Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Horror Channel

At, you can check out what could be really cool: a cable channel devoted entirely to horror. One smart feature is that they are going to show movies unedited and uncut. They are focusing on sponsorships to bookend the movies instead of having commercials during them. The creative advisory board contains some impressive names: John Carpenter (the legend), Wes Craven (right up there with Carpenter), Tobe Hooper (more limited output, but the TCM is an all-time classic), George Romero (King of the Zombies; this list is really impressive), and I have to add Sid Haig, Captain Spaulding from House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

One thing I did notice about the list, though, is the lack of horror writers on the list -- the 1,000 pound gorilla being Stephen King. The channel's credibility goes up a lot if his name is at all linked. I think they should do a show where each episode, in the vein of The Twilight Zone, is a self-contained story written by a different author. That would increase the buzz for the channel, and they could use some of the shows to promote new writers as well (ahem). At any rate, I'm pretty excited about the project.


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