7 items from 2015
Horror meets hilarity in award-winning Gregory Blair’s new film Garden Party Massacre and cast members Dawna Lee Heising and Vida Ghaffari reveal a little bit about the project and their characters in this interview filmed at the City Beat Live mixer August 1st, 2015.
Garden Party Massacre tells the riotous tale of a friendly backyard gathering that goes hilariously awry when an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude. Vida Ghaffari plays Reena, the sassy fashionista Reena and Dawna plays Melanie—“the Milf from hell”.
Directed by Ryan Wise
2015, USA / Canada /Finland / Sweden
Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are often associated with masculinity, aggression, and machismo but even by Heavy metal standards, the artist known as Thor (a.k.a. Jon Miki Thor) is an absolute beast!
The Norse god impersonator, semi-professional bodybuilder, performance artist, b-movie actor, and all-around nice guy is the subject of I Am Thor, an 84 minute documentary by director Ryan Wise which shines some insight into Thor’s wild life and documents his long-running come back. With a music career spanning five decades, Thor is one of the legends of rock-n-roll that not enough people know exists —and hopefully this film will change that. 15 years in the making and I Am Thor is finally here, and totally worth the wait.
I’ve seen some remarkable screenings over my 19 years of attending the Fantasia Film Festival. I’ll never forget the enthusiastic, »
The horror comedy genre has seen many lauded entries over the years, from Mel Brooks’ 1974 feature Young Frankenstein to the 2010 film Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. The latest entry in the sub-genre comes from New Zealand, as writer-director Jason Lei Howden makes his feature film debut with Deathgasm. The film’s synopsis is below.
A pack of metalhead outcasts in a small New Zealand town form a band and make the mistake of performing accursed riffs off an ancient page of sheet music, releasing total hell on their hated suburban neighbourhood. They may not love their neighbours, but they’d also prefer not to be responsible for the end of the world. Blood will spray, pinch harmonics will shriek, monsters will annihilate, and the most balls-out heavy metal horror/comedy you could ever imagine is about to shake your foundations. Bang. Your. Heads.
The film will be playing at the upcoming Fantasia International Film Festival, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Anyone remember Party of Five? Exactly the same as Dawson’s Creek but without those homely qualities of a Katie Holmes or Michelle Williams. It aired on Channel Four in the Nineties, convincing Miramax producers that casting Neve Campbell in Scream was a good idea. Providing her with a means to pay the mortgage for twenty years and three subsequent sequels.
Initially championed by Wes Craven maker of original Nightmares on Elm Street. Scream was touted as a revisionist reinvention. That most post-modern of commodities known as the tongue in cheek slasher movie. A nudge, nudge, wink, wink wake up call for an outdated genre. Written by Kevin Williamson who went on to pen The Faculty for Robert Rodriguez, Scream is still heralded as a benchmark today. Spawning numerous copycat flicks including I Know What You Did Last Summer, »
- Gary Collinson
Finding the perfect blend between horror and humor is one hell of a trick, one that more times than not, backfire quite badly. There’s a balance that has to be perfectly teetered, or if one is courageous enough, they decide that they know just what kind of magic they have in their hands and they focus the majority of the film on one of those elements, gambling if it will turn out decent. Viet Nguyen’s gut-bustingly funny Crush The Skull is that kind of film, one that knows that it’s strength lies in its humor, and in turn offers up a horror/comedy story that will definitely please.
Co-written by Nguyen and Chris Dinh (who stars in the film), Crush The Skull isn’t a film that spends much time playing around, or better yet, spends All of its time playing around, but in a way that works for the film, »
- Jerry Smith
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.
My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »
- Derek Anderson
7 items from 2015
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