Saturday, June 07, 2008
Camera Obscura: Fear Itself and NBC's Horror Contest; Vampire Hamlet
The makers of the award-winning "Masters of Horror" series on Showtime have now moved to NBC on Thursday nights this summer. Mick Garris and his team have again gathered some top names in the genre - Stuart Gordon, John Landis, Darren Bousman (director of the "Saw" movie series), Mary Harron ("American Psycho") and some top acting talent too. Showtime's loss is NBC's gain.
The first episode, "Sacrifice", by director Brick Eisner, aired this week and you can watch it online at NBC right here. The story about vampires and gun-runners was quite grisly and well done, I thought. Future episodes of the 13-episode series are Thursday nights at 10 pm. I am delighted to see Garris and his team still crafting shows which are envelope-pushing horror tales for the small screen, bringing a much-needed jolt to original anthology programming.
Also, NBC's Chiller TV, their online all-horror channel has just launched their new short horror film contest, Dare To Direct - details are here on how to enter - and $5,000 goes to best films, best monsters and other categories too. The link also includes the work of last year's winners. You could be "America's Next Top Monster"!!!!!
A new movie blending Shakespeare, hipsters and vampires called "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead" looks like a perfect little indie horror comedy. There's a trailer (see below) but no word yet on a release date. The official website is here.