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Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us



It’s nasty fun!Yeah, they were up for an Oscar this year, but some of the nominees have monsters in their closets. A few on the list are respectable (Julie Christie in Don’t Look Now) while others are downright Fangorian (Hal Holbrook in Creepshow).

Mentioned among the departed:
Bob Clark (Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things) and William Tuttle (Young Frankenstein, Mark of the Vampire)

Best Actor:

Michael Clayton

George Clooney
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Curdled (1996) (uncredited), Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), Return to Horror High (1987)

Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Eastern Promises

Viggo Mortensen
The Prophecy (1995), Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) — from David J. Schow’s script to Oscar’s ears, Prison (1988) — Has some good Kane Hodder for your Kane Hodder dollar. David Cronenberg (The Fly) also directed Eastern Promises.

Best Actress:

Away From Her

Julie Christie
Demon Seed (1977), Don’t Look Now (1973)

La Mome

Marion Cotillard (WINNER)
Highlander” (1993) — not horror but noteworthy because it is USA Network and what doesn’t spell genre like USA Network?!

The Savages

Laura Linney
Congo (1995)

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Supporting Actor:

Charlie Wilson’s War

Philip Seymour Hoffman
My Boyfriend’s Back (1993) — Zombie teens, I own this movie on DVD, Edwin Neal has a cameo. Hell yeah.

Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook
The Unholy (1988), Creepshow (1982), The Fog (1980), Rituals (1977). A Win for Hal is a win for Carpenter, Romero, and Mark Twain.

Michael Clayton

Tom Wilkinson
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Best Supporting Actress:

American Gangster

Ruby Dee
The Stand” (1994) — she had a totally respectable career until she did “The Stand” — Mick Garris UGH!

Michael Clayton

Tilda Swindon
Constantine (2005) — One of the only two good things about that film (the other being Stormare as the Devil)

Best Director:

No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Cohen (WINNER!)
Joel helped edit Evil Dead for Sam Raimi.


Jason Reitman
Ghostbusters II (1989) — actor

Original Screenplay:

Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy
Dolores Claiborne (1995)


Brad Bird
The Simpsons” (executive consultant) Treehouse of Horror VIII, “Amazing Stories“, “Family Dog” (1987)

Oscars (click for larger image)Original Adapted Screenplay:


Christopher Hampton
Mary Reilly (1996) — So. Very. Bad. (Whispers “Mary Reilly”)

Away from Her

Sarah Polley
Dawn of the Dead (2004) — Ew, eXistenZ (1999), “Friday the 13th: The Series,” The Inheritance

Le Scaphandre et le papillon

Ronald Harwood
The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

Best Achievement in Cinematography:

Le Scaphandre et le papillon

Janusz Kaminski
Lost Souls (2000), The Terror Within II (1990), Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail … to Terror (1990), Watchers II (1990), After Midnight (1989), Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls (1989) — added because that title is amazing, Dance of the Damned (1988)

There Will Be Blood

Robert Elswit (WINNER!)
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Trick or Treat (1986)

Best Achievement in Editing:

The Bourne Ultimatum

Christopher Rouse
Past Midnight (1992) — starring Rutger Hauer

Jay Cassidy
Urban Legend (1998), Brainscan (1994), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), Fright Night Part 2 (1988) — I heart Louie, Norman and the Killer (1991), Wolfen (1981) — “Our God is an Indian that turns into a wolf” ATHF

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Achievement in Art Direction:

American Gangster

Authur Max
Se7en (1995)

Beth A. Rubino
The Dark Half (1993) — The Sparrows are still flying . . . Oscar . . . (how BAD is that?)

The Golden Compass

Dennis Gassner
The Hitcher (1986)

Anna Pinnock
Van Helsing (2004), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

There Will Be Blood

Jack Frisk
Eraserhead (1977), Carrie (1976), Phantom of the Paradise (1974) — I wanna set dress for Gerrit Graham, Dead People (1973)

Best Achievement in Costume Design:

La Mome

Marit Allen
The Witches (1990), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), and who could forget Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989)

Sweeney Todd

Collen Atwood
Zombie Prom (2006), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

Best Achievement in Makeup:

La Mome

Jan Archibald (WINNER!)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)


Rick Baker “Monster Maker”
We don’t even need a list

Kazuhiro Tsuji
The Ring Two (2005), The Ring (2002), The Cave (2005), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Sûîto Homu (1989)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Ve Neill
Constantine (2005), “The Shining” (1997), Flatliners (1990), The Lost Boys (1987), Beetle Juice (1988), The Dark (1979)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:

Michael Clayton

James Newton Howard
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) — Duck!, Congo (1995), Flatliners (1990), Waterworld (1995) (HA!), Stir of Echoes (1999), Dreamcatcher (2003)— Again, why did so many future Oscar nominees work on this film?, King Kong (2005), I Am Legend (2007), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Stir of Echoes (1999), The Sixth Sense (1999)

3:10 to Yuma

Marco Beltrami
The Omen (2006), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Cursed (2005), Dracula II: Ascension (2003), Blade II (2002), Resident Evil (2002), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Dracula 2000 (2000), The Watcher (2000/I), Scream 3 (2000), The Faculty (1998), Scream 2 (1997), Nightwatch (1997), Scream (1996/I), Inhumanoid (1996)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:


Alan Menken
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) — Bop-shoo-bop lil’ shop of terror.

Best Achievement in Sound:

 (click for larger image)The Bourne Ultimatum

Scott Millan (WINNER)
The Skeleton Key (2005), Dark Water (2005), Virtuosity (1995), Ghost in the Machine (1993), Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

David Parker (WINNER)
Serial Mom (1994), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996), Children of the Night (1991) — A movie about vampires that live underwater, staring Karen Black

Kirk Francis (WINNER)
RoboCop 3 (1993), Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), Dreamscape (1984), Full Moon High (1981), The Psychopath (1975), I Dismember Mama (1974) — And he just won an Oscar, So Evil, My Sister (1974), Naughty Stewardesses (1975) — just for flavor

No Country for Old Men

Skip Lievsay
Parents (1989)

Craig Berkey
I Am Legend (2007), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994), Full Eclipse (1993)

Greg Orloff
Scary Movie 3 (2003), 28 Days (2000), Idle Hands (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Trilogy of Terror II (1996), Jacob’s Ladder (1990/I), The Abyss (1989), Scrooged (1988) — What it has ghosts, ¡Three Amigos! (1986) — Oscar nominates the Singing Bush for best actor…


Randy Thom
Starship Troopers (1997), The Frighteners (1996), Spaceballs (1987), Howard the Duck (1986) — Eighth step, enjoy.

Michael Semanick
The Village (2004), Serial Mom (1994), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Ernest Scared Stupid (1991), Rampage (1988) — Rampage is now out on DVD, it is truly a lost gem. If you can’t come over my house to see it, try to see if you can put it on your Netflix que.

3:10 to Yuma

Doc Kane
The Omen (2006), Cursed (2005), Frankenstein (2004), The Village (2004), Psycho (1998), Dolores Claiborne (1995), Outbreak (1995), Needful Things (1993), Hocus Pocus (1993), Prince of Darkness (1987) — A vote for Doc is a vote for Carpenter

Paul Massey
The Ring Two (2005), Ghost in the Machine (1993), RoboCop 3 (1993), Innocent Blood (1992) — Stars a Don Rickles vampire, I dare you to see it.

David Giammarco
Dead Ringers (1988), The Fly (1986)

Jim Stuebe
The Amityville Horror (2005), Cursed (2005), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 2 (1997), The Craft (1996), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Witch Hunt (1994), New Nightmare (1994), Dr. Giggles (1992) — Saw it IN the theaters


Kevin O’Connell
Spider-Man 3 (2007), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Dreamcatcher (2003), Starship Troopers (1997), Congo (1995), Raising Cain (1992)— the Good, the Bad the Lithgow, Misery (1990), “Tales from the Crypt,” The Secret, Brother’s Keeper, and Lover Come Hack to Me, The First Power (1990), Tremors (1990), Child’s Play (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Beetle Juice (1988), Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home (1987) — Beware the Pseudo Romero!, Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Gremlins (1984), Poltergeist (1982)

Greg P. Russell
Prom Night (2008), Dreamcatcher (2003), Starship Troopers (1997), Captain Ron (1992) — RUSSELL!!!!, Tremors (1990), A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989), “Tales from the Crypt.” Lover Come Hack to Me, 976-EVIL (1989), Lucky Stiff (1988) — helmed by Mr. Bates, Anthony Perkins, Twice Dead (1988), Pumpkinhead (1988), Vampire at Midnight (1988), Maniac Cop (1988), Prime Evil (1988), The Hidden (1987), My Demon Lover (1987), My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) (my lil’ pony, my lil’ pony), Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981) (Oscar loves ZORRO THE GAY BLADE), The Hand (1981)

Peter J. Devlin: “Swamp Thing” (1990) TV series

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Achievement in Sound Editing:

The Bourne Ultimatum

Karen M. Baker (WINNER)
Van Helsing (2004), Urban Legend (1998), The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Per Hallberg (WINNER)
Urban Legend (1998), Godzilla (1998), Uncle Buck (1989) — Staple of TBS


Randy Thom
Starship Troopers (1997), The Frighteners (1996), Howard the Duck (1986) — Ah, the classics.


Mike Hopkins
The Frighteners (1996), Braindead (1992), Horror Hospital (1973), Doomwatch (1972)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:

The Golden Compass

Michael L. Fink (WINNER)
Constantine (2005), Thir13en Ghosts (2001) — I am obsessed with this film because it reminds me of Spencer’s Gifts during Halloween, RoboCop 2 (1990), Tango & Cash (1989) — because I can LIST it maybe next year the editor of Road House will be up for something, The Blob (1988), The Seventh Sign (1988), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) — Not gore, but good genre faire.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

John Knoll
Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Abyss (1989) and Photoshop

Hal T. Hickel
Van Helsing (2004), Dreamcatcher (2003)

John Frazier
The Haunting (1999), The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — Berryman was the best effect.


Scott Farrar:
The Haunting (1999), The Mummy (1999), Congo (1995), Wolf (1994) — Jack Nicholson a werewolf? Brilliant! And yet they screwed it up, one of the worse werewolf movie ever.

Scott Benza
Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Russell Earl
Deep Rising (1998) — with Kevin J. O’Connor who is now in an Oscar award winning film, There Will Be Blood


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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 Dead. 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? 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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