Our favorite Frankenstein blog tributes Fessenden’s music video FRANKENSTEIN CANNOT BE STOPPED for the indie band Life in a Blender. Check out the full post over at Frankensteinia!
The Chiller channel continues its CHILLING VISIONS anthology film franchise, begun last year with FIVE SENSES OF FEAR, with FIVE STATES OF FEAR, premiering this Friday, July 11 at 9 p.m. Fango got a sneak peek at two episodes, a couple of exclusive photos and words from the directors.
The segments making up CHILLING VISIONS: FIVE STATES OF FEAR include two by the Glass Eye Pix gang, produced by Larry Fessenden and Jennifer Wexler: “The Trouble With Dad,” directed by I SELL THE DEAD’s Glenn McQuaid, written by McQuaid and Clay McLeod Chapman and starring Peter B. Rogan (1st photo below), Bridget Dolan and Chapman; and “The Caregiver,” written and directed by I CAN SEE YOU’s Graham Reznick and starring Jeff Kaplan (2nd photo), Kersten Haile and Mickey Keating. The other three are “Sandy,” written and directed by ANIMAL’s Brett Simmons; “Tick Warning,” written and directed by John Poliquin of the GRAVE ENCOUNTERS movies; and “Ghost Daughter,” written and directed by Zao Wang.
Fango was lucky enough to attend a special screening of “Dad” and “Caregiver,” both taut, creepy tales that make the most of their limited locations and casts, each with a nifty sting in its tail. Watching them was like traveling back to the days of the great Laurel Entertainment TV shows like TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and MONSTERS, and in a Q&A following the screening with the cast and creators, McQuaid and Reznick noted another past influence as well as, in the former’s case, a personal connection to the material…
PopDose.com premieres the music video of Life In A Blender’s “Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped,” directed by Fessenden!
The song is from Life in a Blender’s new album We Already Have Birds That Sing.
The 20th Annual Communicator Awards results are in, and TALES has won Awards of Excellence for The Crush (Writing/Script category) and Caper (Program category), as well as an Award of Distinction for The Crush (Program category). Thank you all for the support!! Hooray!!!
“Larry Fessenden, producer of the new documentary American Jesus, explains why Glass Eye Pix became involved in Aram Garriga’s exploration of the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions that is American Christianity.
I run a small production outfit in New York City called Glass Eye Pix. We are known for making independent horror-themed films with a psychological bent. Through the company I have produced such films as The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Stake Land and I Sell the Dead. My own films include Habit, Wendigo and The Last Winter. Why would a company known for making independent horror films get involved with a documentary called American Jesus?
The answer is that I am primarily concerned with the construction of meaning in our daily lives, in the human tendency to see the world through narrative. My horror films have been about how we invent monsters and demons to deal with reality. In some way the subtext of my films is that the monsters we invent are a comfort and help us frame and define our existence.
In Habit, the protagonist believes his girlfriend is a vampire causing him to weaken physically, when we the viewer can plainly see he is a drunk debilitating himself. In Wendigo a 10-year-old invents a mythical being to protect himself from the horror that his father has been shot by a disgruntled hunter in the woods. I have always felt that my films are fundamentally about our craving for religious and mythic narratives in a senseless and arbitrary world.
And so it was not a stretch when the filmmaker Aram Garriga came to me with his proposal to make a film that was then titled Pop Church. I had met Garriga at the Sitges Film Festival outside Barcelona, one of the great horror and fantasy festivals in the world. Garriga worked for the fest and played host to myself and my producing associate Brent Kunkle on more than one visit to Sitges…”
AMERICAN JESUS is now playing in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent and coming soon to Chicago. Also available on Demand and on DVD.
An exclusive clip is now available at Indiewire. See it here.
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.
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.
Last night saw a sneak peek screening of two new short films from GEP, “The Caregiver” directed by Graham Reznick and “The Trouble With Dad” directed by Glenn McQuaid. On July 11th, they’ll be released as part of Chiller TV’s anthology film, CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR.
Genre network Chiller TV has dove headfirst into the original movie game, most notably ushering a new Larry Fessenden film (BENEATH) into the world earlier this year and branding their own anthology series in CHILLING VISIONS. In revealing the lineup for the second CHILLING VISIONS omnibus feature, it seems the channel is sticking in the Glass Eye Pix business, leading the film with two frequent Fessenden collaborators, Glenn McQuaid and Graham Reznick.
Premiering Friday, July 11 at 9 p.m. CHILLING VISIONS: 5 STATES OF FEAR will feature segments helmed by McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD), Reznick (I CAN SEE YOU), Brett Simmons (HUSK), John Poliquin (GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2) and Zao Wang, whose short HONEYMOON SUITE got plenty of buzz at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Find the rundown of the filmmakers’ shorts below, as well as the ‘state’ of fear each corresponds with. The first CHILLING VISIONS, subtitled 5 SENSES OF FEAR is now on DVD & Blu from Scream Factory, and features work from Emily Hagins (MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE) and Eric England (CONTRACTED)
• Ego Death (“Sandy”) Written & Directed by Brett Simmons Produced By, Brett Simmons, Andrew Ducote, Kellen Moore for Brett Simmons Productions
• Separation (“The Trouble With Dad”) Directed by Glenn McQuaid Written by Glenn McQuaid & Clay McLeod Chapman Produced By, Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix
• Mutilation (“Tick Warning”) Written & Directed by John Poliquin Produced By Dan De Filippo, Dave Marken for Pipeline Entertainment
• Extinction (“Ghost Daughter”) Written & Directed by Zao Wang Produced By Zao Wang, Andrew K. Li for Chilling Coastline, LLC
• Loss of Autonomy (“The Caregiver”) Written & Directed by Graham Reznick Produced By Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix
Q&A with directors Graham Reznick, Glenn McQuaid, and
actors Peter Rogan, Bridget Dolan, and Clay McLeod Chapman
Check out more pics from last night’s sneak peek screening, held at the Made in NY Media Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Why “Tales From Beyond The Pale” Season Two Boxed Set Is A Must-Listen For Old-School Horror Fans
From HorrorBoom.com on May 2, 2014:
Note: I’m not getting any free copies, perks, nor am I selling copies of this incredibly cool item. At times this piece might sound like I’m getting a cut of every sale, but that’s not the case. I’m just REALLY REALLY enthusiastic about it and I know horror fans in my age demographic (and up) will want to know about it.
Well, hell, even if you were born after the 80s, and just love all things horror, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to know about it.
The TFBTP S2 boxed set is only on Amazon via third-party sellers, and the least expensive copy is marked up to $30.00. If you want it right from the source, you can buy it on the TFBTP site’s official store for $25.00, which you can find right here. Oh, and the tales themselves are R-rated, another big plus. These are definitely not safe for work (unless you’re wearing ear buds, I guess) or for children!
Speaking of the official website, it’s just packed with goodies. Each “tale” not only has a description of the episode (just enough to rev you up, but not enough to spoil anything), there are Director-Writer notes for each episode. On some of then, they reveal that the story, even though there wasn’t a visual, was storyboarded (I didn’t see the actual storyboards on the site, but they could be there somewhere or included as extras for when you purchase the physical sets). That’s pretty painstaking, but it gives you an idea of just how much of a labor of love the episodes are. They also have really cool art for each tale
Season One doesn’t look too shabby either, and I’ve got some serious catching-up to do. For instance, an episode titled, “The Grandfather,” features Angus Scrimm in the title role.
If you go to the official website referenced above (hell, I’ll just give you the link again) you can hear excerpts from some of the stories. Co-creator and producer Fessenden also introduces/hosts the tales, and not only does the book-ends but steps in during a break mid-story (each of the Tales run approximately 30 minutes) with a E.C. horror-esque comment along the lines of “Well! [character name] seems to be in way over his head! But things certainly couldn’t get any worse, could they?” The breaks add to the ambiance instead of taking you out of the story.
If you don’t want to commit to the full boxed set without a taste, you can buy episodes on the iTunes store for $2.95 a pair (Season One) and individually (Season Two) for $1.95.
GEP had a great time bringing TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE to the Stanley Film Festival! Check out the TALES: STANLEY EDITION official trailer below and see pics from the fest here.