Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Very entertaining!!!" - Independent Flicks review of Dismal

Yet another great review of Fearmakers cannibal flick Dismal. The author gives the film a 6 out of 7, not too shabby for a little indie. "This film never gets boring," the author writes, "If you like redneck, incest mutant killer movies this one is for you!" And we're sure by "this one is for you" he means EVERYONE, because who doesn't like redneck, incest mutant killer movies?

Once again a reviewer gives props to the stellar cast lead by superstar in the making, Bill Oberst, Jr. Oberst has gained a lot of traction since playing the creepy ranger Dale in the film and has gone on to appear in many movies and TV shows, but probably none has gained him more attention than the viral Take This Lollipop web video. Many of our other cast members continue to work in the industry, all which helps keep the momentum of Dismal going.

And today is Jade Arnold's aka Jamal birthday, so Happy Birthday to Jade and a nice review to boot!

You can read the entire review from Independent Flicks HERE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dismal on Showtime Tomorrow!

Catch Dismal on Showtime Next tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:30 PM. If you are hungry for some good ol' fashion slice and dice horror then grab a fillet knife and a friend and dig in. Make sure they gots enough meat on their bones though.

And if you want to catch some behind the scenes action you'll want to pick up your copy of Dismal at our Facebook Fan Page. The DVD is LOADED with extras you won't want to miss out on. Just click on "shop now" when you pull up the page!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"scenes that will shock you" - Horror Palace


BillChete of Horror Palace took a peek at Fearmakers' Dismal and liked what he saw. He called the film "outstanding" and added there were things in this movie "you've never seen". BillChete told his fans to check out the film, giving it an 8 out of 10.

Watch his entire review HERE on episode 003. The review comes in around the 50 minute mark.

You can also check out the interview with Bill Oberst, Jr. of Dismal in the following episode 004. Check it out by clicking HERE.



Monday, November 7, 2011

Half Off Week!

Did Halloween come and go too quickly? Did you not get your fill of horror flicks and could use a little more? Are you alive or considered "undead"? If you said "yes" to any of those questions then you need to pick up a Fearmakers DVD this week while we're running a half off sale. Okay, we had trouble figuring it out too so let us walk you through our process.

Let's say you're into movies set in the swamp that have a hot, young cast, creepy bad guys who happen to be cannibals and love low budget gore. You pop in Poltergeist and you feel betrayed. Okay, never fear, just add Dismal to your shopping cart. Now the hard part:

Dismal originally prices at $10 ...

Half off sale...

Carry the 1, move the decimal 2 places and POW!

Dismal is now only 5 bucks!

After you copy comes in the mail you toss out that poor-excuse-for-a-cannibal-flick Poltergeist and watch a REAL cannibal, swamp, hot, young cast, creepy characters flick. Enjoy!

And if you're really feeling froggy you can pick up one of our other DVDs or merchandise too. To order a Fearmakers DVD just go to our Facebook fan page and click "shop now". Half off deals end Sunday Nov. 13, 2011. Get them NOW!

This deal is exclusive to all our Facebook fans so in order to get the deal you need to "like" our Facebook fan page. We're assuming you already have but if you haven't you can "like" us and we'll pretend you "like"d us all along.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Savage in Rue Morgue

The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine includes a review of Savage and an interview with the filmmakers. The editor worked very hard to put together a great piece that really promotes the film positively so please show your support and check it out.

Oct. 2011 issue #116 is available now online and at many outlets where you buy magazines such as Barnes and Noble.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Get SAVAGE and a FREE gift

Today is the television premiere of Savage (Chiller TV @ 8pm). In honor of this big event we're having a special on all Savage DVDs. Order one today for only 5 bucks AND get a Bigfoot charm necklace FREE. What is this mini wonder, you ask? Imagine if someone discovered a Bigfoot print, took a cast of it, shrunk it down to just under 2 inches and turned it into a necklace. Well imagine no more. That's EXACTLY what it is. And you can get one free. Just buy the Savage DVD by going to our Facebook Fan Page and clicking on the "shop now" tab on the left.

** offer expires Oct. 3, 2011 **
** while supplies last **

Monday, September 19, 2011

Get Savage TODAY

As we anticipate the official DVD release of Savage tomorrow, we are offering up a special. Buy any Fearmakers DVD, that's right ANY, and get it for only 5 bucks! What a steal. Our DVDs offer content not provided by the official release including commentary and behind-the-scenes footage and making-of segments. You won't find a better DVD out there, you must get it from us directly.

Tomorrow you'll be able to grab up Savage from Netflix and a number of other outlets, but the real deal is here. Just go to our Facebook Fan Page and click the "shop now" tab on the left. Any Fearmakers movie (Death4Told, Dismal or Savage) for only $5. Own it today.
**shipping and handling not included in price**

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Savage Premieres on Chiller This Month!

Now is your chance to catch Savage on TV. The Fearmakers creature feature will premiere on Chiller TV September 30 @ 8pm! Don't miss the stunning performances by Martin Kove (The Karate Kid), Tony Becker (TVs Tour of Duty), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm St. 4), Shane Callahan (The Mothman Prophecies), Anna Enger (TVs The Vampire Diaries) and Jack Harrison as The Bigfoot!

And if your cable provider doesn't offer Chiller TV, don't worry. The official DVD is releasing on Sept. 20th! Now you've got two chances this month to catch the movie cryptozoologists are calling "the best Bigfoot movie" they've ever seen!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fearmakers Scares Us... and Teaches Us?

A friend, who ironically worked on Fearmakers' first feature Death4Told, is now a web designer. He recently told me about a class he took and particularly about a book he had to get for that class. The book was Motion Graphic Design: Applied History and Aesthetics by Jon Krasner. In the companion DVD there was something interesting, the opening titles were there as examples of professional work in motion graphic design. Pretty cool that the work appearing in the film was being used to teach others. Steelcoast Creative, the designers of the opening title sequence, did a tremendous job and have been working on our projects ever since. In fact they've worked on EVERY project ever since including our sub-division Strange Stuff.

So if you're thinking about going into graphic design or web design or filmmaking, you could learn a thing or two from a Fearmakers movie. But when the instructor asks you to buy the book just nod politely and say, "thanks, but I'll just get the movie instead." We'll appreciate that you did.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

More Showtime Dates Announced for Dismal

If you haven't had a chance to see Dismal by now (and there's no reason you shouldn't) Showtime has added more dates. Look at the listing below.

Remember if you go to the Facebook fan page and order a DVD you'll get all the great DVD extras including the making of the visual fx, the makeup fx, bloopers and outtakes. It's great stuff to watch along with the movie.

Showtime's October Schedule
Sat 10/15 @1:40 AM on
SHOWTIME BEYOND
Mon 10/24 @4:00 AM on
SHOWTIME BEYOND
Thu 10/27 @3:45 AM on
SHOWTIME BEYOND

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Making of an Icon

If you haven't heard of Bill Oberst, Jr., first it means you're not quite yet a fan of Fearmakers and have not seen Dismal and secondly, what the hell have you been watching, mainstream Hollywood horror flicks? Boooorrrriiinnnggg. Oberst is quickly making a name for himself in the horror genre. With his distinct look, scary presence, and most importantly, his love for the genre, he's someone who will one day be spoken about in the same breath as Chaney, Karloff, Lugosi, Englund and other great cinema legends of horror.

Oberst is on the cusp of greatness, having appeared in dozens of independent films, usually as the head baddie, and many television shows as well, namely True Blood and 1000 Ways to Die. At one point he was being looked at as the next Freddy Krueger for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Soon you'll find him getting that breakout role in a major horror flick, and we can say we got him first.

Sincerely, if you are a horror fan you MUST look up Oberst's work and check out as many movies as you can. Can't say all the movies will be great but I can assure you Bill is great in them. Do yourself a favor, horror fans, and get to know Bill Oberst, Jr.

See Oberst's latest interview at GeekTyrant.com. You can also see him in Dismal, Oberst's first horror film, tomorrow (July 12th) at 2:30am on The Movie Channel Xtra.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Savage gets US release date

Boy, it seemed like it was never going to get out there, didn't it? Well the wait is over, Savage has an official DVD release date here in the US. Drum roll, please......

Sept. 20, 2011

Mark your calendars. Now we still don't know what DVD extras will be included, if any, but we do have a sneak peak at the DVD artwork, which we think you'll like. Check it out. Also, Savage is releasing on DVD in the UK this month on July 11 and stay tuned for all you Chiller TV viewers, Savage will be airing on there later this year.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You got Bill's word on that

From folks that make horror stories, you'd be surprised at the REAL horror stories that goes on behind the scenes. Tales of disgruntled crew, diva cast and nightmarish directors just to name a few, it's no surprise to read the rumors of actors being recast in once-in-a-lifetime roles for being hard to deal with. Friends in the business tell me how certain actresses were diva witches (you know which letter to replace) on set and made life unbearable. If people really took time to reflect and realize that their ability to work in this industry, and be successful, is a gift built on the world's use of expendable cash for pure entertainment, not a necessity like food, clothing or shelter. They are not saving they world, they are giving us a needed laugh, a hair raising thrill or even a good ol' fashion scare, but it's not a necessity.

Perhaps they should listen to Bill Oberst, Jr., the talented actor who played the psychotic cannibal, Dale, in our feature film Dismal. Not only is Bill terrific in the movie, he's probably one of the nicest, most genuine people you'll ever meet. Bill not only works hard at what he does, he embraces each and every moment and seizes every opportunity he has, because Bill knows tomorrow is promised to no one.




A few days ago, a neighbor whom I had never met came to my door and asked if I would sign an autograph for her daughter. I had appeared in a kids' show back in the day and for those of you who do not know, you shall remain none the wiser, but somehow this child had learned that I had been in one of her favorite shows. Mind you this was about as trivial of a part in the show as one could get enough so I didn't even get credit, but to this young girl I was somehow important enough to get an autograph. I was as humbled as I was embarrassed and I gladly signed the paper for her. Now I'm just a guy who produces little movies and sometimes get shown and people get to see them. When that happens I am humble and grateful to have had that opportunity. When I read Bill Oberst's blog and see how grateful he is to have had the chance to play Dale in Dismal, I am once again humbled by his words. And anytime I'm asked for my autograph, whether it be on a copy of a movie I wrote / produced or on a spiral pocket notebook, I am humbled, because in my eyes the people I'm giving it to are much more important than I am, and you can see that is the same way Bill is. No one owes it to us to do what we do, we are just thankful we have been given the opportunities.

If all actors / filmmakers could be as humble and loyal as our dear friend, Mr. Bill Oberst, Jr., this world of filmmaking would be a kinder, gentler place.

Please read Bill's latest blog entry: Actor Bill Oberst, Jr.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dismal back on cable

Dismal is getting another run on Showtime and The Movie Channel so if you've missed your chance to see this gory, swamp flick in the past you've got several more chances to watch.

Here is the schedule provided by Showtime:

Fri 07/01 10:00 PM THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA
Fri 07/01 1:10 AM THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA
Sat 07/02 1:05 AM SHO NEXT
Tue 07/12 2:30 AM THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA
Fri 07/15 1:10 AM SHO NEXT
Mon 07/18 2:55 AM SHO NEXT
Tue 07/26 3:40 AM SHO NEXT
Sat 07/30 4:15 AM SHO NEXT
Sat 08/27 10:30 PM THE MOVIE CHANNEL


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Savage gets UK release

Savage will release on DVD in the UK on July 11, 2011. If you're in the UK you will be the first to see the film released to a wide audience. Here's a preview of the DVD jacket you'll be looking for.


Fear not US citizens, a DVD release is coming for you later this year. And if your cable provider offers Chiller TV you'll be able to catch the cable premiere later this year as well.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"I enjoyed Dismal more than the original Wrong Turn" - MoreHorror.com

Dismal was the second feature reviewed by MoreHorror.com recently. While they may have taken a liking to Savage, there is no doubt they found a gem in the more grisly horror flick, Dismal.

Most audiences rush into a horror flick wanting KILL, KILL, KILL every second and every other second it's BOOBS, BOOBS, BOOBS. Okay, maybe that was us shouting that at the last horror flick but we're SURE other fans out there do the same. And while Dismal gives you a healthy dose of kills and your gratuitous boob shots, director Gary King and writer Bo Buckley felt all good stories come from its characters.

MoreHorror.com reviewer Jason Lees writes, "when the carnage finally does start..., I actually found myself caring about who was getting clubbed, and that’s a rare thing these days." On a low budget that's what really helps a film, well developed characters and strong acting, and Dismal delivers both. "Again, I was surprised by how much I cared when certain characters bought it," Lees adds.

Distributors around were concerned that there needed to be more blood in the first 1/3 of the film, but the filmmakers believe the added character development is what will set the film apart from other low budget horror indies. If you're not just looking for a shallow, hack 'em up horror flick Dismal is a good choice. While you'll get your share of creative deaths and grisly horror, there's so much more to the film.

Read the full review HERE.

Friday, May 6, 2011

"good monster movie with genuine indie appeal" - MoreHorror.com


FINALLY, a review we can get behind. One that looks at the depth in which we wove the characters, the effects, the stunts and combined them to form a different kind of monster flick. Not your typical straight-to-SyFy, too much CGI monster and bad story flick, and unfortunately, that's what some want, however, Michael Pickle at MoreHorror.com really appreciates a movie like Savage.

Director Jordan Blum wanted a monster movie rich with characters and based on Pickle's review he understands the many levels of the characters. "I quickly fell in love with the many interesting characters and their carefully woven stories that were just intricate enough to still leave room for the many subtle nuances as well as heart-racing and well filmed action sequences and gory kills," writes Pickle. When you watch Savage you won't get a kill a minute like most gory monster flicks try to throw at you but rather a story of characters and their relationships and how they all end up in this mess that is a savage Bigfoot terrorizing a park.

Another of Blum's choices was to keep the monster hidden and menacing, a philosophy lost in this age where horror films get lost in over-the-top effects rather than story and suspense. "Bigfoot doesn't make an appearance in every scene, but it's menace hangs in the air and saturates every other story building tension throughout," adds Pickle. That's what the filmmakers were going for and it's nice to know that it resonates with people. So we hope we left this reviewer wanting to see more of Bigfoot, but still pleased we didn't overdo it.

To read the full review go HERE.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"All good stuff" - Ain't It Cool News reviews Savage

Ain't It Cool News is all about the Bigfoot movies, so we're glad Savage was able to be included in their review section on Bigfoot movies. Ranging from Bigfoot (1970) to Legend of Boggy Creek to more recent indie flicks like Clawed and yours truly, AICN runs the gamut of reviews from the pretty bad to the super good. Savage is somewhere in between with scenes "I haven't seen before in a Bigfoot film," according to AICN. They give it 6 foot and 5 toes (who has any idea what that means).

"The highlight of the film", for AICN, was the Bigfoot. With costuming by Toby Sells and a stand out performance and stunts by Jack Harrison, the combination created a Bigfoot "with menace and power".

AICN sets it apart from other Bigfoot movies for "a cool premise, some decent acting from some, and more than a few nice Bigfootin’ scenes". They checked it out. Shouldn't you?

See the entire review HERE.

"A fun jog through the woods" - Hell Street Journal

Okay, so I must admit I've never been to New Zealand or Australia and from what indie horror flicks actually make it to the States, the movies are pretty good. I'm sure they have their own brand of "local" flicks that are equally as bad as our own run-of-the-mill garbage, so it's refreshing to know, if there is some saving grace, that Dismal was above that heap that leaves a sour taste in horror viewers' mouths.

When a viewer says, "We very much look forward to seeing what you guys have in store for the future," (from personal email), it's a much better feeling than when they tell you, "please don't send us anything else." We believe the peeps at Hell Street would welcome another project from us, and that's a good thing.

Hell Street admits, Dismal "ticks all the boxes" in terms of hitting the genre staples, hot girls, sex, teens, creepy locations, deranged, backwoods killer(s). And it also, as so many have before, appreciates the performance of one Bill Oberst, Jr. "Madder than a sack of rabid weasels his performance alone is worth navigating the films easily consumed 90 minutes." Bill proved in this film why he has been so busy working in Hollywood since. A must see performance.

Many thanks to the folks at Hell Street Journal for taking the time to review Dismal, although, unfortunately it's not yet available there for the public. Hopefully soon.

You can read the full review of Dismal HERE.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bill Oberst Interviewed by Horror News

Bill Oberst, Jr. is quickly becoming a name for himself in the entertainment world, mainly as a genre actor. Like so many icons present at conventions across the country each year, Bill is moving up the ladder with every role he takes. Starting as the creepy cannibal ranger, Dale, in Fearmakers' own Dismal, Bill has be in numerous other scary flicks since then and each one gives us another disturbing look at Bill's ability to scare us with talent.

"The incredible thing about Bill's ability," says Dismal writer / producer Bo Buckley, "is he can create the feeling of dread through a performance without the need for gore or props." Bo adds, "Bill comes into a scene and it immediately heightens the tension."

It seems with each new project, Bill moves up another rung on the horror ladder, working with genre icons like Linda Blair and other actors who have appeared in large Hollywood films. Bill recently worked with Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies, Friday the 13th) on The Shunning directed by Michael Landon, Jr. Even on non-horror projects like the family film, Princess and the Pony, Bill wows audiences. In a recent review of the film by Observation Notes, "but it's the performance by Bill Oberst Jr. as the despicable carnival owner Theodore Snyder that steals the show." With each project, it seems Bill is always stands apart from the crowd, and for those that know the business of Hollywood, it's a large business but a small world, and word of mouth is key when it comes to getting that next role.

Read the entire interview of Bill Oberst Jr. for Horror News HERE. Bill suggests everyone check out Dismal and so do we. Thanks Bill!

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Buckley's writing develops the bait and switch... to hellish delight." - 28 Days Later Analysis


Now that Dismal has been officially released on DVD by Cinema Epoch, many people have scooped it up and posted reviews on their sites. While reviews for the film have been far from "raving" there have been lots of impressive comments, and sometimes those leave you to wonder. Many have found different elements that they find enjoyable about the film, the acting, music, unique kills, story, setting, cinematography and then there are others who are quite the opposite, and find those are the exact things that pulled them out of the film.

Who can say what one opinion means over another. It's safe to say you're pretty much on your own when it comes to a film and to each his/her own.

Here is yet another review, this time from 28 Days Later Analysis. The critic appears to be a fan of the acting by Bill Oberst, Jr. and Tim Morris and not so much for the rest of the cast. He likes some of the twists and dialogue which are delivered with "charm" and "hellish delight", but finds the movie mostly derivative and cliche. He takes points off for the music and the "wtf" ending.

Now if you find another review it might say the complete opposite and it seems rather than have a general concensus Dismal is a film that satisfies different tastes for each reviewer. Instead of posting yet another review without comment and saying "here ya go!", I felt the need to summarize nearly every review the film has received.

28 Days Later Analysis gives the film 5.5 out of 10. You can read the full review HERE.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"some truly frightening scenes" - Phantom Reviews

Here's another review of Dismal, this time from Phantom Reviews of the UK. Once again they really enjoyed several performances and some of the gruesome scenes and one particular line "out here if you want some sushi you better catch you some fuckin' fish." We like that line too.

Read the entire review HERE.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bill Oberst Interviewed by 28 Days Later Analysis


Bill Oberst, Jr., played his first baddie in Fearmakers' indie horror flick Dismal and now his resume is full of nasty characters... and he loves it. Check out his recent interview with 28 Days Later Analysis where he talks about many of his scary roles and how one of his all-time favorite characters is still good ol' Dale from Dismal. You got Bill's word on that.

Bzzzline.com makes Bill Oberst, Jr. 1st featured artist

The new site bzzzline.com was developed to bring attention to up-and-coming artists who appear in somewhat obscure and maybe even scarcely seen movies and shows and bring them to the forefront where they deserve. Artist #1? None other than Dismal's own Bill Oberst, Jr.

Bill has long been known as the fabulously disturbing Dale in Fearmakers' swamp cannibal flick Dismal to the thrones of fans who have followed the film's progress from the first premiere at Horrorfind Weekend as it gathered up more fans via its run On Demand and airings on Showtime and The Movie Channel. Now out on DVD, a whole new world of fans has opened up to Bill Oberst, Jr. We always new he was good, now so does everyone else.

Bzzzline.com says, "[Bill's] ability to scare an audience makes him a rising star in the cult film scene, and he will definitely break through that glass ceiling soon." We think so too.

Check out Bill's kick ass performance in Fearmakers' Dismal on DVD now.