In today's Horror Highlights, we have a Q&A with The Gracefield Incident at Mathieu Ratthe, new stills from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, and details on Famous Monsters of Filmland's presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mathieu. How and when did you first come up with the idea for The Gracefield Incident?
Mathieu Ratthe: First of all, thank you, Derek, for your interest in our film. I wanted to create a suspenseful story that scared the crap out of the audience, but also made them emotionally involved, which is really tough to do in this kind of movie, but I think we achieved it pretty well in our film.
The conceptual idea (or I liked to call it the “technique”) came after I realized how many days I was given to shoot our film with the budget that I had. I didn’t want to be a typical “found footage technique” movie, so this is how I came up with the cellphone camera integrated into a prosthetic eye. I thought it would be really interesting for the audience to follow a subjective POV and be able to live this suspenseful story in the eye of the main character.
Had you always planned to also star in the film as Matthew Donovan?
Mathieu Ratthe: I shot this film in 13 days and the only possible way to be able to do so, with all the setup required for our story, was to operate my own camera as I was acting at the same time in it. It was the only way to make this film in such a short period of time.
Do you have any favorite alien abduction or found footage films that influenced or inspired you while making The Gracefield Incident?
Mathieu Ratthe: I would say Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
What was the most challenging or rewarding scene to shoot?
Mathieu Ratthe: I would say shooting a movie in 13 days is extremely challenging and REALLY rewarding once you get it done, so I think the entire shoot was challenging.
When you look back at your time on set, is there a favorite or funny moment in particular that stands out?
Mathieu Ratthe: Because the shoot was so short and in the middle of the woods, I had my entire crew stay in different cabins around the set, so it was like having a big family reunion for three weeks and we had a lot of fun.
With The Gracefield Incident coming out on VOD platforms and Digital HD beginning July 21st, what projects do you have on deck that you can tease, and where can readers find you online?
Mathieu Ratthe: I won’t reveal anything on my next project at the moment, as I like to keep the suspense, but I would suggest to LIKE my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MathieuRatthe and more news will come soon.
"Matthew Donovan, a video game editor, embeds an iPhone camera into his prosthetic eye to secretly record and document a weekend with friends in a luxurious mountain top cabin. The weekend takes a terrifying turn when a meteorite crashes the party forcing everyone to face the darkest, screaming nightmare while somehow connecting life, love, and loss in a twist of fear.
Written and directed by Mathieu Ratthe, The Gracefield Incident stars Ratthe, Kimberly Laferriere, Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles, Juliette Gosselin, Alexandre Nachi, and Laurence Dauphinais. Momentum Pictures will release the film in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD beginning July 21st."
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Stills: Press Release: "From hot genre label Dark Cuts comes a stirring volume of bloodcurdling horror from Blood Moon Pictures. In the tradition of cult classics Creepshow and V/H/S, comes Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories – a collection of bleedingly original horror from some of today’s most gifted genre filmmakers, including Justin Seaman (The Barn), Sean Blevins (A Brush with Death), and John Mayard (Nearly Dead)!
Featuring the work of Sean Blevins, John William Holt, Jon Maynard, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Justin Seaman, and James Treakle with an ensemble cast including Cindy Maples, Moses Moseley, Theo Kostaridis, and Thomas Dunbar, Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories features 7 original stories craftily assembled by producing team P.J. Starks, Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger), and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?
Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories out August 1 from Dark Cuts.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
– Cast & Crew Commentary Track
– The Art of Killing – special effects featurette
– House by the Video Store – behind-the-scenes featurette
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
– Cast & Crew Commentary Track
– Premiere Night Audio Track (watch the film with its first full audience)
– VOBHS: Premiere Night featurette
– The Art of Killing – special effects featurette
– Brian Storm Memorial Video
– From The Set: Escape Pod interview with Moses Moseley
– House by the Video Store – behind-the-scenes featurette"
Famous Monsters of Filmland at Comic-Con: Press Release: "July 14, 2017, San Diego, CA — Historic genre magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland will return to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 with a greater focus on its multimedia endeavors. This year marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, the return of the Famous Monsters podcast, and a very special announcement to be made at the 2017 Stake of the Union panel!
EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE AT THE FAMOUS MONSTERS BOOTH (#1621):
Famous Monsters Shin Godzilla Zip Up Hoodie
Deluxe zip hoodie featuring Shin Godzilla artwork by Toho artist Yuji Kaida! This artwork was created exclusively for a Famous Monsters screening of SHIN GODZILLA and has never been available on a hoodie... until now. Price: $40.00
Shock Monster Messenger Bag
Let the Shock Monster protect your goods! Features special satin Shock Monster lining and a padded compartment that can fit up to a 15" laptop. Front pockets are large enough to carry a small tablet, pens and pencils, cell phone, cards, etc. Hidden zip inner pocket can hold your most discreet items. Adjustable strap allows you to haul your goods comfortably. Be the coolest kid in school with this exclusive grey Shock Monster Messenger Bag! Price: $40.00
More exclusives will be announced next week!
PANELS FEATURING FAMOUS MONSTERS GUESTS:
Once again, Famous Monsters will be conducting two separate panels: one focused on the Famous Monsters brand and one for its comic book publishing division, American Gothic Press.
Famous Monsters Stake of the Union 2017
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Famous Monsters of Filmland has spanned nearly 60 years with its game-changing genre magazine, groundbreaking cover art, record-setting fan events, original comic books, and more. And 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet as FM expands into new forms of media, including syndicated television! Publisher Philip Kim, editor Holly Interlandi, and associate editor Joe Moe will welcome special panelists to tease future projects, give exclusive art reveals, and maybe wax a little philosophical on Frankenstein.
From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form.
Also, don’t miss our affiliate Warner Archive’s many DVD giveaways throughout the weekend as well as a special Saturday panel!
Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell, & Famous Monsters of Filmland join forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC's high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Valley of Gwangi, Demon Seed, and From Hell It Came to some soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film gurus Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw II, Saw IV), and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) join WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson & DW Ferranti to delve deep into insights, stories and glimpses behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu moderates the proceedings.
2017 marks the debut of Famous Monsters TV, in collaboration with San Francisco’s KOFY TV, which will be going behind the scenes of your favorite Comic-Con events! Join the crew as they speak with celebrities, writers, cosplayers, toy manufacturers, and more on the exhibit floor and surrounding the convention center!
The presence of the Famous Monsters Podcast at Comic-Con means that any pit stop by the FM booth could turn into a guest spot! We’ll have a podcasting station set up at our home base, Booth #1621, for the dramatic pulling aside of whomever our hosts want to hear from, so be ready to share your monstrous pop culture opinions alongside your favorite celebrities!
Also happening at the Famous Monsters booth all weekend: movie effects makeup demonstrations by FACE OFF finalist Walter Welsh, special giveaways, and American Gothic Press creator signings (schedule to come)!
Notable stars and filmmakers who have discussed their projects with Famous Monsters in the past include James Cameron on ALIENS and AVATAR, Mark Hamill on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Zack Snyder on BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Joe & Anthony Russo on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR; David Ayer on SUICIDE SQUAD; Paul Feig on GHOSTBUSTERS; D.B. Weiss on GAME OF THRONES; John Carpenter on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; X-FILES creator Chris Carter; Guillermo del Toro on CRIMSON PEAK; John Landis, SFX master Rick Baker, and the entire cast of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, & Lucy Lawless on ASH VS. EVIL DEAD; PARANORMAL ACTIVITY mastermind Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum; Greg Nicotero and the cast/creators of THE WALKING DEAD; Director Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, and the cast of TREMORS; Director Joe Dante; the legendary Mel Brooks; and many more."