With his cult hits like Basket Case, Brain Damage, and Frankenhooker being a big part of the 80s and early 90s, Frank Henenlotter has created a special place for himself within the exploitation and horror comedy genre. His films are both recognizable and impactful, with his most recent documentary titled Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana winning the audience award at the What the Fest?! Film Festival. I've always admired his work, and had the pleasure of getting to conduct this interview with him, where we discussed the process of certain special effects and favorite exploitation films.
During Wondercon 2018, I had the chance to speak with storyteller extraordinaire Ivan Van Norman about the horror RPG show WE'RE ALIVE: FRONTIER. The show, which is based on the award-winning podcast WE'RE ALIVE features five new characters immersed in a post-apocalyptic adventure as they journey into the infected American Midwest. The show includes Game Master Ivan Van Norman and a group of players that include Mythica actress Melanie Stone, Twitch streamer and cosplayer Alucin Gersh, Xander Jeanneret of Sagas of Sundry: Madness, Overwatch voice-actress Anjali Bhimani, and Vince Caso of The Guild. Ivan was kind enough to speak with me about what RPG games entail and how WE'RE ALIVE: FRONTIER takes the WE'RE ALIVE world to the next level.
LOWLIFE is the knockout first feature film from writer/director Ryan Prows and to say its wild is an understatement. The film takes the viewer hostage for a journey into a gritty underworld inhabited by ICE agents, drug addicts, human organ traffickers, and a luchador known as El Monstruo. You read that right; at the heart of this strange story is a luchador, “The Monster,” who just wants to make his family proud. Despite the grim subject matter, the colorful characters and in-your-face use of dark comedy allow LOWLIFE to achieve the look of a brilliant live-action comic book. The film is divided into four chapters: Monsters, Fiends, Thugs, and Criminals. Before the April 6th release of LOWLIFE, Nightmarish Conjurings had the pleasure of speaking with director Ryan Prows about creating the story, his twisted sense of humor, wrestling and more!
During the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Shannon had the chance to speak with actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau about his latest film in which he plays a mortician. Directed by his friend Greg Sestero, BEST F(R)IENDS tells the story of a drifter who befriends a quirky mortician, resulting in an unlikely business partnership that triggers the fragility of of friendship and loyalty. During the interview, Shannon and Tommy talked about everything from working in a real life mortuary to the real life story surrounding the inception of this film.
WELCOME THE STRANGER is the new supernatural thriller from writer/director Justin Kelly. The film tells the story of Ethan (Caleb Landry Jones) and his estranged sister Alice (Abbey Lee) who attempt to reconnect in a mysterious house. When Ethan’s mesmerizing girlfriend Misty (Riley Keough) shows up, things get really weird. Nightmarish Conjurings recently had the opportunity to speak with Riley Keough about WELCOME THE STRANGER!
For the release of the occult horror film, PYEWACKET, Shannon had the chance to speak with actress Laurie Holden ("The Walking Dead") about her latest role. The film, which centers around a teenage girl who performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother, stars Laurie Holden as Mrs. Reyes, the target of her daughter's anger. During the interview Shannon and Laurie talked about everything from loss and grief, what interested her in Adam MacDonald's film, and her history of taking on roles that showcase strong female characters.
For the release of Steven Soderbergh's latest film, UNSANE, which was all shot with the use of an iPhone, Danielle had the chance to speak with actor Joshua Leonard. During their talk, they discussed everything from working with Steven Soderbergh, what it was like to be filmed on an iPhone, and what it was like to play such a disturbing character.
For the release of Zak Bagan's upcoming documentary, DEMON HOUSE, Shannon spoke with Father Mike Maginot about his experiences with the "house of 200 demons". During their talk, Father Mike shared his story about working with the Ammon family which included LaToya Ammon and her three children; a daughter and two sons. The former residents of the home experienced supernatural occurrences including physical contact, possessions, and levitation and Father Maginot was on hand to perform an exorcism on LaToya Ammon to free her and her family from any demonic entities.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the pop-up haunt, The Strangers Experience, in Hollywood for the upcoming release of THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, the sequel to the 2008 hit horror film, THE STRANGERS. While there, I had the opportunity to speak with director Johannes Roberts (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR, 47 METERS DOWN), about paying homage to the original film, making the sequel his own, and incorporating his love of Jim Steinman and 80's music to the soundtrack.
To end the month long celebration of Women In Horror, Shannon spoke with prominent horror journalist and author Heather Wixson about her love for the horror genre, her first book and Rondo nomination for "Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures", and the women that inspire her.
With Women In Horror Month coming to a close, Shannon had the chance to speak with filmmaker, journalist and host of Superhero News, Sabina Graves. During their conversation Sabina talked about what being a woman in horror means to her, challenges she has faced, and how horror best represents who she is.
For Women In Horror Month, Shannon had the chance to speak with the director of the upcoming Zombie Joe performance, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU, Denise Devine. During their discussion, they talked about everything from Cthulhu to H.P. Lovecraft and what audience members can expect from this cosmic horror story.
For Women in Horror Month I wanted to shine the spotlight on someone who I think is a total badass, an inspiration to women everywhere and someone I really admire. So I chose Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian because she does everything and she does it all very well. She’s been a hairstylist for over a decade and also produces music videos and writes and directs horror movies.
Women In Horror Month is such a big deal in the horror community. It's a time to recognize and celebrate all the talented women on and off the screen who work their asses off on a daily basis. They show that with dedication, talent, and drive which proves that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.