For the opening of LA’s newest arcade/VR attraction Two Bit Circus, Craig had the great pleasure of interviewing the creators Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, where they discussed everything from creating a high tech circus to keeping bones in a pit out back. Read on to learn more:
For the release of the upcoming historical thriller, LIZZIE, which centers around the legend of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her family, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Craig William Macneill (Channel Zero: Candle Cove) about his latest film. During their chat they discussed everything from bringing Lizzie Borden’s story to life to the circumstances surrounding the murders.
Linnea Gregg is an actress and writer known for THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR (2017), SWIPE LEFT TO LIVE, and THE NIGHT THEY KNOCKED (2018). She is a talented and versatile actress and has done professional theater and also writes poetry and short stories. She plays the lead role of Elizia in the mind tripping THE GOD INSIDE MY EAR and whether she is interacting with the odd characters in the film or doing one of the many solo scenes, she carries the film expertly.
This past Tuesday saw the World Premiere of the highly anticipate next chapter in The Conjuring Universe, THE NUN. Positioned outside of the famous TCL Chinese Theater was the black carpet surrounded by dozens of faceless nuns, most of which were mannequins, but if you looked closely you would realize some were actual people, patiently awaiting the perfect time to scare those that walked by. Ahead of the premiere, I had the chance to speak with some of the cast of the THE NUN where they discussed their involvement in the movie and, for some, their love of the horror genre.
This Friday sees the latest release from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, the horror/thriller MARA. For the release of the film, James had the chance to speak with one of the most well-known creature actors in the industry, Javier Botet. Hailing from Spain, Javier has been featured in numerous horror films ranging from 2007’s [REC] to 2017’s IT, and undergoes incredible transformations to embody his characters. During their chat, James and Javier discussed everything from his new role, to what it’s like to experience sleep paralysis, and the process of transforming into these terrifying characters.
For the home release of HEREDITARY, which is a film I consider to be one of the scariest in the past decade, I had the chance to speak with newcomer, actress Milly Shapiro. Though HEREDITARY is her first feature film debut, Milly is no stranger to acting, having won a Tony award for her performance as Matilda in “Matlida the Musical.” During our chat, in which I asked Milly to do Charlie’s infamous clicking noise (which is just as terrifying as you would imagine), we talked about everything from her love of horror films to bringing HEREDITARY’s Charlie to life.
Since it's inception three years ago I've been non-stop talking about the hidden gem of haunt season, Warner Bros. HORROR MADE HERE experience, located on the Warner Bros. lot. Having attended the first and second year of this event, I've been lucky enough to experience first hand the incredible changes that HORROR MADE HERE has gone through, starting first with just a tram tour and a screening to a full-blown haunted attraction unlike anything else I've experienced.
This weekend will see the release of the R-rated dark comedy THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, which features NSFK puppets co-existing with humans in a world where puppets are treated as if they are second class citizens. For the release of the film, I had the chance to speak with Todd Berger, the writer of THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, where we discussed everything from the film’s relation to Meet The Feebles, to how he shifts from working on kids content to more adult-centered entertainment.
One of the beauties that come with a film like PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH is the incredible amount of practical effects used - whether that be from the puppet designs themselves or the practical application used for the copious amount of gore. For the release of Cinestate / Fangoria’s PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, I had the opportunity to speak with award-winning SFX artist Tate Steinsiek about what it was like to design the brand new killer puppets, the challenges of doing practical effects, and some of his upcoming projects.
For the upcoming release of the horror film BOARDING SCHOOL, about a troubled young kid sent to a mysterious school run by a sadistic headmaster, Shannon had the chance to speak with Luke Prael about his role as 12-year-old Jacob, finding acceptance and strength within, and his experience filming the movie with friends.
Do you ever really know the person you love? That’s the unfortunate and deadly question that is asked in Colin Minihan’s latest film WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE. For the release of this smartly written and expertly performed thriller, Shannon had the chance to speak with both writer/director Colin Minihan and actress Brittany Allen. During their chat they discussed everything from working together on their third film, the inspiration for the story, and what it was like to compose the music for the movie.
A few months back, I had the chance to catch RKSS’ (Roadkill Superstar) latest film, SUMMER OF ‘84, and was blown away. For whatever reason, SUMMER OF ‘84 tapped into the nostalgia factor for me, sucking me in from the first frame and tugging on my heart strings as I yelled at my screen during the devastating climax. For the theatrical release of the film, I had the chance to speak with the directing trifecta that makes up RKSS: Yoann-Karl Whissell, François Simard, and Anouk Whissell about their latest film, the potential for a sequel, and working together as one unit.
For the release of Cinestate’s PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, I had the chance to speak with the creator of the PUPPET MASTER franchise himself, Mr. Charles Band. A true lover of horror, stop-motion animation, and the creation of unique characters, Charles Band has become a household name for many of us who have a deep appreciation for the beloved genre. During our chat, we discussed everything from the creation of the PUPPET MASTER franchise, how the LITTLEST REICH fits into the timeline of films, and what puppet character he relates to the most.
Recently I got the chance to sit down with Erik Blair, the creative director of They Played Productions, and Thea Rivera, the owner and producer of They Played Productions, to discuss their recent immersive three-part project, Captivated. Last year they debuted Captivated: Justine. This weekend they will be debuting the second act in their Captivated series, Captivated: Victoria.
I’m so happy I got the opportunity to speak with actor Bruce Davison regarding his latest film role, Reverend Michael, in the indie-exorcism-horror film, ALONG CAME THE DEVIL. I have long been a fan of Bruce’s and believe he’s one of the United States’ best character actors. I still get nervous whenever I have to interview someone, and this time was no exception, but I'm happy to report that Bruce is incredibly nice and funny.
While attending Midsummer Scream last month, I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Jon Braver, the mastermind behind Delusion, an interactive horror theater company. Along with their incredible interactive plays, Delusion has entered into the world of VR with their first series, LIES WITHIN, based off of their 2014 live show of the same name.
For the upcoming release of Sebastian Gutierrez’s latest film ELIZABETH HARVEST, Shannon had the chance to speak with the extremely talented and accomplished actress Carla Gugino. During their chat they discussed everything from her role as the elusive Claire, the notion of morality, and the feminist themes that the film incorporates.
Last month while at San Diego Comic-Con, myself and a slew of other journalists had the chance to speak with writer/director/actor/comedian extraordinaire Bobcat Goldthwaite about his new show, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAITE'S MISFITS AND MONSTERS. Going into the interview I was only familiar with the fact that the show was a scripted anthology series, so I decided to pick Mr. Goldthwaite's brain about the concept of MISFITS AND MONSTERS and he did not disappoint.
Hi, again ghosts and ghouls! Today I'm back with an interview with the producer and writer of my favorite horror comedy of all time: Clarissa Jacobson of LUNCH LADIES. If you read my review of the short, which you can find HERE, it's no secret that I absolutely adored it and everything about it. When I reviewed this film, I had no idea what I was in for, but when it was over, it was solidified as my favorite short film I've ever seen. LUNCH LADIES is the perfect mixture of campy horror and comedy, making it not only enjoyable to watch at the moment, but it makes it a story that sticks with you for a long time after it's over. During my conversation with Clarissa, she gives us a little bit of insight into where LUNCH LADIES came from, as well as its inspiration.