Noted filmmaker Romane Simon is at it again with his debut novel, “Red to Black,” (The Power of Love). As if it wasn’t enough to create the Lucky Strike Film Festival and write, direct and produce countless award-winning films, this book is hitting the presses in a big way!
“I wanted to write something different and unique, which became this vampire love story. Vampires can be similar to human beings in so many ways in that they sacrifice a lot for blood including their own blood for love,” said author and noted filmmaker Romane Simon of his chilling book “Red to Black.”
This book is about an old family of vampires, Xavier Gains, Daniella Gains and Barry Styles. The story revolves around these intriguing characters and the humans they are attracted to while living in Los Angeles. Xavier falls in love with the beautiful Marisa Childs and kidnaps her away from her husband, Douglas Childs, and brainwashing her to join the fold. Through out all of this, Marisa would not allow Xavier to kill Douglas, as he is doing his best to bring his wife back from the clutches of this vampire fold. This story explores the depth of this magical world and how with the power of love, one will do anything for the one they love. Even shedding their own blood in the darkness for the vitality of eternal love and life.
There are powerful characters and a wonderfully compelling storyline. It was scary without being too gory, which is a challenge in this kind of genre. I hope Romane turns this book into a film or at least a series of young adult (YA) literature books.
Noted multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s epic horror film, The Emerging Past Director’s Cut was just released on Amazon Prime. This film is in the tradition of Hitchcock and is a new psychological thriller from the producers & Writer/Director of Check Point, The Rack Pack, and Lazarus Apocalypse comes THE EMERGING PAST.
When you can’t see the future you need to live for the past. This film is the ultimate psycho-thriller roller coaster ride of terror. Murder and mayhem surround Queens New York photographer, Pamela Garret (played by Krista Grotte, Check Point, The Rack Pack, Lazarus Apocalypse, Hershel Gordon Lewis’ The Uh-Oh Show) after she is discovered taking a life altering picture of a sacrifice ritual. Her world suddenly becomes a jigsaw puzzle as she quickly needs to solve it and find somewhere safe to hide before her emerging past catches up with her. With no where to go, she turns to her coworker Dylan (played by the late actor Brooke McCarter in his last and final role, The Lost Boys, Trashin, The Uh-Oh Show) for help. As stress levels rise in her search for the truth her coworker spins the game into another level as he reveals just who he really is. As she soon realizes that the past is never where you left it hence the title for the film.
“I’m so excited that the Emerging Past Director’s Cut is on Amazon Prime. The Emerging Past was one of my first films, so it’s as if my career has come full circle with this release of the film,” said Churchill.
This film also stars horror icon Stephen Geoffreys (Check Point, LAZARUS, Fright Night, 976-Evil, Heaven Help Us, At Close Range), Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2, Nighthawks, Alone in the Dark, Mr. Hush), Edward X. Young (Sea of Dust, The Green Monster, Mr. Hush), Tony Moran (John Carpenter’s Halloween, BEG) and Mike Marino (Check Point, Sleepless Nights, Lazarus Apocalypse). The film is skillfully written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus Apocalypse, The Rack Pack). This noteworthy film was the winner of 8 Awards including four for Best Picture at various Film Festivals across the world.
This has been a banner year for the prolific Churchill. His film, The Rack Pack, starring C. Thomas Howell is in post production. His much buzzed about film, Check Point, which was distributed by Sony was just released on all platforms. This film has an all-star ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death. The action packed Syndicate Smasher, which he worked on with Novak and Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky) and played the role of Andy, just held it’s world premiere to a sold out crowd.
Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf. This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire, starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, which he also wrote and is directing as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.
Boo! Did I scare you? Well I was definitely scared at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Event! When you first arrive, you get an opportunity to take a picture with a monster. As you walk through the gates, wow… Monsters are everywhere waiting to frighten you.
Although there were many interesting characters, I have plenty of pictures for you. When I went into my first maze “The Voodoo Village”-I wasn’t scared (at least this is what I thought). It was really dark inside. As I walked through “The Voodoo Village”, a monster jumped in front of me, however, I was to cool to scream-although I wanted too (I was in this maze alone and went to provide feedback for all of you). So I quickly, turned on the flashlight of my I-Phone and hurried to catch up with the people in front of me. Inside the maze, there was bridges, monsters, caskets, voodoo mannequins you name it. When I finally got to the end, I was excited that it was over-too scary for me. The next maze, “The Circus-Big Top Terror” wasn’t scary (at least this is what I thought).
As I walked to the “Circus”, there were two workers that asked me “are you alone”? I said yeah, why? “You are sooo brave. Why don’t you wait for the other people that are behind you before you go inside”, they stated. In the back of my mind, I was like who’s afraid of clowns, I’m not. In order to appease the workers, I waited for the others. As we all walked through the maze, it was a bridge that was spinning. I’m clumsy, I’ll admit it, and keep falling over. Anyway, as you walk through the maze, you get confused as there is no exit. So I asked one of the clowns how do you get out? She pointed at the balls (you know the ones at Chuckie Cheese where the kids like to play and has many germs?). In the balls was this crazy looking clown waiting to get you. The clown that I asked said jump in, it’s super fun…yeah right lady, that other clown is going to get me. Whew…I made it out alive… I was glad that maze was over. The next maze I decided to checkout was SoulMate.
The “Soul Mate” maze was on-board the Queen Mary. You have to climb up stairs-so if you don’t like stairs-this isn’t for you. Of course I had my flashlight on, and one of the monster’s jumped at me and stated, turn off the light, that takes the fun away, so I did, but I wasn’t
happy. Soulmate is where Graceful Gale lures potential suitors with her charm. There are plenty of monsters on board, and plenty of caskets. Toward the end of the maze, Graceful Gale will let you take pictures of her, while one of her suitors who you think is a mannequin jumps out at you! Be very afraid! Although there were other mazes, my last maze and favorite was Lullaby.
The new Lullaby maze takes the visitor on a spine-tingling trip through the story of little Scary Mary. The first Mary (there were many) is a little innocent child-but not that innocent, she will kill you. She interacts with patrons by asking questions, and wanting to play games. It’s fun to interact with her, until she tries to kill and follow you. As you go through the maze, there is another Mary that wants to play hide and seek, don’t hide with her-keep walking she will try to get you. In this maze patrons have the opportunity to interactive with Mary. I recommend this one before the others, as this one was fun!
Well loves….until my next blog…talk to you later, who knows where I will turn up next.
Talented filmmaker and actor Gregory Blair is not a man to rest: with his award-winning psychological thriller DEADLY REVISIONS due out this fall via SGL Entertainment, Blair is already at work on his next project. Horror takes a back seat to comedy this time in a tale about a friendly gathering that goes hilariously awry when an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude. Raise your glass to GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE.
“I love films that successfully walk that line between horror and comedy,” writer/director Blair says, “whether it’s witty and referential like Scream or giddy low camp like Army of Darkness.” Aiming for that exact mix of madness, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a fast-paced, wacky romp in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. “I wanted to do something totally different from DEADLY REVISIONS”, Blair said. “That film is a brooding, moody, slow-burn mystery and I wanted to do something kinetic, wild and crazy.” Thus, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE was hatched.
But comedy isn’t reserved for the film alone: Blair has made it the cornerstone of all the movie’s marketing; even the official site and fundraising is aimed at invoking laughter. “The film is all fun and games and we wanted to let the fun go beyond the confines of the film,” Blair says. “Hence the parody element in our teaser.” The campaign video is a “meta” comedy, slyly spoofing campaigns in general, even as it pitches its own. Contributions allow fans to “Join the party” and get movie memorabilia, film credit and other perks. The campaign and video can be viewed at http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fun, new Playbuzz quiz game in anticipation of the film. “Which GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Character Are You?” lets fans choose between personality traits, weapons and more to discover which character from the film they best match. “Folks can have fun and get to know a little more about the characters along the way,” Blair explains. The quiz asks questions such as: “Do you Keep Calm or Scream Bloody Murder?”, “What Do You Bring to a Party?” and more. Those who are—excuse the term—game, can take the quiz here: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG
And who is bringing this crazy cast of GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE characters to life? The list of actors includes some familiar names in comedy and horror as well as some fresh faces: Andy Gates (“Grimm”, “The Young and the Restless”,etc.), Nichole Bagby (“My Crazy Roommate”, “Sex Sent Me to the ER”, etc.), HPC’s Vida Ghaffari (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Mindy Project”, etc.), Dawna Lee Heising (“Slink”, “Legend of the Red Reaper”, etc.), David Leeper, Matt Weinglass and even Blair himself. “I figure if I’m gonna torture all these actors, I better get my butt in there, too,” he says.
GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE, shoots this October through PIX/SEE Productions; just days after DEADLY REVISIONS is released on 9/29/15. DEADLY REVISIONS won the Flicker award for “Best Picture”, the L.A. Movie Award for “Best Narrative Feature” as well as the Claw Award for “Best Feature Film Screenplay”, so Blair has shown he knows how to craft a good tale. In that light, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE appears set to be a hilarious, hit and a bloody good time.
Writer/Director and New Yorker Thomas J. Churchill’s unofficial loose Prequel that could be easily be for Night of the Living Dead…
A Church Hill Production & Apothecary Entertainment present this epic horror/thriller film, Lazarus: APOCALYPSE that is produced by
David M. Parks and written, produced and directed by talented multi-hyphenate Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, The Emerging Past, Mr Hush, and Syfy’s Monster man Episode 2). This film was released on September 1st at all WalMart stores and other fine retail stores and is also available on Video on Demand.
Lazarus: APOCALYPSE revolves around the character of George A. Lazarus (Ray Capuana of Emerging Past), a savvy insurance investigator who schedules routine interviews with twelve employees and sinister owner Mammon Beelzebub (artfully played by Churchill) of the Deadly Sin Cigarette Company upon the receipt of a rather suspicious insurance claim. In the process, he learns that all twelve had recently been fired for being sick at the job, and then subsequently and without a trace, they disappeared. Two weeks later, with Lazarus now a missing person, his heart-sick fiancée Bethany Loomis (Natalie Victoria, Dead Head) and Chip (Kevin Eugene Franklin) undertake the huge task of finding him. While retracing his steps, they learn that what was initially regarded as a simple fraud investigation case may actually be the beginning of the end of the human race.
Set in Hollywood in 1957, this horror film noir also stars other noted actors in the horror genre such as Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night, 976-Evil, Emerging Past), Brooke Lewis (iMurders, Sinatra Club), Mike Marino (Emerging Past, Niko The Impaler, Mr Hush), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2, the Tripper), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko, Sushi Girl),Brian Andrews (Halloween), Janet Tracy Keijser (House on Haunted Hill), Kenneth J. Hall (The Puppet Master), Krista Grotte (Emerging Past) and Taylor Morgan Lewis (Women of Wrestling). Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (The new Friday the 13th TV series, SyFy’s Monster Man, 2001 Maniacs, Wish Master 3, The Prophecy 3) provides the special effects.
“If Hitchcock told a zombie film, this would be it,” declares Churchill.
There will be a DVD signing with Churchill and his cast at the popular Dark Delicacies store in Burbank on September 26th at 2pm.