HAPPY HALLOWEEN! HEY! WE ARE BACK! Sorry – real life has gotten in the way of fun life, but I do have a mega update for all you indie guys and gals out there. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
You know you have made it when you are featured in FANGORIA Magazine. Don Dohler has been featured in it, Kevin Kangas has appeared in it, and now filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George have made it to the front cover! Yes, you have to look beyond the awesome T & A of Elvira, but there is a really great article on their movie CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU. I watched this freaking fun movie recently, so be looking for a review of it soon. It was great to see Baltimore legends George Stover and Leanna Chamish get some really juicy roles in this one. Get this issue!
Speaking of filmmaker Kevin Kangas, this prolific independent filmmaker has come out with a fantastic new book on the celebration of the holiday HALLOWEEN. Read this book and you’ll remember why Halloween is the greatest holiday of all! The History! Urban Legends! Vintage Candy and Costume Ads! Rare photos! Size is 8.5″ x 11″, 180 pages, full color. Pick this up HERE!
The cool people at WILD EYE RELEASING have sent along some really fun movies for us to review here at Smash or Trash, and for October we have three horror related DVDs that we go over. Guest reviewer Hugh Robertson takes us through a unique viewing experience with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REANIMATED.
Next is a retro grindhouse treat called THE DISCO EXORCIST. A womanizing disco dancer has to take on the devil when a curse befalls a porn star he is in love with. Set in the late 1970s this horror comedy is a lot of fun! Read about it HERE.
We also get a found footage film in the vein of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with the Ireland lensed THE PIGMAN MURDERS. Eight people go on a trek across the rough county side only to encounter a sadistic group of killers hell bent on killing them. Not bad at all. You can check out the review HERE.
Filmmaker Lisa Mikitarian is producing a film noir dramedy by the name of SPENT. Yours truly is doing the poster for it as well as some opening credit animation. You can find out more about the movie HERE.
Boots and Bubbly ” A Tribute to Wayne Shipley”
The Chesapeake Arts Center presents a special evening in honor of Director & Educator Wayne Shipley. The evening celebrates the history of Wayne’s career as a Teacher, a past President of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, an Actor, Legendary Racer, and Director.
Boots and Bubbly
“A Tribute To Wayne Shipley”
Saturday, October 24, 2015
in the Hammonds Lane Theatre
6:00pm-7:00pm VIP reception
7:00pm Doors | 7:30pm
Tribute Tickets:$30.00-Reception and Tribute
Like STAR WARS? “We’ve been producing another Malice in space special. This one set in a Star Wars universe. It’s called Malice Wars. Any way. Here’s the trailer which we posted last week. We’re proud that it has recieved over 10,000 views. Please support, share and like. We can only grow with dear friends like you.
Also, Hugh Robertson looks at Philip J. Cook’s sci fi thriller INVADER. Made for $160,000 in 1992, this is an incredible accomplishment. Let’s see what Hugh had to say about this cult movie. You can find the review HERE.
Hey there! Please help back my new independent film. This is a suspense/thriller story that takes place in the mid 1980s in a wax museum. It has been my life long dream to do this movie, and there are some great perks for those that pledge at certain levels. I would be very appreciative as well if you can share this link with other movie fans too. The IndieGoGo campaign ends August 1st.
Sad news has come down from Wayne Shipley, the Producer/Director of One-Eyed Horse Productions. East Coast actor John Gray has passed on. Here is what Wayne had to say: “Actor John Gray passed away on May 11, 2015. John played the mayor in One-Eyed Horse, the judge in Day of the Gun, and was the host for two of our Tales of the Wild West docudramas: The Day the Aces Got Trumped, which was selected by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for archiving, and The Singletree Montana Bank Raid. HIs velvet bullfrog voice was pure music–commanding and comforting. He will be greatly missed.”
We hit April with a bang! The good folks of Wild Eye Releasing have sent a bevy of awesome independent horror films (some mixed in with others in the image above) and I am looking forward to reviewing them! I suspect that Phil Cook’s INVADER will be reviewed in the next couple of weeks as well.
We also have the last in the trilogy of ENDLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT’s Ninja movies, NINJAS VS MONSTERS. Talk about your fun party movie! Check out what we have to say about it HERE.
Hollywood comedian and actor WILL HAZA is guest starring in an episode of SPACE HOSPITAL. We’ve worked with Will a lot in independent films on the East Coast, and it’s great to see him active in Los Angeles! Check out the episode HERE. He also hosts a hilarious comedy/improve podcast. You can catch all the episodes HERE.
Phil Cook’s MALICE closes it’s 3rd season on an extremely high note. Check out the season finale starring the incredible Brittany Martz HERE.
Filmmaker Kevin Kangas talks about the new movie TERRORTORY and also speaks about looking for Christmas themed horror shorts for an upcoming horror anthology. All this in an article over at HORRORTALK.
Happy birthday to Smash or Trash! Wow! Seven years people – seven years! What a ride it’s been so far. This started out as a book project that I wrangled (duped) the incredibly talented Leanna Chamish into helping me with. Well, all this time later Leanna is still speaking to me (showing what a huge heart she has) and I have had the incredible help from Mitch Klein, Les Bradley, Frank Lama, Hugh Robertson and Judy Furlow Grannas as well. Thank you so much everyone! And of course a huge thanks to all the people that patronage the site. May we have many, many more years of news, reviews, how-to’s, and interviews!
Superb actor and fantastic person all around LEONARD NIMOY passed away on February 27th, 2015. I was lucky enough to see him in person when I was six years old; a wonderfully warm human being. In 2015, I plan to take a close look at some Star Trek fan films by the likes of John Cosentino, Jimm and Joshua Johnson, and James Cawley. Mr. Nimoy was a huge part of the Star Trek universe, and his presence has influenced many, many low budget independent filmmakers. May we honor your memory when these films are discussed Mr. Nimoy. Rest In Peace sir.
We lost a friend and fellow filmmaker in early February of 2015. Timothy Preston Davis had a long career as a makeup effects person on the East Coast, and was a tremendous friend and collaborator to those in the movie business. We have set up a dedication page for Tim that will have ongoing new photos and tributes added to celebrate this incredible man’s career, history and life. You can find the tribute page HERE.
Intrepid movie reviewer Hugh Robertson takes a look at a screener that was sent to us. We got in a independent supernatural horror movie from Great Britain called THE WHISTLER, and you can check out Hugh’s thoughts on the movie HERE.
Okay everyone – enjoy the stuff that has been posted and let’s all dig into a piece of cake!
“DREAMWALKERS was a fantasy movie I shot, acted in and co-edited with my buddy John Bowker (the writer/director) way back in 1997. A small run of VHS was made for cast and crew, but the movie was never officially released. John has allowed me to make this fantasy movie available on a custom-burned to-order DVD-R and you can get all the details HERE.
The DIMENSION OF BLOOD/MONSTER IN THE GARAGE/CRIMSON HEATHER triple feature I put out a couple of years back got some of my earliest shot-on-video stuff available, but when Crimson Heather first came out on VHS, it was paired with my vampire comedy LUST OF THE VAMPIRE HOOKERS. That VHS release has long been sold out, but now for those who want it, I am also making LUST OF THE VAMPIRE HOOKERS available as a custom- burned-to-order DVD-R, as well. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering details.
I’ve been putting together a photo album over on facebook called COOL KIDS, featuring a bunch of people holding up movies they have picked up from me over the years. If you want to email me a pic of yourself showing off one of my flicks, I may just add it to the album! Check it out HERE.
The bloody, body count b-movie BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, is now available! Just go HERE and click on the “buy the dvd here” link!
My new weird sci-fi horror flick ODD NOGGINS is now available and I put together a bunch of “odd packs” that you can get with the DVD including other DVDs, photos and even props from the movie! Check it all out HERE.
Check out my year-end wrap up blog post.
That’s all for now (isn’t that enough?!)!
– Joe aka Dr. Squid”
Gene Crowell has been involved with independent films for a couple of decades now. In 1999, he and a few friends made a documentary about the locations used in the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Here’s what he told me in his own words: “Our video was shot in 1999 and features the only in camera interview with the then mayor of Burkittsville and a full top to bottom tour of the Rustin Parr house! Which was demolished years ago. The films production designer Ben Rock said we had the best house footage he’s ever seen!” Let’s face it – that’s pretty super awesome. Why not go to YouTube and “Thumbs Up” this video? Super rare – super cool!
January 27th is a day we at Smash or Trash always celebrate; it’s D.I.Y filmmaker Don Dohler‘s birthday! This site is dedicated to Don’s memory, and all the people he influenced whom are now in the movie biz. This day, why not pop one of Don’s movies into your DVD player and give it a spin? Or, go over to Smash or Trash’s CafePress store and pick up some Don Dohler merchandise? Part of the proceeds go towards cancer research!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON! WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!