Author Archives: Leo Craven

Actor Trading Cards: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Born: February 9, 1987 in Santa Ana, CA
Height: 6’0

Personal Quote:

“I want to do everything. I’m a producer at heart. Eventually, when I can produce the way I want to, my acting’s going to help fuel that. And not just vehicles for myself – I’m a member of this film society, and I want to contribute. If you’re in the industry, you can’t just take from it; you have to deposit something back to keep it going for the next generation.”


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Actor Trading Cards: Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie

Born: October 28, 1978 in Worthing, West Sussex, England, UK
Height: 6’3

Personal Quote:

“Part of the reason why I love acting is that you do hope that somehow your work will connect to people and somehow expand their consciousness.”

Did You Know?

Trained as a semi-professional gymnast as a child, but after a spine injury forced her to abandon that career, she took up acting.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Elvira


Created: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5’7

Personal Quote:

“There’s nothing wrong with G-rated movies, as long as there’s lots of sex and violence.”

“My name’s Elvira but you can call me ‘tonight’.”

Did You Know?

Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2012


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31 Days of Horror 2015: Saw (2004)

“We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you’re going to find in terms of craft. You can’t scare people if they see the seams.” – James Wan

In last week’s post I spotlighted the ‘Torture Porn’ sub-genre and the movie that was credited by movie critic David Edelstein to have started it: Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005). Among today’s Top 10 lists and thousands of movie review sites, however, it is more often that James Wan’s SAW is recognized as the film that kicked off the torture porn fad (I use the term ‘fad’ to reference the use of the term, not the genre which has existed within the Horror industry since the 1970’s). While the numerous Saw sequels may deserve to be lumped in with that notorious label, I recently watched the original film again on Netflix and I can assure you that Saw is more ‘thriller and style’ than ‘torture and gore’.


Okay, I admit the movie poster does not support the claim I just made. However, marketing aside, this film features a fantastic cast (Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson), a talented director (James Wan), and a slow unveiling of the plot that places the focus on the build-up of suspense, not the shock of gore.


“After waking up in a tiny cell, two men find themselves victim of a serial killer who plays games with his victims and gives them one last chance to survive. If they wish to live, they each have to play their own game as the killer has told them on an audio script. As the film goes on, connections between the victims and the true identity of the killer are revealed.” – J.S. Golden

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Born: January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Height: 5’6

Personal Quote:

“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent.”

Did You Know?

Beat out 150 actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, for the coveted role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.



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31 Days of Horror 2015: Actor Trading Cards: Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Born: February 9, 1981 in Westminster, London, England, UK
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“To have compassion for a character is no different from having compassion for another human being.”

Did You Know?

Was in the same class as both Prince William and Eddie Redmayne at the boarding school Eton College.


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31 Days of Horror 2015: Hostel (2005)

“Whether they like it or hate it, you want to make a movie people will never forget.” – Eli Roth

‘Torture Porn’ isn’t exactly a term of endearment when used by critics or the media. Looking back, films like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and I Spit on Your Grave (1978) would probably have fallen under this classification (and their remakes did), but the term was first popularized by movie critic David Edelstein in 2005 to describe Eli Roth’s Hostel.


I’m not a fan of gore for the sake of gore, but I do enjoy watching horror movies and I found the first Hostel movie to be both creative and unique, albeit disturbing. I’ve only seen the movie once (and that was back in 2006), but it still ranks as one of my top horror movies of the 2000’s. I also liked Hostel II, but I wouldn’t go ranking it in the same class as the original.


Three friends are backpacking across Europe when they are told about a hostel in Slovakia. When they hear that this hostel is infested with beautiful European woman who only want tourists, they quickly get on a train to the paradise they believe awaits them. Soon after they arrive, however, they start to realize that this hostel is hiding a terrible and dark secret.

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31 Days of Horror – Actor Trading Cards: Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Born: January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Height: 5’7

Did You Know?

Nina Constantinova Dobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to Canada when she was only two years old.

Has competed internationally representing Canada in Aesthetic (Rhythmic) Group Gymnastics.

Nina auditioned for her role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower via Skype (in between takes of Vampire Diaries).

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Actor Trading Cards: Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

Born: April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota
Height: 5’8

Did You Know?

She is one of only ten actors to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies.

Has a daughter, Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.

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Actor Trading Cards: Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

Born: February 22, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 5’11

Did You Know?

He is the only actor to play the role of Frank Castle/The Punisher twice: In ‘The Punisher (2004)’ and the short film ‘Dirty Laundry (2012)’.

Was Zack Snyder’s first choice for ‘Edward Blake/The Comedian’ in Watchmen, but he had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts with Dark Country.

Was rumored to be ‘Two Face’ in The Dark Knight, but the role went to Aaron Eckhart.

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