From Oct. 17 to Oct. 31 FilAm Creative will be celebrating all things Filipino and horror. Halo-Haloween is hosted and programmed by FilAm director Walter Boholst and his new horror film “Voodoo Possession.” Contributions by Natasia Gascon and Mark Owen.
Barney Burman, producer, Make-Up FX Legend
Voodoo Possession boasted an industry legend leading its make-up FX in producer Barney Burman. Barney comes from a family of make-up artists and heads his own company B2FX. He won the 2009 Oscar for Best Make Up in JJ Abrams “Star Trek.”
You can read more about Barney’s fascinating career here: http://www.b2fx.com/about_us.php
Anna Lloyd-Jones, Costume Designer
The costumes played a large part in drawing the audience in to the world of Haitian voodoo gone wrong. Anna had to put together effective costumes with a minimal budget. The costumes ran the gamut from voodoo priests to possessed patients haunting the spirit world.
I AM A GHOST
FilAm filmmaker HP Mendoza who burst onto the scene with an indie musical of all things called “Colma: The Musical” filmed a self-described experiment in horror. Emily haunts her own house every day, wondering why she can’t leave. With the help of clairvoyant Sylvia, Emily is forced to uncover disturbing mysteries about her past that may help her move on to the next place.
It’s brilliance is in it’s simplicity and effectively on a $10,000 budget. How often is a good movie made on $10k? Never.
The film has garnered high praise from publications such as Variety, Twitch Film,. SF Weekly, The Philadelphia Enquirer and more. Among the awards the film has received include:
Best Picture – Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2012
Best Horror Film – PollyGrind Film Festival
Best Film Audience Award – Nocturna: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival 2013
Best Horror Director – SF Weekly 2012
Best Horror Director – Tucson Terrorfest 2012
Best Actress (Anna Ishida) – Tucson Terrorfest 2012
Special Jury – Best Actress – MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
Best Actress (Anna Ishida) – Terror Molins 2013
The film also appeared on a number of “Best of” lists, including:
Top 10 Films of 2012 – National Film Society
Best of 2012 Performers – Asia Pacific Arts
Best Films of 2012 – Asia Pacific Arts
Best of 2012 – The Conduit Speaks
Best Directors of 2012 – The Conduit Speaks
Best of 2012 – Dallas Voice
Top 10 Films of 2012 – All Things Horror
Best of 2012 – Film Bizarro
Top 10 Best Horror 2012 – Planet of Terror
Best of 2012 – Horror Director – SF Weekly
Best of 2012 – MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
BEST ACTRESSES OF 2012 – MIX Film Festival Mexico 2012
Who doesn’t love Nia Peeples? She’s a noted singer and actress who started out in the 80’s on the show “Fame” and made the howlies swoon in “North Shore.” Peeples was born in Hollywood, California. She was raised in West Covina. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Philippines, and were of Filipino, Spanish, French, and German descent. Her father, who was originally from Mississippi, was of Scottish, Irish, English, Native American, and Italian ancestry. That’s great. What does that have to do with Halo-Haloween?
Weeeellll…she’s be in a couple horror movies including “Tower of Terror” and this gem, “Werewolf The Beast Among Us.”
On 2nd thought, let’s just jam out to Nia in this. Oh yeah.
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When a man must search for his missing brother in a Haitian insane asylum he discovers that all of the patients are possessed by an evil voodoo spirit hungry for sacrifices of blood. (At Redbox, Walmart, Amazon, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Dish, Vudu, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Youtube etc.). Starring Danny Trejo, Ryan Caltagirone, Kerry Knuppe, David Thomas Jenkins, Treva Etiene, Tomas Boykin.
Check out more about Voodoo Possession here.
Twitter at @voodoomovie
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“Voodoo Possession” is a Rough Riders, Front Row Media, B2FX and Waltertainment production based in Los Angeles, CA. Additional information can be found at the official movie website voodoopossession.com, facebook.com/thisplaceiscursed,
Walter Boholst can be found at facebook.com/itswalterb and waltertainment.com.
If you would like more information about “Voodoo Possession,” or to schedule an interview with Walter Boholst contact firstname.lastname@example.org.