Tuesday, 15 July 2014

EXCLUSIVE - Manflesh Mondays - Introducing Former Rugby Player/Model Turned Actor Chris Capaldi, Star of Scottish Fantasy Feature The Fairy Flag, and New Dystopian Feature The Young Ones - Safe Haven!

 


I have been meaning to start a Manflesh Monday's post, and seeing as how I am soooooooooo good at perving on guys...I thought now was the PERFECT time!  Bwahaha.  Now me being me...when I say 'manflesh', there is always going to be something more than the way someone looks.  You can stick to your trashy chick magazines if that's all you're looking for!!  Instead, I'm selecting guys that I totally dig for a number of reasons...they just happen to also be attractive in the Jeniverse too. :)



So, first up is a guy that I've been working with throughout June on a Scottish fantasy film called The Fairy Flag.  It is kind of apt that my first "manflesh" has been the face of Scotch Beef for the past EIGHT years!!  As a Vegan I do NOT support the eating of animals, I am however a realist, and I know that people aren't going to change into Veganism overnight.  So I'd much rather know that these cows were happy and healthy and well looked after before they become someone's dinner!!  So yay to Chris for being so ridiculously attractive that he drew people to supporting a company that actually looked after the cows first, promoting a happy, more natural lifestyle.  And for being manflesh'ey enough to happily take the piss out of himself and have fun with his job too.  :) 

The former Scotland/International rugby 7's player turned model is now turning his talents to acting, and true to his Scottish roots, rather than go down the pretty boy route, he is jumping straight in at the deep end with the grittier, and may I say, meatier roles!! :)  Having just finished shooting the lead role in Dunfermline director David Izatt's debut feature film, The Fairy Flag, and wanting to branch out and get experience in a wide variety of roles, from big productions, to smaller indie productions, I can now exclusively announce that we have just cast Chris in our Dystopian feature The Young Ones - Safe Haven.  


In this new film from Tachy Studios, Chris plays Dan, a character who we meet, 20 years after the world essentially started to go to shit, due to the fall of the government.  A subject that is very on topic, especially within Scotland right now.  With the character of Dan, we wanted someone who could portray a man who has essentially lost everything, and has been forced to survive in this world where the downfall of society has left the world in a place where to have the motto 'kill or be killed', is one's best chance of survival...but at what cost?!


As a Hitchcock nerd, Capaldi gets EXTRA Morley points for this 39 Steps recreation.  I do likeee...a latte! ;) 


You can find out more about Chris Capaldi at his Official Website, and on Twitter by following @iamcapadi.  

Monday, 7 July 2014

Exclusive First Look at Season 2 Teaser Trailer for Scottish Supernatural Web Series, Caledonia!


It is with great pleasure that I bring to you an exclusive look at the Season 2 teaser trailer for supernatural Scottish web series, Caledonia. From the wonderfully demented brain of Amy Hoff, an American living in Scotland who has the wonderful title of being the only official monster expert in Scotland.  That's right...she's a MONSTER expert!  When she first contacted me back in January with regards to Caledonia being suitable for Jennifer's Bodies, the moment I went onto the official website and started reading about her, I was utterly fascinated!  Anyone who knows me knows that I fucking live for this shit.  So finding someone who is an ACTUAL expert in Scottish mythology, it was like, the coolest thing ever!  :)  Unfortunately I don't screen web series at Jennifer's Bodies just yet...but looking at some of the amazing stuff out there, it is something that I'm considering doing in the future.  And to have this bad ass chick, who is an actual proper bad ass, and full of all this awesome knowledge...y'all know that I need to promote the shit out of her.  


Amy's life story is absolutely fascinating, and one that I think needs to be told.  Before turning to her studies, Amy was a deckhand for some time, and was even considering going to Maritime Academy.  Instead, she chose to take her creative, and rather brilliant mind and concentrate on her studies.  After completing her undergraduate degree in History and Cultural Anthology, specialising in Scotland and France, she then went on to do her Masters in Scottish Studies.  Having travelled all over...Amy started learning Gaelic whilst living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, before moving to Scotland and continuing here.  Teaching Scottish Folklore at Glasgow University, and even on cruise ships, this girl really knows her stuff!  She was even doing her PhD in Scottish folklore but has put that on hiatus for now whilst she concentrates on writing her series of Caledonia novels, of which she has written four already, as well as shooting the series amongst other projects.  


Anyhoo, after my geeking and utter praise of Amy, Tachy Studios creative director Stuart Gilmartin contacted her to see if there was anything that Tachy could help with.  Due to the fact that Amy and the guys behind Caledonia are basically a bunch of theatre nerds, with no real training in film; a collaboration with Tachy Studios with a group of guys with years of experience between them, both in live streaming, and in film...it was most welcomed.  I have always been of the opinion that filmmakers should do everything they can to support those with original ideas, and Amy is oozing with them to the brim.  With the motto, "Held Together by Prettyboys and Duct Tape", Season One of the show really did prove to be a labour of nerdy love.  :)  With Season 2, they've added some slightly gruff'er men to the prettyboys and duct tape, and I'm sure that fans of the first season will see from the teaser, that the production value has come up immensely...something that Amy and everyone on board the project are really excited about.  I have seen some of the stuff that they have shot, and it looks amazing.  

So yay, check out the trailer, and for more information, head on over to the Official Caledonia Website, where you will find links to Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook and so on.  :)  

Friday, 4 July 2014

Official Red Band Trailer for Debut Feature from CJ Wallis is Red Hot, Psycho-sexual Voyeurism at its Best!


Readers of my blog, and horror fans in general might remember back in November kinda time, and towards the tail end of last year/beginning of this year, that I was talking about a little movie called BB, the debut feature from CJ Wallis.  Back then I exclusively revealed the teaser poster, and then went on to interview lead star Jennifer Mae, as well as Mr Wallis himself....in a 'Part One' in a series of interviews.  More to come!  BWAH!  Back in December I also shared the teaser trailer, which did what it said on the package, and suitably teased something rotten.


Well......fast forward to today and here we have the rather fucking awesome, Official Red Band Trailer.  I think it's pretty safe to say, that BB is looking to be some seriously sexy, voyeuristic fun.  Packed with sweet beats and shot and edited both beautifully, and seamlessly...I am sure you will agree, that it's about time CJ Wallis went from being Canada's best kept secret, to a name that those of us with a love of edgy filmmakers, will be proud to introduce our friends too.  I know that I sure as hell am.  

Having seen some major principle scenes within the film, I can say that this psycho-sexual voyeuristic thriller is something that both film fans, and music fans alike are gonna want to see.  CJ has been quietly making a name for himself, both within film, and music, for quite some time, and the time is now for him to step up to the next level!  As for star Jennifer Mae, with her feisty, flirty yet extremely comfortable level in front of the camera, she exudes that of a young Heather Graham, or Julianne Moore, and is most definitely one to watch.  

You can check out my interview with CJ Wallis HERE, and with Jennifer Mae HERE.  Let me know what you think, comment, share....let's get the word out people.  Indie film-makers depend on YOU, the audience, to help bring their film to the forefront of peoples minds.  Unless of course all you're looking for is another Michael Bay movie! ;) 

To keep up to date with everything BB, as always, just use the #BBMovie on your various social networking sites.  Facebook stalkers, please make sure to drop a like at the Official Facebook Page, and Twitter nerds, just look for @bb_movie.

You can also find CJ Wallis - @fortyfps and star Jennifer Mae - @purplestar420.  You can also find Jennifer Mae's BB girlfriend Violet Vega - @MissViolet420.  

Lastly, please check out the Official BB Website and step into the world of Candy Cummings.  And remember...stay safe online, you never know who's watching you!  And cover your cameras!! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Nerd Watch with a Morleysaurus - Lexi Alexander's Green Street!


As a girl who has been one of the lads from a very early age, I have always been completely fascinated with the subject of football hooliganism.  Then when I was 16, all the grungy/punk, stoner boys I hung around with, went through this phase of watching I.D. and The Firm...like ALL the time.  I found these films to be utterly fascinating, I still do to be perfectly honest.  Having experienced the subject of football hooliganism...or perhaps not hooliganism....but that of major fans (can we say Rangers songs on a cassette player in the car!!)...from a VERY early age, it was something that I guess was always going to lead to a fucked up interest in the subject.


When Green Street was announced, what I loved more than anything....more than Frodo Baggins playing a football hooligan, and more than Nathan from Queer as Folk playing one too...was that it was directed by a woman.  This one factor brought such an interesting dynamic to the playing field.  And still to this day I regard as rather brilliant.


Director Lexi Alexander, she's not your ordinary kinda girl.  The fact that she is a trained fighter and could literally take on most guys and kick their arse, that's something pretty special.


Whilst I.D. and The Firm still ooze that feel of football hooliganism for Generation X...with Green Street, it felt  like Lexi explored the various personalities that these individuals experienced...both within their home lives, their work lives...and their lives at the weekend.


Lexi deserves credit for how beautifully she balanced these things alone...all leading up to their own inevitable tragedies.  Lexi also deserves credit for basically discovering Jax Teller.  Whilst we look at Charlie Hunnam now and think Jax Teller, when Lexi wanted to cast him originally, nobody wanted the kid from Queer as Folk who played Nicholas Nickleby!  Lexi stuck to her guns though and got her Pete Dunham.  Thankfully when Kurt Sutter was looking for someone to play Sons of Anarchy protagonist Jax Teller, he saw Green Street.  And that was that.  Jax Teller was born.  And millions of women (and men!!) around the world, owe Lexi Alexander for it as well.  Haha.  So Lexi...on behalf of female kind....I THANK YOU!! :)  I thank you for making a thoughtful and insightful version of a topic I have been fascinated with since I was about 3 years old.  And I thank you for sticking to your guns, and getting your Hunnam!!  :)


And last but not least.....YOU'RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKING HEAD KICKED IN! ;)  *wrong film, but had to get that in there.  BWAH!* 

And just for my mate Stubby, who went through a total phase of singing this...#ViewfLife


Oooh, and lastly lastly..... ;) 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Attention All Philes...David Duchovny is Back in X Files Territory with NBC Charles Manson Drama Aquarius!


Okay, so yeah....this has me pee'ing my pants a little.  And unlike most people who think serial killers and murderers and stuff and thinking 'scary', this Phile is thinking -

 HOLY FUCKING CRAP, this is the closest we've had to Mulder in SOOOOO fucking long!!!!


(Above - Mulder....*le sigh*  The reason boys at school never thought they had a chance with me...THIS super sexy, insanely intelligent spookfest was just WAY too much competition!  Lol.)

So yeah, I'm like an over excited Beagle....walking round in circles pee'ing as I go.  Or something.  Haha.

Seriously though, as soon as David Duchovny and Charles Manson were even mentioned in the same sentence, my Beagle's eardrums were perforated by my squeee's of utter delight! :)

This is the first look at his sexy ass all ready to go on the hunt, and he's looking pretty god damn fine!

You can find out more about the series at the Official NBC Page, and be sure to follow the series on Twitter @nbcaquarius, and if you're not following David already (shame on you!!  Haha!), you can find him @davidduchovny.  Ooh, and use #Aquarius and get this bitch trending!! :) 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Andy Stewart, my Boy from Bonnie Scotland, Bringing you Beautifully Brilliant, and Completely Fucked Up Body Horror!!


 One of my favourite directors on the planet, Andy Stewart - director of the grotesque, beautiful, and powerful Dysmorphia - is at it again with a piece that had me disgusted, disturbed, and deeply touched.  - Sylvia Soska

I always love it when I discover a Scottish director through my friends in Canada or the States.  I mean, I should know my own people right!?!  Well....I totally didn't know Glasgow based director Andy Stewart until those pesky Twisted Twinling's of mine introduced me to him, describing Dysmorphia as "quite possibly the greatest short film we have ever seen"...which is a pretty big fucking compliment, so obviously I was most intrigued!


I have however made up for this oversight of awesome on my part however, and have been becoming rather good buds with Mr Stewart, a man after my very own heart and entrails!  


(Pictured above - My, my, my....pasty a la Morley from INK!!)


So just who is this fabulous tattoo'ed Glasweigan boy you ask?  Well, Andy has just finished shooting on his third short INK, which is part of a trilogy of body horror which started with Dysmorphia, and was followed by Split.  Split is doing the festival circuits right now, however you can view Dysmorphia below.  Shot on a mere budget of £160, it's pretty fucking impressive.  And such a wonderfully warped and beautiful story! 


 After the international success and critical acclaim for Dysmorphia, Andy shot Split, and on little more than the budget of Dysmorphia.  He was however lucky enough to enlist the help of SFX designer Grant Mason, who did Bride of Mother Fucking Chucky, amongst other things such as The Wolfman, Nightbreed and Sleepy Hollow.  Not bad I'd say!!  Oh yeah, and did I mention, he did BRIDE OF CHUCKY!?!!!!  Grant, I cannot wait to meet you and give you a Morley sized High Five!!  MWAH!  Grant wouldn't get on board any old horse poop though, which is a wonderful testament to just how awesome, and demented he believes Andy's kooktastic mind to be!  ;)


Andy is proof that you don't need to go to film school, or spend lots of money on a film to have it successful around the world.  Talent is talent.  End of.  Hollywood should be paying more attention to that, and less of the bullshit that goes around, and perhaps we'd not have to put up with so much shite!!  With a fucked up imagination, comes great creativity I'd say!  Muaaahahahaha. :)

Now, rather than me blether on, why not just have a wee gander for yourself.  You can view the full short of Dysmorphia, and then the trailers for Split and INK.  And hopefully you'll get a chance to check them out at a festival in the very near future....and hopefully as with Dysmorphia, people will run out in disgust/a fit of puketasticness!!  Heehee.  And I hope to be the one hosting that event.  *inserts fits of evil laughter* ;)

So yes, check these out, and drop the pages a LIKE on good old Facebook and share, share, share with like minded folks! xo









Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Help Fund a Campaign for New Scottish, and Bloody Awesome Vampire Series The Family! Miss Morleysaurus is VERY Impressed!


So a little while ago, by pure chance, I found this guy advertising for actors on Gumtree for a new horror webseries that he was working on.  Always looking to promote my friends and their awesome work, I contacted him to find out more and to see if he needed any help!  Well, to cut a long story short, director Stuart Millar got back to me and we added each other on FB etc.  After speaking for a bit, he asked if I wanted to read the script and give him feedback and stuff.  

What can I say...the script for The Family is really fucking good!!  For a start, it was really well written, and would easily translate into a series of short stories as well.  What I loved though, was that there was a lot of deliciously dark humour to it, and that I really dug...and I think the horror community will too.  The story is really interesting, and it's a great take on the vampire genre.  The fact that this is a Scottish production, of course I'm gonna do everything I can to promote it!  :)   


From having looked at some of the work that Stuart has done before, you can tell this guy has a real talent, with a beautiful eye for detail...something that I'm sure will make The Family look ever so lush.  Combined with a great story, I see a wonderful future for this story and now is your chance to get involved from the start!

There is less than 2 days left on the IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for it.  Vampire fans, you really need to check this out.  I promise...there are no sparkles!! ;)  

You can read more about the project below, and if you think it's something you'd like to see come to fruition, then clicky HERE and check out the campaign, and donate and share and stuff!  Also go check out and LIKE the Facebook page too! :) 



The Family is a proposed mini series focusing on a family of centuries old vampires who are each struggling in their own way to adapt to modern life, all the while a detective is investigating a string of murders which leads back to them. As the detective's investigation leads him closer to the family, they must decide how to act in order to protect themselves from the law.


The film focuses not only on what these characters are but who they are, and each character struggles in their own way. From loneliness and wishing for their humanity back so they can connect more with the world, to a passionate killer embracing the demon in him and becoming more detached from the from the family he created, and a young recently sired vampire who is still coming to terms with what it means to be undead.


Each character faces their own troubles but are brought together through their blood bond and the main theme of the show is that family never dies. This is also highlighted by the detective who puts his own family at risk while pursuing the murders.


The theme of family and the supernatural element means the best way to describe this show is a cross between The Sopranos and True Blood. As such there is some adult content and graphic violence.


The intention is to film one full episode using the achieved target and distribute the episode via vendors such as Distrify, in the hope of raising enough funds to film a second episode, and from there a full series of eight episodes.



Seth: The third oldest of the family. Seth is a quick tempered hot headed male. He is always looking to fight and relishes the prospect of killing, often killing his victims brutally and with no remorse.  Unlike the other vampires he does not kill only to feed, but for pleasure. He is a loose cannon and his hotheadedness and temper causes trouble for the family many times.

Seth is played by Matthew Masters. Matthew started to develop his acting skills by enrolling with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Short Course in Acting. Since, he has worked on various projects, including voice work for the BBC MiHigh TV Series, and the short film "Death".  Matthew also appeared inAristotle Events Filming previous project, the award nominated "New Caelum".


Meet Liam- Old and weary, tired of his existence, he envies the mortality of humans. His loyalty to The Family, once strong, has long since waned, and now he drifts through his demon life simply going through the motions. He feeds only when he has to, no longer enjoying the blood and the release it gives him.  In a desperate effort to find meaning in his existence, he sired Hope, the youngest of the vampires, something he now bitterly regrets.  Liam is haunted by an unknown woman, who Liam believes to be a hallucination brought on by a lack of feeding, but when the ghost speaks to him, offering him a way out, a way to connect to the mortal world, Liam finds himself with a difficult choice to make.

Liam is played by Dechlan Reilly. Dechlan, a Scottish actor living in Edinburgh, trained in the Edinburgh Acting School. Recent credits include theatre, as Algernon Moncrieff in "The Importance of Being Earnest." and short films "The Dragon Thief" where he portrayed Halric, and "Lucy" in which he portrayed Caleb.



Anne: Created by David when he was looking for a partner, Anne is a seductive girl who uses her sexual charm to lure victims. She is overtly sexual and flirtatious, which masks her softer, more emotional side. She wishes to be a mother, something she can never have and something she hates David for, despite her love for him. To compensate for this, she is overly protective of the youngest vampire Hope.


Anne is played by Annabel Logan. Annabel is a Scottish actor, writer and musician living in Edinburgh. She trained professionally at East 15 Acting School in London. Over the past 5 years she has worked extensively in theatre and film as well as song-writing, singing and playing accordion and piano for the Edinburgh based band, 'The Beggar's Cavale'. Her most recent credits include the Leading Lady in the 'Banque Nationale de Paris' commercial and as Eve in BAFTA New Talent nominated film, 'A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide'. She also has an MA in Classical Studies from the University of St Andrews where she also won the coveted McEuan Rose Bowl for excellence in Drama. Her Twitter is @burntoutbulbs.


Meet David- The oldest of The Family, who turned Liam, Seth and Anne in to vampires. He is feircely loyal and protective of his family, sometimes overly so. He is often seen as the leader of The Family, and makes most of the major decisions regarding their actions, despite those decisions not always being agreed with by those around him, but everything he does is all done in the name of the blood he finds sacred and in the name of The Family.

David is not only physically strong but intelligent, and over the centuries has honed his hypnotic skills which he uses on the most weak minded of his victims.



David is portrayed by Daniel Arbon, a highly talented actor with experience in historical dramas including portraying an English Knight at the Battle of Bannockburn for the BBC, and working on a US TV production of "The Life and Art of James Mcneil Whistler" produced by PBS. Daniel has a keen interest in history and has experience in swordfighting, archery, horseriding and blacksmithing.



Meet Hope- the youngest of The Family, turned at 17, she is the only member who would still be alive now had she remained human.  Finding it difficult to adjust to her new life as a member of The Family, she is withdrawn and nervous.  As a human she cherished life, as a demon she craves death and this conflicting emotion has her questioning her identity and who she has become.  

Hope looks to Anne for answers about who she is and who The Family are, and has become reliant on Anne's caring nature to help her adjust to the demonic world, becoming a surrogate daughter to Anne.
Hope can use her innocent and naivé persona to her advantage, particularly when hunting for victims, playing the role of a lost little girl before revealing the demon inside.

Hope is played by Natalie Chiappa.  Natalie is an aspiring actress, relatively new to the industry, and has an interest in theatre and comedy.  She studied drama for two years and is now searching for more professional work to expand her portfolio, often travelling from her home in Elgin to central Scotland for auditions, showing her dedication and passion for her craft.


The Family are also hunted by Detective Gavin, an honest hardworking detective investigating a string of murders which lead back to The Family, and the closer he gets to connecting the murders to the vampires, the more he starts to worry for the safety of his own family.