Dead, Buried, and Back! Premier Horror Entertainment Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:06:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SDCC update: The Walking Dead introduce King Ezekiel Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:06:42 +0000 TWd King Ziekel


Walking Dead fans meet one of the newest cast members King Ezekiel played by Khary Payton.
As if the excitement from the new season 7 trailer AND the announcement about the Oct. 23rd premiere date wasn’t enough, SDCC fans also got a first look at King Ezekiel.

Along with his pet tiger Shiva, Ezekiel a former zoo keeper, reigns with an iron fist, so to speak. Or at least that’s the impression he gives. King Ezekiel came along in comic issue #108. His men are called knights and as we saw in the season six finale, they wear body armor. Moving forward, Ezekiel and his kingdom are sure to give Negan and his men a run for their money. So where does that leave Rick and his clan? As usual, caught in the middle. Exciting things are coming to The Walking Dead.

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SDCC update: The Walking Dead season 7 trailer arrives! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:40:18 +0000 the-walking-dead-season-7 group key art


Here it is! The long awaited trailer from the SDCC for the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead returns Oct. 23rd.





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SDCC update: Horror panels Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:52:25 +0000 SDCC-2016-logoSDCC shudder logo







If you’re at the SDCC, here’s a couple of horror panels worth checking out. Enjoy!

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Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror: What’s Next On Your Must-See List?
Friday, July 22 from 6 – 7 PM in Room 7AB

Love The Witch? The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? You’re Next? Experts including horror streaming service Shudder’s curator Sam Zimmerman, Sundance Film Festival’s Adam Montgomery, XYZ Films’ Mette Marie Katz, Spectrevision’s Elijah Wood and more discuss the indie horror movies that everyone will be talking about next. This panel will featuring chats with these daring filmmakers and a sneak peek at their frightening work. From festival darlings to hugely anticipated films that just wrapped production, this is the place to come to find out what to keep an eye out for in the coming year. Not for the faint of heart! Filmmakers on the panel include producer Eric B. Fleischman (Carnage Park) and writer/director Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Moderated by Clarke Wolfe (Collider/Nerdist).

- Reinventing Horror
Friday July 22 from 5 – 6 PM in Room 29AB

Interactive Twilight Zone and Horror VR
Saturday, July 23 from 8 – 9 PM in Room 6DE

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SDCC updates: The Walking Dead new posters Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:51:17 +0000 SDCC-2016-logothe-walking-dead-season-7 group key artAMC has just released a series of new character posters ahead of the season 7 premiere trailer. Click on each one for a full sized view.



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SDCC updates: Godzilla arrives! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:28:16 +0000 Godzilla-bluefin toys


Bluefin toys the maker of fine collectibles has brought Godzilla to this year’s SDCC. Per the SDCC blog, Godzilla is invading Comic-Con with their Bluefin Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995, which stands at nearly 2 feet tall at 19″. He’s limited to 500 units, and a split exclusive between SDCC and G-FEST. He retails for $500 at Bluefin’s booth.

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SDCC updates: Teen Wolf will end after season 6 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:11:44 +0000 teen wolf tylerSDCC-2016-logo







Teen Wolf has had a great run..literally. But recently at the SDCC, they showcased the trailer to season 6 then broke the sad news to their millions of fans.
So far, this seems to be the year when most of the popular horror TV shows call it quits. Case in point, The Vampire Diaries will end their series after the upcoming 8th season, Sleepy Hollow is calling it quits after the fourth season and Bates Motel is ending after season 5.
Anyway, check out the SDCC season 6 trailer for Teen Wolf.

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‘Lights out” review Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:32:23 +0000 LIGHTS OUT POSTER ARTWORKlights out screen shot






**SPOILER ALERT** The following review contains spoilers.

Light’s Out a David F. Sandberg film, made it’s debut in theaters worldwide this weekend. Even before it’s release, those of us in the media who were able to attend an early screening walked away with mixed feelings. Here’s some pro’s and con’s to consider before seeing this film.
The feature was adapted from a short film and that’s always a challenge when it comes to building a good story.

The concept behind a demon only appearing when the light’s are out is a great idea and an awesome marketing tool.

The actors on screen chemistry seemed to work well.

The story itself was solid. We’re starting to see real issues like mental illness/depression,body shaming, exploitation ect. making it into mainstream horror features and I hope this trend continues. It brings to light the seriousness of the issues, but it makes for a solid foundation behind character development. In Light’s Out for example, it makes it easier to support Sophie.


This is a movie for teens. If your 13 to 18, you’ll love it. If you’re older than 21, and your a horror movie buff, you might find it a little too predictable.

I walked away from the film thinking that it was missing something. I believe if it included a few more scenes of the Diana as a little girl, it would have balanced things out. Also at times, it felt a little rushed.

Anyway, Light’s Out has plenty of jump scares and that’s about it. No gore, but good suspense.

Light’s Out draws similarities to ‘The Ring’ and ‘The Babadook’ but it does stay focused on the issue of depression.
The story revolves around a Sophie(Maria Bello) a woman suffering from depression who allows her deceased childhood friend Diana, to continue to torment her. When Diana makes her presence known to Sophie’s daughter Rebecca (Teresa Palmer),she must return home to save her family. Along with Rebecca’s boyfriend Bret, (Alexander Di Persia) they quickly uncover the truth behind the demon haunting the family.

For his first feature Sandberg did the best he could using the demon visual effects. Also having the legendary horror director James Wan close by for advice and or guidance never hurts either.
Overall, Light’s Out is a simple horror film. You have a dark entity tormenting a family which is eventually destroyed by it’s enabler. Will you enjoy Light’s Out? Probably. There’s something for every horror fan in this film. Will you want to see it twice? Three times? Doubtful, at least not until it comes out on VOD or DVD.

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Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:26:16 +0000 bruce campbell Horror FF


Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Closing night film Siren, Last Fan Standing Game Show, & Guest of Honor Barbara Crampton for Festival, August 18-21 In Chicago.
Guess what’s coming to the Chicago Wizard World Comic con? That’s right…”Groovy Baby” Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film festival.
Presented by STARZ Original Series ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con
ROSEMONT, IL., July 20, 2016— Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival today announced the full lineup for its third annual festivities on August 18-21, in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago. Sponsored by Shudder and, the festival will open with the critically acclaimed nail-biter Don’t Breathe and close with the chilling Siren. Among many other events and screenings, the festival will feature Bruce Campbell’s Last Fan Standing game show, and actress Barbara Crampton as the “Guest of Honor,” who will host a 30th anniversary screening of From Beyond along with her new film, Beyond the Gates.

“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” said Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
Opening night will kick off with the highly anticipated shocker, Don’t Breathe, from director-producer-writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Alvarez and star Stephen Lang (Avatar) will be in attendance. Sony Pictures is set to release Don’t Breathe on August 26, 2016. Closing night will feature the Chicago Premiere of Siren, a feature adaptation of the segment “Amateur Night” from the 2012 critically acclaimed horror anthology “V/H/S”, with director Gregg Bishop and star Chase Williamson in attendance.

The festival will offer Bruce Campbell’s all-new game show, Last Fan Standing—a quiz show based on sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and superheroes. Last Fan Standing is the ultimate test of pop-culture knowledge. Four fans are put through their paces by host and Con-favorite Bruce Campbell, battling through devilish speed rounds and a nerve-wracking Final Confrontation until only one remains, and a Last Fan Standing is crowned. The game show will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Friday at 3 PM and Saturday at 11 AM.

Writer/director Fred Dekker is slated to receive the inaugural “Groovy as Hell” award, and the festival will host a 30th anniversary screening of the cult classic Night of The Creeps and a very special screening of The Monster Squad with actors Andre Gower (Sean) & Ryan Lambert (Rudy) also in attendance.

Popular stand-up comic and host of the Doug Loves Movies podcast, Doug Benson, will host a very special ‘Doug Benson Movie Interruption’ of Army of Darkness, with guest interrupter Bruce Campbell!
Benson and Campbell, along with mystery comedians, will riff on the film live from the front row, and say whatever hilarious thoughts that pops into their heads. Single tickets for this show are SOLD OUT, but you can still guarantee a seat with the purchase of a festival badge.

BCHFF is also thrilled to present a 25th anniversary celebration of everyone’s favorite time-traveling metalhead slackers, a screening of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey with director Peter Hewitt in attendance, along with Death himself, William Sadler!
The festival will also mark the World Premieres of Found Footage 3D, the long-awaited satirical horror film produced by Kim Henkel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and directed by Steven DeGennaro, and Show Yourself, a haunting & remarkable genre-bending feature debut from Billy Ray Brewton (subject of the wonderful award-winning 2014 documentary Skanks, and programmer for Slamdance Film Festival).

Fans in the region will also experience the Chicago premieres of:

· The Greasy Strangler – The most hilariously disturbing film of the year. From Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision, Drafthouse Films, & Ant Timpson.

· Here Alone – Winner of the 2016 Tribeca Audience Award.

· Abattoir – From Darren Bousman, the director of Saw 2, 3, 4, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day, and The Devil’s Carnival. Darren will be in attendance to present the film.

· Pet – The SXSW hit starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of The Rings Trilogy).

· I am Not a Serial Killer – Starring Christopher Lloyd in yet another career defining performance.

· Beyond The Gates – Winner of the midnight audience award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

· Antibirth – Premiered at the Sundance Film & starring Natasha Lyonne & Chloe Sevigny.

· Short Trip To Hell (Shorts Block) – A stunning collection of premiere shorts that will scare you senseless!

The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival jury this year includes a few dignitaries well-known to horror fans: Tom Holland (writer/director, Fright Night, Child’s Play); Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show); Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever); and Zach Hagen (producer, He Never Died).

“I couldn’t be any more thrilled with this year’s lineup,” said festival director Josh Goldbloom. “There’s something here for every bloodthirsty horror fanatic: Haunted houses, serial killers, satanic board games, home invasions, monsters with demon wings, possessed guitars, portals to hell, killer clown cookie jars, and last but not least, greasy stranglers. Buy a ticket and I promise you’ll see something you won’t forget.”
Festival badges are $100, and are on sale now at!

The festival and all screenings will be held at the Carmike Muvico Rosemont 18.

Fans can visit for full details and additions to the slate as they happen and dates and times for each screening. Follow the festival on Twitter: @groovyfest



THE MONSTER SQUAD – Fred Dekker, Andre Gower, & Ryan Lambert in attendance!
A quintet of classic movie monsters invades a small town looking for a lost amulet that will help them rule the world. A bunch of kids decide to fight back by forming the “Monster Squad.” Written by Shane Black (THE NICE GUYS, KISS KISS BANG BANG).

Prior to the screening the festival will present director Fred Dekker with the inaugural “Groovy as Hell” award. Following the screening their will be a Q&A with Fred Dekker, Andre Gower, & Ryan Lambert.

Anniversary Screenings!
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS Fred Dekker in attendance!
The night of the prom becomes the “Night of the Creeps” for a small-town college with a big-time problem! No one ever said college would be easy…Johnny (Ken Heron) and his girlfriend Pam (Alice Cadogan), the perfect co-ed couple, are enjoying Lover’s Lane one evening in 1959 when suddenly Johnny’s attention is diverted to an evil light. He leaves to explore it, never to return again. Twenty-seven years later, when two college boys, Chris (Jason Lively) and J.C. (Steve Marshall), pledge a tempestuous fraternity, they encounter Johnny’s frozen body. When life returns to Johnny’s corpse, a reign of terror begins as the mysterious” creeps” leave his brain, permeating the bodies of other frat boys and sorority girls, making zombies of their prey!

FROM BEYOND Barbara Crampton in attendance!
Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) successfully discovers a way to access a parallel universe of pleasure by tapping into the brain’s pineal gland. When he is seemingly killed by forces from this other dimension, his assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), is accused of the murder. After psychiatrist Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) take the case, the trio risks a return to the other world in order to solve the mystery. From Master of Horror, Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator)!

BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY Peter Hewitt & William Sadler in attendance!
Amiable slackers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos (Joss Ackland), a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

Opening Night:

DON’T BREATHE (Chicago Premiere) Fede Alvarez & Stephen Lang in attendance

A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong

Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovato, Stephen Lang
Dir: Fede Alvarez
Distributor: Sony Pictures
U.S. Release Date: August 26

Closing Night:

SIREN (Chicago Premiere) Gregg Bishop and Chase Williamson in attendance!

A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities. A feature adaptation of the segment “Amateur Night” from the 2012 horror anthology “V/H/S.”

Cast: Hannah Fierman, Chase Williamson, Justin Welbourn, Michael Aaron Milligan, Hayes Mercure, Randy McDowell.
Dir: Gregg Bishop

ABATTOIR (Chicago Premiere) Darren Lynn Bousman in attendance

How do you build a haunted house? Ask the enigmatic Jebediah Crone, the main suspect in a case of stolen rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred.

Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Bryan Batt,, J. Larose
Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman

ANTIBIRTH (Chicago Premiere) Guests to be announced.

Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Spiked with blasts of hallucinatory color, surreal shocks, and subversive comedy, the audacious feature debut is a no-holds-barred descent into delirium.

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber
Dir: Danny Perez

BEYOND THE GATES (Chicago Premiere) Jackson Stewart, Barbara Crampton, Chase Williamson & Brea Grant in attendance

Seven months after their father’s disappearance, two brothers reunite to liquidate the family video store. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they find an old VHS boardgame with evil powers, and all hell breaks loose.

Cast: Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin
Dir: Jackson Stewart

FOUND FOOTAGE 3D (World Premiere) Cast & Crew in attendance!

A group of low-budget filmmakers sets out to make “the first 3D found footage horror film,” but find themselves *in* the first 3D found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

Cast: Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg
Dir: Steven DeGennaro


The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’

Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo
Dir: Jim Hosking

HERE ALONE (Chicago Premiere)

A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

Cast: Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti, Shane West
Dir: Rod Blackhurst

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (Chicago Premiere) Guests to be announced!

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records
Dir: Billy O’Brien

PET (Chicago Premiere)

Seth works at an animal shelter, and for years has been secretly in love with a waitress named Holly . When he repeatedly fails in his attempts to woo her, he naturally decides to lock her in a cage at the shelter where he works. And that’s just the beginning…

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jenette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons
Dir: Carles Torrens

SHOW YOURSELF (World Premiere) Cast & crew in attendance!

When his friend dies unexpectedly, Travis heads into the woods with his ashes to say goodbye. But as he deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone.

Cast: Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Stephen Cone, David McElwee, Robert Longsteet.
Dir: Billy Ray Brewton

SHORT TRIP TO HELL – Short Film Block

A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.
Dir: Chris McInroy

A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget…Gwilliam.
Dir: Brian Lonano

A pitch-black comedy about Vivian, a lonely serial killer whose three loves in life are math, accounting, and killing random people. This all changes when she meets Alex, the man of her dreams.
Dir: Joel Ashton McCarthy

Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.
Dir: Justin Harding

A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.
Dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero

A teenage girl must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a killer and finish him off.
Dir: Shant Hamassian

A crusty and recluse superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to the ancient and mysical city of R’lyeh, awakening slumbering god. Starring the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Dir: Vivieno Caldinelli


7:30 PM: Don’t Breathe
10:15 PM: Night of The Creeps (30th Anniversary Screening)

6:00 PM: Pet
8:00 PM: Doug Benson Movie Interruption
10:00 PM: Show Yourself
Midnight: From Beyond (30th Anniversary Screening)

1:00 PM: Abattoir
3:30 PM: Beyond The Gates
5:45 PM: I am Not a Serial Killer
8:00 PM: The Monster Squad
10:00 PM: Found Footage 3D
Midnight: The Greasy Strangler

12:00 PM: Short Trip To Hell (Shorts Block)
2:00 PM: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (30th anniversary screening)
4:00 PM: Here Alone
6:00 PM: Antibirth
8:00 PM: Siren

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7th annual Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:41:13 +0000 Atlanta zombie pub crawl

Calling all zombies! Come out.. come out.. Wherever you are, and head to the Diesel! This July 30th marks the 7th year for Atlanta’s famous Zombie Pub Crawl which is hosted at the Diesel Bar in the Virginia Highlands. Every year zombie fans unite at the Diesel to walk down the Virginia Highlands on a quest for brains, beer and more! So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today and we’ll see you there!
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Get 20% OFF gen. admission to the 7th Annual Atlanta Zombie PUB CRAWL (2016) on July 30th — which includes FREE on-site professional zombie make-up — by using online promo code “apocalypse” via
ALSO INCLUDED with general admission tickets: 5 zombie-themed shot tickets, photo opps, food & drink specials, “People’s Choice” voting for the Atlanta ZOMBIE PIN-UP CONTEST (4th Annual), an After Party at Diesel Filling Station, a zombie costume contest and more!
Visit for more info — co-produced byMarkster Con and Gorehound Productions, hosted by Diesel Filling Station, sponsored by Budweiser & Chambers of Horror Haunted House.

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Serge Levin *exclusive* interview Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:09:36 +0000 serge levin  bio picserge and Dolph welcome to willits







Serge Levin is no stranger to the film industry. He’s an American film actor, writer and director. His work includes Abysm (2016), Jack Goes Home (2016), Antihuman (2017), and Welcome to Willits (2017). He is also the founder of the New York based Isle Empire Pictures and Isle Empire Releasing – producing and distributing original and thought provoking content.
In addition to those talents, Serge Levin has also ventured into the world of composing.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with him about one of his films currently in post- production Welcome To Willits where he’s both an executive producer and plays the role of Jackson.

Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers the situation quickly escalates into total carnage.
The film was written by Tim Ryan and directed by Trevor Ryan and stars Dolph Lungren as Derek, Thomas Dekker as Klaus, Rory Culkin, as Possum and Sabina Gadecki as Peggy. The film also stars Chris Zylka, Garrett Clayton, Serge Levin, Bill Sage, and Anastasia Baranova.
It’s scheduled for a release in the fourth quarter of 2016.







DB&B:Serge, You’ve credited your love of film to your stepfather Sam Hollis whose script writing captured your imagination. But what motivated you to become an actor?

SL: The inherent urge to express myself. Everything that I did as child, whether it was composing music or doing martial arts, it was really all about expression. The actor has the privilege to express oneself, harness every single emotion and put it to work. now, I think that’s special.

DB&B: Many, but certainly not all, directors attended a film school. Did you have formal training or did the love of film making motivate you to get behind the camera?

SL: My approach to anything I do needs to be comprehensive. If I was to understand script writing, I had to understand the rules of storytelling. If I was to understand acting, I had to study what happens on the other side of the mirror and know the process of production. Yes, fundamentally my love for film in general gave me the stimulus to direct, yet I also believe it’s part of my overall strategy to walk all ground in order to perfect and excel in anything something specific.

DB&B: You seem to enjoy working in the horror genre both as an actor and director. Did you grow up watching horror films and if so, do you have a favorite(s)?

SL: Absolutely. one of the first films I ever watched was Alien, which was an immediate inspiration for me. Although young at the time, I didn’t feel scared, I was more enthralled with the craftsmanship that it took to design such an immersive and believable universe. Although I watched it on a small TV set, I was completely out there with the crew, in outer space. My imagination was on fire and I was hooked.
I definitely have an affinity for Sci-Fi and intelligent horror from the standpoint of science and art but I also love emotional dramas and impactful action films. My favorite horror films are: Videodrome, Scanners and Beyond the Black Rainbow. in the Sci-Fi genre: Blade Runner and Brainstorm.

DB&B: Let’s talk about Welcome to Willits. Can you tell us about the story, any challenges you faced during its production and it’s release date?

SL: Welcome to Willits is sci-fi / horror film that’s based on a short that was screened at SXSW. The story is so unique and outside the box that if I revealed even a small crumb of its story arc I would be doing the future viewer a disservice. But, stylistically it’s throwback to the 80s when all of the effects had to be practical. This was one of the things that appealed to me about this project. This same aspect obviously posed a challenge because the audience of today can’t simply accept built puppets, no matter how crafty they may be, without some CGI enhancements to make them look absolutely real. This is a post-production issue but all of these factors need to be taken into account while shooting.
My involvement in the film was as an actor where I played Jackson, a rookie cop partnered up with Derek, played by Dolph Lundgren. Another challenge was filming all of our scenes in Los Angeles while the rest was shot in Louisiana. This was mainly due to scheduling issues but it did raise some interesting challenges where we had to coordinate with our “away team” to match the shots so that they all glue together nicely at the end. The film has many visual effects so it’s hard to gauge when the polished version will be ready for its world premiere. We will keep everyone in suspense.

DB&B: Your experiences in the entertainment industry have led you to writing, acting and directing. With your love of music, have you had the opportunity to compose?

SL: I really appreciate this question just because it’s so timely. Yes, I just finished co-scoring my feature film Abysm, which I wrote and directed. The song “Emotions” was written in collaboration with my friend Johnathan Ladino of the band Dreamshore. Music is a huge part of my life and of filmmaking in general. I take great pride in every piece of music that I select for my movies. My most favorite films scores as of today are: Blade Runner, Drive, The Guest (2014).

DB&B: As an actor you’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented people. How have these experiences helped you hone your own talents?

SL: I have had a privilege to work with, direct and be directed by very talented actors. Working with Michael Ironside is the highlight of my film career thus far. He carries and projects such powerful talent and wisdom that you learn so much by simply being next to him.
In the film Jack Goes Home, I was directed by Thomas Dekker who is a super talented actor himself. There’s so much energy and enthusiasm despite his relativity young age, I was blown away. In one of the scenes I had to perform, Thomas has sparked something that I didn’t even know existed within me. It was a surreal but pleasant revelation that led to a performance that I can be proud of today.
Yes, working with talented and experienced artists always brings out the best in you. I also think talent is not enough. Hard work is what really makes the difference in the end.

DB&B: How has your martial arts training benefited your abilities as a writer/actor/director?

SL: I started practicing martial arts at the age of 7. It has benefited me in many ways and in various stages of my life. As for its contribution to my film endeavors, it’s a tremendous asset, both physical and psychological. I feel that I have more confidence and agility as both an actor and a director. The style that I practice is Kyokushin Karate which is considered to be the most uncompromising in its combat techniques and very profound in its spiritual teachings. It’s a formidable resource to my career goals and ambitions, and I aim to continue dedicating myself to understanding and perfecting its discipline.

DB&B: What advice would you give to young adults who are considering entering the entertainment industry?

SL: “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it”

DB&B: Can you tell us about some of the projects are you currently working on?

 SL: I’m currently working on several sci-fi/horror action dramas: Antihuman, Lorenz Fractal, Racing to the Altar, and Moto Anjos (Moto Angels). We are partnering up with veteran producers and talented cast to realize these projects in the near future.
I’m also developing an emotional action/drama named – War on War – together with my writing partner Joe Tripician. Our goal is to shoot the entire film in the Amazon rainforest. the story is about an Israeli soldier that goes after a clandestine crime organization that was responsible for the death of his family. It’s not a traditional revenge story so many interesting twists are to be expected. Stay tuned!

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