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Choice Cuts: The Pros and Cons of Stephen King in Film & Television

ShockTillYouDrop.com and CraveOnline are well into its Kings of Horror series.  And still, there are titles that hosts William Bibbiani and Ryan Turek missed out on, notably the Stephen King films on TV.

In the second part of our two-part Choice Cuts: Kings of Horror Sidebar discussion, Bibbs and Turek jump into the TV adaptations of Salem’s Lot, Mick Garris’ The Shining, Storm of the Century and more.

If you missed out on part one, we suggest you follow this link!

Choice Cuts: Kings of Horror Sidebar – The Stuff We Missed & King on TV

By now, you know that ShockTillYouDrop.com and CraveOnline are well into Kings of Horror, our month-long series focusing on big screen Stephen King adaptations.

You also know that 31 days isn’t long enough to discuss every King adaptation that has come along.

My co-host, William Bibbiani, and I couldn’t get to everything so I took the opportunity to use Choice Cuts to catch up on the best and the worst of not just theatrical releases but the King adaptations that made their way to television.

Head inside for the first of our two-part episode, sponsored by Carrie.

Choice Cuts: Dissecting Home Invasion Films With Devin Faraci, Evan Dickson &

This summer has offered genre fans two home invasion horror films: The Purge and You’re Next (the latter opening August 23rd).  And that’s just on the theatrical film front.  On DVD and VOD, we’ve also seen the release of a few other titles in the home invasion sub-genre such as Cherry Tree Lane and Home Sweet Home.

So, what is it about this sub-genre that’s making it endure?  What are filmmakers getting right or getting wrong about it?  To answer some of these questions and to dissect a few select home invasion titles, I called upon colleagues Devin Faraci, Evan Dickson and Todd Gilchrist for the latest Choice Cuts group discussion.

Head inside for our chat!

Choice Cuts Discussion Eps. 4: Evil Dead!

The long-anticipated Evil Dead remake opens tomorrow (10pm in select cities tonight) and Choice Cuts is back to discuss the redo.

After the jump, listen in to our group discussion with ShockTillYouDrop.com’s Ryan Turek, film critic Todd Gilchrist, Bloody-Disgusting.com’s Evan Dickson and actress Brea Grant as the team talks about their expectations and concerns (if any).

This is the final chapter in our four-part discussion with this group, for the previous episodes – and our entire Choice Cuts library – click here.

Choice Cuts Discussion Eps. 3: The Good & Bad of Horror on TV

The third part of our Choice Cuts “discussion” with guests Todd Gilchrist (film critic), Evan Dickson (Bloody-Disgusting) and Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) is live and, this time, we’re focusing on horror on the small screen.

From True Blood and The Following to American Horror Story and newcomers like Hannibal and Bates Motel – what are our guests tuning into?  What’s getting them excited, furthermore, what is working and why?

Our panel, hosted by yours truly, digs into it all via the video player inside.  Enjoy!  And, for more episodes in this discussion series, head to our Choice Cuts hub.

Choice Cuts Discussion Eps. 2: Resurrect These Horror Sub-Genres!

ShockTillYouDrop.com managing editor Ryan Turek returns for another group discussion in this episode of Choice Cuts.  

This time, he’s – once again – sitting down with Todd Gilchrist (film critic), Evan Dickson (Bloody-Disgusting) and actress/director Brea Grant (Dexter, Best Friends Forever) to chat about horror sub-genres.  Specifically, which ones they would like to see return.

As we all now, horror goes in cycles and Hollywood bleeds certain sub-genres – be it vampires, slashers or haunted houses – until they go into hibernation.  But which sub-genres have been out of the scene for far too long?  Head inside for the group chat!

Choice Cuts Group Discussion Eps. 1: Horror Films & Their Replay Value

Our long-running video series Choice Cuts went away for a bit…but now it’s back with a new look and feel.

For the series’ reboot, we’ve adopted a “group discussion” format which we’ve toyed with in the past.  Our guests for this episode include Brea Grant (Dexter, Best Friends Forever), Evan Dickson (Bloody-Disgusting) and film critic Todd Gilchrist.

The topic on the table: Horror films and their replay value.  What are modern horror films missing that is preventing them from being revisited time and time again?  We break it all down.  Of course, if you have something to say about the issue, head inside, watch the discussion and use our comment boards to weigh in!

Choice Cuts 48: Todd Lincoln, Director of The Apparition

When I moved back to Los Angeles many years ago, Todd Lincoln was one of the first directors I interviewed.  At the time, he was in line to helm a screen adaptation of Hack/Slash.  That film never worked out for him, so he moved on to a few other projects, including The Apparition which is seeing its release this Friday (August 24th).

For our 48th episode of Choice Cuts, we pulled in Lincoln to discuss his supernatural thriller, his time on Hack/Slash, the fate of his Danger Girl adaptation and the two projects he is currently at work on: Joe Hill’s Twittering from the Circus of the Dead and The Nye Incidents.

Choice Cuts 47: Caity Lotz Talks With Us About The Pact

Now available on VOD – The Pact, a tight supernatural thriller from write-director Nicholas McCarthy which stars Caity Lotz (Death Valley, Mad Men) as a young woman searching for her missing sister (played by Agnes Bruckner).  To celebrate its release and tout its forthcoming July 6th theatrical run, we called upon Ms. Lotz to come on down to the Choice Cuts studio to talk about the film.

Choice Cuts 46: Oren Peli Talks Chernobyl Diaries

For our 46th episode of Choice Cuts, we called upon Oren Peli to chat about his latest endeavor, Chernobyl Diaries, a film directed by Brad Parker and is based on a story by Peli himself.  Of course, you know the man from his feature directorial debut, Paranormal Activity, which spawned a very successful franchise.  Since then, he’s gone on to share producing credit on Insidious, The River and Rob Zombie’s forthcoming The Lords of Salem.

 

Choice Cuts 45: Spirit Camera Haunted House Tour Part 2

Shock continues its two-part coverage of our trip to San Francisco for a special event revolving around Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir which is now available for the Nintendo 3DS.  In this episode, we take a tour of the event’s haunted hotel.

Choice Cuts 44: Spirit Camera Haunted House Tour Part 1

Shock Till You Drop ventured to San Francisco recently to check out a press event Nintendo held for its release of the Nintendo 3DS title Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.  For our 44th episode of Choice Cuts, we focus on the game itself and, stay tuned for next week, as we take a tour through a haunted hotel.

Choice Cuts 43: Talking With My Super Psycho Sweet 16’s Lauren McKnight

Actress Lauren McKnight sits in the Choice Cuts hot seat for this episode.  You might recognize her from MTV’s My Super Psycho Sweet 16 trilogy.  The most recent entry, My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3, aired last month and we had McKnight in shortly after its premiere in Hollywood.  Click on the player below and hear McKnight talk about her experiences on the series and working in the Hollywood trenches.

Choice Cuts 42: Hanging With MegaSpider’s Mike Mendez

We are back with our 42nd episode of Choice Cuts, this time speaking with director Mike Mendez.  This maniac dished out The Convent, starring Adrienne Barbeau, and set a few nuns on fire.  Later, he went on to helm The Gravedancers, an After Dark Films release.  Currently, he’s in post-production on MegaSpider, which finds Heroes’ Greg Grunberg taking on a monstrous menace in Los Angeles.  Click on the player below to hear about the film and more!

Choice Cuts 41: Catching Up With AJ Bowen

AJ Bowen sits in the Choice Cuts hot seat this week to discuss his background, his career and his forthcoming projects.  The actor landed on the genre map with The Signal and has been devoted to horror since, appearing in House of the Devil, Hatchet II and Chillerama.  On the horizon: You’re Next and Rites of Spring.  Head inside for our candid interview!