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Matthew Macola: July 2020 Update

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Welcome to something new. Moving forward, I will be posting monthly updates here, covering a range of topics from life stuff to scripts-in-progress to production news to what I'm watching. I plan to post an update on the first of every month.

As I write this, there are 122 days left until Halloween. This makes me giddy beyond reason. For obvious reasons, Halloween is my favorite holiday. It can't get here soon enough. Thinking about it has also provided some relief from the stressors of the current state of the world.

Speaking of...Like many people, I've been working from home since mid-March. I might be in the minority, but I've enjoyed it. Not only do I feel safer (we rarely go out), my productivity is through the roof. I now get more accomplished with my day job than I ever did in my actual office. Also, my house has never been so clean. With that said, life does feel like it's stuck on repeat. I'm not sure what the future holds, but for now I'…
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Horror Screenwriter Matthew Macola Is No 'Dummy'

The Blob: I Love the Remake More Than The Original

I remember first seeing The Blob in a movie theater in Sacramento in 1988, and I have loved this film ever since. I'd seen the 1958 original, a film I liked for it's super cheese factor, but the remake was (and is) a beautiful creature of its own. Starring Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Ricky Paull Goldin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sharon Spelman (who I adore), and Candy Clark, this fantastic ensemble of actors each give terrific - if not horror film iconic - performances.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Shawnee Smith's work (I still am). To me, she was the archetypal perfect leading lady of the time, especially for young viewers who identified and connected with her. She was (and is) a likable presence on the screen, someone you want to root for.

Similarly, the men in this film are equally engaging, each representing a variety of late-80's male stereotypes (the loner, the jock, the boyfriend, etc.). Jeffrey DeMunn also gives a solid performance as a local she…

Update: Independent Horror Movie Awards, Dr. Cyclops, Them, L.A. Under the Stars, Friday the 13th, Cleveland

In January, my short horror screenplay Dummy received the Independent Horror Movie Award for Best Short Script. I'm very grateful for this awesome honor.

I recently had the chance to see the horror sci-fi classic Dr. Cyclops for the first time. It's claim to fame is being the first horror film shot in Technicolor. Great flick and terrific cast, featuring Albert Dekker, Janice Logan, Thomas Cooley, Charles Halton, and Victor Kilian. Also of note, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 13th Academy Awards.

I also had the chance to watch the classic film Them, which I highly recommend. It's a classic for a reason. If you see it, look for an uncredited cameo from Leonard Nimoy.

Very thankful to the wonderful folks at the L.A. Under the Stars Film Festival for recognizing Dummy with a nomination for Best Short Screenplay.

As most people know, I'm a huge fan of 80's slasher films. Last month I bought Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection. …

Update: Dummy, Prom Night Soundtrack, Don't Grow Up

Dummy, my little-horror-script-that-could, continues to attract interest and gain momentum. Within the last week, the script was named an official selection for the Red Dirt Film Festival in Stillwater, Oklahoma (I'll be there!), the LA Under the Stars Film Festival, the Košice International Monthly Film Festival (in Slovakia!), the Independent Horror Movie Awards, and the Short. Sweet. Film Fest. in Cleveland, Ohio. I am very grateful for the incredible support my screenplay is receiving.

Right now I am finishing up the final draft of my feature length screenplay Death Do Us Part. This one is super creepy and has been a lot of fun to write. Creating a female serial killer (and a badass female cop) has been a great but awesome challenge as a writer. I can't wait to see what the response will be to the story.

Loving 80's horror film as much I do, I finally (after many, many years) got a copy of the official motion picture soundtrack to one of my all-time favorite 80's s…

2019 A Year in Review

The best word to describe this year is MAGICAL. Thank you for making 2019 one of the best years ever. Here's a look back at the highlights. Turn the volume UP and enjoy the sounds of The Dollyrots who continue to provide the soundtrack to my life.


Why Black Christmas is a Great Horror Film

Black Christmas. Just the title alone brings a smile to my face.

I first discovered this gem of a movie a couple of years back, thanks to Shudder. Since then, I've come to refer to the film as one of the best of its kind.

I knew little about the movie prior to my first viewing. I'd heard it was a tremendous influence on John Carpenter's Halloween (arguably one of the best slasher films ever made, if not one of the best films in the entire horror genre) and I knew the film was produced in Canada, much like another slasher film I love called Curtains (1983). Other than that, I watched it without knowing much about it or its longstanding legacy.

From the first time I watched Black Christmas (and in my annual viewing of the film every December 1 since), I immediately saw the reasons behind it's well-earned cult following. From it's innovative cinematography to it's all-too creepy score to its breaking of genre rules and expectations (the twist on the Final Girl tro…