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Joseph Maddrey

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Author of "Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film" (McFarland, 2004) and "The Making of T.S. Eliot: A Study of the Literary Influences" (McFarland, 2009). Co-author of "Not Bad for a Human: The Life and Films of Lance Henriksen" (Bloody Pulp, 2011)
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Lance Henriksen

The Masters: Lance Henriksen

The Lance Henriksen Blogathon is this week (May 2-7) and we have a special entry -- a Masters bio for Henriksen written by Joseph Maddrey, the co-author of Not Bad for a Human, Henriksen's autobiography. Find out more about this awesome event at NotBadforaHuman.com

Lance Henriksen is a versatile character actor who's as adept at playing strong, nurturing, heroic characters as he is at playing ruthless psychopaths.  His secret is astute observation, empathy, and a willingness to surrender himself completely to every role he takes - whether it's in A-list drama or Z-grade schlock. 

Review: The Grapes of Death (1978)

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In an era of mainstream PG-13 horror, it's thrilling to delve back into the European erotic horror films of the 60s and 70s - films that gained their reputations by offering highly provocative images, if often at the expense of story. One of the most controversial filmmakers in this vein is Jean Rollin, best known for a series of surrealist vampire films that began with Le Viol du vampire (The Rape of the Vampire, 1968). In their best moments, these films offer images and scenarios worthy of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali; Rollin strips vampire films (as well as voluptuous actresses) down to their essence - giving us a pure, strange and haunting beauty unencumbered with intellectual agendas.(read more...)

Review: Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

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One of the most terrifying monsters in the modern horror film is the murderous child.  We can trace this monster back to at least the late 1950s, when an 8-year old girl murdered her classmate and intimidated her mother in The Bad Seed (1956).  Not long after, a gaggle of alien pod children took over a quaint British community in Village of the Damned (1960).  The notion of malevolent kids continued to horrify audiences well into the 1970s, when Hollywood aligned them with the Devil in wildly popular films like The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976).  Perhaps the most unique take on the idea is writer/director Larry Cohen’s film It’s Alive (1974), which proposes that future generations of children will become monstrous by necessity.  Cohen has said in several i(read more...)

Roger Corman

The Masters: Roger Corman

Roger Corman is the stuff of legend – a one-man production army who kicked off his filmmaking career in 1948 as a messenger on the Fox lot.   From the very beginning he was a tireless worker, volunteering to come in on Saturdays so that he could learn the business fast.  Within the year he was promoted to script reader and his coverage helped to transform a rejected screenplay into the Gregory Peck vehicle The Gunfighter (1950).  Unfortunately, Corman got none of the credit for this success.  He quickly realized that the best way to climb the corporate ladder was to write his own screenplay, and promptly left for Europe to seek inspiration.  After a semester at Oxford, studying 20th century English literature, and a brief stint in Paris, he returned and sold a script called “The House in the Sea” to Allied Artists.

Review: Pulse (2006)

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"Do you want to see a ghost?"  This tantalizing question mysteriously pops up on the computer screens of six hapless victims in Jim Sonzero's 2006 remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo.  Without hesitation, each of the victims click on the link.  Viewers who sit down to watch this film would likely respond the same way.   After all, isn’t that why we watch horror films?  For a glimpse of the unknown?  (read more...)