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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Brain Damage" (1988)

    One morning a young man (Rick Hearst) wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims.

    After "Basket Case", Frank Henenlotter wanted to do a project called "Insect City", but that fell through due to funding and other issues... so he instead went for a twist on 1950s science fiction. He posited the idea: what if someone had a parasite, ...
  2. Interview with Debbie Rochon, "Model Hunger"

    If you don't know Debbie Rochon and you're a horror fan, you need to have your "horror card" revoked. She is the queen, or some might say godmother, of the independent horror film. From her work with Troma to time with Greg Lamberson or Chris Seaver, no face has appeared in more productions than hers. In the next year or two, she may reach a daunting milestone of 300 horror films notched on her belt.

    But until now, she could never make the claim of being a director. As she ...
  3. Interview with Tiffany Shepis, "Crimson Dance"

    I make no secret of the fact that Tiffany Shepis is my favorite scream queen. With all due respect to Jamie Lee Curtis, Neve Campbell, or the many other "big names" out there, you're a distant second place. From "Tromeo and Juliet" to the films of Rolfe Kanefsky, to "Tales of Halloween" and beyond, Shepis comes out on top.

    So when given the chance to talk with her about Patricia Chica's "Crimson Dance", a short film premiering at the 2016 Fantasia ...

    Updated 07-11-2016 at 10:49 PM by Gavin Schmitt