In the land of faith-based productions, a husband-and-wife team celebrate their dark side



CHARLOTTE, NC: Perhaps the most prolific Charlotte-based filmmaker ever, Mark Baranowski announces the official guidebook to the varied assortment of edgy independent movies he created almost single-handedly between 2001 and 2011 – From Despair To Beloved: The Provocative Cinema of On Mark Productions.

Co-authored by Tucson, AZ writer-editor-filmmaker, Scott Kenyon Barker, the book serves as an introduction for those not already familiar with the oft-controversial films of Baranowski and his wife/creative partner, model-actress Ryli Morgan, while providing fans of these same films an in-depth look into their making.

In an effort to provide worthwhile content at odds with the likes of Hollywood, Mark and Ryli knew from the start that their microbudget films had to offer demanding audiences what most of the blockbusters lacked: heart. That, and sometimes excessive blood and bare skin… The result led many to wonder just how much of themselves the couple revealed to the camera, and to question their true motives for movie making: Were they following a dream, or just living out their fantasies?

The answer to this question and many more is revealed in From Despair To Beloved: The Provocative Cinema of On Mark Productions, which also includes an exclusive interview with Mark and Ryli; behind-the-scenes stories and photos; an entire shooting script for Mark’s latest film, Hardly Beloved; poster and video box art; ad mats; production stills and cast recollections.



From Despair To Beloved: The Provocative Cinema of On Mark Productions


by Scott Kenyon Barker, Mark Baranowski

Publisher: BearManor Media

Publication Date: August 7, 2015

English (with B&W photos)

6” x 0.7” x 9”

282 pages

ISBN: 978-1-59393-861-1

$34.95 list (Hardcover)

$24.95 list (Paperback)

For adult readers

Movie Outlaw Rides Again! And I hope he keeps riding or writing…


Movie Outlaw Rides Again! And I hope he keeps riding or writing…


By Tim Gross

 Movie Outlaw Rides again

Well mark it on your calendars folks Tim Gross has read another book. Yep, it doesn’t happen often as yinz know but when it does it is usually because Mike Watt has written another wonderful and interesting movie review book that is entertaining for all! Mr. Watt’s latest book “Movie Outlaw Rides Again!” from Happy Cloud Publishing once again tackles B-flicks, unknown gems, and films you just need to get your ass in gear to see. But also Mike has talented contributing writers who give a different view on certain films that gives you the reader another way or reason to watch the film they discuss or give it a rewatch? Mike goes to great length to track down information about the films but copies and the sometimes long history of the film itself. Yeah Mike can talk ‘film nerd’ but that is where he differs in his “Movie Outlaw” reviews. Mike Watt tells a story of the film without you feeling like he is talking down to you at all times and you don’t deserve to be on any level in this world with him as some writers/journalists do. I enjoy reading his books because you could be reading about “Head Office” on one page and next page Mike will be explaining the unknowns of “Comet Quest” or the terror of independent gem “The Redsin Tower”. I have said it before and I will say it again Mike Watt has hit his stride. His writing is entertaining, informative, and magnificent! His book makes you feel like you are a good friend just having a coffee with Mike discussing films. I give Mike’s “Movie Outlaw Rides Again!” book 4 out of 4 stars and can be purchased at: .

Midnight Syndicate gets a jump on the holiday season with their new creepy soundtrack!


Midnight Syndicate gets a jump on the holiday season with their new creepy soundtrack!


By Tim Gross

 Christmas gathering

Midnight Syndicate no longer needs an introduction as for me they are a godsend for horror soundtracks. They meaning Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have made soundtracks a beautiful art form. They have taken soundtracks to a whole new level constantly with every new release and this new CD “Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering” is no different. As like before their creepy but elegant music is like a dream, an escape that has you the listener and your mind captured from the first note of “Christmas Overture” to the last note of their bonus track “Christmas at Midnight”. Midnight Syndicate’s music is able to take you too many places within seconds because the music is not just beautiful and perfect but mesmerizing. This latest CD not only gets the heart pumping for the Halloween season but makes even the darkest and deepest soulless individual excited for the Christmas season. I really enjoyed track three: Carol of the Bees and track seven: Up on the Rooftop. As usual I give Midnight Syndicate’s music 4 out of 4 stars. So do yourself a favor and start the shopping early at . You will not be disappointed and the horror friends you are shopping for won’t either!

Gross Movie Reviews #359


Gross Movie Reviews #359


By Tim Gross


Marley’s Revenge: The Monster Movie (VHS/DVD-R) – A low budget not so fun mess is the best way to describe this oddity. Apparently some dumb rednecks of a coastal town keep track of drug dealers and kill them. The rednecks mistaken two guys for drug dealers, they are actually trying to rescue relatives of the one from their native country… Details are scarce in this flick but what you need to know after a voodoo priest’s wife is killed by rednecks he brings the dead back to life and boring hilarity ensues if that is possible? I give the flick 2 stars.


Spasms (DVD) – Peter Fonda plays a parapsychologist who gets wrapped up in some zany snake cult in 1982. The movie doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but don’t let that stop you from witnessing a giant snake killing people on a college campus. And there is snake vision of course always an added bonus feature. I give the weird flick 2 stars.


The Boy (Chiller Channel/Theater) – An almost two hour set up of a man and his child living and trying to keep an old motel alive. Not much goes on there and not much business but a slow burn of watching a boy progress into a murderer is your thing? This is your movie. Not great, not horrible, just more disappointing for me as I thought there would be more to it after watching the trailers and Chiller Channel having a good track record. I give it 2 stars as I most likely will never revisit this flick.


Willow Creek (DVD) – So apparently Bobcat Goldthwait saw “Blair Witch Project” and decided he could use that movie concept for Bigfoot. Did it work… not really? I was into the couple being excited by trying to go to the original site of the Bigfoot footage that was captured in 1967 and trying to gather their own footage. But you lost me when yinz decided to set up a camera in a tent for 10 to 15 straight minutes pointing to the couple and just having sounds being made. Not giving away the ending to any that is interested but my “Blair Witch” reference most likely already has. It just seemed like another bad extended trailer for a “Paranormal Activity” movie? Bobcat I respect you dude but please go get into another “Police Academy” reunion movie sir. I give this flick 1 star.


Killer Party (Vimeo) – A group of filmmakers that go by the name “FuckYeah1990s” have made a short film and using a crowd funding website to possibly make the short into a feature length horror film. A masked skateboarder goes on a murderous rampage in a town where many hate skateboarders, make friends pay for Taco Bell, but they love their ‘Shaq Fu’ video game. I’m in! I laughed my ass off at the slaughter and enjoyed the humor of the short film. It reminded me of a younger Rick Fusselman and DSK-Productions and I could not get enough of those guys as I loved their independent films. So I give this project 3 out of 4 stars and wish the group lots of luck with the feature and hope to see it! More details go to:


Atari: Game Over (DVD) – A fun nerdy documentary about what ever happened to the Atari 2600 console and why the game E.T. killed it… supposedly. Not too long ago this story popped up on all the social media sites about where Atari may have dumped all the returned and unbought E.T. games from the early 80s and all this hoopla about how it killed it. Sorry but if you were growing up in the 80s like I did this was interesting. I was an Atari kid and then Nintendo and it did seem like overnight Atari 2600 disappeared. This documentary explains what actually happened and why while documenting some video game nerds going around a desert dumping area digging up garbage looking for the games. Or just finding mercury-laced pigs! Great documentary and even entertaining if you were not a kid of the 80s as I give it 3 stars.


My Brother Has Bad Dreams (VHS/DVD-R) – The 1974 film is known to most fans as “Scream Bloody Murder” but don’t get it confused with the 1973 film of the same title which could explain the title change to begin with. But our little weird film is about a young man named Karl who you learn is mentally handicapped. This happened when he was a child and witnessed his father killing his mother. Now Karl tries to pass the time fishing and bathing naked at the lake while his sister tries to figure out bills. Now this isn’t when Karl is having weird dreams that affect him to start talking to a mannequin and calling it his mother in a Norman Bates kind of way! Creepy and weird in that after school 70s TV special kind of way until Karl loses complete touch with reality, snaps, kills his sister Anna and her new boyfriend as he believes it time for him to go on a road trip. The film has one of the more trippy and twisted endings that I have ever seen and not totally know what to make of it but give it credit it was different. I give the film 2 stars.


Manos The Hands of Fate (Blu-ray) – Well Manos has finally got the special treatment from the fine folks at Synapse Films. Now if it was warranted or not is up for debate as many declare this film to be the “worst film ever made”. I am sure “Troll 2” fans will not agree but that never stopped many horror hosts from making fun of this 1966 cult film for many years on their late night programs. That aside Synapse and company go to great lengths of putting together the most complete package for fans of this very odd cultish movie. By some chance you have never witnessed this wreck, carnage of so-called movie it is about a family getting lost on the backroads of Texas. They finally pull over to a strange cabin to be greeted by an even stranger character named “The caretaker”. There is no phone, no mechanic, and no nothing except the caretaker telling the couple “the master” will be pleased to see them. Weird shit keeps happening outside but never seen and then you have long scenes of Manos’ wives fighting and blaming the caretaker for problems. But if possible once the master becomes a part of the film it just gets weird, a little boring, and not sure exactly what they were trying to do with the film. For me I was never a fan but never said it was horrible because believe me I have seen much worse shit that people call a film. If you are a DVD-extra nerd and enjoy tidbits about weird horror movies like I do then you will be beyond pleased with the package Synapse has put together. And amazed what they have done with the picture quality of the movie itself. Entertaining stuff for a cultish film worth putting on your next shopping list as I give the movie 1 star but the full package 3 out of 4 stars. You can find the Blu-ray at .


Mosquito (Blu-ray) – Thanks to Synapse Films for digging this low budget 1995 classic up! Alien aircraft crashes in the woods and a mosquito bites a dead alien. Poof! Giant mutated mosquitoes flying around the woods. We are introduced to this by a guy and his girlfriend hitting one on the road and it exploding to pieces. They limp the car to a motel and try to get it fixed meanwhile we are introduced to a bumbling park ranger trying to fog out the skeeters around the park. A dude who studies meteors and is searching the woods for the one that fell the other day. And Gunnar Hansen with a ponytail and two brothers who have missed their exit and now are lost in the middle of the woods. Soon all characters come together after a horrific night of giant mosquitoes killing all the campers in gory fashion. The survivors try to band together and save the world from mutating mosquitoes in this Gary Jones directed low-budget 50s inspired big bug flick. And it doesn’t hurt to Gunnar Hansen slicing and dicing mosquitoes with a big chainsaw! Synapse Films of course does their best in not only cleaning up the original film but giving fans a great documentary on the film and adding in a commentary and deleted scenes. I have always been a fan of this low budget monster bug movie and now seeing it 20 years later on Blu-ray may have improved the entertaining experience that much more as I am thankful for that. I give the movie 3 stars and the Blu-ray package 4 out of 4 stars. You can find the Blu-ray at .


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at:

Plus you can always go to the greatest T-shirt place online or if you are in Texas visit the store of “Fast Custom Shirts” where T-shirt Joe is the only place you should purchase your horror T-shirts: Go to for details.

And do not forget to order your copy of Gross Movie Reviews: The Wrath of Gross at: or pick up a copy at Cinema Wasteland October 2-4, 2015 as Out of Print Dan and myself will have a table there! Go to for more details on the convention.

Its Coming… and this picture says it all my horror fiends!




Get your tickets now at:



Plus don’t forget Dan Boyd and myself will have a table and we will be selling out of print movies and copies of this:

Also we will have copies of my latest book:

Wrath of Gross color


Just look for us weirdos:

Thank you to Ken and Pam for allowing us be part of the coolest convention


Gregory Blair’s horror title Deadly Revisions is getting set to release on September 29th.



Los Angeles, California – Director Gregory Blair’s Deadly Revisions is getting set to release, through SGL Entertainment. The film will be available on Sept. 29th, on DVD, Blu-ray and Video-on-demand. This indie horror film has appeared in dozens of film festivals, including the Fantastic Horror Film Festival. As well, the film has garnered several awards. The film has even won “Best Director in Indie Horror,” at the EOTM. Also, the film has a recognizable cast, with indie horror vet Bill Oberst Jr. centrally starring, along with Cindy Merrill, Mikhail Blokh and Lise Hart. A preview of the film’s debut on home entertainment formats is hosted here.

The film’s story is complex. Grafton Torn is a horror film writer. An accident has left him with amnesia. But when his memories begin to return, he is terrified by what he sees. With help from his long-time friend, Deter, he embarks on a journey of rememberance. What he finds will leave viewers in shock.

SGL Entertainment will distribute the film with several extras. The film’s release will host behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, outtakes and trailers. Fans of indie horror are encouraged to see the film for themselves as the film has been described as “a thinking man’s psychological horror film,” by Michael Juvinall of Horror Society. Very complex and full of twists, Deadly Revisions is one of the most exciting film releases of the year!

*the film will be available on Sept. 29th in the following formats and on these platforms: Blu-ray, DVD, Comcast Cable TV, VOD, iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play.

The official trailer is here:

The film’s official site:

The film can be purchased through the SGL Ent. Website:

Gross Movie Reviews #358


Gross Movie Reviews #358


By Tim Gross


Dark Tower (VHS/DVD-R) – This 1987 snoozer also had a great poster like “Nomads” but also sucked out loud! The only thing going for this flick Michael Moriarty and I will watch anything that fucker shows up in just because… But anyway Mr. Moriarty plays a security adviser of a new building in Barcelona where people keep dying on a regular basis. It gets so bad they bring in a parapsychologist and Kevin McCarthy to perform an exorcism on the place. It seemed long when I watched it and not much happens till the end which isn’t enough to make me send out the 80s movie enthusiasts to look for it. I give the film 1 ½ stars and maybe should stay buried?


Halloween Hell (DVD/Vimeo) – Some college somethings come upon an evil statue thing that seems left over from a Full Moon flick made in the 2000s. A demon comes out of it and murders all of them. Years pass and it now it resides on set of a new reality Halloween show hosted by Dracula aka Eric Roberts. He brings in young, hot contestants that are supposed to stay or live through the next 24 hours, on Halloween of course, in this room with this evil statue/genie/demon doll thing. Whoever lives wins $100,000! There is buildup with strip poker and conversation until the thing comes to life again and begins slaughtering all who are trapped in the room with it while Dracula and viewers watch. I like the story concept because ever since I seen the film “The Running Man” I knew some of that TV shit they ran in the movie would be real someday cause society today is fucked. Now saying that it is very rare an independent or mainstream film is able to pull it off (Note: “Series 7” most likely pulled it off the best). I give kudos to filmmaker Ed Hunt having the great character actor Eric Roberts in as Dracula. But what turned me off the most from the film maybe the animation of the evil doll/demon/genie thing. I think I rather have seen a Killjoy rip-off or some attempt at creature suit more often than relying on the animation for the demon. But hey it’s a Halloween film and I am sure it will find an audience as I give it 2 out of 4 stars.


Hellbilly (DVD/Vimeo) – Filmmaker Massimilano Cerchi has dug up his independent 2003 release and has unleashed it to the horror masses again. The film is a lean, mean, gruesome tale of a masked machete wielding maniac who is on a murder spree in the countryside. When he isn’t busy jamming to some tunes in his trailer our masked fiend is busy fighting and killing blind people, tattooed nuns, and a stupid asshole with an unplugged chainsaw! No one is safe in this film. I have to hand it to Mr. Cerchi, the film looks like a rough draft and not the final product but made the film entertaining and not boring at all. It’s like Mr. Cerchi had an idea of an independent slasher for the ADD generation? No character development or story to be told… or buildup. Here’s the killer… Here are the victims… Gore!!! Jamming to tunes in the trailer… Credits! The film gets in and out before people have had their second slice of pizza and sometimes that can be a good thing. Hey the Polonia Brothers also worked on the flick. For that I give this flick 2 ½ out of 4 stars. Go here for more information on getting your copy of the film:


The Barrens (DVD) – A father decides it is a good idea to take his family into the woods for some camping to help him bond with his teenage daughter and get her to except the whole family. Soon the father is having problems with other campers telling shitty campfire stories and a boy is hitting on his daughter when she is supposed to be having fun with the family. And there is this issue of him believing the Jersey Devil is out there and following them especially when they decide to leave the campground and go deeper into the woods. As he goes insane and his family fights and pleads with him to calm down bodies begin to pile up and the family finds out answers they or you the viewer are not exactly prepared for. A very good take on the Jersey Devil legend and a great story driven film that makes this lesser known 2012 release worth seeking out on Netflix, On Demand, amazon to add to your collection as I give the film 3 stars.


Violent Shit 2: Mother Hold My Hand (VHS/DVD-R) – An independent German gore film about a German dude who is interested in some horrible murders from the 60s, its killer (Karl the Butcher), and its copycats. So the person he is interviewing tells him the real story of the masked killer hacking his victims to pieces and his mother directing his rage. Fun and hokey direct-to-video gorehound stuff for the whole family. I give it 2 stars.


Venus Fly Trap (DVD) – Massacre Video digs another independent forgotten gem from 1988 that involves punks, rich people, and perversion (a little bit). Three punks decide to rob a music store but become fascinated with a young rich/yuppie couple coming in and trying to steal stuff also. After some awkward dialogue the punks follow the rich couple to a small party where a lot more awkward dialogue happens, almost rape, drinking, a bad sex scene and then one of the yuppies are watching all on security cams. And that is when the blood and murder happen. It is a weirdo no-budget film that hardcore independent film fans will love to have a part of their collection. Thanks again Louis for finding these gems as I give the film 2 out of 4 stars and you can find more at .

six fingers

The Legend of Six Fingers (DVD) – Apparently there has been some random animal deaths in a small town recently where it interests two film students Andrew and Neil. They go interviewing the locals playing on the local sasquatch-like legend trying to make a documentary for film class. Once inspired by some of the stories they set out into the woods where they are eventually met with moving bushes, footprints, and an appearance of “Six-fingers”. After the great photos they captured from their first trip they choose to make a second trip thinking they will hit the big time if they can bring back more evidence of the local legend actually existing. Think amateur ghost hunting but for Sasquatch but in this case Six-fingers. I don’t know if you could exactly classify this film in the ‘found footage’ category as no one finds their footage but I can see why some would put it in the that category. But for me the film has that innocent/Boggy Creek feel and it doesn’t linger too long running time wise. I enjoyed the ending that actually fits the plot of the film and thought the cameos of Lynn Lowry and Debbie Rochon only helped the plot and not hinders it. And it never hurts when you can have the talented Gregory Lamberson as a producer. And now thanks to Camp Motion Pictures/Bloody Earth Films you can the DVD loaded with extras as I give the movie 2 ½ out 4 stars.


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at:

Plus you can always go to the greatest T-shirt place online or if you are in Texas visit the store of “Fast Custom Shirts” where T-shirt Joe is the only place you should purchase your horror T-shirts: Go to for details.

And do not forget to order your copy of Gross Movie Reviews: The Wrath of Gross at: or pick up a copy at Cinema Wasteland October 2-4, 2015 as Out of Print Dan and myself will have a table there! Go to for more details on the convention.


An ‘INTRUSION’ Just in Time for Halloween


The horror slasher “Intrusion” will be released on DVD and blu ray in the U.S. and Canada on October 27th and soon after worldwide VOD.  


Fans can pre order the film right now at or where a list of several mainstream retailer links are provided, along with where they’ll be for sale when the film releases on October 27th.


“Intrusion” stars Katie Stewart (Overtime, Revelation Trail), Lee Haycraft and Teresa Lawrence (Ace Ventura Jr, Beethoven’s Big Break).


Synopsis: Holly Jensen leads an overly dramatic life. It’s one that is spent trying to avoid her problems and forget the past. Best friend Kali has the perfect solution to making Holly feel better. It’s a game called “Wrong Number”. However, the man on the other end finds the joke less than funny and decides to play a game of his own. A game where Holly will become the pawn. It’s a character-driven thriller where everything has consequences and something as beautiful as a rose can be turned into any woman’s, worst nightmare.



The DVD and blu ray are loaded with special features that include:


-Commentary with Writer/Producer Craig Everett Earl, Katie Stewart, Lee Haycraft and Teresa Lawrence

-Photo Gallery

-Behind the Screams

-Sneak Peek at the upcoming Intrusion:Disconnected sequel due out in 2016 also starring Scream queen Tiffany Shepis  

Here is a link to the trailer to download in HQ if you desire.



The trailer can also be seen on the official site at 


Our memorial to Wes Craven


This week we lost Wes Craven.  And to honor him Tim and Kyle got together to watch his masterpiece A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. R.I.P. Wes, We may have not liked all your movies but you sure did make some great ones.


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02/09/2009 - Sean Cunningham - "Friday The 13th" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals  - Grauman's Chinese Theater - Hollywood, CA. USA - Keywords: Sean Cunningham - False -  - Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos - Contact (1-866-551-7827)

02/09/2009 – Sean Cunningham – “Friday The 13th” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals
– Grauman’s Chinese Theater – Hollywood, CA. USA – Keywords: Sean Cunningham – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos – Contact (1-866-551-7827)

New York, NY – Sept. 8, 2015. The

14th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates the career of

FRIDAY THE 13TH progenitor Sean S. Cunningham this November with the festival’s

Lifetime Achievement Award. Responsible for one of the major characters of

slasher cinema in the form of Jason Voorhees, Cunningham also joined with the

late Wes Craven in their dark underground classic THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.

And of course Mr. Cunningham receives his prize on Friday Nov. 13!



producing other installments in the FRIDAY THE 13TH series including JASON GOES


responsible for the HOUSE series, producing the original feature, its sequel

HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY, and HOUSE IV. Cunningham is now in production on

FRIDAY THE 13TH: CRYSTAL LAKE CHRONICLES in the role of executive producer,

slated for a 2016 debut.


The festival runs Nov. 12–15, 2015, at Times Scare,

669 8th Avenue., right on Times Square’s famed 42nd Street, aka “The Deuce.”

Times Scare is enhanced with custom-built designs and elegant macabre décor

including a state-of-the-art haunted house and skeletal bar. The venue’s history

traces back to the crematorium that operated there in the roaring ’20s and the

dark echoes of old Times Square’s bawdy past. The festival selection committee

is currently reviewing this year’s submissions and will announce in October,

along with the Opening Night film and the second award receipient. The schedule

and ticket link go live in October at


The NYC Horror Film

Festival was born in 2002 by filmmaker Michael J. Hein as a venue for newer

independent horror filmmaking. After Michael’s passing in 2011, the festival

created the Michael J. Hein Achievement Award to celebrate the hard work and

perseverance of creators in the field. George Romero was the first recipient of

the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by other classic

scaremeisters including Rob Zombie, Tobe Hooper, Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon

Lewis, Frank Henenlotter, Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Stuart Gordon, and the

beloved late Wes Craven.