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“Hi, It’s Your Mother!” Joins San Diego FilmOut Horror Block

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“I think I started off with the idea of a mother bursting in on her son having sex and not noticing,”  Daniel Sterlin-Altman told me as we chatted about his stop motion short film, “Hi It’s Your Mother!”.  The film, which will have its West Coast premiere at San Diego FilmOut film festival as part of its newly established horror block, is surprisingly light-hearted with moments of genuine comedy alongside the loss of a finger and a nervous breakdown.

The film opens with mom in the kitchen cutting up vegetables.  We see her son sneak by the door with his boyfriend, obviously up to something.  The phone rings and she tenses as her mother begins speaking over the answering machine.  It doesn’t take long to realize that this woman is “that kind” of mother.  Mom continues chopping the vegetables with a little more gusto and as the answering machine goes quiet, she cuts off her finger.

In a haze of blood loss and emotional overload, she puts the finger in the fridge and walks down the hall to her son’s room.  The two young men, who are in the middle of having sex, freeze as she bursts in, announces dinner is going to be late, and giggles as she leaves the room.

Sterlin-Altman admits he’s had people who were turned off by the onscreen gay sex, which was pretty funny to both of us because, as I remind you, these are puppets!  I can’t help but wonder if the puppets are what make it so disturbing to audiences, though.

The film was made as part of the director’s undergraduate thesis and he was happy to explain the intensive process of bringing his puppets to life.

“With this kind of film you have to create the entire environment, which in this case took about three months.  When filming began I decided to use twelve frames per second.  If I was lucky, I would shoot about 2 seconds per day.  It’s very sexy, though, to play back those two seconds after an entire day of shooting and suddenly see movement.”

In the end, “Hi, It’s Your Mother!” is a fun little romp that defies labels and the director seems comfortable with that.  He notes that while some key into the comedy, other latch on to what he hopes is a genuine sentimentality in this intergenerational story.  But don’t you worry, horror hounds, there’s plenty of blood and severed appendages to go around!

“Hi, It’s Your Mother!”  will screen as part of the FrightOut horror block of the San Diego FilmOut LGBT film festival on June 10, 2017.  The block, consisting of five short films, will begin at 10 pm.

“Hi, It’s Your Mother” – Stop Motion Short Official Trailer (2016) from Daniel Sterlin-Altman on Vimeo.

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The latest Trailer for ‘Smile’ is Filled With Nightmarish Dread

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The latest trailer for Smile is one that really digs its way under your skin. We had the pleasure of seeing it an early Fantastic Fest screening and the terror in that film is palpable and incredibly intense. It never lets up for a second.

The synopsis for Smile is as follows:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile is in theaters on September 30 with some early showings popping up on September 27. Check local showtimes and don’t miss this one.

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‘Solar Opposites: Halloween Special’ Trailer Takes the Series into the Spooky Season

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Solar Opposites has dropped a trailer for its Halloween Special and it looks like a blast. The Justin Roiland series is a nice change up from the sci-fi antics of Rick and Morty, but still has a lot of the same voices and debauchery. The Halloween episode takes the extraterrestrial family down a path of the macabre and even takes them into hell itself.

The synopsis for Solar Opposites season 3 goes like this:

Co-created by Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”) and Mike McMahan (“Rick & Morty”, “Star Trek: Lower Decks”), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food and fun stuff. In season three, this alien team strives to be less of a team and more of a family team.

Solar Opposites: Halloween Special arrives on Hulu beginning October 3.

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First Trailer For ‘The Last of Us’ is All About Brutal Survival

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The first trailer for The Last of Us has finally arrived and it doesn’t let you down in the least. The hit video game series of the same name has given us some truly brutal survival in a savage post-apocolyptic world.

The fact that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin is in charge of bringing this brutal world to life is already a sign that we are in the best hands possible. It’s also great to see that the series is taking what existed in the game and just recreating that world and its many beautifully cinematic scenes. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I wish more filmmakers would do the same.

The synopsis for The Last of Us goes like this:

Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us will arrive on HBO Max beginning in 2023.

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