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.
I learned the hard way that platform wedges and all manner of open-toed sexiness look sexier if the toes peeping out aren't blue and bleeding, especially the showcase toe. The VIP of the peep-toed pump toe. The toe that, as it turns out, bleeds like a head wound when hit by a hatch door.
Fascinatingly, a real-life Dr. Dippel Frankenstein engaged in alchemical experiments to create an animate bioform called a "homonculus" utilizing both animal and human cadavers at Castle Frankenstein in southwestern Germany in the late 1600s and early 1700s.
The Toronto International Film Festival, the world's second largest film festival, starts this week. This is a festival with a long history of introducing films that go on to be major critical and box-office hits.
I can't resist noting a few biblical scenes and themes that come to mind each time I watch or read the latest version of the zombie apocalypse to come along. A zombie-Bible mashup requires very little editorial interference.
Horror routinely gets passed over for award nominations, and Stephen King, though decorated and honored, has had to face venomous criticism from crusty academics his whole writing career. We monster kids routinely get looked down upon by the "real" artists.