Michael John Berryman is an American actor. Berryman was born with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare condition characterised by the absence of sweat glands and fingernails, he came to prominence with his roles in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and The Hills Have Eyes in 1977. He has appeared in several television shows, such as episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files. Berryman played Pluto in Wes Craven's 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes and the 1985 sequel The Hills Have Eyes Part II, he has made appearances in the science fiction and fantasy movies My Science Project, Weird Science, Armed Response, Evil Spirits, The Guyver and "Brutal". He appeared in the 1975 Academy Award-winning drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his time on set for The Hills Have Eyes proved difficult for him, since during the 4-month shoot, temperatures in the desert surpassed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and, without sweat glands, he had to take special precautions in order to avoid suffering heat stroke.
He had a role in Eric Draven's guide to the land of the living. Berryman's scenes were cut from the original theatrical release, but can be found on some DVD releases under "Deleted Scenes", he has appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The X-Files. He appeared in the 1985 Mötley Crüe video for "Smokin' In the Boys Room", as well as the introduction to the band's song "Home Sweet Home", he portrayed the devil in two episodes of Highway to Heaven: "The Devil and Jonathan Smith" and "I Was a Middle-Aged Werewolf". Berryman is a popular draw at genre conventions, such as the 2002 Horrorfind convention in Baltimore and the 2007 Eerie Horror Film Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania, he appeared in 2001 and 2002 at the Horrorfind convention in Baltimore, Maryland and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 7 and 8 attending as a guest of "The Milwaukee County Massacre", a horror film convention and music festival. Berryman appeared at the "Scarefest" convention in Lexington, at the "Spooky Empire" convention in Orlando, Florida on October 17–19, 2008.
He appeared in Roseville, Minnesota at Crypticon 2008 for "A November to Dismember" on November 14–16, 2008 for the show's third year. Berryman starred in the British-Canadian horror film Below Zero, directed by Justin Thomas Orstensen, he was a special guest at the third annual San Antonio Horrific Film Fest on 25 August 2010 and a guest at the Cinema Wasteland convention from April 1–3, 2011. He appeared at the Contamination 2012 Convention, held at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri on June 15–17, 2012. Berryman is a strong advocate for environmental protection and lived on a wolf sanctuary for ten years. Michael Berryman on IMDb Michael Berryman at AllMovie Michael Berryman at SmashCutMovie.com Michael Berryman Interview at Love & Pop
Freestyle Releasing is an independent film distributor founded in 2004, specializing in releasing films theatrically. Unlike most distributors, Freestyle Releasing does not put up any prints and advertising money for its releases. Freestyle has a service distribution deal with Jeff Clanagan for a line of African-American movies called Code Black. Freestyle Releasing was founded in 2004 by Susan Jackson, Mark Borde and Mike Doban at United Artists Theaters. By January 2006, Jackson started the DVD label Freestyle Home Entertainment as an adjunct for additional leeway in its deal making; the company booked Winter Passing and Find Me Guilty for Yari Film Group in 2006. Jackson and Borde in 2010 formed Freestyle Digital Media, a film aggregator for the video on demand market. By May 2011, Doban left to be chief operating officer at Sycamore Entertainment Group, a film prints and advertising financing firm. Jackson died in October 2014. In October 2015 Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired Freestyle for an undisclosed amount "said to be sealed for high-eight figures".
Freestyle Digital Media, founded in 2010, a film aggregator for the video on demand market with an output deal with Netflix. Turtle’s Crossing, independent producer sales company, founded by Jackson in 1999 and represented producers in selling their films The Illusionist The Haunting of Molly Hartley Dragon Wars An American Haunting Bottle Shock The Collector My One and Only N’Secure Crooked Arrows Me and Orson Welles The Heart Specialist God's Not Dead Left Behind Woodlawn Fighting Tommy Riley, DVD and funding A Foreign Affair, DVD and funding Spin DVD and funding. Starred Stanley Tucci Dot the i Riding the Bullet with David Arquette, Barbara Hershey and Cliff Robertson Modigliani starring Andy Garcia Hair Show Trois Preaching to the Choir The Nutcracker in 3D The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Official website Freestyle Releasing on IMDb Freestyle Digital Media on IMDb
Rachel Anne Miner is a retired American actress. She first came to prominence for her portrayal of Michelle Bauer on the television soap opera Guiding Light, she made her film debut in Woody Allen's Alice, earned critical acclaim for her leading role in Bully. Her other film credits include The Black Penny Dreadful, she is known for her portrayal of Meg Masters on the television series Supernatural. In 2013, Miner revealed. Miner's television credits include Vickie in Shining Time Station:'Tis a Gift, Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light, a guest starring role as Laurel in a Sex and the City episode, "Twenty-something Girls vs. Thirty-something Women" and Astrid in NY-LON. In 2001, she starred in Bully; the plot follows several young adults in South Florida who enact a murder plot against a mutual friend who has physically and sexually abused them for years. The film itself was based on the July 1993 murder of Bobby Kent. Bully received mixed reviews from critics and has a "Rotten" rating of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with an average score of 5.7 out of 10.
The film holds a score of 45 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 26 critics indicating'Mixed or average reviews'. Miner won an award at the Stockholm Film Festival for Best Actress. In 2005, Miner portrayed a young woman on a journey to discover who she is and why multiple enemies want her dead in the action film Circadian Rhythm; the movie was critically ignored, was poorly received in its few reviews. One reviewer stated that the film was a "directionless jumble of boring scenes strung together tenuously by a plot that feels like they were making it up as they went along," and that watching the film's ‘wire-fu’ fight scenes was akin to "being over at a friend's house when they’re getting yelled at by their parents."She appeared in 12 episodes of the 2007 television series Californication, as Dani California, a reference to a character appearing in several songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2008, she appeared in "The Sacrifice", an episode of Fear Itself; that same year she was cast as the second lead in the psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations.
The movie was filmed in Michigan and concluded filming in October 2008. It debuted at After Dark Horrorfest III, a horror film festival held in January 2009; the film was released on DVD on March 31, 2009. From 2009-13, Miner took over the role of Meg Masters, a recurring antagonist and demon in Supernatural; the writers wanted Meg's original actress Nicki Aycox to reprise the role in seasons, but cast Miner for storyline purposes. The character was killed off later. Tim Janson of Mania gave Miner's portrayal of Meg a positive review, saying no one played Meg "with such dripping sarcasm as Rachel Miner", he felt she "always adds spice when she appears". Diana Steenbergen of IGN felt Miner played the role "with vicious flair" and " Meg's brutality well, right from the beginning"; as time passed, she noted that the actress "has done well taking over the role". In 2010, Miner starred alongside James Franco in the Grasshopper segment of Distrust; the next year she was cast as Sgt. Hannah in the horror film 51, which began filming in April 2011 in Louisiana.
The film was released in limited theaters as part of "After Dark Originals". Among her theater credits are as "Jennifer" in Laura Cahill's Naked Faith: The Way at Naked Angels in New York, Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank on Broadway, Rivkele in Donald Margulies's adaptation of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Sandy in Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and at The Public Theater in New York. Since September 2017, Miner has been the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Random Acts, Inc. A third-generation actor, Miner is the daughter of director and producer Peter Miner and the granddaughter of director/producer Worthington Miner and actress Frances Fuller. In 1998, she married Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin; the couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. Miner was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. Sunday, Sonic Youth Only One, Yellowcard Rachel Miner on IMDb Rachel Miner at AllMovie Rachel Miner at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
After Dark Horrorfest
After Dark Horrorfest was an annual horror film festival featuring eight independent horror movies, sometimes with "secret" bonus films, all distributed by After Dark Films in the USA. The first HorrorFest was held in 2006. In 2011, Horrorfest was replaced with After Dark Originals, composed of original films from After Dark and not acquired ones. After Dark's HorrorFest for 2006 was scheduled for November 17 through November 21, 2006; the films shown during the course of the festival were: The Abandoned A film producer, adopted as a baby and sent to America, returns to her native Russia and the family farm. Once there, strange things begin to happen. After completion of the festival, this film was re-released to general theatres on February 23, 2007. Dark Ride Ten years after he brutally murdered two girls, a killer escapes from a mental institution and returns to his turf, the theme park attraction called "Dark Ride" where he targets a group of six college kids on their way to Spring Break.
The Gravedancers A group of friends' lives are invaded by a trio of hostile ghosts after they engage in a drunken bout of grave-dancing during a wake for an old chum. The Hamiltons A picture-perfect American family, making up of four different siblings trying to get by after the recent death of their parents, is always kind and respectful to their neighbors... except that they wind up killing them. Penny Dreadful A young girl who has car-phobia goes on a special road trip through the mountains to cure her fear, guided by her therapist; this trip turns deadly as an escaped mental patient starts a new spree of killings and traps the girl in the car. Reincarnation A Japanese film crew recreates a gruesome mass murder at a rural hotel only to find themselves suffer fates they are acting out in the film. Unrest A med student collapses upon sensing a "presence" about her cadaver, her fears are strengthened by the mysterious death of a friend. She must discover the connection. Wicked Little Things Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters and Emma, move to a remote mountain home in Pennsylvania which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband.
However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old coal mine, the site of an early 20th-century tragedy in which many children miners were buried alive... and have now become zombies out to avenge their deaths. On Thursday, November 16, 2006, Dark Delicacies, a horror-themed bookstore in Burbank, CA hosted a signing event with about 30 filmmakers and talents from the movies. A contest for the'official spokeswoman' of the film series and for After Dark Films, was announced September 2006 on YouTube. Participants auditioned both online and in person at Los Angeles and New York locations, were flown to those cities to appear at the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, the Fangoria Radio Show with Dee Snider and Debbie Rochon, PlayMania and a short series of reality-style movies featured on YouTube; the four finalists were chieko13, msblackbetty and Ysabella Brave. Internet voting ended on November 9, 2006. Msblackbetty was named Miss HorrorFest 2006 on November 18, 2006. 7 of the original list of 8 films from the 2006 festival were released on DVD on March 27, 2007.
The Abandoned was released on June 19, 2007, the delay having been caused by the theatrical re-release. Of the bonus films, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror was released on September 11, 2007, The Tripper was released by Fox Video on October 23, 2007. After Dark's HorrorFest for 2007 was scheduled for November 9 through November 18, 2007; the eight films shown during the course of the festival were: Borderland Phil and his two college buddies road-trip down to a Mexican border town to celebrate their college graduation. While there, they run into a cult looking for human sacrifice and their weekend becomes a bloody test of survival. Crazy Eights After a mutual childhood friend dies. While there, they find a map to unearth a time capsule in an abandoned hospital, they go on a hunt for this time capsule, but discover something else as well: the remains of a dead child. The Deaths of Ian Stone Ian Stone is a young Englishman who finds himself trapped in a constant cycle of dying violently every night, only to wake up with a different life.
Lake Dead A group of teenagers inherit a motel on a lake, only to uncover a series of dark and frightening family secrets. Mulberry Street A deadly pandemic breaks out in New York City and six evicted people find themselves trapped in their tenement building having to fight off growing numbers of zombie-like people infected by rat bites who turn into "were-rats". Nightmare Man After receiving an African fertility mask as a gift from her husband, Ellen Morris is attacked by a mysterious being she dubs "The Nightmare Man", she takes refuge in a lakeside house where she accidentally puts the four people there in immediate danger. Tooth and Nail A group of people in a post-apocalyptic world of what was once the city of Philadelphia have to fight to survive against a band of vicious cannibals. Unearthed A creature unearthed during an archaeological dig in a New Mexico town terrorizes the people of the town. Frontier A group of crooks attempt to take advantage of the riots ensuing a conservative regime taking control of France, only to run amok a family of neo-Nazi cannibals who reside in a remote villa on the French–German border.
Frontier was slated to be one of the films shown at Horrorfest 2007, but after the MPAA gave the film an NC-17 rating, it was decided that it would instead be released to theatres separately in May 2008. The DVD was released with the same Horrorfest packaging as the other films. Mistress Malice was chosen
A horror film is a film that seeks to elicit fear. Inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Horror may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, thriller genres. Horror films aim to evoke viewers' nightmares, fears and terror of the unknown. Plots with in the horror genre involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, extraterrestrials, werewolves, Satanism, evil clowns, torture, vicious animals, evil witches, zombies, psychopaths, ecological or man-made disasters, serial killers; some sub-genres of horror film include low-budget horror, action horror, comedy horror, body horror, disaster horror, found footage, holiday horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, supernatural horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie horror, disaster films, first-person horror, teen horror.
The first depiction of the supernatural on screen appear in several of the short silent films created by the French pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès in the late 1890s. The best known of these early supernatural-based works is the 3-minute short film Le Manoir du Diable known in English as The Haunted Castle or The House of the Devil; the film is sometimes credited as being the first horror film. In The Haunted Castle, a mischievous devil appears inside a medieval castle and harasses the visitors. Méliès' other popular horror film is La Caverne maudite, which translates to "the accursed cave"; the film known for its English title The Cave of the Demons, tells the story of a woman stumbling over a cave, populated by the spirits and skeletons of people who died there. Méliès would make other short films that historians consider now as horror-comedies. Une nuit terrible, which translates to A Terrible Night, tells a story of a man who tries to get a good night's sleep but ends up wrestling a giant spider.
His other film, L'auberge ensorcelée, or The Bewitched Inn, features a story of a hotel guest getting pranked and tormented by an unseen presence. In 1897, the accomplished American photographer-turned director George Albert Smith created The X-Ray Fiend, a horror-comedy that came out a mere two years after x-rays were invented; the film shows a couple of skeletons courting each other. An audience full of people unaccustomed to the idea would have found it frightening and otherworldly; the next year, Smith created the short film Photographing a Ghost, considered a precursor to the paranormal investigation subgenre. The film portrays three men attempting to photograph a ghost, only to fail time and again as the ghost eludes the men and throws chairs at them. Japan made early forays into the horror genre. In 1898, a Japanese film company called Konishi Honten released two horror films both written by Ejiro Hatta. Though there are no records of the cast, crew, or plot of Bake Jizo, it was based on the Japanese legend of Jizo statues, believed to provide safety and protection to children.
The presence of the word bake—which can be translated to "spook," "ghost," or "phantom"—may imply a haunted or possessed statue. Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomón, regarded as one of the most significant silent film directors, was popular for his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions, an innovation that contributed to the popularity of trick films in the period, his famous works include Satan at Play. The Selig Polyscope Company in the United States produced one of the first film adaptations of a horror-based novel. In 1908, the company released Mr. Hyde, now a lost film, it is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published 15 years prior, about a man who transforms between two contrasting personas. Georges Méliès liked adapting the Faust legend into his films. In fact, the French filmmaker produced at least six variations of the German legend of the man who made a pact with the devil. Among his notable Faust films include Faust aux enfers, known for its English title The Damnation of Faust, or Faust in Hell.
It is the filmmaker's third film adaptation of the Faust legend. In it, Méliès took inspiration from Hector Berlioz's Faust opera, but it pays less attention to the story and more to the special effects that represent a tour of hell; the film takes advantage of stage machinery techniques and features special effects such as pyrotechnics, substitution
Miriam "Mimi" Rogers is an American film and television actress and competitive poker player. Her notable film roles include Gung Ho, Someone to Watch Over Me, Desperate Hours, she garnered the greatest acclaim of her career for her role in the religious drama The Rapture, with critic Robin Wood declaring that she "gave one of the greatest performances in the history of the Hollywood cinema." Rogers has since appeared in Reflections on a Crime, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Lost in Space, Ginger Snaps, The Door in the Floor, For a Good Time, Call.... Her extensive work in television includes Paper Dolls, Weapons of Mass Distraction, The Loop, recurring roles on The X-Files, Two and a Half Men, Mad Men, Bosch. Rogers was born Miriam Spickler at General Hospital in Florida, her father is Philip C. Spickler, a civil engineer, her mother, Kathy Talent, was a former drama major. Rogers' father was her mother Episcopalian, her father had become involved with Scientology before she was born, the organization was part of her upbringing.
The family lived in Virginia, Arizona and England, before settling in Los Angeles. Rogers finished her formal education upon high school graduation. Rogers worked in a hospital for incapacitated patients outside Palo Alto and for six years she was a part-time social worker, involved in substance-abuse counseling. At the beginning of their acting careers and Kirstie Alley lived together. After her first marriage break-up, Rogers moved to Los Angeles to embark on an acting career, she studied acting with Milton Katselas for nine months and sought an agent. She screen tested for the lead role in Body Heat that went to Kathleen Turner, her earlier roles included television appearances in Hill Street Blues as a love interest for officer Andy Renko, in Magnum, P. I.. In 1982, Rogers starred in the made-for-TV-movie Hear No Evil as Meg. Between 1983-84, she worked extensively in television as a series regular on The Rousters and as supermodel Blair Harper-Fenton in Paper Dolls. In 1986, she starred alongside Michael Keaton in Gung Ho.
In 1986 Rogers auditioned for the female lead in Fatal Attraction. However, Rogers got her breakthrough role when she was cast opposite Tom Berenger in Someone to Watch Over Me. Rogers played Claire Gregory, a socialite, protected after she witnesses a murder. In 1989, she starred in The Mighty Quinn. In 1990, she appeared in Desperate Hours. In 1991, Rogers starred as the protagonist in The Rapture about a woman who converts from a swinger to a born-again Christian after learning that a true Rapture is upon the world, she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination for her role in the film. Slant Magazine praised her "spectacular performance, which seems in part inspired by the physical splendors and feral glances of Bette Davis or Barbara Stanwyck."In 1993 Rogers posed nude for the March 1993 edition of Playboy magazine, appeared on that issue's cover. She explained "Playboy had been after me for years, I agreed to pose when they gave me complete approval over the shoot.
It was done in a tasteful way, since I knew that I wanted to have children soon, I thought it might be nice to have a permanent record of my body in its prime."In 1994, Rogers starred as a woman on death row in the prison thriller Reflections on a Crime and received the Best Actress prize for the film at the Seattle International Film Festival. New York Magazine praised Rogers' "typically terrific performance" in the film. Rogers joined an ensemble cast in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Trees Lounge, she had a supporting role alongside Barbra Streisand and Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Her next film was the beginning of what would become a major franchise, when she appeared as Mrs. Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In 1998, she co-starred in Lost in Space. A year she co-produced and co-starred in the Holocaust drama The Devil's Arithmetic. Together with her fellow producers, Rogers received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Children's Special for the film.
Between 1998 and 1999, Rogers had a recurring role on The X-Files playing Diana Fowley for seven episodes. In 2000, she starred in the critically acclaimed Canadian horror film Ginger Snaps, she was a series regular on the short-lived ABC series The Geena Davis Show. Rogers made television appearances in Dawson's Creek as the mother of Jen Lindley and in Las Vegas, she appears in the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. In 2004, she starred alongside Kim Basinger in the drama The Door in the Floor. Between 2006 and 2007, Rogers was a series. In 2010, Rogers served as a producer on Unstoppable. In 2010, she performed at the Geffen Playhouse in Love and What I Wore. In 2011, she was cast in the recurring role of Robin Schmidt, a primatologist and Ashton Kutcher's mother on Two and a Half Men. Rogers resumed the role in the season 10 premiere episode. In 2012, she made a guest appearance on The Client List. Recent film projects include For Call... and, alongside Meryl Streep, in Hope Springs.
In March 2012, she was cast alongside Chad Michael Murray in the ABC pilot Scruples, as Harriet, a "powerful and
Cinefantastique was a horror and science fiction film magazine. The magazine started as a mimeographed fanzine in 1967 relaunched as a glossy, offset printed quarterly in 1970 by publisher/editor Frederick S. Clarke. Intended as a serious critical/review journal of the genres, the magazine set itself apart from such competitors as Famous Monsters of Filmland and The Monster Times due to its slick paper stock and use of full color interior film stills. Cinefantastique's articles and reviews emphasized an intelligent, near-scholarly approach, a then-unusual slant for such a genre-specific magazine. Advertisements were few, with most of them being only ads for other titles and materials by the publisher; this lack of "page padding" assured the reader a high proportion of original editorial content. The magazine came to be known for its lengthy, information-filled "retrospective" articles devoted to the full production details of such classic films as 1951's The Day The Earth Stood Still, George Pal's War of the Worlds, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Planet of the Apes.
Based on the popularity of these articles, Cinefantastique began producing huge double-issues centering on comprehensive "Making-Of" looks at such movies as Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Forbidden Planet, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, The Thing. The magazine devoted several issues to Star Trek films and Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Many of the articles have since become accepted as the definitive source of production information regarding these and other genre titles; the magazine was responsible for introducing the work of several writers who have continued to produce important work in the film field, including Don Shay, Bill Warren, Tim Lucas, Mick Garris, Stephen Rebello, Steven Rubin, Dan Scapperotti, Dale Winogura, Jeffrey Frentzen, Paul M. Sammon, Dan Fiebiger, Alan Jones. On October 17, 2000, due to complications from long-time, clinical depression, Clarke committed suicide at the age of 51. Editorship was assumed by long-time contributor Dan Persons, until rights to the continuing publication of Cinefantastique were acquired by Mark A. Altman's Mindfire Entertainment, who formally renamed the magazine CFQ.
In November 2006, CFQ editor Jeff Bond announced that the magazine would be "going on hiatus into 2007", promising that in the near future it would return "on an irregular basis for in-depth spotlights & special issues". The magazine was succeeded with Bond at the helm. Cinefantastique relaunched as a webzine in August 2007, called Cinefantastique Online, under the supervision of the magazine's former West Coast Editor, Steve Biodrowski. In 2009, Cinefantastique was purchased by and became a wholly owned trademark of Fourth Castle Micromedia, a New York-based company owned by genre marketing veteran Joe Sena. Fourth Castle is known for their EMCE Toys brand, whose first lines of "Retro Cloth" 8" action figures were reproductions of classic MEGO toys. Fourth Castle produced a one-shot, Cinefantastique Presents The Ultimate Guide To Zombies in 2012; the magazine was slated for relaunch in 2015, Biodrowski continued to run Cinefantastique Online while Dan Persons produced podcasts for the publication.