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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Stake Land II" (2016)

    When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin (Connor Paolo) finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister (Nick Damici), to guide him.

    This sequel was written by Nick Damici without the input of Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the first film. Mickle was tied up in other projects, but Damici wanted to return to Stake Land whether through film, TV or a web ...
  2. Interview with Ted Geoghegan, “We Are Still Here”

    Ted Geoghegan was born in Oregon, raised in Montana, and studied English at the University of Montana in Missoula, fine-tuning his skill as a screenwriter under the tutelage of the late Carroll O’Connor. From there, he took an unlikely turn: he went from Montana to being one of the few Americans involved in the underground German horror scene.

    In 2000, Geoghegan co-wrote German director Andreas Schnaas’ first English-language film, “Demonium”, and followed it with numerous genre features ...
  3. Interview with Nick Damici, “Late Phases”

    Nick Damici is an actor and screenwriter known for such films as “Mulberry Street” and “Stake Land”. He grew up in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1960s and early 1970s. His father was a bartender, and Damici would occasionally tend bar at the age of 12. Damici’s mentor is actor Michael Moriarty (who horror fans will know from various Larry Cohen projects), who encouraged him to write scripts.

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick in March 2015 about his latest starring role in the werewolf ...
  4. Interview With Larry Fessenden, “Worst Friends”

    If you want to talk about independent writers, directors, actors or producers in the horror genre today, you’re going to talk about Larry Fessenden. Inspired by the old Universal Monsters, Fessenden has run the independent film company Glass Eye Pix since 1985, attempting to get lower budget projects to the big screen.

    In addition to feature films, his work has appeared on such television projects as the NBC horror anthology “Fear Itself”, directing the episode “Skin and Bones”. He ...