Holidays are all about great food–everyone knows that. And this Thanksgiving, Ginger Christ, the super sassy and delightfully demented cooking show host, has served up a whopping feast of horror in her Thanksgiving Special! Directed by Alex Napiwocki and costarring a group of hilarious misfits (and a certain critter…), Thanksgiving is transformed into an absolute scream with their Ginger Christ holiday horror series.
I love bizarre horror, and as soon as I watched Ginger Christ’s Halloween and now Thanksgiving Specials, I’m sold. It’s weird, super twisted and will either make you die laughing or turn off the show in disgust! But if you do that, well, then you’re no damn fun. Watch Ginger Christ’s Thanksgiving Special, titled “What’s Eating Critter?” here!
Tasty, am I right? Also be sure to watch her Halloween Special!
Can’t wait Can’t wait what she’s serving up for Christmas…Happy Holidays Horror Lover!
It’s with great pleasure that I share with you “RVTH: GENESIS” – a new horror web series co-produced by LAHorror.com! This project, created by Brialynn Massie, follows the story of Eli Connors and his sister Ruth, as they come face to face with the forces of evil. This is an intense piece of work that dives into many horrifying issues – consider this your trigger warning.
The first season is complete, watch every episode right here on LAHorror.com! Enjoy!
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 LAHorror.com’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.”
“El Gigante” opens with a gorgeous desert vista and a man stumbling through the heat. Through a flashback, we learn that the young Mexican man is named Armando (played by Edwin Perez) and that he tried to strike a deal with a coyote to smuggle his family across the border. They didn’t have enough cash, so Armando had to make the border crossing on his own.
Armando makes it to the border, but is intercepted by a mysterious stranger. Armando passes out. He awakens inside of a room that holds a wrestling arena/altar. He now has a burlap Lucha Libre mask sewn to his face. As a grotesque family of characters watch, he is forced into a death battle with El Gigante, an enormous wrestler.
Visually, this short is a huge treat. It embraces grindhouse style entertainment without veiling it in a fake 1970s aesthetic. The production design and costuming are top notch: this movie pays close attention to textures and character and set design in a way that most short films do not. The makeup and gore effects are incredibly effective. This movie looks and feels filthy.
Guerrero is the colorist for the film as well, and chooses vivid lurid red accents to the sickly greens, yellows, and greys of the wrestling arena. She has a great eye for action and how it can be used to reveal character.
“El Gigante” is currently on the festival circuit, and will hopefully be seen by people who see the feature potential in it. The short is adapted by Shane McKenzie from the first chapter of his book “Muerte con Carne,” and it’s an amazing contribution to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” style cannibal family genre. Each family member has a distinct look and role to play in the slaughter. If the rest of the book is as exciting as this first look is, then El Gigante could one day join Jason and Leatherface in the pantheon of masked movie killers.
Marriage is scary, everybody knows that. And as if there isn’t enough on our plates when dealing with our nuptials, some feel the need to turn marriage into one of those hot button issues. After all, while marriage is a magical time in our lives it’s also a very controversial issue that our society needs to address. Writer/Director Thom Newell throws his horrifying two cents into the marriage debate with his hilarious short film, “In Defense of Traditional Marriage.”
Ahhh, true love. This is a horror film that works on a variety of levels. First of all, great hook. For a moment I questioned if I was even watching a horror, then blammo, it’s on. Thom Newell’s over-the-top satire works because while I don’t necessarily know what the piece is trying to say about traditional marriage as we know it, I do know that it’s damn gory and hella funny, so we’ll all just agree to get along on this issue for now.
Excellent use of gore as well with a terrific design as well, this is definitely one of the most beautiful brides I’ve seen in quite some time. And lastly, the cast does a terrific job. Some genuinely funny moments that made me laugh out loud throughout.
Horror lovers! I couldn’t be more excited to announce that LAHorror.com is teaming up with Emily Eden Films & visionary Writer/Director Brialynn Massie to Co-Produce / Co-Star in an amazing new Web Series called “The Chronicles of Ruth” (#TCOR)! This is a project that I’m extremely excited about, and if you’re into HORROR, POSSESSION, HELLFIRE & more, then you should be pretty damn excited too!
“How do you save someone from Hell when you can’t even save yourself?”
#TCOR follows “Ruth,” a young teen who struggles with depression, leading her astray into hell, and her journey to escape this darkness to warn her family of the impending apocalypse. It’s one of the most ORIGINAL and EPIC horror scripts I have read in quite some time, Bria Lynn Massie has really created a really special story and assembled a cast that is incredibly talented and diverse, including Chris Kato, Jocelyn Watts, Bobbie Lee, Chris Pardal, and Daniele De Leggia, to name just a few. We need your help getting #TCOR produced!
This is a story that’s extremely accessible to horror fans of all types. What initially attracted me to this project was not only the scope and depth of the characters, but the real nasty horror elements that prevail throughout. Whenever I read a horror script, there’s nothing that I love more than the moments that can make even me cringe, and #TCOR is full of them! This is a seriously ambitious project but I have no doubt that with this cast & creative team the product will be incredible! Here’s a small glimpse into the madness that we’re going to create…
There are a lot of fundraising campaigns out there, and this is one that you should strongly consider backing. We’re a young, hungry and enthusiastic team set out to create an epic horror drama, filled with SCARES and CARNAGE, but also filled with inspiration and heart. We are offering some awesome perks for backers and we’re planning several charitable events to help pay it forward (we’ll keep you posted on the details and how you can help as well)! We cannot do it without you.
These are just a few of my favorite things, and when I’m watching horror I’ve always got my eyes peeled for the grisly money shot. And when it comes to the good stuff, the really nasty and ultra-violent carnage that we all love and adore, Joey Medina’s short horror film “Missing” does not hold back. In fact, “Missing” didn’t just satisfy my thirst for blood, but pretty much dumped a bucket of it onto my face. It’s a brutal, unflinching horror experience that managed to shock me all the way until the very end. I absolutely loved this film!
“Missing” is the type of film for the most depraved horror lover, and those are usually the ones that hit me just right. Essentially, we follow a day in the life of a LA’s most twisted serial killer…dig it?
But what “Missing” succeeds in most is not only the carnage, but also a very stylized and unique viewing experience, as Medina takes a popular concept and gives it his own stylized twist. Without going into too much detail, I will say this: Medina made blood the main character, and oh what a role it plays. There are also some excellent performances by a cast of oddly charming actors who all bring their A-games to a really intense story.
The film is making it’s way into the festival circuit now, so take notice as it should not be missed. There may also be plans in the future for a feature length version down the road. Keep your eyes out for it…
Well, summer is nearing its end, sadly, and pretty soon the weather will be getting colder. It’s a damn shame, too because who doesn’t enjoy sitting out in the sun, cracking open an ice-cold beer and taking a whopping bite of a delicious, juicy flame grilled cheeseburger? Well, maybe we’ll skip the burger this time, because if “Summer of the Zombies,” the new short film from Owlet Pictures, teaches us anything, it’s that meat really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…even if you’re a flesh eating zombie.
Writer/Directors Ashleigh Nichols and Eddie Beasley have certainly taken a classic horror genre and given it a new twist in their 10 minute tale, taking the oft flesh eating villains we all know and love and making them much more appealing to a progressive crowd. You see, our protagonist in this tale (a zombie, naturally), has a hard time buying into the fact that she’s supposed to eat flesh like the rest of her fellow corpses. Catch my drift? Vegetarian Zombies.
“We were literally drinking with friends and we were just talking…I think we said the combo of words vegetarian and zombie, and we just knew instantly that we needed to go home and write it, like, immediately. And shoot it immediately and get it out there. It was literally just the wine talking,” Nichols said laughing.
“It’s been received really well; we’ve managed to play at different horror film festivals and we’ve also played at some comedy festivals. It’s mixed audiences, everyone seems to enjoy it,” Beasley said.
And why not? The film is plenty gory, oddly heartwarming and full of laugh out loud moments. Not to mention an ending that would make George Romero giddy with delight. And in that same breath, the film is overflowing with social commentary from the very first shot to the closing credit song. This, however, was not an intentional choice by the filmmakers.
“I don’t think we ever really tried to come up with any kind of serious message that people could take away from it. We came up an idea we wanted to have fun with,” Beasley said. “Neither one of us are full vegetarians or anything,” added Nichols.
Well, I guess I don’t feel too bad eating my burger anymore…
Maybe you walk past one on your way to work. Maybe you see one standing next to an on-ramp by the highway. You probably never really pay them any attention at all. Most of us choose to ignore the homeless and pretend they simply aren’t there. They are society’s forgotten victims of an all too cruel world and can hardly fend for themselves. Well, all except for one: Homeless Joe, the deranged and very pissed off homeless killer in Bruce Fordyce’s unbelievably entertaining low budget slasher extravaganza.
“Homeless Joe’s” Sean Goodman (Eric Stayberg) has a confidence problem. He can never get the girl; he’s overshadowed by his horny and obnoxious friends; and he’s simply looking for a reason to keep on going. After being coaxed into a night of drunken debauchery, Sean’s journey begins as his friends harass the wrong homeless guy and end up in the clutches of Homeless Joe, the genetically engineered, metal toothed, axe-wielding psychopath who gets his rocks off by killing helpless teenagers. It’s now up to Sean to face his fears and save the day or fall fate to brutal murder himself…
To be honest, this movie is way better than it probably should be. While it does have some cheesy moments and some less than Shakespearean performances at times, this was a seriously fun trip. The shining star is our hero Stayberg, who gives, hands down, the best performance and plays the loser redemption card masterfully. He is believable and likeable; his character truly goes through a journey and the worse things get for him, the stronger he becomes. His supporting cast does their job well and the cheese ultimately makes the movie stronger. There are a couple of unbelievably funny moments and one-liners, as well as plenty of horror stereotypes nailed to a tee: the far-out stoner, the horny guy, the pissed off jock and, naturally, plenty of beautiful (and busty) babes. It’s the perfect cast for a movie like “Homeless Joe.”
“Homeless Joe” truly does have MAXIMUM BODY COUNT!
The real credit to the picture however should go to writer, Mike Merickel, and writer/director/editor, Bruce Fordyce. In terms of a story about a psychopathic homeless killer, I don’t think there could be a better script. There are plenty of legitimate twists and surprises and the story really grows into something larger than life. And while this is obviously a low budget film, Fordyce’s direction was intelligent and entertaining. There were many camera tricks and shocking reveals that really helped drive the story and keep it interesting. In particular, there is a rather impressive scene in a parking structure that consisted of two, maybe three long, well-choreographed and suspenseful shots. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat when I wasn’t leaning back due to giddy laughter.
And that’s the last thing. This movie is funny—very funny actually. A couple of accidental gunshots (“You shot her you slut!”), heaping amounts of over the top gore, several well-timed uses of the “Howie scream” and even a severed penis (that was very realistic, by the way), this movie had me rolling throughout. It’s funny, gory as hell and full of nasty little surprises. What else can you ask for in a horror movie?!
“Homeless Joe” is not yet available on DVD, but when it is, it will no doubt become a favorite for fans of obscure and over-the-top horror. It certainly has replay value and a heart that most other low budget horror flicks can only dream of having. Keep your eyes peeled. “Homeless Joe” is a serious killer!