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.
Having had it's World Premiere at SXSW, Dominic Bridges' TWO PIGEONS has made quite a splash in the genre film industry. The film, which follows the life of a sleazy real estate agent and the man who unsuspectingly lives in his flat, is both a humorous dark comedy and a thriller that embeds a narrative of social commentary. In anticipation for the premiere, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Dominic Bridges about his full length directorial debut and where his inspiration for the film came from.
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.