Looking at Speculative Fiction from Another Dimension.

Final Girl: When Serial Killers Go From Real to Reel

From Horror Hacker @ AMC Blogs: One of the foremost arguments against horror movies is that they desensitize people to real-life violence. There may be some truth to that, but not for me. While man’s inhumanity to man depresses me, I find the aberrant human mind fascinating. I’ve spent years watching Jason Voorhees go nuts with his machete, but I don’t want to be “entertained” by footage of real-life murder. I watch some crime shows, I read some true crime books and I talk with people who like the remake of April Fool’s Day better than the original. It’s sociological: What makes these wackadoos tick? That may be an unanswerable question, but filmmakers have tried for years to open a window into the serial-murdering mind. While the accuracy and inspiration may vary from movie to movie, there’s no denying that these reel killers are more frightening than Freddy Krueger could ever be, because they’re all real. Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” may have inspired more cinematic psycho killers than any other murderer, and with good reason: When police searched his property in connection with the disappearance of a local woman named Bernice Worden, the first thing they found was her body strung up in his barn, gutted like a deer carcass. More horrors waited inside Gein’s farmhouse: He’d been stealing corpses from a local cemetery and… well, literally decorating with viscera. Lampshades, masks and shade pulls made from human skin, skulls used as soup bowls… Gein was judged insane (you think?) and committed to a Wisconsin psychiatric hospital. He died of cancer-related heart failure in 1984. Films: Psycho (1960), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Deranged (1974), Ed Gein (2000), Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007). Click the link below for more. via AMC – Blogs – Horror Hacker – Stacie Ponder – When Serial Killers Go From Real to...

Exclusive: Looking Dead Ahead With George A. Romero.

From Shock Until You Drop: George A. Romero once went 20 years between Dead sagas. Now, just two years after he decided to chronicle a new zombie outbreak with Diary of the Dead, Romero’s back with a sequel, Survival of the Dead. For his sixth Dead – and the second in a proposed four-film cycle focusing on minor characters from Diary – Romero abandons the previous film’s “the zombie apocalypse will be streamed live” documentary style approach for an old-school, narrative-driven showdown between a handful of rogue National Guardsmen, two warring families, and an ever-growing number of the undead. Survival drops ‘Sarge’ Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) and his men in the middle of a Hatfield-McCoy-ish feud between two families on an isolated island off the Delaware coast. Patrick O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) wants to put every zombie back in the grave. Seamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick) protects the zombies in the hopes a cure can be found. He even fancies himself an amateur scientist when he begins to conduct experiments designed to help humanity coexist with the zombies. Click the link below for more. via Exclusive: Looking Dead Ahead With George A. Romero-...

MVP Meets With Costume Designer Machicao.

Last night, MVP held another productive meeting with head costume designer Luis Machiao of Machicao couture designs.  Producers Geo Swanko and Streebo Majic were on hand to discuss all of the finer points of costuming, locations, and even set design.  Lead actress, Kathy Sandvoss, came by to try on several outfits for this weekend’s shoot.  We are all very excited as the wheels continue to turn – moving us closer and closer to the start of...

Charlaine Harris Talks True Blood vs Sookie Stackhouse Novels.

From Lehighvalleylive.com: Tonight is the night I and millions of fans have been waiting for — the season two finale of “True Blood.” I thought season one was innovative and brilliant. As for season two — beyond my expectations, with the small exception of Maryann. She really has been a focal point of this season, but I’m hoping tonight she will get her comeuppance, and the writers will get rid of her once and for all. I had a chance to speak with Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the books upon which the HBO series “True Blood” is based), and the fans of “True Blood,” and they had much to say about the hit show. For the complete interview with Charlaine Harris continue reading below: Q. How did you come up with the idea for the Sookie Stackhouse novels? A. My other books had done well, but I wanted to broaden my readership base, I wanted to appeal to a broader audience. I decided to write about a young woman who was dating a vampire, rather than just writing about vampires. Obviously I am using vampires as a metaphor for other things, that’s what makes the books more interesting for me. It give the books more depth, though writing about vampires is fun! Q. What do you think about the HBO series “True Blood”? A. I love the series! I am very fond of Alan (Ball), he is a genius at casting. I’ve really enjoyed watching the series. Q. What was it like meeting the cast members of the show, that play the characters you have created? A. I had met them all (the cast) previously. Filming the finale was kind of like a reunion. When I first met them I was very nervous because I didn’t know too many actors. We got along great … we are all people that have the same goals. Q. What was it like filming the finale and being on the set? A. It was very interesting. I feel like I learned a lot about how much it takes to produce each minute of a TV show. I was really impressed with how hard people...

MVP Gearing Up For Weekend Shoot!

The producers at Mutantville Productions are running in the red as we continue preparations for the production of G.H.O.S.T.  This past weekend, our lead actors Kathy Sandvoss and Scott Thomas met with head costumer Luis Machicao of the world famous Machicao couture designs for a session of measurements and fittings for their costumes.  Scott also experienced the joys of casting – and we’re not talking about auditions – we mean alginate, plaster and all that other make-up FX stuff.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the life cast that we needed – but we’ll find a way around it.  The minds at MVP are plotting our next move now. We’re working hard pinning down the final location for this weekend’s shoot as well as stocking up on whatever props and costumes that we need.  There’s no rest for the wicked nor a guerrilla filmmaker – but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Next stop – the opera house.  G.H.O.S.T.  starts filming this...