Horror Hotel Convention & Show

07/06/15

Project of the Day: The Body Beautiful

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 01:22:24 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Body Beautiful"
Written by Jaime Medina (New York)
2nd place Short Sci-Fi Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: An overweight fast food worker awakens from suspended animation to discover a world where everyone is a physical specimen! When science decides they must not let him contaminate the gene pool, our hero goes on the run! Well, maybe a slow jog.....

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I've always been a fan of The Twilight Zone, one of my favorite episodes of which is "Eye of the Beholder". It's got such a basic human message, and I felt I wanted to write something similar. Being an overweight person living in a society that frowns upon fat people, I felt like doing a story for people like me. So it's an homage to Rod
Serling and a tip of the cap to those ostracized by society.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?
A: It's an idea that's not really been done before. A society where everyone is a physical specimen is basically invaded by a relic of the past, a fat guy. The way they turn on him and see such a gentle soul as a threat to their existence is a different theme.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?
A: As written, it would be pretty expensive to film, so count me out(LOL). I'd love to option it to someone who shares my love for 50's sci-fi.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?
A: It would have to be a young Jack Black type. His kind of humor would go perfect with what I've written.

07/01/15

Project of the Day: The Other Side

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 02:31:13 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Other Side"
Directed by Chris Niespodzianski & Raymond Mongelli III (Pennsylvania)
2nd Place Horror Feature at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: A man searches for his wife and protects his daughter during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

Q: If there was just one thing you wanted audiences to know about your film, what would it be?

A: We set out to make a character-driven film that just so happens to take place at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse. First and foremost, we wanted to tell an interesting story, and build a rich, deep fictional world that our characters lived in. Those who want constant "blood and gore" in their horror probably aren't going to be fans of our film, and that's OK. But those who want to get to know the characters in a movie, and understand their motivations and reactions to conflict will likely enjoy our film a great deal.

Q: Can you share a fun fact/trivia about the making of your film?

A: Absolutely! Our film was shot entirely in the Pittsburgh, PA area -- the birthplace of zombies! The cast and crew were mostly from the Pittsburgh region, but we did have actors/actresses travel in from LA (Danielle Lozeau), NYC (Sean Scott), and even China (Jing Jing Zhang)!

Q: What makes your project unique, and why should audiences see this film?

A: We believe the ending of our film packs an explosive wallop (which we can't/won't spoil here), and believe that we leave audiences wanting more (in a good way). For the ending of the film to have the desired impact, it requires some patience and a "slow burn" in the first half of the film. We slowly raise the stakes from beginning to end until everything comes together in what we believe is a satisfying conclusion. As horror fans, we all-too-familiar with a seemingly amazing horror flick that starts strong but fizzles out at the end (or worse, wraps with a totally unbelievable ending). So we set out to ensure that we closed with a bang, so to speak. smile emoticon

Q: Do you have any upcoming screenings, or is your film available for purchase or online viewing?

A: Our film will have worldwide distribution on all major VOD platforms via Gravitas Ventures on September 1st. We hope everyone will check it out!

More about the film:
www.teamorchard.com
www.facebook.com/OPPTheOtherSide

06/30/15

Project of the Day: It's Only Safe at Night

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 01:36:09 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"It's Only Safe at Night"
Written by John L. Shea (Texas)
2nd Place Feature Horror Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: A legendary beast with chameleon-like abilities terrorizes hikers, bikers, campers, and Mexican immigrants in the desert land of Texas’ Big Bend. Those who survive the first onslaught must band together to make it back to civilization before the stalking terror finds them again. Daylight and wide-open spaces are no longer safe; nighttime holds the safety in this unusual horror story.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I had attended another festival/conference and horrormaster Wes Craven, one the panelists there, said to come up with something different than all the regular horror type movies. Most horror movies have people being scared in narrow, confined, dark places. So I came up with a story that had the danger be out in the wide open spaces of a deserted land; if you dared be out in broad daylight, chances are you’d be facing curtains or whatever the danger was. The only time it was safe would be at night, hence the title.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: My creature can only attack during the day. It has to “cool down” at night, go into a lethargic mode where it’s not much danger at all. I chose the area of Big Bend, Texas as one of the dryest isolated places around, where it barely rains at all. The creature, Utkeena, seeks moisture, and is particularly fond of fresh, salty, blood. Once it’s “awoken”, it starts out small and moves up the food chain, until it finds whatever humans it can. It’s not choosy, just hungry, very hungry.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: I would love to have someone option it. But I would like to have an active role in the development and production of it.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black might be a good choice for Val. She’s shown herself to be a gutsy gal, something that Val evolves into based on her encounters with Utkeena.

06/28/15

Project of the Day: Magnetic

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 12:18:00 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"MAGNETIC"
Directed by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein (New York)
2nd Place Sci-Fi Feature at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: On December 31st, the Earth will be destroyed. Everything you know will become nothing. Maybe it already has.

Q: If there was just one thing you wanted audiences to know about your film, what would it be?

A: Magnetic is very music driven, with a focus on an electro darkwave score and soundtrack. There are huge sections of it where there is no dialogue and all of Alice's emotion and context is conveyed by song lyrics and tones. .

Q: Can you share a fun fact/trivia about the making of your film?

A: We have a lot of sheep in our film, and at one point, we thought it might be a good idea to attach a camera to a sheep to get some sheep POV shots. That proved fairly difficult, but we were able to coax the sheep with oats, attach the camera, and give it a try. The sheep was named Buttercup, and after this success, we told our cinematographer that she would not be working on the rest of the film now that Buttercup was taking over. We ended up not using any of the sheepcam footage in the movie.

Q: What makes your project unique, and why should audiences see this film?

A: Our movie stars just one actor playing all of the roles (except the sheep). Allix Mortis did a great job portraying lots of subtle variations on the character of Alice and doing all of the voice work for the movie.

Q: Do you have any upcoming screenings, or is your film available for purchase or online viewing?

A: We're in the middle of a year-long festival run with screenings announced at the Gen Con Film Festival, Fantasmagorical Film Festival, and Galactic Film Festival, and several more soon-to-be-announced.

More about Magnetic:
www.magneticthemovie.com
www.facebook.com/magneticmovie
twitter.com/magneticmovie

06/27/15

Project of the Day: Chainsaw Diaries

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 12:36:48 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"Chainsaw Diaries"
Written by Jason Klingensmith (Ohio)
4th Place Feature Horror Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: When a young man discovers the journal of an obsessed witness to a brutal serial killer, he opens the door to the world of terror.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: My father has worked in the tree business for 30 some odd years and I have vivid memories of him slumped over his workbench late at night filing away at chains, sharpening them. When I was dreaming up this story, I couldn't get that sound or image out of my head. I thought that would feed really well into my story. In addition to that, I basically drew inspiration from some of my favorite movies growing up, including: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Stand By Me, Monster Squad, and also the TV show Dexter. I like to think if you put all of those into a blender and add my own special ingredient, the end result is Chainsaw Diaries.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: It's hard to be unique in horror as there have been so many different concepts and so many great stories already told, but Chainsaw Diaries is a completely original story. It's a whodunit slasher, which has been done before, and it's got all of the classic elements of a horror movie, but it's a completely original concept. Also while the title Chainsaw Diaries may lead you to believe it's about gore and shock value, the story is built more on suspense and misdirection. Actually another unique thing about the story, perhaps the most unique, is that a major supporting character is named after the character Horace in Monster Squad, which is one of my all time favorite movies. The actor that played Horace (Brent Chalam) in Monster Squad died of pneumonia in 1997 at age 22. The character Horace in Chainsaw Diaries is a tribute to him.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: This is a tough question for me. I could really go either way. While I have a pretty specific vision for the film, and could envision several talented local actors (Cleveland/Pittsburgh/Akron) playing key roles, I don't have any experience producing or directing. If I could put together the right cast and crew, I would love to produce it. However, if I got an offer tomorrow to option or sell it, I would certainly be willing to entertain that idea.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: There are several local (Cleveland/Pittsburgh/Akron) actors that would fit great into some of the roles. A few of whom have actually read the script already and loved it. The lead role is the part of a 17 year old boy, so I'd probably have to consult with my 17 year old niece to see who's hot on MTV or Disney these days. It would be great to bring in someone with a following to attract a larger audience. I also wrote a small cameo for myself that after reading several times, I could really see Jamie Kennedy, who I'm a huge fan of, playing that part. That would be pretty amazing to have someone like that on board, even if it was just for the one scene.

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