October 31, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #13 Trick 'r Treat (2007)
It's Hallowe'en! It's the thirteenth and final night, and movie. Not every year gets to have a specifically Hallowe'en themed movie for this auspicious night. Trick 'r Treat (2007) tells four stories that twist and turn amongst each other. They come together into a delicious gooey mass of holiday shenanigans. First up for acting staff is Dylan Baker as Steven. Dylan was in The Cell (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Quinn Lord does double duty as Sam and Peeping Tommy. Quinn has been in Stargate SG-1 (1997) (TV), Masters of Horror (2005) (TV), Supernatural (2005) (TV), White Noise: The Light (2007), Fringe (2008) (TV), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010) (TV).
Lauren Lee Smith plays Danielle and has been in Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (1997) (TV), Dark Angel (2000) (TV), The Twilight Zone (2002) (TV), The Dead Zone (2002) (TV), and a regular on later seasons of The Listener (2009) (TV). Anna Paquin plays Danielle's kid sister Laurie. Anna's credits include X-Men (2000), Darkness (2002), X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006), True Blood (2008) (TV), and Scream 4 (2011). Moneca Delain appears as Janet and was in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), and on Supernatural (TV). Tahmoh Penikett shows up as Henry and was in Glory Days (2002) (TV), Dark Angel (TV), Stargate SG-1 (TV), a regular on Dollhouse (2009) (TV), and will be in Man of Steel (2013). Leslie Bibb plays Emma, Henry's wife. Leslie's credits appeared on Night #11 The Midnight Meat Train (2008).
Carrying on there is Brett Kelly from an episode of Masters of Horror (TV) as Charlie. Britt McKillip as Macy, also seen on The Outer Limits (1995) (TV), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (TV). Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Schrader, seen on Supernatural (TV). R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (TV), and in Piranha 3DD (2012). Alberto Ghisi as Chip, has been in Final Destination 3 (2006), Supernatural (TV), and Stargate: Atlantis (2004) (TV). I'd also like to mention Samm Todd as Rhonda the girl with the Jack-O'-Lanterns, even though she has no credits. Then we have Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg. Brian has appeared in Hammer House of Horror (1980) (TV), The Ring (2002), X-Men 2: X-Men United, Doctor Who (2005) (TV), The Day of the Triffids (2009) (TV), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and will be in The Home (20XX). In another part of the film Gerald Paetz plays young Kreeg. Gerald can be seen in Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), and has a lot of stunts credits.
Finishing the acting staff, Laura Mennell plays Allie. Laura's credits include Millennium (1996) (TV), Stargate SG-1 TV, Thir13en Ghosts (2001), Andromeda (2000) (TV), 11:11 (2004), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) (TV), Sanctuary (2008) (TV), Fringe (TV), Hard Ride to Hell (2010), Supernatural (TV), and is currently on Alphas 2011 (TV) as Nina. That leaves us with Trick 'r Treat's screenwriter and director Michael Dougherty. Michael was screenwriter only on X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), and was screenwriter and an actor on Superman Returns (2006).
October 30, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #12 The House of the Devil (2009)
The House of the Devil (2009) had to be tonight's movie. It is everything that this year's list was about. It's also great to boot. Samantha is in college and getting her first apartment. She's short on cash though so when a babysitting job comes up she goes for it, even when it's not as advertised. She'll regret it soon it enough, money or no. Jocelin Donahue stars as Samantha, and she was in The Burrowers (2008). Greta Gerwig plays her friend Megan, but has no pertinent credits. Heather Robb was cast as her roommate and she was in Stake Land (2010).
Samantha goes to the job posted by Mr. Ulman played by Tom Noonan. Tom can be seen in Wolfen (1981), Tales from the Darkside (1983) (TV), Manhunter (1986), The Monster Squad (1987), Monsters (1988) (TV), RoboCop 2 (1990), Last Action Hero (1993), The X Files (1993) (TV), uncredited in Eight Legged Freaks (2002), and on The Cape (2011) (TV). Mary Woronov plays Mrs. Ulman and is no stranger to horror, showing up in Blood Theatre (1984), Night of the Comet (1984), TerrorVision (1986), Chopping Mall (1986), Amazing Stories (1985) (TV), Monsters (1988) (TV), Warlock (1989), Watchers II (1990), Babylon 5 (1994) (TV), Highlander (1992) (TV), Here Come the Munsters (1995), Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (1997) (TV), I Pass for Human (2004), and The Devil's Rejects (2005). A.J. Bowen playing as Victor Ulman was in Creepshow III (2006), The Signal (2007), Hatchet II (2010), A Horrible Way to Die (2010), Chillerama (2011), and will be in Silent Night of the Living Dead (2013) starring Tom Savini. Then last for the family is Danielle Noe as Mother. Danielle has no other credits to mention.
As if Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov weren't enough of a casting coup Dee Wallace appears as Samantha's new landlady. Dee is a horror staple going back to The Stepford Wives (1975), and continuing with the likes of 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), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009), and soon in The Lords of Salem (2012), Beyond (2012), Hansel & Gretel (2013), and Unhallowed (2013). Brenda Cooney from I Sell the Dead (2008), and The Innkeepers (2011) appears as the nurse. John Speredakos plays News Anchor Ted Stephen and was in Wendigo (2001), Fantastic Four (2005), I Sell the Dead, and The Innkeepers. Lena Dunham, who plays the barista in The Innkeepers is the voice of the 911 operator. Graham Reznick as the radio DJ can also be heard in Stake Land, and V/H/S (2012). Graham does sound work on different movies.
Ti West appears as Samantha's favourite teacher. Besides House of the Devil, Ti wrote and directed Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009), [also producer] The Innkeepers, [also producer] a segment of V/H/S, [also producer] The Sacrament (2013), and is making The Side Effect (20XX). Larry Fessenden is one of the producers and has also produced on I Sell the Dead, The House of the Devil, Stake Land, The Innkeepers, and Beneath. Larry also appeared in Session 9 (2001).
October 29, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #11 The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
The Midnight Meat Train (2008) is a good follow up to the movie from last night. If that one gave you trouble you may want to give this one a pass, but this one is heavier on blood, less on screaming, and death comes swifter. The title is extremely indicative of what the movie is about. A photographer named Leon sets out to take better pictures for a prospective employer and stumbles onto a string of disappearances. He's seen the killer but needs to prove it and that only proves to be trouble...
Bradley Cooper plays Leon and can also be seen in Case 39 (2009). Leslie Bibb plays Leon's girlfriend Maya. Leslie has been in The Skulls (2000), and Trick 'r Treat (2007). She will also be in 7500 (2013) with Scout Taylor-Compton, and Hell Baby (2013). Brooke Shields appears as the woman Leon wants to work for and she was in an episode of Tales from the Crypt (1989) (TV). Roger Bart was cast as Leon and Maya's friend Jurgis. Roger has been in Hostel: Part II (2007), Medium (2005) (TV), Grimm (2011) (TV), and April Apocalypse (2012). Peter Jacobson from Transformers (2007) plays Maya's boss Otto. Dan Callahan plays Troy Taleveski and was previously in The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Untraceable (2008).
Vinnie Jones plays the mute killer Mahogany. Vinnie can be seen in Swordfish (2001), X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006), The Bleeding (2009), and The Cape (2011) (TV). Tony Curran plays the subway driver. Tony's credits include Blade II (2002), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Night Stalker (2005) (TV), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Medium (2005) (TV), Primeval (2007) (TV), and on Doctor Who (2005) (TV) as Vincent van Gogh. Barbara Eve Harris plays Detective Lynn Hadley. Barbara can be seen in episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991) (TV), The Outer Limits (1995) (TV), and Ghost Whisperer (2005) (TV), as well as recently in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Also in the film is Ted Raimi as Randle Cooper. Ted has been in The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), Shocker (1989), Darkman (1990), Candyman (1992),Army of Darkness (1992), was a regular on SeaQuest DSV (1993) (TV) and wrote an episode, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) (TV), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (TV), Wishmaster (1997), The Attic Expeditions (2001), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Grudge (2004), Masters of Horror (2005) (TV), My Name Is Bruce (2007), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Supernatural (2005) (TV), Drag Me to Hell (2009), and the forthcoming High Midnight (20XX).
Ryűhei Kitamura directed The Midnight Meat Train and has no other pertinent credits. Jeff Buhler wrote the screenplay and also no credits to list here. The Midnight Meat Train was based on the story of the same name by Clive Barker. Clive Barker wrote Rawhead Rex (1986), [and directed] Hellraiser (1987), Tales from the Darkside (1983) (TV), [and was producer] Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), [and directed] Nightbreed (1990), [and was producer] Candyman (1992), [and directed and produced on] Lord of Illusions (1995), Masters of Horror (TV), [and was producer] Book of Blood (2009), and [producer as well] Dread (2009). Clive was a producer only on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), and The Midnight Meat Train (2008). Lastly Clive has been an actor in Sleepwalkers (1992), and The Others (2000) (TV).
October 28, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #10 Bereavement (2010)
Tonight's movie is the hardcore one of the bunch, particularly if the more realistic human horrors get under your skin. Bereavement (2010) is about Allison who has moved to a new town to live with her father after the death of her mother. The town has a dark secret, a serial killer kidnapping and murdering women, and unknown to anyone, training a young kidnapped boy to help him. As with most of our movies this year there is more than meets the eye too. Beyond that, Bereavement also happens to be the prequel to Malevolence (2003).
Alexandra Daddario stars as Allison Miller. Alexandra was in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), and will be in Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013). Spencer List plays Martin Bristol the kidnapped boy. Spencer has been in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Fringe (2008) (TV). Brett Rickaby plays kidnapper and murderer Graham Sutter and can be seen in Angel (1999) (TV), The Crazies (2010), and Dexter (2006) (TV). Michael Biehn plays Allison's father Jonathan. Michael was in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Seventh Sign (1988), The Abyss (1989), Grindhouse (2007), and is slated to appear in The Farm (2014) with Danielle Harris. Nolan Gerard Funk appears as the local boy William interested in Allison. Nolan has been in X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003), Hollow Man II (2006), The Dead Zone (2002) (TV), Supernatural (2005) (TV), Deadgirl (2008), House at the End of the Street (2012), and will be in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking (2013).
Allison's stepmother is played by Kathryn Meisle from Basket Case 2 (1990). Peyton List is Spencer List's twin and plays Wendy, Allison's stepsister. Peyton too was in Spider-Man 2 (2004). There is also John Savage as Ted. John has been in Tales from the Crypt (1989) (TV), The X-Files (1993) (TV), Carnosaur 2 (1995), The Outer Limits (1995) (TV), Dark Angel (2000) (TV), Fringe (TV), and the forthcoming Nephilim (2013). Greg Wood plays the teacher and has previously been in The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002), and The Happening (2008). Lastly for the acting crew is Andrea Havens from Unbreakable (2000) as Agatha. That just leaves Stevan Mena who wrote, produced, directed and scored the music for Bereavement as well as all the same credits for Malevolence (2003), and was director only for two episodes of School Spirits (2012) (TV).
October 27, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #9 Insidious (2010)
It's Insidious (2010) how this movie gets you to watch it again. Josh and Renai Lambert have moved into a new house. Their son Dalton won't wake up one morning and a nightmare begins that is so much more than a medical mystery, and more than even a typical haunting. Patrick Wilson stars as Josh Lambert. Patrick can be seen in Prometheus (2012), and the forthcoming Conjuring (2013) as real-life demonologist Ed Warren. Co-staring is Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert. Rose was in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), 28 Weeks Later (2007), and X-Men: First Class (2011). Ty Simpkins plays Dalton Lambert and was in War of the Worlds (2005).
Lin Shaye plays a big part as psychic Elise Rainier. For reference Lin is the younger sister of Robert Shaye. Lin has been in Alone in the Dark (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Twilight Zone (1985) (TV), Critters (1986), My Demon Lover (1987), The Running Man (1987), Critters 2 (1988), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), Dead End (2003), 2001 Maniacs (2005), Hood of Horror (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Killer Pad (2008), 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010), Chillerama (2011), and the forthcoming Mega Spider (2012) and Hell Hunters (2013). Leigh Whannell plays the part of Lin's assistant Specs. Leigh's acting credits include The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Saw (2004), and Saw III (2006). Leigh is also a writer on Saw (2004), Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Dead Silence (2007), and Insidious (2010). Then Leigh has been a producer on Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), and Saw 3D (2010).
Angus Sampson from Darkness Falls (2003) play Tucker, Elise's tech expert. Barbara Hershey appears as Josh's mother Lorraine and she was in The Entity (1982), and Riding the Bullet (2004). Then there is Ruben Pla as Dr. Sercarz. Ruben has been in Eleventh Hour (2009) (TV), Dead Air (2009), and Mega Spider (2012). Joseph Bishara plays the Lipstick-Face Demon. Joseph has done technical work on the score/soundtrack for Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), and The Devil's Carnival (2012). He is also composer on Masters of Horror (documentary) (2002), The Gravedancers (2006), Unearthed (2007), Autopsy (2008), Night of the Demons (2010), 11-11-11 (2011), and Conjuring (2013). Philip Friedman is the Old Woman ghost and was previously in Shadow of the Blair Witch (2000) (TV). J. LaRose plays the Long Haired Fiend and was in Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Fear Itself (2008) (TV), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), uncredited in 11-11-11 (2011), The Devil's Carnival (2012), and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend (2013).
Jeannette Sousa, as Dr. Thimble, was in Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), Supernatural (2005) (TV), and Zombie Strippers! (2008). Oren Peli is one of the producers. Oren will be detailed at some later date. Finally director James Wan has directed Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007), and Conjuring (2013). James was a writer on Saw (2004), Saw III (2006), Dead Silence (2007), and House of Horror (2013). He also produced Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw 3D (2010), and House of Horror (2013).
October 26, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #8 Haunting at the Beacon (2009)
Tonight is going to be different. Haunting at the Beacon (2009), also known just as The Beacon, rolls along like a normal horror movie and then BAM out of the blue it explodes into a massive ball of awesome WTF, [expletives deleted]! Here is what the movie is about. Bryn and Paul Shaw move to a new apartment after the loss of their young son. Bryn is still struggling with his death, but is certain that a boy haunts the building, and she wants him to take a message to her son. The ghostly boy isn't alone at the Beacon though...
Teri Polo plays Bryn Shaw and has appeared on Tales from the Crypt (1989) (TV), The Outer Limits (1995) (TV), and Ghost Whisperer (2005) (TV). David Rees Snell plays the husband Paul and has no other pertinent credits. Elaine Hendrix plays Vanessa Carver the former TV star living in the building. Elaine too has appeared on Ghost Whisperer (TV). The police become involved as Bryn tries to uncover what happened to the boy. Ken Howard plays Officer Bobby Ford and was on Ghost Whisperer (TV). Then there is Michael Ironside as Lieutenant Hutton. Michael can be seen in Scanners (1981), V: The Final Battle (1984) (TV), V (1984) (TV: full season), Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987), Total Recall (1990), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Tales from the Crypt (TV), SeaQuest DSV (1993) (TV), Starship Troopers (1997), Stargate SG-1 (1997) (TV), The Outer Limits (TV), Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001), Andromeda (2000) (TV), Masters of Horror (2005) (TV), Lake Placid 3 (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010) (TV).
Also involved in the film is Marnette Patterson as Bryn's sister. Marnette was a child actor in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989), and more recently in Supernatural (2005) (TV), Ghosts of Goldfield (2007), and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008). That's it for the cast leaving only Michael Stokes the writer and director. Michael has nothing else to list of interest at this time despite the good showing here.
October 25, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #7 Grave Encounters (2011)
Grave Encounters (2011) is a movie presented as the found footage of the final recorded episode of an unaired ghost hunting show called Grave Encounters. Ben Wilkinson plays TV producer Jerry Hartfield who introduces the edited together footage. Ben has been on different TV shows such as Stargate SG-1 (1997) (TV), Reaper (2007)(TV), V (2009) (TV), and Fringe (2008) (TV). Sean Rogerson plays team leader Lance Preston and was in Tru Calling (2003) (TV), The Dead Zone (2002) (TV), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) (TV), Sanctuary (2008) (TV), Harper's Island (2009) (TV), Fringe, Supernatural (2005) (TV), and will return for Grave Encounters 2 (2012).
Ashleigh Gryzko plays the team's occult specialist Sasha Parker. Ashleigh has also appeared on Reaper. Merwin Mondesir plays cameraman T.C Gibson and was in Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008). Juan Riedinger plays Matt White the technical expert. Juan can be seen in Black Christmas (2006), AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), and episodes of Supernatural, Fringe, Sanctuary (2008) (TV), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010) (TV). Mackenzie Gray plays the psychic Houston Gray. Mackenzie has been in Forever Knight (1989) (TV), The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998) (TV), The Outer Limits (1995) (TV), First Wave (1998) (TV), Andromeda (2000) (TV), Supernatural, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008), Sanctuary, Hard Ride to Hell (2010), and also R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.
Smaller parts include Shawn Macdonald as Morgan Turner, previously seen on Fringe. Arthur Corber, as Dr. Arthur Friedkin, who was on The X Files (1993) (TV), Millennium (1996) (TV), Andromeda (TV), Fringe, and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour. Bob Rathie appears as Kenny Sandavol the man the team asks to lock them in the asylum, and he has appeared on R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour. Fred Keating is credited as Gary Crawford, and has been in The X Files, Millennium, Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) (TV), Final Destination (2000), Dark Angel (2000) (TV), Glory Days (2002) (TV), Supernatural, The Dead Zone (TV), and V. Max Train who has been on Fringe played the Punk Guy interviewed by the team. Then lastly there is Luis Javier as Javier Ortega the groundskeeper. Luis can be seen in The Dead Zone (TV), Hard Ride to Hell (2010), and Supernatural.
The Vicious Brothers wrote and directed Grave Encounters and will be back only as screenwriters on Grave Encounters 2. The "brothers" are Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz. Stuart directed some additional scenes from an episode/entry of Masters of Horror (2005) (TV).
October 24, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #6 Stake Land (2010)
There was a time that life was good, but then a plague swept the land... and that plague was vampires... Welcome to Stake Land (2010). A boy and a man he knows only as Mister travel together heading north where the vampires don't want to go. Getting there is the problem. If the vampires don't get them the evil groups among the survivors just might. Connor Paolo plays the boy Martin. He has no credits of interest at this time. Nick Damici plays Mister. Nick was in Mulberry Street (2006), and will be in the intriguing sounding Dark Was the Night (2013), and We Are What We Are (2013), a remake of a Mexican-made cannibal movie. Along the way they pick up Kelly McGillis in the role of the nun credited as Sister. Kelly was in an episode of The Outer Limits (TV) (1995), and can be seen in The Innkeepers (2011) as well as We Are What We Are when it comes out. They also meet Sean Nelson playing Willie. He too has no pertinent credits.
Then there is Danielle Harris as Belle. Danielle gets around in horror and got to an early start with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), and Halloween 5 (1989). Danielle 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), The Black Waters of Echo's Pond (2009), Fear Clinic (2009), Hatchet II (2010), ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011), and will be in Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D (20??), The Ghost of Goodnight Lane (2012), Hatchet III (2012), and Dead.tv (2013). Tim House plays a sheriff and was in Mulberry Street. Marianne Hagan plays Doctor Foley and was in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), and Dead Calling (2006) with P.J. Soles. Stuart Rudin plays Pops The Barber and can be seen in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Rounding out the cast of note, Vonia Arslanian credited as the Dark Haired Bartender was in Mulberry Street, and will also be in We Are What We Are. Michael Cerveris plays the cult leader Jebedia Loven. Michael plays one of the Observers in Fringe (2008) (TV), and was in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009). Heather Robb from I Sell the Dead (2008) and The House of the Devil (2009) plays a vampire. Bonnie Dennison who will be in Beneath (2013) appears as Peggy. Finally, Stake Land's director, Jim Mickle, is the director for Mulberry Street and the coming We Are What We Are. Nick Damici--Mister--and Jim Mickle wrote Mulberry Street, Stake Land, and We Are What We Are.
Addendum: Larry Fessenden from Session 9 makes an appearance in Stakeland. The director, Jim Mickle provides one of the radio voices. Also there is a James Mickle listed in the role of one of the cultists--James has a separate IMDB listing from Jim's, with too little detail to tell who he is.
October 23, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #5 Session 9 (2001)
Session 9 (2001) is one of those really creepy movies that will make you glad your job doesn't take you to places like that, or dread your job even more if you do. A hazardous material removal crew takes on the project of removing asbestos from a massive closed and decaying mental institute. Immediately something isn't right but they need the work. From there it can only get worse. The team is lead by Gordon played by Peter Mullan. Peter is set to be in some kind of mini-series called The Fear 2012 (TV). David Caruso plays Gordon's right hand man Phil. The one credit of David's I wanted to mention is that he was in First Blood (1982), the original Rambo movie.
Other crewmembers of note are played by Stephen Gevedon, who was in the War of the Worlds (2005) remake, and recently in Hellbenders (2012). Josh Lucas was in Thinner (1996), and Stealth (2005). Larry Fessenden gets around and was in Mulberry Street (2006), I Sell the Dead (2008), Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009), and Stake Land (2010). Larry also directed Wendigo (2001), an episode of Fear Itself (2008) (TV), and the upcoming movie Beneath (2013). Also of note in the cast is Paul Guilfoyle playing the man that hires the crew. Paul was in Howard the Duck (1986), and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988).
Session 9's director, Brad Anderson, also directed an episode of Surface (2005) (TV). Brad wrote and directed an episode for Masters of Horror (2005) (TV), and was a producer on and directed some episodes of Fringe (2008) (TV). Brad Anderson and actor Stephen Gevedon wrote Session 9. I want to end by saying just how amazing the mental institute location is, both inside and out. It is really a sight to behold. You're going to love this one, unless you hate Caruso, then you'll hate it because he's extremely Caruso-ey throughout.
October 22, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #4 The Descent (2005)
In The Descent (2005) six women go on adventure holiday to explore a cave system. However, they discover that they are not alone, and then the terror begins. The lead character Sarah is played by Shauna Macdonald. Juno, played by Natalie Mendoza, set up the adventure. Saskia Mulder played the safety minded Rebecca. Then there is Beth played by Alex Reid. Alex can be also seen in Arachnid (2001), and Guinea Pigs (2012). The soon to be doctor, Sam, is played by MyAnna Buring, previously seen in Grindhouse (2007). Rounding out the adventurers is Holly played by Nora-Jane Noone from The Day of the Triffids (2009) (TV) mini-series. All six women return again for The Descent: Part 2 (2009).
Just to spoiler the movie a little, the women run across vicious subhuman monsters referred to in the credits as Crawlers. There are several of them listed, but only two have horror credits to mention. The first one is the Crawler nicknamed Scar played by Craig Conway. Craig was in Dog Soldiers (2002). The second credited Crawler is played by Leslie Simpson who was also in Dog Soldiers. The reason for this is because The Descent was directed and screenwritten by Neil Marshall. Neil also wrote and directed Dog Soldiers.
October 21, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #3 The Last Exorcism (2010)
The Last Exorcism is about a reverend with a long history of exorcisms that were all fakery to convince the victims to be well again. News of deaths in other people's exorcisms makes him decide to do one more exorcism with a film crew and expose all of the fraud involved. This time he gets more than he bargained for.
Patrick Fabian stars as Reverend Cotton Marcus. Patrick has done work on Millennium (1997) (TV), Xena: Warrior Princess (1998) (TV), and FreakyLinks (2000) (TV). Ashley Bell plays the possessed girl, Nell Sweetzer, and she will be back for some amount of screen time in The Last Exorcism 2 (2013). Iris Bahr plays Cotton's sound person and she was in The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007). Adam Grimes plays Cotton's cameraman and appeared in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) (TV).
Louis Herthum plays Nell's father. He was uncredited in the Stephen King movie The Mist (2007), appeared in an episode of True Blood (2008) (TV), and will also apparently be back for The Last Exorcism 2 with Ashley. Caleb Landry Jones plays Nell's brother and can be seen in X-Men: First Class (2011). Some other notable acting staff include Carol Sutton playing a shopkeeper during Cotton's random interviews and she has a credit for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), then there is a motorist played by Victoria Patenaude from The Dunwich Horror (2009) (TV movie).
The Last Exorcism's director Daniel Stamm has a forthcoming film called The Darkness (2013). Screenwriters Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland have no previous horror credits and nothing listed as in production or coming soon. Then lastly, it bears mentioning that Eli Roth was a producer for the film and his name garnered a lot of the movie's attention before anyone had seen it. I'll leave his varied credits for some other time since he writes, directs, and produces.
October 20, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #2 Never Cry Werewolf (2008)
Tonight's movie is a fun ride. Never Cry Werewolf will immediately be compared to the original Fright Night (1985) and with good reason. Personally I find Never Cry Werewolf to be superior and solves every issue I had with Fright Night. This movie stars Nina Dobrev as Loren. Nina can currently be seen on The Vampire Diaries (2009) (TV), and was previously in an episode of Eleventh Hour (2009) (TV). Loren's new neighbour, and the titular werewolf, is played by Peter Stebbings who also happened to be in an episode of Eleventh Hour. Melanie Leishman plays Loren's best friend. Melanie was recently in Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010) (TV) and has second billing in the upcoming movie Stage Fright (2013), which also boasts parts for Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.
When things get rough Loren tries to turn to TV hunter and games-man Redd Tucker played by Kevin Sorbo. Kevin of course was star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) (TV), which was preceded by a number of Hercules movies. He also made appearances as Hercules in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (TV), and starred in the sci-fi show Andromeda (2000) (TV). Von Flores makes an appearance as Detective Stalling. Von is a familiar TV face with credits such as an episode of War of the Worlds (1988) (TV), two episodes of Friday the 13th (1988) (TV), and he was a regular on Earth: Final Conflict (1997) (TV). Von also appeared in Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996). Also from an episode of Earth: Final Conflict is Kelly Fiddick as a clerk, presumably in the sports store. Then finally to round out the acting staff of mention is Billy Otis as a pedophile killed by the werewolf for his skin. Billy of course was in Saw IV (2007) and Saw VI (2009).
Never Cry Werewolf's director, Brenton Spencer, has done directorial work on TV in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1999) (TV), Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) (TV), Andromeda with Kevin Sorbo, and likely with Von Flores in Earth: Final Conflict. Never Cry Werewolf's writer John Sheppard was also the screenwriter for Ripper 2: Letter from Within (2004). I hope you get as much of a kick out of this one as I do.
October 19, 2012 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2012: Night #1 The Return (2006)
Hello and welcome to the first night of this year's 13 Nights of Hallowe'en! This year I have chosen a more accessible list of movies suitable for even the horror newcomers. I thought that I would start off with the supernatural thriller The Return. This movie was billed and advertised as something much stronger in the scares department than it is. It would have stood out on its own merit if they had let it. The movie is about a woman who returns for a sales presentation to her home state of Texas after staying away for a long time. Her life almost immediately takes a turn for the strange as memories come flooding back and spill over into the present.
The film's director Asif Kapadia has no other pertinent credits for our discussions. Adam Sussman is the screenwriter. He also wrote for the Night Stalker (TV series) (2005), specifically the episode "Three", and served as writing editor on other episodes of that series. The film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Joanna Mills. Sarah Michelle of course is famous for the title role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) (1996). She was also in the following: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Scream 2 (1997), Angel (1999) (TV), Cruel Intentions (1999), Scooby-Doo (Movie) (2002), Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), The Grudge (2004), The Grudge 2 (2006), TMNT (2007) (movie), and Possession (2008). Kate Beahan plays Joanna's Texas friend. You might remember Kate from Lost Souls (2000), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), and The Wicker Man (2006) remake.
Peter O'Brien plays Terry, the man who helps Joanna. He was in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) (TV Mini-Series) episode "The Fifth Quarter". Adam Scott plays Joanna's stalker co-worker and was previously in Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), and Piranha (2010). Sam Shepard from Stealth (2005) plays Joanna's father. The last notable actor is Brad Leland as Joanna's boss. Brad is instantly recognisable and was in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake.