In December 2005 my wife & I were in Paris to celebrate her birthday. After a delightful lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower we took the Metro to the Denfert-Rochereau station. Crossing the street we entered a black door and descended into the Empire of Death.
Nothing says "I love you" like holding hands while strolling past 6 million stacked up skeletons. The things she does for me!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
As if that weren't honour enough, Festival Director Eddy Velasquez [top photo, on left] asked if I could present a workshop for indie filmmakers based on my years of filmmaking experience which spans indie, studio, and network productions.
How could I refuse? Especially since my friend Marc Lougee [bottom photo, on right] would also be presenting an animation workshop based on creating The Pit and the Pendulum. The weekend was a hoot.
We videotaped the resulting info-laden, tip-crammed 2 hour workshop, entitled Indie Production Planning: Getting Your Day.
With a little time and fancy editing the workshop will be soon be available in book and DVD formats.
10.22 Media Short Horror Film Festival
Thursday, October 25, 2007
You don't really lead a herd of more than 1,000 undead. You just get in front of them and stay out of their way.
Great fun was had by all - except those who were eaten along the way. (burp!)
Lots of surprised looks from Toronto residents as a tidal wave of zombies swarmed the streets en route to the Bloor Cinema for a special zombie screening.
This year Toronto. Tomorrow... the world!
Toronto Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Our ad in the festival program drew enquiries from fans and filmmakers alike. Seems a lot of folks just cannot get enough horror in their diet.
The TAD festival's films came from around the world and showcased a diversity of horror genre visions.
Part of the fun in attending is supporting fellow filmmakers. Mark Lougee's stop motion animated short film The Pit and the Pendulum wowed the crowd as the opening film for Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King. [top photo, from left: Marc Lougee, Miguel Gallego, festival director Adam Lopez, Uwe Boll]
And then there's the chance to meet Troma Films' head honcho Lloyd Kaufman for a chin wag, and a thumbs up photo op. [bottom photo, on left] His film Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead is a crowd pleaser with a message (don't tell anyone) and a catchy theme song.
Looking forward to next year's festival.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Sipos hailed the film as "a welcome return to classic, ghostly horror. A morality tale set in a creepy cemetery on a snowy night."
This year's Hollywood-based festival demonstrated the worldwide appreciation of horror films with winning entries from England, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, and the USA.
This is the 18th award for The Crypt Club, which is an official selection of over 45 international film festivals.
This award places The Crypt Club in some pretty good company as Mike Flanagan's Oculus and Christopher Alan Broadstone's Human No More are both past Tabloid Witch Award winners and AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits participating films.
The premiere screening of this year's award winning films will be at the Santa Monica Public Library on October 27, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public on a first come first seated basis. There will be a filmmaker Q&A.
2007 Tabloid Witch Awards
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Finally, we coincided. And I was pleasantly surprised that a dear friend of The Crypt Club - Hearsella's mom, Thea - is now part of the Carnival Diablo troupe. Small (twisted) world, indeed.
I wrote my thoughts on the performance and the state of the disappearing carnival sideshow for the latest Killer-Works newsletter. Enjoy, and remember to tip your server generously.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The three-day festival included world premieres and filmmaking workshops. Florida's own Alex Ferrari (Broken, Cyn) presented several insightful workshops for eager filmmakers and cinephiles. [Bottom photo, filmmakers from left: Thomas Gofton, Marc Lougee, Gabriel Teran, Alex Ferrari, Miguel Gallego]
Organizers plan a bigger, better event with increased industry sponsorship for 2008.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Regular newsletter subscribers have the chance to score a prize package by guessing the reason for this irregular edition, dated Friday, August 31. The main clue is the article's subject matter: a review of the the most celebrated of London, England's Jack the Ripper Walking Tours.
You may have been a winner if you guessed that today, August 31, is the anniversary date of the murder of Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols, believed to be the first victim of the notorious Whitechapel killer (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper).
Last February my wife & I did the tour, hosted by world famous Ripperologist and author of The Complete Jack the Ripper, Donald Rumbelow [pictured, left]. Little did I know then that I was doing research for an article. Always pays to take notes and photos.http://www.londonwalks.com/
Saturday, August 25, 2007
For the uninitiated, the FOF is part of the monstrous Fan Expo Canada convention that covers Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, and Animé. An estimated 40,000 bodies crowd through the turnstyles during the 3 day weekend.
I'm not sure if that number represents just those in the horror section or all sections combined. But that's a lot of serious geeky fanboy/girl types all under one roof. Feels like home. Tons of dealer booths, celebrity autograph opportunities, screenings, games, costume contests, and more.
My convention highlight: meeting legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland cover artist Basil Gogos [pictured, right]. Lovely man. Way too many memories bubbled up while going through his decades of artwork.
Can't wait until next year.
Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear
Monday, July 23, 2007
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Films sent with completed submission paperwork will enter the screening queue in the order received.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The talented filmmakers hail from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the USA. Congratulations!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Thanks to all the filmmakers from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, and the USA, who submitted films for the first AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits deadline.
Those films received by March 30, 2007 are in the screening queue, and the filmmakers will be contacted soon.
If you're a filmmaker who's still thinking it over, get it together and send in your film ASAP. You'll be in some pretty good company.
Friday, March 30, 2007
As part of my tireless efforts to seek out the best in short horror films and to expand awareness for AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, I attended the World Horror Convention this weekend in Toronto, ON with Killer-Works prez Jill Cooper.
We sat in on panel discussions, story readings, horror film screenings, bought t-shirts, books inscribed by the authors, and bid on artwork. I scored a complete collection of the Canadian -themed short story anthology series Northern Frights. All in all, it was pretty full weekend when you add the after hours libations at the hospitality rooms upstairs.
I ran into my film festival friend Robert Pratten, director of London Voodoo. He's here taking a break from intensive post production work on his new film MindFlesh. Can't wait to see it.
In addition to meeting acclaimed horror authors such as Mort Castle, Nancy Kilpatrick, Joe R. Lansdale, Don Hutchison, Sephera Girón, Kelley Armstrong, Edo van Belkom - and way more...
My convention highlight: I met a long-time personal favourite: illustrator & cartoonist Gahan Wilson (in the photo), who graciously signed and doodled in a couple of my books. Very cool!
World Horror Convention
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
This is the first volume of a planned series of releases showcasing the wide variety of short horror films from independent filmmakers around the world.
"There are so many great short horror films out there that the world will never get a chance to see", says filmmaker and CCPI president Miguel Gallego. "Our goal is to resurrect these films for the mutual benefit of horror fans and filmmakers alike."
"Our basic theme is: 'Great horror stories, well told.' We’re looking for as many submissions as possible so we can create satisfying volumes of short horror films. The films can be straight horror, horror-comedy, documentary, animation, you name it. If it’s horror-themed we want to see it."
The first film submission deadline is Friday March 30, 2007.
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits
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