Cassandra Wilson (Elvira)
These are some of the people who have been guests of Inside Horror. The format is simple. Two hosts; the droll and astute Elric Kane and the quirky manic pixie nightmare girl Staci Layne Wilson are your ambassadors of cinematic horror. They conduct interviews with industry professionals and legends, discuss new releases and dissect old classics, and hold lively debates on the hot issues and oldest arguments about the horror genre. This is a great resource not just for horror fans but for fans of cinema in general. The talk is always interesting and informative.The insights offered by those in the know are indispensable for people looking to make their way in the movies. You’ll find the depth of discussion, even at its most superficial and cursory, is to be valued high above the offerings of most popular film blogs who, in the name of film news and journalism, only seem able to offer never-ending news of remakes and reboots. This of course is always hardest on the horror fan, seeing as the classics the genre are always on the go to list of studios for things that absolutely “need” to be remade. The results tend to be unnecessary and underwhelming leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of modern horror fans and making it harder to hope for the future growth and prominence of the genre.
Above anything else, as you watch these industry professions speak, see the lively debates and hear the wonderful recommendations offered, you will be given a small measure of hope for the future of horror.
Or at the very least you’ll find out what happened to the creepy little girl off Halloween 4.
The link above is to the main website for the show. However, not all the episodes can be found here. Many can be found on YouTube and various video hosting websites. Weird yes, but even if it requires a bit of footwork on your behalf, it will be worth it for the information you find. Its pure gold.
When the search seems fruitless and your hope is weak, you find yourself having to hold on to the positives and find joy in the simple things. For instance, I’ve learned through my searches not to be so quick to take things for granted. I would often lapse into this contemptible attitude as I would undertake my usual internet treasure hunts, digging deeper and deeper for any piece of redeeming cinematic journalism in the film blog-o-sphere. This practice of missing the forest for the trees wouldn’t be such a big deal (in light of the sad state of the forest) if not for sites like trailersfromhell.com. Failing to take notice of this site, in my case, is a serious sin for in the expansive forest of the film blog-o-sphere, Trailers-From-Hell is a beautiful tall redwood.
Trailers-From-Hell in a (cut and paste) nutshell is bascially “the brainchild of film director Joe Dante, new media entrepreneurJonas Hudson, graphic artist Charlie Largent and producer Elizabeth Stanley. The series was born out of their mutual love of classic films of all types, but particularly horror and exploitation films. TFH is the premier showcase for a breathtakingly eclectic assortment of trailers from classic era films both in their original form and punctuated with informative and amusing commentary by contemporary filmmakers. ”
Joe Dante, Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, Eli Roth, John Sayles, John Landis, Edgar Wright, Rick Baker, Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris, Karyn Kusama, ect. The list goes on and on and features some of the most legendary, writers, producers, cinematographers, and directors of genre/gonzo entertainment from the past 70 years of cinema. You’ll be shocked that so much information, history, technical critique, and appreciation can be packed into a span of 2-4 minutes. You should also take notice that this site isn’t just for the horror and exploitation freaks. The sheer breath of trailers in their database is a wildly eclectic mix featuring everything from Howard Hawks’ “His Girl Friday”(http://trailersfromhell.com/trailers/761) to Wes Craven’s “Last House on the Left” (http://trailersfromhell.com/trailers/438). They feature trailers for cheesy romantic comedies alongside adverts for gut munching zombie b-movies, all with wonderful informative commentary to accompany it. It is a veritable gold mine for the modern film fan.
Do yourself a favor and refuse to do with out this resource. I know by now most internet film fans, are aware of Trailers-From-Hell, and i’m sure many of you are yelling, “yeah, yeah, yeah we know about it already!”, but on the off chance someone out there doesn’t know, then I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce them to a wonderful friend and ally in the fight against mindless film journalism. On the other hand, if you are already in the know, it wouldn’t hurt to get reacquainted.