Sunday’s Study #3: Movies, Interviews, and Books, Oh My!

Sunday’s Study – A casual catch-up post from Lilyn G, covering what’s happened that week for the site and a bit more sometimes.

Movies

I watched several movies this week, but actually only did a review on one of them. With this whole net neutrality thing, I’m half expecting to have to start paying attention to how much data I actually use, so we stopped by a movie store that has some great deals on older movies, and picked up like 12 movies for $26. I have the director’s cut of The Exorcist, Darkness Falls, White Noise, and one of those 10-movies-2-discs deals that covers a bunch of cheap-o zombie movies. So, needless to say, I vegged out a bit.

(Some spoilers for the aforementioned movies may be mentioned in the next paragraphs. But really, they’re all so old…)

It’s funny now, looking back, on how much The Exorcist used to scare me, and how much it still disturbs me. That scene where Regan’s nightgown is up, and you can see the words “HELP ME” being etched in her skin? That bothers me more than almost anything else in the movie, including the scene where her head twists around. I think the ultimate creep scene has to go to her doing the crab walk down the stairs though. Sweet baby Cthulhu! 5/5

Darkness Falls is a great film if you were ever scared of the dark. I’ve seen it countless times and am glad to finally own a copy. It’s corny, but definitely has it’s creepy moments. Like when the Tooth Fairy is crawling above the door jamb at the beginning of the movie? It’s not exactly well acted, but there’s so many “Oh, crap!” moments in it that’s just fun to watch. 4/5

Do you guys and gals remember White Noise? it stars Michael Keaton, and was absolutely nothing like I remembered it. I think all I really remembered was that he heard voices in the static and his wife was involved somehow. (I think I was partially getting it mixed up with Pulse in my head.) I thought it was a lot creepier than it actually ends up being. However, the whole EVP thing is interesting, and it’s really not a bad movie, just not exactly the pride and joy of a horror collection, ya know? 3/5

(Spoilers end)

October Coast gave me a headsup on a few movies coming out soon. Some I’ll be watching, some I won’t. (Click on the covers to view them on IMDB.)

Movie Poster for The Lullaby

Uncork’d Entertainment gives birth to evil with the chilling The Lullaby, in theaters and VOD March 2.

Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe will do everything in her power to protect her son. Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in a Darrell James Roodt film, opening in theaters across the U.S and available on VOD 3/2.

 

 

Movie cover for The Terrible Two

It’s a ‘killer’ job being a parent, as Donny Boaz (“Dallas”, 13 Sins), and Cari Moskow (“One Tree Hill”, Butchered) discover this March with The Terrible Two.

The fearsome frontline is set between Albert and Rose Poe and their two daughters in the supernatural frightfest, premiering on VOD March 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Albert and Rose Poe bought their dream house seven years ago in Greenfield, NC.  They had no idea of the unspeakable horrors that took place in the house before they moved in.  If they had known, then their children, Addi and Jade would still be alive.  Instead the Poes now find themselves imprisoned in the house they thought was their safe place, and battling their two daughters for survival.

Co-starring Reid Doyle (“Six”) and Devin McGee (“One Tree Hill”, Max Steel), and featuring the stunning topography of Wilmington, North Carolina (The Conjuring), The Terrible Two run amok 3/6 on VOD

 

Movie poster for Hell's Kitty

Today’s greatest horror icons unite for the purrfect scare!
Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Courtney Gains (The Children of The Corn), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Kelli Maroni (Night of The Comet), Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), John Franklin (The Addams Family) and a ‘Killer Klown’ team up for some Pawplay this March!
Based on the web series and comic book of the same name, and inspired by writer-director Nicholas Tana’s experiences living with a professedly possessed cat, Hell’s Kitty tells of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women. The results are as funny as they are frightening!
Nick (Tana), a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.
With characters named after classic horror movie characters (Jones plays Father Damien, Berryman is Detective Pluto, Nina Kate is Dr. Laurie Strodes, Barbeau is Mrs Carrie), and a tone reminiscent of some of the ‘80s greatest horror-comedies, Hell’s Kitty is undoubtedly the horror hiss of March!
Hell’s Kitty is written and directed by Nicholas Tana and produced by Denise Acosta.

Interviews

We’ve got several awesome interviews coming up on the site in the next few weeks! A spate of Women in Horror interviews, including Sue Rovens (Badfish) and Erin Al-Mehiari (Breathe. Breathe.). We also had a chance to interview a handful of the writers of the graphic novel mini-series Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension, the writer of Hercules: Wrath of the Gods, and the author of the graphic novel Casefile ARKHAM: Her Blood Runs Cold. And on March 4th we’re interviewing the author of The Final Enemy! So, stay tuned! And remember, if YOU want to be interviewed on Sci-Fi & Scary, just fill out the submission form that you can find in the menu, and w’ell go from there!

Books

Haven’t read quite as much as I’ve normally read, due to some hellish eyestrain, but… I’ve finished Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Vol 1, Hardened Hearts Anthology (review out 2/14!), Lilac Skully and the Carriage of Lost Souls (read the first Lilac Skully book late last year and loved it!) , Terra Nova (the Richard Fox one), Sick House by Jeff Strand, Rough Riders Vol 2 (not quite as good as the first), Icons of the Galaxy (Star Wars Insider Best of #7), and Gregory and the Grimbockle (just reviewed that here yesterday.)

Still working on The Walking Dead: Compendium One, A Properly Unhaunted Place, A Moon Called Sun, and a few others. Oh, and I got T. Eric Bakutis’ first sci-fi novel in the mail recently, so can’t wait to get started on that!

Oh My!

On a non sci-fi or horror movie related note, my 8 YO had a movie date with one of my favorite co-workers yesterday. They watched the new Peter Rabbit movie, and both of them absolutely loved it. They were bouncing and gushing about all their favorite parts. They’ve already made a future date to watch Sherlock Gnomes together. Frankly, I’m just happy Miss L has someone to watch these movies with that isn’t me. I drop her off, pay for their tickets (my coworker buys the popcorn and drinks), and then go to Barnes & Noble and read a book for 2 hours until its time to pick Miss L up. Works out great for everyone!

Site stats have been down a little bit for February, but it seems to be an across the board thing, so I’m not stressing over it too much.

I’ve started posting some reviews over at Smashbomb.com. I like it because it’s sort of a general reviews place (Games, books, movies, etc.) but it still needs to find another way to set itself apart from all the other sites out there before I’ll really dig it.

I’m tired of snow and cold. Can it be Spring soon? I seriously would love it if we just had Spring and Fall and skipped the extreme heat and cold of Summer and Winter! ARGH.


What about you guys and gals? How have things been going?

 

 

 

Our Watch Just Once Sci-Fi and Horror Films

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There are lots of great science fiction and horror movies out there that you enjoy and end up purchasing so you can have them around to watch whenever the mood strikes you. But then when you re-watched it the first time you realized that it just doesn’t hold up as well to a second watch. Either that, or you enjoyed it the first time you watched it, but at the same time just knew it was one you weren’t ever going to watch again. This is a list of those films for us.

Our Watch Just Once Sci-Fi and Horror Films

The Conjuring – Director: James Wan – Starring: Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

My first watch of The Conjuring – in theatres – was amazing. Oh my god! This was an awesome movie. I could not WAIT to see it again!! So I bought it without even thinking twice about it. And then…and then I watched it again, and I discovered the magic just wasn’t there. To be honest, I still put it on sometimes, mostly for background noise, though.

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InceptionDirector: Christopher Nolan – Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was reluctant to watch Inception, but fairly quickly sucked into it. It was thought provoking, well-acted, and as soon as it was over I knew that I had no desire to ever see it again.

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Jurassic World Director: Colin Trevorrow – Starring: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Harrow

Jurassic World definitely didn’t win me over until near the end of the movie. And then there were those awesome dinosaur battles that you couldn’t help but fall in love with. However, I’m sad to report that multiple viewings of this film only help you to see the issues in it. Even though I was so eager to buy the movie in the beginning, at this point I can’t even say I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Star Wars: Episode IVDirector: George Lucas – Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Okay, so to be truthful I can’t even say I was gaga over this movie the first time I watched it. (It actually took me a couple of tries to watch it.) However, I eventually got far enough in to get hooked, I had to admit that it was a good movie. However, Star Wars: Episode IV, like the couple of other Star Wars films I’ve watched, never sparked even the tiniest urge to watch the film again. I guess that while I can appreciate that it is a cool universe, I just don’t see the appeal of the films.

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The ShiningDirector: Stanley Kubrick – Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers

This, like Star Wars: Episode IV, falls in the realm of movies was a movie I didn’t mind watching once but had absolutely no urge to ever watch again. A well-acted movie with some iconic scenes and some characters that you will always recognize, it definitely had its good points. But, to be honest, I was happier watching that ridiculous documentary, Room 237, they did about all the symbolism and whatnot in the movie.

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HushDirector: Mike Flanagan – Starring: John Gallgher Jr. and Kate Siegal

I probably never would have watched this if it hadn’t been for @OddnMacabre’s movie days. Watching it with Twitter made it a lot more fun. I don’t really get into ‘Intruder Horror’ that much so, if left to my own devices, I probably never would have watched it in the first place. Even though the last ten minutes are really, really great I just don’t have any big urge to watch it again.

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The Woman in BlackDirector: James Watkins – Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer

I saw it. Liked it well enough but I really haven’t had the urge to buy it or watch it again.

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Identity – Director: James Mangold – Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet

This is more in the ‘Thriller’ category but sometimes there’s a lot of crossover between thrillers and the horror genre. There are some movies with twists that you want to watch again but this was not one of them for me. I did like it. It has a lot of great actors but it’s just not one that caught me enough to want to watch it again.

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The Diary of Ellen RimbauerDirector: Craig R. Baxley – Starring: Lisa Brenner, Steven Brand, and Kate Burton

I liked Rose Red well enough (even if it was a bit derivative of The Haunting of Hill House and the Winchester House). The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer adds a bit of backstory and it’s worth watching once but repeated viewings really aren’t necessary.

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The AvengersDirector: Joss Whedon – Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson

This actually goes for most superhero movies. I might watch them once and enjoy them but I rarely watch them a second time.


I’m sure some of you were very offended with our choice of one-watch movies, but that’s okay! As long as you tell us why you thought the movie was so great! (Politely, that is!)

Press Release: Butcher the Bakers – a Horror Comedy

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Butcher the Bakers cuts up for your amusement!

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Writer/director Tyler Amm’s frighteningly funny Butcher the Bakers arrives on VOD January 16 from genre specialists Dark Cuts.

Recently fired, a grim reaper terrorizes a small town, killing and collecting souls for a purpose only he knows. Sam and Martin, slackers who work at the local bakery, are hired by a mysterious stranger to stop him from killing again. Ryan Matthew Ziegler, Sean Walsh, Mike Behrens and Lisa Wojcik star.

Executive produced by Volumes of Blood’s P.J Starks, Butcher the Bakers is a fantastically splatastic new indie jaunt that gives both the lungs and funnybone a workout!

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil meets Zombieland in Butcher the Bakers, out January 16 on Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox, Vubiquity, Dish and Tivo.

 


Our Thoughts on Butcher the Bakers

I (Lilyn) was tempted to watch Butcher the Bakers for review, I’ll gladly admit. The only reason I didn’t was because I’m very hit or miss on horror comedy, and didn’t want to have to give a bad review to something most people might have liked just because it didn’t tickle my funny bone. However, my cohost, Gracie, has happily agreed to watch this and write it up for everyone!

What did you guys think of the trailer?

A quick glimpse at the cast’s IMDB profiles makes it clear that a few of the actors have worked together a couple of times before. That tends to bode well, as they’ll know how to bring out the best in each other.

Butcher the Bakers looks like it has the potential to be a laugh-out-loud, snort-your-drink type of movie for people who like a little giggles with their gore. We’ve included a few stills from the movie below for your perusal.

If you do end up watching it, please let us know!

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The Falls and Rises of Film Franchises – A Guest Infographic

 

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Film Scores, courtesy of Totally Money

 

Amit from TotallyMoney.com recently reached out to me saying he had a neat post he thought the audience for Sci-Fi & Scary would enjoy. Now, with a website name like TotallyMoney, I was a bit nervous, but I decided to check it out, and I really liked what I saw. While it’s not right up our alley, it is one of those things that just feels worth sharing. (One of those things I’d love to learn to make up when I had the time and patience to do so!)

Lots of interesting information in there when you look at it for a few moments. I was surprised to find that the closest critics came to agreeing on any movies with the general public were the first Ice Age movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and, surprisingly, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and … Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream Master?? Okay, yes, I’ll give you that it shows a solid middling score for both audience and critics on The Dream Master, but I’m still shocked, regardless!

When you click on the infographic, you get taken to the full page, and then it really gets neat. Instead of looking through the full list, you can pick which film franchises you want to compare against each other. I did that a few different ways. Sorting just for horror made me laugh because you can’t help but ask “Why critics gotta hate on horror so much?” Sorting for science fiction made it clear to me that there’s been a lot more Star Trek movies than I thought!  That, and that I think I’m actually inclined to agree with the critics about the Transformers series.

Anyways, was there anything you found interesting about the infographic? Talk with me about it below, and again, thanks to Amit from TotallyMoney for a fascinating compilation of information.

 

 

Press Release: The Gatehouse

FROM AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR MARTIN GOOCH COMES

THE GATEHOUSE

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An ancient curse is unlocked in The Gatehouse, on VOD 12/5 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

From award-winning director Martin Gooch comes a bold and arresting gothic horror feature that’ll stir the senses and spike the neck hairs.

Jack is a struggling writer recovering from the death of his wife. His daughter, 10-Year-Old Eternity, loves digging for treasure in the forest behind her house. In a coincidental turn of fate, Jack agrees to undertake a writing project about the ‘legend of the black flowers’ at the same time that Eternity discovers a mysterious object in the woods, and the forest wants it back. They’ve unlocked an ancient curse and must now fight for survival.

Scarlett Rayner, Simeon Willis, Linal Haft, Paul Freeman, Hannah Waddingham, Alix Wilton Regan, and Melissa Knatchbull star in The Gatehouse.

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Enjoy these stills from The Gatehouse, courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.


My thoughts on The Gatehouse: I think I’ll definitely be watching this. I absolutely love the lighting and setup in some of the stills. (Plus, that costume the monster thing is in is definitely interesting.) The trailer seems really well put together as well, with a nice score. This seems like it has the potential to be overall beautifully shot, well-directed, and worth my time and stove-top popped popcorn.

The Gatehouse won Martin Gooch Best Sci-Fi/Horror feature at the London Independent Film Festival, and Best Film at the Iowa Independent Film Festival. Now, I’m just grumpy enough about ‘artsy’ stuff, that something like this is generally enough to make me side-eye the film and back away from it. (Isn’t that horrible of me?) However,  it hooked me before I read about the awards, so I guess only time will tell if it’s as good as it looks like it has the possibility to be.

Aliens: Zone of Silence – Interview with Dir. Andy Fowler

 

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Aliens: Zone of Silence

Starring Sarah Hester (Unfabulous), Peter Gesswein (A Plea for Tenderness), Jed Maheu (The Rambler),  and Vince Tula (Four Cities), Aliens: Zone of Silence follows a young woman who goes on a daring search for answers after her brother vanishes from the Mexican desert. But when she discovers an extraterrestrial presence, she must risk her life to expose the desert’s otherworldly secret.

Written by: Fidel Arizmendi, Andy Fowler
Directed by: Andy Fowler

Aliens: Zone of Silence is out today, October 24th, on VOD.

Find out more on: http://alienszoneofsilence.com/

 

 

Talking with Writer & Director Andy Fowler

Sci-Fi & Scary: You’ve got a solid background of visual effects – 300, Tron, San Andreas just to name a few- and now you’re the Director of Visual Effects at Netflix. What ultimately persuaded you to step outside the visual effects field and write and direct your own movie?

Andy Fowler: I’ve been into making films since my teens and won a couple of awards back in the UK for some shorts which fueled my interest and passion. However, soon after I found myself carried along by the creativity of commercial and graphic design production in London and cut my teeth there for a bunch of years during its digital genesis in the 80s before settling into VFX. First film was Lost in Space back in 1996 and I never got off the train. Visual Effects really helped contain my creative demons and it still does! However, when I left Disney Feature Production around 2011 I got the itch to make something of my own again.

Sci-Fi & Scary: What was it like making the switch to the writing / directing chair role? Was anything harder or easier than you thought it would be?

Andy Fowler: Making the switch felt natural for me, I really get a kick out of working with actors and the live feedback and creative interaction. After all, VFX is pretty much removed from dealing with flesh and blood, beyond what gets thrown in front of camera as FX elements for say 300 so its wonderful contrast! As a VFX Producer you get to be on set A LOT and so are used to seeing what it takes to bring a film to life, how thrilling it is and how grueling it can be and was therefore under no illusion how tough this project would be, albeit with much different challenges considering the tight budget. What was harder than I thought going in? Having the stamina to finish it. Easier? ADR. Loved ADR.

Sci-Fi & Scary: From script to production wrap, how long did it take you to create Aliens: Zone of Silence?

Andy Fowler: Had early concept for the film in 2011, started in earnest in 2012, so 5 years or thereabouts. Work got in the way!

Sci-Fi & Scary: Do you think your background in visual effects brings anything special to Aliens: Zone of Silence beyond the standard glitchy camera work one knows to expect in these films?

Andy Fowler: It certainly helped in some ways as part of the of problem with making VFX look great in films is the understanding or sensitivity of some filmmakers and knowing when a VFX shot might break, in turn pushing an effect too far at the expense of the integrity of a shot or sequence. So with Aliens: Zone of Silence (AZOS), I naturally dialed back any areas that’d take the viewer out of the experience. This is a found footage film after all, so keeping things organic and visceral was key.

Sci-Fi & Scary: Aliens: Zone of Silence isn’t a large budget production. After being part of so many films with more money poured into them than most of us will see in ten lifetimes, how hard was it, effects wise, to work on a much smaller scale?

Andy Fowler: It was hard. It was very, very hard. But the low budget forced me into finding ways, creative ways of making the shots work outside of the digital norm which in the end (I feel) helped keep the movie honest. Not that AZOS is like Scott’s first ALIEN movie, but I liken the experience of Ridley having a low FX budget forcing an approach that was more ‘in camera’ than its bigger budget sequel Aliens which (although equally amazing) was a totally different viewer experience. Sometimes having little money can work for you!

Sci-Fi & Scary: How many different cameras did you use during the shoot? I believe the main character has at least 4 on her at one point?

Andy Fowler:  I lost count! Hmmm,  2 attached to Sarah Hester’s pack (POV shot and CU),  plus a handheld that could switch between a regular camera or night vision. On top of that we utilized devices such as a motion-triggered head on which the hand-held cam could be attached. Also, Sarah had a HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera that could capture a wide range of exposure, a key story telling point! To round off we had a bunch of perimeter fixed security cameras to help ‘keep an eye’!

Sci-Fi & Scary: Regarding multiple camera use, were they actually often all running at the same time, or were you turning them on/off as need to be spare the time you’d need to sort through and splice footage?

Andy Fowler: Sometimes we had all three cameras running on or around Sarah, totally depending. We got a lot of coverage! However, when shooting action/drama specific beats we often focused on only using cameras that we felt would provide relevant material.

Sci-Fi & Scary: There’s a fair few alien-oriented found footage films released recently, most notably Phoenix Forgotten and The Phoenix Tapes. What would you tell people to persuade them to give Aliens: Zone of Silence a try as well?

Andy Fowler: Our movie is different to those films in the same way chalk is different to cheese. I’d say AZOS goes out of its way to remain fully authentic while aiming to be different from anything else that’s been out there in the ‘found footage’ space. Basically, key difference here is that the footage in our case was never actually ‘lost’ in the first place thanks to the miracle of live streaming!

Sci-Fi & Scary: What was your favorite part of filming Aliens: Zone of Silence?

Andy Fowler: I loved shooting with Sarah (Morgan), Vince (Goose), Peter (Hal) and Jed (Peter). It was great fun! BUT, after the movie had been shot and was editing, I ended up filming pick-ups in Lone Pine California with my wife Gabby and our two kids Henry (13) and Poppy (7). We had such a blast mixing family time with filming productive footage that glued parts of the film together! Very cool.

Sci-Fi & Scary: Did the plot or script of the movie change any once you actually started filming? Or was it a pretty as-it-was-written shoot?

Andy Fowler: I’d like to say it was a locked script to completion, but lets just say making this film was a fluid process!

Sci-Fi & Scary: What’s next for you? Do you anticipate taking on more directorial endeavors?

Andy Fowler: Netflix keeps my busy! I’m really lucky to be working at a studio that’s pushing the boundaries in so many creative and technical ways to help change the industry. HOWEVER, I’d be happy to direct a Star Wars movie if anyone from Lucasfilm is reading this.

Sci-Fi & Scary: Any last remarks about the film?

Andy Fowler: Yes, all my previous comments are false. This movie uses real footage I came across in a trash can in Van Nuys….


 

Our Favorite B-List Horror and Sci-Fi Actors

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.The Top Ten Tuesday topic for this week was a bit unsuitable for the site, so we went off again on our own less-traveled path. This time we decided to devote our time and attention to the B-list actors that make some of our favorite movies so very, very watchable. The movies might be bad, but they tend to make them at least bad-good. (True B-movie fans know what I mean!)

Feel free to chime in with your favorites!

 

 

 

Our Favorite B-List Horror and Sci-Fi Actors

 

Keith David is not on this list for the reason you probably assume he’s on this list. Keith David is on here because of the old cartoon show Gargoyles. I have a voice-crush on him. (Is that even a thing?) And so when I found out that this dude actually did movies outside of Gargoyles, I started paying attention. And then I noticed he was popping up in lots of movies I liked, such as The Thing, Armageddon, They Live, and so on. I love this man (well, his voice at least.)

John Rhys-Davies – Okay, so here’s the thing abut John Rhys-Davies, he’s been in some movies that were so bad even I couldn’t watch them all the way through. (And that’s saying a lot.) However, he won my affection in Sliders, so I at least have to try movies when I see his name in the credits list or see his face. Even if I have to groan and shut it off after ten minutes, I’ve got to try. John Rhys-Davies was also the voice of McBeth on Gargoyles

Michael Ironside is an interesting one because I can’t say that I necessarily like him but I like a lot of the movies he has been in. Remember him as the teacher in Starship TroopersSo I’ll almost always check out his movies because it’s a good bet they’re going to be fun.

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Greg Grunberg easily made this list, even if I had to look up his name because he’s a ‘that guy’. I first encountered him, as I’m sure many did, in Heroes, but since then I’ve seen him in a few B-movies and they’ve definitely been made that much better by his presence. Specifically, I love him in End of the World (in which he plays a video store owner that’s obsessed with disaster movies and who ends up living through one of those disasters), and in Big Ass Spider (which has Lin Shaye in it!)  I think he’s a fantastic actor.

Lin Shaye is, unfortunately, the only female on my list. I think there are probably more that I pay attention to, but she’s the only one whose name consistently pops to mind. I first noticed her in the Insidious movies, but then after watching them, I noticed she was also in a lot of other movies I liked. Her role in Big Ass Spider is a small one, but oh, my god, she had me cackling. You have to watch Big Ass Spider just for the scene between Lin Shaye and Greg Grunberg.

Lance Henriksen – Uhm, is there a B-movie this man is not in? I mean, seriously! Obviously he’s been in some widely released movies as well (Aliens, for example) but it’s the ones that haven’t exactly gained critical acclaim where I love him.  Movies like Man’s Best Friend and Harbinger Down definitely benefit from Henriksen’s presence. I know he’s a favorite of Gracie’s too. He brings a much deeper level to Pumpkinhead than the movie could have thought of. He plays so well off of the Pumpkinhead you can really believe they really are two halves of the same coin.

Tony Todd – Tony Todd might not get ‘starring’ roles but you cannot deny his screen presence and beautiful, deeply frightening voice. He’s sexy and frightening in Candyman but his role in the X-Files episode “Sleepless” was amazing. I don’t think many people could forget him in Final Destination.

Brad Dourif – You can put Brad Dourif into just about any role and he still looks like Brad Dourif. However, he wraps himself so thoroughly in that role that you don’t really notice. His more memorable roles have been Chucky (Child’s Play) and Grima Wormtongue (Lord of the Rings). My favorite is as The Gemini Killer/Damien Karras in Exorcist III. The interplay between him and George C. Scott is so electric that most of the time you don’t even notice that it’s two guys talking in a room.

Tom Savini – What can I say about Mr. Savini that probably hasn’t been said regarding his amazing special effects work? Probably not much. He certainly caught my eye in From Dusk til Dawn as Sex Machine (and his badass gun belt). There are probably a lot of people who knew this already and I had no idea. I realize that the info is there on IMDB for the reading. I’m getting to that. Yes, i know who they are and their general body of work but I generally leave themselves to themselves. But then I watched his segment on Nightmares in Red, white and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film. I have to admit that his segment drew me in and made me tear up.

Before you notice that we have left one very, very important actor in the horror realm off the list we are adding him as a bonus. He really should need no introduction but it did not feel right to leave him off. The one, the only, the badass…Robert Englund. Most people recognize him with his mask and gloves on but he has been in far more movies than the Nightmare on Elm Street series. And also why the remake (excuse me, reboot) failed utterly. And can I get a glove raised for the short lived but could have been totally awesome television series Nightmare Cafe?

     


This was actually an interesting post to write because when I broached it with Gracie, it was clear it was hard to define exactly what “B-list” is. I”m sure there’s an official definition, but for me it falls in the “Hey! It’s the guy”. They might have some movies that achieve widespread fame, but their roles in them are generally small, or it was a one-off and they sank back into low-budget territory. They can be fantastic actors, but for some reason they’re just not known names, but instead are just very recognizable faces.

Press Release: The Elf ( #Horror )

Step aside Chucky, THE ELF is headed home this November!

Movie Poster for The Elf

 

This Holiday Season All Is Not Calm.

This November, warm up the eggnog, slap on a silly jumper and gather around the TV for the enchantingly frightening tale of an ancient elf doll that comes to life and terrorizes an unsuspecting family in Uncork’d Entertainment’s The Elf!

If Pennywise warmed the cockles of your heart, and if you feel Chucky is the gift that keeps on giving, reward yourself with some quality time with The Elf!

Nick is haunted by night terrors stemming from a tragic murder he saw when he was young.  After inheriting an old toy shop, he discovers a cursed elf doll sealed inside an ancient chest with a naughty list of his family’s names written on it. He soon discovers that the elf was an evil conduit meant to unleash a supernatural killing spree during the Christmas Holidays by whomever set it free.

A bloody treat arrives November 7 on VOD and December 12 on DVD with The Elf, written and directed by Justin Price (The 13th Friday) and starring Natassia Halabi, Les Best, and Joseph Daniel Ellis.

 

 

Watch The Elf trailer.


My thoughts: Okay, if you didn’t groan and then grin at the fact that someone was making Elf on the Shelf into a horror movie, we simply can’t be friends. I mean, it was inevitable, right? Creepy little dolls that way too many people pull out every Christmas. Add to it the fact that we pretend they get into mischief… That’s just a recipe for a mischievous murderous doll film, am I right?

I don’t do Elf on the Shelf. For that matter, i don’t do dolls either. After I saw Child’s Play for the first time when I was little, I tied all my  dolls to their chairs. That wasn’t good enough, so I stuffed them in a garbage bag, put them in a closet, and put a chair against the door. The next day, I threw them away. To this day I have an innate distrust of dolls. So, yeah, Elf on the Shelf isn’t ever happening in this household.  Still, I’m a sucker for evil doll films, so the trailer for The Elf had me grinning in unabashed glee!

What are your thoughts? Will you be watching The Elf this November?

PS: I got a review screening opportunity, so keep your eyes peeled!!

 

 

Press Release: The Scopia Effect ( #Horror #Sci-Fi )

THE SCOPIA EFFECT

ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM OCTOBER 3

Movie poster for The Scopia Effect

WRITTEN-DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER BUTLER

STARRING JOANNA IGNACZEWSKA, AKIRA KOIEYAMA and JULIAN SEAGER.

“Simply the best low-budget horror supernatural thriller to come out in the UK in years”, ★★★★★ Britflicks

“Christopher Butler’s ambitious indie sci-fi The Scopia Effect is a challenge worth taking”. ★★★ SciFiNow

“Superbly Tense”★★★★ HeyUGuys

“An impressively mounted assault on your nerves” Vodzilla

“The Scopia Effect demands to be seen”. TheHorrowShowTV

The Scopia Effect

What happens when reincarnation goes wrong? Through hypnosis, a young Polish girl opens up parts of her mind that should never be accessed, releasing a dark energy across time and space. From ancient Japan to medieval England her past lives and memories start gushing forth. Her reality becomes increasingly unstable as she repeatedly experiences past life traumas and even deaths. Only her dead mother can help her escape this perpetual nightmare. Is their connection still strong enough to fight this sinister force that seeks to destroy her?

After three years of blood, sweat and tears, first-time writer/director Christopher Butler achieved his vision of producing a Sci-Fi Horror epic against impossible odds. From first draft to final completion it was the most ambitious low budget feature film ever attempted. Spanning multiple time periods and cultures this unique film is a triumph for British Indie story-telling and leaves audiences breathless.

Watch the Scopia Effect Trailer

Pre-order links: 

Amazon: http://bit.ly/TheScopia

iTunes: http://bit.ly/ScopiaUS


My thoughts: I have to admit, I’m definitely curious about The Scopia Effect. Will almost definitely be watching a screening of it for review. The trailer makes it look like it could be a head trip, and it looks like it might actually be really well-shot for an admittedly low-budget film. I have a feeling its disjointed enough that it’s going to be one of those movies you have to pay close attention to, so timing might be something I really have to take into consideration!

What did you guys think of the trailer for The Scopia Effect? Would you be interested in watching it??

 

A Horror Movie A Day Keeps This Girl Happy & Sane (Pt. 2)

As Lilyn so rightly points out, we love Halloween around here. And, since variety is the pumpkin spice of life we’re giving you two whole lists to choose a movie or two (or ten, or twenty) from. Just like Lilyn’s my list is also in alphabetical order just to keep you guys guessing! Please let us know down below which are your favorites as well and which you plan to try.

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GracieKat’s 31 Days of Horror List

  1. The Awakening
  2. The Blair Witch Project
  3. Blood Moon
  4. Bones
  5. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
  6. Candyman
  7. The Car
  8. Crimson Peak
  9. Deathwatch
  10. Event Horizon
  11. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  12. Exorcist III
  13. Fallen
  14. Flatliners
  15. The Fog
  16. Fright Night
  17. GhostWatcher
  18. The Haunting (1963)
  19. Hellraiser
  20. In the Mouth of Madness
  21. Jacob’s Ladder
  22. Jeepers Creepers
  23. Ju-On: The Grudge (Subtitles)
  24. Ju: Rei The Uncanny (Subtitled)
  25. The Mothman Prophecies
  26. The Orphanage
  27. The Warlock
  28. Wicked Little Things
  29. The Wicker Man
  30. Wishmaster
  31. Witchboard