It was October, two weeks ’til Halloween, and the Internet couldn’t stop talking about the elusive bogeyman that is “Ebola.” Well, over in Wellsville, two TV brothers — Big Pete (Michael C. Maronna) and Little Pete (Danny Tamberelli) — were busy battling an ancient evil, one that stalks in the guise of a harmless medium: videotapes.
From the beginning, film has forever been an enviable channel for souls to encounter their personal fears. This year, however, Little Pete and Big Pete were ready to conquer their own demons and assembled a concoction of the most terrifying films out there. Little did we know the horrors we would find behind the minds of two infinite children.
So read on, little vikings. Read on.
Nearly two decades following their Nickelodeon days, Maronna and Tamberelli are now hosts of the popular podcast The Adventures of Danny & Mike and will appear later this month at Consequence of Sound‘s sold-out fall event featuring exciting performances by Polaris and Tamberelli’s own band, Jounce.
Michael C. Maronna’s Top Five
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 : Dream Warriors
I think it’s my favorite Freddy movie. The kids finally fight back some. Kincaid! The skeleton fights an unintentional Jason and the Argonauts. Very stylized. Multiple big stars. I will always support John Saxon because of Enter the Dragon, even though his essential Dad Blindness is a big part of this premise. Director of Photography Roy Wagner – – I worked with him on Elementary, and here is a picture of him with his therapy animal.
John Carpenter’s The Thing
Kurt Russell with the icy beard and flamethrower and scotch. You can imagine paranoia setting in up there in the Arctic. The blood test with the hot needle. Wilford Brimley, dammit. Squirm-inducing tension expertly maintained throughout with maximum skin crawl. Feeling so bad for the dogs. The horror is magnified in the locale and the feasibility of worldwide spread of this … thing. “Voodoo Bullshit” irritates Keith David in his second best horror role, behind…
Rowdy Roddy Piper takes a star turn as a man who would not be quiet about the (admittedly, yes) vomit-face aliens he sees with the help of magic shades. He and Keith David have the best movie fight ever. I wonder how that went over in the editing room. “I like all the conspiracy shit, but I think I could fit another wrestling scene in, John. Bare-chested, even. John?” Piper shows his revulsion with wrestler-style hunchback posture through all his scenes. Man, I like John Carpenter. But how did the resistance get sold out so quickly? Holly?
Dead Alive (Brain Dead)
Splatterfest. Peter Jackson directs, and there is a lot of honest, practical SFX and gore and the classic horror movie theme – get bitten by a crazy animal and it transfers a body- and soul-rotting affliction to you. Gotta feel bad for the son who is going for the other horror movie theme – trying to get the girl. He checks Psycho by trying to hide the mom’s deterioration … In a lot of ways, all The Simpsons Tree House of Horror episodes are derived from this New Zealand nightmare and the banal examination of the incubation period of zombiousness.
The Evil Dead 2
I didn’t know about Evil Dead and just jumped in midstream. The camera is so busy! How many cameras were harmed in the making of this motion picture? You could believe that there’s something bad and evil in the basement. As a kid, this is very scary and plausible. The fighting your own hand stuff is what put Bruce Campbell on the path to where he is today: Burn Notice. I mean, Devon Sawa personally confided in me that he studied Bruce’s handwork for Idle Hands. Campbell also, quite coincidentally, pretended his own hand was Seth Green in one of the most pivotal scenes in this film.