I’m a writer/director guy. Meaning, moreso than who starred in any given film, I plan my trip to the theater based on who wrote and/or directed it. When I become invested in someone’s creative output, I’ll often follow their “voice” through all kinds of highs and lows, which means finding things to love in their lesser projects. I understand why the public at large doesn’t have the time or inclination to subscribe to this practice (though many more people seem capable of forging this kind of unbreakable alliance with sports teams), but I honestly think it’s an interesting – and compassionate – way to watch films (or listen to music).
Every career has peaks and valleys. In some careers the valleys are more severe and in others the peaks are more triumphant, but they exist. They’re unavoidable from both creative and commercial standpoints. I think it would be fun to examine this from time to time on BD (even though some of the most exciting voices in horror need another film or two under their belt to qualify), with the amount of “Bests” and “Worsts” varying each time.
First up? John Carpenter. I feel like he’s the perfect starting point. Not only does he have a large output, but he’s had one of the more interesting careers in horror, full of ups and downs (and the occasional creative triumph that he was punished for professionally).
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Often times, musicians say that they are inspired by something they see or some event that shapes them. It’s not often, however, that a musician says that their main source of inspiration is a book. Such is the case with Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’, which is meant to be a companion piece to the Brian Keene book of the same name, played in the background while you read the book. So does it work? Does Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’ work or does it hinder the reading experience? Check out after the jump.
Tim has returned from another successful tour of the United States to join Danny! on the latest episode of Double Murder: Devil vs Prince of Darkness! As the first film in M Night Shyamalan’s “The Night Chronicles”, Devil shows you what happens when five strangers are trapped in an elevator with “The Devil”; stop being polite, and start getting real…dead. Can the detective and security guards watching on camera solve this supernatural mystery in time? Will Devil be as good as Unbreakable, or as bad as The Happening!? One of John Carpenter’s most overlooked films, Prince of Darkness combines theology with modern science to bring you a new twist on the God vs Satan concept. A group of graduate students and professors are tapped to unlock the mysteries that have been locked in a church basement for hundreds of years. As they get closer to discovering the truth, the evil escapes and immediately recruits to it’s army…that’s right…Alice Cooper. Tune in now (iTunes, inside, or on the Podcast page) to find out which one of these films is a hidden gem, and which one is to be avoided like the plague! And heed Danny!’s advice: Don’t be an asshole on Halloween!!!
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.