Written by David Strege
After seeing Kevin McTurk’s “The Mill At Caulders End” I was very fascinated on the detail of the marrionettes and the animation technique that Kevin put into the designs of his earlier short film “The Narrative of Victor Karloch from 2012.
We are introduced to the voice of Christopher Loyd as Victor Karloch as this character is a collector of Artifacts and tomes of ancient and antique as Victor spins a tale of William Merriweather Voiced by Elijah Wood on a cargo freight with a Professor Gregor Marley Voiced by Maurice LaMarch about to cast to the depths of the ocean in search of treasure… the spear of order as legend tells was in fact what killed The once and future king…
I get a feeling this film is influence by Jules Verne as Merriweather is visited by spirits evil and haunting and though the mouths do not move the narration and the feel of creepy is indefinite.
Again the details down to the period sea equipment, the suit, the deep sea diving to leagues under the sea is uncanny. I love the story and it mystery… but I wanted to see more and hope to… there’s an aura of doom to this film and I loved it. Well done…
Starring Maurice LaMarche as Professor Gregor Marley (voice), Christopher Lloyd as Victor Karloch (voice), Elijah Wood as
William Merriwether (voice).
Written by David Strege
Brought to us by O. Hannah Films and Raven Banner Entertainment is director/ actor Jeremy Gardners debut feature “The Battery.”
Former baseball players Ben (Gardner) and Mickey (Cronheim) are stuck in a form of a Zombie Apocalypse across a desolate and deserted New England landscape, foraging for food and fending themselves when neccesary.
Thing is both are as different in personality and in order to survive they must work together to get through the loneliness of the road and the emptiness of the once busy towns and cities…
When Mickey over hears a broadcast of a supposed city of potential survivors Mickey wants to go and find it while Ben just wants to have things stay the same… used to being on the road with I think his supposed bro for company. Now I see that Mickey has hope and Ben is more of the enjoys killing type…
Oh the film starts out pretty decently the music being a southern feel… my problem is that it just feels like they put two young men in front of a camera with a bunch of zombies some really cool music with some interesting nature shots. With sixty minutes of worthless time of breathing and being cooped up while Mickey was waiting for Ben to come back in the end…
This was a very slow and boring film almost zero Zombie action seen through half of the film. To me a zombie film is actually seeing the living dead for more than a few minutes actually staggering after some stuttering actors. When did it get so cut and dry with guns and already dead corpses…
I enjoy a really good zombie film even some humoristic qualities… what I did like was the soundtrack kind of sounded similar to Modest Mouse which was an era of music I grew up on but in there is no chemistry I feel between these two men…
Maybe im just not getting the vibe that others feel from this film but I do think that Adam is the redeeming character and keeps it somewhat interesting… to a point. I tried to enjoy this film I just couldn’t. If others do this was just my opinion and i know that others loved it for when it came out I didn’t have the money for it at the time and couldn’t find it for awhile but when I finally did I just didn’t like it…
Although when Mickey masterbated to the zombie outside the car that was a little off… lol. Probably the best part of the film and the only reason while I’ll remember anything about the film besides the soundtrack… sorry guys…
Starring Jeremy Gardner as Ben, Adam (Cronheim) as Mickey, Niels Bolle as Jerry, Alana O’Brien as Annie, Jamie Pantanella as Egghead, Larry Fessenden as Frank, Kelly McQuade as Laura, Eric Simon as
Basement Zombie, Ben Pryzby as
Dead Zombie by Lake, Sarah Allen as
Dead Zombie by Lake, Nichole Kinnett as
Car Zombie, Lyles Williams IV as Motel Zombie Guy, Olivia Bonilla as Motel Zombie Girl, Elise Stella as Fresh Slut Zombie, Matt Bacco as Mickey’s First Kill, Cynthia Stilson-Shook as Zombie.
Written by David Strege
Brought to us again by Autonomy Pictures distributed along with his first feature “Blood For Irina” Christopher Alexander brings us a sequel where he has Irina as Reborn…
Irina (Henry) is discovered by a Woodsman set in the Wild West as a part of or start of a Vampire Plague… where I in his first feature I said something about the slowness and that it wasn’t my cup of tea… I have renewed appreciation for “Blood For Irina” seeing this second feature as I feel it is an altogether surrealistic venture into a past and am now understanding the vision that (Alexander) meant to portray…
There is a religious presence is a bygone world of sin and the devil and there’s a moment of realization I see in the preist (Ogilvie) as the blood-soaked Irina wanders the woods… only trying to survive but leaving a trail of blood in her wake…
What I didn’t touch on in the first film as I will in this second film is there is a sense of ertoca as well. A gore factor that to the eye of the experimental gore enthusiast will certainly enjoy I also like a lot of westerns so having this flare of time period where the first film seemed set in like a 70s setting, where “Queen of Blood” has a frontier like atmosphere…
(Alexander) I feel captures an aloneness of the frontier life where a woman and her unborn son appear to be waiting for whom I think was her husband, (meaning the Woodsman), and this priest senses evil as he comes across Irine’s random Victims…
Though in not normally a fan of this kind of surrealistic cinematography I thoroughly enjoyed this feature and feel now a connection to the first that there wasn’t before.
Also realizing the director composed the scores of these two films I enjoyed the music behind both films as well… I don’t renig that these weren’t slow films but now hsving seen both I understand it’s beauty and their place… I still think there should be more action and speaking but in order for me to understand the first film I think I had to see this film…
I certainly recommend this film for its cinematography and some reason I enjoyed it I can’t fully explain it all but that’s only me. Enjoy!
Here is the Trailer:
Starring Carrie Gemmell as Widow, David Goodfellow as Woodsman, Shauna Henry as Irina, Kevin ‘ohGr’ Ogilvie as Preacher (as Nivek Ogre).
Written by David Strege
Working with Autonomy Pictures and distributed by Intervision Picture Corp if Fangoria Editor in Cheif’s first directorial debut, “Blood For Irina” by Christopher Alexander.
Bringing us to a seaside town of sorts, zeroing in on an almost deserted hotel, chipped and worn we hear whispers… as we are introduced to Irina (Henry) lips dripped in blood, as it seems in the next moment she’s getting ready to go out on the town, its night…
Irina appears to be alone as she stares out into the either sea or lake port… she walks through almost empty, cobblestone streets, hearing only the beating of hearts.
As I watch I realize this isn’t a speaking film… it’s camera angles and sounds meshed up into a dreamlike sequence…
Irina brings back a victim to this motel, very subtly there is a man (D. Goodfellow) baring witness, watching in advertantly being a third person of the story whether a person of her past or a haunting presence of her present or a variation of her future is left up to the imagination… but what we do uncover is that Irina needs blood to survive so whether she is a vampire or a just a blood drinker is hard to say.
My problem is that it is very slow but I can see that a person with an artistic eye could very well enjoy this film or feature as it is Avent Garde and has some beauty and Mystique.
This Wasn’t my cup of tea, but I am glad that I did watch it to understand why a film maker would create a film with almost no speaking involved. To reply on images and suggestion to tell a story is a unique form and I have respect for this type but to keep me interested I need a bit more action. I almost call this and only to myself a part of the “Only Lovers Left Alive” Generation… a theory in which a story on film is told in the slowest of ways with 70s colors and slow monotonous almost to the extent of putting one to sleep kind of film.
As I said to someone with a cameras eye I could see very well how it could be reguarded as a possible art form and style that may be revered by some but it was hard for me to keep my attention on what was happening.
On another level the cobble stone streets and village shops were a unique filming area… to me when it tapped into some of the memories of Irene’s past and her awakening did it become more enjoyable…
Ultimately it is up to the viewer which is you to what you like this just wasn’t my type of film. I tried to like it maybe it was to be like a dream… my synopsis Irina has a blood adddiction and just kept going and remembering her victims of days past while she was dying and the mysterious man a possible lover that couldn’t help but clean up her mess and be there even to clean up her messes… and the girl in pink hair is almost a kindred spirit…
Starring Shauna Henry as Irina, Carrie Gemmell as Pink, David Goodfellow as
Man, Andre Becker as Victim, Mark Goodfellow as Child, Jason Tannis as
Monster, Brenden Crowells
Interview Written by David Strege
With Daniel Murphy and Tom Komisar of HMM Films.
MG: First let’s begin begin with your names, where your from, and What were your inspirations for becoming a director and or writer of independent films?
DM: Hi, My name is Dan Murphy I am from Crawley in England, UK. I used to run a horror movie website for a few years and i got in to Indie film by reviewing them for other people. I went to school for acting and theatre studies so it has always been a big part of my life! and Horror has always been my fav genre.
TK: My name is Tom Komisar, I’m originally from Los Angeles California…I’ve been a fan of horror movies since I was a little kid…I used to write short stories when I was young. I always wanted to write screenplays and make my own movies…I decided to quit dreaming about it and start doing it. So I started reading screenplays online to teach myself how they were done. My first screenplay was a feature length film. A guy I worked with at the time also wanted to start making films. He was going to college for Audio/Visual production. The head of the department let us use their cameras as long as we used their students to help out. We filmed the movie over 4 days…it wasn’t very good hahaha…but it was a fun experience and we learned a lot.
MG: Why did you choose horror? Or at least the genre your creating in Independent Film?
DM: I grew up watching horror flicks with my Dad and was hooked for life! plus you can do so much with a horror movie! we try to include something for everyone, when it comes to gore, scares and laughs!
TK: I was always a big fan of horror and monsters. I had an old black and white TV in my room when I was a kid and I used to stay up late and watch Japanese Monster movies all night.
MG: What kind of challenges did you have in making “And Then You Die”?
DM: This was my first movie so it came with many challenges, we learned everything as we went really. But we kept if fun and everyone worked together to make it happen!
TK: I met Dan while he was making “And Then You Die” so I’ll leave that question for him…
MG: “The Night of the Dolls”?
DM: Night of the Dolls was a very smooth shoot, i guess the hardest part was teaching some of the cast how to “pretend” to play instruments lol.
TK: Night of the Dolls had a pretty big cast…I think the biggest challenge was scheduling the shooting days…we had to shoot it on weekends over several months, and change the schedule quite a bit due to different circumstances. But in the end, once everyone was on set, things went fairly smooth…I can’t think of anything that was too crazy…the cast and crew worked great together…like one big family…other than the heat, and people driving past our set with no mufflers on their cars haha!
MG: “House of Whores 1 or 2”?
DM: Both movies we filmed in just a few days and also went very smooth. The content is very extreme so some scenes were a bit crazy to shoot. But as i said before we are a laid back bunch so really there were no issues! Even though i had the flu the whole time we filmed part 1.
TK: House of Whores 1 was a dream! A piece of cake…we came up with the idea and literally shot it at Dan’s house over a weekend…I LOVED filming Part 1…Now, House of Whores Part 2? That was a different story haha! We had a lot of crazy shit going on while making that movie…no specifics, but we had a main character drop out on the day we were shooting, we had to rewrite half the movie on set because we didn’t have a replacement AND the person that was letting us use their house forgot to inform his wife (who was out of town) that we had a bunch of half naked girls running around the house haha! There were other things…but I’ll leave it at that!
MG: “Blood Moon River”?
DM: We had some VERY long days/nights but again the shoot was scheduled very well and outside of one of the original cast dropping out after we started filming it went very well!
TK: Poison Ivy and our poor actors having to go back into that freezing cold nasty pond to do take after take…they were troopers though…but I felt bad for them.
MG: Did you have a favorite scene or shot you remember that you can share from And Then You Die”?
DM: I really like the tree death scene. We had 3 kills in mind for these characters, but we went with this kill and i’m glad we did! it was the hardest to shoot, but i’m very happy with how it turned out.
TK: Another question for Dan.
MG: “Night of the Dolls”?
DM: The music video shoots were fun, BUT also HELL! it was so hot in that building, so these shoots i will always remember. My fav shoot was the bar fight scene. A couple walked away with bruise and scraps but we all had A LOT of fun doing it!
TK: The last shot on the last day…we were at Dan’s place after shooting all day…we had one more shot to do at a location down the street…we forgot that we needed some fake semen for this scene…Dan’s wife Judy mixed some powdered sugar and milk together in a cup, it looked perfect…while we were shooting the scene, we had a tube attached to the actor and when the semen started coming out of the tube Dan started gagging haha! It was awesome!
MG: “House of Whores 1 or 2”?
DM: The casting couch interviews were definitely my favorite for part 1, we had a different opening in the script and changed it last minute to what you see now. it was all made up on the spot and completely made the movie and the characters what they are today! it would not have been the same without this scene BIG thanks to R J Cecott for taking the reigns on that one!
The game show scenes with Porn Star Riley Grey were a tonne of fun to shoot so i think that is my answer for part 2!
TK: House of Whores 1…the “Pee” scene with Dan and Linda Schrader. House of Whores 2…ramming the Dildo Gun into AC McCray’s mouth haha!
MG: “Blood Moon River”?
DM: The whole movie was so much fun! I can’t pick a scene because this flick is so versatile if that makes sense! we have a lot going on so each scene has it good points! The skinny dipping scene was the toughest to shoot though, did it over 2 days separated between a couple of months dude to a schedule conflict so that was fun to edit lol
TK: The final scene of the movie was the last scene we shot as well. It was a super long day and it got cold as hell inside that machine shop…but everybody pulled together and we got some fantastic shots that night…to be honest, the whole movie was like that…very long days…but a very dedicated cast and crew got the job done…we’re very very happy!
MG: Where did you happen to film “And Then You Die”,”Night of the Dolls”, “House of Whores 1 or 2”? and or “Blood Moon River”?
DM: All of the movies were filmed in or around Winamac, IN we had a lot of help from local businesses and people, allowing us to shoot on their property etc. we have been very lucky as far as that goes. THANK YOU WINAMAC, IN!
TK: Night of the Dolls was mainly filmed in the town of Winamac Indiana…, House of Whores 1 was filmed at Dan’s house in Winamac. House of Whores 2 was filmed in Noblesville and Winamac Indiana. Blood Moon River? Out in the woods somewhere… where were we Dan? Lol!
MG: Who were your make up artists for “And Then You Die”,”Night of the Dolls”, “House of Whores 1 & 2”, and your newest “Blood Moon River”? And how were your relationships with any of them during any of these productions?
DM: We like to use Harry McCane F.X, he is a great guy and can do anything! his first movie was Night of the Dolls and its been fun watching him grow! the guy is VERY talented!
TK: Night of the Dolls and House of Whores Part 2 was Harry McCane. Blood Moon River was Harry McCane and Laura Newman.