December 8, 2014
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Larry Fessenden, “Patron Saint of Horror”

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Check it! The Montana Mancave Massacre’s got a blog post up all about Fessenden and the films he’s directed, produced and acted in.

Some snippets from the post…

“When I was making my list of films to include…films either directed by or starring Larry Fessenden were taking up a lot of real estate. It was damned nigh impossible to choose between them, so I decided to lump them all together. So here’s you’re gift for the 6th day of Christmas: the majesty that is Larry Fessenden.”

“As the founder of Glass Eye Pix, his philosophy of filmmaking is that you don’t need a massive budget or big star to make a great film. Since 1985, Glass Eye Pix has been producing great indie flicks by auteur directors, especially young horror directors. In short, Larry Fessenden is doing God’s Work.”

“This man is essential to modern horror.”

“Habit is a story of newfound love in a particularly difficult time in one man’s life…it’s a hell of a great vampire film. And it’s one of the rare instances in which Fessenden plays the lead character. And he’s great. He’s got a slovenly charm about him that makes you understand why the vampire character is fascinated by him. Watching Habit, it’s difficult to understand why he didn’t become a more prominent actor. Dude’s got the goods.”

“Wendigo is a micro-budget masterpiece…This is a labor of love, and it shows.”

“The Last Winter is, as far as I know, the first environmental horror movie. It tackles the question (as does Wendigo, to a lesser extent) how does nature fight back when humans violate its balance?”

“And on one last note, if you’re still unconvinced of Larry Fessenden’s awesomeness, he also produces a web-based horror-themed radio drama series named Tales From Beyond the Pale. If any of you are into Arch Oboler’s Lights Out or the old Rod Serling radio plays, Fessenden is the man bring that stuff back. Each episode boasts a celebrity cast and a name author. Sir Lawrence, you just put everyone else to shame.”

Check out the original post right here!

 

 

January 14, 2014
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YOU’RE NEXT Now on DVD & Blu-Ray

YOU’RE NEXT, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s home invasion horror movie featuring Fessenden alongside tons of Glass Eye pals including AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Ti West, is now on DVD & Blu-ray. The discs include two audio commentaries and a “making of” featurette.

In honor of the film’s Blu-ray/DVD release, iconic horror villain LEGO figures have been unveiled! More on them here and the YOU’RE NEXT trailer below.

December 17, 2013
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Jerry Smith of Icons of Fright ranks BENEATH as one of Top 13 Horror of 2013!

From Jerry Smith at IconsOfFright.com:

“Larry Fessenden’s BENEATH might have not been a hit with a lot of critics, but I absolutely adored this film. A group of recently graduated students take a canoe across a lake, and are hunted by a giant monster fish. Full of metaphors for how quickly people will turn on each other when they feel like they’re in danger, BENEATH is a fun time, full of some scares, and some really unexpected moments. Easily Fessenden’s best film in my opinion.”

GEP pals’ YOU’RE NEXT and THE SACRAMENT are also mentioned in the list.

Check out Jerry Smith’s full list at IconsOfFright.com.

December 13, 2013
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BENEATH One of Icons of Fright’s Top 10 Horror of 2013

From Rob G. at IconsOfFright.com:

“It goes without saying that Larry Fessenden is one of my all time favorite filmmakers in the genre. His 2nd film HABIT being in my top 5 vampire movies of ever, so I’m always curious to see what Larry will do next, both as a producer and a director. So I was curious just how his giant killer fish flick for Chiller BENEATH would play out. Larry’s favorite movie is JAWS, so I got the sense that this is the sort of thing he’s always wanted to make. And I think it may be his best, most commercially accessible movie to date. If you’re expecting some kind of gory horror comedy romp like the PIRHANA remake, look elsewhere. This is actually a more straight forward approach, despite the ridiculous nature of a movie with a giant killer fish. The reason it works so well is not the threat outside the boat once these kids get stranded in the middle of the lake, it’s the horror that comes from their actions to each other in order to survive. The tagline says it all, “they’re only friends on the surface.” I was rather surprised by how just about every death sequence played out as they’re all not what you’d expect. In fact, my Killer POV co-host Elric Kane and I both agree that there’s one Hitchcock-ian death that could be the best death sequence in horror of the year. While it already aired on Chiller a few months back, the fine folks at Scream Factory will be giving this a proper Blu-Ray/DVD release in the Spring of 2014!”

The list also gives shout outs to Glass Eye pals’ YOU’RE NEXT, THE BATTERY and THE SACRAMENT.

Check out Rob G.’s full list at IconsOfFright.com.

December 3, 2013
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BOTLD one of Best Horror Movie Posters of 2013

Congrats to Gary Pullin for the fine company he keeps in this thoughtful and badass selection of the year’s coolest genre posters. Glad to see one-sheets for The Sacrament and You’re Next in there among many other fine graphic specimens. See all the posters at ShockTillYouDrop.com.

August 28, 2013
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USA TODAY: Simon Barrett haunts a college DJ with ‘Dead Air’

From Brian Truitt at USA TODAY:

Check out an exclusive first listen at the episode from the upcoming second season of ‘Tales from Beyond the Pale.’

Simon Barrett unleashed a trio of masked killers on an unsuspecting family — and moviegoing public — as the screenwriter of the current horror film You’re Next, and next month he puts a college DJ through hell in old-school Hollywood fashion.
Dead Air, written and directed by Barrett, is part of the second season of Tales from   Continue Reading »

August 23, 2013
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EW on ‘You’re Next’: How a group of indie filmmakers produced one of 2013’s most terrifying movies

From Clark Collis at Insidemovies.EW.com:
“…You’re Next is easily Wingard’s most commercial film to date, and the first to receive a wide theatrical release. However, this tale of a family reunion which is brutally interrupted by mask-wearing psychos is still far from being your (next) average horror movie. The movie’s stars include “real” actors Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color, AMC’s The Killing) but also an array of indie directors including Joe Swanberg (Hannah   Continue Reading »

June 28, 2013
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EW: “Just How Many Films Is Indie-Horror Director & Actor Larry Fessenden Involved With This Year?”

From Clark Collis at Entertainment Weekly:
Just how many films is indie-horror director and actor Larry Fessenden involved with this year? The answer is what we in the entertainment-reporting business refer to as “a lot.”
More specifically, Fessenden is releasing his new, bad-business-on-a-boat, terror flick Beneath next month while demonstrating his thespian chops in the much-anticipated home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next (out Aug. 23) and the Sundance-screened, due-out-later-in-the-year We Are What We Are.
Fessenden also appears in the eerie-looking new indie-horror movie Jug   Continue Reading »