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Kickstarter: Occam’s Razor- A USC Thesis Film

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Independent horror is the backbone of the genre today, the world of horror would not be the same without hardworking film school students taking risks. USC film student, Alex Parslow, has created a kickstarter campaign to help fund his thesis film, Occam’s Razor

What is Occam’s Razor? It is an atmospheric horror film in the vein of films like The Exorcist, Shutter Island and Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Synopsis:

Set in 1851, “Occam’s Razor” is about a post-mortem photographer who is called into a small community where dozens of children have mysteriously died. He soon realizes the spirits of the deceased are trying to communicate to him, leading him to uncover the town’s dark and twisted secret.

Characters sell a film just as much as the screenplay, and the concept/character art that I have seen for Occam’s Razor looks phenomenal. Period pieces are very difficult to make look historically accurate, but the team behind this film nailed it.

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There are two very notable Hollywood names involved with Occam’s Razor, Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men) and Carmen Argenziano (The Godfather: Part II). Grant is set to play the role of Sister Edith and Argenziano is set to play the role of Father Russo.

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The filmmakers behind this sure to be great film have spent the last 3 years honing and developing their skills at USC School of Cinematic Arts, the #1 ranked film school in the world. Meet the crew below.

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Director’s Statement:

“Occam’s Razor” is at once a graduate USC thesis film as well as a proof of concept for a feature length version of the same story. The film is a classic Gothic horror with a unique twist, set in a conservative religious town in 19th century Pennsylvania. The film is to be directed by USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA-candidate Alex Parslow, who co-wrote with Andre Kovalov. The two recently made a splash with their script Apex Dark, which landed them on both the “Hit List” and “Young and Hungry List,” for best unproduced screenplays in the industry. Through this they have secured representation with Lee Stobby Entertainment and are already taking meetings on the development of “Occam’s Razor”, and are eager to develop a fully conceived version of the short. In addition, both Director Alex Parslow and Producer Jonathan Maurer are co-writers on upcoming James Franco films, “Actors Anonymous” and “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha”.

Parslow’s goal to create Occam’s Razor is currently set at $10,000, and of that sum, $1,435 has been raised. There are currently 21 days left to help fund this film, the campaign will end on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2:59 am EDT.

Links:

Occam’s Razor Kickstarter Campaign

Occam’s Razor Facebook Page

A Board Game For Horror Fans: Mixtape Massacre

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Horror toys are all the rage with collectors, but everyone knows what happens when you open the package. Finally there is a horror collectible that can be opened and played with, say hello to the brand new horror board game Mixtape Massacre. Like many new products, your help is needed to fund this incredible, new, one of a kind board game. Bright Light Media has started a campaign on Kickstarter to fund Mixtape Massacre

What is Mixtape Massacre?

Welcome to Mixtape Massacre, a tabletop board game where up to 6 players choose from 1 of 8 horror archetypes and compete in a fictional 1986 killing spree to be remembered. Make your way through the small town of Tall Oaks, dispatching victims, collecting kills, and engaging in iconic brawls with other players, proving once and for all, who is the baddest of the brood!

With tons of references and jokes to all of your favorite 1980’s music, films, and pop-culture icons – Mixtape Massacre will have you laughing while you’re slashing!

What’s in the box?

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  • 8 Diecut standup Character pieces
  • 8 Character profile cards
  • 6 Diecut Butcher knife player stations
  • 36 Life pegs (go into knives)
  • 60 Double sided tokens (scene marker / souvenir)
  • 40 Unique “Killer Scene, Dude” cards
  • 30 “Bonus Track” cards
  • One 20 x 20 inch game board
  • One 4 Page full color instruction manual (instructions and rules)

Characters:

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Rules:

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Everyone familiar with Kickstarter and how it works knows that there are perks involved. The Mixtape Massacre campaign offers some pretty awesome incentives to contribute to the cause.

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There are also perks for smaller donations.

The goal to put Mixtape Massacre on the tables of horror fans everywhere is $20,000. The campaign is currently over 50% of the way there with $12,911. There are currently only 17 days left to contribute. 

Like what you see or want to learn more? Follow the links below.

If the campaign reaches its goal, the expected delivery of the game is October 2015. Let’s help bring horror to the table tops.

Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

securedownloadFor those that have not figured it out yet, I am an advocate for indie horror and indie writers, so when I get asked to help promote a Kickstarter campaign to help out, I do.  This campaign is for a new book called ‘Black Labyrinth Book II‘ by Joe R. Lansdale.  Below you will find all the information you need about Mr. Lansdale’s new book and I hope you too will want to back this campaign.

This is where the boundaries between the innerverse and the outerverse recede

Dark Regions Press has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by Santiago Caruso. The campaign is currently live and can be viewed here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Black Labyrinth is an imprint of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction all illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has been met with wide critical acclaim and the hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced:

The new Kickstarter campaign will fully fund a new novella of securedownload (1)psychological horror from Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Thicket, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road and many other novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and screenplays. The campaign will also bring five original pieces of artwork from renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso to accompany the novella, including four B&W interior illustrations.

Dark Regions Press wants everyone who contributes to read the new novella. Any reward level in the Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter campaign will get you a copy of the book. All editions are offered at planned retail price with free U.S. shipping included and discounted international shipping offered along with Kickstarter exclusive bonuses. Contributors will be regularly updated during the production of the book and many will be immortalized in the book itself.

securedownload (2)Join the effort and help make Black Labyrinth Book II a reality:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Chris Morey
Owner and Publisher – Dark Regions Press, LLC
Creator and Editor – Black Labyrinth
http://www.darkregions.com

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I hope that the description of this promising work and the campaign has peaked your interest.  If you can not donate money, please spread the word and bring this amazing book to life.

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

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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

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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