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Monster at the Movies: The House Guest 2020

Monster at the Movies: The House Guest 2020

The House Guest is a 2020 Italian horror film from writer, producer, and director Domiziano Cristopharo. It stars Daniele Arturi, with a special cameo appearance by Domiziano Cristopharo. When a man moves into a new house he quickly learns that he’s not alone, he has a House Guest. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, however, sometimes, home can be hell. This film is a chilling and intoxicating psychological slow burn that burrows it’s way deep under your skin. It’s dark, repulsive, and atmospheric. A ton of fun. This is one of the first significant independent horror films to come out of the recent pandemic. It’s a well-paced engaging film, dealing with society’s current socio-political and economical status, and touches on the feelings of lonesomeness, death, and despair that are intertwined with the sudden current culture shock. It’s an insightful look into our present condition and the dire situations mankind faces. 

There’s some truly amazing cinematography and the camera work is absolutely phenomenal. The score is fantastic and the costumes are great. The set dressing could have been better, and the lighting needed some work. Also, the dialogue could use a little fine-tuning. However, the special effects, both practical and CG, were spectacular. Some of the imagery will definitely cause viewers to empty their stomachs. The House Guest is grisly, demented, and sadistic. Highly reminiscent of Lucio Fulci’s 1981 classic, House by the Cemetery. It’s a beautifully crafted film with a seriously killer ending you don’t want to miss. This is certainly one to keep an eye on this year and I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the opportunity. 

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Red Cape Publishing to release the Third book in the A-Z of Horror anthology series ‘C is for Cannibals’ on July 24th

Red Cape Publishing to release the Third book in the A-Z of Horror anthology series ‘C is for Cannibals’ on July 24th

C is for Cannibals, is the third book in the epic A-Z of Horror series which will consist of twenty-six horror anthologies. Within these pages you will find a collection of thirteen gut-wrenching stories from some of the finest independent writers on the scene today. From those with a taste for human flesh to people merely trying to survive, C is for Cannibals contains arange of twisted stories not for the weak of stomach. You have been warned!

The book includes stories by Oscar Kirby, Charles R. Bernard, Evan Purcell, Lou Yardley, O.D. Smith, P.J. Blakey-Novis, Dale Parnell, R.C. Rumple, Aisling Campbell, J.L. Hoy, Kristofer Kinsella, Mark Anthony Smith, and Todd Jordan.

You can find out more about C is for Cannibals and other books from Red Cape Publishing at www.redcapepublishing.com

C is for Cannibals will be available in paperback and digital versions are included in Kindle Unlimited, at https://mybook.to/Cannibals

Available to pre order for Kindle at just 99p until release day.

Paperbacks also available from Barnes & Noble.  The first two books in the series are available now on Kindle and Paperback

A is for Aliens https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085391CG7

B is for Beast https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086219916

 You can find out more details about submissions for future titles in the series on the website here: https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/

You can find out more about Red Cape Publishing on the followingsocial media: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/redcapepublish  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redcapepublishing/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedCapePublishing/

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Sinister paranormal horror ‘The Haunting of Molly Bannister’ from writer-director MJ Dixon coming to UK DVD and Digital on June 20th from 101 Films on June 20th

Sinister paranormal horror ‘The Haunting of Molly Bannister’ from writer-director MJ Dixon coming to UK DVD and Digital on June 20th from 101 Films on June 20th

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 After the death of their eldest sister, the women of the Bannister family begin to feel that something is very wrong.  Trapped inside, the house feels menacing; the youngest sister, Molly, is getting sick, there are strange noises in the night and a constant feeling that they are being watched.  What is wrong with Molly, and why does her doll seem to appear everywhere they go? More importantly, who will be able to get out of the house alive? Tiana Rogers (Slasher House 2) reprises the role of Molly Bannister in this haunting paranormal horror, alongside a talented cast including Susan Lee Burton, Emmeline Kellie, Grant Kempster and Chloe Badham.

MJ Dixon had the following to say about the film – ‘With Molly Bannister, we tried to move away from the traditional stalk and slash of our previous movies.  We focussed here much more on a character driven film with a focus on the family dynamic and genuine scares, whilst not compromising on our usual brand of horror and humour.“A killer combination of “Carrie” meets “Child’s Play”, Mycho’s “Bannister Dollhouse” is tense, unsettling, and the studio’s best release to date.” MORBIDLY BEAUTIFUL

The Haunting of Molly Bannister coming to UK DVD and Digital from 101 Films on June 20th, with a US release date of August 4th.

 You can find out more about MJ Dixon and Mycho Entertainment on the following social media:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MychoPictures

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mychoeg/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MychoEntertainmentGroup

 

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Slasher horror ‘PandaMonium’ from writer-director MJ Dixon coming to the US on DVD and HD Digital on June 2nd

Slasher horror ‘PandaMonium’ from writer-director MJ Dixon coming to the US on DVD and HD Digital on June 2nd

The infamous Panda Headed serial killer makes a return in MJ Dixon’s ‘Pandamonium’ which is released in the US on DVD and HD Digital on June 2nd.

 ‘Pandamonium’ is the 9th feature from the British independent film company Mycho Entertainment Group, written and directed MJ Dixon and produced by Anna Dixon. A prequel to the cult horror Slasher House II (2016) where we were first introduced to the infamous Panda-headed Killer Jacob Jakushi (David Hon Ma Chu), Jacob now makes a return in the characters first standalone film.

The guys on Level 6 like to work hard, and party harder, that means the best booze, the finest drugs and hottest women money can buy. Unfortunately for them the Strippers they’ve just hired have come with an unwanted guest.

Jacob, Jakushi, the infamous ‘Stripper Ripper’ with an oversized Panda mask and a taste for exotic dancers has these girls in his sights and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

It’s now Strippers VS PandaHeaded Serial Killer as they fight to survive the office party from hell. Writer-director MJ Dixon had the following to say about the film – “We’re really excited to see Pandamonium hit US shores, the film certainly has a very British sense of humour, but it’s one we hope that our friend across the pond will enjoy and if not you’ve still got some lovely stripper and some ‘inventive’ kills to look forward to.”

PandaMonium is written and directed by MJ Dixon, produced by Anna Dixon and stars; David Hon Ma Chu, Oriana Charles, Dani Thompson, Will Jones, James Hamer-Morton,Lee Mark Jones and Charlie Bond.

 PandaMonium will be available in the US on DVD and HD Digital on June 2nd

You can find out more about MJ Dixon and Mycho Entertainment on the following social media:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MychoPictures

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mychoeg/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MychoEntertainmentGroup

 

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New novel ‘Darkened Wings Flutter’ from horror author Lou Yardley released 3rd April 2020

New novel ‘Darkened Wings Flutter’ from horror author Lou Yardley released 3rd April 2020

Darkened Wings Flutter is the latest bloody novel from horror and fantasy author Lou Yardley, whose previous books include the award nominated werewolf themed Hellhound and demonic horror The Deal Maker


“The end is nigh when darkened wings flutter…”

The small town of Crow’s Foot Hollow is thrown into turmoil when a local boy called Dwayne goes missing. For teacher Beth Harwood, it soon becomes clear that the nearby forest is connected to his disappearance. Clouded in mystery, scary stories, and haunting nursery rhymes, that forest seems like just the kind of place to swallow a young boy whole.

But the forest isn’t the only thing you have to worry about in Crow’s Foot Hollow. Sometimes the dangers are much closer to home. Chuck Graves lives next door to a family with their share of problems – a couple that always argues, a little girl called Imogen who creeps the hell out of everyone – but they appear to be held together by little Ryan who keeps on smiling regardless of what’s going on. Everything appears normal, but Chuck can’t help but wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.

Crawling with monsters big and small, “Darkened Wings Flutter” wants to get under your skin.

Author Lou Yardley had the following to say about the book: 

“I love monsters… and I also love creepy crawlies, so ‘Darkened Wings Flutter’ has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to combine those things. 

The story is one filled with destiny, blood, moths, and a bit of dismemberment.”

 

Digital copies of Darkened Wings Flutter are available to buy here https://geni.us/buydwf or you can purchase direct form Lou Yardley’s store at https://louyardley.bigcartel.com 

 

You can find out more about Lou Yardley on the following social media 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LouciferSpeaks

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/louciferspeaks/ 

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Monster at the Movies: Exit 2020

Monster at the Movies: Exit 2020

Exit is a 2020 horror thriller written by Mathew Bayliss and directed by Michael Fausti. It stars Tony Denham, Charlotte Gould, Christophe Delesques, Leonarda Sahani, Robert Alexander, Billy James Machin, and Michael Fausti. Things quickly spiral out of control when two couples are forced to share an apartment overnight due to an accidental overbooking. This was a unique, hypnotic, entertaining film that really digs its way under your skin. The music is fantastic and a bit unnerving at times. It’s dark and seductive, with tension so thick, you can cut it with a knife. The lighting and costumes could have been better, and it could use a little work visually, however, there are some amazing performances and the pacing and editing are excellent. The film is engaging and thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. It’s sick and twisted and one disturbingly good time. However, it’s not for everyone, as it’s more of a slow burn that bounces around your skull for days. Exit is a tantalizing psychological thriller that plays on your deepest darkest desires. It’s sleazy and sexy and definitely makes you question your morals. It’s a wild steamy ride full of passion and suspense. If you’re looking for something out of the norm, give this one a spin.

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Monster Outbreak: The Horror of Covid-19

As society struggles to survive these trying times, I had the opportunity to chat with a diverse, eclectic, and truly talented group of individuals who all currently work within the horror genre. In this interview we take a look at how Covid-19 has affected not only the independent horror community, but life in general. History will one day speak of a time when everything in the world shut down and life was put on hold. What will be said about the countless lives ruined and lost to this unprecedented outbreak? Monster: How has the horror community been affected during the recent crisis, with cancellations and postponements of film festivals and the closings of theaters throughout the world?

Tom Lee Rutter (West Midlands, England): Every aspect of the horror community has been affected. I’ve personally had to postpone film shoots and film screenings which have taken a lot of organization and energy and it really sets you back. I think the worst and possibly most frightening aspect of it all though is that it is isolating us from our communities. There are means of gathering and connection online in social media but it’s really not the same. For film festivals and screenings, it’s about coming together to be with your own kind on a social level. What’s more, making films is a way of connecting with people, connecting with communities, commenting on societies. We don’t know how long this pandemic is going to go on for, and how bad it will ultimately affect or break down our societies and communities. As a film-maker, there is nothing scarier than making films with no purpose. No social connection means no audiences and without them, there is no fundamental reason to be doing it in my opinion. On the positive side no matter how bad and worrying it gets, for all the stress and anxiety it brings us it will ultimately be a source of inspiration to all creatives. I feel like we’re living in a dystopian nightmare already and there is something perversely inspiring about that! Monster: As panic and fear have set in and taken hold of humanity over the past couple weeks, what’s the atmosphere been like being so close to where the virus is said to have originated? What’s it feel like living in a real-life horror movie with everything shutting down all around you and people being quarantined and going into isolation? 

Manuel Urbaneck (Landau, Germany): It’s an incredible situation, at least here in Germany. People were fighting for toilet paper. For toilet paper! Man, that’s completely crazy. Everything still gets delivered, so nobody needs to panic. And if it’s really about survival, what’s the use of toilet paper? I have completely different problems. No, I’m not worried about what I wipe my ass with, but what I eat, what I drink, where I sleep safely. Toilet paper is only useful in civilization. As my film describes it well, the real danger would not be the undead, but the other survivors. Because man is able to do cruel things, especially when it comes to his own head and collar. In America, they are now hoarding weapons and ammunition everywhere. I would be really scared. At least they only hoard things like flour or toilet paper. That is bad enough.

Take a look at the elderly in the supermarket who want to buy something and there’s nothing left. What are they doing? They are at the bottom of the food chain and nobody cares about them. But do you know what makes me happy? When the going gets tough, the hamsters go first. There are always enough who have fewer but are much more unscrupulous. They already know where to get something. When you see how headless some people react, that there are security guards in front of the supermarkets and that they have to guard the toilet paper, that shakes me.

Monster: You’d recently screened your new film Live and Let Die at a couple of festivals before the current outbreak hit. What are your thoughts on making a film about the apocalypse just before what some people believe might actually be the end of the world as we know it?

Manuel Urbaneck: I never thought that my script would become a reality so quickly and that people would go so crazy. I also believe that everything will be fine again. The question is when? Because the current crisis is only the first stage before the actual crisis, when our economy is weakened, when many small companies go bankrupt, when people become unemployed – that is all still to come. After all, nature is recovering due to everyone isolating. It’s astonishingly quick. By the way, my survival backpack is still packed in the corner and ready to go. You never know. And who needs toilet paper in the wilderness when there are the three seashells. Monster: How has Covid-19 impacted horror fiction and book sales at the moment, especially that of stories based on outbreaks and pandemics?

Peter Blakey-Novis (East Suxxex, England): Personally, I haven’t written any post-apocalyptic stories, or anything related to pandemics, but I know of authors who have reported an increase in sales for this sub-genre. I would certainly say I’ve seen an increase in sales of my books in all formats, but especially audiobooks, which I can only put down to people being off work and having more time to read/listen to books.

I think this event will lead to an increase in outbreak-related stories but that is quite a heavily saturated genre (not to say there aren’t many excellent post-apocalyptic stories because there are). The real downside (from a writer’s point of view) is the cancellation of so many events. We’ve seen postponements and cancellations of a number of large horror events, as well as the Brighton book fair which I co-organize. While a lot of authors are doing their best to run ‘virtual’ versions of these on social media, many of us have already paid out for quantities of books with nowhere to take them for the foreseeable future. It will definitely be interesting to see what new books emerge from writers who are isolating themselves for long periods of time and how much the current situation influences the stories. Monster: It’s one thing to hear the shelves are empty like you’d see in some apocalyptic horror film, however, it’s another thing to witness the insanity of the situation first hand. What’s it like seeing it up close and trying to wrap your head around the true terror and panic of it all?

Mj Dixon (Milton Keynes, England): It’s strange, you know? I never thought we’d see a day like this in our lifetime, but I feel foolish for ever having thought this, looking back I feel like this was inevitable, we’d been warned about it for years. I think that watching hundreds of films about this over the last 30something years, I would feel more prepared, but the harsh reality is, we’re just not ready to cope with this mentally as a race and the public are proving that with their actions.

Watching society devolve the way it has over the last few weeks is terrifying, but knowing that on top of that, on top of not being able to get food, supplies, medicine, there’s a very real danger that someone close to you, or even YOU, could contract the virus, it is becoming increasingly obvious that it can kill just about anyone, healthy or not. We’re living in something worse than any horror movie right now because it’s our reality.

Monster: Do you think these dark and tragic times in society are going to inspire the direction and future of the horror genre, and what type of films and books do you think it will produce in the years to come?

Mj Dixon: I do, I think we’ll see thousands of isolation/Lockdown/Virus movies come out of this, littering the shelves in 18 months or so, cheap stuff that’s really just about anything, other than taking your money with nothing real to say. I think, honestly, it’ll be the inevitable saturation point that breaks the Indie Market. I can’t see it being anything but a bad thing.

However, there is an interesting outlook outside of that. I do wonder how it will affect the narrative of stories going forward as the War did. Will this now be a cultural moment that we embed in future films and books like the Nazi’s, something too hard to ignore even in fantasy? It’s got me curious, should we live to see it. Monster: How has the spread of this disease curbed filmmaking where you live, and what effects do you think it will have on the industry, putting millions of people out of work for an unspecified amount of time?

Alex Paterson-Churchyard (Essex, England): Well clearly we’re seeing a halt to lots of big/medium-sized productions and the industry itself seems to have started to shut down essentially. The same is likely true for the indie and micro-budget industry as well and in fact, a friend of ours recently announced on social media that they are postponing shooting the end of their movie.

For us personally, we had stuff in the pipeline which we may now need to postpone shooting – we can use it as an opportunity to get some writing done though – it wouldn’t be a surprise if many others ended up doing the same.

Of course, we are also seeing lots of bigger films being postponed, but less is written about all the film festivals that will also get delayed or canceled and the impact that will have on us and filmmakers like us. We’re lucky that we have had a couple of screenings already this year, but it is worrying going forward.

We feel for all of our industry friends and anyone whose work has been affected and is struggling as a result.

Hopefully, when this is all over we will see a lot of production resume; projects in development coming to fruition, and although it is disappointing, it’s not the end! Monster: What does a catastrophe like this do for streaming services and what kind of result will it have on independent horror films that usually garner their target audience once they touch down online?

Troy Escamilla (Texas, United States): My guess is that streaming services are thriving during this time when people are home with possibly more time on their hands than they’re traditionally used to. Personally, I have watched more shows and movies via streaming services in these past three weeks than I have perhaps in the past three years.  Now is a perfect time for indie filmmakers to get their films on digital streaming platforms and for filmmakers who already have films available on these platforms to PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE them! There is probably no shortage of people at home right searching for the next horror film to watch, and they’re certainly more willing to watch a film they might not otherwise have given time to in the past.

Monster: With so many amazing low budget films out there right now and the majority of the nation practicing social distancing, do you think creativity within the genre will take a serious hit, or do you think it’ll flourish and we’ll have a lot more content once we recover from the threat?

Troy Escsmilla: I do not think creativity will take it a hit at all.  I know myself and many other filmmakers and artists are taking this time to create.  The social isolation has allowed me the time and motivation to work on a few new scripts and I see a plethora of other artists doing the same: taking the opportunity to be creative.  With hope is that any filmmaker who was planning to produce and/or shoot a film anytime in the upcoming months takes this opportunity to have another evaluation of the project. Give the script another read and maybe send it to a few trusted individuals for some additional feedback.  Is it truly the best it can be? Reevaluate marketing and fundraising if funds have not been fully secured. While crowdfunding in the past has been beneficial to many indie filmmakers, myself included, this current climate may not the most ideal to rely on donation and pledges to your film as many people continue to lose their jobs. I don’t say this to discourage, but to point out that this does not have a situation where projects are abandoned, but rather a situation allowing the project to be assessed one final time to improve it.   With that said, once this coronavirus threat is past, I have a strong feeling there will be many indie filmmakers itching to get back behind the camera to produce new films, many perhaps that were written during this stay at home time! So, in the next few years, I expect to see many new, creative genre films to emerge! Monster: Having produced a sweded version of the 1959 Hammer Horror film, The Mummy, where an extensive amount of time was spent dressing and wrapping the main antagonist in toilet paper, what’s it like trying to survive the chaos with everyone buying up all the necessities?

Christine Parker (North Carolina, United States): Well I’m starting to wish we’d kept all those wrappings! I think we went through at least a 12 pack of toilet paper. I have to say, this is not at all what I’d expected from a pandemic. Where are the wild mobs fighting for food, the looters, the people just losing their minds? Not how the movies depicted this at all! It’s rather underwhelming when the most chaotic thing happening is people hoarding toilet paper. Of course, we are early into this so maybe in a few weeks we’ll all start to devolve.

Monster: How has this virus affected your multi-award-winning female film company Sick Chick Flicks at the moment and everyone you employ under that umbrella?

Christine Parker: Well, to be clear we don’t actually employ anyone. We all volunteer our time to create together. So no one is out of work from my company, most of us have day jobs that I hope they are able to keep. However, we had just started on an anthology “Sisterhood of The Damned.” My ladies had written some truly wicked short films that they were going to direct this year. We had even gotten to the casting phase and were about to launch our fundraising campaign when this hit. So all of that is on hold at the moment. I certainly don’t want to be asking people for money right now with all of this going on. People need to pay their bills before donating to us! I’m also hoping this won’t affect our upcoming Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival in October. Hard to think this thing may last that long but it just might. I do have a plan B for doing it online if the filmmakers are game. We’ve also slashed our entry fees until the submission deadline to hopefully ease the burden for filmmakers who are struggling right now to get their films out there. Monster: Being a proprietor and provider of scares yourself, how do you see this all playing out? Do you think humanity will persevere and become stronger after all of this is said and done, or will we ever recover from such a severe assault?

Domiziano Cristopharo (Rome, Italy): This is something that will for sure change our way to see the future. We are learning year after year, that the world and society and politics are not following a straight direction; we still have a lot of incognito in front of us. And fear is the natural reaction man has in front of the incognito.

Some people will improve after all this and become a better person. Most of the people sadly will forget everything very soon. But in any way, a culture will make a jump forward.

In Italy for example, many people learned to trust and use online shopping, and also many industries tested and developed the “smart working” from home. It’s something very common in many countries, but Italy in those things is like 20 years in the past.

Monster: As a director known for utilizing heavy eccentric gore in your films, what’s it like witnessing those near you die from this infection?

Domiziano Cristopharo: I do horror movies because it’s fun to make them. Actually, I’m not so much into gore or a gorehound in private life. The saddest and scariest part of this situation is the fact that this virus is highly contagious.

So, people infected stay alone all the time without human comfort and pray to survive…because if not, you die alone. And your beloved can’t even give to the body the last “goodbye”.

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Monster at the Movies: Teacher Shortage 2020

Monster at the Movies: Teacher Shortage 2020

Teacher Shortage is a 2020 slasher film written and directed by Troy Escamilla. It stars Brinke Stevens, Debra Lamb, Julie Anne Prescott, Tamara Glynn, Mel Heflin, Kaylee Williams, Roger Conners, Samantha Marie, David E. McMahon, Chris Jehnert, Joe Grisaffi, Maye Harris, Dan Braverman, Shelynn Mayes, Michael Tula, Ashley La Porte, and Dave McClain.

Someone at Prescott High School is killing education, one teacher at a time. This was a glorious throwback to the iconic Italian slasher and giallo films from the 80s. While there are some obvious issues with the sound quality and delivery of dialogue, the practical gore was absolutely phenomenal. The acting felt a bit forced and there didn’t appear to be much chemistry with the cast, aside from a few performances. However, it possesses some of the best kills scenes I’ve seen in a very long time. The special effects are absolutely electrifying and definitely something to behold. The set dressing was a little bland and there were some frames where the camera angles didn’t seem to fit the flow and direction of the film. Also, the story and excitement factor could have benefited from stronger and more defined characters. It was still enjoyable and tons of fun regardless, it’s just that in a slasher film you always want someone to root for who will thwart the killer and survive, and you never really seem to get that in this film. It’s visually striking with some truly spectacular cinematography, however, what makes it stand out is the gruesome brutality of the deaths. The violence is extremely vicious and totally unexpected. Throw in some fantastic Argentoesque lighting and an outstanding score, and you have the perfect ingredients for one hilariously horrific time. Teacher Shortage is a badass slasher classic. It’s vile, wicked and incredibly unnerving, with a surprise ending that you’ll never see coming. It’s shocking, unsettling, and overall entertaining as hell. Learning can be killer.

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Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Miriam Mayer

Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Miriam Mayer

As we continue our celebration of Women In Horror Month 2020, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with one of the hardest working women in the genre and in film in general, Miriam Mayer. Not only has she worked on some of the biggest films of all time, she recently began composing scores for a number of award winning independent horror flicks. Check out what she had to say about surfing on Malibu Beach, working with the legendary John Williams, Women In Horror and much more.
Monster: So, what’s this I saw about you’re the worst surfer on Malibu Beach? Have you gotten any better since that statement? 

Miriam: LOL, no, I suck.  Although I’ve surfed for years, I often get friendly beach-goers asking me if it’s my first time surfing!!!  Oh the ignominy!!!  Also, has anyone made a surfing horror flick? Because there are sooo many scary things about surfing!! Sharks, sharp coral, mean surfer dudes and chicks, drowning, not to mention insulting beach-goers.  A lot of potential there.
Monster: Do people usually give you a hard time about composing the score for the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” television show? How do you feel about it, are there any regrets? 


Miriam: Oh honey.  I’ve scored far worse things than “Boo Boo.” The editors always requested “low IQ music.” And I was just so, Damn, Good at it.

Monster: What was it like to assist John Williams on scores such as the 1998 Saving Private Ryan, 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and 2002 Catch Me If You Can

Miriam: Cannot even joke about that, it was an honor and a privilege to work with John Williams at the highest level of filmscore-dom.

Monster: You’ve worked on films like Star Trek 2009, Mission Impossible III 2006 and The Chronicles of Riddick 2004, as well as and the Disney Pixar animated smash hits, Ratatouille 2007 and Up 2009. When it comes to the long list of films you’ve worked on, what’s your personal favorite and which is most memorable to you?       


Miriam: I played violin and viola on all of the films you mention here. It’s pretty darn cool to be in the orchestra in studios like Sony and Warner Bros., recording those film scores. I’m a huge Star Trek fan, so playing on Michael Giacchino’s score to that was pretty awesome. And Tom Cruise 
came to the Mission Impossible recording date and conducted the orchestra in the M.I. theme, so that was pretty fun!


Monster: Your horror cred involves films such as the 1995 Village of the Damned by John Carpenter, the 2000 Leprechaun 5: In the Hood, the 2006 TV mini-series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, and 2011 prequel, The Thing. Now tell us about the 1994 TV series M.A.N.T.I.S.

Miriam: LOL—wait—M.A.N.T.I.S??  I have some vague memory…
Monster: How did you become involved in composing for films within the independent horror community? Are you a fan of the genre, and do you watch horror movies? 

Miriam: Yes, I love horror films!  And I freaking love scoring horror films! There is nothing better than seeing a horror flick come to life with my score!  I scored several horror shorts and then started working with Simone Kisiel of Magic Dog Productions. I scored her multi-award-winning feature, “BUGS: A Trilogy” which is free to watch on Amazon Prime:
 

Next, I was privileged to score Christine Parker’s multi-award-winning, “BLOOD OF THE MUMMY” which will be on Amazon very soon!  Christine is also the owner and founder of the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival.  And I’m currently scoring Marie Laurin’s and Clara Gabrielle’s horror feature, “THE UNCANNY.”

Monster: As a Woman in Horror yourself, what are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month and what does it mean to you personally?

Miriam: I love working with women horror filmmakers!  Women often have a very different take on what constitutes horror.  Women have experienced a ridiculous amount of real-life horror, large and small, and I love seeing those stories brought to life with a woman’s POV.  Horror can be so cathartic.

Monster: Where can people follow you and keep up with everything that you’re up to at the moment?

Miriam: You can check my website, and I’m pretty prolific on Facebook, Instagram and IMDB.

http://www.MiriamMayerComposer.com

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Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Dani Thompson

Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Dani Thompson

As we continue to honor our fabulous Women In Horror, I sat with the amazingly talented actress, producer and writer, Dani Thompson, and asked her some questions. She’s a Scream Princess on the rise, and definitely one to keep an eye on. We talked about her modeling career, being vegan, acting, Women In Horror, her blogs, and what she has in store for fans this year. Monster: After having a successful modeling career, appearing in popular magazines such as Loaded, FHM and Maxim, how have you transferred what you’ve learned from modeling, over to film, and what made you choose to leave modeling and pursue an acting career instead? 

Dani: Well I’m used to being in front of a camera, so I think the confidence on camera came easily after modelling.

When I was coming to the end of my ‘glamour’ career, the industry had changed with social media as there were girls now putting all their images out there for free, so that kind of killed it for the glamour girls and I’d done it for a long time anyway. I was in my mid 20’s and was looking for something more challenging, so that’s when I enrolled at drama school.

I mean, I still do the odd photoshoot, but a more grown up modern pin up style, lingerie, boudoir and fashion, as well as horror shoots. Monster: How did you find your way into the horror industry, and what do you love about the genre?

Dani: I didn’t originally set out to do just horror, I just kind of fell in to it. I’ve always loved horror though, and I rarely watch anything that doesn’t fit in to the genre.

When I was doing a bit of presenting for a ghost hunting show, some of the crew had horror projects on the go, and offered me roles. The horror community is so small, so mainly through word of mouth I ended up doing horror after horror, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Monster: You run a blog called Blood, Sweat and Glitter, and you’ve produced a handful of fitness videos of your, Teeze & Tone Glamour Workout. Can you expand on those a little and tell us more about that?

Dani: Haha, well, years ago when I was modelling, I was roped in to doing something called ‘Babe Aerobics’, and it’s crazy because I was still getting people 12 years later asking if I was ever going to do any more. So a couple of years ago I shot a few fun, short workouts. Monster: You also run The Vegan Vamp, a vegan lifestyle blog, and you’ve recently co-hosted the 2019 Sustainability On Screen, Vegan Film Festival. Can you give us more on what you cover in your blog, as well as what it’s like to host such an event?

Dani: I do. I’ve always been a massive animal lover and this is my 4th year of being vegan myself. When I was first posting food pics on instagram after going vegan, so many people were asking for my recipes, and I’m just a home cook, not trained or anything, but I love experimenting in the kitchen. I decided to start The Vegan Vamp, firstly as a recipe site, but it’s evolved and I now cover anything within the vegan and wellbeing bracket.

Sustainability On Screen was great, so many great films screened including the BAFTA winning, 73 Cows. Monster: You’ve written a screenplay in the past, for the feature film titled, Serial Kaller, and the word on the street is that you are currently working on a new future horror script. What can we expect to see down the road?

Dani: I did. The less said about that film the better though, haha. No, I don’t hate it, but we did lose a lot of creative control which can happen when there’s a nice budget involved. The investors get to make decisions. I’d actually really like to remake my own film, with my original script, before it got messed with . . .

I do have Bad Moon Rising that’s been in edit for years, on the other end of the spectrum, it had minimal budget which is why it’s taking forever. But it was a much nicer project to work on, a bit experimental, but I think it will be fun.

Then I got all busy. I was presenting online casino for a few years and ended up working so much there and just doing the odd film, I didn’t end up doing any writing for ages. I have just started work on a new script idea though. I have a couple, let’s see if I can get them written and in to production! Monster: Who are some of your influences in life, and in film, and what do you take with you when auditioning for roles and tackling each individual character?

Dani: Influences?  Erm, The Spice Girls . . .

I’m not sure. I really get to know the character, know what they want, how they think. I also think costumes can play a big part in making you feel like a certain character. Monster: What does Women In Horror Month mean to you, and how has it impacted what you do as an actress currently working in the genre? 

Dani: Women In Horror have evolved, they’re not just actresses now, they’re writers, producers and directors and they’re making the kinds of films they want to watch, creating strong roles for women.

I think it’s great that so many women are being recognized in horror, and I have lots of strong female friends in the industry too. They continue to inspire me.Monster: Do you have any future endeavors or projects on the shelf that people should be aware of?

Dani: Well, I have a few films awaiting release. PandaMonium is out next month, and Bite Night and I Scream On The Beach! will hopefully be released later this year.

I’ve also been in the recording studio working on an album with Will Metheringham, it’s a mix of sultry, electro pop rock! Monster: Where can fans follow you and keep up with everything that you have going on?

Dani: @missdaniteeze on instagram, facebook and twitter

www.dani-thompson.com

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Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Kate Davies-Speak

Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Kate Davies-Speak

As we celebrate Women in Horror Month, I had the extreme pleasure of sitting down with the phenomenal actress Kate Davies-Speak, an up and coming British Scream Queen similar to the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver. Kate was born and raised in Bristol, England. Check out what she had to say about her acting career, martial arts, taking time off recently to have a child, Women in Horror, and much more.

Monster: How did you get your start in film and what originally drew you to acting?

Kate: I’ve been a working actor for 20 years. When I finished my A-Levels in college I got involved in a production of ‘West Side Story’ and I fell head over heels in love with it. I played the part of Anita (she’s such a cool character). I loved her sassy manor and I remember battling self-confidence to get up on stage and bring the part to life. Receiving high praise from everyone really motivated me to want to do it a lot more.  I remember people stopping me in the corridor and telling me that I should keep pursuing acting and try for further productions. I was bit by the acting bug, as I’d always been quite shy at school and was mainly just associated with drawing cartoons and keeping myself to myself. So to be praised for performing really woke up a new passion with within me.  After that, I landed my first professional role at the age of 22 and I went off to tour for three months throughout the UK – a production of a musical called ‘Something’s Afoot’ (a murder mystery Musical!). I worked alongside people that had been  in the television industry for many years. I had such a great time, and again it just reinforced how much I was falling in love with acting and performing.  Over the following decade, I went on to be a support worker, helping other people to learn to act and dance and help people with special needs within the subject, but I was always aching to get back out and do some more performing work,so I joined the English Theatre Company and I was working mainly based in Sitges (near Barcelona). I was touring throughout Europe, mainly in Spain and Portugal, and that’s where I met my husband Steve and acting just became a huge part of both of our lives. During my theatre tours I was performing roughly four shows a day, every day of the week, which although I loved it, when I came back to England in 2012 I wanted to try something quite different, and that’s when I started looking more into doing screen acting. Screen acting itself is such a different type of acting but I kind of found a whole new passion for it. After that I just really hammered away applying for any TV and film productions that came along whether it was in student films, indie features, or even people just wanting to experiment with new cameras. I just wanted to be part of it so I could try to learn the craft. I’ve always found I learned through getting up and doing things.

Monster: You’re a certified fitness instructor and a practitioner of combat fighting techniques that you utilize in the roles and with characters that you portray on screen. Can you tell us a little more about that and what exactly it is that you do? 

Kate: Health and fitness is always been a huge part of my life I think I take after my Mum for that. I was always running even when I was a little kid, and I took quite a little passion into keeping Fit,  running,  playing sports; basketball, dancing and eventually in my teens I got into doing more martial arts. I just really enjoyed it. I started off doing a bit of boxer-size and then found out was maybe a little bit too aggressive and I wanted to learn more about specific martial art styles, so I took up Tang Soo Do Korean Karate which I did for quite a few years. During drama training at college, I trained in screen combat, which was a lot of fun for me and I loved seeing how you could make things look more aggressive than they actually were, tricking the audience into believing we were actually hurting each other. I qualified as a personal trainer about five years ago I often experimented on myself in terms of what I could do with my physique; so I’d train my muscles to try and look more ripped. I’ve always inspired by Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 and how her body transition really brought the character to life and made women admire her as an icon. I loved her as a really tough iconic female in film, and I wanted to have a little flavour of that myself, so it was always a motivation for me when I was hitting weights and in training outside, and even when I train other people I just enjoy motivating and being motivated. Even at a very young age, when I was a little girl, I looked up to you tougher women. When I’ve taken on roles for the screen, I would make sure that was my vibe as well.  Working as a fitness instructor is also really cool because it means I’ve still got the time and freedom to go away and take acting projects when they come up. It’s not not easy for actors to have the second job but I wanted to make sure that I had one that worked well with acting and I’ve been quite lucky.  On some sets I even offered to do some fitness routines with some of the other cast and crew just to get psyched up before we shoot. Everyone seemed to enjoy that. It’s good to kind of approach role with mind body and soul.

Monster: How did you find your way into horror and what do you love most about the genre?

Kate: I was always a fan of the horror genre when I was a child, watching horror films probably before I was old enough to do so. I specifically remember watching ‘Halloween‘ ‘American Werewolf in London‘ and ‘Terminator‘ and being terrified but also wanting to keep coming back for more, and it just became a bit of an obsession for me growing up. I’ve never been so scared that I’ve been unable to watch horror and I also always loved scary video games, they actually often terrified me more than films, especially ‘Resident Evil 7 VR‘. Working in horror in incredible fun. I remember shooting a film called ‘Beautiful People‘ (Italian horror film) out in Northern Italy, and we were shooting a scene and being chased by monsters and I turned to one of the actors saying “I’m literally living my dream here”. I also find the horror community is really supportive and those who understand in particular how independent films are made, are really incredible. It’s a real delight to share our work at events such as ‘Frightfest‘ and ‘Horror-On-Sea‘ because everyone understands the passion for the genre. They’ve seen a lot and they appreciate all the small things such as; practical effects and the gore, the homages to past movies and also that horror is something you can accomplish on the lower budget, still achieving some great results…and I love being part of that! I’ve met some brilliant people along the way.

Monster: As we celebrate Women In Horror Month, how important is it to continue to have strong diverse female leads represented in film, and what does WIHM mean to you?

Kate: I think Women In Horror Month is amazing! I always idolised women in horror, one actress in particular is Neve Campbell who played Sydney Prescott in ‘Scream‘ and to be part of that or to even be considered as a woman in horror (I love the term ‘final girl) is a true honor. Monster: Who are some of your inspirations and influences when it comes to acting and film?

Kate
: All actors have a mark that we want to make in something, and to be remembered for, and I’m more than happy for mine to be the horror genre. I think it’s great that some of the more recent horrors have really shown proactive, strong, tough females fighting back or even sometimes being a villain as well, and it’s something I really enjoy. Another favorite of mine ‘The Descent‘ by Neil Marshall. The cast were excellent and had such great, dynamic, brilliant acting, then the horror and monsters were thrown in and they were able to show what they were made of. I enjoyed this film because it’s important for me to see really credible fantastic actors working  in horror. You get it even more so now with the likes of ‘Midsommar‘, ‘Hereditary‘ and ‘Get Out‘. They all have terrific cast and performances that elevate the genre so much, and brings it into A-List territory. Florence Pugh is one of my current favourite actresses, especially when I saw her performance in ‘Midsommar‘ which I think she was incredible in. Not only is she an amazing actress and really charismatic, she really brings the best out of all the other actors around her. I could literally watch her in anything, but to be able to bring that level of performance into horror was really important for the genre because it goes against the grain of hammy acting, and brought a realism rarely seen in a scary film.  Toni Collete too for ‘Hereditary‘, her grief and pain were so real and so raw and really brought the trauma so incredibly and realistically- that’s exactly what I always try to tell people that professional actors working in horror still have to be good at what we do, and fill the drama and bring characters to life. Monster: What are a few of your favorite characters that you’ve portrayed, and what type of roles are you interested in tackling in the future?


Kate
: I was excited to play the character of Jessica in ‘Escape From Cannibal Farm’ and loved bringing her to life because her journey throughout the film just changed so much throughout the story. Starting out as a slightly bratty early 20-year-old sister/daughter who then evolved into a victim (portraying fear, trauma and resilience), and then who took that further into the realm of crazy before transforming into the quintessential ‘Final Girl’, I just really felt like I had this whole journey mapped out with that character and that’s what I loved about playing her. I also really enjoyed playing Kat in ‘The Barge People‘, which was written by my friend Christopher Lombard. She was to me the most realistic character I’ve played in a horror movie, trying to say and do believable things within the crazy circumstances. Although she was being pursued by monsters she was still at heart just a normal city girl, not an action hero, simply trying to have a break with her partner to rekindle a bond and relationship with her younger sister whilst dealing with the grief of losing her mother and protectively-struggling to hold her friends and family together.

Drama work that I have always have a hankering to play would be someone like a police officer or detective.  I loved the character of Deborah Morgan in the TV series ‘Dexter‘ and that’s definitely something that appeals to me, a woman who is intelligent and strong but certainly with more to her, a vulnerability and interesting back story. Monster: Do you have any special projects currently in the works that you’d like to share with fans?

Kate: In terms of future projects, I’m currently working on two films; one is a werewolf film and the other is a more comedic spoofy ‘Ghostbusters‘ type of film.  I’m actually just getting back into it all after taking a year off to have a baby, so I’m seeing what kind of roles come my way and seeing what my newlife experience can add to my performance. I will be scouting about soon for further work and for the opportunity to connect and work with many different people, and of course re-connect with those that I worked with previously.

Thanks for taking the time to ask me questions, it’s really nice that people have taken an interest and I’m very proud to be asked things regarding Women In Horror. I think it’s wonderful and I’d like to give a big shout out of love to all the other amazing women in horror. Thank you.
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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Blood Tulips 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Blood Tulips 2019

Blood Tulips is a 2019 horror thriller written by Bouvier, John Van Harlingen, and Jeffery Tung, and directed by Randy Kent and John Luksetich. It stars Johnson Cooley, Katie Kline, Bouvier, Marty Hrejsa and Thom Rachford. A woman searches for her missing sister in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. This was a bizarre, abnormal type of film. While it was extremely enjoyable and entertaining, it felt as if it was a mix of several different styles all spliced together into one. The story’s a bit flimsy and there are a few issues with the sound. Also, the acting is a tad rough at times. However, there are some awesome characters and it’s an exciting little throwback to Italian giallo films from the 70s. John Luksetich was fantastic as the Black Tulip killer. He was super creepy, channeling his inner Silent Bob. The costumes and makeup were great and the angles, lighting, and coloring are excellent. The best thing about the film though, is the phenomenal score, reminiscent of the 1977 Argento classic, Suspiria. It’s intoxicating and honestly just so much fun. Blood Tulips is thrilling, horrific and unique. It has a lot of heart and it’s the perfect addition for fans of the giallo/slasher sub genre. It’s quirky and original and a really intriguing piece of indie cinema. Give this one a look if you can, it’s definitely worth it.

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Millennial Killer 2020

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Millennial Killer 2020

Millennial Killer is a 2020 horror film written and directed by Sam Mason-Bell. It stars Alice Mulholland, Simon Berry, Rishky Patel, Alexandra Robertshaw, Noah Butt, Simon Mason-Bell, Rebecca Clears, Gerald Maliqi, and Martin W. Payne. A real estate agent is making a killing, literally. This is a very unassuming film. It’s everything I was hoping for, and more. It’s exactly what it sounds like, only grimier and way more evil. Everything is very simplistic, yet subsequently brutal. There’s a savageness to it and something seriously sinister about it, almost as if you’re watching real-life footage of a serial killer murdering his victims. It’s atrocious and scary, with deep political and societal undertones; a genuine love letter to realtors of the 21st century. Simon Berry is nothing short of brilliant in this. His performance is vile, unsettling, and downright repulsive. He was so heinous and slimy that you can’t help but despise his character. The lightning and music could have been better, along with the costumes and gore, and the ending was a bit lackluster. Also, the runtime was a little short. However, this was one incredibly badass and entertaining film. It really sticks with you and haunts your subconscious, long after the credits have rolled. Millennial Killer is a fantastic slasher film. It’s heartless, menacing, and just a ton of fun. It’s unique and terrifying, and definitely worth checking out. If you’re a fan of the slasher sub-genre, this one’s for you.

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Hart-Break Killer 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Hart-Break Killer 2019

The Hart-Break Killer is a 2019 thriller written and directed by Sean Donohue. It stars Eight The Chosen One, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Anthony Wayne, Joe Makowski, ‘Sushii’ Xhyette Holder, James Knowlton, Katie McKinley, and Bob Glazier. A lonely loser on the verge of insanity looks for love in all the wrong places. This was one odd and very unusual film. It’s not actually a horror movie, but rather a thriller with the word killer in the title – even though there were no deaths. It’s the complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect from director Sean Donohue. There’s absolutely no blood, gore or killing in this. Instead, it’s a slow psychological mind-bender about a man gradually losing his sanity as his life begins to unravel around him. Eight the Chosen One was fantastic in a triple performance, including the lead role of Robert Hart. He was a little over the top at times, yet really sold the character. He was extremely creepy. I would have loved to have seen some blood and gore accompany the amazing acting, however, the film was an entertaining, sleazy ride nonetheless. The music was terrific and the costumes and makeup were awesome. The Hart-Break Killer is a hilarious head fuck. It’s warped and twisted and one seriously wicked time. If you’re looking for something different, search this one out. It’s a certifiable spiral into madness, and viciously fun.

https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi1901116441

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: A Stranger Among the Living

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: A Stranger Among the Living

A Stranger Among the Living is a horror-thriller written and directed by Chris Moore. It stars Meredith Mohler, Jake Milton, Chris Wesley, Victoria Posey, and Mandy Kate Myers. A teacher sees the dead after luckily avoiding a horrific school shooting. This was an outstanding film with some really great visuals. The story was a bit confusing at times and the lighting was a little much. Also, the acting felt forced in a few areas. However, they did an excellent job of building tension and the special effects were fantastic. The music added to the looming atmosphere, tightening the mood like a noose, and the directing and editing were really well done. A Stranger Among the Living is gruesome and unrelenting. It’s violent, dark and mean spirited. It’s a bizarre, brooding film with tons of talent and a lot of promise. If you’re looking for an offbeat and unconventional genre film, give this one spin. It’s unsettling and frightening, and will seriously mess with your head. 

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Final Ride 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Final Ride 2019

The Final Ride is a 2019 horror anthology written and directed by Mike McMurran. It stars Keegan Chambers, Annette Wozniak, Matthew Chisholm, Brent Baird, Nicole Kawalez, Geoff Almond, Ry Barrett, Joseph Claude Dubois, Steve Kasan, Ali Chappell and Julie C.Sheppard. Three horrifying tales of the macabre including fitness, tattoos, and rideshares. 

I really enjoyed this anthology. Each story is sick and hilarious, and they all deal with current themes in today’s society. There’s some seriously frightening subject matter, and the gore and special effects are excellent. The acting was surprisingly good and the whole film is shot very well. It’s a fun little flick that plays on your nerves. 

The Final Ride is dark, disturbing and horrifically fun. It’s one hell of an entertaining ride. It’s ruthless, original, and extremely creepy. If you’re in the mood for something unique and sinister, give this one a spin. It’s a wickedly good time.

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Psychics 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Psychics 2019

The Psychics is a 2019 Norwegian horror thriller written and directed by Tomas Sem Løkke-Sørensen. It stars Kirsti Lovas, Frank Thomas Holen Andersen, Oddrun Valestrand, Hannah Karine Giske, and Jennie Sofie Lie Pickl. A woman making a documentary about psychics, searches for answers surrounding the disappearance of her sister. The acting in this was phenomenal, especially since all of the dialogue was unscripted improv. There’s a real, genuine quality and feel to it. It’s a found footage documentary style film, and only the third Norwegian found footage film ever made. Everything you see on screen is fresh and extremely engaging as it rolls on. You feel like you’re right there in it with the characters, experiencing what they are. There really wasn’t much going on in the film, aside from the paranormal aspect. It’s pretty slow going, yet does a fantastic job of grasping the viewer’s attention. The costumes and makeup are great, and the editing and music are excellent. There’s no gore in the film, and to be honest it didn’t actually need any to be effective. It was entertaining and totally absorbing regardless. The Psychics is ominous and eerie. It’s spooky and unnerving, and overall just a solid low budget indie horror film. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, do yourself a favor and check this one out. It’s a disturbing psychological thriller with plenty of suspense and a surprise ending you don’t want to miss.

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Bloodsucker’s Planet 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Bloodsucker’s Planet 2019

Bloodsuckers Planet is a 2019 sci-fi horror film written and directed by Mark Beal. It stars Cory W. Ahre, Jessica Bell, Adrienne Dobson, Joe Grisaffi and Jeremy Herrera. Responding to a distress signal on Planet Mara, the crew of the container vessel Argosy quickly discover that things aren’t as they appear – there’s something in the mud. Although this is a prequel to Beal’s 2012 bizarro-noir, Bloodsucker’s Handbook (aka Enchiridion), the two films couldn’t be further apart. They do share a loose storyline and tie together with a similar theme and a signature character, along with a few actors. However, Handbook is heavily noir influenced, whereas Planet is seriously soaked in science fiction. There was just so much to love about this film. It brought what many of the films from that era lacked. The costumes were excellent, and the makeup and gore were phenomenal. It’s super campy with amazing special effects, both practical and computer-generated, and it was a really fun story with some truly incredible performances. The best thing about it though, is the unforgettable characters, including a talking space roach, a Gynoid who’s becoming self aware, and of course Dr. Condu, played once again by Jeremy Herrera. Bloodsucker’s Planet is an instant genre classic. One of the best pure science fiction films in years. It’s hilarious, hip and scary, and the epitome of classic ‘60s sci-fi. It’s a terrifying, quirky, vampiric space voyage, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. If you get the chance, I highly recommend giving this one a watch. 

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Post-Apocalyptic Commando Shark 2018

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Post-Apocalyptic Commando Shark 2018

Post-Apocalyptic Commando Shark is a 2018 action comedy written and directed by Sam Qualiana. It stars Simeon Qualiana, Mick O’Keefe, Andrew Elias, Chris Cosgrave, John Krause, Arlowe Price, Claudia Rochon, and Debbie Rochon. As war rages on in the post-apocalyptic future, a race of half man half shark Soviet super soldiers invade America with help from an evil scientist. This was one insanely ridiculous watch. The story is actually very intriguing, however the film lands a little flat in the end. I’m not sure if the idea was to make an overtly bad movie on purpose, similar to Camp Death III in 2D!, but it would’ve been more effective as a short film. It was a really great concept, I just feel it would be better in a smaller dose. The costumes and props were great, and the gore was a lot better than expected. The homemade shark mask was fantastic and instantly slaps smiles on faces. And while there was some computer imagery used in the film, for the most part they used practical effects. It was a really great film, I just think it would’ve been a huge hit had they used nothing but cgi for the entire thing instead, including the shark head. Post-Apocalyptic Commando Shark is hilarious and zany, with tons of potential. It’s an awesome keg party movie. One fun ass film. If you’re a fan of outrageously bad b-film horror comedies that truly test the boundaries, then look no further. Skink your teeth into this. 

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Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Truth Will Out 2020

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: The Truth Will Out 2020

The Truth Will Out is a 2020 horror film written and directed by Jessica Hunt and Sam Mason-Bell. It stars Kevin Cordell, Sam Mason-Bell, Jackson Batchelor, Jessica Hunt, Suki Jones, and Kayla Charlton. A documentary crew interviews a woman and her two daughters, who they suspect are witches. This was an awesome film, with fantastic acting and a really fun premise. It’s full of black magic and the dark arts and is a bit unsettling at times. I did feel like it tapered off a little towards the end, and that the climax could have been stronger, however, it was still gratifying nonetheless. The lighting was excellent and the music was great. And even though the gore was pretty much nonexistent, the film was very exciting and intriguing. Also, the story was really well written, and the pacing was perfect. Then there’s the phenomenal performance from Kevin Cordell that’s hard to shake. He brought the goods and totally nailed the role. The Truth Will Out is dark, menacing and engaging. It grabs you and doesn’t let go. It’s creepy good. If you’re a fan of the occult, you’re going to love this one. Give it a view if you get the chance, it’s extremely entertaining. 

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