Dec 7, 2015
The Directors Chair Blog
Oct 31, 2015
Anton Rook returns in a six part audio drama from Witch Doctor Films. Tune in for an epic adventure as Rooks’ arch nemesis Malachi Topper attempts to raise the dead to take over the world. This is a full cast audio adventure that continues the story of Anton Rook after The Scourge of the Vampire.
Each episode will be released weekly. Starting with “In the Grip Of Death” on November 2nd, 2015.
May 19, 2015
Hey folks its been a while since putting up some new articles but, we have been really busy here pumping out some new content for 2015. Lets check out what we have going on….
Welcome to Modesto, a sleepy little Midwest town. On the surface, it looks like any other village in America, but beneath the shell lurks dark secrets. There is a fly in the ointment. A stranger is in our little slice of paradise. He has revenge on his mind. Hell has come to town. Modesto will never be the same.
Modesto was a movie we shot over last summer and has been doing incredibly well for us.The film I’d like to say sometimes becomes a cross between Django and Death Wish. It stars Marcus Jackson and Dave Moak.
HOPE SPRINGS: THE LODGER
The first episode in a three episode series. Carl is the new lodger for the Smith family in the town of Hope Springs. What he doesn’t know is he might just be the perfect victim.
Hope Springs is our first web series. It centers around the lives of different eccentric people in the small town of Hope Springs.
Here is the first installment.
HORRORHOUND WEEKEND 2015
Evey year is a great experiance at Horror Hound. We get to meet a lot of great people who are just as excited about films as us and its a great thing. Horror Hound is another great way that we get to connect with people and find we gain new fans.
Check us out being interviewed for Bordello Of Horror.
ANTON ROOK: THE MUMMY EXPRESS
Yet we still have more on the way. We are now wrapping up our latest movie, a sequel to our comic book and more radio dramas ahead. 2015 looks to be a busy year for Witch Doctor Films.
Apr 1, 2014
Hey folks welcome to the new, and improved website! We still have a ways to go before we are finished with the site, but I thought I would share a few things we have coming up…
We have been busy in post production on our latest film called Modesto, and we have also been real busy promoting our films. If you went to Horrorhound weekend then you probably ran into us there. We met with a lot of people, and met a lot of new fans. I also did an in depth interview with Doug Bradley, the man behind the character of Pinhead from the Hellraiser films, which I will be posting online very soon. We have also been working on a series of new audio dramas based on our character Anton Rook. Make sure to look on the webpage for more details about how to listen to these great audio plays. So please stick around and check out whats coming up!
Feb 10, 2014
Hey folks we are proud to announce that we will be at Horror Hound Weekend March 21st through the 23rd. There will be a lot of great guest appearing, and we will be selling everything in our Witch Doctor catalog. We will also have a few new surprises at our booth. So please come and join us for a fun three day horror event!
Dec 26, 2013
Long before the era of home video, Hollywood had a two-party system for their films. They had the upper-crust, star-studded versions where the money spent was expected to give incredible returns on the investm
ent or “you’ll never eat lunch in this town again”, and then you had the low-budget, anything goes “just don’t cost too much to make it” mentality. The first had opening nights on Van Nuys Blvd; the second went to drive-in theaters and grindhouses, where half the patrons watched a movie and the other half were making out. But both have given us some classic moments, and at this point in the history of films anybody would be hard-pressed to prove that one outweighs the other, either in merit or in excitement. But one film-maker went the distance to bridge the gap between the two, and he couldn’t have chosen a more apt hero to be the metaphor for bridging gaps. Tom Laughlin, writer-director-actor of the four films featuring Billy Jack (in order, BORN LOSERS, BILLY JACK, THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK, & BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON) played the Hollywood game as early as the mid-1950s, struggling in the shadows of an over-filled acting talent pool and scoring little more than walk-ons and extra-roles in Hollywood blockbusters like SOUTH PACIFIC and long-forgotten early television fare.
But just like the hero who’s name he would become synonymous with, Laughlin was not a man to give in or give up, or to continue playing by somebody else’s shallow and cliche’d rules. It took him over 10 years to bring Billy Jack to the screen in BORN LOSERS, and it was a total of 15 years after the conception in his mind that the story he envisioned for his half-breed ex-Green Beret was finally brought to the screen in a fanfare of real success. The story of just how the film BILLY JACK came to life is a story of sacrifice, consistency of vision, and belief in a message that still resonates to this day. Years later, Laughlin would write (with co-author Robin Hutton) a screen-writing primer called THE 9 INDISPENSIBLE INGREDIENTS FOR A SCREENPLAY, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was feeling his way through those 9 ingredients by intuition alone. He may not have had it systematized, but he certainly had it figured out in the character of Billy Jack, and the narrative situation of that character becoming a protector to those less capable of protecting themselves. Most people that encounter the Billy Jack films don’t just love the character; they see themselves AS the character. That better angel of their own nature, even at those times of their lives when they fall short, they KNOW they fall short. Billy Jack becomes a mirror as much as a hero. It was the intuitional knowledge of this – as well as his ability to communicate it to the people involved in helping create it – that pushed him along, and would not let the modern mythology of Billy Jack die in some half-finished film vault. The most common thread of independent film-making is – you guessed it – the cost. You need a lot talented people to to work for little or no money, and you hope they can believe in the telling of a story over a long haul that never guarantees to find a final destination. To listen to the commentary tracks of the BILLY JACK DVDs, or to read the preface to the screenplay or even Jorge Casuso’s wildly meandering tale in THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE LEGEND OF BILLY JACK, the struggle to bring an independent film to fruition was no easier or harder than it is to this day. The equipment and the technologies have lightened the load a little, but only after the talented storyteller has been able spend the hours mastering those equipment and technologies.
At the core of all it, at the other side of the see-saw that balances the lack of resources, it’s the words “belief” and “hope” that really feed the independent filmmaker. Tom Laughlin’s ground-breaking path has since earned him the title “the Godfather of Independent Films”. He’s given many a would-be writer-director-actor – whether 3 different people or all rolled up into one – that sustaining vision to reach a goal as high as one can set the mark. Some make it; some don’t. But a lot more people strive and claw and believe because Tom Laughlin showed that not only CAN it be done, it can be done with a greater success than anybody can imagine sometimes. When Matt wrote me to tell me that Tom Laughlin died just 10 days ago, a lot of emotions came at me, but in truth, “loss” wasn’t one of them. Tom Laughlin did something that few people ever really get the chance to do, let alone have the guts to do – he succeeded in telling a message, of giving a personal philosophy a framework mythologic structure that will survive many generations to come. Most people aren’t even born with that kind of smarts, let alone that kind of strength. When I say the life of Tom Laughlin and the legend of Billy Jack bridged gaps, they also tried to show us that we all have the strength to leap them too. We know we can’t baby step our way across a chasm. And neither Tom Laughlin nor Billy Jack would want you to either. Think about that the next time you watch BILLY JACK. And you know you will.
James Joyce McClure is a writer, actor, and musician living in Cincinnati, Ohio.