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[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

When one hears of the term furies, we think of something else. I thought of maybe a small creature movie with dumb jokes, or maybe dark humor that pays off, however, with the release of the new trailer. I have changed my stance and entirely on board with this new movie. The Furies

“A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where masked men hunt woman.”‘

With the expectation of great gore and kill sequences. With films such as Loved Ones and Wolf Creek, this will be another cult classic from down under. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. The film is written and directed by Tony D’aquino.

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PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER

“Come What May”
PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER
BY
RYAN LOGSDON

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is a kaleidoscopic 16mm pornographic film shrouded in a deep horror aesthetic which allures spectators into its confrontational construct, forcing viewers to bare witness to a sorted tale of a troubled sex worker as she travels a path towards the gallows through a shattered mosaic of degradation passing for Andrea Palmer’s existence.

PORTRAITS plays out like an averse memoir with a stereotypical pornographic plot found in most adult features: a young woman, sympathetic in her optimism, heads to the west coast to fulfill dreams of becoming rich and hopefully find a contention of happiness in her life while meeting a surplus of memorable side characters that aid or harm the protagonist throughout her sexual encounters.

Andrea Palmer’s character, performed with an intense measure by the talented Katrina Zova, tries to find work as a camgirl, selling herself for free to anonymous onlookers who watch her perform basic sex acts that seem tame in comparison to the normality of what can be easily found online, but after hopelessly searching for funds a mysterious offer finds Andrea drawn to the west coast to a manifested destiny of endless sunny days, beautiful people and the deep facades that mask La-La-Land hidden beneath the false projections of perfection.

The sex depicted within PORTRAITS flows throughout the narrative like a bullet tears through the flesh of a slain animal fleeing its fate. Zova’s parade of sexual and stylized musings allows a intimate glimpse into the eyes of a reclusive grace seldom found in adult entertainment. Zova’s performance contains a colorful range, solidifying her among the top actresses in her field.

The ravishing Sheena Rose is featured in a scene-stealing sequence with Katrina Zova as Rose’s seductive eyes engage a silent desire of exploration that awaken carnal desires from Andrea Palmer. Sheena Rose’s perfect body delicately wraps itself around each frame of 16mm film like a coiled snake, showcasing her voluptuous symmetry of loveliness and head-turning eroticism.

Andrea’s arrival into her new world finds her almost joyful as the tones of the film shift to the realms of a happiness she may have never beheld … until she is met face to face with the grim realities of what amateur sex workers are up against including incalculable harassment, nefarious characters and increasingly violent assaults as the story begins to take abrupt turns towards the twisted nature of humanity.

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is also a horror genre-related endeavor displaying moments of utter shock while casting glorious images marked with cutting causes of unease that only increase as Andrea continues down her faithless path.

In particular there’s one sexual assault that’s so effective in its delivery that one’s gaze or attention might be entangled in the splendid dynamic of the moment between the two actors, forgetting you’re witnessing a deplorable at-knife-point rape scene that’s perfectly executed.

As the semen and gore-soaked final images wrap up the events depicted within the film, a cathartic sense of fleeting satisfaction finally grips Andrea Palmer as the destiny that manifested itself within her is laid to rest, bound in a grand gesture of self-sacrifice to complete her journey.

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is the feature film collaborative debut from creators J. Lyons and C. Huston and the co-creators allow their fiction to unfold with a unique sense of constant movement as these two maverick storytellers propel their fragmented scenes into a frenzied, loathsome climax shot in a strange design reminiscent of an Italian horror film from the ’70s. The sound design by Vince Roth, cinematography by Joe Rubin and the editing by Louis Justin are all flawless and each are accompanied by chaotic music written and performed by Michael Parsons, which delivers an atmospheric gallery of static energy that transcends the typical adult film soundscapes into musical works devoid of forward emotional progression before releasing manic tidal waves of epic grandeur.

PORTRAITS genuinely feels raw, like a film shot in the elder days of the seventies porn scene and its refreshing style doesn’t feel as if it’s a forced throwback which seems to be a common pitfall of young directors striving to recapture the lost tones of the past cinematic Grindhouse Culture and PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER proudly stands alongside such controversial pornographic films such as Forced Entry, Water Power or the classic AVON distributions that excelled in producing porno with taboo subject matter and themes that have granted these “roughies” cult classic status in the underground film subculture.

Mixing softer introspective dialogues inside this penetrating tale of lust makes for an unsettling pace for such a depraved tale but these simple, quiet moments allow an almost subconscious demand to sit and wait for the credits to roll – hand in hand with Katrina Zova – feeling the touch of Andrea’s plight in life which has become a complex tragedy.

PORTRAITS OF ANDREA PALMER is an enthralling work of raw, confrontational filmmaking.

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TORMENT

TORMENT


TORMENT is a tapestry of filth focusing on the abstractions of normality in cruel segments of horrific intent unfit for mass human exposure.
TORMENT, a film by Adam Ford and produced by Domiziano Cristopharo, is an account of a psychotic clown who kidnaps his victims to become cruel amusements in his sadistic actions towards his prey, fulfilling darken daydreams that could only be conceived within the depths of a soulless, fragmented and devious lunatic.
TORMENT plays out almost as a work of primitive performance art, arrayed in confronting scenes of increasingly hateful violence followed by silenced, engaging and somehow touching moments of sadness from the perspectives of both the spider and its ensnared, hopeless quarry.
The movie opens with a crawling sense of disgust and a grim resonance that TORMENT never truly abandons through its run-time with commanding images beheld as innocent illustrations that launch the viewer into an insane, lengthy opening segment reeking of venomous bodily fluids as the dimensions of a horror film take hold.
The longevity of one rape scene later in the story, lit in ominous shades of blue, creates an atmospheric pressure that threatens its audience as well as challenges their ability to withstand stomach-churning cinematic assassination attempts with a penetrating deviancy.
The controversial climax of the movie, not particularly to my personal liking, still resonated within my mind while my body recovered from being recoiled and repulsed by the acts onscreen.
TORMENT forms a divisive circle of WTF moments that make this initial release in the “Too Extreme For Mainstream” brand from Unearthed Films a welcomed addition to the infamous distribution and production company’s cannon of diverse offerings to the seedy realms of underground horror.

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CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

CHILD’S PLAY – 2019

The 80’s were a great time for many of us. Music, clothing, hair styles and most of all, movies from every genre, especially Horror movies. We have been treated with many classics like, Friday The 13th, My Bloody Valentine, The Prowler, Fright Night and many others.

After so many years of enjoying these such classics, it was only a matter of time before they were being remade for today’s generation. Some are good, some are great, some are worth a viewing or two and some are just god plain awful.

The films in the Child’s Play franchise have been a hit or miss. The original and sequel have always been my personal favorites. Chucky was mean, scary and had memorable one liners to make any fan chuckle. The last two installments, Curse and Cult were fun. It was almost as if the series was headed in the direction of the originals. Then, out of the blue, we got news that a remake was underway without any of the original team, including Brad Dourif who gave Chucky his voice. Needless to say, the idea alone didn’t go so well and it sparked a crucial negative response. Well, the remake is out and it may not be as fun or chilling as the original, but it is a fun little ride.

In the opening of the film, we are introduced to Buddie, an enhanced doll that is practically an ALEXA. The doll itself can operate devices in our homes and can even control automobiles, like an uber, without an actual driver. We are taken to the factory where an assembly of these dolls are being transported to toy stores all over, but not before one of the workers is fired. As revenge, he tampers with the technology of the doll, then commits suicide.

One minute later, we are introduced to a 13 year old boy who appears to be friendless and alone. His mother works at a toy store and is dating a not so nice human being, who actually turns out to be a real scumbag.

While working at the toy store, a customer brings back one of the Buddi dolls, saying it’s defective and Andy’s mother decides to bring it home for him as an early birthday gift. Things seem to be going well between Andy and his new best friend, but that all takes a wide turn when Chucky begins to see the hurt and anger that Andy is going through, making Chucky more menacing, But, Andy is his best friend and best friends protect one another

Child’s Play is not a great film and it’s not a bad film either. It’s a fun 90 minute ride with some moments of laughter and gory kills that are actually quite shocking. My personal favorite deals with a lawnmower, it’s that cool.

Check out Child’s play in theaters now. Don’t expect to be blown away and I think you’ll have fun with this one, like I did.


 

 

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Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

With the third season titled Solstice having made its way to Netflix last week (May 23rd), they truly outdid it this time around and it left me guessing on who was the killer the entire time until the 8th episode. 

Let’s rewind to the beginning. Slasher is a Canadian horror anthology that was created by Aaron Martin. It made its debut on Chiller back in March 2016. 

Each season has 8 episodes. The first season is called The Executioner. It focuses on Sarah Bennett and her husband who move back into her childhood home where her parents were murdered. Sarah’s mother was pregnant with her at the time of the murders and that is when police discovered that the killer was holding Sarah after the killings. 

Sarah starts meeting with Tom Winston in prison, the man who killed her parents. It was in their conversations that you pick up that the “theme” of the murders is no other than the seven deadly sins. Each victim had a sin. He has been giving his opinions as to what each victim could have done to deserve the punishment that they received.

Through all the twists and gore in this season, it was revealed that deputy Cam was The Executioner the whole time, to which Sarah has put it all to an end. 

Season two entitled Guilty Party focuses on a horrifying secret that summer camp counselors thought they buried long ago. They all return in the middle of winter to get the body that was murdered while they were counselors, only to get a shock of their life—-they can’t find the body. 

Like every typical horror movie setting especially at a camp, each counselor gets picked off one by one. The killer does get revealed at the end with a twist. 

Lastly the third season Solstice, which is actually my favorite out of this anthology, focuses on a killer who is targeting everyone in an apartment complex where a woman committed suicide a year before, but it’s also connected with each tenant not helping a man who was being murdered. 

Normally I am good at predicting who the murderer is, but with this season anyone seems capable at that point. 

The trailer for season 3 is listed below. If you are looking for something to binge watch over the weekend, I highly recommend this series. It has a perfect amount of gore and it’s not too predictable. It’s a pretty fun watch depending how you view it. 

 

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Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Are you all ready to play another game? Chris Rock is, and he is teaming up with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for an all-new chilling Saw

Chris Rock has reportedly quoted:

”I’ve been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

I am curious to see how Rock will help put this into play, according to Lionsgate, they were very impressed with what he has to offer.

No cast or plot has been released yet but as soon as that happens we will put an update out. 

The film will be out in October 2020

 

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“Hi, are you my best buddi?!” New Child’s play tv spot shows Chucky in action!

“Hi, are you my best buddi?!” New Child’s play tv spot shows Chucky in action!

Almost a month away from the release of the new Child’s Play film. A tv spot has emerged showcasing the doll in full view along with him in action and speaking. Mark Hamill is the voice of Chucky along with Aubrey Plaza playing the mother the plot for the film is, “A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.”

From those working on the film have stated that it will be a bloody horror movie so we will see ourselves. The film is to go head to head with Toy Story 4. A Disney Pixar cartoon film going up against a horror icon? One will be victorious that weekend.

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The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

Well as promised the trailer is here for IT: Chapter 2  and even though we may have an idea on what to expect we also have to remember they may change some things around maybe stuff from the book will be in it or some stuff from the original movie. Either way we’re intrigued on the film.

The plot is pretty simple since we already know the why and how? “Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back

Andy Muscheitti is back to direct the film along with the writer from the first film Gary Dauberman. Bill Skarsgård has said Pennywise in this one will be a lot scarier and violent. Sept 6th witness the end of IT

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ONE MUST FALL movie review

ONE MUST FALL movie review

 

One Must Fall hits the indie horror scene, and it will not disappoint! I just finished watching the advanced screener sent to me by Antonio Pantoja who is the writer and director of the film! Antonio and I laughed and shared a friendly conversation a few days back on-line, and I do want to be sure to thank him for allowing me to view his movie!

One must fall about a small group of people who work for a crime scene clean up crew. These are the poor souls whose job it is to go in a clean up the mess after a body has expired. In other words, they get to mop up the brains and blood after someone blows their head off.

The crew finds themselves locked in an old abandoned warehouse where butchered bodies had been found from a serial killer that was on the loose. One by one staff members is found by the killer who remains at large in the building even after the murder scene been cleared by local police( Lloyd Kaufman).

Hacked, Skinned and even scalped our killer takes no remorse on his newfound victims. Chained to watch each other be brutally turned into filets, our killer (Barry Piacente) much in the sense of Hannibal Lecter, remains fresh and calm during his slayings. His killings are not senseless, not to him anyhow. He is the anti humanity killer if you will, he kills for all that is wrong with the human race. Piacente did a scaringly good job in his portrayal of a killer!

The film opens a bit slow and does take a bit to pick up, hell Antonio himself told me to get thru the first 25 minutes..and that is just what I did. Although for me, it was about the 45-minute mark when everything turned around, and the film had hit full speed. The fill does manage to add the perfect amount of suspense in with the gore.

In closing, One Must Fall is premiering at film fests, and if you are in the area I do hope you try to attend and support the film, you will not be disappointed as this is one I will be adding to my library.

My only wish for the film would have been for it to have had the chance to have been made with just a slightly higher budget, it indeed could have been that much better! Many indie films are real gems that are deserving of higher production; One Must Fall one.

But alas, Pantoja has a talent to be reckoned with and cant wait to see what he brings us in the next! Be sure to check out One Must Fall soon as you can!!

Keep it evil

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Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

It was reported this week that Fullmoon is making a Subspecies V film with Radu coming back. But we’re getting a new Puppet master movie, well a spin-off film!  The film plot from Fullmoon is as follows: 

Blade: The Iron Cross, being directed by John Lechago:

“For decades the fans have been clamoring for it, and now Full Moon delivers with the first standalone feature debut of one of its most beloved (and most frightful) characters: the hook-handed maniac puppet, BLADE! Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER series continues as an unspeakable evil from Blade’s past emerges in the form of a murderous Nazi scientist named Dr. Hauser. As Hauser’s heinous crimes are discovered, the psychic war journalist, Elisa Ivanov, awakens Blade, and together the bloody journey of revenge begins. It’s Herr Hauser’s reanimated undead army versus a possessed doll and a beautiful vengeance-seeking clairvoyant! Who will win, and how will it affect the Full Moon Universe?”

This is very exciting because it seems like Fullmoon is going back to their with some old school classics with the new plan called The Deadly Ten. Ten films all released at once! Including a sequel to Head of the family: Bride of the Head of the family. Expect these an all other films next Valentines day 2020! For more info check out the link below

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Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Having previously written and directed Zombie Killers, Camp Dread and bringing together the expendables of horror in Death HouseHarris Smith is a filmmaker who has become synonymous with the horror genre. Therefore It comes as no surprise that there is much interest growing following the release of his new teaser trailer for The Special and House of Tortured Souls is excited to give our readers an opportunity to take a look at some exclusive pictures for the film.

The Special will be directed by Harrison Smith, using the script written by Mark Steensland and James Newman, which has been adapted the script from their original novella. It tells the story of Jerry Harford who believes that his wife is having an affair. Taking the advice of his best friend who urges him to fight fire with fire, it ends up with some horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.

Harrison Smith reunites again with collaborator Felissa Rose as associate producer and stars a talented cast including; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame. The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones. Harrison Smith describes the film as “a great warning to infidelity, and I see it as a “Midnight Horror Chick Flick” and urge any woman who has been cheated on to “see this film with someone they hate.”  For more information check out the trailer link right here.

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Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Folks! Rob Zombie himself said that Three from Hell is near completed. He went onto his Instagram saying, that it has to be perfect. Truth be told I think he’ll deliver on his promise. This franchise being his baby (no pun intended). There was a mention of an Oct 31st premiere this year, and Rob Zombie dismissed those rumors quickly. So hopefully we will hear a premiere date and trailer! Listed below is a post-production photo of Rob hard at work!

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Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Every now and then you find those truly genuine pieces of horror cinema that just blow you away and leave you starving for more. They are usually few and far in between, but every once in awhile you get extremely lucky and hit the jackpot. While it may not be your typical horror film, Space Trash Bag is definitely a prolific piece of celluloid that needs to shared and spread like a disease.

Space Trash Bag is a Spanish splatter film, unlike any other other. It’s essentially a short film made up of a series of fake trailers, pieced together to form one viciously twisted piece of cinema. It’s similar to what Rodriguez and Tarantino did at the beginning of their Grindhouse films. Except this isn’t a combination of trailers of separate films. Instead, it’s a handful of trailers based on one individual film, Space Trash Bag.

Don’t let the complexities, or simplicity, of it fool you though. It delivers on all accords! It gets your blood pumping and raises your excitement, forcing you to crave more. The gore is absolutely phenomenal and stunningly elegant. It’s disgusting as hell, but just so damn beautiful at the same time. It’s seriously inspiring and just a thing of pure beauty.

Space Trash Bag is over the top ridiculous, but that’s the point. It’s meant to be silly and hilarious, while trying to make you vomit. The editing is fantastic and the sound was perfect executed. You find yourself wondering what the hell you’re watching, yet you still can’t peel your eyes away. The acting is great and the makeup and costumes blend together brilliantly and really help the film stand out.

The directing and cinematography are excellent and very accomplished. It’s really such an inspiring piece of work, displaying tons of talent and skill. The Trash Bag monster is pure nightmare fuel and is guaranteed to make any kid wet the bed. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest and scariest monsters to come out in a long time. It’s seriously some utterly brilliant film making.

The only problems this film seems to have, is budget issues. Never before have I wanted to see a feature film so bad, from just a few snippets of content. However, due to those budget constraints, we’re forced to take what we can get. And it’s unlikely we’re going to see a full length film featuring the amazing Space Trash Bag monster anytime soon. Although we’d desperately love to see one.

Unfortunately all we can do is share this film and help spread the word about how freaking awesome it really is. It’s definitely not something you see often and just overall a gracefully beautiful film. It’s exquisite and a real treat for the eyes – a horror/gore lovers delight.

So, if you haven’t checked out this inspiring piece of art yet, do yourself a favor and give it a run. It’s a brilliant piece of work and deserving of a feature production. It surprisingly awesome, and displays tons of talent, passion and intellect. It’s plain and simply just one bad ass piece of film.

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An Indie double Feature: Auopssessed and Unplanned Parenthood

An Indie double Feature: Auopssessed and Unplanned Parenthood

Every once in awhile scrolling through your Facebook feed actually pays off. I’ve been friends with Emil (Johansson) Levin for quite some time, but just recently discovered he makes films. Not just any films, but my favourite kind, trashy, gory, indie films! It also turns out he’s a really nice guy and sent me a couple screeners and since they are shorts, I’m going to review them as a sick little double feature.

The first one I watched was called Auopssessed, the title is a combination of the words autopsy and obsessed. It’s pretty much what the title suggests. A young girl visits a “doctor” who basically performs a live autopsy on her and by live I mean she’s alive while he does it. She’s a willing participant and giggles through the entire thing. The doctor removes a bunch of her organs including some super beefy entrails and squishy, squirty mystery organs. The best part is when he pulls a used condom out of her and is assaulted by bodily fluids yelling “I got man splooge all over my scrubs”! His patient just giggles and continues to suck on her lolly seemingly enjoying the whole thing right up to and including the cannibalization of her intestines.

A fun piece of trivia about the film is that it was shot in roughly 2 hours and the budget was only 50$. The cameraman got a parking ticket while shooting and 40 of the 50 dollar budget went into paying the fine.

The second short and my favourite of the two is called Unplanned Parenthood. ***trigger warning*** if you are Christian, pro-life, Republican or easily offended skip the movie and this review.
A Christian missionary knocks on a pregnant “woman’s” door seeking donations. She asks the man what faith he’s in and then proceeds to tell him a wild tale of how crazy Christians are when it comes to planned parenthood and pro-life. She goes into great detail about a backdoor abortion clinic. Complete with coat hangers, Nazi’s, and an Alt right nut job. This film is really over the top, it’s a dick ripping, baby shooting, good time. I laughed a lot during the entire thing. Take a look at the trailer HERE

I hope to see more films from my Swedish friend Emil (Johansson) Levin in the future and hopefully his work becomes more available to viewers here in North America. You can watch some of his work here

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Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

I recently had the privilege of chating with the up and coming actress Georgie Smibert. We talked Women In Horror Month and her breakout role in the 2019 film CleaverS, which just screened at the Horror-On-Sea Film Festival in January, in the UK. Georgie’s award worthy performance as Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells definitely has people taking and taking the independent horror community by storm. 
Originally from Melbourne, Georgie started her film career as an assistant director and production manager. After a few years behind the camera she switched sides, and although she still enjoys her roles behind the camera, acting is now her main priority. Since turning her focus to acting, she’s had lead roles in many short films and feature films and enjoys playing strong but conflicted characters. 
Georgie moved to live in London in 2015 and knew that if she wanted to act in the UK she would have to be confident with various accents. To date she has played characters with various British and American  accents and has even played a guest role as a French character who only spoke French! 
At the beginning of her career she had a knack for being cast as characters who were killed – so far she has been stabbed multiple times, strangled, beheaded and even played a robot who had their battery removed. Last year, after completing her training in London, she gained her advanced qualification from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Though careful not to be misinterpreted as a stunt performer, she now looks for characters who aren’t only strong and conflicted, but whose story-line has an element of action in them. 

 

  • DS: How did you get your start in film and what originally attracted you to it? What aspect about it drew you in the most and made you decide to pursuit it?

 

  • GS: I entered the film industry as a 1st AD and Production Manager(PM). I was an event manager at the time and thought that a film was a bit like an event,  so if I could organize one,  I could probably organize the other. I saw an indie feature film looking for a PM – I applied and was successful.  Working on that film also introduced me to a wonderful acting school, The Melbourne Actor’s Lab, and after a couple of years as an AD and PM I switched to acting.

 

  • DS: How did you end up working with the amazing MJ and Anna Dixon over at Mycho Entertainment, and do you have any fond memories working with them that you’d like to share?

 

  • GS: It was a simple case of applying to the right casting call. Most of Cleaver was filmed in late 2014, but luckily for me that didn’t include Jody-Ann’s scenes – her role was cast in early 2015, just after I’d moved to live in London.

 

 

  • • I have so many fond memories of working with Anna & Mike,most of which are from the middle of the night when we’re all freezing cold, over tired and can’t stop laughing at pointless things

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  • DS: In what way has your character changed and progressed from the first film Cleaver in 2015, to the second film CleaverS in 2018? And how have you progressed as an actress during that time?

 

  • GS: Jody-Ann has matured a lot between the films. When she is introduced in Cleaver she is a new graduate and expects she will be looking after petty crime a serial killer like Cleaver is not on her radar at all! Over the years as her determination to bring Cleaver to justice has developed, she has become increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
  • • Personally, over the years I’ve had more opportunity to experiment with different approaches to roles and spend more time in front of a camera. I’ve also got more comfortable with the idea that I will always get to the first day of shooting and feel under prepared  – no matter how much time or preparation I’ve done.
  • DS: What’s it like for you, going from a sort of sidekick character in Cleaver, to the lead role in CleaverS? How did you tackle the task and did you prepare any differently from one film to the next?
  • GS: The size of the role is mostly irrelevant when it comes to developing a character. I make sure I know my character’s history, relationships and motivations and I learn my lines. If there is an accent involved like for Jody-Ann, then I spend a lot of time with my dialect coach to make sure my pronunciation is correct.
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  • • I had a lot less pre-production time for the first Cleaver, and I really had to focus on learning the accent for the first time.  For CleaverS it was nice to already have a good base for my accent and focus on developing more of her history.
  • DS: Your monologues in CleaverS were phenomenal. You really pulled the audience in and made it easy to relate with the character of Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells. How difficult was it and did you find it emotionally draining to deliver such a high powered performance?
  • GS: Firstly, thank you. I never know how my portrayal of a character is going to be received so it’s really great to get that sort of feedback.
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  • • Acting is an activity that seems to give me endless energy – I lose all track of time and can happily film for hours without stopping for food or drink.  I’ll always sleep well after a shoot, but I think it’s incredibly important to leave a character and their emotions on set at the end of the day and allow yourself the opportunity to relax as yourself
  • DS: What preparation did you do in order to produce such an award worthy performance in CleaverS? Did you do anything special to submerse yourself into the role, or was it just business as usual?
  • GS: I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. Part of what I love in acting is inventing back stories and filling in what is happening between scenes and between lines.  For CleaverS, I filled in the years between the two films – where Jody-Ann had been,  which friends she had lost and which personal demons she had been fighting.  Answering those unknowns and developing that history is always a part of my preparation that I really enjoy.
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  • DS: What are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month, and how relevant and important do you think it is for the genre today?
  • GS: I think Women in Horror Month does a wonderful job at highlighting and celebrating all the amazing things women are doing in the industry today. At a time when the call for diversity is so strong, this sort of publicity plays an incredibly important role in inspiring female filmmakers of tomorrow to follow that dream and get involved too.
  • DS: Being a woman in horror, as an actress, Assistant Director and Producer, what is your favorite role when it comes to film? Which do you prefer more, being in front of the camera, or being behind it?
  • GS: Acting is my main priority and definitely my preferred role, but if I like the script and the crew and there isn’t a role for me then I will happily support the film’s production as crew. As an AD and PM I really enjoy helping the director achieve their vision and tell their story.
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  • DS: Who are some of the Women In Horror who inspire you? Is there anyone you really admire or try to emulate when it comes to what you do?
  • GSI grew up watching Buffy on TV and I was inspired by the kick ass characters played by both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. I also recently watched ‘A quiet place‘ with Emily Blunt – I admire her as an actress anyway and really enjoyed watching her on screen in this role.  If I could emulate the honesty of her performance and make the audience feel for my character even a fraction of the way she made me feel for hers,  I would be very happy.
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  • DS: Having acted now yourself as nearly a dozen different characters, which of those said characters have you enjoyed playing the most? Are there any that stick out or maybe still stick with you?
  • GSJody-Ann definitely sticks out because she is the only character I have played in two films  and playing her introduced my to the whole Mycho family. Another role that sticks out was for a short film called ESC. where I play the sole survivor of a space ship disaster.  I filmed that whole film on a full sized green screen set which was amazing.
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  • DS: Do you have any future films or projects you would to let your fans know about? Where can they follow you and stay up to date with your work?
  • GSI have another feature film due for release later this year – it’s a post apocalyptic survival story called ‘The Brink’. There are also some other projects in the early stages of development, including a short film I wrote, which I plan to make this year.

    The Brink

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  • • The best place to stay up to date with my work is to follow me on Instagram georgiesmibert. I enjoy taking photos so I always share BTS photos and I’m much more active on that than Twitter.
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  • DS: To conclude the interview, we like to ask one final question. If you could name only one, what would you say is your favorite all time horror film?
  • GS: Psycho. It’s the first horror film I saw, and I still think it’s a great film.
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Here’s the trailer for Twilight Zone (2019) and the premiere date!

Here’s the trailer for Twilight Zone (2019) and the premiere date!

It’s officially here the trailer for the Twilight Zone remake. This is the Third revival of the hit television show and even though we were told Jordan Peele will be serving as executive producer and will  remaking his favorite episode “Terror at 20,000 feet” we still have to wonder what exactly we’ll be seeing.

The trailer doesn’t give us a whole lot to figure out, but like Jordan’s previous trailers there’s more than meets the eye on what we think we know. The trailer also gives us a slew of stars. Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott,  Kumail Nanjiani,  John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Erica Tremblay, Steven Yeun, and Greg Kinnear, DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams, Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn, Luke Kirby, Ike Barinholtz, and Percy Hynes-White, Ginnifer Goodwin, James Frain, and Zabryna Guevara, Tracy Morgan, John Larroquette, Glenn Fleshler and Chris Diamantopoulos. The series will premiere exclusively on the CBS all access streaming services April 1, 2019. I highly doubt this will be a gag but it’s real. Here’s the official trailer for the series

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House Of 1,000 Corpses (Broadway Musical)— House Of Tortured Souls

House Of 1,000 Corpses (Broadway Musical)— House Of Tortured Souls

Rob Zombie was seen on Larry King’s interview series LARRY KING NOW (Hulu) discussing how he would like to turn his first film House Of 1000 Corpses into a Broadway musical. One specific question King asked Zombie was “What do you really want to go in life that you have not had the chance to?” To which Zombie responded: 

       As crazy as it sounds, I feel that my first film House Of 1000 Corpses- which is kinda campy in a weird way, which is why at the time I wasn’t that thrilled with it- I think would make a great Broadway musical. Because it’s veru much- when you go to Broadway now it’s like Spider-Man, it’s The Addams Family, it’s Spamalot, you know? So that movie would translate well, I think because it’s just ridiculous.”

For those who may not be familiar with this movie (which I suggest you watch ASAP), House Of 1000 Corpses is a story of a twisted family that two couples stumble upon when their empty fuel tank and a flat tire happens and lead them down the road. This film was written and directed by Zombie and stars his wife Sherri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Karen Black, Rainn Wilson, Walton Goggins, and Tom Towles

Now before we start to get excited, let’s just keep in mind that this interview was from 2013. For me personally, all I have to say is YES YES YES! If Evil Dead: The Musical got a shot to be made, I don’t see why Rob Zombie’s film can’t have a chance for a Broadway debut, especially with the horror scene coming to arise. But with that just being in the talks, us fans will just have to wait for Zombie’s third Firefly film Three From Hell coming out this year. 

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Creepshow Production Started—House Of Tortured Souls

Creepshow Production Started—House Of Tortured Souls

Shudder has announced that production has begun the reboot of Creepshow. The six-episode season will be produced by The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero and the horror series is based off the iconic 1982 film which was written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero

The six-episode season will feature an unannounced Stephen King story and for right now they are saying it’s like a “survivor type” of story. 

Nicotero will direct some of this series and the other installments will be done by David Bruckner, Roxanne Benjamin, Rob Schrab, and John Harrison. Bruckner is the director of The Ritual along with Bloody Disgusting segments in V/H/S and SouthboundBenjamin has directed such segments in Bloody Disgusting’s Southbound and XX. Schrab’s directing credits goings to Ghosted and Community, and Harrison who was actually the first assistant director for George Romero on the original Creepshow movie will be directing a story that he co-wrote with Nicotero. Harrison also composed Creepshows film’s theme. 

Additional stories and directors as well as the casting will be announced later this year. Creepshow will premiere on Shudder later on in the year—no specific date as of now. 

Normally for me personally, I tend to like when they leave the classics alone however with Nicotero producing this I am curious to see the route they will go and what amount of gore they will endure. I am curious to see all the effects and Nicoyero’s Oscar and Emmy award-winning company will be handling all of the creature and make-up effects. Definitely will be opened minded and give it a chance when this becomes available on Shudder. 

 

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Ice from the Sun

Ice from the Sun

I had to wait a lot longer than I wanted to for Ice from the Sun. It’s fairly difficult to get in North America, but now that I’ve seen it I’m so glad I persisted. The film was really something special and Eric Stanze is a visionary director. I will be seeking out any and all of his other work.

Ice from the Sun is a gorgeous cosmic horror/arthouse film. Its storyline is ageless and intelligent. The film is independent and artistic in nature so in order to appreciate everything it has to say it requires patience and imagination, I feel that it’s worth it.

The story is an old as time tale of good versus evil. Demons, Angels, wizards, warlocks and human beings all fight for a foothold in this reality. An evil warlock named Aberdine takes ice from the sun to create an icy fortress for himself and his apprentice Abraham. In order to become his apprentice Abraham must perform an ultimate sacrifice to prove his worthiness, he must kill the woman he loves. He does so and remains by his masters side for many years in the fortress. Each year six humans are chosen to be transported to the fortress and killed, their souls trapped within the walls of ice for eternity. One day Aberdine chooses a new human apprentice and has Abraham locked away from reality. Abraham destroys Aberdine and the new apprentice and takes over, becoming the Presence. At the same time a young woman commits suicide but is kept from the afterlife by both angels and demons. She is chosen to destroy Abraham and is sent to his fortress with the next batch of six human sacrifices to end his existence.

Now take this epic fantasy storyline and throw in some gore, bondage, nudity, indie metal and you got yourself Ice from the Sun!

I found it got a bit long towards the end, but it was worth seeing through. It’s definitely more extreme arthouse than a gore film and I recommend it highly to fantasy and sci-fi lovers. There is absolutely nothing else like it. Check it out for a unique experience.

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Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Celebrating its anniversary this month, we revisit the original Leprechaun and take a look at the legendary slasher film responsible for spawning multiple sequels and a prequel. Let’s take a step back and look at the film that birthed the legendary horror icon, the one and only, Leprechaun.

Considered one of the ultimate slashers, Leprechaun is a 1993 horror film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Robert Hy Gorman, Mark Holton and the legendary Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun. An ancient evil Leprechaun will stop at nothing to get back his pot of gold.

The Leprechaun is easily one of the top ten iconic slashers in the genre. Something about a the tiny, ugly little green monster with buckles on his shoes and hat, is just unsettling. Most of the time Leprechauns are portrayed as gentle fun loving little pranksters. But not in this film. In this one, he’s an evil little bastard who’s only happy with one thing…killing. 

There’s a multitude of aspects that make the original the best in the franchise. It contains some overlooked and forgotten elements, which attributed to its ferocity and appeal. Things such as the Leprechaun eating Lucky Charms cereal, or how the protagonists escape the ugly little monster by throwing shoes, which he can’t help but shine.

The Leprechaun is arguably Warwick Davis’s ultimate character portrayal. A three foot tall green monster who has a pungent for ripping off limbs and other body parts, definitely sets him apart from the other slashers. Everyone always thinks it would be easy to defeat such a small foe, however, the Leprechaun proves extremely difficult to thwart.

The special effects in this are magnificent and really hold the film together. The makeup and use of light and shadows works wonders. It creates a dark atmosphere which looms strongly over the film. The makeup and practical effects make this one of the most memorable classic slasher films in the genre. The crusty, flaky and coarse skin really add a level of fear to the little guy.

There’s also some really strong acting and performances which help the film stand tall. Jennifer Aniston is terrific as the modern, girly girl. A strong female lead is always effective in horror films. It builds a familiarity with the audience and gives them someone to root for. 

Also, there were some stout performances from Ken Olandt as the beefy heartthrob Nathan, and Robert Hy Gorman as the smart, witty and imaginative, Alex. The best performance however, came from Mark Holton as the eccentric, quirky and autistic, Ozzie. He brought some much needed and well placed humor to the dark and fantastical film. 

The sets were graceful and eye catching, especially the quiet little farmhouse. The costumes are some of the best around and still hold strong today. They give it a really creepy vibe. Also, the use of a cell phone, or “mobile”, by Tori (Aniston), always makes me smile. 

Whether you like it or not, Leprechaun is a powerhouse and extremely well crafted. It’s one of the all time iconic slasher films and a standard in any collection. It’s a must see for any slasher or horror fan. So, grab yourself a copy today, but beware any pots of gold. 

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