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Bad Movie Night discusses STAKES

What the bloody hell? I’m doing an update? Yes, 2020 was one hell of a bust for everyone. I did do some Youtube videos (more on that later). It is a new year, and we are going to get vaccinated, and we will get back to normal. So let’s get some independent film news out there! First off – as you can see above – the Bad Movie Night guys talk about Timewarp Films 2002 production STAKES. Produced by Don Dohler and directed by Joe Ripple, it is a story of two parallel worlds battling an army of Vampires. The movie stars genre legend George Stover as the ass kicking rogue priest and Scream Queen Leanna Chamish as the evil Vampire Queen. The Bad Movie Night dudes kind of take the piss out of the film from time to time in their review, but by the end they loved it and strongly recommend this indie cult flick. Check out the video. Just don’t check out any videos by Obscura Lupa. Her reviews are forced, unfunny and she has no talent.

Madman Majestro is on Youtube!

While I didn’t get a whole lot done on the website last year, my alter ego got videos made! Madman Majestro of the Madhouse Manor has been doing indie movie reviews on Youtube as well as hosting a Tuesday night KAST party where he shows cool genre movies and chats with his live audience. This video above is all about the cool friggin’ swag that can be gotten from the Madhouse Manor. Check it out!

Lil’ Maddy Majestro from superfan Tammy Bradburn

Speaking of Madman Majestro, I’ve been receiving some really cool gifts from fans! The first thing I got was a fun cartoon of Majestro from Director Chris LaMartina – it’s up on the fridge! Tammy Bradburn sent me a knitted voodoo plushie of myself, which is adorable. She also did an incredible horror-themed cross-stitch for me! Both will be on the show soon! Thanks everybody!

Fanex saluted the incredible Forry Ackerman

Prolific publishers Gary and Sue Svehla held a Fanex convention back in 2001 and saluted the legendary sci fi and horror icon – Forry Ackerman – at their awards ceremony. Fanzine publishers and editors from around the United States gathered to honor Forry for his lifetime of dedication to his craft. A ton of familiar faces tell tales out of school about everybody’s favorite “Ackerman.” The video is introduced by Leanna Chamish.

Actor/Writer Steve Rifkin

Fowl Players Radio gives Actor/Writer Steve Rifkin the VIP treatment in talking to him about his indie film career. Check out this fantastic interview!


I’ve been approached about the website recently. I must admit that I haven’t posted one damn article or review this year. I have posted some Youtube videos – to be fair.

When my Dad was murdered in January 2020, it took a lot of my energy and drive out of me. Covid 19 compounding on top of that, and several friends dying have made this a miserable year.

We got Timewarp Film’s CRAWLER done, but are dealing with the nightmare that is distribution. I’ve been in the business a long time and know it’s an all around screw job and that you make no money at it.

It’s hard to ask for help, because Smash or Trash is a unique website. I try to remain professional but still have a sense of fun. I rarely drop F Bombs on the site and try to find the good in a low budget movie (as well as pointing out where they can be improved). It’s hard to get unpaid help that doesn’t want to just sandblast the movies they are reviewing. That’s not why I’m here for. I’d probably have a bigger audience if I just beat the shit out of a movie, but there are countless mean-spirited youtube channels and websites that do that. I’m here to try to encourage filmmakers to get better – no matter what their budget.

I keep the site going because it is a place that pays tribute to Don Dohler as well as Tim Davis, both sadly gone. Of course in his lifetime as an early filmmaker, Don’s movies got the holy crap kicked out of them for being “backyard spectacles.” Never mind that his films got better and more professional as time went on; people wanted to put him in a box and keep him there. Makes me sick. I try to show that he was much more than that.

So I’m trying to get back to updating the website at least a few times before the end of the year. There are some indie movies being made that look really good. Yes, I mostly focus on horror and sci-fi, but I have posted about indie comedies, westerns and dramas as well.

So let’s see what happens. This can be a very unrewarding existence, as I get very little feedback for a lot of effort put in. But I’m still here to try to help filmmakers make the best movie they can on meager means.
– Rob Long


Our new intro video

Bloody hell, where have we been!?! Well, life got in the way (as usual) I got myself a full time job (finally). So, can I FINALLY get back to doing content? YES! There is SO much going on that I have not been able to get to – but that all changes NOW.

WE ARE NOW ON PATREON!!!!! Now you can become a subscriber and a patron and get some neat perks for doing so. We here at Smash or Trash have a ton of ideas and a ton of content that hasn’t been released. The plan is to upload video content once a week (to YouTube), and upload blog content every two weeks. With an influx of steady monthly donations we can get the interviews, the reviews and the how-to articles up faster and on a regular schedule. Get on over to our PATREON page and check out the perks. Thanks in advance for helping us creative indies!

Testing 1, 2, 3…

I did a really quick test with the homemade green screen I built. I’ll be doing a how-to video on how I made it as a stand alone backdrop and the materials and steps that were taken. Just… TONS of content and videos coming soon, Soon, SOON! We’re excited and hope you are TOO!

A very special shout out to Jon Cross of the After Movie Diner podcast for being out very 1st PATREON supporter! Thanks Jon!

It is March and I am really cranking up the updates and putting Smash or Trash back on the map in blood. There is a ton going on people so sit your butts down and listen up!

Phil Cook Malice

First of all I want to tell you that Eagle Film’s Phillip J Cook has released his award winning web seriesMalice and Malice: Metamorphosis – as two feature length movies on hulu! These incredible shows have been celebrated all across the world! As I understand it, Phil is working on the script for the third series of the show. Be sure to check out these past films and to support the third season!

Genres include Drama/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/ Horror

Stars Brittany Martz, Rebekkah Johnson, Mark Hyde, Leanna Chamish, Matthew James Gulbranson, Samual Garman, Nora Palka, Dave Coyne, Rafael Sebastion, Cathryn Benson, Aaron Sulkin, Michael Mack, Maxwell Heaton, Brian St. August, and Richard Cutting


SYNOPSIS: MALICE concerns the Turner family’s supernatural adventures in their late Grandma’s home. It’s up to teens Alice and Abbey to solve mysteries and survive dangers emanating from the old home. And when people start disappearing, Alice–the sixteen year-old with an active imagination–must go down the “rabbit hole” and rescue them all.

Watch it HERE


SYNOPSIS: MALICE METAMORPHOSIS is about how the character of Alice tries to live a normal life known as “the girl who blows things up,” and is haunted by dark dreams of an epic medieval battle and the armored specter of her deceased father.

Watch it HERE

Dr Squid

Filmmaker Joe Sherlock AKA Dr. Squid has another kick ass update on what he’s been up to. Let’s here from the man himself!


“Another update on BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR: I got back to editing on the “Curse of Pelican Bay” segment featuring Jackey Neyman Jones of MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE. I was excited to edit in scenes of Tom Griffith, who played the sheriff in two of my favorite Don Dohler movies, THE ALIEN FACTOR and NIGHTBEAST. Really happy with how this segment turned out. And do you know what? I also have genre legend George Stover in the film – THE man of Don Dohler and John Waters films! STOKED!



I also got a rough cut of the “Crazed” segment together. I threw together a page of the latest preview pics for both segments here:

Back when I started offering the ODD NOGGINS dvds, I put together a page of “Odd Packs,” combination of the movie, artwork, props, etc. just to make things interesting…and odd. Well one of the Odd Packs was “DINNER WITH MR. BIRCH,” where a short film would be made about someone having a dinner date with the oddball character from ODD NOGGINS, and would be posted online for all to see. Well, someone bought it and a couple of weekends ago I shot a very odd, very fun little short. I have it all put together save for a couple of effect shots, and will be posting it sometime in March, so stay tuned for details!



DRIFTER and BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN are back in stock, with revised covers, even! Check ’em out here: 

Sounds like there are only a few copies of the limited edition big box VHS of ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE/MONSTER IN THE GARAGE from Saturn’s Core Audio & Video – I was flattered they wanted to put this out; you can check out the details here: 

More soon! Stay scared!!

– Joe aka Dr. Squid!”

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Ballet of Blood now available On Demand, DVD and VHS!

Ballet of Blood is now available to rent or own. You can also find the DVD on Amazon and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to snag a VHS tape off eBay. There are many different ways to add this rare piece of beautifully horrifying cinema to your collection, today. The motion picture won Audience Choice Award at the 2015 RIP International Horror Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Editing.

Synopsis: After years of emotional abuse and body shaming, two ballerina’s drug-fueled fantasy, of viciously attacking their ballet school, becomes reality. Meanwhile, a nerdy ballerina starts writing a novel based on the events that transpired, deeply offending some for turning such sensitive material into a book, for young audiences. Soon, her and her sister realize every word being typed is somehow altering real life. Will this strange and psychedelic paralleling fantasy carry the sisters, along with anyone else, to a merciless blood-splattered doom?

The film stars Sydney Ray, Jessica Knopf, Laura Amelia, Julia Faye West, Mindy Robinson, Walter Hochbrueckner – among many others.

Produced by Julia Faye West, Sydney Raye, Vera R. Taylor, Walter Hochbrueckner, John Gonatos, Mikko Tervonen, Michael Anthony and Bouvier. Production design by Mystic Marlow. Art Direction by Ryan Henneman. Sound by Jean-Paul Inesta, stills by Mark Rakocy, script editing by H. Raven Rose. Written and directed by Jared Masters.

Check out the trailer below!

Dead Hunt 2008

Do you like behind the scenes photos from movies? Well over on facebook over 300 never before seen photos have been uploaded, giving the viewer a look behind the curtain of DEAD HUNT. This was the last horror thriller that Timewarp Films did before the untimely death of filmmaker Don Dohler in 2006.  The photos give a great account of a small Baltimore-based cast and crew putting together a professional suspense film. You can check out the pictures HERE, and you can buy this great film HERE!


The monsters are running amuck and terrorizing Alice!  Phil Cook and Eagle Films have done a great job with episode 8 of MALICE, and it can be found – in full – at this link HERE.

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“Dangerous Deception” Tales of The Fixer

will be featured as part of this year’s
HorrorFind Weekend Film Festival.
Show Time- 10:00 pm Friday August 31


Don Dohler

Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking would like to wish our dear friend – indie filmmaker Don Dohler – a happy 66th birthday.  We miss you Don, and wish you could be here in person to celebrate it.


From Smash or Trash creator Robert Long: “I probably will stay in the independent movie biz, as well as doing the show and the site. I am taking a couple of months off from it all, and will get back to it in January of 2012. Part of it is to get healthy, the other is I have other obligations (see the painting above) and such that need to be addressed. There will be some changes though. I only want to focus on the site, the show, and my indie projects. In order to get the time that means I have had to cut off working on other people’s projects. There is more to say but there is work to do. Email me if you would like details. Thank you for your continued interest and support.” 


Lee Doll Film Productions have been featured in newspapers, on Smash or Trash TV, and all over the web. Now check out the company’s segment on the latest CineMaryland episode. Doll keeps going strong and knocking them out of the park! you can see the segment HERE.