October 2, 2015
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DARLING – The Fantastic Fest Reviews Are In

Fantastic Fest just wrapped up, and the reviews have been pouring in for the Mickey Keating-directed GEP Psychothriller DARLING. Starring Lauren Ashley Carter and featuring Fessenden (who also starred in the Fantastic Fest flicks THE MIND’S EYE and SOUTHBOUND), the movie centers on Carter as a young woman tasked with looking after a mysterious old home.

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Here’s what the reviews are saying:

A shocking, hallucinatory and masterful film, DARLING doesn’t just happen in front of you, it pulls you into the story of a woman who takes on the job of looking after a mansion-like home that may or may not be haunted, and throws you into her complete descent into absolute madness.

Jerry Smith, Icons of Fright 

Shot entirely in black and white, the film is simply gorgeous to look at. The empty streets of New York City and  lonely hallways of the house look even more desolate without color. It was a bold decision, but it pays off in spades.

Trace Thurman, Bloody-Disgusting

On only his third film, Keating has already established an instantly recognizable style. Call them Keating Beats: Whether it’s strobe-speed edit, a sound mix that will deliberately challenge the listener, or simply the decision to shoot in stark black and white, they constantly throw the audience off guard.

Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle

Also, it is not often that the sound design of a film stands out from all of the other elements, but in this film the complexity of the sound design sets itself apart from other films. The balance between what is real and what is not real, a strong score and jarring metal song to shake loose the audience expectations, is not an easy one. The sound in Darling totally nails the many levels or reality in DARLING.

Deidre Crimmins, All Things Horror

Carter puts in a devestatingly memorable performance, but the real star of the film is Mickey Keating’s stark, stylish direction.

Daniel Lackey, The Nightmare Gallery

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To round out the festivities, Writer/Director Mickey Keating boxed THE MIND’S EYE Director Joe Begos in the ring, and DARLING was picked up for worldwide distribution rights by Screen Media Films.

March 16, 2015
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Critics Dig WE ARE STILL HERE at SXSW

The reviews are coming in for WE ARE STILL HERE, directed by GEP pal Ted Geoghegan, starring Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig and featuring Lisa Marie, Fessenden, and Monte Markham!

“Geoghegan lets loose and delivers a satisfying and chilling climax
while balancing the gore and tension nicely.

…Crampton and Sensenig make for a believable couple.
They’re both wounded and dealing with it in different ways.
…As always, Larry Fessenden delivers a rock solid performance with finely tuned comedic beats.”
– Patrick Cooper, BLOODY-DISGUSTING

“Geoghegan establishes what seems to be a simple haunted house set-up
but adds complications which make the outcome less predictable…

The pleasantly mature Crampton and Sensenig underplay sensitively, giving a little depth to their plight.
…an afternoon séance raises the wrong ghost, allowing Fessenden
to do an impressive possessed act, and the film starts to take after the gorier efforts of the 1980s”
– Kim Newman,
 SCREEN DAILY

“We Are Still Here is the first incredibly scary and pure horror film of 2015.
There’s just nothing out there like it, and there hasn’t been in quite some time.
…We all should consider ourselves lucky that Barbara Crampton decided to resume her acting career
because this lady brings a lot to the table that’s been sorely missing.
with solid performances from the always great Larry Fessenden,
the wonderfully odd Lisa Marie, and the ever-frazzled Andrew Sensenig;
and we have a winner here, folks.”

– Steve Barton, DREAD CENTRAL 

“Writer/producer Ted Geoghegan makes an assured directorial debut
with the stylish and mesmerizing WE ARE STILL HERE.
…it’s an absolute pleasure to see Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Monte Markham,
and Larry Fessenden deliver note-perfect performances in substantial roles.”
– Peter Martin, TWITCH FILM

“It takes a special film and one that offers something different to the table
to not only revive the interest of the horror viewer, but the subgenre as a whole.
Thankfully, Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE
is not only that something different that the genre needs,

but is also a wildly original and terrifyingly entertaining ride,
sure to be the most memorable genre film of the year.
…Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden give two great performances as May and Jacob,
with Fessenden providing one of the scariest scenes in the entire film.”
– Jerry Smith, ICONS OF FRIGHT

“what elevates WE ARE STILL HERE even further is the way it manages,
from first line to very last,
 to imbue its exploration of the outer extremes of darkness and horror
with a real poignancy, heart and humanity.”

– Shawn Macomber, FANGORIA

Really enjoyed ‘s Fulci-inspired chiller WE ARE STILL HERE,
which as a bonus has the best Fessenden performance since HABIT.
 · INDIEWIRE

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