including the number one film in the country EVIL DEAD (2013). It was a incredible event to be involved with and it was made all the better by getting the chance to watch the films with such an fantastic audience.
This was the perfect way to experience a night of grueling terror and laughs and fun aplenty. Throughout the event we were lucky enough to be a part of two very special Q and A panels which I (James Oster) was thrilled to moderate for the evening.
But before Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Greg Nicotero and the Ladies of the Evil Dead (Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly) entertained the audience on hand, we sat down with each of them for a 1:1 conversation about EVIL DEAD and how the film continues to thrill and delight audiences to this day.
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Hostel: Part III will be released on DVD next week and I recently had the opportunity to speak with director Scott Spiegel about the film. For those unfamiliar with Scott’s work, he’s no stranger to horror or the Hostel franchise. He served as producer on both Hostel and Hostel: Part II, was co-writer of Evil Dead 2 and has directed Intruder and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.
Scott and I talked about moving the Elite Hunting Club to Las Vegas, Eli Roth’s earlier idea for a new Hostel film, my favorite death scene from the movie, and the possibility of Hostel: Part IV.
Was the idea for Hostel: Part III something you pitched to Sony or did they approach you?
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Writer-director Scott Spiegel was amongst those honored at the 25th Annual Saturn Awards presented on June 9th, 1999. The Saturn Awards, hosted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, are devoted to honoring the talent who work in genre filmmaking, video and television. Spiegel received the Saturn Award for Best Home Video Release for FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY. Special awards were also presented to Ray Bradbury, James Coburn and William Friedkin that same evening.
His long time friend Boaz Yakin was there to enjoy the evening with him. Scott and Boaz share co-story credits on TEXAS BLOOD MONEY, and had previously collaborated on the script for THE ROOKIE, a Clint Eastwood action movie. Scott says, “It was really cool. It was so much fun and it was packed. When I got there I saw Bruce Campbell. And we were kind of shemping around so to speak. It was so funny because from my table I could see him kind up near the front. And so whenever we’d hear whipped music or cheesy things, he’d be looking at me and I was like ‘Will you stop!’ He was just cracking me up.”
Though not televised, the Saturn Awards are a prestigious event and heavily covered by the media. Scott’s impressions of the evening: “Rod Steiger gave a really cool speech. William Friedkin won an award and got up there, and Linda Blair was there. Michael Bay of all people, and Brian Singer – they had a lot of really cool people. I sat like next to KISS’ Gene Simmons. Actually at my table was Gary Cole. It was really cool and just a lot of fun. James Woods gave this kick-ass speech, and Bruce was so great. Bruce gave some awards and was up there doing his routines and it was just so refreshing and funny. You can tell he’s done this so many times, I mean he was just so polished. And Guillermo Del Toro, who directed MIMIC and CRONOS, a really cool director and a guy I’ve actually met a few times and hung out with – he and Lin Shaye, who’s so hilarious in SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, those two gave me my award. And I was just like ‘Oh, this is so cool!’ I didn’t expect it to be so fancy, plus those awards are way cool.” Read the rest of this entry