GLASS EYE PIX Sizzle Reel The Larry Fessenden Collection DEPRAVED BENEATH THE LAST WINTER WENDIGO HABIT No Telling / The Frankenstein Complex ABCs of Death 2: N is for NEXUS Skin And Bones Until Dawn Until Dawn: Rush of Blood FOXHOLE Markie In Milwaukee The Ranger LIKE ME PSYCHOPATHS MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND Stake Land II STRAY BULLETS Darling LATE PHASES How Jesus Took America Hostage — “American Jesus” the Movie New Doc BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD Explores the Impact of the Ground-Breaking Horror Film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD THE COMEDY THE INNKEEPERS HYPOTHERMIA STAKE LAND BITTER FEAST THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL I CAN SEE YOU WENDY & LUCY Liberty Kid I SELL THE DEAD Tales From Beyond The Pale Glass Eye Pix Comix SUDDEN STORM: A Wendigo Reader, paperbound book curated by Larry Fessenden Satan Hates You Trigger Man Automatons THE ROOST Impact Addict Videos
March 25, 2021
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TBT: Five Years Ago

2016; Toby Huss, Tommy Nohilly and Fessenden attend
SXSW for IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, a western by Ti West.

March 23, 2021
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Fessenden turns 58 … thanks for the well-wishes

portrait by The Dude Designs
March 19, 2021
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NEW in the CINEZONE: “THE HUNTER” by Benjamin Gray

THE HUNTER: writer/director Benjamin Gray. (2007, 20 minutes)
cinematography: Thomas Krivy
featuring Larry Fessenden, Joel Marsh Garland, David Warshofsky.
Editor: Paul Frank. Music: Jeff Grace.

watch the teaser below
and join us in the CineZone to see the film

NOTES:

Synopsis: Each winter, Tub hunts with childhood friends Frank and Kenny. Approaching middle-age and still the butt of every joke, Tub wants this year to be different. And it is: deep inside a snow-covered forest, his long-buried aggression comes raging to the surface. Based on the Tobias Wolff short story ‘Hunters in the Snow’.

From Fessenden: The experience of making THE HUNTER was one of my fondest memories making a movie. We were treated to fantastic home cooked meals by the director’s mom, and slept in big beds and then suffered long hours in the snowy location. I love a winter movie. On the shoot I met Joel Garland who would later be cast in Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD, and several Tales from Beyond the Pale, including “The Hole Digger”. I also enjoyed working with David Warshofsky, who had stories of being on set with a young James Le Gros that can’t be repeated on this website. Jeff Grace did the music for THE HUNTER, based on introductions I made, and right around this time I employed Mr. Grace for my own project SKIN AND BONES, and you can hear the influence of THE HUNTER’s music on that score.

From Benjamin Gray: And at the time I wrote this in my director’s statement…still true I think…. “The Hunter” is a specifically American story, specifically rural, yet set in no particular time or place. With Tobias Wolff’s subtle humor it explores masculinity, aggression, the question: “What makes a man?” And in a world dominated by machismo, saber-rattling, and swagger, what better time to ask this question?

Watch now in the CINEZONE.

March 19, 2021
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Bloody-Disgusting: THE SPINE OF NIGHT “a breathtaking rarity”


From the Review by Meagan Navarro

“Written and directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King, The Spine of Night evokes the breathless wonder and art style of Fire and Ice, unfurling a meditative and existential tale. This anthology is steeped in a world of magic, heroes, and villains across time told with a distinct and measured cadence. Assembling a talented and impressive voice cast that includes Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Larry Fessenden, and Rob McClure, it’s not characters- though there are many- that connect this sprawling story but a concept.

“The Spine of Night packs so much into its roughly 90-minute runtime that it doesn’t always give its emotional peaks room to breathe, but it never fails to arouse a feeling of wonder. This movie is a breathtaking rarity.”

read the full review

March 18, 2021
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SlashFilm: JAKOB’S WIFE “a showcase for its legendary leads”

“Does your modern indie horror movie really exist if it doesn’t feature Barbara Crampton or Larry Fessenden? The two horror icons, who have been so good in so many genre movies for so long, are busier than ever, popping up in (and often propping up) countless films made by filmmakers who clearly grew up watching them on well-worn VHS tapes.

“But Jakob’s Wife, a gory new horror comedy about a marriage on the rocks before vampirism rears its ugly fangs, understands their appeal more than most. In fact, it knows what horror fans really want: to see them placed front-and-center as leading man and leading lady rather than relegated to supporting role or amusing cameo. And while there are other pleasures to be found in Jakob’s Wife (especially the geysers of blood that erupt with some regularity), these two, together in the spotlight, are the main draw.

“While this is not the first time Crampton and Fessenden have been in the same movie together (gems like You’re Next and We Are Still Here are among their shared credits), co-writer and director Travis Stevens gives them characters worthy of their talent. Too often, casting these two feels like a wink, a filmmaker nudging the audience to say “Yes, I too enjoy Re-Animator and/or Wendigo!” Stevens understands that these two aren’t just well-liked names – they’re terrific actors, more-than-capable of carrying an entire movie. And he obliges them.

“Cast against type as a buttoned-down, conservative preacher, Fessenden digs into the “straight man” dynamic of the film’s duo, finding low-key humor in his exasperation. His eventual turn to vampire hunter is less of a heroic move and more of a reflection of an impatient man desperate to get shit done. It’s fun stuff.”

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March 17, 2021
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JAKOB’S WIFE by Travis Stevens World Premieres Tonight at SXSW 3/17/21

Featuring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden

March 16, 2021
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R.I.P. Yaphet Kotto

March 16, 2021
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Entertainment Weekly reveals JAKOB’S WIFE poster

Director Travis Stevens’ film costars Larry Fessenden and wrestler-turned-actor Phil Brooks.

In Jakob’s Wife, actress Barbara Crampton plays Anne Fedder, the bored spouse of Larry Fessenden‘s southern pastor, Jakob.

“My character is long married to her husband and she’s settled into a kind of complacent marriage and union,” says the actress, whose many previous horror credits include 1985’s Re-Animator and 2015’s We Are Still Here, which also costarred Fessenden. “A horrible tragic thing happens that jolts her into an awakening, and she realizes all the things she hasn’t done, all the things she’s missed. She develops a thirst for life that she’s never felt before. It’s like if Marriage Story was a horror movie.”

Read article at EW

March 16, 2021
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JAKOB’S WIFE trailer drops!

March 14, 2021
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THE SPINE OF NIGHT unspools at SXSW: watch the trailer!

‘The Spine of Night’ is an ultra-violent, hand-rotoscoped epic fantasy inspired by the cult classic works of animators Ralph Bakshi and Frank Franzetta. The film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin. It falls on heroes from different eras and cultures to fight back.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, and Joe Manganiello
also featuring Abby Savage, Rob McClure and Larry Fessenden.

The Spine of Night will have its world premiere
at the digital SXSW festival on March 18