Thursday, April 21, 2011
It's finally here -- the first episode of FRIGHT BYTES, with your hosts - me and Jay 3KB (popular YOUTUBE gaming/ film review show 3KILLABYTES). FRIGHT BYTES is a review show, a horror discussion show, and we will also be interviewing special guests. Plus, we will get you juiced up on some old, sleazy exploitation grindhouse flicks from the vault. You may catch a few behind-the-scenes glimpses into the secret lives of FRIGHT BYTES hosts, as well.
In the first episode of FRIGHT BYTES, Jay and I spoof SCREAM, review SCREAM 4, discuss SHOCK STOCK 2011, and you'll get into bed with Ms. Spiderbaby to talk THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS in our grindhouse segment, DIARY OF THE DEUCE.
A Special thank you goes out to acclaimed director PGC (PHILIP CARRER), who wrote, directed, and edited our SCREAM spoof. Check out his films IF A TREE FALLS, DESPERATE SOULS, KILL, and the upcoming IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
|Director Dean Jones|
“I wanted to create a mystical horror story revolving around a few choice characters, focusing on the inhumanity and suffering of a woman whose faith and will to live are tested beyond average human capability. This woman is transformed into an inhuman but sympathetic character who will survive and kill, but is equally strong. I also wanted to explore this film visually, and make it a sensory experience, using interesting and artistic cinematic techniques.”
TBK: THE TOOKBOX MURDERS 2 is about a young woman, Samantha (Chauntal Lewis) who receives horrific news from an LAPD officer (Brian Krause of CHARMED and SLEEPWALKERS) that her sister (played by yours truly!) has been brutally murdered. The police go to pick Samantha up for questioning, but they’re too late—the Toolbox Killer has beaten them to the punch. The sadistic villain takes Samantha to an abandoned warehouse, where he slowly breaks her down until she depends on him for her own survival (i.e., Stockholm syndrome). As in the previous film, the Toolbox Killer has a variety of weapons and torturous methods to draw from, and he kills several women in front of Samantha, completely deranging her. Eventually, she reaches a point where she is as cold and emotionally empty as the Toolbox Killer himself, and begins to see ghosts in the warehouse.
Horror fans have a lot to look forward; in the course of hiw highly respected makeup career, Jones has learned a thing or two while working with several top directors, including David Lynch on BLUE VELVET. “David was the first legitimate director I had the opportunity to work with, and he’s a good man with the mannerisms and quiet sincerity of Jimmy Stewart. David loves bizarre things—the more grotesque and strange, the better. He pushed for a real human ear on the set of BLUE VELVET, and of course I didn’t want to disappoint him, so I procured one for him—that’s the ear you see in the movie.”
Jones also co-wrote the script for TBK with a special understanding of Hooper’s film (on which he directed 2nd unit in addition to handling the FX), and his talented leading lady Lewis, who lost her hand in a horrific car accident in 2009. He also managed to snag the esteemed Bruce Dern (pictured above) for a role in the film. “We were originally supposed to have Lance Henriksen, but there was a scheduling conflict and it wasn’t going to work out. I really wanted to work with Bruce and envisioned him in the role, so I called his agent. He remembered me from the first TOOLBOX remake and was really into my script, so it worked out very well. Bruce fits the character perfectly—he added to the dialogue, and really got deep into the sinister aspect of his character.”
The talent who toiled on TBK’s 15-day shoot also included cinematographer David Bridges, who created a deep and dark mood for every shot. The charming British native has been working as a successful DP since the 1970s, and completely cued into Jones’ vision for the film. “When he came in to meet me, he just wanted to talk about the movie, and that really impressed me,” Bridges says. “He didn’t come into the office with a portfolio or a reel. The fact that he brought in ideas related to my vision impressed me. My crew was just amazing as well—they put in a tremendous amount of hard work. A director is only as talented as his crew!”
Actor Kyle Morris (also soon to be seen in Tim Sullivan’s segment of CHILLERAMA) plays Samantha’s boyfriend, and has only great things to say about Jones: “It’s been one of the most fun films I’ve worked on; getting my head cast and cut off, shooting in an abandoned hospital, working with Chauntal Lewis and Dean Jones. It’s neat to see these extreme images come from a director who can be reserved at times in personality—but he’s a great effects artist, so I knew it would be a bloody good time! I think horror fans are really going to dig it.”
A Screen Media production, TBK: THE TOOLBOX MURDERS 2 will be hitting Cannes and other festivals across the U.S. and internationally in 2011. Jones promises, “The film will take you on a difficult and trying journey. It’s so different from the original and the remake, and truly has its own set of wings. Now we’re going to give it a push out of the nest to show us it can fly!”
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Finally, I'm back online and I have a free moment to catch you up with what's going on in the world of Spiderbaby. I'm still working away very diligently on my book, GRINDHOUSE GIRLS, and I have two very exciting interviews coming up with Tallie Cochrane and Tiffany Bolling. I'm also still working on my Fangoria article on the lovely Edwige Fenech - the gorgeous French born Italian doesn't speak much English, and I don't speak much Italian, so I have a "translator" working between the two of us. Truthfully, none of this would be possible without him. Thank you, RT.
While I was in Los Angeles, I visited the set of the new sequel TBK: THE TOOLBOX MURDERS 2 directed by Dean Jones, who is a fabulous director but is best known for his work in make-up and FX. He worked on the set of BLUE VELVET with David Lynch, so I feel very lucky to have met him and seen first hand how the film is coming along in the production process. Jones actually put me IN the film, so my acting debut involves a cameo appearance as the leading lady's sister. Although, I just had to play dead. I'm writing the press release for the film, so I will post that in a few weeks with some awesome photographs provided by director Jones. Photos of me from the set:
|Lianne Spiderbaby, make-up artist Katie & Dean Jones, the director|
|Actor KYLE MORRIS (Chillerama, TBK: Toolbox Murders 2) and Lianne Spiderbaby|
|Director Dean Jones & Lianne Spiderbaby|
|Actor Brian Krause, Lianne Spiderbaby, and Chauntal Lewis|
My first IMDB credit: Lianne Spiderbaby - http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/1/name/nm4398071/
My web-based horror tv show (with co-host Jay Hooft of 3KB) will premiere on April 18-19th. We're going to be talking horror, film reviews, interviews, comedic skits, exploitation films - it's going to be a riot. I will be sure to link it up to the Spiderbaby page.
Just a reminder as well - buy your SHOCK STOCK tickets as soon as possible. I will be there with Fangoria, and running Dyanne Thorne's Q&A, and I'd love to have you out! Buy tickets at SHOCK STOCK.
Check out James Wan's INSIDIOUS this weekend as well! You won't be disappointed!
Much love, friends!