Sunday, 26 July 2015

Interview: Richard Gladman (July 2015)

Publisher and Horror/Monster Movie Fan: Richard Gladman!
I heard and met Richard Gladman through a mutual love of old  Monster Movies and Godzilla. It's no surprise that he is in charge of Space Monsters Magazine (Please see, HERE for SMM Blogger Entry.) – a quarterly publication. He is also part of the  WynterCon management team and is producing a superhero movie called Girl Force starring Alex Reid, Dave Prowse, Emily Booth and his friends Dani Thompson and Francoise Pascal. He is also producer and creator of horror anthology television series Fragments of Fear. I had the pleasure of meeting him at Horror Con 2015 and here is his interview on all things cult, horror and old school monsters. Gladman is also a good friend of actress Caroline Munro

How did Space Monsters Magazine come about?
I’d always wanted to publish my own magazine; there were so many classic horror film mags on the market but nothing that really looked at old sci-fi TV and movies – so I thought I’d fill the gap in the market! We cover everything from Godzilla and giant monster movies to Space:1999, Doctor Who and other vintage television shows as well as having celebrity columnists like Dani Thompson, Emily Booth and Caroline Munro on board.

What can you tell us about Girl Force?
GirlForce was an idea for a movie that just sprang into my head whilst having lunch with Dani (Thompson). It occurred to me that superhero movies were becoming more and more dull, boring and pretentious – taking themselves way too seriously so I thought I’d bring the fun back into superhero films. The pitch is basically “Charlie’s Angels meets the Spice Girls meets Power Rangers”!

What can you tell us about Fragments of Fear?
Basically, Fragments of Fear is a horror anthology series based loosely on the concept of the old kids show Jackanory – the tales are all specially commissioned from new and established writers and are narrated by different actors including Caroline Munro, Judy Matheson, Guy Barnes, Craig Johnson, Francoise Pascal and Dani Thompson – I even narrate one of the stories myself! The first season of 13 half hour episodes (consisting of 26 stories) has almost completed filming.

How did you meet Caroline Munro?
Caroline and I first met purely by accident in a shop on Oxford Street in London more years ago than either of us would care to remember! The next couple of times were lucky coincidences also (again in London) but we didn’t become friends until we worked together at some horror and film events and had a chance to really talk. Caroline is seriously one of the nicest people I’ve ever met; very warm, kind, intelligent and funny but I think anyone who has met her will tell you that. We kind of bonded over my silver nail varnish and our mutual love of silver jewelry!

How did you come to meet Dani Thompson?
I met Dani initially online when I was asked to do some promo for the British slasher movie Serial Kaller. I did an interview with Dani via email which went up on the Rue Morgue website then we hooked up on Facebook, chatted a little, met very briefly at a British Horror Film Festival after party and then decided to have lunch to discuss potential projects. I was so impressed with Dani’s strong image, her striking beauty and her strong work ethic and we clicked pretty quickly. It was obvious to me right from the start that she would become a big star.

What are your favourite movie monsters?
I absolutely love Godzilla – but I think my favourite giant monster is Mothra, I mean, she’s the Earth’s guardian you know? I’m also obsessed by the B-movie monster The Incredible Melting Man. The movie’s not so great but the concept is so cool and yukky – and the make-up effects by Rik Baker rocked!

What was your first ever Godzilla film you watched?
I think it was King Kong vs Godzilla on TV when I was a little kid. There used to be quite a few of these films on local ITV stations on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons so I tried to watch as many as I could find. 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Godzilla/Pacific Rim-Cross Over? (July 2015)

Jaegers & The King of the Monsters!? Oh, My GODzilla!!

According to this source, HERE there is a LARGE KAIJU-SIZED RUMOUR that the King of the Monsters will side with Jaegers  to take on Kaiju Monsters in Hollywood! Exciting stuff for Monster Lovers, indeed! So, how would this play out? For a start, PR2 (due out 2017) would have to be a MONSTER success in the box-office. Godzilla 2 is due 2018 from the returning Gareth Edwards. Maybe a cross-over is inevitable with the two Box-Office Franchises, but only time will tell!?

The Kaiju craze has caught on and Warner Bros./Legendary do own the rights to the two Japanese-Kaiju-influenced films! WE are due a Universal/Legendary King Kong Prequel as well name Kong: SKULL ISLAND with further of rumors Kong meeting Godzilla, somewhere down the Hollywood Line! However, let's NOT get ahead of ourselves and wait (if can) over the next few years to see what STOMPING MONSTER ACTION comes our way?!

If Legendary were to bring in Godzilla to Pacific Rim, would they hint it at the PR2 finale? After the credits, etc.? It certainly is interesting for you Godzilla/Kaiju/Monster fans to see if this would happen or not? We may not even see this until after Godzilla 2 (2018) has been released... so, please just take this news on an even level! Let's see what 2016's Toho-Produced G movie brings, too, then wait for PR2.


Going to: Horror Con 2015 (July 2015)

Horror Con 2015 - Meeting Tom Savini & Co. in Sheffield.
Horror Con 2015 was a blast! Myself and my friend paid (literally) a visit to the Manga Adventure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, 11th 2015 to see the event. Our first trip after walking around was the nice bar that the Main Hall had and we met Luna Wolf & Missy Poison aka The Evil Twins - who were signing at their own table. The twins were really good to us like most people at the event - they signed photos and posed for facebook/twitter pictures - couldn't fault the two ladies of horror!

The Evil Twins: Luna Wolf (Left) & Missy Poison.

Next we were looking around stalls and trying to find familiar faces, when we found Banjo (2015) director, Liam Regan & crew at the table near the bar (what luck!). I picked up a copy of the original Banjo short film (Review, HERE) for myself and my friend - got my Return to Nuke em High - Volume 1 dvd signed by Regan - Awesome stuff and just chatted for at least half an hour on and off and through-out the day with the director going to Fright Fest later in the year.

Sheffield's Liam Regan - director of Banjo (2015)

After looking round at more stores, I found Emma Dark (Seize The Night [2015]) & Merlyn Roberts - they were very sweet and we hung out for the most of the rest of the event that day. Whilst talking to Emma, somebody was waving over at the main signing area - we turned a round and saw Dani Thompson. What another pleasant surprise as I knew Thompson would be there, but the crowds for the major horror stars had gone down and it was a quiet moment for Dani. Dani invited me over to sit with her at her table whilst she signed a photo and we took photos. Emma joined us and was good enough to sign my copy of Malevolent Magazine featuring Emma Dark & The Evil Twins!

Dani Thompson - Actress/Model - Serial Kaller star.

Another highlight, was seeing the Q&A with Mr Tom Savini, himself. He spoke about Lon Chaney, the film industry and demonstrated his Sex Machine bull-whip in front of the live crowd on the floor - amazing, horrific stuff! The Q&As are a good thing, because the signing crowds went down drastically and Tom signed for me and my friend after the mini-events. After more wondering around, we finally found Space Monsters Magazine and store-owner Richard Gladman. I gave Richard a classic monster movie book as a thank you and the rest of the day I spent talking to Emma and Merlyn and friends. We also got to see the feature Banjo trailer in Liam Regan's Q&A for the film and asked a question or two.

All in all a great day, Ken Foree walked right passed me at the end of the day and my god, he is a tall man. Other guests there that weekend was Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen (who signed Merlyn's TCM poster), Caroline Munro and the place was just great!

Special shout outs to Amanda (Emma's friend) who also said hello in the Main Hall and Chelsey Burdon, and good luck on her film: Dead Bitch at FrightFest, too.

My signed Horror Goodies!!



Sunday, 12 July 2015

Review: Banjo (2012) (Short) (July 2015)

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WARNING - Contains Adult Themes: Liam Regan is a fan of Troma and exploitation movies. His 13 minute short, Banjo: Confessions of Peltzer (2012) tells the true life tale of Regan's bad sex experience - he snapped his "Banjo" string during intercourse! Peltzer (named after Gremlins [1984] character "Billy Peltzer") is an 18 year loser who can't make his girl happy in the bedroom until he gets his mojo back and well... snaps his string!! Ouch!! That is the premise to Regan's short. It is riddled with black humor!

The short played Troma Dance Film Festival in 2013 - which must have been a dream for Liam. It received a good reaction and the film was made into a feature for Fright Fest (2015). The short also features Harmony Hex who was looking to get into horror and film at the time, and Liam had a role for her in this sex comedy! This 2012 version is also shot like an old 90's Channel 4 indie film. This gives it, it's charm I find. A brave attempt by Regan as he dives into the Troma-esq market!

The limited dvd has an audio commentary, an intro, behind the scenes, deleted footage and a promo teaser! Try it, if you like left field dark comedy! WARNING: Crude humor!

Meeting Liam Regan @ Horror Con - July, 2015.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Interview: Dean Sills (Actor) (July 2015)


I have known Dean Sills for a few years now and we both had worked on Tom Wadlow's forthcoming Zombie Indie flick, Wasteland (2015) - coming soon, btw. He started his career in a different direction and was bitten luckily NOT by Zombies, but the acting bug in 2012! Before Dean started acting he worked as a professional painter and decorator for many years. He did two years at Barnsley College Painting and Decorating and was awarded the British Decorating Association Shield for Best Student. He then went on to achieve a Diploma in Interior Design. Mr Sills attends acting classes as well as looks after his family. He has appeared on the BBC as a supporting artist and has a growing IMDB to boot. Dean also made an uncredited appearance in Mr Holmes (2015). He is a writer for UkHorrorScene.com.

Tears In the Dust? What can we expect from this ambitious Indie Feature?
You can expect to see a film that will help make a difference due to the fact it covers homelessness and how this can happen to anyone. When the director Steve Call wrote the story and we shot the teaser trailer it was just a small project which is now huge, it just grew and grew. We have had fantastic support for the film including Billy Pearce, Yorkshire Tea, Yorkshire Crisps, BBC Radio Sheffield and loads of newspapers, magazines and websites. It's not a horror flick but covers the horrors of homelessness. I play Trevor Wallis in the film and it's my favourite role so far. Trevor is a very successful salesman, he works for a medium software company but one day his life changes forever. The film takes my character on a very difficult journey, it goes from bad to worse with Trevor taking to drink to help him get through the dark times. We also have a superb cast working on this including Jessie Joan, Kuljit Singh and William Marshall. You can find out much more about Tears in the Dust on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TearsintheDust

What was your experience like on the Zombie film, Wasteland (2015)?
Pretty good. I only did one day on the film playing a Zombie but it was so much fun plus I got to meet some really nice people including Mike Rhodes. I did enjoy working for the director Tom Wadlow and watching him work. I am thrilled to see the film is due for release on DVD in Sept and it's also cool that you worked on this film too, John.

What advice would you give to younger actors getting into the Industry?
Good question, can I just say I began acting in my 40's so this advice is for anyone and not just younger actors who want to get into the industry. You need to be really passionate and patient about this kind of work because you find yourself in and out of work all the time. You need to ask yourself how much you really want to do this and how much you’re willing to sacrifice for it. If you really want to be an actor, just go for it and follow your dream!

Would you like your children to go into acting?
It would be up to them but I would support them if they did. My daughter Rebecca has actually been working as an extra on Tears in the Dust in a couple of scenes plus she has been on a few shoots and enjoyed the experience. She also acted in your YouTube video 'Xmas Creep Tales' which was a fun shoot. My Son Daniel has no desire to act but you never know after all I never got the acting bug until I walked onto my first film set and a passion just grew inside me!

And finally, any plans to direct?
Not really but you never know what the future will hold. I have moved on from working as an actor to working as an actor, producer and writer so maybe in the future I will consider directing. I did direct the short segment 'Yule Be Dead' in your festive horror anthology YouTube video 'Xmas Creep Tales' which was really good to do. I feel in time it will be a road I go down but for now I just want to grow more as an actor. I only began in 2012 as an extra and now in 2015 I have three lead roles so you never know what's next for me!

Thanks John, it's been a pleasure talking to you.

Photo Copyright: Steve Call Productions - 2015.