When I saw ‘Madison County’ I was so impressed with how Eric England was able to take a small budget and make it so much bigger by using his imagination and creativity. Damien Ewell a horror icon that will be remembered for a long time; his unique characteristics separate him from some of the other killers seen in horror films.

After seeing a film like this, I always wonder if the director/writer will be able to do it again. Although I have not seen ‘Roadside’ yet, there is something about Eric’s style that immediately catches my eye and brings me into the film. I just discovered the trailer for ‘Roadside’ today and I have watched it 15 times.

Synopsis- Dan Summers and his pregnant wife, Mindy, fight for their lives when they are held hostage in their car by an unseen gunman on the side of a desolate mountain road.

The synopsis seems simple, it is one of those movies that you expect to last 15 minutes or get old very fast; this kind of takes the ‘ATM’ approach but I feel as though there will be more character development that will make us care about the main characters, Dan Summers (Ace Marrero) and Mindy Summers (Katie Stegeman). The trailer itself makes this look incredibly intense; I could have not read the synopsis and still wanna see it just because the style of the trailer pulls me in. Now I might be bias, but I already care about Dan and Mindy; they obviously cant die. I could have cared less about who died in ATM, but I admit it was a fun movie that kept me entertained. With that said, the biggest problem I had with ATM is that i could not relate to the characters or the situation; I have never been stuck inside an ATM building (forget what they are called). However, I think we can all relate to being stuck on the road, whether it was with a flat tire or car accident; even if you haven’t, it is a very realistic scenario. To not be able to control your own fate is scary as hell; I mean, they should be able to leave, but cant. This is a sociopath’s dream.

Eric England has the potential to redefine horror; it could be with ‘Roadside’, ‘Contracted’, or a Madison County sequel. I encourage everyone to watch ‘Madison County’ again; look beyond the obvious, and focus on the creativity, imagination, and great direction from Eric England. I cannot wait to see his new movies; I honestly believe he is something special.

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Forsberg

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1. Where did you get the idea for sledge, and Adam lynch?

It came to me when I was driving with my wife. She said “Why don’t we film a movie where John (our co-director) lives and go up there to film it. Adam Lynch himself came from sitting down and writing the script itself. I wanted to make my own slasher that was different and that people would enjoy, and voila, Adam was born.

2.   Do you think that 80s slashers are starting to come back and be more popular?

I think so. People always talk about the good old times of 80’s horror films. Instead of dwelling on the 80’s we should start our own era of slashers that we can get behind now. I will always love Freddy, Jason, Michael etc but I think its time to make new icons like Adam Green did with Victor Crowley.

3.   I love the originality of the mask, where did the idea come from?

The mask was a concept I thought of, but Monster Matt Patterson made it his own. I told him my basic idea, and he ran with it and made it into what it is. Without his help, the mask would not be as cool as it is.

4.   Do you plan on turning sledge into a franchise?

I would love to do another Sledge movie with Adam Lynch. There is so much I could do with that character because he is just so much fun. He is psychotic and thinks he is in a video game or movie, so we could take it to another level with crazy deaths etc.

5.   What is your advice to people with ideas who want to bring their dream film to life?

If you have an idea just sit down and write it. Download a script writing software and just start writing. Don’t edit the thing yourself, just write until you are done then have someone else help you edit it. Next, if you don’t have the money to buy the equipment, RENT IT! By renting it, you save money that you could use for post production or on the film itself. Don’t let people say you cant do something, because the only person stopping you, is yourself.

6.   Any future projects you can share?

Not right now honestly. We are full speed ahead on Sledge. I have six or seven other scripts I want to make, but nothing to share at this time.

7.   What gave you the idea to for the killer Adam lynch to have a voice in this film?

I am tired of seeing the same old slasher and killer. The guy wearing a mask who doesn’t talk and seems to be a brooding monster. Well, I play Adam and I am only 5’10 and compared to everyone else on set (guy wise) I was short. So I wanted him to be his own character, and yes we will do some of the famous “behind the person scenes” but it is the humor that will attract people to Adam Lynch and his deadly sledge and knife wielding abilities.

8.   A lot of horror tends to have a serious tone, why did you choose to make this part comedy?

I am a huge fan of comedies and I wanted this to once again be something fun and different. One of my favorite recent films is Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, a very underrated horror comedy film. It shows you that you can have fun with a horror film and still be considered a horror film.

9.   Do you have a favorite horror film or villian in horror?

Favorite horror film is An American Werewolf in London followed by Jaws. When it comes to horror villains I would say Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. I love the overall concept of Michael and Freddy’s humor in the later films is awesome.

10. Will we be seeing Adam lynch with his mask on the whole film? Any backstory revealed on his madness?

He will not be showing his face without the mask and I never intend to do that. I think it keeps his anti-hero status where it needs to be. He believes he is a super-hero of sorts, and a super-hero never reveals who he is to anyone. Well, when they do show their face to that person, they tend to die.

11. Would love to get my hands on his mask, any plans for selling in the future?

We have discussed with Matt to makes masks for sale, but right now we won’t be selling any of them. Hopefully in the future though.

12. Is there an official site for the sledge movie?

Right now there is one being made that we will launch soon with all the merchandise available to buy directly from us. The site will be selling posters, t-shirts and some other fun stuff that I will wait to reveal when the site is up and running. The site will be www.sledgemovie.com and you can like us on Facebook right now at www.facebook.com/sledgemovie. The sledge site will be the place to go for updated information on film festivals and set pictures, videos etc.

 

“Kristian Hanson is one of the greatest guys I have ever met; he is truly inspiring and will always tell you to follow your dream and always think positive. Without him, there would be no Psychology&Horror an that is something I have had a lot of fun with and hope will be successful. Kristian has a wild imagination and I honestly have no idea where he comes up with half of this shit…but it is fuckin brilliant! GET READY FOR SLEDGE!!”-Joe Forsberg

 

Patrick Hannan.

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY&HORROR?

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Horror News

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                I am looking to bring the horror movie genre into the real world; people go to horror movies to be entertained and scared, but lose those feelings the minute the credits begin to roll. The problem is that people do not realize how realistic some of these movies are; horror should keep you on the edge of your seat and have an after effect that makes you check your back seat and even sleep with the lights on. Many movies are now taking on the “found footage” approach (Paranormal Activity) in order to try and present horror in a way that make people fear real life. While I do enjoy watching these movies, I always find myself asking “When is the last time I saw a ghost and when is the last time I turned on the TV and watched a documentary about a real serial killer?” The answer is clear! The personality type of these iconic killers in cinema can be real, they can be brought into real life and they can once again do what ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Jaws’ did to movie viewers. These classics made us question our religion and fear going into the water; it is time to dig them up and bring them back into cinema.

Let us go behind the mask and into the mind of a psychopath

‘Psychology&Horror:Inside the Minds of Cinemas Most Prolific Psychopaths’

 

Joseph Forsberg

THE RISE OF DAMIEN EWELL

Damien is a product of his environment; he was beaten halfway to hell and left for dead. Another reason for his speech problems could be his facial disfiguration along the jaw and near the vocal cords. In a small town full of hicks and farms, the only thing he could relate to was a pig. The pig mask was not random, that is exactly how Damien sees himself. He kills a pig, slices of its head, removes the insides and wears it as a mask; a mask that covers his face and represents the beast rising from deep inside him. It was only a matter of time before he got the scent of young victims waiting to be killed; although he is a mad dog, he loyal to his town, almost as if they own and control him. Because he trusts no one but his “family” I believe he displays symptoms of a paranoid personality; everyone outside of Madison County is the enemy, they bring nothing but horrible flashbacks of Damien’s brutal beating.

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My Profile of Damien characterizes him as a Disorganized Asocial offender; the disorganization not only defines his personality, it defines his overall lifestyle; his home, clothing, and overall demeanor would reflect this type of personality. Damien’s personality, appearance, and lifestyle are completely chaotic and disorderly. The personal characteristics of an Asocial killer helps reinforce the fact that his intelligence is well below average, he is socially inadequate, and has significant personality changes. Damien wonders the woods with no mention of a home; a “man” of his personality would be found living inside the barn we discover halfway through the movie. The beaten down, dusty barn filled with spider webs would be the perfect home. He considers himself to be an outcast; the barn would be the only comforting place for him to be; the only place a beast like him could rest, fantasize, and wait for his next victims. His murders are spontaneous, he never personally moves the bodies, and the victims are unknown; although it is not shown, a man like him might also have sex with the female victims after death. Damien’s style of killing is similar to that of a power/control serial killer; just like an animal hunting his prey, he enjoys the chase and complete domination of his victims. What more power can one have than being in control of life and death? However, unlike a power/control serial killer, Damien does not prolong the deaths and does not get sexual gratification. He simply enjoys the power; he loves to use his hands or a knife to be close enough to feel his victim’s heart stop beating; these type of killers love to strangle in order to feel the ultimate high. Damien has no conscious, this is not catch and release; he is a hunter. When Damien steps into the woods and begins to hunt for his prey, he has no idea who he is after or anything about them. He does not care about their hopes and dreams, goals for the future, or if they have a family. Damien sees his victims as worthless objects; they do not deserve any type of special treatment or human considerations. The 4 unfortunate victims never had a chance; they were defenseless against the 6’7 ravenous beast and were nothing more than faceless strangers.

THE REAL MADISON COUNTY

“When I was younger I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and my grandfather moved to a town in Madison County; when I went there as a kid I would have these weird encounters with people and animals; its just a very weird place, it’s in the middle of nowhere and there is a population of about 200 people. Most of the people that live there are there for a reason and most of the reasons are because they want to be left alone or because they have lived there for so long. The people were very private in their lives and their belongings. When I would go visit, I would go hiking with my dad; we would rarely run into people but when we did, they were always a little nervous and hesitant around us because they didn’t know who we were or where we had come from. I hate saying this, but for lack of a better term, they were always a little paranoid and very hesitant to allow us into their lives. For a long time it was hard to try and break through that and establish a relationship because their families didn’t want people they didn’t know coming around. At a young age that struck me as being a very odd thing. Being that closed off and paranoid, I always found it interesting as to what these people were protecting; they always acted like they had some sort of secret. I think anywhere you grow up there are local legends, folktales, boogeymen and all that sort of thing.  What I wanted to do is try and tell the story; I remember real life incidents of people always being arrested for certain things, whether it was theft or drug smuggling. One of the local names that always came up was a guy named Damien; I never met him, I had never seen him and I don’t think he killed anyone; I just remember him being a local name. Always thought Damien was a weird name; it was a name that just stuck in my head. I basically took what I knew from when I was younger and placed this fictional character into these real life scenarios that could have happened to me and embellished them. Filming this movie where it actually happened to me really made it feel that much more real”-Eric England

 

Eric England claims he never saw Damien, nor does he think he ever killed anyone. The whole movie was based around a town that he visited throughout his child hood; the people in the movie were extremely realistic based on what Eric experienced as a child. What were those people hiding? Is there really someone capable of these horrible things living in Madison County? There are more than 300 active serial killers in the United states, maybe Madison County is really the home of one of the most sadistic, undiscovered killers.

My book will feature the entire psychological profile and background of Damien Ewell. It will also include much more from Director/Writer Eric England, along with insight from Natalie Scheetz, Ace Marrero, and Matt Mercer.

 

 

Joseph Forsberg

 

YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SLEDGED!!

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Horror News

COME GET SOME TOM BRADY!!!

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THERE ARE CERTAIN PEOPLE I JUST HATE!! I KNOW MANY OF YOU WILL DISAGREE, BUT TOM BRADY IS OVERRATED AND I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!

 

 

JOSEPH FORSBERG

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WHATS BEHIND THE MASK?

On Tuesday January 15,  you will discover the evil behind the mask; a “sneak peek” at the psychological breakdown of one of the most dangerous serial killers in cinema history. Damien is responsible for at least 33 deaths and he is just beginning; he has your scent, a taste for blood, and he is off his leash.

Prepare for my “Sneak Peek” of the dissection of Damien Ewell by either watching ‘Madison County’ on netflix (instant stream) or purchasing it and supporting this horrifying masterpiece. Director Eric England introduces us to a 6’7 beast that will never stop hunting! Witness The Rise of Evil!

‘Madison County’ Stars Natalie Scheetz (thats right, her name went first) Ace Marrero, Matt Mercer, Colley Bailey, Joanna Sotomura, and last but certainly not least, Katie Stegeman.

I had the chance to interview a number of the cast/crew and I cannot express enough how supportive they were; they are a class act and all have bright futures. I cannot give Eric England enough credit for the amazing job he did writing and directing ‘Madison County’. He is going to be someone great; look for his upcoming films ‘Roadside’ and ‘Contracted’ coming soon!

Purchase ‘Madison County’ at http://www.amazon.com/Madison-County-Unrated-Ace-Marrero/dp/B0078TLRTY/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358144311&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=masison+county

WELCOME TO MADISON COUNTY; IF YOU’RE HERE, YOU’RE ALREADY DEAD!

 

 

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Joseph Forsberg

I CANT TAKE THE ANTICIPATION!!!

If you’re like me, you are counting the days till ‘Sledge’ comes out, or at least until we find out which film festivals will be screening it. You have read the synopsis and you have visited the ‘Sledge’ website run by directors John Sovie II and Kristian Hanson; I can probably assume that you need something to keep you satisfied until we are introduce to the new generation of terror! The comedy aspect has drawn a lot of attention from fans;  not only is this movie taking us back to the days of 80’s slasher films, it is targeting all the hilarious parts and making a fun filled movie with plenty of laughs and plenty of faces being smashed in! So how do we keep ourselves occupied until the movie comes out?

1.) If any of you read my posts last night you would have seen that I was extremely disappointed when my Green Bay Packers lost; in fact, I requested that the 49ers be sledged! So this got me thinking, how many of you are angry at a certain team, player, artist, or any other celebrity? I know there are plenty of you out there and I would love to know who you would want to see get SLEDGED (and why)! Post your responses on https://www.facebook.com/SLEDGEmovie?ref=ts&fref=ts (dont forget to hit “like”). Please note that this is supposed to be fun; please do not make this offensive by using inappropriate language or someone you know personally.

2) I am not sure how many people are aware of this, but Kristian Hanson is also a published writer; his book ‘The Fat Kid’s Revenge: Not for the Weak Hearted or Mature Minded’ will provide you with the laughs and horror that you are waiting for. I have said it before and I will continue to say it, Kristian Hanson is not afraid to go outside of the box  and let his imagination roll; he does not care about critics he only cares about what his fans want and that is why he is able to entertain us and give us everything we crave! I know that whenever I am anticipating the release of a great movie, I always struggle to find something that will entertain me while I wait. This time around is different, pick up a copy of his book while getting ready for ‘Sledge’!

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SYNOPSIS

Like me, Joe was that guy who went through High School experiencing everything from the bottom of the pit; everything in High School is a popularity contest and some of us just don’t have the opportunity to climb to the top of the rankings. Joe’s  high school career (not based on my life, thank god!) will be defined by a Prom that he hasn’t found a date to. No date, no money, crappy car, crappier loser friends, all the ingredients of a teenage angst recipe until one night changes Joe’s life forever. A life that has been defined by horror movies, video games and teenage sex fantasies will turn upside down when Joe comes face to face with a ………….werewolf.

Click here to order your own copy- http://www.amazon.com/The-Fat-Kids-Wolfy-Revenge/dp/1432773151/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358102776&sr=8-1&keywords=kristian+hanson#

 

Joseph Forsberg