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[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] The Doll wins best short film

[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] The Doll wins best short film

I recently got a chance to watch the movie “THE DOLL” by Jason Vandygriff, who was a one-person operation putting together a 5-minute film. The film has no dialogue, but easy to follow. After finding an old doll in the attic of his new home, James is slowly stalked by this malevolent being.

The movie caught my interest with just the pure professionalism and showcasing as long as you have an idea and a smartphone with a video recorder you’re pretty much ready to go. Jason didn’t make an over the top horror movie with a vast budget or well-known cast.

He made the movie in his backyard (sort to speak), and truth be told the editing, the sound, the look, the message gets across to the audience. There’s no CGI or stop the motion of the doll in action, but it is creepy to watch and the doll doesn’t over do it with goofy one liners. I’m happy to see Jason win BEST DIRECTOR at the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival because, with this simple idea, he’s on his way to bigger things.

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[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

I got the chance to see the new movie Bewere by the director (J. Budro Partida) I have to admit it’s rare to see a werewolf movie in the indie horror scene. Given there are some out there however though this one is very different

The film is about a young preppy guy who’s looking to be a werewolf. It starts simple, and the actor (Joseph Fotinos) does a great job; he comes off crass and just crazy, but therein lies the first mistake. He knows what he’s doing.

The film shows the transformation, which isn’t over the top, but we get the idea. The preppy friend (Logan Pall,) tells his best friend (Ray A. Roberts II) where they both take the journey together as werewolves. They go out hunting, and the best part is we see actual effects taking into place.

The preppy kid gets a stomach rupture from overeating, and the other friend is well he’s passing through pieces of bone, fur and whatnot which we see Oz gleefully explain as wolves they have better stronger bodies that they can eat more and not go through any problem, however, though as humans we don’t have that capability. He explains that on the first night, some people will tend to go overboard, thinking they can handle it.

I’m not only happy to see a werewolf movie filmed in my home state but happy to see a werewolf movie that’s smart and doesn’t try to be hip or trendy. It doesn’t dumb down the film since it’s dealing with a subject that can never happen, but if it did happen, this would be the result.

The director started a crowdfund, met the goal, and began production quickly. They even sold out their first theatrical premiere at the Alamo drafthouse in Austin. The film is in talks for a bigger audience, which I’m glad to hear during the q&a the director came off very friendly about opened up about the trials and tribulations of working in open fields, working with fake guts naked people in the Texas heat. Also, if you’re curious, the website featured in the movie is real and is being used for the director’s use for promotion and contact info. For more info, you can find the website here Horny like the wolf. Yes that’s a real website used for the movie.

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Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

From the minute you see her walk in the workroom for Ru Paul’s drag race season 4. Sharon has always stuck out as being the “weirdo” but little did we know that one she was going to win the season and become our newly crowned queen. From there it’s been nothing but tours, albums, clothing, pop vinyls. Sharon Needles can go from glam to ghoul and back.

Sharon has made a few stops here to San Antonio live at the Heat night club. She is even in the local production of Rocky Horror Picture show. On tour recently from her latest album Battle Axe. She’s making her stop in Sept for a live club show giving what fans expect an early Halloween show to get the season going. For those interested it’s always best to make sure you have your ticket, table and even m&g ready. Luckily Rey Lopez, the promoter for many Ru Paul drag race queens who he’s brought to town has you covered. Rey has a simple and easy way to purchase tickets right on Rey Lopez Entertainment. Where you can upcoming shows, subscribe, and even make purchases to ease the burden of fear from a sold-out show. Which has happened, so what better way to start the fall season than with The Ghoul of our dreams. Sharon Needles.

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[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

Pride month is over, but we celebrate it every day as well as taking a stand and making sure voices are heard every day. That is why I am proud to talk about another Local haunt. This time was focusing on one Paradox Rei.

Paradox has been the primary voice for the alternative drag of artists. Say artists in the sense that Paradox focuses more on the creativity and idea of drag being for expression and the sound the artists deserve.

Shawn Benet may have created a home for alternative drag, but Paradox Rei has been the parental unit or the voice for others who deserve it. Truth be told I am glad to see somebody saying something. Growing up being queer or anything out of the norm was almost comical? Which was sad because performers of race and gender were often pushed aside as if they were the monster children, the unmentionables of society when they deserve the same treatment and respect as others. Paradox has always been my hero in the art of drag.

Remember seeing them perform to “Hooked on a feeling” at a small club dressed as Groot. Yup, Groot from Guardians of the galaxy. It was then that I fell in love with the artistry of Paradox. Drag was always one way for me and again not pointing fingers or blame, but there was little to no voice for other performers such as drag kings, or even CIS females who wanted to do drag as well. Paradox stepped in and became their voice.

It is hard to get proper representation in movies, TV, and even drag. Not talking about manager wise, but actual credit where one can say, yes this is who I am but judge me by work, not by the color of my skin, sexual identity, or gender. The topic has become taboo and even controversial to the point it is swept under the rug. Under that carpet, those secrets have become known for embracing their pure form. The Paradox is just that voice to be heard. As loud as their outfits may be, their sound is even louder for every single person who wanted to be heard.

Not only Paradox has been the center of this story, but also their show Omnipotence where shows are free showcasing all the talent that not only San Antonio, but so many other performers have graced the stage at Web House. Even Dragula alumni XOCHI MOCHI to competitions (Dragrantula) to having their show, Paradox has been an angry voice and will continue to be the voice for others who deserve to be heard.

Paradox has an upcoming show this Saturday night along with a show at Six Flags for Out in the park.

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From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

A while back on Facebook I stumbled upon this ad for a film premiering here in town called Domestic Hell. I messaged the director about it to see if this is a horror film to review. We talked and he explained It was more of a thriller and drama. Intrigued by our talk I had to check it out. After seeing the movie we talked again and I had to make time to schedule an interview well after some time and our schedules permitting we sat down and talked. Colin is a super nice guy and he was excited that his film was going to stream on Amazon prime! So if you get a chance buy or rent the movie. We’re both from San Antonio and I had to help out a fellow fan of film and good guy!

  • JA: Tell us about your start. How did it all begin for you?

 

  • CB: I feel in love with film early in my life, my parents love cinema and exposed me and my brother to it early and spoke of the great films all the time.  This created an air of a sort of magic to cinema for me since at that time my imagination was developing so it was a perfect storm and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to make films for a longtime and studied films. Then I went to film school in NYC school of visual arts.  There I actually feel in love with cinematography and began shooting everything I could in film school to learn. I left school and started shooting indie films in NYC. I have for over 20 years worked as a DP in TV, and film. Been a great journey.

 

 

  • JA: I saw the film and it was really compelling on the delivery of emotion. Did you have these actors in mind when writing the movie?

 

  • CB: I had Scotty Walker who plays Jack in mind since I had worked with him before and we had an incredible relationship. Billi Reyes who plays Olivia had also been in my last film and she’s great, so I knew I’d work with her again. The rest of the cast was cast through online websites and word of mouth. I was blown away at the talent level for this film since we had so little budget.  Truly an A plus cast.

 

 

  • JA: When watching the movie, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of around our home town of San Antonio. Were a lot of businesses open to your film making or was this in some cases small favors to shoot a quick scene or guerrilla film making?

 

  • CB: a little of all of that, we were incredibly fortunate in that many places in the film were so open in allowing us to film in their establishment and at other times we had to shoot guerrilla and get shots as they had afforded us. Have to be strategic in when you shoot so you can get a location with ease. all about being flexible.

 

  • JA: The film is a gritty realistic look at domestic abuse, Not really a horror movie, but more of a thriller or drama with horror elements. Do you think you might venture into different realms of horror?

 

  • CB: Yes absolutely to date I’ve directed a ghost story called Sleepover, a slasher called Bloody drama and now Domestic Hell a thriller drama. So yes, I want to explore the genre a bit but also for me I’m not the biggest believer in pure genre. I think a film can float a bit around genre themes and still be a coherent piece. I enjoy not being tethered to tropes of genre. I like just dreaming up stories and then allowing them to find those themes.

 

  • JA: We talked before where you told me you wanted to use real situations in life for this movie did you draw inspiration from any movies by any chance?
  • CB: Yes, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shinning was a huge inspiration in tone and sound design. I wanted to create a real threatening tension, a ticking time bomb of sorts. And we used sound to in an away irritate the viewers sense into enhancing the friction that the characters were living within. In the shinning no matter what’s happening there is a sense of doom over everything. And the shining uses sound and music so well to enhance this feeling of danger and eventually violence. I worked with a brilliant sound designer and composer named Colin Chinchar.

 

  • JA: The film is going to premiere on Amazon streaming, which by the way, congratulations. Are you hoping this film will not only educate people that domestic abuse is sadly real and still happening today, but also be entertained with an interesting story line?

 

  • CB: Yes and thanks for this question. The subject matter is very difficult and real, so in developing the story I always kept in mind that many many people. Have experience things that happen in the film, so I wanted to try to make the film also about healing, and hopefully shedding some light on a real issue in our world. We’ve done a few screenings and have partnered with a local women’s shelter to raise money and awareness. For me this is central to the purpose of the film, which of course we want to entertain and leave the view thinking about the horror of living in such a situation.

 

  • JA: I think it was awesome how you had the premiere in one of the locations where a scene was shot. You donated part of the proceeds to the local women’s shelter, but the other part will be used to fund your next film. Can you give us any details about your next work?

 

  • CB: Yes so, I recently completed the screenplay for my film Remy’s demons which is about a man’s coming of age story dealing with demons both inside and from the depths of hell. It’s one part satanic possession film, one part odd love story, and one part a story of misunderstandings and inner tension.  I’m so excited to make another one and will be shooting all of it in San Antonio.

 

  • JA: Finally, is there any actors from Texas or in general you would love to work with in the future?

 

  • CB: Of course, I’d love to work with the greats from here Mathew McConaughey and others but for now I’ll take anyone with passion for the craft of acting.
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Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

If Halloween has given us anything it’s 31 days of so much horror. Throughout this month there have been parties, movie screenings, cartoons, seasonal candies, Halloween stuffed toys to even people going above and beyond dressing up as popular memes. However, the one thing that is just pure Halloween is The Rocky Horror picture show. Now if you have never seen it you are considered a “Virgin” Which isn’t a bad thing because for those who haven’t seen it watching it for the first time is almost a spiritual journey if you will. So, let’s breakdown Rocky Horror Picture show not the movie but the LIVE version featuring cast members from Ru Paul drag race. I had the pleasure of attending the live version for my second time so far. I’ve seen the movie countless times either for parties or just simple entertainment. It’s a classic none the less, but to see it LIVE to interact, dance along which was HIGHLY encouraged. There’s nothing in the world that can replace that feeling as if I’m watching it with friends who loved it just as much as I do. The event was held at the Woodlawn Point Church. Which was extremely cool for them to host the event especially for what the show was about. As I took my seat there was a small pre-show with our local drag show celebrity Tencha La Jefa warming up the crowd with her usual comedic routine. She is our Don Rickles of San Antonio. The show came on and what I loved about this version was that a live band performed on the side which made the event even better as if you’re watching a play AND a rock show. I would explain the plot for the film, but at this point to all horror fans they know it all too well. The cast was amazing with the Talented queens from various seasons. Laganja Estranja KILLED it as Dr. FrankenFurter. Previous actors and actresses have taken on the iconic role but Laganja added their own flair to it to where it’ll be hard to top. Tim Curry would be proud. Ginger Minj played the role of Janet belting out amazing vocal abilities which once again proves She deserves to be on the stage as well singing and performing because she is a talented comedian as well. Texas’ own Cynthia Lee Fontaine played Magenta and was amazing even towards the finale where her iconic outfit felt as if it was her own design.  Even Comedian Daniel Franzese who you’ll remember from Mean Girls did a really great Eddie adding his vocal tunes to the show which was amazing to see in a different light. Overall the show was by far one of the best productions I’ve seen in a long time. The cast stayed true to the script of the original as well as adding little improv lines and the main stars inconic lines and dance moves. Laganja doing the death drop as Frankenfurter, PRICELESS! Club promotor Rey Lopez has really out done himself this year with a great production and a great cast. When he’s not busying running his store Male B Wear he’s busy at work with the production (Rey Lopez Entertainment) of the show and other shows he goes all out for whether it’s a club show or a big event. I asked him about it and he told me, “This has been one of my biggest challenges, but with the help of a great team it all worked out” I couldn’t agree more! Truth be told the show was top notch and everything went well with no problems. The only downside of this event is that it’s only twice this month and that’s it. Onward to next year where it’ll be a different cast or maybe somebody from before. Either way I have to say if you’ve never seen Rocky Horror go see it LIVE while you have the chance and if you have seen it still go see it LIVE. The last performance of the year will be tomorrow on Halloween which is the perfect time. There’s a light over at the Frankenstein place, but Rey is keeping it brighter with an amazing cast and an amazing production. I would also like to say even though I couldn’t take flash photography or videos for the YOUTUBE page due to legal reasons out of my control I was able to get these production photos from the Photographer CJ Photography 

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