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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Fantasia Film Review: "Fashionista" (2017)

    A woman (Amanda Fuller) who uses clothes as an emotional crutch discovers her life is not as ideal as she thought...

    Director Simon Rumley has assembled a small stable of actors well-known for their recent horror contributions. We have both Alex Essoe (“Starry Eyes”, “Tales of Halloween”) and the perennial favorite Ethan Embry (“Late Phases”, “Devil’s Candy”). Leading the way is Amanda Fuller (Rumley’s “Red, White and Blue”, “Starry Eyes”, “Cheap Thrills”, and more recently “Last ...
  2. Film Review: "The Devil's Candy" (2015)

    A struggling painter (Ethan Embry) is possessed by supernatural forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas (just north of Austin), in this creepy haunted-house tale.

    First and foremost, this film deserves credit for working in the metal-horror connection. You don't have to enjoy metal to enjoy this movie, but I think it helps. One reason the 1980s were a great decade for horror is because it was also a great decade for punk and metal. "Devil's ...
  3. Interview with Simon Rumley, “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word”

    Simon Rumley has been a rising star in the world of cinema, both in the horror genre and beyond. He was described by Screen International as “one of the great British cinematic outsiders, a gifted director with the know-how to puncture the conventions”. Let’s be honest. He’s one of the great outsiders, period, not just in Britain.

    Since 2005, he has been making increasingly well-received feature films: “The Living and the Dead”, “Red, White and Blue” and “Little Deaths”. His biggest ...
  4. Interview with Drew Hall, writer-director of "Convergence" (2015)

    If you don’t know Drew Hall, he is someone you should make a mental note to keep an eye on. After more than fifteen years in the movie business, he is taking what he’s learned and transforming it into movies that matter. Recently, he unleashed “Sons of Liberty” and now he has “Convergence”, a much more serious horror film than we usually see.

    Drew was kind enough to speak with us on February 4, 2016 about “Convergence”, and being the first time we’ve spoken (hopefully not the last), ...
  5. A Horror-Action-Mystery Like No Other: "Convergence" (2015)

    A detective (Clayne Crawford) must fight for the redemption of his soul when he finds himself trapped in a mysterious hospital that serves as a gateway between heaven and hell.

    Writer-director Drew Hall grew up watching the cult classics, including "Maniac Cop" and "Gymkata", and took that frame of mind and mixed it with the literary classic, Dante's "Inferno". For a touch of real life, he relied on something he recalled growing up. As he says, "In ...
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