June 4, 2015
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Critics are Freaking Out for WE ARE STILL HERE

As of this writing, WE ARE STILL HERE, featuring Fessenden, Barbara Crampton, and Andrew Sensenig, and directed by GEP-pal Ted Geoghegan, is getting tons of critical love! With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93% fresh, it’s clear that WE ARE STILL HERE ain’t your average spook-show.

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May 27, 2015
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Fessenden talks with Fangoria about WE ARE STILL HERE

Fangoria just posted an awesome interview with Fessenden about Ted Geoghegan’s “neo-fulci fright flick” WE ARE STILL HERE.

From Fangoria:

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For fans of independent horror, the name “Larry Fessenden” should be very familiar. The creator of the NY-based production house Glass Eye Pix, which turns 30 later this year, Fessenden has proven himself as performer, producer and director in the independent horror world, shepherding talents like Ti West, Jim Mickle and Glenn McQuaid while helming fright fare such as WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER and 2013’s killer fish movie BENEATH. However, Fessenden has been just as busy on-camera as he has been off, appearing in recent projects such as YOU’RE NEXT, HELLBENDERS, LATE PHASES, JUG FACE, I SELL THE DEAD, THE STRAIN and, most recently, Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE.

Recently, the neo-Fulci chiller played at the incredible Stanley Film Festival, where Fessenden also represented his own TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE LIVE as well as his appearance in Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s BODY. FANGORIA caught up with Fessenden shortly after the Festival to talk about his multi-faceted macabre role in Geoghegan’s demonic directorial debut…

FANGORIA: Director Ted Geoghegan has been working in various capacities in the NY film world for a while now. How did Ted first approach you for WE ARE STILL HERE?

LARRY FESSENDEN: Well, I’ve known Ted on-and-off for almost ten years; he’s worked with my friend, Glenn McQuaid, and WE ARE STILL HERE was funded by MPI, whom I’ve worked with long enough to know that it was a real deal. That’s the thing I love about MPI: when they say they’re going to make a movie, they do. So I thought it was cool, and Ted asked me if I wanted the role and I said, “Absolutely, whatever it is. It’s so sweet of you to think of me.”

As it turns out, WE ARE STILL HERE was a period piece that took place in the ‘70s; I think ‘79 was what was decided. I really enjoyed the script and loved the character, and I liked that Ted would trust me to have a slightly more substantial role. Normally, I come on to get killed in a film; in WE ARE STILL HERE, I come on, hang out for a while and then get killed in the film. [laughs]

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May 23, 2015
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WE ARE STILL HERE Director Ted Geoghegan Talks THE SHINING

GEP Pal and WE ARE STILL HERE director Ted Geoghegan talked about how The Shining influenced his feature debut for EW. Read on for his thoughts on the horror classic, working in the shadow of such a masterpiece, and working with Fessenden on such a reminiscent piece.

From Entertainment Weekly:

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… My love for The Shining runs so deeply that when writing and directing my debut feature, We Are Still Here, I had to step back from the project and decide just how much of the film’s influence we could allow onscreen. My film, which is set in the late 1970s and features a haunted, snowbound location that slowly traps its unwitting inhabitants, couldn’t simply rehash the beats of a masterpiece—but we knew we’d be doing our project a disservice to willfully ignore how perfectly Kubrick balanced his scares and teeth-gnashing tension. While the stylized nooks and corners of We Are Still Here’s New England homestead were a far cry from the labyrinthine halls of the Overlook Hotel, the mounting snowdrifts and desolate locale had created an environment too similar for our cast and crew to ignore. While many people have noted that horror director and We Are Still Here cast member Larry Fessenden bears a striking resemblance to Shining-era Nicholson, never had it been more clear to me than when trudging through the snow with him by my side, costumed in garb from 1979. Why, even our film’s supernatural antagonists, the ghostly Dagmar family, conjured up memories of the dreamlike ghouls that inhabit Kubrick’s hotel: strange, physical beings, somehow conjured up from the spirit world to terrify (and possibly warn) the living.

But by the end of our 21-day shoot (blissfully shy of Kubrick’s reported 230), I began to question whether it was the details of The Shining that had influenced me, or if the film was just so damn perfect that one couldn’t help but want to be associated with something similar. Being able to capture even the tiniest iota of the movie’s dark allure and spectacle seems to have become the dream of every genre director since it was opened May 23, 1980. There is, after all, a reason why both filmmakers and fans hold it in such high regard—because The Shining still engages, horrifies, and enchants like absolutely no other piece of cinema.

May 4, 2015
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Dark Sky Bringing ‘We Are Still Here’ to Theaters, VOD

On June 5th, 2015, director Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE will hit limited theaters and VOD, released by Dark Sky!

As Bloody-Disgusting reports, WE ARE STILL HERE “stars everyone’s favorite Barbara Crampton Re-Animator, You’re Next), as well as Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color), Lisa Marie (Ed Wood), and Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead).” Check out the trailer and poster below!


 

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April 3, 2015
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EW has Exciting News from the Stanley Film Festival

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on another awesome addition to the Stanley Film Festival.

” It was announced today that the Stanley Film Festival—which takes place at the hotel from April 30 to May 3—will be paying tribute to Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon as its 2015 “Master of Horror” and will screen his 1985 cult classic. Gordon is to be presented the award by filmmaker Mick Garris, director of several King adaptations, including a 1997 mini-series version of the novelist’s famed haunted hotel book.”

And remember, “Fessenden is also one of the guests appearing at the festival and will be overseeing a special “Stanley Edition” of his Tales From Beyond The Pale audio serial in cahoots with regular collaborator Glenn McQuaid.”

Add to all that screenings of We Are Still Here, the Elijah Wood-produced The Boy, and Deathgasm, and it all makes for a pretty awesome time at the Stanley!

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March 19, 2015
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WE ARE STILL HERE Review: “Entertaining Chiller”

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“genre fans with a sense of history should make this entertaining chiller a sought-after item for midnight slots, and a welcome pickup for specialty home-format distribbers.”

“A rare horror exercise whose characters are nearly all well into middle age, “We Are Still Here” introduces the Sacchettis as they drive toward their new home in upstate New York in the dead of winter. Both are grieving the recent loss of their only child, Bobby, in a car accident, but hope the move will provide some distance from that tragedy for Anne (Barbara Crampton, “Re-Animator”) in particular, who’s clearly suffering from major depression. To the dismay of her husband, Paul (Andrew Sensenig), however, she immediately claims to feel Bobby’s “presence” in their new digs.”

more from Dennis Harvey’s Review at Variety.

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.
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March 15, 2015
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Austin Chronicle on WE ARE STILL HERE

With all the buzz of SXSW swirling, the Austin Chronicle wrote up a great piece about GEP pal Ted Geoghegan, director of WE ARE STILL HERE (starring Fessenden)!

Excerpted From The Austin Chronicle:

“When I moved out to New York, I had quite a few people here meet me and be surprised. They’d say, ‘I know who you are. Who’s your publicist? I don’t feel like I should know you from any of the projects you’ve been involved with, so you must have a really good publicist.’ Well, I don’t, so I guess I’m my own publicist.”

We Are Still Here follows a middle-aged couple (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) who move to a rural New England community to heal after the accidental death of their son. However, the Victorian house they have bought comes with dark and terrible secrets, and they soon realize that they may not be alone in their grief.

…As for the role of May’s husband, that part was written for another personal friend: Larry Fessenden, the uncrowned king of New York indie horror. While literally dozens of directors have given the writer/producer/director cameo parts in their films, Geoghegan envisioned something more for Fessenden. “He’s an immensely talented actor, and he has just such an expressive, incredible face, and I just wanted him to have a big, meaty role. If I had it my way, in my next movie, I’d have him in every frame of the thing.”

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February 7, 2014
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Fessenden, Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie to Star in WE ARE STILL HERE

Production has started on GEP pal Ted Geoghegan’s haunted house film, WE ARE STILL HERE.

From Deadline.com:

“Production is underway in Western NY on ’70s-set ghost story We Are Still Here from MPI/Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures. The pic marks the directorial debut of Don’t Wake The Dead screenwriter Ted Geoghegan, with Travis Stevens producing and Greg Newman serving as executive producer. We Are Still Here follows Paul (Andrew Sensenig) and Anne (Barbara Crampton) who move to the quiet New England countryside to try to start a new life after their teenage son is killed in a car crash. But the grieving couple becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town they’ve moved into is hiding a dark, terrifying dark secret. Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow, Planet Of The Apes) and Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Stake Land) also star. MPI will be talking it up to potential buyers at EFM. Dark Sky Films’ other original productions include the upcoming Late Phases, Frankenstein’s Army, Here Comes The Devil, The Innkeepers, Stake Land and Hatchet II & III. Snowfort Pictures has produced such films as horror pic Cheap Thrills, Directors’ Fortnight documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the upcoming Starry Eyes and American Muscle.”