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. makes Bill Oberst, Jr. 1st featured artist

The new site 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. 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.