In 2009 Danielle Panabaker was on the run from Jason Voorhees in the remake of Friday the 13th. In 2010 she was pursued by maniacal townfolk in the remake of George A. Romero’s The Crazies. Later, she took a break at the asylum in John Carpenter’s The Ward (also 2010) before fending off razor-toothed fish in Piranha 3DD in 2012. You might say that all that running and fending off has prepared her for her role as Caitlin Snow in the hit TV series  The Flash, a show about a guy (Grant Gustin) with super-speed who runs around the world at least a hundred times each morning before us mere mortals even have our first sip of coffee. Well, maybe not a hundred times but at least ninety.

Born September 19, 1987 in Augusta, Georgia, Danielle started acting at summer camp before joining community theater at the age of 10. Aside from the previously mentioned films Danielle’s other excursions into the thriller-horror genre have been the films Mr. Brooks (2007), Girls Against Boys (2012) and Time Lapse (2014); as well as the TV series Medium (2010) and Flight of the Living Dead (2015).

Danielle’s non-genre credits include Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Home of the Giants (2009) and This Isn’t Funny (2015). Her TV appearances include the series Malcolm in the Middle (2003), C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (2003), Summerland (2005), Family Guy (2010), Mad Men (2013) and Arrow (2014-2015).

Let us stop and take the time to salute the November Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month: the lovely Miss Danielle Panabaker!

The Lowdown on Danielle

Graduated from a California high school at age 14, was then accepted into the Scholar’s Program at a local Community College.

Her favorite actors are Paul Newman, Ed Harris, William Fichtner, Hugh Grant and Ryan Gosling.

She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Peanut.

Received her Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in June of 2007, at the age of 19.

Actress Kay Panabaker, from the show Summerland (2004), is her younger sister.

A Panabaker for Your Thoughts

“It’s wonderful. If anything, this business has brought my family together because we can sit at the dinner table and say, “Oh, my gosh, wait till you hear this crazy story. And my whole family always comes to sets with me, so it’s something we can share as opposed to tearing us apart.”

“You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it’s a technique you don’t like; maybe it’s a style. But you learn different things.”

“I really did graduate at 14, and I go to college in the Los Angeles area near where I live.”



It’s not a stretch of the imagination to use the term ‘absolutely beautiful’ when describing February Scream Queen Ali Larter. Look at the accompanying photo and you’ll agree, trust me on this. If that doesn’t convince you then refer to her scene in Varsity Blues (1999 and her feature film debut) where she presents herself to James Van Der Beek as the world’s hottest sundae:


Ali Elizabeth Larter was born February 28, 1976 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She began modeling at age 13 and later moved to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting role was the TV series Suddenly Susan (1997).

Her credits in the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction include House on Haunted Hill (1999), Final Destination (2000), Final Destination 2 (2003), Three Way (2004), Confess (2005), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Obsessed (2009), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and the upcoming The Diabolical (2015).

Ali’s non-genre credits include her feature film debut in Legally Blonde and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Homo Erectus and Marigold (2007) and Lovesick (2014).

She has had roles on the TV series Dawson’s Creek (1998), Heroes (2006-2010) and Legends (2014).

May I present to you the February, 2015 Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month : the deliciously gorgeous Ali Larter.


Close friend and former roommate of Varsity Blues (1999) co-star Amy Smart.

Was considered for the role Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2005).

For the scene in Varsity Blues (1999) where her character Darcy sports her whipped-cream-bikini, shaving cream was used because the whipped cream wouldn’t stick right.

Ranked #2 on Maxim’s “Hottest Women of Horror Movies” list.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a daughter named Vivienne Margaret MacArthur on January 15, 2015 and 7.5 lbs. Child’s father is her husband, Hayes MacArthur.


“I hate pretty-looking boys. I’d rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who’s in the gym all the time and watches what he eats.”

“I told my boyfriend after three weeks that I wanted to marry him and that we could do it tomorrow. I look forward to that time when I’m home with babies.”




Alright, so Amber Heard hasn’t been in a ton of genre films; look at her and ask yourself one simple question: does it really matter? The girl is hot with a capital MEOWWWWRRRR!!! and sexy with a capital WHOA!!! So, is the fact that she’s only made a handful of forays into the horror and thriller genre going to let those of us here at Written in Blood stop us from making her our October Scream Queen of the Month? Absolutely not!

Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin Texas on April 22, 1986 to internet researcher Paige Parsons and contractor David Heard. She made her acting debut in 2004 in the pilot episode of the TV series Jack and Bobby. Her genre credits include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, released 2013), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), John Carpenter’s The Ward (2010), And Soon the Darkness (2010), Drive Angry (2011) and Machete Kills (2013).

Her non-genre film credits include Friday Night Lights (2004), Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Spin (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Rum Diary (2011) and Three Days to Kill (2014).  TV credits include roles in The O.C. (2005), Criminal Minds (2006), Californication (2009) and The Playboy Club (2011).

Use both hands and join us here at Written in Blood in welcoming the gorgeous Amber Heard as our October, 2014 Scream Queen of the Month!


Dropped out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.

At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand and George Orwell.

Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.

Good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Engaged to Johnny Depp.


“I’ve worked really hard to bring something more to “pretty girl” roles over the years. I consider it a challenge.”

“I am constantly struggling to show people that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the chance to be more than how they look. There’s two categories for women in Hollywood; you’re either sexy and that’s it, or you’re not and because of that you often get given better opportunities. You can’t be sexy and get as many good roles, fact. It’s so frustrating to see women compartmentalized in those ways, but it’s not going to change until the amount of female filmmakers and producers get to anywhere near being half. So many female characters and stories are written by men. It’s a flawed system.”

“The last few years have been non-stop for me. I’ve been going from job to job without even going home in-between jobs for the last year. And I’m doing what I love. I’m enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time being a shape shifter and I’m really getting a kick out of it. I love my job.”


ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE-United States-90 Mins. 2013


Caitlin Stasey as Maddy Killian in All Cheerleaders Die

Caitlin Stasey as Maddy Killian in All Cheerleaders Die

Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Leena Miller in All Cheerleaders Die

Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Leena Miller in All Cheerleaders Die

Brooke Butler as Tracy Bingham in All Cheerleaders Die

Brooke Butler as Tracy Bingham in All Cheerleaders Die

Tom Williamson as Terry Stankus in All Cheerleaders Die

Tom Williamson as Terry Stankus in All Cheerleaders Die

Directed and Written by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson

It’s been a few hours since I watched All Cheerleaders Die and I’m still trying to figure it out. Seriously, a cheerleader movie-any cheerleader movie-should consist of cheerleaders running around in skimpy cheerleader clothes acting like bimbos while all the boys with their raging hormones chase after them hoping to nail them. That is the balance that lies within the heart of a cheerleader movie. However, with that being said let it also be said that All Cheerleaders Die is co-directed by Lucky McKee. Lucky is the (evil? sick? twisted?) genius behind May, The Woman and The Woods, as well as the Masters of Horror episode, “Sick Girl“. If you saw any of those films then do you believe for one second that he’s going to co-direct a normal cheerleader film (with Chris Sivertson)? All Cheerleaders Die is a cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie that will, in the first two minutes have you saying, “What the f*ck?!?”

At the risk of sounding like I lifted the plot summary of All Cheerleaders Die from an outside source let me just say that at the heart the movie is about a cheerleading squad that seeks revenge on their high school football team. It is the smaller parts that make that heart beat and that give the film its charm. After her friend Lexi dies performing a stunt, Maddy seeks revenge on Terry, Lexi’s boyfriend and leader of the team, for dating Tracy, the captain of the cheerleading squad, before Lexi’s body has had time to grow cold, so to speak. Maddy does this by first making Tracy doubt Terry’s fidelity and by seducing Tracy herself. There is an argument at a party that leads to a car crash and Maddy, Tracy and two other cheerleaders, Hannah and Martha, are killed. This is where it gets weird. Maddy’s ex-girlfriend Leena is a witch. Leena performs a pagan ritual and brings the girls back to life with only two complications: Hannah and Martha now reside in each other’s bodies in Freaky Friday fashion; and all four of the girls have a hunger for human blood. Hmm, now where can they find human blood? How about from the football players that caused them to crash and die in the first place?

Looking at the poster for All Cheerleaders Die there is a disclaimer at the bottom that reads “Based on the original film All Cheerleaders Die“. Yes, there was a film released in 2001 that was also entitled All Cheerleaders Die and that was also directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson.

Here is the Wikipedia summary of the 2001 film:

A group of high school football players get into an argument with their cheerleader girlfriends over the difficulty of their respective sports. The cheerleaders insist that it’s difficult to form a human pyramid while the players insist that their boot camp is more strenuous. As a result the players decide to set up a camping weekend with the idea of putting the girls through football training. This turns out to be a bad idea, as one of the cheerleaders ends up beating one of the footballers in a scrimmage game, who then ends up severely beating her. The girls try to escape, only to fall off a cliff and die. Panicked, the players assume that the girls are either dead or dying, and run off in the hopes that nobody will discover what has happened. Unbeknownst to them, one of the girls has survived and later returns at a high school reunion to seek revenge. She summons the zombified remains of her dead friends and one by one, picks off the football players.

Is it me, or does that sound flat and uninteresting? McKee and Sivertson were smart to wait 12 years before remaking All Cheerleaders Die. It may not be the perfect cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie and it may not be the first but it just might be the best cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie that we’ve got. That is, until McKee and Sivertson decide to get weirder in another 12 years.


One of the locations for the filming of All Cheerleaders Die was Cathedral High School, at 1253 Bishops Road, near China Town, in Los Angeles, California. This school was founded in 1925, and is located on what was the old Calvary Cemetery prior to 1900. This high school was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument 281 in 1984. Its athletes are nicknamed the Phantoms, because of the school’s location on top of a cemetery.



Caitlin Stasey also stars in Tomorrow, When the War Began and I, Frankenstein.

Sianoa Smit-McPhee also appears in Touchback and Mall.

Brooke Butler also appears in Retribution (TV).

Tom Williamson also appears in Dark Nights.

Michael Bowen (not shown) also appears in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Jackie Brown and as Uncle Jack he was the scumbag who shot  Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad.


LEPRECHAUN-United States-92 Mins. 1993


Warwick Davis as Leprechaun in Leprechaun

Warwick Davis as Leprechaun in Leprechaun

Jennifer Aniston as Tory Reding in Leprechaun

Jennifer Aniston as Tory Reding in Leprechaun

Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy in Leprechaun

Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy in Leprechaun

Mark Holton as Ozzie in Leprechaun

Mark Holton as Ozzie in Leprechaun

Robert Gorman as Alex in Leprechaun

Robert Gorman as Alex in Leprechaun

Directed and Written by Mark Jones

I wonder if after all these years if Jennifer Aniston wakes up in a cold sweat and the thought, “My God, what have I done?” running through her head. That’s exactly what I would be doing if my debut film was the debacle known as Leprechaun. Now I’ve never watched Troll 2, but I’ve heard that it falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category of horror movies. Leprechaun falls into the ‘it was a piece of crap, it is a piece of crap, it will always be a piece of crap’ category. What’s more appalling is that there have been at least 5 sequels and a soon to be released prequel (Leprechaun: Origins-starring WWE’s resident midget Hornswoggle) to this atrocity.

Aniston plays Tory Reding, an L.A. girl. Tory and her dad move into a fix-her-upper house located far from the pulse of L.A. in North Dakota. The previous owner of the house stole the leprechaun’s gold with the intention of living out his days in luxury. When the leprechaun comes seeking his stolen treasure he traps it in a wooden crate and set a four-leaf clover on top to keep it imprisoned within. Ten years later the leprechaun is freed and he soon cuts a bloody path to find his missing gold. It’s up to Tory, some strictly eye-candy painter named Nathan, his little brother Alex and a simpleton named Ozzie to stop the wee Irish monster before their luck runs out for good. I’m hard pressed to find any worse a menagerie of morons in any horror film before or since.

There’s not much more to be said about Leprechaun. There’s nothing to like about it or even raise it to some level of redemption. It’s poorly written, directed and acted and with sub-par make-up effects that would be more at home in a cheap haunted house at Halloween. One thing that does bear thought is the film’s tagline: “Your luck just ran out.” Considering that Jennifer Aniston has never had a true box-office hit those words now seem hauntingly prophetic.


One scene required the Leprechaun to find and eat Lucky Charms cereal, which the company gave them permission to do. Upon seeing the finished film, the company was displeased and would not allow them to use the scene. The film makers had the choice to either cut the scene or to re-shoot it, costing them more money. They chose to re-shoot it, replacing the brand name with an obvious spoof of the name brand cereal, and, made one last additional surprise ending scene while they were filming. Furious with the cereal company for making them re-shoot the scene, they pulled the kid character aside and had him say a new line. His line, “Your luck just ran out!” was changed to “Fuck you, Lucky Charms!” as an obvious reference to the whole ordeal.

According to Warwick Davis, the movie was originally planned as a scary kid’s film, but the studio thought it would work better as a more adult horror, so inserts were filmed to increase the gore and violence.

Jennifer Aniston’s feature film debut.

The character of Deputy Tripet was named after David Tripet, who had been the executive in charge of production.

The video has sold less than 100,000 copies.

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Warwick Davis also appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Jennifer Aniston also appears in We’re the Millers and Office Space.

Ken Olandt also appears in Summer School and April Fool’s Day.

Mark Holton also appears in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Gacy.

Robert Gorman also appears in Forever Young and The Accidental Tourist.


BIG ASS SPIDER-United States-80 Mins. 2013


Greg Grunberg as Alex Mathis in Big Ass Spider

Greg Grunberg as Alex Mathis in Big Ass Spider!

Clare Kramer as Lieutenant Karly Brant in Big Ass Spider

Clare Kramer as Lieutenant Karly Brant in Big Ass Spider!

Lombardo Boyar (left) as Jose Ramos in Big Ass Spider!

Lombardo Boyar (left) as Jose Ramos in Big Ass Spider!

Ray Wise as Major Braxton Tanner in Big Ass Spider!

Ray Wise as Major Braxton Tanner in Big Ass Spider!

Big Ass Spider as Big Ass Spider in Big Ass Spider!

Big Ass Spider as Big Ass Spider in Big Ass Spider!

Directed by Mike Mendez

Written by Gregory Gieras

As a critic I’m supposed to point out all the things that are wrong with a movie like Big Ass Spider!, but where’s the fun in that? I didn’t watch Big Ass Spider! with the intention of ripping it a new spinneret (that’s asshole in spider talk); I watched it with the intention of having fun and laughing and that is exactly what I did. If you watch this movie and think that it’s stupid and a waste of your time then you may have to check yourself for a sense of humor. Big Ass Spider! is Big Ass Fun! and that’s all there is to it.

Greg Grunberg is light on his feet and funny as hell as exterminator Alex Mathis. “Spiders happen to be my specialty. I become a spider to catch a spider”, he says;  making a Lecteresque sound to make his point and to let the viewer know that this is going to be one odd movie. But as funny and in on the joke as Grunberg is, he doesn’t hold a candle to Lombardo Boyar as Jose Ramos, security guard and impromptu assistant to Alex. “I will be the Robin to your Batman…the Tonto to your Lone Ranger…the John Oates to your Daryl Hall!” It’s no surprise that Boyar steals every scene that he’s in.

The major point that director Mike Mendez and writer Gregory Gieras are aware of is that if you’re going to make a movie about a Big Ass Spider! terrorizing Los Angeles then you are going to need a girl for Alex, our hero, to save. That girl is Clare Kramer as the sexy (yet determined) Lieutenant Karly Brant; blonde, beautiful, tough and kissable. She’s the right hand man-er-woman to General Braxton Tanner (is that a name with titanium balls or what?), played by Ray Wise in what may be his most scenery chewing role to date.

Big Ass Spider! is filled with inside jokes; some of which I caught and some which I didn’t. I noticed references to Aliens, Cloverfield (I think), and King Kong (of course) as well as pokes at a few viral internet sensations of the past few years (“Hide yo wife, hide yo kids ’cause there’s a Big Ass Spider! on the loose!”). I’m sure that there are tons more; maybe someone with a sharper eye than mine can tell me what they are.

The bottom line is that Big Ass Spider! is a laughable love letter to giant monster movies. It never once takes itself seriously and neither should you. In fact, if you can’t sit back and laugh at Big Ass Spider! then you may need a swift kick in the ass (that’s spinneret in human talk).


As one of many inside jokes, producers Shaked Berenson and Patrick Ewald doubled for lead actors Greg Grunberg and Lombardo Boyar. Three of these shots ended up used in the final movie.

Character ‘Handsome Jogger’ was replaced last minute to a cameo by legendary Lloyd Kaufman who was visiting Los Angeles at the time.

If you buy Big Ass Spider! at Walmart be forewarned: you may have to look for it under the title BIGGEST SPIDER! with the A-S-S overlapped by G-E-S-T. Apparently Walmart doesn’t like anatomical references.


Greg Grunberg also appears in Hollow Man and Star Trek.

Lombardo Boyar also appears in Gone in 60 Seconds and Gia.

Clare Kramer also appears in Bring It On and The Rules of Attraction.

Ray Wise also appears in Robocop and Jeepers Creepers 2.


SHARKNADO-United States-86 Mins. 2013


Tara Reid as April Wexler in Sharknado

Tara Reid as April Wexler in Sharknado

Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard in Sharknado

Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard in Sharknado

John Heard as George in Sharknado

John Heard as George in Sharknado

Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke in Sharknado

Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke in Sharknado

Jaason Simmons as Baz Hogan in Sharknado

Jaason Simmons as Baz Hogan in Sharknado

Lots and lots of sharks as Themselves in Sharknado

Lots and lots of sharks as Themselves in Sharknado

Even more lots and lots of sharks as Themselves in Sharknado

Even more lots and lots of sharks as Themselves in Sharknado

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Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante

Written by Thunder Levin

I’ll admit without hesitation that I was going to give Sharknado a low rating before I watched it. I knew that it would be a bad movie going in and I wasn’t disappointed. So why, pray tell, am I giving it a rating of 4 (out of a possible 5) Blood Drops if it’s such a bad movie? I’ll tell you why; it’s because Sharknado is a bad movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything else but. It wallows like a prize-winning hog in the slop that it creates for itself and it does it with gusto! It’s illogical, implausible, poorly written, badly acted, atrociously directed and it says “Hey, look at me!” every step of the way.

A freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles and pushes thousands of sharks onto shore and into the streets to wreak havoc on the cozy and unsuspecting citizens whose idea of a bad day is running out of suntan oil. Ian Ziering (Snake and Mongoose, That’s My Boy) is Fin Shepard (A name I couldn’t make up on my best day), a former Coast Guard and now bartender/surfer who is now in a desperate race to get to his estranged wife April (Tara Reid, Urban Legend, The Big Lebowski) and their children and get them someplace safe before the Weather Girls start singing “It’s Raining Sharks”. He’s a better man than I; I would have just let the sharks have my ex-wife; they would’ve spit her out anyway. With three tornadoes full of hungry sharks soon to hit, Fin and his friends  Baz Hogan (Jaason Simmons, Baywatch, Ghost Rig), Nova Clarke (Cassie Scerbo, Bring It On: In It to Win It, Teen Spirit) and George* (John Heard, Home Alone, Cutter’s Way) devise a plan to rid L.A. of Sharknado before the shark-shit hits the fan.

As bad as Sharknado is I can’t find fault with it. Any film that rips off Jaws and every disaster movie ever made is a winner in my book. Sharknado even features Robbie Rist (remember Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch?) as a hapless school bus driver. Ian Ziering has no idea what facial expression to use throughout the film and Tara Reid looks clueless, period. As for the sharks and their performances:


*George doesn’t have a last name. What does that tell you?


Actor Cory Monteith’s final tweet was about this film days before he died from a drug overdose.

Robbie Rist, who plays Robbie the bus driver, also co-wrote a handful of songs that are featured on the soundtrack.

The school bus sequence was filmed over several days at the 6th street bridge,in downtown LA. While a stunt double was used for certain shots,Ian Ziering did a lot of his own rappelling stunts.