Surviving Cinema

High Hopes

I just completed a new draft of a screenplay that sent me researching paranormal investigators of the 1970s. This put my eyeballs on the bios of ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research, established in 1952.
Eric Stanze - 01/15/2014 - 4:00pm - 0 comments


At the close of 2013, the two films that seemed to define the year for me were China White Serpentine, a film I co-directed with Robin Garrels, and We Are What We Are, a film for which I directed 2nd Unit.
Eric Stanze - 01/09/2014 - 3:30pm - 0 comments

Val Lewton - Part 2

Born Vladimir Ivanovich Leventon in Russia in 1904, film producer Val Lewton (the pseudonym he is best known by) is an often-overlooked but potent contributor to horror cinema history.
Eric Stanze - 12/30/2013 - 1:30pm - 0 comments

Val Lewton - Part 1 of 2

Some horror cinema relics from the 30s and 40s are widely celebrated today, most notably the Universal monsters.
Eric Stanze - 12/20/2013 - 12:30pm - 0 comments

Two Harvests

I've known Mr. Jason Christ for 18 years... longer, if you go by his version of the story instead of mine.
Eric Stanze - 12/04/2013 - 6:00pm - 0 comments


One of my primary tasks last month was creating a "lookbook" for a film project I currently have in development. I've noticed that making a lookbook to lure investors or production companies to a film project has become more common in recent years.
Eric Stanze - 11/27/2013 - 6:00pm - 0 comments

The Killers Resolute

I always intend to take a lot of time off around Halloween, as it is indeed the best holiday on the calendar. Sadly, year after year, the workload simply refuses to let up, and I find myself taking only a fraction of the time off I'd intended. In addition to other Halloween antics, I always plan to wallow in a sea of horror films throughout October, yet each year I seem to only find time to enjoy a portion of the fright flicks on my list.
Eric Stanze - 11/13/2013 - 7:00pm - 0 comments

Chain Reaction

George Romero and his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) have had an incalculable impact on horror cinema, and the way filmmakers attack the genre.
Eric Stanze - 10/29/2013 - 2:30pm - 0 comments

Romero's Living Dead

Now that October is well underway, it's time we engage in all forms of horror shenanigans, including but not limited to the Halloween season tradition of putting as many horror movies as possible in front of our eyeballs.
Eric Stanze - 10/09/2013 - 5:00pm - 0 comments


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