The Week in Horror: ‘Death Rider in the House of Vampires,’ ’30 Coins,’ Gary Klar

Annnnnnd we’re back, fiends. Welcome to the the first Week in Horror of 2021, and boy oh boy are things completely different…oh wait. To paraphrase Tector Gorch in The Wild Bunch, “just looks like more 2020 to me.” But fret not, horror marches on.

Glenn Danzig of Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig fame, who made his directorial debut in 2020 with the divisive yet entertaining Verotika, will release his follow up, a spaghetti western horror about vampires, called Death Rider in the House of the Vampires this year. Devon Sawa of Final Destination and Hunter Hunter will star, but we’ve now learned that Warlock/Naked Lunch star Julien Sands will also star as the head vampire! I’ve always liked Sands so this is very cool news.

Dropping January 4th on HBO is Spanish director Alex de la Iglesias’s 30 Coins, a TV horror series based around the cursed thirty pieces of silver Judas collected for betraying Christ. The story follows a disgraced and excommunicated priest/exorcist as supernatural madness unfurls. Iglesias made an amazing film called Perdita Durango, which is technically a sequel to David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, as they’re both based on characters from the same series of books. A special edition from Arrow Video is on its way. Iglesias has a fun and kinetic way of shooting, so it should be very interesting to see that sustained over a series.

And finally, we have to say a sad farewell to actor Gary Klar, the boisterous dick head soldier from George Romero’s Day of the Dead. Klar also appeared in Big and Trading Places, but he’s most known for Day, in which he brought a lot of color and entertainment. Rest easy, big man.

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