keep account information safe and it works beautifully.  In stark contrast, adding it to Cinemasphyxia’s WordPress installation has become a massive headache.  So, I’ve removed SSL until I figure out a solution.

I welcome and invite comments on my blog posts but I’ve disabled them until further notice.  If I can’t get SSL to work, they’ll remain disabled and all future communication will have to be done via email.

 

The Value of Clip Requests

Despite my having discontinued clip requests last October, I still receive the occasional request.  Admittedly, I’m flattered.

Out of idle curiosity,  I just tracked one down and find myself feeling a renewed appreciation for them.  I would’ve otherwise never thought to check out The Tiger Brigades starring Diane Krueger.  I am pleasantly surprised by how good her choke scene is and will post the clip soon.  My thanks to the person who requested it.

In light of this, I’ve started a new Request Log with the condition that I will not promise to fill them.  If I don’t like a scene, I won’t waste my time on it.  I don’t ever want the site to feel like a chore again.

I’ve updated the Feedback page with the e-mail address you can use for requests.

 

I’ve Switched Back to WMV, Video Library Updated

I’ve Switched Back to WMV

Since last year’s overhaul, I’ve been using an open-source app called HandBrake to minimize the file sizes of my clips because my video editor creates enormous  MP4s.  I’ve recently grown tired of HandBrake for a number of technical reasons I won’t bore you with.  Suffice it to say, I’ve switched back to WMV so I can provide consistent video quality and retain English subtitles in scenes from foreign language sources.  I’ve also re-edited every title in the Video Library and deleted the MP4 versions.  Rest assured, I’ll continue posting in full HD.

If you downloaded Elysia Rotaru’s dildo/tape suffocation in Girl House, you’ll want to download the new WMV.  While scanning the movie again, I found a scene that introduces her character while she’s topless and added it to the beginning of my re-edit.

Video Library Updated

The following titles have been upgraded to full HD and re-posted:

Hanging: Blind Man
Hanging: Honourable Woman, The S01E08: “The Pairing Knife”