Posts Tagged ‘Horror Movies’

Today at 8 pm EST, we’ll be chatting books, movies, Hollywood, and horror with author and screenwriter, Brad Keene. Listen in any time at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Brad Keene is the screenwriter of the horror movies The Grudge 3, From Within, and The Gravedancers. His collaborators have included the directors James Wan and Sam Raimi. He’s also the author of the novels Virtual Pet Catchers and Hat Trick.



If you’re a horror movie fan, you know the terrorverse well. The terrorverse is the universe of the horror movie and certain rules apply, as famously pointed out in the movie, Scream. How to Survive a Horror Movie goes further and the chuckles are in the recognition of the rules and tropes.

The more you like horror movies, the more you’ll enjoy this book. I flipped first to my favorite genre – the Haunted House – and the checklist for confirming a house is haunted had me chortling. It lists such things as “Do the faucets or showerheads bleed?” and “Does the temperature suddenly plummet if you discuss remodeling?”

My favorite line in the entire book is here, too: “When you reach into the refrigerator, does your arm appear in another part of the house?” The various chapters cover all the genres, from slashers to killer vehicles, to vampires, and demons. There are tips on monsters – terrestrial, ocean, and outer space, and what to do about them as well.

The second edition of How to Survive a Horror Movie – Seth Grahame-Smith has been updated to reflect the classic horror movies of the last ten years or so as well as all your favorite older ones.

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On Thursday, November 29th, at 8 pm EST, we’ll be live with actor David Howard Thornton aka, Art the Clown, from Netflix’s bloody-good new horror movie, Terrifier.


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(Mick Garris, Tobe Hooper, Stephen King, Clive Barker)

In honor of the upcoming spooky season, check out our interview with film director Mick Garris on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! 


(Mick Garris and Jamie Lee Curtis)

Garris was born in Santa Monica, California. He is known for his adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as directing the horror film Sleepwalkers starring Mädchen Amick and is the creator of the Showtime series Masters of Horror and the NBC series Fear Itself. Garris won a 1986 Edgar Award for an episode he wrote for the Steven Spielberg-produced television series Amazing Stories. Garris directed the FEARnet web series Post Mortem. He hosted the double feature re-release of The People Under the Stairs and The Serpent and The Rainbow on 20 February 2010 in the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. He contributes to the web series Trailers From Hell. Garris was also the co-screenwriter and executive producer of Hocus Pocus.


Garris most recently directed the miniseries adaption of Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones and the documentary film Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., about the life and work of Legend actor Lon Chaney Jr., which screened on the Horror-Rama 2015 in October 2015.[9] He has a role, as Himself in the Biography Horror film Digging Up the Marrow, from Indie Director Adam Green.


As of 2015, he is also a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum.

In 2017 Mick Garris has given an exclusive interview to the Ukrainian horror writer Denis Bushlatov. The interview was published in Darker magazine and is considered to be the only interview ever given to Russian-speaking fans.



Fuzzbucket (1986)
Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Sleepwalkers (1992)
The Stand (1994)
The Shining (1997)
Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Masters of Horror – “Chocolate” (2005)
Masters of Horror – “Valerie on the Stairs” (2006)
Desperation (2006)
Bag of Bones (2011)

As writer

*batteries not included (1987)
Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
The Fly II (1989)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (1997)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Masters of Horror – “Haeckel’s Tale” (2005)
Masters of Horror – “Chocolate” (2005)