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PANIC BUTTON – USA release of debut feature film from Samhain Author Frazer Lee (screenplay)

By On Feb 10 2014, 10:48 am

PANIC BUTTON, the debut feature film from Bram Stoker Award® Finalist Frazer Lee (who co-wrote the screenplay) is released in the USA/Canada on April 22, 2014 through Phase 4 Films.

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Panic Button
GENRE: Horror
CAST: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Elen Rhys
DIRECTOR: Chris Crow
PRODUCER: John Shackleton
WRITER: Frazer Lee, John Shackleton
SYNOPSIS: Trapped at 30,000 feet aboard a private airplane, four helpless friends are forced to fight for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by participating in a horrific and twisted in-flight entertainment game. Behind the terror, a mysterious and unpredictable captor cruelly punishes those who do not follow his rules.
• “The Best British Horror in Years” – Ain’t It Cool News
• “Constant tension…that will take viewers through a nightmare and back” – 28 Days Later
• “…a great cast, and some genuine talent behind the camera” – Dread Central

Sleeping Bear: Background and Teaser

By On Feb 3 2014, 2:31 pm

With the first several Renner & Quist pieces I wrote, the haunts my odd-couple heroes encountered had definable motivations and reasonably clear goals–goals that could, at the very least, be ascertained by Renner & Quist, and also by readers. As I got to work on “Sleeping Bear,” my brand-new Samhain release, I realized I was charting different waters. Perhaps in response to my ongoing distrust of economists’ pet theories about “rational actors,” I wound up creating an antagonist that is distinctly irrational.

And why not? With all due respect to Mr. Lovecraft, what in life is more frightening than being wildly out of control?

Most ghosties and beasties have a clearly recognizable modus operandi. The shark in Jaws wants to eat everything in its path; Freddie Krueger wants to toy with his victims before delivering a lethal blow. Dracula needs a drink, but has a weakness for companionship; the specter in “The Upper Berth” wants to drive its bunkmates mad, then chase them (through a port hole) into the sea. Read more…

A Monster Kid Remembers…

By On Feb 3 2014, 8:38 am

I was born in the early 1950s and grew up on a steady diet of vintage horror.

Vincent Price and Boris Karloff were my idols; American International Pictures entertained me with outlandish tales about saucer men and beasts with millions of googly eyes; Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Barbara Shelley swung the horror hammer “across the pond,” and Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock hosted television shows that burned out dozens of hallway night lights.

My older sister, Sue, introduced me to “scary movies” in 1957. At age five, I saw From Hell it Came, one terrorific tale about an ambulatory monster tree (called a Tabonga) that carried away screaming females. The ineffectual heroes dispatched the “Tabonga” with a bullet, but by then, I’d already learned a very important lesson: other-worldly monsters liked human women, and other-worldly monsters made human women scream and swoon. A lot. Read more…

Brian Pinkerton on WYCC PBS TV Chicago

By On Dec 17 2013, 10:34 am

Author Brian Pinkerton will be interviewed on WYCC PBS TV Chicago (Channel 20) on December 31 as part of the station’s Mystery Marathon and fundraising drive. Brian will be featured in three segments broadcast throughout the day, talking about writing and his Samhain novel Killer’s Diary. As part of WYCC’s year-end fundraising drive, donors will be placed into a raffle for one of 15 signed copies of Killer’s Diary.


By On Dec 9 2013, 12:55 pm

The first time I experienced horror in a western was an 1968 film called THE STALKING MOON with Gregory Peck, about a murderous lone Apache stalking a cowboy protecting the Indian’s runaway wife and son. Maybe you’ve seen it on late night TV. The “monster “was kept off-screen for much of the film, shown only in glimpses or revealed by the bloody aftermath of his savage attacks, which made him much more terrifying–a technique that was used effectively in JAWS and ALIEN years later, so this film was way ahead of its time. The mix of western and horror in the flick felt like a good fit to me as a kid, making a lasting impression. Read more…

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