Wednesday, October 22, 2014

THE LAST HALLOWEEN - NOW ONLINE FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE!

It's been over a year since we set up cameras and shot our 10 minute paean to our favorite holiday - with some much needed help from the wonderful people at BravoFACT - and now we are at long last allowed to share it with anyone fortunate enough to have an Internet connection... just in time for the most appropriate seasonal setting we can think of!

And so... behold... The Last Halloween!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

MONSTER MAYHEM THURSDAY - "Z MOVIE" MINI-POSTER!


This week's Monster Mayhem Thursday is brought to you by ZaAt! - also known as Blood Waters of Dr. Z - as memorably mocked by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang a few years back.  In fact, you can watch them tear apart this were-catfish abomination in the attached video, below!

Before you start watching though, allow me to repeat the point that the monster in this film is, indeed, a were-catfish. Half man, half catfish. And the crazed scientist who has managed to do this to himself - for reasons that are never quite made clear - is an escaped Nazi, to boot! Then again, aren't they all?

Anyway... Enjoy! And "keep circulating the tapes!"


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ANOTHER EXCELLENT REVIEW FOR THE LAST HALLOWEEN!

I'm very pleased to report that The Last Halloween continues to accrue excellent reviews from the people that matter... horror fans! 

This time, UK HORROR SCENE writer Will Roberts writes:
There is a wonderful blend of gothic, mediaeval and futuristic horror on display throughout and the story resonates like a dystopic Brothers Grimm tale – especially when the mini-harbingers , each representing a symbol of the season, dispose of their festive attire, resulting in a spectacular achievement in monster and prosthetic design, and a fantastic new spin on familiar imagery. 
The cinematography, production and costume design are impressively bleak and in places this visually stunning ten minute film is reminiscent of other non-horror (but nonetheless terrifying) post-apocalyptic classics such as ‘Delicatessen’ and ‘The Road’. 
A story riddled with a dreaded plague is impeccably timed to this particular Hallow’s Eve and this short , produced by Red Sneakers Media, is consistently tragic and wonderfully grim right up until it’s harrowing final shot. 
Written by Marc Roussel and Mark Thibodeau, and based on a comic book by Thibodeau, The Last Halloween is currently being screened at prestigious film festivals such as Raindance Film Festival and Screamfest and is destined for (well-deserved) widespread praise and attention come October 31st.
You can read the full review (including Roberts' star rating) at this link.

Monday, October 13, 2014

THE BEST END OF THE WORLD FILM YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE


With 1998's Last Night, Canadian director Don McKellar created a work of transcendent beauty and almost unbearably intense emotional poignancy.  The end of the world has never felt so intimate, so possible, so viscerally present as it does in this film. 

If you consider yourself an aficionado of apocalyptic cinema and you have yet to see this film, be prepared to make room in your personal Top Ten list. 

It's incredible to me that McKellar was still in his 30's when he directed this. The thing that he seems to get, and convey so eloquently, is that, in such a global endgame scenario, regret would loom just as large as dread, and that all our emotions - bad and good - will be heightened to an almost supernatural degree. 

Anyway, I've said too much already. Watch, experience, share. This film deserves to be seen by everyone... starting with you.

Friday, October 10, 2014

MONSTER MAYHEM THURSDAY DOUBLE-SHOT!

Last week, I brought you guys my take on the Typhonian occultist Kenneth Grant's unique descriptive variation on H.P. Lovecraft's original creation, the evil Elder God Yog Sothoth. This week, I figured I might as show you guys how the inked version turned out.


Also, seeing as the above image is essentially a repeat, I thought I'd also show you guys my latest exercise in color marker doodling... the tragic, murderous living tumor Belial from Frank Henenlotter's infamous Basket Case series of low budget exploitation horror films. Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE IN!


The contenders for awards at the 2014 edition of the Chicago Horror Film Festival have been announced, and I'm pleased to report that The Last Halloween is up for five awards this year!

The nominations in question are for Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Special Effects!

Needless to say, I'm tickled pink by this news, as is the entire Last Halloween cast and crew. Keep watching this space, and I'll keep y'all abreast as to whether or not we actually win anything this year! In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Cheers;
yer old pal Jerky

Saturday, September 27, 2014

FERAL HOUSE ON "BANNED BOOKS WEEK"

Our friends over at Feral House have a few choice words to share about the much-ballyhooed "Banned Books Week" as that much-ballyhooed American Library Association-sponsored event comes to its usual, anti-climactic end. Particularly noteworthy are head honcho Adam Parfrey's comments on the 2007 death of Russian publisher UltraKultur's founder Ilya Kormiltsev, shortly after the latter published Russian-language versions of popular FH titles like Apocalypse Culture and Extreme Islam. Also, if you haven't picked up your own copy of Hipster Hitler, what the hell are you waiting for? Get yours now before they're all burned!

Friday, September 26, 2014

THE LAST HALLOWEEN GOES INTERNATIONAL!

Daily Dirt Diaspora readers may or may not know that their old pal Jerky has been trying to kick-start a career in the motion picture industry since... oh, gee... since he was but a wee tyke! Although, truth be told, he was never really what anybody would rightly call "wee". 

Anyway, my most recent attempt at creating cinema is The Last Halloween, a ten minute short film based on an 8-page comic story I drew in late 2013, directed by my long-term writing partner (and best friend since the age of 9), veteran film industry editor Marc Roussel. You can see Marc's impressive IMDB credits here, and watch a trailer for our little movie, here:



So, we made a movie. And it's pretty decent. And that's all well and good. But what's most important at this point is that people get to see the damn thing. And that's why I'm pleased to report that yes, Virginia, people have been seeing the damn thing!

In fact, seeing as it is part of the mandate of this particular member-blog of the Daily Dirt Diaspora family of inter-related blogs to bring you news of yer old pal Jerky's progress in all of his multitudinous and variegated projects, I figured I should give you guys a rundown of The Last Halloween's film festival dates, past, present and future. 

Beginning, as is always fitting, at the beginning...

Twisted Celluloid Film Festival 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
This was our World Festival PREMIERE! And it took place in beautiful Cork, Ireland, where we had the honor of screening as a special short presentation prior to the debut of a beautiful new 35mm print of the original EVIL DEAD!


Crypticon Seattle Tri-Cities Fantastic Film Festival
May 25, 2014
An official selection in the Shorts program!
The Nickel Independent Film Festival
June 17-21, 2014
This one took place in beautiful St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada!


FilmQuest
July 2, 2014
This festival took place in conjunction with a huge Fan Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah! We were an Official Selection, and were were also nominated for Best Makeup Effects and Best Art Direction / Production Design!


DETCon1 
July 17-19, 2014
We were an Official Selection at this Detroit-based horror/sci-fi/fantasy film festival!

Calgary Horror-Con
August 2, 2014
We were an Official Selection at this fest!


Mascara & Popcorn Film Festival
Aug 14-17, 2014
We were an Official Selection at this fest and we WON an award for BEST VISUAL EFFECTS!


Vivisection International Horror Shorts
August 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM
We were an Official Selection of the Summer 2014 Edition of this Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based film festival.


Action On Film International Film Festival
August 22-30, 2014
We were an Official Selection for this Monrovia, California-based  Fest, where we were nominated as BEST MAKE-UP and BEST HORROR SHORT (and came in first runner up in both categories).


Rue Morgue Festival of Fear FanExpo
August 28-31, 2014
We had two screenings at this hugely influential fan convention event in Toronto as part of the "Little Terrors" program of shorts, co-presented by Unstable Ground. It was a great experience that we hope to repeat at other FanExpos in the future!


Montreal ComicCon Horror Fest 
September 12, 2014
Official Selection!


The Diabolique International Film Festival
Sept 18-20th, 2014
We screened on Saturday, Sept. 20 at this Bloomington, Indiana based festival, where we got a couple of really nice write-ups in the local press (here's one!). We were also nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST MAKE-UP FX!
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival 
Sept 26, 2014
This festival took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and our film was the short feature that ran before the gala presentation of the buzz-generating new indie horror film Housebound!

Chicago Horror Film Festival
Sept 26, 2014
Official Selection!


Beyond Fest
Sept 25 – Oct 4, 2014
Our film is an Official Selection and part of the "Shock Till You Drop” shorts program at this increasingly influential Los Angeles, California based film fest! I mean, check out this awesome website! Also (and almost unbelievably), we're showing on the same night, in the same theater, as John Carpenter's seminal classic (which was such an inspiration to us that we thank Carpenter in our credits), the original HALLOWEEN!


Feratum Festival Internacional de Cine Fantastico, Terror y Sci-Fi
Oct 2-5, 2014
We're really excited about showing as an Official Selection of the International Short Film competition of this Tlalpujahua, Mexico based film fest! I mean, again, just look at this site!

Raindance Film Festival
Oct 4, 2014
We're an Official Selection at this UK-based fest, and we're proud to be the short feature opening for a documentary about our fellow Canuck, the comic artist Seth, called Seth’s Dominion! Learn more, and maybe attend!


Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival
Oct 5, 2014
Official Selection!


Slaughter Movie House 
Oct 6th, 2014
Official Selection! Check 'em out on Facebook!


SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya
Oct 7, 2014
Spain's biggest and most influential fantastic film fest has done us the honor of making us an Official Selection! Check out the lovely Last Halloween site they made for us on their own website!


ScreamFest Horror Film Festival 
Oct 15, 2014 (at 9:30 PM)
We're an Official Selection at this Los Angeles, California based fest, which you can check out on Facebook!


PollyGrind Underground Film Festival
Oct 16, 2014
We're an Official Selection at this ground-breaking Las Vegas-based festival which you can learn more about here!


Samain du Cinema Fantastique
Oct 28, 2014
We're an Official Selection at this festival, which takes place in gorgeous Nice, France! Learn more here!

Twisted Tails Film Festival 
Dec. 5-7, 2014
We're an Official Selection of this festival, which you can learn more about here!

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Well, that's about it... for today, at least! Yes, that's right, there's even MORE exciting Last Halloween news coming up in the next few weeks! So keep watching this space for more updates about our little-movie-that-could. I'll try to keep you posted on any awards that we might win, any write-ups we might get in the press, any paying gigs that this labor of love leads to, etc, etc. In the meantime, I wish you all a good night, and if you live near any of the festivals listed above that haven't taken place yet, why not make the trek to go check  out yer old pal Jerky's movie work the way it was meant to be seen... in a darkened room full of strangers!

Cheers!
YOPJ

MONSTER MAYHEM THURSDAYS!

It's been a while, but I figured I might as well revive an abandoned tradition by sharing with you all a sketch that I began working on today, Thursday, September 26, 2014! It's a portrait of the Lovecraftian Elder God known as Yog-Sothoth, as re-imagined by occultist Kenneth Grant for his own particular dark version of things... Now, this is a pencil rough that I'll be inking over the next few days, so watch for the final image in these pages, coming some time soon!