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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Years! Wow, 2016 has been SOMETHING hasn’t it? Unfortunately a lot of beloved celebrities went on to their greater rewards this year. Sad times indeed. But, let’s focus on some new news and more uplifting things shall we?

The insanely talented actress Leanna Chamish has let me know a couple of very cool things going on in the independent filmmaking realm. The first up is that Phil Cook – creator of MALICE: the web series has released the first trailer for the new season of MALICE called EMERGENCE. It stars talented actress Brittany Martz. Check it out – it looks awesome!

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Also, Leanna tells me that the Jimmy George/Chris LaMartina cult favorite WNUF: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL has shown up at DREADCENTRAL.COM. That is great! The article talks about the 13 greatest modern “retro” horror films – and WNUF is at #1! Check out the article!!!

Next up I have done an article on the day I spent with filmmakers Tom Griffith and David Geatty. These gentlemen you may know from the cult classic Don Dohler‘s THE ALIEN FACTOR. Well, they are teaming up to do an action/drama film called

Myles Hall: Honor Reclaimed. It is about a down-and-out homeless war vet that has to take on a gang of thieves that have killed his friend. The project is underway, but Tom and David want you to take a look at their page and leave a comment. If you feel charitable give them a few dollars to the production through their GoFundMe account. This is a fantastic project and you can get the details inside the article HERE. 

On my part, I have been busy with working on a couple of behind-the-scenes videos that are Don Dohler related. The first being is that I am doing the behind the scenes interviews for Don Dohler’s GALAXY INVADER blu ray release. Look for it in 2017.

The next thing is that Mitch Klein is finishing up the effects on CRAWLER (looking good!) and I am wrapping up the behind-the-scenes making of. I think 2017 is going to be CRAWLER’s year!

So have a safe, wonderful holiday season.  We have TONS of interviews and reviews coming up, and I have been talking to Frank Lama – we may relaunch Smash or Trash TV!

Please consider giving a few dollars toward the various independent projects out there. All independent filmmakers want to do is entertain you. Help make that possible!

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Just in time for the Halloween season Independent filmmaker Kevin Kangas and two other directors bring a horror anthology to the public. Available – for now – is TERRORTORY through Amazon.com. Your intrepid movie reviewer gives you the breakdown on the goods for this gory endeavor. Check out the review HERE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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Hey there! We review a terrific independent romantic comedy called GUYS AND GIRLS CAN’T BE FRIENDS. You can check at the link to the review HERE.

Just in time for the Halloween season, we have three new horror movies released by Brain Damage Films! Now, Brain Damage has not always released the greatest stuff; sometimes the films have been head hurtingly bad. But, as of late the movies have bee much, much better! Click on the images below to go to my reviews. Stay spooky!

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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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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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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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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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”