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Tim Sullivan: A Christmas Treat

21 December 2009 5:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

‘Tis the season to start feeling jolly, so here’s an old holiday short film from horror maestro Tim Sullivan, A Christmas Treat. In fact, this is Sullivan’s first short film directed back when he was an Nyu student back in the ’80s. It’s a really well done short with a nice, slow set-up and a terrific punchline. It reminds me a lot of the old Tales From the Darkside TV show, which would have been a contemporary at the time this was produced.

I don’t think I’ve written about Tim Sullivan on Bad Lit before, but he’s one helluva nice guy and a wonderful horror movie director. There are two films by him you need to check out if you haven’t already. The first is 2001 Maniacs, an updating of the Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter classic that stars the legendary Robert Englund and the wonderfully quirky Giuseppe Andrews, »

- Mike Everleth

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J.D. Lifshitz is Ready to be Killed on the Fourth of July

29 November 2009 11:09 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It was just a few short months ago that we had the honor of meeting teenage horror uber-fan J.D. Lifshitz. We were at a Fango convention, and this dude knew how to light up a room with his enthusiasm. Horror fans are a rare breed, and usually when we put our minds to something, we set out to get it done. At just 17 years old the kid has begun living the dream, and it's with great pleasure and pride that we let you guys know that his very first film, Killed on the Fourth of July, will be slashing its way to your home soon.

Fangoria just put up an incredibly in-depth article about J.D. and his film that's riddled with behind-the-scenes stuff, and you really should follow the above link and check it out. Such an amazing story!

Killed on the Fourth of July was written and »

- Uncle Creepy

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Terrifyingly Gnarly # 19 - Teenage Filmmaker Jd Lifshitz Gets Killed On The 4th Of July

26 November 2009 2:34 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

So it’s April. It’s the Los Angeles stop of this past year’s Fango Weekend of Horrors. In the midst of experiencing L.A. and being so close to this horror industry for the first time, I’m standing at the Fangoria booth just kind of throwing words around with attendees and colleagues, about movies, music, comics and well, geek stuff.

Up to the table comes the young J.D. Lifshitz, who, now 17, was a 16 year old kid in a short sleeved button down, a baseball cap and surprising knowledge of all things horror (it’s nice when the kids have had some history lessons). After high fiving over many joint favorite films and the fact that we’re both from New York, J.D. tells me about his slasher script, which he’s all gung ho that he’ll make. I tell him if he ever gets »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Sam Zimmerman)

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Icons Friend Tim Sullivan to Replace Gunn on Scream Queens 2

19 November 2009 2:39 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Great news for Icons of Fright friend Tim Sullivan!  According to VH1, the director of 2001 Maniacs and Icons contributor with his Shock And Roll series, is set to replace James Gunn in the channel's Scream Queens 2 reality show.  Gunn directed scenes on-camera for the show, which acts as a contest for potential screamers, with the ultimate prize being a role in the next Saw film.  Season One's winner Tanedra Howard appeared in Saw VI (perhaps she would've been happier with a role in Paranormal Activity). 

Read VH1's official press release below:

 

Scream Queens 2 will take a new cadre of 10 aspiring actresses and give them the chance to win a breakthrough role in Saw 3D, the next film in Lionsgate’s Saw horror franchise. The reality competition series is produced by Lionsgate and Joke Productions, Inc. and is slated to premiere in 2010.

Season one winner Tanedra Howard was »

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Scream Queens 2: Jaime King and Tim Sullivan Join In / Winner Receives Role in Saw 3D

19 November 2009 12:29 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With James Gunn moving on to other things, the question beckoned: Who would be at the helm of this season's "Scream Queens" for VH1? It didn't take long for the answer to come.

From the Press Release

Scream Queens 2” will take a new cadre of 10 aspiring actresses and give them the chance to win a breakthrough role in “Saw 3D,” the next film in Lionsgate’s “Saw” horror franchise. The reality competition series is produced by Lionsgate and Joke Productions, Inc., and is slated to premiere in 2010.

Season One winner Tanedra Howard was featured in the coveted and iconic “opening trap” scene in “Saw VI,” playing the character “Simone.” Due to her breakout performance and significant storyline, she is also expected to appear in future Lionsgate productions, a major coup for the previously undiscovered actress.

This season’s cast will once again be put through a horror film boot camp with intense physical challenges, »

- Uncle Creepy

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A Slew Of Pics From Tim Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams

27 October 2009 10:08 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Although I’m probably in the minority on this one, I’m of the belief that “Driftwood” director Tim Sullivan’s over-the-top 2005 horror/comedy “2001 Maniacs,” though stupid from its underbite to its ingrown toenails, is solid entertainment. Do keep in mind, however, that there’s absolutely no accounting for taste. Unless I’ve grossly underestimated the film’s fanbase, I’m sure most of you couldn’t care less about the much-delayed follow-up “Field of Screams,” a title which may or may not change between now and the time this thing finally gets released. At one point, the film was called “2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys,” as well as “2001 Maniacs: The Sequel.” What keeps me from being overly excited about the project is the complete absence of legendary horror icon Robert Englund. I know they’ve hired Bill Moseley to carry the proverbial torch, but as you well know, Moseley is certainly no Robert Englund. »

- Todd

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Bill Moseley talks 2001 Maniacs sequel; exclusive photo

27 October 2009 10:07 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Fango caught up with fave actor Bill Moseley at the recent Rock and Shock convention in Worcester, Ma, where he talked up his role as Mayor Buckman (as seen in the exclusive pic below) in Tim Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams. Moseley took over for Robert Englund, who portrayed Buckman in the previous Maniacs, “and those are very big shoes to fill,” he tells us.

“My Buckman isn’t as debonair as Robert’s,” Moseley continues. “His has a certain suavity that mine lacks. Mine is just a little more rough-and-tumble, and mean and vicious.”

In the sequel, which we last reported on here, Buckman leads the bloodthirsty residents of Pleasant Valley, Ga to slaughter a bunch of reality-tv people who seek to exploit them. “We shot it this summer in Iowa right on the banks of the Missouri River,” says Moseley, pictured with Ryan Fleming and Sullivan. “We »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Gay Of The Dead 25: Big Bear Horror Film Festival Recap—Part 1

26 October 2009 3:24 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

As I drove up the winding mountain road to Big Bear, CA in the pitch-black night, I wondered, “What’s gay about the Big Bear Horror Film Festival?” Answer: just about everything.

What I didn’t realize before arriving was that a large homo contingent would be in attendance. In fact, there were so many gays in this tiny mountain village, to write “out gay ____” before each name I mention would be a chore. So I’m going to denote all the gay up in Big Bear with a “*”.

The Backstory: Several months ago Bbhf founder Michael Coulombe* pinged me via this blog with some very preliminary info on the fest. Sensing an opportunity to spread my super-important opinions around, I offered myself up as a judge for the festival. Realizing what a publicity juggernaut this blog can be, he immediately said, “Yes!” and I was on board.

Over the next couple months, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Sean Abley)

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New Hi-Res Images from '2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams'

22 October 2009 1:24 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Yesterday we revealed that Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs Beverly HELLBILLYSwas officially retitled to 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Scream, now we've not only got the official press release, but we've also scored an exclusive look at three new hi-res stills from the pic starring Bill Moseley, Lin Shaye, Nivek Ogre, Courtney Peldon, Ashley Peldon, Adam Robitel, Ahmed Best, Trevor Wright, Andrea Leon, Ryan Fleming, Dylan Edrington, Christa Campbell, Amy Baniecki and even Tony Todd. The next installment of the widely popular 2001 Maniacs franchise will be making its screening debut at this years American Film Market to be held November 4th thru 11th in Santa Monica, Ca. Retitled 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams, the film was written and directed by Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood) and was financed by Social Capital Films and Tax Credit Finances, LLC of Rhode Island. More »

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Tim Sullivan's Driftwood Premiering on Chiller 9/11 @ 10Pm!

10 September 2009 6:58 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Have you guys checked out Tim Sullivan's follow-up to 2001 Maniacs, Driftwood? If not, it's a great little film you should check out and it'll actually be premiering on Chiller TV this Friday September 11th at 10Pm. Below is the full press release about the airing! Check it:

Tim Sullivan’s teen ghost story Driftwood will be making its network premiere on NBC Universal’s Chiller network Friday, September 11th at 10 Pm.

The Story: Riddled with guilt over the loss of his rock star older brother, 16 year old David Forrester (Ricky Ullman) becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an "Attitude Adjustment Camp for Troubled Youths" run by the sadistic Captain Doug Kennedy (Diamond Dallas Page) and his brutal young henchman, Yates (Talan Torriero). Once there, David becomes haunted by the spirit of Jonathan (Connor Ross), a former inmate who met a mysterious end »

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First Look Photos: 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys

14 August 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

As we revealed just the other day , principal photography is complete on Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hillbillys with Bill Moseley playing the role of Mayor Buckman. Moseley heads an ensemble cast that includes Nivek Ogre ( Repo! The Genetic Opera ), returning 2001 Maniacs co-stars Lin Shaye and Christa Campbell, Ahmed Best ( Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ), Trevor Wright ( Shelter ) and telenovela vixen Andrea Leon ( Hood of Horror ). Sullivan rolled cameras on the sequel in Iowa. Chris Tuffin returned to produce. "Over the years I was approached many times to write and direct a sequel, but I waited until we not only had a storyline that served as a worthy successor to "2001 Maniacs", but also the creative freedom to push the envelope open even »

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2001 Maniacs Sequel Wraps Production! Beverly Hellbilly's On The Way!

14 August 2009 12:11 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Filmmaker Tim Sullivan has just wrapped production on the sequel to 2001 Maniacs, titled 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbilly's. Word first came from the film's recently launched Facebook page. (Check it Here!) Now, we've got the official press release below clarifying the cast for the new flick. Check it below:

Maniacs Move To “Beverly” - “Devil’s Rejects” Star Steps Into Mayor’s Shoes in Franchise Reboot

"For Immediate Release: August 13th, 2009- Cult film veteran Bill Moseley (“House of 1,000 Corpses“) has just completed filming his role as Mayor Buckman in director Tim Sullivan’s latest installment of the horror/comedy franchise “2001 Maniacs”. The film, titled “2001 Maniacs:Beverly Hellbillys”, was shot entirely on location in Iowa.

According to Sullivan and producer Christopher Tuffin, it is as much a wild re-imagining of the preceding films as a sequel to them. Their intention was to raise the stakes beyond the ordinary glut of by-the-numbers horror releases to create a smart, »

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First Images: 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys

13 August 2009 7:49 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just a few days after the teaser art for 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys dropped, we've now gotten our hands on the official word concerning Tim Sullivan's sequel and the first ever stills for you guys to dig on!

So the big question on everyone's mind has been will Robert Englund be reprising his role? The short answer is no, but in his place will be none other than Bill Moseley!

According to Sullivan and producer Christopher Tuffin, this entry is as much a wild re-imagining of the preceding films as a sequel to them. Everyone's intention was to raise the stakes beyond the ordinary glut of by-the-numbers horror releases to create a smart, genre-defying feature that pushes every limit to the extreme. Tuffin compares Maniacs to an episode of “South Park” or “The Simpsons” in the sense that Maniacs is nothing less than a carnival house mirror held up to American culture. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Horrorwood Babbles On: Forrest J Ackerman - Alive and Well in Fandom!

12 July 2009 10:28 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Finally, we take a breath, clear the cobwebs of mourning and peek out from beneath the shadows to find out how the late Forrest J Ackerman continues to do us good. At genre conventions from coast to coast, fans and friends pay tribute to the grand old man who made us monsters!

Ken-tucky? Yep, they Ken!

Any horror fan, young or old, who’s in it for the scare-making arts, crafts and monster makers, Must experience Wonderfest. I flew over the cool greenery and picturesque graveyards of Louisville, Kentucky to attend the first Con I’ve been to without Uncle Forry by my side. While most travelers rushed to the baggage claim to pick up luggage and trot off to watch horses run some derby, I was there for the monsters!

In its 20th year, Wonderfest is a gathering place for modelers. Make that “Super-modelers.” Builders, sculptors, painters, collectors, you name it! »

- GoJoeMoe

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Ogre and still more “final” guests added to La Fango con

12 April 2009 7:31 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

We thought we were finished, but everybody wants to come to our scary shindig next week! Legendary Skinny Puppy singer Nivek Ogre (a.k.a. Oghr) and a few more notable genre folks have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa).

Ogre will appear with his Repo! The Genetic Opera cast and crew on Sunday. The singer played Pavi Largo in the cult horror/rock musical. The latest bonus guests (hey, we are running out of room!) include:

Greydon Clark: cult director of Without Warning, Satan’S Cheerleaders, Wacko, Black Shampoo and Dance MacAbre (signing at Hollywood Book & Poster table)

Tim Thomerson: fan favorite from Near Dark, Trancers, Dollman, Nemesis and new War Wolves and Live Evil (the latter screening at the con; Thomerson will »

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Lost Boys singer G Tom Mac w/ Corey Haim at L.A. Fango Con!

11 April 2009 8:35 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Los Angeles Weekend of Horrors just keeps getting better, with so many guests being added (and some day-of surprises in-store!) that we can barely keep up here at Fango HQ! The latest addition to the West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa) is G Tom Mac, the writer and voice of "Cry Little Sister" from The Lost Boys. He'll be joined with star Corey Haim at the event on Sunday, April 19th!

The most recent announcement of Fango terror talent includes:

Roddy Piper  Wrestler/They Live star previews new film A Gothic Tale; also appearing: Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (Sunday)

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler »

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Roddy Piper and a ton more guests added to La Fango con

10 April 2009 2:50 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Wrestler/They Live star Roddy Piper and a ton more genre stars have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Piper will appear with his daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (formerly Little F*Cker), on Sunday to discuss their respective new fright films (also screening at the con), including Piper’s new anthology A Gothic Tale (pictured).

The additional, perhaps final, windfall of Fango terror talent includes:

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler (panel on Sunday; signing all three days at Hollywood Book & Poster tables)

Christa Campbell: star of 2001 Maniacs and Day Of The Dead, signing free posters from her new »

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Drag Me To Hell stars doin’ La Fango con

8 April 2009 10:06 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Drag Me To Hell actors Justin Long and Lorna Raver (Fango #283’s cover girl!) have joined the lineup of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Long (of the Jeepers Creepers films and Live Free Or Die Hard) and Raver (a TV actress who has logged time on Star Trek: Voyager, Charmed and Weeds) will join director Sam Raimi on Friday at the show.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel »

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Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) and Skumlove to sign Schecter Guitars at La Fango Con!

8 April 2009 8:15 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Prong mainman Tommy Victor, who was recently interviewed by Fangoria (read it here) will be appearing at Fangoria's Weekend Of Horrors in Los Angeles, April 17-19, 2009. Victor, who recently toured with both Ministry and Danzig, will see the release of Prong's Power Of The Damn Mixxxer (read our review) on May 12th, 2009 via 13th Planet Records.

Tommy will be appearing at the Schecter Guitar Research booth for signing sessions throughout the weekend, along with Skumlove, who's new album The Church Of The New Perversion was recently recorded and co-written with Victor.

Music from Skumlove's past album Songs Of Lust And Corrosion were featured on the Award winning Horror-Porn DVD "Grub Girl" and the B-style horror movie Intermedio starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) and Amber Benson (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer).

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include: • Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, »

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Orphan/House Of Wax director doin’ La Fango con

6 April 2009 1:49 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

House Of Wax remake director Jaume Collet-Serra (pictured below) has joined the line-up of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Attending Sunday, the Barcelona-born Collet-Serra will be previewing his new chiller Orphan at the show. The Warner Bros./Dark Castle picture, about an evil child, opens July 24.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel The Scarlet Gospels

Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Eaten Alive ’Salem’S Lot, »

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