July 14, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
i wanna watch that instead, did you bring back johnny cage
July 14, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... sure did. Good fight, too.
July 14, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST
Will have to get this from a torrent(do u have any problems with this Mori), as i am really interested in what u have created.
July 14, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST
I swear to God, Mori, if you waste another hour of my time as painfully as you did with Pro-Life, I'm coming for you. That shit almost made 'So You Think You're a 5th Grader' seem bearable by comparison. Don't get all defensive. Own your mistakes. Somewhere along the line, that one fucked up. Bad. Learn from it.
July 14, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST
by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.
Talk about shit. http://www.marvel.com/news/moviestories.4127 and WOW, to have your episode air Thursday night, geez man, they're not giving you a chance. But nice to play it smart with the TIVO reminder.
July 14, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST
Yikes, up against the awesomeness of Michael Westin? Talk about a lousy timeslot.
July 14, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST
I've crushed on her for years and years and years.
July 14, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST
by Captain Dobie
Actually I believe this is Fessenden’s 3rd shot at the Wendigo myth as it also crops up in the climactic moments of the underrated and underseen ‘Last Winter’, in fact his pre-occupation with it is such that when I first read the synopsis of this episode I assumed you’d written it specifically for Fessenden or in collaboration with him so I’m genuinely surprised that he was a late replacement for Carpenter and really keen to see what he does with it. Other random musings *liked ‘Cigarette Burns’ *hated ‘Pro-Life’ *think ‘Fear Iteslf ‘ has actually been much better than MoH. Fear Itself seems to have brought out a much more creative and subtle line in horror from the writers and directors because of network limitations whereby MoH quite often seemed to simply think that the answer was to lay on lashings of gore and nudity rather than creating either genuine scares or a sense of menace.
July 14, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST
i wouldn't watch Fear Itself in the PG-13 version on NBC. The unrated DVD's might not be better but at least there is a chance.
July 14, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST
i'd always thought North America needs its own autocthnous horror, by which i don't mean Halloween movies and flicks in which cheerleaders get killed, etc, but horror arising from the native landscape.<p> that's why i like the idea of Wendigo v Sasquatch, because thems pretty much the only instances of it that i can think of.<p> That and the monster of Strawberry Lake.<p> p.s. the concept sounds good, Mori. Bon courage.<p>
July 14, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST
Oh there's a documentary on British tv tonight about Stanley Kubrick's boxes. It was made by that John Ronson guy who made the documentary about people who believe in a Reptilian Conspiracy and that world leaders worship the demon Moloch. So it should be interesting if you can get your hands on it.
July 14, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST
Good read. Thanks Mori. Favorite line: "Don't make me answer that question." Also loved how you didn't have any painful exposition at the end with the mother explaining to the kids about Rowdy. Minor quibble - In every movie/show, it bugs me when the hero assumes the villain is dead. Unload on the motherfucker. But if the director puts the emphasis on the son's reluctance, it'll be cool. Good job, man.
July 14, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST
Good read. I was kind of taken out at the wife dropping the shotgun and having dinner. Really? But it is a horror script, I guess. Nice "Shining" atmosphere too. And it took balls to post this, and it will be actually fun to compare it with the end result. Good luck!
July 14, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST
Why did I think it was Tuesday already? http://tinyurl.com/67g8b2
July 14, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST
I wrote it down this time though.
July 14, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST
Want to see New Years Day any word on that?
July 14, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
Problem is even second-season MoH was widely inconsistent, with lame stories like Damned Thing and Washingtonians. Still some good stuff in there. Fear Itself seems to continue the downward trend. Even less good stuff, more bad stuff. The "I married a serial killer" thing was a mess. Eater failed to generate any suspense. Both had plotholes. Even the best of FI have had their share of WTF?!? moments. Combined with NBC pre-empting it last week, and several local pre-emption, I wouldn't expect a second season...
July 14, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
by Jonah Echo
And it's a nice piece of work, Drew. Having seen Track of the Cat, I can see it's influence here. Particularly in regards to Rowdy and his unspoken backstory with the mother, and particularly with the son Derek, and his growing up through this situation. The Shining influence is clear too. My fave scene is the one between Bear and Grady for the first time, when the truth of Grady's identity is made clear. <P> By the end it's a bit more of your standard horror story, but I can't fault it for that. It's also limited by run time. In script form its far and away the best thing that has been on Fear Itself to this point. Question though. FI already did one called Eater. It wasnt very good, but didn't that one seemingly shoot this one in the foot. <p> For the record, your script suggests a much better ep, and with Fessenden on board I'm sure it will be the highlight of this dismal series. Nice work, and kudos on reworking the Wendigo myth. <p> Ever see Ravenous Mori? Another Wendigo take, and has more than a little in common with your story(I mean in regards to the nature of the Wendigo, and the finding of sick man who is more than he seems). If you haven't, I'd reccomend it. Almost more of a black comedy, that one.
July 14, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
by Tar Heel
First is the timeslot. Thursdays at 10? Put it on Friday night and adjust your ratings expectations. Second, the absolutely horrible opening title sequence. That theme music makes me want to reach into my earholes and yank out my hammer and anvil bones. Seriously.
July 14, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST
he said that he spent a good 90 percent of this out of make-up, which makes me happy. Is that true Mori?
July 14, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST
Is fucking awesome and if you don't like than you must not like horror! Cigarette Burns is my favorite episode! You fuckin Rock Moriarty!!!
July 14, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
I like the show so far and I'm sure this will be fun too.
July 14, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST
Except for when he's berating people about not supporting the writers in the strike because we've been "brainwashed"<p> But I will say that of all the reviewers on this site, his are the best.
July 14, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST
I find the quote "...his enthusiasm for being able to interpret the Wendigo a different way a second time was part of what made him want to do the episode." quite strange. I thought his secod chance to interpret the Wendigo had been THE LAST WINTER. Which would make this his third Wendigo flick in a row. Could be cool. I certainly trust Fessenden more than I'd trust Carpenter after how badly he botched the PRO-LIFE script.
July 14, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST
this show. Not great but it has promise and I am a fan of anthology series. <p>I thought the vampire one (set in the Ginger Snaps 3 fort) was well done. <p>Eric Roberts' episode had some very creepy moments but was a bit too predictable.<p>The last one I saw, family man & serial killer switch bodies, was good but again not great. The actors did quite well in playing each other's characters. However, it seemed to me they may have changed the ending, or dropped a scene. They made such a big deal about the pancake breakfast (mentioned twice) and also the father's secret ingredient. Watching it I was certain we would see the little girl, suspecting her father is not really her father, test him by asking him what his secret ingredient is for pancakes. He would pause, then say "love" and right then the girl would know he's not her father. But I guess if that had happened I would have complained about it being predictable. It seemed so obviously like a bit of useless information that would later become very important. But in the end it was just useless information.
July 14, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
...is the novel WHERE THE CHILL WAITS by T. Chris Martindale. Not a very well known book, unfortunately, but though it is long out of print it can be tracked down fairly easily and cheaply. Stuart Gordon was once attached to adapt it...
July 14, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
not bad at all mori. look forward to seeing it.
July 14, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
It's sad that networks produce anthology shows and the quality is so, so poor compared to TZ and OL. The best attempt recently was ABC's shot at Sci-Fi last summber; they barely released it and only 2 of the 6 were any good. Even Spielberg, with all the money and influence behind him, couldn't make a consistent show out of AS. So, can an anthology show work on TV, even if the original writers, like Ray Bradbury, are part of it? Unfortunately, no.
July 14, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST
July 14, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST
Hope you know that you're writing for those of us who have collected enough rejection notices to paper our living rooms. I'll be watching.
July 14, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST
I'd take 'em!
July 14, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST
love the show....and whats the hate for the intro music ? its System of A Down..... and the music is quite fitting, creepy enuf for the show in my opinion.... god forbid u fanboys dont get horror movie music to stroke off too , losers.
July 14, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST
When you pitch your own product, you need more of a Rod Serling panache (that guy could recite a grocery list and still sound/read ultra-cool). Anyway, best of luck on your endeavors. By the way, will FEAR be renewed?
July 14, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
Liked what I read. It will be interesting to see what the actors do with it. I saw "Wendigo" on cable a while back. Wasn't bad though perhaps a little weak in spots. Weird seeing the Dewey kid from Malcom In The Middle in a horror. I did get a nod to "Ravenous" from the "eat dinner with me" bit with Elena and Grady/Wendigo. That seems to be a common thread in cannibilism stories...the sharing of "the meat" bonds the participants on several levels. I'll be watching or taping on the 24th...this read like something I'd watch. Good job...
July 14, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST
by Jason B. Swaim
Was Mori being so in regards to MK3? That is a movie I have been waiting on for almost a decade.
July 14, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST
by Jason B. Swaim
Kelly Kennemer as the writer for writer of Community. What gives? This airs on July 24, so what am I missig?
July 14, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... nope. We got moved forward to the 24th. "Skin And Bones." That listing is out of date.
July 14, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST
by Fish Tank
Telling it you straight - I really liked Burns, and hated Pro Life. I can expand on why for both, but no need, really.<br><br>This script was a good read, and unless royally screwed up by the director, was well-paced. Exposition wasn't too obvious (though necessary when you can't have Morgan Freeman do a read-along). Interesting that I expected Tim would be used as a simpleton-that-let-him-in twist at the end, but I'm glad it actually didn't work out that way. Was that your intent, or did you originally plan on writing that arch?<br><br> I have a few unpublished short (horror) stories (LOOOOVE the genre), and write commercial and radio pieces as a creative director at an ad agency, so I'm always interested in "script/screenplay" treatments vs. actual published short stories. With script you have freedom to be exact with speech, but need to leave location descriptors vague enough for the director to add his/her own touch(es).<br><br> It'll be interesting to see their interpretation filming it. The script is solid, but God knows what happens when it's actually shot. You have a vested interest in this, so your view might not be as "objective" as the Talkback lions ;-)<br><br> Cheers.
July 14, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST
by Guy Gaduois
Has been neither masterful nor horrific. I did like Cigarette Burns, and not sucking up here, it was the only one that I thought didn't super exploit cliches. <p> So far, 'Fear Itself' has been unimpressive, yet I keep hoping. Many 'almost' moments, but nothing fitting the rarified opportunity for this genre. I'll keep hoping - rooting for you, Mori.
July 15, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST
Coincidence? I think not.
July 15, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST
Not bad. You basically revisited that segment of Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH, using the Wendigo instead of Vampires (Vurdelak). Well, it's been 45 years. And while the original is good, it was ripe for being remade eventually. I can see where it could be scary if the performers are solid and it's shot and cut well. Wasn't crazy about the ending. Was hoping for some kind of smart twist. No offense, but Bava's ending was gutsier - everyone died.
July 15, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST
Congrats. I know it's a tough slog, getting one of these through the machine. I'll be watching to see the final result.
July 15, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST
New Years Day <br> "A young woman named Helen wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies." <p> Written by Steve Niles and Paul Kane and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. <p> My girlfriend and I haven't missed an episode yet, so we'll be seeing yours when it airs for sure, Moriarty!
July 16, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST
Kidding, don't think he would know how to make something that could be shown on network TV. Imprint is insane.
July 17, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST
by The Harp
Skin & Bones is a great read. I'll be TIVOing the episode tonight. Best of luck!