Thursday, June 14, 2012


Bugs Bunny and Mr. Hyde

Hello, Scared Silly fans! Just a quick note to inform you that Unkle Lancifer of the blog Kinder Trauma was kind enough to interview me for his ongoing segment, "It's a Horror to Know You." Just click here to read it.

You may be saying to yourself, "So what - you've read one Paul Castiglia interview, you've read them all!" Ah, but this one is different. I'm known for waxing rhapsodic over films from the 1920s through the 1960s, but in this interview, you'll get to hear me sing the praises of films from the 1970s, '80s and today as well!

One of the films I single out for special mention is that of my fellow Jerseyan and one of my favorite directors, certainly an influence on my sense of humor, the great Joe Dante and his underrated film, "The 'Burbs." I only just saw it for the first time recently.

Remember my essay, "The Old Dark Anachronism" where I theorized that it may be just about impossible to do a plausible "old dark house" film set in contemporary times without it feeling like a throwback? Well, turns out Dante pulled it off in 1989.

If all goes as planned, next up from me will be a review of a more traditional horror-comedy short from 1945 that may not break any new ground but manages to pull out all the stops due to its leads, Andy Clyde and our old friend Dudley Dickerson - look for a review of "Spook to Me" here soon.

...and right now, look for the trailer to Joe Dante's deserving-of-rediscovery horror-comedy, "The 'Burbs":

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