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A belated happy birthday to friend of the site – the incredibly talented actor David Howard Thornton. He of course is the star of the movie TERRIFIER (playing Art the Clown). He is also superb as the Joker in a web series. He celebrated his birthday November 30th and we wish him the best!

I’ve actually posted two new reviews! The first being James Ian Mair’s THE MAKER OF MONSTERS. It stars genre legends George Stover and Leanna Chamish. The movie is along the lines of the 1957 film THE UNEARTHLY. You can find out what I thought about it HERE. 

Also I have given an indepthed report on Kevin Kangas’ new movie TERRORTORY II. The sequel is even better than the first installment! Find out all the details HERE.

Due to a recent move and a change in jobs there hasn’t been time to do much lately. However things are settling down and I have big plans for the site in 2019. Stay tuned…

 

So this 2018 – what can you say about it? Well I lost my possessions in a flood and just lost my job. While trying to piece my life back together I thought I’d try to do an update. Yes, it has been a while hasn’t it?

So first up I did a new review for an indie dramedy called FISHBOWL CALIFORNIA. To find out my thoughts on it, the link is HERE.

Trying to stay on a course of reviewing indie films that are not just horror or sci-fi, I checked out a movie called LIMITS TO AMBITION because one of the leads is my buddy Leanna Chamish. The plot is about a German immigrant that comes to the USA, has sexual doubts and anxiety with his male best friend. He starts dating a gal that may or may not be a man. There is also a serial killer thrown in the mix.

There will not be a formal review of this film as I found it boring. It is too long, poorly lit, poorly edited, and the lead male actor has a derpy, pouty look on his face the entire movie. Avoid.

Filmmaker Kevin Kangas is at it again with the sequel to his previous movie. Welcome to TERRORTORY II.

Actors Frederick Cowie and Richard Cutting return from the first film. Ali Lukowski, Stormi Maya and George Stover join the cast for one of the horror segments.

Kangas takes the audience back into the cursed woods for more frights and delights. He is currently in post production for the movie, and talks of there being a Fall premiere. Stay tuned…

Filmmaker James Ian Mair came into the Baltimore area to work with local celebrities George Stover and Leanna Chamish. Talking to the actors the shoot went well. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Filmmaker Wayne Shipley is in post production on his 3rd Western titled “Bill Tighman and the Outlaws.” It stars Robert Carradine and Lana Woods, as well as East Coast favorites George Stover, Richard Cutting, Brian St. August, Lee Doll and Leanna Chamish.

 

After months of exploding computers I have finally – FINALLY – finished the TERRIFIER trilogy for Smash or Trash. What that means it that the lengthly, in detail retrospective analysis of Damien Leone’s ALL HALLOWS EVE and TERRIFIER are live, as well as the special bonus of two fantastic interviews from actors David Howard Thornton and Jenna Kanell. Enjoy, share a link to the page and make sure to leave a comment!

Today Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking celebrates it 10th Anniversary. Wow! What a fun roller coaster ride it has been! So many reviews and interviews of fantastic people in the indie film business. So many opportunities to be part of the independent film scene on both coasts! So many blessed experiences.

There are so many people to thank, that I really, really can’t name them here, cause I KNOW I will miss someone very important. I do want to thank my partners in crime Leanna Chamish and Mitch Klein, whom have helped me from the very beginning. Frank Lama for being an incredible producer and co host on the Smash or Trash television program. Les Bradley for his editing know how and friendship. I am very much in debt to these people. And for everyone else that has contributed to the website, you have my gratitude.

March has some great things in store for fans of indie films. I take an in-depth look into Damien Leone’s ALL HALLOW’S EVE and TERRIFIER. Plus I have some incredible interviews with two of the stars of TERRIFIER – David Howard Thornton and Jenna Kanell. Both are incredibly talented and super fun to talk to.

Also, I take a look at Joe Sherlock’s slasher THE BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN. Joe has been a friend for years and it is great to see just how far he has come as a filmmaker.

Smash or Trash takes a look at Brad Twigg’s KILLER CAMPOUT as well. With tongue firmly in cheek, it’s a backwoods slasher romp with plenty of blood and some fun cameos from genre legends John Russo, Herschell Gorden Lewis and George Stover.

We also catch up with Lisa Mikitarian and how her LA screening of the indie comedy SPENT went.

And last but not least – with the weather getting nice again we go into overdrive with the upcoming filming of MY movie – MADHOUSE MANOR.

I am very proud that over the years on this site, we have branched out beyond the confines of just reviewing indie horror and sci fi. We have pushed that envelope and have covered indie dramas, rom coms, comedies, musicals and even westerns!

Here’s to another 10 years!

Robert Long

Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking

Jimmy George and Chris LaMartina’s WNUF: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL gets another great review – and even features yours truly prominently! Link is HERE.

Filmmaker Kevin Kangas is making progress with his new anthology horror movie TERRORTORY 2. Stay Tuned…

Filmmaker Erik Kristopher Myers (Roulette) has a new movie coming out soon called BUTTERFLY KISSES. Here is the dope from the IMDb: A filmmaker discovers a box of video tapes depicting two students’ disturbing film project featuring a local horror legend, The Peeping Tom. As he sets out to prove this story is real and release it as a work of his own, he loses himself and the film crew following him into his project.

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!

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.