Congrats to Joe Bob Briggs on his new Shudder marathon! Let’s take a look back at our New York Cinema Radio interview with Joe Bob Briggs! This interview was essential to the VHS Massacre documentary!
After he received the WorldFest Remi Award, Ridley Scott commented “WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!”
This Saturday Worldfest Houston will make the announcement that Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast, a feature film that I directed with Jon Gorman will receive a Remi award from Worldfest Houston. For me personally this is a sea change for me as a filmmaker. Many of you may feel like I’m being dramatic but you have to understand where I’m coming from. After years of entering film festivals like Sundance, Slamdance, Tribeca, Worldfest, New York Horror and other large festivals, I finally have cracked it. Don’t get me wrong over the past 15 years I’ve I accrued 16 film festivals wins, from places like Silk City, Bare Bones International, Connecticut Screening Room, New York B-movie FF, New Haven Underground and other places and I’ve been an official selection at California Indie Fest, New York International, Boston Underground, Hoboken International FF and probably 20 others festivals. However the Remi is important to me mainly because Worldfest Houston is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and it’s alumni is incredible. For instance Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee and David Lynch all won there first awards at Worldfest Houston.
The festival has been around since the 1960’s and I would call it the Roger Corman of film festivals. It’s not Sundance but they can spot talent like no other festival out there. Now I realize just because I won a Remi doesn’t mean that suddenly I’m a big deal or something but to be a part of this legacy means so much to me at this point in my career. Most of those famous filmmakers were probably ten years younger than I am now when they won their awards at Worldfest, but to be honest I don’t care. I realize I’ll never be Ridley Scott but I know now that I am good enough at what I do to be celebrated by one of the longest running film festivals in history that has a tremendous ability for spotting talent.
This win allows me to say fare well to Mark of Beast and lay it to rest knowing that I did everything in my power to push the film. I submitted the film in Blu-ray format and it occurred to me that the folks at Worldfest Houston are the only ones that ever saw my film at the resolution and quality that it was meant to be seen in. Thanks to everyone involved in the making of Mark of the Beast, for anyone who has ever edited and released a film they probably know that the film shoot is the easiest part and it’s not easy at all. It’s good to know it was worth it at least for me.
This just in from the Maverick Movie Awards! Our film Mark of the Beast gets one win and two nominations! Leigh Radziwon (LeighFX) wins BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP, Debbie Rochon picks up a BEST ACTRESS nomination and Jon Gorman and I (Thomas Edward Seymour) get a BEST DIRECTOR NOMINATION! Thanks so much to the cast and crew for helping to make a great little horror flick and thanks to the Maverick Movie Awards for recognizing all of us! If you get a chance have a look at the Maverick Movie Awards Alumni List. From Chris Gore to Philip Glass to Moby, it’s a pretty amazing group to be among.
|“…The Maverick Movie Awards puts credibility and intrigue back into the word ‘maverick.’”|
|– Les Claypool, Frontman of Primus, Music Producer, Film Director, Novelist, Winemaker, and Fisherman|
|“The MMA is the real deal. When you all say ‘it’s a level playing field…from a maverick point-of-view,’ I believe it.”|
|– Anthony E. Griffin, Moviemaker and Co-Founder of Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival|
This week the gang talks about the Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe films Masque of the Red Death and Premature Burial. Also we talk about your favorite low-budget horror films and give you our reactions to seeing Dark Knight Rises for the second time. Lastly this week we kick off our little Indiegogo fundraiser to try to upgrade our podbean account. Dig deep my fare friends cause it’s gonna get gross all up in this place. Starring Ken Powell Dave Leute and Tom Seymour
Half of a Million?
I sent 40 screeners out of Bikini Bloodbath Christmas the other day. My friends will do the the same, sending out even more than I. They are mailed to specific websites that showed an interest in reviewing the film. I wonder sometimes if this is how anyone ever gets famous. In a sense I’m blowing wind into my sail trying to get up one more rung on that ladder of success. sometimes I wonder how many people have actually heard of the Bikini Bloodbath series. With over 100 professional reviews from horror websites coupled with the 100’s of thousands of illegal downloads of the films and all the advertising and foreign releases. Maybe I should try to give a sweepingly inaccurate estimate of the total amount of people have have HEARD of the series.
1. So on my blog I have about 80 Reviews from Horror films websites. There are more out there but I’ll use a lower number. Let us first consider that some are from Huge website like Fearnet, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Joblo and say it averages out to 2,000 views a review to compensate for the smaller sites. So that’s 160,000. So let’s just say not all of the 2,000 people read the review but they saw the title.
2.The illegal downloading was hard to track down but we tried to add up how many people had downloaded off the dozens of torrent sites. The first film was downloaded the most probably at lease a few hundred thousand times. There were pages and pages or torrent sites with individual count numbers in the 60 thousands. But let’s just round down and say that all three films were downloaded 300,000 times. I’m not saying they watched it but hey know the title.Some people just download EVERYTHING.
3.Sales Listing advertising. There no way to really calculate this. the series is listing in news papers, most major video catalogs, online retail stores like Best Buy Amazon ect. and physical magazines like Horror Hound, Shock Horror and is advertised on other websites trade magazines ect. It’s a guess here so I’m aim low and say that 20,000 people read the title Bikini Bloodbath or part 2 or part 3 in all the advertising.
4.Video on Demand, DVD sales, Theatrical screenings, netflix viewings about 20,000 for all three films. U.S and foreign releases of the films
So at low estimates we can say that the Bikini Bloodbath series has easily reached a half a million people. For a little feature film series that’s not too bad. This number may be wrong, it may be way low. Who knows.