My daughter is turning ten soon and she has a new hobby. It’s waiting silently around a dark corner and jumping out with a scream and scaring the shit out of me.
09/02/2013 - 8:00pm
As some of you may already know, I’ve been experiencing a (seemingly) sudden and (seemingly) random turn of career events this summer. For those of you who haven’t heard, I’ve been fortunate to have become a New York Times Number 1 best seller with a book I wrote.
07/10/2013 - 3:00pm
I spoke on a panel recently, addressing a lot of film students in Los Angeles on the subject of horror filmmaking.
05/02/2013 - 5:00pm
“No, it’s NOT cool that the scene in your new movie is exactly like that one scene from your favorite film when you were a kid... “
04/19/2013 - 8:00pm
I get asked all the time how I’ve managed to put more horror in 2-4 minutes than many features manage in 90 minutes or more. I think, because I started out in long form (features and TV) and then created horror shorts, I felt the need to concentrate more storytelling into less time. It’s like a distillation process. I hook up a feature to a few tubes, put it over a Bunsen burner, and distill the bare essence of the thing into a tiny little decanter. That’s the short film. That’s how I think about it.
04/11/2013 - 3:00pm
Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again.
03/08/2013 - 3:00pm
As a writer and director, the single best reason to work in the horror genre is because it’s the only genre that can draw an audience without a star attached. That is, to say, you can put asses in seats based solely on the story or the concept alone.
02/14/2013 - 8:00pm
I was just sitting by the hot tub at our apartment complex, texting a friend on a hot Los Angeles summer day. Sounds harmless enough, right? But that moment. That slice of time. That otherwise innocuous, mundane series of seconds in my life preceded one of the worst moments of my existence.
02/04/2013 - 2:00pm
Writers are like everyone else. Doesn’t matter what genre they write in. And when it comes to working styles, even within the same genre (Horror, in my case), we’ve all got our habits and our mannerisms and our quirks. And those things change over time. For instance, I used to love to write in total solitude with just the right music going.