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Gilbert Speaks on The Nain Rouge Murders

7 Nov

I love watching independent films, and I love everything that Jeremiah Kipp has directed so far. His latest work is a short horror documentary. What is scarier than the Slender Man or Mothman? Find out with my review, and interview with Jeremiah Kipp.

Review

The Nain Rouge Murders is a Beautiful Lady production short film written by Joe Fiorillo and produced by Jeremiah Kipp and Ari Rossen. It stars Ari Rossen, Suzette Gunn, Larry Mihlon, Sydney Morgan, Ashley Noel Jones, and Silvia Dionicio. The Nain Rouge Murders is part of the “Self-Taped at Home During Coronavirus 2020 series.”

The documentary is based on the legendary creature that haunts Detroit Michigan. It is said that horrific deaths occur whenever the creature is spotted. Nain Rouge is French for Red Dwarf. History has it that the Nain Rouge has been seeking revenge on the unfortunate citizens of Detroit because of Detroit’s founding father, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s refusal to appease the creature. Using interviews with City Councilman, Harry Walker (Jim True Frost), the police department, and friends of one of the victims, a reporter tries to get to the bottom of the savage murder of three teenagers that happened during the March of the Nain Rouge festival.

Interview with Jeremiah Kipp

Gilbert: Jeremiah, how did you hear about the Nain Rouge, and what convinced you to do this in documentary form?

Jeremiah Kipp: Our producer Ari Rossen is from Michigan, and the legend of the Nain Rouge (Red Dwarf) is part of his cultural history.  As a metaphor for the painful history of Detroit, one of our great and dissipated American cities, this was a powerful monster. Since I’ve always been interested in true crime documentaries, that format felt like a way to ground our story in some of our harsher realities.

Gilbert: How many films have you produced since Covid, and is it hard getting everyone on point while working from a distance? What difficulties have you run into?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’ve made at least six or seven, and have three more in post.  Having everyone self-tape at home made actors have to be responsible for photography and sound; although nowadays a lot of them self tape for auditions so they’re getting used to it!

Now that production seems to be resuming on set, I don’t currently have any plans for more of them. But in movies as in life, one never knows what will happen until it happens.

Gilbert: Will you consider making a longer version of The Nain Rouge Murders once we overcome Covid?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’re already developing a script with our writer Joe Fiorillo.  Audiences seem to enjoy this one; it feels like they’d love to hear more about the Red Dwarf.  

Gilbert: What are you working on now?

Jeremiah Kipp: We’re just wrapping up post on the feature length version of our monster movie SLAPFACE, and just wrapped my first project back on set: a ghost story called DRAW UP AND STARE starring wonderful actors Michael O’Keefe, Linda Powell and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. We look forward to sharing this work in 2021.

Gilbert Speaks On the British Horror Film “The Ritual”

4 Mar

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I’m always looking for new films to add to my “Granny’s Insomnia Theatre” collection. During the bad storm that hit the east coast, I decided to watch Netflix. After scanning what gems were offered, I settled on “The Ritual” because of the positive comments on Twitter that this film was really scary. I love scary like some people like ice cream, but did “The Ritual” make it to my Insomnia Collection? Find out after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks On the New Horror Series, “Midnight Texas”

22 Jul

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I am a big fan of Charlaine Harris and her True Blood Books except for the last two. I was also a big fan of HBO’s True Blood series until the last season…but hey! Charlaine Harris knows her vampires and other creatures of the night so when I heard that Midnight Texas would premier on NBC July 24th at 10 pm, I was excited. What is the show about? Grab your wooden stake and follow me. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Bubba Ho-Tep

11 Mar

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I’m always on the search for movies that are strange enough to add to my “Granny’s Insomnia Theater” category. Last night I came across a Don Coscarelli’s cult favorite on Watch Comet TV. It was different. It was weird. But, did Bubba Ho-Tep meet all my expectations? Find out after the jump.

Plot

Don Coscarelli is best known Phantasm and The Beastmaster, and I was happy to learn that he was the recipient of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay for Bubba Ho-Tep which stars Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead franchise) and Ossie Davis.

Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy/horror film about the real Elvis Presley living in a nursing home under an assumed name. The film is based on a novella by Joe R. Lansdale. The film begins with an elderly man recovering from a hip injury at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in East Texas. Sebastian Hall (Bruce Campbell) is really Elvis Presley, but the staff thinks he’s hallucinating or has dementia. We learn that Elvis grew weary of the fast life, drugs and one-night-stands. One day, he switched identities with a down on his luck Elvis impersonator, Sebastian Haff.

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Elvis is the one stuck in the nursing home because all his documentation proving he is Elvis was destroyed in a campground fire, thus cutting him off from his billions in royalties and his family. To add to his dilemma, Elvis broke his hip over twenty years ago in a freak stage accident…he also has a cancerous growth on his penis. Bruce Campbell is amazing as Elvis and, he portrays his character with dignity as Elvis comes to terms with the horrors of old age. We feel every ache and we feel the angst a once famous man must endure via the natural aging process.

Coscarelli’s did something very touching with this film when he added a few insertions showing how Campbell’s Elvis observed the passage of time with the mundane parade of sameness as nurses enter and leave and new roommates come and go. The POV was there for all of us to understand: Death is a frequent visitor at all retirement homes. I did not expect this thoughtful consideration from a low budget horror film, but there it was.

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Elvis has one friend in that home who believes him and it’s no other than President John F. Kennedy. Ossie Davis plays a black man who insists that he is President Kennedy and that Lyndon Johnson had him dyed black after the assassination attempt failed. Johnson also had the hole in Kennedy’s head filled with sand. There is a mysterious scar that finally convinces Elvis to believe Jack when people start dying mysteriously at the nursing home. Elvis and Kennedy join forces to save their friends from an ancient creature.

The Mummy

Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy) is a re-animated ancient Egyptian mummy that was stolen while on a U.S. Museum Tour. Somehow this mummy winds up in a river near to the nursing home when the robber’s bus crashed during a storm.

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Bubba stays alive by sucking the souls from the elderly and with a nursing home full of forgotten senior citizens; this mummy is definitely enjoying the Shady Rest smorgasbord. We’re not told how the mummy became re-animated or why he’s wearing cowboy clothing or boots, but it kind of goes well with the rest of the weirdness.

Conclusion

I successfully talked hubby into watching this film with me and he really enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Bruce Campbell did a wonderful job of reminding us that even the famous must give into the pearls of old age, but that doesn’t mean we should consider them a disability. When there is a battle to be won, the elderly are pretty damn resourceful. Watch this film if you can. You won’t be sorry you did