Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.
Adam Green's Digging Up the Marrow Acquired by Image

Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow Acquired by Image

Turns out director Adam Green wasn’t finished ripping up the horror genre with his HATCHET franchise. Image Entertainment has just announced its acquisition of DIGGING UP THE MARROW, Green’s unusual mockumentary that’s the result of a four-year collaboration with artist Alex Pardee. Starring Green and featuring guest appearances by the likes of Kane Hodder, Tom [...]

The Houses October Built Maps the Nation's Scariest Haunts

The Houses October Built Maps the Nation’s Scariest Haunts

The new found-footage horror film, THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, follows a group a filmmakers as their quest for the scariest haunt in the U.S. goes very, very wrong. But why should they be the only ones having the fun? Just in time for your own Halloween sorties, the producers have kindly provided a map that [...]

A Talking Cat!?! - Temple of Bad

A Talking Cat!?! – Temple of Bad

We have to be clear about this: There are bad movies; there are reprehensible movies; there are movies that make you consider taking out a contract on the entire DGA, just to be sure that never in the future of humankind will there be a chance that such an affront to common decency could again [...]

The Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero - The CFQ Interview

The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero – The CFQ Interview

Sometimes doing the job is reward in itself. That’s what it was like for me to talk with Greg Nicotero. From DAWN OF THE DEAD to BREAKING BAD, from ARMY OF DARKNESS to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, from HOSTEL to SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, his vivid and creative makeup effects work [...]

Varsity Blood Finger Puppet Theater – Video

If it was up to me, more previz– those dry-runs filmmakers create of sequences using story board drawings — would actually be done using finger puppets. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and you get to wiggle your digits in front of the camera, which has to be fun. For now, the makers of the upcoming VARSITY [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES got nothing to worry about. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES doing quite well, thank you very much. Got the big-budget, Michael Bay treatment (he’s the producer on this one; Jonathan Liebesman directed); came in #1 at the box office this past weekend; has the almost inevitable sequel already in the works. Yup, [...]

Guardians of the Galaxy - Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Welcome to August, the month when studios, having already fired off all their high-profile (not to mention high concept) summer guns, unleash what amounts to their second tier of releases, the stuff that doesn’t automatically trigger broad media attention, things with a more… “culty,” shall we say?… appeal, and things that are, let’s just say [...]

SHARKNADO 2's Dante Palminteri - The CFQ Interview

SHARKNADO 2’s Dante Palminteri – The CFQ Interview

It’s raining sharks, hallelujah! Or maybe whether you’re making that exclamation depends on how highly refined your appreciation of irony is. Yes, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE is here, moving the mayhem to New York (to the producers’ credit, largely the real New York), larding the proceedings with copious cameos (hallloooo Andy Dick, Perez Hilton, [...]

I Origins/Mood Indigo – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

I Origins/Mood Indigo – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

This past weekend was just chock full of magical, whimsical women breaking studious, guarded men out of their cocoons. No, not SEX TAPE — I have no idea about how that plot plays out and, besides, that’s not genre. But otherwise, for all their divergent approaches to the material, both I ORIGINS and MOOD INDIGO [...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

This is a trivial question, but it’s been bugging me, so let me get it out, okay? Why is the sequel to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES called DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES? I mean, “dawn” suggests a beginning, right? And you can’t actually rise until you begin, right? So shouldn’t [...]