Posts Tagged ‘horror movie’

There’s a certain type of horror movie – let’s call it the postmodern horror film – that transcends genre trappings to achieve something closer to art. Such movies use the conventions of horror films not for cheap thrills and scares, but rather as a metatextual exploration of subjects such as loss and existential despair.

Director and screenplay writer Nap Bishop has assured me that “HogMaul” will NOT be one of those movies. Thank freakin God. Those movies are boring.

“HogMaul,” currently filming in Central Pennsylvania, is a movie about a psychopathic pig man who smashes people’s heads in with a hammer. Why? Because that’s what psychopathic pig men do. Duh!

At the recent “Horrorfind” convention in Gettysburg, where I met Nap and some of the HogMaul crew, we got to talking about motivation. I said “What’s his motivation? He’s got a hammer and you’ve got a skull.” Nap told me that could well function as the film’s tagline.

I for one cannot wait to see this film when it comes out. And Nap graciously took some time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about it. So here goes: (more…)

Ever watch one of the Friday the 13th movies and think that a bunch of teenagers who can’t get away from a slow-moving guy in a hockey mask probably don’t belong in the gene pool?

I started a discussion about this topic on Facebook today, and came to the conclusion that it’s a failing on the part of the screenplay writers.

Did you write a script featuring a killer who requires the victims to essentially HELP him bump them off? WRITE A NEW FREAKIN KILLER BECAUSE IT’S NOT SCARY ANYMORE! IT’S ANNOYING!

Here’s the discussion that I imagine takes place in those writing sessions:

“OK. The victim is running from the killer. And, uh … hmmmm. That’s problematic, since she’s running and he moves at the speed of a recent double knee replacement patient with a codeine buzz and a wedgie. How about this? She runs into a farmhouse where there’s no exit. They used to build farmhouses without backdoors, right? They didn’t? Well, maybe our audience won’t know that. Then … I guess she could still run away from him in there, couldn’t she? How about if she stumbles and hurts her leg? She’d still be able to limp away from him? Hmmm. How about this? She somehow accidentally handcuffs herself to the railing …”