Watch it on a big screen with good speakers or good headphones.
Watch it on a big screen with good speakers or good headphones.
I’m very proud and excited to announce Live-In Fear will be having its World Premiere at the United Film Festival on September 5th at 9:30PM in Los Angeles. Tickets and more info can be found here: http://www.theunitedfest.com/events/live-in-fear/
We also have a brand new trailer to melt your eyeballs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlTLuVkLYGw
Hello, gentle viewers. Remember the 90’s? Back when TV for kids was intelligent and engaging and not just “look at how random we can be!” Are You Afraid of the Dark never talked down to kids and never made them inferior. More often than not, the kids were smart, resourceful, and quick enough to resolve the issue without ever having to get an adult or give up. Pretty inspiring stuff. Plus it was scary as hell!
I’ll never forget as a kid watching Snick every Saturday night on Nickelodeon and as soon as the end credits of Ren and Stimpy rolled, I knew I had to go run and get my Mom so she would watch AYAOTD with me- I refused to watch it alone, but it was my favorite. I loved being scared and I still do.
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this the story of my 10 favorite Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes…
“The Tale of the Midnight Madness” Original US Air Date: March 24, 1993
My all-time favorite episode, this one appealed to the cinema lover in me from an early age. I love that it all takes place in one location, I love that they actually go into the film at the end, I love that it takes place in a movie theater. And Dr. Vink!
For years this version of Count Orlok haunted me. Whenever I was alone or particularly scared, my mind would always go to the image of his thin white hand creeping around the corner.
“The Tale of Laughing in the Dark” Original US Air Date: September 4, 1992
It’s the most fun in the park! This episode appeals to the clown hatred in us all. Seriously, who likes clowns? Has a clown EVER made you laugh? No, of course not. I love the funhouse/haunted house setting and I can still recall the creepy music even now. it’s basically “It” for kids.
“The Tale of the Super Specs” Original US Air Date: October 1, 1992
I remember watching this episode and spending the night at my Grandma’s house and whenever I closed my eyes to go to sleep I would think the people wearing all black were standing over me so I had to call my mom to come pick me up. This is up there as one of the scariest episodes in the entire series for me.
“The Tale of the Dark Music” Original US Air Date: November 6, 1992
This episode is one I actually didn’t discover until recently, somehow I missed it when it originally aired but I love that the kid in this is slowly corrupted by whatever entity is behind that door in the basement or that music is what stirs the darkness.
“The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor” Original US Air Date: April 7, 1993
I always come back to this episode because of the pure bizarreness of it; the weird tests the kids are put through and the absolutely terrifying alien designs.
“The Tale of the Dangerous Soup” Original US Air Date: March 30, 1994
Here’s another one that I love because it deals with fear and what really scares us. Dr. Vink is in pure sadistic splendor as he harvests peoples’ fears to use as the secret ingredient at his top-selling soup. THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS FEAR AND PEOPLE LOVE TO CONSUME IT! The subtext, man, the subtext.
“The Tale of Station 109.1” Original US Air Date: June 24, 1995
This one I think ended up being a bigger influence on me that I had thought. A radio station that only the dead can hear? Holy crap that was awesome! And the bracelets you couldn’t remove, sealing your fate- taking control of your life away- that was an idea that scared my buns right off! Now I have no buns
“The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” Original US Air Date: June 3, 1995
I don’t know why anyone would have a raft in an indoor pool at a school, but this episode had some of the most disturbing imagery in the entire series. That decaying red monster coming out of the water was unreal.
“The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner” Original US Air Date: December 1, 1994
This is one that I think is at the top of many AYAOTD lists for its downright disturbing imagery. I loved the weird science behind how they brought the Ghastly Grinner into “our” world. It was so creative and simple at the same time.
“The Tale of the Dollmaker” Original US Air Date: February 6, 1994
Nickelodeon always seemed to be playing this one and the image of that doll-girl standing at the end of the hall has stuck in my mind. I can’t even effectively put into words why this episode freaked me out so much but it did.
The Tale of the Hatching
The Tale of the Quicksilver
The Tale of the Unexpected Visitor
These photos are from our location scout in October 2011, about four months before we shot the actual film. Matt Espenshade, my dog Buddy, and I drove up there to see the location and I was expecting the bright sun and heat but we got tons of snow and COWS! Very strange.
I’m hoping to share some really exciting news with everybody soon btw🙂
Greetings to all of you in TV land. People still watch TV right? I’ll bet they sure as heck do!
Here’s some updates because… Well because I feel like it.
Maria and I are hard at work getting all the perks fulfilled for the extremely kind and generous people who donated to our little film so long ago. Over the last few days, I have hand painted haikus because that is something I thought would be fun and cheap to do two years ago as a perk while I was in a booze and drug fueled haze. The only haze in my life now is the horrible crushing despair from everyday life! So that’s definitely an improvement!
A week ago I got to hang out with my friend and collaborator Matt Espenshade to show him the film. He is LIF’s director of photography, camera op, gaffer, grip, and did just about every other job we didn’t have the extra crew members to do. Matt is a person who is able to capture the natural beauty of people and places and he does it in a way that appears effortless. I am in his debt. My phone is ringing- that must be the debt collector now. Fuckin’ Obama.
It’s bizarre. LIF has changed in the most dramatic sort of ways in the past four months. I guess it takes hardship and a lot of free time to really get the creative oozes flowing again. Therein lies the secret of the ooze.
We have a bunch of postcards to send out now plus hundreds more leftover to do with whatever you do with leftover postcards. I guess I can give them away at my church group.
Lastly on my list of kind of important things, this will be my last week working for After Dark Films. It’s a bittersweet time in my life. I will miss all the friends I have made there, but as some guy once said, pick up your heels or dig them in. I’ll save all the really good stories for the campfire .
Well, your eyes have probably glazed over by now, I know mine have. LIF still consumes nearly every breath I have. I still have to use some for actual breathing though! Very soon it will be invading you personal spaces and leaving you feeling weird and uncomfortable, just like that guy from New York you met last week did.
As the month and year draw to a close, many thoughts come to my mind. I’ve been through a lot in the past 12+ months and I look at where I am now compared to then and I can’t believe it. I had nothing a year ago. Absolutely nothing. I had Live-In Fear, but creative endeavors can only fulfill you so much. I had no way to support myself, no friends, and I was a terrible alcoholic. Everything is different now. I still may not be a millionaire but I feel rich in all the ways I was not before. Thank you to all who support me, who give me friendship, and encourage me to strive for… betterness (is that a word)?
I lost my Mom in January of this year and I think she would be proud of me to see how far I’ve come. I don’t talk about it a lot but her loss is still really tough for me to deal with and honestly, I’m still bewildered by the senselessness of it all.
Now for business: Live-In Fear is pretty much done. I just sent my weird little movie off to three festivals last night and another one about a month ago. It’s not easy to make a film with pretty much no money but I know next year, all this hard work will pay off (which means distribution and festivals)! So killer. This also means that we’ll need to start fulfilling all the contributor benefits from our Indiegogo Campaigns (Maria, send me an email when you have a moment).
And now something I’ve been waiting to talk about for the longest time, my next film which is called DECEMBER. I’ve been dreaming about it for the last year, refining the script, figuring out how to approach achieving “my vision” (whatever the fuck that means) and making this dark tale a reality. It’s funny, after getting sober and becoming a somewhat more optimistic person, my writing has become significantly darker. December is about twin sisters, an ax, and a deer head. Here’s an early concept poster by my friend Victor Almeida:
Best of luck next year, everyone. Swing on the spiral.
That’s, by my estimate, how close we are to being done with LIF. Here’s a still featuring the lovely Sarah Greyson and whimsically creepy Maria Olsen as Becca and Seth’s Mom, respectively. Only 7% left to go. Also there may or may not be a screening somewhere in the San Fernando Valley on September 7th.