Every day, I have the privilege to witness the creative growth, development, and maturity of filmmakers. Part of that is amassing a crew and collaborators you trust as well as don’t feel that they are there to bring you down or push their agenda on you. No matter what level of experience or project you are working on, all filmmakers are students throughout their creative lives. Surrounding yourself with those who share that vision or want to grow with you is so key. Sometimes though, there are projects tailored to a comfort level where ego, a select crew, or maturity play a role for better or not. Watching the packed house at The Landmark Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey, the anthology project known as the Theatre of Terror falls somewhere in the middle of growth and development as well as ego driven.
Snowflake, or titled in German Schneeflockchen, is one of the best films I have seen over the last two years. At the heart of it, it is a passion project driven by a group of talented minds that took a long, long time to finally come together. As I watched it for the first at the 2017 Ithaca Fantastik film festival, it was clear this film is a pure happenstance of beauty and insanity. It is also a film that may be one of the most difficult projects to review. For that, like the film, I am going to go a different route to shed some personal light on Snowflake. read more
The idea of journalism has evolved over the last decade. Voices can now be seen, heard, and experienced from anywhere in the world. Platforms like YouTube can launch careers from voices not allowed to tell their stories before. In the genre thriller Little Horror Movie, the idea of found footage investigation balanced with classic horror troupes against the backdrop of the mythical city of Casablanca creates a unique storytelling. Focusing on a team of three investigators Helen (Rebecca Ramon), Mark (Cody Heuer), and Einar (Einar Kuusk) who have decided to head out on this journey to escape their past. As tension mounts and pressure surrounds them, each member must face an ancient horror underneath the legendary city that will also confront the darkness within themselves. Visually stunning and reflecting an effective found footage style, Little Horror Movie is one of the more unique genre films this year. Directed by French storyteller Jerome Cohen-Olivar, Little Horror Movie is a journey that focus on the essence and darkness of humanity infused with the horror we have come to love. In promotion of the film, Cohen-Olivar took some time to speak with Jay Kay from the Horror New Network about chemistry on set, the use of found footage, and what horror offers as a filmmaker? read more
Sleep paralysis is just frightening. Happening to people around the world and from all walks of life, you are fully aware that something is going on, but you cannot move at all. Some feel a presence, some see a presence, but all are powerless to do anything about it. In the film Mara, Director Clive Tonge tells the story of this startling condition through the lens of a murder investigation. Starring Olga Kurylenko (Hitman) as the criminal psychologist, Kate must deal with her beliefs and come to grips with the truth that goes beyond anything she has faced before. Slowly falling victim to an entity named ‘Mara,’ Kate must solve the case before more are murdered as mysterious as the man she is investigating. read more
I remember watching a clip from Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut film Play Misty for Me as a part of Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. In a key scene, we see Eastwood laying there on his bed. His eyes are closed, he is facing up, and he is vulnerable. As he opens his eyes, he sees a crazed and betrayed Evelyn (Jessica Walter) standing over him. She is making the ultimate commitment why Clint’s character of Dave is wondering what is driving her to these actions. Evelyn thrusts a knife manically down into a pillow barely missing him. As a viewer, we understand why she is doing this to Dave but really do we understand her mindset to do this? Just like any of the great antagonists, we work hard to find out what their motives and mindset are. In the end as we look deep, we realize they are self-reflective pushed to these unspeakable actions. Following his acclaimed storytelling perspective on the undead sub-genre of horror with It Stains the Sands Red, comes the latest feature from talented filmmaker Colin Miniham with What Keeps You Alive now in theaters and on VOD through IFC Midnight. Again, taking a page out of the legacy of damaged and dangerous antagonists, Miniham, crew, and the talented pair performers Hannah Emily Jackson (Jackie) and Brittany Allen (Jules) create an uber tense tale of predator and prey. read more
Hitting the streets on January 23rd is The Devil’s Well courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing and writer/director Kurtis Spieler, best known for his indie horror film Sheepkin. We caught up with Kurtis to talk about his latest film and what horror fans can expect from his take on the found footage paranormal flick.
Horror News Network: The Devil’s Well centers around a paranormal old legend. Being based out of Connecticut, with New England being such a hotbed of paranormal activity, how do you think that shaped your view on this type of plot? read more
In the last decade, filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews is continuing to pump out compelling genre cinema north of the border. In Save Yourself, five women are on a road trip to a film festival in Los Angeles. All are involved with the next terrifying visions of horror. The fans are rabid at the screening, the crew and cast are at different stages of their careers. As they decide to hit the road for the west coast instead of hanging with the fans, their road trip to macabre fame becomes a spiral into a nightmare as they confront a family with dark secrets and inhumane results. Ryan took some time out while he works on his next film the Art of Obsession to talk with Jay Kay here on the Horror News Network. read more
Sixx Tape Productions is set to release the 2016 Etheria Film Night Jury and Audience Choice-winner on Blu-ray, and the presale has begun on SixxTape.com. Preorder it HERE.
This “tale of insecurity, sorry, and envy” from director Jill Gevargizian is both “singular and distinct” (Starburst Magazine). Najarra Townsend (Contracted) stars as Claire, a manic hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the day arrives with the request to look perfect, it slowly becomes clear that Claire has much darker intentions. Townsend’s captivating, emotionally driven performance has won multiple awards, including Best Actress at Fantastic Fest 2016 and Monster Fest 2016. read more
On July 12th, the highly anticipated directorial debut from horror legend Debbie Rochon will hit the streets. The film, which is being distributed by Wild Eye Releasing, stars other legendary Scream Queens Lynn Lowry and Tiffany Shepis, and Psychos in Love’s Carmine Capobianco. The synopsis of Rochon’s debut is as follows:
“Former pinup model Ginny (Lowry) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry. Ginny didn’t take rejection well and grew into a revenge-seeking, bloodthirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Shepis) and Sal (Capobianco) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on. Sal believes she is mentally unstable, but Debbie becomes determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Her new nosy neighbor throws a damper on Ginny’s private life: her cannibalistic addictions and ever-growing body count. Both women become determined to put an end to the other’s obsession.” read more
‘Hellions’ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 8 out of 10
Synopsis: A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.
Our Thoughts: ‘Hellions’ centers around a teen girl named Dora who finds out she is pregnant on Halloween, a real life nightmare to any teenage girl. However, when creepy, not-quite-human, trick-or-treaters start harassing her, the real nightmare begins. At first, it’s unclear if she’s hallucinating, or something supernatural is occurring. read more