Brutal As Hell Review of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature

Here’s another review of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature; that was just posted! The review was written by Keri O’Shea for the website Brutal As Hell. We not only get a new review/perspective on the faux trailer (obviously), but we can a female perspective as well, which is awesome.

In the review, she mentions a term that’s being used to describe modern exploitation movies (Machete, Father’s Day, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, etc) that have been coming out that were influenced by the 70s/80s grindhouse films. The term is “rewindhouse.” I’ve never heard of it until this review, so to the reviewer’s disdain I just might start using the term, lol. I’m not entirely committed to it though. Anyways not only check out the review but the whole website too.

Excerpt from the review:

“But, what you do get is a sense of fun from proceedings and of a cast enjoying the experience of filming. Hell, I’d have been happy to see the girls (a real-life burlesque troupe) going even more over-the-top in their performances than they did, and I was happy that they got some good old-fashioned lo-fi gore in there. A grindhouse trailer ain’t complete without some blood and guts. Of the two ‘trailers’, I think Rebelle’s Revenge is the superior one for me: one big reason for this is that Courtney Cipriani as Rebelle brings the right sort of sneering attractiveness to her role. She looks the part and talks the talk, and we get the best lines of the film in this half of the reel. ” – Keri O’Shea (Brutal As Hell).

Read the whole review: http://www.brutalashell.com/2012/11/horror-in-short-the-can-cannibals-double-feature/

Also for any other short filmmakers, Brutal As Hell is looking for short films to review and here’s the article link: http://www.brutalashell.com/2012/10/short-film-makers-brutal-as-hell-wants-you-2/comment-page-1/#comment-75185

Daily Grindhouse Interview and Promote Horror

Man I’m horrible at keeping a blog, lol. Here’s some self-promotion but it comes from other websites! First my short film was featured and had a nice/short review on Daily Grindhouse. I also had the honor of being interview for the site also. I’ll be honest and this is the first time I’ve every been interviewed regarding one of my films. Also this project (The Can-Cannibals Double Feature) is the first project that has given me the opportunity to be covered by other websites too. It’s real exciting. So anyways, it was a great interview with Daily Grindhouse and even if you know me/worked with me I think you should read my interview because there’s some real insight into the way I work and what’s coming up next. I’m not saying I give brilliant answers that all should read, but it’s worth a read 🙂

From the review:

“Those familiar with the fake trailers in Tarantino/Rodriguez’s GRINDHOUSE will know what to expect here, and director Ragsdale has done a quality job replicating the look, feel and soundtrack of classic exploitation. It’s all quite intentionally silly – and features some of the least convincing fake intestines I’ve ever seen – but it’s nasty, bloody fun and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The acting from the Can-Cannibal gals is inconsistent (to say the least), but fans of 70s female gang films like Jack Hill’s SWITCHBLADE SISTERS will find plenty to love here.” – Doug (Daily Grindhouse)

Feature/Review: http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/no-budget-nightmares-short-film-round-up-the-end-2012-the-can-cannibals-double-feature-2012-and-a-certain-kind-of-monster-2012/

Interview: http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/no-budget-nightmares-interview-with-the-can-cannibals-double-feature-director-matthew-ragsdale/

Lastly, there’s a great promo on PromoteHorror.com. The website promotes pretty much everything horror related, like films, books, kickstarters, etc. It’s a great write-up and I’m really appreciative of the detail put into it, which I didn’t supply to the writer.

My promo: http://www.promotehorror.com/2012/11/watch-can-cannibals-double-feature-today.html

Rmar Production Update and ITSA Film Festival 2012

Just a quick update on my new project “Rmar,” which is a music video for Gabber Nullification Project. This is my second video for the band. If you read my earlier blog post in September I posted an open call audition for Rmar. I had to cut some characters out which was fine because I cut some extra roles and one character that was only added for one gag in the video. But sadly one person dropped out and I had to cut a major character from the video. I don’t mind, that shit happens, but it could have been handled better on the actor’s part. But now looking at the footage I think the video will work better without these characters. I always have the tendency to shoot too much footage, which can ruin the flow of the scenes and I just have to cut out good material because of time.

We shot the video in two days and it was great. The weather was great, we shot locally and had very few props or costumes. I and some actors were late on both shoots, but that was the only problem we ran into. I loved working with actors from previous projects but I was also able to cast some new faces. Because of my regular work schedule, it will take quite a bit of time to edit this thing together. So to my actors: please be patient with me 🙂

On Saturday (November 3rd) was the screening of The Can-Cannibals in Sonora, CA at the 2012 ITSA Film Festival. My girlfriend and I attended the festival but before we arrived we went to Murphys, CA and ate vegan beet burger sliders on a house made challah bun with house made chips on the side at Mineral. It was really fucking good! Anyone in the area seriously has to go try them, even if you’re not vegan you will love them.

We attended the horror segment of ITSA Film Festival called Reel Scary. The Can-Cannibals kicked off the event by screening first. The festival was real fun. This was our second time attending; the first time was for the Attack of the Killer UFOs music video. This time I got to speak for a little bit to the crowd about the project. And got to talk to a couple of cool people about film. Hopefully we stay in contact because it’s really important for our local film community to stay connected.

Here are a couple of short films that I really enjoyed:

He Dies At The End. Written & Directed by Damian Mc Carthy.

Dark Times by Peter Horn & Jared Marshall

More updates coming soon!