Movies Galore takes a look at SRC director Ron Bonk’s feature “She Kills” from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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WLP Films and SRC Cinema team together for this crazy productuction as Jonathon Straiton director of “Night of Something Strange” executively produces a screenplay written by the legendary Ron Bonk.

I think that this film was made as a labor of love as the idea and the inspiration of this story line is just that crazy…

Sadie is a beautiful young woman who has saved herself for mairrage for the last two years to a dorkier looking young man Named Edwin.

The film begins as we see Sadie in a field unbuttoning her blouse and running a flower around her nipple… unbeknownst to her a member of a local gang called “The Touchers” has been peeping toming on her but Edwin (LaSalle) arrives before said “Toucher” could initiate any further contact then a tussle…

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A little while latter Sadie and Edwin have arrived at a motel after I believe getting finally hitched when suddenly Sadie and Edwin are Set upon by entire “Toucher” gang Reggie (Merchant), Poodle (Pucello) Blue (Royal), Beatrice (Zemsta) led by Dirk (Harrison) a mad crazy leader hell bent on raping Sadie.

Little do they know hat Sadie has been cursed with a legendary “Fire Crotch” a vagina claimed and possessed by Satan himself to become a weapon for men…

Overall this was an entertaining film between the over acting and the on purpose making fun of old Japanese films with some what comical fight scenes between Sadi’s father and brother as we see all men are doomed around Sadi after the “Touchers” killed her dear Edwin. In fact she does enact revenge and go after each and every member…

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I say that this is a labor of love because there was sooo much bad acting that I think it was done purposely to make the film goofy while being gleefully a splatterfest of sorts as well…

I am actually glad I watched “Night of Something Strange” before I saw “She Kills” for Merchant and Harrison are both in the film and I got to go back and see these earlier roles which I think they work well together.

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My biggest problem with the film is that there was way too much filming done in two different parts right where the gang started acting like chimpanzees and again in the bar where dirk and his gang I feel there was a bit more dancing than there really needed to be… over playing scenes for extensive period tends to be boring and could turn one off and put one to sleep lol

Other than this I enjoyed the film, the hokey acting, the Incest, Black Jesus contemplation and Sadi’s encounter with Casperella… the fact is was shot I believe in 35mm kinda grindhouse style helped the film tremendously as well… have it that seventies feel. Though to have her be the cause of Batman’s origins is a fluke hehe was funny though…

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I will say this Trey Harrison is who kind of makes the film interesting to be honest the best part of the film was his speech in the credits it was certainly worth the whole watch.  I’d certainly recommend at least a one time watch for stupidity’s sake it’s comical and does have a lovecraftian flair to it. Enjoy!

Starring Jennie Russo as Sadie, Trey Harrison as Dirk, Michael Merchant as Reggie, Jody Pucello as Poodle, David Royal as Blue, Martha Zemsta as Beatrice, Niecy Cerise as Casparella, Mateo Prendergast as Father, Matt Mendoza as
Brother Chung Lee III, George Cooper as
Black Jesus, Nathan Bonk as Bruce Wayne, Wayne W. Johnson as Saltine Warrior, Leon Knob as Bartender, Wes Reid as
Booster, Tom Minion as Bum, Alec Bonk as Henchman, Danielle DiBiase as Bella, Maria Doyle as Barbie, Cassandra Hayes as Secretary, Brett Janeski as Anus, Rebecca C. Kasek as Christine, Sara Kuback as Dolly, Kirk LaSalle as Edwin, Stacey Longo as Baltimore, Jamie Morgan as Stripes, Katlyn Olivia as Twiggy, Nicole Olivia as Curls, Andrew Peters as Lead Henchman, Mary Snell as Daisy.

Movies Galore takes a look a two director Casey T. Malone’s short film “The Imprisonment of Henry Stoker” from 2013!

Written by David Strege

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Coming to us from Absolutely No 1 films direrector Casey T. Malone is another surreal mind boggling short film called “The Imprisonment of Henry Stoker” from  2013.

Thie film is narrated by Henry Stoker (Kuts) a man that finds himself awakened in a room with shapes… Stoker is a mathematician and as he was asleep at first he remembers a forest… within the room is some stairs as well as a safe and a doorway of darkness that holds a bottomless space…

Pretty soon it becomes apparent to Stoker that he must figure out the combination of the safe to get out… trouble is there’s a sequence… a code hidden in the wall patterns of the room…

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Turns out this is a tale of revenge told in the astral spectrum of the mind… Stoker’s mind to be exact… I really enjoyed how I didn’t expect what was really happening I kinda was reminded of  “The Cabinet of Caligari” with the feel that I had from this short film a sense of weirdness… I like that… sort of like a twilight zone episode… with a touch of Lynch…

I get the sense this story isn’t done and will thoroughly enjoy anything Malone puts in this world of his as he seems to create a vivid alter reality…

But Henry Stoker keeps seeing these distorted faces along the way… I’d certainly recommend this short film as I definitely enjoyed its vibe and tone…

Starring Nate Kutz as Henry Stoker, Sarah Donnellyas Masked Female / Julia, Joel Roberts as Masked Male.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Wendy Keeling’s newest Short film “Shades of Scarlet” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us once again by 7 Mile Bridge Productions is director Wendy Keeling in her newest short film “Shades of Scarlett.”

Having watched a previous short film called “The Unconventional Gourmet” and its more humorous atmosphere “Shades of Scarlett” has more darker subject matter altogether but not without its humorous moments.

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Wynn Reichert returns as Bob Tribble a man who has either escaped custody for a sexual crime as The Switchblade rapist or just been released as he’s driving along stopping at roadside restaurants but is disappointed when people actually recognize him…

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In any case he ends up in a sad state up at a no-name bar when a woman starts up a conversation dressed as a nurse named Scarlett as she tries to pick him up.

Little does he know what’s in store for himself… as Scarlett has an agenda and a rude awakening in store for Bob…

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I thought that this short film was comical in its own way… nut the storyline was more heartfelt as it has a very Twisted but moral ending…

Ithink that there have been many instances in the face of justice that one has thought of taking justice into ones own hand as sometimes the system let’s certain creeps fall through the cracks and though this short film was an attempt at a humorous angle… ended up being very humanistic in the end well done…

I think the acting of both party’s on Wynn and Wendy Compliment each other though yes again it technically was from a darker source material they were pulling at being that of a law abiding Citizen.

I think that this was an intelligently scripted film for the fact that it was very light hearted and merry but turned so in your face kind of justice….

I think if your at a festival that’s it’s playing at you should definitely catch this film as it is blatantly honest and enjoyable to watch.  I would certainly recommend this film it just has a ending that pulls at ones heart strings…

Starring Wynn Reichert as Bob Tribble, Wendy Keeling as Scarlet, Susannah Devereux as Restaurant Manager, David Ditmore as Bartender, Lucy Turner as
Jenny, Heather Liddington as Newscaster, Lynn Becker as Louise Sadler (photo credit), John Hamlin as Cook, Jackie Hayes as Restaurant Patron, Leslie Ann McQuiddy as Bar Patron, Lisa Messer as
Bar Patron, Melissa Messer as Bar Patron, Lori Blaylock Turner as Restaurant Patron, Jeffrey Wilkerson as Bar Patron.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Casey T. Malone’s Silent feature “Blood of The Witch” from 2012!

Written By David Strege

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Brought to us by Absolutely No 1 Film director Casey T. Malone brings us a surreal journey in his originally three short films “Fortuna”, “Coda Nera” and “Blood of the Witch” made into one connected feature called “Blood Of The Witch.”

“Fortunate” follows the story of Abbey Thelma (Owens) whom stands at the grave of her father. Immersed with grief she doesn’t even know what to begin to say…

So she goes in search of spiritual guidance from a village Gypsy (Gregg) and finds her… The gypsy invites her in and on up a dark staircase we see doll parts, what looks like an older clock to a room upstairs where a table, some candle, cards and skulls set the stage as she begins to flip her fate…

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Once The gypsy learns of the reason in her visit to communicate with the dead, Abbey’s Father whose been dead a fortnight, the gypsy has need of her husband a magician/illusionist (Haney) of the old world connected with a nearby traveling circus for this feat.

In any case said husband arrives home and is told of Abbey’s need to speak with the dead… As the ceremony begins it appears a Demon was waiting behind the veil and took possession of Abbey’s soul.

Fleeing the room the Magician went off after her to try to get her before she reached the village. In the end was Cursed by the demon inside Abbey… and was transformed… a pumpkin seller finds a pumpkin in the middle of the woods…

In “Blood of the Witch” segment a man named Peter dreamt of masquerades and parties, ladies of the night… and yet awoke knowing a lot of work needed to be done. It seems he goes off on a walk instead and runs into the pumpkin seller as he’s in a mask and gives him a message saying the dead travel fast here beware you do not return with evil.

 As the man Peter picks a pumpkin to buy the pumpkin seller warns him even further the pumpkin was born on enchanted soil beware it doesn’t cause more harm.

Peter bears the seller no mind takes the gourd home carved into it a lantern to ward off spirits but the gourd begins to talk and demand a sacrifice.  A sacrifice that of the blood of A Witch, to pick a piece of fruit from The Tree Of Poison Apples in an orchard nearby, and give it to a witch… and then to take her blood from her… meanwhile the gypsy takes a look in her magic Crystal as to what became of her husband…

In “Coda Nera” Peter wakes up thinking all was a dream, the witch, the blood, the attempt on his life but to his surprise he was alive and an earlier curse broken as the Jack-o-lantern he’d carved had imprisoned the Magician, the gypsy’s husband before and her attempt to poison Peter was in fact the solution in freeing The Magician from his captivity and asked him for his help once again to destroy this witch but they need help…

Next we see a woman in the woods being watched or hunted by a pack of werewolves as she encounters the possessed Witch… whom she asks a favor of in return for saving her from the pack of fural creatures from those whom would harm her… and turns her into a familiar… to do her bidding…

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Meanwhile the Magician and Peter meet up with some fellow masked circus Carny’s when they happen upon the familiar… an army of skeletons…. in the listening of death’s music…

As it turns out the men spill innocent blood on the pumpkin sellers land and for punishment will be shown what it’s like to live without Dreams…

I think the story line was very clever and how each were connected this was a brilliant piece of work to see as Malone I believe built his own folktale out of his own Rorschach test of shadows and symbols this is not just brilliant it’s a masterpiece and rightly so.  The acting, was spot on the mood impeccable I really don’t see anything bad or to be critical about in this feature none at all… ’tis a dream-like sequence that I will not forget over night…

I believe this was Malone’s love letter to those lovers of the silent era as I am.  I am humbled to see such vision in his story telling.  Well done. I certainly recommend viewing this wobegotten warning with morals of its own. Enjoy!

Starring Liz Owens as Abby Thelma / The Witch, Kellie Ann Gregg as The Gypsy (as Kellie Anne Gregg), Tim Haney as The Magician, Mike Thompson as The Pumpkin Vendor, Nate Kutz as Peter, Sarah Zimmerman as The Familiar, Chris Kohlenberg as Tom Janus, Mike Rains as
Sam Janus.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Amy Hesketh’s second feature “Barbazul” aka “Bluebeard” from 2012!

Written by David Strege

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Bluebeard is a French folktale, the most famous surviving version of which was written by Charles Perrault “Le Barbe Bleue” and first published by Barbin in Paris in 1697  or so in Histoires ou contes du temps passé. It tells the story of a wealthy and violent man in the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of one wife to avoid the fate of her predecessors. “The White Dove”, “The Robber Bridegroom” and “Fitcher’s Bird” (also called “Fowler’s Fowl”) are tales similar to “Bluebeard”.

In the original tale though there are variations Bluebeard is a nobleman of some aristocracy with fortunes derived from his many Marriages to wives who’ve often disappeared often there have been numbered seven previous wives.  Often this aristocrat is ugly but ends up going to his neighbor for a wife.

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As it happens it is the youngest Daughter Ana whom he chooses and wisks her away to be his wife.  Soon Bluebeard must away on business but leaves his new wife with a key to every room in the house but tells her the lower chambers are forbidden then leaves.

The young wife not wanting to be alone invites her sister a few freinds and cousins for a party but as curiosity has it decides to investigate these forbidden rooms as to her there should be no secrets between wife and husband… well she unlocks these rooms and finds they are filled with blood as the former wives numbered seven, are all hung on hooks dead or rotting.

It is said she screamed, and was unable to wip the blood off of the key as it was and had magical powers, Bluebeard came home unexpectedly and flew into a rage seeing the evidence of blood, before the final blow the wife asked to say a prayer with her Sister and the wife’s brothers and sister came to her rescue and killed Bluebeard.  The Wives were buried, Ana Inherited the fortune and remarried for love but she never forgot the image or the man. Now there are several versions of this tale but this is my rememberance of it…

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It is this tale that Amy Heskethdirector of “Sirwinakuy” brings an erotic and modernized version using the fetish techiques of torture, whips and bondage that often director Jac Avila and herself incorporate into their story lines… as Jac plays Brabuzal (Bluebeard) of which I’m very sure cuts this dark character very well…

Brought to us by Pachama Films and Decadent Cinema begins as we see Jane (Hesketh) hanging naked about to be strangle by our heir apparent Bluebeard… Instead of being a neighbors daughter Soledad (Joya) is a model in a public square who works to support her sister…

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After watching her work for some period of time for poses for a rude photographer Barbazul proposes marriage to Soledad and wisks her away to his plantation.

After accepting and a private dinner with her younger sister Soledad journeys with Barbazul out into the desert like country to his wayward plantation

So it seems like in this role Bluebeard is very much a benefactor as well as taking pity in Soledad’s situation as they arrive at his plantation they have an evening of love and in the stiffness of his home seems overwhelmed.  But life is not without its enjoyment as Barbazul bikes her around the grounds…. shows her the beauty of an old church… and as it turns out gives her a set of keys on one condition she will not use one of the keys as there is nothing in the room for her.

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As their love making becomes more fervid and Soledad begins to fall in love Barbazul tells her he has to leave on business and bring her sister back  to stay with her while he’s away.  What is odd he’s left in the middle of the night….

The next day when she awakes Soledad can’t help but look around and be curious about her new husband and doesn’t listen to Barbazul about the key and ends up opening the locked rooms anyway…

She comes across and obviously being watched by the servant Walter (Lopez) Barbazul’s journalistic exploits of his previous wives as in plural and how each of them dissatisfied him enough for himself to kill them each and every one…

Each relationship is re-enacted and each more fraught with sexual perversions of fetishes as Barbazul shows us his extremely obssessive and psychotic side… my problem is not the story but in the slowness of the telling of it all.

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Its not that I didn’t, this is a brilliant adaptation and has a surprise twist.  The grounds of the plantation have an absolute beauty to the eyes that one could look at every day… but still though I know and understand the pace as well as understand the story I think it was uniquely told through the victims eyes.

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I just feel the tempo of the film could have been faster as it crawled along, other than this I think Jac really was exceptional in his acting ability and pulled off Bluebeard with precision and style… there is away to act crazy and charming at the same time and he was it…

As I said it’s a very different take on the tale and I wouldn’t call this porn but it does border on the erotica.  I will say this though I bought this film the price wasn’t what I wanted to pay it was 30 dollars plus shipping.  It’s not not I’m cheep in being honest I thought it was a bit much for a film but that’s literally the price of all their films both Jac’s and Amy’s but this being said and put aside both are very nice people and friendly.

i certainly enjoyed this film you have my thoughts on the film I’d definitely recommend this film its unique for its location amongst the Aramayan population. Enjoy!

Starring Jac Avila as Barbazul, Veronica Paintoux as Annabelle, Mila Joya as Soledad, Paola Terán as Maga, Erika Saavedra as Agatha, Amy Hesketh as
Jane, Mariela Salaverry as Ana, Roberto Lopez L. as Walter, Erix Antoine as Paul (as Erik Antoine).

Movies Galore takes a look at director Michael Butt’s newest film “This Book Is Cursed” Sequel to “This Woods Is Cursed” for 2017!

Written By David Strege

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Director Michael Butts from More-on Productions once again returns to the indie field in “This Book Is Cursed” his heavily influenced sequel to “This Woods Is Cursed.”

I say influenced because one of his favorite film is the Evil Dead Trilogy but we see Mr. Butt take and shape his own story line using his guiding force of film…

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The film begins where the other has left off, Hoss (Gale) has woken up not knowing what happened only vague images… in dreams…

Thats why Lynn (Oldenburg) has decided to help Hoss face his fears of the old Haney Woods once and for all on a camping trip…

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Meanwhile a Mortician (Meyer aka Deadgar Winters) and his beautiful Assistant (Krinsky aka Celeste) have acquired the cemetery nearby but on their way back from the cemetery have a flat tire and run into Hoss to help them…

While Hoss goes out to help them, Lynn finds an ancient Book she’s drawn to which she translates out loud that turns out to be an incantation to raise thedeadonly she doesn’t know it…

Down the road a known sorceror ahooded figure and a band of once druggie Rapists, Rick (Buxton), Wade (Hatleli), Erin (Radcliffe), Jimmy (LeMay), and Bruce (Crowell) are somehow resurrected so the sorcerer creates a divining rod and sends Jimmy to find the book and the rest to find weapons.

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Jimmy finds the camper hears Lynn and Hoss returning after having Ransacked the place and when found gets into a fight with Hoss that ends with Jimmy getting shot has he turns to white dust… meanwhile the rest of the group have definitely scrounged up some weapons from an old man (Cook).

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A local Police officer (Thingvall) is sent in to investigate a disturbance and comes across the dead body of the oldman… and ends up out by the Camper… and after thinking theyd gotten rid of Hoss,  Hoss comes back with a Veneance and saves Lynn from becoming part of the next part of the sorcerers incantation… but thanks to the antique oven inside the camper it saves the day…!

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I went and saw “This Woods is Cursed” again at Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Festival on a bigger Screen and think that Michael has something here.  Though in this sequel of his there weren’t as many cool effects I did enjoy the part where just the arms were trying to get at Hoss from on top of the camper as Well as Jimmy’s death…

I also think that the cast was certainly better this time around… as well though I enjoyed the group in the first film I think it was unique be able to have some different people to work with… and I can certainly see this cast possibly having a blast…

Though I don’t feel this film was as strong as his first film I think this is definitely a build upon the story line as there is going to be a third film to make it a trilogy…

I’d certainly recommend seeing this film it is enjoyable, was fun to watch and is nice to see this film maker continue in his endeavors and grow…

Starring Norman Gale as Hoss, Cory “Fathom” Crowell as Bruce, Paul Buxton as Rick, CrystaLynn Oldenburg as Lynn, Mason (Mr. Pizzy) Hatleli as Wade, Amy Radloff as Erin, Joel Thingvall as Police Officer, Justin LeMay as Jimmy, Curtis Meyer as Mortician, Shanta Krinsky as Mortician’s Assistant, Crystal Welker as Patricia (Voice over Radio), Alex Wank as Ted, Mike Cook as Old Man.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ritchie Moore’s feature film “Who’s Watching Oliver” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by MotionPictures and Joyplex director Ritchie Moore is a different kind of Serial Killer… along with writing talents of Raymond Huber and Banks as Well as himself…

Oliver (Banks) plays a loner living alone dancing to the perverted whims of his mother’s fantasies as he goes out abducts women, rapes and kills them in front of his mother watching from a laptop but then one day Oliver meets Sophia…

Now every day Oliver wakes to an alarm has a specific schedule he follows even has medication scheduled every afternoon to take.  His wardrobe doesn’t change much, in fact has at least ten outfits all the same…

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It looks like he lives in Japan or China or in a Chinatown like district as he’s able to take a boat to where he needs and always ends up in an amusement park… well Sophia starts sitting with him same time every day and appears to show him what enjoyments he can have in life…

I think that some of the location like the path he takes down a tunnel on some tracks to the amusement park is very pretty… where as every other day Oliver is forced to bring back another woman for his moms amusement and jollies to kill another whore in her mind, in part to teach her son that there can be only one woman to love… meaning herself…

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I think this is a slow burn of an artistic film of sorts as we begin to see a budding romance of sorts and as Sophia Disappears one night it is assumed she’s abandoned him and his mother right as he’s forced to go on a murder spree once again…

The story is an odd one I’ll admit but I enjoyed this film like I said it was a slow burn meaning it was relatively slow in it’s telling as there is a lot of quirkiness in Oliver in fact he is somewhat dissassociated and seems to be somewhat removed from society…

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Though we never fully find out what Sophia’s History entirely is you get a haunting sense her life wasn’t the greatest either…

In a sense this was another film to show how sometimes a loss relationship with your mother isn’t always healthy…

There was certainly a little bit of gore and a little violence but subtle… I’d certainly recommend this for the gore enthusiast it wasn’t scary just more drama and a little comedy… enjoy!

Starring Russell Geoffrey Banks as Oliver, Sara Malakul Lane as Sophia, Margaret Roche as Mama, Kelly Woodcock as Claire, Champaigne Nuttanun as Asian Girl, Cecilia Belletti as Italian Girl, Muay Maxim as Dead Girl 1, Savitree Thaumthong as Dead Girl 2, Supattra Sassananmongkoi as Dead Girl 3, Pennapa Udomsin as Dead Girl 4, Wacharinya Moolaeg as Dead Girl 5, Sopha Phairo as Dead Girl 6, Topaz Lackgren as Bar Girl, Alex Boyesen as Bar Guy.

Movies Galore takes a look at Wendy Keeling’s dark Comedy Short film “The Unconventional Gourmet” from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Seven Bridges Productions director Wendy Keeling she brings us a dark comedy set in the late 50s  of a woman searching for the right Ingrediants for the perfect recipe.

This short film played after This Wood’s is Cursed in a section of its own but I was unfortunately unable to attend… the director was kind enough to let me view it …

As the the film begins I’m slightly getting a Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood feeling as the Aerial camera zooms in on a neighborhood of sorts as you here what might be played in an elevator as the intro music… not saying that’s a bad thing or anything just an observation…

Im kinda getting a pleantville meets Sweeney Todd kinda vibe from Rosalina Leckermaul (Keeling) as a few children from an orphanage selling candy go missing…

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An unlikely deal is struck between a Mr. Piper (Reichert) in charge of these orphans as he loves Rosalinda’s recipe and even an adding to the growing family… as a young girl helps them cage her little brother…

I think that Wendy Keeling might have gotten a lot of her influence for this film by watching earlier comedy tv like Beverly Hillbillies and or Petticoat Junction as well as possibly infomercial from the lat 40’s to early 50’s.

The pasted smiles seething with contempt… lol I rather enjoyed this attempt at humoresque…  I’d certainly recommend this little short film it was cute… moral of the film: years ago kids knew their place… enjoy!

Starring Wendy Keeling as Rosina Leckermaul, Wynn Reichert as Mr. Piper, Manon Guy as Grace, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick as Hugo (as Grayson Kilpatrick), Kadence Riggs as Orphan with script, Audrey McCants as Orphan in pig tails, Hayden Gael Barnes as Orphan, Gabrielle Bradley as Orphan, T.J. Bradley as Orphan, Avalon Gomez as Orphan, Dresden Gomez as Orphan with Teddy Bear, Amiya Harris as Girl Walking on Street, Geddings Hempel as Boy on Tricycle, Jaxon Tippets as Orphan.

Movies Galore Interviews director Brian Luciano Barsuglia on his films “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror”, “Aaron’s House”, “Zombie Farm”, and his Newest “The Stange Case Of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” from 2017!

Interview by: David Strege

With: Brian Barsuglia

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So I’m glad that you’ve agreed Mr. Brian Barsuglia to this interview…

MGOM: First let’s begin begin with your name, where your from, and What were your inspirations for becoming a director of independent films?

BLB: I am originally from San Jose, CA, moved to Chico and finally ended up in Orange County. I’ve lived in the Huntington Beach area since 1993. I’ve been making movies since I was a kid. My grandfather gave me an 8mm film camera when I was 10 or 11 and I’ve never stopped. I often list my name as B. Luciano Barsuglia, the with “Luciano” in remembrance of him. Before that, I was always writing and drawing and creating stories.

MGOM: Why did you choose horror? Or at least the genre your creating in Independent Film?

BLB: Firstly, I was always a fan of a TV show out of San Francisco called “Creature Features” hosted by Bob Wilkins. When I was a kid, I looked forward to watching the low-budget, late night monster movies. Secondly, when VHS video stores first exploded into popularity, they always had a “horror” section that was filled with low budget movies from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. I used to watch those movies regularly. Finally, for low-budget movies, horror audiences want to be entertained and seem to be more willing to overlook the limitations of budgets in many cases and are more accepting of the low-budget and micro-budget horror genres.

MGOM: What kind of challenges did you have in making “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror”?

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BLB: This was my first feature and my first foray into the world of purely digital cinema. Casting was probably the biggest challenge. The screenplay was written to be much more dramatic and disturbing, however, I couldn’t find the cast to fill out the roles as intended. Instead, I went with actors whom I enjoyed and went with more of a campy approach to the film.

MGOM: “Zombie Farm”?

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BLB: Budget. This is a fun, low-budget movie that mocks, applauds, and pays homage to various zombie movies and was released in 2007 before Walking Dead hit the airwaves. We actually had a pretty decent budget for this movie at the start of shooting and about halfway through our main financer had a financial crisis and had to pull funding. So half of the shoot was done without budget being an issue and half of the shoot was done with a very tight budget – this presents challenges when you have 100+ people on set at times!

MGOM: “Aaron’s House”?

BLB: Time and sickness. I was really pleased with the overall quality of this movie. I thought it was a huge jump from the previous two. However, time became a major factor. We were on the main location set for seven days. Our line producer and one of the actors got a bad case of the flu and parts of the shoot ended up being really rushed. In the editing room, some of it didn’t cut together the way it was written so the finished product didn’t quite carry story and I wasn’t able to go back and re-shoot.

MGOM: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”?

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BLB: The green screen! More than 60% of the movie was shot on green screen. I was in post-production for more than two years on this movie to get the green screen sequences as good as possible.

MGOM: Did you have a favorite scene or shot you remember that you can share from “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror”?

BLB: This movie was ultra low-budget and a lot of fun. We had to get really creative with the gore effects. There is one scene where the main character get hits in the back of the head with a sledgehammer. We used all practical effects. When the hit happens and the blood bag explodes it came out quite nicely … literally, I thought!

MGOM: “Zombie Farm”?

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BLB: There’s so much about this movie I love! People who appreciate this movie are drawn to different elements. One of my favorite scenes is the FBI interrogation scene. It’s fun, silly, filed with gore and has a fantastic exploding head-squib-gunshot. Good fun.

MGOM: “Aaron’s House”?

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BLB: I enjoy the overall look of this film and there are many scenes that look and work really well. There’s a scene with the killer and a young woman that I really like that is creepy and intense in a very confined setting. There’s another scene in a cemetery that has a really nice vibe. The cemetery scene ended up being really cool as FBI agents and a local sheriff are inspecting an empty grave. I like the look, feel and imagery of this scene.

MGOM: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde”?

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BLB: So much of this movie worked really well. The scenes in Randal Malone’s Van Nuys house which is decorated Victorian-style ended up looking really fantastic. I was also extremely pleased with the green screen shots when finalized, especially the sequences in Mr. Utterson’s study – all green screened. Two years after the fact, the actor asked where we shot those because he didn’t remember the set, not realizing it was green screened. But, of course, the highlight of the movie was getting to have a scene with both Mickey Rooney and Margaret O’Brien, two Oscar winners from classic Hollywood, in the same scene. Absolutely an incredible joy as a director and filmmaker to see that sequence come to fruition.

MGOM: Where did you happen to film “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror”?

BLB: Dementia was shot in a few locations. The main torture chamber was a music practice stage that we turned into a small sound stage. Other locations were in Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, and Lindsay, California.

MGOM: “Zombie Farm”?

BLB: The main farm was in Lindsay, California, the same farm used in Dementia. Other locations were in Dana Point, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Villa Park, Visalia and Orange. The City of Lindsay was so friendly and helpful in organizing some of our bigger zombie scenes! We had a lot of guns and blood in this movie so every shoot involved getting permits and talking to local City officials to make sure we were following protocol for filming with weapons. Even with all of the precautions, we still had a swarm of police cars show up on set while filming in Villa Park!

MGOM: “Aaron’s House”?

BLB: The house was in Alpaugh, a small town in Central California. A lot of the scenes were shot at the Hobb’s Grove haunt in Sanger, California and the rest was primarily shot in Huntington Beach.

MGOM: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”?

BLB: We had a couple of great locations for this movie. A lot of it was shot in Van Nuys and the rest was shot primarily in Huntington Beach. I really like trying to make use of the resources most readily at my disposable and there are surprisingly a lot of great locations spread around Orange County. Quite of the exterior establishing shots were actually shot on location in the UK too.

MGOM: Who were your make up artists for “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror”,”Zombie Farm”, “Aaron’s House”, and your newest “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”? And how were your relationships with any of them during any of these productions?

BLB: Make up is one of the most important and most underrated tasks for any movie. It is something that is often overlooked in low budget film-making. Each of my movies have had a lead or key makeup artist while many others lend a hand. On a project like Zombie Farm, we had key makeup artists on different days due to the variety of locations and length of time between shoot days. The shoot took place over a nine month period mostly on weekends with one segment on the farm for five days straight. In the scene with our youth zombie football game, we had about a 100 actors, so parents were even getting in on the makeup action helping prep their kids for the undead! On Jekyll and Hyde, the shooting days were spread out over three months and we were fortunate to keep the same person for each of the days. Nick Reisinger, who also works on Grimm, handled makeup and practical creature effects. He was absolutely amazing to work with.

MGOM: How do you think your characters or effects turned out after production for “Dementia: An Experiment in Terror” and or “Zombie Farm”?

BLB: You got take everything for what it is. We made Dementia for $8K and did everything as practical effects. We had fun with the characters and did our best with the effects. We created foam doubles for all of the weapons so we got some pretty cool impact shots. The movie had some extreme limitations but when I look back and watch it today, taken for what it is, I think it really holds together still.

Most of Zombie Farm was written or the specific actors or at the very least a specific style of actor. I am very happy with the performances. The effects utilize everything at our disposal and all over the place. We used practical effects, digital effects and some green screen effects. The budget was originally supposed to be around $80k for this movie and ended up being in the realm of $50k so we had to change pace with the effects when the budget shrunk. Things like squibs (gunshot explosions) can be expensive so we had to limit those and be creative with the practical effects. A lot of digital effects went into gunfire, gun shots, and the one armed zombie. Again, if you are able to take it for what it is, I am really happy with it. It’s a rollercoaster. Sit back and enjoy it.

MGOM: “Aaron’s House” and or “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”?

BLB: As I mentioned before, I am extremely happy with the overall look of Aaron’s House, but it was lacking a few elements because I just didn’t have the resources to reshoot a few key scenes so I went to work in post-production with what I had. It has a few flaws in the development of character because of that. This wasn’t an effects heavy movie so most of the effects and make-up uses we had turned out pretty close to expected. We used a few digital elements as well that I thought turned out pretty nice too.

Jekyll and Hyde is the most complete movie I have made from start to finish, in that I am extremely satisfied with just about all of it. Of course with any creative endeavor there are always things you want to go back and tweak but at some point you just have to say that it’s complete and let it go!

MGOM: Did you have any problems casting for any of these four features of yours? And how was your relationship with your casts and the rest of your crew or crews for “Dementia: An Experiment in Terror” and or “Zombie Farm”?

BLB: Casting is always a challenge. For Dementia, finding actors to fit the roles the way they are written proved to be very tough. We held three different casting calls and ended up changing the tone of the movie from pure terror to camp to fit the actors we liked and could work with. Zombie Farm wasn’t difficult to cast the key roles but we had a lot of actors, so getting bodies was a challenge at times. I think, in total, we had more than 200 actors involved with Zombie Farm.

MGOM: “Aaron’s House” and or “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”?

BLB: Aaron’s House was written for specific actors in mind so it wasn’t too difficult to cast. Jekyll and Hyde was a project people were really excited to be a part of so casting happened fairly easily here as well.

With all of my movies, I do read throughs and will listen to how an actor plays the role. Then I often tweak and change dialogue to match their acting style. As a director, I am open to actor suggestions too so we can make dialogue sound as natural as possible for a specific actor.

With all of my projects, I try to maintain a very task oriented set. I want to make sure we are getting the job done but are able to enjoy doing it. We made a pretty in-depth behind the scenes documentary for Jekyll and Hyde. It is called “Making a Monster: The Story Behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” I think it effectively captures the professionalism and genuine care the cast and crew shared throughout production. This is something I aim for on all of my sets.

MGOM: Is there anything else that you’d like to add? If you have some possible new film in development or an older project why don’t you tell us a little more about it? If not will we see more of your talent?

BLB: I have a few projects in the works but my primary focus is a teachable version of Macbeth, not the overly violent, convoluted versions we are used to seeing. Jekyll and Hyde was made in this manner – to be primarily for education with theatrical sensibilities. It has a long way to go but we’ll see what happens.

Thanks so much! Truly appreciate the interview.

MGOM: Well Mr. Brian Barsuglia It certainly was a pleasure we thank you so much for your time and for letting me dig deep inside your Dark mind!

Movies Galore takes a look at director Michael Wade Johnson’s first short film “God’s Hostage” from 2008!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Faux Pas Productions director Michael Wade Johnson is his first Controversal Short film inspired by true events… called “God’s Hostage” from 2008.

Dalan’s Mother has passed away and in her Dad’s Greif and sexually religious frustration takes out his aggressions on his daughter…

All Dalana wants to do is go out with her freinds but her father abducts her, ties her up molests and rapes Dalana to give him the offspring he feels she owes him by reading verses from the scripture all in the name of Jesus…

But the tables turn as Dalana gets the Upper hand…

I actually think for being taped in the style of a VOD making it seem like found footage that Johnson has created a dark concept of a film.  Usining Green and red screens as well as Black and white to tell moments of torture or moments of memories from the past… I think that for a twelve minute short this was really awesome… not that I get into rape or anything like that I’m against it but this showed the level of religious depravety one could go if driven to the brink of insanity of loss… but in a sense justice did prevail…

I think Johnson knew he had something as it became a project of his to make into a feature length film… I think that this being his first short film after “Brimstone” was a very strongly influence film where one can relate to the violence as it certainly seems witchy like almost like The father lived in the past…

I’d certainly recommend this short film to the horror enthusiast and is the base line for “Cellar Secret” enjoy!

Starring Misty Simmons-Poteet as
Dalana, Ricky Long as Dad, Kiya Simmons as Young Dalana.