I don't plan on turning Apocalypse Later Now! into yet another press release site, but I would like to be able to share news and thoughts about films that I've reviewed at Apocalypse Later or by the people who made them.
He's Jordan Wippell and the first film I saw by him was a stunning black and white drama called Rain Dog, which played the Phoenix Film Festival a few years ago. It would have been praised had it been made by an established filmmaker but for some kid student from down under it was utterly amazing. The magic I felt watching that short for the first time is why I'm a critic.
Here's my review of Rain Dog at Apocalypse Later.
Wippell is keeping busy on a number of projects but one of them, Help Falls, is trying to raise money on Indiegogo. It's an odd project, calling itself 'An Interactive Horror Experience', and I'm all for people trying to do something different with film. The campaign has ten days to go and it's in need of your help. I'd recap it here but wouldn't be able to do it justice. Suffice it to say that it'll involve short films in a number of horror subgenres tied together in interesting ways. You really ought to head over to Indiegogo and read about it there.
Here's the Indiegogo page for Help Falls.
The House That Jack Built
However, I have reviewed Henry Barrial's previous film, Pig, which won Best Sci-Fi Feature at the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2012. In fact, an updated version of that review can be found in my new book, The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival: The Transition Years, which was published last week.
Here's my review of Pig at Apocalypse Later.
The reason I mention The House That Jack Built is that it's finally obtained a full release. On 6th November it opened in select cities and on demand. I highly recommend it.
Here are the film's website and iTunes page.
Here's my review of Nipples & Palm Trees at Apocalypse Later.
Through All Channel Films, Dylan is now helping to distribute a horror feature called Halloween Hell, which I haven't seen but was written and directed by Ed Hunt, who performed the same roles on 1981's wild cult hit Bloody Birthday. He isn't prolific but he is interesting.
This film, his first since 1988, traps the contestants of a reality TV show on set with 'a deadly Devil Doll from Hell'. The show's host believes he's Dracula and is played by Eric Roberts.
It's available on VOD and at Amazon Prime. Here's the trailer.
Hillbilly Horror Show
He also got me a screener for a very different movie called The Cabining, on which he served as a consulting producer.
Here's my review of House of Good and Evil at Apocalypse Later.
Here's my review of The Cabining at Apocalypse Later.
Since then, he's been busy on a compilation series called Hillbilly Horror Show, which I (mostly) haven't seen yet but which looks agreeably diverse. Each volume combines a number of short horror films and I've reviewed two of these outside this framework.
Volume 4 includes Jason Tostevin's 'Til Death, which was a favourite of mine at the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival last year. Volume 1 includes Rose White, which I reviewed along with a few other Deneen Melody films a couple of years ago. I recommend both of these highly, which suggests that these compilations ought to be pretty good.
Here's my review of 'Til Death at Apocalypse Later.
Here's my review of Rose White at Apocalypse Later.
The first three volumes of Hillbilly Horror Show are available to buy on DVD and the fourth is on Amazon Prime.
Here are the website and Amazon Prime page for Hillbilly Horror Show.
Here's my review of Shuffle at Apocalypse Later.
Since then I've watched his almost unbearable but utterly stunning Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father and the fascinating Drive-In Memories. These are documentaries, which Kuenne also wrote and directed. I highly recommend them both, though be warned: Dear Zachary will haunt you.
His new film, Batkid Begins, is another documentary, which he co-wrote with director Dana Nachman and which is now available everywhere. If it's not amazing, I'll be surprised.
Here's the film's Amazon Prime page.
Here's Kurt Kuenne's page on Indieflix, where you can see all three of the older films mentioned above.