Archive for January, 2008
Ticket sales are going well. Thanks to everyone who has bought a t-shirt and or a ticket to our party March 1st. We will be giving away numerous prizes that night but the two big ones are an LCD HDTV 32″, and a games system that rhymes with me…hmmm…wonder what that could be. Anyway, the $10.00 purchase qualifies you for those two prizes. I wish I had some good news to report but I don’t. Investors haven’t worked out like we had hoped, now we are looking into alternative ways to fund the movie. I still don’t have any doubt Sorrow Hill will be made, it’s just going to be a bigger mountain to climb…but me and my crew are up for it. Be sure to check out our new affiliate T-Shirt Hell. They have some really cool and funny t-shirts.
Stay tuned for some interesting videos that I plan on posting in the near future. My buddy Scott and I have some plans that should be pretty entertaining. However before Scott and I do these videos we need to choose our cast. We have a lot of tough decisions to make…but I should be announcing our cast this weekend. From there we begin preparation for the Garden State Film Festival in April. It’s going to get a whole lot crazier around here. I will be publishing my 10 worst horror movies of all time shortly…I’m trying to stay away from sequels but in some circumstances it’s hard. Any way I look forward to your comments.
A lot of people have asked me what my favorite horror movies of all time are so I have decided to create my Top 10 horror movies:
10. An American Werewolf in London.
This movie is what made me want to become a horror writer. Besides the obvious ahead of it’s time special effects, the movie introduced us to a new age of horror, the crossover. This is the first movie to truly succeed in blending two distinct genres, comedy and horror. I know a lot of you may disagree that this should even make a horror top 10 but the truly terrifying transformation to the werewolf and the ample gore compels me to have it on my list. Which leads me to number 9…
9. Shaun of the Dead
Once again, this movie can not be ranked much higher than this on my horror list but I am not ashamed to say this is my favorite all time movie. I could write pages about this movie and how it works as both a stand alone horror movie, comedy and yes a love story. It blended all three aspects seamlessly and was probably the most fun I have ever had at a movie theater. From the writing, to the directing to how it was lit this movie is cinematic perfection…and it has zombies.
8. Rosemary’s Baby
Holy crap did this movie scare me when I was a child, hell it still creeps me out to this day. Roman Polanski’s masterpiece will send chills up your spine and scare the crap out of you. Senior citizen devil worshipers, that’s creepy.
7. A Tale of two Sisters(Korean)
Another suspenseful masterpiece. A heart wrenching tale of loss intermingled with a ghost story that is truly compelling. I love the reveal at the end and the overall feel and look of this movie makes it worth watching alone. I don’t hold out the same hope for the American remake coming out this year.
I know it’s at the top of a lot of lists and believe me I thought about putting it higher but I have to be honest, it didn’t scare me all that much. It was freaky and creepy but a demonic little girl doesn’t scare me…I guess that’s why the Ring and other movies of the ilk don’t rate in my book. The Exorcist makes this list out of respect to how it was ahead of it’s time in regards to the scare factor of a movie…and also because the book is a hundred times scarier.
5. Nightmare on Elm Street
This movie scared the crap out of me when I saw it for the first time at the age of 13. The originality of character and story is what makes this a top 5 movie for me. Freddy Krueger is a horror icon and deservedly so. And for the record he could kick Jason’s ass. This movie still stands the test of time. I watched it recently and it still gave me chills.
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The fact that it looked like a freakin’ documentary was enough to freak me out. I watched this when I was 8 years old, to put things in perspective my daughter is about to turn 8 and I wouldn’t even let her watch the trailer. This movies grim realism and ample gore make it a horror staple. It’s been duplicated many times, and even remade but the bottom line is this… This movie set the bar for horror and gore and very few have come close since.
What can I say about this classic except that it is truly a scary edge of your seat thriller. The first time I saw this movie it was the edited version on TV and it scared me. When I saw the unedited I was shocked at how much scarier it was. I still watch this movie a couple of times a year. The acting was stellar, the monster awesome and it broke the mold by having a female character kicking ass. Gotta love Ripley.
2. All Romero Zombie Movies
The Night of the Living Dead changed horror cinema forever. The social commentary and the brilliant breaking of movie stereotypes alone make these movies all-timers. Romero is a master, a legend, a true visionary and should be held by all horror enthusiasts as such.
“The evil…he has escaped.” Dr. Loomis’ chilling words as Michael Myers drives off. This movie is ground breaking, brilliant, scary, and fun. From the first person perspectives, to the kills, to the fact we don’t know what Michael Myers is and why he does what he does makes this the best horror movie in my mind. I remember sneaking out of my room when I was 9 years old to watch this movie on Prism. I sat on the floor with wide-eyed wonder as I watched John Carpenter’s masterpiece unfold. The music still makes my hair stand on end to this day when I hear it. I loved this movie for the simple fact that all you knew was Michael Myers was evil…and quite frankly that’s all you needed to know.
So there you have it a top 10 list and a few of the reasons why I chose what I chose. Feel free to trash me…it’s all part of the fun.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Call backs have gone great, we have seen a lot of talented people and we have a lot of tough decisions ahead of us. Just watching the amount of talent that has walked through my office door the last few weeks proves to me that this movie is going to be, if anything else, well acted. That is why I hope all of you can make it March 1st to our production kick-off party so you can meet my truly talented cast. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets, they are available on my merchandise page and they are only $10.00, and that ticket purchase will qualify you for all the great prizes we will be handing out that night. Remember you don’t have to purchase a ticket to attend only to be eligible for the prize giveaways. If you do purchase a ticket, you don’t have to be present to win. I have finally made it easier to order t-shirts so check that out as well.
Enough of the shameless plugs, let’s get on to news. The Garden State Film Festival is allowing us to set up an 8X8 display at the festival promoting the company and Sorrow Hill. This could be huge for us, there are going to be a lot of investors and distributors at the festival so I will be busy that weekend.
Also, if any of you want to be part of our crew during filming let me know. We need boom mic operators, lighting people, just about any gig you can find on a movie set we will need, except director…I already called that. If any of you are interested e-mail me at:
Hope to hear from you soon and also I hope to see all of you March 1st.
That’s right, we are holding a production kick-off party. It’s going to be held on Saturday March 1st beginning at 7PM at the MVP Sports Bar in Buena NJ. Check out the website under upcoming events for more details. Come on out and meet the cast and crew of Sorrow Hill. It’s gonna be a blast, MVP has great food and let us not forget all the wonderful beer on tap. We are selling admission tickets for $10.00 and that one ticket qualifies for all the door prizes we will be giving away that night. So buy a ticket, support Grindhouse Pictures and you could win a great prize. Prize list will be announced on our site shortly so keep checking back. Hope to see all of you March 1st.
If you haven’t read the homepage then you haven’t heard the great news…Grindhouse Pictures is ecstatic to announce that we and our film Sorrow Hill will be part of this years Garden State Film Festival. Even though we aren’t scheduled to begin shooting in May we have been given the opportunity to showcase our company and our upcoming production. This is a great opportunity and we would like to thank Diane Raver for this opportunity. We may even get to show a 2 minute teaser trailer.
Click on the link above to check them out. It’s a great festival and we are so stoked to be a part of it. So now time is critical. We need to shoot and edit a 2 minute trailer that can debut at the festival. Just when I thought things might begin to slow down a bit. Yeah right!
As most of you know some of our financing has fallen through, fear not this will not stop us from making our movie, it just gives us a chance to be creative in raising the necessary money. We have several events in mind and will announce them here very shortly. And if you haven’t heard we have t-shirts for sale, only $15.00. I am also putting together an investment package so everyone and anyone can invest in Sorrow Hill and hopefully have a nice return on the investment. Here it is in the simplest of terms without all the legal mumbo-jumbo that will be in your investment contract. Packages begin at $100, with that $100 you will receive 1/10th of a point. Every $100 invested = another tenth of a point. This can add up quickly if Sorrow Hill is a success. Just something to think about. Just $100 dollars and you can say you invested in a horror movie…I think it’s pretty cool. One other thing to add, the investors will share in 50% of the total profits of Sorrow Hill. Any questions feel free to e-mail me: email@example.com. Also all you screenwriters keep an eye out, we will be announcing a screenwriting contest sponsored by the Garden State Film Festival. Just a quick heads up. That’s about it for now. Be back later this week with some event announcements.
This week has been extremely busy, we finally moved into our office and it’s going to work perfectly for us. We have scheduled the call-backs and for those of you who auditioned but didn’t receive a call back do not be disappointed, and if you still want to be a part of the movie you can, we need lot’s of extras. So if you are interested in being an extra e-mail me and I will put you on the list. From there we will contact you and have you come out and visit with us. This will be done after January. This month is going to be very busy for us. Besides the call back auditions we are organizing fund raisers to help pay the production costs. We still have interested investors but since we haven’t received a dime yet we just want to cover all of our bases so we can stay on schedule. If you’d like to help, let us know, that’s another way to be involved with this project, we never turn down people who want to help.
I must say I love all the enthusiasm and support all of you have shown to Grindhouse Pictures. It is quite humbling having so many people believe in us and what we are trying to accomplish. I am in contact with the Garden State Film Festival and we are currently trying to work out a way for us to promote and showcase Sorrow Hill at this years festival which will be held the first weekend in April in Asbury Park NJ. That would be a great chance for us to meet with potential distributors and possible investors.
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and we hope you follow our journey this year. It’s going to be a wild ride, hope all of you come along.
Hope everyone had a great and safe New Year’s Eve. First off I would like to thank everyone who has been checking out the site, over 60,000 hits for the month of December, not too shabby. Keep it up, the more success this blog and web site generate the more likely my investors will dig deep into their pockets. I recently read my horoscope for the year, don’t usually believe that stuff but I am choosing to believe my horoscope for 2008, apparently anyone born on January 2nd is destined for a great year…my birthday is tomorrow Jan. 2nd so let’s hope the astrologers know what they are talking about. We have begun scheduling our first round of call backs. If you haven’t received an e-mail from as of yet don’t despair, you may be called in for the second round. We had so many talented people audition we decided to split the call backs into groups, and it doesn’t matter if you are in the first group or second group it was completely random how we set it up. Those who auditioned back in December really made it hard on us to choose who would receive a call back, and needless to say we are still working on it.
I am still looking for a storyboard artist, my stick figures just aren’t cutting it. So anyone who is interested or may know someone who is interested please contact me. Things are really going to start picking up and we need a lot of things in place before principal photography starts in May. I am so psyched! I have really begun to visualize how I am going to shoot the movie and I think it’s going to kick butt. This project is going to be a blast and even those of you who don’t receive a call back I still want you to consider being a background player, believe me, even the extras are going to have a lot of screen time.
I hate to do this but I have to. If anyone uses Amazon to buy stuff, let me know and I can add it to my site then you can buy through me. All the money I earn through the Amazon affiliate program goes into Sorrow Hill. And the new t-shirts will arrive in 2 weeks so buy a shirt and help support an independent film company…every penny counts and it all goes into the movie and it’s promotion. Sorry for the shameless plug.
Hope all of you have a great new year and let’s make one kick ass horror movie.