There aren’t a lot of bigger names in underground horror than Fred Vogel. He and his TOETAG INC. compatriots have been turning out extreme cinema and gut-churning effects work for over a decade now. His infamous August Underground trilogy is still routinely named on “most disturbing movies” lists (particularly Mordum). I think that Fred’s influence on independent horror is more widespread than he often gets credit for. I personally know of quite a few filmmakers who picked up a camera at least partially because they were inspired by what TOETAG accomplished, and the influence is obvious in the work of many, many more who won’t admit to it. I hope to meet the man at Days of the Dead Atlanta in February and maybe ask him a few questions, but for now I only have one… Fred, what does Halloween mean to you?
|Fred as the Frankenstein Monster - 1983|
10 more days ‘til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. 10 more days ‘til Halloween, Silver Shamrock.