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Trick 'R Treat Was Originally Supposed To Be Directed By Horror Movie Icons

Before writer and director Michael Dougherty helmed every segment in the classic 2009 Halloween film Trick 'r Treat, he had a different plan for the horror anthology.

Early on in development, he had sent VFX master Stan Winston his animated short film that the movie would be based on, and Winston jumped on board to produce the film! Winston managed to wrangle up a crazy talented group of iconic horror directors, each one would have directed a different segment of the film.

During an interview on the podcast Post Mortem With Mick Garris, Dougherty revealed the details and explained that this early version of the project fell apart because there were no studios at the time interested in funding an anthology horror film. When talking about Winston's vision, Dougherty said:

“But the way he wanted to do with it was a traditional anthology, where you go out and get a director for each one.
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Trick ‘r Treat Was Almost Directed By John Carpenter And George Romero

Filmmaker Michael Dougherty has turned heads and raised eyebrows with his two cult classics: Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat.

The first is a festive-themed horror flick that preys on those who’ve lost touch with the Christmas spirit, while the other is a much-loved scarefest that is fast approaching its 10th anniversary. But had things panned out differently, Trick ‘r Treat, the Halloween-set anthology film written and directed by Dougherty, would’ve been summoned onto the big screen by a whole host of A-list directors.

While appearing on the latest episode of Post Mortem With Mick Garris, where he reiterated his desire to launch a bona fide sequel, Michael Dougherty recalled the lineup of talent Stan Winston (The Terminator) had assembled to direct each of the four instalments. Their names? George Romero, John Carpenter (Halloween), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and Winston himself, who drew praise for
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Sam Raimi Almost Directed The Fly 2 and It Would've Been Amazingly Wacky

I'm a huge fan of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly. To this day is still grosses me out when I watch it. Not a lot of films still have that effect on me. In 1989 a sequel was released, and I didn't really care for it. The movie was directed by special effects artist Chris Wales from a script written by Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat and Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Walking Dead).

As it turns out, Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi almost directed the film and he wrote a co-wrote a script for it with his brother Ted. I can't help but think a sequel to The Fly directed by Raimi would have been awesome!

This little bit of trivia was recently revealed in the latest episode of the Post Mortem With Mick Garris podcast. Bryan Fuller (American Gods) was a guest on the show.
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2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman

2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”

The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel.
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Exclusive Preview of Mick Garris' Post Mortem with William Friedkin

It's a pretty sweet deal that Mick Garris has with FEARnet, being able to chat with some of the preeminent directors in the horror genre on his "Post Mortem" web series, and his next guest is no exception. How about a sneak peek at Garris' interview with the one and only William Friedkin?

The five-part interview will be available on starting Monday, March 14, 2011, and will also be available on Verizon FiOS (Channel 197) starting March 19th and On Demand (VOD) as of March 21st.

From the Press Release:

During the interview Garris and Friedkin discuss in-depth The Exorcist, Friedkin’s belief in demonic possession, and what tactics he uses to terrify his audiences. Highlights from the interview include Friedkin’s comments on…

…how he came to direct The Exorcist:

Stanley Kubrick passed. Arthur Penn passed. Mike Nichols said that you can’t base a movie about the devil
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Exclusive Preview of Mick Garris' Post Mortem with John Carpenter

Beginning next Monday FEARnet's "Post Mortem with Mick Garris" will feature an in-depth interview with the master of horror himself, John Carpenter, and to help whet your appetite, we have an exclusive sneak peek of Carpenter discussing his distrust for authority, why he’s cynical, and a mention of his family "situation".

The five-part interview will be available on starting February 28, 2011, and will also be made available on Verizon FiOS cable channel 197 starting March 4th and On Demand (VOD) as of March 7th.

Over the course of the interviews, Garris and Carpenter discuss Carpenter’s motivations and inspirations for pursuing a career in filmmaking, his vastly different opinions on sequels versus remakes, and his thoughts on the use of computer graphics in film. Highlights of the interview include Carpenter’s comments on:

…his early inspirations:

“Man, in the beginning I just wanted to be a director. I didn’t care.
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Celebrate 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' With Craven and Englund All Month Long

Celebrate 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' With Craven and Englund All Month Long
If you're psyched about the new Nightmare on Elm Street, we'll have a ton of exciting new Freddy features debuting next month to get you even more excited. All April long, we'll celebrate the original Nightmare on Elm Street films with exclusive new content, including brand-new video interviews with Wes Craven and Robert Englund. Hit the jump for the official press release on what we've got planned. FEARnet Dreams Up Nightmare Event Anchored By Post Mortem With Mick Garris Double Feature With Original Dream Team Wes Craven And Robert Englund In Celebration of the New A Nightmare on Elm Street Hitting Theaters April 30th , Wes Craven and Robert Englund cut loose on the Legendary...
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FEARnet Launches ‘Post Mortem with Mick Garris’

Creator of the Showtime series, Masters of Horror, Mick Garris will be hosting an online series with FEARnet called Post Mortem with Mick Garris. The writer/director will be interviewing some of the biggest names in horror, including John Carpenter, Robert Englund and Wes Craven. From the press release: Each 5-minute webisode will feature Garris and an esteemed guest from one of Hollywood’s fright factories facing off in a freewheeling dialogue to discuss the state of the genre film industry from the inside out. Post Mortem With Mick Garris promises to be memorable and talked-about viewing for any fan of horror, thriller and [...]

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Promo for Mick Garris' Post Mortem

A new promotional video for Mick Garris' new TV show for FEARnet has found its way online, and we've got the goods for you right here. Dig in, baby!

"Post Mortem With Mick Garris" will feature the creator behind the anthology "Masters of Horror" as he sits down with some of the genre's top writers, producers, and stars including Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, and more.

Each episode of "Post Mortem" will run about a half-hour in length and be sort of a "Charlie Rose of Horror" type show with five-minute webisodes being utilized as an adjunct to that.

The show and the webisodes will debut in February on the network, which is distributed via on demand, online, and mobile platforms. Look for more soon!

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