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The cast of Angel: 10 years on

Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00

Sarah digs into the post-Angel careers of David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Charisma Carpenter and more...

It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.

The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you
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Exclusive: Director Michael A. Nickles Talks Playback Starring Christian Slater

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Shock Till You Drop caught up with Michael A. Nickles and got his insight on his inspiration for his latest film Playback.

Nickles talked with us about the true events that inspired some of the film’s script, his previous entry in the horror genre Xii, his biggest inspirations in the horror world, and his eventual plans to return to horror cinema.

You can check Playback out in theatres March 9th, or you can watch it now through its pre-release via VOD.

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Playback and An Early Cut: A Movie Review

Director: Michael Nickles.

Writers: Michael Nickles

Cast: Johnny Pacar, Ambyr Childers, Christian Slater, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Toby Hemingway, and Jennifer Missoni.

Did you know that one of the actors who plays a highschooler in Playback is thirty-one years old? Some kids get held back for several years in Michael Nickles' (Xii) latest film, Playback. Other random trivia involving this film is the quality: it is poor. Poor transitions between scenes, a floating disjointed soundtrack, and some really dark night shoots put this film in very bad territory. A story of the devil possessing souls through videotape does not even help.

The story begins: several friends begin shooting a film project for a journalism class. Their material is taken from a murder case occurring in the '90s that left four people dead. After doing more and more research, Julian (Johnny Pacar) discovers something about himself and something about the devil.
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Xii and A Bloody Form of Justice: A Movie Review

*Here be spoilers.

Director/writer: Michael A. Nickles.

Xii is a film that as completed in 2008 by director Michael A. Nickles (Hamburger Hill). This film released in the UK earlier this year, with a North American release uncertain. The director has stated here on 28Dla about this project that: "it is a female empowerment movie" (interview here). Yet, Xii shows that finding that female power requires a walk down a long bloody road. In the film, at least eleven people succumb to the brutal serial killer Karlsson and the way they die is through skinning. The film is initially tense, but very graphic near the end, as Karlsson goes about his macabre work, speechless. Viewers will also be speechless when they see this killer's handiwork.

In brief, twelve jurors have convicted Leonard Karlsson of child sexual abuse. In jail Karlsson is mutilated by the other prisoners. Understandably, after he is
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DVD Review: Twelve (Xii)

Twelve (Xii)

Stars: Steven Brand, Michael Leydon Campbell, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Emily Hardy, Vanessa Long, Mercedes McNab | Written and Directed by Michael A. Nickles

Leonard Karlsson, convicted for an unspecified crime against a minor is released on parole after five years. Horribly disfigured by other inmates whilst in prison, his face horribly mutilated, he seeks revenge on the 12 jurors who convicted him.

Michael Nickles’ film is a fairly standard horror flick, that while not reinventing the wheel, does come up with flashes of invention within a tried and tested formula.

The opening credits deal with both Karlsson’s crime, conviction and the attack on his person. Glitchy, stylistic, it never specifies exactly what he was accused of, or even if he was guilty. A character later refers to him as a “baby fucker”, but none of the jurors ever discuss the case. It’s a canny decision, preventing unneccesary exposition and
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Twelve (Xii) DVD Review

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An opening montage sets up the plot of Twelve (aka Xii), although not in a particularly substantial or satisfying way. Leonard Karlsson is a man convicted (rightfully or wrongly) of an unspecified crime involving children and, whilst in prison, his face is mutilated by fellow inmates. Upon release Leonard decides to kidnap and skin the faces of the twelve jurors who sealed his fate, replicating the torture he received.

After the somewhat dark opening montage and credits the tone shifts to a happy ‘just married’ couple driving out of Vegas. Suddenly a truck pulls up alongside side them and a shotgun blast blows up the groom’s head. Splatter fans beware though as after this early scene the gorier sequences are held back until the final act. Lacking suspense or tension this sequence appears to be played for laughs and a minor amount of shock but the rest of the
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An Evil Synopsis for Director Michael A. Nickle's Horror Feature Playback

Playback Early BannerPrincipal photography begins on Michael A. Nickles (Xii) Playback this week and an early synopsis for the film is available. Apparently an evil is haunting a small town whose younger inhabitants hope to find the evil's source. This is Nickles second step in to the horror genre, after the revenge thriller Xii. Fans of Nickles, who has had multiple appearances in film e.g. Hamburger Hill, can have a look at the available info' for the film, until more developments arrive.

The synopsis for Playback here:

"A group of high school students dig into their town's infamous past and they unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. This evil possesses its victims through video playback, while using them for malevolent purposes. It closes in on one specific soul, threatening to expose the town's deepest, darkest secret" (Nickles).

Director/writer: Michael A. Nickles.

Writers: Michael A. Nickles and John Philip Saladin.
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Xii People on One Man's Hit List May 11th

Xii from director Michael A. Nickles will move to DVD May 11th. The film revolves around twelve jurors who convicted a man now hell-bent on revenge. Many heads will role until this scarred villain has his blood-lust satiated. A synopsis and off-site trailer are available; this is one of the better trailers seen here this week. A synopsis for Xii here: "Claire Norris, a young waitress in a
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Xii Shotgun Blast VFX Breakdown

VFX Shotgun blast to the head of actor Michael Campbell's head in Michael A. Nickles independent horror Xii.

I love the way this is set to such an upbeat tune, I'd love to see a whole horror movie set to ridiculously upbeat music.

If that little vfx shot has peaked your interest in the movie the synopsis is as follows: Claire Norris (Emily Hardy), a young waitress in a small-town diner, sat on a jury, along with eleven others and listened to the evidence against a man accused of a crime against a minor. After days of difficult deliberation, the man - Leonard Karlsson, Jr.(Jeremy Fitzgerald) - was found guilty.

In prison, the "unspoken rule" regarding such crimes was enforced - Karlsson was beaten by the other prisoners to within an inch of his life, his face severely disfigured as a result. Now out of prison, Karlsson returns
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Unified adds int'l sales

Independent production and distribution house Unified Pictures said Tuesday it has set up an in-house international sales arm that will package, develop and produce films as well as finance and distribute projects for worldwide sales.

"This is a natural growth initiative for us," company founder and president Keith Kjarval said.

Kjarval has recruited as a consultant industry vet Ann Dubinet, who will handle the international sales arm's debut at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Unified's offerings in Berlin include the "revenge noir" film The Perfect Sleep, starring Roselyn Sanchez; the dramedy Bob Funk, starring Rachael Lee Cook; and the thriller XII, starring Mercedes McNab.

Unified Pictures preps 'Star'

Unified Pictures preps 'Star'
Unified Pictures is set to produce the modern-day Capra-esque tale 55 Holly Star. Michael A. Nickles, who penned the script, will direct.

The story centers on a down-on-his-luck man who, in a desperate search to decipher the dying words of his grandfather, turns his life upside down.

Production is scheduled to begin next year, with Unified founder Keith Kjarval producing.

"This is a story that has excited us for some time with its unique and fresh slant on a familiar romantic theme," Kjarval said.

The company, which recently completed principal photography on the Rachael Leigh Cook romantic comedy Bob Funk, also is producing the CG-animated Noah's Ark, written by Philip LaZebnik (The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas) and the psychological thriller Beneath the Shadows.

Unified is in postproduction on the revenge action/drama The Perfect Sleep and the psychological thriller XII.

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