I'm sure you noticed the significant drop off in posts around here circa 2012. I assure you it wasn't due to a lack of love for comics, lack of desire to write, or a passing interest in blogging, but rather because my time was being taken up by something else. That something else was a movie. And now you can buy it on DVD and/or VOD.
The movie is LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS, and I'm super proud of it. The epitome of a passion project, it's something that my cohorts and I have been working on for a LONG time. It's a tribute to not only to the power of hard work, but also the grueling realities of independent filmmaking.
"So, yeah yeah, hard work and all that. What's this thing about?" I can hear you asking (BTW, you really should stop talking to yourself)
LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS is a horror comedy in the grand tradition of Evil Dead 2 and Slither, full of gags, gore, and girls. It's fun for everyone! Assuming everyone is over at least 16.
The movie follows sisters Carla and Marla as they travel to a kitchy roadside lodge to surprise Carla's fiance who works as a costumed bigfoot performer. But wouldn't you know it, as the girls arrive the fiancé and his coworkers fall into a lake of toxic waste only to emerge as murderous monsters (underneath their bigfoot suits, 'natch). Now the sisters, trapped at the lodge with other colorful employees, have to fight the monsters while saving the one they love.
As Best Horror Movies put it: "It is the very definition of a highly entertaining film.”
And Fanboy planet continued: "Once you think it’s gonna stop, it doesn’t. It literally doesn’t stop until the credits roll."
What if I told you, in addition to this killer concept, the cast included Kane Hodder (Jason from Friday the 13th 7-X and Victor Crowley from Hatchet), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy, Fauna from Pan's Labyrinth, and just about everything), Mike McShane (Friar Tuck from Prince of Thieves and as himself in the British Who's Line Is It Anyway?), and Heather Rae Young (Playboy's Miss February 2010)? Not to mention the slew of fantastic up-and-coming actors I'm sure you'll be hearing from more like Gena Shaw, Marissa Skell, Paula Rhodes, Ben Palacios, Hugo Armstrong, Alex Sanborn, and more! I dare you to find a bad performance in the bunch. Hint, you won't be able to, that's how great everyone is.
Don't take my word for it though, just check out what Doug had to say about Gena in particular when he was talking to Dread Central: "She is a total movie star,”Jones said. “She is a screen presence that we’re going to be dealing with for years to come. She reminds me of a young Jamie Gertz, who I recently worked with on ‘The Neighbors.'"
Can you feel the excitement bubbling up inside?
How about our big official trailer. Courtesy of our distributor, Indican Pictures:
Pretty cool, right?
"Okay, okay. Where can I see this thing?" I hear you asking (seriously though, you need to stop talking to your computer).
Well, if you're one of those modern kids who don't need a DVD, you can buy/rent a copy via most of the big sites like iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and more. We're also available on some cable providers, so make sure to give them a look if that's all you got.
Alternately, if you're like me and like to own DVDs, we're listed on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy. I don't know if we'll make it into the stores (blame the weird economics of selling DVDs for that) but I'll let you know if/when we find out.
You can go for either one, but I suggest going for the DVD if only because it comes with the added benefits of a Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes, BTS videos, and a commentary by me, the producer, and the writer. We tried to make it full of as much material we had because we, like you, hate bare bones DVDs.
Now you know why I'm excited.
If you're curious, but not quite hooked or totally hooked and want to know more, then I'd like to turn you towards the official LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS web presence. You can read about everything from our start to now at the official site, LoveInTheTimeOfMonsters.com. You can keep up on the day to day at our Facebook page. Or you can get little snippets of stuff via our Twitter, @UncleSlavko.
If you've read all that AND you love everything then I urge you to spread the word. Tell your friends, your twitter feed, your Facebook, your barber, whatever. We're doing what we can to get the word out, but any way you can add to the noise not only helps but is greatly appreciated.
I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making it. Now, back to griping about comics...