January 8, 2016
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NEW 30th Anniversary Mini Doc: Brent Kunkle, Producer

Our 30th Anniversary Hootenanny continues with this series of Legacy Docs celebrating the community and collaborators that have kept us honest all these years…

Chris Skotchdopole edits this Glass Eye Pix 30th Anniversary Mini-Doc with Brent Kunkle, Producer and Office Manager from 2007 to 2014. Brent worked on many of the classic Glass Eye films including I SELL THE DEAD, STAKE LAND, BITTER FEAST, THE VIEWER, SANTA CLAWS, AMERICAN JESUS, THE COMEDY, and LATE PHASES. He speaks about his time working at Fessenden’s Independent production company.

December 16, 2015
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Engadget Names UNTIL DAWN One of Their Fave Games of the Year

Timothy Seppala, writing for Engadget, names UNTIL DAWN his favorite game of the year.

“I never thought a video game would make me feel like Wes Craven. Before I started playing Until Dawn, I was almost positive that Sony’s advertising and marketing teams were ignoring it for a reason. Imagine my delight when I realized I couldn’t have been any more wrong.

Supermassive Games’ PlayStation 4 debut is unlike any big-budget game I’ve played in ages. Rather than sticking a gun in my hand, it sat me down in a director’s chair and essentially told me to craft my own horror movie. It could’ve been disastrous, but Supermassive intrinsically gets what makes for a good horror flick: the unknown, atmosphere, killer writing, and great performances from (mostly) unknown actors.

Sure, I’ve played scarier games (oh hi, Outlast and Dead Space), but those weren’t necessarily “fun” for me; I only made it an hour into the former before NOPE-ing out. Until Dawn expertly balances scares and an atmosphere of unease with genuinely funny bits to lighten the mood. This alone makes it much easier to play for extended periods. But even if I hadn’t needed to pack my play-through into a weekend, I still would have. It didn’t take long for the game’s hooks to dig in and pull me through experiences that I didn’t think were possible in a big-budget video game and I couldn’t wait to see the next one.

My filmmaking talents peaked with a crappy stop-motion short at community college, but my appreciation for movies has done the exact opposite. I don’t know why I’m surprised a video game that lets me live out an altogether different childhood dream had such an impact on me, but here we are. Supermassive Games, you have my undivided attention.

Honorable mention: Fallout 4, Bethesda Game Studios (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)”
December 11, 2015
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LISTEN NOW: Fessenden’s Eco Thriller NATURAL SELECTION – TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE SEASON 3

It’s Friday, so it must be time for new TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE! NATURAL SELECTION, by Fessenden, starring Dominic Monaghan, streaming now on Indiewire.

 

Read on for more info and an interview with Fessenden and Monaghan.

December 2, 2015
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Daily Dead Reviews FESSENDEN COLLECTION

Patrick Bromley over at Daily Dead just wrote a review of THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION.

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“If ever there was to be a Mt. Rushmore of modern horror, there’s no question that the face of Larry Fessenden would get prominent placement. One of the patron saints of indie horror, Fessenden is a true auteur and a true original whose incredible career is now being celebrated with the Scream Factory release of The Larry Fessenden Collection, containing four of his films and hours of bonus features that help illuminate just what a vital voice Fessenden has been in the genre for more than three decades. This is one of the best horror releases of the year … Scream Factory has done such great work with The Larry Fessenden Collection that it’s one of those rare cases where the supplemental content is every bit as good as the film(s) it’s supporting.”

Read on for the full review. 

December 2, 2015
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FANGO: McQuaid and Fessenden talk TALES

The suspiciously named new feature from Fango (The Cutting Room?????!) presents an archived interview with McQuaid and Fessenden.

Have you ordered your new box set yet? Ships end of week!!

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“For Season 3, the collaborators who joined us have been very big and as much as I love the challenge of writing these stories under the gun, it’s been equally refreshing to seduce others into TALES. So we have some old collaborators, some new collaborators as well…”

November 18, 2015
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New 30th Anniversary mini doc: THE ART OF BECK UNDERWOOD

Our 30th Anniversary Hootenanny continues with this series of Legacy Docs celebrating the community and collaborators that have kept us honest all these years…

Adam Barnick put together this portrait of GEP’s longest-running collaborator BECK UNDERWOOD, responsible for logos (HABIT, NO TELLING, WENDIGO), art departments (HOLLOW VENUS, I SELL THE DEAD, BITTER FEAST, STAKE LAND), script writing (NO TELLING, HABIT), GEP advent calendars, the CREEPY CHRISTMAS FILM FESTIVAL, the brand new TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE teaser… and some mayhem of her own… check it!


November 16, 2015
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Indiewire Presents First Looks at New TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE

We’re teaming up with Indiewire to present brand new episodes of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE.

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“Indiewire is partnering with the independent horror studio Glass Eye Pix to provide exclusive first looks at the new episodes of its radio theater show “Tales Beyond the Pale.” Each Friday through mid-December, new episodes from the third season of the eerie audio plays will be available on the site for exclusive two-day windows alongside interviews with the talent.”

Read on for more info about the collaboration and an interview with Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid.

November 13, 2015
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UNTIL DAWN: RUSH OF BLOOD Will be a Standalone VR Game

Supermassive Games, the makers of the Fessenden and Graham Reznick-scribed PS4 game UNTIL DAWN, have just announced that a new game, UNTIL DAWN: RUSH OF BLOOD will hit in 2016 as a Virtual Reality game.

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Will you be able to keep everyone alive… again?

Read on for the full report.

November 13, 2015
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ENTERTAINMENT Opens Today

The Fessenden-EP’d ENTERTAINMENT, director Rick Alverson’s follow up to the GEP-Produced THE COMEDY, opens in theaters today. See the film that Jeannette Catsoulis of NY Times calls a “downward odyssey that’s hard to shake off.”

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From the NY Times:

By Jeannette Catsoulis

Watching “Entertainment” is a profoundly uncomfortable, some would say repellent, experience that isn’t easily forgotten. Yet I left this barbed portrait of a cracking-up comic with more than a little respect for its fearless director, Rick Alverson, and his trusting star, Gregg Turkington. You can’t deny that they’re a match made in heaven.

Or at least in the California desert, where Mr. Turkington, known simply as the Comedian (and playing a version of his real-life stand-up persona, Neil Hamburger), schlumps from one seedy, underpopulated gig to another. Onstage, carefully arranged strands of comb-over cling to his pallid forehead like wet seaweed, and spare drinks nestle in the crook of his arm. Whether he’s spewing tasteless riddles or responding to hecklers, his act is a sewer of misogyny, homophobia and sexual insult. There is also an unspoken sense that his audiences — trimmings of humanity trapped in a soulless limbo of dust and dive bars — deserve no better.

Capturing a world of flyblown mirrors and sad carpeting, where shirts are washed in motel room sinks, and terrible things happen in public restrooms, Mr. Alverson jacks up the tension with exquisite restraint. Winding scene after scene to a breaking point, he brings our discomfort to a rolling boil, then quietly backs away. Amplified by the stillness of Lorenzo Hagerman’s camera, these moments inspire an apprehension that feels slightly sadistic, as if Mr. Alverson were enjoying his screw-turning a little too much.

Even if he were, there’s a strange nobility to this downward odyssey that’s hard to shake off. Snippets of well-chosen music appear judiciously, though not in the movie’s best scene: a squirmy bathroom encounter between the comedian and a tense young stranger (a perfect Michael Cera). When the comic warns his new acquaintance to back off, we know the younger man would do well to listen. JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

“Entertainment” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Foul language, flowing alcohol and frightening midwifery. 

November 13, 2015
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Tonight: Double Feature Featuring Fessenden

Spend this Friday the 13th with a double dose of Fessenden at the Ithaca International Film Festival. GEP-produced DARLING and Joe Begos’ THE MIND’S EYE play back to back tonight… look out, Ithaca!

DARLING
Directed by Mickey Keating
8pm
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THE MIND’S EYE
Directed by Joe Begos
10pm
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