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Writer/director Brad Michael Elmore and Supergirl's Nicole Maines have managed to reinvigorate the vampire genre by injecting a sociopolitical twist on the mythic monsters. Bit, a tale of a runaway transwoman who encounters a group of ideologically strict lady vampires is no fluffy romantic romp with sparkles and six-pack abs. This is a power fantasy and an important step for representation in the horror genre

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Writer/director Brad Michael Elmore and Supergirl's Nicole Maines have managed to reinvigorate the vampire genre by injecting a sociopolitical twist on the mythic monsters. Bit, a tale of a runaway transwoman who encounters a group of ideologically strict lady vampires is no fluffy romantic romp with sparkles and six-pack abs. This is a power fantasy and an important step for representation in the horror genre. Check out our interview with Mr. Elmore and Ms. Maines below! Bit will be at both Outfest in L.A. on the 26th and next month at Popcorn Frights in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! https://www.outfest.org/ http://www.popcornfrights.com/ #trans #NicoleMaines #Bit

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/th... Ken Sagoes is someone I truly admire. Where others just talk about social change or other ills that plague American society, Mr. Sagoes actually does something about it: charities, scholarships, and awareness programs. All of these are aimed at communities that are often overlooked by many in our country. To say that Ken Sagoes is a beacon would be an understatement. The current project that he is working on concerns a film adaptation of his new book The McHenry Trail, a story about a fifteen-year-old prodigy who is looking to free his wrongfully convicted father with the use of his exceptional legal skills. To get the full film made, however, Ken needs to prove to the studio suits that he has the chops to make a feature of this weight. So, with the power of Indiegogo and the goodwill of those willing to pledge funds, Ken will make a short film surrounding a few key scenes from the book. #Indiegogo #KenSagoes #BlackCinema
 
 
 
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Frederick Schmidt sat down with FanBolt this week to discuss his upcoming Justin Edgar directed film The Marker and his appearance as Metallo on The CW's Supergirl and The Flash. Synopsis: In The Marker, A criminal seeks redemption by connecting with the daughter of the woman he killed. Along the way he is haunted by his guilt in the guise of the woman's ghost.

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Before she became the face of the Disney-owned Star Wars franchise, Daisy Ridley was a part of my specialty: indie cinema. Today we talked with professor, writer, and director Peter Hearn, the writer, and director of a unique horror film called Scrawl. Scrawl is currently available on VOD and the DVD is a Walmart exclusive. Synopsis: Simon Goodman (Liam Hughes) is a 16-year boy living in a rundown seaside town. With his best friend Joe Harper (Joe Daly), they create a comic book called SCRAWL as a way to escape their reality, gain some notoriety and more importantly pick up girls. Annie Williams (Annabelle Le Gresley), a girl who hides behind her camera and cannot forget the past gets wrapped up in the boys new world, along with Joe's sister Rosie (Ellie Selwood) and suddenly, with the appearance of a mysterious girl, Hannah (Daisy Ridley), events in the comic book start to invade their reality and situations in the comic book come to life.

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Here's an interview I'd been looking forward to for quite some time. Lin Shaye has been in some of my favorite films, even a number of flicks outside of the horror genre for which I am synonymous with. I had the opportunity to screen Room for Rent recently and was blown away by the sympathetic and equally disturbing character of Joyce who Shaye brought to life.  Lin also spoke to us briefly about her role in the return of Penny Dreadful on Showtime. Announced yesterday on Deadline, she will be appearing alongside Nathan Lane, Amy Madigan, and Brent Spiner as a Nazi hunter in 1930s Los Angeles. Room for Rent is currently available on DVD and VOD. Synopsis: Lonely widow Joyce rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her guests.

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Michael Rowe, who's steely gaze graced us in the CW's Arrow as Deadshot is now being put to good use in his brother Andrew's newest film Crown and Anchor. This week we spoke with the Newfoundland native about this project and what it's like working with your kin. Crown and Anchor will be available on DVD and Digital July 2nd. Synopsis: Crown and Anchor follows James Downey (Michael Rowe), who is living a disciplined and straight edge lifestyle as a result of growing up with an abusive alcoholic father. His estranged cousin Danny (Matt Wells) is drowning his own trauma with drugs and booze. When their lives are forced to intersect once more, they each begin to unravel as the past returns with violent and tragic consequences.

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FanBolt sat down for an exclusive interview with Killer Klowns composer John Massari. What did the maestro think about the Killer Klowns scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights? How did it feel to hear his score playing at one of the most popular Halloween attractions in America? Find out at FanBolt.com! Video of John Massari at the scare zone is from Geek Notice: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIe3... #HHN #KKFOS #JohnMassari

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Remember that first time you cracked open a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book? The words of Alvin Schwartz and the art of Stephen Gammell penetrating your brain and leaving a lasting impression that you'd carry with you well into adulthood? That cultural phenomenon that thrilled kids and perturbed overprotective adults is going strong over thirty since the first book was published. Filmmaker Cody Meirick sat down with yours truly to discuss payoff, pitfalls, and public school pandemonium associated with this particular book series as the subject of his documentary Scary Stories. Check out my review of the documentary here: https://syxxsense.com/2019/04/11/scar... You can catch Scary Stories on video-on-demand May 7th, and a special feature-loaded DVD come July 16th.

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A few years ago I was on the set of Christopher Lawrence Chapman’s film Inoperable and met former WWE wrestler and actor Chris Hahn. The man who once wrestled under the name Johnny Paradise has seen a huge spike in his career in the entertainment industry, in part to collaborations with our mutual friend Jeff Miller (executive producer extraordinaire) and his appearance on ABC’s “The Proposal.” Having seen the number of projects Chris was working on recently, I decided to reach out to the Ax Giant actor to talk about these upcoming films and the hard work he puts in to not only landing roles, but in maintaining his signature look.

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Tennessee Wraith Chasers Talk 'Haunted Live' In our early twenties, my best friend Eric and I would wander around the Lutz cemetery with our cameras, EMF meters, and attempt to catch some form of evidence of the supernatural. While the setting was a bit spooky, the most we ever caught was the chilling site of a homeless man talking to a bag of potatoes. Many of those scientific outings ended with us going to the Winn-Dixie, buying AmberBoch, and playing Road Rash drunkenly on the Genesis. Let’s leave the ghost hunting to the professionals, we thought. Then the hobby turned into an entertainment powerhouse. And today I got to speak to two men who are part of this reality TV giant. Chris Smith and Doogie of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers have an upcoming live show on the Travel Channel, where each week they’ll be exploring a secret location, and viewers can interact with the show as it unfolds via social media. https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/h... ‘Haunted Live’ will make its debut on September 14th at 10PM ET on the Travel Channel. Connect with the Tennessee Wraith Chasers on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tennesseewra... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tennessee_w... Twitter: https://twitter.com/TNWRAITHCHASERS

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I am a child of the ‘80s. Growing up in the back of a VHS rental shop with nearly every movie at my disposal, there’s no mystery as to why the action and horror genres were my favorites. There is a magic that came along with the ‘80s that cannot be replicated in today’s action films. The balance of overblown machismo, unlimited ammunition, and violence on tap worked only during that decade of decadence. Attempts to recreate it in recent years, while OK, just can’t match the brawn of Arnold, or the steely stare of Stallone in their prime. While I could wax nostalgic for quite some time, the visual medium is far more effective. Over the years, we’ve seen a number of indie and amateur filmmakers emerge in the digital realm to scratch our itch for the action heroes of old. On YouTube, where thankfully the time of the ‘Angry Reviewer’ has come to a close, what has taken their place is far superior in quality. As I mentioned in my Kim Justice interview, this new batch of genre fans are turning streaming sites into the true next gen landscape for documentaries. I reached out to one such creators, Oliver Harper. Like myself, Oliver grew up during the heights of the action genre and saw it slowly fade from greatness. His YouTube channel is loaded with several great retrospectives, and he can cut together one hell of a trailer. Now, he is putting those skills to good use by creating a documentary that will no doubt please all of us who were raised on muscles, big guns, and big explosions: ‘In Search of the Last Action Heroes.’ Oliver and his producer, Ti Singh, sat down with me to discuss how this project came about, and the tough road that any documentary filmmaker faces.

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The day of the angry reviewer has thankfully passed on YouTube. No longer do profanity-laden diatribes hold prominence when it comes to retro video games and classic films of the ‘80s and ‘90s. From the ashes of AVGN and Nostalgia Critic have come a group of creators who focus on the more detailed aspects of our favorite pastimes. Folks like DJ Slope, Guru Larry, Oliver Harper, and Kim Justice have taken up the mantle of suppliers of retro-focused information with documentary styled videos that are rife with facts, yet retaining that perfect degree of charisma that keeps us from clicking elsewhere. This week I sat down with Kim Justice to speak about a bevy of topic: how to deal with the ups & downs of being at the whim of YouTube’s arbitrary rules and the evolution of acceptance and representation of trans people in media.

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Tarik Lewis stopped by the Syxx Sense studio to talk about his career as a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. In my recent interview series, we’ve been looking at the topics of representation in film, and social media’s influence on the entertainment we consume.

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Though being a cord-cutter is a liberating experience, it does also leave one with limited options for on-demand entertainment if your tastes are a bit more obscure. Thus, we brave souls who have been released from the shackles of corporate television wandered forth into the unknown. On this quest, it became apparent that stream content would be the future. While browsing the magical landscape of YouTube, I came across a channel called ‘Movie Nights.’ The videos, typically narrated on screen and off by Allison Pregler, consisted of a jawdropping amount of nostalgia that was both wonderfully cheesy and pleasurably cringy. There was no shortage of the sparkling teeth and curls known as David Hasselhoff, and the stoic quantum catapulting of Scott Bakula. Yes, the woman who is also known as Obscurus Lupa managed to take me back to that time when my family was at the mercy of my dad’s remote control. A price cannot be put on that nostalgia. Well, technically a monetary value can be assigned, so head on over to her Patreon after checking out our interview with Miss Pregler here.

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Legendary composer John Massari has been slaving long and hard to turn the original ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ synth soundtrack into a fully orchestrated spectacle. I first spoke to John about this project nearly two years ago, and the fruits of his labor are finally coming to life on May 19th at The Montalban in Los Angeles. Leading up to the momentous occasion, I once again sat down with maestro Massari to discuss the trails, tribulations, and rewarding moments on this road to a ‘Killer Klowns’ orchestral outing.

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The Childlike Empress with the angelic face which was forever imprinted on the minds of every kid of the ‘80s graced FanBolt with a few minutes of her time today. Tami Stronach, the actress behind the sovereign has been up to quite a bit since the Auryn called Bastian to the fantastical lands found in the ‘NeverEnding Story.’ From leading a dance trope to creating family entertainment, Tami is a whirlwind of creative energy, and she has aimed her focus on returning to the entertainment industry.
 
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Christopher Lawrence Chapman, a Tampa based filmmaker, stopped by the Syxx Sense studio for an exclusive interview for FanBolt. Chapman’s many hats include being a lawyer, photographer, director, producer, and writer. A few of those titles were employed during the creation and execution of his latest cinematic entry, the psychological thriller Inoperable starring horror legend Danielle Harris. 
 
 
 
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Exclusive Interview: Butch Patrick Talks 50 Years of 'The Phantom Tollbooth'

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ScienceFiction.com had the opportunity to speak with Isabella Blake Thomas about her upcoming film 'The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows', starring in a new made for Disney+ film 'Secret Society of Second Born Royals' and her work as an ambassador for the mental health initiative, Awareness Ties.

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