An Interview With Travis Laidlaw, Director of “Dead House”
In the world of independent film, most indie storytellers are found wearing multiple hats on a single project; the need to keep overhead low while working with a small budget often calls for a filmmaker to be credited as a majority of their crew. For some, this is troubling and they’d prefer to pass the torch to focus their efforts elsewhere, and for others, like Toronto-based director Travis Laidlaw, being the moving part through the pipeline of a short film production is a rewarding experience.
Hulu’s “Happiest Season”, The Christmas Rom-Com That’s Coming For Your Heart Strings
Sometimes, the most meaningful aspects of life are the hardest to have to endure. Their pain is impactful, and it is so often that during those moments we find ourselves forced to ask the question all too many find comfort in ignoring: what was my role in this and do I need to be better?
An Interview With Jason Zink, Director of “Straight Edge Kegger”
When he’s not working his 9-5 as a job developer, Jason Zink is running a punk rock film house with some three productions under its belt. Zink, owner of Weird On Top Pictures, was formerly employed as an English teacher, though, currently assists others in the construction of their resumes, conducts mock interviews, and is the writer and director of the coming soon to Shudder thriller/horror film “Straight Edge Kegger”. The film has received much acclaim from its many appearances at festivals and overall has performed well, garnering 13 wins including the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Halloween International Film Festival and Best Actor from the Houston Horror Film Fest in 2020. Keeping overhead low and working alongside a small-scale crew, Zink completed the film that once released its own collectible toys and currently has a VHS Mystery Box on sale from Rotten Rentals.
Review of “Straight Edge Kegger”, Coming Soon to Shudder
The punk rock indie film titled “Straight Edge Kegger”, written and directed by Jason Zink (“Night Terrors” 2014), is slated to drop on Shudder at an unreleased date in 2021, and watchers are in for what other critics are calling “a wild ride”. Rightfully so, the film digs its claws into the straight edge subculture for a raw look at the interpersonal strains of Brad, portrayed by Cory Kays, and the deadly outcome of his choice to leave his militant gang of straight edgers. The 2019 completed thriller film yields comedy and as much heart and grit as it does gut-spilling gore. It’s the film for both dedicated horror audiences, thrill seekers, comedy buffs, and straight edge punks alike. While there’s times that stall, the film has a way of keeping you interested, with some corny humor you’ll laugh at more than you’ll have anticipated. It’s a product of indie filmmaking done right: a structured and believable plot that allows the watcher to watch and enjoy the movie, not notice every time the cinematographer forgot to come to work that day.
Review of “Box”, An Award-Winning Short Horror Film
The winner of some eight film festival awards, receiver of four nominations and accumulator of over 65 thousand views on YouTube and counting, “Box” starring Jimmy Dempster is one of the finer thriller short horror films released as of late. It’s experimental, artistic and psychologically thrilling nature denotes it’s Kings of Horror origin, a YouTube channel of some one million subscribers with an interest for independently produced horror. Likely more misunderstood than deserving of a negative rating, the Lee Thongkham written and directed short film “Box” is a magnificent attempt at visual storytelling. Thrillers unfold and impose a clouded understanding onto viewers and they may also incorporate forms of poetic symbolism; “Box” is no exception. With true potential to be written as a feature film someday, this short is worth the 29 minute and 34 second watch.
Halloween Films That’ll Petrify Your Psyche
Welcome, foolish mortals. Putting on a horror movie is a leisure activity that you may find me partaking in on any day of the year. This may be true for some of you, but there’s also an abundance who consider “Halloween movies” a Halloween thing, and only break out the hauntings, gore and jump scares when the season approaches. With so many popular work to choose from and a wide variety of sub-genres as well, you may want to branch out this year. It is my personal opinion that- when done properly- a psychological thriller can make for a fulfilled movie night.
Sci-Fi Films Featuring Aliens Worth Watching
During the season of scares, extraterrestrials come to mind while clicking about on our streaming services in search of something to watch. It’s nearing Halloween, and there’s a chance you’ve either neglected or exhausted your watchlists for the year. It’s my belief that many science fiction movies, specifically the ones with aliens, are a hoot on any given day, so if you’re looking for now or for later, I have constructed this list in hopes you’ll be intrigued enough to check them out.
“Sir John A and the Curse of the Anti-Quenched”, A Must-See Horror/Comedy Film
Imagine having to stay drunk in order to not turn into a demon. That would be reality if “Sir John A and the Curse of the Anti-Quenched” was more than just a feature-length film packed with Canadian star power.