Live Action Reviews! by Crystal Connor: Never Tear Us Apart

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains.  Not ‘those’ kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags.

She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?

When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”

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The Herd Short by Ed Pope

   Ed Pope, a veteran writer for, wrote a terrifying tale about the cow industry, and brilliantly turn it into a voice for feminism.

   This is worth the 15 mins. Alot of message conveyed and very little dialogue, but alot of action. Take the next 20 mins and watch this video. I promise you will finish it with a different outlook of where our meat comes from.
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WARNING: Parental Guidance is strongly advised for graphic gore and abuse situations.

Trailer: The Herd Trailer

The Short: The Herd

To like and follow on Facebook: The Herd Facebook Link

Interview with Ed Pope and Melanie Light:The Herd Interview


Dead Kansas

Dead Kansas: A review by Angela Estes

MV5BMjE0NTEyMTQ2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzk2OTQyMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Taking place in the overcrowded genre of reanimated corpses (aka zombies, walkers or “rottens,”) Dead Kansas opens in glorious monochrome black and white reminiscent of the earlier cult masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead.  The action quickly colorizes, however, and black and white scenes appear with special sound effects only to depict “rotten” vision or moments when the monsters are present.

In Dead Kansas’ mythos, women were the first to get sick and hero Glenn has what is now a highly sought commodity:  a daughter.  From a biker gang to a doctor who may have the beginnings of a vaccine for the disease, everyone wants a piece of Emma, who loves her pa, has some respectable “rotten” killing skills and who just wants to see the world beyond her family farm.

“All I do here is pick vegetables and shoot rottens.”

Act 1 is thoroughly enjoyable with nice acting by Alexandria Lightford as Emma; Aaron Guerrero as her father, Glen; and Michael Camp as the gang leader, Jebediah.  Jeb also has a couple of really great lines like “Live in hell long enough, everyone turns into a demon.”  Act 2 continues strong as Emma appeals for help to the community known as “The Shambles.”   Made up mostly of former Circus or Sideshow performers, “The Shambles” has all sorts of interesting props and calliope music as well as including the somewhat recognizable Irwin Keyes playing the Giant.

Overall, the movie is somewhat uneven.  Act 3 opens with a new actress, Erin Miracle, playing Emma.  There isn’t even the slightest attempt to reconcile the new Emma with the old Emma.  Although only a minute should have passed between Act 2 and Act 3, her hair is significantly longer, she is a bit older and she is dressed far more provocatively.   Perhaps embracing the campy inconsistencies and problematic acting in the second half could have created an almost Ed Wood-ish triumphant cult classic, but for me, what began as an exciting internet find, simply fizzled out.

IMDB credits Dead Kansas as writer, director, producer Aaron K. Carter’s sole credit.  On the merits of Act 1 and 2 alone, I will be watching to see his future projects.  Carter’s story telling skills definitely show some potential.

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The Kryptos

Movie Review by C. A. Milson


Stars: Michael Saguto, Jill Thiel, Brian Rooney and Nahum Zarco

Directed by: Omar Haro

IMDB Rating: N/A

Plot: “Tommy is a little boy, Tommy wants to play with toys, Tommy knows it’s time for bed, But no one knows what’s in his head.”

 My Tagline: “Home Alone – The Horror Cut”

The Kryptos – A psychological horror that explores the mind of one child with the supernatural events that go on in his home. Or at least, that is the way it is meant to come across. Although I did like this movie, there were a few things which did jump out at me, which I do need to point out. Early on in the piece, we see the mother (Jill Thiel) talking on the phone with the family doctor, during which we hear him say “I’m sorry about your husband..” In the next scene, we see her going on a date with her boyfriend (or new boyfriend), Freddy. If there was a period of time between these events, then that needed to be explored.

The other scene which I had a gripe with was when Freddy leaves her place and the next minute she receives a phone call saying that Freddy has been in an accident. Her reaction was, to say the least, dry and emotionless. For someone who was meant to be in some form of relationship, I expected to see her rush out the door, or at very least, be in tears at the news of her boyfriend. But was there? No…. Rather, she decided to sternly talk to Tommy (her son) then decide to get dressed and leave. I don’t know about you, but my first reaction would be to get to the scene of the accident to see if my other half was okay, rather than mouth-blast a child then spend 20 minutes getting dressed.

Along comes the part of Tommy hearing voices…. I wont say too much here as that will give away the whole film, but there are some scenes with Tommy that you have to see. It will leave you wondering if their house is haunted or he has deep psychological issues. Either way you look at it, the film will leave an impression on you.

A well done short film (18 minutes), on a very modest budget, this was quite enjoyable to watch. I would have given this film a higher rating, but had to deduct a few points due to the bad acting of the role of the mother.

VerdictHome Alone without the Wet Bandits

My Rating: 6 out of 10.

C.A.Milson is an award winning horror author of 4 books (and counting); Founder of ASJ Publishing, and seldom film producer. He resides in Melbourne, Australia and likes to spend his time in his backyard hobbyfarm of 13 chooks, and draws inspiration from the horrors that lay in wait in the darkness. C.A.Milson can be found at: and:


Press Release: Meat Cycle

Meat Cycle: A Fairy Tale From The Suburban Prophecies
14134215051_82c996e9df_zAn exercise in the nightmarishly bizarre, the synopsis for the film is as follows: The strangest fairy tale ever told, a man’s attempt to charm his wife with meat puppets goes horribly wrong.
Some early buzz about the film:
“An incredibly original vision of horror!” – Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal
“As a film screened in the Underground Film Festival, it is definitely a must-see for its originality and overall production quality, and definitely a must-see for horror/gore enthusiasts… Christiana’s style of filming and editing is well done in appropriating his color schemes of neon green and negative filters, sequencing, and lens masking to produce that horror-esque hallucination. The audio in the film also suits the atmosphere superbly – a cut and mixture of radio frequencies, static, distortion and laughter.” — Aedyn Roze, Quip Magazine
“Mise en scene cherry-picked from seventies exploitation and eighties urbanoia; if someone dandered through the room, shooting a glance at the screen as you watched, they’d think there was something wrong with your Texas Chainsaw Massacre DVD… the film presents great technical prowess and attention to detail often lost in the splatter genre, of which it is an anything but typical example.” -Gabe Headington, Strangers In A Cinema
Joseph Christiana is a grizzled award-winning indie filmmaker whose last short film, THE NIGHTMARE, was recently acquired by FearNet. His films have screened in venues and at film festivals all over the country. He is also the co-host and producer of the popular The Cutting Room Movie Podcast, which cut its teeth as a horror-centric movie talk show. More about his work at

Press Release: Web Of Deceit


Michael Kyne and Bianca Allaine Barnett originally produced the short film Web of Deceit (formerly M is for Marriage) as an entry into the ABCs of Death 2 Search for the 26th Director competition. In that vote-based competition, Web of Deceit placed 20th out of over 250 entries from all over the world. Now, Michael and Bianca are raising funds to produce a limited run of 100 festival edition DVDs and take their short to independent film festivals. This limited festival edition will also contain bonus materials, including behind the scenes interviews and trailers.


Michael’s past work includes They Walk and Crazed, for which he was executive producer and special effects supervisor, and Lovely Molly, for which he worked in the costume department. Bianca’s past work includes the teen vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, Evil Inside, the upcoming Bride From Hell, and Albino Farm, in which she portrayed the memorable villain Pig Bitch alongside WWE superstar Chris Jericho.

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Til Death (short film 2011)

Til Death is a short film that was written and directed by Philip Chidel.  The film stars Ramon de Ocampo, Johnny Giacalone and Katherine Celio.  The story, although short, tells about the simple love between a man and his wife. You could also say it shows exactly what they mean by those wedding vows, “Til Death do us part.”

The film opens with a grieving husband visiting the grave site of his departed wife, Karen (Cello) who died in a car accident.  The husband was injured in the accident but fortunately for him he was not killed, or maybe it’s unfortunately for him.  His friend, Ron (Giacalone), is with him at his side and we get the sense he is the fix-it type of man for their mutual employer.

Mark (de Ocampo) is naturally distraught over his wife’s death and upon going home he sets himself into a stale home. The main lighting source comes from the windows or a fire place in the evening. He doesn’t appear to be motivated to get on with his life after Karen’s death. You could almost start to feel bad for the man, but as Ron tries to check on him you begin to wonder.

Eventually the hurt and pain from the loss of his wife takes a much deeper toll on the poor man. He begins to slowly seem to decompose and his body starts to fail him.  We get to watch as this happens and the look and feel as this happens is shown masterfully in this short film.

As this is a short film one must be careful on how much of the main plot is discussed. The film is something that people will truly enjoy as we watch how the main character copes with what happens. The eventual outcome is not something some will see coming and this adds to the  film. This is another great short film that will keep viewers glued to the action and maybe even get you to cringe.

Some additional information I’m sharing late but if you want to learn more about the film you can check out the two links below.

Update from 5/13/2012
Philip Chidel and I, have been in touch and he asked I share this with those who wish to view the film.  This also goes for those with additional questions.  He asked that you get a hold of him at the following email. So if you want to view the film, drop him a line.