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My favorite genre of indie films is horror. I always love seeing how inventive filmmakers can be with lower budgets. How will they scare us? Director Mark W. Curran chatted with us about his horror flick Abandoned Dead, which stars horror icon Judith O’Dea from my favorite indie horror flick of all time, Night of the Living Dead.

Who?
It was written, produced and directed by me, Mark W. Curran. It stars scream queen Sarah Nicklin (Sins of Dracula) and Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead). Supporting characters include a creepy caretaker played by Chris Parker and the main antagonist is a psychopathic doctor. This was my first feature film. I shot it in 2015. It was picked up by Gravitas Releasing and enjoyed a US and Canadian release on the streaming platforms. It was then picked up by Indie Rights for the re-release last year, which is the color-enhanced ‘Director’s Cut.’

What?
Abandoned Dead tells the tale of a security guard, trapped in a run-down inner-city medical clinic and terrorized by supernatural forces which threaten to overtake her. It also touches on loneliness, alienation and the fallout from childhood abuse.

Where?
It was filmed in scattered locations around LA, but the main part of the movie was actually filmed in an old medical clinic in Artesia. It was really a creepy place. I think there were rats in the attic. Sometimes late at night some of the crew said they saw ghosts. I didn’t see any, but I suppose that doesn’t mean they aren’t there!

When?
We made it in 2015 and it was released in 2016. We shot it on weekends over a 6-week period. We had a very small cast and crew. All of the people on the set with the exceptions of the lead actresses were working on their first feature.

Why?
I’ve made some short films and shot some commercials and always wanted to do a feature. Having worked as a security guard when I was younger, I’d experienced some odd and scary things, namely on double shifts late at night walking through abandoned buildings my mind would play tricks on me. I always thought it would be cool to write it into a movie, and when the location became available to shoot in, I wrote the script based on some of those experiences.

How?
You can watch Abandoned Dead for free on Tubi TV. Click the link below or search on the app for “Abandoned Dead.”

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Next week we will spotlight the indie horror flick Abandoned Dead in our 5Ws and How independent film series, but first lets take a look at the movie’s trailer!

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Abandoned Dead was directed by Mark W. Curran. The movie is the “tale of a security guard, trapped in a run-down inner-city medical clinic and terrorized by supernatural forces which threaten to overtake her.” The horror flick features Judith O’Dea, aka “Barbra” from the iconic Night of the Living Dead, and stars Sarah Nicklin, Robert E. Wilhelm, Ivan Adame, and Hannah Johnson. You can watch the movie on Tubi TV.

Night Of The Living Dead

Horror legend George A. Romero has passed away. Romero changed the horror genre and crafted the modern zombie movie with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. His spanning career also included classics horror flicks The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and Day of the Dead. 

Official Description of Night of the Living DeadThere is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.

Thanks to it being in public domain, Night is available to watch online in many forms. Click here to to check out the classic zombie movie.

halloween

We hope that everyone has a happy, safe, and scary Halloween! Ill be doing my usual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, and what horror marathon could be complete without the original Night of the Living Dead? Enjoy…

There is only one thing that I like more than zombies, and that is George Romero’s zombies! So, you can imagine my excitement earlier today when I read in Variety that George Romero begins shooting this week on an all new zombie film, which is believed to be “Island of the Dead”.

The horror thriller sounds more like a solo film, rather than a continuation of his original “Night” series or his more recent “Diary of the Dead”. Either way, it is a Romero zombie film, and that is enough to get my butt in the theater.

According to Variety, the plot focuses on the “inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.”

The movie sounds like an old school voodoo zombie film, like the 1943 horror classic “I Walked With a Zombie”, rather than the more recent crop of high octane/non-stop action zombie films (“28 Weeks Later”, “Dawn of the Dead” remake).  Read more about who will be involved with Romero’s new zombie film by clicking here.