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The MCU has been very popular for a number of reasons, but one of the things that really worked in Phase One was a handful of characters that appeared in multiple movies in smaller roles at first and helped to bring the bigger world together. Marvel owes a lot to Phil Coulson and Nick Fury. With James Gunn and Peter Safran leading the new (and hopefully improved) DCU, what characters should they bring in to tie the various movies together? We have a few ideas.

JIMMY OLSEN

Who would be better than Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen? He is a beloved character that has been around for more than 80 years. He could give the audience a very human perspective to this larger than life world of superheroes, over the top villains, and fictional cities. His job as a photojournalist could let him travel city to city photographing superheroes for the Daily Planet- and it gives him a unique chance to network with the various heroes (he is Superman’s best friend if you have not heard). I can also picture a docu series with Jimmy talking about different cities, the superheroes in them, and the already established rogues. The DCEU wasted Olsen’s potential, lets hope the DCU doesn’t repeat this mistake!

PHANTOM STRANGER

Okay, maybe a human is not strong enough to hold the DCU together through various movies, how about an omniscience being who already ties together DC Comic’s supernatural, cosmic, and earthbound heroes together? Heck, he even helped usher DC’s crossover with Marvel in the nineties. The Phantom Stranger is the perfect character to lurk in the background, moving heroes and villains around like chess pieces, and preparing for something big and multiverse shattering. And look at that fedora, is there a more stylist immortal character for James Gunn to choose?

VANDAL SAVAGE

Who says we need a good guy to tie together the various movies of the DCU? Thanos became the connective tissue of the MCU movies after Coulson/Fury and the first Avengers movie. And we keep sitting at thej edge of our seats for the mad titan’s next appearance. While I love Lex Luthor and the Joker, both have been kinda overused in past movies and TV shows. Enter Vandal Savage, a 50 thousand year old villain who has faced off with both the Justice Society and the Justice League. He is a master manipulator who can also hold his own against most of the heroes of the DCU. He can tie different time periods of the DCU together (Jonah Hex, Golden Age Heroes, Swamp Thing, Icon),and just maybe, his plan has been boiling for thousands of years…

What characters would you love to see tie the DCU together? Do you want to see movies tie together right away, or wait a while to crossover?

We are back with more movies that you can Watch Online for Free! A few weeks ago we connected and sent some questions over to Pablo Chehebar, the co-director/co-writer of Beavers: Patagonia Invaders. The movie is a documentary about an extraordinary incident in Argentina that began in 1946 that has had a lasting impact to present day.

“Argentina wanted to enrich its southern fauna, because it seemed to it that it did not have the attractiveness of the northern forests,” Pablo told us. “For this it decides to import 20 beavers, introduce them and thus develop a fur industry. 70 years later fur is no longer used to make coats and the beaver has become an unstoppable plague that is destroying the Patagonian forests. What to do with them? Kill them all? Eat them? Return them to Canada? Solutions that are still being sought, while the beaver continues to live in Patagonia, without fully understanding how it got there in the first place.”

I can barely wrap my head around the fact that 20 beavers were released in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost island of Patagonia, and turned into more than 150,000 beavers. That is madness. Pablo went into why they turned this story into a documentary, “Because we believe that the worst weapon humanity has is ignorance. Deep down, the beaver is a problem of ignorance about the so-called “invasive species” and what to do with them.”

Beavers: Patagonia Invaders was co-directed by Pablo Chehebar and Nicolás Iacouzzi and features Christopher Anderson, Claudio Bertonatti, and Mariela Borgnia. You can watch for free on Tubi TV and The Roku Channel.

And you can find out more info on the movie and watch the trailer here.

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What is Wherewolves about?
Bullies, jocks, and geeks. A teacher. The woods. An unspeakable horror. A fresh take on an old theme where nothing is what it seems. What is out there? Can it really be werewolves?

Using a fun, explosive style, full of new slang and fresh dialogue, Wherewolves is the story of a group of high school seniors, most “military brats”, who are headed for an army-type survival weekend. The underdogs, Jeffrey and Doris, do not want to go as they fear for their safety among the disdain and cruelty of the popular students. Sergeant Tim O’Sullivan, their teacher, as well as their dysfunctional parents pressure them into going, but it is an unforgivable act by their peers that propels the pair to go. Likewise, Elie, a student resented because of his Arab roots, is even more determined to prove himself this weekend. In the background, a news report cautions of a wanted couple with alleged super-human strength supposedly brought on by a new drug on the streets.

In the woods, the students hike, hunt, camp, and soon act in unity as the forest brings them closer together. But does it? O’Sullivan leaves them alone for the night. The students bond, chant, tell campfire tales, and quickly lose their fears and inhibitions. HOO-AH! Though sexual tensions are high, it soon turns to violence and everything quickly turns sour. When the kids start disappearing one after the other, the remaining begin to unwittingly “act like the natives” carving spears, ready to face whatever is out there. What has gotten into them?

Amid blood-curdling growls and gruesome deaths, the story’s underlying layers are revealed. We see how misconceptions, prejudice, greed, fear, and hatred bring out the worst and best in us. What is out there? Can it really be werewolves?

What inspired Wherewolves?
Our love for horror films and George Romero’s body of work – which always includes an underlying social commentary – and particularly Martin (1976).

Tell us a little about you both, who are John Vamvas and Olga Montes?
John Vamvas and Olga Montes started as an acting team in 1992. They soon began to write their own scripts for lack of finding two-person plays they could tour across North America. They’ve written and toured four full-length critically acclaimed plays to packed houses across Canada and the United States, including Bad Boy, which they were invited to perform Off-Off-Broadway at New York’s Creative Place Theatre in the heart of Times Square.

In 2001, they were approached to star in and rewrite the dialogue for the short film, Things Never Said in Playa Perdida. Playa won the audience award at the New York Short Film Festival in 2002 and tied first place at the Festivalisimo festival in Montreal.

John and Olga wrote Wherewolves, a horror screenplay in 2010. It was quickly optioned but the project subsequently fell through. They then adapted WHEREWOLVES into a novel, edited by award-winning Canadian writer Shelley A. Leedahl.

The couple has now turned to indie film production, with Scarpedicemente, a play they wrote and toured in 1996, as their first feature. Scarpedicemente is currently on the Film Festival circuit and to date has garnered 51 Awards and 6 Nominations (watch the trailer for Scarpedicemente here!).

John has extensive experience directing for the stage, including A Hatful of Rain at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre, where he met Olga in 1992. He has as well directed two plays at NY’s Creative Space Theatre, including Frederick Stroppel’s The Mamet Women.

When not acting, Olga works as a freelance translator and simultaneous interpreter, working with high-profile clients, such as the United Nations.

How can we read Wherewolves?
You can find Wherewolves online at Amazon and you can find out more about John and Olga at their website.

Posted on December 26th, 2022 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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For My Sister from writer/director Gabriel Rhenals is an india drama that focuses on a young woman desperate to save her sister from the grips of a serious and worsening depression. The movie stars Stephanie Maltez, Cristina De Fatima, Natalie Ramirez, William Guevara and Mireya Kilmon. It was distributed by Indie Rights Movies.

You can learn more about For My Sister here (The 5Ws and How: For My Sister) and you can watch the indie drama for free on Tubi TV.

Posted on December 2nd, 2022 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (4)
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Wow, October and November flew by in what seemed like the blink of an eye. We’re going to try to get new interviews and movie spotlights up as we head into the new year.

A couple months ago we had the pleasure of connecting with Mara Lesemann, the writer and producer of the independent film Detours. She shares with us details on how the film came together, the awesome cast, and the real road trip that they needed to take to bring the movie together.

Who?
I wrote and produced the road trip comedy Detours, which is my 2nd feature. Robert McCaskill directed, and Christopher Eadicicco was our director of photography. I knew from the beginning that I wanted Tara Westwood (The Grudge, Triggered) to play the daughter who’s moving to Florida and convinces her depressed, widowed dad (Carlo Fiorletta, Available) to drive south from NJ with her. Tara had a major supporting role in my first feature, Surviving Family, and I loved working with her. She traveled with me on several festival road trips for that movie, and after brainstorming with her for days, I asked her to also come on board as a producer. That turned out to be the smartest thing I could have done. Tara and our casting director, Caroline Sinclair, put together an amazing cast for a low-budget indie movie. It includes the amazing Richard Kind; the late great Paul Sorvino; multiple TONY award winner Michael Cerveris; Deirdre O’Connell, who won the 2022 TONY for Best Actress; NY stage and indie film standout Debargo Sanyal; and Vanessa Aspilla (Only Murders in the Building). We worked with indie musicians to create a fantastic soundtrack, including the closing credits song “Down the Road” by country music singer/songwriter Lane Turner.

What?
Detours travels from New York City to Saint Petersburg, Florida with Jennifer Giraldi, a NY-based actress whose marriage has just ended and who has vowed to build a new life and a new career in Florida. It’s been two years since her mom- a successful writer- died suddenly and her dad is struggling with depression. Dan still has his late wife’s ashes in a coffee can in his kitchen because he can’t decide what to do with them. The father and daughter re-discover their shared joys while they examine their very different perspectives on the late mom (played in flashbacks by Kim Director). They both also dip their toes back into the dating pool, with humorous but sometimes contentious results.

Where?
We shot all the indoor scenes in New York City and New Jersey. Then we hit the road with a skeleton crew and shot the actual drive that Jennifer and Dan take in the movie. We went south on Route 95, cut east over to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, then continued south to Saint Petersburg, Florida. Our camera team did an amazing job. Most of the movie was shot on an Arri Alexa, but the road trip incorporates some scenes shot with a Go Pro from a moving car.

When?
Detours takes place in the present, except for a few flashbacks to Jennifer’s childhood. We shot the movie in late summer and early fall of 2014, and it premiered at the 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Introducing our movie in the city where the action hits a climax- a scene shot on a boat on Tampa Bay with help from Eckerd College’s student Search & Rescue Team- was great. I’ve worked with FilmHub to get the movie out to a range of streaming services, and that’s been a very good experience.

Why?
I love telling stories about families- the good, the bad, and the lies. My first feature was about alcoholism, mental illness, and suicide, so I wanted to look at the lighter but still very imperfect things that we all go through. Having full control of my projects is a joy, even though that comes with a (very!) tight budget.

How?
Detours is currently streaming on Tubi, The Roku Channel, Plex, and Freevee.

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Learn more about the movie on its official website!

Every year we celebrate Halloween by watching non stop horror movies! It is the perfect time of the year to give indie horror flicks & thrillers a chance! Here are 8 indie flicks to check out this season!

The Lost
Director: Alex Klaus
Starring: Hollie Lewis, Rorie Stockton, and Rob Carr.
Description: In this urban ghost story, a young mother meets an insecure man and a struggling artist, searching for answers after the accidental death of her son. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

M.O.M. (Mothers Of Monsters)
Director: Tucia Lyman
Starring: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bailey Edwards, and Ed Asner.
Description: A distraught mother suspects her teenage son is a psychopath who may shoot up his high school, but when he outsmarts the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. (Source: Amazon)
Click here to watch on Amazon Prime

As The Village Sleeps
Director: Terry Spears
Starring: Shiah Luna, Victoria Strange, and Eleonora Saravalle.
Description: A young woman hosts a birthday weekend at her family home, but an unusual card game quickly escalates into a vicious battle for survival. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Bugs: A Trilogy
Director: Simone Kisiel
Starring: Alexandra Grunberg, Marissa Carpio, and Kobi Frumer.
Description: Three women, three stories; endless real-life reasons to scream. These bugs, while mostly metaphorical things of nightmares, are sometimes under the bed… and already inside you. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Chicago Rot
Director: Dorian Weinzimmer
Starring: Shira Barber, David Cartwright, and Brant McCrea.
Description: After a wrongfully imprisoned man is released, he madly searches Chicago’s back alleys for the man who murdered his mother and robbed him of his soul. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on The Roku Channel

Introspectum Motel
Director: Marcel Dorian
Starring: Laura Wilson, Michelle Jane Wright, and Joseph Steyne.
Description: Two strangers head down a dark and twisted path inside themselves and confront their choices as they begin to uncover the connection between them. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Guilt
Director: William Chaffin
Starring: Anna Hoots, Jared Noble, and Liz Fletcher.
Description: A struggling schizophrenic must figure out how her loved ones are dying. Is it her battle with mental illness or is she haunted by something more? (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

Extramundane
Director: Joshua Sowden
Starring: Brant Rotnem, Craig Gells, and Brock Jones.
Description: Trevor, a new property manager, tries to find his way when he takes over an apartment building with a dark past during a pandemic. (Source: Tubi)
Click here to watch on Tubi TV

What indie films are on your Halloween watch list? Let us know in the comments!

What is The Killing Death about?
The Killing Death is about detective Frank Malone and his partner Jimmy as they investigate a serial killer making a pizza out of body parts. The monster is following an ancient Egyptian ritual that threatens more than just his victims. It could destroy the city itself! This is a 80’s infused pulp horror/comedy novel with loads of gore, action, and schlocky laughs. It’s an expanded novelization of my film of the same name (learn more about the film here).

What inspired The Killing Death?
As I was developing my universe of books and movies, I realized that The Killing Death film, being no-budget, didn’t meet half of the expectations that I had hoped it would, so I decided to fix it by writing the novelization. I expanded the story, explained what needed explaining, and took it to a whole new level. It fits in between the first two books of the High School Hell series, but you don’t have to have read those to know what’s going on. Nor do you have to have seen the movie. This is designed to work as a stand alone story. The vibe was intended to be a throwback to the 80’s horror novels you used to see everywhere, the ones with skeletons, holograms, or fold outs on the cover. Think Night of the Creeps or The Monster Squad.

Frank Malone is a character that can be placed in almost any situation and The Killing Death kicked everything off back in 2006, but I knew that I could do so much more on paper than I could on screen (without money) so I’ve been expanding his universe over the years to over 25 books and 10 screenplays. This particular book is set during his old age, but there are other stories that feature him in earlier eras. Stay tuned!

We’ve spotlighted 2 of I.D. Russell’s novels in the past (Heart of Stone & The Revengist), but here is a little recap about him…
I’ve got lots of different things on the go; movies, books, YouTube videos, all of which intersect in different ways. I’m also a Dad, a gamer, a voracious reader, a collector, and a martial artist. I unfortunately (?) know way too much about retro pro-wrestling. Keep watching my channels and platforms for some crazy stuff in the future!

I’ve still got a foot in the 80’s. I love that era of action movies, horror movies, and comedies. Everything I’m doing mashes up pieces of what I grew up with, like The Monster Squad, Police Academy, G.I. Joe, The Naked Gun, Hong Kong movies, video games, and schlocky pulp books. At some point, people have to notice, right?

How can we read The Killing Death?
You can find The Killing Death on Amazon and the Ringo Jones website.

Posted on September 3rd, 2022 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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