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.
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!
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!
Tomorrow night (Saturday Oct 11), Glass Eye Pix presents a double-feature of BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
9:30PM Birth of the Living Dead
11PM Night of the Living Dead
Director Rob Kuhns, Producer Esther Cassidy, and Executive Producer Larry Fessenden will introduce!
Free to attend!
Get more details at Videology
Director Larry Fessenden chats with Crave Online about ‘N is for Nexus’ and delves into philosophies on horror, monsters and audiences.
“I wanted to tell a story about all the little things that lead to a convergence that could be deadly, tragic and sad, all the things that I associate with horror. Not as much visceral horror as a sense of melancholy. So I wanted to put a lot of things in place, the idea of time and how the smallest prompt or delay can affect where you end up in a given day. So I had the girlfriend urging him on and then he forgets something so he goes back. Those precious 15 seconds made all the difference in this. The woman who’s driving the cab driver to move faster through the lights, he’s getting frustrated but he’s distracted. It’s just fun to try to have all those elements and build that piece.
My agenda always is to connect the audience somewhat to the characters, even if you have to do it quickly. That’s just my approach to horror so that the horror, the violence or the incident that occurs has some depth. That’s just because that’s the horror I’m speaking of, the feeling of loss that you end up with. When there’s a death, it’s not just oh, it was so gory. It’s that this changed my reality. That person is no longer with me and now I’ll have to deal with all the hauntings, the thoughts, the memories and so on. So I’m always interested in that more sweet spot of horror. I wanted to get pretty quickly to a relationship, they’re nagging at each other and then you get into the more visceral editing. I was excited to be able to work with fast cuts because in a feature I often like to slow things down, to make the audience watch a little more carefully. Here I was in a way liberated to edit quickly and see how much information you could get out of an image that lasts for a second and a half. It was fun.
Look at us having this conversation. We’re talking about horror but in fact it leads ultimately to questions of philosophical depth and that’s why I love the genre. You can take any kind of horror movie, and even if the filmmakers themselves weren’t actively engaged in those ideas, they’re in the DNA of the genre because you’re dealing with good, not even evil. I hate that term, but you’re dealing with adversity, fear which is the most potent emotion, let’s be honest, and that motivates all other emotions. And then whether you do the right thing in a crisis is of course one of the main questions in life.”
Deep Focus records provides tantalizing details
about the upcoming TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Vinyl release:
PRE-ORDER: October 13 — RELEASE DATE: December 2
Join us at YouTube New York for a panel with independent filmmakers who will discuss the process of making horror films with small budgets and how you can apply their filmmaking tricks of the trade to your YouTube channel!
Panelists include Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger, co-founder of Troma Films), Larry Fessenden (Habit), Onur Tukel (Summer of Blood), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead).
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The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers is now out! Includes interviews with Fessenden and Glass Eye Pals Jim Mickle, JT Petty and lots of luminaries and unsung heroes of the genre.