Fifteen critics and filmmakers weigh in on the films that changed how they thought about documentary in this creative nonfiction survey.
Howlin’ Wolf Records proudly presents a 2-CD set with music composed and performed by accomplished Director and Composer Jamie Blanks – Storm Warning (2007) and Crawlspace (2012). Both scores won “Best Musical Score” at Screamfest the only two years Blanks entered scores for competition at the festival.
With a foreword by author Mike Thorn, detailed notes on both scores by Jamie Blanks, and an epilogue by author Adrian Roe, STORM WARNING/CRAWLSPACE features Howlin’ Wolf Records’ most extensive packaging to date with a 32-page, full-color booklet, stunning photography by both Terry Hope and Hugh Fleming, and gorgeous original artwork by Hugh Fleming, all gloriously crafted and designed by longtime Howlin’ Wolf Records Art Director, Luis Miguel Rojas.
“As I did with Shelter for the Damned, I have created here a list of titles that provide a kind of cinematic “mood board” for Darkest Hours. I included the films I reviewed in the expanded edition’s Criticism section, as well as the films that had overt or indirect impact on the stories.”
Mike Thorn joins the hosts of Necronomi.com to talk social commentary in Tod Browning’s 1932 masterpiece, Freaks. They discuss physical difference, exploitation vs. empowerment, and more.
I now have digital ARCs of Darkest Hours: Expanded Edition (coming June 11 from Journalstone). This version includes all 16 original stories, plus 17 essays on horror cinema.
Contact me here if you’re interested in reviewing and/or interviewing.
American Twilight: The Cinema of Tobe Hooper, the first comprehensive, academic, peer-reviewed study of Tobe Hooper’s oeuvre, includes Mike Thorn’s essay, “Lizard Brain Ouroboros: Human Antiexceptionalism in Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive and Crocodile.”
Pre-order here and use the discount code WOOAME to get 20% off.
Like everything else I’ve written, my debut novel Shelter for the Damned draws inspiration from a wide array of sources. It was influenced by books, short stories, essays, personal memories and relationships, music, dreams, and cinema. I have always been interested in films focused on adolescent experience and suburban milieus (especially, but not exclusively, within the horror genre).
Hot Box the Cinema welcomes a very special guest, critic and horror author Mike Thorn, for a tribute to the late filmmaker Stacy Title, the potentially vulgar auteur behind films like The Bye Bye Man, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror, and The Last Supper.