Look guys, I’ve watched everything David Lynch has done. I’m a bit obsessed with the surreal maestro and the beautiful nightmares that he directs. From Twin Peaks to Mulholland Drive, the director has completely blown and chilled my brain to varying degrees and to tiny pieces . I like to pride myself in my loyal following of Lynch’s work. I’ve seen all of his short films and even the things in between. Once again the internet has managed to unearth something that managed to almost entirely peel my cap straight back and to do a quadruple take.
Turns out Lynch had worked on an HBO series called Hotel Room. The series was an anthology that would have revolved around one mysterious hotel room and the stories that went down within its walls. Sorta like HBO’s Room 104 from the Duplass Brothers, the series would have always revolved around that one space, only transforming and fitting narrative around it.
Much like Rod Serling’s Twlight Zone intro, Hotel Room began with Lynch giving a monologue in classic Lynch tone. “For a millennium, the space for the hotel room existed, undefined. Mankind captured it, and gave it shape and passed through. And sometimes when passing through, they found themselves brushing up against the secret names of truth.”
Hotel Room aired quietly on HBO in 1993. The episode featured three stories two of which were directed by Lynch himself. The three episodes made up the feature length pilot that eventually failed the popularity test of the people, unfortunately.
The episodes were packed with some great star power too. Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover and Griffiin Dunne all lent their skills to the Lynch project and gave off some seriously memorable performances to boot. Author Barry Gifford once again paired with Lynch after their collaboration on Wild At Heart. Gifford wrote both episodes that Lynch directed.
Long time collaborator Angelo Badalamenti even worked on the score for Hotel Room. That makes a full house of Lynch collaborators for a series that was just waiting, slightly hidden, to be discovered.
Hotel Room is a good series. It is something that I would have definitely continued to watch if given the chance. But, I guess you can see how it failed. HBO was looking for an anthology to go in the same direction as Tales From the Crypt. Obviously, these carefully crafted episodes are not that. But, they are something wonderfully and undeniably, Lynch.
Turns out that up to this point, Hotel Room enjoyed a very short VHS release here in the United States. It also was released in Japan on an English laserdisc. Gotta say, I would love to find that laserdisc to add this one to the collection of Lynch.
The first episode alone is worth its weight. The setup of Harry Dean Stanton and Glenne Headly begins silently calm enough with Stanton ordering two chimney glasses with some bourbon, but then sneakingly becomes a tremendously tense bit of fiction tied up in its claustrophobic confines. All this in a fashion that is uniquely Lynch.
I’m hoping we aren’t far from a proper and modern release of Hotel Room but, In the meantime, enjoy this amazing little Lynch nugget.
‘Courtney Gets Possessed’ Looks Like The Satanic BFF Comedy of 2023
So your ex is the Devil himself and you’ve moved on to someone new. In fact, you are about to marry that person. But Satan is the jealous type and isn’t giving his blessing to this new arrangement. What to do? That is the premise of the new horror comedy Courtney Gets Possessed.
Just by watching the trailer, we get a sense this is a comedy about girl power and we love that. Last year My Best Friend’s Exorcism focused on one friend trying to eject a demon from her girlfriend’s soul, but in this movie, it looks like a whole wedding party gets involved.
With her nuptials on the line and the Prince of Darkness lurking close by, Courtney does her best to protect her childhood home on the eve of the wedding. But when her ne’er-do-well sister accidentally invites Satan inside (known more casually as Dave), he possesses Courtney – throwing a demonic wrench into her happily-ever-after plans. Courtney’s ragtag team of reluctant heroes including her sister, perfectionist best friend, and skeptical future sister-in-law must find a way to exorcise Dave, reclaim Courtney’s soul, and get her down the aisle with as little bloodshed as possible.
“In Sickness and in Hell” takes on a whole new meaning in this diabolically fun and thrilling romp. Audiences will be left pondering the line between love and possession and what it means to give ourselves to others. Will Courtney’s wedding bells ring or will they be drowned out by the screams of the damned?
Courtney Gets Possessed is written and directed by Jono Mitchell and Madison Hatfield. Produced by Hatfield and Jordan Blair Brown. Executive Produced by Stephen Beehler, Jegor Jersov, and Jono Mitchell. Cinematography by Brett A. Frager. Composed by Jordan Bennett. A Peach Jam Pictures production.
Courtney Gets Possessed will be available on digital and on Demand, Friday, November 3.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.