Genre film lost one of its most influential forces last week when author and screenwriter Richard Matheson passed away. Whether writing originally for the screen, as with the STAR TREK episode, “The Enemy Within,” adapting his own work, which he did for such classic TWILIGHT ZONE episodes as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and the archetypal 50’s horror film THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, or adapting others, including bringing Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife to the screen as BURN WITCH BURN (a.k.a. NIGHT OF THE EAGLE), Matheson was able to embue his scripts with a contemporary outlook and an incisive inquest into the human condition that helped define genre film for the latter half of the twentieth century, and on into the twenty-first.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons sit down to discuss Matheson’s contribution to the world of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, weigh his overall influence on popular cinema, and discuss favorite examples of his work. Also in this show: Steve and Dan discuss the recent limited releases BYZANTIUM and 100 BLOODY ACRES. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.
Cinefantastique’s Round Table Podcast – the podcast of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films – adjusts its schedule to make room for CFQ’s Spotlight Theatrical Podcast (Sunday/Monday) and the Laserblast Home Video Podcast (Tuesday). From now on, expect the Round Table to appear later in the week; also expect the Black Hole Ultra-Lounge to be re-incorporated into the Round Table, which will now feature both a look at the week’s news and a free-from meditations on whatever fascinating topics occur to Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski.
This week looks at word that rights have been secured for two TERMINATOR sequels; DARK TOWER stays at Universal Pictures; Miramax plans to revive the AMITYVILLE HORROR franchise; Lionsgate plans to give us LEATHERFACE 3D. And we bid farewell to Dana Wynter, the lovely female lead of the 1956 classic, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.
And what’s up with those final words each week? Anyone catch all the references so far?