Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER unspools at the
Portland Horror Film Festival TONIGHT!
6:30 PM @ The Hollywood Theatre
On the occasion of the opening of the new horror flick HERIDITARY, one of GEP’s favorite authors Jason Zimmerman (SHOCK VALUE) writes about a new era of horror in The New York Times.
From the article:
Moving into territory once the preserve of prestige dramas, horror has never been more bankable and celebrated than it is right now. And while evil clowns and serial killers at sorority houses still haunt young viewers (and make tons of money), we’re in the midst of a golden age of grown-up horror. Hushed and character-driven, this mix of indie fare and blockbusters works ferociously on adult anxieties in an age of dislocation.
Part of the reason horror has long targeted young viewers is that it’s harder to scare adults. We have seen too much, including other scary movies. But that experience can be used against us. H.P. Lovecraft famously wrote that the strongest kind of fear was that of the unknown. But the older you get, the less unknown there is. Vampires, werewolves and zombies don’t frighten like they once did. But ghosts still do — when they remind us of what we have lost.
This weekend, check out HEREDITARY in theaters and then cozy up with Fessenden’s home horror family drama from 2001, WENDIGO
I SELL THE DEAD
Harkening back to the gothic horror of Universal Studios horror films of the ‘20s and ‘30s, this period horror-comedy follows a grave robber as he recounts his story of crime from prison to a Father (Ron Perlman) as he awaits his execution. The grave robber, Arthur (Dominic Monaghan), tells of his partnership with Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden) as they turn a profit robbing graves and contend with blackmail by Doctor Quint (Angus Scrimm), before unwittingly digging up the undead. Vampires, aliens, ghouls, and rival grave robbers all contribute to Arthur’s current predicament with often humorous results. Glenn McQuaid’s first outing as director isn’t perfect, Arthur’s story drags on its own, but anytime Fessenden is on screen I Sell the Dead really shines.
Read article HERE
THE RANGER wins Best Soundtrack at the Fantaspoa Film Festival!!
Director Jenn Wexler and Music Supervisor Middagh Goodwin sit with From & Inspired By podcast to discuss THE RANGER.
From the Podcast: “Director Jenn Wexler’s debut feature, The Ranger, is a fun but brutal movie about a bunch of punks who hole up in a cabin while on the lam, only to be stalked and killed by a psychotic park ranger. It’s been getting a lot of acclaim from everyone I know who’s seen it, so I reached out via Twitter, especially after reading a piece music supervisor Middagh Goodwin wrote for the Modesto View, running down all the great bands he’d lined up for the film.
After watching the movie, I was even more excited to talk with Wexler and Goodwin, and I think it comes through in the interview. We get very goofy, and it’s a damn blast.”