WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-DECEMBER, 2015-LISA MARIE

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There are two things that cannot be denied; one, I’ve wanted to do Lisa Marie as a Scream Queen of the Month for quite some time and two the fact is that Lisa Marie owes a lot of the success of her film career to Tim Burton. Yes, I know that they had a rather unpleasant breakup and that there are some people who simply do not like her and that is just fine; as for myself I find her to be a strikingly beautiful woman.

Born on December 5, 1968 in Piscataway, New Jersey, Lisa Marie began modeling at the age of 16 and has been photographed by the likes of Robert Mappelthorpe and Bruce Weber.

Her debut acting role was in the TV series Miami Vice in 1988. Her first feature film role was in 1990 as a Christmas party guest in Woody Allen’s Alice (1990). She has appeared in several films (most of them under heavy makeup) for Tim Burton; as Vampira in Ed Wood (1994); as Martian Girl in Mars Attacks! (1996); as Lady Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999); she was the voice of Match Girl, Stainboy’s Mother and Cracker Girl in Burton’s animated short The World of Stainboy (2000); and finally as the ape Nova in Burton’s unsuccessful reimagining of Planet of the Apes (2001).

Her non-Burton genre credits include The Lords of Salem and Silent Night (2012), Dominion (2014) and We Are Still Here and Tales of Halloween (2015). Non-genre credits include Frogs for Snakes (1998), The Beatnicks (2001) and Beauty in the Broken (2015-in post-production).

Would you please join me in welcoming the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for December, 2015: the stunning Lisa Marie!

What Do We Know About Lisa Marie?

Attended Catholic school as a child.

Professional dancer – she studied ballet for eight years.

For her role in Mars Attacks!, her costume was so tight that it had to be stitched on.

To research her role of Vampira for Ed Wood (1994) she sought out Maila Nurmi, the original Vampira that her character was based on.

Was the inspiration for the character Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

The country of Kyrgyzstan issued a commemorative postage stamp bearing her image.

Lisa Marie Says:

“I’d walk across Death Valley in stilettos.”

SHORT FILM SATURDAY: THE THING IN THE APARTMENT (2015)

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You’re not alone tonight.

Written and directed by John William Ross.

Starring Melia Renee, Carly Jones, Ryan Allan Young.

An official selection of Screamfest 2015.

10 minutes 54 seconds.

I thought that I was going to have send writer/director John William Ross a bill for a new cell phone. The phone is in one piece but I wonder if he would have paid for any damages if he knew that I was watching his scary good The Thing in the Apartment on it when I nearly dropped it during a particularly frightening scene.  Ross said that his goal with this film was to “scare the living shit out of people” and I for one believe that he succeeded. This is one tight little eleven minutes of horror. Watch it below and let me know what you think.

 

ALT-POSTR MONDAY FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2015

First set of Alt-Postrs for November; here’s hoping you like them.

Alice Sweet Alice by Nikita Kaun

Alice Sweet Alice by Nikita Kaun

Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Ortiz

Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Ortiz

Evil Dead 2 by Jason Edmiston

Evil Dead 2 by Jason Edmiston

Fargo by Matt Taylor

Fargo by Matt Taylor

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter by Ghoulish Gary Pullin

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter by Ghoulish Gary Pullin

King Kong by Coke Navarro

King Kong by Coke Navarro

Halloween by Ken Taylor

Halloween by Ken Taylor

Halloween by Estevan Silveira

Halloween by Estevan Silveira

Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Javi

Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Javi

The Descent by Chris Weston

The Descent by Chris Weston

The Exorcist by David Moscati

The Exorcist by David Moscati

The Howling by Maxine Crouzet

The Howling by Maxine Crouzet

Under the Skin by Lauren O'Neill

Under the Skin by Lauren O’Neill

Werewolves on Wheels by Phantom City Creative

Werewolves on Wheels by Phantom City Creative

SHORT FILM SATURDAY: FIRST NIGHT IN THE NEW HOUSE (2015)

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When a city girl moves to her new, noisy, creaky old country home, she begins to suspect that she may have a roommate.

Written and Directed by Marc Fratto.

Produced by Marc Fratto and Frank Garfi.

Starring Katelyn Marie Marshall and Miriam Roth.

Filmed in the United States.

5 minutes 18 seconds.

First Night in the New House came to me through a conversation I had via Twitter with writer/director Marc Fratto who sent me a link to the film for me to check out and I’m glad that he did because this is one effectively creepy little film! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

One more thing, Marc and crew are hoping to turn First Night in the New House into a feature film called The Crazy House and have a crowd-funding campaign set up on INDIEGOGO. All you have to do is click on the link to make a donation if you are so inclined to do so. Marc did not ask me to do this; I figure if he’s nice enough to send me the link to his film I’m going to be nice enough to help him out a little bit, enough said.

Oh, lest I forget: HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!! Have fun, keep your children safe and as always I cordially invite you to take care…and stay scared!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE TRAILER PARK: PRAIRIE DOG

SynopsisLewis Coleman is a lone sheriff tasked with watching over the vast lands and valleys of Brada County. When an environmental aberration stirs the town and reports begin to come in regarding a mysterious animal roaming the surrounding farmlands, the mayor of the small community of Sombra Hollow insists on bringing in Sara Keegan, an environmental expert and zoologist, to advise them.

As this situation worsens, the sheriff’s two children, Tanya and Carey, become more curious of the situation surrounding the town. When a local couple disappears from a county football game, Lewis and Sara race to discover the mystery of the animal that stalks the countryside before more townsfolk, and possibly Lewis’ children, venture further into harm’s way.

From the press kit:  Prairie Dog is a feature film modeled on the monster movies of the ’40s and ’50s, a playful genre of scares and adventure, designed to pay homage to the practical visual and makeup effects artists and films pioneered throughout this genre; utilizing crafted, atmospheric miniature environments, creature and prosthetic makeup design, hand-crafted acrylic matte paintings, as well as the overall cinematic aesthetics and photography needed for the adventurous tone of the story. The draw for C. Blake Evernden in the writing and production of Prairie Dog was in being able to challenge himself and others to craft another ambitious production, but this time focus the ambition on the physical and visual creation of the world rather than on an expansive cast. The genre of the monster-adventure is one where the environment has to be crafted as a believable housing for the narrative’s creatures. The challenge was to use all resources and skills to craft miniatures, matte paintings and forced perspective photography to create a heightened reality to the location so the monsters appearance felt more organic to the design of the picture. The creature work itself was be attained through a mixture of full-size, head and shoulder creature fabrication, three-quarter scale rod puppetry mixed with miniature elements, and a connective tissue of CGI elements to blend all the visual ideas together. “I’ve always held an affinity for the fabricated, physical effects of filmmaking”, Evernden explains. “From the pioneering work of Jack Pierce and Lon Chaney Sr., to the physical worlds of Douglas Trumbull and Richard Edlund, the illusion of a reality based on hand-crafted design is mesmerizing to me”. This affinity extended to conducting water tank experiments for the surreal opening title sequence, as well as for the aggresive cloud footage to be utilized later in the production. The initial story designs for Prairie Dog were inspired by the landscape of Southern Alberta, Canada, and ultimately that landscape is what gives the scope of the narrative its grandeur and atmosphere. The landscape is what gave a small but ambitious story of family and community faced with a changing world and the balance, or imbalance, of nature its life blood. It’s a story both universal in character, relationship and detail, as well as being unique to its specific artistry, place and time.

Prairie Dog stars John Bowers, Kathy Zaborsky, Ashlin Malik, Liam McMahon, Douglas MacArthur, Sebastian David, Daniel Howard, and Carly James. It is written, produced and directed by C. Blake Evernden.

I asked Evernden about a release date and he told me, ” (I) Wish I did. We’re in the process of talking with a few companies, sending it out to fests, etc. I’ll let you know when there’re developments on that front.”

I’m looking forward to Prairie Dog; from the trailer it looks like it’s going to be a blast. I’ll try to find out more from C. Blake Evernden about a release date and let you all know as soon as possible. Until then enjoy the trailer and the poster below.

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A-Z TRIVIA WEDNESDAY: AMITYVILE II: THE POSSESSION

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Jan and Mark Montelli were portayed by real life brother and sister Erika Katz and Brent Katz.

ALT-POSTR MONDAY FOR OCTOBER 26, 2015

From now on Alt-Postr-Monday will not focus on any one particular film per post; instead it will feature no less than 10 and no more than 15 alt-postrs from various films and artists. I hope you all are okay with this new method and will continue to enjoy this feature. Thank you.

October 26, 2015

Alien by Andy Fairhurst

Alien by Andy Fairhurst

The Amityville Horror by Mainger Germain

The Amityville Horror by Mainger Germain

Badlands by Tomer Hanuka

Badlands by Tomer Hanuka

Candyman by Heath O'Campo

Candyman by Heath O’Campo

Crimson Peak by Harijs Grundmanis

Crimson Peak by Harijs Grundmanis

Dexter by Raj Khatri

Dexter by Raj Khatri

Dracula by Flore Maquin

Dracula by Flore Maquin

It Follows by Vincent Roche

It Follows by Vincent Roche

Poltergeist by Ken Taylor

Poltergeist by Ken Taylor

Zombie by Jeff Proctor

Zombie by Jeff Proctor