Geez, it’s been a while since we got spooky on the show, hasn’t it? High time we brought back Mike Thorn to talk about how Wes Craven fused meta storytelling and horror in two franchises: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. We’ll permeate the membranes of reality, disassemble Craven’s views on horror’s social and political value, and laugh about how Matthew Lillard yells “BOO-GAH” when he imitates a gunshot.
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.
Mike Thorn joins the hosts of Necronomi.com to talk social commentary in Color Out of Space. They discuss isolation, environmentalism, family, tomatoes, alpaca milk, H. P. Lovecraft’s undying racism, and more.
Mike Thorn appeared on the Extended Clip podcast to talk about Shelter for the Damned and two of the films that inspired it: Gene Fowler Jr.’s I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and Larry Clark’s Ken Park (2002).
“Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to be a writer?
I can’t remember a time before I started writing. For better or worse, it has been a lifelong impulse. I was always drawn to reading, which is probably where my interest in writing originated. As a kid, I was excited by fantasy and horror (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and R. L. Stine when I was quite young, and then Stephen King when I got a little older).”
Author and critic Mike Thorn swings by to talk about Prince of Darkness, John Carpenter’s 1987 horror film, and how it both expresses and interrogates the subject of epistemophobia — the fear of knowledge. It’s a great movie to go into knowing very little, so be aware that we spoil the entire plot in this episode.
We get into how the film withholds or ambiguates information for the audience, the film’s balance between pessimism and intellectual humility, and its place in Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Cycle” of movies.
The hosts of Film Formally spoke with Mike Thorn about John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and the idea of an intentional deficit of knowledge in movies.
In style and substance, Carpenter offers a universe beyond understanding—but is there an order to it?
Stay tuned for the full episode, coming tomorrow!
Part 1: Zach, Michael, Ash and guest Mike Thorn discuss movies they saw this week, including: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, Allegro Non Troppo, Hail Caesar!, Bad Trip and Princess Mononoke.
Part 2 (34:23): The group continues their Young Critics Watch Old Movies series with 1934’s The Black Cat.