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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!
For the month of October Smash or Trash is taking a look at the independent horror slasher VARSITY BLOOD. Written and directed by Jake Helgren and starring Debbie Rochon, Lexi Giovagnoli and Wesley Scott Click HERE to go to the review.
Hey everyone! We get a bevy of wonderful guest reviews for the beginning of July! We are proud to welcome back the New York Dohlerites Jon Cross and Nick Consol. These gentlemen give us the low down on Timewarp Films’ VAMPIRE SISTERS and DEAD HUNT. You can check out what these excellent guys have to say right HERE.
We are also honored to have celebrity podcaster Jamie D. Jenkins on board to talk to us about her thoughts on the Chris LaMartina/Jimmy George found footage movie WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. You can check out her awesome review HERE.
Count Gore De Vol is showing a really cool movie short called BRIDE OF THE FLY by Russell U. Richards. It’s an excellent sci/fi horror comedy piece, and was done on Super 8mm film! Beyond that – all the effects are practical and there is no CGI. Richards took all the lessons he learned from Don Dohler‘s CINEMAGIC magazine to create and produce this film. Check it out HERE.
We had over 300 entries for the WNUF: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL DVD giveaway, and Adam Krause of Green Bay, WI is the winner! His copy of this great movie will be going out this week. Be looking for a new giveaway SOON!
I took on Joe Sherlock’s latest shocker called THE DRIFTER. I describe it as creepy and claustrophobic. Check out what I have to say about it HERE.
New York Dohlerites Nick Console and Jon Cross have been working on some in-depth reviews for Timewarp Films VAMPIRE SISTERS and DEAD HUNT, and I have started to get those rolling in! Can’t wait to post it. While we are waiting I would STRONGLY urge you to check out the numerous podcasts that Jon hosts and co-hosts. Besides being a devoted Don Dohler fan, Jon is both parts passionate and hilariously funny while he and his co-hosts and guests talk about B Movies, Action Movies, Independent Movies, Blockbusters, Comic Book Movies and damn near everything else under the sun. Check out this link, get to know Jon and check out his podcasts. You will not be disappointed! Click HERE to learn more!
Some time this year – sooner than later – Smash or Trash will stop doing indie movie reviews. The overall quality of the majority of films I get sent is shit, and it is depressing to watch and review. I can’t get my guest reviewers to even look at them – they are that bad. People are capable of doing better than that but they are just lazy. I’ve seen amateur films and fan films that put this schlocky dreck released to DVDs to shame. For the favorable reviews I do of the good films, one – possibly two – filmmakers have used quotes from the reviews for their webpage or DVD cover art. I have been doing reviews for six years, and it is a lot of work, and I figure why do it if no one is going to use good praise to their advantage? So don’t send me any screeners – they will just end up in the trash. I have a backlog of interviews and articles I need to get up on the site – so it will be running at least another year until all that content is put up. After that – that’s it.
Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George – Baltimore filmmakers – are presenting the found footage movie WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. The movie takes place in October 1987 and follows a reporter as he and his team investigate a haunted house. The movie stars Paul Fahrenkopf, Richard Cutting, Leanna Chamish, Helenmary Ball, Brian St. August, and Robert Long II. It has been getting great reviews. Hope to see you there at the world premiere!
The Timewarp Films’ sci-fi movie CRAWLER is once again picking up steam – which is fantastic! Here in his own words from a facebook posting is Special FX guru Mitch Klein’s take on the status of the movie: A bit of (good) Crawler news: Late last year I had completed a lot of work, only to have a major setback that left me doing a lot of rework with little success. Last week, thanks to some suggestions from my friend Robert Long, I was able to recover from the original setback and move forward with all that work I had completed. It feels great to be on track again. Thanks, Rob!
Guest reviewer Hugh Robertson gives a very positive review for the 2011 Italian giallo BLOODLINE ! You can check ou the review HERE.
Independent filmmaker Kevin Kangas is an innovative and prolific person in the industry for the last 14 years. Five very well received movies, He is now doing something… INCREDIBLE. He has a feature length film completed – GARDEN OF HEDON. He is doing a Kickstarter campaign where as if he meets his goal – he will release this new movie in both DVD and Blu-ray quality – for FREE. That’s right – FREE. He’s trying to raise money for his next motion picture, so he is willing to put up this fantastic movie for everyone on the planet to see if the goal is met. This is really ballsy. I’ve done enough talking here so click HERE or on the image above and go to find out how we can all help accomplish this. I mean, you can donate as low as a dollar for Pete’s sake. Of course if you donate more – you get a change of getting some really cool props and perks! So anyway – what are you waiting for? Go over there and help make this happen!
Actress Sara Cole (DEAD HUNT and other fine indie films) recently got married to the love of her life, Dan Pittore. We at Smash or Trash want to wish them both a happy long life together. Both Sara and Dan were producers on John Kinhart’s documentary on Don Dohler called BLOOD, BOOBS & BEAST. Congrats!!!
New York City Podcasters Jon Cross and Nick Consol get back to the Baltimore Independent Film scene with three films. They discuss Erik Kristopher Myers’ ROULETTE. Check out this great podcast over at THE AFTER MOVIE DINER!
Speaking of Podcaster Jon Cross, we here at Smash or Trash got to interview him about his love for all things Don Dohler related. It is a fascinating look into someone that has become a DIY indie back garden movie maker convert. You can check it out HERE.
ROULETTE is getting another screening in the Baltimore area. May 9th at the Beltway Theatre. Scuttlebutt around the indie community is that Filmmaker Erik Kristopher Myers may have news on the distribution of the film!
No news on TIMEWARP FILMS’ CRAWLER. Hopefully something positive to discuss in the next update.
A very happy birthday to actor/composer/director Justin Timpane. Justin appeared in the Timewarp Films movies DEAD HUNT and CRAWLER, as well as co-helming several genre films – including NINJAS VS ZOMBIES.
Next up, reviewer Hugh Robertson takes on a stinker of a movie PIRANHA MAN VS WEREWOLF MAN, distributed by Chemical Burn Entertainment. READ ON IF YOU DARE!
And finally, more headway has been made with the visual effects of CRAWLER!
It’s been a little while since we have done a really large – all inclusive update here at Smash or Trash. Well, there is a lot NEW to check out! First up is a review of Brett Piper’s upcoming film THE DARK SLEEP. It is based on an H.P. Lovecraft story and you can find out more about it HERE.
Next up is a review of a most EXCELLENT independently filmed superhero movie – Dan Poole’s THE PHOTON EFFECT. Poole is well known for his Spider-man fan films – this is his first full length feature with a hero and villain of his own design. Most excellent! Check out the review HERE.
Hugh Robertson’s review of FUTURE WORLD got a much needed overhaul. Bigger type and larger, better pictures. This is an interesting read as it appears that this ambitious film is somewhat of a live action version of the movie HEAVY METAL. You can read the updated review HERE.
Philip Cooke’s MALICE episode 12 is now up on Youtube. You really, really need to follow this creepy series and watch this incredible season finale. Oh – look close at the end and you will see a cameo by me. Leanna Chamish makes a triumphant return to the story!
I have renewed my vigor at getting more of the special visual effects for the Timewarp Films sci-fi horror movie CRAWLER. This year marks 10 years it has been in and out of production and we hope to get it finished by the Fall of 2013. Because of this I am going to be devoting a chunk of time every weekend until the effects I have promised to do are done. Above is one of the shots completed last weekend. I know a lot of people are really looking forward to seeing this all cut together!
Our good friend Jon Cross of THE AFTER MOVIE DINER and DR. ACTION AND THE KICK ASS KID podcasts is up again for another TLA Cult Award. He is one of the biggest fans and boosters of Don Dohler so click on the banner above and vote for The After Movie Diner to when (located at the bottom of the page). Refresh your browser and vote as many times as you like!