The Company of Wolves

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

10/08 – 1994: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE was the novel that crowned High Priestess of Gothic Horror ANNE RICE as the “Doyenne of the Dracula Set.” A lot of excitement and buzz swirled around the news that Warner Brothers was out to transform it into a feature film, with no less than THE COMPANY OF WOLVES and THE CRYING GAME director NEIL JORDAN at the helm.  There was absolutely no way they could go wrong.  The story of “Louis and Lestat” seemed primed for absolute success.

And then…they cast it. Uh-oh.

   

BRAD PITT as Louis. Okay, not what I had in mind when reading the book, but I could buy it. STEPHEN REA. ANTONIO BANDERAS, in a cameo that made you want to see a movie just about his character. THANDIE NEWTON, in a small role that eventually would put her on the path to that magnificent performance in HBO’S series version of WESTWORLD. CHRISTIAN SLATER as the “interviewer” the title refers to. And as Lestat…TOM CRUISE.

WHO…????

I’m sure anyone who remembers being there, recalls the absolute eruption of anger that piece of casting news caused. And no, I wasn’t exactly jazzed about it, either. Tom Cruise has always been good at being…Tom Cruise. RISKY BUSINESS. COCKTAIL. TOP GUN. That guy. The one time I could see him giving his all to really disappear into a role was playing Ron Kovic in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, which admittedly was quite the departure for him. But a horror film about the eternally high-falutin’ undead? Especially a character familiar to fans of the books (and many who opined that DAVID BOWIE should’ve had that role)? Before a single frame of film was shot, it was pretty much a sure bet for deeply invested Louis-and-Lestat fans, that this flick was destined to tank at the box office.

Here’s the thing, though: once Anne Rice gave her own ‘seal of approval’ to Tom’s casting, the furor died down.  Well, at least a little. I remember reading that book at least a dozen times and thinking of either Bowie or someone like, say, JULIAN SANDS in the part, and that I’d have to hold my nose and go see it anyway, in order to support not only Neil Jordan and Anne, but ‘take one for the team’, for horror’s sake across the board.

Here’s the other thing: Tom wasn’t terrible.  It didn’t seem to me as if he completely botched the role, but I don’t think he gave it the “oomph” that the absolute right actor could have. (Unfortunately, perfect possibilities like AMERICAN HORROR STORY’S EVAN PETERS, or GAME OF THRONES’ HARRY LLOYD (“Viserys Targaryen”) hadn’t been discovered yet.)

Besides, between his ‘not bad’ performance and Brad Pitt’s good one (I always wonder what would’ve happened if they’d switched roles), nobody anticipated that the relative newcomer, KIRSTEN DUNST as a century-older-than-her-years Claudia, would steal the movie away from everybody! If the casting of the leads was somewhat problematic, there was NO question in anyone’s mind about her. She was Claudia.

The New Orleans setting for the story of the eternally youthful, eternally sorrowful Louis, and his dysfunctional “vampire family” couldn’t have been more suitable for Jordan’s dark sense of vision, gorgeously photographed by legendary DP PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT (BIG FISH, CONSTANTINE, THE BRAVE ONE), along with stunning visual and makeup FX helping bring Rice’s characters and situations to unforgettable life.

And it’s all helped along by a captivatingly baroque and sometimes thunderous score by ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL (IN DREAMS, PET SEMATARY, ALIEN 3), who at times seems to be trying to “out-Zimmer” HANS ZIMMER, and yet with a tale this outrageous, the cues and themes never seem to be overwhelming or out-of-place.

If anything, I hope if you’ve never seen this, that you’ll take the book for a spin first. (Yes, for my taste, the books are always better than the movies.)  Even if you aren’t a Tom Cruise fan – and it will work better for those who are – there’s much to discover, and eventually fall in love with about this movie.

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History of Horror in April

History of Horror in April

April 1 – 7


04/01/1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)

18830401_Lon_Chaney,_Sr._(born) / Public domain._The_Miracle_Man


20010401_Faust-Love-of-the-Damned / Fair use doctrine.


04/01/2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically


04/01/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America

20040401_RE_outbreak / Fair use doctrine.


19710402_Darkshadows / Fair use doctrine.

04/02/1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television


04/03/1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born

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004/03/1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born


04/04/1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)

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04/04/1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television


04/04/2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically



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04/05/1926 – Roger Corman (director of numerous horror films) born

April 8 - 14


04/08/1955 – Kane Hodder (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films) born

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19770408_Demon Seed / Fair use doctrine.

04/08/1977 – Demon Seed released theatrically


04/09/1996 – Tremors 2: Aftershocks released theatrically

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20040409_Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.

04/09/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the UK


04/10/1992 – Sleepwalkers released theatrically

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20030411_House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.

04/11/2003 – House of 1000 Corpses released theatrically


04/12/1962 – Cape Fear (1962) released theatrically

19620412_Cape Fear (1962) / Fair use doctrine.


19850412_Cat’s Eye / Fair use doctrine.

04/12/1985 – Cat’s Eye released theatrically


04/13/1984 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter released theatrically

19840413_Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter / Fair use doctrine.


20060414_Scary Movie 4 / Fair use doctrine.

04/14/2006 – Scary Movie 4 released theatrically

April 15 - 21


04/15/1998 – Vampires released theatrically

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04/15/2005 – The Amityville Horror (2005) released theatrically


04/19/1985 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the United States

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20060421_Silent Hill / Fair use doctrine.

04/21/2006 – Silent Hill released theatrically

April 22 - 28


04/22/1935 – Bride of Frankenstein released theatrically

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19140424_William Castle / Fair use doctrine.

04/24/1914 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) born (d. 1977)


04/24/2001 – Bio Zombie released on DVD

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19530425_House of Wax (1953) / Fair use doctrine.

04/25/1953 – House of Wax (1953) released theatrically


04/25/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in Australia

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19560426_The Creature Walks Among Us / Fair use doctrine.

04/26/1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us released theatrically


04/26/1991 – Monsters ends its run on television

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20020426_Jason X / Fair use doctrine.

04/26/2002 – Jason X released theatrically


04/26/2005 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in North America

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19800427_Mario Bava dies / Fair use doctrine.

04/27/1980 – Mario Bava (director of horror films) dies (b. 1914)


04/27/1990 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe

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April 29 - 30


19800429_Alfred Hitchcock dies / Fair use doctrine.

04/29/1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)


04/29/1981 – The Beyond released theatrically

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20040430_Godsend / Fair use doctrine.

04/30/2004 – Godsend released theatrically

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HISTORY OF HORROR: SEPTEMBER

HISTORY OF HORROR: SEPTEMBER

By Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in September. Click on thumbnails for full images.

September 1 - 7


09/01/1939 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) released
theatrically

Poster The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Copyright RKO Radio Pictures


Poster Universal Pictures

09/02/1923 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame released
theatrically


09/02/1978 – Dawn of the Dead released
theatrically

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09/05/1942 – Werner Herzog (director of Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) born


09/06/1879 – Max Schreck (actor who portrayed Count Orlok in Nosferatu) born

Public domain


Image Universal Pictures

09/06/1925 – The Phantom of the Opera (1925) released theatrically


09/07/1940 – Dario Argento (director, producer, and screenwriter of Suspira and other horror films) born

Photo by Ian Gavan - © 2012 Getty Images - Image courtesy gettyimages.com


Photo by Bobby Bank - © 2010 Bobby Bank - Image courtesy gettyimages.com

09/07/1954 – Doug Bradley (best known as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series) born


09/07/2004 – Silent Hill 4: The Room released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in North America

Image Konami

September 8 - 14


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09/08/1990 – Bride of Re-Animator released theatrically


09/09/1954 – Jeffrey Combs (actor in many horror films) born

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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09/09/1997 – Cube released theatrically


09/09/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan

Image Capcom


Copyright 2005 Sony Pictures

09/09/2005 – The Exorcism of Emily Rose released theatrically


09/10/1993 – The X-Files premieres on television

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09/10/2004 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse released theatrically


09/11/1987 – Hellraiser released theatrically

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09/11/1992 – Candyman released theatrically


09/12/1958 – The Blob (1958) released theatrically

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09/12/1992 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) dies (b. 1932)


09/13/1913 – Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) dies (b. 1874)

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09/13/1991 – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare released theatrically


09/13/2005 – Supernatural premieres on television

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09/14/1960 – The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) released theatrically

September 15 - 21


09/15/1974 – The Ghost Galleon released theatrically



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09/16/1963 – The Outer Limits premiered on television


09/16/2002 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance released on the Game Boy Advance in the US

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09/16/2005 – Cry_Wolf released theatrically


09/17/2004 – Silent Hill 4: The Room released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe

Image: Konami.


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09/17/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in Europe


09/18/1963 – The Haunting (1963) released theatrically

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09/18/1998 – The Dentist 2: Brace Yourself released theatrically


09/20/1940 – The Mummy’s Hand released theatrically

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09/20/1975 – Asia Argento (actress in many horror films, daughter of Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi) born


09/21/1947 – Stephen King born

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09/21/1984 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the UK

September 22 - 28


09/22/1986 – Castlevania released for the Nintendo Entertainment System

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09/22/1995 – Se7en released theatrically


09/22/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in Japan

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09/23/1988 – Dead Ringers released theatrically


09/24/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in the US

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09/24/2002 – Vampires: Los Muertos released on video in the US


09/24/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the US

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09/25/1959 – The Mummy (1959) released theatrically


09/25/1994 – Alone in the Dark 2 released on PC

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09/25/1998 – Urban Legend released theatrically


09/26/1962 – Carnival of Souls released theatrically

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09/26/1970 – Sheri Moon (actress in House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Toolbox Murders) born


09/27/1985 – The New Twilight Zone premiered on television

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09/27/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Japan


09/28/1987 – Friday the 13th: The Series premiered on television

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09/28/2007 – Moonlight premiered on television


09/29/1955 – The Night of the Hunter released theatrically

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09/29/1995 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers released theatrically

September 30


09/30/1984 – Tales from the Darkside premiered on television

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09/30/1988 – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark released theatrically


09/30/2005 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in the European Union

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