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INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Jared Cohn

INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Jared Cohn

Where we talk Dead AfterLife, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Serial Killers, and Mental Fitness

Jared Cohn We're All Animals - chilling / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Horrormadam here, guys, and I had the privilege of interviewing actor/director Jared Cohn. Best known for 13/13/13, Hulk Blood Tapes, and Feed the Devil for acting and Hold Your Breath, The Horde (which got a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes), and Little Dead Rotting Hood for his directing.
For those who do not know yet, Dead AfterLife is a currently in development film written by Michael Joy. And Michael knows horror, he is the CEO of Marketing Macabre, CEO of Joyhorror Entertainment, Director of Marketing for Artsploitation Films (that just released Red Christmas starring Dee Wallace), and Operations Manager for Horrornews.net. I am really looking forward to Dead Afterlife because of its unique and interesting premise. Imagine watching your own funeral as a ghost and then the unthinkable happens, your undead body climbs out of your coffin and starts killing and eating your friends and family. Pharmaceutical Scientist, Donald Conlee faces this conundrum after he’s murdered and is administered his own “Awake”, super drug. His death was only the beginning of his problems. The Gatekeeper has given Donald a time limit to return his Zombie-self to the ground, or else his soul can never gain entrance into Heaven. To complicate matters, he finds out that his murderer is at the funeral and his girlfriend is in grave danger. How can a couple of disgruntled gravediggers and a hearse driver help Donald’s lost soul find the way? Or maybe the real question is how can the spirit world defeat the living dead?

Jared Cohn on Stepmother / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

House of Tortured Souls: Is that an amazing premise or what? I asked Director Jared Cohn about this budding horror film.
Jared Cohn: I am a big fan of Michael Joy and looking forward to working with him, he is plugged into the horror community. Look this is a really cool story we got ghosts vs zombies, we got amazing talent on board to act in this. This project is gonna be a bad ass horror movie, straight up. It’s ghosts and zombies fighting each other, it’s gore there’s lots of blood, there is death and a funeral, it can’t lose.

Jared Cohn working on set / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

And Jared wasn’t kidding about the amazing talent. They just signed on Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Bill Moseley (The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses), Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley in Hatchet, and Jason Voorhees from some of the Friday the 13th films), Bill Oberst Jr. (Scream Queens, Priest), David Gere (Bleed For This), Andy Gates (Garden Party Massacre), David Vescio (Hick), Mindy Robinson (Lizzie Borden’s Revenge), WWE wrestling star Diamond Dallas Page( Devil’s Rejects), And first timer professional wrestling legend,The Universal Heartthrob, Austin Idol.
Jared Cohn with William Shatner / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Jared Cohn with William Shatner

HoTS: I was really excited about the prospect of seeing ghosts fighting the living dead on film and asked Jared about that.
JC: I am a fan of practical effects and I would also love to incorporate some CGI to enhance the ghosts visually. Really want to do something cool and a little different if we really want it to be scary and to pay homage to some of the great classics. That would go a long way towards making it look cool, make it look good. But in order to do that, you have to rely on the resources that are available. Which some could consider a cop out answer but it’s true. I would love someone like Vincent Guastini (Under The Bed, Requiem For A Dream, V/H/S Viral, and The Dark Tapes), he does creature suits, ghosts, zombies, makeup. To get someone like him on board would be amazing, but he is not cheap. But he would make amazing looking ghosts and zombies, those are the kind of things you need obviously if you want that big budget look, you need those premium people. We are still waiting on the financing to go through though but it is getting a lot of press so it is just a hurry up and wait game, but I am extremely excited to get going.

Jared Cohn sunlight / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

HoTS: I then had to ask Jared about a film that I saw on IMDB that he is directing that is in post-production called Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash because I am a fan of the band and found this title so intriguing.

JC: I got the movie shot, there are just some legal difficulties going on. Kind of waiting until March to see whats going on with that one. I’m very proud of that movie so I am really hoping it can see the light of day. It happened because of Cleopatra Entertainment, I love those guys. They gave me great opportunities to make movies, big fan of that company. I am going to be doing some music videos for them that I am very excited about. I used to do a lot of music videos back in the day in New York. I like getting back to my roots. I used to do more cinematography, stunts, editing, and camera work and lately I have been focusing on acting and directing but it is so great to go back and relearn everything and expand.

Jared Cohn on set / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

When researching the film, I found that Jared wrote the film from a story by Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. It depicts the band’s tragic history centering on Pyle and his experiences of the events surrounding the chartered-plane crash on October 20, 1977, that killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, Steve’s sister. An assistant road manager and the two pilots also died in the crash after the plane ran out of fuel over Mississippi after the final show of the Street Survivors tour. Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift, Samuel Kay Forrest and Rich Dally III have been cast in the film and the legal battle continues.
HoTS: Next, I asked Jared about his film Death Pool starring Sara Malakul Lane (Jailbait, Kickboxer Vengeance), Randy Wayne (Hellraiser Judgement, Hold Your Breath), James Cullen Bressack (Bethany), and Shawn C. Phillips (WTF!, Cannibal Cop). I just loved how this film dealt with the whole cult of personality. The premise is this:
Johnny Taylor has a big problem: he LOVES to drown good-looking girls. When he sees water and attractive females together, something in his head begs him to kill – the psychological result of a traumatic near-drowning during his childhood at the hands of a twisted babysitter. Fighting the urge to act on his sinister thoughts most of his adult life, Johnny finally succumbs to his dark instincts when the only work he can find is around water, cleaning pools. Filled with colorful characters, beautiful women and set against the backdrop of the LA party scene, Death Pool encapsulates the desire for fame, the lust for desire, and the urge to kill.

JC: I think that was one of the more interesting movies that I have made, it had a message. Social media, fame, the upsides and the downsides, and the reactions of people to someone who is killing people. There are a lot of serial killer groupies. It’s nutty, but in a weird way it is understandable also. There are many people out there that are contemplating killing someone, not that they go out and do it but it’s the idea. To analyze the psyche behind those people who do these things, those that find that extreme violence is their only outlet is interesting.
Jared Cohn on set with William Shatner / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Jared Cohn on set with William Shatner

HoTS: I also asked him about who his directing influences might be.
JC: I think that Alejandro Inarritu (Amores Perros, Birdman, The Revenant) and Damian Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) have really great style. There are so many great and talented people out there.
HoTS: We then talked about what he is doing for 2018:
JC: I am keeping positive, focusing on mental health, and spirituality. You can be the busiest and most successful person in the world, but if you are not feeling great mentally, physically, and spiritually, you cant get your best work done. So I am trying to raise awareness, you know, help people who feel like they could use a boost in life. I would like to give back rather than just make movies. I would like to help people. Many people are suffering quietly, and I want them to know that they are not alone. If I can do something in that regard, it makes me feel better. Not that this is about me, I just want to give back. I’ve made some mistakes. I have some regrets, so I understand the challenges. It is good to talk about, doing interviews, and talking about various movies and being able to bring awareness to the problem of people’s mental health.
Lastly but cool as hell is the fact that Jared became a licensed FAA 107 certified drone remote pilot for taking absolutely stunning aerial shots for filmmaking and commercial use. Check out Drone-Shots.net to find out what’s available. He is also a Pro-paintballer and a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

Jared Cohn with drone / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

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By The Crimson Executioner
Woofer McWooferson

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS! We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies coming your way this week including several shows with political themes in keeping with the election season. FOUR movies will be making their Vortexx debut, including a Formerly Crappics Election Eve Special on Monday, a Bordello of Horror Election Day Special on Tuesday, a political thriller with many guest hosts on Mansion of Mystery on Friday , and a freaking hilarious episode of Alternative Realities on Saturday. For the remainder of the week, we have Roger Corman, Arch Hall, Jr., Klaus Kinski, and Bela Lugosi. Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Freezer Mortis, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Edgar von Ghoul, Mr. Lobo, Scarlett Kaiju & CJ the Werewolf, Dr. Sigmund Zoid & Sluggo, and Misty Brew. And be sure to check our Sponsors section for a great deal on Vortexx tee shirts! Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

Sunday (11/06). 9:00 P.M. (ET)

BEWARE THEATER returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode and another classic from the Golden Age of Black & White. Tonight Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly are hosting Roger Corman's CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961). Anthony Carbone, doing his best Bogie imitation, plays small-time crook Renzo Capetto who hatches a scheme to steal the national treasury of a Caribbean island with the help of a mythical sea monster -- who turns out to be real. Betsy Jones-Moreland plays Renzo's girlfriend Mary-Belle Monahan. Ed Wain (actually Academy Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne) is agent Sparks Moran. Beach Dickerson steals every scene he's in as a guy who communicates with animal noises. Don't expect to be scared, because it's all played for laughs.

Monday (11/07). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
and The Vortexx premiere of
1984 (1984)

As the election season draws to an end, we all have a very crucial decision to make on this important evening. Are you going to watch cable or network news. . . . Or are you going to watch THE FORMERLY CRAPPICS ELECTION EVE SPECIAL with Freezer Mortis. Tonight Freezer will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of 1984, made in the year 1984 and starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. Much like the George Orwell novel, this film adaptation is bleak and dreary but it's created that way on purpose, unlike the usual bleak and dreary fare we air in The Vortexx. Freezer feels that tonight's movie doesn't emphasize the concept of "Ministries" quite as much as the novel, so he's going to remedy that deficiency with some special guest hosts, who will be reporting from various Ministries about what was actually happening in the year 1984. So those are your choices, folks. We hope you choose what you believe is best for yourself, your family, and our country.

Tuesday (11/08). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
and The Vortexx premiere of

Join us tonight for a BORDELLO OF HORROR ELECTION DAY SPECIAL! As the election returns roll in, Freakshow will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of Mike Davis's PRESIDENT WOLFMAN (2012). The President of the United States has been bitten by a werewolf and is loose on the streets of Washington on a killing rampage! This comedy-horror political satire is based on the 1973 movie Werewolf of Washington, which has been re-cut, re-dubbed, and beefed up with additional footage culled from more than one hundred government instructional shorts, classroom education movies, vintage stag reels, and other features that have fallen out of copyright -- and out of public favor. This is a one-of-a-kind movie that you won't want to miss!

Wednesday (11/09). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
Starring Arch Hall, Jr.

Arch Hall, Jr. returns to The Vortexx as MIDNIGHT CHILLERS with Edgar von Ghoul presents THE SADIST (1963). The character Arch plays in tonight's movie is definitely not the clean-cut, wholesome guy you saw in Eegah and Wild Guitar. In what is undoubtedly the best (and by far the scariest) movie role of his career, Arch plays crazed serial killer Charlie Tibbs, inspired by real life killer Charles Starkweather. Marilyn Manning (who played Arch's girlfriend Roxy in Eegah) is his teenage girlfriend Judy (inspired by Stark's real-life honey Caril Fugate) who's even more whacked out than he is. Together, Charlie and Judy terrorize a trio of high school teachers, who are on their way to a Dodgers game in Los Angeles when their car experiences engine trouble and they're forced to pull off the road to the gas station/junkyard where the two killers happen to be hiding out. Arch's convincing performance, a taut script and decent direction by James Landis, and outstanding camera work by soon-to-be famous cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond make this one our favorite Arch Hall, Jr. movie.

Thursday (11/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET)


CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents CREATURE (1985). One of the many Alien rip-offs that popped up during the 1980s (they even used the same special-effects team), this movie at least benefits from an all-too-brief appearance by the great Klaus Kinski, a good musical score, a dash of nudity, and some pretty gory special effects (exploding heads, etc.). It's about some astronauts who land on Titan (the largest moon of Saturn) and encounter an alien being who transforms some of them into parasite-infected zombies (think Planet of the Vampires meets Night of the Living Dead). You can be sure that Mr. Lobo will add just enough spice to turn this cheese ball of a movie into a tasty treat!

Friday (11/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
The Vortexx premiere of

The election may be over, but the political intrigue continues as MANSION OF MYSTERY with Scarlett Kaiju and CJ the Werewolf presents A VERY VORTEXX . . . KIDNAPPING?? Sluggo Gonzales, our Dear Leader and freely elected President of The Vortexx, has mysteriously disappeared. But not to worry, Scarlett and CJ are on the case, tracking down an all-star list of horror-host suspects to find out the truth. While our two hosts are thus engaged, Mrs. O'Brien, Mittens, and Ralphie stay behind in the Mansion to host The Vortexx premiere of THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT (1980) starring William (Capt. Kirk) Shatner as an intrepid U.S. Secret Service agent battling terrorists who have abducted the President of the United States (Hal Holbrook) during a diplomatic mission to Toronto. Veteran actors Van Johnson and Ava Gardner also star. Will Capt. Kirk and Scarlett & CJ succeed in rescuing the two presidents? If you're a fan of horror hosts (and who in The Vortexx isn't?), this is one episode you can't afford to miss!

Saturday (11/12). 8:00 P.M. (ET)
The Vortexx premiere of

ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Sluggo presents The Vortexx premiere of Guy Gilray's SCREAM OF THE SASQUATCH (2006). It's a family-friendly comedy (i.e., no harsh language or sexual content) about some morons hunting for Bigfoot and the challenges they face along the way. Renowned anthropologist and Bigfoot expert Dr. Seymour Rimbaud adds a veneer of respectability to the proceedings, discussing the possibility that Bigfoot might be real. Meanwhile back at Alternative Realities, Dr. Zoid discovers that a Sasquatch is on the loose in The Vortexx, and he enlists the services of veteran gator wrassler Virgil Grissom to track him down. Oregon-born artist-musician Guy Gilray, whose 2010 film It Came For Friendship But Found Food was a big hit when it aired in The Vortexx last January, shot tonight's film at Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon on an estimated budget of $5,000.

Sunday (11/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET)


MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) starring Bela Lugosi. It's the first zombie movie ever -- and still arguably one of the best! Fresh from his success in Dracula, Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. In addition to great sets (borrowed from Universal) and lots of living dead (courtesy of master makeup man Jack Pierce), there's some pretty weird music, some of it by Xavier Cugat. [Bela Lugosi artwork courtesy of Bradley Beard.]

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COMING SOON: A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

A Christmas Horror Story
Santa Claus vs Krampus

By Woofer McWooferson

Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan; Writers: Jason Filiatrault (uncredited) , James Kee, Sarah Larsen, Doug Taylor, Pascal Trottier; Stars: George Buza, Percy Hynes White, Rob Archer, William Shatner; Rating: Not Avalable; Run Time: 99 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2015

Just kidding on the subtitle, but that fight will be in the movie if the trailer is to be believed.

Thanks to Machete Von Kill, I've found something to look forward to this holiday season: A Christmas Horror Story from Copperhead Entertainment and distributors Image Entertainment (2015) (USA) (DVD) and RLJ Entertainment (2015) (USA) (all media).

According to IMDb, William Shatner plays DJ Dan, a festive radio host who tells several interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Unlike 2013's Krampus: The Christmas Devil, A Christmas Horror Story looks very promising. I don't want to take over this announcement with commentary on Krampus: The Christmas Devil, but I will say this: flat, flatter, and flattest. A Christmas Horror Story, on the other hand, looks to be everything that I had hoped for in Krampus: The Christmas Devil.

Everything in the trailer looks great – acting, dialogue, Santa, elves, and especially Krampus – and I am excited by what I see. Normally, when I see numerous directors and writers, I am dubious about the quality of the final product. However, based on the trailer and the fact that there are different stories, I don't see these things as being problematic. George Buza (X-Men) plays Santa and Rob Archer (Bulletproof Monk) plays Krampus, and from what we see in the trailer, they are played with the type of intensity necessary to transcend the awkwardness of typical B movies and pull it up into the A list.

Still unsure? Check out the trailer here. I guarantee that you'll be penning in another item for your holiday event list.

VOD, and iTunes on October 2nd.

UPDATE: 6.5/10 claws - Needed more Krampus

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