Yesterday saw the premiere of the newest horror film in THE CONJURING universe, ANNABELLE: CREATION. In preparation of the films screening during the LA Film Festival, Shannon had the chance to speak with director David F. Sandberg and the cast of the film on the red carpet at the historical Ace Hotel Theater.
For the release of CAMERA OBSCURA, Abigail had the chance to speak with composer Steve Moore. Known for his work on several horror films including Adam Wingard's THE GUEST and the sci-fi horror film THE MIND'S EYE, Moore is one half of the internationally popular synth wave duo Zombi. Abigail spoke with Steve about his process and inspiration for composing the new horror/thriller CAMERA OBSCURA.
As a devotee of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and keen observer of the resurgence of weird fiction, particularly Lovecraft's rise from obscurity over the last 40 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the offerings of Arkham Bazaar, Sigh Co. and the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in rainy Portland, OR. Recently, I was able to chat with one half of the brain trust that is continually helping to thrust our beloved Lovecraft into the vernacular, the lovely Gwen Callahan.
From Canadian micro-publisher, Spectacular Optical, comes their newest book, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN. Having just finished a successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, Shannon spoke with Spectacular Optical owner Kier-La Janisse and LOST GIRLS editor Samm Deighan about the inspiration behind the book, the influence of director Jean Rollin and the importance of having all female contributors.
Last week saw the release of the terrifying new horror film, DEAD AWAKE, which follows Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue), a straight-laced social worker, who is plagued into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths where people died in their sleep. In preparation for the film's release, we spoke with composer Marc Vanocur about his involvement and style used for creating a horror score as well as his love for the genre and his time working on the popular cult television show, "Tales From the Crypt."
A few weekends ago, I had the chance to check out the Los Angeles premiere of CARDINAL X at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film centers on an Asian American girl from the wrong side of the tracks who synthesizes MDMA and becomes one of the largest distributors of Ecstasy during the 80s. During the event, I was able to speak with some of the cast to learn more about their characters, what inspired them to want to be a part of this story, and what they hoped people would take away as the message of the movie.
This week, HBO released a new documentary that chronicled the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose while also giving audiences a closer view into the abuse that Gypsy Rose endured at the hands of her mother. The documentary, MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST, is a harrowing look into the world that Gypsy was forced to live in due to her mother's mental illness, the controversial Munchausen by Proxy. In preparation for the release of the documentary, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Erin Lee Carr as well as Gypsy's father and step mother, Rod and Kristy Blanchard about Gypsy Rose and how she got to where she is today.
During SXSW, Shannon had the chance to speak with actress Ashleigh Cummings about her acclaimed role as Vicki in the thriller HOUNDS OF LOVE (review can be found HERE). For the release of the film on VOD, Ashleigh tells us what inspired her to take on such a powerful and heart-wrenching role, as well as what it was like to work with actors Stephen Curry and Emma Booth.
One of the most intense and powerful films to come out this year, HOUNDS OF LOVE, has been taking critics and fans by storm. For me, I had the chance to see it during SXSW and I was taken aback by how realistic and gut wrenching it was (click HERE to read my entire review) with the film quickly becoming one of my favorites of the year. For the release of the movie on VOD, we had the chance to speak with director Ben Young about his debut film, where his inspiration came from, and whats in store for him next.
With the Blu-ray debut of the terrifying new chapter of the hit film RINGS, we had the chance to sit down and speak with director F. Javier Gutierrez at the historic El Cid supper club. Soft spoken and kind, Javier told us about what its like to be a fan of the movies and what inspired him to tackle the newest film in such a well-known franchise.
VOICE FROM THE STONE is a hauntingly beautiful story centered on Verena, a nurse who is drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the death of his mother. For the release of the film, Taylor had the chance to speak with director Eric D. Howell about his latest film and the influence and inspiration for VOICE FROM THE STONE.