Monday, October 29, 2012

Jacob Cooney's "Rocco" - Man vs Muppet

Jacob Cooney, friend of Dead Harvey, sent us a link of his most recent project to share. It's a short called "Rocco" and revolves around the relationship of a man and his muppet who aren't on such good terms. Several friends of the main character, muppeteer Nathan Danforth are revealed slain in the beginning, then Danforth opens a small treasure box and "Reading Rainbow" style sparkling lights fly around psychotically and transform into the vicious muppet Rocco.

This is a fun short played deadpan and the results are very effective. The muppetry and music are fantastic as well. You can check it below...

ROCCO - a short film from Jacob Cooney on Vimeo.

For more information on filmmaker Jacob Cooney and his work, visit his website at:

Also worth mentioning again is a short entitled "The Frolic" and we interviewed Cooney about it. It is further proof of Cooney's talent as a filmmaker and features some very impressive acting and directing.  You can listen to that interview by clicking here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Night of the Punks - see the short, relive the interview

Very happy to share this...  We saw "Night of the Punks" a couple years back and we had the chance to interview filmmaker Dan Riesser about it.  Check out our interview with him here.  It's a very well done short and you can check it out below.  Here's the press release we received recently about the short...  

"Director Dan Riesser has created an instant cult classic with Night of the Punks." 
 - Sarah Jahier, Fatally Yours 

 "A fun-filled grue-gala with awesome F/X and a rad sense of humor." 
 - Jake Dee, Arrow in the Head 

Just in time for the Halloween season, Irrational Films has made Dan Riesser's horror-comedy short film NIGHT OF THE PUNKS available for online streaming via YouTube.

In Night of the Punks, small town punk rockers The Brain Deads have their first out of town show, but there are a few problems: the venue is deserted, the promoter is a creep, their bassist has gone missing and the only kids in the audience turn out to be bloodthirsty punk rockers from Hell.

Drawing inspiration from Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons and the Evil Dead series, Night of the Punks is a blood-splatted love letter to '80s horror cinema. The cast includes industry veteran Luke Edwards (The Wizard, Little Big League, Newsies), sketch comedian Nick Munday, professional wrestler Vic D. Vine and L.A. horror punk band Murderland. The short has been Official Selection at more than 25 film festivals around the world and took home numerous awards and accolades.

Director Dan Riesser comments, "Making Night of the Punks and taking it to festivals was an amazing experience, and I'm glad everyone now has a chance to catch it on YouTube." Riesser plans to turn the self-financed, 19-minute short into a feature film. The script is complete and the project is currently seeking funding. In the interim, Riesser is focusing on his feature directorial debut, Stomping Ground. Billed as a scary comedy about love and Bigfoot, the movie enters production this month.

For more information on Night of the Punks, visit its official website at


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Press Release - Season of Darkness

Hey guys, thought I'd share the press release that I received for Jay Woelfel's upcoming flick, "Season of Darkness".  You have to like that cast...  Tim Thomerson, Tiffany Shepis?  Also, if you have a press release for your film or you're looking for some promotion, please let us know.  More than happy to promote indie horror!

Director Jay Woelfel (Closed for the Season) has just released the first trailer, poster and production stills for his upcoming gore-gasm, Season of Darkness.  Please find the latest for Season of Darkness below:

Season of Darkness

“He escaped his insanity only to face a darker reality.”

Director Jay Woelfel (Closed for the Season) returns to horror with a psychological tale of mistaken identity. Woelfel’s Season of Darkness is a story that focuses on a protagonist who is an escaped mental patient.  He finds release daunting and strange. Once free, the public believes Dwight is actually a successful motivational speaker named Artemus Finch. Unsure of what is real and what is imagined, Dwight eases into his new role as Finch. But, there is a price to pay for Dwight’s new fame and loving wife.

Shades and faceless figures pursue him at every turn and they threaten Dwight’s love for Ellen. Will Dwight succumb to madness, or will he face his troubles head on?

Season of Darkness stars Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica), Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons) Tim Thomerson (Trancers, War Wolves) and Nick Baldasare as Dwight (Beyond Dream’s Door, They Bite) in a classic tale of horror. To pay homage to past tales of the macabre, Season of Darkness was exclusively shot on 35mm film to enhance the dark and moody atmosphere of the film. This is a tale of true psychological horror few will forget.
The film’s logline:
“Dwight Stroud, a mental patient, escapes from an asylum seeking true freedom only to find horrifying insanity in the outside world.”

Director/writer: Jay Woelfel.

Producer: Lawreen Yakkel.

Cinematographer: Scott Spears.

Makeup/special effects: Brian Spears, Peter Gerner, Beki Ingram and John Ellis.

Cast: Nick Baldasare, Amanda Howell, Tim Thomerson, Richard Hatch and Tiffany Shepis.

*this title is the most recent collaboration between Emmy Award winning collaborators: Jay Woelfel and Scott Spears.

The first trailer for the film is here:

**premiere date: TBA shortly.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Dead Feed - An Interactive Web Series

I've had various meetings with different producers and industry folks over the last little while about some projects that we're trying to get off the ground and what I've found to be very interesting is how much clout is given to online status.  I guess it makes sense, it's something that's measurable.  What's crazy is... and I don't mean to take anything away from the festivals, they're very important... but if your video on Youtube has over 1 million hits, you're going to get noticed faster than if you win best picture at a film festival.  Not only that, your ranking on imdb matters, anything on Youtube matters, how many unique visitors your site gets, whatever.  Long and short, if you've got Google juice, you can use that to your advantage and it can open up doors.

The truth is, how we use the internet for entertainment purposes is still in it's infancy.  Sure, the internet can deliver a film to you through Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, whatever...  but that's just a delivery mechanism.  How about really using all the tools that are out there?  Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.  Now, what if we actually start integrating these?  We're starting to see experimentation and when one of these projects rises to the top and gets noticed, we could see a revolution in how online is used for entertainment.

So, who's doing this?  Well, I received an email from James O'Connor about a month or two ago.  He's part of a new interactive web series called THE DEAD FEED.  The first episode aired a while ago, on August 17th, but a new episode has aired every two weeks.  The series follows three groups of people during the start of a zombie apocalypse and it's truly interactive... it utilizes Facebook, Twitter and users can upload Vlogs and more.  If you want to check it out, their Youtube channel is called "The Deadfeed" or you can just go to and watch there.  When there, you'll also find all the links to the characters Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, etc.  The teaser video is embedded below.  It's a very cool idea and we wish them the best of luck.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Carnival of Darkness 3 - October 24th in LA

For all those in the LA area, here's a must attend festival for you...  Carnival of Darkness 3 on October 24th.  If not for the screenings or the collectibles, because Drew Daywalt, good friend of Dead Harvey, will be on a live panel.  Here's the press release - make sure you check it out!


Film Festival Presents Bite-Sized Chunks of Horror

Festival confirms Veronica Cartwright, Tara Cardinal and Drew Daywalt

HOLLYWOOD, CA - October 1, 2012 - Filmmaker Alex Bram presents the most promising new voices in horror at the third annual Carnival of Darkness Film Festival.  The most haunting and disturbing horror/sci-fi short films from across the world will be presented on a THX Authorized, state-of-the-art screen at LA Film School this October 24th.

 “This is more than just a screening of a bunch of films;” said Festival Director Bram.  “It’s going to be the most thrilling theater-going experience of the year.”      

The theater lobby will be set up like a twisted art gallery and horror related collectibles, graphic novels, DVD’s and T-Shirts will be available.  Attendees will enter a funhouse of mysterious events and surprises, freaks, performers and artists.
Selected filmmakers and casts will get to walk the “Blood Red Carpet” along with industry heavyweights and notables from the horror/sci-fi communities. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Red Carpet starts at 7:00 p.m.

Live Industry Panel for Carnival of Darkness 3

“Carnival of Darkness is extremely proud to be able to welcome true master actor Veronica Cartwright to this year’s festivities,” said Bram. “Alternating between television and big screen movies, Veronica has appeared in such films as the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and the horror classic Alien (1979).

 Tara Cardinal is the daughter of a psychic and a musician,” said Bram.  “She frequently appears in horror and fantasy films and likes to perform her own stunts. Look for her film Legend of the Red Reaper, (2012) coming soon. Cardinal is currently filming, Spreading Darkness, (2013) and has several projects in the works.

Drew Daywalt’s first Online horror short film Bedfellows earned a million viewers with a week of its launch. Later, the world’s leading short horror film creator, enjoyed millions of hits to his 2010 horror web series Camera Obscura.  Most recently Daywalt directed three episodes of MTV’s new horror comedy TV series Death Valley, and wrote the screenplay for the remake of Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things for George Romero, now set up at Anchor Bay.

Carnival of Darkness 3
LA Film School     
6363 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

$12.00 General Admission
$ 6.00  Facility Parking

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dedfest '12 - October 6th in Victoria, BC

It MUST be October...  because I'm getting lots of requests to promote horror film fests.  I'm more than happy to give time to all of them, too!  I'm posting info on this one now, as the fest is actually next week.  It's not one you can enter, but they are screening some cool flicks.  I haven't actually seen "V/H/S" yet, but I hear it's great and I'd love to check out "Famine"... if you're in the Victoria, BC area -- check this out.  If you're not, try to check out "Famine" and "V/H/S" wherever you can!        

Organizer Ira Hunter of Absolute Underground, Burning Moon Videos and Zombie Walk Victoria are pleased to announce the return of Dedfest Victoria! This is a film festival running into its second season and the schedule for the film festival is hosted below:

Dedfest ‘12

“Just when you thought it was safe... we're back!”

In conjunction with Dedfest Edmonton, Victoria will be premiering the slate of Dedfest films with the Victoria Dedfest Horror Film Festival. This event begins Saturday, Oct. 6th, following the Victoria Zombie Walk on the same day. This is the second year for the film festival!

Victoria Dedfest will screen 4 feature films: Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow, V/H/S, and Famine. A special guest director, Ryan Nicholson, will be in attendance for a Q & A after the final screening. Plus, there will be: prizes, vendors, vintage trailers and more!! The schedule:

3:30pm Screening: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The original zombie classic directed by George A. Romero.

5:15 Screening: Creepshow (1982)
This will be Creepshow’s 30th Anniversary Screening!

7:30 Screening:V/H/S (2012)
This is an insane found footage anthology, which has been called "the scariest, rawest horror film of the year!" *this is the film’s Provincial Premiere!

9:30 Screening: Famine (2012)
This film is an over-the-top new slasher/comedy feature from Canadian splatter king, Ryan Nicholson of Gutterballs, and Hanger fame. This will be the film’s British Columbian Premiere! The filmmaker will be in attendance!

When: Saturday, October 6th - Doors @ 3pm - First Show at 3:30 - Show ends at 11pm.

Where: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St, Victoria, B.C.

**Advance tickets are available at Absolute Underground (1215 Government St) - $15 for full festival pass or $10 per individual show. $10 Full Fest Passes available at the door to anyone in Zombie make-up or horror costume. More Victoria Event info here:
More info on the Edmonton Festival line-up here: