Category Archives: Zombiedy

Rogue Cinema & Stuffs

So I’m having a problem wherein I keep trying to watch movies, ALL the movies, and my heart just isn’t into it.  It’s entirely frustrating.  I have more free time now but every time I turn something on, I just can’t seem to get into it no matter how good (or ludicrous) it may be.  So as a result, I’ve been either catching up on tv shows on Netflix (Walking Dead, Chuck, that Breaking Bad thing people seem to love) or just not watching anything – I’m in a really big reading mood lately (probably because this is honestly the first time I’ve had a chance for reading in like, 6 months and I’m somewhere a step beyond the “avid” reader type so not being able to read has been just devastating.  Yes, that’s melodramatic, I know.  ;)).  So I dunno, maybe I’ll throw some book reviews up on here at some point.  I’m finally reading Doctor Sleep btw – the book I got for my birthday TWO MONTHS ago.  I’ve missed blogging though and missed the interaction so I’m trying to blog and read you guys’ blogs as much as I can.

What else?  Well, filming on my web series is almost complete.  One more day of filming this Sunday and we move into post.  I’ve seen some of the footage and it looks good. :)  There’s small things of course – I think I’ll have to make it a game when it comes to continuity errors – we tried our hardest but sometimes trees will have leaves and sometimes they will not… ;)  But it does look good and I hope that it actually IS good and I REALLY hope that you guys enjoy it.  I just started writing Season 2 as well!

WTLGO

Jordan and Tiffany

Other than the web series, I’m about to start work on a short film, something dark and artsy and gritty and a whole 2 minutes long, with one of my favorite directors…and I can’t wait. :)  Then in January, we start pre-production on the movie version of our updated Hamlet where I’ll be playing Horatio again.  And I’m waiting to hear back about one more project.  So there’s definitely no lack of work happening here!  I love it. :)

And other than that, I’ve been sick – really sick.  Like rushed to the ER one day kind of sick.  I’m okay now, much better, but these issues are going to be ongoing (it’s a combination of a lot of smaller issues – some physical, some more on the emotional health side of things).  I’ve got a team of doctors though and am considering switching out some doctors and yeah, am doing what I can to get back to 100% but it definitely affects blogging and movie watching (may be the reason I’m having trouble watching things as of late).

I HAVE watched a lot of stuff I can’t review, lol.  I watched the newest Star Trek last night and saw the new Thor on Sunday.  Watched Pacific Rim a couple of weeks ago along with This is the End.  So yeah, I’ve actually been mainstreaming it more lately (shhhhh!  Don’t tell!!! ;-p).  Light and fluffy seems to be the way to go at the moment.  Ah, well, I’m sure the conflicting movie emotions will get resolved right?  Probably just similar to writers’ block.

Anyway, for the moment, here’s this month’s Rogue Cinema offerings.  Hopefully you’ll find something you like!

BetterthanWine

Cinephilia

Slow Fade

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Behind the Scenes of Episode 1 of “When the Lights Go Out”

Here it is the very first behind the scenes video from the upcoming web series “When the Lights Go Out”, shot and edited by the always brilliant Amanda Diane Theresa Castro-Conroy (you may know her as the woman who did my headshots and most of the other photos you’ve seen on this page.  And if you like what you’ve seen from her, maybe you’d also like to head over to Facebook and give her new photography page a like?  I know she’d really appreciate it!).  I would like to say before you watch that I swear I’m much more intelligent than I seem here and WAYYYY less narcissistic.  Really!!  Most of what I’m saying is a combination of being super tired and mocking myself, lol.  Also when I mention movie bloggers I am talking about YOU, E! *giggles*  I should never, ever be allowed to speak on camera unless I’m acting.  Like EVER.  ;)   Anyway, we all from “When the Lights Go Out”  hope you enjoy the sneak peek!  The entire web series is now written and we’re just trying to find the time to finish filming.

I also want to add that I’ll also be posting something else tomorrow…and the next day!  Omg, I finally had time to watch a movie!!!!  Yay!!  So weird, it’s like people think this is a movie review site or something… ;)

Anyway, thanks for watching and for repeatedly coming back by my site, you guys’ support is more appreciated than you will ever know!!

When the Lights Go Out (Behind the Scenes)

We filmed for 9 hours yesterday and got the first episode of “When the Lights Go Out” filmed!  It was a super long day and it was super cold but it was AMAZING.  My cast and crew are simply the best!  Here’s a few pics of behind the scenes and an unedited video.

What are we studying so intently???  You'll have to watch to find out... ;)

What are we studying so intently??? You’ll have to watch to find out… ;)

Director/cinematographer/sound girl/Gal Friday EXTRAORDINAIRE!!

Director/cinematographer/sound girl/Gal Friday EXTRAORDINAIRE!!

"Jordan"

“Jordan”

"Tiffany"

“Tiffany”

"Jordan", "Savvy" and "Tiffany"

“Jordan”, “Savvy” and “Tiffany”

"Harold" and "Tiffany" and the psychic hotline

“Harold” and “Tiffany” and the psychic hotline

 

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Coffee breaks are the BEST

Coffee breaks are the BEST

"Tiffany" recording her video diary.

“Tiffany” recording her video diary.

"Harold" interfering.

“Harold” interfering.

Ghosts are scary, y'all! ;)

Ghosts are scary, y’all! ;)

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Since I didn’t have time yesterday, I’m watching something today and will post it late tonight or tomorrow morning.  Yay, Happy Monday, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

Die You Zombie Bastards!

 

Die You Zombie Bastards is quite possibly the best movie ever made.  No, really!…Well, okay, not really but it’s the best “worst movie that took 5 years to make” ever made.  As far as cult flicks go, this one is aces.  It pretty much has it all and then more.  In fact, the last scene consists of random people and things just popping up out of nowhere: disobedient dogmen, giant robots, a superhero’s sidekick, giant bugs and possibly even a gorilla!  WOW.

This is in it…

And actually:

ALL of THIS is in it!

So what’s the plot?  (Seriously, after those screenshots do you really care??)  A lovable serial killer’s wife gets kidnapped by a guy named Nefarious who is intent on turning the world into zombies.  He’s already kidnapped a set of triplets and turned them into zombie sex slaves (see Image 1) and he’s decided that Violet (the wife) will be his.  Muhahahahhaaaaa!!!!  So the serial killers sets off on a quest to save Violet…a quest that involves a game of Operation, a puff of blue smoke, a cheese monster and a suit of skin. Not following?  Don’t worry, it’s not really important.

OH WAIT!!!!  Did I mention that rockabilly legend Hasil Adkins is in this???  Never heard of him?  Neither had I!  But he rocks, I can tell you that much.    I highly recommend you check his Wiki page to learn more (he has a whole album dedicated to chickens!!!)

He Said/She Said: Zombie Strippers

Today’s He Said/She Said is all about the stripping zombie!  So which of us loved it and which of us hated it?  Check it out under the He Said/She Said tab to find out!

Suburban Zombie or The Decay of the Mind

Suburban Zombie or The Decay of the Mind came to me via a commenter named Evan Jones.  It’s a one minute zombie film (that alone got me – can one even DO a zombie film that’s any kind of decent in one minute??  Has Romero been wasting our time all these years with needless filler?  Can someone out there in the intranets turn all of Romero’s films into one minute versions for my amusement??) with a twist.

The film opens with a guy sitting in a shed watching t.v.

Guy. Shed. ‘Nuff said.

Suddenly, his t.v. goes on the fritz (horror of horrors!!) and dude gets pissed.  Seriously he goes all Hulk and smashes the t.v.  Then he goes outside into the sun (which he obviously hasn’t seen in awhile since he tries to block it with his arms – “Arggghhhh!  Sunlight!!” and we have a moment of “Wait is he zombie or vampire?”).  Next, two mysterious figures in black appear (creepy!) and point to the shed indicating that he should go back inside.  So he does and watches his broken t.v.  Oooohhhh, get it??

I liked this for the social commentary it made about the mind numbingness of  society.  Seriously, these Kardashians and guidos I keep hearing about frighten me more than the upcoming zombie apocalypse.  Our need to be entertained and our seeming unending quest for “15 minutes” is going to be our downfall.  In my IMHO.  And it likely will be via a zombie apocalypse – zombies have been the metaphor for our societal fears ever since Romero appeared on the scene.

So check it out, it’s just a minute!

Mutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood!

 

Mutant Zombie Vampires from the Hood may be my new favorite movie, no lie.  Here’s how the movie watching went down.

Me to Roomie #1:  Hey, mind if I watch a movie in here?

Roomie #1:  Sure, go ahead.

10 minutes later

Roomie #1:  What exactly are we watching again??

Me: Mutant Zombie Vampires from the Hood!

15 minutes later

Roomie #1:  Why is Mr. Miyagi in this??

15 minutes later

Roomie #2 enters the house, home from work:  Hey, what’re you watching?

10 minutes later

Roomie #2 spits out beer he’s laughing so hard.

End of the movie

Roomie #3 is home now.  Roomie #2 to Roomie #3: Dude, you only saw the last 15 minutes!!  This movie is epic!!  We have to start it over from the beginning!!!

What’s the one thing that can bring cops and gangs together? Mutant Vampire Zombies from the hood, y’all.

Yeah, it’s that awesome.  So here’s the lowdown.

Cop (C. Thomas Howell, hell yeah) and Cop #2 enter a warehouse where a black gang and an Asian gang are about to have a full out war over drugs.  Asian gang kidnapped the token girl of the black gang and are trading her back to the black gang for drugs except whoops, the black gang brought sugar instead of coke .  Just as the bullets start to fly, what should appear but a……SOLAR FLARE!  Everyone, I repeat, everyone in the warehouse is knocked out by the solar flare and when they awaken things aren’t quite what they were before.

Our gang(s) emerge into a newly transformed world (oh the power of solar flares!) to find vampire(?) zombie(?) mutants.  Things start to quickly go downhill.  First Cop #2 gets eaten, then a gang member gets killed.  One gang member keeps running around yelling about Nosferatu to anyone who will listen.  After about 20 minutes, they realize it’s not vampires though, it’s zombies.  The gangs join together to fight their way through the monstrous horde of zombies (who for the record aren’t just chomping down on people but are also screwing each other and raping live people).  They also meet up with the aforementioned Mr. Miyagi who is quite possibly this movie’s BEST character.  He drinks constantly, he shoots, he dispenses advice in the form of one liners…..*sighs*….he’s so groovy.  Next the gang runs into a polite, yet heavily armed group of people who capture them who are (get this) VAMPIRES!!  Totes!  There’s more eating of a “oh dear god, they really went there, why are these damn vampire zombies so horny?” kind and then finally our heroes end up at the house of one super smart dude with one super smart daughter (a doctor) who think they might be able to find a cure.  But do they????

A few of my favorite things:

“I’ve had it with these motherfuckin’ zombies in my motherfuckin’ hood!”  Thank you SLJ wannabe, thank you.

Super smart dude and super smart daughter are creepily close, like, she’s sitting in his lap at the age of 25’ish, close…..

Epic sex scene (living people not zombie/vampire/mutants) where super smart daughter wears a doctor coat (FOR THIS SCENE ONLY!!  Immediately after when she is back to her doctoring duties, the white coat is GONE, people) and fabulous porno music plays in the background.

Super smart daughter is apparently aroused by zombie violence.

Dance of the Dead

Okay, I have to admit some bias with this review. Dance of the Dead (Ghost House Underground)was filmed in Atlanta when I lived there and I worked with a couple of people that are in it (back in my long ago acting days). Regardless, it is hands down one of my favorite zombiedies of all time.

The plot is simple. A high school prom goes horribly wrong when the dead start rising due to toxic waste from the nearby nuclear power plant. The end result is funny and gory, one of my favorite combinations. The central cast of characters is a group of teens who for various reason are either not going to prom or just haven’t arrived yet. They band together when the zombies start attacking and are pretty much the breakfast club of zombie fighters.

Now everything you see here came from Craigslist, you can get anything there.

You’ve got the cheerleader, the sci-fi group, the wild redneck rebel, the vice-president of the class, a group of rockers and the pizza delivery guy. Add in a half-crazed coach who’s ex-military and you’ve got a recipe for laughter. Together they manage to make their way to the school in hopes of saving their classmates – but do they make it in time????

Hilarious highlights include:

Said half-crazed ex-military coach gets explosives off of Craigslist just in case of emergencies.
Said rockers aren’t even aware of the zombie attacks for the first quarter of the film or more because they’re so stoned.
These zombies LOVE music. It’s the only thing that stops them dead in their tracks.

Now do yourself a favor and go watch “Dance of the Dead”!

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