Archive for December, 2012

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Guest reviewer Hugh Robertson takes on another Chemical Burn Entertainment film – BANE. This is a horror/sci-fi hybrid and no – it is not about the Batman Villain. Is it a good movie or the Bane of our existence? Find out HERE.

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Smash or Trash. Enjoy the little note of holiday cheer!

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The New England Dynamic Duo of Matt Farley and Charles Roxburgh have hit a home run with the new horror/comedy DON”T LET THE RIVERBEAST GET YOU. Watch the Creature From The Black Lagoon‘s ugly 3rd cousin take on the citizens of a small town. You can read the review HERE.

Leanna Chhamish products

The official Leanna Chamish merchandise is now available at cafepress. Mugs, t-shirts, buttons, and a hundred other items. Part of the proceeds go to a great cause – fighting for a cure for Alzheimers. Order yours today!

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I took time out to do a little teaser trailer of upcoming topics for the second episode of Smash or Trash TV. I need to line up lights, a camera or two and studio time. Also a guest host. Hopefully something can get started in January. Enjoy this short teaser and we’ll dive into the show in the near future.

     

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    This weekend we say happy birthday to a very talent young actor – Dennis Hill. Around these parts Mr. Hill is known for his starring role in Timewarp Films slasher DEAD HUNT. Dennis has since moved to LA and has made a name for himself in television, including such shows as COLD CASE, AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE WIRE, and CSI. To celebrate Mr. Hill’s birthday, why not pick up his break-through movie – the excellent DEAD HUNT – HERE at createspace.com.

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    CouchCutter.com is run by David Anthony (I believe). Lately the website has had a few articles that directly target low budget independent filmmakers, and I found them well done, as well as relevant.  Here are three of them to look over.

    The first up is that Moe Porne of DRUNK ON VHS has a new podcast up where the focus is TROMA films as well as independent films in general. His guests on the show are Jon Cross of THE AFTER MOVIE DINER and Erik Martin of GUTS AND GROG. They all discuss the TROMA movies they love, as well as the ones they hated. Bonus points to Jon Cross who brings up the discussion on Don Dohler films and Baltimore, MD filmmakers in general. Thanks Jon. Overall it is a tremendous treat for the listener.

    Next up is David Anthony’s open letter to low budget independent horror movie filmmakers. He pulls no punches on what is wrong with the independent horror film scene and how audiences have to get off their butts and start supporting independent movies in order to revitalize the horror genre. Excellent, excellent article and you can read it HERE.

     Lastly, David Anthony talks directly to low budget independent  filmmakers about the laziness on display in their movies today – and how it is not an excuse. Now, while I do agree with quite a bit of what Mr. Anthony says, I do take a little exception to how “different and edgy” he feels indie filmmakers have to become. My feelings are that there is nothing wrong with doing familiar genres as long as they are done really well and with a ton of passion and commitment. Give it a good look over HERE.

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    It is that time of year again where we pay tribute here at Smash or Trash. In early December, 2006 we lost a dear friend and mentor here at Smash or Trash; filmmaker Don Dohler. Many tributes have been made to him, but it cannot replace the fact that we wish he was still with us – spending time with his family and friends and being creative. We still miss you Don, and thank you for continuing to inspire countless people around the world.

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    Homemade Hollywood

     

    Homemade Hollywood is an incredible book based on a much beloved passion of many: the fan film. Written by Clive Young, this book tracks the history of the fan film. This is an incredible book that goes behind the scenes of several fan filmmakers, including:

    Don Dohler (Cinemagic Magazine)

    John Cosentino (Paragons Paragon)

     Stuart Basinger (Moonraker ’78)

    Dan Poole (The Green Goblin’s Last Stand)

    Sandy Collora (Batman: Dead End)

    Trey Stokes (Pink Five)

    Donald F. Glüt (Spy Smasher)

    …and and UNBELIEVABLE amount of other inspired artists. Now, I plan to do an in-depth review of this fantastic book in the near future. However, I urge you to check out this tome as soon as possible. It talks about the triumphs and the tragedies these fans have experienced making their dreams come true, as well as finding out what big time Hollywood feels about it. You can buy a copy of it HERE.

     

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