Sid Haig [Interview]

Welcome to Day 31 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Well folks, we did it! This is the last day of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror showcase. It has been quite a ride this year, and by my calculations, we only missed one day! But, in the 30 days we did have articles go live, we managed to bring you some damn fine showcases thanks to the amazing people and films that we were so excited to share with you. We touched on different horror universes from minds like Roger Corman and Steve Sessions, to Troma Pictures and our beloved Halloween franchise. And so much more! And of course, we couldn’t disappoint on the big day!

For our highlight of the series, we have a few brief words from one of the most iconic figures of the cult world of horror, the legendary Sid Haig! Modern day and more mainstream focused horror fans will instantly recognize him as the great Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s truly fascinating films House of A 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. The more die-hard fans will recognize him from the abundance of horror films he has worked on since Corpses was brought to the world. And die hard cinephiles out there are going to know him for his work in the world of exploitation and art house cinema dating back well into the 1960’s.

Yes, Sid Haig is damned legend to say the very least, and it is a true honor to have him wrap everything up for us here at Trainwreck’d Society during our Month of Horror showcase. It was an honor to have his words here with us today, and it has been an honor to bring you all these fine posts. We are back to reality starting tomorrow (which can be frightening in its own way, really), but for now, please enjoy some great words form the legendary Sid Haig!

When did you first discover that you wanted to act as a profession? What initially drew you into the world of acting?

 I knew the moment I stepped inside the Pasadena Playhouse, which was the Theater Arts College where I studied harder than I had ever studied before.

What was it like working in the world of blaxplotation films in the 70’? And what do you believe is the major impacts of this world of film has had on American cinema today?

 That was a very exciting time to be involved in film. It opened so many doors for people whom until that time had very little chance of working at all. I can remember that there were very few black stunt men or women. Bob Miner, who was the stunt coordinator on Coffy had to find some athletes who wanted to work in film, and he taught them how to do the stunts.

Sid Haig in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997)


I read somewhere that you were considered to play Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction, and would eventually have parts written for you in Jackie Brown and Kill Bill Vol. 2. Where did this brilliant connection with you and Quentin come from? Did he proclaim his fandom to you?

 I wouldn’t say he made any proclamation, however he did say he had always enjoyed my work. Which is always nice to hear.

Your involvement in the truly innovative world of new age horror films created by Rob Zombie has been the stuff that dreams are made of for horror fans. For you personally, what made you decide that you wanted to tackle that first role in House of A 1000 Corpses? And what has had you coming back to this world over the years?

 I thought I could have so much fun with that role it was a no brainer. A good story will always keep me coming back.



What is it about the horror genre specifically that makes you enjoy working within it so often?

 It’s just fun making people dig deep and find their fears, and then overcome them.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

Cujo. Just think about a 200 lb. dog trying to eat your car while you’re in it.

What are your plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions you try to stick to each year?

 Nothing special, just taking whatever comes along.

Anything you’d like to plug to our readers?

Look for the film High On the Hog, which is in the final stages of development.

Also, just aired the National Geographic documentary Clowns In Pop Culture, featuring Sid Haig with Captain Spaulding!

[As well as] Many other film projects in various stages of development, so stay tuned!

What was the most recent thing that made you smile?

 The excitement of little kids at conventions.

Check out this amazing clip of Sid Haig doing his amazing performance in the Rob Zombie classic, The Devil’s Rejects:

Katt Shea [Interview]

Welcome to Day 30 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Today’s interview subject is a person who has found herself in the realm of so many things that we have always stated that are interesting and compelling to us here at Trainwreck’d Society. First of all, in order to not mask or talk around the obvious, Katt Shea is a brilliant writer and filmmaker, who is a woman. Now, as many of you may remember from past interviews with women who work mostly behind the screen, specifically last April during our Women of the Present Month….we feel like the gender of the creator should not matter, but sadly it is almost imperative that we showcase the fact that women are out there rocking it in a male-driven industry. And while progress does seem to be have been made, now is not the time to let up!

So with that being said, Katt Shea is an amazing artist who, besides being a badass female in the business, has also worked in other fields that we talk about relentlessly here at TWS, including the world of Roger Corman & Crown International, which is a world that is packed into our archives. She also happens to be the brilliant mind behind classic horror films like Poison Ivy and The Rage: Carrie 2. The latter being the main reason we wanted to showcase her during the big week of our Month of Horror showcase.

Katt Shea gives us some delightful, yet also a bit disturbing, insight into some of her past projects that we all know and love, and also lets us know what is coming up in this truly amazing collection of answers she has been so kind to give us. So ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from the legendary writer and filmmaker Katt Shea!

I have always been intrigued with the world of Roger Corman, and some of the amazing work that has passed through his offices. And you have been WELL versed in that world, writing and directing some incredible films The Patriot and Stripped To Kill. I always have to ask what it was like to work in the Corman world? And what did you enjoy about working in that breakneck pace and environment?

The Patriot (not to be confused with the Mel Gibson movie) was made by Crown International. I didn’t direct it but I wrote it with Andy Ruben. It’s incredibly difficult working on such tight schedules but I suppose the good thing about it is you don’t have time to second guess yourself on directing choices. I think our collaboration was great, the movies I made for Roger played several times at MoMa, The British Film Institute, and many art houses, Poison Ivy was at all of the above and Sundance – I find it all very gratifying and I am so very grateful!!!!

Your 1992 film Posoin Ivy was an absolutely incredible story brought to screen, and is a film that I can still go back to 25 years later and absolutely love. It is such a bizarre and unique story that I must as about its origin? How did you come up with such a brilliant story?

The film was made for New Line Cinema and it was actually based on a true life story of producer Melissa Goddard. Andy Ruben and I wrote the script that I directed and he produced. We changed the ending of Melissa’s story to have Ivy die, but I didn’t really want that. In reality the girl got away with it and I thought that’s how it should have been portrayed but the exec at New Line got her way and Ivy died – then they made numerous sequels even though the lead character had been killed off. I had nothing to do with the sequels because they made me kill her. We didn’t even shoot the ending until after the movie was edited because I was still fighting for her to live while we were shooting. I do like the ending we shot, but I just didn’t feel it was realistic, those kind of people get away with stuff. I wrote a novel called Batshit Black (named after a nail color) which is the Poison Ivy for today.

And when you personally look back on the film a quarter of a century later, what are you thoughts on the final product? Why do you think the film still resonates loudly for all of us? And if given the chance, what would you have done differently?

I think the film resonates for people because it was conceived and executed on a very deep level, a soul level if you will, but, as I said Batshit Black is how I would do it today.

And in 1999 you were behind the camera on The Rage: Carrie 2. What was it like to work on leaving your own mark in the world of Stephen King? What do you believe you personally did to make The Rage a Katt Shea story?

I just give whatever I am working on my truth. I think that’s all you can do.

What is it specifically about the world of horror that you find the most fascinating? And how does it differ the most from other projects you have been involved with?

Horror is so much fun to direct because it is so visual. As a filmmaker you are using all the visual components at your disposal to tell the story and scare the crap out of the audience. There’s nothing more fun than that for a director!

I’m a believer that we’ve lived many past lives and we were very badly behaved in them or we wouldn’t be here now. The soul remembers all that bad stuff and we like to reenact it on some level … Perhaps to clear it out? I’m not sure, but I have given this some thought!

What is your favorite scary movie?

I don’t have one. I don’t want to be scared. I like comedies or spiritual material.

What are your plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions that you try to uphold each year?

I like to get a great costume and go to a party.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you think our readers should be on the lookout for?

My novel Batshit Black is on Amazon. It will blow your mind 🙂

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Answering your last question just did!

Dwight H. Little [Interview]

Welcome to Day 29 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

We have yet another absolute legend in our mix today, folks. Today we are speaking with the brilliant director Dwight H. Little. This is a guy who has been responsible for some of the finest works in the world of film that you all know and love. His impact to the world of horror is not his main focus, but it is prestigious to say the least. Mr. Little is the man who helped bring our old friend Alan B. McElroy’s story to life in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, as well as the Robert Englund fronted horror version of The Phantom of the Opera

Beyond the world of horror, Dwight has given us other action-packed and drama laced films like Marked For Death, Murder at 1600, and his latest masterpiece entitled Last Rampage. And that is not even mentioning is work in the world of television with several directorial appearances on shows like Bones, and the TWS beloved series From Dusk Till Dawn.

This is a guy who really shouldn’t need an introduction, and I feel like I have rambled enough about him. He is a legend. In credits alone, he is a mad man who has directed some amazing work. So ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinguished honor to introduce some fine words from the brilliant Dwight H. Little!

When did you decide you wanted to work in the world of film and television? Was it something you always aspired to do, or did you just find yourself working in the business?

I started making super 8 films in middle school ! …so I have been at it a long time. I was fortunate enough to be able to study film at  USC.

We have talked with several folks from the world of the Halloween over the years, which you are also a huge part of! You are the man behind one of my favorites, the fourth installment of the franchise known as The Return of Michael Meyers, which happens to be have been written by our friend Alan B. McElroy. I am always curious to know what it is like to jump into a well establish franchise? How do feel you left your own personal marking on the franchise with our contribution to the world of Halloween?

Instead of thinking about a sequel…I just thought about all those years I went trick or treating myself on cold nights in the midwest in October.

The streets , the houses, schools and stores were out of my memory of being 8 or 10. When Jamie is lost, that is me lost. When the parents
leave to go out,that is a memory .  So I tried to capture the emotion of the town and the characters and the night of Halloween as it felt to me.

Alan McElroy is from Cleveland too, so we knew that  world which is safe but also terrifying….

In recent years, you have thrown your hat into the ring of directing for television on some of the biggest shows around. From a couple of dozen episodes of Bones, to Prison Break, and so many more, you have been all over the television map! And including, one of my personal favorites, From Dusk Till Dawn. I am fascinated with this show, and have to ask how your experience was in becoming a part of this frantic and crazy world?

Well Dusk is really Robert’s vision  (Rodriguez)…but he is so amazing with his directors.  He wants you to bring everything you have as a director yourself and doesn’t second guess or micromanage.  If something is off he might mention his opinion but you only know if he’s pleased if you get invited back !

Television is not always a directors medium…but with Robert and Dusk it is. Also…he has an amazing crew and studio so the resources are there.

I am intrigued by your latest film, Last Rampage. What was it about this story that made you want to bring it to the big screen? What do you find the most fascinating?

I saw a picture of the three Tison boys when they were very little.  Donnie, Ricky and Ray. They were dressed just like my brother and I at that exact age.

How did these boys end up dead or in prison for life and I was to have opportunities in the world.  It was of course the roll of the dice with having

Gary Tison as your father…a narcissistic killer with no remorse .  So again…I think I was drawn to the ordeal of these boys…but also to the police officer played by Bruce Davison.  He can’t understand someone like Gary and neither can we. How do we face evil in the world…especially now ?

You even reunited again with Jason James Richter for a third time in the last 20 years. He was but a child when you first worked with him, and you have now worked with him in several different phases of his life. What has it been like to work with an actor through so many different stages of their career?

Jason keeps growing as an actor.  He is of course a different person than he was as a young actor in Free Willy…but I think he is very natural and believable.   We love talking about movies and music. He has an encyclopedic knowledge…!

In your personal opinion, what should our readers be most excited to see when they inevitably all turn out to see Last Rampage, that is surely going to be amazing, when it is released?

It’s a very involving film but also challenging.  Gary Tison was a bad guy. But, like a Jim Jones or Charles Manson…he was a cult leader. People followed him .  Randy Greenawalt followed him…so did the boys and Dorothy Tison. Why ?  Why do we listen to some people and not others…?

What else does the future hold for you? Anything else you would like to plug to our readers?

If I tell you what the next one is, I might jinx it. !  Directors are jumpy because just when you think the financing in all in place something falls out !  But if have three films right now….One of them will go and then we can talk about it !

What was the last thing that made you smile?

 The title sequence for  ” F is for Family ” !

Check out this trailer for Dwight H. Little’s latest film Last Rampage, right here:

Debbie Rochon [Interview]

Welcome to Day 28 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

So we are pretty much going to breaking out the legendary figures for the rest of our Month of Horror series, if you hadn’t noticed. Yes, every single one of the folks we have talked with this month are legendary in their own right, but we are reaching all new levels this week! Especially today!

I have been attempting to steal some answers from the legendary Debbie Rochon for a lot of years now. But, Debbie is just about one of the busiest and hardest working people in the horror business you will ever know about. She seriously does SO much. In fact, Debbie has worked so hard that she is built a legendary cult status around herself so much that she pretty much can pick whatever she wants to do now!

And for regular readers of Trainwreck’d Society, it should be noted that Debbie has been involved with two parts of the horror world that we love so much, along with all of her other brilliant works. That would be a a couple of Steve Sessions flicks (there he is again!) and the tremendous Troma Studios. Two things that we not only have brought up a lot during our Month of Horror, but on the site in general. We love Steve! We love Troma! And how could we not love Debbie when she obviously knows talent when she sees it, and works with the best! So ladies and gentlemen, I can not tell you how excited I am to share this amazing interview with you fine folks today. Please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Debbie Rochon!

Just looking at your film credits alone, it appears as though you are one of the hardest working actresses in the game! You are just always working! What keeps you motivated? And what is your secret to the output of brilliance you are able to continuously put out?

Well most artist type folks go through many different inventions of themselves. I have gone from being a student of film to a blue collar actress to where I am now which is to only take roles that excite me. If you follow your inspiration it takes you down many very different paths. The one I am on now is simply doing what I feel really deeply about. I love extreme roles but I don’t like to repeat myself. With that said I do like characters with a lot of angst and inner turmoil. Those are roles that I feel a special relationship to and feel I can bring the most to.

You worked with our favorite indie horror filmmaker, Steve Sessions, on his debut film, Cremains, as well as appearing in his seminal indie classic Dead Clowns. What was it like working under the guise of a filmmaker like Steve? How does a Sessions film differ from other work you have done?

I love Steve and his work! Sincerely he is a one man band that does so much and has such an incredible sense of style and does it all with very little. How many people can say they made a movie almost completely by themselves and have it picked up by Lionsgate? He’s really a terrific guy. The first movie I did with him was Cremains of course and it involved me just recording the lines he sent me on a cassette tape in my apartment and then mailing the tape to him! Wasn’t possible to record directly (or indirectly very easily) on the computer back then so it had to literally be mailed to him. The second film Dead Clowns we shot in Connecticut and the joke I had with him on that set was the fact that my character only acted with body language not words. I joked with him that the 3rd film we’ll have to bring both the voice and the body together so we can surprise people. It was pretty funny!

You have also spent a great deal of time in the world of Troma Pictures, where many of our past guests have flourished as well. What is that world like? How has your time been working in the world that Lloyd built?

Lloyd is a very longtime friend. I met him in 1992 and worked with him consistently on and off over the years. He’s a really smart man. I started with Troma prior to the Tromeo & Juliet period so I saw the ‘second’ rise of Troma if you will, the first being The Toxic Avenger in the 80’s of course. He has been in the business long enough to see many waxes and wanes of popularity with his movie and company so now that he has a hit musical running in England I feel very happy for him. His ‘world’ of Troma and all that makes it fun is really unique.

The nicest thing about it, besides Lloyd himself, is the dedicated fans. They are so cool and supportive. Love them. Some of the actors over the years that I have worked with in his movies have ranged from becoming great life-long friends of mine to not very supportive of Troma past attention seekers wanting to milk the Troma universe for some fame. This doesn’t have an affect on me though I am very happy and content knowing Tromaville is always there and I love the people that I love in Lloyd’s world.


What is it to you personally that you find the most appealing about the world of horror? What do you believe sets it apart from other genres of film?

Everything sets it apart really. If you look at any great TV series that lives in the horror genre you can easily see that it affords the writers and filmmakers the ability to say anything, comment on anything, from within the universe of horror. From The Twilight Zone to Masters of Horror to American Horror Story to The Walking Dead. You can deal with racism, sexism, politics – whatever you want to say and it can fit easily into horror. That’s the big appeal to me. Then you have the visual horror which is glorious, of course because it’s not real. If you attempted to tell similar stories in a drama or comedy it would likely fall flat or come off melodramatic or as too much hand wringing. With horror it just makes it even better, richer and more layered.

What is your favorite scary movie?

That is almost impossible to answer but a couple titles that would be right up there are John Carpenter’s The Thing and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.


Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions you try to uphold each year?

I always have plans! Most Halloweens I am attending a convention, last year I was on the road most of the year promoting my directorial debut Model Hunger. This year I am doing a lot of writing and at night watching a ton of horror films both rewatching and seeing for the first time many great films. It’s a time to celebrate all the wonderful talent working in the industry! In front of the camera, behind the camera, people who write the scripts, compose the music and the editors all deserve great celebration from all of us. It’s not easy to get indie horror films done and out there at this point so there’s so much to be grateful for when they do!


What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?


Thank you, yes! I would love folks to watch Model Hunger, it’s my first film as director and I am very proud of it. A few movies I have acted in will soon be released although I have no exact release dates for them… Nightmare Box, Death House, and Fantasma and I am sincerely very proud of all 3 so I look forward to folks having a chance to check them out.


What was the last thing that made you smile?

This interview. Thank you for that. 🙂

Check out this trailer for Debbie Rochon’s directorial debut, Model Hunger:

Ellie Cornell [Interview]

Welcome to Day 27 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

It wouldn’t be a Month of Horror showcase here at TWS if we didn’t get the Halloween franchise involved! And do we ever! Today we are featuring the lovely and talented actress, Ellie Cornell. Ellie brilliantly portrayed Rachel Carruther in the 4th and 5th installments of this legendary franchise. Ellie also played a huge role in films like House of the Dead II and Room 6, which happened to be directed by our first interview subject of this month, Mr. Michael Hurst! Just another example of brilliant minds coming together to make something wonderful. P.S. Another great example of Cornell working with geniuses in the world of film may be coming very soon, just a head’s up!

So let’s just jump into this fantastic collection of answers we received from the brilliant actress Ellie Cornell. We are honored to have such a legendary presence join our family, and simply can not say enough good things about her. With that, I shall stop saying anything at all, and get right into it! Ladies and gentlemen, Ellie Cornell!

You are by far one of my favorite actresses to take on a role in the legendary Michael Myers saga we all know and love known as Halloween. What was it like to dive into such an established franchise very early in your career as the starring role in Halloween 4?

Thank you, Ron! I was so honored to be a part of this franchise – to go through the casting process and to land the role. I had no idea how well the project would be received when we all got cast – we had big shoes to fill from 1 & 2…to work with Dwight Little, Donald Pleasance, Danielle Harris – we were in such good hands, beginning with a good, smart & scary script. It still amazes me what a large and loyal fan base the Halloween series attract.

And when it comes to reoccurring roles, what was it like to jump back into the role for Halloween 5? Did you feel the urge to do something different with the character? Whatever you did turned out incredible as we all know, but I am curious to know what sort of thought process might have went into re-engaging this character?

I knew before I had even received the script for Halloween 5  that Rachel Carruthers’ days were numbered – it’s just part of the horror genre formula. I had the writers re-do Rachel’s demise to get a little closer to the dignified end I thought she deserved. I just thought it was too bad, in the end – and I know that the late Moustapha Akkad agreed with me, because we talked about it – that it was sad to knock off a good character without a redeeming or logical storyline, but things happen for a reason – it must have been time to move on.  With regard to reappearing as Rachel, I just tried my best to maintain her integrity and smarts that were established with director Dwight Little in H4.

You also appeared in the terrific film Room 6, directed by fellow Month of Horror interviewee Michael Hurst. What was it like working under the guise of a filmmaker like Michael, and being a part of a top notch cast? 

I’ve had the good fortune to work with Mike several times…he’s an intelligent director and maintains an on-set even keel, which is important when work days are long and challenging. He always had a point of view and respected the actors – another feather in his cap! I always learn from other actors, directors, the creative forces behind the scenes. If you want to learn about maintaining laser focus on any set, just hang with a script supervisor for a few hours. Their eye for detail is relentless.

In 2008 you had plans to get behind the camera to direct the anthology thriller Prank, featuring fellow horror legends Heather Langenkemp and Danielle Harris. What made you decide to move from actress and producer, to full blown director? What kicked off this decision, and how did you enjoy it?

Prank never came to fruition, for reasons out of my control. I had a cool script from Tommy Hutson, but it never got to the shooting stage. It was a joy to meet Heather. I don’t have a strong desire to direct a film at this point – I’m having too much fun doing theatre again, studying, and doing the best I can in my auditions.

While you have worked in several other genres, I do have to ask what you believe it is about the horror genre that makes you want to keep returning to it?

I was working closely with a production team that kept asking me to play small roles in the films they were making…so in that respect I was lucky. I got to be a stay at home mom while I continued to work in films. I learn something each and every time I show up to audition, to shoot, to get fitted for wardrobe, whatever it is – I try to be respectful of all the long hours and work that goes into make a movie or TV, regardless of the genre…it’s not for the lazy or faint of heart. We all just need to be kind to one another, everyone’s working hard.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Rosemary’s Baby : a classic

What are your plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions you trey to uphold each year?

Costumes, costumes, costumes! Did I mention costumes?

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

Keep an eye out for Altar Rock, the incomparable Andrzej Bartowiak directing…working with K.J.Apa, James Remar and Scott Adkins was a blast!

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

Scalloping with my family on the last weekend of summer

Michael A. Simpson [Interview]

Welcome to Day 26 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Oh what a damn good feature we have for you good readers today! We have an absolute legend joining the TWS family. Michael A. Simpson is a legendary figure in the world of cinema. His work in the Sleepaway Camp series and the campy classic Funland has earned him a cult following in the world of horror.  He has also worked as a producer on several other amazing projects such as the Jeff Bridges fronted, Oscar winning drama Crazy Heart. The list goes on and on, and just gets more and more impressive.
And if Mr. Simpson gracing us with his digital presence wasn’t enough, he was so kind to provide us with pretty incredible behind-the-scenes photographs from some of his most beloved works. Mr. Simpson is as kind as he is brilliant, and we could not be more honored to have him featured in our Month of Horror series. This is one of the greats, people, you’re going to love it! So with that, please enjoy some words from the great Michael A. Simpson!

When did you first discover your love for the world of film and television? How far back does this passion go for you?

I enjoyed watching movies even as a child. We had a cinema in the town where I grew up. It was a baby sitting service on Saturday afternoons showing a double feature matinee. My mom would drop me and my brother off and we would watch movies while she cleaned house and bought groceries. Many of the movies were horror films.

When I was seven or eight, over dinner after an afternoon at the cinema, I asked my parents how do you make movies. They said they were made in a place called Hollywood, which sounded to me like some far away place like Neverland. I asked if I could make movies. To their eternal credit, they told me I could do anything I wanted to, and yes, if I wanted to make movies when I grew up I could.

I also watched a lot of classic horror films on television. On Friday nights in Atlanta we had the Big Movie Shocker hosted by Bestoink Dooley, a deliciously warped persona created by local actor George Ellis. George was part of the first wave of late-night TV horror hosts, and for my money, one of the best. He guided me through my first experiences with The Mummy, The Wolf Man, Cat People, and many others.  I’d often toss and turn in bed for hours afterward, scared out of my young mind by what I had just watched. As I grew older, that fascination with horror stayed with me.

You were involved with two of my favorite horror sequels of all time, the brilliant Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers & Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland. What was it like jumping on board after the cult success of the first Sleepaway Camp? Was there a bit of pressure when you realized you were building a franchise?

For me, it was more a sense of excitement that pressure. The main goal we had for the sequels was to extend the story arc by developing Angela’s character. I was intrigued by the idea of taking her gender orientation and pushing it out so that by the time of the sequels Angela had gone through a sex change and was now transgendered. For me, that felt very fresh. To my knowledge no one had done that with slasher horror.

We also wanted a different tone than the original. We added self-referential humor to break the tension, which later became sort of the thing to do with slasher horror.

What where some other personal touches that were important for you to have in Unhappy Campers and Teenage Wasteland to truly make it your own? What made this story a Michael A. Simpson visual tale?

The pop culture references became one of the signatures of the sequels. We put “camp” into movies with perverse, dark, campy humor. It’s something you either love or hate, but I liked it.

I was intrigued by the idea of setting a slasher stalking movie in daylight in the woods, instead of at night. It was a challenge in some ways but it was also a great way to set Teenage Wasteland apart from Unhappy Campers.

I also liked the introspective, almost melancholy beat in Wasteland with Angela’s daydream. That was not at all common in slasher horror. It was an idea the editor John Allen came up with. It gave an odd humanity to Angela as a character. John later edited Fast Food for me and then went on to edit for some great directors like Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Bruce Beresford. A very talented guy.

Although we had a very small budget I wanted the best gore and makeup effects we could afford. We found a young man, Bill Johnson, who was literally creating effects in his parents basement and had no film credits, but he was very creative and had great ideas when he read the script.

I was impressed by what he accomplished for the budget we had. He earned the nickname “Splat” on those two films, which stuck.

Splat went on to provide make up effects and prosthetic design for dozens of films through the years, like Pet Sematary II, Boxing Helena, and RoboCop 3. Recently, he was Make Up Effects Department Head for the remake of Jacob’s Ladder. He’s made quite a name for himself.

The New Beverly Cinema in Beverly Hills screened SC2: Unhappy Campers  and SC3: Teenage Wasteland on Tuesday [Oct 24th, 2017] night in 35mm prints, part of their October Horror showcase. Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who is the owner and head programmer at the Beverly, made the unique decision to have the cinema solely project film prints. “Grindhouse Tuesdays” remain one of their most popular nights with a tremendously loyal following. – Michael A. Simpson.

Prior to Unhappy Campers, you worked on a little film that was actually the reason I was so eager to do this interview with you. You created the comedy thriller (of sorts) with Bonnie and Terry Turner known as Funland. I have to tell you, it wasn’t Stephen King’s It that put a fear of clowns into me as a youth, it was this god damned movie! Looking back, I realize it is a brilliant campy masterpiece. Where in the recesses of yours and the Turners mind did this come from? And what compelled you to tell this story?

I thought up the idea for the film while working for Six Flags Over Georgia. I was recently out of college and had a job in the marketing department.

The park had a promotional tie-in with McDonald’s. The regional Ronald McDonald did an in-park appearance one weekend.

At lunch, RD insisted that he eat alone behind a closed door. He said he didn’t want anyone to see him if his make-up wasn’t perfect, and he didn’t want anyone to see him with his gloves off. Later, walking through the park, I asked if it was difficult walking in such big clown shoes. Without missing a beat, he said they’re not big, they’re the perfect size.

That was the moment Bruce Burger was born, a character who had no self-awareness that he was a clown. He was Bruce Burger, not a clown.

I wrote a detailed treatment for the film based on that premise and beat out the scenes and other characters. Bruce Mahler’s character Mike Spencer was based on me. In the movie, Mahler even looks a bit like how I looked when I worked for the park.

I met Bonnie and Terry when they were working for Turner Broadcasting, writing for the Bill Tush Show. This was very early in their careers. So many people referred to them collectively as “Bonnie and Terry Turner” that the first line of their resume read “Bonnie and Terry Turner are not the same person.” That made me laugh.

Along with Jim Varney, they’re two of the funniest people I’ve ever known. I thought they would be perfect for Funland, and my belief was justified. They were amazing to work with.

Their draft of the script was done at a fevered pace, almost like stream of consciousness over the course of just two weeks or so. We had agreed that the three of us would write the script and share credit together, but the draft they turned in was so good I had very little work to do, mostly editing and tweaking a line here and there.

Some of the lines in the movie still make me laugh, like Terry Beaver’s character Carl Dimauro chiding his brother Larry for “coming to work without your tools” when Larry forgets to bring his gun. And Robert Sacchi is still mesmerizing as Bogie.

Funny story. When we finished the script I sent it to the financier of the film, who read it on a beach while on vacation in the Bahamas. He goes back to his hotel room and calls me and the first words out of his mouth were: “Where are the tits?”

He thought he was financing a teen sex comedy and we had turned in a very dark comedy. Since he was the money bags, we had to go back in and insert some generic teen comedy, which I believe hurt the film by taking it away from its more inventive premise: a deranged clown who takes revenge when the mob takes over the amusement park.

Over the years, I’ve thought about doing a director’s cut of Funland and re-editing it to focus more clearly on Bruce Burger. That’s the movie I wanted to make then and it’s the one that I think fans of the film would want to see. I’ve been encouraged to do it and it’s on my to do list if I ever have the time.

The Turners knew Jan Hooks, who had also been on Tush’s show, and I hired Jan for the role of Shelly Willingham in the film. When Jan went to SNL right after Funland, she got Bonnie and Terry hired as staff writers for the show. The rest is history.

The Turners helped create the SNL “Wayne’s World” skits with Mike Myers and then the Wayne’s World movie, which was the Turners’ next film after Funland, then they wrote Coneheads and Tommy Boy. They also created several series including 3rd Rock from the Sun and That ’70s Show, which they created with Mark Brazill, another remarkable comic talent.

Bonnie and Terry walked away from the business around 2006 or so. They are missed. Good humans.

What is it about the horror genre specifically that appeals to you? What do you personally believe sets it apart from other genres?

There’s something very primal and visceral about great horror. Cary Jung believed horror taps into primordial archetypes buried in our collective subconscious. Because of that, I think the emotions of horror are amplified when presented visually. We are literally creating and presenting nightmares for us to confront that are buried deep in all of us.

Also, horror often starts from a point of shared experience that the audience can relate to, like going to a summer camp. So there’s this intrinsic paradox, in that a great horror films are both relatable, yet unrealistic.

And let’s face it, there’s a great release in being scared out of our wits while on the journey we take when watching a movie.

Fans of horror are very loyal. In that way, they remind me of country music fans. I love to hear from the happy campers. I’ve received emails from people who first saw the Sleepaway sequels when they were in their teens and then years later shared them with their own teenage children.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Probably depends on my mood. I love Phantasm (1979). I first saw it with my brother; we were both stoned in a theater in downtown Atlanta that had gone to seed. The place reeked of alcohol and piss. Street people were sleeping around us. So much crime was happening in the theater that the manager refused to dim the lights while the movie played. All of that just added to the weird, other worldly quality of the film.

Also, the remake of The Thing with Kurt Russell holds up well for me. The original Hellraiser also comes to mind.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a favorite. I had the pleasure of working with Kevin McCarthy on Fast Food. He shared some great stories about the making of Snatchers. And the film still seems like a very timely and astute social commentary. Given what’s going on in our country’s current political climate, I sometimes wonder if millions of us have been replaced by pod people.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? Any sort of traditions you try to uphold each year?

No plans. I’m pretty spontaneous when it comes to Halloween.

What does the future hold for you? Any upcoming projects you would like to tell our readers about?

My producer partner Judy Cairo and I are just finishing a film, Candy Jar, which is a comedy directed by Ben Shelton, who is someone who is going to be on everyone’s radar. It will be available for your eyeballs in 2018.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My wife came in and kissed me while I was doing this interview.

Behind the Scenes Photos of Sleepaway Camp 2:

Behind The Scenes Photos of Sleepaway Camp 3:

Behind The Scenes Photos of Funland:


Rusty Nixon [Interview]

Welcome to Day 25 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Welcome back folks! My what a month it has been! And we still have so much more to share with you fine folks! Like today, we are talking with the brilliant writer and director Rusty Nixon. Rusty’s latest film Residue, is an amazing and frightening tale that will seriously freak you the hell out to no end! Same goes for his previous film entitled Candiland. Another absolutely brilliant addition to the world of horror.

Rusty Nixon is quickly rising up the ranks in the world of horror filmmaking, and we are so very fortunate that he was able to share a bit of insight into the world of horror with us today. He gives us such a damn good interview, I feel like we should just get right into it! So without further babbling, let’s get to some words with the wonderful Rusty Nixon! Enjoy!

When did you realize you wanted to be part of the world of film? What inspired you to join the field you are in today?

I was always a very shy kid. But when I was around 11-12 my uncle (who was a huge electronics buff) bought this home VHS video camera. He let me borrow it for a day. It had three huge pieces – I could barely walk with the thing – but without even thinking about it I went around and gathered up about a dozen kids from the neighbourhood and we started going door to door asking people if they had something we could film.

Thinking back I can’t imagine what it was like to have this army of kids knocking on your door wanting to use your backyard to film something. And it wasn’t about being in charge or control it was more like I’d found this giant treasure chest and wanted to share it with as many people as possible. That pure joy I felt by gathering a group of people and working together to tell a story has never left me.

I am intrigued by your latest project entitled Residue. Can you tell us a bit about this film? What inspired you tell this tale?

I had a nightmare a long time ago. I was being pursued by this grotesque demon. Everywhere I went it was there. And because I was in that weird dream state I kept alternating between being myself and being the demon. But when I was the demon I had no idea I was a creature. I was this innocent being who was just trying to help. The monsters in the movie are a living form of your unresolved issues. They’re just trying to give you closure. Even if it means killing you.

Rusty Nixon with legendary actor William B. Davis, of Residue


You and your team have assembled a rather brilliant cast for Residue, if I may add. But I am always curious about this matter: As a writer, did the cast turn out to be close to how you were envisioning in your head as you were writing these characters, or were there exceptions that had to be made based around the many factors we all know that go into actually putting words to screen?

I wrote the original script over fifteen years ago – then reworked sections as we cast the film. I love working with actors on story. I’d have lunches or phone meetings with them and give the screenplay another polish after getting their input. It really helps get me on the same page with them and working with a lower budget – I’ve got to get 9-12 pages shot in a day. So I need the actors to deliver with fewer takes and set ups – but because we both want the same thing we can really help each other.

What is it specifically about the horror genre that you find the most intriguing? What has made you want to work so often in this genre?

I don’t know where my fascination started. Horror films have always had this magical pull on me. When I was a kid I’d walk to the video stores and could spent hours looking at all the horror movies. Other sections would have pictures of people smiling at the camera then you go to the horror section and there’s a rotting hand shooting out from a grave holding a skull and I’d be so instantly intrigued about its story. I’d watch these ultra low budget films like Scarecrows and – if you forgave them for not having the budgets of the big studio films – they could really creep you out.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

I’m a huge fan of the original Dawn of the Dead.  That’s the one that made me want to make movies. And you could really feel the team effort from that film.

What are your plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions you try to uphold each year?

I love going to Halloween parties. I’m hoping to have a Residue themed party this year. My son’s only 18 months old and I have another one on the way. So I’m really excited to start some new traditions with them as they get older.

What else does the future hold for you? Anything beyond Residue on the horizon that you can tell our readers about?

I have a prequel written for Residue I’m dying to shoot. I have a couple more films on upcoming slates. My first film, Down the Line is coming out soon. That film was made with love, duct tape, and a used-car sized budget. I’m really anxious to see how audiences respond to it.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My son said ‘dada’ pretty recently. I think I’m still smiling from that day.

Check out the trailer for Residue, available on VOD now, courtesy of BD Horror Trailers and Clips:

Ted Alderman [Interview]

Welcome to Day 24 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Today’s interviewee for our Month of Horror is a very personal one, as the amazing actor and stuntman Ted Alderman happens to be the man who happened to portray what is, in my humble opinion, one of the best named characters in any film ever made. I am speaking of course of…Sheriff Ronald Trembath in the 2008 Steve Sessions indie horror classic film Torment. That’s right folks, that is also my name! Crazy stuff, right? The film’s creator Steve Sessions, who you may have noticed we have talked a lot about during our MoH, was generous enough to use my name as well as my dear friend and former TWS contributor Ray Wiggington. The two leads of the film are of course, Ray and Laura Wiggington. Long story short, Ray and I were deployed together in Iraq in 2006, where we would spend whatever free time we had watching indie horror flicks that were for some reason, very available at the local PX. We reached out to Steve just to say we enjoyed his work on Malefic, and he was kind enough to ship us a few copies of his other works, and promised to put our names in his next film, which would be Torment! And a friendship was born that continues to this day!

So that is the story. But, let’s not let all of that excitement take away from the fact that we are honored to have Mr. Ted Alderman featured on the site today. He is a brilliant man who works in so many different areas of the world of film and television. He is an expertly training martial arts professional, a stunt man, an electrician, a terrific actor, and more. His credits range from indie horror gems like Torment, to huge projects like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and NCIS: New Orleans. He is a wonderful man, and we are so proud to have him here today! So please enjoy some great words with the amazing Ted Alderman!

How did you come into the world of creativity?

I’ve always had a very creative mind. As a child I used to love to draw and create things.

What drew you to the world of film and television from the very beginning?

As a teenager growing up in 80’s. I was attracted to the Chuck Norris and Ninja movies and told my mom once, I wanted to be the guy getting beat up by the star.

When it comes to your resume, you are all over the map on so many different types of projects. It seems like there isn’t a job in the world of film that you aren’t able to be a part of. One aspect I am very interested in, as it is a former profession of my own that I loved and miss, is that of an electrician. I feel like a lot of people may assume they know what you might do on a show like NCIS: New Orleans or a film like American Ultra, but what does this job actually entail?

It’s about setting up lighting on the sets.  On the ground or 200+ feet in the air. Not to mention the power supplies and cable that goes along with it. Your either supplying ambient lighting or even moon light or fake lighting flashes. Among just about any other lighting you see in film or TV.

Is it a daunting task on such large projects?

Yes it is. You have sometimes, 100 lb power cables you have to string along ground or roofs for thousands of feet. Or being up in a manlift for hours at a time 100+ feet in the air and the wind rocking the basket your in. Fun times. Lol

I understand you recently spent some time in Switzerland working on a film and some other cool activities. So how was your trip?

It was good. Just no air conditioning. Other than that is was very beautiful there!

Anything exciting you can share with our readers?

Not really except I choreographed a fight scene where a group of kids whoop my butt.

In 2008, you appeared in a film that was written and directed by our dear friend and B-Horror mastermind Steve Sessions entitled Torment. I truly loved your performance, and especially loved the name of your character, Sheriff Ronald Trembath, I believe it was? So as we have asked a few guests as of recently, how was your experience working on a Sessions project?

Steve is always a pleasure to work with. Hope to do more in the future.

Writer/Director Steve Sessions, actress Suzi Lorraine as Laura Wiggington, and Ted Alderman as Sheriff Ronald Trembath, on the set of Torment.


How did it differ from other projects you have worked on?

Not much. Steve knows what he wants but also allows the actor to be creative.

While you have worked in several different genres in the world of film, I am compelled to ask what it is you enjoy about working in the world of horror?

I really enjoyed the horror genre. I hope to get back into it. It’s fun and serious at the same time. Usually not so stressful. And a lot of room for creativity.

What do you find to be the most special about this specific genre?

The people are more fun to work with!!

What is your favorite scary movie?

Jeepers Creepers. I love that idea on a monster that has lived throughout history reading up and killing people. A lot of different cultures have some type of mythology monster like that. Not to mention I have meet Jonathan Breck and Victor Salva and there both great guys.

What are your plans for this coming Halloween? Any sort of traditions you try to uphold each year?

I really don’t have any plans. Just giving out candy to the kids and checking out the single moms!! Lol

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Right now my life is at a stand still. Nothing on the books. Just living day to day.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Seeing a koozie at a local store that said “Boobies make me smile”. Lol

Laura Madsen [Interview]


Welcome to Day 23 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

Today’s interviewee is a person who is simply a damn delightful person! I have had the distinct honor of getting to digitally know Laura Madsen over the last few months, and found myself lucky to get to showcase her amazing work during our Month of Horror series, which came as a total surprise. You see, Laura Madsen is one of these people who simply DOES IT ALL!! I actually first came into contact with Laura through her gig as a publicist, in which she has represented some amazing clients and worked on some even more amazing projects. For example, the recently released Shooting Clerks, directed by our old pal Christopher Downie! And through these conversations, I learned that Laura is not only a bad ass publicist, she is an actress. And a model. And a writer. And the list goes on and on. She is a real chameleon, and we are so excited she was able to take some time out of her insanely hectic schedule to tell us a bit about herself!

So please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Laura Madsen!

When did you first realize you were a creative person, and needed to live in a creative world? Would were some of your earliest inspirations growing up in Jersey?

I was in elementary school when I found that I enjoyed writing, creatively, or about what was on my mind, or even about things I had opinions on.  My writing has been the catalyst for everything that has happened in my career.  Happy people inspire me.  I am always drawn to those who find success in their lives in ways that make them personally happy and who follow their dreams.  There are many success stories for people from New Jersey – Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, David Copperfield, Kevin Smith, Meryl Streep, Ice-T… the list goes on.  I think there’s something in the water.  If they can be successful, then it allows me to believe that so can I.

You wear so many hats in the world of art and entertainment. Including publicity (how I met you!), to writing, to acting, and on and on. With that being said, what guides you? Is there one gig you would consider your primary job? Or do you just sort of take things as they come along?

The next thing I’m passionate about that comes my way in life will guide me.  I have always felt that most people can do more than one thing with their life; have more than one job; more than one passion.  I never felt personally satisfied doing just one thing or being called one thing.  My first and most important job in life is being a mom to my daughter, Manda.  Outside of that, I always look forward to what’s coming next.  I think God has a plan for everyone, and I’m enjoying watching my plan unfold as I take the pre-destined course that’s waiting for me.  I’ve been referred to as a “chameleon”; ever-changing and adapting, doing a multitude of things.  I write, I model, I act, I love being on radio, and I enjoy working with celebrities in all facets of their careers so more light can shine on their talents.  My latest addition to my world has been appearing at comic-cons as a featured guest, and I love it!  It gives me a chance to meet fans who have only met me through online contact.  Who knows what’s next?  I hope I never have just one primary gig.  I don’t have a single primary job right now, and I would never want only one.  I like changing things up so I’m never bored, and my hope is that I continue to adapt to the times and appeal to multiple generations, just like Madonna.  I like to keep changing it up and surprising people.  You never know what I’ll do next! I love the thrill of keeping people on their toes!

In your PR bubble, can you tell us a bit about how it has been to work on and see our new friend Christopher Downie’s Shooting Clerks come to live? As a girl from Jersey, is there a bit of a personal touch to watching all of this magic happen?

I met Christopher Downie in November of 2016 when I was hosting the Q&A for a screening of a previous version of the Kevin Smith biopic film he wrote and directed, Shooting Clerks. I was immediately impressed by his talent, vision, and the star quality of the cast and crew working with him.  I usually work with individual celebrity clients, and I don’t take on too many film production companies or films as clients, but there was something magical about all involved with this movie that motivated me to want to help them instantly.  They have the “it” factor on screen, and off.  Plus, I genuinely like everyone involved in the production, and have always loved the movie Clerks.   I am absolutely exhilarated to see the success of the film for everyone involved.  It’s “Jersey pride”; since I am a Jersey girl, but also, I consider the cast and crew to be my friends, and I love watching my friends succeed.  They have all put their blood, sweat, and tears into this movie, and I’m proud to stand behind them and give them my support.  Watching how the actors portrayed the younger versions of the original Clerks cast with meticulous precision, knowing that Christopher Downie had to recreate the entire interior of the Quick Stop in Scotland for filming, and the care put into the Jersey authenticity, of course appealed to a place in my Jersey heart that I’ve had for a long time.  Working with them has been a match made in – well – Jersey.  Who better to represent a Jersey film than a girl from Jersey?  I never treat anyone I work with impersonally.  If I’m working with someone, I’m working with them with my entire mind and caring presence.

I am excited to have heard about your upcoming performance in  Anadellia Rises. What can you tell us about this project, without giving too much away? What should our readers by excited about?


Anadellia Rises is a tale of good versus evil, and possession.  I’m excited to play a demon, in this film.  I’m usually portrayed as a “good girl”, or a slightly seductive “girl next door” type of character and I can’t wait to show a bit of a bad side that kicks ass (figuratively and literally).  So if anyone wants to see me step out of my usual type cast, this will be a fun movie to watch.

What is it about the horror genre specifically that has made you want join this world?

I’ve only done one film so far in the horror genre, Death at a Barbecue, directed by Larry Rosen.  It wasn’t so much the horror genre that attracted me to the film, but it was the talent and kind of person who Larry is.  I respect him very much as a director.  That said, it was a casual and comfortable environment on set, and that was very enjoyable.  Larry is open to expansion on dialogue and ad-libbing, which makes an actor feel like s/he can personalize the character they become many times.  I also like playing characters that are very different from how I am in real life, that I can sink my teeth into, because of the emotion that I can express on camera.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Horror movies completely scare me – so I don’t watch many, at least not voluntarily.  In years past I was convinced to watch a few due to peer pressure, but the experience has always haunted me and left me with several sleepless nights.  One of my most memorable experiences watching a horror movie was when I saw Nightmare on Elm Street as a teen.  I was sleeping over at a friend’s house and her parents weren’t home.  Right after the movie finished, her phone rang, and both of us were afraid to pick  it up because we thought Freddie Kruger would jump out of the phone, as he did in the movie.  I’d say that probably had a lot to do with me never watching horror movies as a regular rule of thumb, because I don’t like to be scared.  Paying money to watch something that scares me defies my inner logic somewhat; but I don’t mind acting in a horror film.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions you try to uphold each year?

I’ll probably take my 12 years old daughter, Manda, trick-or-treating in our neighborhood this year, as we do every year.  We also enjoy giving candy out to kids at the door.  We have a tradition of carving pumpkins together and roasting pumpkin seeds, too.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m excited to be one of the “Chiller Chicks” at Chiller Theatre, a comiccon in New Jersey this October!  There will be three of us working as guests of the comic-con, greeting show-goers as they walk in, taking photos with fans, and signing autographs.  The idea is that we will be very visible, approachable, (and sexy) representatives of Chiller who people can come up to for a meet & greet and get reliable answers to their questions, and information about where to find other celebrities at the show.  I’m so happy to be chosen as one of the pinpoint poster girls for the event.  (Tickets and info: )

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My puppy, Brisk, falling asleep in my lap.

Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee: Sightings [Film]

Welcome to Day 22 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Month of Horror Showcase. Every day during the month of October, we will have a horror related interview and/or film review for your fright-filled reading pleasure! The set up will be the same as usual, but the topics will be far more terrifying. Enjoy!

“When former Sheriff and skeptic of the paranormal, Tom Mayfield (Boo Arnold), encounters three dead bodies on his TX ranch, he must enlist the help of his conspiracy-theorist brother-in-law (Rawn Erickson II), a local surveillance expert (Dante Basco), and a renowned cryptozoologist (Stephanie Drapeau), in order to uncover who or what is behind these mysterious events.While being pursued by the local detective (Kevin Sizemore) as a lead suspect for these deaths, Tom is forced to reconsider his preconceived ideas of what lies beyond our planet. Ultimately, he must mend the estranged relationship with his daughter (Tahlia Morgan) and come to grips with the truth of his missing wife (Tiffany Heath), as he discovers the importance of community in survival and the belief in the unseen.” – October Coast PR

To be quite honest, I wasn’t entirely sure about what I was getting into when I started Sightings. And now that I have completed a viewing, I honestly don’t know of a way to truly explain what I just watched without completely giving away EVERYTHING. I will say this though: Sightings is a brilliant film based around subjects that I normally could give two shits about. One of the subjects, as anyone could surmise, is about aliens. But the catch to it all is one that is going to blow your god damned minds. And guess what? It makes perfect sense while you are watching it! It’s only after you are done that the “Wait, what?” moments comes along. At least that is my personal opinion. This is a truly amazing production that was obviously done on a shoe-string budget, but also obviously employs some amazing talent in the visual department. I have to give a huge shout out to writer/director Dallas Morgan, as he did an amazing job. But it behooves me to mention that cinematographer Rocky Conly absolutely knocked it out the park, and made an indie thriller appear as though it were a 50 million dollar project. One can only hope that Morgan and Conly continue to work together, as the amount of quality material they could put out would be absolutely delightful!

And then there is the cast. As I have stated before, the cast can make or break a film. Well, thankfully while Sightings was visually stimulating, it also had a fine group of actors as well. So many props need to be given to Stephanie Drapeau who was amazing, and would have been great to see even more of in the film. And the same of for the great Dante Basco, who is an amazing actor who has done so much more than than what I consider to be Robin William’s WORST film of all time, known as Hook. That’s right folks, to get off topic but….Hook sucks. Just admit. Toss it with The Goonies and A Christmas Story as a batch of films that are only cool to say you like, but you know they are awful. Awful! Okay, end rant.

So as I have already stated, Sightings is brilliant and I could not recommend it highly enough. You are going love this film.

Sightings will be available for purchase on November 7th. Until then, check out the trailer here: