October 30, 2016
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JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN: “I Sell The Dead” gets a Shout-Out!

10 Overlooked Recent Horror Movie Gems

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“I Sell the Dead” (Glass Eye Pix)

When it comes to my Halloween season viewing, I often fall back on the vintage stuff: Hammer favorites, Universal monster classics, the Val Lewton cycle, or any previously unseen golden oldies that catch my eye.

But despite the plague of “found footage” cheapies and an endless streak of inferior remakes and sequels, there have been some very good recent horror movies. It’s just that many of the best have gone virtually unnoticed except by the most insatiable horror fanatics. And I know for that diehard crowd, much of this list might not seem so overlooked. So, while I certainly do want to hear about that grainy $5,000 stalker film from Uruguay you found in a black market video shop, understand my definition of “overlooked” isn’t quite that obscure.

The list was restricted to films released over the last five years or so, just to have some sort of cutoff. There are other movies from the same period (like Trick ‘r TreatHouse of the Devil and Splice) that also should have received a wider release or more media attention, but those films have found a very devoted cult following. The films below have some fans, but continue to fly way too far under the radar for my liking. 

Five of the ten films are debut features, so maybe there’s something to be said for new chefs contributing to the horror stew. The rankings are a bit meaningless considering how different the films are, but the hierarchy is simply those I felt were the most essential viewing. 

Oh … and Happy Halloween!

I Sell the Dead (2009): A fantastic debut feature, Glenn McQuaid’s joyful throwback to genre traditions is horror-comedy of the highest order. Getting convincing period detail on a very low budget, McQuaid also brings filmmaking verve to every scene. And it’s a darn funny film too, with great hammy performances by Larry Fessenden and Ron Perlman and a reactive comic role to treasure from Dominic Monaghan in the lead. If you grew up with Hammer horror films on TV and grisly EC Comics reprints, I Sell the Dead will seem letter-perfect. It never played in a Chicago theater, which is a goddamned shame, as this was made to see with an audience.

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November 5, 2015
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Friday and Saturday: I SELL THE DEAD Screenings in NYC 11/6 & 11/7

Attention NYC Fans! Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD screens Friday 11/6/15 and Saturday 11/7/15 at midnight at the IFC Center in NYC.

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18th-century justice has finally caught up with grave robbers Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) and Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden). With the specter of the guillotine looming over him, young Blake confesses to a priest, Father Duffy (Ron Perlman), about his fifteen years of adventure in the resurrection trade; from his humble beginnings as a young boy stealing trinkets from corpses, to his partnership with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes hunting creatures unwilling to accept their place in the ground. The colorful and peculiar history of Grimes and Blake is one filled with adventure, horror, and vicious professional competition that ends where it begins — the grave.

For tickets and more info, head over to IFC.

November 5, 2015
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An Evening with Larry Fessenden at Lincoln Center – THE LAST WINTER & DARLING

Tuesday night the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted Fessenden and the Glass Eye Pix crew for a double screening of THE LAST WINTER and the NYC premiere of Mickey Keating’s DARLING.

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Read on for photos from the night and Hollywood Reporter’s review of DARLING.

November 3, 2015
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TONIGHT: Something Old, Something New at Lincoln Center

Attention NYC Fans: Tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as part of their horror program Scary Movies 9, there are two screenings of GEP Films… something old, and something new.

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THE LAST WINTER (2006)
dir. Larry Fessenden
7:00pm
w/ Fessenden, James LeGros, and Ron Perlman in attendance
Tickets and More Info

And make it a double feature with the NYC premiere of…

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DARLING (2015)
dir. Mickey Keating
9:45pm
w/ Fessenden, Mickey Keating, Lauren Ashley Carter and Brian Morvant in attendance
Tickets and More Info

October 18, 2015
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ArcLight Presents: I SELL THE DEAD – Tonight

Attention LA Fans – ArcLight Hollywood and Slamdance Cinema Club presents a screening I SELL THE DEAD tonight at 8pm. Guests from the film in attendance include Fessenden, Ron Perlman, and Angus Scrimm.

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For Tickets and more info, head over to the ArcLight.

December 16, 2014
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I SELL THE DEAD Coming To Vinyl!

Glass Eye Pix is teaming up with Deep Focus Records again to bring I SELL THE DEAD to vinyl!

Check out the release announcement from DeepFocusRecords.com:

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We’re super excited to announce a second collaboration with Glass Eye Pix! Deep Focus Records will be releasing a vinyl pressing for Jeff Grace’s fantastic score to I Sell The Dead, starring Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden and Angus Scrimm.

We’re also delighted and honored that Angus Scrimm will be contributing exclusive liner notes for the vinyl release. As many fans know, Angus was a Grammy Award-winning author of liner notes well before he became an icon of horror. Under the pen name of Rory Guy, Angus wrote for Capitol Records for decades, penning liner notes for the likes of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Upon its release, I Sell The Dead (written and directed by Glenn McQuaid) received a warm reception from horror fans and critics alike. In fact, Jeff Grace’s score was also nominated for Best Score in the 2011 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.

“The film moves with a darting confidence and it literally soars via the evocative and aggressive score by Jeff Grace.” – Hammer to Nail

Check out the full release on DeepFocusRecords.com.

GEP’s first collaboration with Deep Focus Records, TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE on vinyl, is currently available at DeepFocusRecords.com.

September 30, 2014
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Ron Perlman Memoir On Shelves TODAY

Congrats to Glass Eye Pal RON PERLMAN for his new memoir EASY STREET which hit shelves TODAY.

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Check it out and get your copy here.

Ron’s candor and passion will surprise and inspire. Here’s a taste from a 2005 interview on the set of THE LAST WINTER.