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Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.

Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.

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Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.

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English


Episodes

Monsterforge Founders, Steve Niles, & Shannon Eric Denton [Episode 67]

1/21/2021
Monsterforge is an extremely exciting new production company specializing on monster related media across films, animation, games, comics, and even toys! Monsterforge was founded by 30-Days of Night creator Steve Niles and artist/animator Shannon Eric Denton. The company is brand new, having launched in November, so I wanted to catch up with the guys about the founding of the company and what Monsterforge has in store for us all. I will give a heavy nerd alert up front because both of these...

Duration:00:29:34

Remembering Stuart Gordon with Brian Yuzna, Larry Fessenden, and Graham Skipper [Episode 66]

1/8/2021
Welcome back to the Nick Taylor Horror Show! As we put the literal horror show of 2020 behind us, I felt it was important to kick off this year with an episode about someone we lost last year, who left a tremendous void in the horror community, and that, of course, is Stuart Gordon. To call Stuart a boundary pusher would be an understatement. Stuart taught entire generations of horror directors how not just to push boundaries but decimate them, and by doing so, show audiences the true power...

Duration:01:41:22

WOLFCOP Director, Lowell Dean [Episode 65]

12/31/2020
Lowell Dean is a Canadian writer and director perhaps best known for his lycanthropic cult classic WolfCop and its sequel Another WolfCop. Usually, I'm not a fan of movies that intentionally embrace campiness, but WolfCop is a different animal, well written, well-acted, great effects, lots of laughs, and overall a lot of fun and unmissable. WolfCop really has the spirit of the midnight monster movie and actually is the closest thing in spirit I've seen to Rob Zombie's Grindhouse concept...

Duration:00:48:28

HOLIDAY BONUS: Stephen Chiodo and Cig Neutron!

12/29/2020
Welcome back to the Nick Taylor Horror Show! Stephen Chiodo is an American writer, director, and special effects makeup artist and one of the legendary Chiodo Brothers. The Chiodo Brothers are a trio of special effects and stop motion artists and animators best known for their work on Team America: World Police, Critters, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space which Stephen also directed. The Chiodos also created the claymation sequences for the Large Marge scene from Pee-wee's Big Adventure,...

Duration:00:54:17

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON Director, Justin Dyck [Episode 64]

12/24/2020
Justin Dyck is a Canadian director who just released Anything for Jackson, now streaming on Shudder. Anything for Jackson is definitely one of my favorite horror films of the year - it really delivers the goods. It’s scary, funny, emotionally poignant, and an extremely unique and different take on ghosts and demons. All in all, it’s a hell of a time and I highly recommend it. Ironically enough, Justin made Anything for Jackson after making a large number of commercial family films in...

Duration:01:01:16

Blumhouse TV President, Jeremy Gold [Episode 63]

12/17/2020
Here today, we have the president of Blumhouse TV, Jeremy Gold. Jeremy manages Blumhouse's portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, documentaries, and streaming movies. Since coming to Blumhouse in 2016, Jeremy has expanded the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material but also dark, provocative subject matter. Jeremy has worked on such projects as Sharp Objects, multiple films under Blumhouse’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series and previously worked on...

Duration:00:25:44

CASTLE FREAK Director & SFX Master, Tate Steinsiek! [Episode 62]

12/3/2020
Tate Steinsiek is an award-winning special effects makeup artist, writer, and director who's highly anticipated Castle Freak reimagining launches today on Shudder! Tate has worked on multiple films, including Spiderman, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Scare Package, Satanic Panic, Sharknado 2, and Dragged Across Concrete. Tate is also a mainstay effects artist on shows like Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, and multiple titles on The Discovery Channel. Tate is a two-time finalist on FACE...

Duration:01:16:50

FATMAN Directors, The Nelms Brothers [Episode 61]

11/26/2020
Ok, guys, we’re going non-horror this time around! Ian and Eshom Nelms are the brotherly directorial duo behind FATMAN - an edgy and vision of Santa Claus that has St. Nick a grizzled and seasoned Mel Gibson who comes under a vicious attack by a hired hitman played by Walt Goggins. The film is a complete and total miraculous genre concoction of humor, thriller, and holiday cheer that doesn’t take its foot off the pedal for a second. This conversation is a little different and features...

Duration:01:32:12

Welcome to the Blumhouse: 4 Directors Share their Blumhouse Experience [Episode 60]

11/21/2020
Alright, we’re doing things a little bit differently this time around; on this episode, I have four very brief interviews with each director who made a film for Welcome to the Blumhouse. As a collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Amazon Studios, Welcome to the Blumhouse is a slate of feature films showcasing diverse casts, female and emerging filmmakers with a focus on family dramas. All four of the movies I’m discussing are currently streaming on Amazon Prime, so check them out...

Duration:01:14:47

Welcome to the Blumhouse: 4 Directors Share their Blumhouse Experience [Episode 60]

11/19/2020
Alright, we’re doing things a little bit differently this time around; on this episode, I have four very brief interviews with each director who made a film for Welcome to the Blumhouse. As a collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Amazon Studios, Welcome to the Blumhouse is a slate of feature films showcasing diverse casts, female and emerging filmmakers with a focus on family dramas. All four of the movies I’m discussing are currently streaming on Amazon Prime, so check them out...

Duration:01:14:26

THE HEAD HUNTER Director, Jordan Downey [Episode 59]

11/12/2020
Jordan Downey is the writer/director of The Head Hunter, one of my favorite horror movies of 2018, and now streaming on Shudder. One of the remarkable things about The Head Hunter was how resourceful it was. Considering the fact that it was an ultra low budget movie, it is extremely ambitious in terms of scope, and world-building, but while still portraying a tightly structured and intimate story about a medieval monster hunter. This is a pretty fascinating balance that Jordan pulled off...

Duration:01:09:07

VAMPIRES VS THE BRONX Director, Oz Rodriguez [Episode 58]

11/5/2020
Oz Rodriguez is a writer and director who started his career in comedy, having written and directed for Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live, where he’s been for multiple years. Oz just put out his very first feature, Vampires vs. The Bronx, now streaming on Netflix. Vampires vs. the Bronx pits a group of young kids from the Bronx against a ruthless gang of vampires who try to take over their neighborhood. It’s super fun and scary while also delivering highly potent commentary on the...

Duration:00:36:02

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Writer/Director, Ryan Spindell [Episode 57]

10/29/2020
Ryan Spindell is a writer-director who recently made his feature debut with the fantastic horror anthology, The Mortuary Collection, now streaming on Shudder. Mortuary Collection blends all of the nostalgic elements of anthologies like Tales from the Crypt, Bodybags & Creepshow with spooky atmospheric nods to vintage horror, all while packing a serious punch with its comedy, storytelling, and overall dedication. Sam Raimi has been a very outspoken fan of Mortuary Collection which currently...

Duration:01:18:00

THE FURIES Director, Tony D’Aquino [Episode 56]

10/22/2020
Tony D’Aquino is an Australian filmmaker who made his directorial debut last year with The Furies, now streaming on Shudder. The Furies is a bloodbath daylight slasher extravaganza, with strong nods to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but with a modern twist. In this conversation, we hear about Tony’s director origin story, the making of Furies, and major lessons learned from his first movie. Now without further ado, here is Furies director Tony D’Aquino. Alright. Here as always, are some key...

Duration:00:41:16

THE AU PAIR NIGHTMARE Director, Joe Russo [Episode 55]

10/16/2020
Joe Russo is an American writer, director, producer and podcaster. On top of being a very accomplished screenwriter with multiple scripts under his belt including the recent Bruce Willis thriller, HARD KILL, Joe’s had a multi year collaboration with Mick Garris, and in addition to producing Mick’s Post Mortem Podcast, Joe produced the amazing anthology Nightmare Cinema last year. Joe’s most recent project is his feature directorial debut, The Au Pair Nightmare, now on the Lifetime...

Duration:01:08:32

THE GOON Creator, Eric Powell! [Episode 54]

10/9/2020
Eric Powell is a writer, artist, and creator of multiple award-winning graphic novels including Hillbilly, Chimichanga, and my favorite comic of all time, The Goon. I’ve been looking forward to speaking to Eric for a while. His work is sensational and mixes a potent combination of horror, pulp fiction, film noir, and fart jokes into fun & poignant stories with compelling characters and exceptionally beautiful artwork. When you read through a book from The Goon or from Hillbilly, you will...

Duration:00:40:28

KNIFE + HEART Director, Yann Gonzalez [Episode 53]

10/1/2020
Yann Gonzalez is a French filmmaker who made his feature debut with You & The Night and followed it up with his incredible tour de force second act, Knife + Heart. On top of being a breath of fresh air of originality in the horror genre, I think I will dare to say that Knife + Heart might be one of the best, if not the best neo-giallo ever made. To me, it didn’t just nostalgically pay homage to the giallo genre; it modernized it and deeply personalized it. This movie was miraculous to...

Duration:01:00:59

Ryuhei Kitamura, Director of MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, VERSUS, & DOWNRANGE [Episode 52]

9/24/2020
Ryuhei Kitamura is a Japanese director of such movies as Versus, Clive Barker’s Midnight Meat Train, No One Lives, Downrange, and the Mashit segment of Nightmare Cinema. Ryuhei’s director origin story is pretty inspiring - when making his feature debut, Versus, he went through a brutal series of hardships but still managed to pull off an extremely impressive movie, loaded with highly complex zombie fight sequences and gore gags. One of the things that stands out in Ryuhei’s career history...

Duration:01:40:59

1BR, The Low Budget Indie That Hit #1 on Netflix with Director/Producer David Marmor & Alok Mishra [Episode 51]

9/17/2020
David Marmor & Alok Mishra are the director-producer duo behind 1BR. Made for an extremely low budget, 1BR swept the VOD world by storm and not only made its way into Netflix’s top 10 movies but even landed at the number one movie on Netflix for some time. This is no small feat, especially for a first time director & producer duo. This interview actually spans two different time periods of this movie. I interviewed Alok & David about four months ago, right around the time 1BR was released...

Duration:01:31:00

The Late Great Stuart Gordon [Episode 50]

9/3/2020
About three months before he passed, I was given the incredible honor of conducting one of the last interviews with Stuart Gordon. I’m extremely humbled to be able to air this never before published conversation between Stuart and me. We happened to speak right on the heels of him completing his autobiography, so Stuart was in a very reflective mood. Our conversation focused a lot around his life story, his crazy escapades in the theatre, the importance of horror, and many lessons learned...

Duration:00:48:20