Submissions for Grimmfest, 2-5 October 2014 now OPEN!

gf1Submissions for Grimmfest, 2-5 October 2014 now OPEN!

Ever dreamed of getting your movie shown at one of the UK’s leading Horror
Film Festivals as well as in cinemas, on DVD and VOD platforms all around
the world? We’ll here’s your chance! Submissions are open and we’re looking
for the best in Horror, Cult, Weird, and Fantastic movies for our early
October festival. If you think this applies to your very own cinematic
offspring, then we’d love to hear from you.

This year, for the first time, Grimm Up North, in partnership with Raven
Banner Entertainment will be offering a very special competition for all
submitted feature and short films.

gf3When you submit your film for festival consideration, you will also have
the option of entering our Grand Jury Competition. The feature film winner
will be afforded the incredible and unique opportunity of having their film
distributed in the UK by Grimm Entertainment and sold internationally by
esteemed genre specialist sales company, Raven Banner. We will also create
a Grimmfest 2014 compilation of the best shorts for UK distribution.

*EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 14th Feb – 25th April (Cost: Short £12.50. Feature
£35.00)*

*NORMAL DEADLINE: 25th April – 15th Aug (Cost: Short £15.00. Feature
£38.50)*

*EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15th Aug – 29th Aug (Cost: Short £20.00. Feature
£49.00)*

gf2*For more information on submissions for Grimmfest 2014 head to our
website.’ or visit HERE .

New UK DVD & BluRay releases 7th April 2014

Hello and welcome to the new UK DVD & Blu Ray releases for the week commencing Monday April 7th 2014. The new releases are those that are genre releases, so anything from anime through sci-fi and horror with much more inbetween.

Not a lot being released probably due to the fact that The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug will be everywhere but a few nice gems in here.

But release of the week is The Borderlands from director Elliot Goldner. A wonderful British horror with huge religious tones, great scares and an ending that is amazing. With Mark Kermode saying the last 15 minutes creeped him out so much he wanted to leave the cinema, and our own Dave Wain giving it a 9/10 and saying The Borderlands was “Startling and Unforgettable” (review HERE) then it really is a MUST SEE!

BorderlandsdvdThe Borderlands (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

 

 

 

hobbit2The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (DVD, BluRay, 3D) Warner Home Video

 

 

 

oldboydvdOldboy (DVD & BluRay) Universal Pictures UK

 

 

 

spidermantrilogysteelSpiderman Trilogy Steelbook (BluRay) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

 

 

sparksbluSparks (DVD & BluRay) Image Entertainment

 

 

 

pitstopbluPit Stop (Dual Format) Arrow Video

 

 

 

hemanHe-Man and The Masters of The Universe Series 1 & 2 (DVD) Uca

 

 

 

thelodgebluThe Lodge (BluRay) 101 Films

 

 

 

thehauntingofbatesmotelThe Haunting of Bates Motel (DVD) New Horizon Films

 

 

 

frombeneathdvdFrom Beneath (DVD) New Horizon Films

 

 

 

dexter1-8Dexter: Complete Seasons 1 – 8 (DVD Box Set) Paramount Home Entertainment

 

 

 

 

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace 10th Anniversary Event w/ Special Guests + Q&A. Manchester 18th May 2014

Darkplace-Web-724x1024Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace 10th Anniversary Event w/ Special Guests + Q&A

Date:  Sunday May 18th

Time: 15.00 – 20.00

Venue: Gorilla, Manchester

LIVE Q+A With MATTHEW HOLNESS + ALICE LOWE hosted by CHRIS HEWITT (Empire magazine)

Limited Availability Tickets Available from 10AM 4th April: HERE

Once upon a time in the 1980’s: author, dream weaver and visionary plus actor Garth Marenghi created a television show so profoundly groundbreaking that is was condemned to be ‘too subversive, too dangerous and too damn scary’ for the public’s innocent eyes. In 2004 it found a home, the only outlet courageous enough to screen only 6 of the original 50 or so episodes was televisual trail blazers of the time Channel 4.

Now 10 years later, Grimm Up North & Trof celebrate the historical airing of this boundary pushing piece of television with an 10th anniversary event, breaking new ground and daring to present all 6 of the televised episodes of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace on the big screen.

The show followed Dr. Rick Dagless M.D  (Matthew Holness), as he fights the forces of darkness while simultaneously coping with the pressures of day to day admin; aided by stars and commentators Todd Rivers (Matt Berry), Madeline Wool (Alice Lowe) & Doug Lerner (Richard Ayoade) the show delved into the hidden mystical depths of the real world, so much so that reportedly MI8, two levels above MI6 pulled the plug on the show as this ground breaking ethereal fiction got too close to the truth.

Also in attendance of this grand anniversary will be very special guests Matt Holness & Alice Lowe who will be taking part in a Live Q&A with Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt to shed some light on the legacy of Darkplace.

Info on new British feature Rat Catcher and Indiegogo information

rc1Press release for new feature Rat Catcher and Indiegogo funding page

Think Rambo. Think Deerhunter. Think Bourne…

We love making big things happen with small budgets… So we’re back, to make more cinematic magic but we need your help!

Following the successful global sales deal that we secured for our previous feature film Wasteland, we are back for more; producing a more ambitious film, with a slightly more sophisticated budget. We ALREADY have a number of distributors and sales agents lined up for negotiation on this film, so a large part of our battle is done…

We’ve got lots of videos listed in the ‘UPDATES‘ section of the site, that tells you everything you need to know about the budget and the content of the film… But for now, let us tell you all about RAT CATCHER.

 

Synopsis…

The three brothers have a close bond, that has broken in recent years because of their ill-made decisions. Now, after the death of their Dad, they’ve reunited and are making a conscious effort to bond by going away to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere on a testosterone-fuelled hunting trip.

Keen to move on to a new chapter, as a family, one brother want to wipe the slate clean. However, the trouble that the other brothers have caused at home has followed them there… Along with a current girlfriend who’s intentions are not as purely sexual as they appear at face value.

Their mission is to now get through this trip alive, protecting one another but fighting a gang of thugs as they go… It’s a hunting trip like no other, that has certainly taken a terrifying twist… Will they all survive? And how will it end?

rc2Why RAT CATCHER?

We are always inspired by films that get under your skin and make you think; keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. That’s what RAT CATCHER is about…

Three brothers take a hunting trip in a remote woodland. As they arrive for their long weekend away, they discover they are not the only ones on the hunt…

Script, Stunts and Sexual Direction?

With the direction from our very own Universal Studios trained Tom Wadlow and top fight and stunt choreographer Dr Ian Stapleton, RAT CATCHER promises superbly effective action, violence and with award winning scriptwriter Gavin Harrison to compliment the team, the twist in the tale promises to surprise even the most keen film fan.

 

Why help US?

We are creating 50+ jobs. We are encouraging independent film in the UK. We are developing talent. We are developing British business opportunities. With ambitions this big, what’s there not to love about what we’re doing here?

 

 

 

What We Need & What You Get

We’re well known for producing high ambition films on a very low budget. So why are we needing any money at all? There are plenty of reasons, that we have broken down below, but you will get something back EACH AND EVERY time you contribute… With perks ranging from signed props and signed DVDs to set visits (yep, you will meet celebs!) and personal/company advertising!

  • Our talented cast & crew need to be enticed with a financial reward to get them on board, this isn’t a significant amount however as the opportunity of working on this sort of project is substantial. But they still need a little help covering bills!
  • We will be causing things to ‘blow up’ in RAT CATCHER, whether this is done live or within the confines of a computer, it costs money
  • Our location is somewhat essential to the working of the film, it has a unique description and will therefore cost money
  • Props, guns and vehicles will all have a financial impact on the film; no matter how low budget, these sorts of things have to look right but more importantly need to follow a code of conduct
  • Insurance of the project: public liability, professional indemnity and relevant risk assessments
  • Marketing: We have proven that with the right marketing, a film can get the exposure it deserves. We are fortunate to have an excellent team of marketeers on our crew, but a lot of our efforts cost money.

 

 

The Impact

We have seen the incredible success of British films recently (12 Years a Slave and Gravity to name two).. But what does the future hold for British films?

  • Arts Council based funding is incredibly difficult to get and takes an incredibly long time to achieve
  • Your contribution will help give a team of talented artists an opportunity get recognised… You never know where they’ll end up! They could be the next Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Coleman or Martin Freeman!
  • We want you to be proud of what you’ve helped achieve… So that you can use it as an ice breaker in social situations and so that we can work together again!

 

 

Can’t contribute? Here’s how you can help anyway…

Do you have access to a social media account? Give us a Facebook or Twitter mention, and help us gain traction and maybe get #RATCATCHERthemovie trending! We are grateful for any help you can give to get us to our target…

Be sure to follow us on our social media pages:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RatCatcherTheMovie
Twitter – @ratcatchermovie

 

Thank you so much for spending your time reading our campaign! Wish us luck! 🙂

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Scream – The TV Show – MTV’s spin-off reveal characters & plot details

screamtv1It has been known for a while that MTV have been working on a TV spin-off for Scream, but yesterday it was announced (by Bloody Disgusting) that the man himself Wes Craven will be directing the pilot episode and also (on TVline) 4 central characters were revealed and are being cast at the moment with auditions currently taking place.

* Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been anointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

* Audrey Jesen: Harper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a film-maker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

* Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humour (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopaedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

* Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harbouring “a dark secret from her past.”

 

Wow here is hoping that something interesting can come of this, especially with Wes Craven steering things . And it seems that the Horror Genre is flooding TV at the moment what with Walking Dead, Hannibal, Bates Motel, The Following and many more so onwards and upwards and UKHS will keep you informed as the series develops .

Not of This World film night – Manchester 4th April – free entry

Mutant-Girls-Squad-2010-Movie-Image-2This Friday (April 4th 2014) we will be presenting the NOT OF THIS WORLD FILM NIGHT, at the Seven Oaks – Manchester. We will be showcasing the best and most bizarre in genre and exploitation cinema, with screenings of contemporary and recent films along with classics that you may or may never heard of (I use the term classic  loosely). Screening this week is the batshit crazy Japanese flick MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD (2010) from the makers of MACHINE GIRL and ROBO GEISHA, followed by NAIL GUN MASSACRE (1985) .
Films begin at 7.30pm, free entry, bar downstairs, at Seven Oaks pub in Chinatown,  5 Nicholas St, Manchester M1 4HL
Click on facebook event page link below, and check out IMDB.COM link to the films below and hope to see you at what should be a great night!

https://www.facebook.com/notofthisworldmanc

Event page-
https://www.facebook.com/events/1401838863419204/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD-
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590796/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

NAIL GUN MASSACRE
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089665/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Italian Home Invasion Film – Surrounded released on March 24th on itunes

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SURROUNDED”,

THE HOME-INVASION FLICK PRODUCED BY GABRIELE ALBANESI, NOW IS WORLDWIDE RELEASED ON iTUNES

 

Surrounded, the home-invasion thriller directed by Laura Girolami & Federico Patrizi and produced by Gabriele Albanesi, is coming out for a worldwide release on iTunes scheduled for March 24.

From this day Minerva Pictures will be release Surrounded through 67 nations on iTunes, included:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Greece, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

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24 hours in the life of a young teacher (Tatiana Luter) after her husband, a lawyer (Daniel Baldock), leaves for a business trip… Left alone in her country house completely isolated, she begins to be haunted by invisible and elusive presences, which besiege her more and more with the arrival of night. Will the woman live to see the light of day?

Trailer:

[youtube=www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec-JFz8jaNc]

 

More info:

www.gabrielealbanesi.com/surrounded

www.minervapictures.com

Italy – 2013 – Color – 84 ‘

 

DIRECTOR: Laura Girolami and Federico Patrizi
CAST: Tatiana Luter, Daniel Baldock, Emanuela Birocchi, James Sutton
SCREENPLAY: Laura Girolami and Federico Patrizi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dario Germani
ASSEMBLY: Laura Girolami and Federico Patrizi
ORGANIZATION: Arianna Carosi
ART DIRECTION: David Nataletti
MUSIC: Andrea Bellucci
COSTUMES: Joseph Cucinotta
SOUND: Paolo Giuliani
SOUND DESIGN & MIX: Gianfranco Tortora
MAKEUP: Manuela Caredda
SECRETARY OF ISSUE: Manuela Best
CHIEF ELECTRICIAN: Sebastian Vollaro
MACHINE OPERATOR: Cristiano De Vincenzi
ASSISTANT OPERATOR: Julius Contardi
COLOR CORRECTION: Andrea Gagliardi
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION: Giuseppe Mele
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Giorgia Of Life
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Gabriele Albanesi
PRODUCED BY: Gabriele Albanesi for GABRIELE ALBANIAN PRODUCTIONS
WORLD SALES: Minerva Pictures ([email protected])

Two Independent horror features Sacrament – The Film (2014) & The Lashman (2014)

Two Independent horror features . Sacrament – The Film (2014) & The Lashman (2014)

 

During the course of last week I had an interesting ‘discussion’ with someone online (clean out your mind, it wasn’t one of those types of online conversation) about a previous blog post of mine which was publicising an independent horror film production. I won’t name the film concerned, that would be unfair to those involved with it, besides which, it really isn’t important to name names. No, the ‘conversation’ that I had with the fool of an individual was in response to his comment about the type of film it is and the type of people that were involved in its making.

 

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Excellent slashing technique….

 

Now I’m all for freedom of opinion and the like, however what really riled me wasn’t the fact that he didn’t like the subject matter of the movie. It was more the frankly obnoxious and ill-informed opinion he had of the whole slasher genre and it’s film-makers. I’m paraphrasing here to protect the terminally stupid, but in essence his comments were something along the line of ” not another stupid slasher movie made by talentless filmmakers lacking in creativity or originality” and ” I will be avoiding the film at all costs”……. way to go with the open minded approach then matey.

 

I found his attitude rather annoying – to say the least. I may myself not be the greatest fan of the slasher movie, but opinions that completely dismiss and ridicule out of hand the work and commitment (not to say their own money) that independent horror filmmakers are prepared to go through frankly make me want to go all Friday the 13th on those suckers. We have enough dismissive ill-informed nonsense to put up with from people outside the horror genre without having to listen to brain-dead morons who would gladly dismiss the years of hard work, money and sheer blood (literally ) and guts needed to make a feature length movie.

 

So I was pleased that by pure coincidence that the day after informing the individual that he was a moronic elitist idiot I was contacted by not just one, but two indie film directors who were asking for a little bit of publicity for their respective productions. Both contacts sent me a brief synopsis of their movies, but I wanted a little more. Essentially I wanted to shed a bit more light than usual on just how much thought and work goes into your typical horror slasher type production.

 

So I decided for once to do something almost resembling a proper interview type thing and so proceeded to ask a series of my now legendary probing and cunning questions to the men behind the movies. So read on for a brief overview of the soon to be released films and a more detailed interview type thing that accompanies them. Hopefully both interviewees won’t mind the occasional amendments that I had to make as some of their responses where the spelling etc was from the American form (in other words, incorrect) to the UK versions of the words (in other words, correct).

 

Sacrament – The Film (2014)
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So first of all, the film itself…..

 

Leaving the city behind for a weekend of booze, bud and bonding at the coast, seven friends find themselves stranded en route to South Padre Island when a big storm interferes with their plans. The town of Middle Spring is more than happy to welcome them with open arms, however; located in the rhinestone buckle of the Bible Belt, Middle Spring is smack-dab in the middle of a big barbecue and tent revival and there’s always room at their table for a few more warm bodies.

 

Unfortunately, no one in Middle Spring is exactly who they seem to be. This town takes the Bible quite literally, and the friends have to stick together as time begins to run out and they realize that what’s on the menu may be closer to home than they suspected.

 

Sacrament stars Troy Ford, Avery Pfeiffer, Brittany Badali, Cassandra Hierholzer, Wesley Kimenyi, Amanda Rebholz, Henry Pao, Marilyn Burns, Ed Guinn, Richard Houghton, Joshua Cole Simmons. It was written by Shawn Ewert, along with Donna White, Amanda Rebholz, Josh Riggs. The screenplay is by Shawn Ewert and it’s produced by Donna White and Amanda Rebholz.

 

Interview with Director, writer, screen player, and all round annoyingly multi-talented Shawn Ewert. 

 

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Shawn (centre) showing the rest of
the crew who the boss is.

 

(Me) So for those who may not know much about you, tell us a little about yourself.

 

(Shawn) Born and raised in North Texas, I started writing short stories at a tender age. Following a deep love of film of every kind, I was encouraged by friends and professors to pursue my love of writing. Growing up during the heyday of the slasher film in the 80′s, I immediately developed an affinity for horror films that borders on obsession.

 

(Me) Who are your horror influences?

 

(Shawn) My biggest influence has to be Clive Barker. He is an amazing artist who works in multiple media. I try to push myself to at least attempt to work in any creative opportunity I am able. Beyond Clive – John Carpenter, George Romero, John Waters and Sam Raimi are a few that come to mind.

 

(Me) The production seems to have a few more complex themes than your normal run of the mill horror, so tell everybody about the plot of Sacrament the film.

 

(Shawn) Sacrament starts out with a familiar premise of a group of kids going off on holiday.

 

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There is some family tension for one of the leads, and the plan is to just get away and have a good time. The group lands themselves in a town where the populace takes ‘the body and the blood’ very literally. They have to do their best to get out of town before ending up on the chopping block as the town reveals itself to be run by religious cannibals.

 

(Me) I understand that you’ve recently had to deal with some controversy about another film using the same name as yours?

 

(Shawn) I don’t know that I would call it ‘controversy’ exactly. We have been working on getting this film made since 2011, and have been operating under the name ‘Sacrament’ for the majority of that time. Unfortunately, sometime during our production, a film called ‘The Sacrament’ was announced by a much more well-known director and producer. We decided it wasn’t right for us to have to change our name after operating under it for so long. The other film is actually scheduled for release the day before our film has its world premiere. It is what it is. Either way, we are probably going to have to change our name once we get to a point of talking distribution. It’s just unfortunate since the title works out so perfectly for our film.

 

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(Me) So what are the plans for the movie in terms of publicity and release?

 

(Shawn) Our world premiere will be June 7th in Dallas, Texas at the historical Texas Theatre. After the premiere, we will begin our film festival submissions, and begin talking to distributors in the US and abroad. We plan on travelling to as many of the festival screenings as possible to get a real impression of what people think of the film. It will be a first for many of us to head across the pond to the UK and Europe, so we are pretty excited.

 

Many thanks to Shawn for spending the time in coping with my incisive and thought provoking questions.

 

The FACEBOOK page for the movie can be found RIGHT HERE!!

 

The Lashman (2014)

 

Once again, a very brief account the film itself…..

 

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” Lashman is a tale of terror. When five friends set out for a weekend excursion, they soon realize their campfire tales have turned into their worst nightmares. The Lashman marks the feature length film debut of Cameron McCasland who wrote, produced, and directed the movie. McCasland honed his film making skills in television directing music videos as well as the award winning made for TV movie, The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special, and Go Green With Dr. Gangrene series of short films.”

 

The Lashman stars Stacey Dixon, Shawn C. Phillips, David Vaughn, Jeremy Jones, Kaylee Williams, Tim Emery, Lee Vervoort, David Chattham, Terry Gragg, Todd Bush, Alea Jordan, Joe Downing and Larry Underwood. The movie was shot on location in western Kentucky.

 

The trailer for the movie can be seen right HERE BABY!
Before I show the transcript of the interview I would simply like to say that if Stacey Dixon would like to send me a Facebook friend request I wouldn’t mind one little bit……..

 

Interview with writer, producer, director and another annoyingly multi-talented individual, Cameron McCasland

 

(Me) So for those who may not know much about you, tell us a little about yourself.

 

(Cam) My name is Cameron McCasland, I was born in Texas, but have lived and worked in Nashville,TN since 2001. I am a film director, and a story teller. I am the father of two amazing daughters, who keep me on my toes. If you are into classic horror you might have seen some of work with television horror host Dr. Gangrene. I tend to get noticed for my shiny red beard, and usually wear colourful sneakers.

 

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Cam as a kid, can anybody else see his imaginary friend?…..

(Me) Tell me about some of your horror influences?

(Cam) Where do I start with this one? Early on in life i was into cartoons like Masters Of The Universe, Thundercats, stuff like that. And they all had these great monsters that I was drawn to. I think the Universal monster movies stick out to me as one of the earliest influences. I grew up in a home that was fairly conservative. My parents rarely watched horror films, and it just wasn’t something I had a lot of access to at first. We did however watch a lot of classic movies, and my parents were encoring of the arts in general. But one year there was a Universal Monster movie marathon on cable and I spent an entire weekend going through all of those old black & white films. I was mesmerised. The following summer we took a trip to Universal Studios on vacation. We saw the Bates Motel and Psycho house, Jaws jumped out of the water, I was in the Back To The Future show…but the thing that stuck out the most was seeing the Frankenstein Monster. He locked on me, and it made me really happy. I have this great photo of him choking me, and I can still feel the way it felt on my neck. That sold me on horror movies.

Going forward I sampled all the best slashers, and honestly all the worst as well. Carpenters Halloween is still the bench mark for me, and I adore Evil Dead 2, but don’t we all at this point? I am really thankful though that I wasn’t able to see this stuff too early in life. I think some true classics get glossed over by a lot of film makers and movie fans alike just for being shot in Black & White.

 

(Me) So, what exactly is the plot of The Lashman?

 

(Cam) The Lashman is a campfire tale. A group of friends get together for one last hurrah before they have to go their separate ways in life. Little do they know there weekend excursion will turn into a nightmare.The thing is, I wasn’t trying to reinvent the wheel here. Quiet the opposite really. I wanted to play up some of the tropes of the slasher film, but kind of ground it again. The hey day for these type of movies was in the 1980’s. Everything from Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, Maniac, The Burning, etc. What followed was a glut of similar films, and everyone wanted to one up the last one with more nudity, more ridiculous kills, and if you were lucky you could get a killer that looked cool or had a gimmick. But at a certain point they really kind of stopped being scary, and no really cared about the characters (the campers) as much as they cared about the guy in the mask. They became chum for the beast. I tried to use that knowledge to my advantage and make something that feels like one of the earlier ones before all the sequels and trips into space made it a parody of themselves.(Me) Let’s say for arguments sake that I’m not the greatest fan of slasher movies. How is The Lashman going to change my mind?

(Cam) I think the characters in the movie will make it scary for you. They have time to breathe, and the audience gets a chance to know them a bit. It’s sort of a slow burn to the mayhem, but we deliver on that in a big way I believe. By the end you’ll be saying “i don’t really dig slasher films, but I love Lashman.”

 

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Looks legit……..

 

(Me) I understand that most of the movie was shot around three years ago. Why the delay between filming and post production of the film?

(Cam) Well, I ran into a few personal problems. The first year was anticipated. We shot the principal cast in August of 2010. Shawn C. Phillips came in from Baltimore right before he moved out to San Diego California. Kaylee Williams came to the project last minute and was in from Chicago where she lives. David Vaughn and Jeremy Jones were both living in Nashville when we started the project as was Stacey Dixon. Since then Jeremy has moved down to Louisiana and David is out in Hollywood doing great work. I’m really proud of him.

We actually started on Friday the 13th in August 2010 and I shot the final scene of the movie 11 days later on my Birthday August 24th. I came back and did some re shoots with Todd Bush, Terry Gragg, and Tim Emery a few weeks later. And then the leaves changed. So we started piecing the movie together, but had not shot the opening of the film yet. Alea Jordan and Joe Downing joined the cast and we shot that a year later, and I celebrated a second birthday at Copper Canyon Ranch.

My marriage was in pretty rough shape. And less than two weeks later my children and I moved out and I separated from my now ex-wife. The divorce was a rough one. And I was doing the everyday single parent thing as my children were living with me. I got really sick during all that, and nearly lost my arm to an infection. It was a lot of dark days. The movie got tied up in the legal parts of the divorce, and my head was in a really strange place. The divorce wasn’t finalised until August of 2013. All in all it was for the best. I’m much happier now, and my children are well loved. I think both myself and their mother want whats best for them. And I have someone in my life now who loves me, and is supportive. In that regard life is good.

 

And the wait isn’t all bad. During all of that bad news I did find some time to go back and do some pick up shots that we didn’t necessarily need, but give the movie a little more oomph. We were able to do some work on the sound which was initially horrid as we had shot during the 7 year cicada cycle in Kentucky.

 

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 Kaylee Williams & Stacey Dixon – honest to god, 

what’s not to like?

 

 I also found Thomas Berdinski, who composed our soundtrack. I had talked to a few composers, and wasn’t happy with what I was hearing. Its hard to explain how the best slasher movie soundtracks sound, but even more so how they make you feel as a fan of the movie. Thomas totally got that from the jump. We spoke a little about influences, and the things i liked. I hummed this melody and the guy just went off and made this amazing score out of that. It blew my mind.

(Me) So what are your plans for the movie in terms of publicity and release?

(Cam) Well its funny, because had we released this 3 years ago It would have been simple. Put out a DVD, and hope the video stores pick it up. But now the video stores don’t exist anymore, and people don’t collect DVDs the way they used to. So we have to be a bit broader.

I had always planned to tour the movie, and still do. The obvious stuff is play at film festivals, and at genre conventions. That’s what everyone does. But I’m wanting to take it out on the road and just screen it to whomever will watch. I’m not opposed to playing movie theatres, but the rental cost don’t make it really effective sometimes. So I want to do house parties, and bonfires, and play it in bars. That type of thing. Treat it like a punk rock band. Some places you charge admission, while others we may just pass around the hat and hope for the best. In my mind DVD is where movies go to die these days. Once its on DVD people stop talking about it. Its just a thing that happened and it gets filed away on a shelf.

But at some point we will do a DVD. And I’m looking into all kinds of streaming options. I expect it get bootlegged. Not that I want it to, but I know what the times are and I’m not letting it break my heart. I just hope that for the people that do steal it, that you will tell friends about it and toss in a few bucks to me or other indie film makers going forward. Buy a t-shirt or toss a few bucks at a crowd funding campaign. Help us feed out families and support the stuff you like.

And for people who really want to watch slashers in their most classic format, VHS. I think we may have some cool news for them in a few weeks.

 

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(Me) Hey, thanks for the detailed and interesting insight into your world, mate. All the very best with the future with the movie.

 

(Cam) Thanks!

I’ll be checking daily my Facebook friend requests Stacey!

 

The Lashman is set for a world premiere Saturday April 19th 2014 at the 13th Annual Full Moon Horror Film Festival In Nashville, TN Members of the cast and crew will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. The Lashman is currently booking dates on the festival circuit, and setting out for a touring roadshow. For more information on the premiere screening please visit http://www.fullmooninc.net/

 

You can find the Lashman on facebook at facebook.com/lashmanmovie or on twitter @LashmanFilm

 

 
I can’t say anything about the movies as yet for obvious reasons – but I give their drive and commitment 10/10.

A Year in The ‘Knife’ of A Low-Budget Horror Filmmaker: February

mjfeb1A YEAR IN THE ‘KNIFE’ OF A LOWBUDGET HORROR FILMMAKER : FEBRUARY

February is a strange month for anyone really, it’s your follow through month. All the things you promised yourself you’d change in the New Year are either cast aside or pushed forward with conviction. I think being an indie filmmaker is kind of like that all year round, you need to keep conviction and follow through to make sure that things get done and more importantly, finished.

mjfeb2This month I’ve been working feverishly on making sure that our latest feature Legacy Of Thorn is ready for its cast and crew premiere on February 28th. The film was supposed to be finished in October, however after our sound guy bailed in September with no notice. We spent 2 months trying to replace him, which only wasted more time, before I bit the bullet and took over sound duties myself once again.

This of course knocked the film back by about another 2 months, during this time I made the choice to add a mid credits sequence and that of course set us back a little bit longer, since October I have left the house about 6 times, it took over our Christmas, our New Year and countless other important things, but on Friday the film locked with everything in place and is now ready for its screening only one week before it’s premiere.

mjfeb3I couldn’t have done it without conviction, I had to knuckle down and just push through, it was tough, but that is the difference between a finished movie and an abandoned one. I learned the hard way with my first film that if you don’t take charge then it can slip away too easily and as a result that caused my first film Creepsville a delay of nearly 5 years. My point is that things go wrong, and like with resolutions, when things get tough, it’s easy to push it to the wayside and give up and that’s fine as long as you’re willing to accept defeat.

mjfeb4The price for that, though, is not finishing whatever it is you started. Sometimes you can’t make that an option. You have to have belief in yourself and your abilities in order to succeed in the movie industry, or almost any other industry, and some days that’s tough, especially when you feel like you’ve already given all you’ve got.

Yet in the end you have to remind yourself of one thing. Yeah, some days you work 20 hours and find yourself getting nowhere and some days…Well you get to spend your days pulling people’s heads off and crushing them til their eyes pop out. MJ

 

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The Tour – A Short Film starring Jessica Cameron !

tourSoon we will be having (courtesy of Dean Sills) with Damon Rickard. So then why not do a small article on the short film that is currently in the funding process which will be directed by Damon (and Alex Mathieson).

So I introduce The Tour .

 

Short Summary

 

The Tour is going to be a 10-15 minute horror film made by horror fans for horror fans but don’t worry, it will also appeal to those who just like a good scare.

This is the story of Darkmoor Manor, a house with a history so steeped in death it has gained the reputation of the most haunted house in England.

Closed to the public and now part of a local tour, the tour guide offers to give two American backpackers a  personal viewing, a side of England not available in a guide book. Desperate to get closer to the dark secrets buried with its victims, they accept, but do not expect the full horrors that await them inside Darkmoor Manor. Sometimes secrets are best left buried.

A mix of genres, The Tour will make you laugh, in the right places, as well as hold on tight to the edge of your seat.

The Tour will star two wonderful actresses

jessicacameronJessica Cameron (IMDB) – Margie

Jessica is currently touring with her directorial debut Truth or Dare which has been winning a variety of awards across the horror festivals including those for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film.

She can also be seen in Silent Night, Intrusive Behaviour, A Grim Becoming, The Black Dahlia Haunting and To Jennifer among many others. She also had a recurring role on the hit comedy in the States, Brides of Beverly Hills.

AND

heatherdorffHeather Dorff (IMDB) – Cassie

This will not be the first time Heather and Jessica have worked together with them having most recently working on Truth or Dare.  Heather can also be seen in Urban Legends, Dark Realm and Yellow, among many others.

The Tour will be shooting in the UK and currently have a great Indiegogo page , where you can donate and they currently have some amazing perks where you can appear as an extra or even as a corpse !!

So please check out the Indiegogo page and help if you can , just a share of this article or of the funding page will be a HUGE help , as this is a small indie short film.

INDIEGOGO PAGE HERE 

And here is a little info from the directors!!

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