For the release of the third episode of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series, Pooka!, I had the chance to speak with the incredibly talented Nyasha Hatendi. The episode, which centers on a struggling actor who takes a seasonal holiday job as a plush Christmas character, is one that carries a lot of emotional weight as well as horrific imagery and surprise twists. During our chat, Nyasha and I discussed everything from what it was like to embody Pooka, the emotional themes presented, and working with acclaimed director Nacho Vigalondo.
It’s that time of year when the holidays have encompassed most everyone’s life, for better or for worse. For those who like the Yuletide season to have a dash of horror, they won’t have to look far as ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING is a fun and terrifying anthology centered around the holiday season! For the DVD and VOD release, I had the chance to speak with actress Amanda Fuller where we discussed everything from her three roles in the film to her love for the horror genre.
Whether you love it or hate it, CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA has become one of the most talked about shows of 2018. Inspired by the 2014 Archie Comics of the same name, the series focuses on 16-year-old Sabrina Spellman and her life as a half mortal/half witch. For the show’s release, Shannon had the chance to speak with actress Annette Reilly about her role as Sabrina’s mom, Diana Spellman. During their chat, they discussed everything from the dark tones of the show to the importance of Diana Spellman.
There’s something intrinsically terrifying about films that could easily take place in real life. Such is the case in the recently released thriller THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER, which features a picture-perfect family and the horrific secrets that lay behind closed doors. For the film’s release, I had the opportunity to chat with director Duncan Skiles about his latest film where we discussed everything from religious fanaticism to researching serial killers.
KILLER KATE, the feature film debut from director Elliot Feld, centers around two estranged sisters - Kate and Angie - who find themselves up against a family of amateur killers during Angie’s bachelorette party. For the film’s release, I had the chance to speak with actress Tiffany Shepis, where we discussed everything from the joys of playing a villain, to what she looks for when choosing a role.
For the Screamfest premiere of THE GOLEM, I had the chance to speak with directors Doron and Yoav Paz about their latest film where I received more insight into the complex depth and significance of their film. During our chat we discussed everything from grief and loss, feminism, developing tolerance, and showing respect for others. Read on to learn more.
In the latest season of CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR, newlyweds Jillian and Tom have come to learn how dangerous secrets can be when a mysterious door appears in their home which threatens their relationship and lives. For this season, I had the chance to speak with returning actor Brandon Scott about his role as Tom as well as the terrifying reality of what Pretzel Jack encompasses.
THE DARK, which is the feature film debut from director Justin P. Lange, is a heart-wrenching horror/thriller that deals with themes of abuse and trauma. The film centers around an undead teenage girl, played by Nadia Alexander, and a blind boy, played by Toby Nichols, who are both victims of unspeakable abuse. For the release of the film, I had the chance to speak with Toby Nichols about his latest role, working with prosthetics, and finding strength through trauma.
This year’s Brooklyn Horror Film Festival housed some great short blocks filled with familiar and up-and-coming filmmakers alike, with each block containing diverse subject matters. For the Creeping Terror short film block, I was able to sit down with director Martin Melnick to delve deeper into his intensely eerie short, CIRCLE and discuss inspirational origins, classic cars, and the supernatural.
I spoke with Chris Von Hoffmann about his new film MONSTER PARTY and found that he is an intense and dedicated director who cares about giving his audience their money’s worth. His first film Drifter is the story of cannibals in a post apocalyptic desert that was shot in 17 days on a microbudget. MONSTER PARTY is a different animal, shot mostly indoors, but as always creating a film is always a challenge. MONSTER PARTY is a film you’ll want to see and Hoffmann is a director whose career you will want to keep an eye on.
Madaline is a young, single mom who returns home only to find herself sent to a remote convent after signs of the stigmata begin appearing on her body. This is the premise for the upcoming occult thriller WELCOME TO MERCY and I was lucky enough to speak with writer/actor Kristen Ruhlin who plays the title role of Madaline. During our chat we discussed everything from demonic possession, traveling to Latvia, and what it’s like to levitate.
As we approached Brett Simmons, co-writer and director of YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER, I already sensed he might be the guy for the job of making a meta-horror. Dressed in a Back to the Future tee, blending in well with the genre shirts popular at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Brett gives off the vibe you want in someone making a self-referential horror comedy; he looks like a film fan.
Reality X is an up and coming immersive experience company that seeks to blend live experiences with real world immersion, puzzle solving, and monetary prizes. With the company’s launch experience titled WELCOME HOME diving head deep into the horror genre, many fans of films such as The Strangers will be able to get a glimpse of just the tip of the iceberg for what The Reality X has in store for the community.
For the release of Anthony DiBlasi’s latest horror film EXTREMITY, I had the chance to speak with writer Rebecca Swan. Based off her unpublished novella “Extremity: The Secret Journal of Allison Bell”, the film focuses on a woman determined to work through traumatic events in her life through the use of extreme haunts. During our chat we discussed everything from haunted attractions to how the horror genre can be used as a therapeutic tool.
For the release of the trippy horror film HEAD COUNT, which centers around a group of friends who accidentally summon a malevolent creature, Shannon had the chance to speak with writer/director Elle Callahan during the LA Film Festival. During their chat they discussed everything from folklore, to the horror genre, and the process of building up an effective slow-burn scare.
Just in time for Halloween, SYFY will be premiering CUCUY: THE BOOGEYMAN, an original horror film centered around the Mexican Boogeyman, otherwise known as Cucuy, a creature that has a taste for children who behave badly. For the film's release, I had the chance to speak with writer/director Peter Sullivan (The Sandman) where we discussed everything from the urban legend surrounding Cucuy to bringing the creature to life.