The Grim and Bloody Podcast
By Anthony DeRouen
The Grim and Bloody PodcastMay 19, 2023
It Came from the Bay Area...Ben Monroe - Author of The Seething
Ben Monroe is no stranger to horror fiction, having written a number of frightful stories including a memorable contribution to Tales for the Campfire a charity anthology whose benefits were sent to the victims of the 2018 Camp Fire. Ben writes with the type of prose similar to Stephen King -- you can easily relate to his characters and follow a complex narrative -- which makes The Seething a standout novel. Outside of his recently published work we also talk about writing horror in the San Francisco Bay Area, his experience with the Horror Writer's Association, and the impact of working alongside fellow indie writers can have.
Eric Mathis - Writer and Director of The Macabre
Greetings horror fans! Eric Mathis stops by the show to talk about all things The Macabre: from its inception to its award winning screening at Shockfest, to its final resting place as a blu-ray on a movie shelf in a video store. The Macabre is a throwback to the 80's horror when television screens were grainy and VHS cover sleeves still frightened you. After listening to the show we encourage you to seek out The Macabre streaming online!
Richard Rowntree - Director of Mask of the Devil UK (2022)
A veteran of a dozen shorts and three features, writer and director Richard Rowntree brings us the horror comedy Mask of the Devil! We get to talk about the indie film's festival tour, why Richard chose the horror comedy element and a British sense of humor can be hit or miss outside the pond. Richard tried to make it universal and based upon it's success aboard we think it worked. Join Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega and Anthony DeRouen as we delve into this magnificent low-budget gem. Plus you gotta love the 80's horror vibe.
Watch the trailer, stream Mask of the Devil on Amazon Prime or purchase the DVD on Amazon for $14.99 . Enjoy horror!
Bob Bowersox - Writer of The Ritual Killer
Morgan Freeman may be pushing 85 years of age, but his acting career is not slowing down one bit. He has two films slated for 2023 and the The Ritual Killer was the first one released. Also starring Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious, Pitch Black) Bob Bowersox's The Ritual Killer is a crime thriller inspired by David Finchers Se7en, also starring Morgan Freeman. We get to sit down with Bob Bowersox and talk about his feelings about certain changes made to The Ritual Killer as it progressed from a script on Inktip to the big screen. For any would-be filmmakers, those starting out or those who have completed a script and are curious what really happens when you initially strike gold and land an offer -- take heed of Bob Bowsersox's advice!
Douglas Rappaport - Author of Dead People, One Day the Weatherman and Reckoner
What's up horror fans! Today we present Douglas Rappaport and his latest novel Dead People, which is a mix sci fi, horror and thriller elements. Dead People stands as the first part of a trilogy where dead people are brought back from different points in history with chaotic results. Join Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn as we dissect Douglas' thrilling page-turner in Dead People.
Synopsis: Everything changed when the Stringfellows arrived on Earth and restarted the world. The bad news is that the aliens randomly chose which people to bring back to life. No rhyme or reason. From across time. The good and the bad. To take care of the more evil of these unfortunate returns, the Stringfellows have tasked certain humans with the new occupation of assassin. Following a unique and mysterious point system, the ultimate reward for their bloody work is the chance to bring back a person of their choosing.
You can pick up Douglas Rappaport's Dead People and other works on Amazon, both in Kindle and paperback form.
Christopher Moore - Writer and Director of Children of Sin
Welcome to another episode of the Grim and Bloody podcast! Today we sit down with Christopher Moore - Writer and Director of Children of Sin . Christopher made a name for himself writing and directing Triggered which was a gem of indie horror that perfectly skewers the outright ridiculousness of extreme PC culture.
Children of Sin takes on the religious sect that believes wayward children can be saved through rehab clinics. Sadly many of these clinics are fronts for various schemes to bilk susceptible people out of their money. A third of a way into this feature Chris flips the narrative on its bloody head and you have to hold on tight!
We Talk All Things InkTip!
Welcome back horror fans! We have a unique episode today. Normally we do not interview companies, but we felt Inktip is a special source for screenwriters and producers to come together to build something amazing, and we've enjoyed our partnership with them immensely. Kevin Nickelson and Anthony DeRouen are joined by Thomas Blakely (Social media Coordinator) and Chris Cookson (Head of Writing and Marketing Department) for this in-depth look at InkTip.
The goal of inktip is to be the place where writer's and producers go for everything they need. What you need to succeed in this industry, crafting the perfect logline, crafting a catchy synopsis, crafting the query letter are all focuses of emphasis. Thomas and Chris talk about ScriptShare which is a way for writer's can generate a link that they can send in their query letter or pitch to producers to a page on InkTip where you can see script, synopsis and logline. Free to all InkTip users.
Jamison Locascio and Adam Ambrosio - the Filmmakers Behind Know Fear and How Dark They Prey
Welcome back horror fans to another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast! It's always fun to speak with filmmakers who were inspired by John Carpenter and H. P. Lovecraft. Two of our favorite sources for horror and thriller. They might be young, but Jamison Locascio and Adam Ambrosio have a solid horror foundation which is evident during the discussion. They know what scares audiences and can apply the trade. Both of their features Know Fear ( 2021) and How Dark They Prey ( 2022) are available for streaming through Tubi.
This episode is sponsored by the Left Coast Entertainment Group.
We Present the Esteemed Ryuhei Kitamura - Director of The Midnight Meat Train, Versus, and Godzilla:Final Wars
Welcome to another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast! Today we present We present Ryuhei Kitamura - Director of The Midnight Meat Train ( starring a young Bradley Cooper) and Godzilla Final Wars. A true icon of the horror genre! Mr. Kitamura also just released The Price We Pay, starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch.
Kevin Nickelson and Al Omega geek out over Godzilla:Final Wars, one of the stronger takes on the world's favorite kaiju. We also touch on Versus a low budget zombie film with high quality practical effects and a strong story inspired by Highlander, John Carpenter and Reservoir Dogs, with some Kung Fu Hustle to boot!
This episode is sponsored by the Left Coast Entertainment Group.
A Conversation with Director Chase Dudley and a Preview of Locked In
Happy Friday horror fans! Today we bring you Chase Dudley, the director behind Beasts of the Field returns with Locked In, a feature-length horror thriller that revolves around two women from opposite sides of society who find themselves targeted by a mysterious killer. Chase is a pleasure to speak with and we're sure you'll enjoy the conversation. To learn more about Locked In visit Chase on Instagram - @dudleychase.
This episode is proudly sponsored by Left Coast Entertainment Group.
Live from Creep IE Con 2023!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast made the pilgrimage to Ontario California to revel in all that was Creep IE Con's second year of convention going. Fans were treated to an impressive guest list including Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, Lee Waddell, Lauren LaVera, David Howard Thornton, Damien Leone, Alex Winter, Ryan Hurst, Tom Payne, Bill Moseley, Bob Elmore and many more.
We sat down with a few unique vendors and got their take on the convention. This was an incredible gathering by Brian, the showrunner. The aisles were packed with fest goers and the immense hall emanated the same type of energy you feel at the bigger cons like SDCC.
The first segment includes the talents behind Geekz N Dreamz: Jason, Manny, Charlie, and Jimmy. Geekz N Dreamz has something for everyone, but their specialty is props and highly detailed dioramas. Visit them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/geekzNdreamz
Next, we bring you Malvolia the Queen of Screams (look for the upcoming Halloween Horrors dvd special!) . A wonderful horror hostess that has built a strong following of short film and B-movie enthusiasts, and will be featured on the Grim and Bloody show on a future date. Visit her show at https://www.youtube.com/c/malvoliathequeenofscreams and on Instagram - @queenmalvolia. Dustin Ferguson of SCS Entertainment was also on hand displaying his wide selection of films, and actor Charles Chudabala was on hand to provide some spice. Follow him at @charliechuda (starts around 08:30:00).
You didn't ask for it, but you got it: our exclusive interview with Michael Meyers himself! (parody with well dressed @aalexx.cb, thanks for being a good sport!) You can catch a photo of us on our Instagram showing proof we stood next to The Shape and kinda lived to tell about it. (starts around 17:05:00)
And to close out the show we sit down with Elizabeth Yoder and James Dorney to talk about their upcoming suspense thriller Rangers.
This episode is sponsored by the Left Coast Entertainment Group. For more visit: http://leftcoastentertainmentgroup.com/
AcroStar Films Newest Horror Film - Desperate Souls
We're a big fan of AcroStar Films. They push themselves to make films not easily found elsewhere, touching on subjects other filmmakers shy away from. They have a proven track record of success on the film festival circuit, but are not satisfied with past accomplishments. Desperate Souls is that next step for AcroStar: a practical-effects driven demon film boasting impressive performances by a fresh and young cast. S.J. Hermann and Ann Myrna return along with cast members Joe Rosing and Jake Yanko.
AcroStar is in the winding hours of an Indiegogo campaign for Desperate Souls , so there's still time to donate and reap some cool rewards. Head on over to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/desperate-souls-horror-romance-film#/ .
This episode is proudly sponsored by Left Coast Entertainment Group.
We Sit Down with #1 New York Times Bestseller Sylvia Day: Best Known For the Crossfire Series
We had the pleasure and honor to speak with Sylvia Day, the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Bestselling author behind the new thriller novel So Close. The story resolves around a family-run pharmaceutical company who's president has a beloved wife that passed away in a boating accident. He becomes obsessed with keeping up her memory, and goes to great lengths to maintain her belongings as they were, even going as far as recreating the scent of her presence. Six years later he runs into somebody on the street who could be a dead ringer for her.
But could it really be her? And does she recognize him?
This is just the beginning into a no holds barred, unflinching story of emotional intensity, scorching sensuality, and complex exploration of female trauma that are the benchmarks of Sylvia Day's work. You have been warned (in a good way).
We also would like to announce a renewed partnership with Left Coast Entertainment Group who will be sponsoring the 2023 film festival and podcast. We're glad to have you back aboard! Left Coast is working on a number of horror films that are already making waves and raising eyebrows in the industry.
Headless Horseman Frankenstein Comic Book
We met the creatives behind the Headless Horseman Frankenstein at Sinister Creature Con last year and were blown away by their work. Kolby Diaz, the writer behind the story and Mark Nosler, the illustrator, are joined today by Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega, Joe Flynn and later on by Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the epic revenge tale of the Headless Horseman, and how it came together.
Follow Mark Nosler - @marknosler on Instagram , Kolby Diaz - @kolbarama90 on Instagram .
In other news, submissions for the 2023 Death's Parade Film Fest are open! Visit https://filmfreeway.com/DeathsParadeFilmFest .
2022: The Year in Review in Horror and More
Another year has gone, but which has left us with a number of excellent horror films to experience. We sit down and talk about the ones we felt stood out and why. In 2022 Ethan Hawke returned to horror in Black Phone. David Howard Thornton donned the creepy clown costume in Terrifier 2, a definite step up from the first film. TI West thrilled us with X and Pearl. Zach Cregger made his presence known with Barbarian. And what about Rob Jabbaz's visceral, blood-dripping zombie film The Sadness? Jordan Peele's Nope and Parker Finn's Smile make the list as well. We can't forget (or maybe we're trying to forget) David Gordon Green's final installment in the latest Halloween trilogy, a divisive film to say the least.
And we're proud to announce submissions are open fore the 2023 Death's Parade Film Festival! We are returning to the Prime Cinemas in Red Bluff California this October.
Live at the Death Parade Film Fest! Agatha Feature Presentation
Welcome to part four of our recording series that took place at the Death's Parade Film Fest in Red Bluff California. Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Kevin Nickelson were joined by writer and director Roland Becerra, the mind behind the horror animation/live-action feature Agatha. We encourage you to seek out festivals screening this film as it's a truly unique experience. and one we had the pleasure of hosting.
Live at the Death Parade Film Fest! PB&Z Short Film Discussion with Jesus Cruz and Alex Vigano
Welcome to part three of our recording series that took place at the Death's Parade Film Fest in Red Bluff California. Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Kevin Nickelson were joined by writer and director Jesus Cruz (Writer, Producer) and Alex Vigano ( Editor) for the short film PB&Z, winner of the best comedy award.
Live at the Death Parade Film Fest! Surprise! Short Film Discussion with Elizabeth Yoder and James Dorney
Welcome to part two of our recording series that took place at the Death's Parade Film Fest in Red Bluff California. Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Kevin Nickelson were joined by writer and director Elizabeth Yoder and Executive Producer James Dorney.
Surprise! won the critics choice award with us, and can be seen at a number of genre film festivals around the world.
Synopsis: Frustrated lovers duel to outwit each other but face life-or-death consequences triggered by suppressed fantasies and unexpressed desires.
This episode is sponsored by Left Coast Entertainment.
Live at the Death Parade Film Fest! The Cast of Flakkus
Welcome to part one of our recording series that took place at the Death's Parade Film Fest in Red Bluff California. Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Kevin Nickelson were joined by writer and director J. Lee Vertz, lead actor Sawl Gud, and director of photography John Retherford.
Flakkus is a short film running just under seven minutes and is packed with a crazy narrative and practical effects. It's a snapshot in a larger feature the crew is looking to assemble.
Synopsis: Frustrated lovers duel to outwit each other but face life-or-death consequences triggered by suppressed fantasies and unexpressed desires.
This episode is sponsored by Left Coast Entertainment.
It Came From Somewhere - We Speak with Anne Myrna and S.J. Hermann
This episode is sponsored by Left Coast Entertainment.
Acrostar Films are back with It Came From Somewhere - a satirical spoof of the 1950's sci fi and horror epics. Drawing inspiration from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Teenagers from Outer Space to be exact, Acrostar Films went to work making a family friendly film audiences are bound to enjoy. As Acrostar says, "Created in the style of Ed Wood and Roger Corman, It Came from Somewhere is a new, original feature length horror film that looks like it was created in the 1950s. Delivered in black & white, 4x3 aspect ratio, made to look dated. Of course there is a creature, a space ship, aliens and many terrified characters, perhaps you can be one of them!"
Catch It Came From Somewhere on DVD this week.
Staying on the subject of AcroStar Films, we would like to congratulate the team for Trepidity's continued success. You can catch their bloody good time horror film in Red Bluff California on the big screen at Prime Cinemas Saturday December 3rd.
News from the 'Cast - Al Omega will be at Fan Expo in San Francisco November 25th - 27th. Billed as the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming. Three BIG Days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await. Stop by Al's Creature Features table and pick up some DPFF swag!
Kevin Nickelson is hard at work. He will be featured in issue#33 of We Belong Dead Magazine - the holiday special. Kevin covers a piece featuring EC Horror comics, and all through the house. Short story done three times. Most famously done by Tales from the Crypt, starring Joan Collins.
The Cast for the Mexican Horror Short Film Daestructo (Film Festival Preview)
Welcome to another episode of The Grim and Bloody Podcast. Today we host the cast of the Mexican short film Daestructo! Joshua Torresvalle Velázquez's supernatural short film has taken the festival circuit by storm, and is an official selection for the Death's Parade Film Festival this December 3rd in Red Bluff California. We sit down with Joshua along with the cast and crew of Desctructo to discuss why it's such an effective short, what how each member contributed to its success. No spoilers will be found here!
Synopsis: Ivonne is being harassed because of the mysterious death of her boyfriend Alex, better know as DÆSTRVCTO in the rap scene. Claudio, Alex’s twin brother and Ivonne’s lover, arrives to her appartement to tell her that guilt is killing him. Then, a supernatural presence manifests to claim revenge for all the acts and betrays that both have kept secret.
A Live Haunt Experience at The Cemetarium
Just in time for Halloween – enjoy our first offsite podcast at the Cemetarium Haunted House in Orangevale California! Join Creature Features host Al Omega, horror writer Kevin Nickelson and Death’s Parade Film Fest founder Anthony DeRouen as we brave the cold, dark night and venture into the depths of the Cemetarium.
The Cemetarium comprises four haunts. Psycho Circus, The Cemetarium haunted House, Zombie Heights and a Children’s Mini Haunt, we explore the haunts in that order. Overall, we walked away impressed by the quality of the haunts and the actors, we hope you enjoy our screams! If you enjoy this unscripted horror experience (as much as we did) we’ll happily produce more.
The Cemetarium has presented our listeners with a Halloween haunt deal! For a limited time buy one ticket to the Cemetarium and get one free. Use the code grimandbloody here - https://app.hauntpay.com/events/cemetarium-haunted-house-psycho-circus-zombie-heights/event_times
To learn more about the Cemetarium visit http://terrorinthenighthalloweenproductions.com/ .
Enjoy horror, and Happy Halloween!
A Conversation with actress Joyce Meadows
Happy Halloween listeners! It's time to take a trip back in time as we sit down with Joyce Meadows, the actress behind a number of popular sci fi films of the 1950's and 60's, primarily The Brain from Planet Arous.
New on the Creature Feature Show - Cthulhu Mansion 1990
Andre Gower from the Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards
Andre Gower who played Sean in 1987's cult classic The Monster Squad and the follow-up documentary Wolfman's Got Nards stops by the show to talk about the eponymous children's monster movie of the late 80's. The Monster Squad is enjoying an ever-growing fan base and calls for a sequel continue to ring out. Andre stays busy with a number of productions in the works as well.
We hope you enjoy the throwback intro: The Monster Squad 'Rap' (Dj Lee's Remastered Mix) and a little bit from Bruce Broughton's original score.
A Conversation with Long Time Filmmaker Sam Firstenberg
Today we're taking brief detour of chilling horror and suspense and we sit down with veteran action movie filmmaker Sam Firstenberg. Sam was the director behind the cult classic American Ninja (1985) and 1987 sequel, both starring Michael Dudikoff. Sam takes us on a journey through his famed career and speaks about his recent novel "Stories From The Trenches: Adventures in making High Octane Hollywood Movies with Cannon Veteran Sam Firstenberg" available on Amazon.
News on the Death's Parade Film Fest - the First Wave of selections is out! Visit the homepage to view the selections and learn more. Tickets are also live for festival, being held in Red Bluff California on Saturday December 3rd. Visit Eventbrite for more.
New on the Creature Feature Show: Ant Boy 2! Synopsis: Every super hero has to start somewhere , but here? In this Danish production ( dubbed), we have a family friendly movie about a young person that's gained super powers and how he has to deal with life moving forward. While budding romances and ties of friendship are tested, our hero in classic super hero fashion, creates his own villian. It's fun kid friendly sci-fi and a nice peice of escapism for the adults. There's also a episode of Space Academy and a interview with 2 authors from Whimsical World Books.com.
David Howard Thornton Star of Terrifier Joins the Grim and Bloody Crew
Welcome to another episode of The Grim and Bloody Podcast! We had a lot of fun with this one. Today we host David Howard Thornton star of Damien Leone's 2016 Terrifier that introduced the world to Art the Clown. We also get to talk about the upcoming Terrifier 2!
Synopsis for Terrifier: On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.
Also, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign for this year's Death's Parade Film Fest! We can use your help to make this year's fest the best ever by donating through our campaign which goes to our marketing, rental and operational costs. We bring together filmmakers creating horror, thriller and suspense in one place to celebrate their efforts. Visit http://kck.st/3PTHCpF to learn more and contribute. We think you'll enjoy the rewards too.
A Conversation with writer Matthew Banks from We Belong Dead Magazine
We talk with Matthew Banks, a writer for We Belong Dead Magazine that has published numerous articles and short stories revolving around early gothic era of Bela Lugosi's Dracula. Matthew penned Where Does Imagination End and Reality Begin? Re-Examining the Horror Classic: an entertaining and informative journey through the annals of Horror, examining those classic scare fests from the Golden Age of the Horror Film. Through these pages you will discover - Why did Dracula's Daughter take so long to make and why wasn't Bela Lugosi, Dracula himself, involved in the sequel?
Dracula Descends on Us: A Conversation with Dacre Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker (who in 1897 penned the Gothic horror novel Dracula) and is the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead, the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years. Dacre stops by the Grim and Bloody Podcast to talk about his life and adventures as the great grand-nephew of the most influential horror writer of all time. We talk about the Romania tours into Transylvania, his novel Dracul, as well as Dracula in popular culture (which includes a fun story involving San Diego Comic Con in 2009), and much more.
Dillon Brown - Writer and Director of The Flock
Sunday is the day we usually reserve to exorcise the plethora of demons we collect during the week, but today we happily made an exception and brought on Dillon Brown, writer and director of The Flock. A gritty, horrifying take on the cult subgenre. In this POV-style feature a mysterious cult, calling themselves "The Flock," has set up camp somewhere in Northern Nevada, leaving behind a trail of missing people and bizarre, online recruitment videos encouraging the worship of the demonic entity, "Moloch." Today also marks the streaming release of The Flock, to which we are very grateful to help promote!
Starting today you can watch The Flock on POV Horror.com and WickedHorror.Com .
Mick Strawn - Long Time Production Designer for Numerous Horror Franchises
Welcome to another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast. Today we sit down with Mick Strawn, the production designer behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Boogie Nights, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Lawnmower Man, Freddy's Nightmares, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and more. Mick has so many stories we had to pick and choose the best ones!
One story in particular we think you'll enjoy is how Mick reimagined Nightmare on Elm Street second sequel, which stands as one of the franchises' best installments.
New on the Creature Feature Show, hosted by Al Omega: Werewolf 1995 . When in a Werewolf movie, Not a Werewolf movie? When it's about a Skinwalker! Nothing but the best effects 1980 had to offer in this 1995 movie. We even have a Milton the monster cartoon!
Submissions for the 2022 Death's Parade Film Fest is also open! We are officially hosting the festival at Prime Cinemas in Red Bluff, California. Submit your film today.
We talk about Trepidity with Acrostar Films
Welcome to another episode of The Grim and Bloody Theater. Today we host Ann Myrna and Steve Hermann behind Acrostar Films and preview their latest film Trepidity starring Taydem Shoesmith as Samantha, Magdalena Conway as Trish, Beth Metcalf as Melissa and voice of The Demon, Ashley Hefner as Allison, and Paige Bourne as Taylor.
Trepidity is an independent horror film in the 80s slasher style. A group of friends get together in an old barn for a night of partying and for some unexplained reason, decide to call upon a demon thinking it’s an urban legend. Surprise! It’s not. Now they find themselves trapped in a barn with a demon which leaps from character to character until it’s ready to kill. Not knowing who the demon is in, the friendships are put to the test. It’s a race to see who’ll survive until midnight.
Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. No one to trust.
Nancy Anne Ridder - One of the Few Who Survived the First Scream 1996!
She is known as the girl in the bathroom. Originally called to be a stand-in on Wes Craven's horror slasher Scream, Nancy earned the role as the girl in the bathroom, an albeit brief scene that has given her a legacy character title and invitations to numerous conventions and speaking engagements. Join Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we delve into Scream!
New on The Creature Feature Show - The Forbidden Empire (2014) . Here we have a really great fantasy movie from Eastern Europe. Lots of really well-done CG, a good British actor or two, and MONSTERS! However, their movies tend to run long so very little of me tonight. No nudity but some very sexy scenes.
Submissions for the 2022 Death's Parade are open! This year we take over Prime Cinemas in Red Bluff, California. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/DeathsParadeFilmFest for more and to submit your short or feature film.
A Conversation with Beatrice Boepple - Amanda Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Welcome back horror enthusiasts! In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater Beatrice Boepple, the actress who played Amanda Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.
The Grim and Bloody Theater is part of the Death’s Parade Film Festival: Northern California's premiere horror film fest. DPFF provides a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror and thriller enthusiasts alike. We are proud to show you some of the short films that have screened at the fest and provide you additional insight with exclusive filmmaker interviews immediately following the screening. Please like, share, favorite or embed our shows with your friends and support our exceptional filmmakers. Subscribe or you'll miss out on updates!
Steven Rubin - Author of the Twilight Zone Encyclopedia!
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast - Steven Rubin, Author of the Twilight Zone Encyclopedia and the James Bond Movie Encyclopedia stops by to discuss his works.
Submissions for the 2022 Death's Parade are open! Visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ to learn more. We hope to see you in Red Bluff California this December.
We Discuss the Blumhouse Productions Halloween Trilogy
On this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater we talk about Blumhouse Production's Halloween trilogy which started in 2018 and finishes on October 14th with Halloween Ends. With John Carpenter's help Halloween reignited the franchise. Although Michael Meyers cannot never die, we eagerly anticipate the conclusion to this well done Blumhouse series.
Halloween is near and dear to our hearts. We can say with the utmost confidence that this iteration of John Carpenter's horror slasher franchise is a cut above all the rest, save for the first two installments. If you haven't watched Halloween (2018) we strongly recommend doing so. Not only did Blumhouse convince John Carpenter to return but we get to watch Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode again. Isn't that worth the price of admission?
To learn more about the Grim and Bloody podcast and the Death's Parade Film Festival visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ .
Frank Farel Producer Behind Spookies (1986)
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater - Veteran producer Frank Farel stops by the show to talk about the supernatural hit Spookies from 1986. Frank speaks candidly about the trouble releasing the film according to his vision, the comprehensive re-release by Vinegar Syndrome, and his thoughts on Spookies gaining a cult following since its release.
Synopsis: After their car breaks down, a group of travelers find themselves stranded in a remote part of New England. After taking shelter in a spooky old mansion, complete with a graveyard, they discover a Ouija board and decide to spend the night attempting to summon some spirits. But the group soon learns that playing with the forces of black magic isn't fun and games, and it's not long before they're head-to-head with all sorts of demonic creatures, shape shifters, and other forms of evil, all of whom are more than happy to pick them off in the most gruesome of ways.
Julian David Stone - Author of It's Alive!
In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with Julian David Stone regarding his new book release "It's Alive!". The novel details the pivotal change in Universal Studios leading up to the classic film Frankenstein, led by the young and brash Junior Laemmle, son of the famed studio head Carl Laemmle. We speak to Julian about this time in history, about Boris Karloff's eventual rise to stardom, and more!
For more about Julian's novel visit - https://www.juliandavidstone.com/ .
Michael Rooker Stops by to Talk About Corrective Measures
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater Michael Rooker (Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Thunder) spends time with the guys to discuss his new film Corrective Measures, premiering on Tubi today! Additionally, we talk about Michael's quiet, intense acting method on Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, his undeniable screen presence during AMC's The Walking Dead's early heydays, and more.
Synopsis: Set in the world's most dangerous maximum-security penitentiary, home to the most treacherous criminals, tensions among the inmates and staff heighten, leading to anarchy that engulfs the prison and order is turned upside down.
Director - Sean Patrick O'Reilly Writers - Grant Chastain (source material) Sean Patrick O'Reilly (screenplay) Stars - Bruce Willis, Michael Rooker, Tom Cavanagh.
To follow's Michael Rooker's works visit
A Conversation with Independent Filmmaker Adrian Tofei
In this episode Writer and Director Adrian Tofei stops by the Grim and Bloody Podcast to talk about his breakout horror film Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, growing up in the post revolutionary 90's in Romania, and his upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep.
In other news - From now until May 11th all filmmakers are encouraged to submit their horror, thriller and suspense films to the Death's Parade Film Fest and receive 40% their fee through Filmfreeway. We're calling it the Aprilween push and want to make sure everyone who has a completed film or a film nearing completion has a platform to showcase their work in California. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/DeathsParadeFilmFest and use the code DPFF40 at checkout.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Retrospective
When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time. Jack Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a story told on rinse and repeat with varying results. Philip Kaufman's 1978 effort stands out as a crowd favorite (no disrespect to Don Siegel's 1956 memorable take). Donald Sutherland stars as a local Health Inspector who begins to witness strange occurrences and manages to stay one step ahead of the invasion until the end. So sit back and enjoy of our review of the horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
Visiting Hours Retrospective (1982) Retrospective
1982 was a good year for horror, and Visiting Hours - starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant and William Shatner - continues that trend. Michael Ironside plays a silent, demented, crafty and relentless killer who has a fondness for praying on women in hospitals. According to Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn, and Al Omega Visiting Hours was not an easy film to sit through in 1982 due to the subject matter for the times, and William Shatner's role was criticized as being too campy and overblown. Regardless of its detractors Visiting Hours is a tense cat and mouse story worth the price of a rental.
Also in the news: catch the Death's Parade Film Fest at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, California June 3rd through the 5th! Although we won't have a table we will be on site passing out swag and interviewing horror creatives. We'll be easy to spot: Kevin Nickelson is a towering individual and we'll have DPFF shirts on!
It's Storytime with Famed Screenwriter and Filmmaker Greydon Clark
We had the privilege and honor to speak with Greydon Clark - a screenwriter, director, producer, and actor that has earned a permanent place in the hearts of fans of late night and straight-to-video fare starting with 1973's Tom through 1998's sci-fi Stargames starring Tony Curtis. Greydon has so many stories to share that this episode is thirty minutes longer than our normal one. We touch on such films as Psychic Killer and Without Warning, and many others. Sit back and enjoy our conversation with the long-time great Greydon Clark.
Also, new on the Creature Feature Show - Agent X2 : underwater adventure 1966 .
The Death's Parade Film Fest will make it's first convention appearance at Monsterpalooza June 3rd - 5th at the Pasadena Convention Center in Burbank, California. More details to come on how to find us!
Evil Dead Retrospective (1981)
The original Evil Dead is considered a genre maker in terms of horror films. Thanks to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell Evil Dead created (and disrupted) many of the tropes of the horror genre. It’s influence is felt in the films of the Coen brothers, Peter Jackson, and Edgar Wright. It is campy without being bad. It's disgusting, hilarious, and a film that will make you jump. Join Al Omega from The Original Creature Feature Show, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we dive into Evil Dead!
Learn more about the Grim and Bloody Podcast and the Death's Parade Film Festival.
A Conversation with John Evans from Behind the Fiends Horror Podcast
In this segment, we are joined by John Evans, host of the popular Behind the Fiends podcast on Spotify, Apple and other platforms. John is also an Associate Producer on six pending features, including Z Dead End (2022) and The Sawyer Massacre (2022).
What's new on the Creature Feature show? Teenage Zombies from 1959!
Submissions are open for the Death's Parade Film Fest - send in your work now.
Interview with Documentary Journalist Tom Jennings: Two discovery+ Shock Docs Special Previews
We were beyond excited to preview two new shock doc specials on discovery+ today February 18th with executive producer Tom Jennings. We cover the two new specials Alien Abduction: Barney and Betty Hill, and Alien Abduction: Travis Walton.
Barney and Betty Hill stands as the first real report of Alien Abduction. Contrary to what you may have seen in the past Tom Jennings and 1895 Films promises to reveal the complete and unfettered story never before seen! This will be an event to remember.
Travis Walton's experience was met with great amounts of skepticism. Through it all he maintains the abduction happened, and there might enough evidence linking his account to Barney and Betty Hill's to make us reconsider.
For more visit: https://discoveryplus.com/
A Conversation with Horror Writer Fred Wiehe
We have been looking forward to speaking with San Francisco Bay Area horror writer Fred Wiehe for some time, and we finally got him on! Fred Wiehe has dabbled in all forms of written horror: from novellas to poems to screenplays and has also found time to teach the fine of writing as well. Today we talk about how Fred got into writing, his writing process, his latest works, and just how in the heck do you write a horror Christmas story? All this and more on The Grim and Bloody Podcast, brought to you by the Death's Parade Film Festival.
Look for Fright house that is back in print! Collected Nightmares Vol 2 is due out early 2023.
For more about Fred visit https://www.fredwiehe.com/
Also, what's new on The Original Creature Features? A 19086 B-movie classic HOUSE
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The Legend of Hell House Retrospective (1973)
Welcome to our first retrospective of 2022! The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 supernatural horror film directed by John Hough, and stars Pamela Franklin as the mental medium Florence Tanner, Roddy McDowall as the physical medium Benjamin Franklin Fischer, Clive Revill as the physicist in charge of the investigation into the afterlife, and Gayle Hunnicutt as Ann Barret as the physicist's wife. Widely regarded as one of the scariest ghost films of its generations, The Legend of Hell House served as inspiration for numerous haunted house films to this day. Join Anthony DeRouen, Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega and Joe Flynn as we delve into The Legend of Hell House!
Also in the news, we are holding a writer's challenge! From now until February 15th anyone 18 years and older can submit a review from film, television, books, games or another media related to horror and suspense for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in February. Send all submissions to email@example.com . Each accepted entry will gain one number, and one random number between zero and the total number of submissions will be chosen on February 28th.
Welcome to the team, Samuel Glass! And our first audience challenge.
In this short and very informal episode the crew of The Grim and Bloody Podcast welcome Samuel Glass to the DPFF team. Samuel has a long history of writing horror and we're stoked to read his upcoming work.
We're excited to introduce our newest DPFF feature - editorial reviews! We will be covering a wide spectrum of horror that includes film, television, books, illustrations, video games, music and more.
As part of the release we are holding a writer's challenge! From now until February 15th anyone 18 years and older can submit a review from film, television, books, games or another media related to horror and suspense for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in February. Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org . Each accepted entry will gain one number, and one random number between zero and the total number of submissions will be chosen on February 28th. Winner will be contacted on February 28th to attain their mailing address. Below are the conditions for the contest.
- All reviews must be at least 600 words or longer. Anything less will not be considered.
- Send review in a word doc or PDF to email@example.com
- No cussing, no religion, no politics, no nudity, no spam.
- Review must be related to work that can be easily found online (we will include links later)
- Please include at least one visual with the review (two movie stills, a poster, book or film cover).
- Review cannot be posted on another site, and must be your own creation.
- By submitting your work you grant DPFF rights to edit and post the finished article(s) through our site and social media channels.
Ho Ho Ho! We have a Merry Time with Writer and Director Robert Restro
In our latest episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast we are joined by Robert Restro, the filmmaker behind Amazon Prime's horror thriller THE BRAIN HUNTER, and the upcoming feature Z DEAD END.
New on The Creature Feature Show: Krampus Origins 2018 .
We hope you have a safe and warm holiday season!
A Conversation with Chris from Guerrilla Metropolitana for the Youtube feature The Censor
The Censor - A British horror tale of real politics and social-moral code is an agonizing journey of pain, human horror and social injustice, showing the true face of the powers that be. A unique cinematographic experience that will take you to the darkest hole of humanity. We sit down with Chris, Writer and Director of The Censor to discuss the incredible effort to produce the film while avoiding local authorities, and the response he's received so far regarding its subject matter.
New on the Creature Features Show - The Paganini Horror! A classic Italian splatter with way too much red, but we'll enjoy it nonetheless.
Also in the news, official selections for Death's Parade 2021 go out today! We want to congratulate all of the selections and look forwarding to screening their work Saturday December 4th on Eventive.Org. Tickets to go on sale soon.
The question of the week is: Whos plans to Trick or Treat this Sunday? We certainly are! It can be done safely, and we're excited to see all the decorative homes and feel that energy again.
Halloween Kills (2021) Review
The second installment in a planned slasher trilogy, we find Laurie Strode recuperating in a hospital under the assumption Michael Meyers is dead, but we all know the truth. Evil Must die! But it doesn't. Directed by David Gordon Green and starring the venerable Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Anthony Michael Hall and Nick Castle as The Shape, Halloween Kills serves as the in-between in the three movie arc. By and large Halloween Kills delivers on what you would expect a Halloween film to provide. Hear our take as Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen discuss Halloween Kills!
The enigmatic Michael J. Epstein - Writer and Director of Clickbait (2018)
Hailing from Los Angeles California Michael J. Epstein is a man of many talents: Director, Actor, Writer, Musician, and Producer known primarily for horror and sci-fi films layered with modern sociopolitical commentary. His latest feature Clickbait encapsulates that. Clickbait also serves as a launching pad for aspiring actress Colby Stewart who elevates the film to Happy Death Day levels. So join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen for another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast - Halloween season edition!
This episode also marks our 50th show! Here's to many more enjoyable sit downs.
In other news - Al Omega's hit show Creature Features latest episode showcases Black Pumpkin! In the old days, you got the pumpkin. Now, the pumpkin gets you! Another offering for Halloween, a very 80's feeling Halloween Slasher that has a few surprises in it. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woY9Y4Kg1W8
Don't Tread in the Woods: We Speak with Madeline Deering - Writer and Director of Spirit Animal
Filmed on a Magnavox VHS camera, co-written and co-starring both Madeline Deering and Joseph Russio (Lucifer’s Unholy Desires 2012) Madeline Deering' Spirit Animal is a welcome addition to the Shot On Video (SOV) genre that has garnered a large cult following. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and the return of Al Omega as we delve into the bloody fun mess that is Spirit Animal.
And other news, don't forget that the Death's Parade Film Fest is back Saturday December 4th on Eventive.Org!
The latest on Creature Features - Don't look in the Basement 1972 !
We Celebrate the Spirit of Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner! We know it is because Spirit Halloween opened it's doors. Not to say a retail chain determines when we can celebrate our cherish spooky season, but it's a welcome sight for those who have kids, or who are eager to purchase the latest horrific animatronics and decorations. In this episode Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen also discuss the latest entry into the Halloween series Halloween Kills.
We also announce the Death's Parade Film Fest will happen Saturday December 4th on Eventive! This year we go virtual. Tickets will go on sale stating in late November. More details to come including selection announcements and program list.
Episode photo credit - Gantas Vaičiulėnas
A Conversation with Horror Filmmaker Dave Reda
Dear friend of the festival Dave Reda returns with teasers and behind the scene stories of his upcoming premiere As Good as Dead! Dave's latest feature screens Chinese Theater, Hollywood, August 27th at 11:50PM, and releases to general audiences on August 28th. Join Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega, and Joe Flynn as we talk about Dave's latest work and the importance of screening a feature with a live audience of horror fans.
For more about Dave Reda's latest feature visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14550116/
What's new with Al Omega's Creature Feature Show? Prophesy 1979!
We Talk with Brian Jalbert - Producer and Actor in Mind Games!
Mind Games is a slow burn horror thriller starring Michael Paré, Robert LaSardo, Brian Jalbert, Michael Milhoan. Join Kevin Nickelson, Anthony DeRouen and Joe Flynn as we talk about the Amazon Prime thriller Mind Games.
We Sit Down with Joe Badon - Director of The God Inside My Ear and Sister Tempest
We had a wonderful time chatting with Joe Badon, a man of many creative talents. He directed Sister Tempest and horror film festival favorite The God Inside My Ear horror comedies. Join Al Omega, Kevin Nickelson, Anthony DeRouen and Joe Flynn for a lively chat with Joe Badon!
In other news The Original Creature Features screened Circle of Fear! Have a watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG_0ShjfdWM .
The Grim and Bloody Podcast is part of the Death's Parade Film Fest. For more visit: https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/
Candyman (1992) Retrospective
Candyman...Candyman...Candyman! One of the most recognizable lines to survive the 90's. Clive Barker's short story "Forbidden" was adapted to the silver screen by Bernard Rose who also directed. Starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, Candyman was a harrowing story centered on a notorious housing project in Chicago which amplified an already compelling narrative. We're excited to see how Jordan Peele can reboot this flick this summer.
In other news: the Death's Parade Film Fest July Frights is set to premiere July 22nd at 8PM PST. Visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ for more! We are rolling out five horror short films and will feature a number of filmmakers and a special guest, hope you can join us!
This week on Creature Features : Doomwatch 1972!
An Afternoon Chat with Gary Sherman - Director of Dead & Buried and Poltergeist III
We sit down with Gary Sherman - the director of Dead & Buried and Poltergeist III. Dead & Buried will be on the receiving end of a grandiose 3-disc limited edition 4k release on July 20th. Featuring a restoration from the 35mm IP approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, the Dead & Buried 4k release is stuffed full of new commentary and special features. For more visit https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Buried-3-Disc-Limited-Blu-ray/dp/B09181P62V .
If you have listed to our podcast before then you will know how significant a 4k restoration from a 35mm negative can be. 35mm films capture an immense amount of detail and while previous mediums left some of this on the transfer floor technology has progressed enough that we can see more of what the filmmaker captured.
So join Al Omega, Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the significance of Dead & Buried's take on the zombiejperspective, his breakout film Deathline, Poltergeist III and more.
New this week on Creature Features: Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1966 . Why can't movies have cool names like this anymore?!
Enjoy horror and have a safe Fourth of July.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Retrospective
Welcome to another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast. Today we review The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, starring Peter Cushing. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires was a Hammer Film production, critically, stands as on of their best films of the 1970's. The film is a mix of martial arts and horror and features some outstanding make-up effects by Les Bowie. Joining the podcast is Al Omega, host of Creature Features, Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn of CreaTV and Anthony DeRouen found of the Death's Parade Film Fest. Sit back and enjoy The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires!
For more about this film visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070297/
We Sit Down with Jenny Runacre - Veteran Horror and Thriller Actress from the 1970's!
We couldn't think of a better way to spend our Saturday morning then to speak with long timer silver-screen actress Jenny Runacre. We review her exhaustive body of work including The Creeping Flesh, Son of Dracula, The Passenger, The Lady Vanishes, The Witches and Restoration.
New for this week! The Original Creature Features is screening The Snake Woman 1961 . Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5fWM-dVKg .
Al Omega has confirmed to be making an appearance at the New Jersey Horror Con! For more information and to get tickets visit http://www.newjerseyhorrorcon.com/.
Scream Blacula Scream (1973): Part Two of our Blacula Franchise Retrospective!
Ready for some more Blacula? We know you are! William Marshall is back, and he brings Pam Grier with him in Scream Blacula Scream, 1973's sequel to the Blaxploitation hit Blacula. As before, William Marshall's performance raises this film above the standard faire Blaxploitation films of the 70's. His turn as the Nigerian Prince Mamuwalde is both gripping and tragic. Sadly the two films share very little narrative tissue beyond the titular character. By refusing to build on the emotional impact in Blacula's ending we are given a film where the support characters succumb to familiar tropes which ultimately dulls the story. Nevertheless, William Marshall and Pam Grief turn in A-list performances making Scream Blacula Scream a tolerable sequel.
To learn more about Blaxploitation visit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaxploitation .
For more about Blacula visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068284/
Blacula (1972): Part One of our Blacula Franchise Retrospective!
Enjoy this two-part episode where we break down the Blaxploitation horror series Blacula. Starting with the 1972 vehicle starring William Marshall and Thalmus Rasulala, we delve into what made the film good despite it's overarching themes and how the film would be received in today's society.
To learn more about Blaxploitation visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaxploitation .
We Discuss Virus (1980) Along with Our Favorite Disaster Movies
When Virus premiered in 1980 it was the biggest product in Japan's history. An Adaptation on Sakyo Komatsu's novel Fukkatsu no hi the movie starred Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, George Kennedy and Robert Vaughn. The film is a harrowing take involving a man-made virus that springs into the wild during a period of political and military unrest between the United States and the Soviet Union.
We tackle other disaster stories which bring about the end of the world or leave enough clues to keep us awake at night! These films include, 2012, Threads, The Thing (naturally!), Deep Impact and Armageddon.
Gary Morgenstein - Critically acclaimed author of The Dark Depths series
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Gary Morgenstein, who is the critically acclaimed author of The Dark Depths series (A Mound Over Hell, A Fastball for Freedom), a unique dystopian science fiction baseball saga. Gary is our first author on the show, but we went easy on him!
Gary is an accomplished playwright: his humorous new play about racial harmony, A Black and White Cookie, is slated for premiere in 2021. He is also the author of the stage dramas Saving Stan, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, and the off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem.
Island of the Burning Damned (1967) - A Retrospective
Join us for a warm-saddled, sweat-mopping jaunt through 1967's Island of the Burning Damned: a sci-fi horror thriller starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Jane Merrow. You can catch more Island of the Burning Damned on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features!
In other news, we're excited to see theaters reopen. It's been too long, welcome back. We are in contact with 3 Below Theaters and Lounge in San Jose and hope to have a clearer picture of when the Death's Parade Film Fest can happen in the later month's of October/November. Stay tuned for more!
You can also catch the latest episode of The Original Creatures Keep My Grave Open (1977) here: https://youtu.be/qzJ1I1pshUI
We Discuss the 1997 Horror Sci-Fi Classic Event Horizon
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned, but with someone or something new on-board. That is the synopsis for Paul W.S. Anderson's follow-up to the Mortal Kombat live action adaptation: a exceptionally fun and gory sci-fi horror flick starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Jason Issacs. Even better, Shout! Factory recently released an Event Horizon Collector's Edition with a slew of new interviews with cast and crew along with a 4K scan of the original camera negative. If you have followed their past efforts you know this will be the best version of Event Horizon on the market.
Join Al Omega, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we talk about Event Horizon's production problems, it's performance in theaters, and its subsequent cult following which prompted Amazon to develop a TV series adaptation. Whether the world even needs an Event Horizon TV series is not for us to decide, but we'll give it a shot anyways.
Also new this week on Creature Features - In the Year 2889 (1969) you can watch here: https://youtu.be/wSdpI4hel1Y .
Who's hungry? Mario Cerrito - Writer and Director of Human Hibachi
We talk with Mario Cerrito, writer and director of the grotesque and fun-as-hell cannibal feature film Human Hibachi. If the name doesn't give you a clear impression of the movie the trailer certainly will. Human Hibachi earns its place among the pantheon of cannibal horror films with it's strikingly real practical effects and a cast who throw themselves into their respective roles.
To learn more about Human Hibachi visit https://www.humanhibachi.com/
A Conversation with Producer John T. Sweeney
It's always enlightening for us to hear about what happens behind the camera throughout the ages of cinema. John T. Sweeney stopped by the Grim and Bloody Podcast and does just that! As Kevin Nickelson later described the show: "John was a hoot and a half with a few salty stories working as production coordinator on films like Alien vs. Predator, Hellboy and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In a first time deviation from the ordinary talk of horror movies, we talk about COVID and I speak extensively about my near death experience."
COVID-19 has taken a sledgehammer to almost everything, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. More and more stories surface regarding the virus and our collective experiences. We feel thankful that we can share them because that means we survived to tell the tale.
In other news, Kevin has a new piece of writing out! It's his first non-horror article, "A look at Agatha Christie" in the 70's for the magazine Cinema of the 70's. The issue will be available between March 7th- 10th.
And catch Al Omega's latest Creature Features Show: The Children (1980) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSa5_1MZi7I .
Thirteen Ghosts (2001 Remake) Retrospective
Say what you will about Steve Beck's Thirteen Ghosts remake, it was a fun popcorn horror movie! With amazing special make-up effects by Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, along with a production design that is still unparalleled to this day, Thirteen Ghosts remains on Halloween playlists twenty years later. The executive team behind the successful HBO series Tales from the Crypt leant their weight to this big budget supernatural opus that starred Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard, a young Shannon Elizabeth and F. Murray Abraham. So join Al Omega, Joe Flynn, and Anthony DeRouen as they discuss what made Thirteen Ghosts a stand out movie among a slate of commercially successful titles under Dark Castle Entertainment's belt, aspects that could have lifted its narrative further, and why Steve Beck's follow up effort Ghost Ship was equally as enjoyable.
Premiering tonight on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features: Death Car on the Freeway! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/V9IBlAUZnbY . If you haven't seen The Original Creature Features Al Omega does a marvelous job of setting up the night's film with razor sharp wit and historical retelling. For more visit http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ .
The Wheel - What Happens When Experienced Horror Filmmakers Come Together
In episode 30 we sat down with Nikhil Bhagat, writer and director of The Wheel, and discovered so much about this thrilling short we couldn't fit it all in one show. Nikhil returns with key parts of the crew that made it happen. James Kniest (Cinematographer for Hush, The Last Witch Hunter, Annabelle, The Bye Bye Man) , Pete Gvozdas (Producer for The Curse of la Llorona, The Purge, Brightburn, The Conjuring 3) , and Tim Murray. We hope you enjoy listening to how these skilled filmmakers brought The Wheel to life!
Nikhil Bhagat - Writer and Director of The Wheel
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Nikhil Bhagat and we talked about the fantastic short horror film The Wheel, set to be released this February.
The short film finds a woman, played by Molly Buecher, alone in a house while her husband is on a trip shopping for antiques to sell in their shop. When he sends home an old toy ferris wheel (made from parts of the original ferris wheel no less!) the couple has no idea the terror that is about to be unleashed.
For those who haven't heard of Nikhil Bhagat - his equally as impressive short As They Continue To Fall has now been picked up for a feature adaptation by James Wan and Eric Heisserer!
Jane Merrow - The Hammer Films Legendary Actress!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sits down with legendary stage, screen, television and Hammer Films star Jane Merrow!
To learn more about Jane Merrow's illustrious career visit https://www.janemerrow.net/.
To learn about Hammer Films visit : https://www.hammerfilms.com/
Krampus - A Christmas Retrospective
Michael Dougherty 2015's holiday horror film Krampus starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott is a cult classic which re-emerges from the frozen depths every holiday season. It's packed with stellar performances, an engaging story, and some of the best practical effects done by Weta Workshop. Very much like Trick R Treat, Michael Dougherty weaves a cautionary tale about what happens when you lose the Christmas spirit. Al Omega and Joe Flynn join DPFF Founder Anthony DeRouen as they delve into the shadow of Saint Nick - Krampus!
Krampus can be streamed everywhere and is still a popular blu-ray release (for those will still prefer discs).
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The Evil (1978) : A Retrospective
The Evil, written and directed by Gus Trikonis, is very much a product of its time. There's a light-hearted campiness to The Evil one can appreciate from the time of disco fever and bellbottoms which eventually would ebb away as we crossed into the 1980's and experienced bone-chilling supernatural films such as The Shining, The Fog and Poltergeist. The Evil is a fast-paced haunted house flick that can easily fall under the radar of contemporary horror aficionados, but didn't miss Joe Flynn and Al Omega's gaze as their reach in the genre stretches further than most. Sit back and enjoy our spoiler-free review of The Evil!
We chat about the anthology slasher Specimen 6 with director Joseph Voegele!
Specimen 6 is a slasher film unlike any seen before. It follows the exploits of mad scientist Marissa Gray as she attempts to create the ultimate weapon. Told in 6 short stories Specimen 6 tells the story of the greatest evil to ever walk the land. Join Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Joe Flynn as we discuss the finer points of Specimen 6.
To watch Specimen 6 visit https://player.vimeo.com/video/445086530 .
Mitch McLeod - Writer and Director of Silhouette
As the Halloween season rages on we're back with another spooktacular episode featuring Mitch McLeod, writer and director of the horror drama Silhouette. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Silhouette will be undergoing a name change to A Haunting in Texas before it's debut on the media shelves of Wal Mart stores nationwide! Obviously an exciting time for Mitch, the cast and crew of Silhouette we couldn't be more excited to see this dark and disturbing paranormal tale receive a massive home video release. Look for A Haunting in Texas at Wal Mart starting November 17th, and tune into the podcast to hear about the behind the scene stories!
To learn more about Mitch McLeod visit https://www.facebook.com/absentiapictures/.
- Anthony, Al and Joe
Jenna Payne - Horror Comic Producer - Writer and Director of Hysteria
Jenna Payne is involved in many diverse projects, notably the sci-fi horror comic Zompire Vixens from Pluto! She has a proof of concept teaser for Hysteria : the story of a chronically ill and undiagnosed patient who takes matters into her own hands, along with two award-winning shorts on Youtube. We talk about the advantages of developing a horror story in comic book form, insight into her upcoming film Hysteria and her tireless work in promoting other filmmakers through Disaster Capitol and Cinefemme.
For more about Jenna visit www.jennapayne.com and www.disastercapitalproductions.com
A Conversation with Acclaimed Producer Angela Mancuso
Angela Mancuso is known for giving us the fan favorite horror comedy Happy Death Day and it's sequel Happy Death Day 2, but Angela found success long before working with Blumhouse Productions. She worked for HBO during it's fledgling days and eventually became the president of Universal Cable Entertainment. She later embarked on a producing career that gave us the much beloved Battlestar Gallactica (Reimagined), Monk, and a slew of other miniseries. So tune in as we catch a rare glimpse into the horror genre's top studio in Blumhouse Productions. We find out why they have grown exponentially in popularity since their inception 20 years ago, and what sets them apart from other studios. Sci-fi fans will particularly enjoy our Battlestar Gallactica segment.
Sinister: A Retrospective
Scott Derrickson's horror film Sinister, produced in 2012, is a deeply disturbing supernatural flick that takes a family who's already survived a number of traumas and tears them apart from the inside out. Sinister introduces a fictional demon called Bughuul (also known as Mr. Boogie) who convinces children to murder their family and takes the child's soul in the end. Sinister is a well-made, thought-provoking take on a number of familiar tropes the team is excited to discuss, now 8 years later. So join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and Al Omega as we look back and talk about Sinister!
To learn more about Sinister visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_(film)
We talk about Tom Holland's Fright Night!
As we draw closer to the Halloween season we sit down and talk about a film that impresses us still to this day: Tom Holland's directorial masterpiece Fright Night. Produced in 1985 Fright Night was a critical and financial success, and spawned a number of sequels, a book, video game, even a stage adaptation. Roddy McDowall turn as Peter Vincent is the star of the show, but Tom Holland assembles an excellent and game cast that elevates the story.
Join Anthony DeRouen, founder of the Death's Parade Film Fest, Al Omega, host of Creature Features and Joe Flynn as we peel back the layers of time and revisit a horror opus.
An American Werewolf in London: A Retrospective
An American Werewolf in London was a critical and commercial success in 1981, and a lasting cultural phenomenon. It launched director John Landis into the pantheon of horror greats, and still holds up great today thanks in big part to Rick Baker's masterful practical effects. Join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and returning guest host Al Omega as we break down one of horror's greatest films - An American Werewolf in London.
Music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK.
Visit Al Omega's Creature Features show at http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ .
A Darkly Night with Horror Hostess Miss Misery
Miss Misery is known as the Queen of Horror in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for good reason. From feature films and television series, to children's novels and comic books, Miss Misery has her tendrils in all forms of horror entertainment. We can also talk about the Zombie Proms, Shadow Casts, and Film Festivals - but you'll have to listen to find out what Anthony, Kevin and Joe have the pleasure of speaking about.
Find out more about Miss Misery at http://missmisery.net/index.html . You can also catch the Miss Misery's Movie Massacre on Roku!
Tonight's music is courtesy of Ross Bugden.
Jonathan Cartwright - Writer, Director and Composer of Demu and The First Virtual Scarezone!
Join us as we speak to the multi-faceted Jonathan Cartwright about his upcoming feature Demu, and the First Virtual Scarezone! With Halloween threatened due to the ongoing pandemic, Jonathan has thought of a way to represent the scary holiday by making an online virtual scarezone to honor his upcoming horror film, and to scare the pants outta its visitors. We couldn't be more excited!
You can find out more about Jonathan at https://tinyurl.com/yxw7uwlm
Closing music courtesy of Ross Bugden: https://instagram.com/rossbugden/
In Utero - A Discussion with Director Royce Freeman and Cast
In this episode we speak with Writer/Director Royce Freeman and cast members Clement Jones Jr, Alexia Maier, and practical effects artist Synthia Roy. In Utero is a grindhouse horror flick that revolves around Zoe, an infertile psychopath, who seeks to fill a void left when she lost her child years ago in a horrible accident, which blackened her soul. Skylar, an expectant mother, will do anything to protect her unborn child. In Utero is free to stream for Amazon Prime members.
Anastasia Kouloukas and Vixey Teh
Two immensely talented actresses who star in David Black's upcoming comedic sci-fi/ horror film Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space spoke with The Grim and Bloody Podcast about their work on the quarantine-shot feature, how they prepare to shoot behind a green screen, and just what the heck attracted them to this crazy movie in the first place! Anastasia Kouloukas is reprising her role as a domineering taskmaster from Sinister Symbiosis while Vixey Teh plays the central antagonist with lasers that shoot from well...places. That's all we can say about Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space, listen for more!
For more about David Black's Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space visit https://tinyurl.com/yxhfwbhk .
What's Your Favorite Horror Moment? A San Diego Comic Con 2020 Discussion
Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen fly by the seats of their pants without a guest for this special San Diego Comic Con-inspired chat. The topic of the show: what's your favorite horror moment? Since the three of us are major horror fans to begin with it doesn't take long for other topics to come up: like our favorite horror music, when does a movie turn you into a fan, horror in literature, and of course COVID 19-inspired horror movies. We have a few ideas on what can make a COVID-19 horror movie work for pandemic weary audiences.
We give major shout-outs to San Diego Comic Con and their impressive array of virtual panels (including quite a few horror-related events) we encourage you to check out. For more visit: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome . Like everyone else enamored with pop culture, we sorely miss spending the week among our fellow brethren, but we hope you enjoy this discussion, and tune in for future episodes.
Christian Nilsson - Director of Unsubscribe
The Grim and Bloody Podcast spoke with Christian Nilsson, writer and director behind UNSUBSCRIBE, the hit horror short that claimed the top spot in the US Box office! We talk with Christian about four walling, a loophole himself and fellow producer/actor Eric Tabach exploited to garner their film widespread attention during the coronavirus pandemic when most theaters were shut down. The film itself stands on it's on two feet with a game cast, well-thought out script and a haunting score.
You can find Christian at http://christian-nilsson.com/ .
Opening music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK.
Adam Marcus - Director of Jason Goes to Hell
Join us as Adam Marcus peels back the curtain to one of the most controversial Friday the 13th installments called Jason Goes to Hell, a serial killer flick with strong supernatural elements, featuring work from make-up effects legend Greg Nicotero. Adam has much more work to share with us than we can fit in one episode, so look out for the second part debuting in July on the Grim and Bloody Theater. Enjoy horror!
The Life and Times of Philippe Mora
The director of 1985's The Howling 2 joins Kevin Nickelson as they take a trip on memory lane and revel in all its hairy, marsupial glory. The episode is longer than normal, but if you enjoy werewolves in monkey suits, and behind the scenes stories involving the late great Christopher Lee you won't find anywhere else we think you'll enjoy.
Sammie Cassell - Lead Actor for Backwoods Bubba Horror Shorts
We recently spoke with Brad Thomasson, writer and director behind the Backwoods Bubba serial killer Youtube series and upcoming feature - now listen to the man behind the mask! Sammie Cassell is also behind the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival that's still happening this year. Support our fellow brethren! http://www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com/
Mark Patton - Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2
On this episode of The Grim and Bloody Podcast Mark Patton spends an hour with us to shed light on his story behind Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. He also delves into "Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street", a fascinating documentary that details the tragic ending to Mark's promising young career and which also gave him the title of male “scream queen”.
Intro and outro music courtesy of Darren Curtis 'It's In The Fog'.
Dee Wallace - Star of Cujo, The Howling and Critters
We had the upmost pleasure of speaking with Dee Wallace! The star of such major horror films like CUJO, THE HOWLING and CRITTERS and newer films like 3 FROM HELL, and HANSEL & GRETEL along with everyone's favorite sci-fi flick E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. Have a listen!
Brad Thomasson - writer and director of the Backwoods Bubba shorts
Our newest interview comes from down south as we speak with Brad Thomasson, the writer and director behind the horror-documentary style Backwoods Bubba serial killer shorts. COVID-19 has halted Brad's episodic horror saga, but that didn't stop him from joining us to talk about his inspiration behind the films, and his future projects. You can watch the Backwoods Bubba shorts and more terrifying tales from Brad here: https://tinyurl.com/wnz2pqw
Mike Di Stasio - Host of Reel Talk with the Hollywood Kid
Mike Di Stasio is an old school Hollywood host that has interviewed hundreds of celebrities. Mike took us down a trip through memory lane as he recounted some of the more provocative ones like Yaphet Kotto and the struggles of black actors in early Hollywood, and the gruesome Black Dhalia murder. To learn more about Mike Di Stasio check out his Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4fcgG7ODeiEbR7HDUZl3A and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeDiStasio . We also provide an update about the Death's Parade Film Fest and COVID-19.
An afternoon with David Frankham
Join Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn as we speak with the long time great actor David Frankham. David has starred in too many roles to list here, but our interests resided in his horror and sci fi experiences, among others. Listen to David recall his time on the set of the original Star Trek, his work with Alfred Hitchcock and Vincent Price, and his contributions to The Outer Limits. It was a pleasure speaking to such a gifted and storied actor, and we hope you enjoy it as much we we did!
Musical pieces courtesy of Jonathan Dixon.
Al Omega - Host of Original Creature Features
Al Omega joins our motley crew for episode 5. Al is the host of The Original Creature Features. Kevin, Joe and Anthony delve into the inspiration of Creature Features, the process of selecting his eclectic films, and what's in store for the future.
Watch Creature Features on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqO-C1TJtQBrjAaeoJnmGRg/videos
Visit Creature Features main site - https://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/
Joshua Kennedy - Director of House of Gorgon
The Grim and Bloody Podcast returns with Joshua Kennedy: writer and director of the House of Gorgon, a throwback film to the immensely popular Hammer days of the 50's and 60's. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the finer points of Joshua's re-imagining of House of Gorgon, the startling differences between and garish posters of the 60's with today's, and more!
Sam Mason - Writer and Director of Normal Terror
The Grim and Bloody Podcast is back with Sam Mason: writer, director and star of the upcoming serial horror thriller Normal Terror. We plumbed the dark depths of Sam's twisted mind and returned different men. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen for this enthralling episode, and a peak into a feature that may very well debut at the Death's Parade Film Fest in September!
Zombie Dave Reda - Writer and Director of Horror of My Love
Today we sat down with Dave Reda, writer and director of the festival smash hit Horror of My Love and My Undeadly which stars Michelle Tomlinson. Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn join Anthony DeRouen as we pick Dave's undead brain and get his thoughts on his past and future projects and all things horror.
Learn more about Dave Reda at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1484232/
WATCH Horror of My Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyuXO3NxlQ8
Todd Jenkins - Writer and Director of Cherokee Creek
Welcome to the Grim and Bloody Podcast! Brought to you by the folks from the Death's Parade Film Fest. This is our first episode featuring Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn and the founder of the DPFF founder Anthony DeRouen. For episode one we have the pleasure of speaking to Cherokee Creek writer and director Todd Jenkins. Crack open a beer and enjoy!