September 2009

"You Don't Know Me" Finalist in 7th Annual [iP] Short Film Contest



New York, September 28, 2009 – Emerging writer/director Sean Melia's first short film "You Don't Know Me" is one of six finalists in the horror category of the 7th Annual [iP] Short Film Contest.   The winner will meet with Vertigo Entertainment's Sonny Mallhi (producer of The Strangers, The Lake House, The Roommate). 


I'll pause for a moment as you think about the title. That's right, that is the name of the movie. Yes, Kaw is a horror movie. And no, it's not one of those old school 'it's so bad, it's cool to watch them now' sort of bonanza either. Oh no, this horribly bland movie was cooked up in 2007. And not only was it bland, it was incredibly sad; it was the pathetic sort of sad where you would laugh if not for the fact that everyone in the movie was trying really hard.

Dementia 13

This week I'm coming back to Roger Corman's contributions to the horror genre. Actually, this is not one of his active efforts; he may have produced it but the brains behind the whole endeavor was none other than Francis Ford Coppola. The movie in question is Dementia 13 and yes, it is the directorial debut of Mr. Coppola. So let's see how this 60s axe murdering bonanza fared.

Surveillance: One Messed Up Movie

If you’re looking for a movie that will help you look at clean-cut actors in a new satanic light, believe the worst in all the people you meet and basically abandon all hope for humanity, Surveillance might do just the trick.

When I had heard that the movie was about two FBI agents trying to solve a case involving a serial killer, I was pretty excited—that’s exactly my cup of tea. I’m always on the lookout for something akin to Silence of the Lambs and have yet to find something of just that caliber.

The reviews for Surveillance dubbed it “disturbing,” “warped,” and a number of other could-be positive descriptions, and the movie took Best Actress and Best Director at the New York City Horror Film Festival; it also won best prize at the Festival de Cine de Sitges. So I thought, this has got to be one fantastic movie!

Fulci's Gore: A Cat in the Brain (Part One)

Every time that Quentin Tarantino releases a movie, there seems to be an immediate renaissance in trashy film from various bygone eras. And with Inglourious Basterds slated for a late August debut in the States, its arrival seems to have reawakened an interest in genre schlock reaching back a few decades, despite this new film’s World War II focus. With Tarantino’s brief dash into the fray of reconstituted b-movie classics failing by the end of the ‘90s, other boutique distributors have had to take up the call subsequent to the demise of Rolling Thunder Pictures. There’s obviously still a market for it, the nerds just might not have enough money to indulge in pleasures like buy DVDs – or anything for that matter.

Dead Men Walk

While I was tempted to try another Roger Corman movie, I figured it was time to take a break and check out some of the other public domain horror. And thus, I came across Dead Men Walk, a vampire movie from 1943. The movie was directed by Fred Myton and, as is typical of the good old days, it pits the science-mind hero against supernatural forces. No wait, nothing has changed since then, has it?

Well, the plot is pretty basic, if you think about it. It follows the 'kill your evil twin and then suffer his undead wrath' pattern. Then again, this simplistic plot is still more in-depth, especially when you compare it to some of the modern remakes that have been haunting people. So, back to the movie. Here you find a good doctor, Lloyd Clayton, striving to live the good life. Except that it's not so easy: he has a evil, conniving twin brother, Elwyn, who dabbles in the dark arts. How bad can it be, you ask? Well, from the sounds of it, he has walked so far down the dusty path of undead loving that he might as well wear that 'I haz Necrophilia' shirt.