To some, the thought of Halloween and Haunt season, is something that is far off, but for those of us within the community, we know it's approaching at a rapid rate. One of the most anticipated haunts premiering this October is Larry Bone's mult-level experience INTO THE BLACK. Shannon, a die-hard haunt enthusiast, had the chance to speak with Larry about his upcoming project as well as his illustrious career within the haunt and FX industry.
Last weekend saw the SXSW World Premiere of director Trent Haaga's newest film, 68 KILL, which has since gone on to win the 2017 Best Midnighters Audience Award at the prestigious film festival. In anticipation of it's premiere, Shannon had the chance to speak with Trent as well as actresses AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe and producer David Lawson about this non-stop rollercoaster of a film that takes aim at crushing traditional stereotypical roles in this crime filled, bloody rom-com.
This past weekend saw the release of Sean Byrne's horror/metal film THE DEVIL'S CANDY, starring Ethan Embry and Shiri Appleby. The film centers around a family who move into a new house with a grisly history and a former resident who is here to the Devil's bidding. In preparation for the film's release we had the chance to speak with Ethan Embry about his latest role and his love for the horror genre.
Having had it's World Premiere at SXSW, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Jason Headly about his drama/comedy A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG, starring Matt Jones, Will Rogers, and Eleanore Pienta, where his inspiration for the film came from and what it was like to go from directing shorts to a full feature.
This past weekend, director/writer/actor Mark Webber saw the World Premiere of his latest film FLESH AND BLOOD at the South By Southwest Film Festival. The film, an intense look into his and his family's life, blurred the lines between documentary style and narrative film. We had the chance to speak with Mark about his latest film as well as how much of it was real life and what he hoped audiences would take away from seeing such a personal and intimate story.
Let's be honest here, Kristina Klebe is one badass actress. Whether she's playing a vicious lover in the horror film PROXY, a sinister nurse in the thriller DEMENTIA, or a tough as nails cop in the short BAD SEED for the TALES OF HALLOWEEN anthology, Kristina proves time and time again that her strength lies in playing complex and intriguing characters. Recently, we had the chance to speak with Kristina about her latest role, FBI Agent Evelyn Pierce, in Mike Mendez's horror flick DON'T KILL IT.
For the release of Momentum Pictures THE INSTITUTE, we spoke with actress Allie Gallerani who plays the grief stricken Isabel Porter. Her character checks herself into the Rosewood Institute and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control. She must find a way to escape the clutches of Rosewood and exact her revenge before it is too late.
Rosewood Institute holds many dark secrets as it's patients are subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control. For the release of THE INSTITUTE, which is based on the terrifying true events noted above, we spoke with up-and-coming director Pamela Romanowsky about her latest film, what it was like to co-direct with James Franco, and working within the horror genre.
What if you could suddenly share the mind and skills of a Stephen Hawking, Usain Bolt, or everyone on the planet? What if a wireless neural network, connected via a quantum computer, was capable of linking the minds of each and every one of us? In the upcoming film MINDGAMERS, a group of brilliant young students discover the greatest scientific breakthrough of all time, but also discover that they may be part of a much greater and more sinister experiment. In anticipation of the film's release, we spoke with producer Joanne Raey about the upcoming movie and her experience working on the film.
For our last interview of Women in Horror Month, Craig Thayer and Shannon McGrew had the pleasure of interviewing multi-talented actress Alex Essoe, who is best known to horror fans from her roles in STARRY EYES (2014) and TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015). Being a rising star in Hollywood, we figured now would be an ideal time to sit down with Ms. Essoe and discuss Women in Horror Month, being a woman in the industry, and, of course, her views on GREMLINS 2.
For our second to last interview for Women in Horror Month, we spoke with horror director Leigh Janiak about her hit film HONEYMOON, why she loves the horror genre, and what it's like to work within the genre.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Leigh! It's such a pleasure to be speaking with you today for Women in Horror Month! To start things off, what does "Women in Horror Month" mean to you?
Leigh Janiak: I love that there's a spotlight on us! I think any time you add a new or underrepresented perspective on a genre, exciting, crazy, great stories end up getting told - so highlighting these films and drawing more attention to them I think is really important. It helps open up the world to young people by saying it doesn't matter who you are, you can tell the stories you want to see and ultimately all of us will benefit as audience members!
As we round out the end of Women in Horror Month, we spoke with up and coming indie horror director, Misty Dawn, about her upcoming horror short HOOKER ASSASSIN and what it's like to be a female indie director in a male dominated industry.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Misty! Thanks for speaking with us today! To start things off, for those not familiar with you, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your short film HOOKER ASSASSIN?
Misty Dawn: Well, I'm a Midwest girl that grew up surrounded by film lovers. In the early 90s, home entertainment was a BIG DEAL, so I remember events being planned around when movies were coming to HBO or to the video rental store. My stepdad and his friends had a particular love for horror films, and that's really where the seed was planted. The first horror film I ever saw was ARACHNOPHOBIA, and I saw it in the theaters! Can you imagine how insanely huge and scary those spiders looked to a 7 year old?! It wasn't until I was 28 years old and had gone to my first Horror Convention that I understood that it was entirely possible to make films outside of the Hollywood formula. I was meeting indie filmmakers that were putting matters into their own hands and making their own films. It was a beautiful thing. That, mixed in with a few other factors, inspired me to write, produce, and direct my own short film HOOKER ASSASSIN, which is now in post-production.
With the release of the upcoming horror/thriller DRIFTER hitting select theaters Friday, we spoke with co-writer and director Chris Von Hoffmann about his latest film, where his inspiration came from and why he loves the horror genre so much.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Chris, thanks so much for speaking with us today. For those who may not be familiar with your latest film DRIFTER, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Chris Von Hoffmann: It's a hybrid exploitation thriller that takes place in the California desert and centers around these two outlaw brothers who are on the road to avenge their father's death. Their revenge trip takes them on a complete detour when they have to take refuge in a town to seek medical assistance after the younger brother is beaten pretty badly by three desert bandits that try and hijack their car. They enter the town and find medical assistance but also find a small family of cannibal savages who are pure evil. They hold the brothers captive and what infuse is this very deranged, blood-soaked encounter that descends into hell as the brothers try to escape captivity.
To kick off week 4 of Women in Horror Month, we spoke to legendary horror icon Barbara Crampton about her lustrious career in the horror genre and everything ranging from horror movies, Lovecraft, soap operas and what it means to be a woman in horror.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for speaking with us today for Women in Horror Month! To start thing off, what does being a woman in horror mean to you?
Barbara Crampton: Well that's a big question (laughs). First of all, I don't think any character knows that they are in a horror movie. Anytime you are playing someone in a movie you just have to play the truth of what the story is and what your circumstances are. You can either be in a love story or a comedy or a thriller or a horror movie and it doesn't really matter. There's certain feelings and tones that a writer or a director will maybe want you to convey to an audience that says you are actually in a horror movie. The suspenseful things and being scared, a lot of those things don't really come from the actor they come from post production, sound cues, and music. For me, I'm just playing the truth of whatever situation I'm in. Where I am in my career currently, I seem to be playing roles that were different than in my early horror career. In my early horror career I mostly played the girl in peril or the one that had to be saved, with the exception of Katherine McMichaels in FROM BEYOND. I do feel like lately I've played characters that are somewhat compromised or who they are at their core could be construed as not as nice as some other characters, people that are morally challenged let's say.
We are in Women in Horror Month and here at Nightmarish Conjurings we are celebrating women in all forms of art with the dark corners of horror. In our latest interview, we spoke with actress Rebekah Kennedy about what it means to be a woman in horror.
With the release of 20th Century Fox A CURE FOR WELLNESS, we had the opportunity to speak with visionary director Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean) about his latest film, where his inspiration came from, and if those eels are real.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Gore, thank you so much for speaking with me today, it really is an honor! To start things off, for those who may not be familiar with your latest film, A CURE FOR WELLNESS, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Gore Verbinski: It's about a young stockbroker who gets sent to the Swiss Alps to a wellness center to retrieve his CEO who went on a spa vacation and hasn't returned. But really it's about this place that's high above the clouds that has been watching modern man through the industrial revolution and personal computers and cellphones and is offering a sort of diagnosis. It's almost like if you got a note from the doctor saying you're not responsible because you're not well, it's kind of like a form of absolution and it becomes a sort of opiate for these people and this place. Nobody ever leaves and it's because the cure might be worse than the disease.
Continuing on with our Women in Horror Month, The Creeping Craig spoke with FX creator and makeup artist Haylee Dewar about what it's like to create FX designs for haunts and films as well as the launch of her female-run FX company, Coven FX.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Haylee! Thanks so much for speaking with us today. To start things off, what does women in horror month mean to you?
Haylee Dewar: Women in Horror Month is a chance for women in the FX industry to get recognized for their talent, bringing their work to a wider audience with the use of social media. The FX industry, like so many parts of entertainment, is really dominated by male voices and it can be difficult for women to break in. I think this is a wonderful way to help those of us working in the industry to find each other, as well as inspire future female FX artists!
To kick off week 3 of Women in Horror month, we spoke with horror journalist, Patti Pauley, about what it means to be a woman in horror, what it's like to write for one of the top horror sites in the genre, and who she believes has the best mustache in a horror film.
Nightmarish Conjurings: Hi Patti! Thank you so much for speaking with us for Women in Horror Month! To start things off, for those not familiar with you, can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
Patti Pauley: Well I ramble mostly on the Interwebs haha. I'm one of a few of the Senior Writers and an Assistant Editor over at iHorror.com. So along with keeping the site polished and up to standards for our readers, I also churn out a few fun articles a week to help keep content fresh and exciting. I try not to limit myself to one area of writing, because that's what I call "the safe zone". So the articles I write vary from week to week. It can be breaking news in the horror genre one day, or a list about horror's greatest set of mustaches another day. Oh, and the answer is Tom Atkins for greatest 'stashe. I started with the site back in early 2014, when it was still in it's toddler stages, and having been able to grow along with the site these past three years has been a beautiful experience. I also manage social media for the website, and have written some stuff for Dread Central as well.