THE CORE is a dissection of the brilliant minds from which genre films spring. Whether it’s a demo on head explosions, or a primer on avoiding predictable jump scares, THE CORE busts open the traditional talk show and plays with its guts. Host Mickey Keating and his guests examine the onscreen techniques and real-life psychologies that strike fear into our very core. We'll turn you on to what's thrilling in filmmaking today, without subjecting you to a chat with that dude Greg from film school.
Even if you’ve never seen the films: you know the mask, and you know what those haunting piano notes portend. Why? Who better to explain than heir-apparent Halloween child star Danielle Harris.
1. Steve Ellison AKA Flying Lotus
How’d Steven Ellison follow up his diverse, Grammy-nominated music career? By prompting walkouts with his controversial debut film Kuso. Plus, SFX expert Jim Ojala shows us how to look pretty in puke.
2. Simon Barrett
Simon Barrett (writer of You’re Next, The Guest, Blair Witch) talks tension and what's so great about a blender... as an instrument of death.
3. The Soska Sisters
The Soska Sisters show how they achieve their films’ practical body horrors without CG.
4. Mary Harron
Wanna hear from an American master? Good. We’ve got iconic director Mary Harron to talk holding audiences in the palm of her hand.
5. Leigh Whannell
What makes a film terrifying enough to make us jump? Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) explains it all. We then examine immersive haunted houses, guided by one of the field’s most unique creators.
6. Rodney Ascher
The Nightmare’s Rodney Ascher shows us how he turns his vivid childhood traumas into adulthood art. Then, a sleep specialist gets into the science of sleep paralysis, hallucinatory demons and all.
Elijah Wood’s acclaimed company SpectreVision rips into the heart at the core of even the most provocative genre films. Plus, a doctor has her patients strap on VR glasses to confront their fears.
8. Hooper / Romero Tribute
THE CORE pays tribute to George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper with Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead), Daniel Pearl (DP, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Gabriel Bartalos (FX, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).
I'm quite new to Shudder and one of the first things I did was binge through this series, it's fantastic and addictive! Mickey is such a great interviewer, there's such a brilliant and diverse bunch of guests, the recommendations section is a brilliant touch and the whole style and production really sets it apart from other shows. Would love more!!!
Mickey’s hosting and interviewing are both great. The production value is phenomenal, and everyone seems so passionate about horror. Hoping for a season two.
very enjoyable to watch. lots of insight into some great franchise's and genres of horror
this is fantastic to have an eye into different horror genres and what goes into them, where is season 2?! i demand more 😈
There really needs to be more of these shows coming to Shudder. Please make a second season.