Redd’s Pond


Once every year, the two heads of the Abbot and Wakeworth families sit together on a bench, overlooking Redd’s Pond. No matter what may be going on in their lives at the time, they always begin at sunset and leave in opposite directions at sunrise. They do not speak, only watch the calm blue waters, and they never say why they continue the tradition which goes back as far as anyone can remember.

Some people say it is a tradition honoring Samuel Redd’s gift to the town. Some of the older residents believe it has something to do with the disappearance of Eli Wakeworth and the rumors of Jacob Abbot’s involvement. Nobody is quite sure, but one thing that is certain is the look on the two men’s faces as they quietly watch the pond’s blue waters. It is one of struggle and determination. As if one was trying to raise something from the waters, while the other was trying to prevent it…

* Wakeworth *

Commentary: Why The Thing sequel/prequel/remake isn’t necessary


Official word has come down that there is, indeed, going to be another Thing flick. Early reports are that it will focus on what happened at the Norwegian base camp which McReady and Copper investigated the aftermath of in Carpenter’s remake.

I feel like I have to repeat myself all the time, but since we have new listeners and readers, you should know that I am not on an anti-remake crusade. I am not one of these zealots on the internet who go bat shit crazy every time a remake is announced or decry the lack of creativity of that evil Hollywood conglomerate on the west coast trying to destroy the best films of our genre. The people who do that have no knowledge of film history and have extreme selective memories of remakes that turned out to be amazing and/or above average. Carpenter’s remake of The Thing (from the outstanding Christian Nyby/Howard Hawks 1951 production The Thing From Another World) is one of those amazing examples.

But I digress. I was originally planning on writing this a couple weeks ago, before the storyline focus was revealed. One possibility was that they would do a straight up sequel. There was a Dark Horse comic series in the 90’s that showed exactly what happened after McReady and Childs decided to wait and “see what happens”. The entire motivation of the alien is to get to a populated area and if Hollywood did do a straight up sequel, you can bet that it would up the ante with some urban terror (such as they did by taking the Predator out of the isolated jungle and sticking it in downtown L.A. By the way, L.A. is pretty much like that right now). That got me thinking, “Well then that would just be Invasion of the Body Snatchers with gore”. In both films, the motivation of the aliens is to assimilate all of humanity. The Thing sequel would obviously employ lots of blood and guts because of Bottin’s now classic makeup becoming such an inconic, ahem, thing, but really, there would be no difference between the basic storylines of the films. And really, we’ve already had Invasion of the Body Snatchers told on numerous awesome occasions (the original, Kaufman ’78, and Ferrara ’93…more great remakes, by the way), why water down The Thing in that way? Invasion works because the pod people are already here. The Thing works because it isn’t here yet. Transposing the alien into an Invasion type storyline would cause what makes The Thing great to be gone: that sense of fear, tension, and suspense that something really bad is trying to get out but can’t. But apparently they aren’t doing that, which leads me to possibility #2: the prequel…

I think a lot of horror fans are pretty divided on this. This is one of those things that I’ve chatted with my friends about over the years; talking about what happened at that camp and “wouldn’t it be cool if they made a movie about that?!” Now that I’ve gotten older and gained a greater appreciation and perspective on film, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Norwegian base camp story is like the John Wayne Gacy of ideas. At first it seems okay. It seems like a good, logical, perfectly reasonable thing to do. Then you start to think a little bit and realize that there seems to be something off about it. Then you get sucked in and decide “eh, what the hell?”. Then, after seeing it for what it truly is, you’re anally raped and murdered in a disgusting basement. It’s at this point that you realize nothing good can come from attempting to show a story that was already explained in the first movie. Think about it, we know everything that happened. We know the Norwegians find the spaceship. We know they find The Thing. We know they thaw it out. We know it gets loose. We know it kills all but 2 of them. We know it imitates their dog and runs away. We know that Norwegians can’t throw grenades. We know all of this. What the hell new are we going to find out? That the Thing lived with a couple white trash parents, ran away, and then decided to go psychotic when some humans said its mom was a whore?

A possible defense would be “Yeah, but we didn’t get to see it! I want to see them explore the spaceship and I want to watch The Thing do the same shit it did in Carpenter’s version with computer graphics this time!”. My response would be “Then you don’t understand what is so great about Carpenter’s version”. The reason is this: part of the power of the original Norwegian camp storyline is precisely that you don’t get to see “everything”. Some things are best left unseen, especially in the horror genre.  Put it like this, If Carpenter had shown what happened in gory detail in a flashback for example, there would be no satisfying discussions with my friends over the years. I would never have used my imagination to recreate my own version of what happened, what the spaceship looked like, etc. Because no matter what Hollywood puts up on the screen, it’s not going to live up to each of our own individual thoughts and feelings about how everything went down minute by minute. By not explicitly showing what happened at the Norwegian base camp, but rather hinting and showing brief glimpses, Carpenter added immeasurably to his version of the film. It makes it feel like there is a real world, a backstory that invites the viewer to participate in the filmmaking process so to speak. In other words, Carpenter gives viewers this chance to use their own imaginations in tandem with his and Rob Bottin’s and that dynamic interplay between viewer and filmmaker creates a unique experience that just can’t be replicated by some Pepsi commercial director splashing 20 million dollars to hold our hands through what happened. It’s just not necessary. The best films allow the viewer to engage, think, and participate. When they don’t do that, it only leads to anger, bitterness, disappointment, and people like Rob Zombie.

So there you have it. The Thing isn’t a film that I see working as a prequel or sequel. It exists in that cold, chilly air of horror reserved for unique films that are their own type of awesomeness. Maybe I’ll be wrong. Hopefully I am. Who know, maybe this next flick will blow the door off its hinges. In that case, I’ll totally give it its props. But right now I can’t see any reason as to why the film should be made. It’s not like a film that has huge open canvasses of backstory to explore such as what Rob Zombie attempted, and miserably failed to do, in the Halloween remake. You can’t really focus on the alien as the backstory because the alien is just a force. The real power of The Thing is the characters and the breakdown of friendship and trust. But we’ve already seen that. So what can this prequel possibly do?


Zombies ahead!


Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, “Zombies Ahead.”

Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19.

“It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for,” said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. “Those signs are deployed for a reason — to improve traffic conditions, let folks know there’s a road closure.”

“It’s sort of amusing, but not at all helpful,” he told

ANOES posters by Matthew Peak


I failed to mention it on Splattercast #115, but I’ve always loved the poster art from the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The posters from ANOES are easily my favorite movie posters ever. A bit about the artist, via

The Nightmare on Elm Street movie poster features Freddy’s bladed glove fingers hovering over the bed of star Heather Langenkamp. The crisp and striking style of the illustration is reminiscent of legendary movie poster artist Bob Peak. This should come as no surprise since the Elm Street one-sheet was illustrated by his son, Matthew Joesph Peak. While the stylized skull face illustration bears little resemblance to Freddy Krueger himself, it is nonetheless creepy. Artist Matthew Peak went on to illustrate other posters in the Elm Street film series.

Here’s a small gallery of all of the posters, including Peak’s alternate version of the Freddy’s Dead poster.



Splattercast 115 is up finally


it’s 2 hours and be sure to take plenty of No Doze because we all know what’ll happen if you fall asleep during it…Deejay will touch you :)

Also, don’t forget that Monday is our fan appreciation episode. If you want a free prize, just e-mail us or leave us a voicemail. Make it as funny as possible. Everyone who enters is guaranteed to win something.

It’s close to midnight, and John Landis’s lawyers are lurking in the dark…


That image scared the piss out of me when I was a kid. It still does.

Unfortunately for Michael Jackson, it does not scare John Landis who has slapped MJ with a lawsuit claiming he hasn’t  received profits from the greatest music video ever made for the last 4 years.

No word on whether Jackson will then sue the makers of Indian Thriller in a desperate cash grab


Resident Evil 5 demo


Mat and I just played a bit of the Resident Evil 5 demo that recently hit Xbox Live. Generally speaking, I liked the demo. The game looks pretty great visually and feels almost exactly like RE4 in terms of controls and pacing.

The demo does screw the pooch in a couple of major ways, though. The most glaring problem is that if you die, you have to go all the way back out to the menu and re-invite your friend back into a new game. Mat and I probably spent about as much time on the menu screens as we did playing the demo.

I have to assume they’ll fix that in the final product, and hopefully they’ll be generous with the checkpoints so as not to make RE5 a frustrating experience. People want a challenge, but they don’t want to replay the same parts of a stage over and over only to be insta-killed by some scrawny guy with a chainsaw and a burlap sack on his head.

Have you tried the RE5 demo yet? How’d you do? Do I just suck at videogames, and that’s why I couldn’t rock through these demo levels?

We’re so awesome Podomatic won’t have us


For the first time ever, we’ve exceeded our allotted bandwidth on Pod-o-Matic for the month. I don’t know what that means, but we’ve gone way past our 15 gigs. Therefore, since I’m a lazy bastard and still haven’t gotten a new ftp program that works, I can’t upload Splattercast 115 (which is all about ANOES and how awesome Dramarama is , baby!)right now. I’ll send the file to Jeff and let him post it at his leisure.

We love our fans: want to win some free swag?


I’ve been loving the hell out of Fallout 3 lately. The reaction is a bit mixed on our forum thread, but this is easily the most fully realized “real” game world I’ve ever played. It’s a blast roaming the wasteland of Washington D.C. and killing super mutants. And the characters are really good, too. For example, one of the earliest decisions you have to make is whether or not to detonate, or disarm, a nuclear bomb sitting in the middle of the town of Megaton. My first reaction was “I’m totally going to blow this place sky high”, and a mysterious dude offered to “take care of me” if I’d do it. But as I made my way around the town and interacted with the various inhabitants, I actually started to like all of them. So I disarmed the nuke and got my own house in the town with lots of perks inside. This game is just amazingly great and any horror fan would really be wise to give it a spin.

Speaking of horror, the Resident Evil 5 demo is out. I’ve downloaded it but haven’t played it yet. I’m a total RE fanboy and I’m unapologetic about it (the games, not the movies which are total shit). I even love the wonky control scheme. Initial reactions on our forum is that the demo is pretty killer. The full game doesn’t release until March but already I’m getting ancy to play. I have a tradition of playing through the RE games with a buddy of mine (Dawson from The Grand Horror ;)). Where art thou, Jeremy?

Oh, and the Elm Street cast went for like 2 hours last night. I’ve got quite a bit post-production work to do (including a new review by Mitts777) and since I’ve got class all day I won’t be able to get to it until tonight. Because of that, what you won’t hear until later is that next week is the Splattercasts’ Fan Appreciation Episode. We did this once on episode 61 and it is about time we did another one. I’ve got stacks and stacks of dvd’s sitting on my shelf that I’m going to give away. Wanna win one? All you need to do is e-mail us at with a comment about anything. It can be about the Elm Street franchise. It can tell us why we suck. It can be a message explaining the intricacies of worm hole theory. Whatever you want; we’ll be reading everything we get on the show and you are guaranteed to get something in return. Consider it a late Christmas present from your friends at

Oh, and if you are really adventurous and want to leave a voicemail message 206-426-5306 you’ll have the chance to win a shiny, region-free dvd of Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s Splatcademy Award nominated [●REC]. Again, the voicemail can be about anything, although I will tell you that the funnier the message, the better chance you have to win this swell DVD.

cool, eh?