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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Your Feb 17th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity




Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

On this day in horror history.... February 17th, 1954


On this day in horror history.... Don Coscarelli is born. Creator of the sci-fi/horror hybrid 'Phantasm', he continues to make some of the most challenging films in the genre. Never wanting to be pinned down, he does what he does and all of us benefit. A truly unique voice.



Jeff Reviews 'Mom and Dad' (2018)



"A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own children."


One of the first horror movies of the year comes from Brian Taylor (Gamer, Crank) and stars Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Hellboy), Anne Winters, and Zackary Arthur (The 5th Wave). It also cameos, in one of the best casting decisions ever, Lance Henriksen as Cage's character's father. It premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released this January by Momentum Pictures.


Though not as high octane as you would expect from the man responsible for Crank, Mom and Dad is a clever twist on a concept usually overrun by zombies. These parents aren't actually zombies since they are very much aware of what is happening and even manage to keep some level of intelligence despite their uncontrollable anger. There's also tons of dark humor interwoven into a plot that examines the mental issues that come with being and becoming parents. As a strange static (ala The Signal) influences the parents to find and kill their own children, not anyone elses. Subjects like postpartum depression, middle age crisis, and aging stereotypes become a big part of the joke as parents of all ages attempt to eradicate their own kids. Because if they can bring you into this world, than dammit, they can take you out of it. The soundtrack is also the perfect addition to the mayhem.


As most of you are likely to remember, I am not your everyday Nicolas Cage fan. In fact I usually can't stand him. When it comes to acting he doesn't, instead who shows up all stained faced and seems to dliver lines thinking the influence in his voice is enough to convince us he's really sad, or mad, etc. Otherwise his face never changes. That has been the case for at least 2 decades now and although I may be a late bloomer but while watching Mom and Dad I finally realized what Cage is really good. He's really good at being friggin crazy! Why they tried to make him a serious actor when its obvious he should always play the nutjob I have no idea. I was almost bored to death during the somber moments before parents starting killing their kids and even the supporting cast couldn't keep me awake. But, as soon as the poop hit the pan and Cage went full psycho I was in for the madness. When I declared I'd finally figured out what Cage was good at to Joel he laughed and said "that's because he wasn't acting. He really is crazy." That seems true, since he isn't acting other time, so why would I think he was now?


Mom and Dad is currently available in theaters. Since its one of only 2 offerings to start the New Year with don't go into expecting briliance and you won't be let down.




Friday, February 16, 2018

Your Friday Feb16th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity



Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On this day in horror history.... February 15th, 2003


On this day in horror history.... Uwe Boll released one of his worst films ever, 'House of the Dead'. As an attempt to cash in on the video games popularity and the zombie phenomenon, it failed at both. Granted, Uwe Boll and I have made amends after his fantastic 'Rampage' trilogy, this still left a permanent scar on my brain.



Glass Eye Pix and Forager team up for Larry Fessenden’s visceral Frankenstein film DEPRAVED


Larry Fessenden, NYC’s independent horror auteur (HABIT, WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER), is set to direct DEPRAVED from his own script. The contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

The film is set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. Casting directors Sig de Miguel and Stephen Vincent have assembled a stellar lineup of supporting players.

The film marks a partnership between Fessenden’s long-running, award-winning company Glass Eye Pix (LIKE ME, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, WENDY AND LUCY, STAKE LAND) and Forager Film Company (LITTLE SISTER, WIN IT ALL), a film collective run by Joe Swanberg (EASY, HAPPY CHRISTMAS) Peter Gilbert (HOOP DREAMS, VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING), and Edwin Linker (GOLDEN EXITS). The deal was brokered by Andrew Mer, who will serve as Executive Producer.

DEPRAVED will be produced by long-time Glass Eye Pix collaborator Jenn Wexler (producer of the SXSW Grand Jury prize winner and Spirit Award Nominee MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, as well as DARLING, PSYCHOPATHS and LIKE ME; director of the forthcoming THE RANGER) and Chadd Harbold (producer of MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND and BODY; director of LONG NIGHTS SHORT MORNINGS). Fessenden also produces.



Says Fessenden: “I am very grateful to have Forager support this deeply personal and visceral take on the Frankenstein story. I’ve been moved by the iconic character since childhood and it is a great thrill to try to put my version on screen.”

Joe Swanberg of Forager adds: “Larry Fessenden has consistently made groundbreaking, intelligent, socially relevant films in addition to shepherding some of the most important young voices in genre filmmaking. We could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this project. ”

DEPRAVED will lens in February with cinematographers James Siewert (LIKE ME, THE RANGER, THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT) and Chris Scotchdopole (THE EGG AND THE HATCHET).

Horror Every Day February 15th



Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day (http://www.horrormovie.today/). Continue to visit the Creepercast every Friday for that days featured Horror offering.