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John Skipp’s Nightmare Royale (On Making Horror Better)

Horror has always been the black sheep of genre fiction and film. Despite its long history of brilliant work, it’s routinely dismissed on the basis of its dumbest tropes and worst excesses…all of which, it must be said, are cheap and plentiful e-z pickings for those who would write off our entire genre as crap.

Horror legend John Skipp has built a career out of smart, fun, shocking, provocative work that pushes the boundaries. And in NIGHTMARE ROYALE, he’ll make a monthly case for how to make horror smarter, cooler, and better, without losing any of its wild joy or raw power.

 

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    WHY KILLING THE SHIT OUT OF INTERESTING PEOPLE IS CLEARLY THE WAY TO GO

    Well, the Oscars came and went once again: mainstream Hollywood’s annual jillion-dollar celebration of itself. Like the Super Bowl and the Presidential election, it’s something we’re all supposed to care about deeply.

    As to we whether we do or not, that’s a purely personal thing.

    I’m always torn, when it comes to awards. And the Oscars are top of the line for that. I love movies almost more than life itself, but my favorites are rarely in the running (I’m lookin’ at YOU, LOOPER and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS). And when they are, they rarely win (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was my actual 2012 fave, and I’m thrilled it was up there, but it didn’t stand a chance).

    So I had the festivities playing downstairs, in the kitchen, and found myself wandering in and out towards the end, while feeding the dogs and waiting for THE WALKING DEAD.

    But I gotta tell ya: I’m really glad I was there when Quentin Fucking Tarantino picked up Best Original Screenplay.

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