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Over the 2016 Halloween Season, filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George had a lot to be proud of. For one thing, their critically acclaimed found footage film WNUF Halloween Special played in the famous Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. Also in attendance was LaMartina’s lovely wife Melissa, and actors Julian and Helenmary Ball.

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There was a Questions and Answers session after the film. It was well attended, and enjoyed by all. Congrats to the cast and crew of Midnight Studios!

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An added bonus is that the much-celebrated horror website BLOODY-DISGUSTING gave an incredibly flattering review of the WNUF Halloween Special. Be sure to check out their review HERE.

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2016 | English | Noir/Cult/Horror | 81  minutes | 1080p 
Hollywood 1944 and 1984. The creeps are crawling out of the woodwork like a bad dream and lone gumshoe private eye Dic Jones is trying to make the long cold crawl out of a short warm whiskey bottle. In this dark black and white underworld there are two lady Vampires on the loose. Vera and Serina, two super fine, rocked out, glammed up, new waved lesbian bloodsuckers, hell bent on a tinsel-town drinking spree.
In the summer of ’84, they feverishly shot with a five-man crew on a 15-day schedule working out of a
small office on Hollywood Boulevard surrounded by bikers and homeless. It was hard to tell where the
film ended and the production began. An additional two scenes were shot six months later and the
filming phase was complete.
When the shooting phase of the film was over, the post-production wreck left in its wake a vortex dying
in a storm. Travis and Bishart had no money to hire a real editor, so they tried to tackle that task with a
sense of impending doom. A year later, a workable cut still had not been found. Their production office
was closed and the editing was moved to Bishart’s home office. After another year, the work was
transferred to ¾ inch tape and various versions of the film were made in search of the perfect cut.
Creative disagreements, technical snafus, lack of funding and distractions from the next career step
were beginning to dilute the ability to finish Dark Seduction. Unable to find the cut, both men
returned to their other jobs and Dark Seduction was temporarily shelled.
The real question for Greg Travis was what kind of a movie had he made? Part film noir, part horror
movie, part comedy and all homage… Dark Seduction was all of those things. Travis was faced with
putting together what was now beginning to look like a collage of short scenes concocted under the
umbrella of high concept. It went into storage, a kind of post-apocalyptic hibernation, peaking out of
its cryogenic chamber every century or so to check and see if the world was habitable once again.
Travis’ vision, like all dreams to the dreamer upon awakening, lost cohesion in the stark light of day.
Ownership disputes followed. Now and again, an attempt to resurrect Dark Seduction would come
along then disappear. At one point, the negative was lost when an editor who had possession of it
suffered a stroke and went incommunicado for a year, but like Dic Jones, Travis persevered.
The digital revolution revitalized Dark Seduction just like an infusion of fresh blood reanimates a vampire! A
high quality restoration of the original footage now made it possible to re-edit! Time, experience and
perhaps a little wisdom had sharpened Travis’ dark dream into an actionable narrative that could now
be told. The style of the 40’s and the insanity of the 80’s were once again married, this time into a
workable relationship, and all the frenetic, quirky energy of the participants, from grip to actor, all of
their blood, sweat and tears come through in every single frame! All who took part were darkly seduced
by Travis’ obsession. They’ve had their Dark Seduction. Now it’s time for yours!
  • The film was originally shot in Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 1984 and was never finished due to a long list of mishaps, creative battles, and lost footage.
  • Featuring a classic film Noir detective, two beautiful Vampire Vixens and a supporting cast of hilarious characters; this lost cult classic, thirty years in the making, has the potential to become one of the greatest cult films of all time!
  • Directed by Greg Travis, Industry Veteran, known for his Roles in Starship Troopers, Watchmen, Show Girls, and Man on the moon, and Starring his Sister Stacy Travis: Easy A, Ghost World, Bandits.
  • A Documentary has been produced chronicling the film’s trials and tribulations from 1984 into present day. The documentary release will coincide with the release of the film.
  • Shot on 16mm Black and White, making it a must see film for Purist’s, so good it’ll make them weak at the knees!
  • On April 1st, 2016 a long overdue premier finally had it’s night! In attendance were Celebrities (Robert Townsend, Andy Dick, John Kassir, Vanessa waters). Also in attendance were the members of the cast and crew, that Travis was able to hunt down 30 years later. It was a midnight screening of ‘Dark Seduction’ at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.

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2016 | English | Horror/Comedy | 82  minutes | 1080p HD 
Peltzer Arbuckle spends his days in misery, stuck in his own mundane, nightmarish reality. Once news about an embarrassing sexual incident spreads it’s way around the office, Peltzer decides he has had enough humiliation. Conjuring up his imaginary friend from childhood, Ronnie, Peltzer’s world is quickly turned upside down. Ronnie attempts to manipulate Peltzer into exacting revenge on his tormenting co-workers in a most gruesome fashion. As the body count stacks up, Peltzer must ultimately decide whether to run away from his past or take control of his future, as he battles between sanity and madness, in this twisted tale of infidelity, revenge and snapped banjo strings.
Banjo is a bizarre and unique achievement to be seen as soon as possible, this is the one that will set social media alight.”- The Hollywood News (4/5 STARS)

Film Festivals:

•Won: Best Feature 2015 – Spooky Empire Film Festival, Orlando Florida, October 2015, Best Horror Comedy 2015 – Weekend of Horrors, Bottrop Germany, November 2015
•Nominated: Best Thriller 2015 – National Film Awards 2016 – United Kingdom, and Official Selection of many other international film festivals.

Since 2001 Brain Damage Films has been one of the largest and most respected independent horror film distributors worldwide. Our catalog of hundreds of horror and shock movies ranges from reality/shock classics like Traces of Death to newer, high quality independent features.
Brain Damage Films has fans around the world who know and appreciate our films. We’ve got a name for them: Gorehounds. Do you have a lust for graphic, bloody depictions of death or violence? How about the “three B’s” (Beasts, Blood, and Boobs)? Maybe you’re a connoisseur of shot-on-video, low-budget horror… Or an earnest filmmaker working your way up to direct the next Saw or Friday the 13th? If any of these descriptions sound familiar, you might be a Gorehound!

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Just in time for the Halloween season Independent filmmaker Kevin Kangas and two other directors bring a horror anthology to the public. Available – for now – is TERRORTORY through Amazon.com. Your intrepid movie reviewer gives you the breakdown on the goods for this gory endeavor. Check out the review HERE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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Hey there! We review a terrific independent romantic comedy called GUYS AND GIRLS CAN’T BE FRIENDS. You can check at the link to the review HERE.

Just in time for the Halloween season, we have three new horror movies released by Brain Damage Films! Now, Brain Damage has not always released the greatest stuff; sometimes the films have been head hurtingly bad. But, as of late the movies have bee much, much better! Click on the images below to go to my reviews. Stay spooky!

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It has come to our attention that Herschell Gordon Lewis (known as the Godfather of Gore) passed away yesterday evening. He was 87 years of age. Lewis was a  pioneer independent filmmaker who introduced buckets of blood, gore, and splatter to the movie industry in the early 1960s. Such movies as Blood Feast and 2,000 Maniacs! trail-blazed new avenues for aspiring horror movie directors. Working in both Florida and Chicago, Illinois Lewis produced several gore thrillers up until the early 1970s, and his influence was felt for decades. Here in the Mid Atlantic area, he had a wonderful cameo in the Gore fest CHAINSAW SALLY – where he appeared with veteran actor George Stover.  We here at Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking salute Herschell Gordon Lewis for his contributions to the independent film industry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and may he rest in peace. Thank you H.G.L.

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Announcing a night of networking for aspiring and student filmmakers in an effort to promote professional development in the local community.

Join us for a major networking event for professional and aspiring filmmakers in the mid-Atlantic! On August 17th, we’ll be hosting a panel of industry professionals to talk about their experiences, their upcoming projects, and to answer your questions.

Special guests include:

Erik Kristopher Myers – Director of the multi-award winning “Roulette” and the upcoming “Butterfly Kisses”

Anthony Greene – Director of the award winning films THICK, and Henchman’s War!

Dylan Hintz – Stunt Performer and Co-Founder of the DC Stunt Coalition, stunt coordinator for the award winning short film “Death Blender”.

You’ll have the chance to meet tons of other accomplished and novice filmmakers who may be looking for skills like yours to make their next movie. In the film industry, connections are everything, so make yours here!

The event is free, and as a special offer to attendees TIVA-DC will be offering a 50% membership discount, as well as discounted entry fees for the upcoming TIVA PEER Awards. Show up and use this opportunity to join one of the biggest professional media production networks on the east coast at a super low cost!

08/17/2016
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
LAUNCH Workplaces at 1201 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD 20854-2907, United States

Presented by:
TIVA-DC
Atlantic Coast Ventures
Launch Workplaces
MoCo Creatives
DC Stunt Coalition
and more!

More guests to be announced soon!

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RetroMedia (Fred Olen Ray) has done the lovers of independent monster movies a tremendous service. The company has released Don Dohler‘s THE ALIEN FACTOR on blu-ray. This disc boasts a beautiful transfer and bucket loads of  extras courtesy of actor George Stover. Click HERE to go to our review of this 1978 cult classic.

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Next we have Moe Porne and Douglas Tilley’s take on the critically acclaimed found footage movie WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. The brain child of Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George gets a hilarious and glowing review on Doug and Moe’s latest podcast. Click HERE to listen to it.

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Filmmaker Erik Kristopher Myers reached out to me about a new young filmmaker, to see if I might be interested in seeing his first project and interviewing him. I believe I will try to do both! Below is a little information on him and his project and where it is premiering. Hope to see you there.
     Autistic filmmaker James Billian has endeavored to make his first short.  It’s a DOCTOR WHO film called THE PUPPETS OF XYLOS.  He wrote and directed it, built props and sets, composed the score, and guided every aspect of the production.  The team was made up of volunteers, many of whom had never worked on a film before, and did so simply for the goal of helping him realize his dream.
     The film is premiering at the Knights of Columbus in Silver Spring on Saturday, July 16th.  There will be a Q&A after.  We invite area filmmakers and actors to come out, to support his work, and to widen his network as he moves forward with future projects.
     This is an opportunity for members of our local film community to cast a special light on neuro-diversity, and to encourage those with special needs to succeed.
     There are 2 screenings: The one at 4:30 will be sensory-friendly so bring the little ones to this. At 6 pm there will be a Q&A session followed by the 2nd screening. With 2 showings there is no excuse to miss it! Please RSVP if you can make it. $3-5 suggested donation to cover costs and future productions. See you there!
     Saturday, July 16 at 4 PM – 8 PM. The Knights of Coumbus “Columbian Room” 9707 Rosensteel Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910-1157, United States