MADISON, WI- Writer/Director Cory J. Udler, most known for his “Incest Death Squad” trilogy and his work with legendary grindhouse icon Ted V. Mikels, has released all of his films, including 2011’s “MEDIATRIX” in online format for rent and download at the official ShaLenn Productions, LLC website, INCESTDEATHSQUAD.com.
Udler, who has not gone with an established distributor for any of his films, wanted to embrace the new opportunities for rent and download capabilities for his movies on the hosting site VIMEO for a variety of reasons.
“First and foremost”, Udler said, “this is the way people are watching movies. Everyone’s busy, on the run, and instead of having to order a DVD and wait for it to arrive and then have to watch it in front of the TV, people want to snag a movie any way they can when it’s convenient for them. In addition, I have a great bunch of fans of the movies overseas and the shipping costs as of the first of the year have made me have to ask those folks for more money for shipping. The shipping costs more than the movies! So this is a very exciting way for me to reach more people at a lowered price and a more convenient viewing option for them as well.”
Udler’s first feature in 2009, “Incest Death Squad”, was celebrated by underground film fans and panned by critics making it a “cult film”, a title that Udler denies.
“I don’t decide if the movies are “cult” or not. An audience decides that. But I’ve had everything from people tattooing “IDS” on their bodies, to people telling me that my movies are a sort of “test” for their friends, to see if they are worthy of hanging out with. It’s pretty wild for a no budget movie that, as I look back on it, seems disjoined and strange, but yeah, people love it, so if they say it’s a “cult” movie, then great. I just think it’s a weird no budget movie”.
The movie stars Lloyd Kaufman in a cameo role along with “Night Of The Living Dead” sheriff George Kosana, Elske McCain, Tom Lodewyck, Greg Johnson, Melissa Murphy and Carmela Wiese.
Udler followed in 2010 with a direct sequel and calls that film his “favorite of any films” he’s made.
2011 saw the release of “Mediatrix”, a departure from the horror genre to a “Christsploitation” movie.
“Mediatrix was based off a true story. There was a woman in Wisconsin in the 40’s and 50’s who claimed to have been visited by The Virgin Mary. She said she suffered stigmata, all kinds of wild unsubstantiated claims. Paula Duerksen (star and writer of “Mediatrix”) and I took a trip up there when we were filming her scenes for Incest Death Squad 2 and on the way back we basically decided to make an amped up rock n roll version of that story”.
The movie stars Viscera Film Festival founder and horror luminary Shannon Lark as the Virgin Mary. It also stars Kaylee Williams and Joe Hollow, along with Lodewyck, Johnson, Ukena, Katzenberger and Heather Renkin.
2012 saw him return to the “IDS” series and complete the trilogy with “IDS Rising”.
“Honestly, I just wanted to really slam the book shut on the “IDS” movies with that one. I wanted to give the people who supported me and the cast and crew one more look inside this bizarre little no budget horror world we all created. Some fans said it was the best of the series, and I’ll take that”.
Udler says there is “no chance in hell” of a 4th movie saying, “I have no idea how I’d dig these characters up again for a 4th movie. After the first one I said no sequel. After the sequel I said no third movie. So, basically I’m a horrible liar. But honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I have no desire to do a 4th movie in that series. It’s over!”
All four movies are available for rent ($3.00 for 2 nights) or purchase ($6.00 for direct download) at INCESTDEATHSQUAD.com now.
Currently, Udler is a producer and contributor to Rabid Child Films’ “HOLE IN THE WALL”, an all Wisconsin based horror anthology featuring films from Derrick Carey, Greg Johnson, Rob Michaels and Carolyn Baker and other Badger State directors to be named later. Udler’s entry stars “Night of the Living Dead” star Judith O’Dea and is titled “Ed Gein: D.D.S.”.
“It’s the goofiest thing you’ve ever seen. Completely ridiculous, but a ton of fun. And to get to work with and meet Judith was a dream come true.”
The film is scheduled for release in 2014.
In the meantime, Udler has completed his third script for legendary director Ted V. Mikels titled “Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages From The Dead”. Udler has written “Demon Haunt” and “Astro Zombies M3: Cloned” for Mikels and considers that work his greatest achievement.
“I have idolized Ted since I was about 12 years old. He is the embodiment of true independent filmmaking spirit. I love him so much and respect him like no other. It’s absolutely mind blowing to have written three films for Ted. He’s the greatest of all time”.
“Paranormal Extremes” is currently filming, with Mikels at the helm, in Las Vegas. A 2014 release is planned. The other films are available through Alpha New Line Cinema at OLDIES.com.
Udler’s latest film “IDS RISING” is also available on Roku on Get Scared TV for free now. The film includes an extended trailer for “Hole In The Wall” including a quick scene from “Ed Gein: D.D.S”
What’s next for Udler and ShaLenn Productions?
“I am working on a story and script with Derrick Carey now. We’re taking it slow, not rushing it. It’s completely insane. I will say it has to do with heavy metal and Satan, but that’s about as far as I’ll go right now”.
Udler says the plan is to shoot in 2014 with a 2015 release.
To keep up on everything Udler and ShaLenn Productions has planned you can visit INCESTDEATHSQUAD.com or find Udler on Facebook.