Miss Misery's DAYS OF TERROR HORROR CONVENTION at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. Conceived and promoted by NorCal horror hostess Miss Misery herself, for two full days I witnessed fans interacting with horror celebrities and icons, scream contests, monstrous rock shows, werewolves, costumed femme fatales, frightful vendors, excellent merchandise, local vampires, horror movie screenings, authors, comic book artists, zombies, and so much more!
|FRIDAY THE 13th alumni Amy Steel (L) & C.J. Gramham (R)|
|FRIDAY THE 13TH's Ari Lehman aka First Jason signing for a fan.|
|Industry Icons Lynn Lowry (L) & Ken J. Hall (R)|
|Actress Michelle Shields|
|Actress April Monique Burril aka Chainsaw Sally|
|Actresses Devanny Pinn (L) & Jessica Cameron (R)|
|Miss Misery (center) greeting some of her fans.|
|The November Fire table selling the latest DVD on Creature Features|
|Lord Blood-Rah (C) with Debra Lamb (L) & Samantha WPG (R)|
|An awesome display of rare and imported DVDs.|
|Ultra cool horror T-shirts to purchase.|
|A very creepy Phantom of the Opera doll.|
|Special effects make-up table.|
|The Sacramento Horror Film Festival table.|
|"OK everybody! Let's see you throw up some Satanic gang signs!"|
|San Francisco's Dammit! rocking the after party.|
|Ari Lehman and his Keychete.|
|Guests Iris Scott (L) & actress Max Wasa (R) at the after party.|
|One of the actors from BIBLE CAMP|
|A cute couple checking out the screening schedule.|
|Stars Devanny Pinn (L) & Jessica Cameron (R) with their film.|
The film's about a young woman named Holly Jenson (Devanny Pinn) who's investigating the murder of her father by her blind younger brother Tyler (portrayed by Noah Dahl). During her investigation, she accidentally awakens the spirit of Elizabeth Short (Alexis Iacono), who is better known as the infamous Black Dahlia. Soon Tyler's physician Dr. Brian Owen (Britt Griffith) begins to suspect something different about Holly, which triggers a deadly secret from his past. Also making a cameo appearance in the film is actress Jessica Cameron portraying a young Norma Jean and Slagle himself as the disturbed Malcolm.
Unlike many of the Hollywood versions of the story, Slagle's take on the famous crime feels like a breath of fresh air. Giving it a supernatural spin, it still stays faithful to the facts about Elizabeth Short, while simultaneously making her and her death even more frightening. Pinn does a fabulous job portraying Holly, combining a hard ass attitude while giving her a sense of vulnerability. Reality star Griffith also deserves credit for his performance as Dr. Owen, who somehow makes us wonder who is exactly and whether or not he can be trusted. Now playing a blind person is enough of a challenge pulling it off and making it believable is even more challenging. So my hat goes off to Dahl's acting chops for making me forget that he was acting. Iacono's performance as Elizabeth Short is scandalous, mysterious, hideous, and demented that I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Now it's a know fact the Short didn't exactly hang in out with the right kind of people, but she did have some decent friends. Iacono's scene with Cameron's Norma Jean was very sweet and gave depth to Short's personality.
Shot in 10 days, Slagle's directing is stupendous, giving the ridiculous short time frame he had (he basically made the film on weekends!). There are some terrific shots and set ups that drive the film. One scene I recall that was very effective were the scenes shot in the cave with Holly "talking" to herself. This scene is a simple scene to shoot, but with Pinn's powerful acting combined with Slagle's directing style, it's one of the most effective and disturbing scenes in the film (there is an even more disturbing scene that unfortunately I cannot disclose. But let me say this: it's not for the faint of heart).
All in all THE BLACK DAHLIA HAUNTING is a great indie horror gem that all of you should definitely see! The film will be screened this weekend in Arizona for Rapture Horror Expo. And just recently, Pinn mentioned on Facebook that the film, "is not only been selected, but opening the entire Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood!!" Sign up and follow the film's official Twitter account and check out the trailer on Youtube.com!
|Dani Sciacca (L) & her mother/actress Max Wasa (R)|
|"Wanted for supernatural crimes. Use extreme care when approaching."|
|Horror fan couple Justin Berger (R) & Michelle Fatale (L)|
Make sure you check out Miss Misery's Movie Massacre show on Saturdays from 9pm-11pm throughout California on Channel KCTH 27 on AT&T U-Verse. Also visit her official website at http://missmisery.net.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the screaming!