A horror podcast brought to you by the folks at the Death's Parade Film Fest, Grim and Bloody will bring together all forms of horror in a fun and engaging show featuring Kevin Nickelson from Horror News Net, Joe Flynn, Al Omega (host of The Creature Feature Show) and Anthony DeRouen, founder of the Death's Parade Film Fest. At the end of the day we're all fans of horror and enjoying talking about it! You can also expect guests from both film, literary, music and illustration backgrounds.
When Virus premiered in 1980 it was the biggest product in Japan's history. An Adaptation on Sakyo Komatsu's novel Fukkatsu no hi the movie starred Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, George Kennedy and Robert Vaughn. The film is a harrowing take involving a man-made virus that springs into the wild during a period of political and military unrest between the United States and the Soviet Union.
We tackle other disaster stories which bring about the end of the world or leave enough clues to keep us awake at night! These films include, 2012, Threads, The Thing (naturally!), Deep Impact and Armageddon.
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Gary Morgenstein, who is the critically acclaimed author of The Dark Depths series (A Mound Over Hell, A Fastball for Freedom), a unique dystopian science fiction baseball saga. Gary is our first author on the show, but we went easy on him!
Gary is an accomplished playwright: his humorous new play about racial harmony, A Black and White Cookie, is slated for premiere in 2021. He is also the author of the stage dramas Saving Stan, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, and the off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem.
Join us for a warm-saddled, sweat-mopping jaunt through 1967's Island of the Burning Damned: a sci-fi horror thriller starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Jane Merrow. You can catch more Island of the Burning Damned on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features!
In other news, we're excited to see theaters reopen. It's been too long, welcome back. We are in contact with 3 Below Theaters and Lounge in San Jose and hope to have a clearer picture of when the Death's Parade Film Fest can happen in the later month's of October/November. Stay tuned for more!
You can also catch the latest episode of The Original Creatures Keep My Grave Open (1977) here: https://youtu.be/qzJ1I1pshUI
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned, but with someone or something new on-board. That is the synopsis for Paul W.S. Anderson's follow-up to the Mortal Kombat live action adaptation: a exceptionally fun and gory sci-fi horror flick starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Jason Issacs. Even better, Shout! Factory recently released an Event Horizon Collector's Edition with a slew of new interviews with cast and crew along with a 4K scan of the original camera negative. If you have followed their past efforts you know this will be the best version of Event Horizon on the market.
Join Al Omega, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we talk about Event Horizon's production problems, it's performance in theaters, and its subsequent cult following which prompted Amazon to develop a TV series adaptation. Whether the world even needs an Event Horizon TV series is not for us to decide, but we'll give it a shot anyways.
Also new this week on Creature Features - In the Year 2889 (1969) you can watch here: https://youtu.be/wSdpI4hel1Y .
We talk with Mario Cerrito, writer and director of the grotesque and fun-as-hell cannibal feature film Human Hibachi. If the name doesn't give you a clear impression of the movie the trailer certainly will. Human Hibachi earns its place among the pantheon of cannibal horror films with it's strikingly real practical effects and a cast who throw themselves into their respective roles.
To learn more about Human Hibachi visit https://www.humanhibachi.com/
It's always enlightening for us to hear about what happens behind the camera throughout the ages of cinema. John T. Sweeney stopped by the Grim and Bloody Podcast and does just that! As Kevin Nickelson later described the show: "John was a hoot and a half with a few salty stories working as production coordinator on films like Alien vs. Predator, Hellboy and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In a first time deviation from the ordinary talk of horror movies, we talk about COVID and I speak extensively about my near death experience."
COVID-19 has taken a sledgehammer to almost everything, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. More and more stories surface regarding the virus and our collective experiences. We feel thankful that we can share them because that means we survived to tell the tale.
In other news, Kevin has a new piece of writing out! It's his first non-horror article, "A look at Agatha Christie" in the 70's for the magazine Cinema of the 70's. The issue will be available between March 7th- 10th.
And catch Al Omega's latest Creature Features Show: The Children (1980) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSa5_1MZi7I .
Say what you will about Steve Beck's Thirteen Ghosts remake, it was a fun popcorn horror movie! With amazing special make-up effects by Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, along with a production design that is still unparalleled to this day, Thirteen Ghosts remains on Halloween playlists twenty years later. The executive team behind the successful HBO series Tales from the Crypt leant their weight to this big budget supernatural opus that starred Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard, a young Shannon Elizabeth and F. Murray Abraham. So join Al Omega, Joe Flynn, and Anthony DeRouen as they discuss what made Thirteen Ghosts a stand out movie among a slate of commercially successful titles under Dark Castle Entertainment's belt, aspects that could have lifted its narrative further, and why Steve Beck's follow up effort Ghost Ship was equally as enjoyable.
Premiering tonight on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features: Death Car on the Freeway! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/V9IBlAUZnbY . If you haven't seen The Original Creature Features Al Omega does a marvelous job of setting up the night's film with razor sharp wit and historical retelling. For more visit http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ .
In episode 30 we sat down with Nikhil Bhagat, writer and director of The Wheel, and discovered so much about this thrilling short we couldn't fit it all in one show. Nikhil returns with key parts of the crew that made it happen. James Kniest (Cinematographer for Hush, The Last Witch Hunter, Annabelle, The Bye Bye Man) , Pete Gvozdas (Producer for The Curse of la Llorona, The Purge, Brightburn, The Conjuring 3) , and Tim Murray. We hope you enjoy listening to how these skilled filmmakers brought The Wheel to life!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Nikhil Bhagat and we talked about the fantastic short horror film The Wheel, set to be released this February.
The short film finds a woman, played by Molly Buecher, alone in a house while her husband is on a trip shopping for antiques to sell in their shop. When he sends home an old toy ferris wheel (made from parts of the original ferris wheel no less!) the couple has no idea the terror that is about to be unleashed.
For those who haven't heard of Nikhil Bhagat - his equally as impressive short As They Continue To Fall has now been picked up for a feature adaptation by James Wan and Eric Heisserer!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sits down with legendary stage, screen, television and Hammer Films star Jane Merrow!
To learn more about Jane Merrow's illustrious career visit https://www.janemerrow.net/.
To learn about Hammer Films visit : https://www.hammerfilms.com/
Michael Dougherty 2015's holiday horror film Krampus starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott is a cult classic which re-emerges from the frozen depths every holiday season. It's packed with stellar performances, an engaging story, and some of the best practical effects done by Weta Workshop. Very much like Trick R Treat, Michael Dougherty weaves a cautionary tale about what happens when you lose the Christmas spirit. Al Omega and Joe Flynn join DPFF Founder Anthony DeRouen as they delve into the shadow of Saint Nick - Krampus!
Krampus can be streamed everywhere and is still a popular blu-ray release (for those will still prefer discs).
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The Evil, written and directed by Gus Trikonis, is very much a product of its time. There's a light-hearted campiness to The Evil one can appreciate from the time of disco fever and bellbottoms which eventually would ebb away as we crossed into the 1980's and experienced bone-chilling supernatural films such as The Shining, The Fog and Poltergeist. The Evil is a fast-paced haunted house flick that can easily fall under the radar of contemporary horror aficionados, but didn't miss Joe Flynn and Al Omega's gaze as their reach in the genre stretches further than most. Sit back and enjoy our spoiler-free review of The Evil!
Specimen 6 is a slasher film unlike any seen before. It follows the exploits of mad scientist Marissa Gray as she attempts to create the ultimate weapon. Told in 6 short stories Specimen 6 tells the story of the greatest evil to ever walk the land. Join Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Joe Flynn as we discuss the finer points of Specimen 6.
To watch Specimen 6 visit https://player.vimeo.com/video/445086530 .
As the Halloween season rages on we're back with another spooktacular episode featuring Mitch McLeod, writer and director of the horror drama Silhouette. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Silhouette will be undergoing a name change to A Haunting in Texas before it's debut on the media shelves of Wal Mart stores nationwide! Obviously an exciting time for Mitch, the cast and crew of Silhouette we couldn't be more excited to see this dark and disturbing paranormal tale receive a massive home video release. Look for A Haunting in Texas at Wal Mart starting November 17th, and tune into the podcast to hear about the behind the scene stories!
To learn more about Mitch McLeod visit https://www.facebook.com/absentiapictures/.
- Anthony, Al and Joe
Jenna Payne is involved in many diverse projects, notably the sci-fi horror comic Zompire Vixens from Pluto! She has a proof of concept teaser for Hysteria : the story of a chronically ill and undiagnosed patient who takes matters into her own hands, along with two award-winning shorts on Youtube. We talk about the advantages of developing a horror story in comic book form, insight into her upcoming film Hysteria and her tireless work in promoting other filmmakers through Disaster Capitol and Cinefemme.
For more about Jenna visit www.jennapayne.com and www.disastercapitalproductions.com
Angela Mancuso is known for giving us the fan favorite horror comedy Happy Death Day and it's sequel Happy Death Day 2, but Angela found success long before working with Blumhouse Productions. She worked for HBO during it's fledgling days and eventually became the president of Universal Cable Entertainment. She later embarked on a producing career that gave us the much beloved Battlestar Gallactica (Reimagined), Monk, and a slew of other miniseries. So tune in as we catch a rare glimpse into the horror genre's top studio in Blumhouse Productions. We find out why they have grown exponentially in popularity since their inception 20 years ago, and what sets them apart from other studios. Sci-fi fans will particularly enjoy our Battlestar Gallactica segment.
Scott Derrickson's horror film Sinister, produced in 2012, is a deeply disturbing supernatural flick that takes a family who's already survived a number of traumas and tears them apart from the inside out. Sinister introduces a fictional demon called Bughuul (also known as Mr. Boogie) who convinces children to murder their family and takes the child's soul in the end. Sinister is a well-made, thought-provoking take on a number of familiar tropes the team is excited to discuss, now 8 years later. So join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and Al Omega as we look back and talk about Sinister!
To learn more about Sinister visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_(film)
As we draw closer to the Halloween season we sit down and talk about a film that impresses us still to this day: Tom Holland's directorial masterpiece Fright Night. Produced in 1985 Fright Night was a critical and financial success, and spawned a number of sequels, a book, video game, even a stage adaptation. Roddy McDowall turn as Peter Vincent is the star of the show, but Tom Holland assembles an excellent and game cast that elevates the story.
Join Anthony DeRouen, founder of the Death's Parade Film Fest, Al Omega, host of Creature Features and Joe Flynn as we peel back the layers of time and revisit a horror opus.
An American Werewolf in London was a critical and commercial success in 1981, and a lasting cultural phenomenon. It launched director John Landis into the pantheon of horror greats, and still holds up great today thanks in big part to Rick Baker's masterful practical effects. Join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and returning guest host Al Omega as we break down one of horror's greatest films - An American Werewolf in London.
Music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK.
Visit Al Omega's Creature Features show at http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ .
Miss Misery is known as the Queen of Horror in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for good reason. From feature films and television series, to children's novels and comic books, Miss Misery has her tendrils in all forms of horror entertainment. We can also talk about the Zombie Proms, Shadow Casts, and Film Festivals - but you'll have to listen to find out what Anthony, Kevin and Joe have the pleasure of speaking about.
Find out more about Miss Misery at http://missmisery.net/index.html . You can also catch the Miss Misery's Movie Massacre on Roku!
Tonight's music is courtesy of Ross Bugden.
Join us as we speak to the multi-faceted Jonathan Cartwright about his upcoming feature Demu, and the First Virtual Scarezone! With Halloween threatened due to the ongoing pandemic, Jonathan has thought of a way to represent the scary holiday by making an online virtual scarezone to honor his upcoming horror film, and to scare the pants outta its visitors. We couldn't be more excited!
You can find out more about Jonathan at https://tinyurl.com/yxw7uwlm
Closing music courtesy of Ross Bugden: https://instagram.com/rossbugden/
In this episode we speak with Writer/Director Royce Freeman and cast members Clement Jones Jr, Alexia Maier, and practical effects artist Synthia Roy. In Utero is a grindhouse horror flick that revolves around Zoe, an infertile psychopath, who seeks to fill a void left when she lost her child years ago in a horrible accident, which blackened her soul. Skylar, an expectant mother, will do anything to protect her unborn child. In Utero is free to stream for Amazon Prime members.
Two immensely talented actresses who star in David Black's upcoming comedic sci-fi/ horror film Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space spoke with The Grim and Bloody Podcast about their work on the quarantine-shot feature, how they prepare to shoot behind a green screen, and just what the heck attracted them to this crazy movie in the first place! Anastasia Kouloukas is reprising her role as a domineering taskmaster from Sinister Symbiosis while Vixey Teh plays the central antagonist with lasers that shoot from well...places. That's all we can say about Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space, listen for more!
For more about David Black's Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space visit https://tinyurl.com/yxhfwbhk .
Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen fly by the seats of their pants without a guest for this special San Diego Comic Con-inspired chat. The topic of the show: what's your favorite horror moment? Since the three of us are major horror fans to begin with it doesn't take long for other topics to come up: like our favorite horror music, when does a movie turn you into a fan, horror in literature, and of course COVID 19-inspired horror movies. We have a few ideas on what can make a COVID-19 horror movie work for pandemic weary audiences.
We give major shout-outs to San Diego Comic Con and their impressive array of virtual panels (including quite a few horror-related events) we encourage you to check out. For more visit: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome . Like everyone else enamored with pop culture, we sorely miss spending the week among our fellow brethren, but we hope you enjoy this discussion, and tune in for future episodes.
The Grim and Bloody Podcast spoke with Christian Nilsson, writer and director behind UNSUBSCRIBE, the hit horror short that claimed the top spot in the US Box office! We talk with Christian about four walling, a loophole himself and fellow producer/actor Eric Tabach exploited to garner their film widespread attention during the coronavirus pandemic when most theaters were shut down. The film itself stands on it's on two feet with a game cast, well-thought out script and a haunting score.
You can find Christian at http://christian-nilsson.com/ .
Opening music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK.
Join us as Adam Marcus peels back the curtain to one of the most controversial Friday the 13th installments called Jason Goes to Hell, a serial killer flick with strong supernatural elements, featuring work from make-up effects legend Greg Nicotero. Adam has much more work to share with us than we can fit in one episode, so look out for the second part debuting in July on the Grim and Bloody Theater. Enjoy horror!
The director of 1985's The Howling 2 joins Kevin Nickelson as they take a trip on memory lane and revel in all its hairy, marsupial glory. The episode is longer than normal, but if you enjoy werewolves in monkey suits, and behind the scenes stories involving the late great Christopher Lee you won't find anywhere else we think you'll enjoy.
We recently spoke with Brad Thomasson, writer and director behind the Backwoods Bubba serial killer Youtube series and upcoming feature - now listen to the man behind the mask! Sammie Cassell is also behind the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival that's still happening this year. Support our fellow brethren! http://www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com/
On this episode of The Grim and Bloody Podcast Mark Patton spends an hour with us to shed light on his story behind Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. He also delves into "Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street", a fascinating documentary that details the tragic ending to Mark's promising young career and which also gave him the title of male “scream queen”.
Intro and outro music courtesy of Darren Curtis 'It's In The Fog'.
We had the upmost pleasure of speaking with Dee Wallace! The star of such major horror films like CUJO, THE HOWLING and CRITTERS and newer films like 3 FROM HELL, and HANSEL & GRETEL along with everyone's favorite sci-fi flick E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. Have a listen!
Our newest interview comes from down south as we speak with Brad Thomasson, the writer and director behind the horror-documentary style Backwoods Bubba serial killer shorts. COVID-19 has halted Brad's episodic horror saga, but that didn't stop him from joining us to talk about his inspiration behind the films, and his future projects. You can watch the Backwoods Bubba shorts and more terrifying tales from Brad here: https://tinyurl.com/wnz2pqw
Mike Di Stasio is an old school Hollywood host that has interviewed hundreds of celebrities. Mike took us down a trip through memory lane as he recounted some of the more provocative ones like Yaphet Kotto and the struggles of black actors in early Hollywood, and the gruesome Black Dhalia murder. To learn more about Mike Di Stasio check out his Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4fcgG7ODeiEbR7HDUZl3A and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeDiStasio . We also provide an update about the Death's Parade Film Fest and COVID-19.
Join Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn as we speak with the long time great actor David Frankham. David has starred in too many roles to list here, but our interests resided in his horror and sci fi experiences, among others. Listen to David recall his time on the set of the original Star Trek, his work with Alfred Hitchcock and Vincent Price, and his contributions to The Outer Limits. It was a pleasure speaking to such a gifted and storied actor, and we hope you enjoy it as much we we did!
Musical pieces courtesy of Jonathan Dixon.
Al Omega joins our motley crew for episode 5. Al is the host of The Original Creature Features. Kevin, Joe and Anthony delve into the inspiration of Creature Features, the process of selecting his eclectic films, and what's in store for the future.
Watch Creature Features on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqO-C1TJtQBrjAaeoJnmGRg/videos
Visit Creature Features main site - https://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/
The Grim and Bloody Podcast returns with Joshua Kennedy: writer and director of the House of Gorgon, a throwback film to the immensely popular Hammer days of the 50's and 60's. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the finer points of Joshua's re-imagining of House of Gorgon, the startling differences between and garish posters of the 60's with today's, and more!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast is back with Sam Mason: writer, director and star of the upcoming serial horror thriller Normal Terror. We plumbed the dark depths of Sam's twisted mind and returned different men. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen for this enthralling episode, and a peak into a feature that may very well debut at the Death's Parade Film Fest in September!
Today we sat down with Dave Reda, writer and director of the festival smash hit Horror of My Love and My Undeadly which stars Michelle Tomlinson. Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn join Anthony DeRouen as we pick Dave's undead brain and get his thoughts on his past and future projects and all things horror.
Learn more about Dave Reda at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1484232/
WATCH Horror of My Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyuXO3NxlQ8
Welcome to the Grim and Bloody Podcast! Brought to you by the folks from the Death's Parade Film Fest. This is our first episode featuring Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn and the founder of the DPFF founder Anthony DeRouen. For episode one we have the pleasure of speaking to Cherokee Creek writer and director Todd Jenkins. Crack open a beer and enjoy!