I shall be looking at Searching, looking through its evidence and looking over its characters to find if we should look down on it or look up to it. So read on only if you’ve already seen Searching, or don’t plan to.
I decided to spend a few months in Sumner, Illinois one afternoon, with plans to kill more than time. Knowing that I’d need a proper property to hide my improprieties, I contacted actor, writer, director, producer, location scout, sound guy and stuntman Jed Brian. Jed was my local specialist of old haunts as his nonprofit horror film Unlisted Owner explores one, and he was gracious enough to show me the gateway.
This interview contains references to sexual abuse and self harm. If you are sensitive to these subjects or find them offensive, please avoid this post and read instead my interview with Blade Runner 2049 actor Tómas Lemarquis. It’s just as witty but not as gritty.
The most famous indie director you’ve never heard of is also the most dangerous, cranking out the films so controversial streaming sites refuse to let you see them. Shane Ryan makes torture porn with no torture and only a little porn, these slow burn psychological films where you can’t figure out if you like them until it’s too late and you’re hooked. His films are so underground they’re on a first name basis with the dead and buried and his unique style blurs the line between horror and drama, while attacking explicit sex, self harm, rape, anorexia, incest, murder… Shane Ryan is a man of edges, both straight and cutting, and in the interview that follows he offers up a masterclass on independent film making.
Horror has a new face, and its makeup artist is Damien Leone. This 34-year-old Staten Island native has recently released Terrifier, the 80s slasher throwback that is several deep cuts above the competition. 123WTF was lucky enough to corner the man himself and get him to open up about Art the Clown, filming horror, and his intense fans…and we didn’t even have to use a machete to do it.
While writing up my extensive synopsis of Blade Runner 2049, I became captivated by the fascinating actor who played the File Clerk at Wallace Corporation’s records hall. Seizing destiny by the keyboard, I sent Tómas Lemarquis a missive and could not believe my good fortune when he agreed to do an interview for our series WTF Did He Say? Now, let my good fortune be yours as I share his thoughts on Blade Runner 2049, Snowpiercer, X-Men: Apocalypse, Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling, shamanism and WTF!?…
I shall be opening up Insidious: The Last Key, turning it over and unlocking its secrets to test if it’s the right one or totally lost. So read on only if you’ve already seen The Last Key, or don’t plan to.