Gishwhes 2015 Has Begun!

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So it’s that time of year again where like minded crazy people get together and do crazy things in the name of charity. I already told you that I’m participating this year again so I thought I’d tell you how it’s going so far.

This is when you come to realize that there are people you want to do this for fun(people like me) and then there are the ones who really take this seriously. So far I’m only able to do two of the Items which I’m a little disappointed in. Why? because the same 3-5 people already claimed and finished the Items I wanted to do. Then they remind how I need to check the spreadsheet one of them made and put my name beside an Item. I would if there were things left for me to do! So far all the left is the super crazy Items like take a picture with the Clintons (not photoshopped). Also I’m a little annoyed when others tell me how I should do an Item. This is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable thing to do but so far this year it’s a hassle.

i feel like I’m not contributing as much as I should. But what can I do?

I’m not saying that Gishwhes as a whole is like this. It’s really not! I guess what really makes it fun is the people you participate with. Which brings me to Saint Sarah again. She was on my team last year and she agrees that this team we’re on is a little too serious. She’s actually going to help me out with one of the Items I’m doing. We’re going to dress up my dog as The Doctor and she’s going to dress her cat up like a Dalek. If the team doesn’t like it, too fucking bad. I’m submitting the picture anyway.

Anyways, I hope all you Gishers out there are having a blast! Tell me how it’s going for you so far!

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GISHWHES 2015 is Coming!

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Alrighty, y’all! It’s time for GISHWHES again and I really hope that you guys take a chance to check it out. i had a lot of fun last year and I’m super excited for this year. I have some of the same team members from last year which makes me very happy. Thank you, Robin for sponsoring me this year. I promise someday I’ll return the favor.

Anyways, If any of you register for we have a few spots open for our GISHWHES team mishasminions2.0. So check us out and hopefully you’ll join in the fun. That’s what it’s all about!

You have 6 days left to register so you better hurry!!

Sites:

https://www.gishwhes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialgishwhes

https://twitter.com/gishwhes?lang=en

Sinister Grin Press is Calling for Support!

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Alrighty, y’all! Let’s see what we can do for Sinister Grin Press! They’ve recently launched an Indiegogo campaign seeking support for their press. They’re looking to reach a $4,000 goal. So far they only have $185. That’s kinda sad and time is running out! The campaign closes in 28 days.

So what do you get for helping Sinister Grin Press? You mean besides helping a press out? Well depending how much you donate, you can get different gifts. From a mention on their website as a supporter to receiving 14 paperback copies of their current books plus 10 paperback copies of future books they publish! That sounds like an awesome deal to me.

So if you’re interested visit the websites below! I’m sure they’ll appreciate your generosity!

Sites:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sgp3-sinister-grin-press-pernicious-promotional#/story

https://twitter.com/SinisterGrinPre

http://sinistergrinpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sinister-Grin-Press/192775404110112

“A Tricky Treat” from an Alternate Universe!

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Director: Patricia Santos

Writer: Kamal John Iskander

Producer: Grace Santos

So I found this little piece of weirdness in my email. Damsel Cannibal wasn’t the only one who got it but she let me have this one to write about. She’s always looking out for what’s awesome.

Anyway, This short film was featured at the Fantasia International Film Festival and it is epically disgusting. But I say that in a good way. Have you guys ever find those funny pictures on the internet where it says “IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE” and there’s a picture of a tree chopping down a human being? “A Tricky Treat” is kinda like that. Starts out as a typical suburb family preparing for Halloween. Everyone is having an excellent time…except the poor helpless man in the basement. What could they want with this guy for Halloween?

At first this reminded me of a scene from another horror film called “Trick r’ Treat” where a suburb dad and his son carve a man’s head instead of pumpkins for Halloween. I was slightly disappointed thinking, “Oh this isn’t very original.” That is until I saw the ending…I’d love to spoil it for you but I think this is one you just have to watch in order to understand how gross yet awesome it is.

Sometimes mixing gore and humor can be a hit and miss but I thought that it was well done. My emotions changed from totally weirded out to having a giggle fit! Yes…through the blood and gore I was giggling like an insane person. Maybe I’m just a seriously unwell individual but that shit was funny. You’ll especially enjoy the ending.

I’m gonna shut up right now and offer you some websites to check out. I know that the director, writer, and producers are all award winners so I’m excited to dive into their work and see what else I can find the comment on.

Enjoy!

Sites

https://www.facebook.com/ATrickyTreat?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ChicArt-Public-Relations/1442480126052328?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/PatriciaChica

http://patriciachica.wix.com/website

http://ethospictures.com/about/

Guest Post With The Damsels!

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Got a horror project you want to spread the word about? Is it a new film? New book? Or something completely glorious that will drive horror nerds nuts? Let us know! We are open to guest post articles, signal boosts, submission calls, and tips. We want to hear from you. The indie horror community is important to us, Damsels, and without cooperation and support from you our little blog can’t work. Thank you all for continuing to follow us! 🙂

If you’d like to submit an article (be it a review, self-promo, or interview, or whatever!) don’t hesitate to email us at:

damselswithchainsaws@gmail.com OR vicycross@gmail.com

OR send us a request via tweet at @DWCHorror or down below in the comments.

Make sure your guest post relates to the horror genre and is edited and is under 500 words. If we like it we’ll post it. It’s that easy. This is a “for the love” and “honor system” we have going here, guys, okay? So please, no spam or icky stuff.

Cool? Yeah? Good.

The Damsels look forward to hearing from you!

~Damsel Cannibal & Damsel Bruja

The Wonderful World of Terrance Zdunich

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So this week we’ve talked about The Devil’s Carnival and how much we enjoyed it. I just ordered it so you all know what I’m going to be watching this weekend.

Anyway, I’d like to talk about this interesting fellow. His story begins as a storyboard artist for numerous films including Into the Wild, Bedazzled, and (my favorite cartoons as a kid) Max Steel and Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles.

But was that enough? Absolutely not! He collaborated Darren Smith, to put on 10 minute operas across LA. The Necro-
Merchant’s Debt was so well liked that they went ahead and made it the cult classic that it is today…Repo! The Genetic Opera. After Repo!, he went back to his illustrator roots and created a 12 part graphic novel series called The Molting which was named Best Horror Comic Series (2010). This series is about a dysfunctional American family in a decaying Anaheim, CA during the ’90s. Yet another thing on my to-do list to check out. Where does he come up with this stuff?! Let’s move on to 2012. Sadly, Repo! didn’t get the sequel we all wanted so what is an artist to do? Make another musical! His next creation was The Devil’s Carnival. We’ve already gone over the film and soundtrack so check those posts out HERE.

His imagination, in my opinion, is fun and outrageous at the same time. He is one of the few people on Earth that I can call a true artist. He composes music, he sings, he’s a illustrator, and he’s not afraid to put his crazy idea on paper. His art just grabs your attention. I can’t describe is any other way. I just think his art is beautiful. I hope you all can check him out and enjoy it!

Here’s a tidbit from the upcoming The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!

Sites:

 http://www.terrancezdunich.com/control/

https://twitter.com/terrancezdunich

https://www.facebook.com/tzfanpage

Sing Along With “The Devil’s Carvinal”!

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I think I already posted about Repo! The Genetic Opera and how insanely brilliant it was. Well, imagine my surprise and joy that Terrance Zdunich, who wrote Repo!, has pulled another gem out of his imagination.

I’m talking about The Devil’s Carnival. For this post I’m doing something different. Instead of reviewing the movie (Damsel Cannibal will take care of that) I’m reviewing the soundtrack. I haven’t seen the movie yet so listening to the soundtrack first gives a little something extra, don’t you think?

Anyways, from what I gather it’s about three people who go to Hell which is fashioned like a carnival. For being Hell, I thought these demons were hilariously upbeat. It’s like it gives the damned souls a false sense of security. Carnivals are supposed to be fun…that is until you’re tricked into repeating your mistakes over and over. And while these damned souls are navigating their way through Hell, the Devil is reading stories we’ve all heard like “The Scorpion and the Frog” or “The Dog and Her Reflection” to point out why they’re in Hell in the first place. By the end of it, The Devil comes up with a brilliant plan of putting Heaven out of business by offering “Grace For Sale”.

Fun facts about this, Zdunich plays the role of The Devil. You’ll also get to enjoy sequels to The Devil’s Carnival. The rock opera is going to be in three parts. From what I’ve heard, The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia is going to focused on Heaven. So let’s see how well God takes The Devil selling redemption to lost souls.

I really enjoyed the music because it was fun. For example, check out these lyrics!

Track 11: Trust me, trust me, honeydew. Just like I trust you. 

Track 16: Fa la la! It’s off to Hell we go. Cross your heart and hope to die, it’s off to Hell we go!

Those are just a couple. If I type anymore I’m just going put the complete lyrics up. I absolutely loved the whole thing but, of course, I have my favorites. Track 3 In All My Dreams I Drown, Track 8 Beautiful Stranger, Track 9 A Penny For a Tale, Track 11 Trust Me, and Track 15 Grace For Sale. I have a playlist below so take a listen and enjoy!

Which songs were your favorites?

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Calling Filmmakers!

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Now hear this! Now hear this!

The Anchorage International Film Festival is now accepting entries! Here are the submission dates so pay attention!

  • Submissions Open: May 15, 2015
  • Early Bird Deadline: July 20, 2015
  • Normal Deadline: August 24, 2015
  • Late Deadline: August 31, 2015
  • Withoutabox Deadline: September 
  • Notification Date: October 16, 2015
  • Anchorage International Film Festival: December 4-13, 2015

So grab your cameras and call your friends! Make a feature or short film of your dreams and show off to the world. please check out the sites below for more information about the rules and guidelines. Good luck to everyone submitting their work.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sites:

https://twitter.com/ANCFF

https://www.facebook.com/ancfilmfest

http://anchoragefilmfestival.org/2015/

Ghetto Tarot and the Haitian Slums

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Artist Alice Smeets recreates the Rider Waite tarot deck with Haitian people in the slums. All pictures copyrighted by Alice Smeets.

Voodoo is the official national religion of Haiti, but few if any Rider Waite tarot decks feature Haitian people or Haitian artists (let’s ignore the fact that a black woman invented the first Rider Waite tarot deck) Enter Alice Smeets and her fascinating photography project, “Ghetto Tarot.” She, along with a group of local Port-Au-Prince artists called the “atis rezistans” recreate iconic images from the Rider Waite with locally-sourced materials found in the Haitian slums.

The Queen of Wands “Ghetto Tarot” style by Alice Smeets.

I think this art project is fantastic. The recreated images are smart and offer a surprising glimpse of Haiti. Although the country’s impoverished surroundings are hard to ignore in these photographs, it is presented in a fun, interactive way. Yes, the poverty in Haiti is a crisis, but there is also more to Haiti than devastation and disaster. These Haitian artists’ sense of humor really made me smile and I wanted to share these images with all of you. Mondays suck. A little warmhearted irony can’t hurt. I originally found this story HERE on Design Boom.

All photos in this post are owned by Alice Smeets and respective artists.

Adorable, don’t you think?

5 of Cups recreated beautifully.

Alice Smeets writes about the project:

my aim was to create a very personal deck without loosing the different spirits of the cards’, smeets says. ‘then the idea entered my mind to combine three of my passions: the spiritual world, the haitian culture and people as well as the philosophical reflections about the dualities in our world; in this case rich and poor. moving away from the clichéd images of poverty, illustrating the spirits and meanings of the cards with a touch of humor in the middle of the slum and showing colored people for the first time on the traditional, old European cards to break stereotypes.’

The Ghetto Tarot project could use your support. They are trying to make it into a real 78-card tarot deck. They’ve met their goal, but you can preorder the deck along with posters and other prizes at their IndieGoGo page:

http://igg.me/at/ghettotarot

More about the artist:

http://www.alicesmeets.com/

@alicesmeets on Twitter

More about the atis rezistans:

http://www.atis-rezistans.com/about.php

Let’s Raise Funds for a Horror Movie!

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So I stumble on this and thought….why not talk about it. Jennifer Nangle is looking for some funding for a horror movie she wants to make based on a true story. According to the indiegogo website, she grew up in a haunted house and thought that it would make a great film. The video above talks more about it. Her goal is to reach $2,500 for make-up, editing, special effects, etc. so far she’s made it to $1,560. So if you want to donate you better hurry. You’ve got 18 days before donations closes. The website also has a list of rewards you can receive based on the amount you donate. For example, for $25 you’ll get a shout out on twitter and facebook, a special thank you, a secret link to behind the scenes clips, and a credit at the end of the film. I like a good ghost story, so let’s see if we can make this lady’s dream come true.

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/jennifer_nangle

https://twitter.com/demonic_attach

https://www.facebook.com/demonicattachment?fref=nf

Donate Here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/demonic-attachment#home