Mass Hysteria now on horror streaming service Shudder

Let it be known that I am the worst blogger known to man and the worst marketer for myself and my accomplishments…

Because I totally forgot to post that my film, Mass Hysteria, was picked up and released by the horror streaming service Shudder! Click the link below to see!

https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/mass-hysteria/2134803d0cd850b6

As a writer, getting picked up by a streaming service is a huge accomplishment for me. It IS the best place for indie films like this one to thrive and get out there to the masses. And at the moment, Shudder is the undisputed king of streaming for horror fans, constantly producing original content and picking up original content. We couldn’t be happier and, fingers crossed, leads to even more bigger and better things!

The Reviews are in!

And they are good! Youthmin is sitting pretty at 100%, which is wild even if it’s only eight reviews so far. The release is going strong and I highly recommend you check out Youthmin on Amazon or Vimeo (coming soon to iTunes) and leave us a review after! Nothing is more effective for Indie film than word of mouth.

Let’s round up some of the highlights!

“The Christian equivalent to The Office.” – https://filmthreat.com/reviews/youthmin/

“Lots of satirical films have a harsh side to them. Not this one. It is all laughs with heart.” – https://www.orcasound.com/2021/04/28/youthmin/

“It’s surprisingly candid and self-deprecating about the moral issues people might have with this version of Christianity, and it’s (blessedly) foul-mouthed and sexually frank.” – http://mvmoorhead.blogspot.com/2021/04/limbo-rocks.html

“Behind all the overt buffoonery is a genuine heart and earnestness that further drives home the film’s ultimate love of its subject.” – https://www.theaureview.com/watch/film-review-youthmin-a-mockumentary-is-satirical-without-ever-being-savage/

“Let’s just say if you ever went to church camp or had a conversation with a youth pastor, you’ll grimace and grin at the many ways they send both up here.” – https://rogersmovienation.com/2021/04/15/movie-review-molding-young-minds-the-michael-scott-way-youthmin/

The Youthmin trailer is finally here!

I know, I’ve been incognito for a long time. Lots of stuff planned for the future but I finally have some big, big news.

After four/five years of postproduction HELL, Youthmin: A Mockumentary is finally premiering on April 28, 2020! And the trailer is out now! Watch below:

I can’t wait to finally share my first film with you!

-Chris

Mass Hysteria is Live!

It LIIIIIIIIIIIVES!

My first feature film (to be released) is now available for your viewing pleasure!

Live now on Vimeo and Amazon and coming soon to itunes, google play and xbox.

Please, if you love Independent Film, and you like this one, share it! Rate it! Comment on it! Indie Film only survives with the support of true fans and we need all the help we can get.

If you love funny movies, slightly gory movies, and movies that felt like they were written for this specific moment but there’s no way they could have predicted a pandemic two years previous, Mass Hysteria is the film for you!

New Mass Hysteria Trailer!

Countless hours, tears, money and lost hair and I have actually achieved a major professional goal. Mass Hysteria the movie I wrote, has a distributor and a release date. Please watch the new trailer below and mark your calendars for October first!

Big shout out to our distributor The Horror Collective for picking up our labor of love. Here is their official description of the film:

When a tourist dies on Halloween night in Salem, the crowd seeks justice by mounting a modern-day witch hunt. With the low-key charm of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and the sophisticated sarcasm of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, MASS HYSTERIA is a dark comedy that conquers the horror of the Salem Witch Trials by juxtaposing it with the 2020 Covid pandemic and a funny, satirical story.

If you love indie film, please give our movie a watch. And review it as well! Most small projects live and die on word of mouth. And of course, Happy Spooky Season!

-Chris

Mass Hysteria Reviews

I’ve been so busy doing nothing I completely forgot to post about our latest (and probably final) film festival! Directors Arielle and Jeff were invited down to Atlanta for the Women in Horror festival where Mass Hysteria was the closing night film. I’ve rounded up a couple of reviews to get you excited!

 

https://www.ghastlygrinning.com/home/2020/3/4/women-in-horror-film-festival-review-black-lake-takes-a-cerebral-horror-path-while-mass-hysteria-goes-for-side-splitting-at-women-in-horror-film-festival

 

https://screenrex.com/wihff-20-mass-hysteria-takes-a-clever-halloween-idea-and-runs-with-it/?fbclid=IwAR3g_FVituk8gsVCs0iN0y01Y1uZ-lgQiukjkkiCOFG-Gr84Wq0P3PjogEY

 

https://www.vanessasnonspoilers.com/archives/15860/mass-hysteria-movie-witches-of-salem-review/

 

 

The Best Novels I Read in 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I hope you assume that means I’m hard at work on novels and screenplays and not faffing about. I am a slow writer, a fact that saddens me immensely. But I am not a slow reader. Whenever I am without a book to read, I feel incomplete. So I thought it’d be nice to go over the top books that inspired me in 2019 to keep on writing. Note: this doesn’t mean these books came out in 2019, just that I read them in 2019.

I read 39 books this past year. Which means I spent an average of 9 days reading a new book. If I wrote as much as I read, you’d definitely have heard of me by now.

 

#5 Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

old mans war

A remarkably awesome book about the future of humanity. Would you take the chance of immortality in return for your service in horrible wars against a myriad of alien species? A great look at the nature of dying, being reborn, and the mental strain of endless carnage in an endless life. Science fiction at its best.

 

#4 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

beneath a scarlet sky

Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be another World War Two story to tell, along comes Beneath a Scarlet Sky. A remarkable story about a remarkable (and apparently real) Italian teenager, Sky plumbs new depths of what is possible in a nonfiction narrative. Equal parts romance, spy novel, war novel, and horror, this book will rip your guts out and leave them on the floor.

 

#3 Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

ancillary justice

Another science fiction novel but this one follows no rules but its own. Ultimately, this is an in-depth character study of an AI forced to make an impossible decision. A unique universe, the likes of which I haven’t seen before, and I doubt I will again, Ancillary Justice is the smart person’s sci-fi. Less about the fighting and the technology, more about the moral questions posed by them.

 

#2 The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

The Coldest Winter

The bible for a non historian who wants to learn about the Korean War. This nonfiction novel grounds towering figures of history into relatable narratives, and teaches you about the global significance of America’s Forgotten War. Rarely does a non fiction history book that isn’t about a single character, but all of them, feel like a dramatic fiction. But here it is, staying with me long after I put it down.

 

 

#1 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

six of crows

If you have had the pleasure of reading Bardugo’s young adult masterpiece, you know why this is at number one. This is the kind of novel that brings you back to when you were twelve, discovering the fantastical for the first time. An expert blending of magic, mystery, intrigue, and romance, Six of Crows is all of these and none of them. It is inspired by the many that came before, yet entirely unique. This is the kind of novel that makes you want to quit writing because you’ll never write anything as good. But it also makes you want to try because maybe you can make someone feel like Bardugo made YOU feel. Run, don’t walk, to read this book before the inevitable Netflix adaptation messes it up.

 

What do you think? Am I wrong liking these books? Did you enjoy them as well? Let me know!

 

-Chris