Surviving Cinema

A Two-Headed Screenwriter

I’m nearing the finish line on the first draft of a top-secret horror screenplay. I’ve been making motion pictures for twenty years… twenty five years, if you count the early/student work that has either never been publicly released (thankfully), or has received only brief home video distribution at the tail end of the VHS boom.
Eric Stanze - 06/04/2013 - 12:00pm - 0 comments

The Audacity Of Re-Animator

Most horror film fans would agree that Re-Animator, based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, is a standout entry in the mountain of horror movies released over the past few decades.
Eric Stanze - 05/27/2013 - 7:00pm - 0 comments

Status Report

Since the release of my last film, Ratline, a nearly constant flurry of activity has taken place as I work to launch a follow-up. Most of this bustle has resulted in dead ends. This is the way things trend in this industry.
Eric Stanze - 05/22/2013 - 4:00pm - 0 comments

Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013

Beloved, modest, and incredibly influential monster-making innovator Ray Harryhausen died May 7th at his home in London.
Eric Stanze - 05/15/2013 - 3:00pm - 0 comments

They Only Lack the Light To Show The Way

All the hub-bub about next month’s release of Man Of Steel turns my mind to reflect upon the history of Superman (and his mostly-disappointing big screen undertakings).
Eric Stanze - 05/08/2013 - 7:00pm - 0 comments

8 Notorious Horror Films Shot On Super 8

I surveyed over five billion people, and using an equation only the world’s top scientists can comprehend, I arrived at the following list of The Top 8 Most Notorious Horror Films Shot On Super 8. Here they are, in order of release.
Eric Stanze - 04/19/2013 - 6:00pm - 0 comments

Jess Franco

Very few figures in the landscape of cult cinema had the polarizing effect that Jesus “Jess” Franco had. The director helmed The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962), Vampyros Lesbos (1971), A Virgin Among The Living Dead (1973), Exorcism (1974), Barbed Wire Dolls (1976), Bloody Moon (1981), and many more
Eric Stanze - 04/08/2013 - 1:00pm - 0 comments

Chopping 'Ice'

After these recent blog posts, I was hit with a number of questions about the post-production of Ice From The Sun. Often, people assume this movie was edited on a non-linear computer editing system (with film grain and scratches added during post), because that’s how movies are edited these days. Not so. All the film grain, scratches, and debris are authentic… and post-production would have been much easier if I really had edited this film on a computer.
Eric Stanze - 03/27/2013 - 4:00pm - 0 comments

Super 8 and Thin Ice - Part 1 Of 2

In last week’s blog entry, I reminisced a bit about an older film of mine, Ice From The Sun. I don’t think about this film very often - it is from a extremely different, long ago era of my life. However, after the blog entry went up, I was struck by the interesting questions I received, which focused on the technical and logistical aspects of this one-of-a-kind production. (The fact that we shot Ice From The Sun on Super 8 film seemed to be of particular interest.)
Eric Stanze - 03/19/2013 - 3:00pm - 0 comments


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