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Review for the Horror Movie ‘Incall’

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I just had the pleasure of viewing the cult movie ‘Incall’ written and directed by Brock Riebe. For those unfamiliar with this underground flick, it’s a homoerotic horror thriller. Throughout its 2hr + runtime, it stands alone as its own movie while honoring presiding cult classics.  Multiple elements within its production, acting, and writing reflect the styles of indie masters such as: Paul Bartel, Roger Corman, and David DeCoteau.

Incall opens with the lead character, Kasey, visiting his mother’s grave.  Kneeling before her tombstone, he speaks of frustrations regarding work, finances, and the general public.  After relaying his troubles, he prays to her spirit, asking her to provide him with a means of escaping the rut he has become trapped in.

Upon walking home, he crosses paths with a charismatic man who we later discover is thief named Marco.  At first, they continue opposite ways, until a shared chemistry stops Kasey who admires Marco walking away.  In response, Marco stops, turns, and smiles at Kasey. By how this is orchestrated, we can conclude their passing is caused by fate, or a supernatural force.

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The next 30 minutes, or so, delivers character development and a background story. By day, Kasey is a bill collector.  At night, he is an inhouse massage therapist who is frequently propositioned by horny, old men.  Remaining professional, he declines their advances despite the money being offered.

In his private time, he journals in a back room at a coffee shop.  Although he intends to stay antisocial, a character named Beth frequently interrupts his secluded visits.  By little screen time, we can see her character is built to have a pestering, noisy disposition, which lacks in communication skills.  An example of this can be seen as Kasey clearly wants to be left alone, yet she continues talking about herself.  Rather than being cruel, Kasey tolerates her company.

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Now with an emotional platform established, the action begins.  One night, Kasey is propositioned by another elderly client.  Trying to remain business professional, he attempts making excuses so the client will leave.  The man, who won’t take no for an answer, pushes himself onto Kasey, causing a scuffle.  During their struggle, one wrong move results in the client’s accidental death.

Uncertain of what to do, or how to react, Kasey is overcome by a numb aftershock that causes him to drink himself to sleep.  The next morning, he goes to work, leaving the corpse where it lay, until he can decide on its disposal method.  Meanwhile, Marco breaks into Kasey’s apartment, finding the dead body. Instead of letting sleeping dogs lie, Marco later confronts Kasey with an irresistible proposition.

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Overall, I enjoyed Incall.  What made the movie stand out for me were the mixture of diverse psychological and spiritual components.  The most fascinating aspect was how Incall commented on emotionally broken characters coming together.  Example: dialogue reveals Kasey’s father is a felon and Marco’s father was abusive. Although it’s not blatant that Beth has daddy issues, she shows characteristics by how she pushes herself on guys and her inability to walk away from her cheating, abusive boyfriend.  Perhaps one of the conveying messages in Incall remarks on the father figure?  Perhaps this shared conflict is one reason why fate has brought the trio together.  However, I believe the main reason for them being acquainted is due to Kasey praying to his mother’s spirit. I speculate this because Marco and Beth eventually provide the necessary tools that Kasey has prayed for.

A final aspect I enjoyed was the gray character development.  No one in this movie is truly good or evil.  Rather they are human, trying to survive a day at a time. Because of their complexity, and ability to have viewers empathize or sympathize, the creator has provided his audience with emotional gold.

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From a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, I rate this an 8. Incall is a speculative piece that pays homage to B movie classics, the characters have synchronicity, and the director has a photogenic eye. When Incall receives a DVD release, I plan to include it to my library.

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Christmas Horror Movies that Will Scare Your Chestnuts Off!

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, Amazon, Christmas, christmas horror movies, Controversial Films, cult classic, cult classics, cult favorites, Cult horror, entertaining, entertainment, fandom, frightening, holidays, Horror, Horror Fans, Horror Lovers, Horror Movies, Horror Punks, Horror Readers, Independent Horror, movie discussion, movie review, movies, new horror movies on December 22, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

Near the end of November, I posted on social media for a list of Christmas themed, family friendly horror movies. For the most part, I received adult related titles, which wasn’t what I was looking for.

For those who might feel uncertain as to what movies are classified as family friendly, I would consider nothing worse than a PG-13 rating. In a chestnut shell, movies that don’t exploit nudity/sex, gore, drugs, or explicit language.

Because of the misconception my post received, I’m going to knock out two turtle doves with one stone. Not only will I focus on suggesting horror themed Christmas movies, but I will categorize ‘Family Friendly’ and ‘Adult Only’ titles.

Family Friendly (PG or PG-13):

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For starters, it’s not Christmas without ‘Gremlins’.  The reasons I love ‘Gremlins’ is because the creators (Chris Columbus, Joe Dante, and Steven Spielberg) were not afraid to deliver chills and laughs throughout.

In a tongue and cheek style, they apply suggestive humor to intense scenes, which creates a deeper level of fear.  The most superb example of this tactic is the attic scene when Mrs. Peltzer first realizes something is wrong.  As the house grows silent, a feeling of suspense captivates the audience.  Although expecting a scream to jolt us from our seats, the downstairs record player starts blaring ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ when it was in an off position.  This scene is the perfect example of timing, humor, irony, and dread all rolled into one.  To this day, I can’t listen to the Johnny Mathis classic without thinking about this iconic movie.

Fun Facts:

  1. At first, ‘Gremlins’ pushed an R rating with its original script. This included Mrs. Peltzer getting beheaded and the gremlins murdering the family dog.  Due to wanting to keep the movie tame, these scenes were rewritten.
  1. At first, Stripe didn’t exist. Gizmo was supposed to become evil and lead the pack, but, Spielberg felt that keeping Gizmo cuddly would be the wiser choice.

 

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‘Krampus’ is a contemporary classic bound to stand the test of time. While staying true to German folklore, it provides enough originality that it becomes a cornucopia of horrors. Similar to Michael Dougherty’s prior movie ‘Trick R’ Treat’, where Dougherty provides almost all holiday subjects screen time.  Villains include: snowmen, gingerbread men, killer toys, and Krampus himself.  While full of intense moments, there is enough comedy to relieve the tension.

With jumps and humor aside, ‘Krampus’ presents a contemporary Dickens morality, and a wholesome conclusion for the family black sheep.  Overall, by the character development, pacing, and plot, ‘Krampus’ is a movie that isn’t afraid to gift a stocking full of humor, horror, and heart with its overall message.

Fun Fact:

The final design of Krampus was inspired by various illustrations and postcards depicting the iconic Christmas devil.

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‘Scrooged’ is a dark comedy with horror elements.  Examples of these elements can be seen in characters such as Lew Hayward and the Ghost of Christmas Future.  Even the Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen) has his own devilish persona in this modern day take. To top it off, Bill Murray endures a live cremation.

Despite the horror elements, ‘Scrooged’ has a certain wholesome, yet humorous, charisma that only director Richard Donner can provide.  Overall, it feels like the holiday answer to the original Ghostbusters in regards to its combination of horror and humor, as Carol Kane, Bill Murray, and Bobcat Goldthwait deliver comedic one liners throughout.

Fun Fact:

Bill Murray complained to Roger Ebert about ‘Scrooged’.  Murray insinuated that he and Donner didn’t get along, and Donner dismissed almost all of Murray’s suggestions for the movie.

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I remember when ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ was released and its controversy. Back then, my hometown theater didn’t receive it in their auditorium and quite a few audiences called it ‘sacrilegious’. Although I missed the opportunity to enjoy it in on the big screen, my mom was cool enough to let me rent it on VHS.

From this list, this is perhaps the only title suitable for preteens. However, the love for this holiday mash up, which has sparked arguments between if it’s a Halloween movie, a Christmas movie, or both, is enjoyable for all ages.

In 2006, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ was re-released in theaters in a 3D format.  For the first time, it was under the Walt Disney banner, instead of the Touchstone Pictures banner, where it lived since 1993.

Assuming everyone has seen this fairytale about star crossed lovers, I won’t go into plot detail.  But, I will say, if the opportunity presents itself for you to see the 3D version in theaters, do not pass it by.  The experience returns adults to their childhood, and it gives newcomers something to “talk about for years to come”.

Fun Fact:

To complete this movie, it took three years and a group of around 100 people.  Just for a second of footage, up to 12 stop motion movements had to be performed.

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‘Curse of the Cat People’ isn’t a full-on Christmas movie, yet a good portion of it does surround Christmas.  Despite ‘Curse’ being suitable for all ages, it is complex in a psychological sense by symbolism and verbiage. So, although the feature is safe for preteens, they might not understand its subject matter. To give an example of the movie’s depth, it has been noted that in the past, psychology professors have shown ‘Curse’ to their students.

For those unfamiliar with ‘Curse’ it is a sequel to the famous ‘Cat People’, directed by visionary master Val Lewton.  Although ‘Cat People’ isn’t Christmas based, it provides important character development that is somewhat crucial for viewers entering the sequel.

‘Curse of the Cat People’ takes place years later after its predecessor.  Our subject in this installment is Oliver’s young, friendless daughter, Amy.  Over the passing of autumn turning to winter, we get the impression that Amy is teetering on the edge of sanity.  During this time, she befriends a retired actress and a ghost.  By meeting these two characters, Amy receives solace and transforms into a stronger person.  Although ‘Curse’ presents spooky elements, it is technically a fantasy movie that focuses on maturing, forgiving, and acceptance.

Fun Fact:

The poem quoted by Miss Callahan in ‘Curse’ is ‘The Unseen Playmate’ by Robert Louis Stevenson from ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.  For me, this poem sets the mood for the entire movie.

Adults Only (R Rated):

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As we advance into the ‘Adults Only’ category, I have decided to begin with the star upon the tree, ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’.  This is an infamous cult classic that stirred such controversy by poster art, and prime time advertising, that TriStar Pictures dropped it.  Going a step further, Siskel and Ebert took a moment to list those involved with SNDN’s production, saying, “Shame,” after speaking each name.

For those unaware of this hidden gem, you might be interested to know that it spawned 4 sequels.  Unlike the Halloween franchise, which wanted to expand into an anthology series, the SNDN films achieve the anthology expansion.

The subject of Pt 1 is Billy, who at younger age saw his parents murdered by a criminal dressed as Santa.  Later, he and his younger sibling, Ricky, are thrown into an orphanage.  Here, an abusive Mother Superior warps Billy through a decade of psychological and physical torment.  After snapping, Billy goes on a killing spree, where he uses a variety of weapons, which include: Christmas lights, a boxcutter, an axe, a bow and arrow, and my personal favorite, reindeer antlers.

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Pt 2 continues a decade after the first movie. Ricky has grown into an adult and has picked up the ‘slay’ reins his brother dropped.  For those who missed Pt 1, don’t worry, the sequel recaps its predecessor in flashbacks.  

As a follow up, this installment doesn’t present anything new.  Although, it does make a stronger comment on PTSD, and it comes off feeling like a warning movie for those who have yet to receive the therapeutic help they require.   

When mentioning Pt 2, the psychological aspects of PTSD are never discussed. Yet, the spree killing scene dubbed as “Garbage Day”, has captivated cult audiences for decades. 

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In Pt 3, the series starts to trail away from the killer Santa scenario.  Even though this sequel’s villain is Ricky, he isn’t the primary focus.  Instead, our subject is a blind woman who has undergone a series of testing for her psychic abilities.  Although the acting in Pt 3 is better than Pt 2, Ricky now sports a dome top, which looks cool, but in addition becomes problematic.  My gripe was, other characters acted so nonchalant to his headgear, it felt bizarre and out of place.  Had the dome top not been a part of Ricky’s character, I probably would have enjoyed this installment more.

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From the sequels, Pt 4 is my favorite.  Directed and co-written by Brian Yuzna, who created cult hits such as: Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Necronomicon, The Dentist, and Return of the Living Dead 3, this installment is slimy and grotesque.

With a deeper plot than the prior two sequels, Pt 4 is full of occultism, mutated bugs and worms, and a bizarre sex scene featuring Clint Howard.  Also, here’s a fun side note, Clint Howard’s character name is Ricky.  Perhaps he is the Ricky from the prior films who has now joined a coven?

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Pt 5 is creative, but it was also when the creators realized, the reindeer are dead, let’s stop beating them.  The final chapter, focuses on a Pinocchio themed horror where a toy maker, Joe Petto and his son Pino, create murderous toys.  The only reason why anyone would want to see this installment is due to the blood and gore that is created by the toys.

Fun Facts:

  1. Lilyan Chauvin, who played Mother Superior in Pt 1, admitted it was a mistake for the film’s publicity campaign to center around Santa. She further explained, the advertising should have focused on Billy’s mental stability.
  1. Robert Brian Wilson, who played Billy at 18, said he felt so ashamed by the controversy he told friends and family not to see the film.
  1. Mickey Rooney, who had protested the release of SNDN 1, starred in SNDN 5 as the toymaker. Originally, the movie was called ‘The Toy Maker’, and it wasn’t associated with the franchise until its release.

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Although ‘Black Christmas’ never franchised out, it is perhaps the most well-known movie on the ‘Adults Only’ list.  Despite the reimagining’s negativity from audiences and critics, I liked the remake and the original, but for different reasons.

The original is creepy because the killer is never seen, we have no backstory on him, and the plot is simplistic and realistic.  I think one of the many reasons why ‘Black Christmas’ is so effective is because there is no reason why these murders are happening.  The movie is nothing more than a maniac living in the girl’s sorority house attic.  He harasses them by phone, then kills them one by one.

The reimaging, follows the same scenario, but it develops a background on the killer and why he is hiding in the sorority house.  Also, this version is more grotesque and explicit than its original, but, its comedic charm isn’t as strong.

Fun Facts:

Bob Clark, who directed the 1974 original, and later brought us ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Porkey’s’, provided what horror fans consider to be the pioneering slasher film.  ‘Black Christmas’ predates all similar movies like: Halloween, Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, When a Stranger Calls, etc.

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‘P2’ is a guilty pleasure of mine that is nothing more than an hour and a half’s worth of cat and mouse.  Written by Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur, and Franck Khalfoun, ‘P2’ stars Wes Bently and Rachel Nichols.  The concept is a business woman gets trapped inside of a parking garage on Christmas Eve and is held captive by an obsessive security guard.

This is the kind of movie where the viewer can leave their brain at the door.  Not much thought is needed for the movie to progress, as it lacks any deep subplot or twist.  Still, the acting is fairly solid, there aren’t any plot holes, and the fast pacing kept my eyes glued to the screen.

Fun Fact:

‘P2’ was shot in two months, at night, at a working Toronto parking garage.

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‘Christmas Evil’ centers around a boy named Harry, who becomes disenchanted upon seeing his mom and dad kissing.  Although, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, his dad is dressed like Santa.  By seeing this, Harry’s childlike wonder completely shatters.

Decades later, Harry is still unable to overcome his childhood shock, and has developed an unhealthy infatuation with Christmas and Santa.  During the day, he works in a toy factory, which is suitable due to his holiday obsession.  During his free time, his hobbies include spying on the neighborhood children, and categorizing them into a personal list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  Even though red flags indicate he is a few goodies short of a full stocking, nothing physically harmful has happened… yet.

At a Christmas Eve party, he learns of a children’s home that might not have enough presents for everyone.  When no one else will provide toys to the unwanted children, he runs home, and suits up as Santa.  All seems harmless, until he takes on the persona of Saint Nicholas.

As simple as what the concept sounds, ‘Christmas Evil’ is intriguing from a psychological aspect.  Such as Angela Bettis in ‘May’, Harry descends a similar Milky Way of madness as we witness his sanity deteriorate.  While not overusing the slasher aspect, ‘Christmas Evil’ has only two murder scenes.  But I assure you, the lack of blood doesn’t make this any less of a horror movie.

Fun Facts: (SPOILER)

At the end, Harry doesn’t fly away.  Actually, the conclusion is nothing more than Harry imagining a more pleasant scenario as he commits suicide.

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‘Silent Night, Bloody Night’ is perhaps the most underrated movie on this list.  Even though it is full of mystery, horror, and suspense, I believe its style of underground filmmaking is what sucked me in.  Because of its old-school fashion, SNBN feels like a Grindhouse movie, and it provides a gritty piece of holiday horror that causes the skin to crawl.

The movie opens when a homeowner returns to his property, and finds his house has been transformed into an insane asylum.  Without explanation, he is murdered.  Decades later, a lawyer and his secretary take refuge at the same property for an affair.  For a good portion of their onscreen time, their backgrounds allow us to identify with them as the lead characters.  While danger and isolation closes in on the unsuspecting couple, we have a good idea of what is instore.  But, things take a quick Hitchcockian turn.

Due to multiple spoilers, I can’t go into further detail.  All I can say is SNBN is filmed in the style of a good, old fashioned, whodunit with a plethora red herrings.  Near the end, the puzzle pieces fall into place through sepia toned flashbacks of incest, incarceration, and a vengeful grudge that can only be satisfied by bloodshed.
Fun Facts:

SNBN fell into public domain after it left the drive-in circuit. Until it appeared on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, it had been obscure. But, it slowly gained a cult following, which increased upon video rental.

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As I close on what is perhaps the lengthiest blog I have ever written, I hope everyone has enjoyed the read and now has a better understanding between adult and young adult related material. There were quite a few additional hidden gems that I wanted to include on this “Naughy or Nice” list, but I will save those for 2017.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Alexander S. Brown

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Interview with Actress Sylvia Brown from The Acquired Taste

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the final interview from this dark comedy, I would like to welcome actress Sylvia Brown, so that she may elaborate on her part in The Acquired Taste and her life.

 

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

I wanted to help my son and see what it was like to act in a film.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

Everyone was nice and polite and had patience with me.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

A couple of school plays.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

Any that regard nudity, animal abuse, and child abuse.

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain. Why?

The villain.  I’d rather do it to someone else; rather than have it done to me.

  1. What got you into acting?

My son.  When he wrote the short story The Acquired Taste, he had me in mind as the mother.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Stripes, Haunted Honeymoon, Ghost Dad, Back to the Future, E.T., Carousel, Free Willie, Snow Day, Are We there Yet, Romeo and Juliet, What Dreams May Come, Encino Man, The Goonies, The Poseidon Adventure, and many more.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

Judy Garland, Michael J. Fox, and The Rock

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

Stephen Spielberg

  1. What future projects are you working on?

None, at the moment.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a homebody person for the most part.  My interests are family, animals, animal rights and activism, paranormal research, astrology, and music.

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Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film, PINKY SWEAR HERE!

 

Interview with Artist/Actor Vice Verse

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the next interview from this dark comedy, I would like to welcome actor Vice Verse, so that he may elaborate on his part in The Acquired Taste and his life.

 

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

My good friend Charles Jett who asked me to be a part of his short horror film “Pinky Swear”, asked me if I wanted to be in “The Acquired Taste”.  I said sure.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

Had a great time on set.  Even if it was one day, I had a ball.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

As far as acting, I was a thespian in High School.  I had a part in the movie “Save The Last Dance”, which was edited out, and I was in the short horror film by Charles Jett, “Pinky Swear”.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

It depends.  Anything dealing with an Ouija board I may have to pass on. lol

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain. Why?

I would say the villain or hero.  You can use all your acting capabilities doing either of those roles.

  1. What got you into acting?

My 5th grade art teacher.  I was always in talent shows and she tapped into my talents of acting.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

I love all 3 Godfather movies… Glory…Any movie with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, and Don Cheadle.  One of my favorite movies is “True Romance”.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

Well, I kind of answered that above.  But I just watch how they approach a certain character.  How they use all the nuisances they can.  I just watch and learn.

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

Hmmmmm, Spielberg, Spike Lee, Harvey Fuqua just to name a few.

  1. What future projects are you working on?

I’m an artist/songwriter and I’m working on a new EP/Album entitled “Smoke&Mirrors”…which is a concept album talking about the ups and downs artists go through in the music business.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m an artist by the name of Vice Verse…a songwriter/ghostwriter. Just an all-around talented individual that you will see more of in the future.

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Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film featuring Vice Verse, PINKY SWEAR HERE!

Interview with Actress Chelsea Downs

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the fourth interview from this dark comedy, I would like to welcome actress Chelsea Downs, so that she may elaborate on her part in The Acquired Taste and her life.

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

I wanted to act in one of Chuck Jett’s movies and it happened to be Alex’s book that he was doing, so it was perfect. I also really loved the story, as well.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

It was so much fun, like a lot of friends hanging out.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

I haven’t been a part of any other movies.  But I help chuck Jett when he wants someone to critique his work.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

I don’t think so. I haven’t had much experience to know for sure just yet.

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain. Why?

I think it would be fun to be a villain, just so I can be out of my everyday element.

  1. What got you into acting?

Ever since I was little, I wanted to act. Who doesn’t want to play pretend for a living?

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

I’ll watch pretty much anything, but my favorite movie is, Now and Then. I don’t know why, but I have always loved that movie.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

Johnny Depp because he can be anything anyone asks him to be, and I love that.

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

Jerry Bruckheimer, I love what he did with pirate movies.  Also, Tim Burton, I love his dark side to his movies.

  1. What future projects are you working on?

Nothing as of right now.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m in my late twenties. I love to cosplay and become characters, going to cons is one of my favorite things to do, it’s like hanging out with my other family. I’m a huge geek who watches any and every movie. I love reading comics and books. I’m just your geeky girl next door.

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Interview with Director Chuck Jett

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the third interview from this dark comedy, I would like to shine the spotlight on director Chuck Jett, so that he may elaborate on his part in The Acquired Taste and his life.

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

Originally, I was seeking a project in which pre-production could be handled in a few short weeks and filming could be done within the span of a weekend. I had some scripts in the works, and pre-planning other projects was well underway, but I had around a two-month gap to fill and badly wanted to be ­filming.

I asked my friend, horror author Alexander S. Brown, if he had anything he thought might work for a 5-15 minute short. He recommended a few of his stories that he would like (or not mind) to see in ­film.

Ultimately we zoned in on “The Acquired Taste” for a variety of reasons due to creative and pragmatic vantage points. We made a quick screenplay, ripped a lot of flesh from it, scaled it down to 2 locations without losing much of the original pertinence and it became something “doable” within the time limitations.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

In my limited experience in independent ­filmmaking, I have done some cinematography, limited amounts of directing, art direction, propmaster work, set designing, and very little editing.

For this ­film I was tasking myself with the lionshare of all of these duties and it was the ­first time I directed and did all of the ­filming simultaneously. I had lots of help from the wonderful and multi-talented actors on the set with doing makeup and general creative input.

Kerry (not in the ­film) did an amazing job as a grip, running slate (with notation) and general assistant (he is a workhorse and loaded with creativity). Everyone knew their parts and it was easy getting the performances I needed. Filmmaking is an arduous and extremely collaborative task!

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

“Pinky Swear” was my directing debut and is still being shown in ­film festivals and has won a few awards. It will be showing in a small festival in Brookhaven, Mississippi on September 10th (2016) as an ensemble of ­films leading up to the premier of “Porches and Private Eyes”, a feature which was shot in the area by Arizona production company “Running Wild Films”, directed by Travis Mills.

Before “Pinky Swear” I worked on several independent shorts and a few features, just helping out where I could. I actually acted in a few of them, supplied art direction in others and worked crew on a few. We have a friendly and active fi­lmmaking society growing in the area.

  1. Are there any roles or manuscripts you would turn down? Why?

I won’t work on a project that I don’t believe in. I have to feel a bond with the material and feel that I can do it justice. I am in no hurry, nor do I have time or budget to tackle a feature length project at this time.

I’m not interested in “preachy” ­film projects which try to illustrate or teach a moral lesson, I simply want to entertain my viewers … or “disturb” them in some way that entertains them for a little while.

  1. Why do you enjoy filming horror?

Horror is very challenging. Finding fresh material that entertains a horror fan (Very harsh critics) is NOT easy! I hope I somewhat succeed in this notion from time-to-time. I guess the simple answer is – I LOVE HORROR; therefore, I wish to CREATE HORROR. – I’m sure there are some psychological aspects of this I’m not realizing. Lol

  1. What got you into directing?

Oddly, it just seemed like a natural transition for me. I’ve been a professional visual artist and art “DIRECTOR” since 1988ish. I’ve always loved movies (we ALL do) and have wanted to get involved in ­filmmaking for decades.

It took an actor friend of mine, Joshua “Maurice” Powell to tell me to get into fi­lmmaking. I don’t exactly remember the moment or conversation, but it was one of those “What are you waiting for?” moments. Sort of what alcoholics call a “moment of clarity” .

I come from an age where “fi­lmmaking” was not taught in college. Yes, you could get involved in “media” classes, but no real “fi­lmmaking” options were discussed much around central Mississippi in the late 1980s/ early 1990s. I was busy with my painting, drawing and design classes (I remember when the old Computer graphics typesetter was replaced by the early Apple MacIntosh) and shooting and developing my own 35mm SLR photos.

“Making Movies” was something only rich people could get training in back then, and you weren’t going to receive that training in central Mississippi. But yeah, long story short: you can get involved in ­filmmaking with very little money involved nowadays and my visual arts background has made it a fairly easy transition.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Since we’re on the subject of horror, I would have to say my earliest love for the genre came from staying up late at night and watching some of the Ray Harryhausen stop motion fi­lms, and “Dark Shadows” and the old Universal Bela Lugosi ­films like “White Zombie” and of course the classic Universal takes on Dracula, Frankenstein, The Werewolf and the Invisible Man.

In my teen years I discovered Hammer Film Productions with “Dracula”, The Satanic Rites of Dracula”, etc… I immediately knew that I wanted to be Peter Cushing (well, I wanted to be Van Helsing) and Christopher Lee was an AMAZING Dracula! There are so many great horror ­films!

New ground was broken with “Night of the Living Dead”, campy, cool horror was created by “Evil Dead”, “ZombieLand” added a rebirth of this mixed genre. I actually still love to watch “Nosferatu”. “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006) is probably my favorite visual effects horror film because of their predominantly “practical” effects with just a little overlay of digital enhancement. This answer is barely scratching the surface.

  1. Who are your favorite directors and how do you draw inspiration from them?

Stanley Kubrick, Wes Craven, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, for starters. I draw inspiration from them primarily from watching their work and dissecting it a little, but not overly “studying” their work.

I love all the interview footage of directors and cinematographers, even from directors I’m not really familiar with. The wealth of knowledge on the internet is priceless!

  1. What future projects are you working on?

I have one finished psychological horror script of my own with production on hiatus for now. Another script I am writing is a WWII period piece of ­fiction. There is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” I’m trying to develop now and I’m looking at the works of author Kimberly Richardson for a possible short film adaptation. There is no shortage of ideas!

  1. Tell us about yourself.

Not much to say about me. I am a creative artist currently delving into ­filmmaking. I love the collaborative nature of making films. I have been honored to have a plethora of extremely talented friends who have helped me along my creative path. I’ve learned from seasoned professionals and I’ve been taught a few things by small children at play. Wisdom wears many disguises.

I work out of my studio in Jackson, Mississippi. I call my work space “Empty Coffin Studio”. I do most of my film shoots on weekends because I have a solid day job and am nowhere near ready to leave the stability of a regular paycheck.

I paint, draw, write, sculpt and do whatever is necessary to see a project to fruition. I am very passionate, but I NEVER take myself very seriously. I enjoy the creative pathway and the creative process. I wear glasses and eat my vegetables.

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Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film, PINKY SWEAR HERE!

 

The Acquired Taste Interview Featuring Kat Axtell

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The Acquired Taste is a short film written for screen and directed by Chuck Jett, creator of Empty Coffin Studio Films.  It was tastefully adapted by the short story of the same title by author and producer Alexander S. Brown.  Fans can anticipate a free viewing of the film in 2017.  It is currently being shown at conventions throughout the Southern states.  Its next appearance will be at Contraflow Convention in New Orleans, LA.

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For the second interview from this dark comedy, I would like to grant actress Kat Axtell the stage, so that she may elaborate on her part in The Acquired Taste and her life.

  1. What made you want to be a part of The Acquired Taste?

K.A.: I wanted to be a part of “The Acquired Taste” because I enjoy Alex, as a person and as a writer, and I felt honored to showcase one of his characters.  I really loved getting to make his story come to life.

  1. What was your experience like on set?

K.A.: It was a great set to work on.  No tension or nothing negative, which I love!!!! I felt like I was around some of my best friends.

  1. What other projects have you been a part of?

K.A.: I work as an actress, as well as a production designer for movies.  Acting wise, I have been in many shorts.  I was one of the leads in the short “Harvest Night”.  Soon, I will be in a sci-fi miniseries as one of the lead roles.  Also, I will be starring and directing an upcoming short called “Request”.

  1. Are there any roles that you would turn down? Or are there any roles that would make you uncomfortable?

K.A.: I would not turn down a role.  As an actress, you do what you can for that role 100%.  Also remember this person is not you, you are playing a character.  I think people tend to forget that.

  1. What role is more fun? The victim, the hero, or the villain.  Why?

K.A.: I love playing the villain.  When playing a villain, you really have to tap into the mind of this villain.  You have to create a back story for this person and do research.  You really have to immerse yourself in your dark side.  Villains are challenging to play but very rewarding.

  1. What got you into acting?

K.A.: I sang for years and I was once at a crossroads with that.  Acting was suggested to me.  Once I got that first role, I became addicted to method acting.

  1. What are some of your favorite movies?

K.A.: This is a hard one, but I will say one of my favorites is “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock.  “Psycho” is a very inspiring movie from a director stand point, as well.  “Route 66” would have to be another pick. If I name any more titles, it might take all day.

  1. Who are your favorite actors/actresses? How do you draw inspiration from them?

K.A.: I don’t really have any favorites, but I watch how people become those characters, how they go from calm to crazy in a matter of seconds.  I watch for the seamless feeling an actor is supposed to give a character.

  1. Who are your favorite directors?

K.A.: This would be a long list, but some I will name is: James Wan, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Spielberg.

  1. What future projects are you working on?

K.A.: Right now, a mini series called “The Unusual”, a short called “Requests”, and one other movie.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

K.A.: My name is Kat Axtell, I am an actress.  I also work behind the scenes as a production designer.  I direct, and do special effects.  I am a movie junkie, a book nerd, talkative, sensitive, and I love life.

Connect with Kat Axtell by clicking on the following social media names:

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Watch Chuck Jett’s first short film, PINKY SWEAR HERE!