larry fessenden

There is no better friend to the independent horror filmmaker that Larry Fessenden; his work as producer and actor in many of the early films of the new indie horror movement, and his dedication and devotion to horror filmmaking as one of the only places left for a true film auteur, have made him something of a patron saint to the independent horror filmmaking world. It’s just the icing on the cake that he also happens to be a great filmmaker, too.

It seems that the first rule of monster movies is to have a visually striking monster. I think we can all harken back to our first viewing of “Jaws” or “Alien” and remember the shivers that it sent down our spine. One being the fear of sharks magnified and the other an original creation that we didn’t know we were afraid of until it was displayed on the big screen. Even when the monster is successful the next step to effectiveness is to not show it often. Fear is what we don’t know, or better yet can’t know, hence keeping the visual queues to a minimum.

This week we review the limited release "I Sell The Dead", the IMDB.com proclaimed "Best Horror Comedy in Years"... you can feel the disappointment.

Every now and then an actor will find himself synonymous with a particular genre. Whether this is by mere choice or a matter of excelling at a particular style of story, it varies from case to case. This week on Episode 117 of the Bloody Good Horror Podcast we are covering the recent DVD release of "I Sell the Dead". Besides your big names involved with the movie like Dominic Monaghan or Ron Perlman, you'll see another character actor that you may recognize, though you may not be able to put your finger on exactly where you know him from. You just know that he looks familiar. Such is the case of Larry Fessenden.

It’s been noted many times on this site and elsewhere that these days the best horror movies tend to be found on DVD rather than in multiplexes. While Hollywood cranks out remakes and watered-down PG-13 fare, independent and international horror movies have bloomed into a far-reaching underground scene thanks to digital technology. As consumer technology marches forward at an ever faster pace, the DVD players most of us thought were pretty neat 10 years ago already have one foot in the grave.

Tons of new pics from "Sorority Row". Not going to lie, these people know how to market the crap out of a movie with tons of hot chicks. Not that it's hard, but still, I give them credit.

Kevin Williamson talks "Scream 4". Yes, this is really happening people. Brace yourselves.

5 clips from "A Perfect Getaway", the vacation themed thriller in theaters this Friday.

David Leslie Johnson, who wrote last week's release "Orphan", has been hired by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company to pen an updated version of "Little Red Riding Hood".

Speaking of kids no one wants... Larry Fessenden has been tapped to direct the English language remake of "The Orphanage", the 2007 Spanish film. This remake is also being produced by Guillermo Del Toro, who helped organize the original.

“The Last Winter” borrows its setting from one of the greatest horror movies ever made while its plot is virtually identical to that of one of the most notorious critical flops of recent years. To be fair, “The Last Winter” predates “The Happening” by two years but it brings to mind Shyamalan’s unintentional cheesefest as much as it does John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” It never approaches the extreme highs or lows of either movie but instead remains firmly in the center as a very well-made if slightly snoozy environmental thriller.