October 31, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 13 The Amityville Horror (2005)
Happy Hallowe'en! I hope everyone has enjoyed these thirteen nights. The Amityville Horror (2005) is here on this night for a reason. It's a pretty awesome remake. I don't know if it's my top pick as far as the presented remakes go or not, but it is such a classic story I wanted it for Hallowe'en night. This Amityville is written by Scott Kosar from Night 3 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Night 10: The Crazies (2010). Andrew Douglas directed the movie. Andrew is sort of a movie newcomer and it remains to be seen if he will come back to horror. Odd choice by the studio, but it certainly worked out well.
Ryan Reynolds plays George Lutz. Ryan has been in an episode of The X Files (1993) in 1996, Big Monster on Campus (2000), Blade: Trinity (2004), and will be starring in R.I.P.D. (2013). Melissa George plays Kathy Lutz. Melissa can be seen in Dark City (1998),
Turistas (2006), 30 Days of Night (2007), Triangle (2009), and will be in Bag of Bones (2011) the Stephen King mini-series. Next come the Lutz children. Jesse James was in a 1999 episode of The X Files, an episode of Angel (1999) in 2000, Fear of the Dark (2003)--I thought it was quite a fun movie--The Darkroom (2006), and Jumper (2008). Jimmy Bennett was in Orphan (2009). Chloë Grace Moretz likes her horror and was in Wicked Little Things (2006), Room 6 (2006), Hallowed Ground (2007), The Eye (2008), Let Me In (2010) as Abby, and will be in Dark Shadows (2012). That's quite the list given her age, and it's only the horrors. She was also Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass (2010).
Rachel Nichols is on hand as a babysitter. Rachel starred in the TV series The Inside (2005), was in The Woods (2006), starred in P2 (2007), and was in the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake. Philip Baker Hall is the priest, and was in Ghostbusters II (1989),
an episode of Millennium (1996) in 1997 and another in 1998, the Psycho (1998) remake, and one of my faves, Lost Souls (2000). Then to round out the acting staff... Annabel Armour was in Contagion (2011). Danny McCarthy was in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2 (1996), Dragonfly (2002), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Marie Lynn will be in a web series called Friday the 13th: The Obsession (2011) that may or may not have launched, and with the same unmentioned status a movie(?) called Afraid of Sunrise (2011).
October 30, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 12 Friday the 13th (2009)
Tonight I chose Friday the 13th (2009). I thought this was a great reboot. It's not really a remake since it condenses the first three original movies in the franchise into just the first part even as it builds its own foundation to construct on top of. This Friday's writers are Damian Shannon and Mark Swift who both also wrote Freddy vs. Jason (2003). It is directed by Marcus Nispel the director from Night 3 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Marcus also directed the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake.
Up first in front of the camera we have Jared Padalecki from Night 4. I'll repeat myself. Jared stars in TV's Supernatural (2005), and can be seen in House of Wax (2005). Next is Danielle Panabaker from Night 10. Danielle was in
John Carpenter's The Ward (2010), and will be in Piranha 3DD (2012). Amanda Righetti plays Jared's sister and can be seen as the star of Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007), which is possibly even better than the first movie, and sad to say I prefer either of them to the original House on Haunted Hill (1959) despite that being a Vincent Price film--Vincent is fine and the house is awesome from the outside. Travis Van Winkle plays Danielle's boyfriend and was in Transformers (2007), and Asylum (2008). Derek Mears is Jason Vorhees. Derek has notably been in Disney's The Haunted Mansion (2003), Wes Craven's Cursed (2005), Pro-Life (2006) for Masters of Horror (2005), The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), Predators (2010), and will be in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2012).
Aaron Yoo is Jason fodder, and was in Disturbia (2007), and uncredited in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) back on Night 8. Jonathan Sadowski can also be seen in three episodes of the first
season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). Julianna Guill was also in Altitude (2010). Ben Feldman was also in Cloverfield (2008). Arlen Escarpeta was in Final Destination 5 (2011). Nick Mennell plays Amanda's boyfriend and was in My Little Eye (2002), Night 7's Halloween (2007), The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2009)--with Danielle Harris--and The Lost Tribe (2010). America Olivo was in The Thirst: Blood War (2008), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), stars in Neighbor (2009), and will be in something called No One Lives (2012). Kyle Davis started off in an episode of Angel (1999) in 2001, then was in The Hitcher (2007), Resurrection Mary (2007), something I've never heard of before called The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009), and in an episode of American Horror Story (2011). Last for the onscreen talent is Nana Visitor as Pamela Voorhees. Nana was also in The Sentinel (1977), and Babysitter Wanted (2008).
October 29, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 11 The Thing (1982)
It just couldn't be Halloween without an entry actually from the man most synonymous with Halloween (1978), John Carpenter. Thankfully he had a horror remake, The Thing (1982). John only wrote Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) and Halloween II (1981). He both wrote and directed Halloween, Someone's Watching Me! (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), Escape from L.A. (1996), and Ghosts of Mars (2001). With only director credit John has done Christine (1983), a segment in Body Bags (1993), Village of the Damned (1995), Vampires (1998), John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005) and Pro-Life (2006) for Masters of Horror (2005), and recently The Ward (2010).
Kurt Russell stars in The Thing as MacReady. Kurt is exceeding well known for Escape from New York, Escape from L.A., and Grindhouse (2007)--specifically Death Proof (2007). Wilford Brimley is in the movie as Dr. Blair, and has no credits that I felt
pertinent despite his lengthy body of work. David Clennon plays Palmer. David gets around, particularly on television and notably in several episodes of Ghost Whisperer (2005) from 2009 to 2010. Keith David got his real start in The Thing as Childs. Keith has since been in They Live, The Puppet Masters (1994), as the starring voice in the animated Gargoyles (1994) TV series and spin-offs, the voice of the animated Spawn (1997), then back in the flesh for Pitch Black (2000)--with Radha Mitchell from last night, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), and not too long ago, The Cape (2011). Richard Dysart plays Dr. Copper and did one of the voices in the animated Spawn with Keith from 1997 to 1999.
Charles Hallahan plays Norris and was also in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), and did one of the voices in Gargoyles from 1995 to 1996. Peter Maloney is Bennings and was also in The Amityville Horror (1979), The Children (1980)--I think it's a Troma film--and
somewhere in Thinner (1996). Richard Masur is Clark. Richard has also been in The Believers (1987), and It (1990). Donald Moffat plays Garry and was in Monster in the Closet (1986). Joel Polis is Fuchs and was in an episode of Angel (1999) in 2004. Thomas G. Waites plays Windows and was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) in 1998. Norbert Weisser is credited as one of the Norwegians and was in Twilight Zone: The Movie--in the same segment as Charles Hallahan, and a 2006 episode of Ghost Whisperer. Larry J. Franco is the "Norwegian Passenger with Rifle" and was also in They Live. Additionally Larry is a producer with such movies as Escape from New York, this The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Batman Returns (1992), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Batman Begins (2005). Finally, Bill Lancaster wrote the Thing screenplay, and it is his only pertinent credit.
October 28, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 10 The Crazies (2010)
At the centre of The Crazies (2010) are the Sheriff played by Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell as his wife. Timothy was in Scream 2 (1997). Meanwhile, Radha has been in Pitch Black (2000), Visitors (2003), Silent Hill (2006)--yeah!--Rogue (2007), and
will be back for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012). Joe Anderson was in Creep (2004)--sounds interesting--and The Ruins (2008). Danielle Panabaker was in Friday the 13th (2009)--Sunday's remake--John Carpenter's The Ward (2010), and will be in Piranha 3DD (2012). Christie Lynn Smith was in an episode of Threshold (2005), and in The Cursed (2010), which is not the Wes Craven movie of the almost same name. Brett Rickaby was in an episode of Angel (1999) in 2000, Wes Craven's Cursed (2005), and Bereavement (2010). Young one, Preston Bailey, was in Amusement (2008), and was Issac in the TV remake Children of the Corn (2009). John Aylward was one of the regular cast of The Others (2000) TV series--see the tag below--and an episode of The X Files (1993) in 2002. Joe Reegan is credited simply as "Boy" in Jeepers Creepers II (2003), and was in Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2008).
The very recognisable Glenn Morshower is mostly a TV actor with episodes of interest such as The X Files and Millenium (1996) both in 1998, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) in 2002. Glenn has been in movies such as Transformers (2007) and all of the
sequels so far, and X-Men: First Class (2011). Larry Cedar was in Dreamscape (1984), C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud (1989), Demonic Toys (1992), Pinocchio's Revenge (1996), and an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) in 2009. Gregory Sporleder was in a handful of True Blood (2008) episodes in 2010. Lisa K. Wyatt was in an episode of FreakyLinks (2001)--why oh why is there no DVD release!!!--Donnie Darko (2001), and The Box (2009). Last for the actors is Justin Welborn. Justin was in Dance of the Dead (2008), Halloween II (2009), the fourth in the series The Final Destination (2009), and stars in Pelt (2010)--not certain if it's worth a check.
The screenwriters for The Crazies are Scott Kosar from Night 3 and Ray Wright with credit for Pulse (2006)--with Jonathan Tucker (also Night 3) in it--and Case 39 (2010). Then comes the director, Breck Eisner with one other horror credit thus far, the episode The Sacrifice from Fear Itself (2008). Breck is obviously someone to keep an eye. Happy Friday.
October 27, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 9 Night of the Demons (2010)
I have not seen the original of this Night of the Demons (2010) remake. This movie is fun. That was the overall impression I was left with. Just go with it. There are a lot of shallow connections to start. It stars Monica Keena, the star of Freddy vs. Jason (2003)--man the torpedoes!--and she was in
an episode of Ghost Whisperer (2005) in 2007. She's will also be in a forthcoming film called Remnants (2011) with Edward Furlong, and will be in Manson Girls (2011). Shannon Elizabeth was in Thir13en Ghosts (2001)--yeah!--and Cursed (2005). Tatyana Kanavka was in Autopsy (2008). John F. Beach was in a segment of Fear Clinic (2009). Michael Copon showed up in Dark House (2009). Diora Baird was also in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010). Bobbi Sue Luther can be seen in The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007), Killer Pad (2008) directed by Robert Englund, a bit part in an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), and Laid to Rest (2010) also with Chronicles alumni. Jamie Harris is in an episode of American Horror Story (2011).
Now for a lengthier list with Edward Furlong from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Pet Sematary II (1992), Brainscan (1994), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), The Visitation (2006), Dark Reel (2008), and soon in the aforementioned Remnants.
Then there is Linnea Quigley. I'll just hit her movies you might want to see like--Naughty!--Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)--Punish!--The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Creepozoids (1987), as a part of a special effect in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), the original Night of the Demons (1988) in the role now played by Bobbi Sue Luther, Innocent Blood (1992), Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994), and the forthcoming Dead End (2011), which may or may not be of interest--it has Debbie Rochon in it, whom I won't get into here.
One of the Night of the Demons writers is the director. The other writer is Jace Anderson who has credit for Spiders (2000), the Tobe Hooper movie Crocodile (2000) and it's sequel, Toolbox Murders (2004)--is it a remake or just the same name?--both Mortuary and Autopsy that were mentioned earlier, the Dario Argento movie Mother of Tears (2007) starring Asia Argento, and Fertile Ground (2011). Director Adam Gierasch has all of the same writing credits as Jace. Adam also directed Autopsy and Fertile Ground. Adam further has acting credits for Crocodile, Toolbox Murders, Mortuary, Fertile Ground, and an episode of The Others (2000) TV series--again, not related to the movie of the same name. Happy watching!
October 26, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 8 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
You knew it would come to this. You knew it would get remade. You definitely knew I would have to cover it. I don't think you knew where in the list it would go and really it's just kind of random placement. Here is the Freddy remake. Before I dig into the names let me just say I think it has its high points, but there are some issues too.
Jackie Earle Haley of Watchmen (2009) fame was cast as Freddy Krueger. Jackie was also in Shutter Island (2010) and will be appearing in Dark Shadows (2012). I have to say I thought he was awesome for the new, different Freddy. Kyle Gallner plays a new
character to the storyline by the name of Quentin Smith. Kyle was the star of The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)--see it as soon as possible if you haven't already--Jennifer's Body (2009), and most recently in Red State (2011). Rooney Mara plays the new Nancy, with the new last name of Holbrook. Rooney's only other horror part was in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)--I guess she had a speaking role otherwise she likely wouldn't have the credit--but credited as Patricia Mara. Katie Cassidy plays another new character, Kris Fowles. Katie starred in the Black Christmas (2006) remake, played Ruby from 2007 to 2008 in Supernatural (2005), and then was in the intentionally short TV series Harper's Island (2009).
Thomas Dekker plays Jesse Braun, also new. Thomas has been in Village of the Damned (1995), Laid to Rest (2009) and ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011), played John Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) in between, and is now back on TV in The Secret Circle (2011). Kellan Lutz was in Ghosts of Goldfield (2007) and
the Prom Night (2008) remake. Clancy Brown of Pet Sematary II (1992) is in the movie somewhere. Connie Britton plays Nancy's mother and is now seen in the new TV series American Horror Story (2011). Lia D. Mortensen plays Kris' mother and was in a memorable thriller called Blink (1994). Christian Stolte plays Jesse's father and had a tiny part in Stir of Echoes (1999). Now, I just had to mention that way down in the acting credits is a Tim Krueger. Eric Heisserer is the notable of this remake's two writers and is also listed as sole writer for Final Destination 5 (2011), and The Thing (2011) remake/prequel now playing in theatres. Finally, director Samuel Bayer has done nothing pertinent to our discussions besides this movie. Don't hold that against him.
October 25, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 7 Halloween (2007)
Here it is, the remake of Halloween. Malcolm McDowell tackled the role of Dr. Loomis. Malcolm has been in Cat People (1982), Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002), and will be in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012). Scout Taylor-Compton is the new Laurie Strode and can also be seen in the direct to video release of the April Fool's Day (2008) remake. Tyler Mane is the adult Michael Myers in and out of the mask. He was also in X-Men (2000), and uncredited in The Devil's Rejects (2005). Sheri Moon Zombie is in the vastly expanded role of Deborah Myers, Michael's mother. Sheri has been in House of 1000 Corpses (2003), Toolbox Murders (2004), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Grindhouse (2007), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009), and the forthcoming The Lords of Salem (2012).
William Forsythe is Deborah's boyfriend or some such. William has been in Virtuosity (1995), The Devil's Rejects, and the Masters of Horror (2005) in We All Scream for Ice Cream in 2007. He will also be in forthcoming projects such as Inkubus (2011)--with
Robert Englund, so I can hardly wait--Infected (2011), The Ghost Club (2011), and what may be an anthology movie, The Witching Hour (2011)--rumored at one point to have Dee Wallace cast. Dee Wallace plays Laurie's mother, Cynthia Strode. Dee is a horror staple going back to The Stepford Wives (1975), and continuing with other big names like The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981), Cujo (1983), Critters (1986), Popcorn (1991), The Frighteners (1996), Boo (2005), an episode of Ghost Whisperer (2005) in 2007, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and soon in The Lords of Salem.
Danielle Harris is Laurie's friend Annie Brackett. Danielle got her horror start young with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), and Halloween 5 (1989). She was in a first season episode of Eerie, Indiana (1991). She has also been in Urban Legend (1998), the horror Left for Dead (2007)--there's a western too that year--Blood Night (2009)
with Bill Moseley, The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2009), Fear Clinic (2009), Hatchet II (2010), Stake Land (2010), ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011), and will be in Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D (2011) again with Bill Moseley, The Ghost of Goodnight Lane (2012) and potentially Hatchet III (2012). Annie is Sheriff Brackett's daughter. The Sheriff is played by another horror staple, Brad Dourif. Brad has been in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Child's Play (1988) and all of its sequels, Spontaneous Combustion (1990), The Exorcist III (1990), Graveyard Shift (1990), Critters 4 (1992), an episode of The X Files (1993) in 1994, Death Machine (1994)--a favourite of mine--an episode of Millennium (1996) in 1997, uncredited in Urban Legend (1998), The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000), Soulkeeper (2001), Pulse (2006), The Wizard of Gore (2007), Priest (2011), and an episode of Fringe (2008) in 2011.
Kristina Klebe plays another of Laurie's friend and has also been in Zone of the Dead (2009), and Chillerama (2011). Danny Trejo has a small part in Halloween. You may have seen Danny in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the two sequels, Anaconda (1997), an episode of The X-Files in 2000, All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005), The Devil's Rejects, The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), Grindhouse, Alone in the Dark II (2008), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and starring in Machete (2010). Bill Moseley is on hand as well--just look back to Night 1 The Blob (1988). Last but certainly not least is this Halloween's writer and director Rob Zombie. Rob also wrote and directed House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, a piece/fake trailer in Grindhouse, Halloween II (2009), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and his next film The Lords of Salem. Speaking of this film's sequel, Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danielle Harris, Brad Dourif, and Rob Zombie all return for Halloween II (2009).
October 24, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 6 The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) certainly has a good number of connections between it actors and creators in the movies and series they have been involved with. Topping the list for The Hills Have Eyes is Aaron Stanford who was in the episode Echoes of Fear Itself (2009), which was directed by Rupert Wainwright from last night. Just for reference
Aaron was Pyro from X-men 2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Kathleen Quinlan as Ethel was in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and Event Horizon (1997). Emilie de Ravin of Lost (2004) is in here. She started off playing the Demon Curupira in BeastMaster (1999) before moving on to an alien in Roswell (1999) in 2000. She even played Chris Hargensen in the TV remake of Carrie (2002)--a fairly bad movie/mini-series. Then we have Dan Byrd. He was in Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002), R.L. Stine's TV series The Nightmare Room (2001) in 2002, and the 'Salem's Lot (2004) remake. He also starred in the movie Mortuary (2005)--I need to check that one out--and was on Ghost Whisperer (2005) in 2007.
Tom Bower has a small part. He was in an episode of The X-Files (1993) in 1999, was in an episode of Roswell in 2000, the Stephen King movie Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Thr3e (2006), and The Killer Inside Me (2010). Next is Billy Drago as Papa Jupiter. Billy was in Vamp (1986), an episode of the Friday the 13th (1987) TV series in 1988, and the TV
series Monsters (1988) in 1989. He can also be seen in Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur (1995) and Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection (2000), The X Files in 2000, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004), an episode of Supernatural (2005) in 2008, Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011), and is set to be in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem (2012) with Dee Wallace from the original The Hills Have Eyes (1977). Desmond Askew plays Big Brain and was in an episode of Roswell in 2001, and Turistas (2006). Ezra Buzzington is Goggle and he was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) in 2000, and Mirrors (2008). Michael Bailey Smith plays Pluto and was Super Freddy in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989), and episode of The X Files in 1999, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2000, Roswell in 2001, a movie I may have to check out called Monster Man (2003), and The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) as a different local.
Laura Ortiz as Ruby was uncredited in Hatchet II (2010), and appears in Chillerama (2011). Robert Joy plays Lizard and goes back to Amityville 3-D (1983), and on to The Dark Half (1993), Fallen (1998), Land of the Dead (2005), and AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007). Then we have Ted Levine who plays Big Bob Carter, head of the family. Ted of course was Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He also starred in The Mangler (1995)--one of my favourites--Wild Wild West (1999), was the voice of Rusty Nail in Joy Ride (2001), and was in Shutter Island (2010). Now for an absolutely huge name in horror, Gregory Nicotero, one of the masters from special effects studio KNB, of which he is the N. He plays Cyst in Hills Have Eyes. I won't even try to list his work with effects. Greg has writing and directing credit for episodes of The Walking Dead (2011)--also played at least one zombie. He's also been an actor in Day of the Dead (1985); uncredited in Night of the Creeps (1986) and Halloween 5 (1989); Body Bags (1993), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996); again uncredited in House on Haunted Hill (1999) and Cursed (2005); Land of the Dead (2005), Cemetery Gates (2006), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Piranha (2010). Grégory Levasseur did screenplay work for not only Hills, but also P2 (2007), and Mirrors (2008). Meanwhile Hills' director Alexandre Aja also has writing credit for his, and P2 and Mirrors. Alexandre also directed Mirrors, and Piranha.
October 23, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 5 The Fog (2005)
Tonight I'm running late and it's all about the connections. In fact a number of the actors and actresses' connections connect up not only amongst themselves, but again with other nights. Here they are...
Tom Welling from Smallville (2001) stars in this remake. His love interest is Maggie Grace from Lost (2004) and the horror TV series Miracles (2003). Selma Blair from Hellboy (2004) and
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) plays the local radio station owner and seems much more peripheral to the story than in the original. The director, Rupert Wainwright, also directed Stigmata (1999) and the episode "Echoes" of the TV horror series Fear Itself (2008). Selma's son in the movie played by Cole Heppell was also in the episode "Skin and Bones" of Fear Itself. Jonathon Young plays The Weatherman and is a series regular on Sanctuary (2008) as Nikola Tesla. Kenneth Welsh is in The Fog as well. He has been in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Survival of the Dead (2009), and a spot on the TV series Haven (2011).
Mary Black plays Selma's son's babysitter. She traces back to Millennium (1996) in an episode in 1997 and another in 1998 as different character. Mary also appeared in the Exorcism of Emily Rose, Slither (2006) and The Wicker Man (2006), plus two different episodes of Supernatural (2005) as different characters--though perhaps the same one, it's hard to say--one in 2006 and the other in 2007, and she was in the movie Case 39 (2009). She is also credited in something called The Haunting Hour: The Series (2011). Adrian Hough has been in Underworld: Evolution (2006), an episode of Supernatural in 2006, Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), and an episode of Sanctuary in 2010. He was also uncredited in Case 39. R. Nelson Brown kicked off The Fog telling the story of the town's beginning. He was in The X Files (1993) in a 1996 episode, two episodes of Millennium in 1998, a 2002 episode of Smallville, the movie Devour (Video 2005), a 2007 episode of Supernatural, on Sanctuary in 2007 when it was online only and twice in 2008, a movie called Vampire (2011), and a movie called Zombie Punch (2009) that may or may not have been released anywhere.
October 22, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 4 House of Wax (2005)
Tonight I have a special effects extravaganza for you. The House of Wax (2005) remake usually doesn't get the benefit of the doubt, but it should. It stars Elisha Cuthbert who appeared in the Are You Afraid of the Dark TV series, both the original ending in 1996--although she only appeared in 1 episode--and the revival of the series starting in 1999
where she was a show regular. Chad Michael Murray plays Elisha's brother and is set to appear in the forthcoming The Haunting in Georgia (2011)--I'm really looking forward to this movie. Offhand, until I sit down to watch it, I couldn't tell you about Jon Abrahams' character or what happens to him. Jon had a brief but affective part in Wes Craven Presents: They (2002). Andy Anderson plays the Sheriff and can otherwise be seen in the 'Salem's Lot (2004) remake, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004), and an episode of the Stephen King short series Nightmares & Dreamscapes (2006).
Jared Padalecki, star of Supernatural (2005), is on hand for House of Wax as a regular Joe. Jared also starred in the Friday the 13th (2009) remake--more on that on Night 12 on October 30. One of the draws to this movie is Paris Hilton who even promoted the movie by signalling, with T-shirts, that she would die in it. Paris has since appeared in an
episode of Supernatural in 2009. I don't think their meeting influenced her casting (who knows though), but may have affected her decision to accept the role. Then behind the scenes we have the writers and the director. The two writers for this remake, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, both have screenplay credits for The Reaping (2007) and Whiteout (2009). The director Jaume Collet-Serra has only otherwise directed Orphan (2009) for horror genre work. That about does it. I probably shouldn't admit but the original movie is still on my rent or pay to stream list, so I can't comment on the differences, but I can imagine they are extremely different movies.
October 21, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 3 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Tonight's movie is one of the early millennium modern remakes and the earliest of the huge named horrors to be redone. It has its connections to other horror movies through its cast and creators, but I was a little surprised they didn't go that deep overall. Sometimes though it is nice to see people who work in other genres step into horror. A fine example is Jessica Biel.
Jessica Biel is the star and the only other horror of note in her credits is Blade: Trinity (2004). Jonathan Tucker as Morgan did a phenomenal job. Jonathan can also be seen in Pulse (2006) and The Ruins (2008). Erica Leerhsen is no stranger if you've seen Book of
Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007). Erica also starred in a movie I hadn't heard of called Lonely Joe (2009). Mike Vogel, well, doesn't stand out here and most of that is a spoiler. Mike was also in Cloverfield (2008). As well he had top billing in Open Graves (2009) where he worked with Eliza Dushku--who happens to have starred in Wrong Turn (2003). Likewise to Mike, Lauren German plays the hitchhiker--a vastly different role than in the original TCM--and has only a small role. Lauren was the star of Hostel: Part II (2007). Then we can't forget R. Lee Ermey who was also in last night's post.
I know him from a lot of appearances but not that many were pertinent. Eric Balfour does a lot of TV work such as the TV movies Rise of the Gargoyles (2009) and Dinoshark (2010)--which I missed. Eric was in last year's Skyline (2010), and can currently be seen
on TV's Haven (2010). Plus Eric is in the upcoming Manson Girls (2011) also mentioned in last night's movie post. Moving to behind the camera this Chainsaw Massacre's director Marcus Nispel also directed the Friday the 13th (2009) remake and the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake. The scriptwriter, Scott Kosar, wrote The Machinist (2004), and is credited on the scripts for the remakes of The Amityville Horror (2005)--our Halloween Night 13 movie--and The Crazies (2010)--Night 10. There are some great visuals in this Chainsaw Massacre. It does some things well, and others passably. One thing stands out as funny. Personally, parts seemed to be influenced by other movies influenced by the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)--neither bad or good, just interesting.
October 20, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 2 Willard (2003)
Like last night tonight's movie at the outset doesn't look like it has that many notable people are involved or that many connections to be made. The most obvious first person to look at is Crispin Glover as Willard. He really makes the movie, and good thing too for the amount of screen time he has. Crispin traces back to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
before showing up in Back to the Future (1985)--I know, not horror--and The Wizard of Gore (2007) remake. Willard was directed by Glen Morgan and co-produced with his creative other half James Wong--they tend to swap between director and producer sometimes from film to film or work as second unit director. As well as Willard Glen directed the Black Christmas (2006) remake. Wong on the other hand has directed Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 3 (2006). Both worked on the TV show The Others (2000)--unrelated to the movie--and The X-Files.
Laura Harring plays a sort of love interest to Crispin's Willard. Laura was in All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005) with a few highly nameable people that could take up an entry all of their own. She is working on Manson Girls (2011)--listed as a drama and described as ending its story prior to the murders--with Bill Moseley (as Manson), Eric Balfour, and a number of semi-recognisable people from sometimes very recognisable movies. Back to Willard, R. Lee Ermey plays the evil boss. For horror you may have seen R. Lee in Body Snatchers (1993)--a sequel of sorts--Se7en (1995), The Frighteners (1996) with Michael J. Fox star of Back to the Future, and both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)--wait for it on Night 3 a.k.a tomorrow--and its prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).
Jackie Burroughs is particularly notable as Willard's horrible mother. She has been in The Dead Zone (1983), and Food of the Gods II (1989) another rat driven horror movie. I also want to point out the score by Shirley Walker whom if the DVD extras hadn't pointed it out you might swear it was Danny Elfman--and kudos for Shirley on that comparison. Lastly, of course what would the movie be without the rats, especially the huge Gambian Pouched Rat that played Ben--Ben (1972) was the sequel to the original Willard (1971). When you hear that sound in the walls, think twice before doing something about it...
October 19, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 1 The Blob (1988)
Welcome to the first of this year's 13 nights. Settle in with your popcorn and beverage and I'll get right to it. The Blob is a serious horror remake of a not so horrific original film that was more of a matinee monster movie.
I never know it ahead of time, but so many of my movie selections for these nights every year have such interesting horror film lineages; weird family trees that sprout their gnarled branches every which way. The Blob's director is Chuck Russell who directed
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) before this movie. Since then he also directed the horror movie Bless the Child (2000), and more recently an episode of Fringe (2010). Chuck also has a writing credit for The Blob along with Frank Darabont of Walking Dead (2010) and countless Stephen King adaptations fame--the homeless man is called the Can Man after the Trash Can Man from the book and mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (1994). The Blob stars Shawnee Smith from the Saw (2004) movie franchise, The Stand, oddly enough, and The Grudge 3 (2009). Michael Kenworthy plays her younger brother. He starred in Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) and quit film after The Blob.
Kevin Dillon co-stars with Shawnee, but is really only notable horror-wise because his character is named Brian Flagg--after The Stand's Randall Flagg--due to Darabont's influence on the script. There is some argument over which solider he is, but Bill Moseley is one of them. Bill started out quite auspiciously in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). He was also in the Night of the Living Dead (1990) remake as Johnnie, The First Power (1990), and Army of Darkness (1992) though I couldn't say if he is recognisable in it as the Deadite Captain. This one blows my mind since I haven't seen it, but Bill starred in Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989) as Ricky--replacing the human Muppet as I call him. Then Bill became a staple in Rob Zombie's movies, but more of that on Night #7 October 25th.
October 5, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011 Preview
Hello and welcome to the rundown of this year's 13 Nights of Hallowe'en. This year I decided on a single theme... remakes. Some people love to hate them, but I take them as they are. I will try not to talk too much about the originals if at all. I certainly won't compare them--I have somewhere else I want to do that when time permits a lengthier look. In a moment I will drop a link to the list of all thirteen movies. Hit your local video store, snail mail rental services or legal download service and watch along. If you felt like it you could start watching a night early and be in the know of some of the things I may hint at about the movies--plus you could watch whatever you wanted on Hallowe'en night.
The title for each night and sales links to Amazon.com are over at WraithStop as per usual, with the actual nights' posts appearing here