There has been a lot of chatter about women in film and women in horror this month. I chatted with Jenn Wexler, horror producer and director of THE RANGER, about her influences and how to get more women and diverse voices into film.
For the release of Anthony DiBlasi’s latest horror film EXTREMITY, I had the chance to speak with writer Rebecca Swan. Based off her unpublished novella “Extremity: The Secret Journal of Allison Bell”, the film focuses on a woman determined to work through traumatic events in her life through the use of extreme haunts. During our chat we discussed everything from haunted attractions to how the horror genre can be used as a therapeutic tool.
For the release of the trippy horror film HEAD COUNT, which centers around a group of friends who accidentally summon a malevolent creature, Shannon had the chance to speak with writer/director Elle Callahan during the LA Film Festival. During their chat they discussed everything from folklore, to the horror genre, and the process of building up an effective slow-burn scare.
Just in time for Halloween, SYFY will be premiering CUCUY: THE BOOGEYMAN, an original horror film centered around the Mexican Boogeyman, otherwise known as Cucuy, a creature that has a taste for children who behave badly. For the film's release, I had the chance to speak with writer/director Peter Sullivan (The Sandman) where we discussed everything from the urban legend surrounding Cucuy to bringing the creature to life.
We are now past the halfway point of the 10 episodes of THE PURGE TV series. In the past few episodes we were introduced to a brand new character named Madelyn. Madelyn is played by horror fan-favorite Sabrina Gennarino (The Walking Dead). Gennarino was kind enough to chat with me about her new role on the show and what her experience has been like. Here’s what she had to say:
This Friday, October 12, will see the release of the highly anticipated Netflix series, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Absentia, Oculus) based off the classic horror novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The show centers around five siblings who grew up in the infamous house and the horrors they have experienced both past and now present. For the release of the show I had the chance to speak with the talented young actor, Paxton Singleton, about his role as Steven in THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and how he used physical pain to emote fear.
If you’ve seen BASKIN, Turkish director Can Evrenol’s 2015 debut about a group of police officers who get more than they bargained for after they respond to an emergency call, you might suspect that his childhood was pretty messed up. It’s a film layered with nightmarish occurrences admist a hellish landscape, one that garnered the director with a Best New Director award at Fantastic Fest as well as the director award at Morbido Fest.
For the release of DANGER ONE in theaters and VOD, Craig had the great pleasure of interviewing director Tom Oesch about his upcoming action/thriller film. During their chat, they discussed everything from creating a shot list instead of storyboards to learning to have thick skin. Read on to learn more.
THE PURGE TV series is going strong as it enters its fourth week. You can check out my review of the first three episodes by clicking here. As part of my continuing coverage of the show, I had the opportunity to interview cast member Adam Stephenson. Stephenson was kind enough to answer some questions about his character in the show, what it has been like working on THE PURGE, and the fan response. Here is what he had to say:
This week past week I had the chance to watch and review the German psychological thriller, FOUR HANDS. I was also lucky enough to be able to ask the writer and director of the film, Oliver Kienle, some questions about his work. Here’s what he had to say:
For the opening of LA’s newest arcade/VR attraction Two Bit Circus, Craig had the great pleasure of interviewing the creators Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, where they discussed everything from creating a high tech circus to keeping bones in a pit out back. Read on to learn more:
For the release of the upcoming historical thriller, LIZZIE, which centers around the legend of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her family, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Craig William Macneill (Channel Zero: Candle Cove) about his latest film. During their chat they discussed everything from bringing Lizzie Borden’s story to life to the circumstances surrounding the murders.
Linnea Gregg is an actress and writer known for THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR (2017), SWIPE LEFT TO LIVE, and THE NIGHT THEY KNOCKED (2018). She is a talented and versatile actress and has done professional theater and also writes poetry and short stories. She plays the lead role of Elizia in the mind tripping THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR and whether she is interacting with the odd characters in the film or doing one of the many solo scenes, she carries the film expertly.
This past Tuesday saw the World Premiere of the highly anticipate next chapter in The Conjuring Universe, THE NUN. Positioned outside of the famous TCL Chinese Theater was the black carpet surrounded by dozens of faceless nuns, most of which were mannequins, but if you looked closely you would realize some were actual people, patiently awaiting the perfect time to scare those that walked by. Ahead of the premiere, I had the chance to speak with some of the cast of the THE NUN where they discussed their involvement in the movie and, for some, their love of the horror genre.
This Friday sees the latest release from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, the horror/thriller MARA. For the release of the film, James had the chance to speak with one of the most well-known creature actors in the industry, Javier Botet. Hailing from Spain, Javier has been featured in numerous horror films ranging from 2007’s [REC] to 2017’s IT, and undergoes incredible transformations to embody his characters. During their chat, James and Javier discussed everything from his new role, to what it’s like to experience sleep paralysis, and the process of transforming into these terrifying characters.
For the home release of HEREDITARY, which is a film I consider to be one of the scariest in the past decade, I had the chance to speak with newcomer, actress Milly Shapiro. Though HEREDITARY is her first feature film debut, Milly is no stranger to acting, having won a Tony award for her performance as Matilda in “Matlida the Musical.” During our chat, in which I asked Milly to do Charlie’s infamous clicking noise (which is just as terrifying as you would imagine), we talked about everything from her love of horror films to bringing HEREDITARY’s Charlie to life.
Since it's inception three years ago I've been non-stop talking about the hidden gem of haunt season, Warner Bros. HORROR MADE HERE experience, located on the Warner Bros. lot. Having attended the first and second year of this event, I've been lucky enough to experience first hand the incredible changes that HORROR MADE HERE has gone through, starting first with just a tram tour and a screening to a full-blown haunted attraction unlike anything else I've experienced.