Press Release: Dark Carnival International Film Festival

New Venue and Call For Entries

Columbus, IN – Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – join us August 30-31, 2013 in Columbus, Indiana for the Greatest Show Unearthed!

Founded more than seven years ago, the Dark Carnival International Film Festival strives to be the premier event for screening the best independent horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films. Our mission is to put fans and filmmakers first and present fantastic films from the four corners of the globe. Many of the movies at Dark Carnival have been picked up for distribution by major players in the industry, and our event has provided numerous networking opportunities for visiting filmmakers who have traveled from as far as Spain, the UK, Toronto, New York and LA.

Since 2007, Dark Carnival has screened nearly 200 films from more than a dozen countries all over the world, and from almost every state in the US. In the past seven years we have gained a reputation as a festival that values indie filmmakers and that loves genre films as something much more than a business niche.

As a result, we’ve gained the attention of some of the most highly regarded publications, film distributors, and sponsors including Avid, R2 Entertainment, Diabolique Magazine, HorrorHound Magazine, GeekTyrant, and Final Draft. The festival has also been featured multiple times in MovieMaker Magazine, which recognized Dark Carnival as one of the “13 Horror Film Fests to Die For” (Fall 2011) and one of the top “25 Film Fests Worth the Entry Fee” (Fall 2009)

New Venue

While other similar film festivals often screen their movies in hotel conference rooms, from the very beginning we’ve been proud to showcase festival films in some amazing theater venues. During our first six years, Dark Carnival was held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a restored, 1930s era movie-house. 

For 2013, we’re excited to move to our new location – the historic Crump Theater in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Originally opened in 1889, the Crump is the oldest theater in the state – and is also recognized as one of the most haunted places in the midwest.

The Crump began its own restoration project in 2001, and since then has hosted a variety of shows and events, including benefits for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Japan, as well a live performance by John Mellencamp.

Call For Entries

The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for 2013 and festival organizers are looking for original, cutting edge independent films in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. Both short and feature-length films are accepted, as well as documentaries, animation, experimental, music videos, and trailers. The early-bird deadline for submission is June 30, 2013. (Filmmakers should visit for more information.)

The Dark Carnival International Film Festival is a different show every year. Screenings showcase a mix of 25-30 short and feature films. Events have included outdoor drive-in film screenings, filmmaking seminars, panel discussions, VIP award banquets, and filmmaker Q&A. The festival has also offered a variety of after-hour events, including costume contests, dance parties, carnival sideshows, horror hosts, burlesque dancers, live fire shows and more!

2013 promises to be a special year for the event. This year’s festival theme will take advantage of the Crump Theater’s spooky reputation as a favorite location for ghost hunters from around the country, and festival organizers are hard at work planning our best show yet!

Festival passes go on sale spring 2013, and a limited number of vendor tables are available.

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Press Release: Women In Horror Month



Los Angeles, CA, February 1, 2013 – The third annual Women in Horror Month is now upon us with dozens of ambassadors and events! WiHM is a part of the Viscera Organization, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, and aims to simultaneously support and celebrate underrepresented female artists in the horror genre across the globe while educating the public on the impediments that female artists face.

While the festivities culminate in February of each year, Women in Horror Month also spotlights the creative endeavors of female artists all year long in articles, social media, and its brand-new podcast. Guests on the first episode include filmmakers Jovana Dimitrijevic, Rebekah McKendry, Rebekah Herzberg, and Tonjia Atomic, Sandra Katsuri from ChiZine Publishing, musician Ghettosongbird, Fem Furry and Meredith Widnoon of The Whorer Podcast, as well as Chelsea and Ava of La Petite Morgue.

Women in Horror Month February 2013 events take place both online (podcasts, interviews, blog series and discussions) and at actual venues, and include giveaways, artist gatherings, film screenings, and more. Women in Horror Month donates all proceeds to charity and all events feature the “pink kiss” WiHM Seal of Approval, created to ensure that all events, media, and online material are official and philanthropic. The WiHM Seal was graciously donated by Rue Morgue Magazine.

The full roster of 2013 sponsors include: ChiZine Publications, NikytaGaia Photography, Hot Chick Physics, Sourpuss, Diabolique Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine, Too Fast Apparel, The Dark Art of Mike Vanderhoof, Ghettosongbird, Matt Orsman, Irene Langhorn, and Fangoria Magazine.

For more information about Women in Horror Month, including a schedule of events and a list of Ambassadors, please visit:

The Women in Horror Month Podcast:

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Flip the Script: A New Column

Flip the Script


Flip the Script


In my experiences as a Horror reviewer for blogs, columns and podcasts, inevitably, someone lobs a question at me that is both obnoxious and a little absurd whenever I don’t like a film:


                “Well what would you have done differently?”


This question is obnoxious because it’s not my job to come up with a way to make the movie I just watched better, I’m just critiquing it and saying whether I liked it or not.  But recently this question was tossed my way with regard to my distaste of the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D. And so I started to think about it.


What would I have done differently? So I figured I’d take a stab at it with this column entitled Flip the Script.

My rule is simple: I have to take at least one element from the film, be it a cast member or idea and make sure that it goes into my re-imagined treatment

Oh yeah, that’s the other thing, I’m not going to waste the time and effort on completely re-writing these films, I’m just going to come up with an outline of what I would have done differently.


I’m not trying to imply that my take on these films is/would be any better than what came out, it’s just what I would have done had the project been handed to me.

Devour the Podcast hits 50th episode

Today was a special day. For most people, it was just another Wednesday  but for myself and my co-hosts of Devour the Podcast and the listeners it was the day we recorded our 50th episode.  It’s still a little surreal to me that I can say that I’ve produced fifty episodes of Devour, and with episode 52 we will be celebrating a year, but before we get to that point I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this first truly impressive milestone.


Fifty episodes equaling out to 77 hours, 55 minutes and 47 seconds, roughly 5.55 gigs of memory, and that includes the Halloween special in its audio format.

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Press Release: Gravedigger coming soon from Doug Bollinger



Have you ever felt you needed to just bury your guilt? Literally…
Currently filming, is 2013’s most gruesome tale of fear & fright Gravedigger. A sinister collaboration between the minds of Award Winning Actor Keith Collins, Doug Bollinger (Waltzing Anna), Brandon Ruckdashel (Co-ed Confidential) and from the eerie ink of NY Emmy Award Winning Writer Joseph Pepitone & Billy Pepitone (Stuck in the Middle), comes a horrifying shock fest that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the brink of insanity throughout a terrifying journey of paranoia.

A vigilante serial killer is stalking, killing and burying those he has judged guilty and anyone in this corrupt town could be next! Murder, Mayhem, Blood, Deception & NO way out are a few ways to describe this disturbing new heart pounding thrill ride.

Gravedigger tells the story of Steve Borden who is a brilliant, young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local, high end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden’s conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin is the town’s top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble suspects Orkin’s ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti may be the answer to the case. Now, Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back. As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble & Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivor’s souls forever. But will burying the guilty, bury the Gravedigger’s own guilt?

Directed by, Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”,”Mail Order Bride”). Produced by, Keith Collins. Executive Producers John Stoerback, Michael Levine & Jeff Quinlan (Bare Knuckles). Written by, Joseph & Billy Pepitone. With a well-rounded cast including many special appearances and STARRING: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (“Guns N Roses”), Brian McRae (Former “NY Met”,”KC Royals”), Billy Sample (Former “NY Yankee”), Paul Grassi (ABC’s “The Mole”), Annette Dziamba (“The Apprentice”), Gregg Valentino (TLC’s “The Man Whose Arms Exploded”), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor, Season One”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-ed Confidential”), Emilio Masella (Oxygen’s “Love Games”), Gary Garver (“formerly from the Howard Stern Show”), Erik Chopin (Winner of  NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”), Keith Collins (“Stuck in the Middle”, “The Meat Puppet”), Dave Buchansky (VH1’s “Hollywood Ex’s”), April Hunter (“WCW”, ”TNA”), Billy Garcia (“Survivor: Cook Islands”), John Stoerback (“The Next Vigilante”), Theresa Galeani (“Cross the Line”, “I am Legend”), Cindy Fox (“The Naked Cowgirl”), Anastasia Smith (“NY Majesty Lingerie Football League”) & the iconic Mason Reese.

The Best and Worst of 2012 Part 2: The Best

the best

Well, you’ve had a chance to check out the stuff I thought was the worst excuses for cinema that I subjected myself to this year, I’m sure you’re wondering what I saw that I actually liked (because contrary to how it seems sometimes, I do actually enjoy movies) and while some of the films popping up on this list will mirror those appearing on other Best of 2012 lists, I’ll try to give a good explanation of each so I’m not just rehashing the same shit you’ve seen from every other blogger/reviewer/website.

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Press Release: Women In Horror Month

Women in Horror Month seeks female artists skilled at dark expression.

Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 2012 – WiHM watches in the shadows. Our non-profit organization embraces underrepresented female artists and exposes the prejudices that impede their rise in the horror genre. Throughout the year, we highlight female artists on our social media channels, blogs and articles. Our daily efforts promote the creative work of women in horror, gearing up for the festivities of February.

WiHM plans big for February 2013. Women in Horror Recognition Month will unveil awareness-raising media campaigns, such as a series of Public Service Announcements. WiHM will also promote events, such as film festivals friendly to the cause, throughout the month. Giveaways, artist gala events, short films, features and more—just wait until you see what WiHM has in store for all of you!

Get the Seal. The WiHM Seal of Approval was created to ensure that all events, media and online material are philanthropic. We provide the “pink kiss” graphic for your Web site or marketing materials. The seal is available for all events, websites and generated media. Get your fatal kiss and get it early! The Official WiHM Seal is donated by Rue Morgue magazine.

Community Support for WiHM is provided by the Viscera Organization, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. Since the dawn of the millennium, Viscera has supported female artists in genre film and is proud to support Women in Horror Month. Together, we are an organized movement assisting women in gaining equal opportunity and reputation in the creative field.

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