December 28, 2015
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YEAR-END SHOUT-OUTS and BEST OF’S for Fessenden and GEP

2015 was a busy year for Fessenden, Glass Eye Pix and all our assorted GEP Pals. Here are some year-end showings on various Best-Of 2015 lists….

THE FESSENDEN COLLECTION Blu-ray Box set of 4 Fessenden Films

Bloody-Disgusting: BEST BLU-RAY COLLECTIONS OF 2015
“Scream Factory had an incredibly impressive year, both on their own and from their partnership with IFC. Through all those great releases one truly stood out for me and that was The Larry Fessenden Collection (my review).”

L.A. TIMES: BEST BLU-RAYS OF 2015
“The Larry Fessenden Collection” (Scream! Factory/IFC/Glass Eye Pix): One of the best arguments for the continued existence of physical media is this box set spotlighting the work of one of America’s most original horror auteurs. Fessenden has quietly put together a body of features, shorts and experiments that make more sense when they’re gathered all in one place than when they’re scattered.”

TALES SEASON 3 by Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid / A Glass Eye Pix Production

AV CLUB: STAFF PICKS
“Larry Fessenden lives and breathes horror. Besides writing and directing a box-set worth of his own indie scare fare, he’s also acted in any number of fright flicks, mentored young horror mavericks like Jim Mickle and Ti West, and worked on the screenplay for this year’s slasher-movie-inspired video game, Until Dawn. One of his most interesting contributions to the genre, however, is the horror podcast Tales From Beyond The Pale, whose third season premiered on Black Friday. Produced and developed by Fessenden with regular collaborator Glenn McQuaid, the series resurrects the radio drama of early last century: Each episode is a one-act horror play, gamely performed by voice talent both recognizable and not, and written/directed by various artists of the genre, with Fessenden dropping in before and after to play old-school host. The content varies in quality, but especially in tone: Some episodes aspire to the creaky theatrical style of an old Boris Karloff segment, while others are distinctly modern in adult subject matter and language. What links them all, beyond uniformly excellent sound design, is an earnest interest in using pure audio techniques—foley effects, dialogue, creepy music—to elicit unease and create a whole world within listeners’ ears. The best of the bunch, such as season one’s unnerving surgery story “The Conformation,” serve as good reminders that what you can hear and imagine is sometimes much scarier than what you can see. It’s not surprising that Fessenden, a one-man champion of all things frightening, would understand that better than most. [A.A. Dowd]”

DARLING by Mickey Keating / A Glass Eye Pix Production

Iconsoffright: TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES OF THE YEAR
“#1 DARLING is in no way for everyone, that’s one thing I’ll get out of the way when talking about the film that is easily my favorite film of the entire year and in all actuality, my favorite film in quite a few years. It’s a complete descent into madness, told through flashing lights, long moments without dialogue and a Polanski-heavy vibe that is sure to turn some genre fans off. With all of that being said though, it’s also very simply, a film so close to being a perfect piece of cinema that it feels like an important thing, watching it.”

WE ARE STILL HERE by Ted Geoghegan, featuring Fessenden

Rolling Stone: 10 Best horror movies of 2015
“A peculiar New England terror with Lucio Fulci in its veins, Ted Geoghegan’s wintry haunted-house film defies the tired affectations of the standard ghost story. Its isolated pair of couples are melancholy, middle-aged, and terribly offbeat (see: the possession of Larry Fessenden and the space case of Lisa Marie). The specters on hand are as likely to thrust charred hands through a body, as they are to ominously lurk. And it’s all tied to a Lovecraftian home, a beast of a structure whose walls are the canvas for one of 2015s finest splatter-filled finales. SZ”

UNTIL DAWN, writers Graham Reznick and Fessenden / Sony Playstation

Engadget: These are our favorite video games of 2015
“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.”

 

December 18, 2015
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DVD BEAVER on The Fessenden Collection: “WOW, WHAT A SET!”

Firstly, WOW – what a set! We get the features on four separate dual-layeredBlu-ray discs loaded with extras. Shamefully, all I knew about Larry Fessenden was that he wrote the booklet available with the Kelly Reichardt Collection citing him as a collaborator. And it was excellent. Kudos to my buddy Colin for alerting me to this as a worthy purchase. Was he ever right!

What makes me recommended this so strongly are the films – criminally under-rated – Mr. Fessenden is a force and I love his style. These are cool, if totally imperfect, flics – Wendigo (always had a thing for Clarkson) especially made my day, but Habit is remarkably chilling. I was a shade uncomfortable with No Telling but was swept right up in The Last Winter. I LOVE being introduced to new auteurs like this wayward genius, styles and signatures. The films are weak in some areas but offer strength in visuals. Fessenden’s works here thrilled me. I wish I had a set like this every week to cover. Our highest recommendation to those with an open mind and who appreciate the lower-budgeted horror genre! I’m a fan of Larry Fessenden!

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Read the review at DVD Beaver

December 12, 2015
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Berk and Olsen’s BODY opens theatrically 12.11.15 at Midnight

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Fessenden with costars Molina, Turshen & Rogers
at the midnight premiere at IFC, NYC

from the review at rogerebert.com;

The film follows three twenty-something women on the night before Christmas Eve. Cali (Alexandra Turshen) and Holly (Helen Rogers) visit their friend Melissa (Lauren Molina) at Melissa’s parents’ house.

Turshen, Roger, and Molina have genuine sisterly camaraderie, so much so that it doesn’t matter that the dialogue and situations they find themselves in before being discovered is so light that you’ll barely remember it when the film ends. That’s actually the secret of the film’s success: it maintains a certain tempo and interest that you’re so immediately involved you don’t even realize you’re being sucked in.

A perfect example of the unassuming spell “Body” casts: Larry Fessenden’s excellent performance as … well, I can’t really tell you that. Fessenden, a horror filmmaker who has nurtured several talented American indie horror filmmakers at his own Glass Eye Pix distribution label, is an exceptional character actor. He steals every scene he’s in, and his big scene in “Body” is no different. Fessenden is an ideal bit player: he lures viewers in without going so far over the top that his performance seems to hail from a completely different film. He can be a ham, but Fessenden’s performance in “Body” is magnetic, and leaves you feeling like you’ve been turned inside-out.

But “Body” is not about Fessenden. He’s a key part of the film’s success, but no single part of the movie is more important than the rest. The film’s exceptionally consistent mood is its main appeal. For that reason, “Body” reminded me of supposedly minor Alfred Hitchcock masterworks “Dial M for Murder” and “Rope.” In those earlier thrillers, Hitchcock’s unmistakable talent serves ideas that seem to evaporate, or at least lose their thematic weight as soon as soon as you’re done watching. One can only hope that Berk and Olsen’s body of work grows to the point where “Body” is unfairly remembered as a minor success.

Still, right now, we’re at the beginning of Berk and Olsen’s promising career, and most viewers don’t know that “Body” is a must-see. “Body” may be the kind of genre film you take for granted, but there’s nothing inessential about a sharp, well-crafted thriller just because it’s not particularly flashy, and doesn’t have any big ideas. No, “Body” may not be the kind of modern-day B-movie that wins awards, but it does exactly what it sets out to, and that’s a fair amount. So go ahead: see this film for yourself. You won’t know what hit you.

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November 27, 2015
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TALES SEASON 3 Now Available!

Today is the day! Escape the stores and spend Black Friday with TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, SEASON 3, now available on iTunes, Amazon, Audible, and the TALES online store.  Plus get your hands on the TALES SEASON 3 complete set (book & flash drive), shipping next week.

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And keep it tuned to Indiewire all month long for interviews with the writer-directors and free-streaming sessions of the episodes.

Happy Black Friday!

 

October 27, 2015
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Blumhouse Teases With Animated TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Promo

Blumhouse has your exclusive first look at a new animated teaser for Season 3 of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE.

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We told you recently about the upcoming third season of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE — the amazing old-school horror radio drama created by writer-producer-director-actor and all-around genre legend Larry Fessenden (HABIT, WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER) and his partner in auditory mischief, writer-director Glenn McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD). This season, genre icons like Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), Eric Red (THE HITCHER), Barbara Crampton (WE ARE STILL HERE) and more will be joining the TALES team, so we’re seriously stoked — and you should be too!

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To help in that area, the fine folks at Glass Eye Pix (Fessenden’s production company for three decades and running) have a little present to tide you over until the new season begins: a spooky stop-motion animated teaser directed by Beck Underwood — who was also art director and production designer on several Glass Eye productions, including STAKE LAND, I SELL THE DEAD and BITTER FEAST. She’s also the creator of animated shorts THAT CREEPY OLD DOLL, PHANTOM LIMBS and PERFECTLY PERFECT.

Check out more of her amazing creations at BeckUnderwood.com… but first, dig this adorably creepy Season 3 promo, which today you can only see right here!

More TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE news coming soon… so keep your ears open!

To watch the full, creepy teaser, head over to Blumhouse now.

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October 8, 2015
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Gothic Corners Covers HABIT’s New York

A new series celebrates GEP’s 30th Anniversary with mini-docs about the movies all month long! Today, Fessenden talks art direction and scouting NYC in the 90s to create the look for HABIT. The film screens TONIGHT 9pm at IFC Center with Fessenden & cast in attendance!

Director and Editor: Adam Barnick
Director of Photography/Sound: Ben Wolf
Makeup: Michele Dirks

September 29, 2015
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Screen Media Films Picks Up DARLING

Screen Media Films has picked up worldwide acquisition rights for the Mickey Keating-directed GEP flick, DARLING. From the Indiewire News Release:

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After a weekend of negotiations following its Fantastic Fest premiere on Friday night, Screen Media Films has landed worldwide acquisition rights to Mickey Keating’s “Darling,” starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden and Brian Morvant.

“Darling” stars Carter as a young woman who goes crazy after taking a caretaker job at an ancient home in New York.

“Very few movies can make me incredibly uncomfortable while fascinating me,” said Seth Needle, Director of Worldwide Acquisitions, Screen Media Films. “Mickey Keating’s terrific film does just that, while paying homage to some of my absolute favorite genre films. I couldn’t be happier to be involved with distributing this one.”

“‘Darling’ is a love letter to those chilling, old-school horror films that get under your skin and stay there,” added Keating. “I’m thrilled and honored to be teaming up with Screen Media to cause some serious nightmares for audiences around the globe.”

The deal was negotiated by Needle at Screen Media, with Bill Straus of newly formed Bridge Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. Screen Media Films will release the film in theaters in early 2016.

May 4, 2015
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Stanley Film Fest Photo Recap

GEP’s weekend at the Stanley Film Festival– in pics!

April 27, 2015
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Shock Exclusive: Barbara Crampton & Leon Vitali Lead Stanley’s Tales From Beyond the Pale Live


From Samuel Zimmerman at ShockTillYouDrop.com:

A budding tradition and must-see at the annual Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, CO is Tales From Beyond the Pale Live, an in-flesh, festival-tailored iteration of the Larry Fessenden & Glenn McQuaid-produced horror audio dramas. One of the festival’s more experiential events, Tales From Beyond the Pale Live: The Stanley Edition is written exclusively for the Stanley and features performers in person, as well as the magic of live foley, sound and music. It’s a treat that both reveals the form and yet draws you in even further.

At the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, taking place April 30-May 3 at the Stanley Hotel, Tales From Beyond the Pale Live is entitled The Stanley Edition: Parlor Tricks. Taking place Friday, May 1st at 7 p.m. sharp at The Historic Park Theatre, Parlor Tricks is comprised of two tales: Cold Reading, written by Glenn McQuaid & newcomer to Tales, April Snellings (writer and editor at Rue Morgue Magazine and co-editor of the book Horror Movie Heroes); and No Signal by Larry Fessenden.

The show will feature the voice talents of Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) and Leon Vitali (Barry Lyndon, Terror of Frankenstein) as well as Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, Body, Habit). The rest of the cast will be filled by very special guests.

Check out the full article and learn more about the show at ShockTillYouDrop.com.

February 27, 2015
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New Clip from POD Takes Us ‘Into The Basement’

A brand new clip’s just been released from GEP pal Mickey Keating’s Pod, starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, and Fessenden.

From Bloody Disgusting:

Playing in the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival’s Midnighters section is Mickey Keating’s hotly anticipated Pod, which will World Premiere at the fest running from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

The addition to the first trailer being released, we now have a clip from the horror pic that features Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, and John Weselcouch. In it, two doors are busted open, one teases something terrifying.

In Pod, a family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

“After receiving a troubling voicemail, estranged siblings Ed and Lyla travel to their isolated family lake house in Maine to hold an intervention on their increasingly paranoid, war veteran brother, Martin. But the situation rapidly spirals out of control when they discover the house completely ransacked and learn that Martin has constructed an elaborate and horrifying conspiracy theory surrounding a sinister entity that he believes he has trapped in the basement.”