Dario Argento

Dario Argento was born on 7 September, 1940 in Rome, Italy. The son of acclaimed film producer Salvatore Argento, Dario began his career in the movie industry as a film critic for various magazines. His love of movies led to him finding work as a screenwriter, after which he wrote several screenplays for a number of films. His most notable was Once Upon a Time in the West, directed by the legendary Sergio Leone. However, once Argento began directing his own films, his popularity soared.

His directorial debut came in the form of giallo flick The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. After achieving critical acclaim, Argento went on to direct The Cat o’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet; often referred to as his ‘Animal Trilogy’. After a break from the thriller/horror scene, Argento returned in 1975 with his masterpiece Deep Red. Frequently cited as the ‘best giallo ever made’, the movie is often credited as the inspiration behind many iconic horror flicks. John Carpenter has stated on many occasions that Argento’s early work is what inspired fan-favourite Halloween (1978).

Further success

Dario Argento

Following the birth of his daughter, Asia Argento, Dario continued his critical success with the spellbinding hit Suspiria (1977). He originally intended this to be the first of a trio of movies surrounding “The Three Mothers“. However, the trilogy was not complete until after the turn of the century. Inferno (1980) came first, eventually followed by Mother of Tears (2007).

The 1980’s brought us Tenebrae (1982) and Phenomena (1985), after which, Argento took a break from directing. He wrote the screenplays for Lamberto Bava‘s Demons (Demoni) and its sequel before getting back into the director’s chair for his next movie Opera. The ill-fated flick was ravaged by real-life misfortunes, which Argento suspected were caused by the supposed “curse” of the Shakespearean play. The initial lead in the movie, Vanessa Redgrave, quit the project, Argento’s long-time girlfriend and collaborator ended their relationship, and his father, Salvatore, passed away. There were also a number of minor accidents involving the cast and crew throughout the filming of the movie.

90’s – Present day

Dario Argento and George A. Romero

In the beginning of the 90’s, Argento teamed up with Romero once again on the two-part horror-thriller Two Evil Eyes (1990). He then went on to direct Trauma (1993), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) and The Phantom of the Opera (1998). Following this he returned to the giallo flicks, giving us Sleepless (2001), The Card Player (2004) and Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005), as well as two gory, supernatural-themed episodes of the USA TV cable anthology series Masters of Horror (2005).

Did you know?

In 1978, Argento collaborated with George A. Romero on Dawn of the Dead, earning a producer credit and also providing soundtrack work for the zombie hit.

He is involved in a horror memorabilia store in Rome named Profondo Rosso, after his classic film Deep Red. In the cellar is a collection of his movies. The store is managed by his long-time collaborator and friend Luigi Cozzi.

He has contributed in the development of the survival horror video game Dead Space, and also in the dubbing of the Dr. Kyne character in the Italian version of the game.

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Doug Bradley

Douglas William Bradley was born on 7 September 1954 in Liverpool, England. A lifelong friend of Clive Barker, the pair founded the progressive theatre group “Dog Company” in the 1970’s. After starring in a number of short movies for the group, Doug Bradley shot to stardom in his breakthrough role as Pinhead in Hellraiser.

Doug Bradley

Instantly becoming a fan favourite of horror lovers worldwide, Bradley went on to play the lead Cenobite another SEVEN times in the Hellraiser franchise! He also portrayed Captain Elliot Spencer in two of the movies. As a result, he is one of only six actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times. Others include horror giants such as Christopher Lee (Dracula), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Brad Dourif  (Chucky), Tobin Bell (Jigsaw) and Warwick Davis (Leprechaun).

Bradley was also credited in some of the Hellraiser movies as Assistant Make-up Artist due to his eventual skill in applying and removing the Pinhead makeup/prosthetics. However, he was credited as Bill Bradley (using his middle name) instead.

Even more horror!

Despite being synonymous with Pinhead, Bradley has also starred in a number of other horror flicks. After his roles in the Hellraiser films and the 1990 horror film Nightbreed, 2006 saw Bradley star in Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes. 2008 saw him once again returning to Clive Barker‘s cinematic universe by way of a featured appearance in Book of Blood. He also had a small cameo appearance in the 2008 black comic horror The Cottage. In 2010, he starred in the Anglo-Spanish horror film Exorcismus, and he joined the Nazi zombie horror The 4th Reich in March 2010.

In 2011, he starred in the British film noir Jack Falls. Bradley also provided a voice-over for indie flick Lucifer’s Unholy Desire as well as appearring in The Reverend. In 2012, he played “Maynard” in the fifth film of the Wrong Turn series, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. In 2013, he appeared in the indie flick Scream Park

Did you know?

Doug Bradley

Bradley starred alongside Robert Englund in Killer Tongue (1996)

He has performed narrations on several songs by metal band Cradle of Filth

Bradley voiced the Sith Emperor for the game Star Wars: The Old Republic

In 2018, he joined Blackcraft Wrestling as “The Preacher”, a cult leader who acts as a Manager.

Bradley is the author of Sacred Monsters: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor. The book explores the history of masks in society and their applications in horror films.

He also supports Liverpool football club (but we can’t hold that against him!)

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Michael John Douglas, better known as Michael Keaton was born on September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. The youngest of seven children, Keaton attended Kent State University where he appeared in plays; a stepping stone for what turned out to be an illustrious acting career.

To avoid confusion with the already well-established actor, Michael Douglas, Keaton decided to change his name. He states that he simply searched a phone book under the ‘K’s and inevitably settled on the name Keaton. Following his name change he had a relatively successful run in comedy. Hits including Night Shift, Gung Ho and Touch and Go all proved Keaton was a formidable actor in a comedy setting. However, after starring in Tim Burton‘s Beetlejuice, Keaton’s international fame was about to skyrocket!

The Batman era

After experiencing Keaton’s versatility in Beetlejuice, Burton could think of nobody better to portray the dark, brooding elements that his Batman required. Despite initial outrage from comic book fans, Keaton’s performance earned him international acclaim from critics and fans around the world. This intensified even further following his reprise of the role in Batman Returns. Keaton was initially going to don the cape and cowl for a third time, but things didn’t go to plan. In Keaton’s words

“I knew we were in trouble in talks for the third one when certain people started the conversation with “Why does it have to be so dark?” “Why does he have to be so depressed?” “Shouldn’t there be more color in this thing?” I knew I was headed for trouble and that it wasn’t a road I was going to go down.”

Following the replacement of Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher, Keaton departed soon after. Yet, his popularity was still at an all time high and he went on to star in a number of blockbuster hits. Much Ado About Nothing, Jackie Brown and Jack Frost were some of the highlights from his career in the 90’s. After 20 years on screen, a lot of actors may have called it quits. But, Keaton had other ideas.

2000 onwards

From 2000 onwards, Keaton has starred in a variety of movies, covering multiple genres. Horror fans may remember his portrayal of Jonathan Rivers in White Noise. Others may recognise his vocal contributions in Cars and Toy Story 3. Regardless of preference, Keaton has proven time and again that his versatility allows him to jump between genres with ease.

Did you know?

Keaton was considered for a number of prominent roles that we all know and love.

Can you imagine how different those movies would have been?!

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Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman is, without doubt, one of the most recognisable faces in horror. Tall, lean and suffering from a rare condition giving him a truly unique look, Berryman has been starring in movies since the mid-70’s. Notable for his role in Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, he has worked primarily in horror ever since. With over 100 credits against his name, Berryman has become a cult icon amongst horror fans.

Born September 4, 1948, Michael John Berryman was afflicted with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. The rare condition, characterised by the absence of sweat glands, hair, and fingernails, gave Berryman his unique appearance that we know today. His father, Sloan Berryman, was a US Naval surgeon and was deployed to the Hiroshima fallout zone in the wake of the atomic bombing.

Michael Berryman

Berryman’s first prominent acting role was in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. However, his breakthrough role in the horror industry came after he played Pluto in The Hills Have Eyes. Wild-eyed, eerie and savage, Berryman spent the next three decades playing monsters, mutants and psychopaths in an array of classic movies. Notable films include Weird Science, The Hills Have Eyes Part II, The Lords of Salem and The Devil’s Rejects

He also had parts in TV series. Classics such as The X Files, Tales from the Crypt and various appearances in the Star Trek series. Berryman even appeared in Mötley Crües Smokin’ in the Boys Room and Home Sweet Home music videos!

Did you know?

Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman was actually due to appear in cult classic The Crow. Playing a character known as The Skull Cowboy, Berryman was due to have various scenes in the iconic movie. The Cowboy was supposed to offer guidance to Eric Draven by explaining the rules and restrictions surrounding his resurrection. However, following the tragic death of Brandon Lee, the story was rewritten and Berryman’s role was ultimately shelved.

Another thing you may not know is the turmoil Berryman had to endure when filming The Hills Have Eyes. Filming in the desert is hard at the best of times, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. For Berryman, it was hell on earth. Without sweat glands, he found it was harder to deal with than his co-stars. He would have to take special precautions to avoid suffering heat stroke and other complications.

Despite Berryman’s natural gravitation towards horror films, he can also play the comedic role too. Check out this hilarious scene from The Devil’s Rejects

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Paragon: The Shadow Wars

Action superstar Danny Trejo stars in Pikchure Zero Entertainment’s new sci-fi action series Paragon: The Shadow Wars.  


In a world where Reapers take souls and demons bargain with humans for their place in the food chain, a new descendent named Jael has emerged. After centuries of civil unrest in the real world, a new war is waging amongst those who are seeking to create a new after-life and Jael finds herself in the middle of it. She must venture into the dark world of Soul Reaping and embrace her new role as the Paragon.  

Franziska Schissler, Dilan Gwyn, Khu, and Justin Price also star in the series. Currently out to networks, the project will be a 7-episode first season, with each 43-minute episode fixing on the human race dealing with the obliteration of Heaven.  

Paragon is a sci-fi action series that follows the different factions of society as they deal with Heaven’s destruction. With only a small piece of the after-life to live for, everyone from Death himself is fighting to claim the Elysian for themselves. 

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“We have always loved the Sci-fi fantasy genre, and we wanted to create a series that explored one of the most intriguing questions of humanity. Where do we go when we die? And what would happen if Heaven no longer existed?”, says Justin Price, who is also a producer on the series alongside  Khu and  Franziska Schissler. 

Price adds, “Paragon is an edgier and grittier cable style series in the vein of Firefly and Altered Carbon. I believe we have an electric hybrid that explores the human spectrum of dealing with loss and love in a stylistic way. Danny Trejo is outstanding as Kincaid, the half-dead leader of disbanded reapers.”

Check out the first look trailer!

Paragon: The Shadow Wars is now out to networks.

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