One night, in an abandoned theatre, six twisted tales are told as a puppet (played by Udo Keir) takes Ken Kasten’s protagonist, Enola Penny, on a trip through a Theatre Bizarre of fear, shock, laughter, and gory delights.
Richard Stanley follows a young couple in the French Pyrenees in “Mother of Toads” – a Lovecraftian discovery of the dark side of magic that sets the stage for the wild trip to follow. In Buddy Giovinazzo’s “I Love You” a crumbling relationship takes a grisly turn in this brutally blunt and vicious view of the human condition. In Tom Savini’s “Wet Dreams,” limbs and loins are unabashedly violated as reality informs an unfaithful husband’s Freudian nightmares. A young girl and her mother reflect upon a roadside accident in Doug Buck’s “The Accident”- a gut-wrenching meditation on death. In Karrim Hussain’s psychologically horrific “Vision Stains,” a writer’s determination to record the visions and memories of others enters forbidden territory.
And in a delightful and dizzying concoction of comedy and horror, David Gregory’s “Sweets” offers up a sugarfest for a relationship gone sour- and is the perfect dessert to complete the filmmakers unforgettable feast. –Oldenburg Film Festival
Buddy Giovinazzo is an independent filmmaker and author who is known for his gritty-low budget debut film, Combat Shock, and his collection of harrowing short stories of low urban life in his 1993 novel, Life is Hot in Cracktown.
Born May 5, 1957 in New York City, Buddy grew up in Staten Island. He went to the College of Staten Island where he graduated with a Masters in Cinema, later teaching film there as well.
He is the brother of Rick Giovinazzo (Ricky) who is a composer, orchestrator, and the star of his premier film, Combat Shock. His cousin is television and film star, Carmine Giovinazzo.
His novel, Life is Hot in Cracktown, was recently adapted into a feature film by Giovinazzo himself as writer and director. It will be seeing distribution in the United States soon. —wikipedia
Co-writer of Nacho Cerda’s THE ABANDONED (2006), Karim Hussain is also known for his controversial first feature film as a director, SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY (2000) and the art-house genre film ASCENSION (2003), Winner of the New Visions Award at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, and the short film LA DERNIÈRE VOIX (THE CITY WITHOUT WINDOWS) that Hussain co-directed in 2002, and was nominated for a Jutra (Quebec Academy Award) for Best Short. Between 1997-2001 he was a programmer for the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and also works as a cinematographer. LA BELLE BÊTE (The Beautiful Beast) (2006) premiered at the Sitges Film Festival and is Hussain’s third feature film as a director. —fantasticfest.blogspot.com
Richard Stanley (born 22 November 1966) is a film director and screenwriter born in South Africa. Stanley currently works and lives in London, England.
He has worked on music videos for bands like Fields of the Nephilim, as well as directing a 50-minute length video for Marillion’s concept album, Brave, which has since been released on DVD. In April 2006, it was announced he is to direct a new music video for Fields of the Nephilim’s latest studio album, Mourning Sun.
He has directed two feature films: Hardware in 1990 and Dust Devil in 1993.
Hardware was the subject of controversy when it was revealed that Stanley used the story “Shok!” (published in comic magazine 2000 AD) created by Kevin O’Neill and Steve MacManus for a basis of his screenplay. Only after a court case, which Stanley lost, were the two given writing credits on the film. Hardware is now considered the first 2000 AD story to be adapted into film.
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Dubbed “The Godfather of Gore” for his brilliant make-up and special effects work on countless horror movies, Tom Savini has grossed people out as the guy behind the gore on films ranging from Friday the 13th to Night of the Living Dead to Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn.
Developing an interest in magic and illusion as a child, when he was inspired by the 1957 Lon Chaney biopic Man of a Thousand Faces, Savini spent most of his youth in his room, inventing characters and experimenting with make-up techniques. After studying acting and directing at Carnegie Mellon University, he went to Vietnam as a combat photographer for the Army; ironically, he would later gain fame for simulating on the screen the same kind of carnage he witnessed first-hand during the war.
Savini first began working as a make-up and special effects man on horror movies during the early 1970s. Some of his more notable work during that decade and the subsequent years includes George A. Romero’s… read more