THE FINAL GIRLS

THE FINAL GIRLS

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To sum up my feelings about The Final Girls I have come up with two words…
FUCK YEAH!
It’s been years since I have been this pumped about a horror comedy, feeling the same high as I did the first time I watched Scream or Shaun of the Dead. Honestly, this is a great flick and so much fun to watch.

the-final-girls-2015-movie-image-3Writers M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller create an intelligent and witty duo. Choosing to have the characters enter a horror film from the 1980’s must have been a daunting task. Where does one draw the line in making fun of our own passion for the genre? The Final Girls found that line and smeared it with naked “hoot’s” (I’d totally motorboat them all night too). Although there was a lot of teasing about how corny the genre can be, Miller and Fortin cleverly followed the rules-of-horror seemingly without effort. Well written, nicely thought out and truly a happy horror feature to watch.

final-girls-billyDirector Todd Strauss-Schulson did a mega-fine job keeping the actors in character. The 1980’s was a different time, full of Aquanet, rock n’ roll and, absolutely no internet. Thankfully the characters didn’t spend the film whining about their lack of connection (as so oft happens in horror) instead the story unfolded beautifully while revealing a load of amazing personalities.  Billy Murphy, the big-bad in the flick, played by Dan B. Norris was well-rounded, his desire for vengeance was classic. A solid nemesis that could carry more features. From what I have seen in The Final Girls I am confident in saying that Norris has the potential to be the next Kane Hodder or, at the very least snuff out Principe. Being a sucker for back stories I really enjoyed the explanation why Billy had gone all murdery on the Camp Crystal Lake Camp Blue Finch counselors.

Though, I wonder what would have proceeded if they had stopped the occurring’s at the outhouse, I was more than happy to follow along with the journey. It was easy to bond with the different characters and when The Final Girls credits roll (with bloopers) I was left hoping a sequel will follow.

This story isn’t finished and fans are going to want more!

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The actors really fell in to line with this. Taissa Farmiga has grown so much since her first major role on American Horror Story: Murder House, season one. She has a vulnerability to her that is very appealing and was able to convey an undertone of honest emotion throughout the hilarity of The Final Girls. Malin Akerman also gave a great performance, proving her to have a very diverse set of acting skills. Actor Adam DeVine is the man who I love to hate. Great at portraying a Super Douch that you want to high-five and dick-punch at the same time. Watching fellow Canadian, Thomas Middleditch light up on-screen was gratifying. It is genially fun to see a personality in a horror movie that loves horror, makes me geek out. Middleditch has a keen timing for humor and his facial expression/mannerisms make his character whole. Angela Trimbur gets a shout out because her character terrified me and made me want to never leave my apartment again, she really went all out for The Final Girls and succeeded at reminding me why I hate the University Students in my City. A sincerely great performance. The whole cast was great and worked off each others attributes as actors and what felt like friendship. There are so many to name I merely added the few that shined brightest to me. Needless to say all should be very proud.

The Final Girls is a great homage to the genre. There are some very straight forward nods to Classic Slasher’s like the obvious connections to Friday The 13th to Halloween 2 and others, which, I will leave up to audience to over-analyze. There are some delectable deaths and scares to make this alluring to horror fans, the characters were thought through enough to have their own distinct personalities traits and, the film is lush with comedy.

This really is a good movie. One that will appeal to a wide range of sub-genre fans, not just Slasher lovers. My feelings are this will become its own classic and in the years to come expect many knock-offs of The Final Girls.

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El.

OCULAR, NEW TRAILER

OCULAR, NEW TRAILER

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One of my favourite genre shorts just came out with a great new trailer! Ocular is super awesome and will make you feel things no movie ever has! Check it out then head on over to Amazon to purchase or rent the short horror film
that is so hard to watch it should be a dare!

Click here to read my interview with the genuinely talented David Brudie.

El.

CRITICIZED/THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON: INTERVIEW/REVIEW WITH RICHARD GALE

CRITICIZED/THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON: INTERVIEW/REVIEW WITH
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Movie extras are my thing. I seek discs that have documentaries, behind the scenes footage and short films. A few years ago when checking out the extras on the DVD Seed, I found an incredible short, Criticized, written and directed by Richard Gale.

The film, for me, was appetizingly sadomasochistic. One major fear I have is shit happening to my eyes. Never, ever, do I want to see the insides of them. Will be more than pleased just to make it through life without that happening. And, as it turns out, strong suggestion of such an occurrence gives me a visceral reaction, almost panicky (I gag and barf when stressed, probably wasn’t the prettiest sight watching this film) which perfectly details the intensity Gale‘s Criticized encompasses.
Truly, I have boasted about this film for years like a drunk Town Crier.

Criticized is a film best watched during the night, dark and, alone. Brian Rohan and John Lynd had to be good at their craft for this short to work. Totally dependent on their ability to emote. Both worked well together, the story is bound by Gale‘s stylish directing. There is really nothing wrong with the short. It is terrifying and it’s purpose to scare is realized. I highly recommend to genre lovers to give Criticized a viewing. It’s awesome. The plot is likely something that passes through every film makers imagination at some point, it is devious and sick.
From the first to the last scene Criticized is a fully impressive movie.

Time passed between finding Criticized hidden as the ultimate extra on a DVD and the growth of my savviness via social media. I opened up a Youtube account (my channel is basically all snail videos, I’d link it, but why bother?) and started following Richard Gale Films. Initially I thought it was the wrong Richard Gale as the front page of his channel was full of videos with stills of spoons.
Like the Girl Friday I am, my curiosity took over. Further investigation revealed a sinister plot featuring a creature* named Ginsoaji (Silver Spoon), who slowly tortures a man with an extremely inefficient weapon. OF COURSE this is the same Richard Gale! It makes perfect sense! The themes are nearly identical although the shorts themselves couldn’t be more polarized. “Hizzah!” I shouted (in this version of my experience) as IMDb confirmed my suspicions.

Quickly I followed Gale on Facebook and messaged him hoping to build up a rapport before I requested an interview. True to his art he put me through a few months of anticipation before I received a response.
Not only is Gale talented but intelligent. Able to discuss the genre in-depth which is more rare than you would think with those involved in the horror industry, also quick-witted and kind.

Seriously, if I wasn’t leaning towards boobs these days I would have accumulated a major crush by now.

There you have it, one of my favourite directors whom I have total respect for that granted me the interview I so desired.
High five, read below.

-As someone with your occupation, how did you reason with yourself to write Criticized? You had to of known its potential was either an epic blood-curdling horror (which luckily you ended up with) or, the creepiest shelved screenplay ever. Was it difficult to write or did you somehow get in touch with your darkest angst as a filmmaker and let loose?

11349009_10205905646073662_1795106036_nI wrote Criticized in one day. I wanted to do something about a character living on the outer fringes of Hollywood, an outcast. It was largely inspired by a cruel movie review I had seen many years before, in the L.A. Weekly. I don’t remember the film it was for, but the critic wrote “Hopefully this will be the final nail in the coffin of this hack filmmaker’s career.” That was so vicious, it stuck with me. The impetus to do Criticized was I had just purchased a new camera, the Panasonic HVX200, and wanted to test it on something dramatic and suspenseful, so instead of shooting a camera test, I made Criticized. Also, Screamfest had a deadline in three weeks. So the entire film was made in a little over two weeks.

Criticized is not a blood and guts film. It relies on the plot and the actors much like in the golden days of Hammer Films. What was behind your choice to keep the gore out of the short and do you feel it was the correct decision for this already solid story?

Well, there are extreme closeups of gore, but only in very quick flashes. It was absolutely the right decision for what I wanted, which was a focus on terror and dread and not nausea or disgust, which detracts from real psychological impact. I’m a student of Hitchcock, and I’m also not as interested in gore for gore’s sake.

11356184_10205905507190190_1756374977_n-Because I’m a huge fan, I have to ask, is there any chance that Criticized will be made in to a full length feature film or, are you over paperclips and focusing on spoons? Do you have plans to return to cover-your-eyeballs-horror?

I have the complete screenplay. I’m very happy with it, and have had some meetings with some producers but it hasn’t happened yet. One day, I hope to make it.

-What inspired the theme of your work (Criticized, The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon) having characters violated leisurely with common household items? Where did this idea form?

I just wanted to do something different. So many movies use guns and knives… I wanted to do something that had not been seen before. That’s what I find interesting. I love the idea of something normally very ordinary and innocuous becoming menacing. Like the number 2 pencil through the ankle in Evil Dead.

-From your perspective how was switching from a full on horror to comedy-horror?  Which do you find more challenging and do you have a personal preference?

Comedy-horror is more rewarding when sitting in a theatre hearing the audience react, though it was fun to see crowds of people react to the paper clip in Criticized… hearing people laugh is the best. But I still have the ambition to make the scariest Goddamn horror film anyone’s ever seen.

-What is Spoon Wars and does it have anything to do with The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon?

Spoon Wars is one of the many videos on my YouTube channel Richard Gale Films, which continues the epic saga of Jack (the victim) and the Ginosaji (the Spoonkiller). Ginosaji is Japanese for “silver spoon”. Spoon Wars is also the first film to ever show a live-action underwater light saber fight.”

-For those who do not know what The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon could you please explain what this is about?

11349805_10205905646513673_944167100_nIt’s a fake movie trailer, 10 minutes long, for a film that is allegedly over 9 hours long. It’s the story of one man’s encounter with the most relentless murderer of all time, a strange character who hits him, with a spoon, and chases him all over the world, for years, and can’t be stopped. In some ways, it’s actually a very disturbing film. But I think of it as 90% comedy, 10% horror. I made it for film festivals, but then when I put it on YouTube it went viral, recently topped 28 Million views, and has a cult following. Some of our diehard fans have permanent tattoos of the spoonkiller! Now we’re planning a full-length feature film, and a Kickstarter campaign in the near future, so the faux movie trailer will actually become real!

-Noting your acting credit in The Human Race, you are very much a renaissance man in the entertainment industry.  What position is closest to your heart? The solidarity of writing, the fuss of directing or, make-believe of acting?

I enjoy all three, but if I had to choose one, it would be writing/directing, which I consider all one thing really. Storytelling.

-What keeps you working in the oft-fruitless industry of horror entertainment and, who are your inspirations that spurred your passion to scare people through your written work, film and acting?

My Mother used to tell me Edgar Allan Poe stories when I was a kid, and every Halloween my brother and I would write scary stories, trying to out-scare each other. From an early age, I learned to appreciate the joys of good scary stories. I don’t think of myself as a “horror” filmmaker, since I also love suspense, comedy, sci-fi– I like to mix it up.

-There are tons of videos on your YouTube channel, Richard Gale Films, have you found that a good way for indie-filmmakers to get their product out to the masses?

11291835_10205905476829431_608136315_nI never planned on it, but YouTube has turned into a wonderful career booster for me. I think it can be amazing for a filmmaker, if your material fits the audience’s tastes. In my case, I lucked out because Horribly Slow Murderer is a great fit — extremely fast paced, funny, strange, dark– it’s perfect for an audience with a short-attention span. The ones that thrive on YouTube are usually comedies, but I think there’s always a place for well-made work to be appreciated.

-For your fans, please list 5-10 of your favourite horror flicks.

The Shining, Alien, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead (original), Evil Dead (original!!), Halloween (ORIGINAL!!!), The Fog (ORIGINAL, Jesus.), John Carpenter’s The Thing, Carrie (ORIGINAL), Audition, Poltergeist (original, sigh). My God, how many remakes there are. I didn’t bother to write “original” after Psycho because, come on. I also love Suspiria and Texas Chainsaw (original). I just wish there was a rule that if you make a remake, you have to put an asterisk on the title to warn people. It’s not fair to young people who won’t know the difference. It’s such a disservice to the originals.

-The Fog? Really? Not an official question but, what do you like about that film. Just re-watched it last week and barely got through it. Too slow for me. Think I ended up cleaning the aquarium while it was on.

Ok, El, time for some appreciation tips for The Fog.
#1. It must be seen on the largest screen possible, preferably the Big screen. D.P. was Dean Cundey, bar none, one of the best A+ cinematographers of our time, who did the most gorgeous widescreen lensing. To enjoy his work, the small screen is not your friend.
#2. You have to be in the mood for it, it’s a brandy that you sip. Sounds to me that you were more in the mood to do some shots of tequila.
#3. All real locations– It’s all about atmosphere– literally, the atmosphere is the monster! The Fog rolls in slowly, gently, before it knocks on your door with a meat hook.
#4. Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis (mother & daughter) together in the same film, is fun. Other reasons: It’s near and dear to my heart because I saw it first when I was a kid, on Halloween night, so there’s that. The climax when Adrienne Barbeau is on top of the lighthouse is still scary as fuck (as is the music in that scene, which was clearly an inspiration for some of the cues in It Follows.) And it’s got Hal Holbrook! I once had the pleasure of talking with Mr. Holbrook about working on that movie, and so again, I guess I just have fond memories tied to that film. And the final moment / cut to end credits is so badass.

-…And, on that note I am much more of a Long Island ice tea kind of girl – I guess that means I like the Scream and I Know What You Did films. Haha..

Haha, I love Scream, works so brilliantly.

See what I am talking about? It’s nice to be surprised by a person whose work you are total impressed by. Guess that makes me a fan-girl? Sure, I can deal. Can even accept he thinks The Fog and Suspiria are excellent horror films. They’re not, but I can accept these two mistakes if they spur on his delight to horrify his audience.
Can’t wait to see what Gale comes up with in the future.
Check out the links below or click on any red words and pictures on the page to be directed to videos and official sites.

LINKS:

Criticized (18 and over only, must be logged in to YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=innHwdDWuxs

Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDvgL58h_Y

Save Jack – Interactive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VenEVnc3vqg

Richard Gale Films channel (all my videos) https://www.youtube.com/user/RichardGaleFilms/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=p

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For an added bonus…
Yesterday my Pop’s came to the City and we watched The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Needless to say, my Father found it hilarious.
He stopped in today before heading to work this afternoon, walked right up to the drawers in my kitchen and grabbed a spoon and started hitting me in the head with it.
Goodbye Justice from Manborg and hello to Ginsoaji’Pa.


El.

OCULAR

OCULAR

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Art is a really hard concept to define. At its simplest, it’s a man-made product that invokes reaction from its viewers. But, what if the emotions the art raises are ones people do not tend to want to feel? Ocular is a strange film, the soundtrack is ear-piercing and difficult to listen to. Visually, the images on the screen are horrible to watch. This is a short that makes people queezy, look away in terror, scream, shutter and, often gag. This film is art!

ocualr34Without the use of excessive blood and guts, director David Brudie created a short film that very few people have been able to watch in one sitting. Being a huge supporter of Ocular, I helped distribute the film at Shock Stock 2014 (a position I asked for by begging Brudie to enter the short and attending the festival as a representative). Arriving late I ran to the screening room and watched the audience take in what they could. It was awesome. Most would keep their heads down while their eyes peered up at the screen. Others were screaming with loving-disgust. Co-creator of Shock Stock, Jake W. Grimbro, loved the film and was quoted as saying “It’s putrid.. Definitely earns the title of short shocks… This film epitomizes what our convention and festival is all about… Intensity, Originality, and Horror in all it’s forms… HANDS DOWN THE SS (Shock Stock) 2014 FAVOURITE SHORT SHOCK!” From my own feelings, the reaction of the viewers combined with selling out every DVD, I totally agree with Grimbro.

11016657_1010742538940804_543206305_n When asked about how the reception Ocular has received, David Brudie responded genially, I feel that it is a love/hate sort of film… The people who like it are very adamant about it and supportive, but there are also others that see nothing redeeming about it… Ocular has been called a lot of things; “Satanic”, “Incoherent” and “Demented”, all spring to mind… However, there are people who look past the obvious shock value and see that there is more in it than meets the eye… I have already had a few people question me about what I was trying to get across in the film, basically they wanted to know (from my point of view) what the film meant… I have no problem explaining certain motivations for Ocular but I also point out that it is something each viewer must interpret for themselves… I think that the people who ‘get it’ see the film in a whole different way, but sadly there are many that ONLY see the repulsiveness in it… That’s kind of a shame, but I knew that it was likely as I was going into this project… Ocular is hard for certain people to watch for a few good reasons, the most prominent one’s are the disgusting acts that the film deals with and the horrorific tone that the movie has… I wanted to grab the viewer right away and keep their attention… On the surface Ocular comes across as a series of unrelated gross acts, and some people like to show their friends and watch the reactions they get… Kind of like a dare or perhaps initiation into the twisted and disturbing nature of the film… I call it being ‘Ocularized’ and I’m cool with whatever reasons people are interested in Ocular, but I’m just saying that if you look deeper there are other things going on…While discussing what the audience was taking from Ocular, Brudie quipped That really depends on what the audience brings with them before watching the film… Everyone will get a different feeling or impression from Ocular and will likely come away with something individual… However, if (at the very least) I give the viewer a unique and perhaps thought provoking experience for 15 minutes, and they walk away wondering what the fuck they just saw, then I’ll feel like I accomplished something…”  Brudie seems to have accepted all opinions on the film, which is a rare trade for a director, be it a new one in the field.

Why am I not getting in to the plot? Why not discuss the actors? Because it is irrelevant. The film is like a sculpture without a solid form, not every one is going to have the same experience seeing it. The plot, it’s what you think it is, no opinions is wrong. I find those who say they hate Ocular seem to hate the intense emotional and often physical affect the movie has, not the film itself. These are also the same people who don’t seem to be able to sit through a viewing. And, it is fucking hard to do. I will admit it, I put my hands over my eyes, turned down the volume and gagged when I popped my Ocular cherry.

People in the genre are raving about Ocular. It is fresh, artsy and mega-repulsive. After watching Ocular, Chris Alexander, editor of  Fangoria, supplied the following quote An eerie, abstract collection of strange, haunting images held together by an unnerving and unyielding sound design.”

I questioned Brudie about what directors he found inspirational hoping to futher understand where he was coming from with Ocular, “There are three director’s (and three films) that greatly influenced Ocular… First off is David Lynch and his film “Eraserhead”… I think much of Ocular‘s nightmarish and haunting qualities can be attributed to Lynch’s film… Secondly, is “Begotten” by E. Elias Merhige, which not only inspired the cinematography and post production filters and effects in my film, but also the significant religious overtones… Like Begotten, Ocular speaks mostly through its silent and cerebral imagery… Lastly, I have to give recognition to John Waters and his film “Pink Flamingos” for destroying any inhibition I may have had in filming some of this unsavory material…”  His response didn’t yield any concrete information in relation to the explosive style Ocular exuberates, but, I accept that. Brudie is a complicated man, thus it makes sense his artwork would be the same.

I highly recommend Ocular to any horror fan. Would I recommend it to my Aunt who relishes thrillers on the Women’s Network? No, she would beat me silly. This is a very intense experience one should be prepared for. Do you think you could make it through the entire film in one sitting?I’ve seen grown men walk out regurgitating.

ocualr3As for what Brudie is working on now… “At the moment I am working on a collaborative effort with a facebook (secret) group called HORROR GEEKS…
We are trying to get a Horror anthology going, featuring the short films of various members of the group… They will all be linked together by a wrap around story… I am very much looking forward to this project because I am a huge fan of horror anthologies and in my opinion there just isn’t enough of them being made anymore… Some of my favorites are “Tales From The Crypt”, “Asylum”, “Dr. Terror House of Horrors” and of course the more recent “Creepshow”, by George A. Romero… My plan is to make this film reminiscent of those great one’s of the past…
When I’m not filming you will usually find me writing and I’m happy to say that I just released a new book last December called “Dribs n Drabs“… It is a series of short stories and poems that deal with a variety of scary and disturbing things… I’ve recieved some really great reviews (which are available at the Amazon order page) and am thankful that people enjoy my work…
By the way, one more thing I’d like to mention, is that OCULAR is finally going to see a public release!!
It will be available shortly on Amazon’s ‘ ‘Instant Video’ site… I’m very excited, and hope you take the time to check it out… I’d love to hear YOUR opinion, so drop me a message on my IMDb page or at the Official Ocular facebook site…

LINKS:
OCUALR – AMAZON
OCUALR  – IMDB
OCULAR – FACEBOOK
DRIBS N’ DRABS – AMAZON

Ocular is a great short to shock people and I am putting out a dare. Would love to know what horror fans out there are able to sit through and entire viewing of the movie. It’s the kind of flick that people make videos of themselves watching. Please let me know if you are able to watch it  and, if you make a video of yourself watching Ocular  please post it here as a comment. If you can do it, you’re probably one sick mother-fucker.

Should also comment on Dribs N’ Drabs, I have read a short story from it and I thought it was a smooth ride. Great read.

El.

RIGOR MORTIS/GEUNG SI

RIGOR MORTIS/GEUNG SI 2013

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Rigor Mortis blew my mind. Hands down Takashi Shimizu‘s best work to date. An extremely well thought out film. Many character plots that unravel into a set of circumstances that makes perfect sense in a realm where near anything seems possible. Complicated as all hell but, easy to follow.

22298746_Still_Rigor%20Mortis_7I’m not going to bother trying to find a flaw in the cinematography, it was fucking beautiful to watch. The ghosts were typical of Takashi Shimizu‘s earlier work (pick any Ju-on) but had something special that set them apart. While on film, the spirits and those possessed had a veiny, liquid like aura that didn’t seem evil but, like the twins themselves, a product of their demise. There is one scene where it feels like Shimizu is giving homage to Stephen King’s “The Shining”. There are no other parallels between the films than one shot. Or, perhaps I am looking too deep.

People, ghosts, vampires, oh my! The actors has mountains to climb with the script and in having faith in Shimizu every one, every thing, it all worked like a key in a finicky lock. Anthony Chan, Kara HuiSiu-Ho Chin and, Chun-Man Ko totally deserve all the praise that has come their way since the release of Rigor Mortis.

I love a good mystery and a film that you can tell has been cared for. Rigor Mortis has earned a spot on my Top Ten Films list. It is perfect in nearly every way.

El.

SNAKE WITH A HUMAN TAIL

SNAKE WITH A HUMAN TAIL – 2014

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There is a lot to talk about when it comes to Snake With A Human Tail.
For one the poster art is amazing. So often fans are let down by DVD cover and poster art. As of late, it seems as though our plight has been heard. This is no exception. Be sure I will be looking in to getting a copy for my collection, hopefully signed.
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Be prepared, Snake With A Human Tail  is one of those films that is upsetting on a natural, human, this could really happen, level. To sum it up, the film is Psycho meets Pink Flamingos, directed by a young Quentin Tarantino. It’s a thrill ride.
For most of us sane and rational people out there, corrupt religious authorities are angering and terrifying, Snake With A Human Tail feels the same way. Meet Father Fulci (Marv Blauvelt). As a survivor of sexual assault, he did not break the cycle of abuse, instead he mastered his seductions while working at Church. Presently dating a transgendered woman he finds himself becoming obsessed with his new girlfriend, Karma (Sheri Davis) and her talent for not feeling physical pain. The viewer learns quickly what type of horror this film is. There is no candy coating for the faint of heart in Snake With A Human Tail, it is not written or directed to protect its audience from the crudeness of its reality. 
10715681_10205067019345230_730894242_nKarma was my favourite character. She is a woman with baggage. By carrying the baggage with her through life, she became stronger and more determined to seek out resolution for her past.  During her earlier years as a young boy, she was abused by a Father in the Church she attended. The abuse changed her destiny. The desire for revenge continued until present day, when she was finally able to release her glorious blood-thirsty retribution. The conclusion (no spoilers here) is why I feel Snake With A Human Tail will redefine revenge-horror 
MV5BMjAxMjQ5ODY4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTEwOTE4MjE@._V1_SY317_CR20,0,214,317_AL_Snake With A Human Tail is a well done flick. Billy Blair (Dr.Bloom) understood how to express a false sense of caring for Father Fulci, whilst still keeping in line with the limitations of his job as a Therapist. However, it seems too many actors are not taking into consideration what the their character would typically look like. Blair fits in this category. As your audience, we want to see different sides of you, how you can take on a whole new persona.  It bothers me, what can I say? It’s my main complaint about Blair as he appeared like he just finished playing a set with Eric Clapton and not what I know as common aesthetics for a Psychiatrist. My advice, shave the goatee. Once that baby blanket is gone he will be able to express his characters on their own merits.  By doing so, Blair‘s acting abilities are going to appear stronger which is a great thing as I said, he nearly nailed it on ever level but, his appearance worked against him.  That’s still awesome.  Plus, hair grows back.
10723394_10205067031905544_665202698_nIf Karma was key to Snake With A Human TailSheri Davis was the lock. From her mannerisms, to her speech, to her loyalty to the role, Davis was able to emote what a woman in Karma’s drugged up lifestyle might behave like.  I asked Davis what her first thoughts were when she was introduced to the character Karma. Her response was that of a true actor.  “There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted the portray the role of Karma. I literally said to myself, “I finally get this incredible opportunity that I’ve longed for.”I desired a role where I could show my diversity as an actress. I wanted to break the typecast of the roles I had played. I literally pictured the transformation of Charlize Theron in “Monster” when I envisioned the physical transformation that I wanted to make from the “pretty brunette Southern actress” to something much different. I had been longing for this role. I felt so much empathy for what Karma had experienced and become because of Father Fulci’ s actions and I wanted Karma to be real to the audience. I wanted people to feel, see, and hear who Karma was and who she had to become to survive Father Fulci ‘ s abuse. I am very grateful to Spencer Gray for giving me the opportunity to not only play the role of Karma, but the creative freedom to change many things about my physical appearance and trusting me to truly bring him/her to life the way I also envisioned. I am also very thankful to Spencer for allowing me to also Co – produce and help cast as well10717970_10205067905247377_1593681382_n
Then, I had to ask the obvious question. Do you feel this film shines a positive light on the Transgendered community or, are you preparing yourself for backlash?  Her answer was level-headed “I felt the minute that I first read the script that I would get a lot of backlash from numerous people and groups. I also knew that there would be people who would probably judge me or even change the way they look at me because of this role. Bottom line, I don’t feel that this movie is about a “transgender.” “Snake With A Human Tail” is about an innocent HUMAN BEING who as a child was sexually molested by a deranged priest. The innocence of Henry ‘O’Brien was stolen by Father Fulci and as Karma tells her prostitute friend Kennedy (Melina Lyon), “Karma Blake rose from his ashes!” This film is storytelling at its best! It’s a in your face kind of film which some will find offensive. If that happens then that means that we all did a great job because it became REAL for the audience. This is the raw sad side of life that does exist. It shows us that evil is real and you never know just who may be wearing the mask of pure evil
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 Marv Blauvelt portrayal of Father Fulci  came across a little stiff for me. It felt like the things he was doing on camera were uncomfortable for him and it showed on-screen. His work in Slices of Life was great. He is not a bad actor. However, there were times in the film when the opportunity to give Father Fucli a little humanity cause feelings of sympathy for the monster, those times were not utilized. It was an unnatural performance.  The plus side, there are worse things in life than not appearing at ease in the shoes of a child molester.
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 Clean lines and clear shots make for a good contrast between the psychoticism that transpires on-screen.  Spencer Gray knew how to direct Snake With A Human Tail in the perfect way to draw in his audience and make them feel a part of the action, as uncomfortable as that action often is. The diner scene was well done. In sequence with Davis‘ emotional ups and downs the camera angle was constantly changing and there was the introduction of a number of nameless characters, and overload of information, some that didn’t matter, some that were important to the plot. Davis and Gray worked as a team to invoke feelings of unease and interest. One thing that could have been employed into the film would be the use of a hand-held camera during Karma’s scenes. This would aid in conveying the dizzy feeling in being high and can naturally cause viewers to become anxious and unsettled. Gray should be proud of his efforts with Snake With A Human Tail, it is a disturbing way to spend 31 minutes of your life. 10719075_10205070736358153_2079140637_n I asked Gray if  Snake With A Human Tail, had a social message behind the story while writing it, and if so, what he felt that message was? “I wanted this film to be the real deal. To inhale America’s sins and spit them out, like Henry Miller’s “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.” I wanted the raw, real side show for anybody interested in breaking through the POLLYANNAISH facade that is America. I feel so fortunate to have found so much talent that wanted to do the same and pulled it off beautifully. I believe Marv Blauvelt, Sheri Davis, Billy Blair, Jeremy Mitchell, and Anthony Gutierrez are just the beginning of what I feel will be a trend of BOLD new savage art. If you don’t like something in our film, write a nasty email and send it to yourself. It all came from you and the society each one of you helped create.” After watching A Snake With A Human Tail a minimum of four times, it’s really grown on me.  Would love to see this made it to a feature or even a series as there could be many secrets held in the past that could be answered through flashbacks from the point of view of Father Fulci during therapy and Karma whilst under narcotics. Did I like it? Yes.  Do I see room for improvements? Yes. But, what indie film doesn’t have set backs due to funding, time constraints and, other common issues that come with independent filmmaking. A Snake With A Human Tail will probably do quite well in the festival circuit and I imagine will be known as one of writer/director Spencer Gray‘s better early works. I will be recommending this to any true hard-core horror fans.

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THE SECOND ANNUAL SILMEBONE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

THE SECOND ANNUAL SILMEBONE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

The Slimebone City Horror Film Festival is a 3-day celebration of international, independent horror films held in Kingston, ON Canada October 8th through to October 11th. http://slimebonecity.com/ Submission deadline is August 25th, 2014, there is no submission fee and all artists’ works selected for exhibition will receive a screening fee. Email us with further information at slimebonecityfest@gmail.com.

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Do you love horror films?  Kingston, Ontario has the answer for you.  The Second annual The Slimebone City Horror Film Festival Kingston is just around the corner starting October 8th!  Films from around the world are entered in Slimebone and only the best are chosen for your pleasure.

This year we’ve got some real treats for you.  From Tommy Wirkola‘s Dead Snow 2 to Stephen W. Martin‘s Dead Hearts to the 1974 re-mastered Black Christmas as the opening film pre Ghoula Sceening & Party!!  Check out Slimebone’s Facebook page to learn what other flicks are playing and for direct links to trailers.

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Again this year I will be working the event held at The Screening Room and hope to see many people come out to support Slimebone and the genre.  We do this because we love it and want to share it with all of YOU.  Take advantage and stop by and say hello!

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