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).
This was a really cute, fun series! I love watching horror documentaries and behind-the-scenes shows, but honestly it can get a little tiresome to just see an endless parade of white guys. They're all talented, enthusiastic, lovely white guys, but it just feels like a sad symptom of an exclusionary culture. While there's obviously room for improvement, it was nice that there were two episodes that primarily featured female directors and one featuring a black director. And at this point I sit back and reflect on how glad I am that this is a review and not a forum so I can't get blasted by "sexism/racism aren't real" trolls.
Learned a good handful of movie trivia I never knew before, and got to see lots of cool how-to's with gory practical effects. Really liked the guests for each episode. Wish there were more seasons!
Fantastic episodes, every one. Would love to see a new season. Someone call Mickey!
New season, please!
When are they coming out with a new season??????