The ABCs of Grue

What does it mean to be a Gruehead? Keeper informs y’all here.

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I love nothing more than a good breakdown. There are 26 letters in our fine alphabet and each possess an infinite of different uses. Here is my A-Z of what makes a Gruehead. Alas, I cannot pledge my solemn oath that some won’t be ludicrous in the extreme but, should you be reading this now, then a fair clutch at least should resonate. So, without further a do or don’t, let’s dig a little deeper beneath the veneer shall we?

A is for Appraisal


It is all too easy knocking another for their willingness to put themselves out there and we’re all culpable of being critical on some level. When I dissect a piece of art which somebody has placed out there in the public domain; my first consideration is not to rummage for fault and instead to search for the positives. It…

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20 Seconds to Live

Do yourselves a favor and check out 20 Seconds to Live. It will not disappoint!

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Twenty seconds isn’t a great deal of time. The elderly can stretch out one continuous stream of flatulence for longer and any prematurely ejaculating keen masturbators amongst us would already be on damage limitation duties by the time this particular bell has tolled. When you think of it, Sadako from Ringu was actually a rather generous incubus by affording whomever watched her VHS cassette seven days to complete their bucket lists. By comparison, twenty seconds seems downright measly. If a clock appeared in the corner of my screen denoting the final one-third of a minute of my existence then I would likely either succumb to a burst embolism or come over all Seppuku and simply end it all before death had the satisfaction of claiming me.


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The Minions (2014)

“The reason why Kipp’s name may not be on your lips at this time is that his trajectory is remarkably different from so many other adept film-makers trying to make their name in the industry right now. He is nothing short of prolific and his résumé reflects this as he has already directed 23 films in a career spanning fifteen years. However, despite being assistant director on a number of full-length features, he has carved his niche around small intimate projects which clearly have personal attachment to him. During this time, he has established himself as one of the most technically gifted professionals on the circuit and showcased his unique eye for the smallest detail, captured quite brilliantly by his inquisitive lens. His camera can supply significance to something which could otherwise be considered inconsequential and make it relevant. He’s an optical poet.”

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Crimson Quill’s Appraisal #392

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Number of Views: Two
Release Date: October 30, 2014 (USA)
Sub-Genre: Supernatural, Mystery
Country of Origin: United States
Budget: $7,000
Running Time: 11 minutes
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Producers: Joseph Fiorillo, Jeremiah Kipp, Lauren Rayner
Screenplay: Joseph Fiorillo
Cinematography: Brian Dilg
Sound Design: Roman Chimienti
Editing: Ben Jurin
Studio: Lauren Rayner Productions
Stars: Lukas Hassel, Robin Rose Singer, Cristina Doikos, Lauren Fox

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I have always taken great comfort from strangers. When my father died, almost a decade ago now, I mourned in a completely different way from my three sisters. I disconnected; possibly because this stopped me hurting any more than was absolutely necessary. By that I mean that some of us aren’t necessarily equipped to take on the pain of those around us. Not because we are uncaring, on the contrary, we care a lot. It’s just that for us the…

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Painkiller (2014)

Keeper on Jeremiah Kipp’s “Painkiller”

“Jeremiah Kipp’s Painkiller is a fifteen-minute short which is very much at home in such company and offers horror at its most biological and unnerving, supplying a sharp shot of perversion and leaving its addressee writhing in their very skin…”

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Crimson Quill’s Appraisal #391

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Number of Views: Two
Release Date: 18 October 2014 (USA)
Sub-Genre: Body Horror
Country of Origin: United States
Budget: $15,000
Running Time: 15 minutes
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Producers: Adam Ginsberg, Rob Dimension
Screenplay: Jerry Janda
Special Effects: Daniel Mazikowski
Cinematography: Steve Adams, Jeffrey S. Gould
Editing: Jeffrey S. Gould
Studio: Action Media Productions
Stars: Kelly Rae LeGault, Thomas Mendolia, Jill di Donato, Jerry Janda


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The body horror sub-genre has always enthralled me. Among the directors that have become known for teasing the boundaries have been David Lynch, Stuart Gordon, and Canadian master of the macabre David Cronenberg. My fascination with decay, mutilation, and mutation began with the latter’s deranged double act of Shivers and Rabid; two grotesque and equally brilliant features about parasitical manifestation which took a direction few film-makers were courageous enough to examine at the time. More recently…

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Crawl or Die (2014)

An unequivocal must-see film created by Oklahoma Ward, featuring a stunningly gifted performance by Nicole Alonso…aka TANK.

Claustrophobia in the extreme!
Read Keeper’s insightful appraisal here…
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Crimson Quill’s Appraisal #385

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Also known as Alien Crawl, Crawl Bitch Crawl
Number of Views: One
Release Date: 12 August 2014 (USA)
Sub-Genre: Sci-Fi/Survival Horror
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 90 minutes
Director: Oklahoma Ward
Producers: Oklahoma Ward, Nicole Alonso
Screenplay: Oklahoma Ward
Special Effects: John Stirling
Cinematography: Oklahoma Ward, Craig Chartier
Editing: Oklahoma Ward
Studio: Backyard Films
Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment
Stars: Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tommy Ball, Wil Crown, David Paul Baker, Tom Chamberlain, Clayton Burgess, David Zeliff, Larry Huitt, Matthew Stephen Crabtree

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How are you with tight, confined spaces? If they’re not your strong suit then you may want to stop reading here although, should you do so, you will be depriving yourselves of one of the most ballsy independent horror films of the past decade. Oklahoma Ward’s Crawl or Die had somehow managed to escape my attention until recently but that all…

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The Amplas Effect

Fan of the incredible Mr. John Amplas?
Must read…
A far superior than apt tribute to an utterly sublime human being….

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Sounds ominously like a disease right? I just managed to shake a particularly nasty strain of Andromeda and now I’ve come down with a dose of Amplas. Take two paracetamol and rest up for a weekend and I’ll be as right as rain right? Wrong. You see, I first became touched by The Amplas Effect way back when I was still a wide-eyed boy and it has been a part of my life ever since. I suffered no irritable rashes or dizzy spells, and instead, I fell under a potent trance which leads me to believe that he was, in fact, a vampire all along. I’m speaking, of course, of a certain John Amplas, star of George A Romero’s most personal work, the beautiful Martin.


He holds a very special place in the heart of this particular horror film aficionado. You see, if I…

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