Larry Fessenden defends his pick for the best death in movie history. Plus: Watch a supercut of all the ‘ABCs of Death 2′ directors’ favorite kills!
“When I got this assignment, I thought of the scene in (the original) THE STEPFATHER where the daughter’s shrink is killed by the Stepfather by a 2×4. It struck me because the shrink is in over his head, he doesn’t understand the insanity he’s going up against. He thought he was helping a troubled girl. Because his death has that tragic dimension, it is more poignant.
There is the death in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN where the Nazi slowly kills Private Mellish with a knife to the chest while Mellish says “don’t, don’t.” Very intimate and scary. It’s the same Nazi that the Americans had freed earlier, in a sanctimonious move to “do the right thing”. And so the horrific death mocks the generosity and kindness of their earlier actions.
How about Jennifer Jason Leigh pulled apart between two trucks by Rutger Hauer in THE HITCHER? She is an innocent swept up in the mad rivalry between the Hitcher and the kid. She’s nothing but collateral damage.
How about everyone in the car at the end of THE MIST? I know some people hate that ending, but I loved it because it is so futile.
All death is tragic, but when kindness, idealism, innocence or heroism dies too, it is even more resonant.
- Larry Fessenden (“N is for Nexus”)”
Check out the full post at Crave Online, and get a look at the ABCs OF DEATH 2 directors’ favorite movie deaths of all time below.
Check out some of what GEP has planned for the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve!
This Saturday night, 11:30pm, check out a screening of Ti West’s THE ROOST with Producer Peter Phok in attendance! Plus GEP giveaways!
Monday night, 7pm! Fessenden in attendance, screening his personal 16mm film print with an extra couple of minutes never seen before!
Wednesday the 29th, 7:30pm, doors 7pm! Three macabre tales from Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid and Clay McLeod Chapman, performed before a live audience. A totally immersive audio experience, with live music and foley effects.
Thursday Oct 30th, 8pm! HABIT 35mm print! Playing alongside Abel Ferrara’s THE ADDICTION
And stay tuned for even MORE spooktacular announcements…
EW’s got the scoop and the trailer for LATE PHASES!
“In the new horror movie Late Phases, actor and excellent cook Nick Damici (Cold in July) plays a blind war veteran who discovers that something is badly wrong in the seemingly idyllic retirement community of Crescent Bay—and it isn’t excessive bingo fees.
Directed by much-tipped terror auteur Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil, Penumbra), the film costars Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, the great Tom Noonan, and indie-horror godfather Larry Fessenden, among others. Late Phases stalks its hairy way into select cinemas on Nov. 21.”
“With Halloween quickly approaching we decided this episode to focus on horror and all the juicy things that come along with it. We couldn’t think of two better folks to sit with then Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead), who, you may recall, talked to us last Halloween, and Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter), one of the icons in indie horror.
Like some major names in today’s horror scene—Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Sacrament), Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are)—McQuaid is another who got his break thanks to Fessenden and his company, Glass Eye Pix. The two have continued to collaborate with the spooky audio plays Tales From Beyond The Pale.
Chatting about a range of topics including:
-Their love of anthology films
-Larry on the ethos of Glass Eye Pix
-The struggles of the indie horror maker (and why Kickstarter isn’t for them)
-Glenn’s bisexual severed hand project
-Larry’s attempt to remake The Orphanage w/ Guillermo del Toro
-Glenn and Larry’s experiences working with Sean Young
-The best horror movies to watch this Halloween
Larry and Glenn were also nice enough to give us two excerpts from Tales From Beyond The Pale stories for your enjoyment, along with a tease of what they have in store for Season 3 of the show.
Sit back and enjoy the conversation. And if you’re in L.A., check out Tales From Beyond The Pale LIVE at Spectrefest on Oct 29″
The screening of Andrian Bogliano’s LATE PHASES was a howling good time for Glass Eye Pals Brent Kunkle (producer), Nick Damici (star) and his entourage. Connor Paulo, Jim Mickle, Linda Moran, James Felix McKenney and Lisa Wisely, makeup men Brian Spears and Peter Gerner and members of the cast and crew were in attendance. Stay tuned for more screenings of the werewolf “masterpiece” (Tony Timpone).
Glass Eye Pals Brian Spears, Brent Kunkle, James Felix McKenney, Fessenden, Peter Gerner and Jim Mickle
Fandor’s Filmwax Radio waxes poetic with Fessenden (Listen here)
“Regardless we spoke for well over an hour in an unlit room. As the conversation continued the light grew darker. The conversation went all over the place but one thing was clear: this was a serious filmmaker who likes to have a lot of fun. Oscillating between acting (All the Light in the Sky, Wendy and Lucy), directing (Habit, Beneath) and producing (The Comedy, Night Moves), Fessenden emphasized that his favorite films were those that had a slow approach, films that took their time.”
WENDIGO named one of Tribeca Film Institute’s “10 Horror Movies You Need To See” (Check the list out here)
“Though horror has always been a big go-to for filmmakers starting out with low budget fare, The Blair Witch Project took that craze to its zenith. With a whole lot of horrors suddenly flooding the market (and honestly, many of them should never been made) one we’re happy found its way out of the weeds was Larry Fessenden‘s spooky spiritual thriller. Playing off a mythical Algonquain legend, the godfather of contemporary low budget horror makes a thrilling work that’s definitely much scarier than anything done in Blair Witch.
Best Time To Watch: Before you head off for a camping trip or anything that involves a lot of wilderness.”
411Mania Suggests Fessenden for SWAMP THING Film (Read here)
“This is another one that you might cry foul on, because there has of course been a Swamp Thing film made. … With the property’s use of both horror and ecology, you could get someone like Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter) involved and do some wondrous things.”
BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD competes for Best Behind-The-Scenes-of-Filmmaking Doc on IMDB (Vote here!)
LATE PHASES playing Toronto After Dark Festival and Woodstock Film Festival this Sunday (Get your tix here and here)
Brent Kunke and Fessenden in attendance at Woodstock!
And TALES on VINYL Is Coming! (Pre-order here)
Keep it tuned to GlassEyePix.com to see what else we’re getting into this Shocktober!
Glass Eye Pix’s new werewolf film, directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, will be coming to theaters and TV sets November 21st!
Ahead of that it’ll play Woodstock Film Festival October 16th and 18th, with Fessenden and Brent Kunkle in attendance.
It will also be playing Lincoln Center November 1st, with a Q&A with Nick Damici. Get tix and more details here.
Pre-Order starts today for Larry Fessenden’s “The Hole Digger” and Glenn McQuaid’s “Trawler” ON VINYL!
The TALES come in a gatefold sleeve. The first 100 copies will be colored (red/black mix for The Hole Digger and clear/blue mix for Trawler). All 500 copies in this limited edition will be numbered in gold foil.
Note: the actual gatefold cover will have the full artwork for each (Hole Digger on the front cover, Trawler on the back).
Visit Deep Focus Records to reserve yours!
Glass Eye Pix returned to the Javits Center this weekend for another year of Comic Con madness! Check out pics from the Con here, along with photos from the Super Week NYC premiere of ABCs OF DEATH 2!