Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DEFILED Screens in Italy!

Julian had a chance to attend the Fantasy Horror Awards in Orvieto, Italy where his film, THE DEFILED played to an enthusiastic audience in the Pope's screening room. Beautiful old-school Italian village, hundreds of enthusiastic fans and a live television broadcast of the FHA Awards on National television made it a good time had by all.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Defiled - Viva Italia!

We will be screening THE DEFILED at the Fantasy Horror Awards as part of the pre-broadcast event in Rome, Italy on June 5, 2011. This is an incredible honor with a who's-who of horror talent in attendance. Julian Grant will be in attendance to showcase his film and discuss with fans and fellow filmmakers. For more information on the event, please visit |http://www.fantasyhorroraward.com/|HERE|

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Now available on Amazon

Orders are coming in across the USA for our film. Not the kind of numbers that studio executives would be excited about but for us - it's great. Reviews across the board have been positive. Next step is video on demand and television. Sent a screener to my foreign sales representative Claude and am hopeful that a European conquest will be next.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Defled - Press & Promo Update

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fangoria Magazine Review - April 2011

The bible of monster movie magazines just reviewed us. 3 out of 4 skulls! Awesome. Below please find the review by Michael Koopmans

THE DEFILED is art-house zombie flick shot in digital black & white (kind of sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?). This quasi-silent film is straightforward, human and, for the most part, effective—honestly!
Set in a postapocalyptic world where a virus has turned the majority of Earth’s survivors into the living dead, both the uninfected and infected are left with a “kill or be killed” mentality. Brian Shaw plays the lead zombie whose family is killed by eating a corpse that was exposed to radiation. After delivering the baby from the corpse of his pregnant daughter, he inadvertently saves an uninfected, traumatized woman (Kathleen Lawlor) from a pack of fellow flesheaters. Now it’s monsters as humans against humans as monster, and will paternal instincts overcome infestation and hatred for one couple stuck in a world of chaos?

Aside from the primordial grunting of the zombies and some scenery noise, there is no dialogue in THE DEFILED. It’s a bold choice by director Julian Grant, leaving the plot’s progression to the physical emotion expressed by the two leads, more so the female who isn’t playing up the skin-peeling-cannibal-madman angle. And to their credit, they pull it off.

For such an ultra-low-budget feature, Grant keeps it stylish and fresh by adding a cold blue tint over the digital B&W. This also helps to transform some of the crude FX into something far creepier than it would have been in color. It’s a great example of how to use low-rent modern technology to produce a heartfelt, well-executed film, which is reminiscent of the dawn of horror on film.

One of the few gripes is with THE DEFILED’s 100-minute running time. Not so much on a personal level, because I’m a sucker for any excruciatingly slow-paced film, but I can see this one putting many viewers asleep who are more keen on the constant explosions and instant gratification that a lot of modern cinema boasts. In addition, toward the end of the film, a few scenarios start to get a little confusing while others feels too familiar. This would have made an excellent short film, since stretching it to feature length has caused it to become a bit diluted and harder to handle.

This DVD features an entertaining commentary track by the two leads and the director, which gives insight into the film’s culmination while going over the trials and tribulations that come with producing a low-budget film. Other features include a photo gallery and a few trailers. So if you’re in the mood for a painfully slow-paced love letter to the horror films of yesteryear, check out THE DEFILED. I look forward to Grant’s next effort.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Now available for preorder from Amazon

Interest Is heating up online with Amazon taking orders for our film right now. Initial reader reviews are very good and it's wonderful to see people appreciating all of our hard work. The screening in Portugal went very well with a full house of fans and Julian meeting and talking with lots of new converts. The best part is that people have been genuinely moved by the power of the performances and see beyond the rubber makeup and gore effects. This film really is a tribute to the power of love and is much more than a gratuitous blood ballet.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fantasporto Premiere in Portugal Tonight

Am in Portugal premiering our film at Fantasporto - the largest and most prestigious fantasy film festival in this part of the world. Lots of interest in our work and am honored to be here. Staying at the Hotel L'infante, a beautiful old school establishment, in a master suite on the 5th floor. Visited incredible churches, cemeteries and the like so FA and have been watching 3 films a day since we arrived yesterday. Will see over 25 films by the time we leave next Sunday. Wish us luck! As I am on the International Jury, I am not eligible for any awards but I have a new friend in director Mick Garris and have met many great people here. Julie is with me so it is wonderful that we get to share this together.