In my quest to find more information about zombie life in America I have come across another personal account. Actor Ed Helms aka “Andy” from the hit NBC series “The Office” and correspondent on “The Daily Show” has created 3 short films documenting another character living the zombie life. His name is “Glen” and he’s a zombie.
More great zombie makeup work from Special Effects artist Anthony Pepe!! Actor Ed Helms is hardly recognizable…that’s impressive latex mask work! The contact lens help put him over the edge!
Here’s the plot synopsis from Director Nick Poppy:
Meet Glen. Glen (Ed Helms of The Daily Show) likes to read, do crosswords, and play basketball. He’s on the lookout for a girlfriend. Oh, and one other thing-Glen is a Zombie-American. This educational documentary will help audiences understand the challenges zombies face in our society. As a plea for tolerance, it aims to clear up many of the terrible stereotypes and misconceptions we have about zombies. It is the filmmaker’s hope that this film will help people understand that zombies are just like everybody else…if everybody else is a walking, talking, rotting corpse.
Nothing Sacred is a new Horror/Fantasy film by writer/directors Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme. The film synopsis is: To avenge their mother’s death, a pair of twins must kill their father before he can become immortal.
The special effects in the film help to move the plot along. I especially liked a scene in which a creepy puppet seems to come to life and another involving a woman being possessed by a snake spirit.
Makeup Special Effects artist Anthony Pepe worked on this film and did a great job! Filmed on location throughout the United States, France, and Belgium, was released in both English and French versions.
The film stars French box-office sensation Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game, French Fried Vacation), Philippe Nahon, the star of High Tension, and famed scream queen Debbie Rochon (Terror Firmer), alongside newcomers Alan Barnes Netherton and Naama Kates. Actor William Sadler is cast as the film’s villian. Sadler is known for his roles in such films as Die Hard 2, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and The Shawshank Redemption.
Just watched the Grace Lee film “American Zombie” (2007). I thought it was a terrific commentary…and comedy about American “zombie” life. Great makeup special effects created by Yoko Nobushi. Nobushi has serveral films upcoming films including “One-Eyed Monster” (2008) with Charles Napiar and “The Lost Tribe” (2008) with veteran horror film actor Lance Henrikson.
The makeup in the film “American Zombie” was understated enough (because its a comedy) but also effective in reminding you that you are watching the “undead”.
I really enjoyed the film and the “dead” pan humor!
We’re Here. We’re Dead. Get Used To It!
The made for TV movie Ghouls premiered July 12, 2008 on the Sci-fi Channel.
Entertaining romp that was filmed Bucharest, Romania (eerily close to Transylvania)
The gist of the story is a pretty college student (Kristen Renton of Days of Our Lives) goes with her father (William Atherton) to his home country and encounters flying flesh eating ghouls. There she meets up with ghoul killer James DeBello (most notably from Detroit Rock City (1999) film). The two try to keep the evil ghouls from eating their intestines. Veteran sci-fi actress Erin Grey also stars as step-mother to Renton’s character.
The makeup artist is Emmy award winning Dean C. Jones whose work you might recognize from Pirates of Caribbean 2, the Kingdom and TV’s Star Trek Deep Space Nine. He and his team do a terrific job of creating the ghouls, proving lots of blood and gore effects. These effects include intestines being pulled out of the body, skin removed from a character’s back and a heart being ripped out (still beating) of a chest.
Director Gary Jones also knows something about being a special effects artist. He was the mechanical and special effects foreman for Army of Darkness (1992), makeup technician for From Dusk till Dawn (1996), and creature effects supervisor for Alien Apocalypse (2005). No wonder Ghouls provided great effects entertainment!
I was surfing myspace and came across this profile…I must say…”Bravo!” and more power to them to get those pictures!
Read on here…
Founded by the fangulous Mortimer A. London and Company, the orginal idea of the ‘DRUNX was to hit the road and have pictures taken in front of as many horror movie sites as possible. It may sound easy enough, but there is a twist!!! With every picture taken there will be 40oz close by…like in our mouths…in broad daylight!!! Illegal? Yes. Fun? Yes. Psychotic? Maybe just a lottle!!!!! Bring out the 40′s and JOIN TODAY!
Discuss the Horror Industry and meet lots of cool people while you’re at it! You can even propose HORRORDRUNX meetups, get awesome HORRORDRUNX gear and maybe even promote your own films at the meetups!!! We also have HORRORDRUNKETTES of the month, so all aspiring pinups feel free to submit your Horrificly-themed photographs!!!
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The New York Tribeca Film Festival is back this year to entertain and inform tens of thousands of participants about new indie, documentary and foreign films coming out this year. Its a celebration of talent which also features several horror films in the mix.
The Swedish vampire thriller called “Let the Right One In” from Tomas Alfreson debuts at the festival as part of the World Narrative Competition. More movies include an Australian horror flick Dying Breed about four friends being stalked by cannibals in the Australian bush, From Within, a teen horror movie about a town rocked by a mysterious wave of suicides, and Killer Movie, a slasher movie set in the world of reality TV.
November 12, 2007
Director Jim Mickle, whose unconventional zombie flick Mulberry Street screened in TFF ’07, offers up his list
Director Jim Mickle’s hair-raising Mulberry Street, which played TFF ’07′s Midnight section, will roll out on more than 300 screens nationwide on November 9th, as part of After Dark Films’ “8 Films To Die For” series. The story, which takes place on a sweltering Manhattan summer day, concerns a rat-borne virus that turns civilized city dwellers into bloodthirsty, rodent-like creatures dying to sink their teeth into one another—a kind of Dawn of the Dead for the modern-day Lower East Side. Mickle has more than 40 credits to his name working on feature films, TV, music videos, and commercials, including such noteworthy films as Monster’s Ball and Transamerica. Mulberry Street, his first feature, terrified audiences not only at Tribeca, but also at SXSW, Fantasia,
As an avid movie watcher and freakishly obsessive horror fan, it’s pretty disheartening to see the genre repeatedly undercut itself with terrible choices and mass-marketed, formulaic dreck. For every horror classic, there are at least a thousand botched disasters that wind up at the front of the video store, or worse, in the multiplexes. So it’s little wonder that the genre’s reputation is only slightly above pornography.
But outside of the studio slop, the sequels, prequels, remakes, and “Americanizations,” there’s a wealth of hidden gems, most of which are readily available for anyone looking to discover some original dark voices this Halloween. Below is a list of extremely rewarding films, pulled from outside the mainstream, which can be categorized as horror but range from the terrifying to the hilarious to the jaw-dropping.
The Last Winter
Dir. Larry Fessenden, 2007
Great cast, creepy as hell, and maybe Larry Fessenden’s best movie to date. This film shows the director’s remarkable ability to shift from scrappy, low-budget efforts like Habit and Wendigo to a carefully composed and choreographed film that feels a lot like a Japanese horror movie. Very smart, and a great setting.
Dir. Chris Sivertson, 2005
Before he worked with Lindsay Lohan (on this year’s I Know Who Killed Me), Chris Sivertson made this ballsy adaptation of a Jack Ketchum novel. There’s a strange feeling of tension from the first scene, which gets heavier and heavier until the final explosion. Always fascinating, though not straightforward horror. Marc Senter is incredible in the lead.
Dir. John Fawcett, 2000
One of my favorites. About two morbid teenage sisters discovering similar bodily changes brought on by womanhood and lycanthropy (the ability to turn into a wolf). A great, character-driven werewolf movie from
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981
Whoa. Incredibly surreal movie starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani as a married couple going through a bizarre separation. Somehow mixes top-notch creature effects with a family breakup scenario. Crazy blend of over-the-top extremes and gut-wrenching emotional melodrama. Some unforgettable scenes and performances.
Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, 2007
Also played SXSW and Fantasia 2007. Another fun, low-budget NYC film about a lonely guy who gets invited to a hipster art-school party in Brooklyn, where the partygoers are intent on making the ultimate piece of art. Described by the filmmakers as The Breakfast Club with chainsaws and drugs. Different, witty, and very fun.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Dir. John Erick Dowdle, 2007
Like my film, played at Tribeca 2007. Extremely well-done A&E-style faux-documentary about the fictitious “Water Street Butcher” who shot thousands of hours of video footage while terrorizing upstate —one unfortunate girl in particular. Perfectly executed, with some very inventive and subtle choices.
End of the Line
Dir. Maurice Devereaux, 2006
This film has been wowing festival crowds for over a year now, and it deserves the praise it has received. A refreshing combo of jump-out-of-your-seat scares and wildly twisted (but not that implausible) antagonists—a group of religiously obsessed cult followers seeking “salvation.” Takes place mostly in subway tunnels. Hopefully getting a proper release soon.
Dir. Billy O’Brien, 2007
Beautifully dark cinematography and a super eerie Irish farm setting make this lo-fi “monster” movie incredibly unsettling. Any plot synopsis will just sound hokey. Imagine Alien, if it took place on a remote cattle farm. The special effects are some of the most delightfully cringe-inducing in years and the overall sense of dread is very well-handled.
Dir. Nacho Cerdà, 1994
One of the more disturbing pieces of narrative filmmaking for those with a high tolerance for intensity. This infamous short film chronicles an autopsy which ends badly for the cadaver, but it’s captured with an astonishing eye for detail and anatomical accuracy. Great instance of beautiful technical filmmaking applied to gruesome subject matter. Available on Netflix.
The Nameless (Los sin nombre)
Dir. Jaume Balagueró, 1999
Balagueró’s first feature, adapted from the pitch-black Ramsey Campbell novel. Brutal mystery about a woman who receives a panicked phone call from her daughter, seven years after the girl was murdered. More intense plot twists to come. Grimy locations and story with cinematography that makes you feel like you’re watching Se7en with sunglasses.
A Tale of Two Sisters
Dir. Ji-woon Kim, 2003
One of the most gorgeous films out there. A Korean horror movie that has great crossover appeal for those who want a beautifully realized art film. Haunting, scary, and hypnotizing to watch and listen to. Direction, production design, and cinematography are all perfect—with a brilliant use of wallpaper, of all things.
Soft for Digging
Dir. J.T. Petty, 2000
Unique and effective do-it-yourself filmmaking, made as a thesis project and finished as a haunting, almost-silent film about an old man in the woods who may or may not have witnessed a young girl’s murder. Back-to-basics visual filmmaking, with amazing simplicity, patience, and ability to use what’s already there to tell a story.
Dir. Don Coscarelli, 2002
A cult classic in every way. Based on the Joe Lansdale novella about an aging Elvis impersonator who believes he actually is Elvis (played to perfection by Bruce Campbell). He teams up with Ossie Davis (who believes he is JFK) to stop a mummy who’s been knocking off old ladies at theirTexas
retirement home. Ossie Davis is BRILLIANT!
Learn more about Tribeca Film Festival at http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/
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, which spawned two interesting sequels. Great mash-up of two very different genres, and some great werewolf FX.
After Dark, and other festivals around the world. For more on Mulberry Street, visit the official site.
Given the spooky date, we figured he was just the man to give us a tour of the world of independent horror. Here’s what he told us:
Horror movie actress Hazel Court passed away April 17, 2008 at the age of 82. She stared with movie icons such as Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. She was a great red haired beauty with deep green eyes who was known as one of popular movie “scream queens” from the 50s and 60s.
Some of her film credits included: The Premature Burial (1962), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and Devil Girl from Mars (1954) all helped give her cult status among horror fans.
She is perhaps best known for her role in director Roger Corman’s adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven (1963) co- starring with Price, Karloff, and Peter Lorre.
She had finished her autobiography “Hazel Court: Scream Queen” which was published in Britian. In addition to acting she was also a commissioned sculptor and painter.
Thank you Hazel Court for giving us some of the best horror screams recorded on film. May you rest in peace.
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I recently had the opportunity to meet Linda Blair at a benefit for here wonderful Wolrd Heart Foundation http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/ — this organization aids abandoned and abused animals in finding a better life! What a terrific cause!