A Life in Blood – Tales Of A Horror Queen Sept 2017

A Life in Blood – Tales Of A Horror Queen Sept 2017

Attack of the Killer Chickens had it’s only NYC screening at TromaDance! We celebrated this Horror Queen’s birthday in full b-rated style! This is a FREE event hosted by the king of B himself Lloyd Kaufman and located at The People’s Improv Theater in NYC. It was a huge honor to recently have my directorial debut, Attack of the Killer Chickens screen at TromaDance! It was really awesome to have my film open the film festival!

“Congrats Genoveva! Your film is a fowl masterpiece!” -Lloyd Kaufman

What is TromaDance? The TromaDance Film Festival is a free annual independent film festival organized by Troma Entertainment. Founded in 1999, TromaDance was originally held in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, operating concurrently alongside the Sundance Film Festival in order to showcase an independent alternative to Sundance’s perceived mainstream offerings. Between 2010 and 2013, the festival had been relocated to various locations throughout New Jersey. Since 2014, TromaDance has relocated to New York City. (from Wikipedia)

Attack of the Killer Chickens is a short film and my directorial debut. So far it has been accepted to 20 film festivals and been nominated for five awards including Best Visual Effects, Best Screenplay, Best Spoof, and Best Concept. I wrote this film, directed it, produced it, and acted in it.

I am incredibly thankful to an amazing cast and crew. But perhaps the real stars of the film are the chicken puppets created by Rocco George. Rocco and I are huge fans of Jim Henson and his puppet creations for the film pay homage to Henson’s vision.

Synopsis: It’s the dawn of a new age, a chicken age. Attack of the Killer Chickens! Running time: 6 minutes 30 seconds Director, writer, producer, and actress of Attack of the Killer Chickens: Genoveva Rossi. Starring: Genoveva Rossi, Edward X. Young, Rocco George, Nick Petito and with Pamela Martin as Jill. Music by James Hostomsky.

IMDb: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt4942096/?ref_=m_fn_al_1

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Attackofthekillerchickens/

How did I hatch the idea for this of the wall chicken film? It all started with me learning that there were actually more chickens in the world presently than humans. My NYC acting pal Pamela Martin asked me if I had any ideas for a short film and I told her of my chicken horror idea. I like to this of Attack of the Killer Chickens as the Citizen Kane of crazy chicken film.

What inspired me to create this film? The films that inspired me the most were Pink Flamingos, The Birds, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Planet of the Apes, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Night of the Living Dead. For the first film I directed I wanted to go back to the beginning and explore some of the early low budget films that inspired me as a kid. Films so bad they’re good! So of course it was so fitting to have Attack of the Killer Chickens screen at a Troma event!

What are the future plans for Attack of the Killer Chickens? The short film will be continuing it’s epic run at more film festivals all over the world. Preproduction has begun on the feature film! If anyone is interested in getting involved or investing in the film they can email m at Genovevarossi@outlook.com.

From Troma and Lloyd Kaufman please check out:
Watch 250 free movies on Troma’s movies youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Tromamovies

 

                                                                                   Yours in screams,
Genoveva Rossi

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Check out Troma’s latest feature Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2 coming soon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TRIFJw384

A Life in Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen August 2017 – Mr Bones

A Life in Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen August 2017 – Mr Bones

This horror queen recently had the pleasure of starring in a dramatic short horror film, Mr. Bones. This film was filmed in New Jersey with some talented newcomers to the horror genre. In this film, I play a mother taking her young daughter to a garage sale where they encounter a mysterious doll. It was really spectacular to be involved with a film that had such an interesting script and storyline. My character was unique and challenging.

Directed by Joseph Meli with cinematographer John Piekos. Starring: Genoveva Rossi, K.J. Hopkins, Albert Moschetti Sr., Alexa Diaz, Yossef Seddiki, Justin Diaz, Alyssa Taylor, Hugh Macleod, Joseph Meli, Ivette Cardenes, Jennifer Rasbold, and Tina Dellorusso.

It was a pleasure to work with K.J. Hopkins on another film. Hopkins is both known for his acting and special effects makeup in a variety of horror films including my short film, Attack of the Killer Chickens which has been accepted to 16 film festivals so far. He is a great horror friend and collaborator.

It was a lot of fun working on Mr. Bones. I especially enjoyed my dramatic scenes with my on-screen boyfriend Albert Moschetti. We had great chemistry and intensity in our scenes, which definitely translates well in the film.

Alexa Diaz, a very young actress who is very new to the acting world, did a surprisingly amazing job as my troubled daughter. We had a great relationship on and off screen. It was fun helping her through her scenes. As an experienced actress, it can be really inspiring to work with a beginner and see the world of filmmaking through her eyes. It takes you back to you own first few films and shows you your past and what it took to get you to where you are today. Really inspiring.

with director Joseph Meli and cinematographer Jon Piekos

with director Meli and actor Albert Moschetti Sr. from Mr Bones

Mr. Bones was recently completed. I was heavily involved with this film not just an as an actress, but I also coached the other actors on their scenes, especially their diction and body language. I also met with our editor and gave a lot of input on how the film should be edited, and many of my suggestions ended up in the final film.

It has had its packed premiere party and was just screened at its first film festival The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest in a horror shorts block that sold out a week before the film festival. It received two nominations; Best Actress Alexa Diaz and Best Horror Film. In the end, we walked away as the runner up for Best Horror Film! Stay tuned for more updates on Mr. Bones!

While at the film festival I ran into fellow Italian actor, Joseph Donofrio from A Bronx Tale and Goodfellas. Such an honor to have a film of mine screen at the same film fest with such a talented actor who won an acting award at the event. An amazing actor and a great guy.

Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.

Running  into Joseph Donofrio from A Bronx Tale and Goodfellas at film festival.

Yours in screams,
Genoveva Rossi
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A Life in Blood – Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi Sits Down With Horror Icon Sid Haig

genrossibannerrsz_sh1Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi Sits Down With Horror Icon Sid Haig

I was truly honored to be a guest with Sid Haig at Monsters and Robots in New Jersey, Scare-a-con in New York State, Scare-a-con in New England, and at Mad Monster Party in South Carolina. In South Carolina it was an epic treat to see him a marry some horror fans dressed up as Captain Spaulding. Oh yeah, in addition to being an actor he is an ordained minister.

Genoveva: Amazing meeting with the great Sid Haig today. We are both in Death House, which is a film developed by Gunnar Hansen of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Were you friends with Gunnar Hansen?

rsz_sh2Haig: Yes we were friends and had known each other at least ten years. He was a good guy. I am excited about it actually.

Genoveva: Everyone that is anyone in horror seems to be in it: you, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Oberst Jr, . . .the list goes on and on. I am honored to have a cameo.

Haig: And Vernon Wells. Yes everyone is in Death House.

Genoveva: So Sid I think everyone would be curious to know what your first acting role was and when?

rsz_sh3Haig: When I was about 12 years old I played the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

Genoveva: Very cute

Haig: That’s how I am. I just do things. I see something and I do it.

Genoveva: A fascinating part of your film career is your work in black exploitation films especially working with Pam Grier.

Haig: That’s not work haha. We did six films together. The director found her working as a secretary and came up to her. He actually talked her into becoming an actress.

Genoveva: Amazing here you are an actor since childhood and Pam Grier had to be convinced to go into acting. And then you ended up in six films together. It’s interesting how everyone gets into acting for different reasons.

rsz_sh4Haig: I actually got into acting as a kid because I was growing so fast I had no coordination so I couldn’t do sports so I got involved in the theater! Then my parents wanted me to take dance classes. I know ballet, tap, jazz, and more stuff. I have danced in a number of films.

Genoveva: Tell me a bit about how you came to meet Rob Zombie and get cast in House off A Thousand Corpses?

Haig: Rob Zombie was a big fan of Jason of Star Command a TV series that aired 1978-1981 and I scared him in the show. Rob said to himself if I ever make a movie I am putting that guy in it and when he was casting his film he reached out and offered me a role.

rsz_sh5Genoveva: What was it like working with Rob Zombie?

Haig: He was great; really laid back and lets you do what you want, gets out of the way, and lets you do your job.

Genoveva: He puts a lot of trust in his actors.

Haig: And that’s how a director should work. You can the right people and then let them do their job.

Genoveva: Tell our readers a bit about what it was like working on House of a 1000 Corpses? And playing Captain Spaulding?

Haig: I met Karen Black at the premiere. Unfortunately, we had no scenes together and shot on different days. The clown character has become the role I am most known for. People think it was my first role, but it was probably my 100th. Now all these years later I go to conventions and see people dressed up as Captain Spaulding, with t-shirts, hats, and even tattoos. It’s amazing. There must be 100,000 people with Captain Spaulding tattoos. I go to Spain they’re there, Germany they’re there; all over the world.

rsz_sh6credit_-_todd_staruchGenoveva: What was being on set like?

Haig; Well the companion disk for House of 1000 Corpses is called 30 Days in Hell because for 30 days we worked in 103 degree heat. I developed an appreciation for women that waxed. With all the dried blood on my chest and body I was ripping out my body hair every time I took off my shirt. My nipples were hard and painful. It took 45 minutes to brush the crap off my teeth.

Genoveva: What was is like working with Ginger Lynn? I was on her radio show once about a year ago and I have to admit you came up when we were discussing our experiences doing sex scenes in films.

Haig: Again, that’s not work. I have the most pre-eminent porn stars of the 1980s riding me like it was the Kentucky Derby. I remember telling Rob Zombie that I have to wear my underwear for this because if I go skin to skin with her it’s going to be a whole different type of movie. Haha. I told Rob I wanted to do something in my sex scene that would piss off every woman watching; leave my socks on during sex. Sex is kind of ridiculous if you think about it. You help another person undress and when it’s over you dress yourself.

rsz_sh7credit_-_todd_staruchGenoveva: That’s a good point Sid. Everyone’s on their good side until they’ve gotten what they’ve wanted. Haha

Genoveva: Looking back at your long career and everything you’ve done what is the one thing you’d want to be the most remembered for?

Haig: Wow! (pause) Spider Baby. When I was a kid I would wake up Saturday morning and watch Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman then all of a sudden there I am working with him. For the first couple days I couldn’t even speak. He loosened me up and became my mentor actually. He taught me a lot and gave me some good advice I appreciated at the time. I was a huge fan of Universal Studio Monster Movies and would rush out to see them when they came out. That is my best moment in film and what I’d like to be remembered for.

Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.

Yours in screams,
Genoveva Rossi

Pictures 6 & 7 credited to Todd Staruch

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CryptTV at Tribeca Film Festival: Genoveva Rossi meets and talks with Eli Roth and CryptTV CEO Jack Davis

 

genrossibannerrsz_gr1CryptTV at Tribeca Film Festival: Genoveva Rossi meets and talks with Eli Roth and CryptTV CEO Jack Davis

This horror queen was honored to attend the legendary Tribeca Film Festival and watch Crypt TV’s Monster Madness shorts block. After the screening I was able to get a few words with Eli Roth and CEO Jack Davis.

Crypt TV’s Monster Madness features some of the best and biggest character shorts from the digital brand’s scaremakers.” -Tribeca Film Festival

A few words with Eli Roth:

rsz_gr4Q: What attracts you to horror?

What scares Cronenberg isn’t what scares Wes Craven. What scares you varies. Horror is very personal.” –Eli Roth

Q: Where did the inspiration for CryptTV come from?

Roth: I graduated from NYU 1995 and wrote Cabin Fever. I know that dates me, but I am old. Even then I felt like horror had a big audience like the Comic Cons. We are seeing that now with Walking Dead. What I want to create is a platform that I wished existed when I was getting out of film school, back when filming a short cost a minimum of 10k. Now we can shoot shorts for much less and even on our phones. So we created something to showcase horror shorts that serves the genre’s audience.

Q: Roth wants to help other filmmakers.

Roth: After the success of Cabin Fever and Hostile I was in a position to help other filmmakers with films like Clown and The Last Exorcism. I really enjoy helping people I like. CryptTV is part of that.

rsz_gr3rsz_gr2Interview with Jack Davis CEO of CryptTV

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about CryptTV for ukhorrorscene!!! I am sure our readers are anxious to check out your great horror programming. First off I want to say it was really inspiring meeting you and Eli Roth at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City for the CryptTV screening and panel.

Genoveva: Tell us a bit about what CryptTV is and what makes CryptTV unique in the horror genre? 

Davis: CryptTV makes mobile scares. We specialize in creating original scary stories and creating our own monsters in three to four minute videos perfect for watching on your phone. Crypt is the only brand creating original, short form programming every day for people watching on the phone which is why I think we are unique in the horror genre.

Genoveva: How did the great Eli Roth come to be involved with CryptTV and what exactly is his role?

Davis: Eli Roth is the co-founder of CryptTV. We launched Crypt together and he plays an integral role in content and brand strategy as well as giving his input on general company operations. Eli has been at the cutting edge of the genre for decades so having his insight is invaluable for Crypt.

Genoveva: What is your own background in horror and what inspired the creation of CryptTV?

Davis: Knowing and loving the power of scary in film and TV I was inspired to co-found CryptTV because there just was not a great destination for original scary that could be enjoyed on mobile.

Genoveva: What can horror fans look forward to seeing on CryptTV in the near future?

Davis: More monsters. We are going to start serializing our fans’ favorite content very soon.

Genoveva: Where are the best places to look for updates on CryptTV? Also how can aspiring horror filmmakers get involved? 

rsz_gr6Davis: Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CryptTV & sign up for our newsletter on CryptTV.com which we will be bringing back soon. Aspiring horror filmmakers email submissions @CryptTV.com with your work!

Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.

Yours in screams,
Genoveva Rossi
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A Life in Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen May 2017

genrossibannerA Life in Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen May 2017

Hunters and an interview with horror and mainstream actor Jason Vail

rsz_gr1While in South Carolina for Mad Monster Party I was able to catch up with Jason Vail and watch his new film Family Possessions. Jason and I recently worked together on Hunters, a film directed by Adam Ahlbrandt and starring legendary scream queen Linnea Quigley. I was fortunate enough to be acting on set for a few days in  Ahlbrandt’s crazy art house film, Hunters.. The cast also includes: Linnea Quigley, Tina Krause, SaunPaul Costello, Gordon Price, Jason Vail, Ellie Church, Haley Madison, Anthony Edward Curry, Tiffany Loretta Carroll, Melissa Heflin, Victor Bonacore, and many more talented actors and actresses of the horror genre. Horror fans that enjoy super disturbing horror can look for Hunter on Amazon.com, but it’s definitely not a film for the squeamish.

rsz_gr6It was a real pleasure to play the disturbing part of Edna in this sick, twisted film. It was great working with camera operator C. G. Noir and Ahlbrandt once again. Speaking of sick and twisted; look for me also in Ahlbrandt upcoming The Sadist, which also stars Linnea Quigley. Ahlbrandt explains Hunters, “In the year 1987 a group of film makers ventured into an abandoned coal mining town intending to scout the location… The depraved fates that they were to endure stand forever as a testament to the darkness within the hearts of men.”

I was really excited when I was offered the role of Edna. Horror fans will get to see me in my most disturbing, shocking, and challenging role to date! It was a really intense roller coaster ride of gore playing this character! I can’t wait for the horror fans to see Hunters! Prepare to be shocked and dazzled!
Some readers may also know Jason Vail from his work in Gut, Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies, Hunting Grounds, The Cabin, and Family Possessions. In addition, Jason works on a lot of mainstream projects TAMMY with Melissa McCarthy, BOO A MADEA HALLOWEEN, AN ACTOR PREPARES with Jeremy Irons, ACRIMONY with Taraji P. Henson.

It was thrilling working with Jason on Hunters and seeing his performance in Family Possessions was so impressive that I decided to interview him for Ukhorrorscene!

rsz_gr2Genoveva: What are some of your memories of being on set of this brutal film called Hunters?

Jason: That it was a fun set, a lot of cool people to spend a day with in Long Island, NY. Got to drive an awesome car. I met and got to work with you (Genoveva Rossi) And thank god it wasn’t cold, because we were soaked in fake blood for most the night, lol. I think Adam is addicted to that stuff, after each take he would pour on twice as much as the time before, LOL. I was drenched down to my socks in it. A blast.

Genoveva: Can you tell us a bit about your experience working with Adam Ahlbrandt on his twisted artfilm Hunters?

Jason: Adam is a great guy, super chill but totally an artist in everything he does. He gives the actor lots of freedom to do their thing. Which is a gift. And his camera work is impeccable. The guy knows how to do so much with so very little. That is an artist.

rsz_gr3Genoveva: How did a clean cut guy like you come to get cast in a disturbing film like Hunters?

Jason: I knew Adam through some mutual friends in the horror community. We both respected each other’s work and heard great things about one another. I think it was just meant to happen.

Genoveva: What are some highlights of your work in horror? What films stand out most for you?

Jason: Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies from the Asylum and indie thriller Gut (winner of the New York Horror Film Festival) came out at the exact same time back in 2012, both films were boot legged on the internet and were getting ten of thousands of downloads. My IMDB went from 80,000 to under 5,000 over night. It was crazy. I was getting fan mail from Russia, Northern Ireland, Michigan, Florida, you name it. It opened my eyes to the loyalty and love from the horror community, it was awesome to be accepted.

rsz_gr4Genoveva: What were your most challenging roles in horror?

Jason: Whom God Helps for sure, I was head to toe in special effects make up. Took between 5-7 hours some days. It covered everything. I could’t use the bathroom once it was on. So I started fasting 3 days before the shoot so I could go without peeing for 12-14 hours for 3 straight days of shooting. Mission accomplished. As far as acting goes…Gut is still one of the most emotionally demanding roles. To have to put your head in that place where my character went was not fun. It was brutal but an incredible challenge.

Genoveva: What was it like working with horror actor Bill Oberst Jr. on Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies and Hunting Grounds?

Jason: Bill is just an all around stand up guy. He always makes you feel like you are the true star and artist…but really, no one can take that away from Bill, he is a horror icon through and through. And so damn talented. He’ll be a Horror National Treasure one day for sure if he already isn’t.

rsz_gr5Genoveva: Now you are also a very mainstream actor. What are some of you highlights from your nonhorror career? What was your favorite mainstream role?

Jason: Working with Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone was a major treat. The film was Tammy. It was only one day of work and a rather short scene, but to this day, if anyone asks me that horrid question that every actor gets asked, “What have you been in?” I immediately say…TAMMY! And everyone knows the film and better yet, remembers that bar scene where I reject Melissa McCarthy’s offer to…”buy me a drink and take me back to my room and bang?” So much fun, such great people.

Genoveva: How can fans of your work stay abreast of what you are doing?

Jason: Go to jasonvail.com. My imdb or feel free to hit me up on Facebook, I’m the Jason Vail in Atlanta, GA.

rsz_gr7Genoveva: What are some of your most recent projects?

Jason: In horror…Family Possessions in festivals, Hunting Grounds just came out on DVD and streaming sites. Other films…An Actor Prepares and Acrimony come out later this year.

Jason: Thank you always for taking the time to have me apart of your horror column! You rock!

rsz_gr8Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.

Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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A Life in Blood – Tales of a Horror Queen #10 Shooting Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania

rsz_1bm1Shooting Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania in Calgary, Canada

Herschell Gordon Lewis may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Thankfully he left horror fans with a parting gift: Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania! Lewis is truly a horror legend and his films will be remembered. In fact, he was recently remembered on Turner Classic Network for those we lost in 2016.

When I came out to Calgary, Canada to shoot Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania I thought this was the beginning of Lewis return to film, but sadly this ended up being his final film. It was a realization of a dream to be in Bloodmania; I was a big fan of Lewis and it was amazing to be leaving New York City to shoot in Canada. I am truly honored to have a celebrity cameo in his final epic film.

rsz_bm2I want to say what an honor it is to be included in a film by such a legendary film director of the horror genre! Lewis’ has made huge contributions to film! My favorites include Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, and Wizard of Gore so give them a watch next time your in the mood for some classic gore!

I arrived in December and was lucky enough to attend a special Meet and Great put together by James Saito, Vice-president of Development and Production at Diabolique Films and President at HGB Entertainment Ltd. I got to meet some of the brightest people in the Calgary independent film scene. It was wonderful to finally meet James Saito after speaking to him for such a long time about are mutual loves of horror, and filmmaking. I am very thankful for the opportunity to come out to Canada and get covered in blood!

rsz_bm3Then I had a very bloody photo shoot with the very talented photographer, Kenneth Locke. Angela White, Sara-Joy Goode, Donovan Cerminara, and I were part of an amazing promo photo shoot. I arrived, had my hair and makeup done by the skilled Ashley Godick, changed into something super sexy and then we were ready for some fun! It was a tantalizing blood orgy for the eyes! Horror fans can look forward to seeing Genoveva Rossi as you have never seen her before! It was a beautifully bloody mess of a shoot!

Next it was on to shoot my part for Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania! First I want to say what an honor it is to be included in a film by such a legendary film director of the horror genre! Lewis’ has made huge contributions to film! My favorites include Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, and Wizard of Gore so give them a watch next time your in the mood for some classic gore!

rsz_bm4One of the many of the high points of working on Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania was working with the amazing special effects expert David Trainor. Look for his work in the hit television show Fargo! It was amazing watching David in action! So much blood and gore for horror fans! It was also a pleasure to work closely with the multitalented James Saito.

When I learned of Lewis’ passing I cried. Perhaps we just all thought he was immortal. Certainly Lewis never planned on dying; he was simply too busy living. I am inspired that this was a man that lived creatively and fully up to the end and to the age of 86. He was a gentleman and a visionary who will never be forgotten. This horror queen is truly honored to be in his final film.

rsz_bm5Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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News from the official press release!

rsz_bm6Herschell Gordon Lewis’ final film to be distributed by Monarch Films Inc.

Diabolique Films, and HGB Entertainment Ltd, are pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with Monarch Films Inc. for their horror anthology, “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania.”

“Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania” is the final film by legendary horror director Lewis, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Gore”, who passed away in late 2016, after a career in film spanning over fifty years.

“I am very excited to add Mr. Lewis’ final film to the quality package of new films we will be premiering at MIP 2017. We have already heard from many of our key TV and DVD buyers worldwide expressing their interest in licensing “BloodMania” for their territories. We will be making “BloodMania” available to horror fans worldwide via Amazon Prime and dozens of additional streaming platforms later this spring”. Art Skopinsky President,  Monarch Films

Diabolique Films and HGB Entertainment Vice President and Producer James Saito says, “It is extremely gratifying to work with Monarch Films to bring Herschell’s final film to his loyal international fan base, and to introduce his work to a whole new generation of horror fans.”

rsz_bm7The horror anthology film consists of four tales – each representing a different genre of classic horror cinema. Lewis himself described the film as, “… a perfect combination of horror and comedy”.

Mr. Lewis wrote and directed two segments. The other two were directed by Melanie Reinboldt and Kevin Littlelight. The anthology stars Roger LeBlanc, Stuart Bentley, Sonia Deleo and Caroline Buzanko.

A release date for “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania” will be announced shortly.

“All of my movies can be traced back to the work of H.G. Lewis”. Eli Roth (Director of “Cabin Fever”, “Hostel”, “”)

“A new film from Herschell Gordon Lewis is a treat for all horror fans!” Tom Holland (Director of “Fright Night”, “Child’s Play”)

Relevant Links:

Official Website: www.bloodmania.ca

IMDb:

Facebook:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BloodMania

Monarch Films: http://www.mfilms.com/

Diabolique Films: http://www.diaboliquefilms.com

HGB Entertainment Ltd: http://www.hgbfilms.ca

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A Life in Blood – Tales of a Horror Queen #9 – March 2017

genrossibannerA Life in Blood – Tales of a Horror Queen #9 – March 2017

rsz_gen1This horror queen had the recent unexpected honor of winning best actor Gold award at LA Shorts Awards film festivals for The Abducted. I found out about the win when director Larry Rosen posted it on Facebook. I met Larry Rosen in 2012 working on a project called Midnight Show. We exchanged contact info then years later Larry reached out when he had the perfect role for me.

Working with Genoveva Rossi is fun. She can identify the direction we are trying to take the [horror] film and brings in her brand of creepy horror to the role.”

The day we filmed The Abducted I awoke in New Jersey to the sound of screaming near my bedroom window. A while late there was a knock on my apartment door. In my normally peaceful neighborhood a man had been shot in front of my apartment and staggered over to the alley under my window where he died.

rsz_gen3Very upsetting news and my mind was scared and confused as I tried to get ready for my film shoot. I got outside and my car was parked in a crime scene. I called the director to let him know I would be a few minutes late because I had awoken to a murder and now the cops had to let me know when I could remove my car from a crime scene! A man shot probably a couple yards from my parked car. Unbelievable.

I got to the set of The Abducted already in a pretty intense, fearful mental state and perhaps that only helped be to focus for my performance as an abducted and abused woman who tries to fight back. I remember Larry Rosen saying on set that this was a pretty interesting filming story; art imitating life.

The Abducted has won 14 awards at film festivals so far including best short, actor, and director. It will also be part of Larry Rosen’s upcoming anthology feature Death At A Barbecue and Cries and Pleads.

rsz_gen7Genoveva has a good idea of what works in horror and how to implement it.” –Larry Rosen

Later Larry and I worked on You Can’t Predict Fate, which is a short going to film festivals. . I am the lead in this film and my character pays homage to Kathy Bates in Misery. I jumped at the chance to play such a disturbing character. I am a huge fan of Misery; I have read the book and seen the movie. Kathy Bates is so perfect in the role and an amazing actress in everything she does. It was great fun to get inside this role and let out my dark side. As an actress, I love playing unconventional female roles and I was honored that director Larry Rosen offered me the part..

As an actress in horror I want to see myself playing roles that express the darkness in the souls of women. Women capable of perhaps great love, but also great evil.” –Genoveva Rossi

rsz_gen2DEATH AT A BARBECUE (2017)
A group of friends get together for a barbecue. They decide to start telling horror stories around the fire. Although not everyone at the barbecue will make it home alive. As they tell stories, a killer begins to kill them off, one at a time. The feature acts as a wrap-around for an anthology of short films. The short films featured, have won combined, over 23 awards on the festival circuit.

Lloyd Kaufman and I also shot a cameo in Rosen’s upcoming feature Into The Outbreak. It’s a dramatic horror feature with zombies. The characters are really well developed and alive. It was fun acting in this with Hamza Zaman.

rsz_gen5INTO THE OUTBREAK (2017)
Macy and John are nearing the end of their relationship. Mandy and Steve just had a one night stand. Then an infectious outbreak starts turning people into cannibals. Now each of these survivors must deal with their issues as they attempt to survive the outbreak. Low on food, no law enforcement, infected cannibals eating people in the streets, fear grows of what is outside and what might come through the door next. Film is on the festival circuit and anticipating a dvd/vod release late Fall 2017.

The film business is all about building creative relationships and bringing the best out of each other. Films are a team effort and it’s always a pleasure to be part of director Larry Rosen’s team! Thanks for reading this month’s A Life In Blood: Tales of a Horror Queen! See you ghouls next month for more tales of horror.

rsz_gen6Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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A Life in Blood – Genoveva Rossi Interviews James Balsamo

rsz_gr6A Life in Blood – Genoveva Rossi Interviews James Balsamo

This horror queen recently filmed a few scenes on James Balsamo’s newest film, The Litch. I was on set two days playing a sexy fortuneteller in Acid Bath Productions newest horror comedy. We had a lot of fun shooting my scenes with the cast and crew. The Litch is a supernatural tale with chills and thrills. Dave Stein is “The Litch” makeup by James Balsamo, and teeth by Tom Fang

Then right after we shot my scenes I went to a resort in Mexico for some much needed sun and fun. Director James Balsamo moved to Los Angeles where he was able to secure a shoot with the great Tom Sizemore in record time! I am truly honored to be in The Litch with Sizemore. Also look for Acid Bath Productions film veteran and accomplished actor Robert Arensen (pictured) in The Litch with Tom Sizemore.

rsz_gr1While working on this article I reached out to Tom Sizemore and he asked that I mention that he is the ambassador for a film festival called Filmchella (filmcoachella.com), which will take place in California Sept 22-24. Sizemore is extremely passionate about this film festival so check out the website, submit your film, and attend.

Balsamo and I began our long horror relationship back in Oct 2011 when we had a scene together in a cornfield in Jennifer Valdes’ Jack ‘O’ Slasher. We became instant pals and in 2012 I acted in his now well known film I Spill Your Guts. That was a really challenging movie for me because it was my first big gore scene AND my first big romantic scene. But with our fearless director walking us through each scene with a sense of humor and calming disposition everything came together perfectly.

rsz_gr2Later we worked on Cool As Hell and when we shot my scenes my blood curdling screams brought two police cars to the scene. Balsamo called that a true testimony to my acting ability.

Next we shot Catch of the Day, which I play a hot tempered drug dealer in. Then it was Balsamo’s vampire flick Bite School that I play Suck-A-Rella in. My character was like a cross between Peg Bundy and a vampire. I had a super fun time shooting that one. Then I was a surfer in my red bikini and sunglasses for the recently released Killer Waves. Another fun day working with James Balsamo on another wacky and wild horror film. Working on one of his films is always an adventure!

Balsamo and I have also acted in a few films after Jack ‘O’ Slasher. In Sheriff Tom Versus the Zombies I play Jojo, the sex addicted séance leader and Balsamo was the hilarious Chad. In Manny Serano’s Blood Slaughter Massacre I play Angela Baker, a seasoned T.V. reporter and James is Ken my cameraman. We also pop up in Burn in Hell with Comic Book Men pal Ming Chen.

rsz_gr5A bunch of us genre actors have been working with James Balsamo for years and think of him as horror family: Bob Socci, Edward X. Young, Robert Arensen, Robert Youngren, and Jennifer Valdes. I think I speak for all of us when I say thanks for the screams, fake blood, and laughs. I hope to see James shortly in Los Angeles.

Actor and director James Balsamo and I discuss his life in horror:

1. What was it like working with Tom Sizemore on The Litch?

It was on honor working with Tom Sizemore! Tom was such a professional, and he gave me some amazing tips on some new blocking techniques. I guess you could say I’m a real block head now ha ha Ha!

rsz_gr32. What inspired you to become a horror director and actor? 

Tom Savini was my inspiration growing up. I read Tom’s “Grand Illusions” makeup books, and my love for Tom’s work and wanting to make creature features, and star in them really Spawned from that. I guess you could say Tom created one more monster by inspiring me. That’s why I was so honored when Tom Savini appeared in my film “Cool As Hell”, which we are currently filming a sequel to now!

3. What are some fun memories of working with me Genoveva Rossi?

Working with Genoveva is always a pleasure! We had a great time filming for “The Litch” in front of a waterfall that was featured in one of my favorite horror films “Alice, Sweet Alice”. Genoveva is always fun to have on set and always plays an amazing character in any of the films that she is in!

4. Where can fans find Killer Waves? And when can we expect The Litch? 

Killer waves my surf slasher masterpiece (I say masterpiece because it will leave you in pieces!) Is currently available at acidbathproductions.com! Look for my film “The Litch” featuring Dave Stein, Tom Sizemore, Genoveva Rossi, and yours truly James Balsamo coming out later this year!

rsz_gr45. How can fans keep up on your wild and exciting adventures?

Follow me on Twitter @acidBathproduct, or find me on Facebook! I am James Balsamo and I want to be your friend!
You can always see what conventions I’m gonna be at under appearances on acidbathproductions.com come see me in a town near you!

rsz_gr7Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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(The great pics with green screen are by StrongtreeImages.)

Genoveva Rossi Interviews Elvira PLUS A Festive Holiday Photo Shoot!!

genrossibannerElvira Mistress of the Dark book review and interview. Plus a special holiday photo shoot with horror queen Genoveva Rossi

This horror queen braved the cold to head out to New York City to meet up with Elvira and get a signed copy of her book. Previously I had met and interviewed the Mistress of the Dark at Walker Stalker. I am a huge fan of Elvira and I am deeply inspired by her story.

gr4This book isn’t simply a book though; it’s a big, beautiful, and heavy coffin table book filled with wonderful pictures and some quick passages to tell the story of Elvira. We learn how it all began with applying to be a horror host and the rest is horror history!

This book is a must buy for any Elvira fan. The book opens with her first photoshoot as Elvira and the development of her costume and look. We see photos from some of the most memorable shoots of her career and through those pictures we learn a bit more about the woman under that black wig. You see Elvira sexy, silly, and fun, but you also see pregnant Elvira and her as a mother. We get to read some short, personal stories from her 35 year career. A truly beautiful book for any fan of the horror genre, but it wouldn’t be complete without Elvira’s autograph so I suggest you find a way to meet Elvira.

About This Book. Celebrating 35 years of a cultural icon, this large format photo retrospective contains 240 pages filled with hundreds of photos of Elvira, from the very beginning of her career through present day – some never before seen. This is the ultimate collector’s book for fans of the “Mistress of the Dark.”

An interview with Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and horror icon (aka. Cassandra Peterson).

Genoveva: I just want to say as a horror actress and genre fan, Elvira has always been a true inspiration for me; a unique and amazing woman in horror. Great meeting you and thank you for your time. Elvira or Cassandra Peterson? What do you prefer to be called?

Elvira: Well yesterday Elvira and today Cassandra. It depends on what color my hair is.

Genoveva: Depending on how you are dressed. Do you ever get tired of dressing as Elvira? Do you wish you could be yourself more?

Elvira: I like being Elvira because it makes people happy. They love the character. The only bad part is the two hours of make-up, clothes and wig and that can get a little old.

gr5Genoveva: How long have you been Elvira?

Elvira: This year it’s 35 years.

Genoveva: Where do you see Elvira going in the future?

Elvira: I see her going home to bed and eating dinner. (haha) I don’t mean to brag, but I see Elvira has reached this iconic status. That Elvira is a strong image that can carry on without me with merchandizing and such.

Genoveva: So what are the plans for Cassandra?

Elvira: Oh me! Like I said sleeping and eating; all those things. Going on lots of vacations. I imagine I will be doing this for a few more years. As long as I can fit in my dress.

Genoveva: Would you ever want to do a movie about your life or autobiography?

Elvira: I am in the middle of my autobiography. I have been writing it forever. It’s going to be as thick as the bible. Just to mention I have a coffee table book coming of 35 years of all my photographs. From the first day to present. Awesome book; like an autobiography in photos. This you can get now and my biography who knows when I get time to finish writing it.

gr6Genoveva: If there was a movie of your life who would play you?

Elvira: I want to play me even if I’m 95. I will just do that whole Joan Rivers thing and play myself from 14 years old on up. Me or Lady Bunny.

Genoveva: I am a big fan of your films both Elvira Mistress of the Dark and Haunted Hills. Any plans to do more films?

Elvira: Plans for an Elvira animated television show. Animation is the way to go; I don’t have to look good. Don’t gave to dress up and I read the dialogue; I love it!

Genoveva: What was it like making out with Bob in the movie Elvira Mistress Of The Dark?

Elvira: It was awesome! Daniel Greene is so hot and an ex football player. We had a lot of fun. Just don’t tell my husband at the time.

Genoveva: Tell us a a bit about Coors,, which isn’t covered in the book.

Elvira: There are many books on the Coors company out there you can get. A very religious company, which is why they sold beer. When the company was at the top and during there largest advertising campaign with me the owner decided he saw demons in my new Elvira standee. People thought he was kidding and asked if the demons were green or red ones, but he said “out out” and that was the end of my campaign.

gr1-pngGenoveva: You are known for your assets. Any tips for fans?

Elvira: My advice for making your boobs look more like Elvira’s is to stuff everything you can find into your bra. Toss it all in even gym socks. Sometimes they look bigger than other times because I find more to put in there and other times less gets stuffed in.

Genoveva: Tell us a bit about the birth of Elvira.

Elvira: My friend Robert Redding. It was the 1970s, I was in NYC in a band called the Mamas Boys with seven gay men playing disco music at club in the village. Robert was part of the show; in addition to being an amazing singer and dancer he was also a brilliant artist.

Once I got the part as a horror hostess he designed the makeup and hair. He was a big fan of Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes and he wanted me to have hair likes hers. So I got my knowledge bump in my hair and he designed my dress. Robert was my best friend and sadly passed away during the AIDS epidemic. In fact, 6 of the 7 guys in the band ended up dying of AIDS. Pretty bad, right? That was very sad.

Robert Redding changed my life; he created the look for the character. I had input, but he was the artist. In the beginning of the book, Elvira Mistress Of The Dark you will see his sketches for it. His quick sketches only.. He did art for Broadway, Katherine Hepburn, Lions in Winter and so much more. He did the Elvira makeup for the first time on himself then did it on me.

gr2Genoveva: When did you realize the character of Elvira was here to stay?

Elvira: Things took off pretty quickly although I was pretty sure when I started that the show wouldn’t last a week. I was like this is not working I’m acting like a goofy valley girl and they want me to wear this outfit. This so doesn’t go together.

The first week of the show I had everyone calling me because my name was in the phone book. Yeah some of your readers may be old enough to remember using a phone book. Back then that was what you did. I had to change my number and I was like this is crazy.

The next thing I know I get invited on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. That was like the only talk show then and I was like something is happening here. It was and I had an actual job paying $300 a week, but it was a job.

Genoveva: Any amazing story and a spooktacular book. Any final thoughts to leave us with?

Elvira: Well yeah go to Elvira.com and check out everything I am up to. And I have a lot of merchandizing. You can find out where I am, what I’m doing, be my friend on Facebook. Be awesome; at The Real Elvira. Also on Twitter and Instagram. That would be awesome.

gr3As a special treat this month I did a fun and festive holiday themed photoshoot with photographer Jennifer Maggio and horror acting pal Robert Jackson (left). I loved my red velvet Christmas dress with animal print trim! Meow! Hope you enjoy the photos and happy holidays ghouls!

Thank you all for reading another installment of A Life In Blood: Tales Of A Horror Queen! I hope you ghouls had as much fun as I did and stayed tuned for next month.

Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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A Life in Blood – Genoveva Rossi Interviews Robert Mukes

genrossibannerHorror Queen Genoveva Rossi interviews the Great Robert Mukes from House of 1000 Corpses and Westworld

This horror queen recently had the pleasure of being a guest with horror legend Robert Mukes at two spooktacular horror conventions: Scare-a-con and Monsters and Robots. While at these incredibly busy events we managed to find a few moments to sit down and discuss Robert Mukes’ exciting acting career both in horror and in the mainstream acting world.

rmGenoveva: 1. You are an actor with an impressive background, but fans know you the most for House of 1000 Corpses. How did you come to meet Rob Zombie and to work on the film?

Mukes: I booked the role Rufus Jr, of House of 1000 corpses through the auditioning process, after I got the role I met Rob Zombie during the wardrobe fitting.

rm1Genoveva: 2. What was it like working with Rob Zombie? Any interesting stories?

Mukes: It was awesome working with Rob Zombie on House of 1000 Corpses. First of all it was a Universal Studios movie. Rob Zombie picked an amazing cast and he was extremely laid-back and professional to work with.

Genoveva: 3. Recently you acted in an episode of the new TV series Westworld? Tell readers a bit about your character and your time on set.

Mukes: Westworld was an amazing experience! From the cast, crew, catering service, and the actual seen that I participated in was amazing! I played a Behemoth Robot and I’ve got my fingers crossed to return for next season.

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Robert Mukes panel moderated by Genoveva Rossi at Monsters and Robots. Pic by Todd Staruch

Genoveva: 4. In addition to Westworld you’ve acted in Weeds, Justified, and Bone Tomahawk. Tell us a bit about what it was like being in these spectacular projects.

Mukes: I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on some big budget projects, and I’ve done some smaller budget projects as well that were just as amazing.

I just really enjoy acting! The excitement of hearing the director say action and then cut, that is such a thrill for me.

Genoveva: 5. Horror fans know and love you. In fact you travel the world going to horror conventions. It was an honor to be a guest with you at four conventions so far. What appearances do you have coming up? Where can fans go to follow your work?

Mukes: It was a pleasure seeing you at the conventions as well Genoveva. It was also lots of fun having you moderate a panel with me at Monsters and Robots recently. I anticipate my popularity in the convention scene increasing. My website is very user-friendly and is always current. – robertmukes.com

rm2Genoveva: 6. What upcoming horror films can readers look for you in?

Mukes: Coffin 2 and Valentine DayZ, are the only two at the current moment, but I anticipate many more as I continue my journey with health, fitness, and professionalism.

Genoveva: 7. Any final words to leave our horror readers with on you amazing career and your status as a legend of horror?

Mukes: I really enjoy being a part of the horror scene and I’m looking forward to meeting more fans and adding to my resume. Happy holidays everyone, and thank you for your time!

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Robert Mukes panel moderated by Genoveva Rossi at Monsters and Robots. Pic by Todd Staruch

Genoveva: Thank you all for reading another installment of A Life In Blood: Tales Of A Horror Queen! I hope you ghouls had as much fun as I did and stayed tuned for next month. Happy holidays!

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Robert Mukes panel moderated by Genoveva Rossi at Monsters and Robots. Pic by Todd Staruch

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Scare-a-thon

Yours in screams, Genoveva Rossi
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