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Johnny Depp is Behind the Madness of Killer Short Lunch Ladies… Sort of

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After premiering at this year’s HollyShorts Film Festival, the black comedy short Lunch Ladies has been garnering rave reviews from fans and genre veterans alike, including scream queen Tiffany Shepis and Puppet Master creator Charlie Band. We recently caught up with the filmmakers behind this wicked little film and it turns out a full-fledged Lunch Ladies feature might be on the table!

Director J.M. Logan (special effects artist, The Dentist, the Wishmaster series) notes, “From the minute I read the script, I knew this was a project aimed directly at the sweet spot of horror fandom – and if people like what we did with a stand-alone short, hopefully they would be in for a feature as well! If we are fortunate enough for people to be equally entertained and grossed-out, we’ve done our job.” 

Written and produced by Clarissa Jacobson, the film stars Donna Pieroni (Feud, Jawbreaker) and Mary Manofsky (Criminal Minds) as Seretta and LouAnne, two lunch ladies whose mundane life is consumed by their devotion to Johnny Depp. After winning a cooking competition sponsored by Depp, the two receive a letter from the Hollywood icon himself, congratulating their work and offering the chance to attend one of his concerts. Under the assumption that Depp will hire the two as his personal chefs, Seretta and LouAnne’s hearts soar… as does their growing discontent with the students of Melvin High.

This isn’t Donna Pieroni’s first run-in with Depp; she made her film debut in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands. “I was an extra in the movie. Tim Burton handpicked me out of the crowd and ended up giving me a line directly communicating with Johnny Depp himself! I worked with Johnny the whole day, ended up getting a close-up and was also in the preview for the film as well!”

“That day changed, quite literally, everything! One of the most extraordinary days of my life. I was suddenly eligible for my SAG card which ended up being no less than a sheer life-changing event, to put it mildly! Getting my SAG card is what brought me to Los Angeles way, way earlier that what I had planned. The only word that comes to mind in getting to star in a film that revolves around Johnny Depp? Priceless.”

While the short runs only nineteen minutes, writer Clarissa Jacobson reveals that Lunch Ladies was scripted as a feature that she intends to bring to life. “The short was made as a proof of concept. The feature was written first. In the full-length script, there’s a lot more twisted hilarious murders… a lot more Johnny Depp love… and a lunch lady arch nemesis, home ec teacher Ms. Crispin (aka Crotchface Crispin) and her ass-kissing 13-year-old sidekick Kylie Maplestein, President of the Crock Pot Club.”

Noting the film’s similarity to John Waters’ Serial Mom, Jacobson says, “I just wrote what I find funny. I’ve always had a quirky sense of humor but after the film came out, people started telling me they saw influences of all the artists I loved… John Hughes, John Waters, Wes Andersen, Tim Burton, the Cohen brothers… so it clearly seeped in!”

Lunch Ladies has been named as official selections of the Tulsa American Film Festival (Oct. 11th), the Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 19th) and the Atlanta Horror Film Festival (Oct. 21st). For more on this hilarious short, check out the Lunch Ladies website as well as the official Facebook page!

Synopsis: For the past twenty years, obsessed Johnny Depp fans and fraternal twin sisters, Seretta and LouAnne Burr, have shared a miserable existence as high school lunch ladies serving up rubbery chicken parts, ammonia-treated government meat and whatever else the cash-strapped national lunch program sends their way. This year is going to be different: The twin’s Cheesy Burger Bites recipe is the Grand Prize Winner of Johnny Depp’s Cook for Kid’s Charity Event. Convinced this is their ticket out of high school hell town and that “The Depper” will hire them to be his very own Personal Chefs, their dreams are shattered after a snotty head cheerleader pushes them one step too far. This forces the Lunch Ladies to ask themselves – WWJD? What would Johnny do?

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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!

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The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!

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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February

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Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Synopsis:
Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.

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