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The New York Tribeca Film Festival is back this year to entertain and inform tens of thousands of participants about new indie, documentary and foreign films coming out this year.  Its a celebration of talent which also features several horror films in the mix.

The Swedish vampire thriller called “Let the Right One Infrom Tomas Alfreson debuts at the festival as part of the World Narrative Competition.  More movies include an Australian horror flick Dying Breed about four friends being stalked by cannibals in the Australian bush, From Within, a teen horror movie about a town rocked by a mysterious wave of suicides, and Killer Movie, a slasher movie set in the world of reality TV.

November 12, 2007

Director Jim Mickle, whose unconventional zombie flick Mulberry Street screened in TFF ’07, offers up his list





Director Jim Mickle’s hair-raising Mulberry Street, which played TFF ’07′s Midnight section, will roll out on more than 300 screens nationwide on November 9th, as part of After Dark Films’ “8 Films To Die For” series. The story, which takes place on a sweltering Manhattan summer day, concerns a rat-borne virus that turns civilized city dwellers into bloodthirsty, rodent-like creatures dying to sink their teeth into one another—a kind of Dawn of the Dead for the modern-day Lower East Side. Mickle has more than 40 credits to his name working on feature films, TV, music videos, and commercials, including such noteworthy films as Monster’s Ball and Transamerica. Mulberry Street, his first feature, terrified audiences not only at Tribeca, but also at SXSW, Fantasia,  


As an avid movie watcher and freakishly obsessive horror fan, it’s pretty disheartening to see the genre repeatedly undercut itself with terrible choices and mass-marketed, formulaic dreck. For every horror classic, there are at least a thousand botched disasters that wind up at the front of the video store, or worse, in the multiplexes. So it’s little wonder that the genre’s reputation is only slightly above pornography.

But outside of the studio slop, the sequels, prequels, remakes, and “Americanizations,” there’s a wealth of hidden gems, most of which are readily available for anyone looking to discover some original dark voices this Halloween. Below is a list of extremely rewarding films, pulled from outside the mainstream, which can be categorized as horror but range from the terrifying to the hilarious to the jaw-dropping.



Winter1 The Last Winter
Dir. Larry Fessenden, 2007
Great cast, creepy as hell, and maybe Larry Fessenden’s best movie to date. This film shows the director’s remarkable ability to shift from scrappy, low-budget efforts like
Habit and Wendigo to a carefully composed and choreographed film that feels a lot like a Japanese horror movie. Very smart, and a great setting.

The Lost
Dir. Chris Sivertson, 2005
Before he worked with Lindsay Lohan (on this year’s
I Know Who Killed Me), Chris Sivertson made this ballsy adaptation of a Jack Ketchum novel. There’s a strange feeling of tension from the first scene, which gets heavier and heavier until the final explosion. Always fascinating, though not straightforward horror. Marc Senter is incredible in the lead.

Ginger Snaps
Dir. John Fawcett, 2000

One of my favorites. About two morbid teenage sisters discovering similar bodily changes brought on by womanhood and lycanthropy (the ability to turn into a wolf). A great, character-driven werewolf movie from  

Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981
Whoa. Incredibly surreal movie starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani as a married couple going through a bizarre separation. Somehow mixes top-notch creature effects with a family breakup scenario. Crazy blend of over-the-top extremes and gut-wrenching emotional melodrama. Some unforgettable scenes and performances.

Murderparty Murder Party
Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, 2007
Also played SXSW and Fantasia 2007. Another fun, low-budget NYC film about a lonely guy who gets invited to a hipster art-school party in Brooklyn, where the partygoers are intent on making the ultimate piece of art. Described by the filmmakers as
The Breakfast Club with chainsaws and drugs. Different, witty, and very fun.

Poughkeepsietapes The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Dir. John Erick Dowdle, 2007
Like my film, played at Tribeca 2007. Extremely well-done A&E-style faux-documentary about the fictitious “Water Street Butcher” who shot thousands of hours of video footage while terrorizing upstate
—one unfortunate girl in particular. Perfectly executed, with some very inventive and subtle choices.

End of the Line
Dir. Maurice Devereaux, 2006
This film has been wowing festival crowds for over a year now, and it deserves the praise it has received. A refreshing combo of jump-out-of-your-seat scares and wildly twisted (but not that implausible) antagonists—a group of religiously obsessed cult followers seeking
“salvation.” Takes place mostly in subway tunnels. Hopefully getting a proper release soon.


Dir. Billy O’Brien, 2007
Beautifully dark cinematography and a super eerie Irish farm setting make this lo-fi “monster” movie incredibly unsettling. Any plot synopsis will just sound hokey. Imagine
Alien, if it took place on a remote cattle farm. The special effects are some of the most delightfully cringe-inducing in years and the overall sense of dread is very well-handled.

Dir. Nacho Cerdà, 1994
One of the more disturbing pieces of narrative filmmaking for those with a high tolerance for intensity. This infamous short film chronicles an autopsy which ends badly for the cadaver, but it’s captured with an astonishing eye for detail and anatomical accuracy. Great instance of beautiful technical filmmaking applied to gruesome subject matter. Available on Netflix.

The Nameless (Los sin nombre)
Dir. Jaume Balagueró, 1999
Balagueró’s first feature, adapted from the pitch-black Ramsey Campbell novel. Brutal mystery about a woman who receives a panicked phone call from her daughter, seven years after the girl was murdered. More intense plot twists to come. Grimy locations and story with cinematography that makes you feel like you’re watching
Se7en with sunglasses.



A Tale of Two Sisters
Dir. Ji-woon Kim, 2003
One of the most gorgeous films out there. A Korean horror movie that has great crossover appeal for those who want a beautifully realized art film. Haunting, scary, and hypnotizing to watch and listen to. Direction, production design, and cinematography are all perfect—with a brilliant use of wallpaper, of all things.

Soft for Digging
Dir. J.T. Petty, 2000
Unique and effective do-it-yourself filmmaking, made as a thesis project and finished as a haunting, almost-silent film about an old man in the woods who may or may not have witnessed a young girl’s murder. Back-to-basics visual filmmaking, with amazing simplicity, patience, and ability to use what’s already there to tell a story.

Bubba Ho-Tep
Dir. Don Coscarelli, 2002
A cult classic in every way. Based on the Joe Lansdale novella about an aging Elvis impersonator who believes he actually is Elvis (played to perfection by Bruce Campbell). He teams up with Ossie Davis (who believes he is JFK) to stop a mummy who’s been knocking off old ladies at theirTexas

retirement home. Ossie Davis is BRILLIANT!






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, which spawned two interesting sequels. Great mash-up of two very different genres, and some great werewolf FX.


After Dark, and other festivals around the world. For more on Mulberry Street, visit the official site.

Given the spooky date, we figured he was just the man to give us a tour of the world of independent horror. Here’s what he told us:

Horror movie actress Hazel Court passed away April 17, 2008 at the age of 82.  She stared with movie icons such as Boris Karloff and Vincent Price.  She was a great red haired beauty with deep green eyes who was known as one of popular movie “scream queens” from the 50s and 60s.

Some of her film credits included:  The Premature Burial (1962), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and Devil Girl from Mars (1954) all helped give her cult status among horror fans.

She is perhaps best known for her role in director Roger Corman’s adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven (1963) co- starring with Price, Karloff, and Peter Lorre.

She had finished her autobiography “Hazel Court: Scream Queen”  which was published in Britian.  In addition to acting she was also a commissioned sculptor and painter. 

Thank you Hazel Court for giving us some of the best horror screams recorded on film.  May you rest in peace. 


Horriried B-Movie victims


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Linda Blair’s World Heart Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to meet Linda Blair at a benefit for here wonderful Wolrd Heart Foundation http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/ — this organization aids abandoned and abused animals in finding a better life!  What a terrific cause! 

Of course Ms. Blair is well known for her role in the classic “The Exorcist” (1973).  It is so great to know that she supports animals who do not have a voice of their own.  I want to show my support for her cause!  Please spead the word!  Worldheartfoundation

Here are the nominations for best makeup in a motion picture for 2007.  The academy awards will be broadcast on February 24, 2008.

La Vie en Rose
Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald


These are the first Academy Award nominations for Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald.


In a life marked by personal tragedy and artistic triumph, Edith Piaf grows from a child born in poverty to an internationally acclaimed singer. Raised primarily by her grandmother, a brothel keeper, young Edith is discovered singing on the streets of Paris and begins a remarkable career that cannot save her from a life haunted by drugs, alcohol, and a succession of unhappy love affairs.


Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji


This is the eleventh Academy Award nomination for Rick Baker. He was previously nominated for:

  • LIFE (1999) — Nominee, Makeup
  • MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998) — Nominee, Visual Effects
  • MEN IN BLACK (1997) — Winner, Makeup
  • THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996) — Winner, Makeup
  • ED WOOD (1994) — Winner, Makeup
  • COMING TO AMERICA (1988) — Nominee, Makeup
  • HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987) — Winner, Makeup
  • AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) — Winner, Makeup

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Kazuhiro Tsuji. He was previously nominated for:

  • CLICK (2006) — Nominee, Makeup

    Abandoned on the doorstep of an orphanage as a child, timid Norbit is now married to his one-time fellow orphan, the five-hundred-pound Rasputia, whose three intimidating brothers run a dishonest construction company. Unbeknownst to Norbit, his brothers-in-law are plotting to take over the orphanage from its owner, Mr. Wong, and are in league with a con man named Deion, who is engaged to Norbit’s childhood friend, the beautiful Kate.


    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
    Ve Neill and Martin Samuel


    This is the eighth Academy Award nomination for Ve Neill. She was previously nominated for:

    • ED WOOD (1994) — Winner, Makeup
    • MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993) — Winner, Makeup
    • BATMAN RETURNS (1992) — Nominee, Makeup
    • HOFFA (1992) — Nominee, Makeup
    • EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) — Nominee, Makeup
    • BEETLEJUICE (1988) — Winner, Makeup

    This is the second Academy Award nomination for Martin Samuel. He was previously nominated for:


    Captain Jack Sparrow is trapped in the netherworld of Davy Jones’s Locker, with his only hope of rescue lying in the hands of his friends Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. With the help of Captain Barbossa, the pair set out from Singapore to find Jack, and then take on Cutler Beckett, the evil head of the East India Trading Company, and Davy Jones himself in an attempt to free Will’s father from Jones’s grasp.

    Cloverfieldmonster1_2 The “Cloverfield” Monster from Hasbro is available now for pre-sale at www.hasbrotoyshop.com for an approximate retail price of $99.99.Cloverfieldmonster2_2

    Press Release:

    I’ve been facinated by the Cloverfield monster concept.  Since seeing the film I’ve scoured some other sites and blogs to put together other peoples impressions of the film and monster.  PLEASE ONLY READ ON IF YOU WANT THE FILM SPOILER!!!  You’ve been WARNED!  Thanks!




    Cloverfield Monster Details Revealed

    I just got my hands on the production notes for Cloverfield.

    Below I have pasted an excerpt, where JJ Abrams, director Matt Reeves, and writer Drew Goddard talk about the monster like we’ve never heard before, in exteme detail. They also talk about the “parasites” and explain the long rumored flashback sequences (the way they constructed it actually makes a hell of a lot of sense). Those weary of spoilers, please continue no further.


    Reeves also skillfully interweaves an important storyline throughout the film, that of Rob and Beth’s (Odette Yustman) earlier relationship. Hud is unknowingly taping over an earlier recording Rob had made with the camera of intimate, quiet time spent with his mate. “You see their loving gaze. It’s this small love story,” says Reeves.

    “So I began thinking, ‘Isn’t there some way to make that kind of a parallel story?’” The film actually begins with some of this footage – much of it shot by Michael Stahl-David himself using a small video camera. But additional portions also appear interspersed throughout the movie, typically after some shocking event has caused Hud to briefly shut off the camera, allowing a brief portion of Rob’s original recording to play for the audience before Hud picks up the current action again.

    “We’re seeing the aftermath of two people who have longed to be together, and somehow finally come together, crosscut with this other event,” the director explains. “By going back and forth between these two pieces, you end up heightening the drama. By looking back at this relationship and what it could have been, the audience starts to put the pieces together as to why Rob is so eager to rescue her.”


    Building a Better Monster

    The visual effects for “Cloverfield” were produced under the direction of visual effects supervisors Kevin Blank, Eric Leven of Tippett Studio and Michael Ellis of London-based Double Negative. Tippett created all the shots that include the monsters, while Double Negative was responsible for all of the other destruction and sequences which did not include the monster.

    The concept for the monster (affectionately known simply as “Clover” in-house) is simple, says Abrams. “He’s a baby. He’s brand-new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.”

    And where is he from? “We don’t say – deliberately,” notes Goddard. “Our movie doesn’t have the scientist in the white lab coat who shows up and explains things like that. We don’t have that scene.”




    Not only is the creature disoriented – he’s downright angry. “There are a bunch of smaller things – humans – that are annoying him and shooting at him like a swarm of bees,” observes Reeves. “None of these things are going to kill the monster, but they hurt it and it doesn’t understand. It’s this new environment that it finds frightening.”

    For the monster’s design, Abrams engaged veteran creature designer Neville Page, who had just finished creating characters for James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar” (and is currently working on Abrams’ “Star Trek”).




    “So much has been done in so many different movies with large creatures that the trick was to find a way to create a unique character,” explains Abrams. The producer had first become familiar with Page’s work through the designer’s series of instructional DVDs for The Gnoman Workshop. “One of the things that struck me about Neville’s instructional videos was the way he approaches everything from a realistic point of view. He develops non-existing creatures, but can explain to you their physical makeup, musculature and skeletal structure.”







    Adds producer Burk, “Neville was the first person we met with. And he’s amazing. He doesn’t just think about designing the creature, he thinks in terms of how it would walk, how it would breathe, what its skin would be like, how it lives – everything.”

    Once Page’s designs were complete, it was up to Tippett Studio to implement and refine the monster for inclusion in the few – but crucial – shots in which he appears. “We did a test, where we inserted him into some background plate shot in downtown ,” explains Leven. “We experimented with different looks, in terms of not only the creature itself, but how it would interact with the camera and with light.”


    Another facet of the design was added at director Reeves’ suggestion. “I wanted him to have that sort of spooked feeling, the way, when a horse is spooked, you can see the white of its eyes along the bottom. And you see that when the military is firing on him, where he becomes completely agitated and confused.”

    As part of a “post-birth ritual,” as Abrams describes it, the monster is seen early on scratching his back on a building (destroying it in the process), to remove a layer of parasites that are set loose to wreak their own havoc on the city.

    “Drew and I were struggling with, ‘When you have a monster that size how do you keep the characters from seeming totally irrelevant?’” says Abrams. “How do you have any one-on-one struggle?” Explains Goddard, “Because he’s so big, we knew it was going to be difficult to have intimate sequences. It’s not like any of the characters could fight him or that anyone could even figure out a way to hurt him.”

    And because of that, the idea of the parasites was born. “They’re these horrifying, dog-sized creatures that just scatter around the city and add to the nightmare of the evening,” Abrams says.

    “The parasites have a voracious, rabid, bounding nature, but they also have a crab-like crawl,” Reeves explains. “They have the viciousness of a dog, but with the ability to climb walls and stick to things.”

    In addition, the parasites also move more rapidly than their giant host counterpart. “Tippett Studio has a lot of expertise with these kinds of fast-moving creatures that can destroy people and rip them to shreds, which is always a lot of fun to work on,” says Leven. “They’re like little whirling dervishes that just destroy anything in their path. They’re totally deadly.”




    Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at 9:16 pm by: Peter Sciretta













    1.      That looks NOTHING like the TWO giant monsters in the film (not including the tinier parasitic monsters that fell off one of them).


    The first giant monster stands upright and has what looked like four to six arms the bottom four are like whale flippers — and its face is flat and has a mouth like the alien in the movie Predator. It also has these red balloon things on the side of its head.

    The second giant monster…hard to describe. It walks on four legs — It’s greyish white in color and has super long forearms like an orangatan, legs that are sort of like a frogs — and a long tail that’s shaped like a tadpole’s tail. Really unique and scary looking. It’s face is harder to describe…kind of like a turtle’s beak?










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    I just saw cloverfield with my brother, who just made a smaller shitty thread.

    That’s right, I got to see it before you Americans do.
    Now, what went on:
    Starts out like it does in the trailer, they’re all getting ready for the main guy’s going away party
    and his friend is filming everything so he can watch it when he gets to japan. The main character turns up and it’s all party and laughs for about 10 minutes. Then everything goes abit emo when
    his girlfriend/old friend/whatever comes in with another guy beacuse he never rang her or whatever…anyways.
    He, his brother and the filmer are in his room being emo and suddenly BANG!
    There’s an earthquake like thing and all the lights flicker on and off. Everyone is screaming and
    saying stupid shit. They turn on the news just to see some crap about earthquake reports and a big oil tanker that just blew up in the harbour. They decide to go up to the roof beacuse some dork goes
    “oh hey, that’s close, lets go look”
    So the fucktards go up to the roof and shit is exploding and fireballs are fucking everything up.
    They freak out and run out to the street and the statue of libertie’s head flys past, building fall over, they run around like idiots.
    Then you see your first glimpse of the monster.
    The face actually looks like it does when you mirror the poster, so I guess that wasn’t bullshit.

    So they freak out some more and run around. Just remember all of this is filmed with
    a small handycam, so think blair witch but actually good.
    They decide to try and cross the bridge to safety, half way across the monster destroys it and the main character’s brother dies, infact, he’s the first to die straigt up out of all the poeple on the bridge.
    The camera guy throws out one liners and alot of actual funny lines. They meet the military, they’re
    geting fucking destroyed and nothing is even scratching the monster, at this point they’re using tanks and rocket launhers.
    So our gang runs down into the subway and everyone freaks out for abit beacuse people are dying and his mum rings and he has to tell her his brother died, ich is actually pretty sad.
    They decide to walk the lines out of the city. Bad idea.
    Earlier there was a news report of things dropping off the monster and then attacking people. They look like little star-ship troopers bugs with more legs. So they’re in the subway and they start to hear wierd noises and see rat running away so one of the girls goes “Hey! turn on the night vision!”.
    Aso soon as it’s flicked on you see the little things al over the roof, so… “Run, RUN!!”
    They get attacked, the camera man’s love intrest gets bitten, they escape all alvive.

    Ok, breather…

    They escape to a little side room and are just freaking out, making jokes and looking out bad the bite is. Then the gang decides to go outside and they come up in a shopping center of ome sort, meet the military and are fine for about five minutes. People are screaming and hurt and some soldier gets wheeled past witha burst open chest.
    The girl who got bitten then started bleeding from everwhere. The doctors freak out and drag her behind a curtain, you see her expand, then BAM, blood explodsion. Totaly awesome.
    So they freak out some more and decide to go try and rescure the main character’s girlfriend, wich is the only reason the stupid fuckers are still in the city.
    One of the army guys lets them go and tells them to be back by 0600 to get the chopper out before the city is nuked.
    They walk around some more, see the monster some more.
    They get there and find her building is destroyed mostly and is leaning onto another so they decide
    to climb the good one and find a way over to the girlfriend’s place.
    Well, they do and they find her on her floor, with a steel rod through her shoulder. They take her back and on the way the main character takes some time to be awesome and kill one of the bug things with a fire axe.
    The monster comes over and hits the building and makes them freak out and run abit more.
    They get to the chopper and one of the gang gets to go, the rest have to wait for the next one.
    So the monster is closing in and the next chopper comes and picks them up, they floy off abit.
    You see the monster walking around making sure shit is ruined and a bomber comes and hits it afew times. There’s smoke, celebrations.
    Then it jumps out of the smoke, sitll ok and chomps the chopper, screaming, crash.
    The three remaiing people survive atill pretty much unhurt appart from a broken leg, the piolots are fucked. I guess the crashed in centeral park.
    Then as they’re walking, suddenly the girlfriend screams, camera guy turns around and there it is. You get a really good look at it, up and down. Then he gets mauled and it walks off. The main character picks up the camera and they run abit more. They take shelter under a little bridge and cry, record thier last words, then the bomb goes off.

    Ok so afew things:
    -The monster is hard to describe. It’s got four arms, two are comming out of it’s chest. A big tail and two legs. It’s head has two expandy looking sacks on it and I guess it breathes through.
    The head is kind of a cross between predator and a snapping turtle. You’d have to go see it to get a proper look.

    - A TWIST! The only person out of the group to survive is the black girl. I’m not bieng racist at all. It’s a fact that the black people usually die first up untill recently. Though I guess they are the first poeple you see looting….so, they didn’t get out without some 4chan style giggles.

    - It’s liek blair witch as in it’s supposed to be a recoverd tape so it switches back between the main movie and kis day with his girlfriend in gaps.

    - Beacuse it’s from the perspective of just some randoms you NEVEr find out what the hell it is. You NEVER find out where it came from and the move ends when the bombs go off you you don’t know if it died. I smell a sequal or book…or something.

    All in all I give it a 7.5 wins out of 10.

    I probably haven’t explained very well so ask questions ad I’ll try to fill in gaps.












    Description of the monster from: http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t …

    The monster isn’t green, it’s grey.
    -It has 4 legs and 2 really small, crab-like legs on it’s torso (the crab legs might’ve been vestigial).
    -It’s approx. 30-40 stories tall (Rob/Lil/Hud climb up Beth’s building (59th floor) where she is impaled on some metal thing, after saving her, they see the monster walking down the street, monster is significantly shorter than 50 stories).
    -It’s front “arms” are “backwards” (as if you’re elbows protruded in front of you) The arms are pretty long.
    -It has 3 LONG fingers on each hand (like, index finger middle finger and thumb.
    -Has 2 back legs, walks upright, but it appears that the front “arms” are significantly longer than the back legs.
    -Has a long tail.
    -Human-like head.
    -Has these 2 red, puffing (possibly lungs) lobes on it’s head. It’s jaw looks like a bulldog (where it’s “fangs” are over it’s lips)


    Fans draw the Cloverfield monster:













    Cloverfield style guide:





    Cloverfield what we know so far








    Cloverfield Clues:








    Background of cloverfield monster:




    It’s very rare that a sequel does not get drawn into backstory and origins. What do we know there?… The last couple of shots of Cloverfield return to the footage that’s being recorded over – To Rob and Beth at  

    No, not the monster. J.J. Abrams has said “The concept for the monster is simple. He’s a baby. He’s brand-new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.” What you see falling is a satellite, and it’s the recovery of that which awakens the beast…




    Pictures about Cloverfield


    Coney Island

    . In the background, you can just catch a large dark object plummeting through the sky, into the ocean. In other words – the first footage of the monster’s arrival?


    Best Horror Movie Quotes…

    Just a few of my favorite movie quotes –

    An American Werewolf in London (David Kessler):
    “I’m sorry I called you a meatloaf, Jack.”

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula):
    “Listen to them, the children of the night. What sweet music they make.”

    Event Horizon:
    “You don’t need eyes for where we’re going.”

    The Exorcist (Linda Blair/The Demon):
    “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”

    …more like this at  GoreMaster.com

    Film makeup effects legend Tom Savini did the original Friday the 13th (1980) blood effects.  It was his idea to have Jason appear out of the lake water at the end of the film.  He said he had just seen Carrie and there needed to be a “jump out of your seat moment” at the end of the film.  Actor Kevin Bacon appears in the film and is subjected to a painful death — with an arrow through the neck!  ugh!  ..more like this at  GoreMaster.com


    Gino Acevedo and Lord of the Rings



    On February 29, 2004 Richard Taylor and Peter King accepted the Academy Award for Best Makeup “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003)  The transcript of their speeches shown here:


    Peter King:
    God, it’s scary up here. I’d just like to thank the Academy. I’d like to thank New Line. I’d like to thank Peter, Fran, Philippa, Barrie. I’d like to thank all the team back in New Zealand, who worked so hard for such a long, long time I’d like to thank my gorgeous wife Sarah for being there every night with a glass of wine when I got home. And thank my gorgeous daughter for just being gorgeous. And thank you.

    Richard Taylor:
    Marjory Hamlin, Dominie Till, who looked after our on-set prosthetic applications for so many months. Jason Docherty, who manufactured over 10,000 of those prosthetics to be applied. Gino Acevedo, the gentleman within our company that looked after the work for so long. The cast that had to wear it all over all those months. I apologize for the rubbery faces and the funny noses but cheers to you all. Thank you. Thank the Academy and Tania. Cheers.


    In 2007 I had the chance to Interview Mr. Gino Acevedo.  It was a great conversation and in it you get a chance to learn about what he did to create such an impressive makeup career…leading to his award winning work!

    Check it out at http://www.goremaster.com/interviews/ga07/ga0701.html

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