Wednesday, November 18, 2009

'CRA$H & BURN' debuts 9pm Wed Nov 18 on SHOWCASE

"So, Miguel? What did you do this summer?"

I could tell you, but I'd rather show you. It's on TV starting tonight!

I'm working as 2nd Assistant Director on a new TV series called "CRA$H & BURN". We've got three more weeks of filming to complete our first 13 episodes.

But tonight - Wednesday Nov. 18 - at 9pm on SHOWCASE it's the SERIES PREMIERE!

Gather your friends, loved ones, even your enemies and random hostages to watch the show.

Then, once you're hooked, watch for a cameo by yours cruelly as the "Twisty Moustache Man" in episode #10.

"Cra$h & Burn follows streetwise insurance adjuster Jimmy Burn as he navigates the gritty streets of Hamilton. He is squeezed between the cutthroat corporate culture that is big insurance, the con artists that make a living claim by claim and the city-wide infiltration of organized crime.

Throughout the series, Jimmy must dodge shifty clients, crooked lawyers, backstabbing co-workers and the Russian mob as he fights to keep his job. All the while, fighting to make a life for himself and struggling to grab a piece of the middle-class dream – home, family and security.

Cra$h & Burn is executive produced by Whizbang Films’ Paul Gross and Frank Siracusa, and also Malcolm MacRury (ZOS: Zone of Separation, Deadwood). MacRury also serves as the series creator and showrunner.

The series stars Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me; Slings and Arrows) as Jimmy Burn, the cocky yet charming up-and-comer looking to claim a slice of the corporate pie as an insurance adjuster."


LINKS:
CRA$H & BURN

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Clucking Good Independent Grindhouse Double Feature


I'm all for promoting grassroots events, like indie film festivals and zombie walks, etc. If it weren't for these events many creative folks would never get their starts, developing their style in the crucible of popular opinion. And audiences would miss a chance to see something different, created by individuals rather than by consensus committees.

I heard about The Independent Grindhouse Double Feature thanks to an e-mail from organizer Matthew Castro. The formula for this recurring festival is to pair something new with something known in order to attract a crowd and introduce it to the new thing.

In this case the known thing is Troma's "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", directed by Lloyd Kaufman - which I reviewed last year when it screened at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

And the new thing is the premiere of the feature film "Reunion of Terror" from director Michael Hoffman. The director, cast & crew of "Reunion of Terror" will be in attendance for a Q&A.

Also part of this devilish double bill are trailers, a short film, and contests with prizes. I love prizes. All in all it should be a freakishly good time. Take a date and some KFC and dig into the Independent Grindhouse Double Feature.

7:00pm – Midnight
Friday December 11, 2009
Temeku Theater
26463 Ynez Rd.
Temecula CA, 92591

Tickets available at the door for $12, or on-line in advance for $10.
Purchasing your ticket online grants you a chance to win a FREE Indie Grind T-Shirt!

LINKS:
The Independent Grindhouse Film Festival

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

“Noche de los Muertos” Films Announced at THAFF


After Halloween there's one last chance to scream!

Crypt Club Productions Inc and Latin Horror proudly announce the film line up for their co-presentation of the inaugural “Noche de los Muertos” event at the 12th Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival.

"Noche de los Muertos" is a special, creepy late night showcase screening of the best Spanish / Latin American independent horror films. Don’t miss this one time screening.

FEATURE FILM (35mm print):
Guillermo Del Toro's "EL ESPINAZO DEL DIABLO / THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE" (Spain/Mexico, 2001)

“The living will always be more dangerous than the dead. Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) spins a wicked ghost tale set in a Spanish orphanage during the Spanish Civil War.”
Also playing on this fabulously frightening bill:

INDIE SHORT HORROR FILMS:
"Monstrous Nature" (USA, Dir: Jason Cuadrado)
"Not Even Death" (USA, Dir: Monica Winter Vigil)
"Ursula & Spore 2.3" (Mexico, Dir: Carl Jones)
"Encarnada" (Puerto Rico, Dir: Osvaldo Friger)

Prizes and Scary Costume Contest

TICKETS: $12 regular or $10 with scary costume.
Tickets available at the Bloor box office or on-line at http://www.torontohispano.com

DATE: 11:00 pm Friday November 6, 2009
PLACE: Bloor Cinema 506 Bloor Street West (Bathurst Subway Station), Toronto.

Presented by the fiends at the following links:

LINKS:
Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival
Crypt Club Productions Inc.
Latin Horror

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crypt Club's Manic Fall 2009 Schedule


Yikes with spikes! October is here already. It just crept up on me while I was preoccupied with September. Sneaky month October is. That must be one reason why Ray Bradbury loves it so.

Fall is the most fertile time of the year here at Crypt Club’s mission (beyond) control. It’s when the seeds we planted earlier start sprouting through the chilled ground’s surface.

If you have a worthwhile event that could use some "AAAAAH!!" factor send me an e-mail and make your case via 'info (at) thecryptclub.com'. We're always looking to expand our sphere of influence...

Mark your calendars or your P-TEDs (personal thumb exhausting devices) and spread the word about our deserving partners’ events & stuff. Remember: what goes around comes around – like a karmic chainsaw blade…

And now, here’s a look at who and what we’re involved with this freakish fall…


CCPI CO-PRESENTING AT THAFF:
Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival's special, creepy late night screening event: "Noche de los Muertos" (Night of the Dead) (Friday November 6 in Toronto, ON)

This event is something new for us - a special screening event to showcase Spanish & Latin American indie horror filmmakers. We're co-presenting - with New York City's own Latin Horror. So watch out. As Edwin Pagan says, "there will be Sangre!!"

We invite filmmakers to check out the submission criteria and then send in their short and feature indie horror films.

SUBMISSION FEE: Free
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Films must reach the THAFF offices by end of day on Friday October 16.


NEW FILMMAKING ARTICLE:
The newly re-vamped Hacker’s Source Magazine (ish #26) – simply THE magazine for true indie horror fans - features an article penned by moi-ha-ha to assist filmmakers in any genre.

You’ll find “4 Fundamental Questions to Ask Before Making Your Film” on page 10. It’s based on my years in the film biz, working on my own indie projects and on union films and TV shows. Dig in and ‘beast of luck’ with your film projects.

BONUS: Now - for a limited time - the entire magazine is available as a free pdf download.

Oh, and there’s also a flattering review of “AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1” on page 51. But enough about me, there’s plenty more to tickle your eyes and mind in the rest of the issue.


CCPI SUPPORTS FILM FESTIVALS:
We proudly support indie horror filmmaking and indie horror film festivals with prize packages and a non-exclusive distribution deal for qualifying short horror films on a future volume of “AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits”.

Shriekfest Film Festival (October 1-4 in Los Angeles, CA)
Here's what festival founder Denise Gossett has to say about this cool multi-fantasy genre celebration:

"Shriekfest is an international festival and screenplay competition dedicated to getting horror/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy filmmakers and screenwriters the recognition they deserve.

What makes our festival unique is that we proactively help the filmmakers and screenwriters by promoting their work to the industry.

We are dedicated to celebrating the art of independent filmmaking without all of the politics!"


Having participated in the festival in 2004, and supported it ever since, I say "Amen to that sentiment!"

Texas Blood Bath Film Festival (November 13-15 in Bellmead, TX)
Andrew Rose is the brain behind this celebration of indie horror. He’s also the producer of the on-line Horror Movie Fan Radio.

"The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival values independent horror filmmakers and fans of independent horror.

If you are a horror fan, we hope to see you at The Texas Blood Bath!

Centrally located for easy access for all of Texas's Horror Fans!"

Just try not to think about that other famous Texas Chainsaw event as you make your way down a dusty road to Bellmead. Go ahead, I dare ya...

Drunken Zombie Film Festival (November 6-8 in Peoria, IL)
Last year we screened two great indie horror films. The films being IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO and the world premiere of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. How in the world could we top that? Well we decided if two great indie horror movies were good then a whole weekend has to be better."
"So while it is our second annual screening it will be the First Annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival. We’re taking open submissions for indie horror films. So if you have created an indie masterpiece or know someone who as then be sure to submit. No submission fees!"
"We are teaming with the Peoria Theater to bring this to you. Best part about the Peoria Theater? It’s a Brew and View. Yes you can have some drinks and watch some coeds run for their lives. And this time we’re doing it on the weekend."
"So you out of town folks have no excuse this time. Features and shorts galore. So prepare as Drunken Zombie brings the movies to you!!!!!"



CCPI SUPPORTS ZOMBIE WALKS:
The undead shall rise and walk the earth - at a conveniently staged event - usually with a killer after-party so you can fraternize with your fearsome festering fellows.

Arrive early to these Zombie Walks for a chance to win FREE prize copies of "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1". I'm not sure what they'll make you do to win one, but you must be corporeally present to accept the prize. Tell 'em Mighoul sent you...

Toronto Zombie Walk (Saturday October 24 in Toronto, ON)
This is the full-on edition of the world's original Zombie Walk. Now thousands strong, and growing...

Toronto Zombie Walk - Director’s Cut Edition (Saturday September 12 in Toronto, ON)
This mini ZW was held to honour George A. Romero’s “Survival of the Dead” ad the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness screening. Worth it just to hear George Romero ask the gathered zombie throng, "Why do you do this?"

The circle (of un-life?) closes as Zombie Walk originator Thea Munster
meets George Romero, father of the modern zombie film, for the first time.

Hamilton Zombie Walk(Saturday October 24 in Hamilton, ON)
Another growing event in The Hammer - with a food drive component. Scaring and caring. Neat. Bring on the Steeltown ghouls!

And on the West Coast:
Comox Valley Zombie Walk (Saturday October 31 in Courtenay, BC)
A newer entry to the Zombie Walk phenomenon. Nice to see it growing on the other side of the Rockies, poised to leap to the Orient where mindless hordes of... oh, wait. Too late. Go get 'em, zombies.

Well, that's it for now. See you in the dark.

LINKS:
Crypt Club Productions Inc.
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Free Issue of Hacker's Source (#26), PLUS: 4 Fundamental Questions Before Making Your Film

Well, Eve Blaack has pulled out all the stops with the latest issue (#26) of Hacker's Source Magazine.

It's chock full o' good & gruesome stuff. Where to begin?

Oh, did I mention that for a limited time you can DOWNLOAD THE MAGAZINE'S PDF FILE IN GLORIOUS COLOUR FOR FREE at www.eveblaackpub.com?

Well, you can. So go ahead. I'll wait.

The first thing I noticed was the bright, spiffy new layouts. Very cool.

Now that the magazine is switching to a pdf subscription delivery they can spend the money on the look, not the ink & paper. So it's eco-horror-friendly. You don't have to kill a tree to read the hippest indie horror mag around.

All right. Enough false modesty. The second thing I noticed about the magazine is... the stupendous article by Yours Cruelly.

In fact, we've got a double whammy going on in this issue. First, and most surprising, is an article that I wrote and submitted - but that I thought would never be published in an indie horror magazine because it's about FILMMAKING - NOT HORROR. It's called '4 Fundamental Questions Before You Make Your Film'. It's a primer for anyone who has ever thought of making a film or is about to make a film - in any genre.

The second whammy ia a killer review of AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1 on page 51 in the Mini Cuts Short Film Reviews, Thanks for the support and enthusiasm for our little disc. Much appreciated. Have you got your copy yet?

There's also an article about our L.A. based friend, Denise Gossett who founded Shriekfest, the L.A. Sci-Fi and Horror Film Festival & Script Competition. It's a dog eat dog world in L.A., but for us indie horror/sci-fi filmmakers Denise is no bitch. She's a solid champion of the underdog indie filmmaker. Good to see her getting her due in a great profile interview.

And speaking of L.A., there's a wonderful article on a great Angeleno, the dearly departed Mr. Forrest J Ackerman. It's a real thrill for me to be included in an issue that honours one of my inspirations, the man behind Famous Monsters of Filmland - Uncle 4E. R.I.P. Dr. Acula.

Of course, there's plenty more: film & literary reviews, cartoons, interviews, Tiffany Shepis, etc.

All in all, I've got to say: "Eve (and the entire HS crew), keep going. It's getting better and better with each step. And when you break really big don't forget us little folks - or we'll hunt you down..."

LINKS:
Hacker's Source Magazine
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

THAFF Seeks Films for New "Noche De Los Muertos" screening

The 2009 Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival (THAFF) is adding shrieks and scares to its hot cinematic menu with a new late-night horror screening called "Noche de los Muertos" (Night of the Dead) on Friday November 6.

Supporting the THAFF in this special scary screening as co-presenters are two rising entities in the field of horror: Crypt Club Productions Inc. from Toronto and Latin Horror from New York City.

The aim is to showcase the best in Spanish/Latin American independent horror filmmaking so that THAFF fans can get some more red in their salsa.

Spread the word, and send in your feature and short indie horror films. There is no fee for submissions to the THAFF's "Noche de los Muertos". That's right, it's a FREE Submission.

Feature films and shorts eligible for THAFF screening must meet at least ONE of the following requirements:

  • A film in which either the producer, director, writer, or other key talent is of Spanish or Latin American background.
  • A film dealing with subject matter that concerns the Spanish or Latin American community.
Please Note: Films not originally in English must have English subtitles. All English language films must have Spanish subtitles. Exceptions may be made for Short Films.

FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Screener DVDs (NTSC, Region 1 or 0) must reach the THAFF office by end of day on Friday October 16, 2009.

SUBMISSION FORMS: THAFF Submissions

ABOUT THAFF
The 12th edition of the THAFF runs November 2 to 8, 2009 following the traditional Latin “Dia de los Muertos” festivities. These festivities, held in Mexico and throughout Latin America, honour the departed with gifts of the departed's favourite food, drink, and music.

The THAFF is Canada's largest and longest-running Spanish/Latin American culture film festival with a spectacular selection of feature film dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Spanish speaking countries.

Come share the culture, excitement and emotion of Hispano-American cinema at Canada's largest and longest running Spanish language film festival: The Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival!

Now with added scares thanks to the new "Noche de los Muertos" screening event.

LINKS:
Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival (THAFF)
THAFF Facebook Group
Crypt Club Productions Inc.
Latin Horror

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Drunken Zombie FF Seeks Films

I get lots of film festival notices and invitations. But every once in a while there's an eye-popping call for submissions that catches my eye - literally.

I like the concept behind the inaugural Drunken Zombie Film Festival, taking place in Peoria, IL at the Peoria Theater on November 6-8.

Crypt Club Productions Inc. is happy to support this new horror film festival's efforts and wish them "all the beast" for a dark and disturbing future.

Read on to see what got my attention:

Last year we screened two great indie horror films. The films being IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO and the world premiere of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

How in the world could we top that?

Well we decided if two great indie horror movies were good then a whole weekend has to be better.

So while it is our second annual screening it will be the First Annual

Drunken Zombie Film Festival. We’re taking open submissions for indie horror films. So if you have created an indie masterpiece or know someone who as then be sure to submit.

No submission fees!

We are teaming with the Peoria Theater to bring this to you. Best part about the Peoria Theater?

It’s a Brew and View.

Yes you can have some drinks and watch some coeds run for their lives. And this time we’re doing it on the weekend. So you out of town folks have no excuse this time. So mark your calendars! November 6-8. Features and shorts galore. So prepare as Drunken Zombie brings the movies to you!!!!!
Was it the free submission fee or the brew & view that popped our eyes? Let me sip my suds - paid for with the cash I saved on my film submission - while you answer.

Complete film submission details are available on their web site.

Enjoy a cold one in some good company...

LINKS:
Drunken Zombie
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sneak Previews at FOF Booth #1120.

For Horror & Fantasy Fans, Fan Expo Canada is Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and Christmas all rolled together under a single, huge roof.

And, once again, Crypt Club Productions Inc. will have a booth (#1120 to be exact) within the show as part of the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear.

Do we have some surprises? You bet your sarcophagus we do...

Swing or lurch on by the Crypt Club Productions Inc. booth (#1120) and say "Boo!".

We'll be showing off our exclusive Crypt Wear, "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1" and screening some sneak peaks of the soon to be released "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 2". If volume 1 was All Killer - No Filler, then volume 2 is More Killer - Still No Filler.

"AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1" is the DVD that was rated “★★★★ of 5 stars” by GOREZONE MAGAZINE

Other horror film experts had this to say about Volume 1:

“...every film offers something fresh and unique to the horror genre...
and had me thirsting for more.” - HORROR SOCIETY

“... some of the best short films I have seen in a while.
This is real film making at it's best!” - HORROR NEWS

“...consider adding this to your horror film collection.
You won’t be disappointed.” – THEOFANTASTIQUE
Indie filmmakers are encouraged to drop off DVDs and a completed submission form(download them here) for future volumes of "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits". We look forward to screening your works.

Canada's uber-fantasy convention runs from Friday August 28 until Sunday August 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tons of special guests will be present from the horror, comics, anime, and sci-fi worlds. Screenings, celebrity & artist interviews, autographs, costume contests, parties, and a huge retailer section are on the bill to make this weekend the fantasy highlight of the summer.

Scare you there.

LINKS:
Fan Expo Canada site
Crypt Club Productions Inc.
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Toxie to invade T.O.

Dancap Productions Inc. is pleased to announce the Canadian Premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, an eco-monster musical comedy based on the 1984 Lloyd Kaufman classic cult film. The Canadian production will take place at The Music Hall (998 seats) on Danforth Avenue, currently undergoing renovations to accommodate the show.

Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey (just off Exit 13B on the Turnpike). Foiled by the on-the-take mayor’s bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as THE TOXIC AVENGER, New Jersey’s first superhero.

Toxie, is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming and woo the prettiest, blindest librarian in town, in a toxic love story with an environmental twist. THE TOXIC AVENGER features an on-stage rock band and such memorable songs as Thank God She’s Blind, You Tore My Heart Out, Big Green Freak, Hot Toxic Love and My Big French Boyfriend.

THE TOXIC AVENGER, winner of the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical, continues at New World Stages in New York where the show celebrated its 100th performance on July 3.

THE TOXIC AVENGER features music and lyrics by David Bryan (Memphis, keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi), and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Memphis, All Shook Up; Over the River and Through the Woods).

The Dancap Production will feature a Canadian cast and band, and will be directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown, The Wedding Singer).

LINKS:
Toxic Avenger - Toronto Musical

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Michael Jackson's Zombie Revenge / Celebration

You just knew this was coming at ya!

This weekend, to mark the one month anniversary of the shocking demise of the "King of Pop" [my, how the time and the incessant press coverage fly] there is a Michael Jackson "Thriller" Zombie Walk complete with choreography in Chicago's Wicker Park. There's no official word yet if John Landis, Ola Ray, or any of the Jackson clan will be attending.

Zombie walkers are warned to work on their costumes to prevent any embarrassing 'wardrobe malfunctions'. Wouldn't want to unwittingly expose your brains now, would you? But enough freakish frivolity...

Here's what the event organizers posted on their Facebook page [insert Moon Walk, spin, crotch grab, and a piercing "Eeee-heee!"]

"Saturday July 25th we dedicate this Zombie Walk to the King of Pop "Michael Jackson" This date marks the one month anniversary of his passing and in his memory we will honor him by being the best damn Thriller Zombies we can be!

Remember this walk is to honor Micheal Jackson and one of the Greatest Song/Album and Best Choreographed Dance Ever!

PREPARATION FOR THE THRILLER ZOMBIE WALK:
- Practice the Thriller Dance moves at home or with a group of friends
- You can find instructional video at http://thrilltheworld.com
- Think hard & plan out your Zombie makeup/costume (the Gruesome the Better)
- Think of different way to honor "Michael Jackson" (Signs/Poster/Etc. this walk is for him)
- Promote and tell everyone of your friends to be apart of this Epic Thriller Zombie Walk!

THINGS TO KNOW:
- Please do not touch or bother any pedestrians during the Zombie Walk
- Please keep your walk as clean as possible (leave no trash ~ blood's ok though!)
- We will be passing out fliers with route map & instruction day of event
- We encourage everyone to join in the Thriller Dance portion of our walk
- If you don't know the dance moves feel free to dance however way you want and just have fun!

VOLUNTEERS & SPONSORSHIP:
This is a FREE event open to everyone if you would like to Help, Volunteer or Sponsor our event please feel free to contact one of us on facebook or through ::
- Lindsay at Curls3356@yahoo.com
- Martin Malafator at Thriller@custom-vibes.com"


In addition to the walk/dance itself there will be several after-parties. Details are available at the Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk Facebook event page.

I hope that at least one attendee's costume and behaviour will honour the other departed star of "Thriller". And, no, I don't mean Ola Ray's career. I'm talkin' 'bout the man with the wicked yet mellifluous tones: Mr. Vincent Price! Thriller indeed.

LINKS:
Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk Facebook Page
ThrillTheWorld.com

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Calling All Hearse Fans

In the world of hearse owners there are essentially three breeds:
1) the folks who restore and honour the original vehicles;
2) the folks who customize their vehicles to create their fantasy rides; and
3) the folks who love their hearses, but can't afford to restore or customize their rides.

The first two groups are sometimes critical of each others' approach to the appreciation of professional cars. My own approach is to live and let live. We need both groups to keep up the interest in this beautiful, unique, and often misunderstood class of vehicle.

If you've ever been interested in hearses (and other professional cars) the king daddy of annual hearse events is coming up in August: The Professional Car Society (PCS) International Meet.

This year it's hosted by the fine folks of the PCS Mid Michigan chapter and will take place in and around Flint, MI from August 11-15, 2009.

I was at the Mid Michigan chapter's mini-meet in February and they sure made me feel welcome. Amazing collection of toy hearses too!

So if you're into hearses, and other professional cars (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.) Flint is the place to be to get your fix. I'm still taking apart my 1949 Henney Packard Nu-3-Way hearse in order to restore it. Otherwise, we'd be there for sure.

Here's a taste of the info from the Mid Michigan chapter's website. More info and a full schedule are available through the links at the bottom of this post.

Flint is the birthplace of General Motors Corporation and this meet will be seriously "auto centric." We will visit places like the original Durant-Dort Carriage factory and office, the Alfred P. Sloan Museum of Transportation, historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. We will cruise the Flint River aboard the Genesee Belle. A trip to the Walter P Chrysler Museum and The Packard Proving Grounds as well as a visit to Jimmy Dobson's Firetruck Museum are also on tap.

During the week Flint will also be hosting the "Back to the Bricks" rolling cruise and so on Friday evening we will join THOUSANDS of other classic cars for a downtown cruise-in on Flint's old brick pavement.

Our Concours d'Elegance will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center near the home of the late GM pioneer Charles Stewart Mott.
Hope you enjoy the show, the cars, and the folks. See you down the road...

LINKS:
Mid Michigan Professional Car Society
Professional Car Society

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Original Zombie Walk Fiendraiser Announced

The planet's original Zombie Walk - the Toronto Zombie Walk - keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year they're expecting over 2,500 undead to shamble through Toronto in October.

But with popularity comes red tape. The city is insisting on parade permits, road closures, and increased police accompaniment.

Gotta walk, gotta trek for brains - gotta abide by the rules or become a slammer ghoul. What's an undead soul to do?

Throw a Fiendraising Party! Raise some cash to pay for raising the dead.

The Toronto Zombie Walk Fiendraiser will be at The Smiling Buddha Bar (961 College St. West) on Saturday July 18, 2009. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Bands include:

The Screamagers {http://www.myspace.com/screamagers}
The Raclones {http://www.myspace.com/raclones}
Skullians {http://www.myspace.com/skullians}

Come in Zombie gear for discounted tickets, as well as a chance to win our Zombie costume contest. Raffle prizes include gift certificates from Yonge Street Tattoos, leather chokers and passes to the opening night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

You don't want to miss the flesh-eating event of the summer. Come and partake in the Toronto Zombie Walk's second annual Fiendraiser and help us continue to raise the dead every October.

Tickets:
$7 for Zombies!
$10 for Non Zombies (victims)

Prize packs donated by the following sponsors:

It’s My Party
Creeped Out Canada
Darkside
Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Krafty Kreep
Yonge Street Tattoos
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Malabar
Spiked cow
2-Mile Jewellry
Burning Effigy Books
Tightrope Books
Creepy Christine
Invader Press
Cry Wolf Clothing
Quirk Books
and, of course, Crypt Club Productions Inc's "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits"

Come, donate, and partake in some good, green fun for a ghoul cause. And bring your friends. These zombies are hungry.

LINKS:
TZW Fiendraiser
Toronto Zombie Walk
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Filmmakers: Take A Dip In the Texas Blood Bath

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival is on the prowl for feature & short horror films for their inaugural festival running Friday November 13 through Sunday November 15 in Bellmead, TX. Let 'er rip!

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival's mandate is to provide indie filmmakers who produce original, creative, and technically superb films an audience whose attention is focused on the screen - not on long lines to get celebrity autographs.

The Texas Blood Bath will honor the filmmakers and the fans - first and foremost.

Crypt Club Productions Inc. is proud to partner with The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival to celebrate & promote independent horror filmmaking.

Through AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits - our feature length DVD collection of great & award winning independent short horror films - we’re pleased to offer international distribution to the winner(s) of the BEST SHORT FILM AWARD.

For more information about film submissions, sponsorship & vendor opportunities, contact: Andrew Rose through the festival web site.

LINKS:
The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

HORRORphiles #3 Summer Scream Tonight only in NYC!


BEWARE! HORRORphiles #2 sold out, so plan to arrive early.

LATIN HORROR, in association with NEWFILMMAKERS, cordially invite you to the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives - "The HORRORphiles #3 - Summer Scream," featuring the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror.

NewLatino Filmmakers is the best and only independent Latino “cinematheque” showcase in New York City -- now in its 7th year! Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price."

WHEN: Thursday, July 2, 2009 ~ 6:00-9:30PM
WHERE: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, Lower East Side, NYC
PRICE: $6 at box office (general seating)

6-7:00PM - Reception with complimentary RUM & COKE cocktail shots in theater lobby.

7:00PM - Director's SINema Spotlight: narrative shorts program featuring WITHOUT SIN (William Caballero), and three short films by Rue Morgue's Rodrigo Gudino: THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES, THE DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE, THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW; plus first look trailers: THE MINISTERS (Franc. Reyes) and MONSTROUS NATURE (Jason Cuadrado).

8:00PM - Narrative Feature Film: DARK MIRROR (Pablo Proenza)

Following the screenings, Series Director & Curator Edwin Pagán will hold a Q&A with filmmakers in attendance.

ABOUT LATIN HORROR
LATIN HORROR (LH) is the first English-language publication dedicated to the genre of Latin horror and will feature the leading Latin/Hispanic/international "dark creative expressionists" working in film, theater, music, photography, illustration, graphic novels, "dark art" novelas, comic books, literature, and games—from the seasoned masters—to the up-and-coming Latin horrorphile whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts.

LATIN HORROR will also give you a front row seat into this exciting universe through exclusive, intimate profiles, insightful in-depth articles into the latest trends and developments taking hold in the industry, as well as behind-the-scene peeks at the horrific cutting-edge projects coming your way.

LATIN HORROR - The Official Home of Latin Horrorphiles Everywhere

LINKS:
Latin Horror

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Distributor Means Lower Price - For June


The indie horror web grows wider... and we're as happy as a spider at a fly convention.

IndieFlix.com is offering "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1" for direct DVD purchase or 30-day streaming. If you've been holding off, now is your chance to strike.

It's now more affordable to have a scary summer - but only if you pounce before July 1, my fiend.

Until June 30, the "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1" DVD is a mere $9.95 (that's right, less than a sawbuck!) from either IndieFlix.com or our own secure site via www.aaaaah-films.com.

IndieFlix's 30-day stream is a paltry $4.95 - a great way to try before you buy.

What are you waiting for? Act now. On July 1 these prices (like the undead) will rise.

“4 of 5 stars” - GOREZONE MAGAZINE

“...every film offers something fresh and unique to the horror genre... and had me thirsting for more.” - HORROR SOCIETY

“... some of the best short films I have seen in a while. This is real film making at it's best!” - HORROR NEWS

“...consider adding this to your horror film collection. You won’t be disappointed.” - THEOFANTASTIQUE

"All Killer - No Filler!" Discover a feature length collection of great & award winning short horror films by independent filmmakers - including the Director of SAW 6.

These films caused a buzz on the festival circuit - then vanished.

If you saw them the first time you know what we mean. If you missed them then, enjoy them now.

From a dark, cautionary tale (THE CRYPT CLUB with Alison Pill) to gallows humor on the job (GHOST BUSTED); from the grotesque otherworld inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (THE VEIL) to present-day outbreak fears (THE NINTH ENTRY); from the stylishly bizarre (MY SKIN!) and the chillingly macabre (OCULUS) to the dire family survival drama (OLD FRIENDS from the Director of SAW 6).

Dim the lights & dig in for your own private horror film festival.

Act now and get warmed up for the release of "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 2". But I'm getting ahead of myself. That news is worth its own headline.

In the mean time, enjoy volume 1, and stay tuned...

LINKS:
IndieFlix
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits

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Friday, May 8, 2009

New Indie Horror Service: DOA Management

Whether you're an actor, director, or producer, there's a new company on the horror-izon that will provide entertainment management for indie horror talent.

Andrew and Dione Rose are proud to launch a new business concept for the independent horror industry – DOA Management.

DOA Management will provide “Hollywood Style” management services, to include talent management, casting services, publicity services, production consultation, and other customized services for the independent horror actor, director, and producer.

As the producer of HorrorMovieFans.com Indie Horror Radio on
blogtalkradio.com, Andrew is in tune with the independent horror
industry. Andrew and Dione are fans of independent horror cinema and have a large network of actors, directors, writers, producers, sf/x artists, and media contacts.

Check the link to learn more about this exciting new company and what it can do for your indie horror film career.

Tell 'em Mighoul sent you...

LINKS:
DOA Management

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Panel & Screening Schedule at World Horror Convention

I'm stoked about guesting at the World Horror Convention 2009 in Winnipeg, MB. Looking forward to meeting some great local filmmakers & horror fans. The WHC runs from April 30 to May 3. I'll be there May 1-3.

In addition to wall to wall screenings of cool horror shorts & features - including past winners of the Tabloid Witch Awards - there will be a daily Filmmaker's Bloc.

The Filmmaker's Bloc will feature 3 horror films (1 feature plus 2 shorts) followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. Topics will include horror, filmmaking, distribution, and the festival circuit.

Expect a different discussion each time, as well as a vigorous Q&A session during each bloc. Winnipeg is, after all, a top filmmaking town in Canada. So bring it on!

See you there in the dark...

PANEL: Thomas M. Sipos, Los Angeles-based director of the Tabloid
Witch Awards horror film contest & festival, and actor in "The Ancient Law"; Kelly L. Young, Seattle-based writer of "H.P. Lovecraft's Strange Aeons"; and Miguel Gallego, Toronto-based writer/director of "The Crypt Club".

"H.P. LOVECRAFT'S STRANGE AEONS" A Miskatonic University professor combats an evil sorcerer trying to bring back the demonic "Old Ones"to Earth. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep." Directed by Eric Morgret. Written by K.L. Young. Cast: J.D. Lloyd, Erick J. Robertson, Angela M. Grillo, Jerry Lloyd, Peter Anthony Holden. (USA, 78 minutes)

"THE ANCIENT LAW" A magical, evil king kidnaps a young man's bride and child. Thus begins the man's quest. Dark fantasy. Directed/written by Erasmo Romero III. Cast: Jesus Guevara, Anthony Scavone, Jennifer Apon, Thomas M. Sipos, James Rollyson. (USA, 23 minutes)

"THE CRYPT CLUB" Three Goth girls desecrate a cemetery on a snowy night. An old-fashioned spook tale. Directed/written by: Miguel Gallego. Cast: Alison Pill ("Milk", "Pieces of April"), Jessica Greco ("Earth: Final Conflict", "Goosebumps"), Michele Duquet ("Earth: Final Conflict", "Kaw"), Kerry Segal. (Canada, 23 minutes)

The Filmmaker's Blocs are currently scheduled:
Fri. May 1 from 8 pm to 11 pm
Sat. May 2 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Sun. May 3 from 10 am to 1 pm

WHC LOCATION:
Marlborough Hotel
331 Smith Street (downtown)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

LINKS:
World Horror Convention 2009
Tabloid Witch Awards
The Crypt Club

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Video Piracy - Good or Bad for Indies?


I'm an anti-piracy kinda guy. I believe that creators have the right to benefit from their work and that copyright infringement is theft.

But for indie filmmakers is piracy bad for your career?

Basic copyright laws were agreed on by many nations to protect a creator's ability to earn a living from his creations so that he can keep on creating. Without that protection creators can't earn a living, stop creating and civilization goes down the dumper. So copyright (literally the right to make a copy of a work or derivatives of the work) is a good thing, in my humble opinion.

The other night I heard an interesting alternate point of view about copyright and video piracy. A filmmaker said he'd be happy to have his work pirated in China because they can't afford to pay for the films anyway - so there's no perceived revenue loss - and it means that his work gets seen by a huge audience.

Ultimately, in this filmmakers' view, he sees a Chinese immigrant coming to North America and, flush with cash, recognizes the filmmaker's name on a film and decides to buy it because he's already familiar with the filmmaker's work.

I had to marvel at this perspective. My first thought was that this is like condoning gang rape because it may lead to love & marriage.

My self-righteous self bristled at the idea that a creator would allow - or even encourage - his work to be pirated for the sake of improving his career.

I know that some artists plan for free and viral distribution of their work to build a profile or lead to potentially greater returns. But that is a planned rather than involuntary release.

What's your take on this?

Can piracy be a form of viral marketing strategy?

And what are the ramifications to the public's perception of copyright and the creators' rights to earn a living from their creations?

Is this a slippery slope for creators?

LINKS:
United States Copyright Office
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Wikipedia entry on 'Copyright'
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Guess Who's Guesting at the World Horror Convention 2009?

Sure, the World Horror Convention was founded as a mostly literary event. Once a year the scribes who create horrifying works of literature gather together to celebrate with each other and with the fans. But, over the past couple of years, the cinematic contingent of the horror universe has slowly been creeping into the party.

Since last year in Salt Lake City, Thomas Sipos, of the Hollywood Investigator and the Tabloid Witch Awards, hosts the convention's screening room where he presents the best horror films from the Tabloid Witch awards, along with a few surprises. He's lined up more than a dozen hours of scary feature and short film programming for the 4 day event.

This year, since the WHC takes place in Winnipeg there's a special Canuck bias to Thomas' screaming screen's offerings. And justifiably so. Canadian's have been shocking the world since Fay Wray went on that blind date with that tall, hairy, royal guy.

Among the films featured will be my own film, "The Crypt Club", fresh from a fantastic sold out screening at NYC's Latin Horrorphiles 2 night.

Yep. Thomas invited me to attend the Convention as his guest, and I'm thrilled to say that I'll be attending the WHC from Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3. Between screenings we'll hold panel discussions and Q&As on horror films, our own films, and filmmaking. Should be some creepy good fun and (dare I say it?) informative.

I'll be traveling light, but I will have as much Crypt Club and "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits" swag with me as my pack mule can haul. The tough part is getting the mule a coach seat on an Air Canada flight.

So there you have it. Come for the chills, stay for the thrills. Looking forward to meeting & greeting horror fans and filmmakers alike.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider's networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.


LINKS:
World Horror Convention 2009 site
World Horror Convention main site
Tabloid Witch Awards site

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Film Festival Launches

There's a new film festival launching in Toronto, with a call for entries to indie filmmakers from around the world.

The mandate of the Toronto/GTA Night of the Living Film Festival is to showcase edgy new indie moviemakers in a chain of small independent screening spaces in our beautiful city of Toronto (and area), so their work can be seen in an arena other than the web.

You know, as much as I love watching movies in the privacy of my dark, quiet crypt, there's something about the communal experience of watching a film with a crowd in a darkened cinema that can't be replicated by a giant home theatre set up. If only the kid behind the concession stand would quit snickering at my dead bunny slippers.

For information on submission details, festival dates, venues, etc. you can send an e-mail to Chad.

I'm curious to see what will grow from this seed. Beast of luck. And keep watering it guys!

LINKS:
Night of the Living Film Festival - Toronto
Night of the Living Film Festival - Yahoo Group

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rare screening of The Crypt Club

Thanks to the good folks at Latin Horror - especially to Edwin Pagan - "The Crypt Club" is now part of the Latin Horror Horrorphiles #2 screening in New York City.

"The Crypt Club" is an official selection of more than 45 international film festivals, winning 18 awards, including awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography (Walter Pacifico), and Best Original Music (Nicholas Longstaff).

The film was retired from public screenings after airing in Canada on the national filmmaker showcase program "Canadian Reflections".

So don't miss this rare chance to experience "The Crypt Club" as it is meant to be seen - in a darkened theatre on a big screen.

LATIN HORROR, in association with NEWFILMMAKERS, presents the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives - "The HORRORphiles #2 - Scaring up a Revolución," featuring the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror.

NewLatino Filmmakers is the best and only independent Latino “cinematheque” showcase in New York City -- now in its 7th year! Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price."
So what's playing at the screening? Glad you asked.

In addition to "The Crypt Club" (starring Alison Pill from "Milk", "Dan In Real Life", and "Pieces Of April") there are several other short films including: "434" by Leonard Zelig & Javier Perez-Karam, "My Wife Is A Zombie" by Monica Winter Vigil, "3:52" starring America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") by Shawna Baca, and "Blood Drips" by Pepper Negron.

Headlining the bill is the Spanish/Argentina co-production "El Niño De Barro" (The Mud Boy) by Jorge Algora. We screened this film to a packed house at last year's Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival.

And - as if that weren't enough creepy Hispanic goodness for ya - they also have a Trailer Spotlight to showcase teasers & trailers of upcoming works by talented Latin Horrorphiles. Que bueno!

Latin Horror Horrorphiles #2
The Crypt Club Official Web Site

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mr. Serial Killer webisodes go on-line

The first wepisode of Steven Cerritos' "Mr. Serial Killer" is now on-line. And, as Steven told me, viewer discretion is strongly advised. Sure there are cute and cuddly animated bits, but this series isn't for the kiddies. They don't call him 'Mister' for nothing.

For the bold of heart, here's what Steven says of his latest creation:

"Meet the Happy Face Killer! He’s a strange, confused but lovable little serial killer who’s always looking to cause mischief and mayhem! Along with Allegra (his secret, secret crush) and her wacky, silly friends, the Happy Face Killer will discover the importance of cathartic anarchy, love, relationships and existentialism all while having a ton of f-fu-fun!

"Mr. Serial Killer is a disturbing and psychotic web series featuring a group of serial killers, each with different variations of psychological complexities/disorder and perversions. Typical webisodes (the equivalent to television’s episode) will begin with cartoonlike storybook sequences, followed by live action. A typical webisode will run five to ten minutes long. I know that the first webisode has a running time of twenty minutes but that’s the first and last time.

"The web series is catered for the 18-34 demographic and it’s about serial killers, hence the graphic violence, dark, perverse humor, and bizarre characters.

"We’ve taken the unique approach of delivering the web series on a platform with a colorful, cartoonlike art direction because it offers the creators numerous creative possibilities and it lightens the live action’s dark, twisted themes. It also creates for effective contrast when juxtaposing the vibrant, and lighthearted cartoon sequences to the gritty, dark and violent live action.

"Our web series will combine continuing serial drama elements, such as those often found in soap operas or miniseries, while also running individual standalone webisodes that will not follow the web series’ main plot line. Due to these differing types, the web series will be divided into two categories:

“Arc” webisodes will follow the web series’ current plot line. These webisodes will usually consist of the web series’ unique ensemble of characters interacting and creating conflict with one another, while also introducing subplots and secondary characters.

“Standalone” webisodes will either introduce or further develop one of the webseries’ characters. Generally a standalone webisode will give the viewer an intimate look into a character’s bizarre life and psyche.

"Well, where’s the substance? Is this just the equivalent to torture porn? Yes. Yes it is! Hahaha! All kidding aside, there’s more to this than just violence and mere shock value. The 70’s gave us Bundy and Gacy. The 80’s had its Dahmer’s and Ramirez’, while the 90’s had its Wuornos’ and Bernardo’s. Every individual serial killer a direct reflection of what had gone wrong in their society. You see, the serial killer is a modern day cultural phenomenon. As society evolves, so does the serial killer. In many ways, they’re the byproduct of our forefathers’ sins, of their negligence, of their ineptitude, of their ignorance… Today, when greed and gluttony has run amok, when anarchy and nihilism distort our perception on progression, what kind of monster will society deliver to us? Stay tuned…"

So, there you have it. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Mr. Serial Killer webisode
Mr. Serial Killer web site

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Madison Horror Initiates Horror Happy Hours

As if the economy isn't terrifying enough, the Madison Horror Film Festival is working overtime to keep things creepy.

Event organizer Rich Peterson (a.k.a. Freakshow) tells me that starting Wednesday April 1st Madison Horror presents its first Horror Happy Hour.

This is a FREE event. How's that for recession aid?

So, what's there to be happy about? Well, they'll be screening Troma Entertainment's "Redneck Zombies" to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary. Just think of the possibilities for a drinking game during a zombie flick... Every time a zombie growls you take a swig.

In addition to the film screening they'll be playing, live on stage, the ever-popular "Your Life Is In Jeopardy" game show. Contestants can win tickets, DVDs, and lots more cool stuff (some of it from Crypt Club Productions Inc., no less). Can you say, "Alex, the answer is "What is scary good fun?"

The whole Horror Happy Hour event takes place at the Annex on Regent Street in Madison WI. Details are available at the MHFF web site.

Bottoms up! (if that's your thing) And, if not, "Cheers!"

Madison Horror web site

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Is In Print Again!

Fans of Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Harryhausen, and Marc Lougee have another reason to celebrate. Sure, Marc's short stop-motion animated film "Ray Harryhausen presents The Pit and the Pendulum" is a hit on the festival circuit, and is also available on DVD.

But now, to mark E.A. Poe's 200th birthday (January 19) Bluewater Productions, in association with Hand Made Heroes Film & Television, Ltd, published "The Pit and the Pendulum" film as a glorious 4-colour comic! It hit shelves on February 25.

So where can you get this Poe-liscious publication? Well, you can ask/beg/plead/demand that your favourite comic book haunt order it for you. Or you can order it yourself on-line at Things From Another Planet. And there's always going direct to the publisher, Bluewater Productions.

Here's some background on the film to comic book transition from director Marc Lougee and producer Susan Ma.

Marc says, "Doing a comic was something I've always been keen to try, so we utilized the still images from the stop motion film as 'sequential art' in comic form; the result is a sort of hybrid between the film, a graphic novel and a short story comic. I think it's a very cool-looking way of telling the story with a fresh approach."

Sequential art in comics is a familiar sight for most everyone, but utilizing the images used in the film itself and re-processing them for another type of 'sequential art' made sense to both Lougee and Producer Susan Ma.

Susan adds, "A short film, being what it is, faces limitations in the sense it has much less of a chance of being screened outside of niche markets and events, such as film festivals. There are few real options to see shorts outside the festival circuit (location-based and online), unless you feel inclined to send it off through a distributor or post it online yourself. Many times we've found the film would be sold as a package with a host of other films, which I felt would lessen the impact and the viewing experience."

"As filmmakers, it was important for us to explore the broader potential for our film through comic book publishing, and sought out a smaller, indie film friendly publisher. Thankfully, we found just that combination in Darren Davis and Bluewater Productions, and now with the comic set for release in February, we feel we've got another opportunity to see a broader range of visibility for E.A. Poe's wonderful story, and another means of getting the story into the hands of fans everywhere."

"We're all about making the story of The Pit and the Pendulum accessible to students, teachers and fans of the Gothic genre." says Marc.

"The goal is to get folks to spend more time with Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, to help see the subtleties in the story and lay groundwork for discussion in class. In the case of students studying E.A. Poe's work, I feel this sort of approach, the combination of films & comics in tandem, may help get kids interested in literature. This is especially relevant as we're in the midst of Edgar Allan Poe's 200th anniversary; what better time to get to know the man and his work than now?"


The Pit and the Pendulum short film

Saturday, March 7, 2009

4 of 5 Stars from GoreZone Magazine

The fiends across the pond are showing some serious UK love for AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1.

Dean Boor of GoreZone Magazine, the 'worldwide No. 1 horror entertainment mag', had a gander at our debut short indie horror compilation DVD and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

That's pretty cool, and not too shabby when you consider that of 30 home video releases reviewed only 6 got 5 stars (including "Batman: The Dark Knight").

Without giving it all away, Dean loves the idea behind the collection because "it provides a platform for indie filmmakers to release their prized creations." Prized and coveted they are, indeed.

To read the whole review and find out which of the 7 short films is Dean's favourite you'll have to get your claws into the February 2009 issue, #40.

Or you can ask him in person. I hear that he haunts the moors on foggy, moonless nights. Take along a slow running friend and a knapsack.

'appy reading, mates!

GoreZone Magazine

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Viva the Latin Horror Revolution!

Well amigos & amigas, don't say I don't try to broaden your horror horizons. Here's something from my old stomping grounds on the salsa side of the tracks.

Latin Horror, in association with Anthology Film Archives, presents another special edition of the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series: "The HORRORphiles #2 - Scaring up a Revolución" -- featuring the work of emerging Latino directors working within the horror genre.

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, April 4, 2009
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue @ 3rd Street (Lower East Side)
New York, NY

So what is this Latin Horror thing all about?

Glad you asked. Here's what they say about themselves.

Latin Horror - The Official Home of Latin Horrorphiles Everywhere.

Latin Horror is the first English-language publication dedicated to the emerging genre of Latin horror and will feature the leading Latin/Hispanic/international proponents working in film, theater, music, photography. illustration, graphic novels, "dark art" novelas, comic books, literature, and games -- from the seasoned masters -- to the up-and-coming Latin horrorphile whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts.

Latin Horror will also give you a front row seat into this exciting universe through exclusive, intimate profiles, insightful in-depth articles into the latest trends and developments taking hold in the industry, as well as behind-the-scene peeks at the horrific cutting-edge projects coming your way.

Basta ya. I'm sold, señoras & señores. Viva Latin Horror!

Latin Horror

Monday, February 23, 2009

Can Films From AAAAAH!! Survive Dai's Dissection?

Dai Green, the Dark Doyenne of DVD Delights at www.HorrorNews.net, dissects the films of "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1".

In the 02/19/09 entry of her "What's the Bloody Deal?" column she selects Christopher Alan Broadstone's "My Skin!" and my own "The Crypt Club" for closer inspection.

So, after honing her verbal blades, what does Dai have to say? Well, now that you ask, here's a self-serving sample:

Christopher did a great job of making this film something that you can watch more than once and enjoy each time you do. With a great script, beautiful camera shots, and a wonderful actor at the helm, this short proves that short horror films are an important, and sometimes even more worth watching, part of the horror film industry!

Can you see me blushing in the dark? That's the kind of praise we're looking for when we select films for "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits".

Thanks Dai for agreeing that what we're doing is worth watching. And I'll never, ever forget that the correct pronunciation of your first name rhymes with 'Day', not 'Die'. (Fifty lashes with a wet cat 'o nine tails)

And what does Lady Dai have to say about "The Crypt Club"? I'll let you enjoy that read on your own. Suffice to say that vivid memories of teen angst play a key role.

Volume two is in the works. Send in your short indie horror films before it's too late...

HorrorNews.net

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Double-Dip Raves for AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1


Okay. I'll admit it. I'm blushing - and that's not easy for someone with no circulation. Master blogger Rob Sullivan liked our "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1" DVD enough to post a great positive review.

In fact, he posted it twice!

First on the Haunted Report site, which features the latest in horror news. Their motto: "If it tries to scare the crap out of you - we cover it."

The second post is on the Behind the Big Screen site, which covers a wider selection filmed entertainment.

Wow! Genre AND mainstream coverage. That's a two-fer I can sink my pearlies into.

In addition to spotlighting several of the compilation's films, Rob points out:

"Just because these are short films - some only a few minutes long - doesn't mean they couldn't be full length features. A couple of them have so much packed into them you'll think you've seen an entire movie in the time it takes to watch the shorter version."

On a cold winter's night it warms both of my cockles to know that we're living up to our own motto: "All Killer - No Filler".

Thank you Rob for noticing that our 7-film DVD packs a whack of value into 110 minutes. And thanks for telling folks - twice.

Haunted Report Review
Behind the Big Screen

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Winner Announced in AAAAAH!! DVD Contest

On February 2 (a.k.a. Groundhog Day in North America) our very own trusty, undead meteorological wonder rodent, Cemetery Sammy, poked his snout from his burrow, sniffed the frozen air and declared a winner in our latest DVD contest giveaway.

Crypt Club Productions Inc., in cooperation with www.obscurehorror.com, sponsored a giveaway of our debut DVD: "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits, Volume 1". Obscure Horror posted an interview with yours cruelly and the contest required entrants to correctly answer a question based on the content of the interview.

Millions of entrants (okay, not exactly millions, but way more than a groggy, chilled groundhog could handle) flooded the contest in-box. From among all the qualified entrants Cemetery Sammy selected a winner: Michele Pineda of Waterville, ME in the US of A. As our dear, departed Uncle Forry would say, "Kong-gratulations!"

The DVD is on its way via Groundhog Express and should arrive in plenty of time for St. Valentine's Day. So dim the lights Michele and cuddle up with your boo-loved for a good night's creep.

In the mean time, Cemetery Sammy's learning to read so he can review his labor contract.

Obscure Horror Interview

Saturday, January 31, 2009

AAAAAH!! featured in Toronto Sun

At last!

I did an interview in September of 2008 for Roger Pierce of BizLaunch for the Toronto Sun's career section on new entrepreneurs. The idea was that, since I deal in spooky stuff, the newspaper would run the article during October to tie into the whole Halloween vibe.

However, the Sun's editors kept bumping the article in favour of stories about single-moms and daycare services. Yawn. Real spooky-like.

But enough bitching and moaning.

The article, entitled Scary Small Business, saw the light of day on Wednesday January 28, 2009. Wish I'd known in advance so I could've salvaged some print copies for my parental units. (Okay, just a bit more bitching and moaning.)

The article is currently available on-line - but I'm not sure for how long. So click to it ASAP before they change the link to something about a dog walking service for the left-handed.

If you've ever considered starting a small business be sure to check out BizLaunch. They provide loads of free information, seminars, links, etc. for anyone seriously considering the entrepreneurial life.

Toronto Sun's "Scary Small Business" Article
BizLaunch

Friday, January 23, 2009

Contest Winner Announced & Contest Reminder


We have a winner for our December DVD giveaway contest through www.DeadHarvey.com. The lucky stiff is Judson Scott of Los Angeles, Karloffornia! Congratulations Judson!

As I type this our trusty international letter carriers are relaying their way across the continent to deliver Judson's prize in a timely manner. Dim the lights & enjoy!

If you missed out on the December contest, fear not. Check out our January contest at www.ObscureHorror.com.

This contest's prize draw happens on Monday February 2. So enter soon.

Just send your answer to the skill testing question to "contest@aaaaah-films.com" and be sure to put 'OBSCURE' in your e-mail's subject line so the web-monster doesn't pitch it into the junk mail pile.

Beast of Luck!

Obscure Horror's AAAAAH!! Contest

Saturday, January 10, 2009

AAAAAH!! Filmmaker's Debut Feature DVD Now Available

We are proud as hell that one of our own filmmakers, Anthony Falcon, has just released his debut feature-length film, "99 Pieces".

It seems like only yesterday we saw little Anthony's short film, "The Ninth Entry", on volume 1 of AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits. And now he's grown up and gone all Orson Welles on a feature film. He's the writer, producer, director, actor... Such a talented boy. Brings a tear to my bloodshot eye.

The "99 Pieces" DVD is stacked full of goodies, including: 

Director Commentary
How 99 Pieces Got Made 
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
Bonus short film: "Quin's Run"
The DVD is available right now to own or rent through a gazillion outlets, including Amazon, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Netflix, Sam Goody...

Visit the 99 Pieces page on MySpace for details on how to get your grubbies on a copy.

Ah, they grow up so fast...

"99 Pieces" on MySpace