As 2015 comes to a close, the annual 'best of' lists have begun to crop up... And wouldn't you know it, but our own little BOY has popped up on several of them. Check it out! Our baby's all grown up!
IndieWire dropped the gauntlet by placing THE BOY at #5 on their list "The 13 Most Criminally Overlooked Indies and Foreign Films of 2015," saying "the mounting tension is almost unbearable. It's not a question of if, but rather when the boy will snap — and when it happens, it's more horrifying than you could have imagined."
Which, truth told, is pretty awesome of IndieWire, given the fact that they had us on their "14 Best New Indie Horror Movies You Should Watch For Halloween 2015" list back in October, claiming our leading man Jared Breeze "unquestionably offers up a creepy child character for the ages, and the scariest depiction of emerging lunacy in years."
The Lineup went even further and pinned us at #4 on their list "The 10 Scariest Movies of 2015," saying we can add our own Ted Henley "to the list of American psychos who have imprinted many a horror fiend’s psyche."
Fangoria plopped us at #7 on their list "The Year in Horror: Ken's Top 10 Horror Films," saying: "An unnerving exercise in slow-burn tension... Anchored with an atmosphere of palpable dread and inevitable tragedy, THE BOY is a horror film where the other shoe can drop at any moment, making the journey to its shocking finale all the more riveting and uneasy."
Best New Horror Movies put us on their list "The Top 15 Horror Movies of 2015," calling it "ridiculously powerful."
Hitfix started off December by putting THE BOY on their "14 Great Under the Radar Films of 2015," claiming it is "a tense and unexpectedly moving portrait of a budding sociopath."
Hitfix then went even further and listed our "swimming pool" scene on their list of "Scariest Movie Moments of 2015," calling it "a moment of sustained, unbearable tension."
Bloody-Disgusting drops THE BOY at #13 on "Kalyn's Top 20 Genre Movies of 2015," calling it a "taut, disturbing little thriller."
THE BOY is "as brooding and intimate as psychopathic portraits can get" says Film Police Reviews. We're #5 on their "16 Best Horror Films of 2015!"
iHorror says THE BOY "is one of the most chilling movies I saw this year" on their "The Best and Worst Horror Films of 2015."
THE BOY landed in the top 3 at Frightday's "Sam's Top 13 Horror Films of 2015," calling it "a poignant, unflinching meditation of a blossoming sociopath." Then Kelly plops us at the solid spot of #12 on her list "Kelly's Top 13 Horror Films of 2015," calling THE BOY "disturbing."
The VHS Graveyard went ahead and placed us on their list "The Best of the 31 Days of Halloween (2015 Edition)," saying THE BOY "may very well be the scariest (and most essential) film of 2015."
Horror Galore went ahead and gave us a winning position of #4 on their list "The Most Scary Horror Movies of 2015!"
Gruesome Magazine calls THE BOY "an excellent character study of a psycho." Look who's #8 on their "Top 10 Horror Films of 2015."
Ain't It Cool News dropped THE BOY on their list "Quint Weighs In On His Favorite 2015 Films," rooting for our psycho and saying that "by the end of it you're oddly on his side. At least I was, but I'm kind of a weirdo."
Got a moment to listen to The Picking Brains Podcast? You should! Leap in at 55 minutes on their new episode #114 as they list off their "Top 13 of 2015" and we land at #5. "The Rainn Wilson masterpiece," they call it!
Even our soundtrack is getting some love... Hauschka makes Headphone Commute's "Best of 2015 : Music For The Film Behind Closed Eyelids."
The fine folks at Chiller Films did their own little roundup "THE BOY Named One of the Best Horror Films of 2015."
And hey! While we're at it... As a total bonus to end 2015, my graphic novel SELF STORAGE landed on Pop Culture HQ's "Best 25 Comic Book List of 2015," calling it "a great new twist to the zombie lore."
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 27, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
Just in time for the holidays, you can hear Hanna Cheek spin the heartbreaking yarn THE SUITORS WARD on our new episode of THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW podcast. Head on over to iTunes and listen for free here! It's the gift that keeps on giving!
December 23, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Episode 2 of the SELF STORAGE motion comic is live and free for the viewing! You can watch the continuing adventures of Chris Smith and his immoral cohorts here. Enjoy, kiddies!
December 13, 2015Related: SELF STORAGE #1
This is when I begin to lose friends... We are up to episode seven in the Pumpkin Pie Show podcast. Time to burn some bridges with our new story GRAND MARSHAL. You can listen to it here. Don't say I didn't warn you.
December 13, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
What would Thanksgiving be like without a slice of pie? Our new episode of The Pumpkin Pie Show podcast is up! Click here to listen to our tantalizing tale of sibling love... BRIDESMAID. But be warned this one is not for the weak stomached.
November 27, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Just in time for Friday the 13th... our new episode of The Pumpkin Pie Show podcast is live! Hear what happened to MICHELLE here!
November 14, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Episode 1 of SELF STORAGE motion comic is free! "A ZomRomCom with a ton of heart despite the lack of a heartbeat." Watch it right here!
November 9, 2015Related: SELF STORAGE #1
Happy Halloweeeeeen! Still got some of your teeth left after eating all your trick-r-treating candy? Well, sink your teeth into our new episode of the Pumpkin Pie Show podcast... OVERBITE performed by Hanna Cheek! Brought to you by the fine folks at the Fangoria Podcast Network. You can listen to it here.
October 31, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Got 10 mins to kill? The new episode of The Pumpkin Pie Show podcast is live! Kickstart your Halloween with one of our moldy oldies... LATE BLOOMER. Presented by the Fangoria Podcast Network. Listen to the new episode here.
October 18, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Hey. New York Comic Con. You were way awesome.
Thanks to the fine folks at 451 for letting me come out and sign copies of SELF STORAGE. I wish I could've stayed at the booth forever and just lived there and signed people's foreheads all day. You guys rock...
If you weren't able to snag a copy, have no fear! Issue #1 will be hitting the shelves on October 28th! Check it out! Zombies! Comedy! Romance!
October 13, 2015Related: SELF STORAGE #1
Watch our spooooky trailer and read 1st five pages for our zom/rom/com SELF STORAGE! Just in time for New York Comic Con 2015... Click here to check it out.
October 8, 2015Related: SELF STORAGE #1
The critics are digging this year's Pumpkin Pie Show: LABOR PAINS. Here's what folks have had to say thus far:
The Pumpkin Pie Show is "scary and engrossing... Parenting has never been dissected so closely or seemed so chilling... Storytelling of the highest caliber." -- Theatre Scene
"Clay McLeod Chapman is a modern day bard... [A] mad scientist of words and the stage." -- Manhattan With A Twist
"Each story is a mini tour-de-force..." The Pumpkin Pie Show is "like something out of a 80s Wes Craven movie." -- My Entertainment World
The Pumpkin Pie Show's "fast-paced, quick witted litany of words and emotions skyrocketed the audience to another dimension." -- Malinism
We close this weekend. Only 3 more performances to go! See you there!
October 6, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
Episode two of THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW podcast is up and running on iTunes! Got 20 minutes to kill? Listen to Hanna Cheek tell the tale MAMA BIRD. Presented by Fangoria.
To check it out, click here.
September 30, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
The fine folks at Fangoria have given the Pumpkin Pie Show a bi-monthly podcast series. Our stories will be available for FREE for your listening pleasure. Episode one is a lovely tale titled B-SIDE about a particularly haunted piece of vinyl, narrated by yours truly and Hanna Cheek. You can listen to B-SIDE -- and upcoming tales -- at iTunes. Check it out! Listen to it here.
September 17, 2015Related: The Pumpkin Pie Show
It's officially official! Entertainment Weekly announced earlier this week that THE BOY will have its theatrical release this August!
We'll be rolling out the red carpet in Los Angeles on August 14th... From there, THE BOY will be popping up on VOD on August 18th and in select theatres by Friday, August 21st. Check your local listings! Go see it wherever you can! Tell your friends! Your word o' mouth can really help this awesome film get out there.
THE BOY is coming! THE BOY is coming! Head for the hills!
July 16, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
Do you love earwigs as much as I do? Than you should really read this interview "Chapman and Kudranski Take Our 'Vertigo SFX' Q&A." Thanks to Comics Alliance for helping spread the word!
April 28, 2015Related: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1
The reviews are in for THE BOY from SXSW! Here's what the critics have to say...
"...One of the most memorable contemporary iterations [of the slasher film]." Shock Til You Drop. "The Boy, He's A Growing Slasher." Read the review here.
Our screenplay is a "grimly poetic understatement worthy of Cormac McCarthy." Indiewire, "The Boy' is the Chilling Start to the Story of a Psychopath." Read the review here.
The Boy has "got a jet-black third act that'll have you squirming in your seat." Badass Digest. Read the review here.
The Boy is "...a unique little beast. Let the dark, broody tone suck you in." Ain't It Cool News. Read the review here.
"...(O)ur No. 1 must-see at the fest is The Boy." The Lineup, "The 6 Scariest Films From SXSW 2015." Read the article here.
"Haunting, calculated and confident... (H)its hard with a dandy of a finale that will leave you speechless." The Examiner, "SXSW Film Festival Recap: The Top 10 Films." Read the article here.
The Boy is "...a truly American sociopath. ...hauntingly powerful and disturbing." Cinapse. "American Sociopath, The Early Years." Read the review here.
"Slow burning but explosively rewarding, The Boy is like the great unmade redneck prequel to The Good Son." Silver Screen Riot. Read the review here.
"We hope these people took extreme care guiding young actor Jarod Breeze to engage in the story’s dark designs." The Austin Chronicle. Read there review here.
April 14, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
Entertainment Weekly unveiled THE BOY's poster for SXSW! Check out the awesome interview with Craig Macneill here!
March 3, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
We officially have our screening times and venue locations for THE BOY at this year's SXSW Film Festival. You know you want to come.
See you in Austin!
Saturday, March 14th, 3:45pm, Alamo Ritz
Sunday, March 15th, 7:00pm, Rollins Theatre at Long Center
Thursday, March 19th, 10pm, Alamo Lamar B
For THE BOY on the SXSW website, click here: http://bit.ly/16eX9dg
February 19, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
Hey, Berkeley! Look who's coming your way... Craig Macneill, the director of THE BOY, will be screening clips and taking your questions... You should totally go!
From the UC Berkeley website:
What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with a seriously killer trifecta of entertainment? Track the rise of a serial killer with a screening of the short “Henley” (premiered at Sundance 2012), clips of “The Boy” (upcoming film, one of Elijah Wood’s creative projects), and a Q & A with director Craig Macneill. There will be blood- and ~*free pizza*~!
Date: February 13th
Time: Doors at 7:00 pm, screening at 7:30 pm; first-come, first-served seating (capacity 70)
Location: 213 Wheeler
1. Screening of “Henley”
The 10-minute short is directed by Craig Macneill and involves a young boy whose ambition of saving money leads him to somewhat innocently do, er, unusual~ things. It’s based on the chapter “The Henley Road Motel” from the acclaimed novel “Miss Corpus.” Check out a clip here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQh1VaV2ZgA
2. Clips from “The Boy”
Directed by Macneill, “The Boy” is the first film in an upcoming serial-killer trilogy and promises to be one one of the scariest movies you’ll ever see. The trilogy is aimed at tracking the childhood of a future serial killer, depicting the character at ages 9, 14 and 18 and ending with his transformation into a mass murderer.
3. Q&A with Craig Macneill, director of “Henley” and “The Boy”
Craig Macneill will be discussing “The Boy,” produced by Chiller Films and SpectreVision (Principles: Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller) .
February 12, 2015Related: The Boy (feature)
“(Chapman is) a horror-drunk storytelling virtuoso master idiot. ”
— Time Out New York