Project Updates And News


It’s getting closer and closer to the start of Lepus. I contacted everyone about sitting down next week to do a table read of the script together. I can’t wait to see everyone playing off each other in the same room…especially since many of them are already friends.

But before the table read we have the Rapture Horror Expo all weekend long. It’s the first chance Brian and I have had to record from anyone but a house. I can’t wait to get up in front of a crowd, do our podcast, and grow our listening audience. Plus, we have a great list of people stopping by our show to chat with us. Some I can mention, some I want to surprise you with. But either way it’s going to be a great time. We are bringing cameras too, so there will be video up on http://abnormalentertainment.blogspot.com within a few days after the show.

Brian expressed to me he is creaking out a little about doing the podcast live in front of a crowd. I don’t know why. He and I did three panels at Phoenix Comicon last May and the audience loved it. This time it will be recorded for posterity. We are even bringing Tony and David Sabal along with us. They host a show with Brian about all things comic book related called The Atomic Fallout Society. They’re hoping to score some interviews at the Expo with the comic people there, like Brian Pulido, creator of Lady Death and Evil Ernie.

Once the Expo is done it is back to work on the short film. It’s been nice to have a small reprieve from thinking about it non stop and focus on something else. I have been watching movies to prep for the Expo like Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies and Paranormal Entity. I know who most of the actors are that will be there but I wanted to refresh myself on their bodies of work before going. And some of the Lepus cast will be there so we will try and get them to sit down and talk to us a bit about their projects as well plug ours a little.

Here’s the line up of people we will be talking to (as far as I can tell you so far) – some of the cast and crew of The Fallen One, an upcoming grindhouse style film starring Jake The Snake Roberts and Fred Williamson, directed by Rick Vasquez and produced by Michael Rodriguez. We will also talk in more detail to Jessica Cameron and Dave Reda. I also got in touch with the star of one of the movies being showcased at the Expo and he has agreed to sit down with us for at least 5 minutes to discuss his projects. I can’t say who it is yet but we are excited about it.

Brian and I have been doing a lot of work to make The Gorram Nerd Hour a lot of fun to listen to and make sure you enjoy it. We would love to hear your feedback. Stop by http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com or http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour and let is know what you think. Also, don’t forget to check out http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga to find out what is happening with Lepus. Or go to http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions to read about everything we are doing.

Paranormal Entity


There are a lot of movies out there that capitalize on the names of others. There’s Snakes On A Train, Transmorphers, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, and a multitude of others that do it with the art on the cover box or poster. Last night I watched Paranormal Entity. It took several aspects of what people responded to in Paranormal Activity and gave them a new twist…or attempted to anyway.

The movie begins with a family who just lost their husband/father. The mom was still an emotional wreck and began talking to him as if he was still alive inviting a presence into the house. The movie was shot as a found footage film complete with hand held video cameras, cameras stationed in the bedroom, and a camera in the living room. Weird stuff begins to happen in the house.

The movie was directed by Shane Van Dyke, a man who is no stranger to making features similar to bigger ones. He directed Titanic II and A Haunting In Salem, as well as writing others like The Day The Earth Stopped and Transmorphers: Fall Of Man. It’s not that the movie was bad it just didn’t have the same eerie feel as Paranormal Activity.

When making a found footage movie it is very hit and miss. Chronicle did a great job. So did The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Even The Last Exorcism was passable. But there are too many that rely on that idea too heavily and others that just don’t know how to use it. This felt like Van Dyke just wasn’t sure enough of what he was doing. I place no fault on him as a writer. The script wasn’t bad. The acting was far above what I expected. Erin Marie Hogan and Fia Perera were good as the sister and mother. And Van Dyke was good as the brother whom we rarely see on camera as he’s the one holding it. All in all I would say it was a worthy effort but not executed to its full potential.

I’m gonna have to give 2 out of 5 stars. I’m reluctant to go so low but I don’t feel justified to go higher.

Now go follow what Brian Smith and I are doing by checking out and “liking” our Facebook pages.

http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions, http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga, http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour or go over to http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and listen to our podcast, visit our sponsors, give feedback, or just tell us you love us. Also, don’t forget about Rapture Horror Expo next weekend at the Mesa Convention Center in downtown Mesa. We will be there along with some really big horror icons, scream queens, zombies, bands, up and comers, and many others including Paranormal Entity star Erin Marie Hogan. http://www.rapturehorrorexpo.com October 5-7.

The Gorram Nerd Hour Episode 3


We just finished recording our latest episode of The Gorram Nerd Hour. It was an episode of firsts. Brian and I both agreed on something. That was a first for the show. We also conducted a couple of phone interviews. As I mentioned previously The Rapture Horror Expo is coming up October 5-7th. We had the man behind the con, KB, talk to us via phone to tell us what we can expect from the first horror con of it’s kind at the Mesa Convention Center. Then we got on the phone with Dave Reda and the lovely Jessica Cameron and talked about their upcoming movie “Shadow”. It sounds like an awesome concept. I can’t wait to see it. They were both driving to a convention in Sacramento and we lost signal a couple times but we got through it. Jessica was telling us about a movie she will be promoting here called “The Black Dahlia Haunting” and Dave told us about his time as an extra on “So I Married An Axe Murderer”. They were very nice folks.

During the time we spoke with KB he told us that there will be a bunch of special guests coming. He mentioned Jake Busey and Tony Todd, which we already knew about. We found out that “My Bloody Valentine” star Betsy Rue will be there, the man who played Kincaid in “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and 4”, the star of “Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies”, director and comic book legend Brian Pulido, and a lot more. Visit their website for full details http://rapturehorrorexpo.com

Brian also ranted a bit about Superman Issue 0 that just came out and how they’re changing everything. We talked about the cinematic stink bomb that was C.H.U.D. and even managed to squeeze in time to talk about some potentially big news about the upcoming X-Men movie sequel/prequel. And we had a chance to plug our friend Ricardo Vasquez’s movie “The Fallen One” which shares a couple cast members with our upcoming short film “Lepus”. It was a good episode. You can find it Monday at http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour.

Rapture Horror Expo


Well, we are only two episodes in to The Gorram Nerd Hour but things are heating up fast. If you haven’t listened please go to http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a try.

I just got off the phone with the man behind the first ever Rapture Horror Expo happening in Mesa, AZ in just a couple weeks. He was able to pull in some pretty heavy hitters in the horror genre like Jake Busey and Tony Todd. There are also going to be screenings of The Frighteners and Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies with the man who played Honest Abe in the film.

We talked about the chance to do a podcast from the Expo and he agreed. He wants local support as much as possible. This is great news for everyone. It gives us a chance to really get our names out there for The Gorram Nerd Hour and Robot Vampire Productions. It gives us a chance to support indie horror cinema, something I have always tried to support and encourage people to watch.

For more details on The Rapture Horror Expo, guests, dates, events, and ticket prices go to http://www.rapturehorrorexpo.com. And don’t forget to “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga.

Mending Fences


About a year ago Brian Smith and I finished writing Welcome To Deadsville. We wrote it after meeting a director that encouraged us to do it. He said that if the script was good he would direct it. After several meetings with him we realized he just didn’t understand the material. We tried to find a way to handle the situation and tell him we wanted to find someone else to direct. We were afraid he would take it personally and weren’t sure how to approach the subject. While trying to figure out a way to talk to him about it the problem just sort of went away. We harbored no ill will toward the man and we hoped he felt the same way. We all just moved on.

After a short time Brian and I discovered that he had a new film project in the works and everything was going well for him. We were focused on making our short films which we decided I would direct and Brian would produce. It all seemed to work out. In fact, we are grateful to the man for giving us motivation to get started.

Here’s how it went. I met him at Phoenix Fearcon about a 1 & 1/2 years ago. We got to talking about our mutual love of horror movies. A couple weeks later Brian and I met him for drinks and pitched him the idea for Welcome To Deadsville. He encouraged us to write. So we got the Final Draft program and hammered it out. At the same time Brian got to know a man who was working at the Phoenix Comicon and got us both in there to work in the film festival. It helped us make some new contacts. That leads us to how we found someone to help us get Lepus going. That also led to getting our podcast off the ground and getting in with Abnormal Entertainment.

It’s amazing how one chance meeting can change the course of everything. Sure, the Phoenix Comicon was a separate thing but we wouldn’t have had as much reason to do it had we not first written a script and had something worth meeting these people for.

That pretty much gets us up to speed. So now I would like to say I wish this other director the best of luck with his current project, The Fallen One, and all future endeavors. We spoke last night and agreed to cross promote each others work. You can find a Facebook page for The Fallen One with more info but I will tell you this much – Fred Williamson is in it as well as two of my Lepus cast members, Rob Edwards and Kat Garcia.

And don’t forget to go “like” http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions, http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga, and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour as well as visiting Abnormal Entertainment’s Facebook page and http://abnormalentertainment.blogspot.com and http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com .

Alright, enough shameless self promotion for now. Thanks for your support

Another Lepus Update


The cast is secured. The locations are set. We should have most of our props and costumes. We had one victim left to cast. I may have spoken with someone this morning willing to do it. It’s a non-speaking role so it was hard to really find anyone how was a proper actress to show up, dress in a sexy nurse outfit and die.

Brian and I have been friends with a girl for years. She’s very pretty but not an actress and never had any aspirations to one. So obviously we never really thought about her. I sent her a message on Facebook about a week ago asking if she would like to be an extra at the Halloween party scene. That’s when Brian suggested I ask her to be the sexy nurse. She called me this morning and said she would get back to me tonight about it.

This is the last piece of casting we had left. I can’t wait to get started. We have a production meeting this week to discuss the project and see if there’s anything else we need to stress about but everything is looking great so far.

What’s great is that we have places that would work perfectly for the Sheriff’s station, the party house, and the few other locations we need right at our disposal. I am so excited to see what my actors do with the material. They were all amazing at the audition, even the ones we didn’t cast.

Go to our Facebook page http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga for more details coming soon.

The Gorram Nerd Hour


Ladies and gentlemen,

Brian Smith and I have been picked up by Abnormal Entertainment to do a weekly podcast called The Gorram Nerd Hour. Each week we will be reviewing a B grade genre film from past or present. This weeks episode we reviewed the 80’s classic Night Of The Creeps starring Tom Atkins and Jason Lively. We also talk about movie and television news, comic books and whatever else comes up.

We are very happy to have been included in the Abnormal Entertainment family. They have been putting on The Atomic Fallout Society for some time now with our friends Tony and David Sabal who later added Brian into the mix. Kevin Moyers and Camm Harston have said some very kind things about our first show we did independently and decided to pick us up after that. We are very grateful.

Very soon we are starting production on our short film, Lepus, and we plan to do a show from the wrap party and have some of the cast and crew on. In the meantime Brian and I are compiling a list of B movies to watch and review. So far we know we will be reviewing Jessicka Rabid, They Live, C.H.U.D., and a few others with our own brand of snark and appreciation for the art of making enjoyable bad movies. Those who have followed this blog know I love these types of films and I am so glad we have an outlet to share it with the rest of you.

Head on over tohttp://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a listen. Also make sure to go “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions, http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga, and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Shameless Self Promotion


Alright everyone who looks at this blog, I need your assistance. Brian Smith, my writing partner, and I have had our podcast picked up by Abnormal Entertainment. It’s a rather exciting thing when you think about the fact that we recorded one podcast and they liked it enough to welcome us into the family.

We did post the first one on here and hopefully you all listened to it. We call it The Gorram Nerd Hour. Tonight we will record the second podcast, our first for Abnormal, and then go weekly after that. Every week we will be reviewing one B Movie, talking about nerdy news in comics, movies and television, and promoting our own projects.

We recently started a Facebook page but I can’t change the link until we are over 30 “likes” so I would suggest going to http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and finding the link to “like” it from there. While you’re at you should also “like” our page for The Cristos Saga, the page dedicated to Lepus, Red Moroz, and Dybbuk (our epic short film trilogy). It’s guaranteed to entertain.

More Doctor Who To Review


I have been slacking lately when it comes to posting stuff on here. I could blame it on being busy with other stuff but I would be lying to you and myself. I found time before no matter what was going on. Anyway, I have two more episodes of Doctor Who to review before tonight’s all new episode. There may be spoilers so consider yourself warned.

First up – Dinosaurs On A Spaceship. I liked the idea of this episode. It was a great deal of fun watching the Doctor have an entire team of people running around with him, including by accident Rory’s dad played by Mr. Weasely from the Harry Potter films. The episode did two things – it gave us some wonderful insight into Rory by seeing his relationship with how dad, and it also gave a slight glimpse into things to come in relation to the Doctor’s new angrier outlook.

I’m actually glad I didn’t review this episode after it aired as I would have been more negative about it. I was rather annoyed by the ending but trying desperately to reserve judgement. The Doctor didn’t show mercy on a man who did far less wrong than those he has let live in the past. I was very surprised by his lack of mercy with the villain of the piece.

All in all the episode was great fun. Watching the Doctor, Rory, and Rory’s dad riding a triceratop was a lot of fun and made the episode worth it.

Episode 3 – A Town Called Mercy. This episode was a great deal of fun for me. First off, I love that they cast Ben Browder from Farscape as the Marshall of Mercy. He was awesome, as always. Someone please get this man more work. He’s a fan favorite after Farscape and Stargate. And nerds always want more of their favorite genre actors.

The story centers around a town where a mysterious gunslinger cyborg has cut off Mercy from the outside world while he searches for an alien called The Doctor whom he has sworn to kill. Just then the Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive in the town.

What was great about this episode was the payoff of where the Doctor left off from the previous episode. His darkness is explored. The themes of mercy and redemption play a big part here. And it was great to see Matt Smith really sink his teeth into the dark side of the Doctor. In the time Smith has played him we have seen smart, goofy, cold, egotistical, funny, and slightly cranky. This is the first time we see Smith play the Doctor angry and I really liked it. One of the things I loved about David Tennant was his ability to turn on a dime. You love his Doctor but you’re scared of him too. He was not someone to mess with. And now I see Smith can do that too. The three Doctors the show has had since its return have all been good in their own ways but it’s a bit like James Bond. Everyone will always be compared to Sean Connery. With the new incarnation of Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston didn’t stick around long enough to make a lasting impression so everyone will compare Smith and his successors to Tennant, and deservedly so. Smith just moved up a peg or two after A Town Called Mercy though.

A Study In Technique


While doing the auditions for Lepus last week Kelsee Benson got a bit nervous. She has never been around professional actors and felt intimidated running lines with them during the audition. After it was over and I took her home she pulled me aside. She asked me, “Geek (that’s a nickname I got saddled with when she was a baby and couldn’t say Jake), what am I supposed to be doing? I haven’t ever done anything like this before.”

Kelsee goes to a performing arts school. She’s used to stage work, singing and dancing mostly. She’s very confidant on stage but cameras are another story. I told her I would come back on Friday and we could go through the script and I would help her get comfortable.

I got to her house on Friday and first had to remove a refrigerator, install another one, jump my sister’s car battery, and suffer through watching The Voice before I finally got to work with Kelsee. As we sat there going through the script I could see the talent coming through. She has one problem – she can change her voice to express emotion but her face stays the same. It took some time but I got her to be more expressive. I had her use body language and I kept telling her to use her eyebrows more, just not as much as the stupid kid on the original 90210 who was David’s friend and accidentally killed himself when he dropped his dad’s gun.

After working on Kelsee’s expressiveness I had her try doing the frightened run she needs to do for the end of the short film. She’s supposed to run up to the sheriff to get him to stop the Easter Bunny. As she was running she kept looking like she was smiling. Finally, I got her to open her mouth and raise her eyebrows and she had a perfect look on her face where she looked scared but it was also very funny. I called her mother outside to watch the frightened run and she agreed. It is a perfect look and a slightly funny run that she does and completely sells it. She’s going to do great.