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Cinepocalypse 2017 Review: Sequence Break is the Best Kind of Head Trip

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If you have been paying any attention to the independent horror scene over the last five years, you are undoubtedly familiar with the work of actor Graham Skipper. From his star-making turn as Dr. Herbert West in the stage version of the Re-Animator musical to his leading man turns in the films of director Joe Begos (Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye) to his role in Jackson Stewart’s Beyond the Gates to seemingly countless supporting roles in everything from Tales of Halloween to Carnage Park to The Devil’s Dolls, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to watch a modern independent horror movie and not have Graham Skipper show up. While I’m always delighted to see him pop up in something I’m watching—I know that for however long he’s on screen, I am in good hands—that kind of ubiquity doesn’t automatically lend itself to talent behind the camera.
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12 Movies Daily Dead is Excited to See at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse 2017 Film Festival

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Living in Chicago, I spend much of my year being jealous of all the people I see online going to the various genre film festivals held around the parts of the country that aren’t here… until now.

For the first time ever, Chicago is getting its very own full-blown genre festival with Cinepocalypse, a week-long event running November 2nd–9th at the Music Box Theatre, the best place to see a movie in the entire city. Formerly the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (which I have attended since it began and always completely loved), Cinepocalypse now has a new venue, a larger and more ambitious slate of programming, and dozens of special guests. It’s going to be bigger and better than any festival of its kind the city has ever seen, and I can’t wait to be there as much as possible to see as many cool movies as possible.
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Frightfest 2017 Interview: Graham Skipper talks ‘Sequence Break’

We’re coming to the end of this years exhaustive Frightfest 2017 interviews as our host Stuart Wright talks to actor-turned-director Graham Skipper about his fantastic sci-fi body horror Sequence Break, which has its European Premiere at the festival on Friday August 25th – its one we urge you Not to miss!

Altered States meets Videodrome in a surreal sci-fi romance written and directed by one of FrightFest’s favourite people, Graham Skipper, star of Almost Human, The Mind’S Eye and Beyond The Gates. A reclusive video arcade technician encounters strange metaphysical forces that result in bizarre bio-mechanical mutations when a new console appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as he works to solve its mystery and the new chaos that has entered his life as he hurtles towards a shocking self-realization. Let the haunting kaleidoscope of stunning colour, grotesque visuals, stylish fright and disturbing horror begin!

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London Frightfest 2017: Ten Unmissable Movies

With 2017′s Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival set to kick off this Thursday (August 24th), running across the Bank Holiday weekend to Monday August 28th at the Cineworld Empire in London’s Leicester Square And the festivals old home, the Prince Charles Cinema, we thought we’d take a look at the festival line-up and highlight ten of the films we think you should definitely Not miss – broken down day-by-day!

Thursday 24th August: Cult of Chucky

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions – an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll – a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all.
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Fantasia 2017: ‘Sequence Break’ Review

Stars: Chase Williamson, Lyle Kanouse, Fabianne Therese, Audrey Wasilewski, Johnny Dinan | Written and Directed by Graham Skipper

Oz (Williamson) is an antisocial loner who only finds solace in his love for ’80s arcade games, refurbishing and restoring them to their former glory. That is, until he meets Tess (Therese). The two quickly become romantically entwined, but their budding romance is slowly threatened by a mysterious game that seems to be drawing the two deeper and deeper into its void of slime and Cronenbergian horror. Amid the strange occurrences, a cryptic vagabond also appears, lurking around the arcade workshop at night. The dilapidated madman shouts about doom and destruction as the couple cling to the remnants of their normal lives. Oz soon finds himself facing off against the eight-bit portal to the cosmos, to both save himself and his newfound love.

Having already appeared in Almost Human and The Mind’s
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‘Beyond the Gates’ DVD Review

Stars: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Justin Welborn, Jesse Merlin, Henry LeBlanc, Sara Malakul Lane, Caryn Richman | Written by Jackson Stewart, Stephen Scarlata | Directed by Jackson Stewart

Remember Atmosfear? The old Vcr-based board game? Growing up I never had that game, however burgeoning Trekker that I was (BBC 2/Channel 4 at 6pm had a Huge influence on me as a teen), I did have the Star Trek: The Next Generation video board game… Well what if those Vcr games, and games like them, were really gateways to another dimension. That’s the basic premise of Beyond the Gates.

Following the mysterious disappearance of their father, two estranged brothers – Gordon (Skipper) and John (Wiliamson) reunite to liquidate his business, a video store which (besides looking like a film-fans idea of heaven) specializes in horror films. As they dig through the stock, they unearth an old Vcr
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‘Supernatural Forces’ DVD Review

Stars: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers | Written and Directed by Joe Begos

Back in 2014 first-time director Joe Begos exploded on the horror scene with Almost Human, an alien abduction movie drenched in 80s flair. Now he’s back with his second feature, Supernatural Forces aka The Mind’s Eye, another film that’s not afraid to wear its love of 80s horror on its sleeve. In this case referencing the work of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and films like the Scanners franchise, Carrie and the classic telekinetic fear flick The Fury.

Confession time: I’m not the biggest fan of David Cronenberg’s Scanners. If not for exploding head scene and the final battle between Revok and Vale, the film would be a very dull futuristic thriller.
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Fun Trailer for a Throwback Horror Film About a Creepy VHS Board Game Beyond The Gates

You've got to watch this trailer for a fun looking throwback horror thriller called Beyond the Gates. I wasn't really sure what to make of this film when I first started watching the trailer, and then it got to a point where the main characters start playing a VHS-type board game in which they have to play to save their missing father's soul. That's the concept that grabbed my attention, and I love the whole VHS throwback vibe of it. It looks like it will be an entertaining flick! You can read Ben's review of it here. This is the synopsis:

The movie stars Graham Skipper (Almost Human) and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End) as "two estranged brothers who reunite to sift through the contents of their missing dad’s VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive Vcr board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished.
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UK, Australia, China deals for horror 'Beyond The Gates'

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UK, Australia, China deals for horror 'Beyond The Gates'
Exclusive: Jinga inks international deals on horror previously sold to IFC Midnight; takes Serbian thriller Incarnation for sales and remake rights.

Jinga has closed deals with Signature for UK and Ireland, Njuta for Scandinavia, Umbrella for Australia and New Zealand, VCinema for China and MovieCloud for Taiwan, on Jackson Stewart’s completed paranormal horror Beyond The Gates.

As previously reported, in a deal brokered by ICM Parters and Jinga, IFC Midnight acquired the film for North America and are planning a theatrical and VOD release in December 2016.

Beyond The Gates stars Graham Skipper (Almost Human), Chase Williamson (The Guest), Brea Grant (Halloween 2) and Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here) in a story about two estranged brothers who stumble across a Vcr board game which holds the key to their disappeared father’s whereabouts but which also has deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.

Beyond The Gates is a horror Jumanji,” said Jinga’s
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Review: The Mind’S Eye

2013’s Almost Human showcased not only the talents of director Joe Begos, actor/editor Josh Ethier and actor Graham Skipper, but a genuine love for all things John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. The gory body invasion film caught people off guard during its festival run and when released, it quickly became a film that genre lovers really wanted to stand behind. It had gore, it had that early ’80s Carpenter vibe, and it also had a really fun and interesting story. When a filmmaker excites genre fans like that, the “what film will they do next, and will it be as good?” question is a constant, sometimes for the best and unfortunately, sometimes for the worse. After Begos’ follow up, the telekenisis splatterfest The Mind’S Eye, that question is answered, and fright fanatics,…it’s one hell of a ride.

Taking place in the first couple of years of the ’90s,
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“For One of the Head Explosions We Only Had Four Heads”: Joe Begos on The Mind’s Eye

Made for just $50,000, Joe Begos’ feature debut Almost Human (2013) landed a slot at the Toronto International Film Festival, secured distribution, and earned a bit of critical praise for its Carpenter-influenced chills. For his follow-up The Mind’s Eye, the multi-hyphenate (Begos wrote, directed, produced, and photographed) had six times the budget at his disposal. That money brought a few changes – such as paying the crew and expanding the shooting schedule to a robust 37 days. Other things stayed the same, like shooting in Begos’ home state of Rhode Island. Like using practical effects. Like leaving enough blood stains […]
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Review: The Mind’S Eye is an Ambitious and Explosively Fun Effort from Joe Begos

Writer/director Joe Begos’ second genre effort, The Mind’s Eye, feels like it could have been an early ’90s spin-off from the world of Scanners, with the up-and-coming filmmaker wearing his influences proudly on his sleeve. However, the difference between The Mind’s Eye and other recent projects that evoke feelings of grungy horror nostalgia, is that Begos never relies too heavily on our love of the movies of yesteryear, instead creating a film that can stand proudly on its own two feet.

That being said, there are aspects of The Mind’s Eye that are a bit rough around the edges, and one of the film’s actors almost derails the whole effort, but by and large, Begos’ latest feature is an ambitious throwback telekinetic tale that’s explosively fun and a solid step forward for Begos as a visual storyteller.

The Mind’s Eye follows Zack Connors
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Writer/director Joe Begos makes the case for his wild horror film 'The Mind's Eye'

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Writer/director Joe Begos makes the case for his wild horror film 'The Mind's Eye'
One of the things that happens if you do this job for a long time (and at this point, I have objectively been doing this for a long time) is you start to see the same people over and over at different events. You meet a filmmaker at a festival, for example, and if that film is on the festival circuit for a while, then you end up seeing that same filmmaker several times over the next year. That’s what happened with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier for me when they released Almost Human, their first film together, and now it’s happening again as The Mind’s Eye reaches theaters and digital platforms. Begos is the writer/director/cinematographer, while Ethier is a producer and the film’s editor. I am a fan of their collaboration in general, and I think they’ve got their own aesthetic going on,
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Interview: The Mind’s Eye director Joe Begos on the absolute best way to blow up a head

Horror has always been a genre where resourcefulness and ingenuity are valued, both in the storytelling and in the special-effects realms. Rhode Island-born director Joe Begos is a reflection of these values, starting with his first, micro-budget feature, Almost Human. For his new movie, The Mind’s Eye, Begos drew on his Diy experience to get the very most out of a thrillingly gory tale of a telekinetic couple fighting the evil doctor who wants to steal their powers. The A.V. Club talked to Begos on the eve of The Mind’s Eye’s theatrical release, and we discussed the challenges of location shooting, the effects artists that got him into horror, his dream Satanic summer-camp movie, and why, if you’re going to blow a head up right, you’re going to need a shotgun.

The A.V. Club: You’re from the Northeast, right?

Joe Begos:
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The Mind’s Eye Review

While Almost Human marked a memorable feature debut for up-and-comer Joe Begos, The Mind’s Eye represents an unfortunate step backwards. The film feels more like a first-time effort built on unsteady ground, stumbling over a minefield of miscues that rarely pull together the tight, fluid terrors of Almost Human. This psychokinetic Scanners homage falls into a repetition of cut-rate effects and low-budget confidence, constantly failing to marry either aspect with Begos’ passionate respect for a genre he clearly adores and respects. It all sounds great on paper, like an aggressive cut of The Men Who Stare At Goats, but actors scrunching their faces while “emitting brainwave attacks” can only entertain for so long…

Indie workhorse Graham Skipper stars as Zack Connors, a gifted individual being held by antagonist Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos). The imprisonment is not mutually beneficial, as it turns out that Dr. Sloak is keeping a
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Interview: The Mind’S Eye Writer/Director Joe Begos on the Importance of Making Movies He Wants to See & More

With just two features under his directorial belt, writer/director Joe Begos has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working on the independent level. His directorial debut, Almost Human, was a stunning sci-fi shocker and his newest project, The Mind’s Eye, is a balls-out telekinetic war that features some insane practical effects and performances from the likes of Graham Skipper (Almost Human, Tales of Halloween), Lauren Ashley Carter (Jug Face, Darling), Noah Segan (Looper, Starry Eyes), Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, Late Phases), and Jeremy Gardner (The Battery, Spring).

Daily Dead recently spoke with Begos about his approach to The Mind’s Eye, and the filmmaker discussed what inspired his second feature, the importance of working with the right people and making movies that he wants to see as a genre fan, why he’ll always champion practical effects, and more.

Look for
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Movie Review: The Mind’s Eye asks: What’s more punk rock than an exploding head?

The appeal of punk music isn’t in its technical musicianship; many punk songs consist of the same two or three chords repeated over and over. Nor, on that note, is it originality that draws people in. What fans like about punk rock is that it’s fast, it’s loud, and being in a room full of people shoving each other to fast, loud music provides an intense, visceral thrill. The shagginess of the instrumentation is part of the ethos, asserting that anyone can pick up a guitar and start their own band. Indie horror cinema shares a similar Diy ethic, and from its opening title card proclaiming “This film should be played loud,” the telekinetic body-horror film The Mind’s Eye is punk as fuck.

The Mind’s Eye is the second feature from Joe Begos, whose first film, Almost Human, was made on a minuscule $50,000 ...
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Want a pair of tickets to The Opening Night Screening of The Mind’S Eye!!

The Mind’S Eye, Joe Begos’ Scanners-like horror thriller full of heads bleeding, bodies getting ripped apart and a whole lot more, is opening in theaters, VOD and iTunes this Friday and we’re got a pair of tickets to a special opening night screening in Pasadena to give out to a lucky Icons of Fright reader. The screening will feature cast and crew from the film, as well as a signed poster to the winner of the tickets. Hurry and enter this one, because I want to choose someone to go asap!

Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them
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‘The Mind’s Eye’: Joe Begos On Telekinesis, Exploding Heads and Low Budget Filmmaking

‘The Mind’s Eye’: Joe Begos On Telekinesis, Exploding Heads and Low Budget Filmmaking
Almost Human director Joe Begos returned to the Toronto International Film Festival last September with The Mind’s Eye (review #1, #2), an insanely gory and violent telekinetic revenge thriller set in snowy 1990 New England. The Mind’s Eye follows a drifter (Graham Skipper) with telekinetic abilities who targets a doctor who is creating a synthetic telekinetic power serum. Bloody Disgusting readers […]
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Watch a Bloody New Clip From Joe Begos’ The Mind’S Eye

New action-horror The Mind’S Eye reveals bloody, unrated clip. In the wake of yesterday’s San Diego Comic-Con panel “Under the Radar”, Rlj Entertainment has just shared the first unrated clip from writer/director Joe (Almost Human) Begos’ The Mind’S Eye which will be released in theaters, on VOD and Digital HD on August 5th. Synopsis: Zack Connors and…

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