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.
After taking an elevator ride with the DEVIL, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski explore the subject of claustrophobic thrillers on this week’s installment of the CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast. CUBE, SAW, DEMONS, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL all feature hapless victim locked in inescapable situations – a guaranteed formula for suspense that we like to call “shooting fish in a barrel.”
Also up for debate: Spoilers. Are publicity campaigns and reviews giving away too much? Are viewers being told more than they want to know before they get a chance to see a film for themselves? Tune in for this epic debate.
And in case that’s not enough, a brief excursion into the realms of Halloween horror as the CFQ Podcast Crew explores the subject of seasonal haunted house attractions that brings horror movies to life.
The podcast wraps up with a look at some favorite personifications of Satan on screen: THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, BEDAZZLED with Peter Cook, and THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER with Walter Huston.