Sunday 14 May 2000

Make It a Double

I've met and talked with a lot of filmmakers over the years. In and amongst those conversations, I've come to realise that the films that we generally associate them with are not necessarily the ones they would prefer to be remembered for.

That's not to say that they're not proud of the titles that made them famous and wrote their names in the annals of popular culture. Those pictures usually did well because the people who made them did memorable work, but that's never the only reason why films are successful. There are so many other reasons that they can't be counted, but often the most important one is that they were simply the right film at the right time to touch the right nerve.

Sadly, that often means that many far worthier titles are unjustly forgotten, relegated to obscurity by the sheer quantity of films that are made and the overwhelming power that is generated by the publicity departments of the major studios.

Back in 2012, at Phoenix FearCon V, I decided to start asking each name I met to select two films from their careers that they would like to see reviewed at Apocalypse Later. I left the reasons up to them. They could be their personal favourites, the ones that they feel are most unjustly neglected, those which were most memorable to make. They could merely be movies which were special to them for reasons that they may or may not wish to disclose.

The first person I asked was Tiffany Shepis, but the list has grown quickly this year and no doubt will continue to do so. She made her two choices quickly and surely, while I've found that many have one title ready on their tongue but have to ponder on the second.

As I meet more talent and ask them to Make It a Double, I'll add their names here and link to the reviews of the films they chose. I hope you find their selections as interesting and edifying as I do.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Brad Dourif
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Humboldt County 2008 6 6 Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs IMDb
Wise Blood 1979 6 6 John Huston IMDb

Dan Haggerty
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan 2013 4 4 Gary Jones IMDb
The Capture of Grizzly Adams 1982 5 5 Don Keeslar IMDb

Sid Haig
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Little Big Top 2006 5 6 Ward Roberts IMDb
A Dead Calling 2006 3 3 Michael Feifer IMDb

Gunnar Hansen
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Gimme Skelter 2007 5 4 Scott Phillips IMDb
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy 2007 5 5 Stevan Mena IMDb

Adrian Paul
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Breed 2001 5 5 Michael Oblowitz IMDb
Nine Miles Down 2009 6 6 Anthony Waller IMDb

Tiffany Shepis
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Hazing 2004 5 5 Rolfe Kanefsky IMDb
The Prometheus Project 2010 5 5 Sean Tretta IMDb

Dee Wallace
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder 1997 5 5 Richard A. Colla IMDb
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard 2014 5 5 B. Harrison Smith IMDb

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