Joshua Malkin [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 21 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Some of our most beloved folks in the world of horror are most definitely the storytellers. While we love those who work on screen and give their heart and soul to the roles they play, for me personally as somebody with zero knowledge or ability as an actor, I love the writers. I love anyone who is able to conjure up a thought, and in this case a very bizarre and horrifying thought, and put it out into the world in such a way that it will entertain the masses. It’s an absolute personal dream of mine to do the same, but for now I am very happy with hearing and showcasing some of the fine Folks who have done it themselves.

And 10 years ago, or wonderful guest Joshua Malkin did just that with one of my absolute favorite horror sequels in recent history, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. Malkin personally saw to it that the world initially created by Eli Roth remained a strong force to be reckoned with in the world of horror by creating a story that is just as compelling as the original. And in the final product that would be the film still as the perfect amount of Rider Strong in it as well! Which is always a good thing, in my opinion.

We were fortunate enough to steal a few words from Mr. Malkin, to ask not only about CF2, but about his experience overall in the world of entertainment. He has worked in just about every outlet available in the vein of art creation, to include writing a graphic novel that will hit stands this fall! He’s done some pretty amazing work, and we are so excited to have him with us here today. So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great Joshua Malkin!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

Very specifically: the movie Poltergeist. I first saw it at a friend’s slumber party – I vividly remember the other boys peeling off one by one… scared, bored, whatever. By the end, I was the only one left – it was the middle of the night – so I rewound the VHS and started it over from the beginning. It was in that moment I recognized: “Whoa. Might’ve just found ‘my thing.’”

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

I was an Art Department PA on a low-budget alien invasion movie of which I’ll never-ever reveal the title. At any rate, it was a hectic, over-ambitious endeavor with ridiculously long days. Towards the end of shoot, the producers not-so-subtly began pitting the PA’s against one another. The assumed reward was more work… and we were all young, hungry, an inexperienced enough to let that gambit work. We pretty much stopped sleeping, breaking for meals, constantly on the ready.  On the the next to last day, I fell asleep while driving and crashed the production van into a wall. I pretty much discovered the importance of personal boundaries and limits right then and there.

In 2009 you helped bring the world the absolutely brilliant horror sequel, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. So what drew you to work in this franchise, and how did you enjoy what would be the final version of the film?

I was – and remain – close friends with Lauren Moews who produced both the original and the sequel. I wrote multiple different versions, with multiple different tones/characters/filmmakers/settings. Of them all, what emerged was certainly the most outlandish.  I mean, that scene in the bathroom stall…

 

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

The element of unpredictability, the sense that things won’t necessarily “work out for everyone in the end.” Horror is all about throwing the audience off balance.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

An American Werewolf in London will always have a special place in my heart.  It was the first horror film to scare the piss out of me… make me laugh hysterically… and that truly awed me all at the same time.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

I try to seek out at least one or two amateur haunts every season. The professional ones are great too – especially in a city like Los Angeles – but for me, nothing quite says “Halloween!” like an elaborately (or grotesquely) decorated front yard.

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

Like most in this peculiar business, I’m in the superstitious habit of never “counting chickens before they’ve hatched.”  That said, I’m working on two “True Story” horror screenplays for some amazing filmmakers that I’m very excited about. Plus: my graphic novel (co-written with filmmaker Don Handfield) – called The Source – hits stands in late Fall!

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

I had a tarot reading done by a renowned psychic. In fact, went in with a formidable chip of skepticism on my shoulder. By the time he was sharing names of distant relatives, I had started to sweat. When he described details about a chilling encounter I had in a “haunted” hotel as a kid… I nearly fainted.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I smile a lot. I’m actually smiling right now.

 

Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee: The Blair Witch Project (20th Anniversary) [Film]

 

Welcome to Day 15 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

“Soon after its release, The Blair Witch Project became a worldwide sensation and a film school conversation piece, now relegated to the same exclusive space as Psycho, The Exorcist, The Omen, The Shining, Halloween, etc. It was reported by USA Today to be the first film to go “viral” As for being a movie biz phenomenon, the film broke records– while its budget was a scant $60,000, TBWP actually grossed a staggering $250MM worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time.” – Tell All Your Friends PR

 

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Folks, it pains me to realize that The Blair Witch Project is now celebrating its 20th year of existence. It’s something that is REALLY aging me. The experience I had when this film came out was so damn peculiar. I will be the first to admit that I was successfully duped by the marketing campaign that led the world to believe that this “found footage” was absolutely real. I did, and anybody who says they didn’t buy is full of shit. I honestly can’t remember when or how I learned that it actually wasn’t real. It was that damn convincing.

The Blair Witch is the proverbial grandfather of found footage horror, and as TAYF told us in the intro, it deserves to be considered one of the greatest horror films of all time. It almost pains me that an experience like this film coming out can not happen again. Sometimes I do feel nostalgic for those pre-Internet runs everything times to feel those emotions again. But, then I remember what one of the the film’s directors, Daniel Myrick, actually said 3 years ago on this very site when I proclaimed it wasn’t possible for The Blair Witch to happen again. He had this to say:

“I think anything is possible. Blair Witch came along when everyone was getting pretty set in their ways in the horror genre, so it shook things up in a big way. No reason why it couldn’t happen again. And yes, it was (and is surreal) being that Blair was always a ‘small’ movie, by design. We never expected it to become so huge.” (Trainwreck’d Society, October 31st, 2016)

So maybe I’m wrong? I wouldn’t mind being wrong in this scenario. But the main point her his that The Blair Witch is a wonderfully made horror film and one of the greatest of all time.  It was a damn fine film then, and 20 years later it most definitely holds up. Even as popular horror started to move more into an emphasis on gore and jump scares, this film has held its ground as more than just a phenomenon of the moment. For our younger readers out there who haven’t gotten around to this classic, I heavily implore that you do so right away!

And one final point I feel needs to be made: WE KNEW THE ENDING!! The entire time, we knew what was going to happen, and it still shocked the hell out of us! Really think about that, and tell me it’s not an incredible film.

So here’s to another 20 years of appreciating one of the finest horror films of all time!

 

 

 

 

Julie Maddalena [Interview]

Welcome to Day 19 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Believe it or not Folks, we are entering our final days of our Month of Horror! I know we still have 12 days to go before the big night of Halloween, but this essentially means that we are already breaking out all of the proverbial big guns, and even having to forgo our usual Splatterday Special because we were so fortunate to receive so many wonderful interviews with some of the best in the business of scaring the shit out of you! Thus, here we are, on a Saturday, with some wonderful words from the absolutely legendary scream queen herself, the incredible Julie Maddalena!

Julie made her debut in the world of film, horror specifically, in the classic adaptation of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn some 35 years ago. And she has not let up since. She has had a brilliant career on screen both in and out of the horror world. And beyond the world of on screen performances, she is an accomplished voice actor as well, appearing in a plethora of animated films, TV, and video games. In the later she has especially done some amazing work in the Dynasty Warrior franchise, which is exceptionally fantastic.

Yes, Maddalena is an absolute gem of a human being who has done some incredible work, and we are so happy that she agreed to be a part of our Month of Horror series. So Folks, pleas enjoy some great words from the brilliant Julie Maddalena!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day? 

I started out as a dancer at the age of seven and I used to weep after watching performances because I wanted to do it so badly. I never wanted to watch- I just wanted to get up and do it myself! I even dug through the family history to see if there were other performers- just my mom who performed adagio with her brother but was painfully shy so she never wanted to pursue it. I did find a great uncle who tried to act but never heard anything more about him! So it was all me! 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today? 

I got a McDonald’s commercial celebrating the 50th anniversary of the double cheeseburger! I got to dance, 50’s style for the commercial! It was a blast!! 

In 1984 you appeared in the now legendary film in the world of horror, one of the greatest of all time, Children of the Corn. When you were working on the project back then, was there any indication as how insanely popular this film and the franchise as a whole would become? And how have the fan interactions been over the years? 

We had NO IDEA! The fans, the enthusiasm and the support over the years has heartwarming! When they re-wrote the ending during the shoot to include my character Rachel popping up in the back of the car, attempting to kill Peter Horton’s character, we were super hopeful for a sequel- especially cause Rachel was pregnant! We would joke about potential titles: “Son of Children of the Corn” “Grandchildren of the Corn”, etc. 

 

CHILDREN OF THE CORN, Peter Horton, Julie Maddalena, John Philbin, 1984.©New World Pictures

 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in? 

I believe that when people are terrified, they are vulnerable and they bond through the common experience. The actors and the people they saw the movie with, even the historical moment in time, leave a sort of imprint on the soul. It is easier to walk away from other genres with no residue on the soul. The emotions may be moved from comedies or dramas, but unless something traumatic is happening onscreen, it is easy to shake it off and walk away relatively “unscathed”. 

We have spoken with several people who have worked extensively in the voice over world. And I am always curious to know what it is like to work on this craft? How do you personalize characters using just your voice? 

Well, I combine the skills I learned as an actress, singer, dancer, mime and improvisational performer. I take elements from each and apply them to help me discover and develop a new character. Theater and dance help me to be comfortable with the physicality of the characters. Improv helps me to play and be comfortable with the (sometimes) awkward discovery process as different sounds come out of my body. Mime and dance helped me to connect with my body and so it is a more facile tool to support new voices. My theater and acting training taught me how to break down scripts, create characters and access emotions. And my singing training taught me breath control, range and vocal mastery over my personal scale. 

What is your favorite scary movie? 

Well, to be honest I prefer psychological thrillers to horror films these days but –if I must answer- I must say I am forever biased towards Children of the Corn! 

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year? 

Well, every year we do something different! But, honestly, nothing beats handing out candy and treats to the adorable children who dress up and trick or treat in our neighborhood each year. 

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

Well, by now the most recent show I’ve directed is out: The Rising of the Shield Hero! 

Soon to be followed by an adorable children’s original animation show where I voice three different characters: Deer Run. Both are a blast!! 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

Honestly-I can’t remember being scared like that in a long time!!! 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

Having family around this summer! My kids make me laugh all the time! I love them and my heart is full when we are together! My grandbabies are not near so we Facetime to stay connected. When my son tells her to say “I love you grandma” and she doesn’t want to stop playing to come talk to me she gets very frustrated and yells, “I LUH YOU!!” It is a riot!! 

 

Jon Keeyes [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 18 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Hello Folks! We have an absolutely wonderful interview to share with you all today! During the time in between last year’s Month of Horror and this one, I have become aware of and become a big fan of this man’s work. It’s Jon Keeyes, Everyone! Over the last year we have been fortunate enough to cover two of his latest films that we absolutely loved! These two specific projects are in fact, The Harrowing and Doom Room. Which both happen to feature our dear friend from last year’s MoH, the great Debbie Rochon. It always comes around full circle, doesn’t it Folks?

Jon has had an incredible career and has put out some of the finest work in the world of horror and beyond. And with that, we are so excited to have him as a part of our beloved series here at Trainwreck’d Society. He’s a lovely human being, and you are definitely going to love! So please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Jon Keeyes!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

It was almost an accident in how I got into filmmaking. I grew up near Hollywood in a family of movie fanatics. My grandfather had been a bit player in the early 40’s so we grew up loving movies but writing is what I always wanted to do. I had become an entertainment journalist and thought I might take a crack at writing a screenplay, which I eventually directed called American Nightmare. I had always been a huge fan of horror. Alfred Hitchcock’s ability to tell a story and build suspense always left me in awe. I was also a big fan of early slasher flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th. I loved these movies and always found it fascinating how they could manipulate your emotions with something like a movie. When I wrote American Nightmare, I was inspired by suspense and horror and wanted to go down that road. 

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

It depends on how you look at it. I did freelance entertainment journalism for years so that was how I saw my first paid gig, but in terms of filmmaking, it would have been my third movie Hallow’s End when I got paid for the first time. My first two movies were so low budget that I didn’t want to take money. I wanted it to go on the screen. But with that third one, I finally paid myself. I guess this isn’t the usual answer in this regard, but I think learning to pay yourself is actually a very important lesson for filmmakers. Yes, we love making movies and I’d do anything to keep making them over and over. But I found that there is a mental and emotional component to getting paid or paying yourself. It first solidifies you as a professional. Rewarding yourself for the work you do is important. And in paying yourself, there is another level of responsibility that you didn’t realize was there. It takes on a whole new level of responsibility to the make a great and successful movie for the people that have entrusted you with their money. 

I absolutely LOVED your film Doom Room, which features our dear friend Debbie Rochon. It was a delightfully bizarre experience to watch. I am curious to know where the idea for this film came from? What made you want to tell this tale?

Anytime I get to work with Debbie, it’s a dream come true. In a way, Debbie is my screenwriting muse. She and I have a bond where I think I give her characters that really bring out the best in her as an actress, and she gives me the trust to let herself go and fully immerse herself into fully bringing my whacked characters to life in a grounded and real way, which makes them even scarier. The Doom Room script goes all the way back to when I first started making movies. Somewhere in the first two or three years, I had the idea of making an experimental movie in which the lead actor didn’t know the script and the story would be unveiled to them as the movie as filmed. Without giving away the truth of Doom Room, I had been inspired by some true life stories that become the inspiration for our story. Over many years, that script evolved and grew until we shot it in England as a straight forward filmmaking experience. I love psychological horror, and I particularly love movies that keep you guessing and trying to figure out what is actually going on, and more than any of my others movies, Doom Room is exactly that so it was always a dream to make a movie about Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

 

 

Another film of yours, which I remember seeing around the same time, was The Harrowing. This one was really bizarre as well, in all the best ways. So same question basically? Where do these crazy ideas come from within your mind? 

Kind of like Doom Room, I keep exploring tales of psychological horror. The darkness within in, and what drives people to do violent things, has always fascinated me. And then I heard this metaphor about demons being a manifestation of our own inner darkness and I wanted to explore that. I a big fan of movies like Jacob’s Ladder, Angel Heart, and Shutter Island where you’re never quite sure what is the truth, and you’re asking yourself if the lead character is insane or not. Those become inspirations for what ultimately became this story. 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

For me, it’s a strange combination of things. There’s definitely the adage that horror is a way for us to confront our personal fears in a safe environment. I think that’s absolutely true. But there’s also the fantasy component. We love to watch things that we’re likely never going to experience and horror is one of the few genres that gives us that completely immerse fantasy world. For some fans, like myself, it’s also that rush of seeing something that really gets under your skin and screws with your mind. It’s almost like a drug and I’m constantly chasing the high that a really good horror movie can do to you. And last but not least, for a lot of hardcore fans, they’re just fun… special effects make-up is something so many of the fans love so it’s always partly about going in to see what wild and crazy thing someone else has come up with. 

What is your favorite scary movie? 

It’s funny what scares me. The things that truly scare are things that are so very real. There’s a scene in the movie Training Day when Ethan Hawke is left in a room with some gang bangers and he slowly realizes he’s been set up and they’re going to kill him. Because of things in my past, it really struck close to home and is one of the most terrifying movie moments ever, for me… because it’s real to me. But, when it comes to straight up horror movies, John Carpenter’s Halloween is my all time favorite. It’s the daddy of slasher films, it’s a simple story that is hugely effective, and in a strange way, it’s really nostalgic for the way Halloween used to be when you thought it was safe to go out unaware that the boogeyman was truly lurking in the shadows.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

My wife and I’s anniversary is on Halloween so we always try to come up with something festive and fun to do as long as I’m home and not away working. I grew up in a family of Halloween nuts so anything we can do that is festive, we’re game. 

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

We’ve got lots and lots of stuff coming up. I’m a co-producer on William Brent Bell’s Separation, which should be hitting theaters early next year. I’ve been producing a lot more recently so lots of movies that will be rolling out. Right now I’m co-producing Becky, a really great and violent horror movie starring Kevin James, Lulu Wilson and Joel McHale – from the directors of the indie hit Bushwick. And I have about half a dozen scripts I’m focused on to be directing again this coming year. 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

I’m working in Toronto and there was a shooting last night at a restaurant that left the manager dead. I ended up at a dinner nowhere near it at 3 a.m. and found myself particularly on edge as the night’s drifters came in and out. It’s real life that scares me. 

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Standing on set last night making a movie. 

 

 

Ron Oliver [Interview]

 

Welcome to Day 17 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Hello Folks! We are keeping things rolling with another amazing interview for our Month of Horror. We are beginning to break out the big guns for dear readers! Not that we haven’t had some heavy hitters in the previous 16 days, but I am simply promising that it is going to get even wilder from here on out! Today we have a guest who not only has the perfect first name, but is a damn fine filmmaker and writer not only in the world of horror film and television, but just an overall wonderful talent in the art of filmmaking and writing. It’s Ron Oliver, Everyone!

In the world of horror, Ron has worked within the tremendously popular, for good reason, Prom Night franchise, which we will discuss below. Oliver has also managed to be a man who has been involved with projects that have affected me personally throughout my entire life, strangely enough. He worked on a series we have brought up on here before entitled Are You Afraid of the Dark? (see last year’s Month of Horror with Gerald Wexler!) as well as the television adaptation of the Goosebumps series. But, behind the world of horror, he has also done some of the best Christmas themed TV movies you can find (which has a weird connection I’ve noticed to ALOT of folks from the horror world. I might have to look into that one day), as well as directing episodes of classic shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and more recently the absolutely hilarious Grand-Daddy Day Care starring Danny Trejo and the legendary Garrett Morris. He’s an insanely talented workhorse of a man who has put out so many amazing works of art that should all be appreciated individually. I’d implore you all to check them out, but the odds are that you already have.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant filmmaker, Ron Oliver!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day? 

When I was a kid, my parents gave me a Christmas gift of a flip card projector, this sort of movie viewer which was designed for I guess 5 year olds to watch the original Frankenstein and Dracula – back then, horror was for kids. The images were single stills but when you turned the handle they would animate much in the way of a motion picture film, frame by frame. I was obsessed with it, and the idea of making moving pictures, especially monster movies because i loved horror so much as a child. I decided then and there that one day I would make movies. 

What was your first paid gig in the world of filmmaking? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today? 

I wrote a spec screenplay called Camp Out, basically an anthology horror film with a wrap around story about some college aged kids who go on a road trip and encounter a creepy guy whom, they think, is a threat. There’s a significant twist ending which attracted the attention of some producers in Toronto, Canada, where I lived – one of them liked it enough to hire me as a full time writer, developing genre projects to produce. We never made Camp Out but i used the techniques of that script when i wrote The Haunting of Hamilton High, my first produced screenplay, which eventually was retitled as Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. If i learned anything from either of those projects it was this – be true to your original idea and follow it through. There are plenty of roadblocks on the way to the fulfillment of any creative notion, and you have to stick to your guns and believe in the idea, or … why bother doing it at all? 

You began early in your career penning the second and third, directing the latter, installments of the Prom Night franchise, which were incredible by the way. So what was it like to jump into the world of Prom Night that early in your career? 

Prom Night was an interesting phenomenon – it’s not a particularly original film, and there are a lot of reshoots that went on (I found out later) to cash in on Jamie Lee Curtis’s fame at the time, so I think it was really not much more than a solid concept – slasher at the prom – which enjoyed the benefit of a terrific star, great promotion and excellent timing. 

When I wrote The Haunting of Hamilton High, we weren’t thinking of Prom Night at all, other than having a Prom as the final denouement in the script. Ultimately, the Samuel Goldywn Company, who bought the movie, decided to cash in on the box office of the original Prom Night – which was a very smart decision obviously – and call it PN2. 

Look, I loved horror movies, and to be able to become part of an established company – with a movie produced by Ray (The Wizard of Gore) Sager for heaven’s sake! – was a dream come true for a kid from rural Ontario, Canada with absolutely no connections to the film industry at all. And then to have my first movie be released theatrically internationally and to become, after all these years, an actual cult film is still a bit mindblowing, frankly. 

My entire life changed because Peter Simpson – the executive producer of the film – decided to take a chance on me, solely because he liked my writing. If he hadn’t given me that break, I don’t know what I’d be doing now. 

So I’m indebted to a lot of people who believed in me over the years, and I try to pay that back by encouraging and mentoring younger filmmakers. 

 

 

Throughout the 90’s you worked on a series that I absolutely adored as I was the target audience at the time. And that series was the wonderful Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark? Our friend and past guest Gerald Wexler also worked the show. So, I am curious to know how you enjoyed working on a horror series meant for younger kids. Where there any similarities to your previous work in adult-oriented horror? 

I loved every second of making that series. DJ McHale, the creator/producer of the show, saw my Prom Night 3: The Last Kiss on video and thought I had the right sensibility for what he had in mind. 

As a kid, I loved The Avengers (the English TV series, starring Patrick McNee – who coincidentally used to own the house my in-laws live in) and Robert Fuest’s Dr. Phibes movies and of course John Waters. To be able to meld all of those styles with my own, and then to have the kind of creative freedom to write and direct 2 episodes like “The Tale of the Full Moon” or “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner”, both of which are stories that – on the surface – seem like simple kid monster shows but are, I believe, actually about much deeper issues, was yet another dream come true. 

Horror is always at its best when it is an allegory, and when I was a kid I remember the deeper themes at work in the monster movies I loved – so I tried to bring those things to the work, and tell stories which had a little something to say, as well as hopefully scare the pants off the audience. 

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in? 

As I said above, horror works best as allegory. A movie like Train to Busan, which is in my humble opinion one of the best and most important genre films of the past decade, or Attack the Block, as significant a piece of socio-racial commentary as we’ve seen since the 60’s, can deliver their messages subtextually in a way that mere polemics rarely do. I’m proud to be a genre filmmaker, and would make more genre films if the industry would allow! 

What is your favorite scary movie? 

Evil Dead II. No question. 

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year? 

I’ll be working, as usual, making a mystery movie set in an alternate reality of 1960’s bossa nova and romance. I used to dress up as “Morty The Clown Of Death” at my sister’s house in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles and scare the crap out of kids by giving them candy and telling them “You’re going to see me twice in your life. Once tonight…and once at the end….” We used to get huge 3 lines down the block, with parents bringing their kids to be terrorized into good behavior…. Sadly, she sold the house and I’ve been making movies pretty much nonstop for the past five years so….Morty Is on hiatus. For now….. 

 

 

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

Right now I’m directing a movie I wrote for The Hallmark Channel (the anti-thesis of your audience I suspect) called Christmas At The Plaza which I developed because I love The Plaza hotel in New York – it’s where my husband and I fell in love – and I wanted to honor it with a holiday film. It’ll be broadcast on Thanksgiving weekend. After that, I’m doing two mystery movies back to back – the Picture Perfect Mystery franchise – and then we jump into Big Fat Liar 3. 

Genre wise – we have been talking at my studio, Universal, about a reimagining of Ghost Story….we have a treatment and we’ll see what the next step brings us…. 

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you? 

The election of Donald Trump. I met the man years ago and was astounded by his ignorance. I am not delighted to see he has lived down to my expectations. 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

My husband found a praying mantis floating on top of the pool; he rescued the insect, and now Mr Mantis lives on a bamboo tree in our living room, happily ever after. I haven’t stopped smiling about this. 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Rosen [Interview]

Welcome to Day 16 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!
Hello Folks! Day 16 is upon us, and we are so happy to be able to share some words from a man who lives and breaths filmmaking! In all aspects of the job, The great Larry Rosen as seen and done it all. He has a massive body of work not only in the world of horror, but a great deal within the community. He has released some of the finest indie horror films you can find over the last decade, whether it be as a producer, writer, director, all of the above really. He has even directed some of our favorite folks in the world of horror like Genoveva Rossi! He is a man with a wide range of talent and we are so excited to have him join our beloved Horror themed family for this month, our Month of Horror.
So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Larry Rosen!
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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment and filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

 

When I was a kid, I would watch at least 10 films per week. So I always had an interest in filmmaking. In college, I started writing, having had a few pieces published. Then into my twenties, I combined my writing and interest in filmmaking, to start making films.

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

 

My first paid gig was in a horror short film. I was hired as an actor, then ended up pitching in on crew. I’ve always felt that learning was a lifelong process. This helped enhance my philosophy as I watched and learned from the crew I was helping. It also helped with my belief that people can wear multiple hats on a film set and sometimes need to.

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

 

Horror is one of the most fun genres to work in. You are trying to create a scare or something that will affect your audience. It has less limitations than most genres, because you can have extreme gore, or use loud screams, or no sound, and still work towards that goal. You also have the most freedom to play with emotions and snap between them. In a drama or comedy, if you went from happy to scared at the flick of a light switch, you’d lose the audience. In horror, it will keep them at the edge of their seat.
You have an absolutely massive body of work, according to IMDb, in just about every job available in the world of film! So with that, what would you say is your favorite part of the filmmaking process? If you were strapped to only work in one gig, which wouldit be?
My favorite part of filmmaking is casting and pre-production. I love meeting actors and finding the right fits for the roles. Then planning for the film shoot, getting everything ready, preparing to create this world that comes from your mind, is invigorating. In terms of jobs on a set, I also like doing the special FX makeup, especially playing with blood. If I had to stick to only one job for a film, it might be writing, because ideas always pop in my head and I love to create a world from them.
What is your favorite scary movie?
While it isn’t very scary, it would be Scream. Because it incorporates humor within tense situations. They utilize the jump scare, red herrings, and telling you who the killer is to throw you off.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

This coming Halloween, probably going to go to horror movies at the park (outdoor horror screening). I don’t have any traditions that I follow.
What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 
I direct and act in a lot of horror films. However, I just starred in a romantic comedy feature which is making its way around the festival circuit. I also am in discussions to go into pre-production on a horror/killer in the woods feature.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

 

I was doing a film where I get slashed with a machete. In the stunt, the actress hits me in the chest at full speed with a real machete. As the machete hit me, I thought the safety board cracked and had a moment of “what was I thinking?” Luckily it did not crack and the stunt went off without a hitch.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
I just found out today that one of my features I directed will be screening theatrically.

Jesse James [Interview]

Welcome to Day 15 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!
Hello Folks! Hot damn do we have a good one for you all today for our Month of Horror showcase! I have actually been hoping to chat with this person for quite a long time. He has done some amazing work in the world of horror, but it was far from the only reason I have been wanting to have him on the site. It’s the incredible performer Jesse James, Everyone! And by some strange account, I happened to remember the fun fact that one of Jesse’s first film role was alongside the greats like Helen Hunt, Shirley Knight, and Jack Nicholson, in one of my favorite film’s of all time, As Good As It Gets, as the young asthma-riddled Spencer who is essentially saved by Jack and the late great Harold Ramis. If that doesn’t make sense, please watch this film. It’s absolutely perfect in so many ways.
But, beyond this one role over 22 years ago, James has done so much incredible work, especially in the world of horror, which is obviously our main focus this month. He worked on the brilliant Andrew Douglas’s reboot of The Amityville Horror starring Ryan Reynolds, which is a brilliant film that is on par with the original, a rare feat in the world of horror. Other roles include spots in The Butterfly Effect and The Darkroom, which features our old friends Richard Riehle and Michael Hurst. He’s had a wonderful career that is only looking up, and we are so excited to have him on the site today!
So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the great Jesse James!
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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?
The first jobs I can remember aspiring to have were paleontologist and paper-boy, I just liked Jurassic Park and riding bikes. When I was 5 years old, I got into this business as a fluke; my dad was getting headshots taken by Dino May, a photographer friend who was also a talent manager. I was tagging along and Dino saw something in me and offered to get me some auditions/an agent if I wanted to give acting a try. I shrugged and said ‘Sure, why not?’ and it ended up working out and being fun, but it wasn’t until I was 12 or 13 and getting to play roles that were more complex and dark and different from myself that I realized I really wanted to keep doing it for the rest of my life as a career. Life is so short and there are only so many things you can do/be, but getting to be an actor means getting to live dozens, hundreds of different lives/professions/experiences, and that’s what drew me in and kept me here.
What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?
I did some Tommy Hilfiger and Brooks Bros. and GAP print ads but was pretty much just paid in clothes, a Dominos commercial where I was basically ‘background’ and a Sesame Street episode. My first real paid gig was As Good As It Gets, and there’s a laundry list of lessons I learned on that set, that was what started everything. Dino managed to get me an audition for a new James L. Brooks movie (it was called “Old Friends” at the time, all the way through production), even though the role was for a ‘chubby 12-year old redhead’ and I was skinny, blonde and 6. I went in for several callbacks, and got to play around with Jim Brooks, who let me improvise and taught me a lot about being natural. The process of getting that part taught me that just because it might not seem at first like you’re right for the role on paper, sometimes they don’t know what they’re looking for until they see it in person.
In 2005, you appeared in the amazing remake of one of the best franchises in the horror world, The Amityville Horror. I am curious to know what it is like to be a part of this legendary franchise? And how was it to shoot such a dark film? Where there any tactics to try and keep it light on set?
It was an honor to get to be part of such an iconic franchise, “Amityville” is such a quintessential haunted-house story and the ‘real-life’ aspect gives it so many fun layers and twists (and controversies). That shoot was a really good time. It’s odd, but on horror sets the mood tends to be fairly light-hearted and humorous, because you’re surrounded by scary, awful stuff but you know it’s fake and you get to live outside of it, and sometimes it’s hard not to laugh at certain things. For example, doing schoolwork with the other kids between takes in the school trailer, but one of the kids is a sweet little girl with a gruesome bullet hole in her forehead and a gaping wound in the back of her skull. It’s too surreal to be scary, so it’s just funny. And Ryan Reynolds is obviously a very funny guy, so he had everybody laughing. There were a couple of creepy moments, where the lights would all turn on in the house after everyone had gone home for the night, and I think during filming just about everybody woke up at 3:15am at some point with the heebie-jeebies.
Beyond the world of horror, and as you mentioned previously, you appeared as a very young man in what I consider to be one of the greatest films of all time, and that film would be the aforementioned As Good As It Gets. The film is not only great, but stacked with legendary actors from top to bottom. So how was it working with some absolute pros as such a young man? Any takeaways from this film as well?
At one point during the shoot, we were setting up on either side of a small crosswalk and in between takes I went to go running across to get a snack or something. Right then a big hand clamped on my shoulder and yanked me back, and VROOM, the taxi cab we were using pulled up quickly right where I was about to be running. The driver didn’t see me, and I definitely would have been hit. I looked up and there was Jack Nicholson with his hand on my shoulder and he says “Don’t die now, kid, we need you for the movie”.
So perhaps my biggest takeaway from As Good As It Gets was: “Always look both ways before crossing the street!”
I was really fortunate for that to have been my first experience on a film set, I learned so much from everyone. It was like a Master class but at such a young age all I could do was keep my eyes open and ask questions and try to absorb whatever I could, I didn’t realize then how useful it would be later, it was just fun and exciting.
In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

Humans have such vivid imaginations and we’re capable of so many deep emotions that every genre is a necessary outlet for those aspects of our psyche/soul. Horror might be even more necessary than the rest, because it’s an outlet for our absolute darkest places; it’s a pessimistic take on the “What if?” question. What if a family moved into a house and was terrorized by ghosts? What if the dead came to life? What if a psychopath attacked a summer camp? What if my dreams could kill me?

Working on horror films certainly leads to some of the most memorable experiences. How many people can say they’ve been crucified by their own mother? (This guy!) And fake blood, oh man, so much fake blood. Horror films are the only time you routinely go home from work every day, take a shower, and the drain looks like a Hitchcock shot. I’ve had my contact lenses get permanently stained pink from blinking away all the fake blood. It’s a sticky business. Horror also forces you to really let go and be in the moment because those moments are so extreme and out of the ordinary. You can’t think about how you would react if you were being chased by a screaming zombie or whatever, there’s no time to plan it or ‘make choices’, once it’s screaming and coming at you your brain just sort of takes over and puts you there as if it were real and you operate on adrenaline, it feels good.
What is your favorite scary movie?
Probably The Shining. I’m a massive Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson and Stephen King fan, so it’s sort of perfect for me. The story, the atmosphere, the performances, everything about it, I could see it 1,000 times and never not enjoy it. Also gotta love The Exorcist, Event Horizon, The Devil’s Backbone, The Witch. I’m always more interested in slow creeping psychological/supernatural horror rather than ‘splatterfests’.
Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?
I don’t have any plans yet, I do love Halloween though. Especially as an actor, because it’s the only day where everybody else dresses up in a goofy costume and walks around too. It’s like “Welcome to my world!”
No real fun traditions, though I did dress as a Simpsons character two years running (Ned Flanders, Otto the bus driver), which was fun. I’ve also done Beavis and Butthead with a friend, H.I McDunnough from Raising Arizona, Alex from Clockwork Orange, etc. It’s almost always a character from film/TV, which I’d never really thought about until now. Funny, I wonder what that says about me.
8. What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? (THIS GOES LIVE IN OCTOBER)
The future is looking good, I have a few screenplays that are in development; hoping to have my first feature “written, directed by, and starring Jesse James” completed by next year. I’ve been teaching acting classes/workshops in Vancouver, BC as well, which has been rewarding. Nothing coming out immediately, but I recently guest-starred in an episode of “The Good Doctor” and Nat Geo’s “Valley of the Boom”. Your readers can always follow me on IG at @theactorjessejames or on Twitter at @jessejamesactor
9. What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?
Donald Trump scares the hell out of me every day. Also, potato bugs (a.k.a Jerusalem crickets) make me run away screaming and hooting like Daffy Duck.

 

 

10. What was the last thing that made you smile?
I’m really close with my parents and siblings, they make me smile. I just got to spend a good amount of time with them on our family farm in Canada, and the memory has me grinning like a champ.

Jonathan Lloyd Walker [Interview]

Photo by Kevin Clark Studios

Welcome to Day 14 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Hello Folks! And welcome back to another great week of interviews and showcases for our Week of Horror here at Trianwreck’d Society! And do we have a damn good interview for you all today! It’s the great Jonathan Lloyd Walker! He is a phenomenal actor that you know and love. Die hard horror fans are bound to recognize Jonathan from the 2005 classic film Land of the Dead. But even more impressive is his work behind the camera as a producer, writer, director, all of the above really, on such projects such as the extremely popular Van Helsing series, as well as his addition to the beloved Lake Placid franchise, which we will obviously discuss below!

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant on and off screen legend himself, the great Jonathan Lloyd Walker!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

As a kid growing up in England I remember watching my Mum on stage in community theatre. I liked watching a crowd react to what people were doing on stage and I remember wishing I could experience the feeling of entertaining others. I was always a bit of a mischievous kid who wanted to get attention, good or bad, so my first steps into this industry was as a child performer.

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

I did some English TV commercials as a kid. In those days you didn’t get the money, your parents did… so I guess lesson number one was keep track of your money and make sure you get paid! I think a far more simple lesson was to always pick work that you enjoyed. If you do gigs simply for a paycheck but hate the experience then you’re selling yourself short emotionally. I try to always spend time making projects that I enjoy being involved with, ideally working with people I enjoy collaborating with. It doesn’t always work out that way but you can eliminate a lot of needless trauma but listening to your gut and avoiding work that takes more from you than it offers.

 

Photo by Kevin Clark Studios

 

In the world of acting, you appeared in the wonderful Romero-directed addition to the “Of The Dead” franchise he created, 2005’s Land of the Dead. I am curious to know how your experience was working on a film like this, and working under the direction of George himself?

It was a great thrill to work with George. He was, even late in his life, a passionate and dedicated filmmaker and storyteller. He gave me the opportunity to act opposite Dennis Hopper which was a dream kind of gig for most actors. It also gave me a front row seat to see the creature FX master Greg Nicotero at work. George also hated shooting during the day. He made a plan to shoot pretty much all of that movie at night, even the interiors. He gave all his actors, small parts and leads, a lot of input and he crafted that story as it unfolded in the shooting. At the screening he pulled me aside and really wanted to know what I thought. My opinion mattered to him and that felt like its own validation and reward. But more importantly it showed how much the work meant to him.

As a writer, you added to the Lake Placid franchise with Lake Placid: Legacy. What inspired you to get into this franchise? And what are your thoughts on the final film?

I was brought in by Peter Nelson at Sony. I pitched what I thought could re-boot the franchise a little, maybe take it away from camp and ground it more but still connect to the original story from the first film. Peter had some great ideas too. The broad strokes of that pitch were what got me the gig and most of those story beats ended up in the film.

I think the film turned out mostly how I expected it to. It’s always difficult making horror on a relatively small budget and without a big practical and/or VFX house selling the creature effects. But there are some good moments for sure. It was also a surprise when the production ended up in South Africa because the script I wrote had the story set in New England just upstream from the original lake in the first film. I don’t think the film ever named where they were so the exteriors don’t really say rural New York State but… maybe nobody noticed!

In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

Bottom line… real people stuck in the worst kind of circumstances facing the kind of things that give us all nightmares. Horror digs into our primal fears, triggers us in a way a crime drama or comedy just isn’t going to. When people tell you they couldn’t stop thinking about something you wrote because it haunts them, that’s high praise. Horror should always be like skating on thin ice. You know the danger and you know you have to do it… but chances are you’re going to fall through. There’s a dopamine and adrenaline response to horror which is a kind of high you just can’t get from other types of more conventional genres.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Hard to narrow it to just one. Goodnight Mommy ranks right up there with The Exorcist. Seen at different points of my life but both left a mark and still manifest for me from time to time.

 

Photo by Kevin Clark Studios

 

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? And fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

I had a scary clown outfit I wore a few years back that people in my neighborhood still talk about. I went out trick or treating with my kids and people were avoiding me. Mostly the parents who couldn’t actually tell it was me. I was actually asked to wear the costume again to someone’s party which I don’t think has ever happened before… so maybe that’s becoming a tradition.

Other than that our house is known in our neighborhood as a fun place to stop on Halloween. Good decorations and candy for the kids and signature festive cocktails for the parents. Everybody gets a treat!

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

Check out a series I produced for Netflix called Wu Assassins. It went live this summer so take a look if you haven’t already. Van Helsing season 4 began airing on SyFy in late September so get caught up on their website or tune in Fridays at 10 pm to see that. I’m one of the cast in TBS’s Snowpiercer which will air in March. Not straight up horror but certainly scary and edge of your seat in many places.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

I’m a parent. My wife called me in a panic one evening saying our son had gone missing at a community event and nobody could find him. Flashes of the worst kind of nightmares went through my head. Stuck out of town there was nothing I could do except hope for the best while trying to chase away the deepest of fears. He turned up an hour later… he’d been hiding, as kids sometimes do, not knowing or understanding the panic he’d caused. So, scary situation with a thankfully happy ending.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Again, kids. They make me smile each and every day. But the less saccharine answer is probably… Comicon. We went this year and met some of the most amazing and dedicated Van Helsing fans. Their passion and appreciation for what we make certainly made me very proud and exceptionally happy.

 

 

Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee: Hellmington [Film]

Welcome to Day 13 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

 

Synposis:

“In 1999, outside the sleepy town of Hellmington, troubled high school senior Katie Owens mysteriously vanished.

Nine years later, Detective Samantha Woodhouse, a former classmate of Katie’s, returns to Hellmington for the first time since graduation to deal with the unexpected death of her father. His passing just another tragedy in an already devastating year for Sam: her own daughter was murdered, resulting in a downward spiral of anguish and guilt that has slowly destroyed her marriage and career.

Sam soon discovers that her father’s demise is one in a series of suspicious deaths over the last several years, and it appears that the grisly fatalities are becoming more frequent. Even more alarming, every victim circles back to the troubled Katie Owens.

Battling hallucinations, insomnia and her own personal demons, Sam struggles to uncover the disturbing truth of what really happened to Katie Owens; a mystery that will lead her to a secretive, centuries-old cult of revenge.” – October Coast PR

 

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For our next edition of the Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee, we are showcasing an absolutely brilliant film that may not entirely be a horror per say, but it is definitely terrifying as shit! With elements of suspense embodied into a detective based crime mystery, Hellmington is a brilliant showcase of the emotional responses that can happen when you begin to think that things couldn’t get worse, yet the most certainly do. I always feel a great bit of joy whilst watching a film and just KNOWING that some shit just isn’t adding up. And yes, sometimes I appreciate when I figure out the ending pretty early on in the viewing. But, I am also pleasantly surprised when things fall completely into disarray and one’s guess is as good as another as to what the hell is going to happen. And the latter is exactly what you will get with a viewing of this fantastic film!

 

 

And hot damn what a great cast Hellmington has for you all! Nicole Correia-DaMude gives a performance of a lifetime in the lead role, and Michael Ironside is, well, he’s Michael god damned Ironside, that’s who he is. Of course he’s fantastic. Correia-DaMude though, seriously! I was very aware of her work on Shadowhunters, but this right here is some next level work that is extremely compelling in so many ways. I would dare put her performance up to any that I saw throughout 2019 as some very stiff competition. She was just that great. The film in itself is just so wonderful, and if you are looking for a truly suspenseful experience, I can not recommend Hellmington enough.

 

Hellmington is available now on DVD and VOD wherever you watch great films.

 

Splatterday Special: Scooter [Film]

 

Welcome to Day 12 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!

Synopsis:

“The Three Amigoes are life-long best friends and partners in crime. They became internet famous after their YouTube channel went viral. Each episode of their antics has them undertaking some ridiculous challenge. From racing cars to tricycles and from the waters of the South Atlantic to the bottom of a swimming pool, there’s no challenge too stupid. Like a pack of cats, they always land on their feet.
The Amigoes latest challenge is to ride scooters from Miami to New Orleans. Each person has $1000 to get a scooter, pay for gas, food, and lodging. After they select their vehicles and pack their bags, it’s time to hit the road. They soon find that their 50CC scooters are no match of I-95, and they retreat to the side roads to continue their epic 900 mile journey. While the road is smoother, the trip gets a lot bumpier. One of the scooters break down, the friends start to fight amongst each other, and their troubles reach a climax when they witness and video a murder.

Stuck in rural Florida with two working scooters, they have little hope of escape, and the killer is hot on their trail. What was once a leisurely trip becomes a fight for survival. They end up captured, tortured, and it’s clear they won’t all survive. When those who are sworn to protect you are the problem, where do you turn? Will they all die in a small backwater town, or can they once again defy the odds and come out alive?” – October Coast PR

 

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Today we are celebrating a film that is truly and experience, more than it is a film. It is a brilliant expose on what the future could hold. It’s some beautiful irony that it is the 20 year anniversary of the release of the first major blockbuster “found footage” film (The Blair Witch Project) and that now a film like Scooter is available to showcase how far we have advanced technologically ever since the year we thought the world was going to collapse as we entered a new millennium. And while some old geezers like myself to relish in the past at times, it is undeniable just what can be accomplished with such great ease these days. And it’s also undeniable to the natural art of genuinely good storytelling has never subsided, which is further proven in the incredibly unique story that is Scooter. Utilizing the technology that we only once imagined in science fiction to be possible, this film tells a very dark and highly stylized story that you are simply going to love!

 

 

 

 

Scooter is available in select theaters now, including at the following screening in Brooklyn, New York:

 

October 16
7:30pm–8:57pm
Brooklyn, NY at UA Court Street 12 & RPX

 

DVD and VOD release to be announce soon.