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Screamfest L.A. 2014: Guy Pigden Talks Premiere of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust

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With New Zealand filmmaker Guy Pigden’s L.A. Premiere of his feature I Survived a Zombie Holocaust screening this coming Saturday, October 18, at 10:00 pm at the Screamfest Film Festival, read on for our exclusive interview, and have a look at some stills and a trailer for the flick.

Written and directed by Pigden, the narrative of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (according to the official synopsis) revolves around the following:

The crew of the New Zealand low budget zombie film ‘Tonight They Come!’ are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, Wesley Pennington, arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into real, shuffling un-dead zombies.

Produced by Zoe Hobson, the film stars Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Mike Edward, Reanin Johannink, Mark Neilson, Patrick Davies, Simon Ward and Andrew Laing.

Chatting with Pigden, he stated of his inspiration for his directorial debut (he’s currently in post-production on his second feature, Older), “I’m a huge fan of zombie films ever since I started playing the Resident Evil (video) games around fifteen, and at nineteen I was writing my first zombie script, which had a much different concept (demons possessing dead bodies to work for the government). But within that other film, the characters (did) stumble across a director and his assistant filming a zombie film as these real zombies attacked them. It was just one scene, but it was the most original and interesting part of that script, and that idea stayed with me for years. So eventually I kind of expanded out that idea to become I Survived A Zombie Holocaust.”

As for the principal photography, “The film was shot in Dunedin, which is a smallish city at the bottom of the south island of New Zealand,” Pigden told us. “It’s also my hometown,” he continued. “It was filmed for twenty-seven days over a five-week shoot schedule. We also shot a few days of pickups later on, and we filmed on the Panasonic AF100 using old Zeiss Prime Super speed lenses.”

Regarding the previous sub-genre works which he found influential, Pigden allowed, “I think the Resident Evil films were, New Zealand’s own Braindead which I love, Romero’s original zombie trilogy, and of course Shaun of the Dead. But perhaps the biggest influence was The Return of the Living Dead. It was very ahead of its time and was one of the first zombie films to introduce black humor to the genre.”

Concerning his filmic approach, “For me I wanted to move away from the shaky-cam super-human, super-fast zombies which had been done to death recently, no pun intended, and I wanted to go back to the retro 80’s style of zombie film and try and make something old feel new again. Because I’m such a fan of the genre, I was simply asking myself, ‘What haven’t I seen in a zombie film?’ And then, ‘What do I want to see? How can I subvert expectations and tropes of the genre but also pay tribute to them?’ I did not want it to become predictable so those thoughts were at the forefront of my mind both in the writing and shooting of the film.”

We queried Pigden regarding the effects, a hallmark of the sub-genre.

“The zombies’ look was created by Brae Toia, who was the head makeup artist, and Julie Clark, who is our SFX makeup artist,” stated the filmmaker. “The VFX was spearheaded by the incredibly talented Sam Scott and his team,” he continued. “The zombie look was built around the concept that all these zombies were very fresh (and) recently infected individuals, so there are no highly withered, decayed corpse-style zombies for the most part.”

Pigden is currently in discussions with several distributors regarding I Survived a Zombie Holocaust.

To purchase tickets to the Screamfest premiere of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, go here, and for more info “like” the film on Facebook.

Screamfest runs from October 14th to the 21st.

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Such Sights to Show You – 11/22/17

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Each week, we’ve been bringing you a new, original one-off comic from artist Kevin D. Clark. This week, Clark skewers not only Black Friday but also Cyber Monday in one fell swoop, commenting on the predatory and mob-like nature of consumers at public stores while also addressing the glut of online sales that slam workers during the holidays. You can read the comic for yourself below.

About the Artist:
Kevin D. Clark is a cartoonist from Scotland who grew up watching classic monster movies, cartoons and wrestling, as well as reading comics. He started drawing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. His sense of humor is a veritable cornucopia of the wacky and weird inspired by the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, “MST3K,” Rab C. Nesbitt, as well as his older brother.

Kevin was diagnosed with Aspergers and because of that, he tries to push himself to work as hard as possible. Kevin also has a self-published comic book and helps run a film club for autistic people. He has recently earned a degree in cartooning from the London Art College and he’s pretty sure that he could take an octopus in a fight.

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Exclusive: Wolfmen of Mars Debut New Group Brass Hearse and Here’s a New Song

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A couple of months ago, we told you about Brass Hearse, a new group that features the members of Boston rock/synth group Wolfmen of Mars. Essentially the same style but now with vocals, Brass Hearse will immediately stand out to fans of John Carpenter but those who listen closer will pick up on elements of The Cure and even some Type O Negative. If you’ve been looking for some goth-y electronic rock with splashes of industrial thrown in hither and yon, I have a feeling you’re going to dig the hell out of Brass Hearse!

Previously, Wolfmen of Mars’ Luke told us, “It’s Wolfmen of Mars with vocals, but very much its own thing. A bit darker, a little bit more new wave. It’s a hard album to describe. Ron Rochondo from Ice Dragon wrote all the vocals and they fit the music perfectly. I can’t wait to share the tunes with you!

Well, today is the day that we get to share a taste of the new tunes with all of you! Below is the premiere of the track “Rain Grey, Dark Sky”, which swirls and pumps in a controlled frenzy, the verse containing itself only to open wide during the chorus, the sonorous vocals suddenly crying out like a ghastly specter.

Brass Hearse’s debut album will be available on vinyl and as a digital download on December 1 from Burning Witches Records. Meanwhile, you can download “Ran Grey, Dark Sky” via Bandcamp.

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance

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Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Synopsis:
Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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