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Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Miriam Mayer

Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Miriam Mayer

As we continue our celebration of Women In Horror Month 2020, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with one of the hardest working women in the genre and in film in general, Miriam Mayer. Not only has she worked on some of the biggest films of all time, she recently began composing scores for a number of award winning independent horror flicks. Check out what she had to say about surfing on Malibu Beach, working with the legendary John Williams, Women In Horror and much more.
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Miriam: LOL, no, I suck.  Although I’ve surfed for years, I often get friendly beach-goers asking me if it’s my first time surfing!!!  Oh the ignominy!!!  Also, has anyone made a surfing horror flick? Because there are sooo many scary things about surfing!! Sharks, sharp coral, mean surfer dudes and chicks, drowning, not to mention insulting beach-goers.  A lot of potential there.
Monster: Do people usually give you a hard time about composing the score for the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” television show? How do you feel about it, are there any regrets? 

Miriam: Oh honey.  I’ve scored far worse things than “Boo Boo.” The editors always requested “low IQ music.” And I was just so, Damn, Good at it.

Monster: What was it like to assist John Williams on scores such as the 1998 Saving Private Ryan, 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and 2002 Catch Me If You Can

Miriam: Cannot even joke about that, it was an honor and a privilege to work with John Williams at the highest level of filmscore-dom.

Monster: You’ve worked on films like Star Trek 2009, Mission Impossible III 2006 and The Chronicles of Riddick 2004, as well as and the Disney Pixar animated smash hits, Ratatouille 2007 and Up 2009. When it comes to the long list of films you’ve worked on, what’s your personal favorite and which is most memorable to you?       

Miriam: I played violin and viola on all of the films you mention here. It’s pretty darn cool to be in the orchestra in studios like Sony and Warner Bros., recording those film scores. I’m a huge Star Trek fan, so playing on Michael Giacchino’s score to that was pretty awesome. And Tom Cruise 
came to the Mission Impossible recording date and conducted the orchestra in the M.I. theme, so that was pretty fun!

Monster: Your horror cred involves films such as the 1995 Village of the Damned by John Carpenter, the 2000 Leprechaun 5: In the Hood, the 2006 TV mini-series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, and 2011 prequel, The Thing. Now tell us about the 1994 TV series M.A.N.T.I.S.

Miriam: LOL—wait—M.A.N.T.I.S??  I have some vague memory…
Monster: How did you become involved in composing for films within the independent horror community? Are you a fan of the genre, and do you watch horror movies? 

Miriam: Yes, I love horror films!  And I freaking love scoring horror films! There is nothing better than seeing a horror flick come to life with my score!  I scored several horror shorts and then started working with Simone Kisiel of Magic Dog Productions. I scored her multi-award-winning feature, “BUGS: A Trilogy” which is free to watch on Amazon Prime:

Next, I was privileged to score Christine Parker’s multi-award-winning, “BLOOD OF THE MUMMY” which will be on Amazon very soon!  Christine is also the owner and founder of the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival.  And I’m currently scoring Marie Laurin’s and Clara Gabrielle’s horror feature, “THE UNCANNY.”

Monster: As a Woman in Horror yourself, what are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month and what does it mean to you personally?

Miriam: I love working with women horror filmmakers!  Women often have a very different take on what constitutes horror.  Women have experienced a ridiculous amount of real-life horror, large and small, and I love seeing those stories brought to life with a woman’s POV.  Horror can be so cathartic.

Monster: Where can people follow you and keep up with everything that you’re up to at the moment?

Miriam: You can check my website, and I’m pretty prolific on Facebook, Instagram and IMDB.


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The Nun 2 is on its way

The Nun 2 is on its way

Love it or hate it, The Nun 2 is in the works. The 2018 release of The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman brought with it $365 million to the box office yet left many horror fans seemingly not impressed. Producer Peter Safran recently told Entertainment WeeklyWe have a fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that is the next one that will be written.”

With the high box office sales, you can bet that Warner Bros. is going to be pretty anxious to keep the trend rolling by pushing out another film, soon! So I am sure The Nun 2 will not be too far off.

I will not be in line buying tickets as I was one who felt like I sat thru 90 minutes of a gimmick that had no other intent than to try and market merchandise …..good old Hollywood Horror!

I hope The Nun 2 proves me wrong, but as for now the best part of it to me is the poster art that was created by artist/musician(bass player for metal band Life of Agony.) Alan Robert who has created/illustrated The Beauty of Horror series adult coloring books.

No tentative date or cast has been mentioned, but with this kind of financial backing, I am sure it will not take long, and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

Keep it Evil.

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

In 1984, writer/director Wes Craven and producer Robert Shay made everyone terrified to fall asleep with their hit film entitled A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film was about a child murderer who was killed by a bunch of parents to protect their children, but this horrible human being does not stay dead for long. The children, now teenagers, are finally beginning to understand the truth and to pay for their parents’ sins as they fall victim to this dream demon who has the power to invade their nightmares and kill them one by one. If he gets you in your sleep, you don't wake up at all. His name is Freddy Krueger, and he is coming back!

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

The franchise is a sacred and well-loved piece of cinema, and fans all over the world can tell you their favorite lines, kills, and sequel. For me, the original was the best; it was scary, fresh, and terrifying. My favorite sequel is either Dream Warriors or Dream Master. I can't pick one or the other because for me three was the last one that was scary and four was a turning point where Freddy became more of a fun cartoon. And I believe that was the film where fans started to adore him and want to love him. A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned six sequels as well as Freddy vs. Jason in 2003. After the FvJ installment, there were talks about bringing in Chucky, Michael Myers, Ash, and even Pinhead. Things didn't develop as fast as people wanted. So, lo and behold, MICHAEL FRIGGING BAY decides to take his horror production label, known as Platinum Dunes, and remake one of the best iconic horror films ever made and he fucked it up!

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema and Michael Bay brought us a remake back in 2010, and, like most people, I only hope that one day I can forget about it. Looks like that won't be happening anytime soon, however, because Freddy is on his way back to the screen and a new actor will be putting on the dirty red and green sweater as well as the glove.

As a loyal fan of the franchise as well as Robert Englund himself, I, for one, do not see a point in this at all. The first remake did horrendous at the box office and I'm sorry, but when you have an iconic character played by the same person (Robert Englund) throughout the entire franchise, fans only see that person playing that character. Freddy isn't Freddy without Mr. Englund. The infamous outstanding one liners, the body language and the facial features were all created by him and no one will ever be able to pull that off no matter how hard they try. You cannot replace greatness. A script is being written as we speak and casting has yet to be announced as well as a director, but in the end this is going to be another remake that people will toss to the side unless Robert Englund himself puts the glove back on one more time. Only 184 billion people can hope!

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COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

By Nick Durham

Trick or Treat Days of the dead

No one loves Trick 'r Treat more than I do. The best horror anthology to see the light of day in well over a decade (and still is), Trick 'r Treat is one of my all time favorite films of any genre in the history of ever. That's right, I said it.

Anyway, in an effort to sate us Trick 'r Treat fans until we finally get the long-awaited sequel, we get this comic which offers up four separate stories that revolve around different points in Halloween history. The stories themselves come from creator Michael Dougherty, as well as his Krampus cohorts Todd Casey and Zach Shields, along with some additional input from comic veteran Marc Andreyko. Opening tale Seed revolves around witches and magic in Ireland in the 1600s, Corn Maiden revolves around betrayal on the frontier between the evil white-man and Native Americans (and kind of, sort of gives a maybe-kind of origin to Sam), Echoes is a 1950s noir-style detective story, and the closing Monster Mash finds a closed-minded small town get their comeuppance when monsters attack on Halloween night.

The stories are basic, but mostly effective, even though they range in terms of quality. Seed is interesting, Corn Maiden is the best of the bunch, Echoes is a near-unintelligible mess, and Monster Mash is fun. The various artwork, featuring contributions from Saga's Fiona Staples, along with Stephen Byrne, and Zid is all well and great, but Stuart Sayger's work on Echoes left me perplexed as to what the fuck is happening from panel to panel. I don't mean to shit on the guy's work so please don't think I'm knocking him, I just think his style isn't all that well-suited. That aside, the story itself didn't make a lick of sense, so it's not like the art hurts it that much to begin with.

So yeah, Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead is a quick and relatively fun read. It's contents are a mixed bag but it features enough interesting moments to whet your appetite until we finally get the sequel to Trick 'r Treat that we're still fucking waiting for. That being said, check it out and give it a whirl. It isn't anything special in the least, but you can always do a lot worse in terms of horror comics than what this offers.

Rating: 3/5

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Haunt Off – 13 Ghosts Versus Thir13en Ghosts

William Castle's 13 Ghosts
Terry Castle's Thir13en Ghosts
Part 3 of 3

By Woofer McWooferson

13 Ghosts - Plato Zorba v Cyrus Kriticos

Plato v Cyrus

It isn't easy to compare movies that came out 51 years apart, particularly when those films are in the horror genre and involves ghosts. This final analysis compares William Castle's 13 Ghosts to Terry Castle's Thir13en Ghosts, bearing in mind that Ms. Castle was only a co-producer and did not direct it whereas William Castle both produced and directed 13 Ghosts.

Being the showman that he was, William Castle touted 13 Ghosts as being in Illusion-O, a film technique that allowed audiences to see the “real” ghosts in the movie by looking through one lens or to watch a tamer version sans ghosts by looking through the other. In the film, there is a single set of glasses that Plato Zorba used to see ghosts and which is left to his nephew Cyrus and his family. In addition to a change of color on the screen, a message would flash to indicate that it was time to use the viewer, effectively making the audience part of the film. The Zorba family was affable and it was easy for audiences to relate to their situation – both on the natural and supernatural levels. The mother and father were kind and thoughtful, the daughter beautiful and charming, and the boy intelligent, playful, and a fan of all things horror. The ghosts, while disturbing, were only half the Zorba family's problem; lawyer Ben Rush was the other half, and quite the problem he was. Viewers genuinely wanted Rush to be caught or killed by the ghosts!

Everything that made 13 Ghosts charming and fun is missing from Thir13en Ghosts. The uncle has gone from eccentric to evil, the ghosts from tortured souls to malevolent, murdering entities, and the family from a loving and caring unit to a collection of individuals to whom the audience cannot relate nor care about, leaving viewers unconcerned for their well-being. The “sprawling old mansion” has been replaced by a super high tech, 3-D Rubik's house and deliberate tension-building sequences with real dialogue were replaced by jump scares and the witty quips that seem to overpopulate today's horror. Whereas 13 Ghosts only had one viewer for all in the family to share, Thir13en Ghosts had several, the better to allow the camera to follow as each member is confronted by one or more of the indiscriminate but vengeful spirits. It revolves around its effects rather allowing the effects to enhance the story.

Final word on the Haunt Off - 13 vs Thir13en:

Do yourself a favor. Save Th13en Ghosts for a popcorn and soda party that never wakes up. Then dim the lights and put on 13 Ghosts instead.

Check out my review of 13 Ghosts, and my review of Thir13en Ghosts .

13 Ghosts – 10/10 claws, fun for the entire family.
Th13en Ghosts - 4/10 claws – All four claws are for the ghosts and the house.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

By Woofer McWooferson

Thir13en Ghosts (2001) movie poster.

Thir13en Ghosts (2001) movie poster

Director: Steve Beck; Writers: Robb White (story), Neal Marshall Stevens, (screenplay), Richard D'Ovidio (screenplay); Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth; Rating: R; Run Time: 91 min; Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2001

On its own Thir13en Ghosts (co-produced by Terry Castle, the daughter of William Castle) is an entertaining entry in the horror genre that still manages to fall short on many levels. The plot is quite simple: Cyrus Kriticos (F. Murray Abraham), wealthy and eccentric collector, dies and leaves everything to his nephew Arthur (Tony Shaloub) and his family - including his house, fortune, and malicious collection of ghosts that he has captured with the help of Dennis Rafkin (Matthew Lillard), a troubled psychic. As is obvious from the title, the ghosts are the focal point of the inheritance and the biggest hurdle for the family to overcome. Malicious is an understatement as they are angry and vicious, and they take great pleasure in hurting the living.

Thir13en Ghosts is filled with some amazing special effects. Each of the ghosts is a work of art and has a complete backstory that we only glimpse a part of in the movie. That is a real shame as it would have fleshed out the story and given the movie depth. In that same vein, the house itself is another amazing effect and would be seriously cool to live in - well, except for the literally all glass walls. Maybe have one or two private areas. But the nature of the house as a ghost prison is glossed over and only referenced with as having binding spells and their ability to prevent ghosts from crossing. The house shifts and changes, but there is no explanation regarding why or what goal Cyrus had in mind (aside from money, but there are easier ways to make money than collecting ghosts).

It's not a bad movie, but it's not a good movie. The acting, aside from F. Murry Abraham, Tony Shaloub, and Matthew Lillard, leaves much to be desired. The plot is thin and could've been better if they'd taken the time to explain more. The house is awesome, and the ghost effects are great. However, there are too many jump scares and comedic comments of the sort that seem to pervade trendy horror movies these days.

Find out more about Thir13en Ghosts at IMDB. Check out part 1 where I review William Castle's 13 Ghosts, the film that inspired this remake, and watch for part 3 where I compare the father's and the daughter's films.

4/10 claws - All four claws are for the ghosts and the house

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Who Will Be the Next Freddy Krueger?

By Kev B.


With the announcement by New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers of yet another A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot or remake or re-imagining… An online petition is in place and has over 200 signatures in three days time. It’s not what you are thinking; they’re not trying to stop it from happening. The fans have taken to the Internet to see if they can exert some influence as to who will be wearing the infamous sweater and glove this time around.

Just who could or should try to fill the shoes of the irreplaceable Robert Englund in the role that saved New Line and pumped fresh blood into the slasher genre back in 1984? Roberto Lombardi is the people’s choice, having starred in several short films as Freddy Krueger (before the vigilante justice) in:

Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street (2016)
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street (2014)
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street (2014)
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street (2013)
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween II (2011)
Krueger: A Tale from Elm Street (2011)

The Krueger shorts and an appearance as Freddy Krueger in an episode of Deadpool titled “A Nightmare on Pool Street” have earned him rave reviews and a well deserved cult following. Check out Roberto Lombardi as Freddy Krueger in the Elm Street shorts here at and sign the petition.

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BREAKING NEWS: The Exorcist Is Returning

By Stephanie Roisland

The Exorcist movie poster

It is confirmed, folks. The Exorcist is returning! Morgan Creek Studios and Warner Brothers will be pairing up in a modern version of The Exorcist. The 1973 horror classic remake will be a 10 part television miniseries, distributed internationally by Warner Brothers, and co-distributed domestically with Morgan Creek Studios. It seems that Morgan Creek is finally making good on their licensing of The Exorcist which expires in 4 years. With all the recent buzz and success of possession and exorcism movies, I can't say I blame the timing. This section of horror has been stagnant in the past years and now is the time to jump. Movies like The Last Exorcism, The Possession of Emily Rose, and The Taking of Deborah Logan have stirred a true spark in horror fans everywhere .

The man behind this truly frightening endeavor will be Sean Durkin, director of Martha Marcy May Marlene. The series will portray the events leading up to the possession and the effects it had on the McNeil Family during and after the young girl's experience.

A network has not been announced, we are all curious as to where the series will land. Cable would be the only option that I can see; Showtime or HBO would be ideal places for a series like this. With their recent success and numbers on other series, it would be beneficial for both parties involved.

I know this news brings a long list of questions to the table. Will we see the McNeil Father (even at a glimpse), will we get to see into the Vatican Corridors and how this hushed issue of possession is dealt with in the church? What will be the limitations for language and vulgar scenes, and the use of the sacred crucifix? Most of all we want to know, who will be our Reagan? Is she a new face to the acting world or is she a hidden actress whose full potential we have yet to see?

the-exorcist2We do know that we will be seeing the faces of Julia Roberts, Ian McKellen, Al Pacino, Mila Kunis, Dustin Hoffman, Henry Cavill, Bella Thorne, Christopher Nolan, Johnathan Nolan, and Hans Zimmer in the miniseries.

We will keep you informed as far as a network, release dates, and, of course, Reagan's casting as they become available.

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