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

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..."

Hacker's Source Magazine
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits


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.


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.

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


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...

Drunken Zombie
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits