Stuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon's filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre's gory grand guignol.
Oh, no. You guys. There is something under the ice. Alive. Malevolent. Bizarre. Enormously terrifying. It will soon hurl our entire cluster of space-traveling heroes into fits of insanity and violence and much panicked screaming. Oh, no.
In "The Walking Dead," Warm Bodies and the upcoming World War Z, zombies are leaving deep footsteps in Hollywood. Now, black filmmakers are adding their own imprint to the zombie trek with the short film Danger Word.
Maybe those demonic brooders aren't even now lurking just below the surface of the Earth, stretching their hexad limbs and blinking awake their millions of smoldering atomic eyes after their 17-year nap.
You know how in horror movies, there is that one room that the overnight guest has been warned not to enter and how the guest, sensing that something terrible is beyond that door, is helplessly drawn to opening it anyway?
Dan Yeager is another in the long line of Hollywood discovery stories. Another unknown to billboard icon. He's the new Leatherface -- the iconic centerpiece to a franchise with a central throne in the pantheon of horror.
2012 is over, a year that, as with many before it, failed to keep all its promises but in compensation offered up enough surprises to remind us why we so love the films of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.