“10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can’t Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.”
Heads exploded at Avco Embassy Pictures when David Cronenberg’s Canadian telekinetic thriller grossed an unexpectedly hefty $14 million, setting the company on a course of profitable genre pix throughout the early ’80s. Two sequels (The New Order, The Takeover) and two spinoffs (Scanner Cop 1 and 2) appeared in the following decade. In 2007 a remake was announced but hasn’t happened.
About Mick Garris
Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself. Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing