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Yes! SEED OF CHUCKY is Go! 2001 MANIACS is Go! & The Masters Of Horror Convene!!! Yippee!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Ok, so CABIN FEVER has a good weekend at the Box Office.. big deal right? Over-rated load of shit? You hated it? You loved it? You still don't care? See, the big deal about CABIN FEVER getting the release it did was none of the low budget horror films of old ever got a release like this. Evil Dead never opened on 2000 screens. Texas Chainsaw Massacre never opened on 2000 screens. I'm not talking about sequels or remakes, I'm talking the initial films. Those first ones. BAD TASTE played on like 100 screens in the United States. Sure, you could point at something like BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, but that was a gimmick film, that never really looked like what most audiences considers a "real movie" to look like. It was all about the promotion. CABIN FEVER is just a good low budget horror film... One that did like made it's budget back many times over on opening weekend. And, had they opened it last weekend, it would have been the #1 film in the country. SO -- why is that good? Well, just got this letter from Eli... Check it out...

So I wanted to give you a tidbit of info for your site, if you're interested. I got a very nice phone call from Don Mancini, who said he loved Cabin Fever and said our strong opening helped him get the new Chucky film off the ground. He said between Ronny Yu, Victor Salva, and now Cabin Fever, the financiers have kicked into high gear and he's now in prep. I think it's called "Seed of Chucky." So even people who saw "Cabin Fever" and fucking hated it should know that their dollars ultimately went to a good cause.

Also, it's official - the first Raw Nerve film will be "2001 Maniacs," directed by Tim Sullivan. We're going to be shooting in a few months, and Robert Englund will star in it. This film as you know was supposed to go last year, but three days before shooting, the financing collapsed. So I brought it to Raw Nerve to rescue it, and we'll be shooting in November. Tim's new draft is awesome, it's going to be a shitload of fun, with lots of blood, guts and nudity for the fans to enjoy. I will be on set for all the tit shots, just to make sure they're nice and sweaty!

Hopefully the fans will see these two concrete examples of why it's important to support each other, and know that I'm serious about doing everything I can to help save R rated sick as fuck horror.

Eli Roth

Hey folks... Harry here again... Why is there this sense of "All for one and one for all?" amongst folks like Eli Roth in regards to horror? I'll tell you why. Ya see, for years Horror Directors have been treated by the industry and the MPAA as if they were essentially the scum on the bottom of a pornographer's shoe. Second guessed and ruled by fools that didn't have a clue about the genre these directors had dedicated so much love and affection towards. I know a great many of the folks in the following photos, as well as the horror directors that could not make this meeting, and can attest to the fact that they are all really warm and gracious folks often times frustrated by the situation they have been put in. Struggling to tell the stories they love, without the budgets, controls or respect inherent to most other genres of filmmaking. SO... they just gonna live with it? Hell no. They formed the MASTERS OF HORROR society, and they gather at secret locations to give each other advice... concoct plans of attack... Help each other get a leg up on an industry they have to rassle with.

Standing (l to r):

Bill Lustig
Dwayne Jenkins
Richard Kelly
Stuart Gordon
Robert Parigi
Bill Malone
Mick Garris
John Carpenter
Tim Sullivan
Rob Zombie
Larry Cohen
Tom McLoughlin


Tobe Hooper
Bryan Singer
John Landis

“We’ll let you take the picture, if you tell us who told you we were here.”

John Landis is barking at me, incredulous that I’ve waltzed into the Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset to take an impromptu group picture of the Masters of Horror. Their gatherings have been documented before on Ain’t It Cool, but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that one of us has had the balls to infiltrate their secret society, and, frankly, staring down the glowering likes of John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Larry Cohen, I’m beginning to feel that my intrusion is about to rank as one of the most colossally awful ideas I’ve had since my three week guest hosting stint on SHIPMATES.

But when some of the greatest horror directors of all time congregate for dinner, rest assured that AICN will be there to take pictures, and get hollered at by John Landis. So here they are, your Masters of Horror as they were on the evening of September 6th, 2003. (Extra special thanks to our own super spy “Sarah” for taking the picture while I stood uselessly gawking at this rare assemblage of directorial genius. Also, thanks to “Rocky Charmin” for the random email that tipped me off to the location of this clandestine assemblage.)

Faithfully submitted,

Mr. Beaks

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  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by RingLord

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by RingLord

    I always wanted to do that

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:53 p.m. CST

    is there really a need??

    by mightywordsmith

    ok so the bride of chucky was good, but onlyin parts. i mean it just isn't scary anymore. of course does anyone go to these series horror flick to be scared any more?? (read: freddy vs Jason) i can only hope there is something better to this than the previous installments... PS damn you first place callers, damn you

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:02 p.m. CST

    WTF, mention of the live-action G.I. Joe movie?

    by Terry_1978

    Granted this is cool news and all, but for shame, Harry...for shame.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer

    by AlwaysThere

    This guy is an excellent director.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by RingLord

    Damn me. I'll tell you what its like to be damned. To read one more damn word about a damn awful movie like Cabin Fever.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Please let this mean someone'll give us a Region 1 BRAINDEAD...

    by Pallando Blue

    Yeah yeah, I know, there's an unrated "Dead Alive" DVD but dammit, I have a much-loved VHS bootleg of BRAINDEAD, and lemme tell ya, there IS a difference. And I can't afford a new, region-free player right now. Maybe after ROTK has pulled in its billion, PJ can take a breather and look at Special Edition offers from whoever owns the video rights. And put out a full-bore Frighteners DVD, too, with all the hours and hours of Laserdisc specials! Someone's already done the right thing by BAD TASTE (Anchor Bay?) and apparently Anchor Bay's got a very nice Feebles set coming up. Dammit, doesn't anyone wanna trade off LOTR's name?!?

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Harry's 'friend' must be pretty sad...

    by paddington

    If he needs Harry to mention Cabin Fever once more and say it did great. That is... if you consider #3 after Matchstick Men and Once Upon a Time in Mexico great. Which is to say it's even in the same league as the above two films... which it's not.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Wow, Richard Kelly...

    by Castor777

    What producers left nut do I have to rip off to get this guy to make his next picture? Can't wait to see what he's planned next after Donnie Darko. Anyone have any clues? It'd be nice to see him again at Sundance - although after all the shit that happened at the Salt Lake premiere I wouldn't blame him for not wanting to come back.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Castor777

    For a low budget horror film to be released at such a bad time, it's very impressive that it even made it onto the top 5. Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a film many people have been waiting for, including myself. So it's no wonder why it was #1. Matchstick Men is a heist flick by Ridley Scott and Nicolas Cage, nuff said. Of course both of these films are gonna do good. But for an independant non-sequel horror film to land at the #3 spot is pretty damn good. Harry's friend or not, the guy definatly got a fair share of attention for his first week.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer=horror?

    by jimmychitwood

    ummm...what horror movie did singer make...apt pupil is NOT horror...unless you count that the first x-men was horrible...second one rocked though...

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 2:55 p.m. CST

    yeh, Singer?

    by Skeletron

    I am still confused as to why Singer is there? Does Apt Pupil count? Guggh.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Catch It

    by Darth Melkor

    Cabin Fever ruled.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Fever haters

    by Mumbleboy

    I can't help but wonder what horror films these talkbackers like so much that they feel cabin fever is so bad. Hell, for the most part, the majority of them seem to hate most genre films released. What films are good, I wonder, in their infinite wisdom. I'm just happy to see so many almost great horror/action films now.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer is there because he directed "Apt Pupil"

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...which is based on a Stephen King story, and therefore horror. No? OK, it's because that bit in "X-Men" where the guy turned into water was scary as hell! No? OK, it's because Whatshisname Baldwin delivered a truly chilling performance in "The Usual Suspects." No? OK, I give up, why is Singer there? sk

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Masters of Horror-Give me a big wet red Fucking Fuck of a break

    by DannyOcean01

    Rob Zombie? Bryan Singer? Richard Kelly? Ahhh looking back at their back catalogue of horror I....zzzzz. Harry horror is well and truely fucked if they have those names amongst the Masters. Jezzzuuss.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 3:42 p.m. CST

    OK Mumbles here's your answer

    by RingLord

    Something that does no involve the all to tired bunch of teenagers, picked off one by one, slash and dash shit. Good Horror is not knowing what is going to happen next. Good horror still leaves you off balance, and a little jumpy even after you leave the theater. Good Horror: Ring, The Others, Panic Room, Silence of the Lambs.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:26 p.m. CST

    richard kelly

    by ckirby42

    his next film is called The Knowing, its about a time capsule at an elementary school or something like that...........

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Raw Nerve

    by God Of Forkery

    Does anyone, anywhere, have some more info on Raw Nerve?

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Any chance of getting a framed blow-up of that photo?

    by Cash Bailey

    That's fucking sweet. Although they should all curb-stomp Bill Malone for FEARDOTCOM.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Clever Photoshopping, Your ruse seems plausible

    by JAGUART

    Good Luck trying to convince this group of Talkbackers, Sunny Jim, that there's a secret society of the most talented directors in the world, known as The Masters Of Horror who run everything in the film industry, including the trade publications, and meet tri annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 5 p.m. CST


    by Sobewankinobi

    Apt Pupil isn't a horror film, it's Singer's NAMBLA entrance film.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 5:14 p.m. CST

    larry cohen

    by rickycoogin

    evil, why is Cohen so lowly? is there some tidbit i'm not aware of? i mean, at least he's not victor "the victimizer" salva.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 5:37 p.m. CST

    no more chucky

    by llephen

    i'm definitely one of the biggest horror fans on this site, and i feel the need to defend almost anything horror-related, if it's good or MIGHT be good on any chance.. all except for chucky and remakes. I've NEVER understood why people liked those stupidass chucky movies. they suck ass, man!!

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 5:40 p.m. CST

    It must be said...

    by IFartOnYourGrave

    Fuck first posters, fuck them up their stupid asses...

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 6:47 p.m. CST

    seed of chucky is a return to sick horror?

    by flippywonderkat

    man horror films suck these days. but the good thing is the young filmmakers of tomorrow are watching them and soon, very soon we will have a real return to sick horror, and not the 90210 cast getting killed by guys in fucking fencing outfits!!! what has the world come to when john landis is considered some sort of horror icon, wow, werewolf of london was great, so was fuckin blazing saddles, but you don't hear poeple callin mel brooks a comic icon because of that film do you? have you seen dracula dead and loving it? this guy is retarded, yes, worse than woody allen.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Can someone please explain to me why "tits" in a "real" horror film are a prerequisite? Seriously...maybe I don't "get" it, but the only conceivable reason I can come up with is an attempt to give the film an aesthetic of depravity. All the same, that can quickly become a gimmick and is not necessarily worth celebrating, or so it seems. Good horror can be acheived undiluted withOUT having to show some bush. Can't it? Can't it? Otherwise, the MPAA has good reason for looking at horrormeisters as sleazy pr0nographers.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by Superponte

    "what has the world come to when john landis is considered some sort of horror icon, wow, werewolf of london was great, so was fuckin blazing saddles, but you don't hear poeple callin mel brooks a comic icon because of that film do you? have you seen dracula dead and loving it?" Last time I checked- Mel Brooks IS and will continue to be a major Comic Icon. Period/

  • Come on

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by Flyers179

    If The Others, The Ring (remake I'm assuming), and Panic Room scared you and left you jumpy then your pathetic. I liked the Ring Remake it was good but IMO not scary. Saying The Others or Panic room just makes me laugh. A quarter of the way through the others I said *SPOILER* "They better not do the Sixth Sense switch ending" *SPOILER* and low and behold bam they did. Panic Room wasn't even played out to be scary in my opinion just to thrill (adrenaline) and I didn't even like it much. How about you pull your head out of your ass and stfu badmouthing Cabin Fever when praising The Others for being scary. Please....

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 8:03 p.m. CST

    um....Mel Brooks is a comic icon....

    by Boris the Blade

    bad analogy dude...I won't even bother to list them, but think about his film track record (minus Life Stinks, of course.)

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Masters of Horror.....

    by Boris the Blade

    ...and somewhere in Pittsburgh, George Romero can't get his parking ticket validated.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by MiltonWaddams

    the childs play series is terribly underrated as far as horrible shit ass horror series are concerned, minus bride of chucky, that movie licked donkey balls. john ritter died in that one.. wierd.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I disagree

    by Ribbons

    A film like 'Panic Room' can be very creepy and/or suggestive because it's unthinkable, yet easy to relate to, although it wasn't particularly scary unless all you saw from it was the preview. Just ask self-proclaimed horror scholar Guillermo del Toro: he'll agree that the things that make people the most uneasy are those that they can connect with. Obviously, supernatural films have their own kind of scariness because it's something out of your control, but still...

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Seed of Chucky? There IS a God!

    by Veidt

    Oh, how underrated the Child's Play series is. Love 'em all. Best series ever. Maybe that's overstating the case a tad but damn if I don't love the exploits of that murderous hunk of latex.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 1:04 a.m. CST

    "Tim's new draft is awesome, it's going to be a shitload of fun,

    by FrankCobretti

    Now, tell me again, why don't horror directors get any respect?

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Don't call it SEED OF CHUCKY... Call it SPAWN OF CHUCKY.

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Larry Cohen is great

    by OsamaBinBlofeld

    I heart Larry Cohen!

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 2:39 a.m. CST

    mel brooks thing was a joke, seriously

    by flippywonderkat

    i was being sarcastic, couldn't you hear it in my font? by the way, mel brooks really isn't that funny, but he is a comic icon, i know.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Real horror...

    by paddington

    At least 28 Days Later, Panic Room, The Blair Witch Project, Se7en, and any of M. Night Shyamalan's work have tension that keeps you guessing and wondering WTF is going to happen next. No comment of Alien 3, because I'm not such a big fan of it myself. Yes though, David Fincher directed it and also later disowned it. Alas, not sure if it'll ever happen... but it'd be kinda cool if that James Camereon produced and Ridley Scott directed Alien 5 gets made. Alien and Aliens are bar none, imho, two of the best sci-fi/horror films ever made.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Most of the people shown in this pic are just hopping on the HOR

    by Jon E Cin

    WHere is Dario Argento and George Romero??? "masters of horror" = "Masters of shitty horror films"

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Good Horror Films

    by Mr. Profit

    Halloween, Psycho, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw, Nightmare 1 and 3, Dead Trilogy especially Dawn and Day. Friday's 1 through 4., and just so you think I don't enjoy a good B flick - Return of the Living Dead, The Blob Remake, Night of the Creeps, Night of the Demons, Demons 1 and 2, and of course Prom Night. Too bad Cabin Fever wasn't at all scary and lost focus halfway through. And the director act's like he's 12 sometimes.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Larry Cohen's the man!!!

    by Nice Marmot

    Gotta love those killer babies! Is Roger Corman still alive? He's a master of horror just for bringing me Pirhanna & Humanoids From The Deep. CLASSICS!!!

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by Ribbons

    To those self-proclaimed horror fans out there who keep saying "'The Ring' sucked balls," I'd like to hear an actual thesis on why with the all-purpose "it could have been scarier" or "it's a glossy studio movie" arguments removed. I'm very inexperienced in my studies of the horror genre, so I'm more than willing to take a verbal beating on the matter, but I have a feeling 80% of you that say it say it because you want to go against the grain.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 8:47 p.m. CST

    by ACanOfTab

    What is wrong with you people?

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by ACanOfTab

    What is wrong with you people?

  • Sept. 18, 2003, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The Ring

    by Mr. Profit

    Isn't scary, but it's creepy and it's a solid film. It's funny how people diss The Ring, when Eli Roth goes around saying that The 6th Sense and 28 Days Later were scary. The 6th Sense wasn't scary at all. And 28 Days Later was more of a character study than a thrills and chills movie. The Ring had the potential to be Bless The Child and it wasn't. Of course there are problems with it, ibut at least Amber Tamblyn didn't yell "Pancakes" at the begining of the film and do Kung Fu. The Ring is focused. Cabin Fever wasn't. And it wasn't at all as gory as people make it sound.

  • Sept. 18, 2003, 12:16 p.m. CST

    another proud limping spectacle of torn narrative tissue

    by BilboFett

  • Sept. 18, 2003, 5:06 p.m. CST

    A Can of Tab

    by Ribbons

    What do you mean, exactly? It's kind of hard to answer such a vague question...

  • Sept. 19, 2003, 8:48 a.m. CST

    i really like the thought of knowing them all sitting together

    by nilzenburger

    i mean its like

  • Nov. 11, 2003, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Is Eli Roth's 2001 Maniacs still happening?

    by gardenvariety

    Does anyone have photos or information from Eli Roth's remake of 2000 Maniacs? Heard from a college friend that they were filming in Georgia but encountered several problems last week. (director issues and possible scandal with casting?) If it is still happening what's the buzz? Schlock or the shit?