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OCTOBER 12

Feo Amante Ends Updates For October

Feo Amante @ San Diego Comic Con panel
Whew! Feo fer SURE!

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Long time fans know that Feo Amante is the nick name for me, E.C. McMullen Jr.

Some also know that I took a break from the movie industry for a bit, always with the goal in mind to return to it.

Today was the first production meeting for the new Horror Thriller movie I'll be working on. This feature has a script that was just too damn awesome to pass up!

For those who don't know, Feo Amante's Horror Thriller is virtually a one man show. I'm grateful to all of my guest writers over the years, but I do the content setup, coding, updating, and maintenance. This Horror site is a labor of love and there is only so much time to focus on. Paying jobs like my writing and working in cinema take precedence.

So from now until Halloween Day (not including possible subsequent pick-up shots), I'll be working the rest of the month on what will be my 5th Feature film (!!!) and hopefully the best of all of them so far!

See you on Halloween Day (possibly)!

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -

ALIEN RAIDERS with Carlos Bernard

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Carlos Bernard (THE KILLING JAR, 10.5 APOCALYPSE, ALIEN RAIDERS, GHOST STORM, CSI: MIAMI, LAVANTULA) is 59.
Actor Hugh Jackman (Halifax f.p.: AFRAID OF THE DARK, X-MEN [all], SWORDFISH, VAN HELSING, THE PRESTIGE, DECEPTION, XMEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, REAL STEEL, THE WOLVERINE, PRISONERS X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, LOGAN, REMINISCENCE) is 52.
Artist Eric Pigors (TOXIC TOONS, UNCLE PIGORS CRYPTIC ART) is probably 61 or something. I'm not sure, as he's as touchy about his age as a divorced Cougar. Visit him at ToxicToons.
Writer Steven Saville (INHERITANCE, DOMINION) is 52.
Actor Lin Shaye (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CRITTERS, NEW NIGHTMARE, 2001 MANIACS, HOOD OF HORROR, SNAKES ON A PLANE, INSIDEOUS [all], CHILLERAMA, ROSEWOOD LANE, BIG ASS SPIDER, LOST TIME, THE SIGNAL [2014], BAYOU TALES, GRACE [2014], OUIJA [all], THE VOICES, ROOM FOR RENT, GET GONE, GOTHIC HARVEST, THE GRUDGE [2019], DARKNESS FALLS [2020], DREAMKATCHER, JACKSON'S HOLE, THE VOICES, MAX RELOAD AND THE NETHER BLASTERS, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS [TV], THE CALL [2020]) is 77.
Look for Lin in the upcoming Mystery Thriller for 2021 JACKSON'S HOLE. And in 2022, INSIDEOUS: THE DARK REALM.

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OCTOBER 11

CINEMA OBSCURA

XChange with Kim Coates and Stephen Baldwin

There was a time, soon after Bryan Singer's 1995 hit, THE USUAL SUSPECTS (but also after Bio-Dome), when actor Stephen Baldwin (MERCY), in addition to having famous brothers, could carry lead in a movie by himself. At that time actor Kyle MacLachlan (BLUE VELVET, THE HIDDEN) was known and still had some clout from his turn on David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS.

Being 2000, a pre-Sons of Anarchy, Actor Kim Coates (INNOCENT BLOOD, SILENT HILL) was a trivia question usually answered with, "Who is she?"

All three of them were in an original Science Fiction movie that is chillingly close to predicting the future we live in today.

For the next 23 days, this is Feo Amante's Cinema Obscura, where I look at cool and unusual movies that are vanishing beyond our sight or attention. Today's movie is XCHANGE.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -

Pitch Black - Claudia Black

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Claudia Black (PITCH BLACK, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, STOLEN LIFE, MASS EFFECT 2 [VG], WAR GAMES: THE DEAD CODE, RAGE [VG], THE ORIGINALS [TV], JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM [TV], MASS EFFECT 3 [VG], DIABLO III [VG], KILLING FLOOR II [VG], WOLFENSTEIN II [VG - 2017], ROSWELL NEW MEXICO [TV]) is 49.
Look for Claudia in the upcoming 2019, 2020, 2021 Thrillers, TIME NOW and DEUS.
Actor Matt Bomer (TRU CALLING [TV], FLIGHTPLAN, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING, TRAVELER [TV], SUPERMAN UNBOUND, SPACE STATION 76, AMERICAN HORROR STORY [TV], JONATHAN, DOOM PATROL [TV]) is 44.
Look for Matt in the upcoming Mystery Thriller miniseries for 2022, ECHOES.
Actor Sean Patrick Flanery (THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES [TV], RAGING ANGELS, POWDER, PALE SAINTS, SUICIDE KINGS, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, ACCEPTABLE RISK, EYE SEE YOU, BORDERLINE, DEAD LAWYERS, THE STORYTELLER, DEMON HUNTER, Masters of Horror: THE DAMNED THING, KAW, THE INSATIABLE, SAVAGE PLANET, Stephen King's DEAD ZONE [TV], MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM, SAW 3D, InSight, THE DEVIL'S CARNIVAL, BLACKOUT [TV], COLD SPRING, PHANTOM [2013], SCAVENGERS, DARK POWER, HIDDEN AWAY, DEXTER [TV], THE EVIL WITHIN, FLASHBURN, AGENDA: PAYBACK, HOWLERS, HUNTER'S MOON, INSIGHT) is 57.
Look for Sean in the upcoming 2022 Thriller, LOVE HURTS.
Actor Stephen Moyer (QUILLS, TRINITY, MENACE, DEADLINES, 88 MINUTES, RESTRAINT, OPEN HOUSE, TRUE BLOOD [TV], THE CALLER, ICE, THE DOUBLE, PRIEST, THE BARRENS, EVIDENCE, DEVIL'S KNOT, DETOUR [2017], THE GIFTED [TV], G-LOC) is 52.
Look for Stephen in the upcoming 2022 Thriller, SHTF. Also in 2022, CONFESSION

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OCTOBER 10

CINEMA OBSCURA
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
I've wrote before of the lost cinema of video games and I'm specifically talking about a full, entire feature film starring real actors, often Oscar winning actors, that was cut into scenes for the game play yet amazingly, stands on its own.

Wing Commander III: HEART OF THE TIGER

For the next 24 days, this is Feo Amante's Cinema Obscura and today I'm digging up 1994 and a one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed Science Fiction Horror Thrillers. Starring Mark Hamill, Tim Curry, and Malcolm McDowell, this all but vanished with the turn of the century and the new Millennium: WING COMMANDER III: HEART OF THE TIGER.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -

Jessica Harper in SUSPIRIA 1977

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Charles Dance (TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED [1979], HIDDEN CITY, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, THIS LIGHTENING ALWAYS STRIKES TWICE, GOLDENEYE [1989], FIRST BORN [1988], THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1990], ALIEN3, CHINA MOON, DESOVÍO AL PARAÍSO, THE SURGEON, UNDERTOW, MICHAEL COLLIINS, REBECCA [1997], FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, GOSFORD PARK, CITY AND CRIMES, SWIMMING POOL, LAST RIGHTS [2005], BLEAK HOUSE, AGATHA CHRISTIE MARPLE: BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS, SCOOP, FALLEN ANGEL [TV], STRIKE BACK [TV], PARIS CONNECTIONS, NEVERLAND [TV - 2011], GAME OF THRONES [TV], UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, ST. GEORGE'S DAY, SECRET STATE [2012], THE IMITATION, DRACULA UNTOLD, VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, GHOSTBUSTERS [2016], UNDERWORLD: BLOODWARS, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) is 74.
Actor Jessica Harper (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, SUSPIRIA, THE EVICTORS, SHOCK TREATMENT, THE IMAGEMAKER, THE BLUE IGUANA, MINORITY REPORT, SUSPIRIA [2018], SEE [TV]) is 71.
Look for Jessica in the 2022 Horror movie, BONES & ALL.

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REFERENCES
Anthropologist Gretchen Bakke, PhD, references my UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHE ALERT as an expert resource in her 2010 Anthropological Quarterly essay @ Johns Hopkins University

Researcher David Waldron, references my review of UNDERWORLD in the Spring 2005, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture entry, Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic (downloadable pdf).

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Starbucks Cup #118
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