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What is horror? What counts as horror? You guys might have noticed a few films in my “Best And Worst” that don’t necessarily fit the conventionally accepted mold for a genre film. Chronicle and The Grey for example, are two movies that more than likely would not be filed on the “Horror” shelf at Blockbuster or under the “Horror” tab in iTunes.
The reason they’re featured here? Sometimes it’s fun to write about movies that, while they have horror elements, stretch the scope of the content we feature on the site. It’s fun to have more colors to play with and, more importantly, it’s fun to expose you guys to this stuff. I like talking to the readers about it, conversing with you in the comments about what does or doesn’t turn you on about any given film. It’s not for hits, believe me. If you think something like The Grey pulls in more traffic than Maniac or Texas Chainsaw 3D you’re wrong. I feel that discussing films that might seem tertiary to the genre improves the quality of the overall conversation. It provides a better context in which to discuss the nuts and bolts of the pure horror films that drive 95% of our “movies” page.
It’s also incredibly entertaining to talk about movies that skirt genres rather than embrace them wholeheartedly, since it allows us to look at the very criteria we use to define those genres. Let’s talk more inside (spoilers within)… READ MORE
I caught up with producer Jason Miller (Frozen, Hatchet 2, Chillerama) last night on the red carpet for the Eyegore Awards (which kicked off this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood) and he filled us in on his new project.
So you have a found footage project coming up? “I do… I haven’t announced it yet but I guess I can give you the exclusive [laughs]. We’re still negotiating with a distributor but we’ve shot half of it on our own and now we’re just wrapping it up.” And this is you behind the camera right? “Yes. Writing and directing.”
Miller directed last year’s short Infected which starred Alexis Peters, BD alum Brian Collins, David Foy and A.J. Bowen. He also served as second unit director on Hatchet 2 and Frozen so he’s definitely been working on his chops. I’m definitely interested to see where this goes.
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights dates are September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.
Both Emma Bell (Frozen, “The Walking Dead”), Julia Stiles (Bourne Ultimatum, The Omen (2006), “Dexter”) have been cast in the new thriller pilot “Midnight Sun” for NBC. They join previously announced Titus Welliver.
The show “follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska.”
Per Deadline, “It centers on Leah Kafka (Stiles), a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Also cast in the pilot, written by Lisa Zwirling, is Emma Bell as Rory, the cult leader’s (Titus Welliver) daughter.” READ MORE
The Chillerama trailer has finally arrived in anticipation of the film’s premiere on September 15th at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
So far it looks pretty fun to me. I’m not completely blown away (and I suspect I’ll like some of the four installments more than others) but I suppose the point is that this is kind of a lark for all involved, a chance to stretch out before their next feature.
From the depraved minds of directors Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, The Dark Backward), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood), Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom), Chillerama is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.
“It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman (Richard Riehle, Bridesmaids, Hatchet) has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! What could possibly go wrong?”
Chillerama is out on DVD and Blu-Ray November 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a big fan of Adam Green‘s Frozen. I think Brad (Mr. Disgusting) hit the nail on the head with his review. So I’m thrilled that I got the chance to do an interview with Andy Garfield, composer of Frozen. If you head on past the jump, you’ll be able to read about Andy‘s history with composing, the various techniques he uses while scoring, and what his drink of choice was during the Frozen composing process. Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the soundtrack here.
The reviews for ‘Frozen‘ were off the chart. People loved it and it was definitely one of the more intense horror films of last year. Well, now you can pre-order the soundtrack to the film and, get this, the limited run of 500 CD’s will ALL be signed by director Adam Green and composer Andy Garfield. Talk about a cool bonus for no extra charge!
The soundtrack also includes the score to Cody Snider’s short film, ‘All That Remains’ and the booklet features stories and interviews. Make sure to pick up your copy as those 500 are going to go fast.