Mark is the pretty much everything of Bloody Good Horror. When he's not casting spells in Magic or Hearthstone, you'll probably find him watching wrestling, beard glistening from the essence of Chicago's myriad beers and meats.
Deep down, all of the best genre directors are fanboys and fangirls just like you and I. They got into horror filmmaking to make the same sort of things that stimulated us at our most impressionable, and they live or die by how successful they are at harnessing the essence of what made them fans in the first place. There is no director in the game that embodies that principle more than Adam Green, and there's no film that feels more like a genre love letter than Digging Up the Marrow, for better or for worse.
(Editor's note: Over the rest of this week and next we'll be rolling out our staff picks for the best in horror from 2014, leading up to the official BGH Best of 2014 list and the Year in Review podcast. Enjoy!)
Setting a supernatural film in Bayou Country is a tricky proposition. Sure, it comes with so much history and provides a rich atmosphere, but it also lends itself to laziness. It takes a subtle touch to go beyond just scattering some chicken bones in the woods and calling it a day, and it's not clear that director Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D) was able to deliver on that subtlety with Jessabelle.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing our amazing tastes with the world, we've decided to periodically compile Spotify playlists for sharing. Casey has already featured his as a part of his 31 Days of Horror, and now it's my turn!
Will we ever tire of finding footage? If Brad Miska, producer of the V/H/S series of films has anything to say about it, we won't. For all of the groaning that typically accompanies mention of found footage films, the V/H/S series has gained decent critical feedback, if only because it own's the gimmick in such a ridiculous way that it's honestly hard to criticize. In that tradition, V/H/S: Viral, the third film in the series, reaches a level of camera saturation that's admirable in it's scope.
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but how can you resist judging a film named Blood Glacier by its ridiculous name? Any sort of promotional material you find delivers on the promise of the name, depicting a glacier...with blood on it. It's hard to resist the temptation to find out what this crimson ice flow is all about, and thankfully it turns out that the title of the film is just one big, bloody, icy red herring.
Marvel's got a universe. DC's got a universe. Why not Universal? Hell, the word "universe" is in their name! When production started on Dracula Untold, it wasn't yet decided that Universal was attempting to ressurect their monster franchise, but in the end, their intentions couldn't be clearer.
Apparently, this is the week of "rumored forever but now confirmed." After years of speculation, it turns out that the female-centric reboot of Ghostbusters is now a reality, thanks to the team of Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, and Katie Dippold, writer of The Heat. The news was confirmed via a tweet from Feig, which is the closest thing we have to reality nowadays: