Friday, 29 March 2013

Happy Easter

I'm away for the weekend with family folks hope you all have a wonderfully horrid Easter!
Will be back with more news reviews and interviews from next week until then sleep tight!

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Grave Encounters 2: Review


Grave Encounters 2: Review

Year: 2012
Stars: Richard Harmon, Shawn C. Phillips, Jennica Fulton
Directed: John Poliquin
Running Time: 95 mins


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This is the second instalment of Grave Encounters. This one only written by the Vicious Brothers and directed by John Poliquin ( Pretty much his first major directing role) on an unknown budget this time. Richard Harmon (lots of TV series such as continuum and some minor acting roles to his name) stars as Alex Wright a film student obsessed with the viral trailer for the first movie. Him a few friends investigate and end up going to the same hospital in the original film.
The beginning of this movie shows a bunch of bloggers/podcasters reviewing the original film in the style of fake found footage films like Paranormal Activity, some like it some don’t.
The movie proper starts on October 31st 2011 in a party there’s your typical youngsters either getting high or getting drunk or getting on girls. From the onset it’s clear this isn’t in the same leg of the first film.
The last blogger to speak is one of the party goers he’s late due to reviewing the film, seemingly at least. He’s seemingly pissed of there’s no modern day Wes Cravens or John Carpenters and voices his opinion loudly.
Like I said this movie doesn’t have the same oomph factor that the first instilled in me as I began to watch it, no innovative little winks are anything its back to a teen slasher even with the pothead that is exactly what the kid is protesting about irony hey?
A YouTube stalker sends Alex a video and some cryptic clues a bit later which he follows to places and learns where the film was filmed and heads to the location. The movie also has intersections of a film Alex is making through out there which Alex isn’t too pleased with. When all the clues are followed they incite his film maker side and he realises that a brilliant film to make would be one based on the original Grave Encounters film.
Anyway effects wise it’s pretty much the same as the first, the film isn’t bad for its genre it just didn’t have the same feel as the first or characters you could understand. To me at least like I said they say about cliché and then they make a teen slasher flick?
There are some good points like later on in the film where after they lose some of their friends they meet Lance Preston from the first movie. The movie picks up a little from here and is well acted by the guy playing Lance.
So that’s about all I’m going to say on this film I’ll give it a reasonable 3 out of 5 stars just because it does follow, breakthrough on my blog of a real footage film actually making me enjoy it.
Give it a go see what you think THN.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Grave Encounters 2011: Back Review


Grave Encounters 2011: Back Review

Year: 2011
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
Directed: The Vicious Brothers
Running Time: 92 mins



1st movie written and directed by the vicious brothers for $1million, they have only this and writing credits for the sequel to it. The film’s stars are Ben Wilkinson (lots of TV series and made for TV movies) as Jerry Hartfield, Sean Rogerson (Lots of TV Series and a few minor roles in films) as Lance Preston. The two of them are part of a team filming for a series called “Grave Encounters” who are ghost hunters.
They decide to film an episode inside Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, locking them inside for our enjoyment.
First off you know I’m not a fan of found footage films but you get a good one now and then, as of writing this I’ve only watched a small amount of the film but I enjoyed the beginning it was like a real program depicting a ghost hunting team.
It seems real like the guy at the beginning says it is, and the way it’s filmed could really make you believe that too. That’s all down to some good acting and writing I see on this film truly a breakthrough for the Vicious brothers if they decide to make something a bit more mainstream I’d love to see it.
So they get shown around the asylum by the caretaker to begin with and they are impressed by what they see and the information they are given on each location. Really like the way this film explained everything as well so you were proper clued in on the whole ride.
It’s a little cheesy at times but on this film it just adds to its authenticity of being *real footage* if more did this I’d like watching them a lot more I think.
Lance we find out is sceptical about ghost hauntings but he would love to actually see something real, seems a lot of the shows stuff is set up, something I think a lot of the real shows out there do as well unfortunately.
So they get locked in later on in the night with night vision cameras and try to find some supernatural phenomena just the way the popular TV programs do these days. The first thing to happen is the before mentioned opening window opens on its own with some camera fuzz. This film also has some genuinely creepy moments as well which was another bonus in a film like this so many just aren’t.
It does unfortunately follow the standard footage film role as it gets progressively more things happening before the inevitable end. You know here at THN I don’t spoil endings of films with these found footage things though you know the ending your just on the ride before you reach your destination.
So as for having some innovating items and being so well written and acted I actually enjoyed this film, unfortunately it still follows the same formula as other films of this genre, so I’ll give it a 4 star recommendation based on all that.


Friday, 22 March 2013

Paranormal Activity 4 Review


Paranormal Activity 4 Review

Year: 2012
Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively
Directed: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Running Time: 88 mins





Let’s see what this flogged horse has in store for us. Henry Joost (directed PA3 and that Catfish documentary) and Ariel Schulman (Also PA3 and Catfish) bring us part 4 on a budget of $5million.
Set in 2011 that’s right it’s 5 years after the last one, Alex (Kathryn Newton, Bad Teacher and TV series Gary Unmarried) experiences some strange goings on when some new neighbours move into town a woman and her son.

We get a quick recap at the beginning of what happened with Katie and Hunter. We join the new movies protagonists on Halloween collecting candies. The older girl and boy (Ben) off camera go to a party afterwards.
You know the way these movies work it’s a slow build up to something big a reveal usually or some way to elongate the story. This one is no different just with a completely unrelated cast to any of the previous movies.
What it does have is it lets you know what happened to Katie and Hunter since the original, well at least what they’re doing now, they live in a new suburb and Hunter is one of them odd children people are either freaked out by or feel sorry for. As Alex delves deeper into their life more and more strange happenings occur. There are some interesting uses of items/implements in this movie compared to others that made me smile.
The ending is pretty much the same as the others in that it all comes to a death filled crescendo, you know I don’t spoil endings here at THN so I’ll halt there.

The effects are reasonable and on par with the others, so are the acting and writing these movies aren’t bad. It’s like the saw series it’s just there and their people fodder if they keep watching they’ll keep getting made.
You all know here at THN that I’m not a huge fan of real footage or shaky cam things that aside this movie as part of the PA series is standard and if you like the others you’ll like this one.
So for that reason I give this a 3 star mark based on the rest of the series.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Interview with Indie Actor Bill Oberst Jr.


Interview With Bill Oberst Jr.


Bill Oberst Jr. is literally a work horse in the indie movie scene. He’s been able to churn out a large amount of work these past few years. As with any bunch of movies you get some gems and some not so good, I hope you don’t mind me saying that Bill.
One thing I have noticed in any of the films I have watched whether good or not so good is that Bill’s performances are always on track. I would say he is a shining star in the Indie Movie genre and having him play a role in a film is a good choice.
A few of his movies I have seen are Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Scary or Die, Gone Dark, Nude Nuns With Big Guns and A Haunting in Salem. There’s quite a few out soon that I can’t get hold of yet and also want to see.
So without further delay let’s get on with the interview.

Q: Hi Bill how’s life treating you these days?
A: Dan, greetings from Hollywood. I want to say first that I do not mind at all your saying that some of the movies I am in are good and some not so good. Being honest with the fans is #1 with me because the audience is my employer. So you tell it like it is! Secondly, I envy you because you get to live in Wales up on the hill there! I have family in the U.K. but have never visited Wales. I'd like to come and make a movie there. Any good ideas for horror scripts set in Wales? Ask your readers to send me some!

Q: Can you tell, for those of them that don’t know you well Bill, a bit about yourself and what you do?
A: I'm an actor - have been all my life. I spent 14 years making my living onstage on the east coast of the USA. 5 years ago I moved out to Los Angeles and switched to film and TV work. Since then I have done about 100 projects. Folks can see what I have done and am doing on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994/

Q: Bill I’m not sure how accurate IMDb is but they have movies going back to 2007. I would say this makes you makes you a little bit of a late comer to the movie scene, is this right or have you just been over looked until then?
A: I was strictly a professional stage actor for 14 years until by a fluke, I ended up doing the lead role in a docudrama about the American Civil War General W.T. Sherman for The History Channel. It did well and an agent in Los Angeles signed me. So I decided to give film a go, although I had no experience in it at all. I did not come to the screen until I was already 40 years old, which has turned out to be a good thing for the roles I have ended up playing. I was never the romantic lead type, anyway. Even when I was 25 I'm afraid I was not much of a looker! And "Take This Lollipop" kind of solidified my image as the creepy-faced guy.

Q: Indie films seem to be your forte and you seem to be in high demand with a work schedule very full all the way through to 2014! Do you enjoy this work or can you just not say no?
A: I can say no and I do say no. Of course, in this business, that sometimes makes people want you more. It's a bit like dating; if one is too available there is less interest than if one is not. I'm not famous by any means, but I have gotten to the point where I do get scripts sent to me. That started happening after "Take This Lollipop" won the Emmy Award last summer. I do read everything I get and when a role is good for me, I get interested. I like to work. Acting is not only my means of support; it is my passion; so while I don't do just anything that comes along anymore, I don't like to pass up things that really appeal to me.

Q: One of my favourite roles I’ve seen you in is Abraham Lincoln Vs.Zombies. How was it making that film and playing such an iconic character (also did you get to keep that cool little mini scythe)?
A: Playing a badass Abraham Lincoln was a highlight of my career so far, Dan! I loved every minute of it. Lincoln was a boyhood hero of mine so I wanted to honor him by playing him straight even while he was swinging that scythe (which, sadly, I did not get to keep, perhaps because I broke two of them while filming and there was only one left!)

Q: A large repertoire of your films are thrillers and horrors. Is this your favourite area to work in?
A: It is. I am drawn to the darker cinematic genres and to the darker side of human nature. Even though I am a man of faith, a follower of Jesus and an optimist by nature, I'm still drawn to that dark side. It seems to be what I am meant to do and it feels right. I wouldn't play the darkness if I did not believe in the light. I think it is cathartic and healthy for all of us to live out bad human behavior in the safe confines of a story told well. All of the people I know who work in or love the horror genre are good, kind and gentle people in real life. I think there is a connection there.

Q: What current projects are you working on at the moment?
A: I have just wrapped a really fun horror film called "Ditch" (a teaser trailer is here.) I'm an axe murderer in that. Next week I start a role as a serial rapist/murderer with some bizarre physical deformities who gets more than he bargained for when he kidnaps a model's child in "The Fetish Set" (here's a shot of the pigeon-chest prosthetic I will be wearing for that role.) Then I prep for a role as the leader of the surviving humans in Todd E. Freeman's sequel to his hit "Cell Count" which is titled "Cell Count II: Blood Count" (here's an artist's conception of how that character will look.) Then a role as a backwoods cult leader in a found-footage horror film called "The Hunt" (a great script.) Later this year comes a lead role in director Mark Savage's "Circus of Dread," set in an underworld carnival where freak shows are taken to a new level (here's an early poster image for that one.) I'm co-writing the script for my red devil movie "Lord Bateman" with director Joe Hendrick (character concept here.) And I have about 7 more projects lined up for this year - all on my IMDb page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994/  I like to work. 

Q: What have been some of the highlights of your job?
A: Oh my gosh - where do I start? I get to play for living, so it's all pretty much a highlight. I will tell you, though, the one role that was the most difficult for me and that I think I poured the most of my real-life personality into, was that of Father Simon in director Jourdan McClure's "Children Of Sorrow" (see the trailer here.) It was the first time I went off the grid for a role. We shot out in the desert. With Jourdan's support, I isolated myself and lived in character as much as possible. The film won the top awards last fall at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival and at the Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood. I expect a distribution deal  will be announced for "Children Of Sorrow" soon. It's a disturbing film and was definitely a highlight for me as an actor so far.

Q: Some of your work requires some heavy make-up or other such things as prosthetics how are you with those?
A: Are you kidding me? I'm in heaven when I am in prosthetics and bizarre make-up! When I was a kid I was heavily into monster make-up...I took Dick Smith's course by mail and made my own latex appliances in my mom's oven; ran molds and everything. So  anytime I can work with an artist to create a unique character, I could care less about my own comfort. It is all about what is on the screen! I love my work so I try never to bitch about anything. Anytime I am on set, I'm lucky to be there and happy to be there.

Q: Like I said earlier you seem to be a very busy bee, is there anything you can tell us here at THN about your future?
A: I've just signed with a major talent agent, Gloria Hinojosa at Amsel, Eisenstadt and Frazier here in Los Angeles, who also represents Danny Trejo and Sid Haig, among other luminaries. I'm excited about that. This business is all about relationships, so I am grateful for the new connections that being associated with AEF will bring. 

Q: In my eyes in Indie films lately you and Stephen McHattie are two shining examples of people who despite the type of movies/budget/writing you’re acting in. You put 100% into the role; do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring actors out there?
A: Thank you for mentioning me in the same sentence as Stephen McHattie! I'm a big fan of his. My advice to anyone who says "I think it would be fun to be an actor" is "Don't." It is a very tough business and a very tough life. A lot of times it is not fun at all. On the other hand, to anyone who says "I think I was born to be an actor; it's all I have ever wanted to do and I have to do it to be who I am..." my advice is "Do it!" This is a profession for the poor bastards who can't do anything else and be happy. If that's you, come on into the pool! Get the best education you can, but realize that the only way to learn to act is to actually act and to be willing to fail. Fall flat on your ass and get back up and try to figure out what you did wrong and do it again. That's the business and that's the only way to live the dream. If you can make a fool out of yourself and deal with constant rejection and not bitch about it, you've got the stamina it takes to make it. Tenacity pays off in this game.

Q: You seem like a down to earth guy as well, some people can let this lifestyle get to their heads how do you keep yourself grounded?
A: I have a terrific family that does a pretty good job of keeping me in my place :) Also, I truly believe that having a faith in something bigger than one's self is important if you are going to be in a profession like this. Every Ash Wednesday, when we get the ashes put on our foreheads and I hear those words "Remember that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return," I think "Thank you God that I am dust and that You are God." It helps to keeps everything in perspective. Only love matters in the end.

Q: Bill how long can you see yourself in this business now?
A: Until I die. I don't know how to do anything else but act. I expect to happily drop dead in character on a set or a stage one day. Bela Lugosi was buried in his Dracula cape. Boris Karloff was on oxygen in his last films but he kept on working. Lon Chaney died from ingesting artificial snow on a movie job. I understand. Actors can never really retire because it is not an occupation - it's a vocation.

Q: Thank you very much for doing this interview Bill, as always I like to ask this comedy question at the end to see peoples responses, Do you have a zombie apocalypse plan for when the dead inevitably rise?
A: I do. I will argue with them until they eat me. That is my great fatal flaw; I believe that I can convince anyone of anything with logic, given enough time. Big mistake when it comes to zombies!!

Thanks from THN for this opportunity Bill it’s been another breakthrough to interview an actor for my blog, is there anything else you would like to add here, links, words of wisdom, a goodbye it’s up to you:
Dan, I'd like to invite people to say hello; leave a message on my IMDb page  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994/  or my Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ActorBillOberstJr  and my Twitter  https://twitter.com/billoberstjr  I love sharing ideas with people who love horror like I do. The next great horror film idea will come, I am convinced, from somewhere out there in the world, not from Hollywood. So let's dream together. I thank you for this great opportunity to speak to your readers!

Bill was one of the most down to earth people i have talked too, his beliefs keep grounded and i hope they do forever. He is dedicated to his work which he intends to do for a long time to come, fine by me i say as i'll watch anything with him in.
As said he's interested in any work so if you want to contact him with any ideas i think he'd love that, i've already sent word to a welsh production company i am friends with for him, so who knows i may get to be on set one day and shake his hand in the flesh, thank you Bill!
Bill Oberst Jr.
Management: Matt Chassin 



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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

American Mary Review


American Mary Review

Year: 2012
Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk
Directed: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Running Time: 103 mins


Written and directed by sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, who only have minor acting and short film director/writer roles prior to this. Filmed in Canada and considering I can’t find any budget information probably on a shoestring, although it has bonuses that Canadian filming/money seems to come cheap.
Staring Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, the Being Human US version, and a multitude of other things) as Mary Mason as she starts to run out of money and falls into the world of underground surgery, ooh sounds gruesome.
It’s clear right from the start of this film just how bad Mary is in trouble with money but she’s a little too proud to let people know, like her friends and family. So much so she goes to take a job in a no sex dancing club.
After the slightly botched interview (Katherine may be a little older than Freddy vs. Jason now but my does she have a fine body) there’s some kind of fuck up and the owner knowing she’s a surgeon now employs her to perform surgery on a very badly hurt man for $5000.
I would for that money right away!
One of the annoying things about this film, filming wise is its quite dark at times brilliant for mood but some things I’d like to see a bit better.
She does it and is initially a wrought over the whole experience when she gets home. She soon gets a mysterious phone call, and then learns she’s lost her job as well.
The mysterious caller is Beatrice Johnson who turns up later is a very freaky looking woman who thinks she looks like Betty Boop. A friend of hers wants so *unconventional* surgery done that would be frowned upon in hospital, the lure of $10,000 is too much. The surgery that she wants done is well fucked up, the removal of some *extra skin* it’s not nice!
Problems just keep mounting for Mary despite the money, missed classes, an asshole for a teacher, and not taking the surgeries well. Add to that getting drugged and raped at parties it doesn’t go well for Mary in this movie, this snaps her mind.
The film depicts the heights and means that people will go to for modification; also the heights that some who are desperate and broke will go to as well. The actual surgery and effects are from what I can see and what I have seen pretty realistic.
After a bout of revenge and the opening of a secret body mod clinic the police later get involved looking for the missing person. Mary has clearly gone a little bonkers when she talks to the club owner who seems to have a strange infatuation in her.
Mary gets deeper and deeper into the modification world as the film goes on, quite horrifically. This film is gritty and the writing and acting is pretty good despite some iffy acting from some German sisters (THE SOSKA SISTERS).
One major flaw I had with this film is it was an 18 and there’s quite a lot of cut away at some gruesome surgery points. I know this may have been done to save on the budget but it can be annoying when you are waiting to see these horrible things talked about (in a movie that’s age rated to show it) done in detail and you don’t.
Don’t get me wrong its quite showing at times it’s just for me I wanted to see a little bit more, does that make me a little fucked up? Maybe but you have to be in this business. So the police get more involved after some more problems, you know how it goes.
Because of this I have marked this down from a 5 star film to a 4 star, as always here at THN I never spoil endings but American Mary is well worth your time.

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Slither 2006 Back Review


Slither 2006 Back Review

Year: 2006
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker
Directed: James Gunn
Running Time: 95 mins


Written and Directed by James Gunn (Wrote the 2002 Scooby Doo film and also wrote the storyline for the ace lollipop chainsaw game amongst other titles) on a budget of $15million. Staring everyone’s favourite actor Nathan Fillion (Need I say Firefly, Serenity or Castle? Oops I just did) he is Bill Pardy the sheriff in  town where in the style of the blob a meteorite falls, then in the style of a zombie film parasites infect peoples brains.
A lot like the older film of this kind night of the creeps.
There’s a lot more to it than that in this film when Starla Grants (Elizabeth banks husband stumble across the meteor and become infected with a parasite she ignores his odd behaviour and slight changes until it’s too late.
Having kidnaped a young woman and impregnated her with millions of little slug like parasites she eventually bursts when Bill Starla and a bunch searching for her husband come upon her. These slugs infect and turn people into mindless killers only intent on spreading more of them it’s up to Bill and Starla to stop them.
This movie is by far one of those tongues in cheek classics that everyone who loves one or more of the films it rips will love to sit and watch. Initially the films quite comedy with some good little light laughs but when the slugs burst forth and start infecting Willy nilly it can become quite a shocker as anyone from old people to young children are infected. This film has everything in it that a b-movie needs a monster, a stupid mayor and a lovelorn hero it does it all too great parody effect.
Acting wise with a pretty all-star cast including Merle from walking dead’s actor playing Starla’s husband there’s no stinkers here at all and its well written and well-acted whether it’s a a-star film or not, these are actors we can trust.
A just over $15million budget back in 2006 meant some pretty good effects and this film doesn’t let down there the make-up and CGI is better than a lot of films I’ve seen these days.
I think it does a good job parodying the films it intends to.
I have to say this film though not the best story wise does a good job keeping you interested through good acting and good writing for the material it had to work with. In anyone else’s hands or other actors this could have been a lot worse.
It keeps you smiling and well worth the 95 minutes you invested in watching it, the film comes to and explosive climax which as always on THN we won’t spoil for you. I give this film a decent 4 out of 5 stars and recommend you watch it if you haven’t.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Tall Man 2012 Review


The Tall Man 2012 Review

Year: 2012
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis
Directed: Pascal Laugier
Running Time: 106 mins



Written and directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs and House of voices also under his belt as well as XIII series) for a modest budget of $18,200,000 and staring sexy Jessica Biel as Julia Denning. She is a local nurse whose husband died a few year earlier, she gets involved with the legend of the town of Cold Rock when her son goes missing.
This film has a cast of recognisable faces from b-movies to TV series, one of my favourite b/indie movie actor Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, a little bit zombie among others) who does a good job as lieutenant Todd in this film.
There’s also good looking older woman Samantha Ferris (supernatural) as Tracy and William B. Davies (smoking man x-files) as the sheriff.
All these recognisable faces and knowing their decent actors makes for a good feel as soon as you start watching this film. The start is set 36hrs after the rest of the film, the tall man is talked about all over the small dying town. It’s dying due to its mine being closed down, but other say it started before that. The Tall man is believed by some to be supernatural others just a man.
It’s clear Julia works hard but has little respect with a few people or much trust with some folk, but generally liked. Her home life is good with her son despite the amount she works. Seems mostly by the help she has at home with him.
Nobody likes leaving their kids in this town, the night we see her home her nanny gets tied up and her son david gets taken. She manages to get to the *tall man’s* capture van before he gets away and clings on till a bump knocks her off, though the subsequent sound makes the man get out aand take a look so she hides, UNDER THE VAN.
No not the best of ideas, the film though straight into the tall man stuff relatively quickly does have a slow pace. Which I know isn’t a bad thing most of the time, just some movies could do with that little extra pacing. I mean we even have an initial fast paced sequence but after that it just slows down a bit more than I think it should have.
We get a few jump scares around her as the hiding under the van worked but theres a surprise or two waiting for Miss Biel. Tracy’s daughter is somehow involved as well and seems to an extent to be precognitive (you may also recognise her from silent hill) In pursuit of her son and his captor poor miss Biel gets the shit kicked out of her by various obstacles in her path.
I genuinely felt sorry for her, but everyone in this film seems to have such and independent streak no one likes to be helped. I makes for some bit as annoying because if she had just got help it would have been a little easier, or if she had helped her nanny a bit more.
This is also one of them films where people always seem to know more than their letting on and get annoying from time to time with that because if so many know or even have an inkling why do so many kids get kidnapped.
It has one massive fucking twist in it that does totally throw you or at least it does too me and is why it gets the three star mark and a watch it approval.
As my last nit-pick I did think they tried to stick to many plots and things happening in this film to keep the slower pace from totally drying up, there’s could have been a rewrite that everyone knew to people just being helpful, and a straight look for her kid.
Though it is all thankfully rectified in the massive twist but is still annoying enough up to it to mark it a little lower than I would have.
I know it sounds like I’m bashing this film but it wasn’t bad it was a good watch and had a decent enough cast and writing to keep it moderately interesting.
This is why at THN this film gets a decent three out of five stars, with a watch it if you got the time film recommendation.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

James N Cook signed book give away

Thats right folks its competition time again
What have i got for you today?
Well James N Cook a friend author of mine has kindly donated me a signed copy of the first book in his this Surviving the Dead series book one No Easy Hope.
It's a seriously good read and up there in the good Zpoc series's if you want to win this book head over to my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheHorrorNation and like it, or if you already have i want you to post on there your favourite zombie film and why you like it.

once more thats http://www.facebook.com/TheHorrorNation

i'll randomly draw the winner in two weeks time and post it on my facebook page

heres what you can win right here

Yes signed inside and on the cover so lets hear from you lovely people who love THN

Interview with Jared Cohn, Actor/Director/Producer/Writer and owns Traplight Media

 Interview with Jared Cohn, Actor/Director/Producer
Jared has had a diverse career in media so far from acting to directing and even producing and writing films, this guy has a lot of experience in all areas under his belt. From what I’ve seen of his work it shows, on a relatively low budget his indie films have great acting decent effects and plausible scripts.
Based in L.A. he also founded Traplight Media a team of professionals in media which can bring you anything from commercials to music videos and corporate video.
Here Jared has agreed to an interview with THN, thanks for this interview Jared

Q. First Jared how are today

A. Good. Thank you for allowing me to do this with the Horror Nation.

Q. How long have you been doing each of your career choices?
A. I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for ten years. I started acting and writing and then directing, and shooting/editing, After Effects, when I was at New York Institute of Technology. I always was writing screenplays. I started writing my first screenplay before my first audition.

Q. What made you want to get into this line of work?
A. I found acting and movies more interesting than anything else at the time. And I still feel that way, I have worked numerous jobs, Valet, Security, Gas Station Attendant, Dry Cleaner worker, waiter, and they all pretty much sucked. The most interesting non film related job was working as a telephone salesman, that was fun at times, because it was like acting. Acting for commission, so in a way it was more real. I’ve worked as a grip, gaffer, AC, editor, shooter, so for me, as long as I am on set, ideally above the line, I am doing what I want.

Q. What or who has influenced your work from writing to directing?
A. My folks, my brother, my childhood. I liked martial arts flicks, so a lot of ninjas and stuff like that are interesting to me. Directing movies is a lot like psychology, dealing with a lot of various personality types. Sometimes people clash, this usually happens with the outcome differing set to set. However, sometimes shows are harmonious and people click well.

Q. For the people who don’t know you to well can you give us a list of what you have done throughout you career from directing to acting and writing?
A. Many films with the wonderful, The Asylum. Shout out to David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and Paul Bales for allowing me into their world with Bram Stokers The Way of the Vampire. Back in 04, I got committed with the part of Roman. I acted in four Asylum movies before I sent them one of my screenplays that I wrote… they contacted me and told me they liked it, which was a great call to get.. I flew out to LA at the time, I was back in NY, and we met and then got the ball rolling. When Lifetime took interest that was very cool, because they are a well known network, I had to rewrite the whole script to make the lead the female which was cool. That was BORN BAD. Then, I did BIKINI SPRING BREAK,  #HOLDYOURBREATH, 12/12/12… and I just wrapped a secret movie, that I cannot disclose for legal purposes.  I can neither confirm nor deny this last one was an Asylum show. The Asylum though, is awesome for dominating the market, being brave and making more movies than any other indie studio out there. Pure genius at work. And I am super grateful to those guys for taking a chance on me. 

Q. Can you tell us a little about your movies and experience of working on them?
A. Going into production is like a war, mentally, physically you must be prepared. I, for instance, on this last show, made sure I was well hydrated, and well rested, because you have to be on point to direct a feature film, especially when dealing with a large crew and name actors, respect is quickly lost, and that is not a good thing. You need to be cool and respectful of everyone, no matter how big or small the job is. However, at the end of the day it’s the producers show, so ultimately, it’s their money, so you must obey them. Navigating the waters of totem pole, director/producer relationship is key to success, because as the director you want to make the best possible film, as the producer you want it to cost as less and be as easy as possible, so sometimes creative Vs. financial issues arise. This makes you more creative, because if you cannot do one thing, you must find another solution.

Q. On a serious note there seem to be a lot of people in the movie industry these days just out to make a buck, unfortunately this shines through on their work what is your stance on this?
A. I’ve definitely worked with people who just are in it for their day rate, which is fine if you are good at what you do, but if you have a bad attitude about it, then you might want to consider another line of work. At the end of the day, no matter how big the show is, if I’m signed on, I want to make the best possible movie.

Q. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s fine to want to make a bit of money for yourself but shouldn’t you also take pride in your work and try your best and any project you’re on?
A. Of course, always. If it has your name on it, you should take pride.

Q. A side note from that, back in the late 70’s to the early 90’s a shoe string budget brought out the creative side to a lot of successful directors/actors of today like Halloween/john carpenter, Wes craven and many others. I feel a lot of people have lost this creativity even in big budget affairs sometimes; it’s unfair that you have to be a massive name now to get any creative control over a film, what are your thoughts on this?
A. Dennis Hopper broke the rules. I can take some actors, my DSLR and steal a lot of locations, no permit, no insurance and make a movie, pure guerrilla style, shoot, direct and edit and score it. I’ve done this numerous times, however as a filmmaker it is the dream to work on a larger scale. Have permits, have a crew, trailers, good food, transportation, hotels, per diem, etc… However, it is important to go through a period of learning and growing as a filmmaker to understand the essentials of filmmaking on a bare bones level.

Q. I would much rather watch a b-movie/indie film that’s really tried its best these days than some of the mainstream things released would you agree?
A. Depends on the movie, sounds quality, acting, most importantly, the story. A good story with good production value and you have a good movie. A movie with a great story with bad acting, bad sound, might still be cool, but at the end of the day in 2013, the audience expects to see a certain level of professionalism in the movies they watch. CGI, audio… it can still be a low budget, even no budget movie, but at least one person has to know what they are doing.

Q. Changing up the subject here Jared, can you tell us a bit about the goals Traplight Media has set itself and bit about the company as a whole?
A. Traplight is me, so my goal is just to succeed in the business. I want to make movies on my own, be hired as a director, a writer, a actor, producer - and just exist in the industry as a diverse element who is capable of getting the job done.

Q. So what is on the horizon and near future for both you and your company?
A. I have numerous projects in various stages of development. I encourage people to check out Google and search Jared Cohn. A lot of articles, some bad, some good, some split, out there. People on the internet continually amuse me. When I get bored I search my name and usually find a hateful comment, which I can’t help but laugh at. There are a fair amount of good ones too. So, it all evens out.

Q. Jared as a question to any aspiring film makers out there, what is the absolute lowest budget you could create a feature film on these days, bearing in mind you probably have some good contacts under your belt?
A. If you can shoot, direct, edit, score and you own a camera and lighting package, then you just have to feed your actors. Or if you want to be cheap as hell, they bring sandwiches in bags. But if you want to do it right and pay people and get good crew and actors and make it a decent show/production, one location, feature film, hire me and I’ll make a good deal. No numbers, just find me and we’ll make it quick and dirty, yet still look good. Shoot RED. Know who needs to get paid and what to do, there are many tricks to the trade.

Q. On the writing side now, how hard do you think it is to come up an original idea these days; nearly everything out there can be compared to something else before it today?
A. Make something about it original, doesn’t have to be the whole thing, cause that would be impossible, but write a story with a new element. Not every script is meant to be produced, more will sit on shelves, so as a writer you have to come up with some original content that reads good. Or if you have money, make your own movie. Learn the market, how to sell it, how to be smart about everything, because its one thing to make a movie, it is another to make your investment back, so you can make more movies. Ideas are the easy part.

Q. I once read an interesting quote I’m not sure who by now, but they thought it would be a good idea for a massive company to buy the rights for everything out there and this would force people to come up with new ideas do think that would be a little extreme?
A. I mean, that is pretty much the case in general, you have to have a new idea for people to really take interest or you just have to know the right people or have money and contacts, and pitch well. Pitching your idea is just as important as having a good idea. Because a good salesman can pitch a crap idea and make it sound awesome just as much as a great thinker can pitch a great idea and make it sound uninteresting.

Q. Finally Jared a fun question I ask everyone on my blog from author to producer to actor, do you think a zombie apocalypse is possible and do you have a plan?
A. I would hope so, that would be fantastic, I would throw myself into a gang of zombies and volunteer myself to join them. Then I wouldn’t have my annoying brain to deal with and I can just prowl the streets, and feast on humans. It would be like heaven.

Well I hope you have enjoyed answering my questions and I hope the readers have enjoyed getting an insight into the running of a production company and the mind of the man behind it, do you have anything to add in your own words Jared?
I say follow me @traplightmedia and keep it cool, don’t give people hard times, karma is real, forgiveness is essential, patience is key yet overrated at times, work hard, don’t hate, read, write, and stay brave. Don’t take crap from others! LOVE


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Monday, 4 March 2013

Zombie Apocalypse 2011: Back Review


Zombie Apocalypse 2011: Back Review

Year: 2011
Director: Nick Lyon
Stars: Ving Rhames, Taryn Manning, Johnny Pacar
Time: 87 mins



Interesting SyFy production directed by Nick Lyon (which has a bunch of TV movies under his belt and 2 DTV features including a species flick) a virus has broken out over the world turning 90% of the population into crazed undead killing machines. In an effort to stop the virus spreading they EMP the planet, not a fantastic idea I think as that would surely impede any cure attempts?

It stars the old zombie movie powerhouse since he starred in the quite successful Dawn remake that’s right old Ving Rhames.

Taryn Manning (who has a lot of decent film credits under her belt from a few years back recently mostly TV series) she stars as Ramona one of three survivors we see at the beginning.

Johnny Pacar also stars (was in Playback a film I reviewed a little while back, also some TV stuff more recently) he plays Julien part of Rhames survivors. Ramona’s survivors are entering civilisation after hiding out in a cabin for a while running low on supplies they venture into town.
Her group consists of friend’s well one of them possibly something more; the other is Crab-man! Yes that’s right Eddie Steeples from my Name is Earl.
After her possible love interest becomes zombie chow they are saved by Ving, Julien and the rest of their team.
They are on their way to a rumoured safe haven on the island of Catalina. They take Ramona and crab-man to get geared up in a sports store. Along the way to Catalina we lose some party members and close to the end they even get separated. Two of the party members split when they get ambushed by zombies, the other half is rescued by a team of archers.
As always on THN I won’t spoil the ending for you.
This film has some interesting and brilliant ideas for a zombie film but it’s a little let down by some clunky acting at points and the inability to stick some better emotion into their lines, but that is only at times it’s not always like that.
Set wise and location wise? There’s some brilliant and stunning locations used that really help keep the story fresh and from stagnating even though on occasion you can see the odd sunlight glint of a car on a faraway bridge. Luckily I’m only the one who usually notices this stuff.

Effects wise we have the usually CGI splats and bullet holes here that are becoming popular in zombie films and even on the walking dead. Thankfully like a lot of zombie flicks lately the make-up effects are great they look dead and they don’t look like someone just painted green the actors who are zombies do a decent job of shambling or even running (the fresher ones can in this movie) on the whole you could do a lot worse than this movie and for a low budget affair it’s well worth the watch I’ll give it a strong 4/5 stars from here at THN.


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Interview with Andrew Jones Producer at North Bank Entertainment



Interview with Andrew Jones Producer at North Bank Entertainment

Andrew Jones is Managing Director of up and coming production company North Bank
Entertainment who are based in my home country of Wales. Swansea to be exact. Andrew has
written, produced and directed films since 2006 when he worked as a painter and a decorator to
fund his first feature ‘Teenage Wasteland’.
Here Andrew has graciously agreed to give me an interview and insight into his work, producing
cheaper horror films that can compete against higher budget ones.
His quotes section on IMDB says this: “Every great horror film I've ever loved, without exception,
has been a low budget affair. The original Night of the Living Dead, Last House on the Left,
Halloween, Friday the 13th and The Hills Have Eyes.” I so have to agree with this, ‘Halloween’ was
brilliant and a lot of people don’t realise it was such a low budget movie. I mean, Myers’ mask was a
William Shatner mask painted white!
A lot of movies lose this translation somewhere these days. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of
stinkers out there just making movies to make money. But there’s also people like Andrew here who
wants to make money to make more films with that heart, and for that I give two big thumbs up.

Q. Hi Andrew First off how are things?
A. Good thanks! I’m currently in post production on ‘The Amityville Asylum’ and I’m very happy
with how the film has turned out.

Q. I love your story, it’s a true working your way up from the ground one. Would you please in
your own words tell us at THN what it’s been like getting to where you are today?
A. I’m still just starting out. I’ve produced three films in the past year that have all been sold for
distribution so that’s a very positive start for my production company North Bank Entertainment.
But for every three films that get made there are three that didn’t get made, so it’s been a big
learning process over the past few years trying to get different projects off the ground. We’ve now
found a micro budget business model in the horror genre that ticks the right boxes for investors and
distributors. But it’s taken a few years, and learning from a lot of mistakes, to find that combination
of the right elements to make it work. I won’t feel like I’ve truly achieved anything until I have learnt
a lot more and spent 20 years making and selling films.

Q. You do a lot of filming in Welsh locations, how difficult is it to get a nice clear day here to do
some good filming?
A. Because we make horror movies we don’t need them! The grimmer the weather looks the
better!

Q. One extra thing I will say on that note, Wales, like new Zealand (another popular filming
location), is full of vast empty spaces that just look fantastic on the eye. Wouldn’t you agree?
A. Yeah I love the locations here. I have always loved horror films that had a small town setting, and
there’s so many great rural areas in West Wales which are particularly good for that. I’ve shot a lot
of stuff around the Gower in Swansea and down in Carmarthenshire and those areas are particularly
fantastic.

Q. Do you get many onlookers when you’re filming or have you been lucky in that respect?
A. Whenever I’ve shot stuff in major cities it’s inevitable to draw onlookers and the odd idiot who
wants to try and disrupt filming by beeping their car horn or shouting. But a lot of the time we’ve
shot in rural areas and those areas are so quiet and peaceful we don’t get bothered much. If you
ever have any actors screaming during scenes in public, often someone hears it and thinks it’s real
so they call the police. But once the cops turn up and see we’re making a film they’re fine about it.

Q. A bit more serious now, your company strives to compete with mainstream films at a quarter
of the cost, how difficult is this to do?
A. It’s a double edged sword. On one hand it’s more difficult because you have a lot less money and
time to shoot than you would on a bigger budget project. Also, we can never match the big
production value of a studio production at this level. But on the other hand, by keeping our budgets
very low we not only retain creative control but we are making ourselves very investable as a
production company. Our films don’t need to be huge box office hits to make investors their money
back, a modestly good run in two territories on DVD and VOD is enough to make a decent profit. Of
course that all depends on getting the film into the market place and we’ve managed to do that.
We’re probably getting even further than I thought we would considering our first film ‘Night of the
Living Dead: Resurrection’ got a UK theatrical release and was picked up by a major studio in
America.
I think the key to getting these micro budget films into the mainstream market place is capitalising
on market trends and films that are popular. Distributors these days are far more inclined to go with
a genre film that is safe and familiar than a film that is wild and experimental, so it’s important to
make films that target a specific demographic and fit into a specific category. Producers should
always have a distribution strategy in mind and know what audience they’re aiming at before they
even shoot the film. If you don’t do that, you may end up with a film that you are happy with but
that no one wants to buy.

Q. Effects, actors, locations aren’t usually cheap. Do you have ways to cut corners here or any
advice for upcoming producers?
A. The process of making a low budget film is always about cutting corners. You have to beg,
borrow and steal to make the movie. It’s most important to tailor the script and story to whatever
resources you have. If you own a car and you own a guitar, then you know those are two things you
can write into the script and use for the film. If you have access to a hospital building or a caravan,
then you know those are going to be your main locations. Just work with whatever you know you
can get your hands on for low cost and adapt the script to your resources. It’s a waste of time for
unknown filmmakers to write an epic blockbuster script and try to convince someone to give them a
multi million budget even though they have no track record. Start small, make something off your
own back and make the project marketable so you have a chance of getting it sold for distribution
after you film it. Most importantly learn about film financing, the tax benefits of investment and
also the technical elements and cost of delivering a film to distributors. Once you’ve got a handle on
those things you’re in a good position to progress.

Q. You must scout locations and research thoroughly to come up with these deals, is it hard work
sometimes or always?
A. We often find locations through the Wales Screen Commission. Anyone looking to film in Wales
should check them out, they’ll provide you with pictures and contact details of land and property
owners in Wales for free. The biggest obstacle to getting good locations for indie filmmakers in
Wales are the BBC. They pay a fortune for locations because they have license fee payers money so
when indie producers with modest budgets are trying to secure locations that the BBC have filmed
at there’s no chance of competing financially. I once offered someone £200 for a few hours filming
in a rural petrol station when it was closed and the owner said the BBC had been there before and
paid him £4,000 for a day’s filming. So it takes a lot of scouting around to find places whose owners
understand we’re not able to pay those kinds of prices. Thankfully we do manage to secure good
locations on each project and I’m so grateful to everyone who has allowed us to film on their
properties for a reasonable price.



Q. Your company also gives up and coming actors a chance. This is very admirable I think but may
be a little gamble at times perhaps?
A. Not really. If you audition an actor or see their previous work and they are right for the part then
they get the part. A lot of filmmakers chase big name actors and get them attached to their scripts
in the hope it will secure them big budget financing. But unless you have an A-lister like Brad Pitt or
someone involved it’s not going to get you financing if you don‘t have a track record of making
money as a producer. That’s what really gets you financing, a producer’s track record. It also doesn’t
seem to make that much of a difference in the horror genre whether you have “name” actors or
not. It may interest some distributors if you have a good genre name on board but horror has a
history of successful movies with unknown actors in them so “names” are not as vital as some
people think. We’ve managed to get financing and distribution at this low budget level without big
name actors so I’ll continue to do that. New, up and coming actors are hungry to prove themselves
and hard working so I love collaborating with them.

Q. A little about your movies now if you will. Your first film Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection
is a British remake of the classic 1968 version, what was it like making budget wise and location
wise?
A. It was quite a challenge. We had twelve days of shooting in total, ten of which were in an
isolated cottage in Llandysul in Carmarthenshire. The nearest town was about half an hour’s drive
away and there was barely any phone or internet signal. We were all staying in 3 small cottages on
the site and it wasn’t the most comfortable of conditions for the cast and crew. We were all living
on top of each other for ten days and one or two people got pissed off with it. But we had a small
budget so it’s always a struggle to get lots of luxuries on a shoestring and thankfully the majority
understood that and just embraced the challenges. I think the biggest challenge once you get into
shooting is the tight schedule and lack of time. Working against the clock and trying to get as much
coverage as possible is always the biggest challenge for a director on these micro budget films.
It was the first feature project for most of the people working on the film, so the production was a
big learning process for us all. Ultimately I’m happy with how it turned out, I think the director
James Plumb did a superb job. It’s unfortunate people will compare it to the original because
nothing can live up to that classic, but then we knew we would carry that burden by using the title
so I can‘t complain. The films to fairly compare this to are other low budget British zombie films like
‘Colin’ and ‘The Zombie Diaries’. I think when compared to films at that budget level ’Night of the
Living Dead: Resurrection’ definitely holds it’s own.

Q. What has it got in common with the original aside from zombies?
A. The only thing it has in common is the core concept, people trapped in a farmhouse during a
zombie apocalypse. But in our film the lead characters are four generations of a Welsh family and
we don’t follow any of the plot turns of the original film. So whatever people think of the movie, at
least it’s a completely new viewing experience rather than a shot for shot retread of the original.
Hopefully people judge it on it’s merits rather than just slamming it for being a remake or for being
very low budget. The original film had a small budget so I think it’s quite fitting our British version
was made with similar limited resources.

Q. It’s released here on May the 13th, will all the usual outlets/online be stocking it: amazon,
play.com etc.?
A. Yeah, the UK DVD of the film from 4Digital Media is now available for pre-order on Amazon and
other major outlets. The North American DVD from Lionsgate is also available to pre-order ahead of
it‘s 30th April release.



Q. Your second film Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming is another British remake/sequel
of the classic 1974 version, what was it like making budget wise and location wise?
A. The movie was a huge struggle for me personally because I was in the midst of delivering ‘Night
of the Living Dead: Resurrection’ at the same time as filming ‘Silent Night, Bloody Night’. I was often
on set in Wales for a fifteen hour shooting day and then getting straight on a bus and heading for
London in the early hours to be at the post production house to sort out the North American
delivery of ‘Night’. Being that I’m a one man band at my production company my focus was
definitely split and I didn’t enjoy shooting the film at all. I took too much on and rushed into
production too quickly. In hindsight I would have allowed more time between projects.
The schedule was crazy. We had a great location for the Butler House, a manor house central to the
story, but could only afford it for one long weekend so we had to get about 45 pages shot in 3 days.
But considering we shot it in just ten days for a tiny budget, I’m pleased with how it turned out. It’s
a love letter to the slasher movie formula and my only request of the director James Plumb was that
he mainly concentrate on two elements - nasty kills and nice tits! We had both in the movie and
sold it for UK and North American distribution to 101 Films and Elite Entertainment respectively. So
when all is said and done, job’s a good one!

Q. Does this one have anything in common with the original also?
A. Unlike our ‘Night of the Living Dead’ project, we did actually follow the original story for this
remake quite closely. Reason being is that we considered this film to be a reboot of a property that
we could potentially turn into the first British slasher franchise. So we wanted to remake the origin
story. We have the stories for the second and third instalments ready so if ‘Silent Night, Bloody
Night: The Homecoming’ sells well then we’ll turn it into a straight-to-DVD horror series. It all
depends on how many units it shifts in the UK and US now.

Q. Friday the 13th actor Adrienne King starred in this one, what was it like contacting her and
working with her on this?
A. It was a great thrill to work with Adrienne, I’m a huge ‘Friday the 13th’ fan. That was the first
horror film I ever saw and fell in love with when I was five years old, so to work with the star of that
film was a great moment. It was a straight forward case of emailing Adrienne, then sending her the
script. Adrienne agreed to do it while she was in London showing some of her artwork at the Misty
Moon Gallery in London. She was a great pleasure to work with and a signed ‘Friday the 13th’ poster
Adrienne gave me now hangs proudly on the wall in my house.

Q. When can we expect to see this released and where to?
A. The UK DVD from 101 Films is currently available to pre-order on Amazon UK and the US DVD
from Elite Entertainment should be available to pre-order soon as well. Both are scheduled for
release later this year.

Q. You final film soon to be released is The Amityville Asylum. What information can you give us
on this, locations filmed, budget and when can we expect to see it?
A. This project was truly the most amazing experience I have ever had shooting a film. It was one of
those very rare projects on which every single member of the cast and crew was a joy to work with.
The film was set in America but we shot all the interiors in Swansea, Cardiff and Carmarthen in
Wales and acquired some authentic exterior footage of Amityville from the US. The film features a
mix of UK based American actors and a couple of Brits. The film focuses on Lisa, superbly played by
Sophia Del Pizzo, who starts a night job as a cleaner at a mental institution and faces horror from all
angles through disturbed patients, intimidating orderlies and paranormal occurrences. We’re still in
post production but I’ve just signed a UK distribution deal for the film and the distributor is aiming
for a release around August/September this year, which will include a small theatrical run as well as
DVD and Video on Demand. We’ll be officially announcing that deal and releasing a teaser trailer
very soon. We’re also close to finalising a deal for a North American release so I‘m happy with how
things are progressing on the project.

Q. Also you wrote produced and directed this film yourself. How was that?
A. So much easier than I thought it would be. On the two previous projects, I’ve worked with a
different director and while I enjoyed that immensely I fell in love with directing again on this film
and I intend to direct more in the future. When I’m producing I’m mainly working on the business
side of the project because I allow the director free rein over the creative side of the project. But
making ‘The Amityville Asylum’ made me realise just how much I had missed shaping the creative
and visual part of the project. Working with actors, a Director of Photography and an editor are my
three favourite parts of filmmaking and it’s great to be doing that again.

Q. So for your production company what can we see on the horizon, film wise and is it all going
great?
A. We have two other feature films shooting this year, in June and October. I’m producing the one in
June with James Plumb as director and that’s a found footage horror. I step back into the director’s
chair for the October project which is a horror film that I can best describe as a cross between ‘The
Stepfather‘ and ‘Halloween‘. The June project was written by James Plumb and David Melkevik and
the October project was written by American writer Will Sanders. So these two projects will be the
first time I’ve ever worked on films I didn’t write or co-write the screenplays for.
Going into next year I‘ll be moving away from working with other directors and setting up a couple
of features to direct myself. Although I’m still open minded to potential collaborations that may
come along, I feel the future for me is directing as well as producing.

Q. Finally one question I ask everyone I interview, are you ready for the coming zombie
apocalypse and do you have a plan?
A. I’m just going to allow myself to be bitten and turned into a zombie! I’m a fat git who loves to eat
so would probably enjoy treating humans as an All You Can Eat buffet.

Once again thanks for agreeing to this interview Andrew, it has been a breakthrough for my blog
to have one with an up and coming Production Company. Finally, is there anything else you would
like to add or say to the THN readers?
Whether you’re a film maker or a film lover, always remember that feeling you had when you first
saw horror movies as a kid and fell in love with them. Hold onto that feeling. Friends, relationships
and jobs come and go, but the love for cinema lasts forever.

Very insightful there Andrew, wow folks was this a brilliant interview or what?
I have to say i loved reading Andrews answers they were great and to the point yet offered a lot of information on all the projects upsides and downsides

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Beyond the Barriers by Tim W. Long: Book Review


Beyond the Barriers by Tim W. Long: Book Review
Seriously lately I’ve read a LOT of zombie apocalypse books, none have been bad thankfully a lot of them mediocre a lot of them a decent read and then you get a gem.
Beyond the Barriers was one of these gems, written by Tim W. Long an author I have interviewed and speak to on occasion who I can also hopefully call a friend now as well.
Tim has other Zpoc books out there his most famous being the Among the series this one is a little less known but I implore you to search this out on book or kindle or even audio form and read/listen to it, I have it on audio and any time I have had to listen to it I have I’ve been literally glued to it on bus journeys walking around supermarkets or even taking the dog for a walk.

Let’s tell you a little about.

It first off the survival aspect in this book is a tour de force at depicting the living in the wilderness on supplies then foraging to what I can only say as the best description I have so far read in any Zpoc book.
Ex-special forces and seemingly reasonable guy Erik Tragger is caught in the middle of an undead rising. He uses his military experience and just common sense to pack up and get the hell out of dodge.
Stocking up from a local store and in the process saving some lives he flees to the mountains in a cabin. Before getting there we are introduced to a man named Lee, he will have a bigger impact on the storyline later. Erik does a good job of surviving for a while, unfortunately being human and curious and wondering how the cities towns are doing coupled with the fact he wants to scrounge some more supplies.
It’s here he finds out a grisly happening the virus has evolved when he meets a green glowing skin and eyed creature. Almost losing his life he’s saved by people holed up in the store he went to earlier and his life his saved by one individual he helped out.
Learning the green skinned ones are people who have fallen to eating the flesh of the dead and the virus has evolved in them and given them the power to control the actual undead. In the market while he’s staying there Erik meets a woman Katherine who he falls for.

While him this woman Kat and the guy he saved make a detour so the rest can escape and head towards Portland where they believe humanity still exists. The plan goes a little awry and Erik and Kat (which she hates being called by the way) escape back to his cabin.

All is well for a while but as always in these books it goes wrong, later they get separated. I won’t spoil the rest of the book because it really is worth the read what I will say is the ghouls are one of the coolest enhancements of zombies I’ve read in a book and from the initial encounter they only get more intelligent and scary.
Lee pops up now and then as a human protagonist that clash with Erik’s ideals and they often come to blows, I hated this guy he was a proper dick.
I was really upset when I came to the end of this book but I have learnt from my friend Timothy a sequel is on the lines this I cannot wait to read. As for scoring this book I give it an excellent five out of five stars and THN big two thumbs up recommendation.



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