'every man for himself' in this post apocalyptic world, where a biological
mistake has turned most of the population into animalistic eating machines. And
that's just fine with R.J. - (Jack Nathan Harding) As a matter of fact, this
proud hermit has adapted well to the new world order. He's even got heat, food,
and a rare clean water source. For three years, R.J. has contentedly spent his
days in a dark, cramped, and heavily barricaded room, drinking tea and reading
paperback westerns by candlelight. One night R.J.'s routine is disrupted when
he warily lets in a desperate young stranger - (Stephen Twardokus) He soon
realizes the person he let in may be more dangerous that anything he's been
trying to keep out.
by Derek Cole
Here's another short film from director
Derek Cole, who I'm quickly becoming a fan of. After reviewing his fantastic
short film "Within Hindsight," it was great to have the opportunity
to review "Let Me See Your Eyes." Just as I expected, this is another
well-done short film from beginning to end.
Just as the audience gets introduced to
R.J. (Jack Nathan Harding) and his nice little set up, an unexpected visitor
(Stephen Twardokus) franticly begins knocking at his door. R.J. doesn't really
want to, but he eventually opens the door saving the visitor from whatever is
hunting him. After the tension of that moment settles, the two begin to talk
and feel each other out. R.J. makes it clear that his visitor can't stay, and
the visitor seems ok with that.
This is where the fun begins for the
audience, as they wait to see which one of these guys makes the first move.
Lets just say after a couple of twists, and turns one of these guys comes out
on top. Jack and Stephen do a great job of hiding their character's intentions,
and in what their characters do after their intentions are made. Just like
"Within Hindsight," Derek does a terrific job of setting up a short
film with a great twist. I certainly look forward to his next film.
Alexandra Grace, Riley Connor, and Kira Halling
and directed by: Michael Kehoe
There are certain situations horror
fans have seen over and over again. Sometimes it's within a scene, other times
it might be the outcome of the whole film. However that doesn't mean the result
will always be the same. Creating something different is what horror fans are
looking for, and the challenge for filmmakers.
In "Hush," Regan (Alexandra
Grace) is downstairs watching T.V. when there's a power outage. As she's trying
to figure what to do, a little girl, Irene (Riley Connor), from upstairs begins
to yell for her. After a few yells, and responses of "hush," Regan
makes her way into the girl's bedroom. By now horror fans are already thinking
about what's coming next, and hoping they don't see more of the same.
This is where the challenge for the
filmmakers kicks in, and they knock it out of park. Without giving it way, lets
just say there's a terrific twist that ends this short film in frightening
fashion. The two actors might not get a whole lot of screen time, but they are
very natural as to give no hints at what's about to happen. Lost in it all
might be the dark, and creepy background that's subtly created as Regan
navigates her way upstairs. In the end, it's really easy to see why this film
has been winning award after award at film festivals. If you see it listed at a
film festival near you, don't miss it.
encounters something evil in his claustrophobic apartment.
Daniel Areas, Spike the Dog, and Angel Villegas
and directed by: Jonathan Cuartas
"The Pallor" is a short film
that sets out to scare the audience, or in the least creep them out. It starts
with Daniel (Daniel Areas), and his dog in an apartment doing every day things.
Then it begins to go downhill for Daniel when noises wake his dog, and him up.
If the audience isn't paying close enough attention, they just might miss the
quick look at the evil that’s after Daniel.
The evil that haunts Daniel is
definitely the star of the film. Being a short film, it doesn't appear much,
but when it does it's very effective. It kind of pops up in a similar way to
how some of the scares are done in movies like "Insidious," "The
Conjuring," and "Annabelle." It may or may not have you jumping
out of your seat, but it will definitely make you think twice about staying
What helps the evil do its job is the
darkness in the apartment. It gets darker and darker as Daniel looks for a
place to hide. One of the scenes is almost too dark, but it pays off in the
end. Areas does a good job acting terrified, while not having many lines. In
the end, "The Pallor" is a good, and creepy short film. I encourage
you all to check it out on PromoteHorror.com's
witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from
classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, and Chris Pine
by: Rob Marshall
by: James Lapine (screenplay), and James Lapine (musical)
"Into the Woods" is a movie
that doesn't want the audience to ever forget its name. The opening scene
mentions "Into the Woods" probably more than two dozen times. It
doesn't end there, it continues throughout the movie as characters are
constantly reminded about the woods, the danger of going to, or the danger of
being in the woods. This is one of several things that stand out about
"Into the Woods."
Obviously the biggest thing that stands
out is that this is a musical. The audience gets a big dose of this right off
the bat. After that opening scene, the audience might have thought the whole
movie was going to be singing, but it's not. They mix up musical numbers with
regular dialogue, however there’s no rhythm to it. Just when it appears they
will be singing the entire time, it moves to heavy on the dialogue. Then just
as audience forgets that it's a musical, the singing begins again.
Another thing that stands out is how
well they weave the tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the
Beanstalk, and Rapunzel together. This couldn't have been an easy task because
each story is very different. They cleverly do this by focusing the story on a
baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), and working in the tales
around them. Basically the couple has tried to have a child, but unknown to
them can't because of a witch's curse. Of course there has to be a witch (Meryl
Streep) involved. The witch tells them about the curse, and sets them off on a
mission to gather four items, one from each tale she needs in order to reverse
Another good thing about the story is
how they lead everything up to what's suppose to be the happy ending, and then bring in a darker final scene. The movie really could have ended
sooner, but if the audience is paying attention to the tales, they will know
where the story is going. Without giving it away, lets just say certain
characters develop a wondering eye, a life is taken, and the woods may never be
Even though this is partially a
musical, there are plenty of hilarious moments. The couple provides many of the
moments early on as they try to collect the items. The characters from the
tales bring their own humor, particularly Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and
the Wolf (Johnny Depp), and the two Princes (Chris Pine, Billy Magnussen).
While the Princes have their looks, they aren't portrayed as the sharpest tools
in the shed. They provide the funniest musical number, as they sing about the
women they’re in love with on top of a waterfall.
There are several things that standout
about "Into the Woods." With a strong cast, the acting and singing is
on point. They do an excellent job of bringing back classic tales, and
incorporating them into a new story. While they did a good job of mixing the
tales together, they could’ve done a better job of mixing the music with the
dialogue. The story does have a little bit of everything including drama,
comedy, and even a darker final act. With that said, I give this movie 3 pools
I had a blast Spooky Empire 2014, as I do every year. I got to meet more Horror Icons, watch some great panels, take cool pics, and score some awesome autographs. More than anything it's the little moments like Melissa McBride saying she liked my hat, Tobin Bell pointing out that he's taking a pic with a Horror Icon (of course I told him that he's the real Icon), and Bitsie Tulloch remembering my name hours later. Those kinds of moments are why I always encourage horror fans to attend conventions.
So below are some videos I took of the panels including the Halloween, The Walking Dead, Michael Rooker, Tobin Bell, and Grimm. Also, there's a video of some of the pics I took over the course of the weekend.
Spooky Empire 2014 Pics:
The Walking Dead Panel Pics:
Click here to see the post with The Walking Dead Panel videos.
Michael Rooker Panel:
Tobin Bell Panel:
Halloween Panel (Daeg Faerch Raps):
I hope you enjoyed that look at the convention. I’m already looking forward to next year, and hope to see you there!
The Holiday Horror Wish List has become a tradition,
so let me introduce it to those who haven't seen it yet. It's very simple, just
imagine you are a little kid again, and are about to write a letter to Santa
telling him what you want for Christmas. Except think of it as if you are
writing to the Santa from "Silent Night," and are only going to be
asking for things that are horror related. Basically I want all of you to come
up with your own Holiday Horror Wish List. It could be something that you could
really get like a DVD of your favorite horror movie of 2014, or an autograph
from your favorite horror icon. Your list could also be something you would
like to see happen in the world of horror for 2015 such as, a sequel to a
horror movie, or no more remakes (not happening by the way)! To give you a few
more examples, here's my Holiday Horror Wish List!
and more of brutal Rick! Oh, and hopefully the spinoff works out!
take all of the horror related Funko Pop figures out there please!
motherf***ing release of Jeepers Creepers 3 already! And yes this has been on
the list before!
-HorrO wants to be eaten by a shark in Sharknado 3! It just sounds like a good time in the making!
don't let them screw up the Poltergeist remake! Also, hopefully Sinister 2 is
good, and doesn't take away from how awesome part 1 is!
screenings of independent horror films, and horror conventions to come to
Florida (specifically Miami)!
NBC to give Constantine more of a chance, and bring it back! Throw in another
season of Grimm on top of that!
-Would love a chance to give input in designing a haunted house next
year! (Cough cough HHN)
got to meet and get autographs from some of The Walking Dead cast, but now it's
time to meet some AHS cast members!
the real life horror in the world to end!
chance to do a promotion for a blockbuster film, or major horror icon out (no offense to any film or icon already promoted)!
are puzzled when a serial killer has killed 4 and has left no evidence and
seems to have no motive. In their desperation they call alone Source, a well
known psychic that has helped the police solve crimes with his incredible gift.
Source will soon learn this killer is even a step ahead of him.
Stephen Twardokus, Jon Gale, and Wendy Haines
by: Derek Cole
by: Derek Cole, and Stephen Twardokus
"Within Hindsight” starts off like the typical crime drama. Two detectives
are trying to piece together clues at a murder scene. Apparently this isn't the
first time this killer has struck, and the detectives need help finding the
killer. They call in a psychic, and this is when things get really interesting.
The detectives fade away as the psychic puts himself in the room when the
murder begins to take place. The audience gets to see the murder committed by a
guy in an awesome silver mask. With a mask like that it's a shame the audience
only gets to see him in action once.
After the murder is committed the killer does something strange. This is where
the beginning of the twist happens, and no I'm not giving it away. Let's just
say it puts an excellent exclamation mark on this short film.
It's always good to find a film that puts the audience in a familiar place, but
is able to present the a nice new twist. "Within Hindsight" does
exactly that. This short film really could have been part of a large movie, and
hopefully it's something the filmmakers think about. It would be nice to see
the killer in the great mask in action, and see where the story goes after the
Spooky Empire 2014 had some really good panels. As one
might have guessed, "The Walking Dead" panel was one of the most
anticipated panels of the convention. It was certainly worth the wait! It
featured several popular actors from the show including Chandler Riggs, Melissa
McBride, and Laurie Holden. Below are a few videos from portions of the panel,
along with some pics. One of the videos includes a surprise appearance by
Michael Rooker. Enjoy...
is a visually striking poetic film on the universal emotion that
can hit us when we let insignificant little incidents spin wildly out
and directed by: Steven Kahn
entitled "FEAR," this short film shows audiences fear can hit us in
many different ways. It starts off with a young woman in her bathroom, where
strange things occur, as she does things like take a bath, and wash her hair.
The film has the audience wondering what’s going to happen to her as she does
these things. Is there someone in the house? Maybe a ghost is haunting her, or
maybe fear is getting the best of her?
The film might seem odd at first, but curiosity, suspense, and tension will
build as the woman moves from the bathroom into other parts of her home. It
brings out these emotions as things get stranger and stranger, and the feeling
that danger is getting closer sets in for the woman. They did a great job of
coming up with creative ways for the woman to feel fear, and didn't do too many
standard scares horror fans see all of the time. Add to that the wonderful way
the film is shot. It really enhances the fear, such as a scene where the woman
experiences a lightening storm in her kitchen.
From beginning to end, fear makes itself present. The young woman experiences
different levels of it throughout the film, while the audience is fearful of
what might happen to her. The film isn’t short on creativity, and is shot
really well. Be on the lookout for "FEAR" at film festivals, and
hopefully even one day at PromoteHorror.com.
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