Saturday 29 June 2024

Interview With JC Wylde By David Kempf

JC Wylde

When did you first become interested in horror?

I've been interested in horror as far back as I can remember. I don't remember a time where I wasn't interested in horror. I do remember hints, bits and pieces of pop culture that led me to have a great interest in horror, but I cannot place the exact moment. I remember reading Cracked magazine at my grandmother's house in the early 80s and seeing a lot of cartoony horror characters, and since I am Canadian, we had the Hilarious House of Frankenstein which I also started watching at a very very early age which definitely influenced me greatly. It was a kid's show so I was allowed to watch it from the very start, maybe two or three years old. I was never scared of horror so my parents never outlawed or dissuade me from watching or reading stuff like that. Michael Jackson was also a huge influence on me both artistically and musically, so watching the Thriller video at about 3 years old was something indescribable, I watched it over and over and over, and then my parents bought the VHS of the making of Thriller, and I got to see Rick Baker doing the effects and makeup on MJ, I know that definitely burned into my brain and influenced me in countless ways. 

I also vividly remember taking regular trips to the video store with my mother, and making a direct beeline straight to the horror section even though I was only six or seven years old possibly younger, and wasn't allowed to rent any, I loved looking at the scary, creepy, and even funny horror covers, the artwork was SO amazing and fascinating it definitely influenced my future artwork.

When did you first create your own mask?

I created my first mask in 2007 after stumbling across a latex mask/bust website called Night Owl Productions owned and operated by Justin Mabry (Co-founder and co-owner of Trick or Treat studios) Justin has been a HUGE artistic influence and inspiration to me. over my 17 year career. To me Friday the 13th Part 7 specifically, that look and makeup of Jason Voorhees is the best makeup I have ever seen or at least my favorite. So when I stumbled across this website I couldn't believe this was a latex bust / mask, it looked exactly like the movie so until doing a little bit more research I was convinced it was a picture from the movie. 

Once I found out it was an actual piece of latex that an artist sculpted, I was hooked, it was like falling in love with a woman. No hyperbole or exaggeration, I had literally Fallen head over heels in love, and did everything I could to learn everything I could about sculpting, casting, painting and making latex masks/busts. It became an obsession. I began by ordering the full kit from monster makers, and began sculpting immediately, I will be honest and tell you this lol, I was awful for at least the first five years, many people told me I was terrible, and that I should just stop, I am not a quitter, so I kept going and improving and sculpting more and more and more, until finally after about 5 years I began to be recognized and complimented for my improved work.

When did you begin to sell masks?

I began selling my art immediately after sculpting my first piece, even though it was absolutely atrocious lol, The Mask Market was very new in those days and no matter how terrible my pieces were, people still bought them (Not too many though) because there were very few options.

But after 5 years, my sales began to be steady
Who are your favorite makeup artists?

As I mentioned in the second question, I think John Carl Buechler's makeup for Jason in Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood, is if not the greatest Horror/monster makeup of all time, is at least my favorite. The "Best" would Obviously be Rob Bottin's work on John Carpenter's "The Thing" I was very fortunate to be able to work on some cool movies in my career, Wolfcop 2, Stakelander 2, many independent horror films, and I even got to create a pumping heart for the movie "The Recall" with Wesley Snipes and RJ Mitte.

Dick Smith was actually not a conscious influence on me. I did not know any of his work, or was not educated on any of his work until I was in my late 30's and had already been doing this for several years. Subsequently I had educated myself on his work and had realized I had grown up watching his creations, he just wasn't a conscious influence.

Why do people like horror so much?

Horror has always been, and always will be popular because it is ingrained in our culture, society, psyches. It is a way for us to experience death and fear without actually having to physically experience it. Psychologically it is a very healthy outlet and studies show that it is beneficial for the human brain to experience horror and fear via the big screen.

I think people enjoy being scared because it is a way to get the blood flowing for some people who may not live a very exciting life?

I an a musician/songwriter as well as an artist, so my Inspirations come from everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere.

I couldn't even begin to make a list of who or what inspires me because it is all around me, but I will list a few people for fun:

Justin Mabry (Night Owl, Trick or Treat Studios), Bob Primeau (Scarewear), Michael Jackson, Zakk Wylde, etc etc.

What are some of your favorite horror books? 

For the most part I don't read fiction, I only read nonfiction. But my favorite Horror fiction, that I have read several times is 1984 by George Orwell, which as we all know as the years go by is no longer considered fiction.

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

Oh wow! I have so many favorites but I will name a few, the very first horror movie I ever watched in full was Child's Play when I was 9 years old in 1988 and that had a Monumental effect on me, so that is absolutely one of my favorites. The original Fright night, the Shining, the original first four Halloween movies as well as the latest three, yes I LOVED Halloween ends. 

My favorite horror series is Friday the 13th, Trick r treat, Back christmas, Nightbreed, The spookies, Hellraiser 1 through 4, the Thing, Suspiria, even the remake is amazing. Evil dead but only the first one. Killer clowns from outer space, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1,2 and 4, The Hunger, American Werewolf in london, House, Return to the living dead, They live, A Clockwork orange, Pin, and two of my favorite horror movies of all time House of 1000 corpses, and the devil's rejects.

What are your current projects?

My current project is that I am about to do a full line of large basketball size madballs called Wyldeballs, I have done a line of smaller softball sized versions, but I am embarking on a quest to do Large display versions for series collectors. I will definitely do a few classic Recreations of original madballs, but I plan on doing a bunch of horror versions of new characters.

Please in your own words write a paragraph about yourself and your work.

I definitely love what I do, it is very therapeutic for me personally, I have been through many struggles with addiction in my life and have been able to turn everything around 180° with the help of music and of course my artwork. Sculpting, painting, and music are three of the greatest forms of therapy that I could ever suggest anyone try. They have helped me to stay sober for many many years and I thank them for that. My work is always improving, and even after 17 years I still have a lot to learn, as does every artist whether they think so or not. I don't think I will ever stop doing what I dox whether it's for a job or simply enjoyment, though I do have to scale down my work as I get older lol, I'm only 45 and in fantastic shape, however lifting 100 lb molds filled with 100 lb of latex is extremely taxing on the back and I'm definitely feeling the effects of it as the years go by. So I will be making smaller Creations in the coming years.

Wednesday 26 June 2024

COMPETITION: Win Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 1 and 2

With Rhys Frake-Waterfield's sequel to cult hit Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey being released on July 1st from Altitude Film Distribution, we thought what better way to celebrate than having a competition and giving away both films on Blu-ray to a lucky winner.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey:
A horror retelling of A. A. Milne's 1926 book Winnie-the-Pooh, and follows the anthropomorphic characters Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet as they become bloodthirsty murderers when Christopher Robin abandons them for college.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey II:
Not wanting to live in the shadows any longer, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl, and Tigger take their fight to the town of Ashdown, leaving a bloody trail of death and mayhem in their wake.

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Four actors play Christopher Robin in the two films, can you name all  four?

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Tuesday 25 June 2024

NYX UK Announces Channel Premieres for July 2024

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By Jon Donnis

NYX UK is set to send chills down spines this July with an array of thrilling and spine-tingling channel premieres. With eight new films debuting, horror aficionados will be in for a treat, featuring a mix of retro-slashers, gory humor, and supernatural thrillers.


Headlining: Uwe Boll's "SEED"

The highlight of the month is undoubtedly Uwe Boll’s controversial retro-slasher SEED (2007). Airing on Tuesday, July 16 at 9pm, this film offers a divisive portrait of a serial killer, delving into the macabre and grotesque. SEED is a grim exploration of vengeance and the human capacity for cruelty, promising to leave viewers both disturbed and captivated.


A Disco Inferno: "DISCOPATH"

Kicking off the month's premieres with a blend of humor and horror is Renaud Gauthier’s DISCOPATH (2013). Set to premiere on Friday, July 5 at 9pm, this film transforms a local nightclub into a blood-soaked dance floor. With its unique mix of gore and humor, DISCOPATH is sure to offer a night of unexpected thrills.

Classic Giallo and More

For fans of classic Italian horror, NYX UK presents Silvio Amadio's AMUCK (1972) on Tuesday, July 9 at 9pm. This captivating giallo promises to intrigue with its blend of mystery and suspense.

Continuing the lineup, on Thursday, July 11 at 9pm, Dave Payne’s REEKER 2 (2008) will take viewers back to the prequel of the original Reeker, offering more of the eerie and grotesque.

On Friday, July 12 at 9pm, Sonja O'Hara’s 2022 horror thriller MID-CENTURY will provide a modern take on terror, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

The following week, Adrián García Bogliano’s BLACK CIRCLE (2018) will premiere on Thursday, July 18 at 9pm. This stunning Mexican-Swedish horror thriller is sure to mesmerize with its unique storytelling and chilling atmosphere.

Wrapping up the month of premieres, Alejandro Hidalgo’s Venezuelan supernatural thriller THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME (2013) will air on Friday, July 26 at 9pm, promising a night of supernatural suspense.

Celebrating Italian Horror Masters

July also marks the celebration of two Italian kings of terror. On Friday, July 19, starting at 9pm, NYX UK will celebrate Sergio Martino’s birthday with the stylishly graphic giallo TORSO (1973), followed at 11pm by his erotically charged murder mystery YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (1972).

Then, on Wednesday, July 31 at 9pm, Mario Bava’s relentless and macabre slasher A BAY OF BLOOD (1971) will premiere, followed at 11pm by the haunting and surreal THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM (1975), co-directed with Alfredo Leone and starring Golden Globe winner Elke Sommer.

With a diverse lineup of horror spanning decades and styles, NYX UK’s July premieres promise to deliver unforgettable nights of fright. Whether you're a fan of slasher films, supernatural thrillers, or classic giallo, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So mark your calendars and prepare for a month of chilling entertainment.

Monday 24 June 2024

Competition: Win Stopmotion on DVD

Stop what you’re doing, it’s time for ‘a hellish immersive experience’ (Dread Central) like no other, as the highly anticipated Stopmotion makes moves on to Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Acorn Media International this summer, following its UK premiere on Shudder. 

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

The Nightingale’s Aisling Franciosi gives another outstanding turn as a talented stop-motion artist who becomes completely consumed by the grotesque world of her horrifying creations – with deadly results.
Stopmotion has garnered praise and awards galore, including the best director prize at Fantastic Fest for the hugely talented Robert Morgan’s feature directorial debut. His truly original mind-melter brings nightmares to life before your very eyes and is set for its home entertainment bow on 1 July 2024.
Following the death of her overbearing mother, stop-motion animator Ella Blake (Franciosi – The Fall, Game of Thrones, God's Creatures), is struggling to control her demons. She embarks on a new film project; in the hope it will channel her creativity and help her escape her problems… but it soon becomes the battleground for her sanity. 
As Ella’s fragile mind starts to fracture, the characters in her movie take on a life of their own and things spiral into an unimaginable nightmarish hellscape.
Go beyond the screen and into the twisted, terrifying world of Stopmotion.

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Who stars as Ella Blake in Stopmotion?

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Sunday 16 June 2024

COMPETITION: Win Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum on Blu-ray

A reality show becomes all too real in Jung Bum-shik’s Korean found-footage fear-fest Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum. Now you can discover what really happened at the haunted hospital as Second Sight Films brings the acclaimed horror to Limited Edition and Standard Edition Blu-ray on 24 June 2024.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on standard Blu-ray to give away.

An online horror show is desperate to build up its followers and what better way to do it than to send its team to film a live broadcast from a notorious haunted asylum? The presenters and crew pack up their kit and descend on the intimidating location… But, it’s not long before things take a terrifying turn and spiral into a living nightmare that's about to be captured on camera. The film stars Wi Ha-joon, Lee Seung-wook and Park Ji-hyun.

Discover Gonjiam for yourself and experience the harrowing horror like never before.

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5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

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The new collector’s edition is presented in a rigid slipcase with brand new artwork by Luke Headland and comes complete with a 70-page book with new essays and a fantastic haul of special features including: a new audio commentary and a slew of archive featurettes and more.

Wednesday 12 June 2024

MOVIE REVIEW: Abigail (2024 Film) - Starring Alisha Weir

"Abigail," directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, is an entertaining blend of horror, comedy, and camp, giving a fresh spin to the classic "Dracula's Daughter." The plot follows a group of kidnappers who inadvertently snatch a 12-year-old vampire, setting off a series of both frightening and humorous events.

One of the film's highlights is its ability to transform a seemingly straightforward premise into an unpredictable and highly engaging narrative. From the beginning to the end, viewers are kept in suspense, never knowing what unexpected twist will come next. The filmmakers have created an intense, visually impressive, and thoroughly entertaining film that horror enthusiasts will love.

With "Abigail," Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett have crafted their most polished, funniest, and bloodiest work to date. The film showcases that the vampire genre can still be dynamic and highly entertaining. While "Abigail" doesn't rely heavily on scares, it compensates with an abundance of gore and plenty of laughs. Alisha Weir shines in her role as the titular character, delivering a performance that balances menace and humor perfectly.

Despite its many strengths, "Abigail" does face some issues with originality in its script. Although it refreshingly reinterprets the classic vampire story, it often falls back on familiar tropes and clichés.

In conclusion, "Abigail" is a gory and fun horror comedy that is sure to please genre fans. While it may not be groundbreaking in its storytelling, its mix of horror, comedy, and camp makes it a must-watch for anyone seeking an enjoyable movie experience. I would rate "Abigail" an 8.5 out of 10.

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Friday 7 June 2024

MOVIE REVIEW: Boy Kills World (2024 Film) - Starring Bill Skarsgård

"Boy Kills World" is a high-octane blend of action, comedy, and revenge, marking an impressive feature directorial debut for Moritz Mohr. Featuring a dynamic performance from Bill Skarsgård, the film offers a creatively charged and delightfully violent experience that will undoubtedly appeal to aficionados of intense action and dark humor.

The narrative centers on Boy, a deaf-mute avenger played by Skarsgård, who seeks retribution against the twisted matriarch Hilda Van Der Koy, chillingly portrayed by Famke Janssen. After his family is brutally slain by Hilda, Boy, orphaned and silenced, is trained in martial arts by a mysterious shaman. He allies with a motley resistance group to carry out his bloody vendetta. Along his journey, Boy's inner voice, humorously provided by H. Jon Benjamin, offers a unique and amusing perspective as he interacts with the ghost of his deceased sister.

One of the film's standout features is its fearless creativity. Mohr injects the action sequences with a dark comedic flair and a distinct video game-like aesthetic, setting it apart from conventional action films. The result is a whirlwind of frenzied chaos, blending brutal violence with eccentric humor and vengeful fervor, creating a uniquely entertaining spectacle.

However, "Boy Kills World" is not without its shortcomings. Some fight scenes extend beyond their welcome, affecting the film's pacing. Moreover, while the film excels in visceral excitement, the villains and the broader world-building feel somewhat superficial, lacking the intricate development necessary to deeply engage the audience beyond the immediate action.

In conclusion, "Boy Kills World" merits a solid 7 out of 10. Despite its imperfections, the film's infectious energy, inventive approach, and joyful mayhem make it a must-watch for fans of action-packed thrillers with a darkly comedic edge.

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