From Rowdy to Rutger: Director Peter Svatek Looks Back on his Career

A Witchboard sequel, a Roddy Piper movie and a slice of Rutger Hauer greatness. Any director with that titanic trilogy on his resume should really be better known, but the name Peter Svatek remains elusive to most genre fans. Dave caught up with the filmmaker to find out about his career, and discuss the challenges… Read More From Rowdy to Rutger: Director Peter Svatek Looks Back on his Career

The Devil in the Detail: Richard Brandes and a Decade on the Filmmaking Front Line

The name Richard Brandes may not be the first to trip off the tongue in a misty-eyed reminiscence of ’90s genre stalwarts, but perhaps that’s an oversight that needs correcting. Dave caught up with the writer, producer, director and occasional actor for a look back at the early days of his impressive career. About fifteen… Read More The Devil in the Detail: Richard Brandes and a Decade on the Filmmaking Front Line

From Swords to Schlockery: John Terlesky On His Path To The Director’s Chair

“John… John… I just sold a movie to this company, and I told ‘em I had a script, and erm… Can you write a script in two weeks?” It was the New York lilt of Jim Wynorski that guided John Terlesky into what would be his first credited screenplay, which in turn lead to his… Read More From Swords to Schlockery: John Terlesky On His Path To The Director’s Chair

It’s All Relative: C. Courtney Joyner Recalls Distant Cousins (1993)

It’s the nineties. The first wave of a futureproof new format is being developed with the Digital Versatile Disc, and VHS is enjoying consecutive record years for sales. Times are good. The video rental industry is thriving and more films are in production than ever before. However, fast-forward almost a quarter of a century, and… Read More It’s All Relative: C. Courtney Joyner Recalls Distant Cousins (1993)

A Kind of Blue: The Sultry Noir of Midnight Blue (1997)

Picture it, if you will; the millennium is fast approaching and VHS is enjoying a record year for sales to which it will never equal again. Times are good. The video rental industry is booming, and accompanying such success is a dizzying number of good quality, medium budget, direct-to-video movies. When DVD showed its first… Read More A Kind of Blue: The Sultry Noir of Midnight Blue (1997)

Second Thoughts on Double Take (1998): Reflections on a Mark L. Lester thriller

The name Mark Lester seems to be forever suffixed with the bracketed addition of Class of 1984 (1982), Firestarter (1984) and Commando (1985), which are all rightly considered momentous motion pictures. But, this being Zombie Hamster, our main focus of Lester-led adoration lies firmly in the nineties, where film for film, he hit a ten year streak that… Read More Second Thoughts on Double Take (1998): Reflections on a Mark L. Lester thriller