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Horror at the Oscars 2011 – Part Two



Rick Baker. Friend of apes. Maker of monsters. Seven time Oscar winner. And that lucky number seven was for The Wolfman, shared with fellow EFX maestro Dave Elsey. Their on-stage speech was great, but the extended Thank You Cam was even better. Both Baker and Elsey thanked Jack Pierce and Dick Smith for inspiring them. Though there were grumblings online that the Academy clip showed the CG transformation rather then the make-up. It is always a treat to see our own getting the gold.

Horror at the OscarsIn the best original music category, Trent Reznor won for The Social Network. But who could forget his rivethead contributions to Class of 1999, Se7en, and Tetsuo: The Bullet Man? And Danny Boyle’s nominated 127 Hours didn’t win for Best Picture, but we will always love him “best” for his bloody crazies in the 28 Days series.

Rounding out the highlights in horror cred are nods to Jason X, Wishmaster, Brainscan, The Deep and A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child. But a special silver skull goes out to The Kids Are All Right’s Jeffrey Levy-Hinte who produced one of the greatest horror films of the past decade, Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo. I hope one day to see Larry grace the stage of the Oscars to get one of his own. I know he can do it, and I hope it is for a genre film.

And now for Part 2 of Horror at the Oscars … enjoy the show and remember: you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.

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 highlights for them in our comments section below.

Best Make-up FX

Rick Baker The Wolfman
Horror cred: An American Werewolf in London, Cursed, Hellboy, The Haunted Mansion, The Ring, Ghosts, The Frighteners, Wolf, Body Bags, Ratboy, Thriller, Videodrome, The Funhouse, The Howling, It Lives Again, The Fury, King Kong, Squirm, Schlock, Modern Vampires, The Food of the Gods, The Exorcist, The Thing with Two Heads, The Devil’s Advocate, It’s Alive, “Werewolf”

Dave Elsey The Wolfman
Horror cred: Death Machine, Waxworks, Hellraiser, Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Living Doll, Alien³, Candyman

Adrien Morot, Barney’s Version

Horror cred: A Flesh Offering, Carny, Humans, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Decoys 2: Alien Seduction, The Woods, The Covenant, Decoys, Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain, Relative Fear, Brainscan, Stalked, Slashers, Species II, Breeders, Screamers, “The Hunger”

Edouard F. Henriques, The Way Back
Horror cred: The Cell, The Vanishing, Cat People, Dead & Buried, Prophecy, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Deep

Gregory Funk
Horror cred: Blade II, Trauma, Heartstopper, Night of the Living Dead (1990), Wishmaster, Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh, Phantoms, “ X-Files”

Yolanda Toussieng
Horror cred: Flatliners, Beetlejuice

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

WINNER: The Social Network, Trent Reznor
Horror cred: Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, Dr. Psycho – Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich, The Hitcher, Doom, Constantine, Resident Evil, se7en, Class of 1999

Atticus Ross
(If you can call it that) Horror cred: Twilight


Inception, Hans Zimmer
Horror cred: The Ring, Paperhouse, Jason X, Scream 2

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

WINNER: We Belong Together from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman
Horror cred: April Fool’s Day


I See the Light from Tangled, Alan Menken
Horror cred: Little Shop of Horrors

Best Motion Picture of the Year

WINNER: The King’s Speech, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin


Black Swan
Mike Medavoy
Horror cred: Black Swan, Shutter Island

Brian Oliver
Horror cred: Black Swan

Scott Franklin
Horror cred: Black Swan

The Kids Are All Right, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Horror cred: Wendigo

127 Hours, Christian Colson
Horror cred: The Descent, The Descent: Part 2

Danny Boyle
Horror cred: Sunshine, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later

The Social Network, Scott Rudin
Horror cred: The Village, Addams Family Values, The Addams Family, Flatliners

Michael De Luca
Horror cred: Drive Angry 3D, Blade 2, Lost Souls, Blade, Dark City, In the Mouth of Maddness, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, The Lawnmower Man (short), “Freddy’s Nightmares”

True Grit, Scott Rudin
Horror cred: The Village, Addams Family Values, The Addams Family, Flatliners

Joel Coen
Horror cred: The Evil Dead

Winter’s Bone, Anne Rosellini
Horror cred: Cthulhu

Alix Madigan-Yorkin
Horror cred: Case 39

Best Short Film, Live Action

WINNER: God of Love, Luke Matheny


The Confession, Tanel Toom
Horror cred: The Second Coming

Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Horror cred: Mascara

Wish 143, Samantha Waite
Horror cred: Hello Darkness

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead




The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Damned. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast



Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer



Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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