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Horror at the Oscars Part 3: The SpawningAfter the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing’s catalogue. His previous venture, Box Office Spectaculars, started the trend with some of the same titles, but on laserdisc.

The biggest wins, Best Director and Best Picture, went to Kathryn Bigelow. A lot of fanfare has come her way as the first woman to win in the director’s category. I don’t see gender. I see the director of Near Dark and Strange Days. I see someone who unapologetically picks projects that jump on top of the bar and slit your throat with their spur. Her ex-husband, genre great James Cameron, watched as she took home awards in several categories in which he was also nominated. Cameras even caught him mouth the words, “Yes, yes!” We are proud of her win and hope to see her take on more genre projects. (The New York Times posted an excellent article on Bigelow.)

This, my friends and ghouls, is the last part of 2010’s Horror at the Oscars.

I hate it when they ain’t been shaved.

Please note this is NOT going to be an all-inclusive list of every genre project these stars have worked on. Just some highlights. Feel free to add your own memories of them in our comments section below.


  • Achievement in Film Editing
  • WINNER:

    The Hurt Locker
    Bob Murawski: Drag Me to Hell, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, The Gift, Night of the Scarecrow, Army of Darkness, “American Gothic,” Freaked, Uncle Sam — Team William Lusting and Larry Cohen united to make this comedy/horror flick, (misc. genre: Street Asylum — because Wings Hauser and Brion James are in it, Darkman, AND Mom and Dad Save the World. (Plus he cut all of the Spider-Man films for Raimi)

    Chris Innis: “American Gothic,” Crocodile (Tobe Hopper helmed), Octopus 2: River of Fear, Octopus, Spiders, The Gift (misc. genre: The Boy with the X-Ray Eye)

    NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

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    Stephen Rivkin: (misc. genre: Outbreak, Fire in the Sky)

    John Refoua: “Dark Angel” (misc. genre: “Twin Peaks”)

    James Cameron: Aliens, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (misc. genre: “Dark Angel,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Strange Days, The Terminator, The Abyss, Xenogenesis)

    District 9
    Julian Clarke: Severed, Canadian Zombie, Celluloid Horror, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money

    Inglourious Basterds
    Sally Menke: Deathproof, Grindhouse, Nightwatch

  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

    Un Prophète — France
    Jacques Audiard: Baxter, Baby Blood

    The White Ribbon — Germany
    Michael Haneke: Funny Games (original + remake)

  • Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
  • WINNER:

    Crazy Heart
    Jeff Bridges: The Vanishing, King Kong (misc. genre: Starman, The Last Unicorn, TRON)

    NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

    Up the Air
    George Clooney: From Dusk Till Dawn, Return of the Killer Tomatoes!, Return to Horror High

    A Single Man
    Colin Firth: Dorian Gray, Apartment Zero

    Invictus
    Morgan Freeman: Se7en, Dreamcatcher (misc. genre: War of the Worlds (remake), “The Twilight Zone,” “The Electric Company” as Count Dracula) Let this be a lesson: You can star in Dreamcatcher and still be nominated for an Academy Award.

    The Hurt Locker
    Jeremy Renner: 28 Weeks Later, Dahmer (playing Jeffrey Dahmer!), “Angel”

  • Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • WINNER:

    The Blind Side
    Sandra Bullock: The Vanishing (misc. genre: Demolition Man, Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman)

    NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

    The Last Station
    Helen Mirren: “Thriller” (misc genre: “The Twilight Zone,” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2010, Excalibur, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu — listed because of my family’s obsession with it)

    An Education
    Carey Mulligan: (misc. genre: “Doctor Who”)

    Julie & Julia
    Meryl Streep: Death Becomes Her

  • Achievement in Directing
  • WINNER:

    The Hurt Locker
    Kathryn Bigelow: Near Dark (misc. genre: Strange Days)

    NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

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    James Cameron: Aliens, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (misc. genre: “Dark Angel,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Strange Days, The Terminator, The Abyss, Xenogenesis) Oh, and this music video:

    Inglourious Basterds
    Quentin Tarantino: Diary of the Dead, Planet Terror, Death Proof, Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, Curdled, Hostel: Part II

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • WINNER:

    The Hurt Locker
    Kathryn Bigelow: Near Dark (misc. genre: Strange Days)

    NOMINEE HORROR CRED:

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    James Cameron: Aliens, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (misc. genre: “Dark Angel,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Strange Days, The Terminator, The Abyss, Xenogenesis)

    Jon Landau: (misc. genre: Solaris and Making Mr. Right (?!)

    The Blind Side
    Gil Netter: Brain Donors (huh?)

    Andrew A. Kosove: (misc. genre: The Book of Eli)

    Broderick Johnson: (misc. genre: The Book of Eli)

    District 9
    Peter Jackson: King Kong, The Frighteners, Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, Meet the Feebles, Bad Taste (misc. genre: all of those Lord of the Rings movies)

    Carolynne Cunningham: King Kong, Heavenly Creatures (misc. genre: all of those Lord of the Rings movies)

    An Education
    Amanda Posey: An Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

    Inglourious Basterds
    Lawrence Bender: From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, From Dusk Till Dawn, Intruder, “Tales from the Darkside,” Cameron’s Closet

    A Serious Man
    Joel Coen: The Evil Dead, Hear No Evil (misc. genre: Blood Simple)

    Ethan Coen: (misc. genre: Blood Simple)

    Up in the Air
    Ivan Reitman: Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters, Rabid, Shivers, Cannibal Girls, Death Weekend (misc. genre: Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Heavy Metal, Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia, plus, the greastest film of all time: Animal House

    Jason Reitman: Ghostbusters II


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    The Strangers: Prey at Night Official Site is Live and Waiting

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    It was just last week that we shared the all-new trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel to writer-director Bryan Bertino’s home-invasion thriller The Strangers.

    If that trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night wasn’t interactive enough for you then you’re in luck – the film’s official site has just gone live.

    The site starts off playing the film’s trailer but you can click that shite off asap and get to the other goodies.

    From there the site tells you that “They’re only Strangers until you tell them your name” and then asks you for your name, your email address, and your phone number.

    Yeah. Right.

    That’s how they get you.

    Truthfully, I’m not brave enough to put my info on the site. Not that I’m scared of, you know, a knock at the door late at night or anything… Just… I don’t feel like it is all.

    If you are brave enough to give the site your info, make sure to hit us up and let us know how it goes in the comments below or on social media! If you can… Moo-haha.

    Visit the site HERE.

    The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

    The film hits March 9, 2018.

    Synopsis:
    A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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    Exclusive: Patrick Brice on Creep 2

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    Patrick Brice blipped onto our radar a couple of years back with his audacious horror film debut, Creep. He directed the film, plus he cowrote and co-starred in it with Mark Duplass (interview) (Baghead, Manson Family Vacation). Creep introduced Aaron, an affable serial killer who lures people to his remote cabin by placing ads promising a fun filmmaking experience… while you could see where the story was going in terms of plot, what made it so striking was the way in which it was written and directed. There’s a massive amount of dread throughout.

    Brice is back for Creep 2 (review), and we caught up with him to ask about it.

    Dread Central: It must have been hard to try to top Creep. Or did you already have a sequel in mind?

    Patrick Brice: It’s funny, but when we made the first movie, we had no idea we would eventually be making a sequel. So we didn’t necessarily set ourselves up for an easy road that way. It ended up being something we had to reverse engineer a bit. And we had actually came up with maybe three or four other ideas for Creep 2 before we landed on the one that we ended up shooting. Including a feature length screenplay that I had written but I shelved because it didn’t feel right. And so, it was a combination of things in that we didn’t want to make a sequel until we knew there was an audience for it. Once we realized the first Creep had caught on in the way it did, that was when the idea of making one did started to come up a little bit. Then it wasn’t until we landed on the idea we landed on, sort of the approach we ended up taking, that things started to feel right and it started to make sense with going forward to making one.

    DC: Is you audience mainly horror fans? Because it seems serial killer stories are mainstream now, what with “Hannibal” having been on network TV and now we have “Mindhunter” on Netflix.

    PB: I’d say a lot of horror fans, and, I think people with masochistic tendencies as well. I think it’s a pretty dark endeavour for an audience to be brought into with that movie. I think because of the sort of minimalist approach, when you’re watching it, especially when you’re watching it alone, it demands a different kind of attention than a normal movie. Because the Creep is only two characters, if you’re an audience member, you essentially become the third character in the movie, bearing witness to it. So I’m grateful that people are willing to engage with this type of material in that way. I’m also just surprised by it because I think it’s a challenging film on some level. I think it’s a rewarding film. And I think if you’re willing to give in to the conceit of it and willing to take the ride, it is a rewarding experience, but I also completely understand anyone who’s not willing to do that, just because it is such a specific thing. And so going into a sequel, there was a certain amount of confidence that we had associated with a lot of the decisions we were making that would have felt strange and odd with the traditional movie being make in a traditional way, but because we were doing it this way and kind of replicating at least the production style of how we made the first one, we were willing to take that leap a little bit more than we would normally do.

    DC: Would you consider dropping the found footage format if you do another Creep movie?

    BP: Completely. I think that down the road that would be a nice surprise and a nice way to inject sort of a new form into the story telling. One of the things that’s been fun with Creep 2 and thinking about other Creep movies is giving in to that sort of style completely and letting that be something that informs the character. A huge thing with cracking the second movie was creating the character of Sara that Desiree Akhavan (interview) plays and giving her her own specific needs and motivations for being there, which then hopefully justifies the camera being on. That is the big challenge with found footage movies. It’s something that Jason Blum says that all the time, ‘don’t make a found footage movie unless the story dictates it.’ And so we knew we wanted to do it this way and so it was really delving into character and sort of the more emotional side of things to justify that.

    DC: One of the intriguing things about Aaron is that he has no backstory. But it seems eventually audiences demand origin stories and prequels. Will you reveal how Aaron got started someday?

    PB: It’s something that’s emerging, having made the second one. We have him tell two long monologues. And it’s detailed, it’s very specific, it makes sense as far as the character goes, but there is still this layer of knowing that this guy is a pathological liar and none of this could be true. And so the hope with that was to have this be a story that convinces Sara, the other character in the film, that it’s true but the audience once again, existing on this other level where they know what this guy’s capable of, they also know he’s a total liar and it may or may not be real.

    DC: Do you see yourself ramping up the horror if there are more Creep sequels?

    PB: I still think there’s a lot of places to go in terms of the horror aspect of it. I think we only scratched the surface with the second one. I think it made sense we sort of upped the blood and gore with the second movie but also, like you said, kept things pretty much in the space of just uncomfortable tension for eighty minutes. I think that’s something that always going to be our ultimate goal with these movies and that’s sort of the trademark of these movies. What’s nice about knowing that there’s other places things can go whether it be, further into the slasher genre, further into the supernatural, we’ve got some options and we’ve left a lot of doors open in terms of having other avenues to explore.

    DC: Any horror stories on the horizon apart from Creep 2?

    PB: Yes, actually. I’m going to be directing a few episodes of “Room 104” on HBO and at least two of them are horror based. I’m really excited about that, because I get a chance to delve into more pure classical horror than I’ve been able to do with Creep movies.

    Written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass with Brice directing, Creep 2 stars Duplass, who reprises his role from the first film, and Desiree Akhavan.

    Synopsis:
    CREEP 2 stars Desiree Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on, she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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    Exclusive: Director Dennis Bartok and Lead Shauna MacDonald Talk Nails

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    With writer and director Dennis Bartok’s feature film Nails having bowed Friday on VOD via Dark Sky Films, here’s a bit of our interview with the flick’s filmmaker, Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution and General Manager of the American Cinematheque Bartok (he wears many hats), as well as the film’s star, Shauna MacDonald (of The Descent series).

    Nails revolves around “…track star Dana Milgrom (MacDonald), who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself almost completely paralyzed and trapped inside her own body, and while recovering, she becomes convinced that some evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her,” and was executive produced by Joseph Kaufman (Assault on Precinct 13) and produced by Brendan McCarthy (Cherry Tree, The Hallow).

    Bartok, who previously wrote and produced the 2006 feature anthology film Trapped Ashes, said of his approach to the narrative of Nails, “It’s very ‘anti-flight.’ Most horror movies are built around the idea that you are running away from something. The Halloween and Friday the 13th movies, there’s a mysterious creature that’s trying to track you down, or conversely you are walking into some horrible haunted house that nobody in their right mind would ever go into, for example, The Woman in Black, which is a really terrifying film. But from the very first moment Daniel Radcliffe’s character goes up to the front of that house, the audience says, ‘Turn around! Get the hell out of there! You are going to die!’ And of course he walks in. So I was really fascinated by a narrative in which the lead character was physically trapped in one space, and actually trapped in her own body. So I thought a lot about narratives like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Sea Inside and Hitchcock’s Rear Window, where the protagonist is physically handicapped and forced to confront that, so both as a writer and as a filmmaker and for Shauna it was a huge challenge, in that how do you make that (type of story) kinetic and compelling, and how do you build suspense when the lead character is trapped in the bed for eighty percent of the story?”

    MacDonald said of the script’s appeal, which is a departure in ways from the action-packed The Descent films for which she’s most known, “Oddly, I don’t want to be labeled a horror girl, although the older I get, the cooler I think that sounds. Certainly in the UK they like to fit you in the box of low-budget horror films, and every year after The Descent (films) I get scripts to read, and some of them would say, ‘OK, the lead actress is tied to a stained mattress in her underwear,’ and I would be like, ‘Next!’ and for me, I knew it would be a massive acting challenge to play the lead (as it was written) in Nails, someone who is bed-ridden and paranoid and can’t speak. Her physical journey and her emotional journey is what attracted me to the role.”

    “I think it’s important also that she has self-doubt,” MacDonald continues of her role, “and that she thinks she may be having a mental breakdown. No one else is seeing the things she is seeing or experiencing what she is experiencing, so I thought upon that a lot, and also I thought, as a mother of three girls myself, that the character’s connection with her daughter in the script was really heart-wrenching, and I love mother/daughter stories.”

    Filmmaker Bartok added, “I thought very much about the bond between a mother and her daughter while writing it, and the sacrifice a parent would make in order to protect their child, and that was one of the main themes from the very beginning. When I set out to make the film I knew that there were two things that I needed to make it work. One was that I needed to make it scary, and to really unnerve people, and to build that suspense and a rising tension throughout, and the second thing was, that I’d really need someone amazing to play the character of Dana, because she’s in nearly every scene of the film, and we experience the story entirely through her perception. And if we hadn’t cast someone with Shauna’s acting gifts, the film would have fallen flat.”

    In regards to casting the film’s antagonist, the gaunt, towering and ghostly figure of ‘Nails,’ Bartok states of actor British Richard Foster-King, of which he’d been introduced to via an audition tape for an entirely different movie, “Richard had done these beautiful movements (in that tape), as if he was swimming in the air and elongating his arms, and I think he had even crawled along the floor at one point. And as soon as I saw that tape, I said, ‘That’s it. That’s Eric Nillson. That’s Nails!’ And the producers, because they wanted to keep the budget as low as possible, had wanted to hire local actors out of Dublin, and I would look at those tapes, and they were OK, but I felt we really needed to get Richard. So bit by bit I kept saying, ‘No,’ to these other suggestions, and finally I was able to convince them to bring Richard in from London.”

    As for the evolution of the character, which itself possesses some of the nuanced tragedy of Universal’s classic monsters, Bartok stated, “It was really fascinating because we had reached out to several gothic, surreal artists who had been recommended to me by various friends, and asked them to submit concept designs, and the one that we liked the best, and they were all actually excellent, was by a French photographic artist named Nihil, who takes photographs and then manipulates them digitally. So Nihil did an amazingly creepy concept, which provided the blueprint as to how we approached the character’s design. There were several steps in getting it onto the screen, though. Maybe seventy-five percent of it came from Richard’s physicality and his on screen presence, and the rest could only be achieved digitally, and we brought in an incredibly gifted visual effects artist named Eli Dorsey, who had worked on Ted Geoghegan’s film We Are Still Here. And Eli created the milky white eyes, and the dentures which kind of sit outside the palate, and the ghostly pallor. But primarily, I think its Richard’s performance which makes the character, an evil tormenting character who is also tormented, so very haunting.”

    Nails also stars Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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