Bill Oberst Jr

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Written by Mike Macabre

I recently had a catch up with Bill Oberst Jr. and that man is BUSY! It will come as no surprise to the majority of our readers that his unwavering efforts in the horror genre are as strong as ever. Only a few days ago, we posted how he needs your help to make his Gothic Goodnight podcast better than ever! But, that’s not all. Bill is also working with director Jason Zada on Take This Lollipop 2, sequel to the viral sensation of 2011.

You may recall Jason Zada‘s short film and Facebook app took the internet by storm. The interactive film initially requested that viewers temporarily allow the application access to their Facebook account. It then incorporates information obtained from the viewer’s Facebook page to fill in details of the film itself.

Bill Oberst Jr. starred as ‘The Facebook Stalker’, scouring through images provided from the accessed Facebook account. The Stalker becomes more and more agitated as he scrolls through the information, until he locates the home of the user. He then pulls up Google Maps, and finds directions to the user’s home from geographic data contained in his or her profile. Bill is then seen driving his truck, seemingly to the Facebook user’s address.

Take This Lollipop

At the end of the film, a screen appears with an image of a red lollipop containing a razor blade. Below the image is the viewer’s Facebook screenname and the name of the stalker’s next victim as gleaned from the viewer’s own profile.

The interactive film has received both national and international attention and even won a Daytime Emmy Award!

Take This Lollipop 2

Following on from this success, Jason and Bill have teamed up again to bring us an updated sequel! Despite being tight-lipped around the tech, Jason said “In October 2020, we will launch a sequel to one of the most viral pieces of entertainment of all time. During the last six months, technology has been the catalyst that has transformed the way we work, socialize and communicate. Just like the original Take This Lollipop did in 2011, we are going to combine entertainment with seamless technology to frighten a global audience.” 

October is upon us, meaning it’s only a matter of time before we get the sequel. But, for now, here’s a teaser trailer!

What do you think of the upcoming Take This Lollipop 2? Did you see the original? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments below.

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Bill Oberst Jr.

That’s right! Bill Oberst Jr. our indie King of Horror, is reaching out to horror fans worldwide to make the 13th episode of his Gothic Goodnight podcast the best one yet!

For those who don’t know, Bill has been reading gothic bedtime fiction on his podcast since March. The Gothic Goodnight, podcast has so far produced 12 captivating, spine-tingling episodes. The 13th and final episode is one he wants you all to be involved in. Following the news that the podcast is due to be packaged for Audible.com, Bill had this to say;

“I owe one last episode, the 13th, and I wish to make that last episode a collective cry to the future by having lovers of horror and the macabre leave voice messages to the yet unborn. I need voice messages for this Time Capsule from your readers!

That’s right, you have a chance to be part of horror history! Your voice, along with horror fans worldwide, can be in a collection that will be heard for generations to come.

Here’s an audio clip from the show which poses the types of questions Bill is trying to get responses to:

Voice messages to the future may be left (either named or anonymously) at https://www.speakpipe.com/billoberstjr.

The site recorder allows for messages of up to 90 seconds. Messages received will be used on the upcoming 13th episode of Gothic Goodnight, and included in the Audible edition collection of Season One.

But, you need to be quick! Bill is hoping to receive all messages by 18th October in order to add them to his final episode.

Planning on leaving a voice message for Bill Oberst Jr’s podcast? Let us know on FacebookTwitterInstagram or in the comments below and we’ll give you a shout out!

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The Good Things Devils Do

When we were asked to review The Good Things Devils Do I was genuinely surprised at the lack of publicity it had received. Kane Hodder AND Bill Oberst Jr. in the same flick?! A quick skim through the heaps of praise lauded by the few critics who’d reviewed it and I was sold. I couldn’t wait to watch it! Now, I’m left dumbfounded. Did we really watch the same movie? I gotta admit I was disappointed.

I don’t know if there’s a reluctance among some critics to give negative feedback (especially when there’s such big names involved). Indeed, they may well have enjoyed it. But I gotta be honest this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

Synopsis

Richard, a small-time gangster is retiring. Before he can, he must take one last job: to steal money from a rival gangster’s house. Miles apart, Melvin (David Rucker III) is a reluctant family man who has dreams of becoming a famous curator for his Museum of the Macabre. His newest acquisition? The remains of the notorious Masquerade, a vampire born from the embers of hell, slain centuries ago. On Halloween Night, their paths will collide and they’ll be forced to work together to fight centuries-old evil with everything on the line.

Directed by Jess Norvisgaard and also starring Linnea Quigley, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Kelley Wilson Robinson and Veronika Stoykova

The Good Things Devils Do

Acting

Let’s start with the positives first! Hodder, Oberst Jr. and O’Donnell delivered some outstanding performances. Hodder’s portrayal of a sadistic psychopath was spot on. With his hefty frame and menacing glare, the role was perfect for him and he pulled it off with ease. O’Donnell’s quirky, impulsive character offered a feel-good vibe and was able to lighten the mood whenever she was on-screen. Finally, Oberst Jr. delivers yet again in the lead role which he carries flawlessly throughout the entire flick. With another highly convincing performance, he makes the role his own and proves his versatility yet again.

However, I’ve got to say I was disappointed with the role appointed to Linnea Quigley. We’re all aware of her acting prowess from her string of roles in 80’s horror flicks. Yet, there seemed to be little emphasis on her character in The Good Things Devils Do despite her being a constant presence throughout. Another issue is some of the action scenes were way too staged. They didn’t flow well and at times they were painful to watch. Yet, other times they were a joy to behold! The contrast was just bizarre. Almost like two movies spliced into one, but we’ll talk about that later.

The Good Things Devils Do

Effects

Okay, so the makeup and effects in this movie are definitely one of its highlights. The sheer amount of gore is more than enough to satisfy the bloodlust of any horror fiend. Add to that the impressive kills and attention to detail of blood flow, and it’s certainly outstanding from that perspective. John Lauterbach‘s talent is a credit to the movie and pushes The Good Things Devils Do to a whole new level.

The Big Issue

After watching the movie I was genuinely perplexed. Was it supposed to be a comedy? A genuine horror? I couldn’t tell. I was so tormented by Norvisgaard’s apparent indecisiveness that I watched it again. Admittedly, the second time it was a bit better, but the issue was still there. I mentioned earlier that it feels like it’s two movies merged into one. At times it feels like it should be a comedy (albeit some of the ‘comedic’ elements fell flat…) Yet, when it came to Hodder and Oberst Jr’s characters, they were just so intense it felt like a gripping, nail-biting flick.

That being said, it’s still worth a watch. The cast alone make it worthwhile but when you throw in the make-up, gore and effects you’ve got a fairly good flick. With Norvisgaard just starting out it’s definitely a commendable effort and his filmmaking prowess is clearly evident. If he’s able to establish a clear theme for his next movie and stick with that, the end result could be absolutely phenomenal.

Check out the trailer below!

The Good Things Devils Do is available now on digital and DVD.

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The Good Things Devils Do

Kane HodderBill Oberst Jr. and Linnea Quigley star in the hugely exciting THE GOOD THINGS DEVILS DO. The Gravitas Ventures movie is available on digital platforms and DVD from today!

Written and directed by Jess Norvisgaard, the movie also stars David Rucker III, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Veronika Stoykova and Kelley Wilson Robinson.

Synopsis

Richard (Oberst Jr.), a small-time gangster, is retiring. Before he can, he must take one last job: to steal money from a rival gangster’s house. Miles apart, Melvin [Rucker] is a reluctant family man who has dreams of becoming a famous curator for his Museum of the Macabre. His newest acquisition? The remains of the notorious Masquerade, a vampire born from the embers of hell, slain centuries ago. On Halloween night, their paths will collide and they’ll be forced to work together to fight centuries-old evil with everything on the line.

Check out The Good Things Devils Do trailer below!

Stay tuned for our review!

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Heir

Heir is an intelligent, thought-provoking horror short that will leave you feeling numb and entirely creeped out. It quickly engages its audience with intrigue and an unfolding fear of dread as the father takes his son on the ill-fated trip. With nail-biting suspense and grotesque imagery, Heir manages to cram an array of emotions into its 15 minute run time.

Featuring excellent performances by Bill Oberst Jr (RESOLUTION, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP) and Robert Nolan (FAMILIAR, BERKSHIRE COUNTRY, SILENT RETREAT), the movie does not shy away from taboo. The story revolves around Gordon (Nolan) who, after meeting a stranger online, sets off with his son Paul to indulge in a secret passion. When they arrive at the meeting place, everything seems to be going well, with the stranger (Oberst) showing a keen interest in Paul. It’s when they return to the stranger’s home that the depths of depravity start to unravel.

Heir

Written and Directed by Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), produced by FATAL PICTURES’ Zach Green and Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR), in association with Marc Roussel and Ron Basch from RED SNEAKERS MEDIA (REMOTE, THE LAST HALLOWEEN). Heir will keep you transfixed from beginning to end.

Heir

Here’s a word from Director Richard Powell

Director’s Statement: FATAL PICTURES’ HEIR (2015)
Richard Powell
HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power. HEIR suggests that victimization through sexual abuse leads to mutation of the psyche, soul and in our film, flesh itself. As our film aims to examine the cycle of victimization it only makes sense to depict the various stages of victimization through a trio of characters; Father, Son and the Monster. Just as the Son represents the potential beginning of the cycle the monster reflects the dark and twisted ending and stuck between these two extremes is the father who is faced with a choice which may either break or continue the legacy he was unwillingly included in years ago in his own youth. HEIR is ultimately about the H3confrontation with that monster, literally and figuratively, which dwells in Gordon’s mind and compels him to continue the chain of victimization. This film operates between the worlds of Drama and Horror and takes equally from both in terms of aesthetics, structure and style. As much as I’d like the audience to think about what they are seeing I want them to react viscerally to it as well and with that in mind we set out to create striking, often grotesque and extreme imagery which serves it’s own purpose in addition to reinforcing the overall thesis of HEIR. I had originally intended to tell this story as a straight Drama with none of the fantastical Horror trappings. I thought a realistic version of this story would be more disturbing, truthful and effective but as I began to think about what this H2story really means I realized the metaphor I would end up employing tells a deeper truth despite the monster makeup and Argento-esque lighting. I realized the truest way to tackle the horrors of child abuse and victimization was to pull away the exterior of the human monsters who walk among us and expose the malignancy within. Any time I’ve been asked to describe HEIR I reply with a simple elevator pitch “They say that anyone who abuses a child is a monster, well what if they really were monsters?”.

Intrigued? Of course you are. So here’s a sneak peek teaser to sink your teeth into

Once again Fatal Pictures prove they’re definitely the big players when it comes to independent horror. If you get chance to see any of their movies don’t miss out! And if you want to read more reviews of their work, check out what we thought of Familiar