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Movie Review: The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009)

black_waters_of_echos_pond_ver3_xlgWritten by: Sean Clark, Gabriel Bologna and Michael Berenson

Directed by: Gabriel Bologna

Starring: Danielle Harris, Robert Patrick, James Duval, Electra and Elise Avellan, Mircea Monroe, Nick Mennell, M.D. Walton, Walker Howard and Arcadiy Golubovich

Synopsis:

Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

The long wait to own The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is finally over.  I have never seen this film in its entirety until I bought it.  I had only seen trailers and had read some articles and reviews of  it.  I was interested by it right away.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is conceptually a great film.  There have been other films similar, but this one stands above those.  Sean Clark‘s rewrites of the film were fantastic.  The plot had everything that makes a horror movie worth watching, jealousy, greed, hatred, lust, revenge and demonic possession.  The twists in the plot were put together seamlessly.  There were no wholes what so ever and it was easy to fallow along with what was going on.

The casting of The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was perfect.  Danielle Harris was incredible.  Robert Patrick was a perfect addition to the cast although he doesn’t have much screen time.  The entire cast was natural in the way that they interacted with one another.  When the game brought out the dark feelings in the group, they were all believable.  Many times with this many emotions in a group in a film, someone ends up over acting a part and completely butchering it to upstage someone else, but I am happy to say that this did not occur here.

Every demonic movie has to have a character that represents the evil in it.  The demon/creature in was creepy as hell.  I loved the overall look of it.  The mask was creative and fit the film perfectly.

On the bluray, and I’m assuming the DVD as well, there is an alternate opening in the bonus features.  The alternate beginning was more disturbing than the one that was used, but the opening that was used, in my opinion, fit the film better.

The ending was very bizarre.  I must say that it was something that I did not see coming.  I loved it!  I was afraid of the typical ending, but was pleasantly surprised.

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was definitely low balled by the critics, big time.  I give it a 9 out of 10

Movie Review: Mama (2013)

1-Mama-PosterI have written a lot of positive reviews and a couple of negative ones as well, but I’m not too sure how to categorize this one.  Mama was interesting to say the least and I did not love it or hate it.  I am on neutral ground with this film.

Written by: Andres Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

Starring: Jessica Chastain (Annabel), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Lucas/Jeffrey), Megan Carpentier (Victoria) and Isabelle Nelisse (Lilly)

Plot:

The senior partner of an investment brokerage Jeffrey has a breakdown and kills his two associates and his wife. Then he takes his three-year old daughter Victoria and the one-year old daughter Lilly and drives his car through a winding snowing road. He has a car accident and fall off a cliff, but he brings his daughters to an abandoned and isolated cabin to kill them, but the children are saved by a creepy ghostly creature. Five years later, Jeffrey’s brother Lucas finds the children that were raised without social relationship and claim that they have been raised by Mama. Lucas disputes the custody with the children’s grandmother but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is studying the girls, selects Lucas to take care of the children. Lucas lives with his girlfriend Annabel, who plays in a rock’n’roll band, and Victoria and Lilly moves to their house. Soon Lucas and Annabel find that the girls were not delusional and they are not alone in the house.

images (1)With all the hype that Mama received and the seemingly promising trailer, I thought this film would be mama-01much better than it really was.  This was another case of an over hyped trailer that gave way too much away.  The story line for the film was promising, but there were a lot of missed opportunities for a real great film.  There were moments where the film seemed to be rushed and not completely thought out.

The cast was fantastic and made up a little for the holes in the plot.  Jessica Chastain was brilliant as she always is.  Megan and Isabelle were amazing for being child actors.  The whole cast was very convincing and sold the story well.  It was a bit of a let down to have such a talented cast and not have a better thought out script for them to act out.  Having an actress like Jessica Chastain portraying one of the lead roles is not enough to salvage a sub par script. mama-ghost-chase-movie-2013-e1359216253606

18MAMA1_SPAN-articleLargeMama was creative, but not at all what I would consider “horror gold”.  The film was entertaining, but I’m afraid that is it.  The “surprising” or “scary” parts were not exactly spin tingling.  There were however a few heartbreaking moments.  The story of Edith (Mama) was very depressing.  The ending was sad and very strange. images

Like I said previously, I did not love it but I did not hate it either.  I think Mama would have been much better had there have been more thought put into it.  As of right now, I think Mama, the way that it was written, would make a far better campfire ghost story than a full length film.  With that being said, I am giving Mama a 6.5.

Here is the trailer for Mama.  Give it a watch and see if this film is for you.

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Help bleedingcritic Bring a New Breed of Horror to the World

e3e7dab338e7fcba8d4e48084952f2ecI have had the extraordinary honor to collaborate with the incredibly talented bleedingcritic on a couple of articles.  I am proud to say that I look to bleedingcritic as a mentor to my writings.   As previously mentioned in an article, bleedingcritic brings forth a brand new, original breed of horror that the horror world has so desperately needed.  He has been kind enough to share his genius horror mind with all of us, now it is our turn to help give back to him.

Most of you are aware of the site “indiegogo“.  bleedingcritic has launched his very own campaign to take the world of horror by storm with his unique, no nonsense brand of horror.  Here’s how bleedingcritic describes his campaign:

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News from FEARnet

FEARnetLogoFEARnet UNVEILS WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERES OF ACCLAIMED FESTIVAL FAVORITES THE LOVED ONESON FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT, AND DETENTION ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT

 

FEARnet Presents Premieres of ‘THE RITE’ and ‘THE FRIGHTENERS’, a Six-Film “HorrorFest” Marathon, “Gothic Novels” Double Feature, a ‘HOLLISTON’ Marathon, and the Season Finale of ‘HOLLISTON’

 

(SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 29, 2013) – The acclaimed Australian import THE LOVED ONES makes its world television premiere on FEARnetas part of the network’s Foreign Fridays block on Friday, August 2, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. This shocker tells the story of the troubled teenager Brent (Xavier Samuel), who is punished by Lola and her demented Daddy, after refusing to go to prom with her. What ensues is a twisted nightmare, as Brent struggles to survive the ultimate prom night from hell. THE LOVED ONES re-airs at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, following the premiere.

 

Dane Cook and Josh Hutcherson star in the world television premiere of the genre-bending DETENTION, on Sunday, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The inventive and original horror-comedy follows a group of teens in the small town of Grizzly Lake, as they deal with high school drama, time travel, a deranged serial killer, and the end of the world.

Also in August, FEARnet is giving away another loaded prize pack with the Back 2 School Sweepstakes! Starting Thursday, August 1 at 9 a.m. PT and running until 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 30, participants can enter FEARnet’s Back 2 School Sweepstakes athttp://fearnet.com/back2schoolsweeps, featuring a 32 GB Xperia Tablet S; DVDs of back-to-school favorites such as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: The Complete Series, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Collection, and INSIDIOUS; DL & Co. Silver Skull Stirrers; exclusive TALES FROM THE CRYPT merchandise; FEARnet swag, and more!

 

Other August Highlights Include:

·         “Foreign Fridays” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

On Friday, August 9, it’s a double-dose of thrills from Down Under, as distraught parents believe their daughter’s death was no accident in Australia’s LAKE MUNGO, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. And a student inherits an ancient death machine in NEEDLE, at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. On Friday, August 16, a woman enters a second-by-second descent into madness in Uruguay’s LA CASA MUDA, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. And a young boy has an eerie encounter in Guillermo Del Toro’s Spanish ghost story, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.

 

On Friday, August 23, it’s Israel’s first horror film, BLOOD CLAN, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, where lives become entangled when a man must save his sister from a psychopath. And thieves run afoul of Nazi cannibals in France’sFRONTIERE(S) at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Friday, August 30, is devoted to J-Horror, as a man is haunted by newspapers depicting future tragedies in PREMONITION, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. And a virus rages through a rundown hospital inINFECTION, at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.

 

·          ‘THE RITE’ (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, August 4 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

A doubting priest is forced to perform an exorcism when his mentor (Anthony Hopkins) becomes possessed by a powerful demon. Rutger Hauer and Toby Jones also star.

 

·         ‘HOLLISTON’ Season 1 & 2 Marathon – Monday, August 5 (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT)

Adam, Joe, Corri and Laura deal with life, love and Lance Rockett, as FEARnet presents an all-day marathon of seasons 1 and 2 of HOLLISTON, to whet fans’ appetites and get them all caught up in time for the season finale.

 

·         ‘HOLLISTON’ Season 2 Finale – Tuesday, August 6 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

Adam and Joe create their own film festival to give SHINPADS a proper premiere. But things are turned upside down when Lance delivers bad news, Joe gives Laura an ultimatum, and Corri shares a secret that will change her relationship with Adam forever. Featuring appearances by Sid HaigBill Moseley and Seth Green.

 

·         “HorrorFest Stunt” – Thursday, August 8 (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)

FEARnet presents six films to die for in this marathon featuring some of the best offerings from After Dark’s HorrorFest. The Clive Barker adaptation DREAD kicks off the carnage at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, with a film student (Jackson Rathbone) whose study of fear has terrible consequences. Next, zombie children seek revenge after a fatal mining accident in WICKED LITTLE THINGS at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Then, a young woman and her therapist (Mimi Rogers) are menaced by a murderous hitchhiker in PENNY DREADFUL at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. THE HAMILTONS follows at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, as orphaned siblings find sinister ways to survive. And young Londoners discover a gruesome secret lurking in THE REEDS, at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. LAKE MUNGO brings the night to a close, at 2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, as parents unravel the mystery of their daughter’s drowning.

 

·         ‘THE FRIGHTENERS’ (Network Premiere) – Sunday, August 11 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

A con-man (Michael J. Fox) battles the spirit of a murderer who has returned from the grave to increase his death toll. Peter Jacksondirects this darkly comedic smash, starring genre icons Jeffrey CombsDee WallaceR. Lee Ermey, and John Astin.

 

·         “Gothic Novels” Double Feature – Thursday, August 22 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

FEARnet unleashes the most infamous literary monsters in the “Gothic Novels” double-feature. MARY REILLY opens the evening at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, as the titular maid (Julia Roberts) finds herself entangled in the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN follows at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, as Dr. Frankenstein (Kenneth Branaugh) seeks to create life from death, and ends up making a monster (Robert De Niro).

 

About FEARnet

FEARnet is a multi-platform programming service delivering original and acquired horror, thriller and suspense content as a cable TV movie network, a video-on-demand outlet and web portal.  FEARnet, a partnership among Sony Pictures Television, Lionsgate Entertainment and Comcast Corporation, features a robust lineup of popular titles from major film studios and independents, encompassing 300 plus movie titles a year, including 14 world television and 22 theatrical broadcast premieres. The Network is distributed to U.S. cable subscribers across the country on various systems and is often ranked as the number-one free HD VOD movie service available in more than 27 million homes. The website, FEARnet.com, ranks as one of the most popular sites in the genre category among total uniques and duration per visit. FollowFEARnet on Facebook and Twitter (@FEARnet). For more information about the company, visit www.FEARnet.com. To access photos visitFEARnetPR on flickr.

Horror Fanatic Challenge

The Horror Fanatic Challenge originated on Instagram.  It is a challenge for horror fans that spans over a 22 day period, but I decided to  bring it to my blog too.  I will list all 22 challenges and my answers.

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  1. Your First Horror Movie: Mine was the original Halloween.  I watched in on HBO when I was about 6 or 7 and I have loved movies ever since.
  2. Last Horror Movie you seen in theaters: I last saw the Evil Dead remake.
  3. Favorite Classic Horror: Night of the Living Dead
  4. Horror movie you thought you’d love but hated: The Strangers.  Another case of the movie trailer showing all the good parts that would be in the movie.
  5. Favorite Horror Remake: I am not a remake fan, but I would have to say the remake of Evil Dead.
  6. Favorite Vampire Movie:  John Carpenter’s Vampires
  7. A horror movie you think no one else has seen: Strangeland
  8. Favorite Foreign Horror: Antibodies
  9. Favorite Supernatural Horror: Carrie
  10.  Horror movie everyone else loves but you hate: Texas Chainsaw 3D
  11. Favorite Comedy Horror: Bitten
  12. Most disturbing movie: Inkubus with Robert Englund and Joey Fatone
  13. Favorite Zombie Movie: Day of the Dead
  14. Favorite Indie Horror: Slither
  15. Favorite Monster Movie: Wolfman (2010)
  16. Horror Film with a great soundtrack: Hatchet
  17. Favorite 80’s horror movie: Friday the 13th pt 1
  18. Favorite black and white horror movie: Night of the Living Dead
  19. Best use of gore: Hatchet III
  20. Favorite Horror movie character: Freddy Krueger
  21. Best horror franchise: Halloween
  22. Best death scene: Glen in A Nightmare on Elm Street

Are you a big enough horror fanatic to take this challenge?

FANGORIA: The History and Progression of a Horror Magazine

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When you think horror magazine, what is the first name that pops into your mind?  I know when I think horror magazine, I think FANGORIA.  I have recently been granted the opportunity to interview FANGORIA’s editor-in-chief Chris Alexander about the history and progression of today’s most popular source of horror news.

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FANGORIA has been an original magazine and “first in fright” since 1979, could you give us a little back history on how FANGORIA came to be?

“Sure. It was originally positioned as Starlog’s bid to ride the incoming Fantasy film tide for the impending release of the feature film adaptation of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and was called FANTASTICA. That wave never came as CONAN was delayed until 1982 and because of promised legal tangles with another magazine, the name was changed to FANGORIA.”

Who was the first published interview in FANGORIA with?

“I cannot say which one was written or laid out first, but I will say that our most important feature came in the form of a Tom Savini feature about the make-up effects in Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD. The first few issues of FANGORIA were received poorly but that feature was the one that had the kids talking. Because of this, EIC Bob Martin rolled with the gory horror angle and BANG suddenly FANGORIA took off and became the bible for splatter, special effects, horror and weird cinema.”

With the horror industry quickly evolving,  is it harder to to keep up with all that is going on in the genre?

“First of all, let’s be clear. There is no horror industry. There is a film industry, a magazine industry etc. Horror is hard to lock down…what is it? How do we define it? It’s not an industry, it’s a type of entertainment and because of this there are many, many international strains. The internet has opened up doors for filmmakers to internationally market their work. It’s a global focus and you are right…it aint easy to chart it all and some of the product is dire. So instead…you focus on what you like and what you think might have appeal to your readers. You try to dig up new material and also find fresh perspectives on classic films. We just have fun with it, really.”

When it comes to your readers, which is easier to please, the long-time or the new readers or do you think it’s about the same?

“It’s all about balance and finding a language that works for all audiences. Again, not easy! But there is a kind of clumsy science to it. I try to simply make the horror magazine that the 12 year old me would love as well as the 38 year old horror fan. We go with our instincts here.”

I have no doubt that FANGORIA will still be the most synonymous name in horror news for a long time to come.  Where do you see it going from here?

“Horror fans are sensual and love things they can touch and collect. The internet is tops for breaking news but the magazine will always be here for people to hold and have. It has a personality and is alive. We just brought back GOREZONE, our nasty little sister magazine.The brand FANGORIA will find its way onto films and digital media. It’s a name that is steeped in history and will always be with us. I’m not sure how long I’ll be Captain of the ship, but I intend to keep it far away from the rocks…”

Some personal questions for Chris

How did you get your start with FANGORIA?

“I was a columnist for the Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue for many years and that allowed me to express myself, win a few fans and network. That networking lead me to freelancing for various film media and eventually it lead to freelancing for FANGORIA. Then in 2009, I got the call….I was asked if I wanted to explore taking the magazine in a new direction. It was a gift. One I still treasure.”

What is your favorite issue so far?

“That I have done? I love them all to a point. It’s more about which features I like better. I love my Nicolas Cage interview (in #310 and #311) because there was a whole adventure behind it. It reflects an amazing chapter of my life. As far as best issues, I think they all are wildly diverse enough to stand on their own. But lately I’m grooving the next issue, #325….there’s a tribute to my hero, Jess Franco and I’m very proud of that one. I try to buck trends more often than not and I love that there are things in FANGORIA that are ONLY in FANGORIA….no where else.”

Who has been your favorite interview?

“Again, Cage. Also loved Paul Koslo. Damien Echols. Barbara Steele. Gene Simmons. Roger Corman. The late Chas. Balun. My god….literally thousand of subjects, hundreds of heros….so much material and so many great conversations.”

With the horror genre becoming so popular, what advice can you give to all of the new writers out there?

“Find your voice and know your history. Write like music. Don’t be boring but don’t overstylize. And be true to your tastes. Use your words to share your joy about your subject. If you’re positive and excited your readers will be too….and success will follow.”

A huge thank you to editor-in-chief  Chris Alexander for such a great opportunity!

Don’t for get to pick up the latest issue of FANGORIA!

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All photos used in this article are from FANGORIA.com

 

Horror Makeup and It’s Impact On The Industry

A very large part of a horror film, the part that makes the most impact on a film is without a doubt the makeup.  In early horror cinema, long before CGI, film makers had to rely on props and makeup to strike fear into their viewers.  With makeup competition shows  such as syfy’s FACEOFF popping up,  there is more light being shinned onto the world of movie makeup magic.

When I think horror makeup, I think Tom Savini.  Savini has brought pure magic to the screen in movies like Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead and many other horror masterpieces.  His works greatly impacted any film that he worked on.  He made Jason Voorhees a character that we could almost sympathize with when he brought the image of a young Jason to Friday the 13th.

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Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street series brought us the terrifying image of Freddy Krueger.  The makeup job on Robert Englund has struck fear into the hearts, minds and sleeping patterns teenagers since 1984.  The image of Krueger is one of the most iconic images in the horror genre, everyone knows his face.  Without the makeup, the impact of Freddy would not have been as frightening.

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Even when your slasher is wearing a mask, it is still important to think about what that character should look like under the mask.  Makeup helps to add depth to your character and helps to tell your character’s back story.  Bringing back the idea of Jason Voorhees,   even though he wore a mask or some other covering on his face for 97% of the films, he still had a face beneath it.  He drowned as a child and spent much of his time at the bottom of Crystal Lake, so to help get that across and to help bring Jason to life, he needed a face.  A face that looked like he had spent a lot of time in the water and that he had been dead for quite some time.

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Another movie that comes to mind when I think great makeup is 1993’s Leprechaun.  Warwick Davis is no question, a very convincing actor, but what is convincing if you don’t look the part?

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This brings me to makeup today.  As I said earlier, today’s film makers rely so heavily on the impact of CGI that the makeup and look of their slasher/monster gets pushed to the background.  However, that is not true in every case.  One of my favorite movie makeups of this past decade would have to be that of Victor Crowley, played by Kane Hodder, from Adam Green‘s Hatchet series.  The idea of a revenge bent ghost wondering around a swamp in Louisiana is pretty disturbing in its own right, but when you add a face as terrifying as Crowley’s to your film, it’s going to get attention.  It is obvious that a lot of thought went into what Victor should look like and the makeup department definitely hit the nail on the head.

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Next time you watch a horror movie, think to yourself, what would this film be if the slasher/killer/monster did not look the way he/she/it does?  No matter what team you root for, makeup or CGI, there is no question that the image of the slasher is one of the most important things in the film.  If the face doesn’t fit the story, what kind of impact is really going to be made?

bleedingcritic: No BS, Just Straight Horror

bleedingcritic: No BS, Just Straight Horror

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I have had the honor of connecting with a horror family like no other, bleedingcritic. Everything from their spoiler-free reviews to the horrifying face of  bleedingcritic says true 100% horror. In the vast sea of everyone writing reviews and trying to break through into the world of horror writing, bleedingcritic in my opinion has done just that.

bleedingcritic has a fast growing base of followers on twitter. On twitter, their followers are far more than “fans” they are #bleedingfamily. Bleeding Family can further show their support and unity by purchasing quality mugs and t-shirts from the bleeding store.

bleedingcritic is not into the spoil the movie and ruin your day style reviews. It’s all about the spoil-free review that focuses on the psychological and creative aspects and honest observations. Reviews are not the only writings that can be found via bleedingcritic, but a horrifying short story series that was created and written by bleedingcritic called “Horror Medication.”  bleedingcritic is becoming a name so synonymous with the horror genre that William Friedkin has contacted him to write a review of his new book.

The face of bleedingcritic may be one of the most hauntingly, horrifying symbols of the horror community.  Under bleedingcritic’s instruction his face was created by Oscar and Bafta award winners, Coulier Creatures FX.  It is complete genius. It plays on something of innocence from childhood and morphs it into something you really hope is not living in your closet or under your bed. I know every time I see that face, I know exactly who it is.

You can keep up to date on all of the bleeding news by checking out any of the links below.

Official Site: bleedingfilms.com

Twitter: @bleedingfilms

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Interview with Night Walker Cinema

As previously mentioned in my last piece on Night Walker Cinema, here is a short interview that they were so awesome to participate in.  I can say that I am looking forward to working on a few more pieces with these guys in the future.

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What movie initially got you interested in horror?

 “Wow…good question. I’d have to say that really early on I loved Michael Myers, Halloween and Halloween II”

A lot of people today have been spoiled by CGI.  What keeps NWC wanting to stay true to classic horror and not use CGI? 

 “I know a lot work goes into CGI and those artists are talented but it’s just not real. You can’t interact with it, feel it, wear it or be scared in real time with it. Practical FX are the only way to go in our opinion. It’s not a crime to use CGI to slightly enhance something but it should always be unnoticed.”

 What is the hardest part of staying true to classic horror?

“I’m not sure. We write what we want to see. I think sometimes you have studio people who don’t understand or even watch our genre telling people how to make films. That’s a bad recipe.”

From a producer’s stand point, which producers (horror or not) have been the most influential?

 “Well we are only producers because we pay for all of our films (except TDG which we are crowd funding).”

What kind of advice do you have for other indie producers? 

 “Well we like to focus on the writing and the directing. If we worked with another producer we would want them to trust that we know what we are doing. Too many producers want to see things their way but they don’t write so they nitpick other people’s art…no bueno.”

 What can we expect to see from Night Walker Cinema in the future?

“Hopefully we can get The Dinner Guest into as many festivals as possible and hopefully get distribution! After that, we have many films in the pipeline from more shorts to features!”

Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Going where every horror fan dreams of going

I know I’m kind of late to the party, but I am loving Sean Clark’s project Horror’s Hallowed Grounds.  I first seen it on the Halloween 25 Years of Terror DVD and I thought it was one of the best ideas ever.

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A little background:  Horror’s Hallowed Grounds is written and hosted by the awesome Sean Clark.  He has visited the sites of some of the most iconic horror films such as Halloween,  A Nightmare on Elm Street (A Return to Elm Street), and Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre just to name a few.

Sean is the perfect host to give anyone an inside look of the places that hardcore horror fans have dreamed of going.  His knowledge of the locations and movies that he is walking you through is unreal, and he is a complete natural.  Sean’s love of horror really shows through in his excitement at each location.

Sometimes he is not alone in hosting these walk-throughs.  He has been joined by horror alum like PJ Soles, Amanda Wyss  and Heather Langenkamp and other very familiar names.

Horror’s Hallowed Grounds has been featured in HorrorHound Magazine as well as many other online horror blogs.

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