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Malcolm McDowell To Star In Giovanis Brothers’ Film ‘BEREAVE’ With Your Help

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Neve Campbell

I recently received an email from Evangelos Giovanis about a new project from the Giovanis Brothers called ‘BEREAVE‘.  This film is set to star the icon Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), the lovely Neve Campbell (Scream) and the talented JJ Feild (Captain America), but first they need your help.

BEREAVE’ has become Mr. McDowell’s passion project.  Malcolm believes so deeply in this project, that he has become the Executive Producer of the film.

Before I get into how you can help, here is a bit about the film.  ‘BEREAVE‘ is a feature length drama/romance.

Synopsis:

Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary – he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.

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Evangelos and George Giovanis

For those of you that do not know who the Giovanis Brothers are, they are Evangelos and George Giovanis.  They have self-financed all of their film projects by building, working and selling small restaurants.  Critics compare them to early Scorsese, Tarantino, and John Cassavetes.

This may not be a horror film, but the incredible cast is enough to put me behind it.  The Giovanis Brothers have created a KICKSTARTER campaign to group fund this project.  Much like all other campaigns on KICKSTARTER, there are benefits for each level of donation.  You will only be charged if the film reaches its funding goal.

BEREAVE‘ is currently at $38,112 pledged of the $100,00 goal.  This campaign will only be open until October 5, 2013 which leaves only 16 days to help bring Malcolm McDowell, Neve Campbell and JJ Feild together for this incredible film.

If you can not donate, please spread the word! Every little bit helps.

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Below are links to keep up to date on ‘BEREAVE‘ and where you can contribute to this piece of history.

KICKSTARTER Campaign: Click Here

Facebook: Click Here

Twitter: Click Here

A brief video from the Giovanis Brothers and Malcolm McDowell

Book Announcement: Ground Zero by Nicholas Ryan

GroundZeroCoverSAWI have previously interviewed author Nicholas Ryan about his upcoming novel Ground Zero.  The wait is over to own this incredible story.  It has become available on Amazon today as an ebook, but will soon be available in paperback.

Synopsis:

When the zombie apocalypse sweeps across the eastern states of America, Jack Cutter is the man least likely to last beyond the first few minutes. Dealing with the recent tragic deaths of his wife and child, Cutter is forced into a desperate struggle for survival – and for redemption. Everything Cutter came to expect from life is torn away and turned upside down so that all he has left is his instinct and a sense of fate that compels him on his journey.
The action is frantic and terrifying as Cutter slowly discovers the cost of staying alive is dealing with his guilt and accepting responsibility he can never be prepared for.
‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’ is a real story with real characters that readers will cheer on until the final shocking twist.

To purchase Ground Zero,

Click here for US

Click here for UK

I have been asked by Mr. Ryan to review this new novel, so be on the look out for my review of Ground Zero in 2-3 weeks.

Be sure to like Nicholas Ryan’s Facebook page.

For those that missed my interview with Nicholas Ryan, I will link it below.

 

Interview with Gary J. Tunnicliffe/ Judgement the Movie

aajudgementposterhero1 (1)Gary J. Tunnicliffe is a name best known in the world of special effects makeup, but he now has a feature of his own coming in 2014 called Judgement.  I have been granted the opportunity to conduct an interview with Gary about his career and his new film.

For those that do not know who Gary J. Tunnicliffe is, he was the makeup effects designer for films such as My Bloody Valentine 3D, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Collection, the Hellraiser series and many others.

Judgement synopsis:

‘Judgement’ is a place where heaven and hell collide, ‘a spider’s web’, one of many of hundreds, maybe thousands littered all across the world, a place where the good and the bad are processed, ‘audited’.

One man’s demise marks the beginning of a police detective’s journey into this world, a world where all is uncovered, where the very blood in your veins reveals the secrets of who and what you are.

But even the machine that has run so smoothly for a millenia can falter when something new, something ‘different’ is added to the mix and that something will create ripples that become waves, cause black and white to become grey and cause shifts in the powers of good and evil.

Gary has started a KICKSTARTER campaign for his film.  The set goal is $195,000.  Not only will you be helping a great project that even Doug Bradley calls “Visually Arresting“, but there are perks for the levels of donations.

Judgement Teaser:

Interview:

LBoH: What got you interested in the effects industry?
GT: Horror films fundamentally and so I suppose if I backtrack my Brother, he was five years older than me and on Friday nights in the UK they would play horror films, he would get to watch them and would then tell me in detail what they were about. Eventually I was allowed to watch them and from there my obsession began (I read Dracula when I was 7) by the time I was 12 or 13 I was a full fledged horror junkiejudgementmontage1sepia – then when I was about 15 a friend of mine handed me a copy of Fangoria magazine..it was like PORN for a horror movie lover and when I saw pictures of people sculpting monsters and applying make up’s it changed my life!
LBoH: What was your first effects project?
GT: Personally…probably a cut or a bruise on my younger sister..professionally  it would have been working on ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (for Christopher ‘The Elephant Man’ Tucker’) stage musical, creating the foam latex appliances for Michael Crawford (and the other actors around the world) to wear every night.
 LBoH: How long have you been in effects?
GT: A long time :-)…since I was 19…and I’m 45 now..so there’s the blog readers math puzzle for the day!
LBoH: What was your favorite film to work on?
GT: Truthfully they are all fun in some way, there’s always at least ONE fun moment….in some ways its weird, you tend to remember the bad experiences over the good ones and oddly enough rarely does the quality of the final film have anything to do with the experience you had making it. I had a nightmare of a time on SLEEPY HOLLOW, but the film came out great!….DINO SHARK was god awful but I had such an amazing time working on it in Mexico, Exorcist: The Beginning in Rome was very cool, I really enjoyed making the Dracula films (Dracula 2000, Ascension and Legacy) and I think the films are cool too
LBoH: How different is it to go from working on someone else’s project to being in charge of your own?
AAJURY (1)GT: If you mean in terms of being an fx artist working as part of a crew is a LOT easier, your responsibilities stop the moment you leave the shop at night, as the designer its all on you, your managing the look of the things the producers and director are buying but you’re also managing the finances of the build, the day to day running of the shop, crew, materials etc, etc…wow…perhaps I should go back to working in a crew, just reading that is a revelation!
 If you mean in terms of going from being an fx artist to being a director (as a full bloodied control freak) it usually makes me a lot happier, although there is a lot more work, but I’ve never been afraid to make decisions and stand by them and I think that is the key to being a good director sometimes.
 LBoH: What advice would you give anyone looking to come into the world of special effects make up?
GT: Learn computer graphics…it’s cleaner, safer and in the future there is going to be a LOT more work doing CGI than make up fx. Deny it if you like, romanticize that make up fx will make a huge comeback, mourn the poor quality and fake look of cgi sometimes…but have no doubts that cgi will take over 90% of the fx industry eventually…make up fx are CD’s to CGI’s downloads…the writing is on the wall. BUT if you simply must be a make up effects artist DON’T go to make up fx school!…save yourself the cost of tuition!…buy some clay, sculpt, read make up fx books and research on the internet, sculpt, apply make ups on friends, visit conventions, sculpt, send letters to make up effects artists asking for advice (and start establishing a relationship) sculpt, enroll in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts on line and watch their tutorials by industry vets (like yours truly!) sculpt, sculpt and sculpt…if you took a year and did the above without going to a ‘make up fx school’ you would save the huge cost of tuition and housing etc….but if you wanna go party with a bunch of like minded people and generate a portfolio that is a replicate of EVERYONE else in the class (past and previous) and blow Mom and Dad’s hard earned moolah – knock yourself out! 🙂
LBoH: Where did your inspiration for Judgement come from?
GT: The idea basically was born out of what I thought HELL might really be like, a processing machine and then wondering how it works, who it’s manned by and the ‘jobs’ they perform and also the idea that Heaven and Hell might actually operate in tandem….that is what spawned the story.
 LBoH: How long have you been working on Judgement?
GT: Over three or four years now since I mused the first concept, we could have launched on Kickstarter over a year ago, but honestly I was busy working on a project so I didn’t see the point, that extra year also gave me a chance to polish the script.
LBoH: Are you working on the special effects of this film?
GT: We will be creating everything for the film, but we wont begin until (if) we get funded, but as a company we will be involved in set JUDGEMENTBONECOLLECTORdressing, props and all the make up and special effects.
LBoH: How would you best describe this film, gory, psychological, a combination of the two or something completely different?
GT: Definitely a combination of the two and a lot more, but in NO WAY is this a gorefest, torture porn or mutilation or titilation….most of all ‘JUDGEMENT’ will be like no other horror film, a bold statement I know, but sincerely there are concepts and images that have never been seen like what is in this movie I want ‘Judgement’ to be a horror film your uneasy about putting in the dvd, a film that lives in your mind long after you turn the tv off, a film that will show you things, ask you things, that will frighten you, intrigue you, horrify you. If you take the dictionary at its word then – ‘horror’ (noun) meansdismay, alarm, appall, horrify and when was the last time a film did all those? ‘JUDGEMENT’ will.…but if you want the soundbite pitch?…”It’s Se7en meets Hellraiser”
LBoH: Who will we see starring in this film?
GT: Honestly until we are funded  I have no idea, I didn’t want to go to actor friends ‘cap in hand’ I would rather do this the proper way, get funded and then cast the movie with a casting director and get the very best people who are right for the roles, who are availaible and with who the material resonates.
LBoH: What can fans expect to see from Judgement?
GT: Images unlike anything they have seen before, content that stimulates unease and discussion…and few sharp intakes of breath, a heavy experience that lives with you long after you have watched it.
LBoH: Anymore film writing/directing/producing aspirations for the future?
GT: Right now just this, I have turned down several directing projects that I felt were derivitive and formulaic, I dont think I can be involved directing a project again that I am not 100% behind, I’m done compromising as a director…its just too demoralizing. My focus right now is this movie and the sincere hope that we get it funded and we can make this film and deliver horror in its purest, undiluted form.
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A special thank you to Mr. Gary J. Tunnicliffe for being so awesome!
Be sure to show your support for Judgement by liking the film’s Facebook page, visit the official site and of course donate to the funding of this film via KICKSTARTER.  Why would we not want to see an original film like this?  If you are as tired as I am of the same old Hollywood regurgitations they are trying to pass as “reboots” to the classics, then spread the word and help make Judgement a reality.
Also, be sure to check out Gary’s effects company, Two Hours In The Dark Inc
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Midnight Diner

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As many of you know, I love to support independent projects.  I was approached about spreading the word about a new project called Midnight Diner.

What is Midnight Diner?

A hardboiled genre anthology with a Christian slant. No restrictions on God, no restrictions on reality. Didactic preachy works are dismissed unceremoniously; we’re looking for high quality works that are uncompromising in craft, content, and quality.

Like many independent projects, Midnight Diner needs a bit of help getting off the ground.  They could use some help with funding.  You can help Midnight Diner by going to their indiegogo campaign and donating.  Just like all other indiegogo campaigns, there are perks for every donation amount.  There are 13 days left to fund Midnight Diner.  Their goal is $2,500.

If you can not donate, but you are an advocate of original independent projects,  you can help spread the word of about Midnight Diner by liking their Facebook page, visiting and sharing their official website, and of course spreading around their indigogo campaign.

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Book Announcement: “Abra-Cadaver” by Matt Drabble

I did a review a little while ago of a book called “ASYLUM- 13 tales of terror”, now I am here to announce the newest novel from chart topping UK author, Matt Drabble.  This novel is called “Abra-Cadaver”.


“Abra-Cadaver”
will be released today,  August 6th, 2013.

Book Synopsis:front copy

Tommy, Dixon, McEwen, PJ, and Alison were always a close knit group until Tommy’s 12th birthday party. Tragedy strikes when a magic trick goes horribly wrong and a woman lays dead.

A local magician Albert Trotter is railroaded during a rigged trial and locked away. Forever protesting his innocence and after a vicious assault in prison, he is eventually sent to a mental institution in a catatonic state.

Now Tommy is 36 and heading home for the first time in over two decades, but he’s not alone. Someone is slaughtering the residents of Denver Mills with magic trick themed murders and holding those involved with the Trotter trial in a steely grip of fear.

Tommy will have to find the strength to bring his old friends together as secrets and lies are exposed throughout the small town of Denver Mills.

Something evil is coming home, and they’re bringing a whole new bag of tricks.


You can purchase Abra-Cadaver here:

US: www.amazon.com/Abra-Cadaver-ebook/dp/B00EBSRTJM

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Abra-Cadaver-ebook/dp/B00EBSRTJM

 

Here is a video by Matt Drabble about “Abra-Cadaver”

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Contests/Giveaways from Spirit Halloween

It’s no secret that my favorite holiday is Halloween.  With Halloween only a couple of months away, I will be doing more Halloween themed articles.  To kick this off, here are a couple of contests/daily giveaways from one of my favorite Halloween stores, Spirit Halloween.

Click on the pictures to enter:

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Good Luck!

Exclusive Offer From BigtimeTeez for Little Blog of Horror Readers!

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As most of you know, I have been working with BigtimeTeez for quite a while now.  They value their customers and supporters the same way I value my readers. For this entire weekend (7/19/13-7/21/13)  my readers get 35% off of their entire order at BigtimeTeez.com!  To receive this discount enter the code 353535 at checkout.

To my UK readers: This is also available to you

Woodbury-400x400 (1)This discount is only good on full priced items (starting at $16.99).  It is NOT valid on the BigtimeTeez logo shirt or the $9.99 shirt of the day.  If enough of you guys use this code, there may be more offers like this available for you guys in the future.  This offer is exclusive only to my readers.

Discount codes are entered near the end of the checkout process, so do not freak out if you do not see it right away.  If you need help finding how to put it in, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Remember to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook and follow them on twitter for more awesome promotions and giveaways.

TOXICTOONS: Masks, Shirts and More

I myself am a fan of strange and original things, but where can you find strange and original mixed together?  TOXICTOONS is such a place.  You can find t-shirts, masks and more.

TOXICTOONS offers mens, womens and kids t-shirts at reasonable prices.  As a matter of fact, they are working on their first ever baseball style shirt.  It is up for order until June 30, so you better get to ordering!  This shirt is running $23 plus shipping.  They will have two new shirts in July and two new shirts in August.

If a t-shirt is not what you are in the market for, they offer plenty more awesome creations to choose from such as stickers, calendars, patches, cards and just about any other creepy thing your heart may desire.  They even have an app called MONSTERPIECES.  This cool little app only costs $2.99.  If you are a real fan, they offer the Fiend Club Kit for $25 plus shipping.  I think the coolest things they offer however are their masks.

TOXICTOONS’ Monster Masks are incredible.  They currently have five new masks for 2013.  My personal favorite is the”WEREWOLF” (pictured below).   The other four new for 2013 are “TONGUE TIED”, “CYANIDE”, “FANG”(in a new color), and “Z-EEK! FACE MASK”.  All masks that are new for 2013 are for sale starting in August.  For images, prices and full list of masks,   visit their MONSTER MASKS section.

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All of TOXICTOONS Halloween merch will go on sale on September 1.  You may also want to check out the book “why are you so weird unkle pigors?  book of fan ?’s” (pictured below).

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You can keep keep up to date on TOXICTOONS through Facebook and twitter.

 

 

Rotten Cotton: More Than Badass T-Shirts

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Many of you may have heard of the company ROTTEN COTTON, but did you know they are more than just badass t-shirts?  They also have a project called Black Devil Doll that they are working on.

First things first, let’s talk about the t-shirts.  Every horror/exploitation fan loves to find that one shirt of their favorite movie that really says “this movie is badass and so is this shirt“, but going to the mall you’re only going to find what is deemed to be “safe”.  ROTTEN COTTON carries original shirts that the mall wouldn’t dream of selling.  They offer everything from cult horror classics to shirts with Norman Reedus‘ face on them.

ROTTEN COTTON caters to men and women.  Most of the shirts that are made for women that you would find at your local mall are way too cutesy or imply that you are married to a fictional character.  I know that when I’m looking for a horror related shirt, I do not want butterflies or to be anyone’s Mrs.  Ladies, never fear, ROTTEN COTTON is here to save the day.

Now that we have discussed the vast array of awesome that is their clothing,  let’s move on to Black Devil Doll.

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If you are into raunchy horror, Black Devil Doll will definitely become one of your favorites.  It is in the style of the 80’s TV sitcoms.  There are 6 parts, each 30 minuets long, which means 3 hours of raunchtastic funny horror.  Black Devil Doll is brought to you by the really messed up,yet awesome, minds of Shawn Lewis, Mitchell Boone, John Osteen, and Jonathan “Louis” Lewis.

These guys may be a bunch of badasses, but they need your help in continuing the Black Devil Doll series.  The latest installment to the Black Devil Doll series is “There Goes Da Neighba’hood.”  Help fund this project on indiegogo.com.  You can do this by clicking on where it says “indiegogo.com” or do it the hard way and do a bunch of typing.  Either way you choose to do it, there is 41 days left to help fund this project.  Simply choose a donation amount on the right hand side of the screen and help out.  It won’t be in vain because not only are you helping an awesome project, but you will also be rewarded with other cool stuff.

In review, ROTTEN COTTON offers you awesome t-shirts and awesome entertainment.  So, go pick up some shirts and help fund the future of raunchy, campy horror.

Michael Rooker: Giving Bullying the Bird

Michael Rooker is known for, shall we be blunt, playing the asshole or bully part, but he is far from that.  He is now a part of Friend Movement THENEWFWORD. This is a campaign that has been designed to help raise awareness about bullying and putting a stop to it

A little information:  The New F Word Campaign was started by Ronnie Kroell and Elliot London to help bring empowerment to the victims of bullying.  It is an edgy photo campaign that uses the “bird” to help get the point across.  They need some help from you guys to help reach their goal of 10,000 photos in 90 days across 40 cities.

Mr. Rooker is joined by the likes of Tim Gunn, Richard Simmons, Lance Bass and Lizzie Velasquez.  Below I will link the video from Elliot London’s YouTube channel where you can get the entire story on this new, empowering campaign.  If you are currently being or have ever been bullied or you just want to help put an end to such a terrible thing, click the link below to learn more.

YouTube: The New F Word

Website: FriendMovement