LA Horror Review: “Dismembering Christmas”

Happy Holidays Horror Lovers!  And no, I’m not talking about Halloween – I’m talking about that oh so snowy Christmas time that we all love and enjoy!  Sure, it’s a couple of months away, but Slasher Studios, the team behind favorite “Don’t Go To The Reunion,” has started the celebration early with their new feature length horror film, “Dismembering Christmas!”

Long story short, we’ve got seven high school friends who meet up to party at a swanky cabin, stocked with liquor. They meet several sketchy locals, drink a couple too many and start to get iced one by one.  What’s truly enjoyable about this flick, and the slasher genre in general, is trying to guess who will be next, and not only that but who is behind the killings themselves.  It’s a classic slasher mystery that plays very nicely.

The strongest part of “Dismembering Christmas,” and also the aspect that takes this film to a higher level, is the superb direction from Austin Bosley, coupled with stellar cinematography from Anthony Hawn and Jordan Hiller.  There are several fantastic sequences throughout the film that are a fright, and some very well choreographed scenes involving the killer and victims kept me on the edge of my seat, often without the cut of the camera.  For the most part, this film is beautiful, playing up the snowy setting and making use of the entire space of the setting in a very enjoyable way.  Being Bosley’s feature film debut, he crafts suspense like a true vet of the genre.  “Dismembering Christmas” is damn gory, hella suspenseful, and does much more than pay homage to the great Christmas horror flicks that paved the way for it – it invites itself to the  party and spikes the damn egg nog.

Let’s move onto the kills.  FANTASTIC kills.  What I loved about them is that they were all fun and surprising, several kills literally made me think “well, I didn’t see that coming.”  And much to my sick delight, neither do the characters.  Each one is unique and wintery, playing heavily into the Christmas theme of the movie.  You gotta love that.  On top of that, the “Dismembering Christmas” killer is bone chilling – the costume and mask choices lend to a truly unsettling anti-hero.

But good kills don’t matter if we don’t like the characters, and fortunately the cast of “Dismembering Christmas” really slays it.  Some strong performances aided by a fun script make this film very entertaining, and the performances get better especially as the film gets going.  Some major props go to Leah Wiseman, who gives an exceptional performance, particularly in one high suspense sequence reminiscent of Bob Clark’s “Black Christmas.”

Lastly, Dylan Curzon‘s score is a demented delight.  Classic Christmas melodies blended with traditional slasher twangs added so much to the overall success of this film, and if you know slashers, then you know just how important the music is.  Curzon knocks it out of the park, without a doubt.

I love holiday horror movies, and I have no doubt that “Dismembering Christmas” will become a staple at lots of Christmas themed horror parties for years to come.  This film is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the holiday horror spirit, and would make a bloody good stocking stuffer.  Get DISMEMBERED.

“Dismembering Christmas” is now available to rent on Amazon!  The film is also available to purchase on  through  Keep up with “Dismembering Christmas” on Facebook!

“Deadly Reunion” Video Contest! Send us your CAT!

Have you ever wanted your cat to be in a horror movie?  Yes, you read that right, your CAT.  James Cullen Bressack, a known cat lover that dabbles in horror, is on a worldwide hunt for a terrific CAT video!  Sound strange?  Well, let me explain.

Earlier this year, James Cullen Bressack directed a grind house horror film entitled “Deadly Reunion,” and it’s fucking awesome, trust me.  We need a cat video of epic proportions to help us finish this movie.  Film it however you’d like, but send it to us for a chance for your CAT to be in “Deadly Reunion!”


Please submit videos between five seconds and one minute.  It can be a cute cat video, a scary cat video, a cat FAIL video, the choice is yours!  Just make sure it’s YOUR cat in the video!  This contest ends OCTOBER 1ST, so submit your video right away!  Please e-mail all submissions to Hunter at with “Cat Video” in subject line.  Who knows, maybe your cat will be the next big thing in HORROR!  Send it before it’s too late, because we want your CAT in “Deadly Reunion”!


Emily Eden Productions Presents: “Rvth: Genesis” – A New Horror Web Series Coming Soon!

Horror is such a diverse genre, with so many different elements that can make new projects feel fresh.  There’s a million things that have terrorized horror audiences over the years, but maybe the most overlooked is the terror of one’s self, the internal demons that we all deal with that sometimes grow to unimaginable monsters.  In Brialynn Massie‘s new horror web series, “Rvth,” we see just how real our inner demons can become.

10983370_384928061693153_2728292745785422160_o recently teamed up with Emily Eden Productions, Chris PardalDominic Pattin to create this new epic horror web series, the first season entitled “Rvth: Genesis.”  The series was co-written, directed and produced by Brialynn Massie, who also plays the title character.  The first trailer for this series recently dropped and we couldn’t be more excited – this is definitely a show that will rock you to your very core.

Follow Ruth who, after a failed suicide attempt, must find her way out of Hell to save her younger brother, Eli, and the rest of her loved ones from a government induced Apocalypse. 

This show stars Massie, Chris Kato, Jennifer Clarke, Paulette Lamori, Bobbie Lee Jr., and this very writer, Hunter Johnson, among others.  The show features beautiful cinematography from Jeff Guzman, Adrian Sierkowski and Evan Schultz.  It was edited and scored by Massie.


There’s a lot of different elements going on in this show, which was one of the main reasons we loved this script.  Filled with incredible character arcs, relationships, carnage and conspiracy, “Rvth: Genesis” will prove to be an epic that will leave the audience wanting more.  Most notable, creator Bria Lynn Massie finished this season through self financing and incredible tenacity, aligning a cast and crew of over 30 people to help make her vision come to life.  An incredible example of a hard working indie filmmaker putting her vision out there and rallying fellow artists to the cause.

And as stated before, “Rvth: Genesis” deals with many complex issues that not only horror fans, but human beings alike, will be able to relate to.  Family turmoil, broken hearts, lost friendships and suicide are just some of the major issues addressed in this series, which is also loaded with scares and gore of biblical proportions.  And while exploring complex human drama in horror creates great fiction, we’d like you to remember that if you’re experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, there is always help out there, and nobody is hopeless.  You are not alone.  Please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255, or visit

You will love this web series, which is set to debut on October 25th, leading to the first season finale on Halloween.  Get ready for “Rvth: Genesis,” it will possess you…

We’ll be sharing this series once it’s released, but until then be sure to “like” “Rvth: Genesis” on Facebook, and subscribe to the Youtube channel.

2 Violent. 2 Horrifying. “2 Jennifer,” coming soon from!

Hey, I’ve been meaning to ask, do you know anyone named Jennifer?


It’s been some time since we’ve had an update, but for great reason, I assure you.  I’m excited to announce that’s first feature film, “2 Jennifer,” has wrapped principle photography and is on slate for completion in August!  It’s been a wild ride putting this film together, and fans of murder, violence and horrifying GORE will not be disappointed!  “2 Jennifer” is a hard “R” rated sequel to our good friend James Cullen Bressack’s 2013 film, “To Jennifer.”  You can read our review of his film here.

“Two filmmakers attempt to make the perfect sequel to “To Jennifer,” however a dark secret threatens the lives of everyone involved. Jennifer, a beautiful actress, now has two options: become the heroine of the film, or face a brutal death.”

Our good friends at Dread Central dropped our first official teaser trailer, and we wanted to share as well!  So WATCH it, SHARE it, and get ready for a really NASTY movie.


“2 Jennifer” stars Hunter Johnson, David Coupe and Lara Jean Mummert.  The film also features performances from “To Jennifer” alums James Cullen Bressack, Jarrett Furst & Jody Barton, Felissa Rose (“Sleepaway Camp”), Veronica Ricci (“Bloody Mary 3D”), Erin Marie Hogan (“House of Manson”), Charles Chudabala, Josh Brown and Matt Holbrook.  The film is Produced by Johnson, Bressack, Furst, Frank Merle, Christian AckermanMegan Perrin.

Keep your eyes peeled for this one, it is likely to shock and horrify!  Get ready, horror lovers!

Keep up with “2 Jennifer” on twitter here!

Film Courage Presents: “BETHANY” – Behind the Scenes

Hello Horror Lovers!  I’ve recently had the privilege of working on two incredible horror projects entitled “Bethany” and “Restoration,” directed by James Cullen Bressack & Zack Ward, respectively.  These feature films will no doubt chill you to your very bones and shock your system – that’s a personal guarantee.  While principle photography is wrapped and the films make their way into post, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into not only the films themselves, but the filmmaking process.

Film Courage, an incredible resource and supporter of indie films, visited the set of “Bethany” and shared some incredible behind the scenes insight for the project.  I’ve got the playlist here, so I HIGHLY recommend checking them out, especially if you’re an aspiring filmmaker yourself.  Enjoy!

We will keep you up to date on all things “Bethany” & “Restoration” as more emerges from the films.  Also be sure to follow Film Courage on Twitter!

LA Horror Review: “Pernicious”

While James Cullen Bressack continues filming his latest project, “Bethany,” had the pleasure of viewing “Pernicious,” Bressack’s ultra violent ghost film that’s making the rounds now in the horror circuit. Fans of Bressack’s films will no doubt be in for a shocking surprise, as this is not only one of his most brutal and violent films (though probably not as rough as “Hate Crime,” which has been banned in the UK), but also his biggest film in terms of scope. “Pernicious” is a horror genre blending blood bath that will keep you guessing until the very end…

It was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime as three young girls spend the summer in Thailand. But their adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the trio unleashes the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind – revenge.

“Pernicious” works on a variety of levels and manages to differentiate itself from other films with similar set ups. We’ve seen young American’s overseas get brutalized before, but torture is far from the only thing “Pernicious” has to offer. Instead we get a rather clever ghost story, with elements of the torture porn nasties of the early 2000s, as well as something completely new and freaky…the gold little girl statue. All of this is cast over the beautiful landscape of Thailand, which adds to the mystery and isolation that this film offers. It’s hard to pinpoint the scariest aspect of “Pernicious,” but let me just say that the golden statue is freaky as hell. You’ll understand when you watch it. I love when horror films master several subgenres in one picture, and “Pernicious” does just that.

eyeballAnother thing that “Pernicious” masters is the gore. Can we talk about the gore? Toenails, eyeballs, throat slashes and oh so much more. “Pernicious” brings it. In fact, it’s a golden blood bath. If you’re a gore hound that likes it to look legit, then look no further. Watch “Pernicious.”


But what’s good gore without good victims (and killers)? Our trio of leads, Alex (Ciara Hanna), Julie (Emily O’Brien) and Rachel (Jackie Moore) all do a great job keeping this film engaging and entertaining. Humor when humors needed, creepy when things get creepy. There are times when their Americanisms play a bit hard, but in all honesty it’s believable. We’ve all got friends like these girls. O’Brien in particular steals the show in a couple of scenes, one of them involving a very large knife and another involving a creepy witch doctor.

Bressack no doubt has hit a new high in his filmmaking career with “Pernicious,” and if this is any indication as to what’s to come then horror filmmakers should start to get really excited. Bressack directs “Pernicious” extremely effectively, his real talent shines when things get rough for these characters.  The sequences involving the golden statue were especially effective. Bressack also litters clues to the films final secrets throughout, which makes a repeat viewing especially enjoyable. If Bressack isn’t on your radar already, get with the program and catch up on his work. Starting with “Pernicious” isn’t a bad idea at all.


I really enjoyed this film, and if you’re a sicko like me then chances are you will too. So keep your eyes peeled for this one…you don’t want to miss this golden opportunity for terror!

Read our pre “Pernicious” interview with James Cullen Bressack here. You can also read the reviews of his films “Hate Crime” & “To Jennifer” here. Follow Bressack on Twitter for all the latest on his work.

Coming Soon from Grit Film Works: “Restoration” & “Bethany”

Greetings, horror lovers!  It’s my pleasure to share the news that a new production company, Grit Film Works, is now in production on two micro-budget horror films that are going to haunt your face off!  The films, entitled “Restoration” & “Bethany,” are being produced by Grit Film Works’ James Cullen Bressack & Zack Ward.

On a side note, I am an Associate Producer on these projects along with Jarrett Furst, Christian Ackerman & Line Producer John Mehrer.  I can tell you first hand that these films are going to shock, horrify and satisfy your lust for blood and horror!    The Hollywood Reporter just dropped the news in a new exclusive, check it out below!

Two Microbudget Horror Films First on Slate From New Production Company


“Grit Film Works is off to a terrifyingly fast start.

The production company, owned by filmmakers James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward, is in the middle of back-to-back shoots for two horror films.

Bethany stars Stefanie Estes as Claire, a woman who moves back into her childhood home with her husband. The abusive, traumatic memories of her mother return to haunt her — as her husband becomes busier with work, she finds herself in a fog of memories — as a small figure tries to reach out to her.

Bressack is directing the film, which also stars Ward, Shannen DohertyFelissa RoseBrodus ClayPeter JasonJohn MurrayOlivia StiefelAnna Harr and Ellen Gerstell.

The second film, Restoration centers on a young doctor who moves to a new town with her husband while she completes her residency. Things seem to be going well, as she and her husband, a contractor, renovate their home, and meet a fun couple next door. Things take a dark turn when they discovery a diary buried within the walls of their house, and a terrifying spirit is awakened.

Restoration stars Emily O’Brien, Ward, Adrian Gaeta and Sarah Ann Schultz. Ward also is directing the film

Ward and Bressack co-wrote both scripts. Restoration is currently shooting, while Bethany is set to begin filming later this month.”

Keep up with “Restoration” and “Bethany” right here at!  Also be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates.  We will be sharing exclusive photos, videos and interviews as the films continue!