Thursday, October 29, 2009

Favorite Horror Film Lists

Here are a few online lists of best horror films:

IFC has a list of the scariest moments in non-horror films. I'm surprised that the human sacrifice of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom isn't listed since it does include the climax of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Check out the full list here.

On The Daily Beast, Martin Scorcese picks his favorite horror films. Most are supernatural or haunted house films like The Haunting or The Exorcist. I wonder if this reflects his Catholic background. Check it out here.

Entertainment Weekly has a list of the twenty best horror films of the last twenty years (1989 - 2009). I'm glad so see someone else appreciated Event Horizon (one of Paul W.S. Anderson's few redeeming films) and Hostel Part 2. Check it out here.

BET has posted a list of horror films with black actors in a lead role. That the Saw films include a diverse cast never occurred to me until reading this piece. Check it out here. has a list of obsucre horror films that they feel should be more widely appreciated. I have to admit that I haven't seen these. Check it out here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Athenaeum Lecture on Wednesday, October 28th

On Wednesday, October 28th at 1pm I will be making a presentation as part of the Athenaeum speaker series at the Krueger Library at Winona State University. The presentation is titled "It's Only a Movie: The Politics of 1970s and 80s Horror Films" and it will cover films such as Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, addressing how this body of films was groundbreaking and represented a counter cultural statement that was later lost to commercialization. Attention will also be paid to the recent trend of remakes of these films.

Date: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: The second floor of the Krueger Library at Winona State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Time Slot for Sounds of Cinema on 89.5 KQAL in Winona

On October 25, 2009, Sounds of Cinema will move to a new time slot at 11am on 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona. Please make note of the change.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

One, two, Freddy's coming for you . . .

On Sunday, October 25th, Sounds of Cinema will continue its month-long Halloween theme with a look at the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series. The episode will cover every film in the series released thus far.

Here are the trailers from the films:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Freddy vs. Jason

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Don't forget, Sounds of Cinema moves to a new time at 11am on Sunday mornings on 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona, Minnesota.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Support 89.7 KMSU FM's Pledge Drive

Starting October 14th, 89.7 KMSU FM "The Maverick" will begin its Fall pledge drive. This is your chance to support the station by making a monetary investment in it. Remember, your pledges not only help support the station's basic operations, they also demonstrate to Minnesota State University Mankato that KMSU is an important and valued part of the community. As such, the amount you give is not nearly as important as the fact that you do give.

To make a donation, call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. If you get a voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, and amount you wish to pledge. Please do not leave credit card information, as the voice mail is not secure. You can find out more about supporting KMSU here.

On Sunday, October 18th, those listening to Sounds of Cinema from 89.7 KMSU FM or from 91.3 FM in Austin, Minnesota and in Fairmont and Albert Lea on 91.9 FM will hear a special pledge drive edition of the show. Those listening from 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona, Minnesota will hear a special "Lucifer Rising" episode, continuing the month long Halloween theme on the show.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sounds of Cinema is Now on Facebook

This show is now on Facebook, so if you have a Facebook account, log on and become a fan of this show. There should be a button built in to the right hand column of this page to allow you to do that.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Reuters: Universal Ousts Two Chairmen

From Reuters:

Universal Pictures on Monday ousted Chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde after recent box office flops, including big-budget comedy "Land of the Lost," replacing the pair with their marketing and production chiefs.

Universal's marketing head Adam Fogelson will now serve as chairman of the movie studio, and film production president Donna Langley will be co-chairman, reporting to Fogelson, Universal said in a statement.