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Roy Frumkes on Horror


This week we are posting the first blog in our new monthly blog series, Roy Frumkes on Horror. Roy is everyone’s favorite horror expert, who has given us a few spooky suggestions for those looking for that perfect Halloween movie to watch tonight! 

You can find the next Roy Frumkes on Horror blog on the last Thursday of every month! And tonight we’re taking the special step of publishing Roy TWICE. Come back later for Roy on Houdini — the master magician who actually died 88 years ago, today…



…and the horror films are calling.  TCM is running mini-marathons, theaters like the Anthology are doing all night marathons.  And then there’s always the option to pick a few titles and spend a fun evening at home.

How many of you are familiar with Anthony Bourdain?  Food critic, restaurant owner, star of the CNN series ‘Parts Unknown,’ in which he travels to a new country each week (the Bronx qualifies as a country, right…?), absorbing said country’s history and culture, and finally getting down to diving into its cuisine.  I think it’s the best edited show around, TV or theatrical.  Not all of the episodes, but most of them.  And the sound design… Check the Thailand episode. You’ll be blown away.

But why am I jabbering on about Bourdain, you ask?  Because, there’s a correlation between his ongoing show and a Zombie series called THE DEAD.  The series’ first film was set in Africa, and the first zombie you see is an emaciated creature, instantly reminiscent of photographs of starving Africans who haven’t been helped quickly enough by the wealthy nations.  The metaphor is inescapable – they’re dead, somehow, because of our neglect – and now they thrive on us!

Directed by the Ford Brothers, the first installment was successful, and they have a new one out called THE DEAD 2.  TD2 is set in India, and here is where it becomes clear that the Ford Bros series is the horror version of Anthony Bourdain’s show.  We visit a new country each time, and get to enjoy watching their cultural traits, their wardrobe, their architecture, just like Bourdain does.  The only difference is that whereas Bourdain will take a bite of anything – last week it was literally just-slaughtered goat blood – in THE DEAD films we’re the breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sooner or later Bourdain will appear in one of these zombie episodes.  How could he resist…?


Roy Frumkes