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It’s a Horror to Know You:: Dante Tomaselli Writer/Director/Composer of Torture Chamber!

May 29th, 2012 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

It’s a Horror to Know You: Dante Tomaselli Writer/Director/Composer of Torture Chamber!

1. What is the first film that ever scared you?

I would have to say Horror Express. I remember being incredibly young, burning up with a fever, and watching it on TV in my parents bedroom and all-out hallucinating. The Jesus-like figure terrified me, especially when his eyes would glow and bleed. A close second would be It Lives Again. I used to have really upsetting and violent nightmares about the baby in that movie. I watch it now and don’t feel the same, but at the time….

2. What is the last film that scared you?

The House with Laughing Windows. I saw it about five years ago and it gave me serious nightmares. Evil, bloodstained old women haunt me.

3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.

Tourist Trap. It’s a perfect horror movie. I’m not sure if it’s underrated because true horror fans love it. I vow to direct a terror film with scary mannequins. Frightmare. Dark and creepy British Pete Walker chiller that is all about family sickness. I love actress Sheila Keith. Christie Sanford reminds me of her, actually. This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse. Coffin Joe. This is just the kind of home-grown horror imagery I adore. The shots of our protagonist being sucked into the bowels of hell stand out.

4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.

XTRO. It’s low budget and so imaginative and that’s good. So bizarre. This movie is out-of-its-mind and I love it for that. I’m not guilty to say it’s one of my favorite films. Amityville Horror 2: The Possession. I watch it every couple of weeks. I love its atmosphere and brooding music and how it confronts, um, taboo subjects. It’s a very well made film. There’s just something wrong about it all, and off-putting, which I like. It doesn’t play by the rules. And Rutanya Alda. I became friends with her when I lived in Manhattan years back. Such a nice lady and in so many memorable films like When a Stranger Calls and Mommie Dearest. My third choice…The Hearse. I enjoy Trish Van Devere. She was excellent in The Changeling, a very warm personality. There’s something about her that I want to protect. The Hearse is fun and has some eerie, stylish moments, otherwise it’s drab and kind of silly. I still love it though. I feel comfortable watching, there’s something comforting, kind of like It Lives Again or Prophecy or The Legacy. Movies I seem to watch over and over.

5. Send us to five places on the Internet!

Mixed Signals. I have synesthesia. Sound-Color.

Double Life: A group for Diehard fans of The Cars. Lifelong CARS fan. Growing up, I was the only fanatic in my school and I was a bit of a misfit for it. Those were the days of hair metal bands, which I never really liked. I was more into Depeche Mode and Jean Michel Jarre.

John Carpenter’s Prince of DarknessOpening Titles. I’m addicted, I can’t stop playing the low-toned moody music. Halloween 3 too. I listen to these soundscapes all the time. Kudos to Mr. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. Depeche Mode. The electronic soundtrack of my youth. As Martin Gore would say, ‘Let’s have a Black Celebration.’

The Last Drive-In. I grew up going to Drive-Ins in New Jersey. I saw so many horror movies there first, The Omen, Theatre of Blood, The Sentinel….

UNK SEZ: Thanks Dante! It’s fascinating to learn which films lead you to become the horror Maestro your are today! Folks, we have a special treat in the form of the brand-spanking new trailer to Dante’s upcoming opus Torture Chamber! I’m sensing something dark, disturbing and deliciously kinder-traumatic! Check out the magnificently creepy splendor below!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Will ErricksonNo Gravatar // May 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

    TOURIST TRAP! Yes! Stephen King mentions it a few times in his DANSE MACABRE, and I finally got it from Netflix a few years back. Definitely super-cool.

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I am so very on board with the Amityville 2: The Possession appreciation. In fact, I was so mad that I forgot to mention it as one of my underrated!

    That movie just has the craziest, creepiest, most tragic tone. There is like an invisible blob of gloom that infects everything in that movie!

    And something about the dysfunctional family aspect of it reads as disturbingly authentic.

    To avoid gushing on and on , I’ll just point ya toward this love-letter/review from back in the early days of KT…

    Dante, can’t wait to see Torture Chamber and based on your love for Carpenter, I’m especially excited to hear how you’ve handled the music!

    I love the look of the film from what we see in the trailer! Very strong and rich and nice to see Lynne Lowry too!

    I’ve never seen the IT LIVES AGAIN trailer before-brilliant!

    Will E, There really is something about TOURIST TRAP! It knows no bounds. One of the most imaginative horror movies ever! That ending shot curdles my brain every time I see it!

  • 3 JoshNo Gravatar // May 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, the trailer for TORTURE CHAMBER is great! Really looking forward to seeing it!

  • 4 TaylorNo Gravatar // May 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

    The Hearse is one that I enjoy also…Though it somehow feels like it’s about an hour longer than it actually is. I keep watching it because sometimes I really feel like watching The Changeling, but I don’t want to ruin my appreciation for that one through over-exposure…So I keep The Hearse around as an alternative.

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