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October 31 2013


Our Favorite Wes Craven Horror Trailers

Seeing as it’s Halloween and all, we got extra spooky here at On Point to celebrate the creepiest American holiday. Our broadcast this Thursday looked at all the many reasons why we turn to horror again and again in films, books and TV shows. It’s a topic that guests director Wes Craven and authors Elizabeth Massie and Michelle Hodkin knew a good deal about.

Craven, that master of scary cinema, has been serving up big bowls of screams since 1971. “The most frightening monster you present to your audience is yourself,” he told us this Halloween, but we think there’s something to be said for the terrifying previews that a good horror film trailer can deliver. It’s the terror of the unknown, and the promise of a good scare waiting on the other side. We’ve collected some of our favorite trailers from some of Wes Craven’s most iconic films here.

“The Last House On the Left” (1972)

Craven’s first big hit, this psychological chiller has more than a few chills. We particularly like the clever rejoinder in the trailer: ‘To Avoid Fainting, Keep Repeating: It’s Only A Movie. Only A Movie.’

“The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)

This environmental / nature terror turn may be remembered for the squeamish scenes of torture, but we think the yelling, smash-cut filled trailer is a work of fright art in itself.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984)

The creepy-clawed film that launched a thousand spinoffs, the trailer for the original Elm Street thriller is remarkable for how many of the iconic moments it gives away in its less than two minute duration. Suffice it to say, the actual film is really pretty scary.

“The People Under the Stairs” (1991)

Whether it’s plucky young kids or creepy suburban mothers that gets you screaming [A caller on our Halloween show asked why the sound of children laughing is so creepy], this trailer has it all. Plus, an army of hands and unsettling basement dwellers, too, if you’re curious or anything.

“Scream” (1996)

The original “Scream” might be remembered more for its masks than its clever conceit of a horror killer who is deeply familiar with the horror genre [guest Michelle Hodkin pointed out in our conversation on Halloween that modern horror writers have taken that concept on in full force, giving the fictional world a conscious knowledge of the standard horror tropes even as they occur around them], but it’s also ultimately a pretty scary ride.


What’s your favorite Wes Craven movie? What’s your scariest memory at the cinema? Share your thoughts below, or on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.


Wes Craven And Fright-Meisters On Why We Love Horror

For Halloween, we look at the horror genre today — in the movies and in print — with some of the best fright-meisters in the business.


Wes Craven, horror film director, writer, producer and actor. (@WesCraven)

Elizabeth Massie, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror novels and short fiction, including “Hell Gate,” “Desper Hollow,” “Playback” and “Sineater.”

Michelle Hodkin, young-adult novelist, author of “The Mara Dyer Trilogy.” (@MichelleHodkin)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian: Halloween Reading — “I’m convinced that people who write and read horror are saner and better-adjusted than those who casually dismiss the genre. By engaging with horror, we take a journey into every possible fear. We open the closet door, rip the mask from the psycho’s face, embrace ghosts and demons, cast ourselves into the hellish chasm of the imagination. We return, not polluted but cleansed and set free.”

New York: The 25 Best Horror Movies Since the Shining – “One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released ‘The Shining’ and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema.”

The Morning News: Our Hallows Eve — “This will be my son’s first Halloween, and I’m taking him to Indiana to give him a taste of Halloween as I remember it. My mom and I have been making plans to take him to a pumpkin patch and maybe a costume party at the zoo. We chat on the phone while I follow Fabian around the playground, discussing the tiny Purple Rain Prince costume she is making for him. She tells me to measure his arms, as she wants to make sure she gets the ruffles at the ends of the sleeves just right.”

Read An Excerpt Of “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin

October 02 2013


Killer POV: Ep. 31: The United States of Horror!

The Killer POV gang (Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry) are joined by very special guests Cinefamily programmers Phil Blankenship, Tom Fitzgerald, and Bret Berg to talk about their exciting upcoming schedule for the month of October 2013. They’re celebrating the spooky season with 30 midnight screenings, each one from a different state, hence giving genre fans “The United States Of Horror” road tour. So Oct. 3rd, we’ll hit Nevada with Tremors, on the 15th you can make a pit-stop in Pittsburgh for George Romero’s Martin, or celebrate October 19th in New York City with Basket Case. The entire group discusses their favorite theatrical experiences, what goes into programming a bill this intricate and why midnight movies are the most fun way to enjoy the theatrical communal experience. http://geeknation.com/podcasts/killer-pov-ep-31-the-united-states-of-horror/

September 28 2013


5by5 | The Incomparable #9: Get the Bone Saw!

Horror and scary movies. Plus, a neglected horror classic. http://5by5.tv/incomparable/9

September 13 2013


Hypnogoria: HYPNOBOBS 73 - Eggs & Orchids: Two Tales from Mr HG Wells

August 12 2012


Suvudu On Air: The Lovecraft Documentary Interview Edition « Suvudu - Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Movies, Comics, and Games

March 13 2012


Sunlight Society by Margaret Ronald | Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Hugo Award-Winning and World Fantasy Award-Nominated Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine. http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/audio_03_12/

March 12 2012


Drabblecast 114 – Arms and the Man

January 17 2012


Horror's 'Shock Value' Redefined In The 1960s | NPR

Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead and Targets all came out in 1968. Theater critic Jason Zinoman says the three films redefined Hollywood horror in the aftermath of the Vietnam War — and influenced the genre for the next several decades. http://www.npr.org/2011/07/06/137470876/horrors-shock-value-redefined-in-the-1960s&sc=nl&cc=bn-20110707
Tags: npr movies horror

November 09 2011


The Pool of the Stone God | Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast

July 19 2011


The Black Stone by Robert E. Howard - Read by FNH UNABRIDGED

May 01 2011


Suspiria: Cinefantastique Podcast 1:36 | Cinefantastique Online

It’s a ’70s flashback weekend on the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski gaze in wonder at the Technicolor extravagance of SUSPIRIA (1977), Dario Argento’s pulse-pounding cult classic of supernatural horror, starring Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, and Alida Valli. How does Argento’s extremely stylized vision of violence and terror hold up decades later, and which version should you watch: the American cut available on Netflix Instant View or the original, unexpurgated version on DVD? These answers and other secrets lie behind door with three irises – just turn the blue one… http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2010/10/suspiria-cinefantastique-podcast-136/

5 – Jamie & Sarah & Dario Argento « Gorepress

In this, our latest podcast, we take an in depth look at the giallo classic Tenebrae and the craptacular Giallo. Both directed by former genius of Italian cinema, Dario Argento. We also chat about House Of The Devil (again), Macauley Culkin, style over substance, who is the actual podcast sidekick, among other bullshit. Feedback, text messages, upcoming releases and technical issues abound. Spoiler alert for the Giallo review; we spoil the shit out of that bad boy. Deal with it. Music credits: Because of the Argento theme, Jamie used it as an excuse to take his featured artist and have an all Goblin episode. Goblin – Profondo Rosso Main Theme Goblin – Supsiria Main Theme Goblin – Tenebrae Main Theme Goblin – Jennifer (Phenomena) Remix http://www.gorepress.com/2010/05/05/5-jamie-sarah-dario-argento/

Dario Argento special featuring Deep Red, Inferno, Phenomena, Opera and The Stendahl Syndrome

Cult movies, horror, exploitation, world cinema and other genre treats on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas. Ben Howard and Dan Auty cast their square eyes over some of the strangest, coolest and scariest movies from around the world http://www.mondomovie.com/archive.php

Electric Sheep podcast: Dario Argento and Goblin

In a special episode of the Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, Alex Fitch talks to director Dario Argento and the prog rock band Goblin. Alex and Dario talk about the latter's career from writing Once upon a time in the West to directing his new film Giallo, in an interview recorded at this year's Cine-Excess festival. Also, in a Q & A recorded live on stage at the Supersonic music festival in Birmingham, Alex talks to the Italian prog rock band Goblin - Fabio Pignatelli, Massimo Morante, Agostino Marangolo and Maurizio Guarini - about scoring Argento's films from Profondo Rosso / Deep Red to Non ho sonno / Sleepless http://www.archive.org/details/ElectricSheepPodcastDarioArgentoAndGoblin

April 21 2011


SXSW: Zombies Must Eat: How Genre Communities Make Money

SXSW 2011 presentation by KW Low of Dread Central and Skot Leach of Lost Zombies. Genre communities particularly the horror-themed ones are increasing seen by the entertainment industry as an important audience segment to market to. The success of 2009's Paranormal Activity can be attributed to this loyal and vocal community that used social media tools to share their passions with everyone else. Because of this additional marketing focus by the entertainment industry, there are even more opportunities now for horror genre community sites to get a piece of the marketing dollars. But then, which comes first, the community or the revenue? The panelists will describe how their companies found their target audience and what they did to generate revenue while keeping true to their audience, hence maintaining their loyalty. While the panelist will be talking from their experiences in the horror genre, the same methods can replicated to foster loyal communities in other genres and to make money there too. http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_IAP7221
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