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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

ROOM 237 Director/Documentarian, Rodney Ascher [Episode 36]

1/31/2020
Rodney Ascher is a filmmaker and one of the most unique and interesting documentarians working today. His career was kickstarted by an 8 minute docs-short called THE S FROM HELL. Sidenote: this film is awesome. It focuses on this bizarre phenomenon where an entire generation of children were terrified of a seemingly innocuous corporate logo. The 1964 screen gems logo that is considered as the scariest corporate logo in history. In it we hear first hand accounts of people who were terrified...

Duration:01:02:48

READY OR NOT Director/Producer Trio, Radio Silence: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, & Tyler Gillett [Episode 35]

1/24/2020
Radio Silence is a filmmaking collective comprised of Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Tyler Gillet. These three are behind such films as Devil’s Due, Southbound, VHS, and last year’s outstanding Ready or Not. I personally loved Ready or Not, and was really struck at how seamlessly it was able to balance horror, comedy, and tragedy, while being an outright thrill ride of a movie. This was hands down one of the funnest cinematic experiences in years, which made me super excited to...

Duration:00:55:28

Carter Smith on Directing MIDNIGHT KISS for Blumhouse and THE RUINS [Episode 34]

1/10/2020
Welcome to The Nick Taylor Horror show! Carter Smith is a writer, director, and photographer who has directed such movies as The Ruins, Jamie Marks is Dead, and the recent Into the Dark film for Blumhouse, Midnight Kiss, which is now available on Hulu. Carter has had a really interesting career, having shot fashion photography for publications including Vogue, GQ, and W Magazine. Carter’s directorial career began with directing commercials for clients such as Lancôme, Tommy Hilfiger, and...

Duration:00:45:18

Tarantino Documentary Director, Tara Wood [Episode 33]

1/2/2020
Welcome back to the Nick Taylor horror show! Today’s episode has Tara Wood. Tara is the director of the Quentin Tarantino Documentary, QT8, the First 8. Prior to this she did the Richard Linklater documentary, 21 Years: Richard Linklater. The movie covers Tarantino’s career from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'The Hateful Eight', and features sit down interviews with multiple actors and collaborators and collaborators to get to the heart of who Quentin Tarantino is as an artist and a person. I had a...

Duration:00:33:06

Directors of Freaks, Adam Lipofsky and Zach Stein [Episode 32]

12/26/2019
As always each episode of The Nick Taylor Horror Show explores and deconstructs the success strategies of established horror directors while summarizing the key insights and resources that you can use on your own horror filmmaking journey. Today we have directorial duo Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky. Freaks is, not necessarily a horror movie, but it did deliver a very decent amount of blood (which may make it ‘horror adjacent’). Regardless, this was a fascinating movie that, on one hand was an...

Duration:01:09:33

Knives & Skin Director, Jennifer Reeder [Episode 31]

12/19/2019
Welcome to The Nick Taylor horror show! As always each episode of The Nick Taylor Horror Show explores and deconstructs the success strategies of established horror directors while summarizing the key insights and resources that you can use on your own horror filmmaking journey. Today we have Jennifer Reeder on the show. Jennifer is the writer/director behind one of the latest movies from IFC Midnight, Knives and Skin. Knives and Skin is a movie that I don’t even know where to begin...

Duration:00:30:33

Directors of Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street Documentary, Tyler Jensen & Roman Chimienti [Episode 30]

12/13/2019
Tyler Jensen & Roman Chimienti are the directorial duo behind Scream Queen, My Nightmare on Elm Street. The documentary dives deep into the story behind A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, a sequel that was notorious for its homoerotic innuendo and lots of ensuing controversy. I really enjoyed this documentary - not only because I’m a horror fan and love Freddy movies but because Scream Queens is unexpectedly emotional journey, that’s ultimately a very poignant story about forgiveness and the gay...

Duration:00:53:35

Fright Night Director, Tom Holland’s Enduring Director Wisdom [Episode 29]

11/22/2019
Today I am very pleased to announce that we have one of the OGs of the show, Mr. Tom Holland. Tom Holland is an American screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker and a household name for us horror fans as the writer director of two enormously important classics, Fright Night and Child’s Play. Additionally, Tom has written a number of classics including Cloak & Dagger and Psycho 2, and directed a number of movies including the Stephen King adaptations of The Langoliers and Thinner. He is a living...

Duration:00:47:05

Maximizing Low Budget Indie Horror With Tommy Stovall [Episode 28]

11/14/2019
Tommy Stovall is an American writer, director and producer. He’s directed multiple feature films, including Hate Crime, Aaron’s Blood, Sedona and his newest horror thriller, Room for Rent, starring the iconic Lin Shaye. I had a great time speaking to him about the making of his latest movie and his advice for aspiring indie filmmakers. Here are key takeaways from this conversation with Tommy Stovall. Aim high when casting. When making a low budget movie, the performances will make or break...

Duration:00:34:07

Gigi Saul Guerrero [Episode 27]

11/8/2019
Gigi Guerrero is a Mexican-Canadian Filmmaker, Writer and Actress. She started her career making shorts including the Mexican wrestler gorefest, Luchagore which is now on Shudder. Gigi made her feature debut with the scathingly confrontational social commentary feature Culture Shock for Blumhouse as a part of their Into the Dark series, now streaming on Hulu. Today, Gigi is directing episodes of The Purge TV series, also for Blumhouse, and is attached to a new feature project about the...

Duration:00:45:30

The Great Larry Fessenden [Episode 26]

10/31/2019
Larry Fessenden is an American director, producer, writer, actor, and overall force to be reckoned with. A true indie film pioneer in the horror world, Larry’s career highlights include 1995’s gritty vampire drama, Habit, 2001’s Wendigo, and The Last Winter, Starring Ron Perelman. Larry’s latest movie, Depraved, is a gritty and modern take on Frankenstein with a number of interesting questions posed about the ethics of scientific advancements in medicine. Larry is also a very accomplished...

Duration:00:45:38

The Legendary, Roger Corman [Episode 25]

9/6/2019
Today, I am honored, humbled, and extremely excited because today we have the king himself, Roger Corman on the podcast. Now, I am still in disbelief that I was able to even have this conversation because Mr. Corman is a man who needs no introduction. Dubbed as the 'King of the B’s' by many, he has produced over 100 movies in the horror & exploitation genres and is still working to this day at the age of 93. Roger Corman not only produced an extensive and fundamental body of work but he...

Duration:00:34:19

Bill Moseley! [Episode 24]

8/27/2019
Bill Moseley is an actor, musician and horror icon. He burst onto the horror scene in a huge way as Chop Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and has since starred in movies like Repo the Genetic Opera and the TV show Carnivàle. But perhaps most notable is Bill’s chillingly well realized portrayal of Otis B. Driftwood in Rob Zombie’s Firefly family trilogy, including House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and the up and coming 3 From Hell. Bill and I talked about his career history,...

Duration:00:49:11

Cinestate & FANGORIA VP of Production, Amanda Presmyk [Episode 23]

8/15/2019
Amanda Presmyk is the VP of Production across Cinestate and FANGORIA’s film division. Having started her career in TV with the drug-cartel drama, Queen of the South, Amanda joined Cinestate towards the beginning of its inception, shortly after the release of Brawl in Cell Block 99. In the past two and a half years, she’s worked on such films as Dragged Across Concrete, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Puppetmaster: The Littlest Reich, and FANGORIA’s exciting upcoming slate of features...

Duration:00:46:45

Chelsea Stardust & Satanic Panic! [Episode 22]

7/25/2019
Chelsea Stardust is the director of two new fantastic horror features; FANGORIA’s Satanic Panic and Blumhouse’s All That We Destroy. Chelsea began her career working for Ivan Reitman before moving on to Blumhouse where she was a personal assistant to Jason Blum for years, during which she learned an incredible amount about the business of horror. With the release of two new feature films in less than a year, Chelsea’s been on fire! We got to chat about her career history and what she’s...

Duration:00:55:29

Braid Director, Mitzi Peirone [Episode 21]

7/19/2019
Mitzi Peirone is a director who blew the minds of many with her beautifully realized and spectacularly insane first feature, Braid. Braid was incredibly intricate and sophisticated while delving into completely bonkers territory at times. The horror element of Braid worked both on the gore front and on the existential front which is a very tough balance to pull off. All of this, coupled with a stunning signature aesthetic made Braid one of the most memorable horror titles from the past few...

Duration:00:58:10

Josh Lobo, Director of I Trapped the Devil [Episode 20]

7/18/2019
Josh Lobo is a first time director, having recently premiered his ambitious and notably sophisticated first feature, I Trapped the Devil. The taught & tense ‘tone poem’ of a movie, echoes early Roman Polanski with nods to Mario Bava. It’s a chilling and rewarding slow burn that marks the beginning of an exciting career. Josh and I discussed filmmaking and how he was able to get his first feature off of the ground. First, here are Josh Lobo’s key insights for aspiring filmmakers: Get some...

Duration:00:48:00

Editor-in-Chief of FANGORIA, Phil Nobile Jr. [Episode 19]

7/12/2019
Phil Nobile Jr. is a producer, director and journalist who was recently appointed to one of the coolest jobs in the world, Editor-in-Chief of FANGORIA Magazine. Between the recent ascension to the FANGORIA publishing throne and executive producing Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, Phil has had a hell of a year. We got to catch up with him in New York on all things FANGO did a fair share of geeking out along the way. FANGORIA turns 40 this year and is celebrating big with issue number...

Duration:00:36:07

Puppetmaster The Littlest Reich Co-Director, Sonny Laguna [Episode 18]

7/4/2019
Sonny Laguna is a Sweden-based director who began his career with a number of super low budget films (costing between $5 and $10K) with his co-director Tommy Wiklund. He eventually got on the radar of S. Craig Zahler as he was writing Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Zahler and the team at FANGORIA were so impressed with Sonny & Tommy’s resourcefulness as low budget filmmakers, that they handed them directorial duties on Puppet Master. We spoke to Sonny about his career history, first few...

Duration:00:38:25

Beetlejuice the Musical’s Scott Brown and Anthony King [Episode 17]

4/17/2019
Beetlejuice will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It wasn’t only my quintessential gateway horror movie, but it shaped a lifelong unapologetic appreciation for all things weird and macabre. The movie had a ‘lightning in a bottle’ combination of a devilishly rebellious spirit and a singularity of vision that introduced the world to the wonders of Tim Burton. It was, and forever will be an iconic and magical movie. Every Saturday morning, Beetlejuice was my go-to cartoon, and my...

Duration:00:35:49