I gotta be honest; I lost a lot of interest in the NBC Fear Itself series when I learned Mick Garris was no longer involved. The concept was his to begin with, and even though the results in both seasons of Masters of Horror were questionable, there was still an indie feel to them that I had to respect.
Today NBC released the full director/episode list for Fear Itself, though, so of course we have to pass it on. B-D got the word on who will direct what, so we’ll save ourselves a lot of typing and just show what was in the press release;
“Eater,” is directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and written by Cemetery Dance Magazine publisher and editor Richard Chizmar (From a Buick 8) & actor Johnathon Schaech (Masters of Horror). A rookie cop (Moss) must spend her first night in the precinct watching over a serial killer, coined “The Eater” (Stephen R. Hart, Shoot ‘Em Up). When her fellow cops start acting bizarre, she quickly learns that no one is who they seem. Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights), Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire”) and Stephen Lee (“Boston Legal”) also star.
“Spooked,” is directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and written by Matt Venne (White Noise 2: The Light). While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private eye (Roberts) is made to confront the demons of his past. Jack Noseworthy (“Judging Amy”), Cynthia Watros (“Lost”) and Larry Gilliard Jr. (“The Wire”) also star.
“Community” is directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) and written by Kelly Kennemer (The Music Within). When a young married couple, played by Routh and Appleby, find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood, their lives seem…well…perfect. But as the dark underbelly of their neighborhood creeps to the surface, they soon realize that their neighbors will go to any extreme — even murder — to make sure that they comply with their twisted sense of conformity. John Billingsley (“Star Trek: Enterprise”) also stars.
“Red Snow” has a screenplay written by Mick Garris (Riding the Bullet), from a story by Del Howison (“Dark Delicacies”). Breck Eisner (Creature from the Black Lagoon) will direct. When four criminals find themselves stranded in an old, snow-covered fort, they slowly discover both the fort and the seductive trio of sirens who reside there are filled with deadly secrets.
“Chance” is written by Lem Dobbs (The Score), with a director to be announced later. In the vein of such classic doppelganger stories as Jekyll & Hyde and Poe’s “William Wilson,” the episode explores a dreadful, classic battle that ensues when a man is confronted by his evil self.
“New Year’s Day” will be directed by Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), and is written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) from a story by Paul Kane. A young woman wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by horrifying zombies.
“Family Man” will be directed by Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason, Bride of Chucky) and is written by Dan Knauf (“Carnivale,” “Supernatural”). This action-charged, psychological thriller focuses on a likeable family man who switches bodies with a serial killer after a near-death experience. Now, he must fight from behind bars to keep the murderer from adding his family to the long list of victims.
“Skin & Bones” is written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan (Masters of Horror) with a director to be announced later. When a cattle herder returns home to his family after being lost in the woods for days, he just doesn’t seem the same. Soon, a terrible mortal struggle ensues against the terrifying monster
“Something With Bite” is a reinvention of the classic werewolf story from writer Max Landis (Masters of Horror), the son of John Landis. Ernest Dickerson (NBC’s “Heroes”) will direct.
“Nightmare in Lace,” John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) will direct an episode written by Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers). On her wedding day, a beautiful bride receives a mysterious note that reads: “The person you are marrying is a serial killer.”
All right, werewolves, serial killers and zombies? Sounds pretty damn good to me! Here’s hoping it’s not as watered-down as a network horror show could be… Fear Itself will debut on NBC this summer.
– Johnny Butane
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