Friday, April 03, 2020

April Update - THINGS 6! CHANNEL 99! BAD ILLUSIONS!



Hey there everyone, Well, with events being cancelled left and right, I'm still here plugging away trying to get stuff done.

3 weeks ago was the first time, actually, that a shoot had to be postponed due to someone's fears about COVID-19. Wow. Travel plans for someone involved in a top-secret feature project (that came together so quickly I had not even mentioned it here yet) changed, then 2 people dropped out. I could tell that more would likely drop out as well, so I called the feature off for now. That weekend, the governor declared gatherings I would have done to film thing thing illegal, so I guess just as well. Hopefully it is something I can do later in the year.

So what's been going on?

THINGS 6 - So close! I shot some good stuff with director/actress Tonjia Atomic a couple of weeks back, as well as the main part of the wrap-around. Got the opening sequence finished and also a cool initial sequence that I think people will get a kick out of. I had shot it few weeks back but had skipped one shot, figuring I could pick it up later. Well, then all the new rules started up - so, a few days later, I tromped way into the woods by myself, set up the camera, put on the costume and got the one shot I needed. That allowed me to finish editing the sequence in addition to locking in the music and doing some special effects. Have done a lot of sound effects and color work. Pretty much everything I can do until I can get together with a few actors to do a day or day and a half of shooting to wrap it up.

My band ZIPSQUID (http://www.joesherlockart.com/zipsquid) had recorded 11 songs and bits of music for THINGS 6, and I'm also working in a few of our previously recorded songs. It's working out really well. Here is a short song (it was actually a recording we did as a sound check, which is why it was just part of the song) that I sweetened up and is used in the movie: https://soundcloud.com/user-762948902/calling-for-you-1

 THINGS 7 - I shot part of this back in November of last year just because a few people's schedules aligned. I'll kick this into high gear once THINGS 6 is completed, and I can get together with people again.

 CHANNEL 99 - Just a couple of months ago, I got the idea to gather together some of the shorts I have done in recent years into a new collection. Initially I thought of some old VHS tapes being the framing device. But then I was talking to a few actresses about their availability for some other stuff and realized I could shoot a short we'd been all set to make 2 years ago and due to last-minute scheduling conflicts had to be cancelled. So we managed to get that segment shot in one long day, and it turned out so well, I decided to add it to this collection of recent shorts.

Well, then the vibe sort of changed and I got the idea to use a fake pay-cable channel as the framing device and CHANNEL 99 was born! Having Showtime when I was in middle and high school exposed me to all sort of flicks and it's been fun to create some similar bumpers and fake commercials for Channel 99, inspired by the late-80s ones on Showtime.

 Things sort of continued to morph and I've ended up shooting two more new segments to go into the movie! I'm just editing along on this while stuck at home and it's nearly done. However, there are a couple of critical scenes I need to get with an actress in Portland and she's staying at home for the time being so, I'm just kind of stuck getting the last bits I need for it. As soon as I can get it wrapped up, I'll be sure to let y'all know!!

 Had fun helping my friend Floydman Sumner put together a commercial for his new self-published trading cards THE ROCKING DEAD! Check it out here: http://www.therockingdead.com/index.html

I posted about actress/director/dancer/artist Amira Lyn the other day on Facebook, and that she had been working on a film from a screenplay I wrote called BAD ILLUSIONS, based on a story by Luc Bernier. Amira gave me an update: "Still have 2 small scenes to film and once this virus goes away I can finally get it done and edited." Excellent!

 Did you read this far? Well here is a SNEAK PEEK at both THINGS 6 and CHANNEL 99 that I threw together: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/sneak/

 Enjoy! Alright - back to editing. Stay scary! - Joe aka Dr. Squid!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2019 End of the Year Wrap-Up

2019: What a year. Geez.

This blog is movie stuff for the most part, so I'll just stick to those highlights:

Amazingly, at the beginning of January I decided to make a new movie to show at Crypticon Seattle - which was the first weekend in May!

A mere four months later, DARK ZONE THIRTEEN was done and premiered at the con. A horror anthology of stories I wrote, with 4 segments directed my me and 2 by Joseph Voegele/Jon Stone and Filip Hanzek, it was a big hit!



Pick up a DVD at http://www.skullfaceastronaut.com/store

Watch right now on demand at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/vod/

Movie info, trailer and pics: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/dz13/



Extended making-of featurette about "The Doll" segment from DARK ZONE THIRTEEN (spoilers!): https://vimeo.com/359907377

I also did a cool illustrated Axemas 2 poster for director John Ward.



Also in January, I sold out of the limited edition Skullface Astronaut Box Sets!



Meanwhile, I'm sold out of DEADLY PREMONITIONS DVDs and am just about out of UNDERBELLY discs as well. Still wondering if I should get more ordered or just leave it as available on VOD only. Hmmm...

This year I was thrilled to contribute a bunch of voiceovers as well as the title character's mask for John Oak Dalton's second microcinema release, SCARECROW COUNTY.



In January my friend and fellow microbudget filmmaker Tom Shaffer passed away (you can read my tribute blog post here: https://fandcproductions.blogspot.com/2019/01/tom-shaffer-will-always-be-my-dr-mobius.html).



In February, I set up the joesherlockart.com domain for my freelance illustration and design biz.



In April, my horror short feature DIMENSION OF BLOOD (shot in 1995-96!) screened at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood Theater as a part of their Repressed Cinema series.



Crypticon Seattle in May was a blast! Read all about it here: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/drsquid/crypticon2019/



In June, local entertainment paper The Corvallis Advocate did a swell interview with me: https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2019/indie-horror-filmmaker-joe-sherlock/



DARK ZONE THIRTEEN held its theatrical premiere at Portland, Oregon's historic Clinton Street Theater on Saturday, June 29, 2020!



Also in June, I did a 90-minute google hangout interview with David Strege and it was great fun going over so many of my flicks: https://youtu.be/m6TJoazc0SM

Also in June, I made a deal for a big box clamshell release of DARK ZONE THIRTEEN from Poser Rot Productions in California, and shortly after it was released, it sold out! Working on another limited edition release with them for 2020...



In July, I started shooting my latest project, THINGS 6 for Sterling Entertainment!




In August, I got THE EVILMAKER and ABOMINATION: EVILMAKER II added to the Skullface Astronaut VOD channel. Plans are afoot for DVD re-release in 2020 with a new, 20th anniversary sleeve artwork. Stay tuned!

Also in August I was a guest at Destiny City Comics' FreakyCon 5 along with indie director Tonjia Atomic and actress Jackey Neyman Jones. It was a great day! Tonjia even did a quick interview with me for her youtube series:





In August cool video shop The Gorehound's Playground in Fort Collins, Colorado showed BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, DARK ZONE THIRTEEN, ODD NOGGINS and THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS for a cool Skullface Astronaut weekend in their theater room!



I was excited that my music was used in the campy comedy/horror feature, Zombarella's House Of Whorrors!



October saw the premiere of the "Homegrown Horrors" event - a Skullface Astronaut horror title each Tuesday night for 4 weeks in a row at Corvallis, Oregon's indie Darkside Cinema.



We had cast and crew Q and A, prize drawings and even gave out free posters at the last show:



Thanks to Mike McInally for a great chat and Mark Ylen for a great photo for this article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times about the Homegrown Horrors series:
https://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/movies/joe-sherlock-s-homegrown-horror-films-get-a-local-showing/article_b7c438ad-7791-509a-8b63-4e93c8c23d8b.html



Continuing the celebration of horror in October, BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR screened at Portland, Oregon's historic Clinton Street Theater. Fun Q and A and great to see it on the big screen again.




I went to HP Lovecraft Film Fest first weekend in October and it was fantastic! Lots of fun with my buddies Mike and Rob, and special guests Roger Corman and Richard Stanley were fun and inspiring. Just plain great weekend.


Also in October, I saw Joe Bob Briggs' "How Rednecks Saved Hollywood" presentation in Portland and it was really, really great!

I am still working on THINGS 6, but a few schedules aligned in November, so I shot one segment for THINGS 7 - with lots of slime!



In December, I did Salem, Oregon's Crossroads Comic Con and had a great time.

I had some cool gigs with my garage rock band ZIPSQUID and looking forward to more in 2020.


In 2019, I got to see KISS, Iron Maiden and Steel Panther - all great shows!



So, 2020 - all I can say is I am going to try and make this a fun, successful year - making movies, making music and being thankful for great friends.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sweet Interview in the Local Paper!

Thanks to Mike McInally for a great chat and Mark Ylen for a great photo for this article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times. If you are local to the Corvallis area, and a horror fan, come on down to the Darkside Cinema for the next 4 Tuesdays and enjoy some Homegrown Horrors!

https://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/movies/joe-sherlock-s-homegrown-horror-films-get-a-local-showing/article_b7c438ad-7791-509a-8b63-4e93c8c23d8b.html


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Artwork! Interview! VOD! Screenings!

Been busy with tons of stuff as usual. I’ve posted a page with pics of the original artwork from my graphic novel, DEMONIZED:

http://www.joesherlockart.com/henry/demonized-pages.html

If you are interested in any of these pages, please drop me a line at skullfaceastronaut@gmail.com, and I'll set them aside for you (just use the letter code next to the page in the table below). First come, first served! Obviously there are only one of each! Each is a brush & ink & marker illustration on 11x17 bristol paper. $20 each plus shipping - after you let me know what you want, I'll get in touch and we can work out the shipping details.

As of this writing, Poser Rot productions only has 4 left of the ltd ed. DARK ZONE THIRTEEN signed & numbered big clamshell VHS release Comes with a cool DZ13 card and free Poser Rot goodie bag! Only 25 were ever made. Details at http://poserrot.storenvy.com/

Those who’ve been around here for a while will know that back in 1999 and 2002 I shot two movies for my buddy writer/director John Bowker: THE EVILMAKER and ABOMINATION: EVILMAKER 2. I’m very happy to announce that those two flicks are now available on the Skullface Astronaut VOD page:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theevilmaker

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/abominationevilmaker2

While I was at Freaky-Con V up at Destiny City Comics in Tacoma, Washington, my filmmaking pal Tonjia Atomic did a quick interview with me about horror movies and what I’m up to these days. You can check it out!


Two blood-and-babes-filled double feature screenings were held at The Gorehound’s Playground video shop in Colorado:

BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN and DARK ZONE THIRTEEN played on Friday, August 30 and ODD NOGGINS and THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS played on Saturday, August 31. Big thanks to The Gorehound's Playground in Fort Collins, Co - check them out here:
https://www.thegorehoundsplayground.com/

I set up these screenings for my flicks, ‘cause that’s what you do when you are DIY and it’s Halloween season!!!

BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN
Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m.
Darkside Cinema
215 SW 4th St, Corvallis, Oregon
Tickets $10
https://www.facebook.com/events/437420203646729/

DRIFTER
Tuesday, October 8, 7 p.m.
Darkside Cinema
215 SW 4th St, Corvallis, Oregon
Tickets $10
https://www.facebook.com/events/874326902960648/

BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR
Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Darkside Cinema
215 SW 4th St, Corvallis, Oregon
Tickets: $10
https://www.facebook.com/events/2420039008112975/

DARK ZONE THIRTEEN
Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Darkside Cinema
215 SW 4th St, Corvallis, Oregon
Tickets; $10
https://www.facebook.com/events/901787830188378/

BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR
Saturday, October 26, 5 p.m.
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $8
https://www.facebook.com/events/489850818229819/

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Evilmaker and Abomination: Evilmaker 2 come to Skullface Astronaut!

Thrilled to add two movies I shot for my buddy writer/director John Bowker back in 1999 and 2002 to my Skullface Astronaut VOD page: THE EVILMAKER and ABOMINATION: EVILMAKER 2!




The Evilmaker from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.



Abomination: Evilmaker 2 from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dark Zone Thirteen Limited Edition Big Clamshell VHS Release!!!

Just look at this beautiful DARK ZONE THIRTEEN limited edition VHS big clamshell release!!!!
I've partnered with Poser Rot for this release, limited to just 25, each signed and numbered by yours truly, plus you get a Dark Zone Thirteen card exclusive to this release, and other goodies!
This goes on sale this Friday, July 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST at http://poserrot.storenvy.com so get ready and get yours!





Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Dark Zone Thirteen horror anthology now available on DVD and VOD



My latest horror anthology is now available!

Pick up a DVD at http://www.skullfaceastronaut.com/store

Watch right now on demand at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/vod/

If you prefer to buy via eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dark-Zone-Thirteen-horror-anthology-dvd-lovecraft-cult-blood-nudity-b-movie/123822427293?hash=item1cd4644c9d:g:fiIAAOSwd2tdG9Bz

Movie info, trailer and pics: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/dz13/

DARK ZONE THIRTEEN reveals the tales from the infamous unpublished thirteenth issue of a lost pulp magazine. Some speculate it couldn't be released because it was cursed. Perhaps it was too dark? Regardless, we've found it, and we're sharing the scary stories that for years have been unseen.

Jackey Neyman Jones (Mystery Science Theater 3000 fave MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE, MANOS RETURNS, THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS, BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR) returns to the Skullface Astronaut universe for DARK ZONE THIRTEEN.

OK, that's the set-up. What do we get? Evil doll. Serial Killer. Ghost. Magical book. Beings from beyond. Blood. More blood. Blood, babes and beasts. You know the drill. Pretty much the fun b-horror ingredients you've come to expect from me!


Dark Zone Thirteen from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Portland, Oregon premiere of DARK ZONE THIRTEEN set for June 2,9 2019 at historic Clinton Street Theater


PNW indie horror shot in Oregon & Washington (and Croatia!) DARK ZONE THIRTEEN reveals tales from the infamous unpublished thirteenth issue of a fictional lost pulp magazine.

Jackey Neyman Jones, known for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fave MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE, the sequel MANOS RETURNS and Sherlock’s own BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR, is featured along with a cast of regulars and, “a whole lotta blood,” according to Sherlock. He adds, “What do we get? Evil doll. Serial Killer. Ghost. Magical book. Beings from beyond. Blood. More blood. You know the drill.”

Sherlock wrote and produced the film and directed all but two segments, coordinating those with Joseph Voegele and Filip Han┼żek. Sherlock served as editor and scored the film with frequent collaborator, and fellow indie horror filmmaker, Steve Sessions.

Tickets: https://cstpdx-com.seatengine.com/shows/103563


Monday, May 13, 2019

New Skullface Astronaut horror flick: DARK ZONE THIRTEEN!

Fitzofhorror.com called me the “King of Indie Horror Anthologies,” and I guess since I’m in my third decade of making fun b-horror flicks and many of them are anthologies, I’ll take it!

 Especially since I've just finished another one! That’s right, another indie anthology chock full of blood, horror and hot chicks.

 I have had fun on the last several projects doing these pre-order campaigns where you can get a copy reserved but also get your name in the credits and other cool items, So we’re doing it again - join me as we explore shadowy horrors that lie within... DARK ZONE THIRTEEN! 

All levels include your name in the credits!
All levels include shipping within the USA. Please email me for international rates.
Pre-order deadline is May 16, 2019

 Details here: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/dz13/ 

 DARK ZONE THIRTEEN reveals the tales from the infamous unpublished thirteenth issue of a lost pulp magazine. Some speculate it couldn't be released because it was cursed. Perhaps it was too dark? Regardless, we've found it and share the scary stories that for years have been unseen.

 Jackey Neyman Jones (Mystery Science Theater 3000 fave MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE, MANOS RETURNS, THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS, BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR) returns to the Skullface Astronaut universe for DARK ZONE THIRTEEN.

 What do we get? Evil doll. Serial Killer. Ghost. Magical book. Beings from beyond. Blood. More blood. Blood, babes and beasts. You know the drill. Pretty much the fun b-horror ingredients you've come to expect from me! Now let's see some pics!!!
 








Monday, February 25, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Tom Shaffer will always be my Dr. Mobius

My long-time filmmaking friend Tom Shaffer has passed away.

He was in my movies.

I was in his movies.

I’m very sad we won’t be able to do that anymore.



Tom Shaffer will always be my Dr. Mobius.

Way, way back in 1995, Tom starred as Dr. Thomas Mobius in my short feature DIMENSION OF BLOOD. Inspired by the X-Files and my life-long love of horror movies, I embarked on shooting this no-budget epic on my big ol’ VHS camcorder, labeling the raw footage tapes as “Man In Black,” the working title and the mysterious character that I played. There was a lot of collaboration - Tom introduced me to several of his friends and co-workers who were cast, and he provided a lot of locations, and even wrote a few scenes.


Brian, Brenda and Tom on set from DIMENSION OF BLOOD


I did not realize it until later but Tom’s performance as Dr. Mobius was really just an extension of himself. He was well-read; he had an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects from history to religion to literature; he had a huge heart and wanted to help people often to his own detriment; he was quirky and had a bit of a stutter; he was a trooper.

We bonded over these do-it-yourself video epics and Tom was quickly making his own movies, which I would help shoot and often act in.

Tom played the title character of my next effort, MONSTER IN THE GARAGE, as well as a hippie party guest and a few aliens.


Tom and his monster suit from MONSTER IN THE GARAGE


Tom getting a squib rig taped to his chest playing the "alien big daddy" in the dream sequence from MONSTER IN THE GARAGE


My horror comedy TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY OF TERROR was conceived precisely because Tom lived in a trailer park and loved having stuff shot at his place, so we planned several segments right there.

Tom was in a bunch of my anthologies and features after that.

When I put my thriller UNDERBELLY together, I made Tom the star and I wrote his character to basically be Tom - a nerdy kind of guy who reacts in quirky ways when thrown into a small town world of drug dealers, pimps and ladies of the night. The character uses a walking stick and limps, because in real life Tom’s van had slid off an icy road and he was really using a walking stick and limping. The rusty car that belches blue smoke at the beginning? That was his car, complete with ruffle-edged pillow on the deteriorated car seat.

All the while, Tom was making his own shorts and features, and we often shared a stable of actor friends. The most-told story about one of Tom’s shoots was unfortunately when we were way out in the woods, and it was raining and he had to drive back to town to get a forgotten camera battery while we waited. When he came back, we continued and an actress who I later found out hated tapioca pudding had handfulls of tapioca pudding thrown at her face from off-camera to simulate slime from a monster whose head she was beating in with a branch. She was a trooper. We all were.

Later Tom was bugging me about doing a sequel to DIMENSION OF BLOOD. I had a concept but it was too ambitious for no-to-low-budget and I also had several projects on my plate, so I half-jokingly suggested that HE should make a sequel. And amazingly, he did - in fact he made 3 sequel shorts and then proceeded to make more shorts all about a widened DOB universe he’d created. I was fine with it - the original was still the original - and it was fascinating to see where he took it all. And at the center of it all, there he was: Tom all these years later, once again inhabiting the character of Dr. Mobius.


A shot from one of Tom's many sequel shorts to DIMENSION OF BLOOD


Some of Tom’s videos can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/user/RomneyGack/videos

Thank you, Tom, for making movies with me, and loving your family so very much.

Rest in peace.


Tom as a detective in my comedy LUST OF THE VAMPIRE HOOKERS



Tom on set of TREESPIRIT, a short I wrote for him to direct and star in for me.



Tom in one of my old sweaters for a goofy comedy BLOODY RED LIPS OF BLOOD



Tom loved his family more than anything in the world.

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