The Girlie Massacre (2016)
In October of 2016 I was approached by a horror author friend of mine who also is a Scoutmaster for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. She asked me if I could show the girls some FX demonstrations and help them edit the scripts they wrote for their Writing and Digital Moviemaking merit badges, so I invited the whole troop over to Reel Splatter HQ for a Halloween field trip. They interviewed me about making movies, I showed them how to make fake blood and guts, the basics of zombie make-up (they were all very big fans of The Walking Dead), and then myself, Erik Myrnes, and Randy Rock helped them shoot their script, a horror movie titled The Girly Massacre. The girls impressed the hell out of me not just with their script, but also their acting, they were naturals! A great time was had by all and they were excited about everything they learned. The biggest excitement though was when Decay Magazine saw the short online and contacted us to do a big interview about the film.
For our part in the production, Randy, Erik, and myself were awarded Digital Moviemaker merit badges and honorary Girl Scout status, something that I am immensely proud of.
Fast Zombies Suck (2015)
In 2008, I became a co-founder of Drunken Tentacle Productions: a film troupe headed by Brian Keene, Matt Blazi, Jeff Heimbuch, Mike Antonio, Dave Thomas. and Dylan S-C. Our original aim was to adapt various authors work into short and feature length films. Several projects were discussed and eventually it was settled that we would use Brian Keene’s short story, Fast Zombies Suck as our first short. Fast Zombies Suck premiered at Scares That Care Film Festival July 30th, 2015 and was followed by a live Q&A that was recorded for an episode of The Horrorshow With Brian Keene. I decided to be brutally honest at the Q&A about the miserable experience that making a movie can be, and while it can be occasionally disheartening to listen to, I feel like it’s a valuable thing for aspiring filmmakers to hear.
Fast Zombies Suck went onto play at the 2015 Imaginarium Film Festival in Louisville, KY where it won 3 awards: Best Short, Best Genre Short, and Best Screenplay.
Zero Lives Remaining (2014)
I was approached by Shock Totem Publications about doing some work for a very unique limited edition of the book, Zero Lives Remaining by Adam Cesare. It’s the story of a haunted arcade where one night things take an extremely violent turn. The idea was to make the hardback look like a VHSs tape, complete with an actual plastic clamshell box and art. I was hired to recreate several scenes out of the book as “movie stills” for the back of the box. Two of my favorite things on this earth are 80’s VHS artwork and arcade games so I jumped on this big time. It didn’t hurt that the actual book was fucking awesome to boot. I snagged Dylan S-C — who shot the footage for The Stall, the opening ghost movie segment of Long Pig, and most recently I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday — and contacted our old buddy Dave Brady (who we had shot the Brady’s Games and Antiques Zombie Commercial for many years prior) about shooting in his shop, and enlisted Kaleigh Brodbeck (of Chew-Toy fame) to model in the photos. We even got author Adam Cesare, Shock Totem co-founder (and excellent author) John Boden, and Dave Brady himself to cameo!
Things went so well that I was hired to shoot a book trailer as well, so we recreated one of my favorite kills in the book with Dave and John, which you can watch here:
In keeping with the dedication to authenticity, the book included a trifold insert with an “interview” with the lead actor about his sordid experience on set, and instead of a standard signature sheet, a series of “movie still” lobby cards (with the fictional arcade’s logo created by Reel Splatter alumnus Julius von Brunk) that were signed by the cast and crew of the project were included too. The book was limited to only 100 copies and ended up taking over a year to put together and publish, but I can honestly say of all the projects I’ve been hired to do I am most proud of this one. It has been called one of the coolest limited edition books ever produced and I can’t say I disagree. The book has long since sold out, but here is the original page for it.
In 2013, during the production of The Stall, Skot Shaub approached me once again with a music video project for Testosteroso, this time in the style of a 70’s B-movie. My FX duties on Chew-Toy were most notably to create a realistic penis that could be bit off, as well as playing a doctor/surgeon trying to reattach the errant member. The guy who plays the poor fellow is none other than Erik Myrnes, who was fresh from his role as the Cultist in The Stall and had composed the soundtrack for Long Pig, The Stall, and most recently, I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday.
Check out the uncensored video here (WARNING! Not Safe For Work! Graphic violence and nudity!):
Testosteroso Theme Video
Long time friend and collaborator Skot Shaub (star Womb For Two, and The Stall) has an awesome band called Testosteroso, a hilarious comedy rock group. In 2010, Skot took the lyrics we had written for the fake band Gorthox and The Bloodsuckers in Womb For Two and adapted them into an actual song for Testosteroso’s Four Fathers album and used it as their theme song. He then spent months building sets and props for an epic power rangers style music video. I provided the FX as well as playing the lead villain, Dr, Kaporkian, an evil Pigman who sends his henchman after our heroes and from his secret underground lair and eventually has a giant kaiju fight with Mecha Testo!