Monday, May 16, 2016

'Brutal Colors' Director Michael Conroy's New Horror Film Available On DVD From Walmart July 5th 2016

"Imaginative and Intense! A terrifying new thriller from Michael Conroy 
- the director of "Gabrielle"  - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL



 JULY 5th 2016

  Director Michael Conroy's intense new thriller 
BRUTAL COLORS is coming this summer to 
Home Video at Walmart from Hanover House!

     HORRORUNLIMITED.COM News Update - Walmart has officially added BRUTAL COLORS to their Summer 2016 New Release DVD Promotion. BRUTAL COLORS is an intense thriller featuring an all star cast from talented director Michael Conroy (Gabrielle). The initial on-sale street date will be Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 and the placement will be set at approximately 3,590 retail locations in stores all over the United States.

   Other major retailers supporting this title and summer initial release date include Best Buy, Family Video and Hastings. BRUTAL COLORS has also been submitted for consideration by Redbox and Netflix. The Hannover House catalog / Film & TV Properties Library has grown to over 300 active titles since 2010, with approximately thirty (30) new titles being added each year - inclusive of higher-end theatrical releases, direct-to-video releases, multi-title assortments and original programming.

    Storyline: Brie knows creating art can be brutal business. Following an ugly breakdown, she and boyfriend Brian retreat to Woodbine, an estate deep in the country, as guests of their mysterious benefactor Walter, who has offered to help Brie get back on track with her career. The couple is given full reign of the house, including the services of its keeper, the enigmatic Videl. All hope this new beginning will be productive for Brie, and help to erase the darkness of her past. But almost from the moment they arrive, Brie experiences unsettling and terrifying visions... whispers in the hallways of the sprawling old house, ghostly visitations, and a demonic face glimpsed from the corner of the eye.

  • Genres: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 1 hr 14 min (74 minutes)
  • Studio/facebook: Royal Blue Pictures
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Tagline: "The canvas is the window to her soul... for those who want to take it!"
  • Release Date: June 23, 2015 (USA) 
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Color: Color
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC

  About Film Editor MIKLOS WRIGHT                                                           

     Miklos Wright graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a B.A. His career began as an assistant editor on the film Lobsterman from Mars (1987). His most notable works include Open Range and Mr. Brooks, both of which starred Kevin Costner, along with doing multiple episodes of Southland (TV Series) and Chicago PD (TV Series). He rides on over twenty years of post production experience in film and television production resulting in cinematic work that has been appreciated by audiences in motion picture theaters all over the world. Visit his website here 

   With all of his achievements he is the first to say you have to prove yourself on every show, and never be afraid to break apart your best work to look for the ultimate solve. Miklos's parents are both artists, and his childhood was spent in a music recording studio located in a farmhouse in rural Vermont. He currently resides in Castaic, California with his wife and three children. The phenomenal path of his career can easily be traced via his list of credits here

Directed by 

Michael Conroy

Writing Credits 

Michael Conroy
Gregory L. Norris...(screenwriter)


Britt Bowman...
Michael Anthony Coppola...
Dr. Hill
Lauren Doucette
Pooya Mohseni...
John Coleman Taylor
Kevin Wright...

Produced by 

Robert F. Callahan...executive producer
Michael Conroy...producer
Morgan Harris...co-producer
Richard Hassler...executive producer
Miklos Wright...producer

Cinematography by 

Morgan Harris

Film Editing by 

Miklos Wright

Art Direction by 

Lorene Zammuto

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Call for Entries September 2016 HorrorHound Film Festival Now Officially Open

September 2016 HORRORHOUND Film Festival 


     The HORRORHOUND film festival will take place as part of HorrorHound Weekend, September 9 - 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their September event is consistently an astounding success with a 500+ seat screening room that is full to capacity for nearly every film! 

    HorrorHound Film Fest fans have had a chance to get premiere and/or early peeks at such films as LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, MARTYRS, TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL, NIGHTBREED (Director's Cut), DARIO ARGENTO'S DRACULA, TURBO KID, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, OLD 37, LAKE EERIE, MANIAC (remake), and on and on. They actively support indie horror and indie filmmakers throughout the year... So come and enjoy HorrorHound!

Submit Your Film To The HorrorHound Film Festival Now! 
Early-bird pricing until April 15th, 2016

  • Filmmakers submit at Filmfreeway here
  • Go here for more information on HorrorHound Weekend

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Steve Vertlieb's Feature Documentary About His Career 'The Man Who "Saved" The Movies' Coming Fall 2016

Friday - April 1st, 2016

    Beginning in 1969 with a published review in the British film magazine "L'Incroyable Cinema," Steve Vertlieb's first paid professional assignment as writer and designated "Co-Editor" of the original Bi-Weekly Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror tabloid, "The Monster Times," principal writer for "Cinemacabre Magazine" throughout the 1970s and 1980s, periodic essays and commentary for "Midnight Marquee" Magazine, "Home Viewer Magazine," "Mad About Movies," and a first published article in a nationally distributed volume about "King Kong," his essays, articles and poetry have appeared in print for nearly half a century.
    On a special Halloween edition of local Philadelphia, PA daily news / talk show program, PEOPLE ARE TALKING, (circa early 1980s), Steve Vertlieb, then resident film expert for WTAF TV 29 (in the days before it became a Fox affiliate), as well as publisher of CINEMACABRE magazine, discusses how genre films - specifically horror and science fiction - experience a spike in popularity during socially traumatic points in national and international history.

     Pictured above is Mr. Vertlieb's cover story on "The Men Who Saved King Kong" for the premiere issue of "The Monster Times," nationally disseminated in 1972,  his lead chapter in the very first book ever conceived and published about the original 1933 classic "King Kong," "The Girl In The Hairy Paw" (Avon Books, 1976), and a special 1971 issue of Britain's legendary genre film magazine, "L'Incroyable Cinema," in which His was "The Name "Above" The Title." He wrote the introductory chapter for "The Man Who Collected Psychos: Critical Essays on Robert Bloch," a pivotal chapter in "Dracula: The First Hundred Years," articles for "King Kong Cometh," and "Cinematic Hauntings," and authored major essays on the lives of Orson Welles, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Alfred Hitchcock and his principal composer, Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, an affectionate remembrance of the popular CBS Television series, "Route 66," and a massive 100th birthday career retrospective and tribute to Frank Sinatra (2015). 

     Mr. Vertlieb also appeared as a guest speaker on innumerable television and radio programs (including "Fresh Air" hosted by Terry Gross), lectured at Philadelphia's world renowned Philadelphia Art Museum, contributed to Warner Bros., specially produced documentary for their anniversary release of "King Kong" (1933) on home video, prepared, wrote, and guest hosted a nine day film festival at San Francisco's venerable Castro Theater honoring three time Oscar winning composer Miklos Rozsa, presently functions as a voting member of "The International Film Music Critics Association," appeared as a guest speaker at Chicago's Gateway Theater during their special sixtieth anniversary presentation of "King Kong," presented a posthumous "Laemmle" life achievement award to composer Bernard Herrmann via his daughter, Dorothy, on stage at a film conference in Crystal City, Virginia in 2000, and hosted an eagerly anticipated appearance by Oscar honored special effects magician Ray Harryhausen on stage in Baltimore, Maryland in 1990.

     His credits include conceiving, writing, and presenting a three hour lecture to the students of The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at The Douglas Education Center on the history of symphonic film music. He shared intimate lifetime friendships with such luminary cinematic and literary icons as Frank Capra, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Merian C. Cooper, Peter Cushing, Miklos Rozsa, Robert Bloch, Veronica Carlson, John Agar, and Buster Crabbe, while his name most memorably and spectacularly highlighted the cover art for this 1971 issue of Britain's popular "L'Incroyable Cinema" Magazine. His work continues to appear with regularity in books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet.  

    A Broadcasting veteran, Steve worked for fourteen years in Philadelphia Television and Radio as an Assistant Music Director, Film Editor, Cameraman, Floor Director, and Announcer. He appears prominently in the 2006 documentary film, "Kreating Karloff," and penned the liner notes for its home video release. 

   Currently, a feature length documentary motion picture about his life and career entitled The Man Who "Saved" The Movies is scheduled for completion in Spring, 2016, with a scheduled release in national film festivals during the Fall of 2016. Starring: Steve Vertlieb, Juliet Rozsa, Veronica Carlson, Erwin Vertlieb, Philippe Mora, Paul Clemens, Leonard Kohl, Terry Pace, Lee Holdridge, Mark McKenzie, Patrick Russ, Gregg Nestor,Tom Savini, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick, Robert Dix, Mr. Lobo, George Kosana. Directed By: Craig Ellis Jamison.

GullCottage / Flying Bear Films
                      Proudly Presents:


                COMING FALL 2016

Film Archivist, Historian, Journalist, Educator: 
            His life a living link to a Hollywood 
                                                ... most can only imagine!

     The first film from Gull Cottage / Sandlot’s newly minted “Gull Cottage & Flying Bear” banner, STEVE VERTLIEB: THE MAN WHO "SAVED" THE MOVIES is the feature-length documentary delving into the colorful life, career and ultimate legacy of cinema archivist, journalist, historian and film music educator STEVE VERTLIEB - who's quiet, unassuming persona belies his growing status as one of the most respected of figures to a new generation of cinema buffs, filmmakers, and, surprisingly, even that most fickle and verbose of filmdom's family tree -  the genre fanboy. 

     A former on-air TV reviewer of film, and magazine writer, Steve's learned and literate dissertations on cinema over the last near half-century have made him a much sought after consultant on numerous projects, including an appearance in the 2006 award winning documentary KREATING KARLOFF, and as consultant on TCM's 75th Anniversary Restoration of Merian C. Cooper's original KING KONG.  Widely considered one of the nation's foremost experts on the legendary "Great Ape", his numerous articles on the subject (including that in the still definitive volume THE GIRL IN THE HAIRY PAW) is referenced to this day by film makers, teachers and cinema students alike.

The Musical Heart & Soul of Hammer Films

     In June 2014, cinema archivist / historian / educator Steve Vertlieb took time before our documentary cameras to reminisce on his special friendship with legendary film composer - the late great James Bernard, best known to many as the primary musical voice of the classic 1960's era horror and sci fi films of England's Hammer Studios, including DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (aka THE CREEPING UNKNOWN), THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, SHE, THE GORGON, 1997's (non Hammer) restored and re-scored version of F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922) and many more. Includes film and music excerpts. A film lover's ode to a love of film, STEVE VERTLIEB: THE MAN WHO "SAVED" THE MOVIES chronicles the colorful life and career of the titular cinema journalist, educator and archivist (hence the parenthetical "Saved" in the title). Hopscotching between Summer 2013 and Summer 2014 (from Pittsburgh to L.A. to Philadelphia) the upcoming feature has captured all new intimate interviews with some of Mr. Vertlieb's closest friends and creative cohorts... including film music's Juliet Rozsa (daughter of Oscar winning BEN-HUR, DOUBLE INDEMNITY composer Miklos Rozsa), composers Lee Holdridge and Mark McKenzie, dir. Phillipe Mora, actors Veronica Carlson and Paul Clemons, journalist / educator Terry Pace and writer Leonard Kohl. And with all new exclusive commentary from genre stalwarts Tom Savini, actors George Kosana (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), Robert Dix (FORBIDDEN PLANET), Pat Priest & Butch Patrick (tv's THE MUNSTERS), Greg Palmer (THE SHOOTIST) and more. 
                                                                                                 - C E J

    "STEVE VERTLIEB: THE MAN WHO 'SAVED' THE MOVIES" on YouTube is a channel of The GullCottage/Sandlot, a film blog and growing reference library "Celebrating The Art of Cinema, ... And Cinema As Art." Visit us on the web at: www.gullcottageonline.com

   Interview content copyright 2014 GullCottage / Flying Bear Films. Rights to additional material held by copyright owners. Used here for critical and educational purposes only.

Young Steve with FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND's Forrest  J. "Uncle Forry" Ackerman and PSCYHO author / ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS screenwriter Robert Bloch.

      As an archivist, Mr. Vertlieb's collection of rare movie memorabilia is to such an unrivaled degree, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences once opened a dialog in the hopes of using parts of it for a planned film history annex. 

     This collection, combined with Steve's status as a film historian; along his voluminous output as a journalist / author, his engendered respect within the film music community (he considers dear friend, the late BEN-HUR, DOUBLE INDEMNITY composer MIKLOS ROZSA, a mentor), and a lifetime of personal & professional relationships with names as varied and famous as RAY BRADBURY, RAY HARRYHAUSEN, VERONICA CARLSON, JOHN WILLIAMS, BILLY WILDER, DAVID AMRAM and more (he’s truly “The BFF of the Stars“), have lately lead the aforementioned younger group of cinema buffs / filmmakers to affectionately refer to him as "Our Generation's Forrest J. Ackerman".

     Upon meeting (and since becoming friends) with Mr. Vertlieb in late 2012, we were amazed (and befuddled) as to how, while known and loved for years within many aspects of the film industry community, his name was mostly unknown to the lay film aficionado.  It is this oversight we seek to redress with STEVE VERTLIEB: THE MAN WHO "SAVED" THE MOVIES.  

     Steve Vertlieb's life has been devoted to the preservation and remembrance of films and filmmakers whose loving influences have inspired his thoughts, his dreams, and his art. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Special Effects Genius Dave Trainor For Herschel Gordon Lewis' BLOODMANIA Nominated For SFX On TV Series FARGO

 NEWS BREAK! Special Effects Genius Dave Trainor 
For Herschel Gordon Lewis' BLOODMANIA Is Nominated For 
His Superlative SFX On The Popular TV Series FARGO

      Diabolique News Update:  February 20, 2016 - Hollywood, CA 
 "FARGO" TV Series Special Effects & Make-Up Team (l to r) Dave Trainor, Tea-Christina Scott, Gunther Schetter & Gail Kennedy arrive for the Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards at the Paramount Theatre in Paramount Studios, CA. 

      Johnny Depp presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Oscar®-winning make-up artist Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Face Off) and Oscar-winning hair stylist Yolanda Toussieng (Insurgent). Presenters for this year’s awards included Tamera Mowry-Housley (The Real), Timothy Omundson (Galavant), LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Kate Flannery (The Office), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Arielle Kebbel (Ballers, Fifty Shades Darker), Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), Melody Thomas Scott (The Young and the Restless), Brian Letscher (Scandal), Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan), Doug Jones (The Strain), AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Michael Key (Make-up Artist Magazine Publisher).

                  DIABOLIQUE  FILMS  EXCLUSIVE                   
Watch NEW BLOODMANIA Trailer Now

Dave Trainor is also the special makeup effects designer for Herschell Gordon Lewis' BLOODMANIA 

  About SFX Master Dave Trainor

    El Diablo Inc. is a commercial prop construction studio specializing in the fabrication of three-dimensional sculptures. The company was founded in the year 2000 by special-makeup-effects artist Dave Trainor, and his talent and experience (he has been involved in the industry at a senior level since 1986) are the cornerstone of the business. 
    We mainly produce realistic, life-size, human figures, and cater to the motion picture, museum, and commercial display industries. In addition to the experience Dave brings to the table, El Diablo Inc. draws on the talents of numerous artists with various skills to produce high-quality work. Visit Dave Trainor's website here

Museum Figures - Sculpture

    El Diablo Inc. creates life-size, realistic, human figures, using an underlying metal armature, based on the human skeleton. This armature allows each figure the advantage of being poseable and adaptable to a number of different positions.
The heads of the figures are painted, and cast in fiberglass, plastic polymer, or lifelike silicone. Each head includes:
  • A choice of plastic or custom resin eyes (optional & extra cost)
  • Eyelashes & eyebrows
  • Three-dimensional stubble (optional on silicone heads)
  The hands are poseable when made of urethane or silicone, or can be cast into a fixed position using a hard polymer. Check out our Gallery section to view samples of previous work including Saddam Hussein, Al Capone, and Edgar J. Hoover.


   Producing a realistic figure takes many years of experience and experimentation. Creating the head involves the following steps:
  1. A life-cast is taken of the subject using life-casting alginate. A plaster bust is poured from this cast (the bust is needed to sculpt open the eyes).
  2. A silicone mold is made from the bust, and “the skin” (silicone or hard-shell plastic polymer) is poured into this silicone mold.
  3. The skin is removed from the mold, and the head is painted using a combination of airbrushing, stippling and fine brush work.
  4. The hair is then applied by laying it directly on the head, or securing a lace piece on the hard surface. Hair can also be punched in one hair at a time on the silicone skin.
  5. The next step is setting the eyeballs into the head and applying a final paint touch-up.
  6. If the head is produced in silicone, it is attached to a foam covered, armatured body, supplied by a local manufacturer.
  7. The hands are then attached, but still removable for shipping.
    Look-a-like heads are also available (i.e. replicas of historic figures, celebrities, etc.). In this case, the subject is sculpted out of clay using photographs, and a mold is subsequently made from this clay head.

Manufactured in North America

    All El Diablo's museum figures are fabricated with North American labour and materials. Here are just some of the many feature movies and TV series Dave Trainor has worked on: In Cold Blood (TV Movie) (1996), Blade II (2002), The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003), Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010), Hell on Wheels (TV Series) (2011 -2012), Survival Code (2013), Fargo (TV Series) (2014).  Check out Dave's imdb profile here

Gallery  Museum Figures

  • Sculpture - See custom museum sculpture figures of Saddam Hussein, Al Capone, Edgar J. Hoover and more.
  • Process - Step-by step process of creating a realistic head.

Makeup Effects

Prop Construction

  • Television - See various props from television and commercial spots
  • Motion Pictures - View props from movies such as: Blade 2, The Claim, The Edge and The Reflecting Skin
  • Commercial Display - See projects created for the Calgary Fire Department, Hard Rock Cafe and more

Mini Biography

    Dave Trainor was born in 1960 in Ontario, Canada. He began his journey as an artist very early, fed in childhood on a steady diet of Hammer Horror, Ed “Big Daddy’ Roth, and the wonders of Disneyland and the Southern California culture.
   At age seven, he began sketching animals, hot rods and monsters for his classmates. He moved on in high school to creative endeavours that included painting rock tour t-shirts for ten bucks a pop and selling them to his friends, family, or anyone else who would buy one. His post-secondary years were spent at the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he was exposed to the three pivotal cultural offerings that would shape his career:
  1. Seeing the first "Alien" film, directed by Ridley Scott
  2. Seeing Rick Baker’s work in "An American Werewolf in London"
  3. Discovering “Fangoria” magazine Issue # 6


Dave is proud to have served a variety of acclaimed clients:

Associations / Affiliations

  • El Diablo Inc. 2000 - Present, Owner
  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 212 1995 - Present, Member
  • Doneff Trainor & Associates 1994 - 2007, Co-Owner
  • The Gizmo Shop 2000 - 2003, Co-Owner
  • Red House Film Partners 1989 - 1992, Partner
  • Threshold Studios 1986 - 1992, Co-Owner


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