March 29, 2023
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Bloody Disgusting celebrates GEP Alumn Jim Mickle’s early horror flick: MULBERRY STREET

A Low-Budget Ratpocalypse – The Underrated NYC Horror Movie ‘Mulberry Street’

Apocalyptic infection flicks rarely show the initial chaos of their respective outbreaks. In fact, most zombie movies tend to skip over the downfall of civilization entirely, focusing on what happens after society has already collapsed. And even when these stories dare to take place during the immediate aftermath of a global crisis, most filmmakers (like George A. Romero in his seminal Night of the Living Dead) prefer to place their main characters in isolated locations where they’re only shown brief snippets of how the rest of the world is dealing with the calamity.

Obviously, there’s a simple explanation for this. Large scale stories need large scale production budgets and few studios are willing to bet that amount of money on a gory genre flick. Even World War Z had to be tragically neutered in order to justify its blockbuster financing, and indie filmmakers can’t exactly pay out of pocket to afford the special effects necessary to convey a global disaster.

Fortunately, there are exceptions to every rule, and every now and then ambitious filmmakers attempt to tackle large stories despite a lack of resources, with some of them succeeding precisely because of their down-to-earth approach to the downfall of civilization. One of my personal favorites of these low budget apocalypses is Jim Mickle’s tragically underseen Mulberry Street, a unique little infection movie from 2006 that revamps a familiar premise to make a statement about gentrification in New York.

While he’s now mostly known for his work on Stakeland and the Netflix comic-book adaptation Sweet Tooth, Mickle was once a freelancing film student who found himself working on amateur productions until he met future collaborator Nick Damici. Hitting it off with the writer/actor due to their shared love of genre movies, the duo decided to team up for a minimalist zombie film that would harken back to the manic energy and social commentary of Romero’s early work. As the scope of the project grew and the team accrued more investors, the proposed story changed into something more original.

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June 7, 2021
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The Film Music Institute interviews Jeff Grace

GEP pal Jeff Grace sits with Daniel Schweiger from The Film Music Institute to chat
about the music of the Netflix series SWEET TOOTH, directed by Jim Mickle. 

From FMI: With his talent for often evoking homespun, rustic darkness from the terrifyingly intimate residences of “The House of the Devil” to “The Innkeepers,” the twisted families of “Cold in July” and “We Are What We Are,” an unforgiving western landscape in “Meek’s Cutoff” and the beast-prowling environs of “The Roost” and “The Last Winter,” composer Jeff Grace has been building an especially chilling and unforgiving repertoire. Beginning his career assisting Howard Shore on his “Rings” trilogy and “Gangs of New York,” the NYC-based Grace would find a gifted filmmaker to further lead him into the darkness with Jim Mickle. First teaming for the vampire apocalypse of 2010’s “Stake Land,” Grace’s evocative, western-tinged score evoked both a future’s impossible horror as well as the emotional bond between master killer and a newfound son of sorts. 


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March 18, 2020
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GEP Quaranstream: STAKE LAND on Amazon Prime Video

Directed by Jim Mickle

Starring Connor PaoloNick DamiciKelly McGillis,
Danielle Harris, Sean Nelson and Michael Cerveris.

“The American Horror Film of the Year”

“The Mayhem is beautifully composed. The Performances are terrific.”

“Harrowing! Puts vampires back where they belong — in your nightmares, and at your throat!”

Now Streaming

July 11, 2016
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Exploring STAKE LAND on GBF

Just landed on You Tube: GoodBadFlicks in-depth exploration of Jim Mickle’s Stake Land.


March 15, 2016
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6 questions with “Hap and Leonard” radio guest stars Larry Fessenden and James Le Gros

From the SundanceTV Website:


You may have seen Larry Fessenden (I Sell the DeadWendy and LucyHabit) and James Le Gros (Living in OblivionGirls) on the red carpet of the Independent Spirit Awards, among other places. Where you won’t see them is on HAP AND LEONARD where you’ll hear them instead. (They guest star in the radio play to which Uncle Chester is listening in Episode 102.) Learn more about Fessenden’s and Le Gros’ longtime collaboration below.

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Watch new episodes of HAP AND LEONARD every Wed. at 10/9c.

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October 12, 2015
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Larry Fessenden is a jack of all trades within the horror genre. An actor, director, writer, producer, the filmmaker is not only one of the best auteurs in the last 20 years, but is also responsible for producing some of the most up and coming genre directors’ films. Ti West’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL/THE INNKEEPERS, Jim Mickle’s STAKE LAND, Adrián García Bogliano’s LATE PHASES, and the list goes on and on. Fessenden himself has been one of the most influential filmmakers in independent genre films around, having helmed such revered films as NO TELLINGHABITWENDIGOTHE LAST WINTER and 2013’s BENEATH. Playing such a huge part in filmmaking in all aspects of the word, Fessenden and his company, Glass Eye Pix is celebrating 30 years of auteur-driven films, with an upcoming Scream Factory boxset featuring four of Fessenden’s films, a series of screenings of Larry’s films, and now, a mini-documentary series revolving around the various films Glass Eye Pix was responsible for.

Icons of Fright alumni Adam Barnick is directing each episode of the series, and fright fanatics, we’re happy to say, we’ve got the first episode of the series for you to check out. Watch the video below and by all means, visit for more info!!

September 5, 2014
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NOW ON SHELVES: The Anatomy of Fear

The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers is now out! Includes interviews with Fessenden and Glass Eye Pals Jim Mickle, JT Petty and lots of luminaries and unsung heroes of the genre.

Check it out on amazon.

May 22, 2014
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COLD IN JULY Sneak Preview Tonight – Fessenden to Moderate Q&A

GEP pal Jim Mickle will show a sneak preview of his new film, COLD IN JULY, in NYC at IFC Center tonight, 8pm. He and Don Johnson will be on hand for a Q&A, moderated by Fessenden. Tickets here.

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How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

November 30, 2012
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HAPPY HORRORDAYS FROM GLASS EYE PIX. Creepy Christmas Rerun Starts tomorrow DEC 1ST!

If you didn’t check out Beck Underwood’s Creepy Christmas Film Festival when it first unspooled in 2008, why not treat yourself to a sustained Holiday high with this virtual advent calendar?
Unwrap one short a day from a different filmmaker (including Underwood, Larry Fessenden, James McKenney, Ti West, Graham Reznick, Jim Mickle, Sarah Driver, David Leslie, Mary Harron, Glenn McQuaid, and many many others…) every day till Christmas.
Or if you feel like gorging, watch them all at once. Drop us a   Continue Reading »