For the release of Cinestate’s PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, I had the chance to speak with the creator of the PUPPET MASTER franchise himself, Mr. Charles Band. A true lover of horror, stop-motion animation, and the creation of unique characters, Charles Band has become a household name for many of us who have a deep appreciation for the beloved genre. During our chat, we discussed everything from the creation of the PUPPET MASTER franchise, how the LITTLEST REICH fits into the timeline of films, and what puppet character he relates to the most.
Recently I got the chance to sit down with Erik Blair, the creative director of They Played Productions, and Thea Rivera, the owner and producer of They Played Productions, to discuss their recent immersive three-part project, Captivated. Last year they debuted Captivated: Justine. This weekend they will be debuting the second act in their Captivated series, Captivated: Victoria.
I’m so happy I got the opportunity to speak with actor Bruce Davison regarding his latest film role, Reverend Michael, in the indie-exorcism-horror film, ALONG CAME THE DEVIL. I have long been a fan of Bruce’s and believe he’s one of the United States’ best character actors. I still get nervous whenever I have to interview someone, and this time was no exception, but I'm happy to report that Bruce is incredibly nice and funny.
For the upcoming release of Sebastian Gutierrez’s latest film ELIZABETH HARVEST, Shannon had the chance to speak with the extremely talented and accomplished actress Carla Gugino. During their chat they discussed everything from her role as the elusive Claire, the notion of morality, and the feminist themes that the film incorporates.
Hi, again ghosts and ghouls! Today I'm back with an interview with the producer and writer of my favorite horror comedy of all time: Clarissa Jacobson of LUNCH LADIES. If you read my review of the short, which you can find HERE, it's no secret that I absolutely adored it and everything about it. When I reviewed this film, I had no idea what I was in for, but when it was over, it was solidified as my favorite short film I've ever seen. LUNCH LADIES is the perfect mixture of campy horror and comedy, making it not only enjoyable to watch at the moment, but it makes it a story that sticks with you for a long time after it's over. During my conversation with Clarissa, she gives us a little bit of insight into where LUNCH LADIES came from, as well as its inspiration.
Last week, Sarah had the chance to speak with producer and director Lyndsie Scoggin, producer and artistic director Danielle Levesque, and writer Nick Rheinwald-Jones to discuss all things related to THE SIDESHOW, what drew them to dive into the circus life of 1930's, and tips and tricks for both new and old alike on how to enjoy the full depth of their experience.
With the release of the action/adventure film RAMPAGE, starring Dwayne Johnson, Shannon had the chance to speak with the real star of the film, the giant albino gorilla George, played by the incredibly personable and charming Jason Liles. During their chat, they discussed everything from what it’s like to be an actor doing motion capture performances, to the in-depth research he did in order to transform into George the Gorilla.
For the U.S. release of THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY, Shannon had the chance to speak with Aislinn Clarke, the first woman to direct a horror film in Northern Ireland. The film, which is inspired by the infamous true histories of Magdalene Laundries, intertwines possession and demonic entities with the horror that these women faced being confined to these institutions run by sadistic nuns. During their chat, they discussed everything from the hellish history of these laundries to Aislinn's experience working on her first feature film.
MANILA DEATH SQUAD is a beautifully-shot frenetic short film that is currently a Vimeo Staff Pick. You can watch it online today HERE. MANILA DEATH SQUAD is part action/part political commentary of the Duterte regime - er I mean presidency.
For the release of ANOTHER WOLFCOP, the sequel to 2014's Wolfcop, where an alcoholic policeman begins to turn into a werewolf, Abigail had the chance to speak with the Wolfcop himself, actor Leo Fafard. During their chat they discussed everything from the use of practical effects to getting into the mindset of a donut-lovin', alcoholic werewolf.
For the release of the post-apocalyptic horror film THE DOMESTICS, Shannon had the chance to speak with actor Lee Perkins about his latest role as Dean the Nailer, the leader of a vicious gang known as the Nailers. During their chat they discussed everything from what inspired his portrayal of the character to what he enjoyed most about playing such a depraved killer.
Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with writer/director Mike P. Nelson about his latest film, THE DOMESTICS, which blends horror elements and relationship issues during a post-apocalyptic backdrop. During our chat, we discussed everything from how his marriage was the basis of the inspiration for the film to showcasing strong female characters who find their strength in times of turmoil.
I remember exactly where I was the first time I watched Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's film SPRING (2014), as it has had a long-lasting effect on me and my passion (aka obsession) for Lovecraftian mythos. I quickly followed that up with a viewing of their first feature RESOLUTION (2012), which resulted in solidifying these two incredibly talented filmmakers as favorites of mine. Never in a million years did I think I would get the chance to speak with them, or better yet interview them about their latest film, the acclaimed supernatural sci-fi horror film, THE ENDLESS, but sometimes dreams do come true.
Last week I had the chance to speak with director Adam Rifkin about his horror/comedy, DIRECTOR'S CUT, which was just released on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. During our conversation, we discussed everything from working closely with Penn Jillette, who penned the script, to using crowdfunding as a tool to finance a film.
On June 6th, I had the opportunity to talk on the phone to renowned director Jack Sholder, who will be in attendance for a screening of his 1987 Sci-fi/Action masterpiece THE HIDDEN as part of Alamo Draft House NYC’s Terror Tuesdays. I asked him the things I had always been curious about regarding the film. If you haven’t seen THE HIDDEN and you want to, I would suggest waiting until after you’ve seen the film to read the interview.
THE CLEANSE is the first feature length film from writer/director Bobby Miller, also known for the short film Tub (2010), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2010. THE CLEANSE is a refreshingly unique film that fuses magnificent practical effects with comedy and whimsical horror to create a genre bending experience.
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.