Three short films connected by a central thread- An FBI detective discovers a common thread to some grizzly murders. Each piece of evidence he examines allows the viewer a glimpse into the crime.
This was a collaboration between myself and several other student filmmakers in 2011. We worked together on the concept and then each shot our own short film. My personal film is the last of the three, “Unsafe Travels.”
Horror movie previews have a tough job to do. They need to capture the essence of a film in 3 minutes or less and give away enough of the film to make you want to see it, but not so much that they spoil the surprises of the film. Audiences don’t want to feel disappointed because all of the scariest stuff was shown in the preview, and since most horror movies will lose a chunk of their potential audience when they get slapped with an R-rating, the pressure is really on for studios to crank out great previews that make even a mediocre movie look like a must-see cinema event. They want to disturb the audience enough to leave them saying, “I have got to see that movie!”
Here are several horror movie previews for some upcoming 2013 films, as well … Read More »
ROCK BOTTOM CREEK, directed and written by Steve Balewicz and M.C. Nowell, follows the journey of a stressed couple, Vic and Laurie (Steve Balewicz & Chantal Blue), as they decide to take weekend road trip to revive their battered courtship when an unpredictable series of luckless mishaps turn a reserved town into a personal hell. To make matters worse the local constable (Mick Sawyer) suspects Vic may have a connection to the latest string of missing persons in the area.
Due to an overwhelming response ROCK BOTTOM CREEK’s initial 8PM premiere was not going to provide enough seats for the Tampa Bay area fans to slake their thirst for a horror movie about a small town in the middle of nowhere called ROCK BOTTOM CREEK. That is when the two directors Steve Balewicz and M.C. Nowell decided to give something back … Read More »
Travis Campbell’s campy horror film Slaughter Daughter has been officially selected to premiere at the 2012 seventh annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival Saturday October 27 at 5:30 pm in Orlando, Florida. The film festival, which selected only 30 films to screen, is named as one of the 20 coolest film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine.
Slaughter Daughter, directed by Travis Campbell and written by Lauren Miller, tells the twisted story of former beauty queen Farrah (Nicola Fiore). Agoraphobic and increasingly mentally unstable, Farrah commits an act of heinous self-mutilation and is dragged kicking and screaming to Bellevue by her overbearing mother (Leesa Rowland). Once there, she begins writing to a serial killer on Death Row (Tim Dax). Obsession overtakes her, thoughts of murder become her only solace and love, blood and gore soon collide!
If you live in or near … Read More »
Those who think they know what to expect from a low-budget horror movie are re-thinking their perception after the latest endeavor from producer/actress Leesa Rowland and writer/director Tara Robinson. The duo is testing the very limits of horror film making as it’s known in “After Birth,” a movie that promises to offend, disturb, and disgust even the avid horror fan with its antagonizing supernatural twist to social issues like homelessness, drug abuse, and abortion.
Breaking the unspoken male-dominated boundaries in film making, Rowland teams up with Robinson as they tell the boys to step aside as they roll up their sleeves and, with their team of DangerBitches and create a story designed to show viewers that true terror is something women face every day. As evidenced by the newly released teaser trailer, After Birth is going to be a bloody, scary, monster-filled … Read More »
Filmmakers to Raise Funding for Krampus Project:
Independent film-making group Fighting Owl Films is planning a new short film project and needs your help to make it happen! Fighting Owl Films was founded in 2007 by Thomas Smith and, in addition to producing numerous short films in the intervening years, produced the feature film The Night Shift in 2010. The low-budget feature received favorable reviews from media outlets across the country, was named Best Fantasy Feature at Shockerfest International Film Festival, and released on DVD by distributor R-Squared Films in October 2011. Since completing The Night Shift, the filmmakers have been busy producing C.U.P.I.D, a short romantic comedy currently in post-production.
The new film, Night of the Krampus, features a running time of around a half hour and revisits key characters from The Night Shift on a whole new adventure. The holiday-themed … Read More »
There are very few games that can make me jump and yell in terror while I am playing.
After all…it’s only a game. But, the Dead Space franchise is truly terrifying. The creatures you fight come out of nowhere and are very hard to kill. Unlike most games, head shots do not help.
The undead monsters chasing you may look dead at first, but then they pop up and scare the crap out of you at the last second, or jump at you from a dark corner, or bust through a wall. This is seriously one of the scariest games I have ever played. The monsters are mutated dead humans that have been twisted into horrid spiked shapes that do not die easily.
After playing the games I then, just recently, watched DEAD SPACE Aftermath which is supposed to take place between DEAD SPACE 1 and … Read More »
Set to be released this Halloween, Jody Dean’s Don’t Go On The Trail is an indie film that will surely entertain as well as scare all who dare watch! Don’t Go On The Trail is the story of Hellady Marie James who was raped and gruesomely murdered. After dying she comes back to life to seek revenge on all that dare walk along the trail in which she is haunting. This film stars Allie Madison, Morgan Middlebrook, and Jody Dean. The trail will never be the same!
To learn more make sure to check out these websites!
Official Website for Don’t Go On The Trail
Official Website for Sickafyed Films
YouTube for Sickafyed Films
Resident Evil: Retribution stars a model-turned-actress and is the 5th installment in a zombie film franchise based on a popular video game that I never played. So what could possibly explain why I was so excited to come across the trailers for the upcoming September 2012 release of this film?
I don’t have anything against video games, I just don’t have the time to play them. But, I have found that most movies based on video games are a detestable waste of time. That’s why I had no interest in seeing any of the previous Resident Evil films. That is until September 2010, when I saw the previews for the fourth and most commercially successful film in the series, Resident Evil: Afterlife. It looked like it actually might be worth seeing.
Since I hadn’t seen any of the previous films, I decided … Read More »
Yes the rumors you have heard are true, this is indeed a very….um….what’s the word….starts with an F, any ways that’s not important.
ON TO THE MOVIE!
Nice change of pace, the victim is male. Typical scum bag horn ball that I assume is the bad guy at first. But NO! He is our hapless victim taken away and knocked unconscious.
He wakes up in a very dingy cell, with two very upset men, who promptly begin a series of physical, psychological, and pharmacologic torture. Some seem to make very little, to no sense at certain moments. But, they are twisted and barbed.
They make him wear a dress, and continue with the torture, burn away his finger prints and announce “you are not you”.
There are really only three actors in this movie (extras and people dead before the movie began aside) and one … Read More »
Sci-fi/horror buffs may have noticed something strangely familiar in the previews of Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi/horror film, Prometheus. While many of Scott’s films share that same dark, misty scenery, the Prometheus previews go a step further, featuring well-known elements from his classic 1979 film, Alien, including large cylinders that looked like the eggs that spawned the infamous “face-hugger” aliens, as well as a large, mysterious alien creature that looked very similar to the alien corpse the crew of the Nostromo found in the original Alien that later became known as the “space jockey.”
Those similarities are no accident. But is Prometheus a tried and true prequel to the Alien movies? Or is it a film that just happens to be set in the same universe with occasional nods to the film series that inspired it?
Originally, it’s been said the film was … Read More »
Remember slasher films? In the eighties, horror was squarely within the pulpy, tongue in cheek category; namely, there were victims and there were slashers. In other words-the higher the death count-the better. Unfortunately, contemporary horror films aren’t quite what they used to be-the slasher having gone the way of Dissociative disorders like “Hide and Seek” or creepy children like in “The Orphan”. That being said, any horror film promising eighties nostalgia has me chomping at the bit.
Luckily enough, one such film promises just that, and more. Scream Park, a forthcoming feature film from debut director Cary Hill isn’t well known-but it needs to be. Before you read on, actually, have a look at the “conceptual trailer” first.
If you’re wondering to yourself, “Hey did I just see Doug Bradley, from freaking Hellraiser, and without makeup!?” then yes, you are correct. And … Read More »
Jody S. Dean of Sickafyed Films proves that you don’t need a monster-sized budget or A-list actors to make a horror film. All you need is a script, some talent, and a drive to entertain. His latest work, “Edward’s Julia” is a case-in-point.
Read the description of the below provided by the producer himself:
“The crazy comes out in Edward Yames, (Jody Dean) after finding out Julia, (Kelly Novinski), the woman he loves, is having an affair. When the relationship becomes fatal he finds himself falling apart and the voice of Julia threateningly haunting him.
After a strange visit from a young physic Sara Middlestone (Stephanie Walk), things start to get crazy. As Julia sends messages through her messenger, the only question is will the love of a new woman bring Edward back to normal … Read More »
If the fans of Dark Shadow were vampires themselves, the recently released trailer for Tim Burton’s upcoming remake of the classic soap opera would have been enough to drive a stake through their hearts.
Prior to the release of the trailer, fans were only treated to still images of a ghostly Johnny Deep in character as Barnabas Collins, the tragic and tortured character credited for making the original soap opera series a cult classic. But with the release of the trailer for Burton’s film, fans realized that Burton had done the unthinkable. He had taken their beloved Gothic tale of love and loss and turned it into a comedy.
While the original series, which ran from 1966-1971 on ABC, is now considered to be campy and melodramatic, creator Dan Curtis’s original take was intended to be dark, mysterious, and rarely ever intentionally … Read More »
When you watch a movie like Halloween or Aliens, it becomes perfectly clear how an effective musical score can heighten the emotion of a film. John Carpenter’s simple yet erie piano arrangement in Halloween is probably as synonymous with the film series as Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Myers themselves. And James Horner’s score for Aliens was so successful at creating a feeling of fear and frenzied military-versus-alien chaos that several other movies used Aliens’ music in their trailers to make their less exciting films seem more interesting.
This underscores how music is a key element that needs to be considered when making a horror film. A well-edited soundtrack can give even a low-budget film some extra production value. It could be the difference between a finished product that looks like a carefully planned and produced labor of love, or a … Read More »
“Community Service” is a horror/comedy film which first takes place in the late 1980′s at a school ground. Billy Fouls is just a school kid at the time, but one that always gets picked on. One day Billy gets tired of the school bullies and ends up killing one with a rock and making another one suffer. He is then taken away to a Psychiatric Center were he waits to get his revenge on one of the school bullies, Bob Butterfield, who is now a cop in charge of Community Service.
When Billy Fouls finds out about were Bob will be doing Community Service, he finds a way to escape and the Community Service Workers and Officer Bob Butterfield, along with Officer Jim Springfield, are in for more then a weekend of work.
“Community Service” The Movie began production in August of … Read More »
“Deer Crossing” is the latest work from Potent Media, and this one looks like a winner.
Maggy Chancelor (Laura Lynn Cottrel) sets out on a road trip with her six-year-old son Cole to visit family in the Pocono Mountains. After an unexpected road detour, Maggy is forced on an unfamiliar route. Narrowly avoiding a deer on the road, Maggy and her son crash into the woods, out of the view of traffic from the road. Later that night, Maggy and her son are rescued by a man with less than admirable intentions. They are not seen for eight years.
Cole, now fourteen and the sole survivor, is brought home by retired detective Derrick Stanswood. (Christopher Mann). It is now up to Cole to tell the gruesome story of what has happened during the last eight years.
The film stars Christopher Mann as Derrick Stanswood … Read More »
“UnbliNded” is a manga inspired, feature length, psychological thriller. Enter Jin (demure, innocent & blind) and Dee, who isn’t a bad girl, just a good girl that does bad things.
Two dark forces, one of the earth and the other summoned from the realm of the dead, possess an 18 year old American gamer chick, Dee. Neglected by a self-absorbed mother, Dee lives alone, left to fend for herself. Then her “loser” mother saddles Dee with the onerous responsibility of caring for Jin Sun Woo Kim, a blind Korean cellist. Dee tries to enforce cruel and unfair rules, but her efforts are met with an unexpected response.
The Moxie Brothers knew that filmmaking was in their future, growing up in the studio as their father, Jaime Mendoza Nava, worked on many indie films with several indie filmmakers in the 60′s, 70′s and … Read More »
Here’s my latest work. I hope you enjoy it!
A schizophrenic film student gets some feedback from his professor that is taken quite harshly and way too literally. His grades aren’t the only thing that end up suffering in this short horror film.
This is a class project. I ran in to some technical problems and lost all the good audio we recorded, so all that we were left with was the crappy sound from the camera.
We ran in to a few other problems as well, so it didn’t come out quite how I saw it, but in all I’d say it isn’t half bad. I still have lots to learn when it comes to laying out a really scary film, but I know I’ll get there. The little girl, Angel, really looked creepy during her scenes which is great and I hope to use her again when I reshoot this! She’s a huge fan of horror and loved helping out. Thanks, Angel! : )
I’ll keep you posted as to when I plan on reshooting this film. Till then, let me know what … Read More »
Heres a fun little film I made for class. My tribute to the slasher films I grew up on. Cute girls, senseless violence and heavy metal. I was fortunate enough to get some help from some great people and had a good time shooting it. I hope you enjoy.