IN the coming days i will be reviewing the award winning short films of Director Patrick Rea, First off is Get off my porch" a story about some very aggressive Girl scouts, who when selling cookies don't take no for an answer, Turns out the whole town is hooked on the cookies, which seem to be used for some kind of mind control, funny and spooky if you get a chance to see this film somewhere do it, also for Friday 13th fans Harry Manfredini did the score.
Director Israel Luna (Ticked off trannies w/knives) has unleashed yet another great film, Fright flick in my opinion is a better film then trannies which has been making waves on the indie circuit, In this film we have a crew who is making a horror film were the Director is cheating on his wife with the lead actress a murder occurs and then all hell breaks loose, no-one is safe , this is kind of a who done it slasher w/ lots of great characters here, it will keep you laughing and keep you guessing until the bloody end i definitely recommend fright flick its one of the better slashers of the new yr.
This movie was released by R-squared films, and for some reason i cant get on their screener list but i have managed to see two of their films via/producers, the first one Long pigs was amazing, and the second Woman's studies is also good maybe not as great as long pigs but good, Woman's studies features Judith o dea who played Barbara in the original Night of the living dead who plays a senator who is sort of the star of this movies mentor, what happens is a woman that works for the senator and her Friends get stuck in the mountains and wind up being taken in by a feminist group, what happens throughout the film is we start to see the true nature of these feminists is evil and they are going for world domination in which all men are made into slaves and anyone who doesn't go along with the plan is killed, after the woman learns whats really going on, she escapes only to find out her boss (the senator is the mastermind behind the movement) good gore, good story it was sorta like The wicker man meets The stephord wives check it out.
This is a great new addition to the Warning sign type films Genre, Mold is about an accidental outbreak of a Biological weapon in a lock down facility, the outbreak of course causes a lock down and a team of military and scientific officials are locked in with a mold spreading an infection, and anyone it touches turns into a possible flesh bubbling monster, We follow the cast as they fight the mold for their life and limbs , a lot of good actors in this film, great gore f/x and even the Cgi was tolerable i recommend checking this one out, possibly the best sci fi horror indie film I've seen this yr.
Silver cell may be the most interesting film Director William Schotten has put out, It features Ashley Gallo (Bloodlock) in a really cool role as a woman who wakes up in the bymax, She is apparently in a coma, and the bymax is a plain in the mind on this plain are some freaky creatures and a guy who is sort of her teacher but really he's more like a tour guide to hell, This is a story about a woman who hooks up with a Single guy who's wife died and he has a daughter that makes her extremely jealous. The lady after a series of freak outs decides if she kills the kid it might bring her closer to him? She poisons the girl she dies , and later while in the bymax she is taken to hell for her life crimes, this was a very creative and cool story, schotten adds some creepy atmospheric stuff and it works, this may be his best movie to date, although i have not seen Below ground yet which is coming soon and it looks amazing! Keep you eyes out for this one Silver cell is due out on Schottens new label Pixeldust releasing sometime in 2011.
1. Your first film Deadlife was a huge success for you, can you tell us a little about its sucess and your relationship with Brain Damage films?
Ah yes, good old Dead Life. After that ordeal I showed it to a few distributors that all came to the same conclusion that the movie stunk. BDF signed the film (in my personal opinion) just on the key art and the fact that the box would look killer. BDF worked hard and got it into some awesome retail outlets and started my so called career. BDF and myself have had a great relationship ever since.
2. You released a second and third feature w/ Brain Damage films aka Midnight releasing Sabbath & Bloodlock Can you tell us how you've evolved as a filmmaker?
Well Sabbath, although better looking and sounding, based on reviews wasn't even as good as Dead Life. The film got a release but in the end lost money for the distributor and slipped into film obscurity.
Bloodlock Written by the awesome Tom McLaughlin and was not my third but my 4th feature. The third is a film called 'Dread" that may never see the light of day. The distributor was able to make a deal with Echo Bridge entertainment to get it into some swanky retail locations so BloodLock is a success so to speak.
3. For your fourth film Silver cell you've decided to break away from Brain damage films and distribute it yourself, what lead to that decision?
Silver Cell actually my 5th film was a project close to my heart because I got back to writing and directing again. I just wanted to take a stab at starting my own distribution like JR Bookwalter did back in the 90s. So I juiced up on all of the advice i could and will be setting out this spring to try and make it work. This in no way was the result of my relationship with Midnight Releasing.
4. what advice can you give indie filmmakers out there that may be on their first project and are overwhelmed or wanna give up?
It's tough for me to justify giving advice because it's not like I'm setting the world on fire yet. But for what its worth here it goes... Plug yourselves in! you should be thinking of the film almost every waking second. There are going to be dozens of people that will say "I wanna help" three or 4 people will be useful to you so work your ass off building a competent crew. Don't act like a dictator, no one will want to work for you if they think your a dick. That being said you gotta strike a reasonable balance of authority. Your still the boss.
5. Your working on a new film Below ground, will this be slf distributed or will you submit to a distributor?
Below ground will be going out on Pixel Dust Releasing as well. it was our first 24 hr film challenge. We will be doing one of these per year. We get together and shoot a whole feature film in 24 hrs. Started at 7:00 am on Nov 13th and wrapped at 6:00 am Nov 14th. It was an interesting outing that went very well. I encourage any filmmaker to take on challenges like this and push yourself to see if you can do it.
6. Pixledust releasing is your company in which your self distributing will you be carrying other titles from other filmmakers in the future?
Not any time soon.
7. whats next for William Schotten?
Well in the spring we are finishing a film that I am producing called "Planting Season". Directed by my assistant director and FX artist Arthur Collins.
Then on to our next 24 Hr Film Challenge "The Ohio Lights". An "American Graffiti" meets "Close Encounters" film. Should be an interesting film.
8. Will there be a Dead life 2?
YES INDEED! Shooting in 2012. Title "Dead Life - Necrodevils"
On a final note thanks to all the indie fans out there. You guys are the only thing keeping Hollywood from choking us out all together!
I thought for another cannibal film which is becoming a very popular part of the genre with films such as wrong turn, Albino farm , The hills have eyes ect.. Bloodwood cannibals is right up there with the best of them. The story follows a group of Big foot hunters who are filming a documentary when they unsuspectingly run into a family of cannibals, some die and some escape, great gore and good story, you actually will care about the characters and will be on the edge of your seat the whole time i definitely recommend this to any horror fan
A 19 MIN film about a Guy who kidnaps a girl and is going to film himself kill her. The girl disappears and when the kidnapper actually finds her he's in for a horrific surprise, not a bad little film B&W
I believe theres an add in the recent fangoria magazine to purchase this DVD, amazon is out of stock.
The newest instalment by Sonny Fernandez, Honestly i see why people dig this guy, he somehow has this raw filmaking ability and his movies are gory and fun, i really liked The Aborted but i feel that Bleed falls short and isnt as good, Its like he shot all his movies on the same day with the same actors, just not much progress here If you wanna see a Sonny Fernandez film and haven't yet Id suggest The Aborted (Read Review below)..
A straight up raw energy indie gore-fest, The aborted tells the story of a Guy who's sister gets an abortion from a local Goth chick who aborts peoples baby's who don't want anyone including planned parenthood to know. When the girl is murdered her brother goes on a quest to find her killer, he finds out that all The Aborted babies are coming back and killing with a vengeance anyone who has anything to do with their toilet bowl fate, Sonny Fernandez uses crazy camera work, and some unique gore effects to pull off a pretty entertaining film, Id love to see what he could do with a budget
1. Tell us how you got started in film and a little about your first feature The necro files? I became obsessed with super 8 when I was about ten. I think it was a good learning medium because the cost of it forced me to be very serious about everything I shot. "Back from Hell" was actually my first feature. 16mm was the logical progression from super 8 so I started shooting that film when I was 20 back in 1988. It took four years to finish at a cost of about $15,000.
And that led to the second feature, "Legion of the Night", which was also shot on 16mm. "The Necro Files" was the first picture I shot on video.
2. After a 10 yr Hiatus Your back with a new film 300 Killers aka Drug cult which is to be released Dec 7th 2010 Why did you decide to return to film?
Film making never left my bloodstream. After some other projects fell through, I just decided to finance another one myself, and that became "300 Killers".
3. What advice would you give someone who is just starting out, and may be overwhelmed?
. Just get used to looking through a camera. Shoot as much video as you can and experiment with editing. It's just like writing: Shoot what you know
4. Do you think there is money to be mad as an indie filmmaker or is it mostly for exposure what role does the distributor play in a films success?
An indie film really has to gross a fortune for the filmmaker to see much. "Legion of the night" grossed nearly half a million dollars in foreign sales and we got $50,000. Of course the president of that company died of a cocaine overdose so at least we know where the rest of our money went!
5. What does the future hold for Matt jaissle?
I'd like to get to a position where I don't have to compromise as much.
6. say something to the fans?
There's no one I appreciate more than a fan. If you keep watching 'em, I'll keep making 'em!
Attack of the killer turds is a short film about a Hamburger joint who's meat is somehow infected, & once you eat their burgers you will crap out a Killer turd. The turds in this movie look like a Mr Bill shit with Teeth, with tongue firmly placed in cheek this film shows us that as long as you can have fun and you have a good idea (killer turds) you can entertain pretty easily. In the tradition of Grindhouse Killer turds was a hoot , If you get a chance to see it do so http://www.attackofthekillerturds.com/ RANK 6.5/10
Marlena Midnite presents The Italian zombie movie, First of all i wanna talk about the film, Italian zombie movies part 1-2 are an homage to Films Like Fulci's zombie, Burial ground, Hell of the living dead ect.. Basically the Govt develops an antitoxin that is supposed to make soldiers immune to all enemy chemical warfare. The toxin has a horrible side effect and is buried in a land fill, Zombies emerge (soldiers) and one mans brother is killed , the man gets a call from a govt official that tells him he can solve his brothers death if he can bring him the antitoxin, this film is full of gore, cool zombies, ect, Director Thomas berdinski pulls off 2 ful length feature films all on cheap camcorders, the final product is genius. Italian zombie movie has won awards, toured the festival circuit not to mention its also being self distributed and will give any Troma film a run for its money. Now I wanna talk about this version its presented and hosted by Marlena midnite from Midnite mausoleum i think mausoleum is cute and a cool show, better then most, lately there has been a slew of horror hosts and only a few in my opinion are worth watching, Marlena is fun and silly which she adds some funny stuff here, you can get this version exclusively at Horror Hound conventions only..
Albino farm in my opinion is just as good as any movie from this genre (inbred freak cannibals) The film starts off with two boys in the 1950's riding their bikes up to the Gates of the property of The Albino Farm one kid enters cause the other ones afraid they both suddenly get dragged away by something terrible, The credits role and were in the present day, A group of Teenagers are on a road trip for a school project when they almost run into a kid on the highway scooping up roadkill with a spatula, it turns out its no kid, the teens get a flat tire and while they are stuck in the small town called Shiloh they see weird things, like senior citizens breast feeding and religious inbred zealots to name a few, after they hear plenty about the legend of The Albino farm they decide to go once the cars fixed and check it out so they can write a report on it for their school project. It turns out they all fall victim to the ugly inbred freaks except for one will she survive or will she join them? watch and find out, this is a great and suspenseful film if you like stuff like Wrong turn then you'll love this movie I recommend to any genre fan
Honostly its not so much a bad film, its just that its got way too much penis, and i dont mean asshole actors, i mean real penis, much like a recent Troma film The taint is a gory film and pretty much a Horror/comedy about some kind of infection that makes people wanna fuck you to death or something like that? Im not sure i couldnt really pay attention with all the penis in my face, but i will say if you like this sorta thing then its not a bad movie, the Gore f/x were amazing .
At first i thought i really wasn't going to like this movie, but it turned out to be something pretty twisted and very engaging. This is a brilliant little movie in my opinion, any time you can pretty much keep an audience stuck to the screen with one location then you got something special. This movie is basically about a very twisted woman that lives underneath an old house where she has built a tomb sorta looking dungeon space where she keeps her dead companions , one night she ventures out and winds up bringing a guy home from a bar and keeps him in a cage, what takes place after is lots of dialogue between them and some sexy hot corpse fucking ..Its twisted enough to definitely keep you interested another winner from R- Squared films.
1.You made 2 full length feature films, did you do them back to back and are these the first films you've done?
“Zombie Abomination and Zombie Atrocity - The Italian Zombie Movie Parts 1 & 2” were shot at the same time. I wish I could say, “I planned it that way,” but I did not. Originally, I wrote a 90-page script which typically equates to about 90 minutes of movie, but a couple of things happened: First off, even though my entire cast was volunteers with virtually no acting experience whatsoever, I learned very quickly that they were WAY more talented that I thought! This inspired me to give them larger parts, shoot more complicated scenes – even expand the plots. I was literally re-writing this movie every night while we shot it! For example, the alien characters originally had no dialog whatsoever; they were simply going to be observers until the very last scene. Well, we shot the last scene first and after that, I just had to do more with these guys. I loved their chemistry and sci-fi humor. I ended up adding about 30 minutes of dialog and a whole new subplot involving a living dead machine! Secondly, when you are working with volunteers, scheduling becomes very difficult. My movie starred soccer moms, soccer dads and soccer kids so we were constantly having scheduling problems. When that would happen, sometimes I would be able to round up other cast members so I'd write a new scene for them. One actress in particular was difficult to schedule – she put us off for an entire year – so I filled that time up giving other characters (mostly the very popular “sexist” couple Ruggerro and Maria) more scenes. Ultimately, when it was all shot and edited (4.5 years after we started!) I had nearly 4 hours of movie! Fortunately, and this was pure luck, at about the 100 minute mark all of the stories had a cliff hanger. This ended up being the break point between Parts 1 and 2; and it's also why you really need to see both parts. This isn't a movie and it's sequel; it's a two-part miniseries. These are my first two feature length films. I've done lots of shorts, industrial videos, training films, commercials and (barf) wedding videos, mostly to make money to build my digital video and recording studio. I am a true indie!
2. What led up to the making of Italian Zombie Movie & who are your biggest influences?
My “Italian Zombie Movies” came about because, quite simply, I love European horror movies – and especially Italian zombie movies! Let's face it: Everyone has been remaking “Night of the Living Dead” and “28 Days Later” endlessly, but it didn't seem like anyone was remaking (or paying homage to) the European zombie movies from the 1980s and their surreal, dreamlike style (and ridiculously sexist characters!) I wanted to pay homage to the movies I loved; movies like Lucio Fulci's “Zombi 2”, “Gates of Hell” and “The Beyond”, Bruno Mattei's “Hell of the Living Dead” and Andrea Bianchi's “Burial Ground”, while taking the dated sexist stereotypes and playing those for laughs. Our movies don't make fun of the European horror genre but we do make fun of the stereotypes. Personally, my biggest influences would probably be the aforementioned Fulci, Mattei and Bianchi, and also Sam Raimi (“The Evil Dead”), Dan O'Bannon (“Return of the Living Dead”) and Lloyd Kaufman (“Poultrygeist”). I also really love the work of Larry Fessenden (“House of the Devil”, “I Sell the Dead”, “Automatons”).
3. Can you tell us what the film was shot on? & How you managed to pull it off?
These movies were shot on DV using the cheapest off-the-shelf camcorders Best Buy had to offer. We typically shot them using camcorders people already had for their home movies, but when these got ruined by spraying blood (or urine!) I did end up purchasing a couple cheap Sony DV camcorders from Best Buy. We edited it all on Sony Vegas (and about 5 terabytes of hard drive space!) I'm still not entirely sure how we pulled off two movies that have actually won some awards and have been shown in indie theaters and at horror conventions all over the country now, but my guess is: 1) We got lucky, and; 2) We were creative, we worked hard and we never gave up. I think it was mostly 2... For example, we had no boom microphones so here was our workaround: Every line of dialog was shot with at least one close-up so the microphone on the camcorder could pick up the entire line. If I ended up using a long shot in the edit, I would use the dialog from the close-up. For the most part, this worked very well (and it didn't hurt that we were making a parody of foreign movies, so if the lips were a tiny bit off, that was okay!) Creativity, patience and persistence are the most important qualities of an indie filmmaker and his cast and crew, in my opinion.
4. Your doing tons of self promotion and are distributing the film yourself how is that working out?
Well, I'd be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy promoting these movies. It's honestly been almost as much fun as shooting the movies was! I've personally been all over the midwest at festivals and conventions (me and my cast have even been the featured guests at a few!) The movies have been shown in over 20 states, including on over 40 TV stations on the “Midnite Mausoleum” TV show and all over the world on the “100 Years of Monster Movies” interactive internet show. More TV and internet opportunities just keep popping up. Each time we do an event or a show like Midnite Mausoleum, we see a nice bump in our sales on Amazon and via our website www.italianzombiemovie.com. Facebook has been an excellent FREE marketing tool for us and Myspace and YouTube have helped as well. The way I look at it, since I own all the rights to my movies, I can do whatever I want with them. If a distributor wants to buy them and promote them, I am certainly open to that, but let's face it: Joe Blow isn't going to go to Walmart and suddenly want to buy “The Italian Zombie Movie”. It isn't a pop movie or an impulse buy like “Avatar”. It's a genre movie and the people who love this genre are web savvy. They research it on the web and find it on Amazon or Indieflix just as easily as they could at Best Buy. We've sold enough movies that we have a nice budget for Part 3 now.
5. There has been another version of the films w/hostess Marlena Midnite tell us about how that evolved?
As I mentioned above, both of our movies were shown on Midnight Mausoleum this past July. Midnite Mausoleum is a horror host show (e.g., “Elvira Mistress of the Dark”) that typically plays old public domain horror movies with fun skits inserted in. They are shown weekly in over 20 states on 40+ channels currently. I think they may be the fastest growing horror host show. Anyway, this was the first time they'd shown a new release so it was very exciting for all of us – and subsequently my July sales were the highest we'd had since our debut around Christmas 2009! It was an excellent partnership that actually came about purely by chance: We were at HorrorHound in Indianapolis in March 2010 promoting our Italian Zombie Movies. Our vendor table wasn't far from Marlena Midnite and Robyn Grave's table so I went over to learn about Midnite Mausoleum. Well, Marlena (who in her own words is “rabidly friendly”) and I hit it off right away and I sort of joked that they should show my movie sometime. I later got acquainted with their producer Blake Powell and suggested it again. I told him I was willing to put together an “edited-for-tv” version and we worked out the technical details. Because their show is two hours long and my movies are closer to 90 minutes, they invited me to be a guest on their show; to do some “summer campy” skits (which Marlena wrote) to fill out the run time. If you've seen these summer camp episodes, you can tell we all had a blast! I think we all hope to work together on some projects down the road...
6. What advice would you give struggling filmmakers who might want to give up?
Never give up! No one will make your movie for you! I mentioned this before, but the combination of creativity, patience and persistence is how indie movies get made. Let me give you another example of something happened to us early on that very well could've killed our movie. The very first scene that we shot was shot in the local county morgue. We had all the appropriate VERBAL permissions and shot about half of the first scene so we were returning to finish the next day. Well, we got all set up and out of nowhere, a security guard comes in and throws us out. No explanation was given. He gave us time to pack up our gear (and gore) and told us to get off the premises. Well, we found out later that a janitor had seen us the night before and had tried to flirt with one of our actresses. She wasn't interested and politely refused and went about her business. When he saw us the next day, he called security and had us thrown out. A few weeks later the morgue called and apologized to us but by then I had re-wrote the scene to take place elsewhere. Of course we were upset – a large portion of the movie was going to take place there – but I just had to persist and be creative and come up with another way to do it (and everyone else had to be patient while I did!) Don't give up! Movie making is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Finish what you start!
7. What's next for you, any plans for future projects?
Ha – Way too many plans! “The Italian Zombie Part 3” is in the works. I've been so happy that so many people have come up to me or emailed me asking for Part 3. The good news is, you won't need to see Parts 1 and 2 to see Part 3. Part 3 picks up right where Part 2 leaves off (so if you have seen them, that's great) but it's an entirely new story with some familiar faces and some new ones. I can't wait to get started shooting it (hopefully this spring). I also contributed to a book called “Curved Space – The Adventures of Stella Star” which is an homage to the campy Italian sci-fi “Starcrash” that I am helping to promote. If you liked the Italian Zombie Movie, you'll really enjoy “Curved Space”; it's very similar in style, etc. (My story involves the heroine Stella Star meeting up with zombies!) Currently I am involved in a short movie contest with ten other filmmakers called “The Collective”. Some of the filmmakers involved are friends that I've met at conventions (e.g., Cameron Scott of the soon-to-be-released “Post Mortem-America 2021” starring Linnea Quigley, Jason Hoover of Jabb Pictures and “Spike” fame, James Mannan of Liberty or Death Productions, etc.) All ten filmmakers were given the same theme and we all have ten minutes to tell a story from it. My story is pretty darn crazy and filled with effects. If all goes well, all ten will premiere at HorrorHound in Indianapolis this March.
8. Will Italian zombie movie be distributed by a distributor in the future?
I don't know. I have been contacted by a few distributors but so far no deals have been reached. My question to them is, “Where will you be putting my movie where it will sell?” If they just are doing the same things I am doing (internet sales, a few stores, conventions) what's the point? If I'm just one of 500 titles they carry, might I get lost in the mix? Right now, if you Google “Italian Zombie Movies” we pop-up on top along with my website. Search “Zombie Movies” on Amazon and we were ranked something like 9th this past month. I'm not even on IMDB yet but people find me and our movies. I really need to know that the distributor will be able to reach my audience better than I can before I will give up any rights. So far, that hasn't happened.
9. Say something to the fans.
Thank you ALL so very much for making our little “Italian Zombie Movie” dream come true! I never thought in a million years that we could sell so many movies all over the country and have such great fans! We appreciate your emails, your reviews, your Facebook posts, everything you've done to help spread the word for us and with us. Perhaps best of all, you have inspired us to keep making movies – Thank YOU so much for that! I hope you enjoy Part 3! Keep indie film making alive!