If slasher films put a glint in your eye, don't miss the Starz Originals production, Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film. Carve out some time in your schedule; 9 p.m., Friday, October 13th (when else?).

Interviews with Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie and other mavens of the macabre fill this feature-length film. And the bloody stuff that makes you cringe? By the bucket, baby. In fact, Fear Fest '06 is a feast for horror fans all month long.

How do you like you're horror? Get the complete line-up at starz.com/fearfest.

Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers - oh my! It's Starz Entertainment's original new film entitled Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film. The film provides a comprehensive and original look at the importance, prominence, and legitimacy of the "slasher film." The feature-length documentary contains an abundance of clips from classic films of the genre, as well as many current hits, and interviews with pre-eminent actors, directors, and producers, many of whom are themselves founders and masters of the genre, such as directors Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie and special effects wizard Tom Savini. Harry Manfredini, who did the score for the Friday the 13th films, has composed music for the special. Based on the book of the same title by Adam Rockoff, the film premieres on Starz, October (Friday the) 13th at 9:00 p.m.

Rockoff's book studied and lauded such seminal films as Halloween, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Psycho, Prom Night, "Sleepaway Camp", "Last House On The Left" and Black Christmas.

Going to Pieces is executive produced by Michael Ruggiero, vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment. "Slasher films' have always been extremely popular with audiences," said Ruggiero. "Everyone has their favorite film with each having a fan base. These films are intricately explored for every nuance in magazines, websites and blogs. But there has never been a stand alone tribute documentary until now. It's also interesting to note how the socio-political climate at the '80s had it's affects on the genre. Truly a sign of the times, everything from Reaganomics to the AIDS epidemic found its way into these films in one form or another."

Those appearing in Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film include John Carpenter (dir. Halloween), Bob Clark (dir. Black Christmas), Wes Craven (dir. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream trilogy), Sean S. Cunningham (dir. Friday the 13th), Amy Holden Jones (dir. Slumber Party Massacre), Jeff Katz (prod. upcoming Friday the 13th sequel and exec. producer Snakes on a Plane), Harry Manfredini (composer Friday the 13th and all sequels), Armand Mastroianni (dir. He Knows You're Alone and Friday the 13th television series), Gregory Nicotero (special effects/makeup Day of the Dead, Evil Dead II, A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Child, Scream, Kill Bill Vol. 1-2), Betsy Palmer (actress Friday the 13th - "Mrs. Voorhees"), Tom Savini (special effects/makeup Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Maniac, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Robert Shaye (Chairman and CEO of New Line Cinema - prod of A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels), Joseph Stefano (screenwriter of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho), Anthony Timpone (editor of horror magazine Fangoria), Stan Winston (dir. Pumpkinhead, special effects/makeup Friday the 13th Part III, Aliens), Joseph Zito (dir. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Bloodrage) and Rob Zombie (dir. The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses).

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