Happy Thanksgiving from Ginger Christ!

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!

“RVTH: Genesis” – Watch This Horror Web Series!

Hello Horror Lovers!

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!

Be sure to “like” this webseries on Facebook!

LA Horror Review: “In Defense of Traditional Marriage”

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.

Pass me a kleenex…I always DIE at weddings!

For more from filmmaker Thom Newell, be sure to visit his official website.  You can also follow Newell on Twitter.

LA Horror Presents: George Streicher and Bruce Spielbauer

George Streicher and Bruce Spielbauer on the set of "The Laughing Window"

When creating a film, or any piece of collaborative art for that matter, chemistry is everything.   We often see directors work with the same actors for multiple projects, and why not?  If it works, it works.  George Streicher, a Chicagoland filmmaker who recently made the plunge to Los Angeles, knows all too well about this and has found success using this formula.

Streicher’s interest in horror films began as a child, not out of morbid curiosity, but out of fear.  “I like horror movies.  I’ve feel like I’ve always been afraid of so much, and I’m still kind of a ‘scaredy cat’ and I’m still a little afraid of the dark,” Streicher bravely admitted to LAHorror.com.  But Streicher used that fear to create some of the creepiest films we’ve seen so far.  Ranging from high suspense to high gore, to breaths of relief and moments of laughter, Streicher has created a contrasting portfolio with one major through-line: actor, Bruce Spielbauer.

Streicher initially met Spielbauer through a mutual friend and producer.  Spielbauer auditioned for Streicher’s horror/revenge short, “Total Eclipse,” and Streicher knew that he’d found his killer.  And who could blame him?  Spielbauer has a distinct look that horror filmmakers are constantly searching for.  “He just has the Anthony Perkins element to him…Bruce is very photographable,” Streicher said.

And aside from the “nice guy neighbor who may love to chop up young girls” look Spielbauer has, he’s also a terrific performer and a natural in front of the camera.  “Man, when he showed up, he was creeping everybody out because he was in character the whole time,” Streicher recalled of the “Total Eclipse” shoot.  Well, wouldn’t you be creeped out if this guy was on your set?

The very much alive cast and crew of "Total Eclipse"

But anyone who knows Spielbauer will tell you that he’s one of the nicest people on the planet, and he credits his stellar performances to Streicher as a director.  After all, they both have similar inspirations and together they gel on set. “[Streicher] and I both like excellent stories, stories that go somewhere…He also, I want to say, is a big fan of Hitchcock…he’s a big fan of the old television series ‘The Twilight Zone’…I’m just a huge fan of that same genre, and that may also be partly why we hit it off so well,” Spielbauer told LAHorror.com.

And you can see those influences play out in Spielbauer’s performances and in Streicher’s style as a filmmaker.  Streicher’s horror-esque film, “Viper,” screams Hitchcock, ratcheting up the suspense in each frame masterfully and enhanced by Spielbauer’s (mostly) lone performance.  Streicher is, as Spielbauer puts it, an actor’s director and someone who knows how to get the best work from his actors.  “He has a great ability for sizing up people and realizing the best means of communicating with them,” Spielbauer said.  And during “Viper,” that communication was key for several shots, because Spielbauer was acting without the recorded audio, having to actually internalize each moment his character was feeling.  But could you tell?

Didn’t think so.

They most recently teamed up on a 35mm film, “The Laughing Window,” which is coming soon. While it is Streicher’s largest project to date, it certainly looks like it could be his best.  The set was constructed from scratch and involved some heavy duty special effects.  And just as Streicher knew he wanted to offer the lead role to Spielbauer, Spielbauer was thrilled to be back on set with one of his favorite directors.  “I can’t praise George [Streicher] enough, and I would say he’s one of the very few directors that I would say, ‘Anytime, anyplace, I will work with them.’”

Well let’s hope that anytime, anyplace happens quite often for these two…

You can view more of Streicher’s work at his youtube channel.  Streicher also composes much of the music for his own films as well as other projects, which can be heard here.  Spielbauer’s full resume is available on his IMDB page.

LA Horror Presents: Carnival Pictures

Alexander G. Seyum has been a horror fan for life.  He remembers fondly his days as a child watching Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on VHS…over and over and over again.  After all, it was the first horror movie he ever saw and one that has stuck with him ever since.  But as Seyum grew older, he fell into the real world trap, putting his ambitions and dreams of filmmaking aside for a more practical profession.  And after five years of working in construction, he experienced a sort-of blessing in disguise.

“I was basically laid off for about a year and a half and then at that time I was saying, ‘Well, what do I really want to do with myself?  Am I really gonna, you know, stick to construction for the rest of my life or am I really gonna make a change and do film?’” Seyum told LAHorror.com.  And after his brother talked to him about the LA Film School in Hollywood, Seyum took the step and enrolled.  It was then that Carnival Pictures was created.

His first film he made was “Darkmoon,” a campy yet sinister werewolf flick.  “I was inspired by ‘An American Werewolf in London’ and ‘Sliver Bullet’…I used that old school 80s type of filmmaking when I did that short film.  That was the first one I ever wrote produced and directed.  I ended up being one of the top winners in the California Film Awards in 2010,” Seyum said.  “I wanted to create my first movie monster.”

In Seyum’s next film, the monster was less of flesh and blood and more in spirit.  “A Midnightmare” was his thesis film at the LA Film School and ended up being a finalist in The Directors Circle Festival of Shorts in 2011.

And while he has found success in directing horror, he knows it’s always wise to keep his options open.  “My first genre is horror.  Always will be horror.  But I can also do comedy; I can also do drama.”

Seyum is also a talented poet with a self-published book.  And while his poetry is not strictly horror, it does involve dark themes and struggles of good versus evil.  His poetry was also notably featured in the Midnight Black International Festival of Darkness in 2011.

Seyum and his production company, Carnival Pictures, are currently developing an urban crime-drama coming soon.  You can also check out Seyum’s latest piece, “El Cartel” here.