Movies Galore takes a look at “Rocket Science” short film Directed by Dirk Van Sloten from 2015.

Written by David Strege



Directed by Dirk Van Sloten for 2015, post apocalyptic in form this film is pretty much a mock to technology.

The last evacuation ships are getting ready to launch from a decayed and dying earth and the last man to board is trying to delay the launch to wait for him to show up onboard but having troubles with a a faulty voice operating system would probably be what it boils down to right before our own end.  Surprisingly fresh it gave me an od sense as if i was watching omega man or a last man on earth feel as well as I am Legend also that it could actually happen.  Wouldnt you as well be annoyed if you as well couldnt get through a main line to save yourself before the earth exploded!

Starring Darrin Alston Jr. as Marcus Staley, and Dirk Van Sloten as AI Voice.

Movies Galore looks at local hilarious horror comedy directed by local T.C. De Witt “HI, Neighbor!” From 2014

Written by David Strege

Hi Neighbor Official Film Poster

A horror comedy produced by Firmament Films/Backflip productions in Madison WI, co-directed by T. C. De Witt (with directing credits of Thin Pipes from 2014, I’ll Raise Ya from 2014, Esketan from 2015 and Violet from 2015 short films) and Kris Schultz  co-director of short films: This One Last Time from 2015, I’ll Raise Ya from 2014, and The Noize from 2013 with T.C. De witt this film was actually the highlight of my night thus far at 2 different festivals starting from the Narration of a very distressed wife who’d run over their annoying neighbor Gordon played by Chad Halverson of Tough Cookie from 2014.


Stressed beyond belief at how overly friendly and high pitched voice who always seems to appear at the wrong moments I’m sure everyone knows someone they’ve had the same thoughts of.  The film was conceptualized, filmed and completed in less than 72 hours for the international 4=points challenge of 2014.

Reminded me of the inner thoughts you sometimes feel… as I’m sure many feel with their neighbors at times when they would just be that cheerfully annoying…

With cartoon like deaths as those you see appearing in Groundhog Day not every neighbor is super D Dee duper!

Hint: one of the Gordons in the garage is wearing the red tie Curtis was last time seen wearing…

Starring Marion Araujo as Cheryl, T.C. De Witt as Cute Husband, David Geisler as Martin Burley, Chad Halvorsen as Gordon, Luke Kraemer as Curt, Heather Marie Nelessen as ATM Passerby, Candace Ostler as Erin, Jessica Swenson as Cute Wife (as Jessica Moehr).

Movies Galore Takes a look at Local Milwaukee Director Vito Valenti’s “Dream Trip” short film from 2014

Written by David Strege

Still from Dream trip
Still from Dream trip

Directed by Vito Valenti a local Milwaukee film maker Known for such short films as (Angie from 2014, Rediscovering Ginny from 2014, The Aberrant Academy from and Into The Tangerine Parlor from 2013, Blue Lights In a Golden City from 2010, along with The Inexplicable Object Feature film from 2010)(also writing credits with Ross Bigley’s western short film ‘Yellow Hill: A Stranger’s Tale)  using the back drop visuals of an evening on the docks along with angles of sexually erotic symbolism drawn from his I’m assuming interest historical statues.  Not that I’m catagorizing  but it almost reminded me of the styles of Helen Cattet, and Bruno Forzani’s Amer, and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears and or Panos Cosmato’s Beyond the Black Rainbow not neccasarily my style of film but a nice presentation.

After the screening Mr. Valenti told us a little bit of where he got the inspiration; himself and his wife were on a cruise on a tropical mainland where a group of Island women gathered together in a boat to be shipped to an island mating ritual in order to plant seeds of fertility. Hmm up to you folks…

Movies Galore takes a look at local Milwaukee’s Collin Perkin’s “Space Cadet” short film from 2014

Written by David Strege


Directed by Colin Perkins from 2014 this quirky short film follows the dreams and aspirations of a boy who’s had a dream of connecting with NASA and the idea of going up in space.

Gathering up a motley awkward Crew he comically dictates their mission and goal to accomplish the impossible and it just seems even though the team is sad looking at least they all seem to be inspired to be something from nothing.


I thoroughly enjoyed this short film for its ingenuity as I thoroughly recommend this film for others who have similar dream aspirations! I also give the man credit for props in the fact that alot of the way film making is done is with mere suggestion of larger sets great job!


Starring Jack Packard as Ferk, Spencer Rose as Scott, Amanda Schultz as Lilly, Bridget Well as Clarice.


Movies Galore Takes A Look at the first film of Bram Stoker’s unsolicited Dracula directed by F. W. Murnau from 1922 “Nosferatu.”

Nosferatu 1922
Nosferatu, eine Syphonies des Grauens 1922

Written by David Strege


Hello Galorians! Being my first review I believe I have to begin with a classic silent German expressionism film penned by Screen Writer Henrik Galeen, whom also Scripted “The Golem” 1920.

 To be honest the origins of the story belong credited to an irish traveling writer, Emily Gerard, who penned; The Land Beyond The Forest: Facts and Fancies from Transylvania in 1890, also Transylvania Superstitions in 1885.  It seems she mistakenly translated Nosferatu into “the undead one”, when in fact among many wide-spread scholars theterm comes from Nosophoros from Greek Mythology “bringer of disease, orcarrier of the plague”.

bram-stoker - Nosferatu - Germany 1880 1945 - Weimar - Peter Crawford

Now that we know this, we nowknow where novelist Bram Stoker

got his term Nosferatu for his vampire Count Dracula written 1897 published in 1908.

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Founded in 1921 by Enrico Diekman and Albin Grau, Prana Film, named for the Budist concept of prana,put Henrik Galeento scripting the film adaptation Nosferatu With director Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Murnau openly gay at the time as I did not know this before my research into his life was in the dark like Galeen about the fact the film was unauthorized due to a copyright issue. After Galeen realized this he left the project, Murnau had to rewrite twelve pages due to missing ink in the last scene, which i found interesting as well.

One thing I found interesting was said of producer Albin Grau’s father.  In the winter of 1916, while serving in the German Army in World War 1, a serbian farmer referred to his father as being a “vampire of the undead” hmmm already creepy! Also Grau’s inspiration into producing Nosferatu

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Instead of arriving in the form of a wolf and running around as a bloodsucker terrorizing the city in Stokers’ Dracula, count Graf Orlock played by actor Max Schreck, he arrived in the form of the plague with rats and people with bite marks like a.vampire.  Instead of Van, Helsing, Arthur and Quincy along with three vampire brides it was Orloff, Hutter, ellen, Harding, Professsor Sievers, Knock, Professor Bulwer, Ruth,  even Max Schrecks’ wife Fanny Schreck goes uncredited as a nurse. This was how Galeen changed things less for artistic reasons as pragmatic reasons.

Saltzspeicher otherwise known as old abandoned Salt warehouses
Hutter’s departure from Wisborg was filmed in Heiligen-Geist-Kirche’s yard in Wismar; this photograph is from 1970.

An abandoned salt house the old Salzspeicher made up Count Orlok’s acquired house in Wisborg.  Shots from St. Marys church in a tower over looking the marketplace in wisemar along with footage of the harbor and a churchyard made up the rest of the scenes in wisborg. The most difficult scenes were in the Vatrana Valley along the High Tetras along the Vah River near the city of Dolney Kubin wherethey picked up the head coachman as an extra, Josef Sareny. In this group of mountains Murnau had to have cameras pulled up and down on Pulleys over 5000 ft of terrain. Other Shots were taken from JOFA studios in Berlin.

Not one but two castles were filmed for Orloks original home in transylania: Orava Castle, and Starhrad castle.  Orava was used as his transylvanian home mostly, Starhrad was used in the last scene of the film when Ellen Sacrificed herself to the vampire and then Orlok destroyed by sunlight.


As to actor Max Schreck he was reported to have lived in ‘ a remote and Incorporal World,” and often spent time roaming the forests. Often considered a loner he was also known for his great sense of humor and skill playing grotesque characters.

Prana Film never made another production due to Nosferatu being unauthorized by Bram Stokers Widow recieving an anonymous letter as to the premiere of the films presentation from Berlin.  The document included the program of an elligent cinematic event held in 1922, complete with full orchestral accompaniment, that had taken place in the Marble Garden at Berlin Zoological Garden


The film was described in the handbill as “freely adapted from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

Florence Balcome Stoker was furious probably directly from that statement.

Her response was prompt and uncompromising as she was bram Stokers Literary Executor went Brittains Society of Authors and sued for copyright infringement ordering all copies be destroyed and all financial success be reverted to her.  This took a couple of years because Prana Films Filed for bankruptcy to avoid payment to the widow but in 1924 She won and all copies were supposedly destroyed.  Later in 1929 it resurfaced in New York and Detroit but there was a ban on playing Nosferatu anywhere until Francis Balcome Stokers Death in 1937.

As to the Preview in the handbill sent anonymously?  The ellegent event was held on March 4th 1922.  Everyone who was to attend was to appear in Biedemeiere costume220px-Prince_Metternich_by_Lawrence

a period of time from between 1815 – 1848.  It began with the time of the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and ended with the onset of the European revolutions in 1848. We are also led to believe this was quite a large event where alot of Film critics and people in the know of film were to attend.

And now my personal perspective: I Believe this film had a place even though it was almost destroyed Prana Films should have gone about the legal way and gotten at least Stokers permission… because of the times and financial situations im sure played into it but i believe for its time was the best they could do with what they had to play with as it was also a low budget film as well.  I thought it was interesting that Albin Grau was a practicer of the occult and had planned on making more supernatural films of that nature but never came to light because of that copyright issue.  It is haunting and Surreal until the very end maybe a silent film is not up your alley?  But at to the survival of a film if one wants to make sure it does this film is a testament that Nosferatu will Live on…