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Tuesday
Apr262011

Terrifyingly Hilarious - The Gimp Under the Stairs 

"See Daddy hates Roach because he got out of the cellar and into the walls…and now Daddy can't find him." - Alice

I grew up next to a funeral home. And after seeing this movie I never looked at my neighbors the same way again. 

 

A brother and sister live in incest in a creepy old mansion/funeral home filled with booby traps, a man-eating rottweiler, a cache of gold, and a bunch of mutilated boys locked in the cellar.

Why this has yet to become a reality show I have no idea.

Wes Craven's little-seen, but still incredible, classic "The People Under the Stairs" features Brandon Adams reprising the role he played in "The Mighty Ducks" and "Mighty Ducks 2." This time instead of playing championship pee-wee hockey, Jesse (who we learn is called Fool in the hood) is off on a whole new adventure when Ving Rhames convinces him that the only way to pay for his dying mother's cancer surgery is to rob their stupidly rich, very deliberately Reagan-esque landlords (who are both clear proxies for Ronald and Nancy Reagan). Funny how a decade later the idea of poor people not being able to afford adequate healthcare is still relevant…but I digress.

 

Doesn't seem all that Fool-ish right? Well it doesn't until they actually break into said house and discover it's not just built to keep black people out, but also to keep mutilated, cannibalistic white people in. Turns out the landlords (who are called Daddy and Mommy respectively, despite being actually brother and sister…eew) are crazier than a carousel of cat shit and have been kidnapping children for years. Of course kids don't take too kindly to being snatched from their parents and abused (presumably sexually…Daddy is kind of a freak) and when they inevitably misbehave Daddy and Mommy are left with no choice but to mutilate them and lock them in the cellar (as you do).

But what happens if one of the kids escapes? Well, that brings us to Roach. At some point Roach got out of the cellar and now makes his home in the abnormally thick walls of the funeral home. Daddy wants him back in the cellar. And Mommy worries about where Roach might be going to the bathroom.

 

So what's a crazed Ronald Reagan stand in to do?

 

Put on a "Pulp Fiction"-style gimp/bondage suit and blast the walls at random with your SPAS-12 shotgun. I wonder if there's a Modern Warfare achievement for that?

 

I think what makes this scene work for me is that it's so incredibly random and unexpected. It's scary because you seriously begin to wonder about Daddy's mindstate and what kind of shit Fool as found himself knee-deep in. But yet…the dude is also wearing a gimp suit. I'm sure being chased by a crazy proto-Tea Partier with a shotgun is frightening as hell in any context, but isn't it just a little easier to handle if the guy is in a gimp suit?

 

 

I've heard that Craven himself admits that this film is an allegory for Reaganomics. The parallels are pretty clear – poor people (black and white) getting the shaft, overpriced healthcare, wealth that isn't trickling down, and I'm told that Ronald and Nancy were actually prone to calling each other "Mommy" and "Daddy."

Once you understand this the politcal message of "The People Under the Stairs" becomes abundantly clear: Strange men in gimp suits are carrying shotguns and coming for your children. And there's nothing you can do about it…nothing. 

Monday
Oct182010

Semi-Dead screening at Web Series Unplugged - 11/2/10 !

Hello zombie fans!

We know it's not even Halloween yet, but why stop that fun there?

Semi-Dead Episode 5 will be screening at the El Cid in Silverlake as part of Stay Tuned TV's "Web series Unplugged" event. This is a monthly even were some of the best web series around get screened in front of live audience and we'd love to see as many Semi-Dead fans there as possible (an entire horde if you will).
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El Cid restaurant will be serving food and have a full bar!

We'll also be raffling off prizes to our fans in attendance!


We hope to see as many of you there as possible! Tell your friends and loved ones (both living and undead). Come celebrate Semi-Dead Season 1 with the cast and crew before we sink back into the depths to get working on Season 2!!


Web Series Unplugged
Tuesday, November 2nd


8pm Pre-Show Cocktail mixer/Dinner party

9pm Show

El Cid (Silverlake)
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90029


$8 cover – 21+

Be sure to tell the folks at the door you came to see Semi-Dead!


Thursday
Oct072010

Semi-Dead in the First Glance Film Festival. Please Vote!

Hello Everyone,

Semi-Dead episode 1 has been selected as a part of the FirstGlance Film Festival's online shorts competition.

It's all being held online at:
http://fgff.openfilm.com/

It would mean a lot of all of us on the show if you could help us out and vote for us. The grand prize is $2500 (which, of course guarantees that we can get Season 2 up and running!).

It only takes a small amount of time and you can enjoy some other great short films in the process. Just remember that you have to watch the entire short before you can vote and you must vote for at least 3 shorts (If you make Semi-Dead your first choice we won't be mad).

Thanks again to everyone for all of your support! Be sure to tell your friends as well. And don't forget you can still view all of Season 1 online!

http://fgff.openfilm.com/

Tuesday
Aug102010

Semi-Dead Season 2 Trivia Contest

 

 

So when we did Season 1 of Semi-Dead a lot of the characters ended up being named after crew members and our friends. No particular reason, it just seemed funny at the time and everyone ended up getting a kick out of it.

So we had an idea. Why not extend the courtesy to our fans this time around? Of course we love you all like a zombie loves internal organs, but we can't play favorites. That's why we're going to have a trivia contest! This is your chance to have yourself immortalized in the halls of horror web series history (and likely have your namesake die in a cool way).

It's pretty simple. Each week we'll post a new trivia question that deals with something that happened in Season 1. Answer it and shoot us (in the brain with) an email with your answers. We'll draw names at random if you've answered correctly you'll have a character in Season 2 named after you!

Be sure to give us the prefered spelling of your name when you submit (i.e. if you prefer Joe instead of Joseph) as well as your Twitter and/or Facebook so we can announce who you are.

There will be 8 winners total:

- 4 females

- 4 males

This contest is ongoing: Each week, starting AUGUST 18TH, we'll draw for one or more of the characters, building up to the final reveal of the names of our two new roommates on SEPTEMBER 8TH! Only one entry per person will be allowed, but feel free to tell your friends - they might be nice enough to put your name in instead of theirs.

Here goes:

 

IN EPISODE 6: WHERE DOES MELANIE FIND THE STUFF SHE USES TO TIE UP CHRIS?

 

Ready to get in on the horror? Send us the answer via email. Good Luck!

Thursday
May132010

Fans! Help Semi-Dead reach the finals of the NexTv Festival!!

 

 

Semi-Dead is an official entry in The NexTv Festival, one of the premiere festivals for independent filmmakers, and they are offering us a chance to go straight to the final judging (as long as we get enough votes).

This is your chance to support independent web content and help us become more visible to the film industry at large. In short, if you're a fan and wouldn't mind the possibility of seeing Semi-Dead on TV someday this is your chance to show off the power of a zombie horde and help push us in the right direction.

In addition, if we make it to the finals we get a FLIP HD ULTRA CAMCORDER. And, as a special thanks to all of your for all of your support, should we make it to the finals and win the camera we'll be raffling it off to our fans!

 

SO HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Go to the NexTv Shortcut to the Finals page
2. Type "Semi-Dead" in the search bar (or just scroll down to find it).
3. Click WATCH
4. Come back to the page to VOTE.

It's that easy!

Thank you all for your support and remember to vote and tell your friends!

-The Semi-Dead Team