Reviewed by Richard
Here’s a quick feature on a great, up-and-coming horror writer named Kara Rochelle!
Here’s a bit about this dark lady, and her upcoming novel Wicked Grin, in her own words:
“I’m a 21-year-old college student in Southern Illinois, US, attending Shawnee Community College. I have a lifelong love of horror, whether it be books, movies, or music. Wicked Grin is my response to Twilight, sort of in revenge for how it “pussified” my favorite monster, the vampire. Besides that, the inspiration behind it is a combination of a book by Gregory Lamberson called Johnny Gruesome, the cult classic movie The Lost Boys, and the vampire-themed rock album Back In Blood by my favorite band The 69 Eyes. If I had to sum up Wicked Grin in a few words: Sex, blood, and rock n’ roll.”
Well for us she ticks all the right boxes for a great horror writer. I can also confirm that Wicked Grin looks awesome! I was fortunate enough to read the first half of the novel a while ago and to be honest I wish I didn’t. When I finished I NEEDED more. I had to know how it ended. I had to know the fates of the characters. I just needed MORE! And could I have it? No, because it hadn’t been written yet!
Take it from me readers – This is one of the best vampire novels I’ve read since I started working at Erebus Horror – Maybe even EVER! I don’t know yet. But what I do know is that when this book is published, I’m going to urge every single vampire-lover I know to go out and buy it. It will be the wisest investment you’ve made in a long time.
Keep an eye on Kara’s progress by visiting her blog here
Reviewed by Siobhan
Klagger is a short film directed and written by Casey Crow. The film opens with an average guy working his average job on an average day. He arrives at an abandoned factory and he soon learns it had been shut down because a worker died there. If you can’t figure out where this is going, please exit and view the short film for yourself through the Popcorn Horror app.
As for the rest of you, I know what you’re thinking, but really it is a great film! When I’m watching a horror movie that is extremely suspenseful I practically lose my mind when the director has made the call for a random, slightly-creepy-but-wasn’t-created-to-be-creepy song to start playing, while this poor soul thought they were all alone (i.e. The Strangers, which is one of my all time favorites if you were wondering). It never gets old for me. Before you know it you finally see the factory worker that has been terrorizing and killing souls that regretfully entered his crypt. Average guy tries to escape dead guy and then yadda yadda yadda you can figure out the rest for yourselves.
I really liked this film, but the only thing I didn’t care for was the villain. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was ugly as sin and scary as fuck, but there was just something about him I wished was different. I’m not sure what I was expecting a burned factory worker to look like. I blame Freddy for forcing me to have preconceived notions. But aside from that, I give the director a scorched, oozing high five and a half.
Reviewed by Richard
We haven’t written about Bill Oberst Jr. in a while, so when we received the following news release I was compelled to feature it just so you guys can keep up to date with our favourite indie actor’s achievements.
Here it is!
Children Of Sorrow Wins Again; Oberst Kills Again
(Nov 21, 2012) Director Jourdan McClure‘s Children Of Sorrow has won the top prize at Hollywood’s Shockfest Film Festival. The found-footage horror feature about a desert cult received The Shocker Award following its Los Angeles premiere at Shockfest.
Bill Oberst Jr. won the Best Actor Award for his role as cult leader Simon Leach in a surprise win over better-known nominees Tom Sizemore and Joe Esteves, brother of actor Martin Sheen. The Shockfest awards, in the form of ghoulish decapitated zombie heads created by make-up artist Shaun Martin, were awarded in a midnight ceremony in Hollywood at historic Raleigh Studios.
It’s the second time in a row that Children Of Sorrow has had multiple wins at a festival. McClure’s movie won Best Feature and Best Acting awards in it’s first showing at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival last month. For Bill Oberst Jr. the Best Actor win is his third major award of 2012, following a Daytime Emmy Award for Facebook’s Take This Lollipop and the Golden Cobb Award for Best Rising B-Movie Actor.
In the film’s first published review, film critic Mike Thomas gives Children Of Sorrow 5 stars, calling it “a study in true horror.” McClure says that Children Of Sorrow will continue to make the festival rounds with an eye towards a 2013 release date. The film’s trailer is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW_FRa5HhNE
Children Of Sorrow brings Oberst’s onscreen death count to 75, by methods ranging from cannibalism in 2009’s Dismal to a fireman’s axe in the just-wrapped horror feature Ditch, now in post for a 2013 release.
As you can see Bill is constantly going from strength to strength. I remember when we made him our King of Horror back in March. One of the many reasons we came to the decision was because we could see him going far in the world of horror. This is just one of many examples of how he is constantly rising in fame, and finally getting the credit he deserves.