Archive for July, 2020

“An incredibly fast, brutal and exciting thriller that has it all. A wild ride on the highway that the reader will not forget quickly.”

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Excellent new review on Dark Owl of the German translation of my road thriller novel WHITE KNUCKLE from the Berlin publisher, Savage Types.

Full English translation of the German review:

“From the screenwriter of the films “Hitcher”, “Near Dark” and “Blue Steel.” A serial killer on the highways has been killing his female victims unmolested for decades, leaving a trail of blood and tears. Known under the CB nickname WHITE KNUCKLE, the trucker, who kills with perverse lust, cruelly killed hundreds of women and buried their bodies all over the country. But now the young FBI agent Sharon Ormsby is on his heels to stop him. Undercover, at the side of an experienced trucker, hunts for the killer in his eighteen-wheeled monster. That means one thing above all: a tough showdown on the highway!

A serial killer is up to mischief on the highway. His prey: pretty women. He’s after her and he’s hungry. In his truck he has his own hiding place for his victims, which is very well hidden. Sounds scary? It is. White Knuckle manages to take the reader on an extremely exciting journey right from the start. But be careful, this will not be a smooth ride! This trip is bloodthirsty, dangerous and brutal. You experience the characters up close through very lively descriptions. The reader experiences feelings, such as fears, despair and hopelessness, up close. It feels like you’re right in the middle of it and even in this truck. Goosebumps feeling guaranteed! The book and its story are captivating and action-packed. You can hardly put the book aside. At the end, White Knuckle puts a real icing on the cake, I promise, it’s terrific.

An incredibly fast, brutal and exciting thriller that has it all. A wild ride on the highway that the reader will not forget quickly.”

My ghost movie 100 FEET with Famke Janssen gets a tribute article on Arrow In The Head at JoBlo.Com.

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Huge thanks to Arrow in the Head at for a terrific tribute video article on my ghost movie 100 FEET. This is the best piece anybody has ever done on the film. Informative, fast-paced and full of great stuff about the flick, it is must viewing for fans of my work and horror fans in general.

During this period of everybody locked down in our homes sharing anxieties of isolation and dread, audiences can personally relate to 100 FEET in a way they couldn’t before, making the movie more frightening than ever. We’re all in lockdown inside our homes just like the movie’s heroine Marnie played by Famke Janssen but her problems are worse than yours since she’s shut in with the violent ghost of her dead husband who doesn’t believe in social distancing. The suffocating claustrophobia of Famke’s situation in the movie is so identifiable to us these days, viewing 100 FEET now may be unbearably intense for some of you, get in your head and give you nightmares. You have been warned.

100 FEET is my personal favorite of the films I’ve made and my best job as a director. It’s easy to frighten people with gore and jump scares but true skill in suspense lies in the creation of tension without any of that. It’s about manipulating audience expectations so just when they think something is about to happen, it doesn’t and when they least expect it, it does. 100 FEET is basically an entire movie with a woman alone in a house with a ghost. The ghost is almost never seen, and when ghost attacks are always terrifying and unexpected. This is a very Hitchcockian film of elevated suspense.

This movie got made during the trend of torture porn horror films so I wanted to go completely in the other direction and scare the hell of the audience without relying on kills or gory violence like everyone else was doing. And it worked. 100 FEET keeps you on the edge of your seat for ninety minutes and there is only one kill in the entire movie! What interested me making 100 FEET was using classic techniques of point of view and visual subliminal suggestion to generate tension and lead you around by the nose rather than hit you in the face.

As a director, it was a wonderful challenge. If you’ve seen 100 FEET before watch it again because you’ll get more out of seeing the film now than you did then. If you haven’t seen it, I would definitely not recommend watching it alone locked down in your house late at night.

Or maybe I would.