We got some special Halloween NPR love from the people responsible for scary on-screen entertainment this fall: executive producer of AMC's The Walking Dead, Glen Mazzara, and Paranormal Activity 3 & 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
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Glen Mazzara at NPR West.
Glen Mazzara at NPR West. Angielyn Hamilton-Lowe /NPR
It shouldn't be any surprise that for the NPR series 'Movies I've Seen a Million Times,' Mazzara talked about the (creepy) film Alien. Last weekend on All Things Considered, he talked about recreating the claustrophobic feeling that Alien creates and the suspense of its scenes (remember Harry Dean Stanton tracking a cat into a creepy room dripping with water and chains?) in his new AMC production.
Henry Joost with Ariel Schulman (l to r) at NPR West.
Henry Joost with Ariel Schulman (l to r) at NPR West. Melissa Kuypers/NPR
Co-directors of the most recent two Paranormal Activity movies, Joost and Shulman, tell reporter Beth Accomando what scared them as kids. For Henry, it was the giant squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and for Ariel, Johnny Depp being sucked into his bed in Nightmare on Elm Street. They say horror movies are in a ghost story phase right now, and what they strive for when making movies are physical, visceral reactions from scaring the audience.
Despite all the creepiness, they're all really quite lovely. And they all love NPR.