Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee: Clickbait [Film]

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 5 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!

“Clickbait tells the story of Bailey and Emma, roommates who have conflicting philosophical views on fame in the Internet age. Just when Bailey’s vlog stats begin waning, they are threatened by a dangerous stalker, resulting in their exploding popularity on the vlogging site str33ker. When Bailey is kidnapped, Emma, with the help of the incompetent detective Frank Dobson, must race against time and her own exploding popularity, to locate Bailey.” – Launch Over Films

We have been teasing this one a lot over the last week, and I know you have all be patiently waiting for it as you are all fine and gentle people. Well, now you can let your proverbial hair down and get excited! Today we are talking about the amazing comedy horror film Clickbait! Previously we spoke with the film’s co-writer and a fantastic stand up comedian Jeremy Long about his work on the project. And on Friday we ended our week of interviews with some words from the man who portrayed the incompetent detective Frank Dobson, the wonderful actor Seth Chatfield. I can not recommend to you know to go back and check out their words as they have so many wonderful things to say about the film that would simply be echoed here in a far less professional manner.

Clickbait is just about the most fun I have had watching a film in such a long time. And fun in a different way that I had become accustomed to in watching the work of the great filmmakers that are Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein. These two have shown up a lot here at Trainwreck’d Society for what should be extremely obvious reasons. Do a quick search of either of them, or both, and you will see a magnitude of amazing projects in the world of film and music that is all bursting with talent and charisma. But, the one thing you won’t find too much of is their involvement in the specific world of comedy. The duo has been tormenting us for years in the world of horror with films like Ten and Blood of the Tribades, and even confusing a simple mind like mine in the world of science fiction with the wonderfully done Magnetic. But, we really haven’t seen the two pair up to create something that is of the thriller nature, but also quite hilarious!

I seriously had to fact check myself on this, and I believe I am right. Problem being that Sophia and Michael have worked on other comedic projects that never made it to our digital pages, but also that they are a couple of the best social media follows I have ever witnessed. Case in point: The Beyonce Thread. Seriously, go to this.

So, here we are finally talking about the duo’s stab at the world of comedy horror (there’s a pun there somewhere, right?), and it would behoove us to mention that the cast of this film is magnificent. Along with the three main leads, there is just a whacky plethora of side characters and cameos that are brilliantly done, but also great little cameos for anyone who is a follower of the MJE and Sophia C world. I liken it to my fellow View Askew/Kevin Smith fanatics out there. You know, the people who knew of Ming Chen as the View Askew tech guy BEFORE Comic Book Men. Yeah, that deep. But, fandom aside, so much love has to be given to the absolutely brilliant Amanda Colby Stewart and Brandi Aguilar. I finished this film with an absolute desire to see these two in more and more work. And as immensely talented as they are, I so no reason that I won’t. Stewart is amazing as she brings the reality of the modern world on screen in such a cringe-worthy yet you can not deny it to be true sort of way. And Aguilar is wonderful in her performance as the character who seems to have the right perspective, but her rational ideals just don’t seem to translate into modern society. I have always said that the writing of dialogue for a character is only as good as the actor’s who speak them. Well, I’m sure everyone says that, even like, actual professionals out there. Anyway, it’s true. And While Jeremy Long and Michael J. Epstein have written a beautifully tragic and hilarious story, Stewart and Aguilar were brilliant at putting their words out into the world.

And of course, there’s our buddy Seth Chatfield. Again, I’d really love you all to head back to last Friday’s interview with Seth, as he is such a charming man and a damn delightful person. He was amazing in this film. His character manages to ease the tension when needed, and bring us right back into it when it was needed even more.

I also can’t say enough about the great work that went into creating the  incredible music and sound of the film. Our dear friend and frequent MJE/Sophia C collaborator Catherine Capozzi is joined with her old friends as well as the band Night Kisses to create a wonderfully entertaining sound. Much like everything Capozzi touches, Clickbait has turned into award winning musical gold. And Night Kisses is a band that is now continuously on my radar, and should be on yours as well.

Seriously folks, from the cast to the writing, to the editing, to the flawlessly executed Toot Strudel commercials (seriously, watch this, you are going to love them), This is film is a masterpiece in the world of comedy horror. Please recognize that I put “comedy” before “horror”, as I truly believe in my heart of heart’s that at it’s root this is a wonderful comedic film with some well done horror moments. It’s dark without getting grim, and fun without getting real blue. I truly loved Clickbait, and I know you all are going to as well!

Clickbait is currently making its rounds on the festival circuit, and is sit to be released sometime in 2019. Until then, follow the film on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and check out the trailer below. And if you find yourself in attendance at one of these fine festivals, watch for the film through the next few weeks:

10/16  Sanford International Film Fest in Sanford, ME

10/27  FANtastic Horror Film Fest in San Diego, CA

11/3  Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest in Buffalo, NY


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/280361846″>Clickbait (2018) – Trailer from Launch Over – Cacciola / Epstein on Vimeo.

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Splatterday Special: The Dial Tone of Doom [Short]



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 5 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!

 

Oh hot damn do we have something special for you fine Folks today! We have been talking about a project from our friends Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, who have been a mainstay in our Month of Horror showcase not only this year, but several years prior. That film is Clickbait. And I promise we are going to talk about soon. Very soon. Alright, it’s tomorrow. But, before we get to the future, let’s talk about the NOW! It turns out, our dear friends MJE & Sophia C have yet ANOTHER project that is currently available now that you should all know and love. But, I have to make it clear…Do it now!

The Dial Tone of Doom is an absolutely brilliant short horror film written & directed by Epstein, and stars the ever-wonderful Cacciola. It also happens to be a part of a truly incredible anthology series that I was previously unaware of until this film, but you can bet your bottom blood soaked dollar that I will be paying attention to it from now on. As previously stated, this is an anthology series that is currently available on YouTube. Which means, they episodes will “air” and be available for one week, and then they will disappear. But not forever! A DVD release will include The Dial Tone of Doom and the rest of the anthology that is sure to be fantastic!

But for now, check out the provided link to this amazing short film that you are absolutely going to love. I don’t want to spoil too much of the film, but it is suffice to say that it is a brilliant satirical look at the technological world in which we live in today, and that even those who attempt to deny said technology is still susceptible to the darker forces of nature. There is no winning in this dark, twisted world. Which is very cool, and brilliantly displayed here in The Dial Tone of Doom. Enjoy!

Sunday Bloody Sunday Matinee: The Basement [Film]

Welcome to Day 7 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 5 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!

“Craig is abducted and wakes up in a basement. His captor, Bill, is a twisted serial killer who wishes to reenact his own capture, with Craig playing the part of Bill and Bill playing everyone else. As Bill tortures Craig, he cycles through a number of personas, all while Craig tries desperately to find a way into Bill’s pathology in order to save himself.” October Coast PR

Holy shit Folks! I have to kick this thing off my stating that while this is indeed a wonderful horror film, it’s actually a whole lot more than that. It’s a truly original and wonderful FILM, regardless of what genre it should reside in. The Basement truly has it all. As one would obviously expect simply by the description, the performances are absolutely incredible. I mean, Jackson Davis literally has to do 12 different roles! Well, maybe 13 to 14, depending on how you look at it in the end. Anyway, damn the performances from Davis and Cayleb Long are absolutely phenomenal and are worth the viewing of this brilliant film in itself. It’s actually tough to decide which personality was my favorite, as they were all done so damn well.

Beyond the brilliant acting work completed in this magnificent film, it is really just a brilliant story brought to screen. This is a brilliantly written work of art that contains everything you would want from not only a horror or thriller film, but a film in general. Filmmaker Brian M. Conley manages bring every element of surprise imaginable to this film, literally up to the very end of the film. It is a cinematic experience in which you should really go into watching it with an expectation of the unexpected is going to most definitely occur. I simply cannot say enough great things about this wonderfully done film. It’s as gruesome as it is dramatic, and as fascinating as it is terrifying.

The Basement is available now on VOD, wherever you stream great films.

Splatterday Special: Johnny Gruesome [Film]

Welcome to Day 6 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 5 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!

“High school students Eric Carter and Johnny Grissom are best friends. Johnny is a heavy metal rebel nicknamed “Johnny Gruesome” by his classmates. When Johnny is murdered while on a drunken joyride, his killer persuades Eric and Johnny’s girlfriend to help him make the murder look like an accidental death. Johnny returns from the grave as a murderous, wisecracking zombie hell bent on revenge.” – October Coast PR


Oh hot damn, do we have an absolutely incredible film to share with you fine folks for our first film showcase in this year’s Month of Horror feature. Johnny Gruesome is a lot of things, but most important of them all, is that it is so much FUN! This film is a perfect blend of gore, jump scares, gut-wrenching violence…and so much to laugh about! As a huge fan of the comedy horror world, this film works from that angle specifically, but is also truly frightening. Filmmaker Gregory Lamberson flawlessly executes an absolutely brilliant film that moves in and out of different types of horror seamlessly with ease and is just a god damned delight, to be perfectly honest.

Gregory Lamberson has been creating some of the finest content in the world of B-Horror for over 30 years, so it truly isn’t a surprised that he has knocked it out of the park once again. A common theme in his film has been his wonderful use of make up, prosthetics, and a brilliant blend of corn syrup (maybe?) to make for a truly bloody and wonderful viewing experience. And so much credit has to be given to the man who portrayed the titular character, Anthony De La Torre. While the entire cast was great in their respective roles, it was Anthony that truly stood out amongst the proverbial sea of brilliance that was the cast of Johnny Gruesome. Also Byron Brown II is most definitely an actor to be on the lookout for in the coming years. There is something wonderful in his performance that leaves me wanting more, for damn sure!

Trust me Folks, if you are looking for a damn fine cinematic experience that hits all the marks of the world of horror, this is the film you want to see!

From Uncork’d Entertainment, Johnny Gruesome on VOD 10/16 and DVD 1/1/2019.

Sunday Matinee: Revenge [Film]

“Travelling under a false identity, Rebekka sets out on a mission to confront Morten Holand whom she shares a dark secret surrounding the death of her sister. As her plan falls apart, Rebekka is forced to face the devastating consequences of her actions and must decide how far she is willing to go to seek revenge.” – October Coast PR

Folks, I have to preface this by saying that if you are even remotely thinking about watching this film….strap in! Revenge is a brilliant thriller set against a beautiful Norwegian backdrop with some absolutely amazing performances. I usually get a bit nervous when starting a film that really sets up the premise and story very early. I know from film watching experience that it takes a certain kind of talented filmmaker and/or writer to keep the momentum going until the inevitable conclusion. Even if you don’t know what exactly will happen, you know a confrontation is imminent. And I have to say that Kjersti Steinsbø absolutely nailed it, and has created one of the finest films of recent years!

While it would behoove me to mention the incredible performances by folks like Frode Winther (who is so good at being hated!), Helene Bergsholm, Trond Espen Seim, and others…the performances that really stood out to be is not only from the film’s lead, the brilliant Siren Jørgensen who is so close to perfect it’s frightening, but also the amazing Anders Baasmo Christiansen. Now to be fair, Anders was handed a wonderfully written character to work with. I was honestly worried about what direction his character, Bimbo, was going to take. But, even with the perfectly written character, execution is everything. And I believe that Mr. Christiansen executed this role absolutely perfectly. And going back to Siren, just bloody brilliant! Another greatly written character, but with obvious motives, it was a character that was obviously a bit harder to execute. And again, she crushed it!

As most of you readers know, we don’t even cover films that we aren’t fans of here at Trainwreck’d Society. So technically, we would probably recommend every film we showcase here. But this one, Folks, you absolutely HAVE to see. I was so enamored by this brilliant put together film with a Norwegian backdrop that almost seemed unfair to other films that aren’t set in such a magnificent location! I’ve enjoyed Revenge so much that I have made a mental note to check out the work of not only the filmmaker, but everyone involved with this amazing project. And I am certain that you will to after only one viewing of this incredible film. Check it out Folks! I guarantee you will not be disappointed

 

 

Sunday Matinee: The Things You Think I’m Thinking [Short]

“The Things You Think I’m Thinking follows the story of a black male burn-survivor and amputee who goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten years ago.” – Project Four PR

On concept alone, this is a very compelling story. It is a truly specific story about human relations coming to head in the face of adversity. This short film could almost rear it’s head as something metaphorical had it been told only in written format. But to see the courage, fear, and eventual acceptance on screen brings this story something entirely different.

Filmmaker Sherren Lee manages to bring out some amazing performances in Prince Amponash and Jesse Lavercombe. What I enjoyed most about this beautiful short film is that it is entirely obvious that nobody was phoning it in. It sucks to say, but they really could have and absolutely gotten away with it. The story alone is, again, so specific! And it contained a real life victim as the lead role. Yet, Prince and Jesse gave absolutely brilliant performances as the film’s principle stars. As touching as the concept of the film may be, it makes it all the more beautiful to me when I see filmmakers like Lee and actors like Prince and Jesse truly taking the subject matter seriously, and perfecting their craft within a wonderful story that needs to be told.

The Things You Think I’m Thinking is currently rocking the festival circuit right now. It has one numerous awards and has appeared at SXSW, Outfest L.A., and many more. Learn more about this truly amazing film, and how you can find it yourself, at sherrenlee.com. And stay tuned for a wonderful interview with filmmaker Sherren Lee here at Trainwreck’d Society in the coming days!

Sunday Matinee: The Forest of Lost Souls [Film]

Ricardo and Carolina are complete strangers that meet seemingly by chance in the “Forest of the Lost Souls”, a place where many people go to commit suicide. These two, a young woman and an old man, are no different than the others as they also came to the forest for this very reason. They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue talking to one another, as Ricardo and Carolina find themselves intrigued by one another. However, as the pair go further into the forest it becomes clear that one of them has other reasons for being in the forest and is not who they would have the other believe them to be and is actually a psychopath.

This is hands down one of the finest films of 2018. I felt like I had to lead with this. By all technicalities, this should be categorized as a mystery film, if we felt the need to categorize it at all. I don’t recommend doing so, unless we are going to categorize it as brilliant, compelling, and absolutely fantastic! Writer and Filmmaker Jose Pedro Lopes has created a truly haunting yet beautiful story with characters that were expertly portrayed by Jorge Mota and Daniela Love.

Seriously Folks, go see this you are looking for a film that is as thoughtful as it is entertaining and suspenseful. Amazing performances, a truly original story, The Forest of Lost Souls is a film that is truly not to be missed. It is another truly inspiring tale of what the people around you may be able to do to help you through even the darkest of times, no matter how irreparable they may come to seem.

The Forest of Lost Souls is in select theatres across North America right now from Wild Eye Releasing.