The news dropped last night. I read (and reread) Heather’s article in these very pages with a mixture of shock, some trepidation, and an ultimate realization: John Carpenter is coming home. To HALLOWEEN. In the horror world, in this community, news doesn’t come any bigger or impactful. And while it is very early in the game, I think all parties involved (Blumhouse, Miramax, Malek Akkad) are determined to give us the best damn HALLOWEEN we’ve seen in a very long time. Especially Carpenter.
The first half of Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 ended on an intriguing and explosive note this week, capping off a stellar seven-episode run and leaving fans with a lot to talk about at the water cooler until the show returns on August 21st. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to speak with showrunner/executive producer/writer Dave Erickson, who discussed the potential future of a character many might have presumed to be dead, what to expect in the back half of Season 2, whether or not there is a connection between this show and The Whisperers from The Walking Dead comic book series, and much more. *Spoiler Warning*
Let’s face it: Most horror made for TV isn’t really scary, is it? I mean, we talk about these shows or movies frightening us as kids, but we could say the same about watching a PG rated flick that contains a few good jolts or disturbing themes. The bottom line is a lot of things scare us as children, including real life. And every once in awhile, someone will come strutting along and boast of a TV movie from their youth that they insist is genuinely scary. And when they say genuine, they mean that it still casts a spell today, unvarnished by time. Well, having finally seen it for the first time, I can say that Don’t Go To Sleep (1982) fits the bill, offering up a few for real scares, a sense of unease, a clever teleplay, and an ending that’s still sticking to me like unwanted psychic residue.
The above quote from the late, legendary American film critic Kael was most certainly not referring to Lamberto Bava’s Demons (1985), but a lot of films in our beloved genre bow to this description. Demons is great trash – it wants nothing more to assault your senses with a barrage of images and sound for 88 minutes before you even know what hit you, and does so while breathing that rarified Italian air.
Anyone who knows me knows that if a movie stars a professional wrestler, I’m immediately happy as a film fan. Yeah, I’m probably easily impressed, but still, whenever I see my favorite WWE (or otherwise) superstars make the leap to the world of feature films, it makes my inner child giddy.
As someone who frequently revisits the original Scream quadrilogy of films quite often (at least several times a year because I’m a weird nerd who unabashedly loves this franchise), I wasn’t sure what to expect with MTV’s television series before it premiered in June 2015. But as the first season went on, it was very apparent that while Scream: The TV Series might share a name with Wes Craven’s films and celebrate the same spirit as the movies, the show was all about establishing its own rules and delivering a murder mystery on its own terms as well.
With Season 2 set to kick off on Monday, May 30th, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to catch up with one of the stars of MTV’s Scream, Bex Taylor-Klaus, who plays Audrey Jensen on the show.
Earlier this month, Wizard World brought their unique brand of star-studded fun to Minneapolis, and I had the great pleasure of speaking with both Barry Bostwick and Lou Ferrigno. Bostwick reflected on the cultural impact of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and revealed whether or not he’ll appear in Fox’s reboot, while Ferrigno talked about his gritty new action movie, Instant Death, and also discussed his love of Frankenstein.
It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)
I’ve been fortunate over the last (almost) nine years of my career to do some unusual and out-of-the-box events celebrating some truly great genre films, television shows, and more. To get to do an Escape Room based on an actual film was something entirely different, though, as I quickly found out at the Don’t Breathe experience yesterday afternoon. The event also featured the official trailer launch for Fede Alvarez’s latest, with the director on hand to give us a sense of what fans can anticipate once the film is unleashed in theaters on August 26th.