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Interview: Charles Band for PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (2018)

Interview: Charles Band for PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (2018)

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. 

Midsummer Scream Interview: Creator Jon Braver for Delusion's VR Series LIES WITHIN

Midsummer Scream Interview: Creator Jon Braver for Delusion's VR Series LIES WITHIN

While attending Midsummer Scream last month, I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Jon Braver, the mastermind behind Delusion, an interactive horror theater company. Along with their incredible interactive plays, Delusion has entered into the world of VR with their first series, LIES WITHIN, based off of their 2014 live show of the same name. 

Interview: Actress Carla Gugino for ELIZABETH HARVEST

Interview: Actress Carla Gugino for ELIZABETH HARVEST

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. 

SDCC Interview: Creator Bobcat Goldthwaite for TruTV's MISFITS & MONSTERS

SDCC Interview: Creator Bobcat Goldthwaite for TruTV's MISFITS & MONSTERS

Last month while at San Diego Comic-Con, myself and a slew of other journalists had the chance to speak with writer/director/actor/comedian extraordinaire Bobcat Goldthwaite about his new show, BOBCAT GOLDTHWAITE'S MISFITS AND MONSTERS. Going into the interview I was only familiar with the fact that the show was a scripted anthology series, so I decided to pick Mr. Goldthwaite's brain about the concept of MISFITS AND MONSTERS and he did not disappoint. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Director/Writer Tilman Singer for LUZ

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Director/Writer Tilman Singer for LUZ

One of the most buzzed about movies coming out of the film festival circuit has been director Tilman Singer's debut German horror film, LUZ. During the Fantasia Film Festival, I had the chance to chat with Tilman about his film, where he drew his inspiration from, and what actually scares him. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Writer/Director Mick Garris for NIGHTMARE CINEMA

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Writer/Director Mick Garris for NIGHTMARE CINEMA

One of my favorite films to come out of 2018 Fantasia Film Festival has been the horror anthology NIGHTMARE CINEMA. Conjured up by Masters of Horror director Mick Garris, the anthology features some of the best names in the genre including Joe Dante (Gremlins), Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead),  Ryûhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) and David Slade (30 Days of Night). Following its World Premiere at the acclaimed film festival, I had the chance to speak with writer/director Mick Garris about NIGHTMARE CINEMA, working with Mickey Rourke, and the process of bringing four other directors on for this anthology. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Writer/Director Andy Mitton for THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Writer/Director Andy Mitton for THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW

A few weeks ago, Shannon had the chance to speak with writer/director Andy Mitton about his latest film THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW, which just had its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 23. During their chat, they discussed everything from the emotional inspiration behind the film's premise, the term "elevated horror", and what it was like to work on his first solo directorial feature. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Alejandro Brugués for NIGHTMARE CINEMA

Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Interview: Alejandro Brugués for NIGHTMARE CINEMA

This past Thursday saw the World Premiere of the horror anthology NIGHTMARE CINEMA, which took place at the 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival. The anthology features some of the best horror directors in the industry, which include Mick Garris, Joe Dante, Alejandro Brugués, Ryûhei Kitamura, and David Slade, each of whom have their own individual short in the film.

Interview: Actor Jason Liles for RAMPAGE

Interview: Actor Jason Liles for RAMPAGE

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. 

Interview: Director Aislinn Clarke for THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY

Interview: Director Aislinn Clarke for THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY

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. 

Interview: Actor Lee Perkins for THE DOMESTICS

Interview: Actor Lee Perkins for THE DOMESTICS

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. 

Interview: Writer/Director Mike P. Nelson for THE DOMESTICS

Interview: Writer/Director Mike P. Nelson for THE DOMESTICS

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.  

Interview: Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead for THE ENDLESS

Interview: Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead for THE ENDLESS

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. 

Interview: Director Adam Rifkin for DIRECTOR'S CUT

Interview: Director Adam Rifkin for DIRECTOR'S CUT

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. 

Overlook Film Festival Interview: Actress Chloë Levine for THE RANGER

Overlook Film Festival Interview: Actress Chloë Levine for THE RANGER

During the Overlook Film Festival back in April, Shannon had the chance to check out the punk rock horror film, THE RANGER, a film that has quickly garnered well-deserved praises from critics and fans alike. A few weeks later, after battling a nasty bout of pneumonia, she had the chance to talk with the star of the film, actress Chloe Levine, where they discussed everything from her latest role as Chelsea, a tough-as-nails punk rocker who has to face a terrifying past, to taking on complex characters, to dealing with ticks out in the woods.

Interview: Writer/Director Michael Pearce for BEAST

Interview: Writer/Director Michael Pearce for BEAST

For the release of the dark fairytale thriller, BEAST, Shannon had the chance to speak with director Michael Pearce about his debut film, the inspiration behind it, and exploring the depths of human behavior. 

Interview: Game Master Ivan Van Norman for WE'RE ALIVE: FRONTIER

Interview: Game Master Ivan Van Norman for WE'RE ALIVE: FRONTIER

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.

Interview: Actor Tommy Wiseau for BEST F(R)IENDS

Interview: Actor Tommy Wiseau for BEST F(R)IENDS

During the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Shannon had the chance to speak with actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau about his latest film in which he plays a mortician. Directed by his friend Greg Sestero, BEST F(R)IENDS tells the story of a drifter who befriends a quirky mortician, resulting in an unlikely business partnership that triggers the fragility of of friendship and loyalty. During the interview, Shannon and Tommy talked about everything from working in a real life mortuary to the real life story surrounding the inception of this film.  

Interview: Actress Laurie Holden for PYEWACKET

Interview: Actress Laurie Holden for PYEWACKET

For the release of the occult horror film, PYEWACKET, Shannon had the chance to speak with actress Laurie Holden ("The Walking Dead") about her latest role. The film, which centers around a teenage girl who performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother, stars Laurie Holden as Mrs. Reyes, the target of her daughter's anger. During the interview Shannon and Laurie talked about everything from loss and grief, what interested her in Adam MacDonald's film, and her history of taking on roles that showcase strong female characters. 

Interview: Father Mike Maginot for DEMON HOUSE

Interview: Father Mike Maginot for DEMON HOUSE

For the release of Zak Bagan's upcoming documentary, DEMON HOUSE, Shannon spoke with Father Mike Maginot about his experiences with the "house of 200 demons". During their talk, Father Mike shared his story about working with the Ammon family which included LaToya Ammon and her three children; a daughter and two sons. The former residents of the home experienced supernatural occurrences including physical contact, possessions, and levitation and Father Maginot was on hand to perform an exorcism on LaToya Ammon to free her and her family from any demonic entities.