Just found out some info on the Showtime deal. Dismal will air on Showtime September of 2010. I know, long time, huh? Well never fear Dismal fans, the movie will be out on DVD before then. As we're told, DVD has to come out before pay TV, and as soon as we know the dates we'll pass them along to you. No word on Comcast or additional On Demand dates.
**note: book does not reflect actual image but is a poor attempt to put our own artwork on a fictitious cover
Author Dave Coleman is writing a book called Sasquatch Cinema, an in-depth reference to every Bigfoot movie ever made as well as T.V. appearances. The book will include pictures, reviews and interviews with the cast / crew. The book is being published by McFarland Press and should be available in 2010.
Full into production for the feature film, Death of the Dead, the zombie / action / comedy / thriller / sci-fi / horror masterpiece from Strange Stuff Productions. With lots of action, blood, sex, gore, violence and language, it will be a film everyone can enjoy!
Gary directs the talented cast including William Lee as the Evil Sensei and Michael Blaustein as Donnie (pictured above).
This has to be our most favorite time of the year. It's the season that shaped us as kids and turned us into the scary movie making madmen that we are now. From watching Double Chiller Theater with Fritz the Night Owl to hiding behind the door to literally scare the shit out of our mothers, for us there was no better time than Halloween.
Now we're all grown up in body, but the mind and spirit still plays like a kid in a candy store every time the holiday approaches. So whether you're getting dressed up like a bloody psycho or a sexy nymph (hopefully for a party) or curling up with a loved one to watch a scary movie *cough* Dismal *cough*, the team at Fearmakers hopes you have a terrific Halloween.
Don't let the innocent eyes fool you. This girl will kick your ass. Meet Christina Rose, star of Strange Stuff Productions' upcoming zombie flick, Death of the Dead. Christina plays Wanda, the awkward geek turned zombie-butt-smashing-bombshell with the help of a little magic.
Production is about to kick off and the cast includes model Alex Del Monacco and scream queen Debbie Rochon. We'll keep you posted on all the brain eating details right here and maybe even sneak a picture or two in.
Make sure you tune it tomorrow to see Lisa Wilcox from our upcoming creature feature, Savage, in a new show called "Fear Clinic" on FEARnet. The show also stars her Freddy Kreuger co-star Robert Englund. Should be a good one!
Fearmakers just received word from our agent that Dismal has sold to Showtime®! No word on when it will be airing or whether it will list on the main channel or one of the sub channels a al Showtime Extreme, but either way, it's good news for us.
For all our fans looking for the DVD, here's the update. We have struck a deal with Comcast to have it play On Demand. Our agent is waiting on the dates and as soon as we get them we'll pass them along. Agents are notoriously bad at delivering information so don't be surprised if we get the info second hand from a fan with Comcast rather than our agent. Also, the Time Warner On Demand deal has expired, however, our agent is looking to renew an On Demand deal with TWC. Our only assumption is that the On Demand has done well which is why then want to renew the title.
Bad news is, everyone waiting for the elusive DVD release might have to wait a little longer. The good GOOD news is, if Dismal does well in the domestic and foreign markets, it mean Fearmakers might just be around a little longer to make more movies. I like the sound of that.
This is our first move for world domination. AFM (American Film Market) is one of the largest market and brings international buyers from all over the world to peruse the mounds of screeners and select a chosen few to take to their audience back home. Dismal will be well represented with a screening, listing in the official AFM program and plenty of screeners and swag to hand out. Our goal is to be available to everyone in the world. "You got Dale's word on that!"
We have officially joined the 21st century. Fearmakers is now on Twitter. Follow us as we learn all about tweets and twitting and twhatever else we can do with this new social toy. Be patient. We're slow learners.
The industry leading magazine Fangoria did a piece on Savage for their website. It was a really cool piece with exclusive photos and comments from the producers and cast. Unfortunately they misspelled producer Justin Soponis' name wrong, but we'll forgive them. Bigfoot may not, but Fearmakers will.
(Fans gather around to meet the cast of Savage and watch the trailer) Lines forming almost an hour before showtime. Standing room only. Filled to capacity. Many people had to be turned away, disappointed that they were going to miss the premiere screening of our latest film Savage. Cast and crew were on hand for the premiere, including Martin Kove, Lisa Wilcox, Jack Harrison and Tony Becker who plays hero ranger Owen in the film.
The screening was a success. Many horror fans coming up to us afterward complimenting us on the movie, asking "how'd you do that?" and telling us their favorite part. One fan even told us it was the best Bigfoot movie he'd ever seen and he'd "seen them all". Pretty nice compliment considering the company our movie is in. (Tony Becker talks with fans of Savage) We also had a reprise of Dismal fans, unveiled our Strange Stuff label, reunited with cast of Death4Told, Margot Kidder and Tom Savini, and previewed our upcoming feature Lance Steel with great response and enthusiasm. We will be bringing the Lance preview to everyone in the near future.
In all, another successful representation for Fearmakers at Horrorfind Weekend. We hope to keep making the movies and bringing them back to our growing fan base at Horrorfind.
Lisa Wilcox, star of Nightmare on Elm St. 4&5 and Fearmakers' creature feature Savage, and Fearmakers' own Bo Buckley will be on a panel to judge the Makeup Wars at the Horrorfind Weekend 11 convention. There will be 6 teams of makeup artists competing. Each team gets the same makeup kit, same parameters and one hour to complete their creation.
Bo has plenty of experience in makeup fx, having graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh specializing in makeup fx. And Lisa is no stranger to the makeup arts, having appeared in a number of horror flicks including working side by side with THE Freddy Krueger himself. She knows good monster makeup when she sees it.
Dismal is up nearly 19,000 % in popularity this week. That's right. NINETEEN THOUSAND PERCENT! Out of over 500,000 films Dismal is ranked #173 in popularity. Pretty outstanding stat for our little film. Kudos to everyone who helped make it possible.
If you've seen Dismal, please click on the link and rate the movie. If you're not registered with IMDb.com it's simple and free and no spam. And if you feel inclined give the movie a review. We'd love to hear your take on it.
Lots happening this year for Fearmakers. First we release Dismal to the world and everyone knows "You've got Dale's word on it". Then we added a new logo and name (no longer using "Studios"). Now comes the latest for Fearmakers in 2009, the new website. All the movies, all the pictures, the news and even games! I know, it's crazy talk. But that's what we've done. With the help of the fine developers at Mad Hatter Design Studio we have a brand new site with tons of content. A one stop shop if you will. Check it out. And we'll be adding more soon. More games, more swag and of course, more movies.
The man, the myth, the legend, Lance Steel is one badass monster hunter. In the upcoming weeks we'll unveil a short preview of Lance Steel full of menacing monsters, hot women and smoking guns. "This film is going to be a lot of fun," says Producer Bo Buckley. "For everyone else it's going to be a lot of work, but I sleep mostly during production."
Lance Steel will mark the directorial debut of Fearmakers producer Justin Soponis. "I'm not nervous at all about directing my first film," says Soponis. "But just to be sure I've ordered my own personal honeywagon (aka movie set toilet) to be near me at all times."
The talented and demented gang over at Scotchworthy Productions did the practical effects on our film DISMAL. Not content to slave over hot guts all day, they have created a 2010 Scotchworthy Girls calendar for your buying pleasure. Pick up their calendar and tell them what nice guys we are for sending you over.
There will be quite a few folks on hand for the premiere of Savage at the Horrorfind Weekend in September and we just got word that Martin Kove, Lisa Wilcox and Tony Becker will be coming all the way out from LA to join us that weekend. They will be sitting at our booth helping promote the film and joining us on stage for a little Q&A after the screening. We're thrilled to get to hang out with these fine folks one more time, and we're sure the thousands of horror fans that will be in attendance will appreciate them too.
(LtoR Joe Stauffer (camera op) Chad Oliver (AC) Shane Callahan (as Det. Robeson) and Nate Panning(as Lance Steel) in a scene for the movie Lance Steel:Monster Hunter teaser. Courtesy Mike Spencer / Star News) The Star News in Wilmington, NC printed a story about indie filmmaking with the Red One camera and peeked their heads on our set of the Lance Steel teaser. It's a nice little piece with many quotes from Fearmaker Justin Soponis and fellow colleagues like DP Shawn Lewallen (Dismal, Savage) and talks about the uses of the Red in comparison to Hollywood made features and indies from years ago.
When Fearmakers began, the idea of shooting on film was pretty much a dream. While several indie producers had found short cuts to shooting movies on film, it wasn't practical. When we set out to do our first feature, Death4Told, we chose to shoot standard definition digital. High def wasn't even common language at that time. By today's standards, everyone with a few grand can pick up a digital camera that shoots HD and Death4Told looks as antiquated as a B-movie sci-fi feature of the 50s. But as many filmmakers and critics say, a good, entertaining story will outlive the medium on which it was told. As the Red One becomes the norm and indie filmmakers become the first to shoot IMAX features on over-the-counter cameras, it's the story and entertainment of the movie that will set itself apart.
Fearmakers went into production today on teaser to the highly anticipated horror / comedy Lance Steel. The teaser is a 10 minute prequel into the world of fantasy, monsters and, oh yeah, Lance himself. "Lance is kinda like Dog the Bounty Hunter if Dog was the coolest dude on the planet," says writer / director Justin Soponis. Actually, Steel is a quick witted bounty hunter who specializes in monsters and fortunately has a high tolerance for pain.
Stick around as we bring you more updates on Lance Steel including behind-the-scenes info, photos and the teaser. Lance Steel, the feature, is expected to go into production in 2010.
Things are changing all around. Logos, movies, a new website later next month and now information on a new division and movie. Drum roll please.........
Welcome a whole new world of Strange Stuff.
Under the Strange Stuff label we'll be giving our fans some over-the-top, outrageously fun films full of gore, sex and humor. To kick off this new division we are currently in pre-production on Death of the Dead, our toxic charged zombie flick which we describe as Night of the Living Dead meets The Karate Kid. We know what you're thinking, Oscar® nom!
As we progress we'll keep you posted on all the gorey details.
Fans everywhere have been contacting us this week, telling us they watched Dismal and had a great time. One even sent us a pic from their phone of the On Demand listing in their area. We even heard some disappointment for some who couldn't get the movie in their area or through their provider. All we can say is keep checking. Dismal is rolling out to new areas regularly and will be available to Comcast customers soon. The movie runs On Demand through mid-October so check back often to see if you have it.
Many thanks to all those fans who have watched the movie! If you really want to help you can go to IMDb.com and rate the film. You can also post a message on the message board and even write a review of the movie!! Go ahead, be a critic. Signing up for IMDb.com is quick, easy and best of all FREE. Plus no spam like other sites. Thanks for showin' the love, now spread the word!!!! Demand Dismal!!!
Okay, so last night everyone is in a mild panic. Can't reach the agent and there is absolutely no info, zero, nada, zilch, about the upcoming On Demand release of Dismal for Time Warner and Comcast customers. We've been pimping this date (today) for a long time now and what a disappointment it would be to wake up and not have Dismal listed in the On Demand selections.
So I finally reach the agent and he's like, Hey, if the distributor said it would be there it should be there. Well that's no help. We're two hours out before my inbox is flooded with "Where's the movie, Bo?" I've learned in my years that it's best not to get too excited over things you cannot control. So after a final attempt to contact Time Warner directly, unsuccessfully I might add, I figured I'd just wait it out till midnight and hope for the best. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear? The clock strikes midnight and there she blows!!! DISMAL with a beautiful orange circle next to it, the most beautiful orange circle I have ever seen in my life! Apparently the orange circle means new release or something, but whatever it officially denotes it was glorious. (Producer Justin Soponis knows Dismal showed up Right On Time!)
Okay, so they recut the trailer for the preview and the sound is a bit off, TWC used a poster for another movie and they put the cast in order of IMDb.com listing not by any real preference which means the movie stars one actor who didn't make the final cut (but will be on the DVD deleted scene) and another who gets whacked in the first 3 minutes, while the heroine gets nary a mention. Well life's not always fair and sometimes it downright sucks, but the movie is there and that's all we were hoping for.
** NOTE: It appears Dismal is not available to all TWC or Comcast customers. Not sure why this is but the movie has been popping up in different markets at different times. Keep checking and we'll keep you posted
Just three days shy of the Dismal On Demand debut (say that 5 times fast). Probably about time to purchase your microwave popcorn, get your favorite blankie by the sofa to hide your eyes and cancel any important business scheduled that day.
To kick off the new movie, as you can see from above, we're releasing our new logo as well. We've dropped the "studios" from our name. We're kinda like Madonna... or Prince... or... Branjelina. One name says it all. We'll follow this up with a revamped website later next month and a premiere of the monster flick, SAVAGE, in September. Damn, we're busy.
Oh but we're not done there. We've got plans for another movie hopefully lensing later this year. Not really sure what movie that is just yet, but we promise it'll be a helluva ride! Seriously, though, we have to thank everyone who has supported us. We couldn't have done it without you. Well, we could have, but no one would be watching our movies.
We would LOVE for you to check out our Facebook fan page and become a fan. Then sign your friends up. There's all kinds of cool shit on the fan page, behind the scenes photos, comments from people who have worked on or seen the movie. Leave your mark, say something poetic and FAN UP!
And for those of you who have seen the movie already either at the Horrorfind Weekend premiere or one of the several screenings, please visit our IMDb.com page and rate the movie. And if you're feeling really froggy, write us a review on the site. We'd love to know what you think of the movie. And if we don't like what you have to say... well... mornin' sunshine new days a-breakin'... you know what that means.
German horror lovers (and we know there are a LOT of you!) are preparing to feast on the indie American horror flick, Dismal. They released their own fine artwork (see above) of a body double for Jack Harrison aka Idiot carrying the severed head double of one of our female cast members (we won't say who). Very classy work, fellows! And they even changed the name of the film! BLEED! Hmm, how do we feel about that? Well, it's not much different from some of the titles we nearly used for the US release like I Bleed On Your Grave, or The Bleedened or If It Bleeds We Feeds, and my favorite Tubs of Blood. Not sure Bleed is as catchy as those titles, but who cares as long as our German horror friends enjoy the movie.
Here is a pretty good little article by guy named James Stern. It's about little indies competing with the big boys and what we need to do to stay in the game. What I like about his article is it's not pretentious like some many other independent cinema articles, which talk about art and message and all that bullshit. This guy says, fuck it, you wanna make cheesy horror pics or raunchy teen comedies, go do it, just know what you're getting in to before you shoot your first frame. He says there are 3 rules to filmmaking... #1 Make Smarter Movies. Again, he's not talking about being a director with some rule-breaking vision of cinema, but rather knowing your audience and understanding the ENTIRE process of filmmaking from fiance to distribution and marketing, so you can create a solid, smart product. #2 Respect the Money. Such a great rule to live by. For starters, if you have investors you have to treat it like a business. They want their money back, maybe even a profit. Lose sight of that and you might as well make movies while filling out fast food applications 'cause you won't last long. Also, even though you're spending someone else's money, act like it's your own. Don't spend it on frivolous shit that can be done with a little more hard work or ingenuity. #3 Before the Camera Rolls.... Think 'Market'. This basically means knowing you have to drive people to your movie once you make it. Hey, this isn't Field of Dreams If-You-Make-It-They-Will-Come shit. Most likely if you make it no one will know unless you market the hell out of it. This is good stuff here, guys. Even though we current apply all these rules we never really set them as "rules". But now I understand that many people do NOT apply these rules, so this article is a perfect read.
Back in the day, before Justin Soponis was a bigshot feature film producer, he was known as "Supie". As he began his climb to super stardom, he produced a short called Pestilence. As you can see from the above photo, he gave this project the same care and attention as he does with Fearmakers' projects today. Note: the faces of the two filmmakers in the photo have been blurred to protect their identity for future denial of any associated with Justin "Supie" Soponis.
The Fearmakers team would like to wish partner in crime, Julie Jarrett, a happy birthday. Due to our non disclosure agreement with Julie and her company Freezer Locker Films we cannot discuss her age or else she has the legal right to pluck our eyeballs from the sockets, and that really hurts.
So Happy Birthday, Julie. May you have many, many more, and hopefully you'll still be speaking to us as each one passes. We know we're hard to deal with.
Fearmakers is taking its show on the road, back to a familiar stomping ground... HORRORFIND WEEKEND!!!!! Last year we premiered Dismal there to a fantastic crowd. Even though the venue has changed locations, we expect promote like hell and hope we get similar or better numbers than last year. And if you plan to go within the next 15 minutes we'll give you not one screening of the creature feature, SAVAGE, but two, TWO screenings of the film, an indoor event and an outdoor, drive-in screening special. Okay, it's really a walk in, park your ass down and watch a movie outdoors on a huge blowup screen with top of the line surround sound, but it should be a lot of fun.
We're also planning to have a Q&A after each screening and offer several seminars / round table discussions for anyone who can stand us that long. Mark your calendar now. September 25-27 in at the Hunt Valley Marriott in Hunt Valley, MD near Baltimore. Go to www.horrorfindweekend.com for more information. Hope to see you there.
Now we have to get back to post. We have a LOT of work to do to get this movie ready!
Tuesday marked the DVD release of Hollywood's remake of the horror classic Friday the 13th. With a budget around $19M this remake had about, oh, $18.5M than the original. But did all this extra coin make it any better? No. Did names like uber producer Michael Bay behind it make it better? Nope. In fact, I'd go so far to say this slick remake isn't any better than our own Dismal. I'm serious! Would I go so far as to come up with that snazzy little artwork above if I didn't think so? Stay with me here.
I saw a lot of Dismal in the Friday the 13th remake, kids hiding out under something while the bad guy walks by (one girl even clutching her mouth shut), one kid caught in a bear trap, the big baddie appearing from the shadows behind the unsuspecting victim, even the gratuitous sex scene where the couple think they hear something in the woods. If their movie didn't come out first I'd say those bastids stole from us! Technically we premiered our film in August 2008 about 6 months before Friday the 13th came out, but I'm pretty sure Mr. Bay wasn't in the audience.
F13 uses the traditional scare tactics and setups and wraps it up in a pretty package, and rightfully so, they had nearly $19M more to do it. I can make a REALLY pretty package for $19M. I'd just be spending a lot of time in Tahiti thinking about what that would be. But when you watch Dismal, and I hope you do, you'll realize that we did pretty much the same thing they did but for a lot less money.
Today is the day that Mr. Christopher Cook is taken from the bachelor world and thrown feet first into the mucky muck of marriage. For those of us who have been married a little while let us pass along some wisdom to a successful marriage (Justin, you just got married so you can't comment). * Her friends are now your friends and your friends are people you used to know * Being right is not an option so don't even try * Keep the couch clean. You never know when you might be sleeping on it * If you are asked a question and you answer honestly, you are a fool * Statistics show that marriage is the #1 cause for divorceSeriously, you have a great woman there. We are very happy for you and wish you both the best of luck. And let us know when you're allowed to make a movie with us again. We will miss you.
That's not really the question. The question is where to premiere. We've been invited back to Horrorfind Weekend by our friends there. It's a great place and a lot of supporters will be there again this year. The problem is they changed venues and the screening room is much smaller now. Last year we premiered Dismal there to a crowd between 4 and 5 hundred screaming, obnoxious, filthy, wonderful horror fans, and we still had room for more. This year the screening room holds less than 150. They offer an outdoor screening as well, but we'll be up against the Horrorfind favorite costume contest and Mother Nature. Both will probably whip our ass.
As you can see, immediately after last year's screening we were slammed with fans asking actors for their autographs. It was a good moment in Fearmakers history. Our goal is to repeat that performance with Savage. We are looking in to other options as well. Other venues, bringing in some of the celebrity cast members from Savage, anything to pump up the fan interest and hopefully draw a few away from the costume contest, should we go back to Horrorfind. The gang is great there. They treat us right and Margot Kidder will be a celebrity guest as well. Don't act like you don't remember her from her big break in Death4Told. I'm sure she'll be THRILLED to see us show up and shove D4T DVDs in her face all weekend. Meez have a feeling security will be issuing a 500 ft. rule against us that weekend.
We will keep you posted as soon as we make our selection. Feel free to offer suggestions.
We have picture lock!! After several months of editing and tweaking as well as a day of additional shooting, we have "locked" the picture. For those of you out there not familiar with the industry lingo, "picture lock" is achieved when the video of the film is locked into place, meaning that every single frame of video is set and cannot change from here on out. The picture must be locked so that the Audio, CG, color correction, and score can all be manufactured in accordance with the picture lock. A small caveat- since we haven't completed the title sequence the movie isn't really technically "picture locked", but for Heaven's sake stop nitpicking!!!
Very soon we'll be rolling out some new stuff here at Fearmakers. A new logo, website and, more importantly, a new movie. We're very excited. It's been nearly 10 years since we got our first website, and we were due for a facelift. It's been 5 years since Death4Told was released. I can't give any sneak peaks just yet, but I can say the website, logo and movie are vastly different from their predecessors. We think you'll like them all.
Back in the day, 2002 to be exact, a couple actors appeared in a segment called 'Folklore', one of a four part anthology in Fearmakers first film, Death4Told. In that segment, Rich Sommer (left) played Donnie, a tough guy jock with a sensitive side and Nar Williams (right) played Travis, a jokester with a penchant for ghost stories. Well not to ruin the ending for all those on their way out the door to find this little unwonted gem of a movie, but both guys die.
Thankfully, their careers didn't die with their characters. Rich moved to NYC, did some commercial work (you might have seen him in a Verizon 'dropped call' ad), had a part in The Devil Wears Prada and appearances on a couple TV shows and then hit the jackpot with a supporting role on AMC's Emmy winning series Mad Men. Rich plays Harry Crank, a bow tie wearing ad exec. He shares a SAG award with the rest of the cast for Best Ensemble, and I'm sure he'd tell you life is much better now than getting shot in the ass with a BB gun. Nar went to Texas, 'cause you know everything's bigger in Texas, including the movies. He got a small part as a pizza delivery guy in Man of the House starring Tommy Lee Jones. Then, like so many actors before him, he made his way to LA. The self proclaimed uber nerd is now the host of the Science Channel series Science of the Movies, a very cool show if you're in to nerds or movies. Nar also hosts a web show called Head's Up on www.craveonline.com where he reviews all things geek. The show is well made and very funny.
One of the cool things about low budget movies, especially horror, is the chance to work with someone at the beginning of their careers. Sometimes you also work with people at the end of their careers but that's a different story. But actors like Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, the list goes on and on, all got their break in a low budget, shitty horror movies. We hope that when Rich and Nar are super famous like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Bacon, they can look back on their careers and see that black smudge that is Death4Told and embrace it knowing that movies like that only kill MOST actors' careers. Seriously guys, call us sometime. Please.
Check our Nar hosting Science of the Movies on the Science Channel Tuesdays at 9pm. And see Rich in Mad Men which begins its 3rd season in August on AMC. Congrats gentlemen, you deserve it!
On May 22, Fearmaker Justin Soponis tied the knot with longtime companion Duke Ferris. Wait, that's not right. Justin married longtime girlfriend Lauren Creamer at a cozy riverside ceremony in Wilmington, NC. In just two weeks, our last bachelor hope, Christopher Cook, is getting hitched to a woman who wishes to remain nameless (imagine that). Of course I lost the battle against matrimony a long time ago.
So, in two weeks, all you desperate, toothless women looking to hook up with some hunky, Hollywood celebs like ourselves are S.O.L. I'm am just astonished that there are three women in the world patient enough to put up with our nonsense on a daily basis.
Stay tuned! I have a feeling future posts will involved parenting and social services.
As if we didn't have enough of these things, we're joining the 21st century and doing one ourselves. Well, hopefully this isn't just another medium for shameless self promotion (at least not completely), but we thought this would be a good tool to give people a little insight on what we do on a regular basis to plan, develop and produce a movie. We'll try to keep you up on the pitch meetings, brainstorming sessions, bitch fests and everything you DON'T find in the DVD extras!
So let's kick one off. Justin is off on a honeymoon (yes, we're all surprised someone married him!) He'll be back this weekend and will jump right back into post on Savage. I saw picture lock yesterday, and I'm quite pleased. Our post supe is sending copies off to the sound designer and composer this week. Christopher is out representing the WEST SIIIIDE after recently moving to San Bernadino or thereabout. He's working on getting our new website live AND planning his own wedding (yes, we're all surprised someone is marrying him too!) And I in my cap, have just settled down to update our business plan. After realizing the data was about 4 years old, I think it was time. Let me tell you, collecting data sucks ass. I'd much rather be on set. But to get there we have to do crap like business plans.
Okay, blogging kinda sucks too, so I'm gonna end this one here.