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Introduction [Apr. 15th, 2005|01:17 pm]
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Name: Tommy Pierson
Age: 36
Favorite Horror Movie: Hellbound
Favorite Horror Writer: Clive Barker, of course
Tell us a bit about yourself: I spend far too much time working, and not enough on the things I enjoy. I enjoy creating things that are inspired by Horror movies, such as Halloween props and morbid paintings.
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Allow me to introdue myselves.... [Feb. 26th, 2005|09:04 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |uncomfortable silence]

Name: Malicia
Age: Twenty-Two
Favorite Horror Movie: Cematary Man
Favorite Horror Writer: H.P. Lovecraft
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hi. My name is Malicia, and I'm an alcoholic. I am a fiend. It can't be helped. Further more, anything worth knowing is already in my inkdoll, or on my website. Below is a link to my site. Ta kiddies.
[ m a l i c i a ]

[ M A L I C I O U S I N T E N T ]
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2005|03:10 am]
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Hey, I'm new to Florida from DC.... it's a good thing to know that there are some freaks like me nation-wide



Favorite Horror Movie: uhhhh... just one? Maybe.... Rubber's Lover.... Videodrome... Hellraiser... anything that deals with the fusion of technology/metal with flesh and hallucinatory subjection within plot

Favorite Horror Writer: H.P. Lovecraft , although I really don't read horror novels that much

Tell us a bit about yourself: eh... either too much or not enough to say. I guess if your that interested, check out my info page
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BLOODSUCKERS [Dec. 27th, 2004|09:44 pm]
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Matt Hastings, writer and director of the killer-sexy-aliens romp DECOYS, is following up with BLOODSUCKERS. Scheduled for airing on the Sci Fi Channel and video release through Lions Gate, the Vancouver-lensed movie is about a team of vampire hunters pursuing their prey on other planets, and stars Peter (CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT) DeLuise, his brother Michael, A.J. (FINAL DESTINATION 2) Cook, Michael (STARSHIP TROOPERS) Ironside and Natassia Malthe, soon to be seen lip-locking with Jennifer Garner in ELEKTRA. The makeup FX were supervised by Canadian artist Mike Fields, whose credits include SAINT SINNER, KINGDOM HOSPITAL and the currently shooting UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
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Remaking The Evil Dead [Nov. 18th, 2004|11:02 am]
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Raimi & Campbell Remaking The Evil Dead
Source: Variety
November 18, 2004
"Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are reteaming to produce a remake of the cult hit The Evil Dead through Ghost House Pictures and Senator International, reports Variety.

Raimi wrote, directed and produced the 1981 film, which tells the tale of a group of friends who go to a cabin in the woods, where they find an unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only Ash (Campbell) remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle The Evil Dead.

Raimi will not direct the remake, so Ghost House is looking for a helmer to reinvent the franchise before a script is written.
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Jennifer Tilly, All Dolled Up [Nov. 10th, 2004|08:24 am]
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Jennifer Tilly, All Dolled Up


"Originally, when Don Mancini wrote BRIDE OF CHUCKY with me in mind, the studios wanted someone from BAYWATCH, who was cheaper, if you can imagine such a thing!" says Jennifer Tilly indignantly. Then, an explosion of her signature laughter. "I fought tooth and nail not to be in it, because I had the idea that [horror movies] were what you did at the beginning of your career, or at the end of it—like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE."

But Tilly read the BRIDE script and, intrigued, went out for dinner in Bel Air with Mancini and producer David Kirschner, who told her that they’d gotten Ronny Yu to direct. Tilly had a boyfriend who had been a devotee of Hong Kong filmmaking before it became hot, so she knew Yu’s work, and signed on. The phenomenal success of BRIDE OF CHUCKY (which made $83 million-plus for Universal) is attributed in large part to her participation. "I loved the movie," she raves. "If I was to cite eight to 10 films of mine, BRIDE is one of my favorites, and it’s the one people recognize me from more than any." Tilly only spent five days on BRIDE, and assumed (reasonably) that if it had a spinoff, she would only be cast again as the voice of Chucky’s deadly-doll spouse Tiffany.

Mancini, however, had other ideas when he sat down to write his directorial debut, SEED OF CHUCKY (opening November 12 from Rogue Pictures). The new film begins some time after Tiffany gave birth in the graveyard to Chucky’s "seed." Their offspring has grown up in a Dickensian situation, working as a sideshow puppet for an unscrupulous charlatan ventriloquist, who passes off the doll’s ability to speak as his own voice-throwing skill. When the doll discovers that a movie is being made about the life of his parents, he has himself crated up and shipped to Hollywood, where he brings them back to life. Although Chucky and Tiffany are thrilled to be parents, their child’s ambiguous gender causes some stress at home. Chucky wants a boy (naming him Glen), Tiffany wants a girl (preferring the name Glenda), and Glen just wants to be himself.

"After the SCREAM movies, people began to understand the possibilities of self-referential humor in horror movies," Tilly notes. "But the thing is, Don loves horror movies. He really understands the genre, and what horror aficionados want, but he’s also got a wicked, wicked sense of humor."

In SEED OF CHUCKY, Tilly not only reprises her role as the voice of Chucky’s "bride," she also plays herself: Jennifer Tilly, an actress making a film about the murderous dolls of urban legend. She soon finds herself stalked not only by Chucky and Tiffany, but also by their anatomically ambivalent, gender-confused offspring. "At first, when Don told me I was going to play myself, I said, ‘Please make me a psycho bitch from hell!" Mancini joyfully complied, unleashing a leopard-coated, scarlet-nailed, push-up bra-supported diva. Perhaps not the "real" Jennifer Tilly, but like the Fembots that stalked Austin Powers, busty, leggy, deadly—and fun to play. Having committed herself to this process, Tilly was unsparing of her vanity when she made suggestions to Mancini. "When I played [the voice of] Tiffany," she recalls, "at one point the doll is trying to drag my body up the stairs. She’s huffing and puffing, and she looks down at my body and says, ‘Fuck, she’s fat,’ and Chucky says, ‘This is the worst part about being a doll, when you have to move the bodies!’ And Tiffany says, ‘What are you complaining about? I’ve got the fat one.’ "

Nor was the mixed blessing of playing an exaggerated version of herself visited exclusively on Tilly; rapper Redman co-stars as "Redman," a hiphop star turned director whom Tilly is more than happy to sleep with in her quest for a role in his Biblical epic. "There’s a plot point where I announce to Redman that I’m pregnant, and he says, ‘It isn’t mine, I had a vasectomy.’ He’s playing himself too, and he’s like, ‘I don’t want my homies to think I had a vasectomy!’ "

Tilly, an Academy Award-nominated actress (for Woody Allen’s BULLETS OVER BROADWAY) as well as a sterling indie icon, found the opportunity to send herself up to be completely intoxicating. "I’m really lucky in that I’ve never been offered the sort of roles that are submitted to Julia Roberts or Reese Witherspoon," she deadpans. "It’s this really weird groove that you get in. For some reason, there isn’t much cross-pollination between the major motion pictures and the indie films. But I’m very, very lucky in terms of the independents. I get sent lots and lots of scripts, and I can tell the difference between a good one and a bad one. Also, it’s good that I don’t really need the money.

"I love money, though," she adds slyly. "I’ve actually done a few really terrible movies because I have a jewelry addiction. I actually did one just because of some jewelry I wanted. I’ve lived pretty hand-to-mouth, but in a very extravagant way. My jeweler called me up and said, ‘Jennifer! Jennifer! We just got in a whole lot of David Webb jewelry!’ I said, ‘I’ll be right over!’ I started making piles. I had this little mountain of it.’ " Tilly suddenly realized two things: She had no money, but she had a check coming in the following week. "I said, ‘Can you wait until then?’ The jeweler said, ‘Sure, Jennifer, we know you’re good for it.’ On the way home I started crying. I suddenly realized that when that check came in, I needed it to live on!’ "

Tilly called her manager on her car phone and asked if there was anything in the pipeline. He told her that there was a movie he’d passed on four times, but that the amount—however much lower than her usual rate—came to the exact total of her jewelry bill. "Divine intervention," Tilly says sagely. "It’s a movie I don’t think will ever come out, but I run around in lingerie and murder people. I’m a Colombian drug runner with cleavage who kills people with her thighs," she says, laughing.

It seems inevitable, though, that the sheer accumulation of talent behind BRIDE OF CHUCKY and SEED OF CHUCKY would elevate the films to a level Freddy or Jason will never know. The energy and talent of two Oscar contenders (Chucky performer Brad Dourif got a nod for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) voicing the dolls has created, for all intents and purposes, two characters to whom fans relate as something other than mere puppets. For the voice-recording session of Tiffany’s death in BRIDE, Mancini put Dourif and Tilly in the same booth so they could overlap, and ad-lib the dolls’ voices.

"When Tiffany died, I looked at Brad and he had tears in his eyes, and I had tears in my eyes. It’s interesting—you identify with the little creatures," Tilly says gently, and perhaps not without some wonder. "Chucky has gone from being this horrible little scary thing that jumps out of a closet to being someone people can relate to. People put up with so much—the guy on the freeway cuts you off, the guy in the 7-Eleven is rude to you. We take so much shit every day, and Chucky doesn’t take it, except from Tiffany. People can relate to that, too. He’s kind of pussywhipped. They’re like the Bickersons. They have a real squabbly relationship, but they’re bound together. And in this one, they have a family."
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Saw with Cary Elwes [Nov. 1st, 2004|12:40 pm]
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Elwes Prepared


Though British actor Cary Elwes experienced first-hand the terrors of SAW as its leading man, he wasn’t sure what sort of impact the film would have upon an audience. After all, many are the horror films that seemed bone-chilling on paper and during production, but were D.O.A. when shown to moviegoers. So when the new serial killer feature from director James Wan (opening today from Lions Gate) was screened at midnight showings this year, Elwes decided to catch the audience’s reaction. "What I saw was a lot of people watching the movie through their fingers or burying their heads in their partners’ shoulders," he tells FANGORIA. "Obviously, there was a lot of shouting and screaming at the screen, but what was quite fascinating was that I saw a number of people being escorted out of the theater. I’d only experienced that once before, when someone had a heart attack during a showing of ALIEN. That’s unique for a film to touch a nerve like that."

True, but then again, SAW is no average Hollywood thriller. The complex and atmosphere-steeped fright flick from Australian director James Wan and screenwriter/co-star Leigh (THE MATRIX RELOADED) Whannell pits Elwes as a workaholic doctor against Jigsaw, one of the most fiendish silver-screen psychopaths in recent years. Jigsaw’s m.o. is subject to his victims to Rube Goldberg-esque torture devices which offer one of two choices—an excruciatingly painful death, or a means of escape, but only at the cost of another person’s life. For Elwes’ Dr. Lawrence Gordon, Jigsaw creates a particularly hideous scenario—the doctor is locked in an abandoned bathroom with an apparent stranger, Adam (Whannell). The good doctor must kill Adam with a gun placed in the center of the room or risk the deaths of his wife and young daughter. The twist to this arrangement? Both Gordon and Adam are chained by their legs to opposite sides of the room, and the only way to remove their bonds is with two hacksaws, neither of which are sturdy enough to carve through the chains—but are perfect for cutting through a limb…

Elwes is no stranger to horror, having appeared in BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, THE X FILES and, most recently, in the A&E TV movie THE RIVERMAN, where he delivered a chilling portrayal of real-life monster Ted Bundy. But he doesn’t count himself a fan of the genre—at least, no more than the average viewer. "My decision to do a film has more to do with the project and the material," he explains. "I’m not drawn to any one genre—I have my favorite horror movies as much as I have my favorite action films or dramas or comedies." But when he received a demo reel on SAW from Wan and Whannell, he was immediately drawn to the project. "It was a 20-minute DVD—they sent a sequence from the film with the reverse bear trap on the victim’s head, but with Leigh in the role [the victim is played by Shawnee Smith in the film, and her terrified face serves as SAW’s unsettling one-sheet image]. It was riveting stuff, and I immediately knew that these guys had a serious vision for the film they wanted to make."

Elwes’ one-word e-mail response to the DVD—"Wow"—prompted the duo to send Whannell’s script, which further intrigued the actor. "It was a page-turner—I couldn’t put it down," he says. "But I didn’t know what to expect from these guys. They had produced this really distorted tale." Luckily, Wan and Whannell won over Elwes in their meeting. "I was totally taken aback by not only how young they are [both Wan and Whannell are under 30], but also by their personal charm and charisma, and by their passion and vision for what they wanted to put up on the screen. They had a really singular vision, and I believe it shows."

Part of Wan and Whannell’s vision required their cast to endure considerable emotional turmoil while inhabiting their characters; Elwes, in particular, goes from confusion and dismay in the film’s opening scenes to what can only be described as a complete psychological meltdown by its conclusion. Enacting such intensity on a daily basis during a brief shooting schedule like SAW’s (the film was shot in just 18 days) is undoubtedly a challenge for any actor, but Elwes saw it as a valuable tool for staying in the moment. "There are only so many takes you can do before you’ve lost that intensity," he explains. "And luckily, we didn’t have the luxury of too many. We had a very small budget and short schedule, so we were down to a maximum of two or three takes for every scene, which required us to be very prepared on days when we had 10 to 12 pages of dialogue. So there’s something about the immediacy that’s forced by time constraints that allows you to really live in the moment and keep that engine idling for a very brief period of time, rather than having to shut it off and then start it up again."

Having now revved his acting engine for both sides of the serial-killer coin (perpetrator in THE RIVERMAN and victim in SAW), Elwes has some insight into why filmmakers continue to return to these monstrous figures for inspiration, and why audiences’ interest in their grisly deeds has yet to wane. "We’re fascinated by the human psyche and what people are capable of doing," he says. "Most people like to believe that they’re altruistic by nature and compassionate and have good hearts and care about their fellow man. And yet we’re compelled to not look away when we see that we all possess a dark side that most of us don’t explore too much—thank God."

The fact that some people not only explore but dive wholeheartedly into their dark sides is the key to these stories’ appeal, Elwes adds. "There is a corner of society that has no restraint when it comes to doing unspeakable things to their fellow man, and I believe we’ll always be fascinated by that. I know that’s what brought me to THE RIVERMAN. I’d never been asked to play a serial killer before, and any actor worth their salt would jump at the chance to do that, especially one as complex as Ted Bundy."

But again, Elwes saw first-hand that no matter how grisly the onscreen behavior, theatergoers will always queue up to see a serial killer’s handiwork—even if it’s made them physically ill. "William Goldman [who scripted Elwes’ 1987 fantasy feature THE PRINCESS BRIDE from his own novel] told me that with MARATHON MAN, people would get up and leave during the dentistry scene, but then they’d come right back in," the actor notes. "And that happened with us [the SAW team] too. At Sundance, members of the audiences would leave during certain torture scenes or other things that they didn’t care for, and then they’d come back in a bit later." Undoubtedly, viewers will do the same for Jigsaw’s macabre schemes now that the film is opening nationwide—even if they have to see them between trips to the lobby…
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Fish of the Dead [Oct. 31st, 2004|12:01 am]
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Well, I hadn't come up with anything too great for a Halloween costume, so I fell back on an easy one. My own version of Shaun of the Dead.

The rest of the pics are under the cut +5picsCollapse )
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Entertainment weeklys top 20 horror movies hosted by Bruce Campbell on AMC [Oct. 24th, 2004|11:31 pm]
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Not necessarily in this order

The Thing
An american werewolf in london
Evil Dead
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Hitcher
Lost Highway
The Silence of the Lambs
Texas Chainsaw massacre
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Night of the living dead
Rosemary's baby
The Omen
The Exorcist
The Shining
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Help end the Zombie Threat taking over the world... [Oct. 18th, 2004|04:16 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

We really need a course like that here in Jacksonville. Lord knows we have enough mindless zombies around here...
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