Poltergeist is still a firecracker of a film, and a lot of people make a habit of watching it every Halloween season. Of course with any landmark film comes a wave of imitators, some bearing the actual name. There were sequels that attempted to continue the Poltergeist story, just as there were for The Exorcist and many other scary movies that weren’t so scary the second time around. There was also a remake of the original Poltergeist in 2015, the marketing of which focused entirely on the clown.
My newest interview subject, Mark A. Mangini, is an accomplished sound designer and editor. He’s helped create the soundscapes for films of all sorts. Ranging from multiple films in the Star Trek franchise to a frequent collaboration with Joe Dante, from Disney Renaissance classics like Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin to Mad Max: Fury Road, which would win him his first Oscar, Mark A. Mangini has created memorable soundscapes for almost half-a-century, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Mark took some time to speak with me this past December, and today I share my epic conversation with this great talent.
My newest interview subject, John Bruno, is an accomplished visual effects artist. He’s helped to create some of the most memorable images of the last few decades of blockbuster cinema in projects ranging from Ghostbusters and the first two Poltergeist films to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Batman Returns to Avatar and the Twilight films. He’s even won an Oscar, taking home the Best Visual Effects Oscar for The Abyss. I spoke to John Bruno recently about his long and diverse career, and we put this together over the course of two phone calls. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this amazing talent.
Some of the most memorable horror films of all time have scary stories surrounding their very production. Was it just bad luck, or were the movies….CURSED??? Nah, it was bad luck, there’s no such thing as curses.
“I used to live out in the sticks, you might say,” Jenny told me apologetically, “I mean, it was a small town. Still is. And with them small towns like that, they come chock full of stories, I’m sure you know.”
The Davenport Poltergeist