Hello friends! Stacy Buchanan here with a jam-packed recap of last night’s Silver Shamrock Day special episode of Inside Horror. For the season finale, hosts Elric Kane and Staci Layne Wilson invited one of my absolute favorite horror genre icons, Tom Holland, on the show for a fascinating chat about his extensive career and classic films Fright Night and Child’s Play.
Holland discussed beginning his career as an actor, transitioning into writing for television, and how he moved on to write and direct feature films like The Beast Within and Psycho 2. He also shared some hilarious stories about working with Anthony Perkins and the Chucky doll, as well as some interesting perspectives on making a vampire movie during a time when vampires were death in the marketplace.
With a career spanning many years, he may be one of the most interesting men in the industry. And you absolutely must watch this week’s show to find out what horror movie scared him the most as a child, as well as what film he’d love to get his hands on for a remake – you’ll be surprised!
Tom also rocked my boat when he introduced one of the most innovative, one-of-a-kind lifetime experiences I have ever heard about, The Ship of Fear. This is a horror-themed cruise, hosted by Holland, with activities spanning from film screenings, panels and parties with some of the genres finest including: Joe Dante, Mary Lambert, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Corey Feldman. I immediately booked my reservation and I hope you join me, it’s definitely something you won’t want to miss.
To wrap up the season in style, the Inside Horror crew also discussed their favorite 2012 offerings. Elric enjoyed Joss Whedon’s clever The Cabin in the Woods, the classic 80’s horror feel of Ciaran Foy’s Citadel, and the playful nod to the found footage subgenre that V/H/S brought us. Staci praised the Scandinavian crime thriller Headhunters, the story behind the psychology of greed in Killer Joe, and Brandon Cronenberg’s (David Cronenberg’s son) futuristic body horror exploration in Antiviral, his feature film debut. And FANGORIA’s Rebekah McKendry loved the slow and moody theme of The Woman in Black, the incredibly smart Australian torture film The Loved Ones, and Barry Levinson’s found footage adventure The Bay, one that’s getting a limited theatrical release this Friday.
I’m going to pick from each of their choices when putting together my favorites. I adored the playfulness of The Cabin in the Woods and the smirk it left on my face for days after leaving the theater. I was also a fan of the The Loved Ones and the new perspective it gave me on the torture film subgenre. And I’d also like to add Prometheus to the mix, one that Rebekah mentioned as another favorite as well, for its revival of one of the best horror franchises of all time, Aliens.
And in this week’s horror news, Rebekah showed us the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D poster, one that Elric so eloquently replied to by saying ‘… his mask looks like a sack’ (I agree). She also shared news on director Eduardo Rodriguez’s pending direct-to-video Fright Night sequel and Eli Roth’s screening of Cannibal Holocaust to a village in the Amazon helping him film his new movie Green Inferno.
And a big CONGRATS goes out to Drew Daywalt on some exciting news! The Daywalt Factory has started production on its first feature film, The Passengers, about a group transporting antiques across the country that find out some the items in tow are haunted. Being a big fan of the Daywalt Factory’s work, I’m super excited to see what the crew puts together.
Be sure to watch the season finale at http://www.youtube.com/thestreamtv to get the full news update, details on how to win a signed mint condition VHS copy of Tom Holland’s Fright Night (an absolute collectors dream), and to catch this week’s video blogger, Shock Till You Drop’s managing editor, Ryan Turek, sharing the horror film that has made the most significant impact on his life. He’s got a great pick with a great story to boot.
Thanks everyone, and we’ll see you soon for season 4 of Inside Horror!
Stacy Buchanan is a Boston-based digital marketer, freelance writer and lifelong horror fan. After spending over 20 years studying special effects makeup and cinema, she’s also a full-time film buff, and produces content for numerous websites. Follow her on Twitter at @StacyJJBuchanan.