It’s been nearly 20 years since we were last treated to a horrific “4,” and there’s a good reason. Few concepts in the history of cinematic terror have had the gravitas to sustain one decent sequel, to say nothing of three chronological entries. This final point is an important one, as today we’re treated to many a serial restart, but few true sequels. Once venerable franchises, and many not so venerable, have been trotted out for the re-imagining, but very few have proven capable of producing interesting, frightening, and most importantly, necessary sequels.

Brian Brushwood

Brian Brushwood is something of an "alternative" magician. Attend his show and you might see a stomach turning bit he calls "The Human Twistey Straw," Brian hammering nails up his nose, or perhaps cutting off his own tongue. All this month he's performing at Universal Studios "Halloween Horror Nights" in Orlando, Florida, and I was pretty blown away by his show after attending it a few weeks back. Here's what happened when we tracked him down to toss a few questions his way.
Brian Brushwood

The response to the freaky stuff blew away everything else I had done up to that point. I knew I was on to something.

Are you a big fan of horror films? Any favorites?

30 Days of Night (REVIEW)

It feels good to be right, doesn't it? Of course predicting that "30 Days of Night" would be the best release this fall wasn't exactly a stretch of the imagination, but I'll take any opportunity to pat myself on the back. With that said, the vampire film has gotten a major overhaul, and it's definitely for the better.

Lucky Mckee

Lucky Mckee is the creative genius behind 2002's "May," a moving tale of a girl willing to do anything to make a friend. He followed that up with 2006's "The Woods," a film which was marred by creative strife between Lucky and the studio, and a high profile project named "Red" (based on the Jack Ketchum novel) which recently fell through. He's also taken a detour into acting by starring in Angela Bettis' directorial debut "Roman," in which he plays the lead character. He's currently resting his creative muscles and working on his official site which will launch with the New Year, and he stopped by today to answer a few questions we had to toss at him.
Lucky Mckee

As creepy as it may sound...I'd probably be a more pathetic version of Roman or May...

I remember seeing the trailer for "May" on the DVD when it first came out and thinking it didn't do the film justice. Was 'May' just too complicated to fit into a :60 second trailer? Did you run into any trouble along those lines while selling the film?

Wrong Turn 2 (REVIEW)

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End represents the rare direct to DVD sequel that may have generated more buzz than its predecessor. For that we can thank the blogosphere and a brilliant marketing campaign run on the cheap by distributor 20th Century Fox. But while a well-executed plan may have put this movie in front of all the right eyeballs, something else entirely won the early praise of horror fans—gore. Yet for all its hype and good intentions, Wrong Turn 2 feels like a squishy, if not sloppy, direct-to-DVD release.

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