In the latest social media satire, the Shudder Original, Shook, it features fitting use of the title. After a social media influencer, Genelle (played by real-life influencer Genelle Seldon) is murdered in the opening scene by a serial killer, our main character Mia (Daisye Tutor), in reaction to the news says, deadpan to her livestream, “I’m shook.” She then monologues that this is a time for selfless acts, so she’s going to babysit Chico, a dog owned by her sister Nicole (Emily Goss), instead of going to a livestream with her friends. These bits of satire are solid, and some are funny – especially the opening scene when Mia and Genelle are being photographed on the red carpet for their followers, only for it to be revealed they’re on a makeshift red carpet against a plain building in an empty parking lot.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I talked with Jeremy Gardner (pictured in the featured image), the co-director, writer and star of After Midnight (a new Shudder Exclusive). We discuss stories in bartending and the “bar mat shot,” getting Brea Grant for the film and auditions, growing as a filmmaker since his first film The Battery, collaborating with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the film’s original title, karaoke and the perfect mix-tape song, framing shots, as well as creature design and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Todd Masters.
Directed by: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella. Starring: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski. Runtime: 1h 23 min. Mild spoilers follow. After a decade-long storybook romance for Hank (Jeremy Gardner) and Abby (Brea Grant) in small-town Florida, Abby disappears in the middle of the night leaving a cryptic note saying she’s going away for awhile. Hank [...]
For this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by writer and director Nora Unkel, as well as actress Alix Wilton Regan, who stars in A Nightmare Wakes as Mary Shelley. The film is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as told through Mary Shelley’s life as she creates her masterpiece. The film also stars [...]
Directed by: Nora Unkel. Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Phillippe Bowgen. Runtime: 1h 30 min. In Nora Unkel’s debut feature, she takes on one of horror’s most famous stories in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Blending the content and themes of the narrative from the novel itself and combining it with factual aspects of Mary [...]
Directed by: Kimo Stamboel. Starring: Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Miller Khan. Runtime: 1h 39 min. A remake of the little seen Indonesian 1981 film of the same name, The Queen of Black Magic, director Kimo Stamboel updates the setting of the story to an orphanage. Three men – Hanif (Ario Bayu), Anton (Tanta Gintig) [...]
In The Pale Door, after a train robbery goes bad, two brothers, Duncan (Zachary Knighton) and Jake (Devin Druid), leading a gang of cowboys must survive the night in a ghost town inhabited by a coven of witches. The film is directed by Aaron B. Koontz and is written by Cameron Burns, Koontz and Keith [...]
Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud. Starring: Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, Ciaran O’Brien. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Minor spoilers follow. In Hunted, Eve (Lucie Debay) is on a work trip in an anonymous European town. She goes to a bar one night where she meets a character simply called The Handsome Guy (Arieh Worthalter), a smooth-talking gentlemen… [...]
Directed by: Greg Nicotero. Starring: Anna Camp, Adam Pally, Pete Burris. Runtime: 46 min. A Creepshow Holiday Special follows Robert Weston (Adam Pally), a man trying to figure out the strange thing that has been happening to him every full moon. Believing himself to be a werewolf, he finds a support group called Shapeshifters Anonymous [...]
Writer/director Larry Fessenden gives the classic tale of Frankenstein a modern spin as he places the story in Brooklyn, where a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD creates a living man from body parts in his Brooklyn loft. From the loft itself to just every set, the film looks great. Fessenden’s style lends itself to the film well, too, with some aesthetic showing up occasionally like when Adam (Alex Breaux), the “monster,” is first getting adjusted to the world and it sounds like he’s hearing gibberish instead of real language when he’s first learning about everything. This is mostly through visuals like light patterns on the screen, or when you have a squiggly in your line of sight and can’t shake it… Constant thunder in the style also help set the mood in this film, as well.