Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Wrap Up

Truth be told, 2018 was pretty fucking terrible for me personally. However, I try to stick to movie stuff on this blog and traditionally do one of these year-end wraps-ups, so I pushed myself to do this one and hit some highlights:

Back in March I started work as director of photography on a new horror movie directed by a friend. Production ran into a few hiccups so it was on ice for a little bit this year but now is back on track. The shoots however have stretched through the whole year, and will continue periodically into next spring. More on that as it goes.

Back in May, MANOS RETURNS had its World Premiere at Crypticon Seattle! Cast and crew were in attendance, we had to have tons of extra chairs brought into the room for all the folks show showed up and had a great audience response and Q and A afterwards.

I co-produced this and was director of photography among the usual millions of jobs you do as a small indie production. I think the flick turned out well, especially the last part of it - very creepy! It played at a few other film fests and indie theaters and we're currently working on a distribution deal for it, so stay tuned.



Thanks to The Gorehound’s Playground in Fort Collins, Colorado for showing BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR in their screening room back on August 3. Great-looking shop full of all things horror (including a bunch of Skullface Astronaut titles!) - check them out at https://www.thegorehoundsplayground.com/



This blew my mind. My nearly 20-year old shot-on-video vampire short flick CRIMSON HEATHER was chosen to play at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood Theater on Tuesday, October 16 as a double feature with cult director Andy Milligan's THE BODY BENEATH, all as a part of the Hollywood Theater's "Repressed Cinema" series (https://hollywoodtheatre.org/events/vampire-double-feature/)! I went and had a great time - it was so cool and weird to see it up on a gigantic screen! Sold a few DVDs in the lobby and met some great folks.




This was really sweet - my slasher flick Blood Creek Woodsman signed & numbered limited edition clamshell VHS with kickass art, plus a slipcover with red foil lettering plus 2 buttons AND a papercraft Blood Creek Woodsman, all from Film Trauma. Only 25 were made. Details at http://filmtrauma.com/BCWdetails.htm

In the fall, I was interviewed for this swell story about Manos: The Hands of Fate and Manos Returns in the Corvallis Gazette-Times:

https://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/movies/years-after-cult-film-debuted-manos-returns/article_f2e55d41-1aa7-5e52-8b10-47af222bd96c.html

This was ahead of the double feature screening we had on Tuesday, October 30 at the Darkside Cinema. Star Jackey Neyman Jones, director Tonjia Atomic and were there and it was well-attended, Jackey answered a lot of questions and even sold a few of her books.





The Strange Monsters flick that I mentioned having so many problems with at the end of last year's Year-End Wrap-Up blog post (and it only got worse - I had to reshoot nearly 25% of it this year!!!) was finally finished and released as THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS from Sterling Entertainment.

They made a really cool cover for it and it is a fun, gratuitous b-monster movie! For ordering details, you have to message David Sterling from his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/david.sterling.167

THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS features Jackey Neyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate, Beyond the Wall of Fear) and a cameo by cult favorite actor George Stover (The Alien Factor, Nightbeast) plus a whole mess of Skullface Astronaut regulars. Mysterious experiments are going on at the BioGen4 Research Labs…and now, those experiments…are loose! Monsters…creatures…hungry for flesh and blood. THINGS 5 is filled with sexy women, bizarre beasts and buckets of gore!

Crack open a few cold ones and enjoy this crazy flick! You can check out pics at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/strange/

 


At the end of the year I put out this LIMITED EDITION SKULLFACE ASTRONAUT BOX SET! 14 b-movies chock full of babes, blood, beasts and pudding! All in a snazzy clear acrylic display with the iconic Skullface Astronaut on each end. As of this moment there are three left. $157 with shipping in the USA included. Email me for details.
This year I added a few videos to my VIMEO channel:




http://www.skullfaceastronaut.com/vod

As the year limps to a close, I have several shorts that I've promised a friend to get done, so will be focusing on getting those off of my plate. I'll also be contributing a segment to Phil Herman's new anthology HORRORTALES 666 PART 2, which will be released sometime in 2019.

I've got tons of ideas for movies, comics, music and all sorts of creative stuff - trick is staying afloat, finding the energy and motivation and making the time to do them. Will my Year-End Wrap-Up for 2019 be better than 2018? I sure as hell hope so.

Thanks to all for the years of support. Hug the ones you love and try to be good.

- Joe

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Limited Edition Skullface Astronaut Box Set!



ONLY THREE LEFT!
The LIMITED EDITION SKULLFACE ASTRONAUT BOX SET! 14 b-movies chock full of babes, blood, beasts and pudding! All in a snazzy clear acrylic display with the iconic Skullface Astronaut on each end.
Only TWO left and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
$157 with shipping in the USA included.
Includes:
Dimension of Blood/Monster in the Garage/Crimson Heather triple feature
The Evilmaker
The Seekers
Housebound
Underbelly
Bloody Red Lips of Blood
Deadly Premonitions
Beneath A Dead Moon
Twisted Fates
Drifter
Blood Creek Woodsman
Odd Noggins
Beyond the Wall of Fear
And a bonus movie
How to you get one? Send me an email at skullfaceastronaut@gmail.com to reserve one, and you’ll get all the details about purchasing.

Friday, November 23, 2018

THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS trailer!!

Things 5: Strange Monsters Trailer from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.


Here is the big news - that Strange Monsters flick I made is being released as THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS from Sterling Entertainment.

They made a really cool cover for it and it is a fun, gratuitous b-monster movie! For ordering details, message David Sterling from his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/david.sterling.167

THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS features Jackey Neyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate, Beyond the Wall of Fear) and a cameo by cult favorite actor George Stover (The Alien Factor, Nightbeast) plus a whole mess of Skullface Astronaut regulars. Mysterious experiments are going on at the BioGen4 Research Labs…and now, those experiments…are loose! Monsters…creatures…hungry for flesh and blood. THINGS 5 is filled with sexy women, bizarre beasts and buckets of gore!

Crack open a few cold ones and enjoy this crazy flick! You can check out pics at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/strange/

It's Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for many things - and that includes folks like you who dig the stuff I do.

 Thanks.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS Released from Sterling Entertainment



Here is the big news - that Strange Monsters flick I made is being released as THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS from Sterling Entertainment.

They made a really cool cover for it and it is a fun, gratuitous b-monster movie! For ordering details, message David Sterling from his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/david.sterling.167

THINGS 5: STRANGE MONSTERS features Jackey Neyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate, Beyond the Wall of Fear) and a cameo by cult favorite actor George Stover (The Alien Factor, Nightbeast) plus a whole mess of Skullface Astronaut regulars. Mysterious experiments are going on at the BioGen4 Research Labs…and now, those experiments…are loose! Monsters…creatures…hungry for flesh and blood. THINGS 5 is filled with sexy women, bizarre beasts and buckets of gore!

Crack open a few cold ones and enjoy this crazy flick! You can check out pics at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/strange/

It's Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for many things - and that includes folks like you who dig the stuff I do.

 Thanks.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Manos Returns Article/Interview in Corvallis Gazette Times Ahead of Darkside Cinema Screening

Did an interview the other day that got turned into this swell story about Manos: The Hands of Fate and Manos Returns in the Corvallis Gazette-Times:

https://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/movies/years-after-cult-film-debuted-manos-returns/article_f2e55d41-1aa7-5e52-8b10-47af222bd96c.html

This ahead of the double feature screening scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. a the Darkside Cinema. Star Jackey Neyman Jones, director Tonjia Atomic and I will be there for Q&A and fun festivities!

Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/2202531306663923/


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Limited Edition Blood Creek Woodsman clamshell VHS with red foil slipcase PLUS papercraft Blood Creek Woodsman!!!



This is pretty sweet - my slasher flick Blood Creek Woodsman signed & numbered limited edition clamshell VHS with kickass art, plus a slipcover with red foil lettering plus 2 buttons AND a papercraft Blood Creek Woodsman!!

Only 25 have been made!

Order now from Film Trauma - http://filmtrauma.com/BCWdetails.htm

Monday, October 01, 2018

Crimson Heather & Andy Milligan's The Body Beneath at Portland, Oregon's Hollywood Theater, Oct. 16, 2018!


This is blowing my mind. Just announced - my nearly 20-year old shot-on-video vampire short flick CRIMSON HEATHER will be playing at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood Theater on Tuesday, October 16 as a double feature with cult director Andy Milligan's THE BODY BENEATH, all as a part of the Hollywood Theater's "Repressed Cinema" series! I'll be there. Will you?

Full details: https://hollywoodtheatre.org/events/vampire-double-feature/









Sunday, August 26, 2018

Strange Monsters News Soon...New Ebay stuff...Tales for the Midnight Hour 2



Greetings horror fans!

Well it’s August which means the dang summer is almost over. But at least it means Halloween is coming up, right?

Pre-orders just closed for STRANGE MONSTERS, so I am getting the final names added to the credits and finishing up the last few edits and then will be getting a limited edition DVD run done. Once I get those mailed out, I’ll add a link to the ol’ Skullface Astronaut store (http://skullfaceastronaut.com/store) for any leftovers I have. 

Check out pics and such from the movie here - http://skullfaceastronaut.com/strange/

Put up some more comics and books and movies and such on Ebay - check it out at https://www.ebay.com/sch/jo-sherl/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Thanks to The Gorehound’s Playground in Fort Collins, Colorado for showing BEYOND THE WALL OF FEAR in their screening room back on August 3. Great-looking shop full of all things horror (including a bunch of Skullface Astronaut titles!) - check them out at https://www.thegorehoundsplayground.com/

Horror fan (and TWISTED FATES producer) Lee Turner recently started a horror host show on a local channel down in Mississippi and their posted on the channel’s Vimeo channel as well. Word is a Skullface Astronaut short may be included in a future episode! Check out “After Hours Cinema” here - https://vimeo.com/282584094

Latest word I’ve heard on the TALES FOR THE MIDNIGHT HOUR 2 anthology that I contributed a segment to is that it’ll be out from The Sleaze Box folks in Florida sometime in the fall. Keep up with any news here - https://www.facebook.com/Tales-For-The-Midnight-Hour-II-1515061148590451/

Right now, I am still sold out of ODD NOGGINS on DVD, but it’s available on VOD, along with a whole bunch of my flicks including a few really old ones: http://skullfaceastronaut.com/vod/

Recently watched THE INDEPENDENT again, a hilarious comedy directed by Stephen Kessler and starring Jerry Stiller, released back in 2000. Great mockumentary about an infamous b-movie king and the crazy stuff he does to keep creating his art. Highly recommended. Kessler also made the documentary PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE, another great watch.

Also recently saw ANNIHILATION which was cool, but very much a dreamlike heady experience that understandibly does not satisfy those looking for concreteness in their movies. One of those. But I dug it. Also rewatched UNDER THE SKIN, which I’d seen about three times before. Such a unique movie and another dreamlike thing, but so interesting. The music/sound is perfect for the story. Yeah, it’s slow, but that’s all part of it.

Finally caught THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and liked it - some nice twists and scary stuff and performances were great. 

Just read about “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” starting on AMC in October - sounds cool. I’ve seen several of the “James Cameron’s History of Science Fiction” episodes and thought they were enjoyable.

My pal John Oak Dalton’s directorial debut THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE made it to picture lock back in mid-July. Congrats to him and looking forward to checking out the flick - keep up with John at http://johnoakdalton.blogspot.com/

I guess that is it for now. Before you know it, it will be HALLOWEEN!!!

Stay scared,

Joe aka Dr. Squid!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

MANOS RETURNS World Premiere set for Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 p.m. at Crypticon Seattle

That's right - MANOS RETURNS is finally complete! And the World Premiere set for Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 p.m. at Crypticon Seattle! Cast & crew will be in attendance and there will be Q&A.

In this sequel to the b-movie classic and Mystery Science Theater 3000 favorite, Manos - the Hands of Fate, four friends get lost on a road trip and stumble on a hidden cult led by the sinister Master and his servant Torgo. As they try to escape, they get caught up in the power struggle between Debbie, given to Manos as a child 50 years ago, her mother Maggie, and the other souls twisted by their time serving the dark god.

 Original cast members return from the 1966 original including Tom Neyman as THE MASTER, Diane Adelson as Maggie and Jackey Neyman Jones as Debbie. In addition, Bryan Jennings plays the sheriff, a role his dad played in the original.

 I co-produced this and was director of photography among the usual millions of jobs you do as a small indie production. I think the flick turned out well, especially the last part of it - very creepy!



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Director Tonjia Atomic with Director of Photography Joe Sherlock








a peek behind the scenes

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zombie Love Slave now available on VOD - Debbie D! Laura G!

I’ve had people asking about this for a while, so I finally put it up - Zombie Love Slave, the no-budget goofball horror comedy with plenty of blood and gore!

Plus Debbie D! 

Shot-on-video SOV cheese from the late 1990s. Includes the short feature plus two additional SOV indie horror schlockfests: Treespirit plus Death Nurse starring W.A.V.E. video favorite Laura G! Behind the scenes & bloopers at the end, too.

Cheap VHS-C & Hi8 backyard wonders from years gone by.

Zombie Love Slave from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.


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