Posted in Horror Movie Throwdowns with tags , , , on June 23, 2011 by richy

This Throwdown is Between 2 Sequels that came out the same year 1981.  FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 which is the first to introduce Jason as the killer, and HALLOWEEN PART 2 which tells of the aftermath of the original movie.  If you had both of these movies in front of you, which would you watch?


Top 10 Dads from Horror Movies

Posted in Horror Movie Discussions on June 18, 2011 by richy

Father’s Day is in a Few short Hours, so I thought we could Celebrate with a Maniac of Horror Salute to the Top 10 Dads from Horror Movies.

1. Bill Paxton as Dad in FRAILTY, Bill’s charactor was completely Devoted to doing what he thought was best for his 2 sons.  His role was the primary function of the story.

2. Claude Rains Charactor of Sir John Talbot in THE WOLF MAN.  He is shown as a mature source of information for the audience in the film and become the hero at the conclusion.

3. Lance Henriksen’s charactor Harley in PUMPKINHEAD.  His love for his son is the cause for revenge in this 80’s Classic.

4. John Saxton in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and Part 3 DREAM WARRIORS.  He’s the stereo typical Dad in the original, in the 3rd he’s a drunken shell of the man he once was, but returns as a hero with a chance for redemption at the end of the film.

5. Craig T Nelson’s Charactor Steve Freeling in POLTERGEIST.  He plays a great 80’s Iconic Dad Role with strengths and weaknesses.  Very multilayered charactor.

6. Sid Haig’s Charactor Captian Spaulding in THE DEVIL’S REJECTS.  In this sequel, Captian Spaulding becomes a broader part with the revalation that he is Baby’s father. We knew he was in cahoots with the Firefly Family now we see it is a blood relationship.

7. James Whitworth’s charactor Papa Jupiter in THE HILLS HAVE EYES.  His take of a Villian who will slaughter anything to feed his family brings an intence hopelessness in the movie.

8. Karl Hardman’s charactor Harry in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. One the greatest Antagonists in any Horror film, and he just plays out the fears and worries of any common father.  It’s his part that makes you realize the bravery of Ben in the film, and makes the audience question what would they do in a simlar situation.

9. Dale Midkiff’s charactor Louis Creed.  He shows the tragedy of losing a child and the wanting of any way to change it.  Not a tale of revenge but of wanting something lost.

10. Roy Scheider’s charactor Cheif Martin Brody in JAWS.  It’s the worry of his children and the safety of his town is what drives him.  He is also a man who takes his job with honor and dignity and will not compromise in his position.

My Interview with Bill Houser

Posted in Horror Movie Interveiws with tags , , on June 7, 2011 by richy

Hey there Maniacs, today I interveiw Independent Movie Director Bill Houser who wrote, produced, and directed HIDDEN.

 HIDDEN is a modern independent Horror Movie that returns to the Old 80’s Style Slasher Genre. You will be able to find it here, on Thanks Bill for Joining Maniacs of Horror.Will you give us a brief rundown of your movie?

BH- Well Richy, you’re brief summary pretty much nails it. Confusion Films’ HIDDEN, is an old school “take’em out in the woods and slaughter them” slasher flick. We really wanted to make it in the style of the 80’s slashers, and what most of those movies had that a lot of the newer slashers don’t is suspense. Especially in the back story…what’s driving the killer. We didn’t have any money making this thing. Knowing that, and knowing that this was our first feature, and the first of anything is generally shit, I decided it was best to go with something simple and a slasher film was perfect. One thing we tried to do with this film was make it clear that JACK ,the killer, was mortal. He is sneaky and evil, and he doesn’t come at you unless he knows he’s going to win. Every victim gets, “softened up” by his tricks before he comes out of the bushes. Useless trivia, once the movie moves to the woods, Jack is in almost every scene…see if you can spot him.

I Now own this film and keep it in my Slasher Movie Library because I feel it is a fun flashback to the Old Days. Was there any movies in particular that you wanted to pay tribute to from the Slasher Classics?

BH-  No, it was more a desire to capture the tone of the 80’s slashers, and not really the great ones that started the trend, but the mob of films that followed. The ones where you laid there wondering why you were watching these people get hacked to bits for no good reason, but couldn’t turn it off either cause you were waiting for a really cool original kill.

I also know that you’re a fan of the genre, as well as all the Maniacs, and have been for many years. Who was your inspiration to get into the Horror Business?

BH- Wow, that’s actually kinda two questions…as far as inspiration as a filmmaker, I love John Carpenter’s work. Especially because I can’t put my finger on why I like some of his films so much. Like The Fog, it’s not a particularly great movie, but I can watch it over and over again. Also, because he is a writer, director, composer, and I’ve been forced to do all three on our projects. Here’s some more worthless trivia for you, one of my songs Running From A Bullet is the theme music to the #1 Itunes game Run Stick Run. As far as getting into the horror business, it’s been a strange progression.. We made a short Martin Gimbley’s Escape (shot the whole thing in a day) which never did anything here, but got tons of hits on German and Japanese horror sites, and because of that short we were asked to design a couple haunted attractions. After that experience and how big it was to stage we decided we were ready to do a feature. So we just did it, jumped in and made a movie. It was after we were well into the film that myself and co-producer Jim Knutelski realized we had to take this seriously and formed Confusion Films LLC.

Now having made a Slasher Film, what would you tell someone who also wanted to make a Slasher Film?

BH-  I would tell anyone thinking of making a first time low-budget movie to make a slasher film. Compared to other sub-genres they’re simple and you’ll have a blast…most of the time. Plus as I mentioned above, if you think your first feature is going to be a masterpiece…you’re nuts. The few people that have had big hits on their first film have for the most part been unable to follow that success up with anything. They call that LUCK. Make a movie, learn from your mistakes, and then make a better movie. Some slasher specific suggestions: Once you have a good story, there can’t be too much gore and nudity…wish we had done more of both.

Thanks again Bill for all you have done at Maniacs of Horror. Is there any other Projects you will be working on in the Future?

BH- I’m finishing up the script for our second feature, Apparition (working title), right now. It’s a ghost story about a young woman who has just lost a child in childbirth and while in the country recovering encounters the ghost of a young girl savagely murdered by her own father. The ghost desperately needs her assistance, and emotionally she’s in no position to turn down a child. The story is far more complicated than the first film, but in many ways I’m hoping the shoot will be simpler. We learned loads working on Hidden, and you’ll see that in the production value of this film. We’re also looking for writers (anybody interested get ahold of me) to develop scripts for other projects. We’re hoping to shoot two films by Summer 2012…if the world hasn’t ended.

I suggest All Maniacs Check Out THE HIDDEN and Help Independent Horror , much like a Slasher villian,Stay Alive


Posted in Horror Movie Throwdowns with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2011 by richy

Now it’s time for the Hat-Trick, I doing it One More Time.  This THROWDOWN is Between 2 of the Best Second Sequel, or Third Installment of any series, Fun and Gory all in one Movie.  The First is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET part 3 THE DREAM WARIORS which tells Freddy’s back story of being the son of 1000 Maniacs and his poor mother being a nun along with some of the most memorable deaths in the series, and second we have HELLRAISER Part 3 HELL ON EARTH which also dove back into Pinhead’s former life as a World War 1 British Officer and eventually Pinhead being released apon the world and slaughtering many and creating new cynobites.  Now if you had to choose between these 2 Great Horror Movies, which would you choose?


Posted in Horror Movie Throwdowns with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2011 by richy

I’m going to keep this going with my Nightmare vs Hellraiser THROWDOWN.  In this One we have 2 sequels that take the series in a complete new direction that only happens in these 2 movies. The first is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Part 2 FREDDY’S REVENGE where Freddy attacks people while they’re awake and posses individuals, and The second is HELLRAISER Part 2  HELLBOUND where a charactor named Tiffany solves the Lament Puzzlebox and no one else ever does it again in the series.  Which of these 2 sequels is your favorite?


Posted in Horror Movie Throwdowns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2011 by richy

Alright I’ve been waiting to do this for a little while, We’re about to pit the 2 best series against each other.  Now in this THROWDOWN i am Just going with the Original of each Series. First is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET from 1984 by Wes Craven and Starring Robert Englund, Heather Langencamp, John Saxon and Johnny Depp. The Second is HELLRAISER from 1987 by Clive Barker and starring Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence.  If you had to choose between these 2 80’s Classics, which is your favorite?


Posted in Horror Movie Throwdowns with tags , , , , on June 4, 2011 by richy

This THROWDOWN is between 2 of Vincent Price’s best Horror Movies.  The First movie is the 1964 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, and the second is the 1959 HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.  Which of these movies is your favorite?