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Exclusive: Tory Jones Talks Angel

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With the film Angel currently raising funds on Indiegogo, we decided to track down director Tory Jones to ask him a few questions about the project. His previously films include The Killbillies and this year’s The Wicked One.

Angel is being produced by Volumes of Blood creator P.J. Starks, and there are a ton of great backer rewards listed on the Indiegogo page.

DC: How did the inspiration for Angel come about?

TJ: The inspiration for Angel sorta came from wanting to both do something more atmospheric and suspense driven than my last film. I wanted to do something that blew my last film away in just about every aspect And introduce a female antagonist. I think it brings something different into the fray to have something so unstoppable and it not be a male which has sorta been the norm since the 70’s.

DC: And the title sounds like it may have a deeper meaning?

TJ: Definitely. We are playing with a lot of themes in this film. At its core you have a protagonist who is so hell bent on achieving success and her ambitions that she will put those who she loves unknowingly in harms way. The films deals with the repercussions of that and how there are consequences for going to far.

DC: So you’re collaborating with Shawn Burkett and P.J. Starks?

TJ: I am. Shawn and I had started talking after the successes of our last films and wanted to collaborate. We just hit it off and decided this is where we wanted to go in terms of the film and that collaboration. I met PJ at a horror convention due to the fact both our films are distributed through Petri Entertainment. He’s awesome at marketing and promotion and that led to him coming on board to help out in that area. I have others involved too such as Dale Miller who has been involved with numerous successful indie films. He’s helping out on several different levels regarding the film.

DC: What about the cast?

TJ: Cast wise we have some of the most professional and solid talent I’ve ever been afforded an opportunity to work with. Some I’ve been fortunate enough to work with in the past some are new to it. This cast and crew are the absolute best and most professional I’ve ever worked with and that is exciting to me as their director.

DC: You’re shooting in actual haunted locations?

TJ: Haunted locations? I’m not sure. I guess they could be. We have everything from an abandoned town, bridges, distillery, homes. All with years of history behind them. If they are haunted I don’t wanna know.

This film will move into some new territory. Explore lots of themes and ask some serious questions about humanity, ambition, success, and what makes someone a monster. It’s a story we are excited to tell and something that is going to surprise people.

Synopsis:
In 1986 a brutal massacre rocked the small isolated community of Raven Rock. For thirty years the town has been chained and walled off from the outside world while deteriorating and crumbling. However not all has been quiet as disappearances have been attributed to the supposedly haunted town. Now a headstrong journalist and her team venture to Raven Rock to investigate the town, its history, and the missing persons. What they will discover is sometimes the truth is more disturbing than myth and Raven Rock is still being occupied.

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Poster Debut: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing Starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott

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One of the films that I’m most interested in hearing the feedback about during this year’s Sundance film festival is director Nicolas Pesce’s psychological horror-comedy Piercing.

Not only did Pesce’s last flick The Eyes of My Mother impress the hell out of me but his new film boasts a killer premise and cast including Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The movie will be premiering at Sundance this weekend and today we have the film’s poster to share with you guys. You can click on the poster to the right for a higher-res version.

After checking it out let us know what you think!

Piercing is based on the critically acclaimed cult novel by Ryu Murakami and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) and stars Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

The film hosts its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday, January 20th.

Synopsis:

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

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First Details on Eduardo Sanchez-Directed Supernatural Episode 13.13 – Devil’s Bargain

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The upcoming 13th episode of the 13th season of “Supernatural,” titled “Devil’s Bargain,” is notable for two reasons: (1) it’s directed by none other than Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly), and (2) it features a guest appearance by series star Jensen Ackles’ wife, Danneel Ackles (“One Tree Hill,” The Roommate).

The CW has released the official synopsis for the ep, which you’ll find below.

Are you still a fan of the show after all these years? Looking forward to seeing how Sanchez leaves his mark on the Winchesters? Sound off in the comments section or on social media!

“Supernatural” Episode 13.13 – “Devil’s Bargain” (airs 2/8/18)
Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins) search for Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who, meanwhile, strikes an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo (guest star Danneel Ackles). Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) inches closer to finding Jack (Alexander Calvert). Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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