A Life In Blood – Tales of A Horror Queen by Genoveva Rossi #5 – A Death House Special

A Life In Blood – Tales of A Horror Queen by Genoveva Rossi #5 – A Death House Special

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gendh5Shock and sadness ran threw the horror community in November 2015 when Gunnar Hansen died of pancreatic cancer. Horror fans all over the world mourned the passing of Leatherface, but Hansen was able to leave loyal fans with a parting gift: Death House.

What is Death House? It is an incredibly ambitious horror film written by Gunnar Hansen and director Harrison Smith. This film has been called “The Expendables of Horror” due to it’s spectacular casting choices: Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Sid Haig, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd, Barbara Crampton, Dee Wallace, Tom Savini, Bill Oberst Jr and more. Directed by Harrison Smith.

gendh1I am truly honored to have a cameo among such a talented cast and crew. It was great to spend some time on set with horror icon Kane Hodder. We have both been guests at the same cons a few times, but Death House is our first film together. While on set, Hodder said, “It is truly an honor to be in Death House. This is an amazing film.”

Michael Berryman and I previously worked together on a Sci-Fi thriller called Apocalypse Kiss and it was great to be in a film with him again.

“I was very proud to be a part of this film. Gunner was a good friend and the story is solid with a cast that includes many friends and the best actors in our genre. Harrison is a keen director with an editor’s eye as the scenes are composed. I know that this film will be well received.” -Michael Berryman

gendh3“Harrison Smith is an actor’s director with affection for our genre’s past and a real vision for its future. Gunnar Hansen would be very, very proud of what Harrison has done with DEATH HOUSE, and speaking as a life-long fan of classic horror, so am I.”
-Bill Oberst Jr.

A big thank you to “Scary” Sheri Fairchild and her husband Frank Nicosia. I have worked with both actors on a few film projects in the Buffalo area and Sheri reached out to tell me Death House was looking for more actors.

gendh4I was going through my own spiritual upheaval at the time. I had found my poor mother passed away of a sudden heart attack on Easter Sunday. That huge loss had left me shaken, but not beaten. My mother always said, “My daughter is tough” and lately I have been challenged to continue to prove her words right no matter the obstacle; even losing her so tragically. But God only gives us what he knows we can bear.

So I got in touch with the casting director of Death House and ended up on set in Philadelphia at the beautifully grotesque and haunting Holmesburg Prison. I had the good fortune of being in a scene with screen legends Barbara Crampton and Dee Wallace.

gendh2While on the set of Death House I was able to sit down and talk with producer Rick Finkelstein. He explained, “This film was started by Gunnar Hansen. It has really come together better than we ever imagined. We have the best locations, best cast, horror icons, and an amazing script.”

Even the location was perfect, Holmesburg Prison, which is part of the Philadelphia prison system. It’s history already sounds like a horror movie. For thirty years chemical companies tested on inmates with sometimes horrific results. Also the prison warden and assistant were murdered mere steps from where we conducted our interview.

gendh6Watch for Death House for it’s amazing cast, horrific special effects, and to see Gunnar Hansen’s last blood splattering performance. This film was Leatherface’s baby, it was Gunnar’s dying wish that Death House be finished, and made into a huge success in the genre. Horror fans are sure to enjoy this truly epic film. Finkelstein promises, “When you leave this film you will be questioning your own thought processes and concepts of good and evil.”

gendh7This article is dedicated to the memory of Gunnar Hansen and my mother.

New UK DVD & BluRay releases 28th April 2014

Hello and welcome to the new UK DVD & Blu Ray releases for the week commencing Monday April 28th 2014. The new releases are those that are genre releases, so anything from anime through sci-fi and horror with much more inbetween.

A good week for genre DVDs and Blurays with mentions for Arrow Video’s dual format release of Brian DePalmas classic Sisters, Lars Von Triers Nymphomaniac 1 & 2, Icon Home Entertainments release of Hammers Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell on BluRay, Child Of God starring James Franco and based on the Cormac McCarthy novel and finally Warwick Films Scooby-Doo inspired horror Saturday Morning Massacre . Plus there is much more out.

But RELEASE of the WEEK goes to Big Bad Wolves which is released by Metrodome and from Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.  A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

bigbadwolvesBig Bad Wolves (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

 

 

 

nymphoNymphomaniac 1 & 2 (DVD & BluRay) Artificial Eye

 

 

 

frankandthemonsterfromhellFrankenstein and the Monster From Hell (BluRay) Icon Home Entertainment

 

 

 

sistersSisters (Dual Format) Arrow Video

 

 

 

scarecrowScarecrow (DVD) Three Wolves Ltd

 

 

 

fairytailpart7Fairy Tale: Part 7 (DVD & BluRay) Manga Entertainment

 

 

 

girlsandpanzerbluGirls Und Panzer Collection (BluRay) MvM

 

 

 

astronautAstronaut (DVD) Second Sight

 

 

 

childofgodChild Of God (DVD) Signature Entertainment

 

 

 

bastardsBastards (DVD & BluRay) Artificial Eye

 

 

 

fatezeropart1Fate Zero: Part 1 Collectors Edition (DVD) Mvm

 

 

 

deathisawomanDeath is A Woman (DVD) Network

 

 

 

aloneAlone (DVD) Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

 

 

 

guiltycrownseries1part2Guilty Crown: Series 1 Part 2 (BluRay) Manga Entertainment

 

 

 

hillshaveeyes2bluThe Hills Have Eyes 2 (DVD & BluRay) Odeon Entertainment

 

 

 

saturdaymorningmassacreSaturday Morning Massacre (DVD) Warwick Films

 

 

 

theappearingThe Appearing (DVD) Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

 

 

 

theforgottenThe Forgotten (DVD) 101 Films

 

 

 

stormageddonStormageddon (DVD) New Horizon Films

 

 

 

blackeagleBlack Eagle (DVD) DVD Digital Distribution

 

 

 

ufochroniclescosmicwatergateUFO Chronicles: Cosmic Watergate (DVD) Weinerworld