I try to spread the regional horror gospel wherever I can, and earlier this month Country Living magazine (which is published by a local power co-op here in Columbus, Ohio) asked me to write an article covering some of the best/weirdest Ohio-made horrors.
You can see the article here, topped by a very large photo from Thankskilling. Other titles covered in the piece include Jay Woelfel's Beyond Dream's Door (1989), Homebodies (1974), The Wednesday Children (1973), Killer Nerd (1991), The Rage (2007), Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan ... and The Dead Next Door (1989).
For this week's trailer, I've selected Spookies, a disjointed haunted house flick from New York that both confounded and amused me when I first saw it. When I was putting together the Regional Horror Films book, I found a number of articles and interviews online that detailed its troubled production history -- one that involved two separate directors and crews, as well as a lot of bad feelings.
Now Max Evry over at The Dissolve has gathered all of the major participants from both stages of filming for what has to be the definitive oral history of Spookies/Twisted Souls.
You an read second-phase director Genie Joseph's account here. The official Spookies fan page is on Facebook.
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.