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Jamie Bernadette returns for another interview! In January we spoke with her about The Sixth Friend. This time around, Jamie and I got to talk about her upcoming inspirational film The Furnace. Directed by Darrell Roodt and shot in South Africa, The Furnace is a story about determination and perseverance. Refusing to be weight down physical and emotional disasters, Jamie's character will fight to overcome with help from a similarly struggling doctor.

It's hard to believe that more than 15 years have passed since Disney took a chance on turning one of their rides into a major motion picture. Pirates of the Caribbean not only turned out to be a huge hit with multiple sequels, but it forever changed how pirates were portrayed in pop culture. In my hometown of Tampa, the stylings of Jack Sparrow became a staple at our yearly Gasparilla event. Indeed, Pirates once again made venturing the high seas viable again after the disastrous Cutthroat Island.

Pirates would not have been a success, however, without a distinctive cast of characters outside of the leads. While Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush may have been in the spotlight, the crew of the Black Pearl helped to cement this film as a true genre piece. One of those characters was Marty, played by Martin Klebba.

I spoke with Martin about how he got into Disney's franchise and how it affected his career.

#PiratesoftheCaribbean #Disney

Dummies, dumb teens, and horror tropes galore are what is promised in 'Devils Junction'. The real driving force behind this film isn't just the typical genre charm, but character actor Bill Oberst, Jr. Joined by another horror favorite, Bill Mosley, Oberst stars as the fiendish Mr. Jolly, a man who hasn't let go of his former glory as a children's show host.

Mr. Oberst and I sat down for a lengthy conversation about the meaning of cinema and the therapeutic nature of chewing scenery.  Check it out below!

'Devils Junction' will be available just after Halloween via VOD and DVD release on November 5th.

In 2009 'Ghostbusters' fans finally got not only a great game but an unofficial sequel. Terminal Reality delivered by bringing back all four original Ghostbusters, and a few surprise guests. The dialog felt genuine thanks to the writing talents of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The sounds, specters, and music were spot on. Gamers could now wrangle ghosts, trap them, and cause millions of dollars in property damage. 'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' was an imperfect affair but delivered on the core mechanics fans wanted. Sadly, a followup to this outing never manifested, but an upscaled remaster did.

On a technical side, the 'Remastered' version of the game runs better than the '09 release ... mostly. Textures are a little clearer; the player can now almost make out what's on Janine's computer screen, and the infamous ending screen from the original NES 'Ghostbusters' game can be clearly read in its entirety on Egon's computer, spelling errors and all. This doesn't mean everything is high resolution, though.

'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' is still a decade-old title. Nothing was rebuilt with a new engine. Pictures and newspapers plastered on the walls of the firehouse are quite ugly closeup. Textures are washed out in some areas. Geometry can be a bit sketchy sometimes. Character models still sport plastic-like skin, though the various imperfections, pockmarks, and scars are better defined. The proton pack gets a tiny boost in detail, but the physics of the hose that connects the neutrino wand to the pack behaves differently between the two versions. Occasionally some of the scripted elements that move the game forward do not trigger, but this bug was also present in the 360 version. Check out our side-by-side comparison video below for these little oddities.

There are improvements that aren't just cosmetic, however. The framerate is a huge improvement. The 360 release had a lot of janky moments. Too many enemies on the screen at one time when all four or five Ghost..

The highly-anticipated yuletide horror haunt will then be available exclusively on Tubi exclusive 10/15 and Digital and DVD 11/5 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Starring horror icon Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Joel Murray (Hatchet), Jeff Bryan Davis (Killer Pad), Lisa Coronado (“Twin Peaks”), and Meagan Karimi-Naser (Dead West), the frighteningly-festive horror anthology features segments directed by Jeff Ferrell (Ghostlight), Jeremy Berg (The Invoking), Jeff Vigil and David Burns.
On Christmas Eve, a woman enters a curiosity shop looking for a last-minute gift. There, she meets a mysterious shopkeeper who tells her the horrific stories behind four objects in the shop. As he weaves tales of killer dolls, witches and psycho Santas, the woman senses she might be in danger. She has until midnight to choose her gift, but will she choose wisely?

Former Loveline engineer Anderson Cowan stopped by to talk about his new dark comedy Groupers. Where does a phobia stem from? Is it the result of a person's deeply buried secret? Can that phobia be conquered through extreme means? What new and unique ways can a Chinese finger trap be used? Find out in our interview!

Groupers will be having its premiere in LA on September 28th with a wider release set for October 3rd

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The film centers around two all-American high school jocks Brad and Dylan (Peter Mayer-Klepchick and Cameron Duckett) who are out for a night on the town when they are approached by the beautiful and seductive Meg (Nicole Dambro) at a local bar.  Ready for what they hope will be a night to remember, the guys are subsequently kidnapped, drugged and awaken tied up face to face in an abandoned pool in the middle of nowhere. Absurdity and insanity ensue as we learn that Orin (Jesse Pudles), Meg’s overly flamboyant brother has been the target of Brad and Dylan’s homophobic bullying and that Meg is actually a grad student who plans to perform a psychological and somewhat sadistic experiment on them as part of her thesis, which poses the question, “is homosexuality a choice”.

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Succession's Zack Robidas sat down with us to talk about his role as Joel in the science fiction noir indie flick EMPATHY INC. As I mentioned in my interview the film's director, this movie threw me a curveball. What at first appeared to be a high-concept artsy film turned out to be a very concise and well-crafted story of greed and redemption.

What was it like to play three different characters who were so vastly different from one another? Check out our interview with Zack!

Gary Kent, one of the inspirations for Brad Pitt’s character in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, is profiled in director Joe O’Connell’s DANGER GOD. The famed filmmaker ‘loosely' based Pitt's stuntman character ‘Cliff Booth’ on Kent, and his own run in with the Manson Family at Spahn Ranch.

Available on digital August 6 and on DVD September 17, DANGER GOD fixes on one of the legends of the game, Gary Kent. Though the king of B movies in the Sixties and Seventies, working for indie directors from Richard Rush to Ray Dennis Steckler to Al Adamson, Kent tackled even larger real-life challenges.

Professional stuntman Gary Kent has made a hard-earned name for himself in over 50 years of falling, burning, jumping, fighting and breaking himself for some of the most cherished independent and B-movies of the 20th Century. This is his story, from the anything goes days of the drive-in era, including his run in with Charles Manson and his infamous family, to his personal battles and triumphs with health, alcoholism and love. Features interviews with Monte Hellman, Duane Eddy, Richard Rush, Marc Singer and more.

DANGER GOD is available from Wild Eye Releasing on digital August 6 and on DVD September 17.

Gary Kent, one of the inspirations for Brad Pitt’s character in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, is profiled in director Joe O’Connell’s DANGER GOD. The famed filmmaker ‘loosely' based Pitt's stuntman character ‘Cliff Booth’ on Kent, and his own run in with the Manson Family at Spahn Ranch.

Available on digital August 6 and on DVD September 17, DANGER GOD fixes on one of the legends of the game, Gary Kent. Though the king of B movies in the Sixties and Seventies, working for indie directors from Richard Rush to Ray Dennis Steckler to Al Adamson, Kent tackled even larger real-life challenges.

Professional stuntman Gary Kent has made a hard-earned name for himself in over 50 years of falling, burning, jumping, fighting and breaking himself for some of the most cherished independent and B-movies of the 20th Century. This is his story, from the anything goes days of the drive-in era, including his run in with Charles Manson and his infamous family, to his personal battles and triumphs with health, alcoholism and love. Features interviews with Monte Hellman, Duane Eddy, Richard Rush, Marc Singer and more.

DANGER GOD is available from Wild Eye Releasing on digital August 6 and on DVD September 17.

Today I spoke with director Yedidya Gorsetman about his science fiction noir film 'EMPATHY INC.' This independent film is a true standout.

Dark Star Pictures will release the critically acclaimed EMPATHY INC in theaters (9/13) and VOD (9/24) this fall.

Yedidya Gorsetman’s sci-fi thriller tells of an investor in a VR startup discovers that the reality the company provides isn’t virtual.

Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus

and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as XVR—Xtreme Virtual Reality—from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech's creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn't virtual.

Director: Yedidya Gorsetman
Writer: Mark Leidner
Stars: Zack Robidas, Kathy Searle, Jay Klaitz

Nail-biting thriller “Scooter”, starring Mitch Lemos (“Burn Notice”) and Yoshi Zimmerman , will receive a North American theatrical release via Artist Rights Distribution this fall.

“Joyride” meets “The Blair Witch Project” in a sweat-inducing account of three YouTubers that set out on an 866 mile adventure on scooters. However, they find out that it's not the destination that will kill you, it's the journey.

“Scooter”, from writer-director-producer Matt Wohl , will premiere in Florida on Thursday, September 12 (details here) with other markets and platforms to be announced.

The Three Amigoes are life-long best friends and partners in crime. They became internet famous after their YouTube channel went viral. Each episode of their antics has them undertaking some ridiculous challenge. From racing cars to tricycles and from the waters of the South Atlantic to the bottom of a swimming pool, there’s no challenge too stupid. Like a pack of cats, they always land on their feet.
The Amigoes latest challenge is to ride scooters from Miami to New Orleans. Each person has $1000 to get a scooter, pay for gas, food, and lodging. After they select their vehicles and pack their bags, it’s time to hit the road. They soon find that their 50CC scooters are no match of I-95, and they retreat to the side roads to continue their epic 900 mile journey. While the road is smoother, the trip gets a lot bumpier. One of the scooters break down, the friends start to fight amongst each other, and their troubles reach a climax when they witness and video a murder.

Stuck in rural Florida with two working scooters, they have little hope of escape, and the killer is hot on their trail. What was once a leisurely trip becomes a fight for survival. They end up captured, tortured, and it’s clear they won’t all survive. When those who are sworn to protect you are the problem, where do you turn? Will they all die in a small backwater town, or can they once again defy the odds and come out alive?

Part dinosaur, part man of God, the VelociPastor uses his curse to hunt down evildoers ... and ninjas. Yes, that is indeed the premise for Brendan Steere's feature film that I and Brad Jones recently reviewed (see below). Like something that you would have expected to be featured as a trailer in front of Grindhouse, VelociPastor is a curiosity. To find out more, I spoke with the Steere to figure out how all this came to be.

#VelociPastor

Aboard a small train car hosting a murder-mystery show, a group of strangers soon realize that the audience participation can be rather fatal. Yes, friends, that's where I am going to leave the description for Dale Fabrigar's D-Railed. This film is a multi-layered event that combines many different aspects of the horror genre. There's a lot going on in this movie, but I would suggest you watch it first before delving into the interviews below.

We spoke with director Dale Fabrigar, and actors Ben Hopkins and Tonya Kay about the experience.

D-Railed is available today via VOD and DVD.

Aboard a small train car hosting a murder-mystery show, a group of strangers soon realize that the audience participation can be rather fatal. Yes, friends, that's where I am going to leave the description for Dale Fabrigar's D-Railed. This film is a multi-layered event that combines many different aspects of the horror genre. There's a lot going on in this movie, but I would suggest you watch it first before delving into the interviews below.

We spoke with director Dale Fabrigar, and actors Ben Hopkins and Tonya Kay about the experience.

D-Railed is available today via VOD and DVD.

Oh, man. The divorce papers were filed immediately following our screening of 'Another Cinema Snob Movie.' Michelle took so poorly to the film that she admitted to a string of infidelities with various handymen and two female bodybuilders.

Today we've got an exclusive clip from the upcoming football underdog story The Bromley Boys. 

The Bromley Boys will be premiering in the States this month!

Discover the history of Mattel's definitive action figure toy line this September!

From Randall Lobb and Robert McCallum, THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL : The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe chronicles the beginnings and blockbuster-success of ‘80s toy sensation He-Man in an exhaustive, captivating 95 minute documentary that melts back the plastic on Eternia’s best-kept secrets!

Featuring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Richard Edlund, J. Michael Straczynski, Alan Oppenheimer and many more, the “fantastic documentary”* THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL will be available on digital and DVD for the first time this September from High Octane Pictures.

In the early 1980s He-Man arrived on the scene and hit the world with a punch as powerful as the character himself. Designed in the wake of Conan the barbarian and under the shadow of Star Wars, He-Man's surprising popularity spawned a multi billion dollar empire that included toys, comic books, cartoons, live-action movies and a literal sister spinoff show - She-Ra - and continues to appeal to a ravenous fan-base today. Watch as artists, creators and collaborators dig deep, tell tales and share the surprising developments of an unlikely, unparalleled pop culture success in this Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the
Universe. Do you have the power?

Another Cinema Snob Movie has been released onto the masses and, according to writer/star Brad Jones, it has been met with stunning sales and high praise. How did we get to this point though? Making a film is in outright pain, especially when the budget is minimal and the cast is more internet famous than SAG accredited. Was this an uphill battle for Brad and crew? Find out in our newest interview with The Cinema Snob.

Jessica Lynn Parsons of Dungeon Run gave us a few minutes of her time to talk about the upcoming comedy-drama Surviving Confession. Parsons plays Amber, the foil to Clayton Nemrow's Father Morris. For more on Surviving Confession, check out our interview with the film's director Matthew Tibbenham.

https://www.fanbolt.com/96937/director-matthew-tibbenham-talks-surviving-confession/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10238844/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_6

Synopsis:

Father Morris is a dissatisfied priest who has not been happy with his job for some time. After hearing another unremorseful and untruthful confession from a parishioner who is cheating on his wife, a quick-witted teenager, Amber, comes into his confessional and starts to turn Father Morris’s life upside down. Amber questions everything Father Morris stands for, and begins to get under his skin in a way that hasn’t happened before. Throughout the evening, interesting characters pass through Father Morris’s confessional as he reflects on what matters most in life and continues to quip with Amber, who slowly reveals why she came to confession.

#SurvivingConfession #Interview #DandD

Writer/director Brad Michael Elmore and Supergirl's Nicole Maines have managed to reinvigorate the vampire genre by injecting a sociopolitical twist on the mythic monsters. Bit, a tale of a runaway transwoman who encounters a group of ideologically strict lady vampires is no fluffy romantic romp with sparkles and six-pack abs. This is a power fantasy and an important step for representation in the horror genre. Check out our interview with Mr. Elmore and Ms. Maines below!

Bit will be at both Outfest in L.A. on the 26th and next month at Popcorn Frights in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

https://www.outfest.org/
http://www.popcornfrights.com/

#trans #NicoleMaines #Bit

Writer/director Brad Michael Elmore and Supergirl's Nicole Maines have managed to reinvigorate the vampire genre by injecting a sociopolitical twist on the mythic monsters. Bit, a tale of a runaway transwoman who encounters a group of ideologically strict lady vampires is no fluffy romantic romp with sparkles and six-pack abs. This is a power fantasy and an important step for representation in the horror genre

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-mchenry-trial#/

Ken Sagoes is someone I truly admire. Where others just talk about social change or other ills that plague American society, Mr. Sagoes actually does something about it: charities, scholarships, and awareness programs. All of these are aimed at communities that are often overlooked by many in our country. To say that Ken Sagoes is a beacon would be an understatement.

The current project that he is working on concerns a film adaptation of his new book The McHenry Trail, a story about a fifteen-year-old prodigy who is looking to free his wrongfully convicted father with the use of his exceptional legal skills. To get the full film made, however, Ken needs to prove to the studio suits that he has the chops to make a feature of this weight. So, with the power of Indiegogo and the goodwill of those willing to pledge funds, Ken will make a short film surrounding a few key scenes from the book.

#Indiegogo #KenSagoes #BlackCinema

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