John Steiner is another name that most might not know, but if you’re a fan of Italian cinema, then you will know his work. With a man close to 100 credits to his name in less than 25 years is pretty impressive. But also add the fact that he worked with many talented people and directors, including 4 iconic names in the Italian film industry. He worked with Lucio Fulci several times, in the early ’70s, such as in both of the White Fang films, Mario Bava in his last film, Shock (1977), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), and Ruggero Deodato’s Cut and Run (1984). Hell, he was even the main bad guy in Yor: Hunter from the Future (1983)!!! Needless to say, he is in a lot of our favorite films.
Unfortunately, it was reported that Steiner died in a car accident on Sunday, July 31st. As the years go by, the longer you have been a fan of cinema, we see more and more leave this part of their journey. But because we are fans, we know that because of their film legacy, they will live on and on, each time we bust out one of their titles. So now is the time to do just that. Break out Tenebrae or even Yor, sit back and enjoy Steiner’s work with a smile and remember.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
Brand new month, brand new week, brand new photo. But before we get to that, let’s go over last week’s photo. It was from the 1943 film Dead Men Walk, starring George Zucco in a sweet dual role, as well as Dwight Frye! Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Kevin Hart, Bob Hartman, Troy Howarth, Gary McGuire, and Bryan Senn. Always thrilled when a little obscure flick from the ’40s gets some love.
Okay, on to this week’s photo, which is another little obscure one, but from a little bit more modern time. Take a peek, then send your guess to me in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
Crimes of the Future (2022) Released by Mercury KK 17 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 38:13 min. Music by Howard Shore
Ever since really getting into movie soundtracks and David Cronenberg films, I’ve always enjoyed what composer Howard Shore brought to his films. Each one was unique, different, and always fit the individual film so well, no matter the content or the subject matter. Shore always made the music part of the overall film experience. With Cronenberg’s latest, a return to the body horror genre he was known for, Shore once again doesn’t disappoint.
Starting next Friday, Aug. 5th to the 7th, you’ll want to run off to Flashback Weekend that is taking place in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. As always, they have a HUGE guest list, but if you’re a fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, then you don’t want to miss this one, since they have 10 guests from the series, including Freddy himself, Robert Englund! But there are plenty of other guests as well, such as director Steven Miner, who not only directed the second and third entries in the Friday the 13th films, but also directed House, H20, and Lake Placid, just to name a few. Then we have Alex Winter from Bill & Ted and Lost Boys, Brad Loree, Tom Jones Jr., P.J. Soles and John Michael Graham (Lynda & Bob) from the Halloween series, and so many more.
When a film is popular in the horror genre, most likely it will have a sequel. Or two. Or nine. When quality goes out the window to make a quick buck. Or is that completely true? Are there sequels out there that maybe not be as good as the original, but are still entertaining? Or, is there a sequel that actually surpasses the original? Before scoff, put some thought into that question. Or, listen to this episode first, then give it some thought.
Either way, come listen to us rant and ramble on some of the sequels that we think are pretty fun, well made, or just a complete waste of time!
The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy Published by McFarland, 2019. 225 pages By Rolf Giesen
As a horror fan, I am forever grateful to all the authors out there that decided that they were going to do all this research and study on a particular film, or a sub-genre as a whole, and then put all of that work into a book so that other film fans can learn so much more about them. Whether it is on a specific sub-genre or a certain film in particular, I know that after reading it, I will have a little bit better understanding of the subject matter upon visiting it once again. Giesen’s book on Nosferatu, as well as early German horror cinema, is just that book. You’ll read about a lot of important names that would have a huge impact on the horror genre.
FAB Press has announced their latest edition to their Frightfest Guide, this time tackling one of the oldest monsters around: Vampires! Written by Nathaniel Thompson, this will follow the same style as their previous titles in the Frightfest series, which I have to say are all amazing. Beautifully laid out, with plenty of photos and information about each of the particular sub-genre they cover. I know, because I have all the previous editions!
They are taking pre-orders for the limited hardcover edition, that you can even get with a signed bookplate. The price works out to about $35 but it will cost you a bit more with the postage. Damn airmail freight! They do become available over here in paperback editions so you could always wait. But no matter which edition you get, I would highly recommend checking it, and the rest in the series out. They’ve covered ghosts, monsters, werewolves, exploitation, and grindhouse, which you can get most of them on Amazon for under $20. Such a deal. If you want to pre-order the hardcover edition, head over to FAB Press’ website HERE.
She Will (2022) Released by Mercury KK 11 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 44:55 min. Music by Clint Mansell
I remember seeing the trailer for this and seeing that Alice Krige was in it, I knew I was going to see it. But then forgot about it until it popped up on Prime. I’ve been a fan of Krige since Ghost Story (1981) so I figured it would be another great performance, no matter of the quality of the final product. What I didn’t expect was the captivating soundtrack that seemed to surround the story itself.
I also knew of Mansell’s work that he has done with Darren Aronofsky, but never had any of them really grab hold of me like this score did. Maybe because it was a combination of the beautiful cinematography here, where it felt like the music was interwoven into the images onscreen.
Wow. What an icon to not only the horror genre, but to movies in general. There wasn’t a sub-genre that he couldn’t or hadn’t worked it and always nailed it. Yes, Mr. Warner has passed away at the age of 80 years old, and I was still hoping to meet him one day at a convention. He had been in so many of my favorites. Then again, when you have 228 acting credits, you’ve obviously made a lasting impression in the industry. His look. That voice. Damn.
One of my earliest memories of Warner was that in Time After Time (1979), playing Jack the Ripper who gets arrives at modern times, thanks to the time machine invented by H.G. Wells, played by Malcolm McDowell. Then of course, playing Evil in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits (1981), followed the next year playing Stark in Tron (1982), really made me take notice of him. Of course, one of his earliest appearances in the horror genre was Amicus’ From Beyond the Grave (1974) in the segment about the haunted mirror. Followed by The Omen, where he has one of the most memorable deaths in cinematic history! He even played Frankenstein’s creature in a 1984 version, alongside Robert Powell and Carrie Fisher.
So yeah, the movie industry has lost a true talent, and I know I am so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
Here we are, our last Mystery Photo for July. That means the summer is more than half over and Halloween season is just around the corner. Granted, for most of us, Halloween is all year round. Just need to get those temps down outside! Our last photo was from the little anthology film Nightmares (1983), in the segment “The Benediction” with Lance Henriksen battling a truck from hell. Always one of my favorites from that period. Kudos to the following that sent in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Aaron Christensen, Lee Nattrass, and Will Wilson. Great job!
For those that thought that last photo was tough, this one might be a little harder, unless you’re a fan of those pesky old black and white films. Just remember to send me your answer in an email, to email@example.com. Good Luck!