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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

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Hey folks! Robert Long here to tell you that a brand new documentary on the life, times and career of legendary actor George Stover has just been released, and I have done an in-depth review of it. To check out my thoughts on this excellent production, click HERE.

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Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George’s found footage movie WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL has had a lot of youtube reviews done on it. I felt it was time to post a gaggle of them up on the site. The movie stars Paul Fahrenkopf, Leanna Chamish, Richard Cutting, Helenmary Ball, Brian St. August and Robert Long II. So click on this LINK and check them out!

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The website Vampire Beauties has posted some great photos of the Beautiful Women from the Timewarp Films presentation VAMPIRE SISTERS. Such lovely women such as Leanna Chamish, Syn DeVil and Darla Albornoz and others are present in this Don Dohler/Joe Ripple horror production. Check out the photos HERE.

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The website Vampire Beauties has posted some great photos of the Beautiful Women from the Timewarp Films presentation STAKES. Such lovely women such as Leanna Chamish, Syn DeVil and others are present in this Don Dohler/Joe Ripple horror production. Check out the photos HERE.

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In 1982, three young fans of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK decided to make a shot-for-shot remake of the movie on location in Mississippi. Now the making of documentary of this project is coming to the big screen. Here is the link to more information about it.

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Hey, I’m trying something new here at Smash or Trash. I want to try doing movie review video vlogs. I think this may be an entertaining way of doing the independent movie reviews. The first one I’m doing is Timewarp Films DEAD HUNT – a very cool slasher movie. Give it a thumbs up, leave me a comment, let me know what you think!

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We catch up – video-wise – on the works of the very prolific independent filmmaker Dan Zachary. You can check out all the cool video clips HERE.

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Synopsis: A group of friends gather for an “All-Girls” camping trip in Amish country. To their horror, “Jebediah” – a vicious Amish serial killer – stalks and slays each one. Not Rated: Contains nudity, violence, language and sexual situations.

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Directed by Joe Ripple, written by Robert Ziegler. Starring Brian Greenwell, Danielle Lozeau, Lauren Lakis, Jemma McDime, Sabrina Taylor-Smith, Jessy Danner, Chris O’Brocki, K.J. Linhein, Sam Lukowski, Alexandra Hewett, Frederick Cowie, Vanessa Rae Bent. Special appearances by George Stover, Kevin Kangas and Robert Long.

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Filmmaker Joe Ripple’s last motion picture before his retirement from the industry, this is a great blood-fest roller coaster ride. You can rent or download it from AMAZON.COM.