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Contracted: Phase II – Part II

Monday, September 14th, 2015

On September 3rd, we went to the Arena Theater for the official premiere of Contracted: Phase II. I took my buddy Peter because my husband doesn’t like body horror movies and I’m not really in it enough to warrant going to see the whole thing. We went to dinner nearby then got to the theater where I didn’t know anyone yet! But then eventually people I actually knew showed up.

There was a red carpet with photographers and some ladies doing interviews. I did 2. I have no idea if I came off as a goofball or what. It was pretty fun. We tried getting some group shots, but it was confusing who to look at and we didn’t all fit well, so there are some pretty silly ones.

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

"Contracted: Phase II" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Josh did a fun intro to the film and the full theater was very loud (in reactions) and seemed to be having a good time.

After the film we went over to Boardners where I caught up with Adam and Brian (mini Delivery Reunion!). I also tried to convince them to watch Southland Tales again because it’s the best. I met some new people including a director I am Facebook/twitter friends with but never met in real life. He just looked so familiar and then I was like- “Oh! I don’t actually know you in real life! Nice to meet you!”

I got home pretty late (1am?) and then had to get up at 5am for work, so I was maybe still drunk when I woke up? Eh, maybe. Anyway, the cold I forgot to mention I contracted after coming home from Chicago almost 2 weeks before, and was just about over- came back! So I was once again coughing all day. Ugh.

Friday night was the actual opening night and a bunch of cast and crew planned on going and invited a lot of friends, so I still went out. I just really couldn’t stay and hang out after. Booo! I did manage to have one awkward not-recognizing-people-moment before I left though. I forgot what Mike, the DP, looked like. I should have reviewed everyone’s Facebook before going out, but I forgot to. Plus his profile is a dog, so I’d have needed to really go in and find a photo. I really do have to do that pretty often. I felt like a dumb ass, but oh well. It was like 9 months ago since we were in the same room. And my brain is shitty at people-remembering. :(

So yeah, now you can see Contracted: Phase II on VOD (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)! Hooray! It’s suuuuper gross.  The special effects are VERY good. In a little while I’ll make my posts from the shoot days public.  I just don’t want to post spoilers.


Forgot all these photos from Thursday and Friday nights:

Peter movin' and shakin' on the phone. Morgan waits for his interview My interview #2 Oh yeah, Jason Ritter was there, but I never talked to him besides "Excuse me" after bumping into him.

Opening Night

Yeah. We did it!

Contracted: Phase II – Part I

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Whelp, enough time has passed that Contracted: Phase II is now in theaters and VOD! It’s very impressive this all happened in less than a year from the film shoot. It helps that the film was already bought by IFC Midnight before production.

The North American premiere was in Chicago at the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival that was part of Wizard World Chicago. There were a whole bunch of us that flew out to be there so it was a ton of fun.
Film Festival Banner BCHFF 2015 Poster!

I got there Thursday and met up with Josh for dinner at this huge-ass bru-haus by the theater. It was really good and they had a full Polka band, some of which also played magical bells!

This place has the goods!

This place has the goods!

Legit bell & Polka band

Legit bell & Polka band

I drink a huge beer!

I drink a huge beer!

Josh drinks all the beers! (note really)

Josh drinks all the beers!
(not really)

Then we went to the opening night film Tales of Halloween, which was a great time! It’s an anthology of shorts, but there are a few little things along the way the connects them to at least one small town. It’s delightful. I think there are 11 segments. It’s out on VOD soon, so I highly recommend it. It was introduced by Mr. Campbell himself. Then there was an after party so we hung out with a bunch of the filmmakers (Axelle Carolyn, Mike Mendez, John Skipp I think, maybe Andrew Kasch? It was about a month ago and I’m shitty at names) as well as Tom Holland. He’s super friendly and his social media manager (or whatever her actual title is), Carrie, was a delight! We also got to hang out with Josh and Liam from Awesome Fest, from Philadelphia. It was a lovely evening.

Opening Night After-Partiers

Opening Night After-Partiers

Friday I hung out with my buddy I was staying with and visited the dog beach. It’s not often I get adorable doggy time. Then I got ready and met up with Josh to see June, which is pretty good but I had one big issue with the voice over. I won’t get into it here since this ain’t a film review blog, but it’s a good movie overall. Then we got dinner and by then it was too late to catch Fright Night. We ended up going to meet up with Josh’s buddy he was staying with and went to his friend’s birthday party at bar that was maybe called Ouija? Maybe I’m making that up. It didn’t have a sign I saw but I feel like that’s what we were calling it. If you live in Chicago, it’s across from this place:

What happens in Las Vegas Night Club...

What happens in Las Vegas Night Club…

Anyway, it was fun and I talked to some really neat Chicago Artist folks. I also played AND WON my first game of shuffle board. A successful evening.

Saturday I finally made it to the convention center to pick up my badge. By then the rest of the crew had arrived so I met up with a few for lunch near the theater. We took too long to catch the beginning of Some Kind of Hate, but we caught the middle of after Josh filled us in since he worked on it and saw it already as well.

We left before the end because Josh (Awesomefest) had invited us to be in this live segment they were doing before the Bruce Campbell Evil Dead reunion panel live stream. It was fun. I just sat there and reacted. I was just happy to be there.

Mr. Holland's input

Mr. Holland’s input

ConTV live

ConTV live

Our premiere wasn’t until 9pm, so we had time to meet a few more of us for dinner. Service was slow, but the food was good. We made it out in time.

Before the show

Before the show

Photo op

Photo op

In the theater, obvs!

In the theater, obvs!

Look how many of us were there!



& Answers

& Answers



Post Q&A

Post Q&A

The turnout was great, the reactions were loud, and a lot of people stayed for the Q&A. I got to talk about (spoiler?) the crazy makeup process I went though.

After the movie we went to a bar, then another bar, then… I think in the end we were at some bar named for a country singer I’m forgetting the name of (Looked it up- Toby Keith’s I love this Bar & Grill) which earlier had the longest line, but once we got inside, I really have no idea why. Anyway, we got hella drunk over the course of the evening.
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Then Sunday I flew home!

It was a great time. I didn’t see much of Chicago, but whatever. I’ll just have to go visit again sometime. I at least got to see some of my friends that live there and also hang out with a cute little dog.

– Delivery: The Beast Within – A Recap

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Last week, Delivery: The Beast Within was sent out into the world.

Tuesday it dropped on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, as well as on cable. Oh, as well as on, like, every pirating site, of course.  Really that showed up before the US release, and apparently it was the US copy, not from the UK or Australia as I would have thought.

Then on Friday, it screened at 5 theaters across the country. LA, NY, Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Diego. It was a midnight movie, so I didn’t hold my breath for a full house, but it was very fun to celebrate before hand with friends and to see it with them in a theater, like a regular ol’ movie.
Leammle Noho (LA) Leammle Noho (LA) Leammle Noho (LA)
City Cinema Village East (NY) City Cinema Village East (NY)


Friday was also when iTunes released it. We thought they were going to delay it for home video release later this year, but maybe they were just waiting to do it the same day as the theaters.


The majority of critics’ reviews so far are still positive. Our IMDB rating went down, but still above average and our Rotten Tomatoes score is at 80%.


Ain’t It Cool News
The Conduit Speaks (9/10)
Indiewire (B+)
Dread Central (4/5) (4/5)
Horror Movies Uncut (4/5)
Screen Relish (4/5)
The Hollywood News (4/5)
You’ve Got Red On You (4/5)
Reel Nerds Podcast (4/5)
Weekly Geek Speak Podcast (7/10, 8/10)
Joblo (7/10)
Film Pulse (7/10)
Forge Today (7/10)
Terror Vault (7/10)
UK Horror Scene (7/10)
Vile Reviews (3.5/5)
Horror News Net (3.5/5)
Movie Freak (2.5/4)
Alien Bee (3/5)
Crave Online  (6/10)
Cult DB  (3/5)
Flickering Myth (3/5, 3/5)
The Movie Waffler (6/10)
Awards Circuit (3/5)
Film Checker (in German) (6/10)
Movie Pilot
Slack Jaw Punks
KQRS FM (reviews start at 11 min, Delivery review at 20 min)
Strange things Are Happening (DVD review)
Best Movies Ever News
Cinema Slasher
Cine Talk
Darkly Dreaming Drina
Cine Outsider
Fanboy Confidential
Horror Movie a Day
Impact Magazine
Inside Pulse
Ion Cinema
Johnny’s Cult Films
Left Lion
Legless Corpse
Minneapolis City Pages
SexGorMutants (spoiler-y)
Starburst Magazine (Mayhem)
Starburst Magazine (Celluloid Screams)
Strange things Are Happening (Mayhem coverage)
The Betamax Revolt
Top Found Footage Films

In between:

Scared Sheepless

Negative (in the interest of fairness):

Kult Guys Keep
Film Fracture
Gore Press
Movie Mezzanine
Next Projection
Obscure Endure
One Metal
Hollywood Reporter
Very Aware


We also did some more interviews. Adam and Brian talked with a bunch of folks. I did 2 phone interviews. Actually one I did in October, but it’s up now. they edited out the part where I talk about seeing it at Feartastic, which was coming up at the time.

Slack Jaw Punks (#77: Star Of Delivery: The Beast Within, Laurel Vail)
Slack Jaw Punks (#54: Delivery’s Brian Netto & Adam Schindler)
Film Pulse
Reel Nerds Podcast
Blacklist: Go Into The Story
Legless Corpse
Crave Online (includes video from LA Film Fest Q&A)
Daily Dead
Ain’t It Cool News
(Red Carpet video from Twin cities Film Fest)


Now that the film is released, I intend to go back and make my blog posts about the production public. I don’t want there to be spoilers for people who haven’t seen it yet and Google it. I haven’t looked at them since the shoot. It will be fun to remember everything.


Little Rock Horror Picture show: Arkansas runs deep in us, apparently.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

This weekend I was flown out to Little Rock for the 3rd annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show.  I had so much fun!

I got in Late Friday afternoon and was greeted at the baggage claim area by Sarah, one of the volunteers.  She Was delightful.  She even drove me around downtown so i’d have an idea where things were in relation to each other.  I saw the outside of the Clinton Library, which everyone there agrees looks like a trailer from the outside.

It really does look like a trailer.

I never had time to see the inside, but everyone says it’s cool.

The hotel gave me a river front view.  This made up for the fact that the new owners got rid of the ducks  that used to frolic in the fountain in the lobby. Why would you do that?  That sounds wonderful! Oh well.  It’s still a nice hotel.  It didn’t even try to kill me! 

The view

I met up with Adam and we picked up my badge at the theater.  It’s brand new, so everything was state of the art. You couldn’t even hear the band they had playing in the lobby.

The Theater

Performing The Monster Mash. (I didn’t catch the band name.)

After getting some food, we went to the screening of Proxy, by Zack Parker. I really liked it. I think the main 3 actresses were great, plus there is a really amazing slow motion scene they pulled off. It was one of those ‘You only get one take’ deals. The second film we saw was Ti West’s The Sacrament. It’s basically Jonestown, but it was still really engaging even though you know where it’s heading.

We got back to the hotel at midnight and the hotel bar had just barely closed.  But the bartender was super nice and gave us a drink anyway. We chatted with him and one of the security guys that worked there for a while. The bartender had lived in LA before and was from England. He kind of looked like Jason Statham if Statham wasn’t all ripped. We never found out what brought him to Arkansas because he was sort of distracted as he closed up the bar.

The next morning we had a great breakfast at the River Market then went to the Actor Panel.  The other 2 people were from the opening night film, All Cheerleaders Die, which was on Thursday so we missed it. Brooke and Tom were really nice and we ended up hanging out with them until they had to leave for the airport. The moderator was a local actor named Willey. There was a better turn out than I expected since it was at 11am. Some people came in late and this one guy in the back raised his hand just to have us introduce ourselves.  I thought it was funny, but others found it to be rude.  Maybe it was. He had his hand up while we were answering other actual questions. All in all I think it went well.  The 3 of us had very different acting backgrounds, so it was interesting to hear about different paths people can take.

After the panel, one of the writers in the audience approached me and gave me a script to read. He also gave me the novel it was based on.  I haven’t had time to read it since I’ve been back, but I will be on vacation later this week, so I’ll get to check it out.  It’s a crime drama set in Arkansas.  It’s the first time someone was like – hey, here is a script you might want to be in. It was pretty exciting. Who knows how far away he would be from actual production, but it’s nice to feel special.

We caught one of the short films (The Pallor) done by a pair of brothers (?) we’d met. Then we went to lunch at this great fish place. (The Flying fish)

Brooke, pining for some fish.

It’s was the kind of place where you can get a whole fish, head and all! One wall was covered with photos of people and fish they caught.  The rest were covered with donated Billy the Bass plaques. I guess you get a free basket o’ catfish when you bring one. I wasn’t hungry yet, so Adam and I split some calamari.

After lunch we were given a tour around the river front area by… Crap, I forgot his name. He’s a tall bald fellow who works for one of the radio stations.  If I figure it out, I’ll correct it here.  Anyway, we walked up the bridge and over the river.  We attempted to find the “Big Rock” which may or may not be what the city was named for, but either way we never found any official-looking rock.  We just decided to pick a rock at random and pretend. I managed not to break my ankle walking around on the grass in tall shoes. It would not be the last time I stumbled over that day.

Tom and Brooke had to leave after that and Zack and Adam had the director/filmmaker panel. Eric England was there for that as well. They also had a good turnout.  I was tempted to raise my hand in the middle to ask them to introduce themselves again. After the panel I told Eric what happened with the hotel at Feartastic and how later a guy died. Then he told us a story about a reporter getting an idea on how to kill his wife from a film they were shooting at the time!  The guy failed to actually kill his wife. But still creepy! (side note- all 3 directors’ most recent films had complex female leads! Yay, those guys!)

After dropping some stuff off at the hotel and picking up the film for a tech check, we went back to the theater for a bit. After the tech was, Adam, Zack, and I went and got some pizza nearby and chatted about making movies and such.

We had a while before our film, so we hung out in the filmmaker lounge for a while.  Got some wine and beers in us. I bonded with Sara Jones over WWE. Hilariously, only the 2 of us ladies in the room knew much about it.

By the time it was time for our screening, folks were pretty well buzzed. This comes into play shortly.

The Screening

In front of our screening they had a magician do a short little trick to promote another show or something.  It ended up being THE WEIRDEST. The trick was pretty straight forward.  There are 4 circles on rotating planks and one has a huge spike coming out of it.  A volunteer covers all the circles with a plastic cup and mixes up the order.  The magician then goes through and crushes each cup with his hand so only the one hiding the spike is left. Pretty standard, really. But he wrapped the trick in a story about a German magician who claimed to be psychic and was brought in by Hitler as an adviser.


He says the trick was designed by Goebbels to test his psychic abilities.

Whoa, man. This fun little magic show is bringing up some dark shit.  The button on the story was that if he was really psychic, he should have seen what was coming, and also it turned out his real name was something else which was “a very Jewish name.”

Soooo – good for him for surviving? I’m not sure what to actually take away from that story. It was just really odd.  But it was at a horror show, so I guess it makes sense?

Anyway, it was then time for our film.  Now, apparently one of the benefactors of the new theater wrote and recorded a song, an ode to the state of Arkansas if you will, which has an accompanying video that goes with it.  The theater has to play THE ENTIRE VIDEO before anything that screens at the theater.  I’m not sure if it’s just the festival, or if it really is anything that plays there. But since it was day 3 of the festival, we had all learned the song.  Those tipsy folks I mentioned (also me) started clapping along and then singing with the chorus.  It was so funny. I was in the balcony, but I would have to assume the rest of the theater was doing it too. I could tell it was going to be a good high energy crowd.

Good luck getting that out of your head.

During the screening the people around me were vocal enough, that I could hear some great reactions.  I love that part of going to the screenings. Then at the end, one of the guys behind me got so startled he threw his phone. It was great.

Our Q&A went well. The theater was still about half full I think by the time I’d walked down there. It’s a big place, so it was a good number of people. We got a lot of great feed back from people in the lobby as well.

We did our post-screening interview up in the lounge and then hung out for a while with the other filmmakers around. I gave some tips that I could to one of the local actors who was thinking of going to Louisiana or Georgia. Eventually, Mallory, one of the organizers, let us know that if we don’t watch at least part of Metropolis, we would regret it.

IT WAS RAD AS HELL. They had a metal band playing live during the entire film.  Someone said parts of it were songs they’d already had, but then they blended them all so smoothly from scene to scene.  It was impressive and the perfect score to the film.  Also that film is incredible. We got there at the point where the scientist is making the robot and then stayed for the whole rest of the movie.


Sound of the Mountain, performing a live score to Metropolis.

After that we decided not to stay for the riffing of the midnight movie and went to find a place for a drink and a snack.  Once again, we walk in when they are about to close.  This time we had 10 minutes to order at least.  I’m not sure if things close early there or if it was just the place we went.  It was like 12:30 when we arrived though.

I got back to the room and settled sometime around 1:30, so I decided it wasn’t worth it to sleep for like 2 hours. I think I dozed for 15 minutes before I had to get up and pack.  I took a cab to the airport because I am not going to ask that nice lady to get up at 4am.  That’s crazy.


I gotta say it’s been one of the most fun festivals I’ve attended for Delivery so far.  Palm Springs was really fun, but the hotel almost killed us. (Unaffiliated with the festival, but puts a damper on the experience.) I think having a place that I could meet the other filmmakers and actors was really good.  It was also fun to do a panel and meet more people that way as well. Plus the river walk area in Little Rock is super nice!

Here is a montage from Day 3.  They should be posting our interviews soon as well.

San Francisco Trip

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

I flew up to San Francisco to go to some of the screenings of Delivery at San Francisco Indie Fest. We had drinks at Giordano Bros, a Philly-centric bar. Then dinner was tapas next door at Picaro and it was delicious! The screening was at the Roxie theater in the Mission district.  It’s one of those classic theaters that’s been around since 1909! We were in the big theater that night and it was over half full.  Not bad for a cold rainy night. We had a good Q&A.  I was pretty tired, so we just went home afterward.

Sunday I went and saw some other films.  A Field in England was super weird, but entertaining. I think I understood most of what was happening.  I think.  Then later I caught Congratulations! which is super funny and absurd.

The rest of the guys had left on Sunday, but I stayed with some friends for the extra days, so on Monday I was the only one at the screening for the Q&A.  When I went in the lobby, I realized I’d lost my festival pass.  I was like, “Um, I’m in the movie and lost my pass…” They were cool. (I never found it, but Adam gave me an extra he had so I could keep one.) We were in the smaller theater, and the projector was a little dim.  Hopefully people were able to catch the subtle stuff in there anyway. I did a Q&A after the screening by myself, but I think I did a good job answering stuff.  Someone actually asked if we shot in low light or if they artificially darkened it.  I was still thinking about the dimness and mentioned that the projection was a bit dark. He clarified and I answered about the natural lighting. I felt bad bringing it up because the theater is so nice to have us there, but I also kind of wanted to let people know that it’s not actually that dark.  Most of the audience stuck around for the questions that night, which was cool.

We had another  screening in Oakland tonight, but we couldn’t be there.  Hope they had a good time tonight!

The premiere of Delivery

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Last night was the World Premiere of Delivery and it was wonderful.

Before the screening we went to dinner and drinks at Rock ‘N’ Fish which was very fun.  I had enough beers to introduce myself to our cinematographer’s wife, Joelle, who happens to play Eva on Justified which is one of my favorite shows.  I held it together and tried not to seem like a spaz.  Who can say if I succeeded? My friend Abby is also on the show, so I just brought that up.  By then it was about time to go, so I didn’t get to introduce her to my husband and he was sad.  I mean, not really, but he was teasing me about it.

LAFF Pre-Party Pre-Party 2

While we were there, the show sold out, but luckily my friends who didn’t have tickets got in via the rush line, so that was good.  I, however, didn’t realize my tickets were at will-call because the last time I was at a festival Erika and Dan had them in advance and just gave them to me.  So hilariously, I didn’t have a ticket to my own screening.  Adam, Jeff and I literally ran down 2 flights of stairs and down the block to the ticket booth (which had a Delivery poster hanging, one of 2) and picked them up.  It was fine.  We still had 5 minutes and they couldn’t start without Adam anyway.  So we got back and found our seats and they got started.

Jenn Murphy, who has recommended the film in her Staff Picks video, introduced Adam and Brian, who then introduced the film.

Delivery Intro

You guys, it’s more scary now that it’s finished.  It’s also really funny at parts, which was fun.  I didn’t turn around to watch people, but I could hear little gasps and exclamations like, “Oh No!”, “Jesus!”, etc. So that was delightful.  I also really enjoyed seeing it again and it still made me react, even though I knew what was going to happen and also I’m in it.  So I’d say it was very well received.

It ended around 11:30 I think, so about half the people headed out, but many of them let us know they liked it as they left.  Then we went up for the Q&A, which was fun to tell people about the process we went through making it.  Adam and Brian were also able to let people know that this was conceived before Paranormal Activity, though that film influenced them after they saw it later.  It made them confident that the concept would work if done right.  I think that’s an important point for people who won’t give it a chance once they hear the phrase found-footage.


After we ended the Q&A (and I finally had a chance to use the ladies room) we did the official pictures with the festival photographer.  I think I look kind of tired, but hey, it was late.




**EDIT – So I wore that necklace and then watching the film realized that I wore it in a lot of scenes.  Funny.  A lot of people thought I did it on purpose, but it was a coincidence.

Delivery World Premiere Q&A – Full of SPOILERS

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Recorded by Jason McDonald of recorded and posted this with his interview of Adam and Brian.

PREMIERE TOMORROW! – Is it still narcissism if you just Google a movie you are in?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Delivery premieres tomorrow! You can order tickets until tomorrow, then they will be at the door only.

Here are some more sites that dig the teaser:

Dread Central
Shock Till You Drop
Bloody Disgusting
Horror Asylum
Arrow In The Head
Destroy the Brain
Horror Punks
Vile Reviews
Horror Cult Films (UK)
Cine Maldito (En Español!) Which is funny translated by Google.
Cine Blog (in Italian!) Also an amusing translation. And instead of listing Danny Barclay, they put his character’s name, Kyle Massy.

Viscera Film Festival

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Last night we went tot he Viscera Film Festival.  It’s a festival to celebrate Women filmmakers in the horror genre.  Donna was in Boston this weekend, so Peter ended up being the guy on the Q&A panel.  They explained it was because they co-directed it, though it was funny and Peter felt pretty awkward.  In the end it was great though because he’s good with answering questions and even came up with a good one to ask another director.

Almost all the shorts were very good.  Even the ones that weren’t my cup of tea were made well.  I really enjoyed it.  Many were really funny.  The Night Caller is more of a straight up suspense film.  I think it went over really well.  We cant’ tell how scary it is because we made it, but feedback has been that it’s suspenseful.

Before the shorts they had a mingling period with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  We saw a few folks we knew.  We got our photo taken on the ‘bloody carpet’, though a guy that worked there must have thought we were just random people off the street because he was like, “Make it fast.”  Peter was one of the filmmakers and one of a few listed on the program for the Q&A.  I think it’s ok if we want to get a snapshot, duder.  It seemed like all the pro photographers had left already by then anyway.    It was silly.  We got 2 snapshots, a silly one and a regular one.  Guess which is which.

Viscera Film Festival

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The Night Caller will be playing as part of the Shorts program at the Viscera Film Festival this Saturday.  It will be at the Egyptian theater.  Shorts start at 7:30pm and I’ll probably stick around for the Q&A since Donna can’t make it.


*If you go to that site you’ll see a snap from The Night Caller as their main Background image.  ;)