Short Film Review: Call Girl

callgirlCall Girl had it’s world premier at HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati in March of 2014, and is now available free to watch online via Vimeo. This amazing short was written by Eric Havens and marked the directorial debut of the immensely talented Jill Gevargizian.

Call Girl is a 5 1/2 long short film starring Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2&3) and Tristan Risk (American Mary). The best way to describe this film is exploitation at its finest. Nothing is what it seems in this thrilling tale of voyeurism gone wrong or right depending on how you look at it. 

Call Girl is a new breed of short film that packs even more punch than most feature length films. This is by far one of the best shorts ever created. If you have yet to see it, I highly suggest you get on it. Check it out here — Call Girl -short film –. 

To show your love and support for Call Girl and the cast and crew, like the official Call Girl -short film Facebook Page and follow the short’s twitter, @CALLGIRLfilm. Also be sure to check out SixxTape.com for more of Jill Gevargizian’s upcoming work.

 


Join Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre 2015

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Convention season is quickly approaching, and the first one on my list is in the Zombie Capital of the world, Pittsburgh, PA, and that is Horror Realm. Spring Break will not be the same after this, join thousands of other horror fans at Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre 2015 Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8 at the Crowne Plaza, Pittsburgh West Greentree.

derekmWhat would a Spring Break Massacre be without a pretty awesome list of horror guests? On the roster for this year’s show is talent such as Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Tony Todd (Candyman), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story Freak Show), Erika Ervin (American Horror Story Freak Show), Tiffany Shepis (The Prometheus Project) and Sean Whalen (Laid To Rest). Thinking of a name that is missing from this list? Don’t worry, Horror Realm is not done announcing tonytguests just yet.

Horror Realm is a convention for horror fans by horror fans, so you can rest assured that this won’t be your run of the mill, corporate convention. If you have questions, comments or concerns, I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help you out. You can join their mailing list and/or submit your questions to them at Info@horrorrealmcon.com.

To keep up with Horror Realm and they’re newest announcements, visit HorrorRealmCon.com. You can also “like” the official Facebook Page, join the Spring Break Massacre 2015 Event Page and follow them on twitter (@HorrorRealmCon).

I hope to see you all there! The massacre begins Friday, March 6th at 5pm. 


Crystal Lake Boat Tours Mobile Phone Case From BigtimeTeez

BigtimeTeez HeaderHorror fans get the short end of the stick when it comes to finding the perfect phone case. There is finally a solution to this problem, iPhone cases from BigtimeTeez, more specifically, the Crystal Lake Boat Tours phone case.

Boat Tours Front-450x450The Crystal Lake Boat Tours mobile phone case is made of a high quality, hard plastic (polycarbonate). This horror fan’s dream features a large design that covers the entire backside of the phone case. The image is vibrant with a glossy finish. Who wouldn’t want to see a Jason Voorhees inspired character giving a boat tour on the back of their phone with a high gloss finish? The image comes on your choice of a black or white background. This is a snap shell case, it is durable and light weight, covering the back and sides of your phone. This case is available for the iPhone 4/4s and the Boat Tours Side-450x450iPhone 5/5s.

Phone cases at the mall can run upwards of $40, but the Crystal Lake Boat Tours case starts at only $9.99. If that is too high for you, use discount code MISSFIVE (all caps) at checkout for 5% off your entire purchase. Right now, if you spend $50 or more, you get free shipping (US orders only).

Crystal-Lake-Boat-Tours-450x450If you want to be super spiffy, BigtimeTeez also offers the matching t-shirt, the Crystal Lake Boat Tours t-shirt. This horror t-shirt masterpiece also starts at only $9.99. T-shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes. Also available in adult tank tops and hoodies. That’s right, you can get the phone case and the matching t-shirt for less than you would spend on a phone case at the mall.

Be sure to like the official BigtimeTeez Facebook Page and follow BigtimeTeez on twitter and Instagram (@bigtimeteez) for new design alerts, exclusive discounts and daily chances to win funny t-shirts.


Love in the Time of Monsters: A New Horror Comedy Starring Kane Hodder and Doug Jones

loveThe past couple of years have brought us zombie films and Bigfoot films, but what happens when they are combined? Love in the Time of Monsters, written by Mike Skvarla, directed by Matt Jackson and starring Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Doug Jones (Hellboy) and Michael McShane (Dr. Who).

What is Love in the Time of Monsters?

Two sisters lost their father in a horrific accident at a roadside attraction when they were children. Now, 15 years later, they venture to “Uncle Slavko’s All-American Family Lodge” to surprise their fiancée, who works as a costumed Sasquatch performer on the local “See the Bigfoot!” tour. Due to a freak accident, he and his coworkers fall victim to a super-cocktail of toxic waste that transforms them into primal, psychotic killers! Now, the sisters have to choose whether to kill him or help find a way to save his life. However, as the toxic ooze begins to build to critical mass in the swamp – and also contaminate the local forest wildlife – the only option left seems to be: kill or be killed! It’s a fight for survival for rednecks, bimbos, Latino lotharios and Croatian capitalists. Love in the Time of Monsters is a suspenseful, hilarious horror film that weaves its outrageous tale of love and zombie bigfeet through the dark woods of Northern California. While the film is violent and scary at times, its major themes are sacrifice, courage and forgiveness.

From what I have seen of the trailer, this is sure to be one of the best horror comedies to grace the screen since the original Scary Movie

Sometimes the best way to learn about a film is to hear what those involved with it have to say. Here are a few words from director Matt Jackson:

“I love movies. But as much as I love well-regarded, Oscar winning films, the ones I really love are those full-hearted, action-packed movies from my youth. With healthy doses of comedy mixed between heaps of horror and drama, Love In The Time Of Monsters is a love letter to those movies I grew up with. But it’s not just a nostalgia fest; although I took cues from the past, I wanted to show the audience something it’s never quite seen before, and something that will stand out on it’s own in the crowded cinema scene. It’s been a hell of a journey -one spanning half a decade (!)- and I very much hope you enjoy watching Love In The Time Of Monsters as much as I enjoyed making it.”
–Matt Jackson, Director

To keep up to date on Love in the Time of Monsters, be sure to like the Official Facebook Page, follow the film on twitter, @UncleSlavko and visit the official site, www.loveinthetimeofmonsters.com.


BigtimeTeez Unveils New Horror Design with the Mount Scaremore T-Shirt

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Are you looking for a unique, funny horror t-shirt? BigtimeTeez.com has debuted their new design, the Mount Scaremore t-shirt

Mount-Scaremore-450x450The Mount Scaremore t-shirt is a witty play on Mount Rushmore featuring faces inspired by some of horror’s most iconic slashers. The design is medium in size, covering the chest of the t-shirt stopping just before the armpit. The image is printed in grey which gives it an authentic stone-like appearance. BigtimeTeez is known for their quality screen printing, I have never received a t-shirt from them with anything less than stellar quality screen printing. This design is perfect for the fast approaching convention season.

This funny horror t-shirt is available in men’s (small-5XL), women’s (small-2XL) and kid’s (small-XL) t-shirt sizes. The t-shirts are 100% preshrunk. Not only is it available in a wide variety of sizes, but it is also available in a wide array of colors (black, brown, navy, purple, maroon and forest).  Looking forBigtimeTeez Mount Scaremore something other than a t-shirt? BigtimeTeez has you covered. The Mount Scaremore design is also available on an adult long sleeve t-shirt, adult tank top and adult hoodies (pullover & zipper).

The Mount Scaremore t-shirt starts at only $9.99. Not too shabby for such an awesome t-shirt. Right now, if you spend $50 or more, you will receive free domestic shipping. Still not saving enough, code MISSFIVE (all caps) gets you 5% off your entire order at checkout.

Be sure to like the official BigtimeTeez Facebook page and follow them on twitter and Instagram, @bigtimeteez.


New Trailer For ‘Devil May Call’ Starring Tyler Mane and Corri English

DMC-PosterThe new thriller from director Jason Cuadrado, Devil May Call, has finally received a release date and a new trailer. The film stars Tyler Mane (Halloween) and Corri English (Holliston) and will be released via Lionsgate digitally on February 24th and DVD March 10th.

Synopsis:

A young, blind operator for a suicide hotline descends into a night of unrelenting terror when an obsessive caller turns out to be a serial killer.

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To keep up to date on Devil May Call, visit the official site DevilMayCall.com and follow the film on twitter @DEVILMAYCALL.


Movie Review: Tusk (2014)

tusk-giveawayFunny man Kevin Smith is known for his “bro” comedy movies filled with fart jokes and comic book references, but he proved with Red State that he can write serious films too. Tusk combines his knack for comedy with the more serious side of Smith. Adding a talent like Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), Michael Parks (Red State) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) to Smith’s writing genius made this film a true contender for best horror film of 2014.

Tusk opens like most of Kevin Smith’s other films with some raunchy banter between two guy friends. This time instead of the Quick Stop we get a podcast called Not-See Party (not to be confused with Nazi Party) ran by Wallace Bryton (Long) and Teddy Craft (Osment). The podcast is much like Smith’s very own “Smodcast“. The dialogue between Wallace and Teddy is insanely funny and a lot like the conversations between Dante and Randal in the Clerks films.

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Justin Long in Tusk podcast scene

Smith is known for the cameos in his films. This one was chalk full of those. The first cameo by Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time) who plays a border patrol officer in the airport. I laughed the entire time he was on the screen. The dialogue between him and Justin Long was by far some of the funniest lines in any comedy. The next cameo was by Smith’s own wife, Jennifer Schwalbach (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as a waitress. To go along with the Clerks theme, Harley Quinn Smith (Kevin Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Melody Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter) both appeared as clerks at a Canadian version of the Quick Stop, Eh-2-Zed. Both girls were amazing, they were funny and sweet, but can give some real attitude.

Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Melody Depp

Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Melody Depp

Lily-Rose was not the only Depp to make an appearance, her father, Johnny Depp, had a cameo where he was almost unrecognizable as Guy Lapointe. He has a fairly large role towards the end of the film.

Johnny Depp as Guy Lapointe

Johnny Depp as Guy Lapointe

The story switches from lighthearted to dark and demented seamlessly in the blink of an eye. Michael Parks goes from a kindhearted old man with a witty sense of humor to a depraved psycho, and it really was frightening how good he was at playing the villain. The way he spoke the words were not all that made his character dark, the look in his eyes was that of a true mad man which help lend more authenticity to the role of Howard Howe.

Michael Parks as Howard Howe

Michael Parks as Howard Howe

Justin Long was the perfect choice for Wallace. This character was a bit of a scumbag (he cheats on his girlfriend and exploits people for a living) with a very humorous personality. He was almost the guy you love to hate until everything flipped for him. I also thought it was a bit ironic that his character’s name was Wallace which is dangerously close to walrus, well played Mr. Smith, well played.

Justin Long

Justin Long

One thing that I really enjoyed about Tusk was that no matter how dark the scenes became, there was always a comedic relief. The horror and comedy blended together phenomenally without becoming insanely campy. I almost felt bad for laughing through the whole thing because there were such horrible things happening to the title character.

The character of Howard Howe is sympathetic psychopath. He has only been burnt by humanity and found happiness only with a walrus (Mr. Tusk). So was he born a crazy, Dr. Frankenstein type or was he driven there by the coldness of others and the grief of losing the only friend he ever knew?

Not only was this a tale of shock and horror, but I feel it was also a bit of a karma tale. The cheating boyfriend that exploits the misfortune of others for a living gets kidnapped and basically tortured, and a psychopath is betrayed by the one creature that he shared a connection with.

The special effects for this film were outstanding. My biggest concern was about the “walrus suit” and how it was actually going to look. It was amazing, there was a bit of camp to it, but the overall appearance of it was shocking. The best way I can describe it is Frankenstein meets National Geographic. There weren’t really any over the top gory scenes, but the bloody scenes that were in the film were executed very well.

The ending was actually quite sweet. It is not the ending that I saw coming, but it fit the entire story of the film perfectly. It brought the whole film full circle.

Walrus diagrams

Walrus diagrams

I recommend Tusk to fans of Kevin’s other work all the way down to the most hardcore horror junkies. There is something for everyone in this film. Kevin Smith’s best film since Clerks.

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