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A year ago today we lost filmmaker Tim Davis. A gifted, talented man loved by many is being paid tribute here at Smash or Trash. You can find out about his fascinating life and career HERE.

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A happy 70th birthday to a dear friend and mentor, filmmaker Don Dohler.


End of the year update here at the site. There are a couple of reviews that have been put up. We liked both of them! The first one is CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU by Midnight Crew Studios. The link to the review is HERE.

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The next review is QUEEN CRAB brought to you by Brett Piper and Mark Polonia from Wild Eye Releasing. We liked this one too. Very much an updated version of the type of movies Roger Corman made in the 1950s. Check out the review HERE.

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TIMEWARP FILM’s (Don Dohler and Joe Ripple) CRAWLER is winding down and should be finished in early 2016. Good, there is light at the end of the CRAWLER tunnel!

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Filmmaker Kevin Kangas has been busy with a new movie called TERRORTORY. Here is the trailer.

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For those of you into STAR WARS, indie filmmaker Phil Cooke has done a 14 minute fan film. You’ll find it HERE. The special effects are great!

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Here’s the video that gave James Cameron his start in the movie biz back in 1978.

So we wrap up 2015. See you in 2016!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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
$15.00-Tribute Only

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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.

Phil Cook”



Hey! We have more movie reviews! First up is BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE, an independent horror slasher movie set in the 1980s. Let’s see how it fares shall we? You can find the review HERE.

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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.

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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.


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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.”

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East Coast videographer/editor Jeff Herberger is interviewed by Grass Valley about editing the independent Western DAY OF THE GUN. To download this cool article in PDF form, click HERE.


We also do a review of the fun horror anthology film HI-8, released by Wild Eye Releasing. Made by eight different SOV veterans, this is a must watch. Check out the review HERE.

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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.


First up from Wild Eye Releasing is SCREAM PARK with a fantastic cameo by Hellraiser‘s Doug Bradley. Smash or Trash give it good marks! You can read the review HERE.


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.

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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 Wayne Shipley hits it out of the park again with his independent western DAY OF THE GUN, starring Eric Roberts. You can read the movie review HERE.

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Independent Filmmakers Joseph Henson and Nathan Johnson have an indiegogo campaign going for their next slasher, GORY GRADUATION. You can give to their campaign 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.