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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.
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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.

French premiere of Delivery at Mauvais Genre Festival.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Delivery has been selected to compete in Mauvais Genre, the big Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy film festival in France.  It’s our French premiere so we recorded an intro for it a while back.  We filmed it the same time as the Toronto intro. We attempted a few French words, like bonsoir, but most is in English.  I’m pretty sure they will have French subtitles for the film since they had to get those all set up for the distributors already.

Sadly none of us can make it to the festival. It screens Thursday April 17 in Tours, France.

Little Rock follow up

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Two things- #1 I forgot to mention that Delivery won “Best Scare.” Woo!

And then here is the interview I did after the screening:

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.

Heading to Little Rock in March!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Delivery is playing at the Little Rock Horror Show in March and I get to go!  I’ve never been to Arkansas.  Should be cool to visit.  March 20-23.  I head down Friday and leave Sunday so I’ll probably have time to see the city a little.


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!

Delivery – San Francisco Indie Film Fest

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

We are screening up in San Francisco for the SF Indie Film Festival.  It’s so close and I have some friends up there, so I figured, why not go?  So I am.  I’ll be taking a couple days off and hitting the first 2 screenings.  I rarely have time to really take advantage of these events, so I plan to actually try and see a bunch of movies there.  Also SF is great so I’ll just hang out with friends and wander the city for a few days.

Sat. Feb 8 – 9:15 – Roxy
Mon. Feb 10 – 9:15 – Roxy
Wed. Feb. 19 – 7:00 – New Parkway


Delivery festival run summary!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

As of right now, we don’t have any film festivals scheduled because it’s going to the American Film Market this week.  I think it’s in a great position going to market.

We’ve had more great feedback this month:

“Speaking of the wife, Laurel Vail has the heavy lifting here. Not to speak ill of the rest of the cast ( not a bad apple in the bunch. All around solid acting) but Vail’s performance is the backbone of the film. During the first twenty minutes I almost forgot that she was an actress and just another reality show participate. Then shit gets paranormal and we slowly watch her unravel. Watching Rachel be tormented by these dark forces is a bittersweet pill to swallow.”
“Trust me when I say that this one movie you don’t want to miss.”  -Bub from Slack Jaw Punks (Detroit)

 “Both actors here really shine, Laurel Vail has to be good because so much is happening to her and so much of the story rests on her performance that if her performance  isn’t great the film would sink with her. Thankfully she rocks” – Ryan from Reel Nerds  (Denver)
4 out of 5 stars

Delivery was the best horror film of TCFF. ” – Patrick from City Pages (Minneapolis)

“It’s superior to most of its contemporaries” – Eric from The Movie Waffler (Dublin) 6 out of 10 stars

“It really worked! … Best Audience reaction of the weekend. …The subtleties make it for me.” – Weekly Geek Speak (South Yorkshire) 1 hour into podcast  7.5 out of 10 stars

” It IS slow burning but the ending is shocking, old fashioned and well worth it.” – Richard from Fanboy Confidential (UK)

“This sole complexity lends a final depth to the film” – Christina from The Betamax Revolt (Nottingham)

“There are comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby but Delivery is no lazy re-rendering and is an almost perfectly executed film. Don’t be put off by the ‘found footage’ tag, this film is head and shoulders above its genre peers.” – Alison from Left Lion (Nottingham)

 Some more recent interviews with Adam and Brian:

Reel Nerds Podcast (Telluride Horror Show)

Film Pulse (Screamfest)

Fearnet (Twin Cities Film Fest)

(Red Carpet from Twin Cities Film Fest)

And here are some great tweets from people all over:

And then our hotel room maybe tried to kill us…

Monday, November 4th, 2013

I think I woke up around 5 something in the morning.  It was the time change, so I don’t know.

My head hurt really bad, which isn’t unusual. But my chest also hurt.  This occasionally happens if I’m having really bad anxiety so I get tense.  I tried to relax so I could fall back asleep, but then it felt like my heart was racing.  I tried taking my own pulse, then realized I don’t know what a normal rate is.

So I was trying to decide if I was just imagining it being an abnormal rate and that it was just the headache compounding it, or if it was actually going really fast.  I also had a bit of heartburn and remembered reading that women have that sort of thing when they have a heart attack.  I was really flushed and when I went to move I got a major head rush.  I sat up and Jeff was already awake.

I told him I felt.. weird.  And maybe, just to be safe, I should go to the hospital.  I stood up and stumbled toward the wall.  Meredith was also awake.  I heard a door open and was sort of disoriented so she guided me into the bathroom.  Maybe I said I felt ill? Anyway, I stumble in there, manage to remove my night guard and put it in the sink before falling over and throwing up on the floor.  I assumed I ate something bad since I had started feeling ill before we came back.

As I sat on the floor, my head against the cool toilet seat, I overheard Jeff and Meredith discussing that they were also feeling really odd.  Headaches, really dizzy, heart just pounding out of their chests.  We started going over everything we ate and drank that day and none of it lined up for all of us.  Jeff had a feeling it was something in the room if it hit all of us.  He opened the window, which was a tiny crack, but the room had a balcony, so we could open that wide. We also turned off the AC unit.

Jeff woke up Liz to make sure she was ok.  She said her heart felt fine and assumed the headache and dizziness she felt was hangover related.  And maybe it was.  We can’t prove we had carbon monoxide poisoning, but we sure started feeling better after we opened the door.

My heart slowed down finally.  I was still too dizzy to lie down.  When I tried I just threw up again.  Once I felt like I could stop hugging the toilet, I propped myself up in a corner and tried to fall asleep.  Except not right away.  I kept trying to wake myself up because I was still afraid.  Eventually I did fall asleep against the wall.  And then after while I could lie down again.

In the morning we noted that the room had no ventilation other than opening the door and that bathroom window a crack

I stayed lying down until we really had to check out.  I left some cash for the cleaners because I felt so bad about throwing up on the floor.  I also left a note telling them to leave the door open until it’s checked for CO.

At the front desk when we checked out, I told them what happened.  He said the smoke detectors were also CO detectors.  Hopefully they will test that room at least.  Even if it wasn’t CO, something was in the room making us sick.  And if it was CO, maybe it wasn’t high enough for the detector to sense it, but enough to make us sick.

In the morning I realized my wedding ring wasn’t on, but I was so grateful we were ok that I wasn’t super worried when we couldn’t find it.  Then it turned out to be in my jeans pocket.  Yay!

On our way home we had a lot of good laughs about it.  It seems that Palm Springs keeps trying to kill me and Meredith.  Last time we were there we both got sick after going out on the town and partying a bit much.  This time I wasn’t even drunk, so Palm Springs had to up its game.


So anyway, make sure your CO detectors are working and they should be installed lower than a smoke detector because CO is a heavier gas.

Feartastic Festival rounds out Delivery’s festival run

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Well, it’s November and Delivery has made the rounds around the world.

This weekend was the final screening and I was able to make it to the festival.  It was Feartastic, the first ever Palm Springs Horror festival.  We had such a great time.  My husband and 2 of our friends came with us.  We grabbed a drink at the Hard Rock Hotel before catching a cab over to the theater. They had some promo stuff from FOX in front so we took some goofy snaps.

Sleepy Hollow Cast, in Cardboard

I will defeat you Death!


The people manning the table were super nice and when they heard I was in the next movie, they gave my friends and I VIP badges and me a free T-shirt! Then we did red carpet photos and headed inside while we waited.

The theater is adorable.

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Upstairs they have a full bar and it was still happy hour, so we took the bartender’s suggestion and got rum runners, which had red syrup dripping down the sides like blood.  It probably wasn’t intentional for the scary theme, but it worked.

bloody delicious!


Then everyone else got there and we did some more red carpet shots.  By then it was time for the movie, so we went in.  The theater was pretty full and people seemed excited. During the screening the crowd was much more vocal than Screamfest had been.  And of course the big scene that gets everyone was very effective.

After the screening, the lights came up and we did a Q&A.  Colter was there; he played Kyle’s best friend in the film.  Marc and Adam were also there.  Brian was still in the UK, more on that later.  The moderator was great and some of the audience also had questions.  Then when we exited a bunch more came up to ask more questions and get photos.   Once again, Palm Springs proves to have a great movie audience!

This is about when my phone totally died so I don’t have many more photos.

By then we were starving, so we missed out on the last film, Here Comes The Devil, but I did meet the director, Adrián. He is super nice.  He has made other films, so I’m going to have to track them down.

We found a place back near the hotel: Oscar’s Cafe.  It was delicious. I was amazed we got seated so fast since it was also Pride Weekend in the city and downtown was packed (and faaabulous!). After dinner we decided to walk to the after party instead of taking a cab, but underestimated how far 0.8 miles actually takes. But we made it!

The party had an amazing spread.  I wished I hadn’t eaten so much at dinner.  There were so many kinds of cheese!! Also other stuff, but CHEESE! I met other filmmakers and the programmers of the festival.  I only ended up drinking 2 light beers since the cocktail from dinner wasn’t even affecting me, so I didn’t bother drinking any more.  I told Jeff I would drive.

I think we went back to the Hard Rock around 12:30ish I think.  We sat in the lobby bar where there was a DJ in a little booth covered in speakers, but then still needed to have a speaker set up because at the Hard Rock, none of the decorations actually work.  There was a small contingent of dudes dancing up a storm in the lobby next to the DJ. I tried my phone one more time, so this is the only snap I got that night. Those guys were into it.

Dance party

At some point Marc got up and called us over.  So we danced for a while and it was super fun.  We got tired and didn’t really know what the song was, so we sat down again.  Then I started feeling a bit ill.  I figured I danced too hard and was probably pretty dehydrated by then.  Jeff and I went back to our hotel and Liz and Meredith came a little bit later.

Then we maybe almost died.