Interview with J. Zachary Thurman, Director of Viral Short “Finley”

Virality seems to be the new aide to indie filmmakers these days. Especially with movie studios treating films like disposable products that they can use as a simple tax write off, many times the best way for filmmakers to get traction on their work is through viral means on the web. Among one of the more notable is J. Zachary Thurman’s short “Finley.” A horror comedy with a genuinely interesting story, “Finley” recently went viral on the likes of Youtube and apps like Tik Tok, the latter of which has inspired many horror tik tokers to post live reactions to Mr. Thurman’s short.

Genuinely funny, and downright fun, “Finley” is the tale of a haunted doll named Finley that comes to life to torment the owners of a new house. The problem is that Finley is really bad at trying to kill people, and eventually becomes an utter nuisance. Filled with great puppetry, a genuinely fun concept, and oodles of clever humor, “Finley” (now available on youtube) is a short film deserving of huge attention. J. Zachary Thurman took time out of his very busy schedule to discuss the short and his thoughts on horror comedies and filmmaking.

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Interview with “Brightwood” Director Dane Elcar

Recently, we reviewed the indie horror film “Brightwood,” a stirring mix of horror, science fiction, and relationship drama about a couple who go jogging and find themselves trapped on a trail to nowhere. “Brightwood” is a debut feature from director by filmmaker Dane Elcar, who based his film on a short he directed in 2018. The film has been on the festival route lately, winning Best Sci-Fi Feature at Another Hole in the Head, Best Editing (and runner up for Best Director, Actor and Supporting Actor) at HorrorHound, and will now screening as part of both Panic Fest and Salem Horror Festival later this month.

Mr. Elcar took time out to talk to us about his first feature film, and what inspired such a bizarre genre film.

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Interview with Director Lisa Ovies [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
Thank you so much, My name is Lisa Ovies. I am a director and producer working predominantly in horror. I started off as an actress in 2008 and quickly learned that I was not going to get the roles and jobs I wanted unless I took a more active role in my career. In 2011 I launched my first production company I No.Films and in 2014 I started my directing career.

My feature debut as a director ‘Puppet Killer’ did 4 months on the festival circuit in 2019-2020 before Covid shut us down, receiving 79 nominations and awards including several for best overall feature, best director and Jury awards for best film.

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Interview with Actress and Horror Hostess Sheri Davis [Women in Horror Month 2021]

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Hi! I am Sheri Davis. I am an actress, producer, director, and host of Lone Star Horrors which can be watched on Fear Flix at After Hours Cinema on Roku. I am also a Registered Nurse and Set Medic, which also transitioned into becoming a Covid Compliance Officer for film and television, since the pandemic has begun. I grew up in a small rural town in North Texas. I was a total Tomboy as a child. My parents divorced when I was 4 or 5. I was raised by middle-class working parents and my grandparents who all lived in the same little town of about 3,000 people. I have 3 younger brothers as well, but I think I was still more boy than any of them were because I would much rather have been on my dirtbike, riding horses, playing sports, or anything other than hanging out with other girls. I am also the mom of two beautiful daughters.

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Interview with Horror Author Rachel Simmons [Women in Horror Month 2021]

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Hello, I am Rachel Simmons. I love writing horror stories. My love for horror includes writing stories, drawing illustrations, watching horror movies, and playing horror board games. I first became infatuated with horror in high school. I enjoy all things bizarre from skulls to organs to mummification.

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Interview with Author Morgan Elektra [Women in Horror Month 2021]

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I’m author Morgan Elektra. I grew up in the Catskill region of NY state and now live outside Savannah, Georgia with my husband and our cat, Harlequin. I’m a lifelong horror fan. I began by watching movies much too adult for me and started reading Stephen King in the 1st grade. In the past, I’ve written news and reviews for genre website Dread Central and ghostwritten romance and erotica. Now I write dark fiction, horror, and LGBTQ+ paranormal romance.

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Interview with Corinna Faith, Director of “The Power”

Written and Directed by Corinna Faith, “The Power” is an upcoming highly anticipated chiller set to debut on the “Shudder” streaming service. Director Faith’s upcoming horror film stars Rose Williams as a young nurse named Val in 1974 London who is forced to overlook a desolate London hospital after the patients are evacuated to another hospital. Alone now, she’s forced to face secrets hiding within the hospital. “The Power” promises to be a bone chilling period piece, and BAFTA nominated Corinna Faith took time out for an interview.

Be sure to look for “The Power” on April 8th debuting exclusively on Shudder.

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Interview with Filmmaker Katherine Sainte Marie [Women in Horror Month 2021]

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Sure. I started on this journey as an actress, then became a screenwriter, and then eventually a director. A lot of what pushed me into these other positions is the lack of decent acting opportunities. I quickly learned that I wasn’t going to be fulfilled as a creator until I started telling the stories that were important to me. I am drawn to female-driven stories, social issue stories, and also stories that root for the underdog in society.

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