This is our first interview for September 2013. We love to promote Indie Horror movies and this month we interviewed the creator/producer of Twinge Horror Movie: VeeVee.
So, VeeVee, tell us a bit about yourself?
This question is very interesting because I always feel like I’m forgetting something. There are so many layers and interesting things about me, but I’ll stick to the whole, I’m a writer and producer story. I’m trying to knock on the doors of Hollywood and really hope they let me in.
Can you tell us about how you got started in entertainment industry?
My mother loved to design and sew so I start modelling her creations in local fashion shows as a child. I’ve always had a keen sense of imagination, so my dreams of becoming an actress weren’t too farfetched. In grade school, my music teacher loved my powerful voice and asked me if I wanted to be in a stage production, and the rest was history. Fast forward into adulthood where I officially got my start as an extra on the hit TV show One Tree Hill. I partook in indie projects here and there because like everyone else, I was trying to catch my big break. A few years ago I decided to delve into writing and more recently into producing. I always knew that I would do both, but I never knew it would happen so soon. So here I am.
What was your inspiration for ‘Twinge’?
I knew that I wanted to write a horror film so I began to flesh out my ideas on paper. Twinge wasn’t planned; it just kind of happened at the spare of the moment.
Tell us a bit more about ‘Twinge’.
Twinge tells the story of a mother who replaces her kids she lost in a car accident. This twisted tale revolves around a brainwashed warped family who will do anything to keep their loving family together. Let’s not forget there is lots of blood, gore, and torture involved. Are you surprised? So am I. Well, not really.
Does character come from plot, or plot from character?
I guess that all depends on each individual’s perception and specific story. No two stories are alike and the process to create those stories varies. In the case of Twinge, the plot developed from the main character. It was because of the character’s flaws and personal story that I was able to paint the initial picture and the full story evolved from there.
Which is your favourite horror movie?
There’s so many out there, but if I had to choose just one, I would choose Saw followed by Hostel. I guess that makes two.
What defines a good movie plot?
For starters, it has to capture the audience’s full attention. If the audience can get lost within the realms of their own imagination and become emotionally involved and attached, you’ve got yourself a pretty good plot.
Which writers and producers do you admire most and why?
It’s hard to narrow it down to a specific writer as of yet, but I will say, that I admire Steven Spielberg as a producer because of his variety and ability to produce great films.
When a writer has an idea for a movie, what questions should they be asking themselves before writing?
What is the story about? What genre am I looking to write? What message am I trying to convey to my audience? Is this story marketable? What is my target audience? Is this going to be believable? I’m sure there are plenty questions each individual writer ask themselves, but these are just a few of my questions.
Anything else you would like to say?
I love all genres; therefore, I aim to create something for various audiences. I’m inspired by so many things in life and I want that reflected through the work I create. I hope my work touches lives, sparks an interest, and entertain the minds of great people alike. On that note, Twinge is launching its first funding campaign on Indiegogo. The plan is to raise development funds (in 30 days) so we can get underway. Please visit the campaign page at http://igg.me/at/twingemovie and kindly chuck some bucks our way. Remember to LIKE the fan page at: facebook.com/TwingeMovie. This film is a potential franchise, and with your help, we’ll go down in horror history in a major way.
I remember watching the original version of The Time Machine on TV when I was little, and afterward having nightmares for months. And while those months of nightmares felt like a lifetime right then, was I really scarred for life? Not so much. As an adult I watched it again to see if it was still as scary as I remembered it being before watching the remake. It was fun to compare my perceptions as a child versus now and also the two versions of the movie. A lot of parents try to prevent their kids from scary movies, but should they be sheltering them or should they allow their children to watch horror shows? While parents should monitor what movies their kids watch, they don’t need to go overboard. Some scary movies can be okay for kids and here are 10 reasons why.
- Handling fear – Scary movies are a great way for kids to learn how to handle fear. No matter how real it may seem, it’s just a movie after all. An occasional horror movie may help your child to confront their fears and deal with them.
- Thrills – Some kids enjoy being scared a little and like to watch spooky movies just for the thrills. It’s fun to shriek, giggle and hide their face all the while making fun of their siblings or friends. By the age of 8 to 10 youngsters may be looking for more thrill seeking adventuresome movies to watch.
- Reality vs. make believe – Watching a scary movie can help kids learn to differentiate between reality and make believe. In order to deal with the fear factor they need to step back and realize what they’re watching didn’t actually happen, but was all made up in a movie studio.
- Learn to analyze – Once they put it into context, kids can learn to analyze the horror movie and how it was made. They can also contemplate why one thing makes them scared while other things don’t.
- Just for fun – Kids might want to watch an occasional horror movie just for the fun of it. Maybe it’s a change of pace from their normal viewing or a special occasion. And really, who doesn’t like watching scary movies on Halloween?
- Pushing boundaries – Children can’t be raised in a vacuum, and sometimes pushing the boundaries is a good thing. Kids who have never watched a scary movie while growing up certainly won’t know how to deal with it as an adult.
- Share a passion – Some people really enjoy watching horror movies, so for kids it could be a way of sharing a passion with someone in their life. Whether it’s a parent, sibling or friends, watching a scary movie together is a unique way to share something special.
- Part of growing up – Everyone needs to get the daylights scared out of them at some point in their life. It’s all a part of growing up, so watching scary movies is a pretty harmless way to clear that hurdle.
- Fitting in – Kids always want to fit in with their friends, so never watching a scary movie will make them feel left out. When all their friends are talking about the latest spooky episode, they want to be included in the conversation.
- Snuggle time – Parents can use this as an opportunity to get some snuggle time with their kids as they get older. Watching a scary movie together may be a good way to squeeze out a few extra hugs that have diminished over the years.
Parents don’t want their kids to have nightmares, but they do need to be careful not to shelter them too much. Children under the age of 7 have trouble separating fiction from reality, so watching gory movies at that age would be a bad idea, and I’m certainly not advocating that. However, with a little discretion, parents and kids should be able to decide on a few movies with appropriate scariness. Be sure to include some humor and a happy ending is a must. There’s even some evidence that kids are better off watching scary movies without their parents. Mom and dad may reinforce the fear and make it even more frightening to the child. Just remember that different things are scary for different people. An occasional thriller may not be a bad thing for your child.
Director: Neil Marshall
Writer: Neil Marshall
Release Date: 4 August 2006 (USA)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
THE DESCENT is a story of a caving expedition that goes terribly wrong. On a daredevil caving holiday, six women friends are suddenly trapped underground when a rock fall blocks their exit. Searching the maze of tunnels for a way out, they find themselves hunted by a race of fearless, hungry predators, once humanoid but now monstrously adapted to live in the dark. While the others fight for their lives, Sarah, who’s still recovering from a mental problems brought on by the tragic deaths of her daughter and husband, is fighting for her sanity. When some secrets are exposed, the friends turn on one another. The only way that Sarah can make it is that she must become as savage as the creatures themselves.
Albert Saliba’s Review: “The story of this movie is original and entertaining. For those of you love horror, adventure and bloody movies it’s a must see movie”
Nadia Vella’s Review: “This film was well filmed and acted. It has an intriguing plot that kept me on the edge trying to guess what will happen next. Also, the film’s effects made the film much more haunting.”
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Crime | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Acclaimed as the best horror thriller of the 1990s Wes Craven, Scream will scare you beyond belief!
The story is about a sly psycho who’s a horror movie fanatic that is victimizing the residents of a small picturesque town. As this masked killer continues to imitate horror films with real life acts of terror, it becomes clear that solving this mystery is going to be murder! It’s unique style and humor is what made it a favorite with the horror movies audience.
Albert’s Review: “A classic movie that all horror thriller movie fanatics should watch”
Nadia’s Review: “A fun, scary and entertaining film that is worth watching.”
Michael Myers, who killed his own family at the age of only ten years, was committed for 17 years. Michael Myers manages to escape the facility where he was held, and now a grown man, he returns to his childhood town Haddonfield to find his now grown up sister. He believes that only she can understand him. Is this what happens? This Halloween, watch (or re-watch) Halloween by Rod Zombie!!
Nadia Vella’s Review: “A must watch for Halloween 2013, Pretty damn good movie”.
When it comes to undisputed masters of horror, Stephen King reigns supreme in the literary world, and in many ways, John Carpenter is often considered to be his cinema world counterpart. King and Carpenter both share influences from lurid horror comic books published in the ’50s and colorful science fiction in each of their respective mediums, and both of them are highly skilled at a creating imaginative and dark worlds for their stories to unfold in. Although King and Carpenter share a lot of common interests and seem like they would make good friends, the two have only collaborated a handful of times, and only created one feature length film together. Carpenter and King are both huge influences on the science fiction and horror worlds in their own media, and both have returned to creating the style of comic books that inspired each of them in the ’50s.
Both these masters of the horror genre grew up in the ’50s reading the same trashy horror comics published by EC comics during their horror heyday. The publishing house that also produced Mad Magazine and other periodicals aimed at youngsters ran several horror titles during the ’50s that were so dark and macabre that they caused considerable controversy among the concerned public. Kids like Carpenter and King ate it up, and the dark and twisted storylines and gruesome graphics of EC Comics inspired both of them to create inspired dark story worlds of their own. King paid tribute to these comics in his collaboration with George A. Romero Creepshow (1982), and the visual elements of Carpenter’s films such as The Thing (1982) and The Fog (1980) In addition to comic books, these horror gurus also found inspiration in the science fiction genre, each within their own chosen art forms. Stephen King loved science fiction novels and stories by authors like Ray Bradbury, and John Carpenter was particularly his sci-fi fix in Howard Hawks films.
Although they share the kind of compatibility that usually compels people to go out and get a drink together, King and Carpenter have only worked together on a scant handful of projects. Their first and most notable collaboration was on the film Christine (1983), with a screenplay based on King’s novel about a murderous Plymouth Fury and directing by Carpenter right at the height of his career. It perfectly combines some of the two masters’ favorite themes; King’s depictions of an already turbulent and sociopathic adolescence falling prey to a sinister supernatural influence, and Carpenter’s deep-rooted nostalgia for ’50’s kitsch, and villains with mysterious origins (a la “Michael Myers” in Halloween, or the eponymous “fog”). Carpenter’s typical tense scoring with sythesizers provides a nice counterpoint to the film’s appropriation of ‘50s pop music, with tunes from the ’50s that help underline the theme of obsessive nostalgia, especially when Christine starts using the lyrics on the radio to communicate. In juxtaposition to the theme of nostalgia, Christine also carries a warning about the dangers of relying too much on technology. The high penalty for the main character’s tendencies to treat Christine as more important than a human being may have something to teach a modern generation that jumps into traffic on onto train tracks to save cell phones. And however absurd the premise might have seen back in those days, we’re living in an era where autonomous autos are actually being developed, and people are relying more and more upon combination home alarm and automation systems where in their appliances essentially communicate with one another. It was creepy in the ‘50s when Bradbury mused about the future, and it’s even creepier now that it’s part of the fabric of our reality
While their careers have both had ebbs and flows, in recent years Carpenter and King have both returned to their first love: comic books. In 2011 John Carpenter celebrated the debut of his Asylum comic book which carried on his dark horror legacy into a new medium, while Stephen King has collaborated on several comic book projects, including the graphic novelization of his own Dark Tower series and his recent collaboration with Scott Snyder on the horror title American Vampire. Although each creator chose a different medium, they started and finished sharing the same influential inspirations and dark dreams.
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Sleeping paralysis is an actual phenomena that some may experience. Before reading our review, watch the movie below:
The Horror Movies Blog review:
Being that sleeping paralysis may be common to some, this is a really worth watching horror short since it gives you an idea about sleeping paralysis. The actual timing (3:03am) shown in this horror short may portray the reality of some that went through sleeping paralysis. The recommendation for this movie is that in sleeping paralysis the body does not move like in the video; instead the person concerned feels his/her own spirit/soul awake but cannot move through/the body – only his/her eyes can move. But overall, a definitely watch, Recommended!
A 14 minute horror short, featuring a blonde woman struggling with little things that build to mammoth proportions. Well made horror short, giving the audience the curiosity to know what will happen next?
Vote for Fear horror short. This movie will play part in Malta Horror Film Festival and is a must watch!
In this tense tale of psychological terror, Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a young twenties woman who’s serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her 90 days of probation takes her to The Cawdor Theater, a dilapidated summer stock theater run by Lawrence O’Neil (Cary Elwes). Lawrence, a failed Broadway director, is now reduced to staging amateur productions with young parolees and raging over the mistakes from his past. Vivian’s arrival in Cawdor starts a terrifying series of events that brings Lawrence’s secret past to the present. After Vivian views an old taped stage production of Macbeth, a force of evil is unleashed which soon turns its sights on her. With the help of Roddy (Michael Welch), a local outcast, Vivian sets about trying to discover who the supernatural killer on the tape is before she becomes the next victim.
Check out Found Footage 3D: the world’s first found footage horror film in 3D.
Produced by Kim Henkel, the co-creator of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, FF3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but instead find themselves IN a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.