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Gregory Lamberson
05 October 2015 @ 08:44 am
We spent the weekend at EerieCon, a small local science fiction, fantasy and horror convention where I was a guest.  We stayed t the Byblos Hotel on Grand Island, even though it's only a 20 minute drive, because I wanted my family to have something of a vacation before my hectic fall schedule.  I was on a panel with Craig Engler, co-producer of Z-NATION, and Kaelin got to swim and play in the arcade.  She also participated in the masquerade; even thogh she improvised her costume as "the Daughter of the Phantom of the Opera" in 5 minutes with a ballroom mask and spider ring (prizes at a school event), she wowed the judges with her opera singing and won an award. :)  She also improvised a song to accompany another contestant's performance when the selected song failed to cue.  A fun weekend.

This Friday, 10/9,  The Cinefamily in L.A. is flying me out to the film festival Spectrefest (presented by Elijah Wood's company SpectreVision and the horror streaming service Shudder TV) to screen the 16m print of SLIME CITY.  It will be our L.A. premiere, and I will be joined by SLIME star Robert Craig Sabin and SFX maestro Scott Coulter!  That's right, 29 years after our NYC premiere, our litle gorefest ha reached the west coast.  We're part of a double feature with HACK-O-LANTERN, also enjoying its L.A. premiere.

Next Wednesday, 10/14, KILLER RACK screens as part of Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at he prestigious American Film Institute Silver Theatre in Maryland!  This is a dream venue for me, and a group of us will be driving out there for the screening and Q&A, hen turning around and driving back!  A friend asked me if this event was worth 14 hours on the road, and I said "Hell, yes!"

Two days later, on Friday, Oct. 16th, KILLER RACK screens at the Eerie Horror Film Festival, at the gorgeous Warner Theatre, at 11:30 pm, following a screening of MODEL HUNGER.  We're also screening on the 16th at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, Kentucky and in Tucson, Arizona at Tucson Terror Fest.  That's right, a film I directed will be screening in three different cities on the same night.

On Thursday, 10/22 We will be making a big trip to someplace warm for another film festival; I can't announce it yet because they haven't, which is one of the frustrations of this process, but it's a great festival and we're going to make the most of our expensive adventure.  Afterward, we will swing by Florida for KILLER RACK's Florida premiere at the Halloween Horror Picure Show in the Tampa Ptcher Theatre on Sunday, 10/26.

Believe it or not, I'm not going anywhere Halloween weekend unless it's to promote Buffalo Dreams Fantastic FIlm Festival.  Speaking of which, this year we expanded from seven nights to eight; we're holding a special 3-D kickoff of AZTEC BLOOD at FLix 10 Stadium on Thurs Nov. 5th, before the festival proper, Nov. 6th - 12th at our regular venue, the Eastern Hills Cinemas.  This year we're showing 24 features and expect to screen 100 films in total, a record for us.  www.buffalodreamsfilmfest.com.
Gregory Lamberson
14 September 2015 @ 10:57 am

If you're reading this when it's fresh, you've probably already seen posts and photos about our weekend, but here's the full rundown.  Paul McGinnis, Arick Szymecki, Tamar, Kaelin and I drove out to the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY for Scare-A-Con and the accompanying film festival's world premiere screening of our new feature KILLER RACK.  Paul drove, and I decided I like when someone else drives.  Except for Arick, we stayed at the Quality Inn in Rome, because the casino hotel rooms were ridiculously expensive.  The con was held at the casino's event center, which is a fantastic location - I'm so over horror cons held in dingy hotels with crowded banquet halls and and dark corridors.  The Turning Stone is spacious and well lit, and everyone we met was friendly - I'd go again in a heartbeat.

We were joined by a small army of KILLER RACK cast and crew: Timothy O'Hearn, Mick Thomas, Michael O'Hear, Alexander S. McBryde, Steve Boliek, Bob Bozek, Sherr Fairchild, Frank Nicosia, Leanne Downey, Sam Qualiana, Drew Bialy and Chris Rados - I hope I'm not forgetting anyone, there were so many of us.

Friday was a bit of a comedy of errors: our Fri 5 pm screening was cancelled due to technical issues, and I forgot to bring my DVDs to sell, and Paul volunteered to drive all the way back (3 hrs) to get them and bring them back the next day.  The irony is that we only got a hotel for Fri in addition to sat so Paul wouldn't have to make that drive to go get us!

Our official premiere Saturday went off without a hitch.  We had a packed room and people stood for the whole film.  Every joke got at least one laugh, and the audience loved the film.  This is what we came for - our first public screening - and we would have gone home happy even without the rest of the weekend.  Business at my table was brisk - I actually sold more books than DVDs, which is strange, and met several of my readers for the first time (I sat on an authors panel in the morning as well).  As usual, Kaelin made friends with many vendors, and Monstermatt Patterson was right across from us.  To make up for the earlier cancelled screening, the festival gave us a second screening at 9 pm.  It wasn't nearly as full with the big party starting, but that meant we got to sit down.  A successful screening.  The party in the lobby was HUGE, but we only stayed long enough for Paul to get his car, which gave Kaelin time to dance with new friends.  That night, Paul snored.  According to Tamar, so did I.  But I didn't scream "JESUS!" if anyone tried to stop me...

Sunday we checked out of our luxury palace and enjoyed a mellow afternoon at the con.  Again, I sold a number of books.  With lunch and a three hour drive ahead of us, we weren't disappointed that the con ended at 3, or that the film festival awards presentation started then.  KILLER RACK won Best Feature, which was a nice bonus to fun weekend - it meant a lot to me, but I'm happier for everyone else who worked so hard on our project.  Thanks to Ron Bonk from SRS Cinema for selecting the film for the festival, and making me a guest.

We saw so many old friends at this show- too many to name them all - but I will say I was happy so many people said positive things to Lloyd Kaufman about his role in the film, and in addition to the award I went home with three gifted items: a print of Monstermatt's painting of Phantom of the Opera (my favorite of his pieces), a"key finder" given to my Tim O'Hearn, and a jar of honey from author/beekeeper Pat Freivald!

On the way home, a group of us stopped for a celebratory lunch at a steakhouse with a giant ow statue outside - we could not pass that up!  Thanks to everyone who made our weekend so memorable.

Gregory Lamberson
03 September 2015 @ 10:24 am
Bloodbath & Beyond, a hilarious and insightful horror movie review show on YouTube, posted a fantastic review of KILLER RACK:


Cinema Knife Fight posted our first mixed/negative review:


These join our prevous exellent reviews:

Dread Media (podcast):


Really Awful Movies (web text):


We Live Film (video):

Gregory Lamberson
27 August 2015 @ 11:35 am

One year ago, I was in the middle of the shoot for KILLER RACK (we shot on weekends in August and September).  This summer flew by for me, thanks to paying gigs on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and Fred Olen Ray's TRIAL (more on that when it premieres on TV - my daughter Kaelin will be seen by millions), and now here we are on te cusp of September, aka film festival season.

I typically submit my films - if I submit them at all - to only a handful of festivals; I'm more focused on secring DVD distribution.  For me, film festival season usually means the endless hours of work I devote to Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.  But I've come t respect and admire a lot of filmmakers who have traveled to Buffalo for my fest, and I decided to take the plunge with KILLER RACK...in part because it's a comedy, and comedies should be seen with an audienc whenver possibe, and in part because I think audiences will love it.

So far, we're doing quite well: we've had about 10 rejections and 5 acceptances - a very high acceptance rate, believe it or not.  And there are still 35 more to hear from!  Here's what I can report so far:

We will have our world premiere at the Scare-a-Con Film Festival, held in conjunction with Scare-a-Con The Convention, in Verona, NY (about three hours away from Buffalo).  The con is Sept. 11th - 13th, and I'm told we'll screen twice.  We've been nominated for Best Feature, Best Actress (Jessica Zwolak), and Best Director.  Hey, that's me!  I think I've only been nominated for Best Director once before, for SLIME CITY MASSACRE at PollyGrind.  I didn't win, but SCM did win Best Feature, which was even better.  After a decade as a publuished novelist, I know how meaningless awards are, but he truth is film festival laurels are important to the marketing of a film.

We have also been accepted to The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in Belfast, Ireland, and the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival in Hamilton, Ontario.  International, baby!  We've also received word on two more festivals - big ones - but we can't announce until they do.  And tehre will be a bunch more next week.  So we'r doing well on that front.

The reviews have started to land as well.  They have been gratifying to say the least.  Here are the first three.

Dread Media (podcast):


Really Awful Movies (web text):


We Live Film (video):

Gregory Lamberson
17 August 2015 @ 07:49 pm
Jeff Strand and Desmond Reddick review my latest feature film, KILLER RACK, on the excellent podcast Dread Media:


I'm not prone to transcribing podcasts, but this is a fantastic review!
Gregory Lamberson
08 June 2015 @ 12:21 pm
This morning I received my first notification from a film festival regarding KILLER RACK- and our first acceptance!  Our film will screen at Fright Night Theatre Film Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, November 14th.  FNTFF is a year long screenng series with awards issued in December.  It's sponsored by Fangoria, and Chris Alexander should be there.

Unlike my past films, I've decided to concentrate on film festivals and worry about distribution later.  Ordinarily, I line up distro even before we have our premiere.  But as a film festival director, I've really come to respect filmmakers who tour the country showing their work (as if I needed another method to get even deeper into debt).  Also, KR is a comedy, and a damned funny one, so I want it to e seen by as many audiences as possible to generate buzz.

I'm no novice when it comes to the festival circuit, but I still did research before sumbmitting.  A lot of it.  So much fucking research.  I decided I wanted t submit to a lot of overseas festivals, and to comedy and underground festivals as well as horror.  I made up one list afdter another, then merged lists, then started over.  I looked at expensive festivals worth their submission fees, expensive festivals I deemed overpriced for what they offered, affordable festivals, free festivals, established festivals and first year festivals.  In fact, I've done little else for the last two weeks - a new full time job!

As of today, I've submitted to 18 festivals, and I plan to submit to another 20 before this week is over.  It's not cheap.  It is time consming.  Bu I think it's important.  Wish me luck!
Gregory Lamberson
01 June 2015 @ 01:36 pm

We lost a member of our family yesterday, our gray tabby Charlie.  He was 17 years old, almost 18, and he was the best cat I ever had (and I've had many).  My sister got him from a shelter and gave him to my mother, who loved him.  When my mother was hospitalized with terminal cancer, she worried about that cat more than anything.  When I took care of my mother during her hospice at home, I bonded with Charlie.  When mom was on her deathbed, Charlie jumped onto her and sniffed her, and he and I both kew he was my cat from that point on.  After she died, I stayed in her house for a summer, getting it ready for sale.  Tamar and I were married, and she spent as many weekends with me as she could, so she got to know him as well.  Charlie had unique and annoying methods of waking us when he was ready for breakfast: he would bat our faces (nice way of saying he would slap us), or turn his paw palm up, extend one claw, and hook one of my nostrils...

My friend Nelson (who's allergic to cats) drove all the way from NYC to Fredonia to drive me back with Charlie, who yowled all the way.  In the bathroom of our Manhattan studio apartment, Charlie climbed up the shower curtain onto the rod, then sprang on an unsuspecting Nelson...  Tamar and I moved to a one bedroom apartment in Queens, which Charlie loved.  We got a second cat, Tango, to keep him company, but Charlie did not love Tango.  Tango had a neurological disease which caused him to lose the use of rear legs, and when the disease spread to his lungs we had to put him to sleep.  That was 13 years ago; we still have his ashes.

Everyone would comment that Charlie was a handsome cat; he was one of those animals who carried himself well ands seemed conceited.  Tamar's nephews used to carry him around the apartment, holding him under his front arms so his body hung.  Because my mother had operated a daycare out of her home, he was used to kids and permitted it - with a humiliated look on his face.

After he developed plaque on his teeth, and had to have his teeth cleaned, I switched hime to a dry food called Dental Diet, which he loved.  When we moved to our house in Buffalo, I used to take Charlie outside on a leash, and he was really happy.  He loved to chew on grass.  Sometimes the stores would run out of Dental Diet, and he wouldn't eat anything else, and I'd drive all over until I found some.   He was a little spoiled.  Evenbtually the food was discontinued, and he had to adapt.

After Tamar's brother died, I brought home another kitten, Starbuck...who looked a lot like Tango.  Charlie didn't like Starbuck, either.  As a kitten Starbuck kicked Charlie's ass.  Over the years, they developed an odd relationship: they woukd play with each other, especially at night, but never showed affection to each other.  I think the event that brought them together was the birth of my daughter Kaelin: neither one of them wanted a baby in the house, and Charlie had a panicked look on his face the instant we brought her home - he knew what this meant.  But he got used to her, and eventually he loved her.  Until he got old, he would sleep in bed with us at night.  When one cat was upstairs and the other was downstairs, they would call to each other, and eventually they took turns trying to wake me up.

Charlie had another weird habit: he preferred to drink warm water, I suppose because he'd been an outdoors cat and a hunter before the move to NYC.  He would jump into the bathtunb after we got out to drink the dirty bath water... and thenlater  he would jump in while we were bathing or showering.

He wasn't just a house cat, he was a set cat: we shot DRY BONES, GAVE UP THE GHOST and KILLER RACK in my house, and the crewsd got used to him.  The "making of" DRY BOINES on the DVD featured outtakes of both cats wandering into the shots, and me throwing them upstairs...with love.  The casts and crews of these films, and my friends, got used to both cats, who were so friendly; Charlie especially used to home in on people who were allergic to cats.

During KILLER RACK last year, Charlie became emaciated.  When I noticed, after the shoot, I tried every variation of cat food I could think of, and eventually I started blending his meals, three times a day.  He bounced back and put on weight, but never reached his "fighting weight" again.  He stayed well for a good eight months, until about a month ago, when he became emaciated again.  We gave him table scraps, whatever we could.  I took him to the vet two weeks ago, because I noticed hewas having some trouble with his hind legs, and was surprised to learn his teeth were fine.  The vet found a tumor in his stomach,a nd told me all we could do was make him comfortable.  He gave us some high calorie prescription food, and Charlie LOVED it.  Until the end, he would spend every waking hour begging me for more food (he was only supposed to have half a can a day, but I gave him more).  I thought he would bounce back again, and we'd have him around for the summer.  Every morning, both cas would wait for me in the upstairs hall.  But Charlie started havinbg trouble jumping onto the bed, and then the love seat.  Then he stopped going upstairs, and waited for me to come downstairs before he'd beg me to feed him.

After a week, even though he loved his food, he failed to pout on any weight, and he was eating a lot.  He started peeing and pooping around the house, and he was a clean cat, so I knew the end was coming, and I brought his litter box upstairs from the basement to make things easier for him.  All of him babied him when we could.  I realized he wasn't going to make it through the entire summer, but still thought we'd have a few weeks with him.  Saturday night, he was stable.   Sunday morning, the same...for a couple of hours.  After he ate, he went to sleep.  Tamar said there was something wrong with, bu I'd already noticed the deterioration.  Then he tried to stand up, and fell right over, and I knew it was over.  Kaelin started crying.  I carried him into the kitchen, but he didn't want to eat.  Kaelin held him.  I called the emergency vet clinic and made the cal l'd been dreading.  Then I took him ouside, in light drizzle, and carried him around the deck, and we had our moment - I saw in his eyes he knew the end had come, and he was ready to go.  Back inside, I set him on a towel, and let Tamar and Kaelin spend time with him.  Kaelin said "I can't live without him" over and over, and I told her just to love him while she could, and she settled down.  We tried to give him food and water, but he wasn't having it.  He started shaking, so I cut our gioodbye time short, and drove him to the vet's alone.  I didn't think he was going to make it to the clinic, and pulled over once to make sure he was still breathing.  He whined a little when I took him out of the car.  The office manager at the clinic thought he was dead, but I saw him breathing, so they put the tube in his arm.  He went peacefully - not even a cough.  Everyone at thecinic was nice.  I spent a couple of minutes with his body, getting myself together, then went home.

Tamar told me that when I drove away, Starbuick went to the window, then ran upstairs.  He was clearly dstraught the rest of the day; cats are such interesting creatures.  It is very weird now, having just one cat.  Weird going into the kitchen and not having Charlie bother me for food, weird to sit at the desk in my office and see him sitting behind me wenbever I turn around.  He was a special cat; until he went deaf, and started meowing incessantly, I honestly believe he thought he was a human being.  For me, he was a special connectionb to my mother, whio died in 2001.  She had him for three years, and we had him for 15, and we will truly miss him.  Our house will not be the same without him, and it will be interesting to see how Starbuck changes now that he's our sole pet.
Gregory Lamberson
29 May 2015 @ 01:30 pm
The seasons blur together sometimes, don't they?  Summer isn't even here, but MAD MAX FURY ROAD has come and gone, and for me the vacation is over.  I found myself in the unusual position of finishing a novel - BLACK CREEK - and a movie - KILLER RACK - at the same time.  The novel was six months late, which will impact my summer finances for sure.  Not only that, but I turned in my manuscript on a Sunday, and that Monday I started a two-week gig as a PA (production assistant) on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJAS 2: HALF SHELL. And then we wrapped that on a Sunday, and that night I co-hosted the cast and crew screening of KILLER RACK.

Ordinarily, I would not take a job as a PA, but 1) I really needed the money; and 2) this was arguably the biggest shoot in Buffalo history, so I wanted to have some small role in it.  This was a second unit action shoot:  car crashes, road stunts, and helicopter action - and for two weeks, from 6 pm - 6:30 am, I was one of 27 PAs assigned to stand on Humboldt Avenue, shooing the crowd away from the railings of Route 33, aka the Kenisington Expressway, a sunken highway which allows people in my town of Cheektowaga to shoot straight to downtown Buffalo in minutes.  On the second week, I was a "team leader," which meant I had my own crew, like a capo.  That was when we increased our numbers for the chopper action and had to keep people 500 feet away from the activity. On those nights,  I found myself stationed in a ghetto surrounded by skunks.  We were told the gangs had called a truce for the shoot.  After those four nights, I was just a soldier again for the remainder of the shoot.   I met some great new people, both local and from out of town, and ate two great meals a day (although we had to hike a quarter of a mile to get our food, then walk back a quarter of a mile to wolf it down in ten minutes).  I will not lie, my body suffered for 10 days instead of the usual five, so I am definitely getting too old for this particular position.  It was nice to have a film gig 10 mins from home though, and I had a good time interacting with the residents whose routines we inconvenienced.

Anyway, those two paychecks are already spent, and I have a sick cat who will need to be put to sleep soon and a family wedding in NYC to worry about.  BLACK CREEK will be published next March, andafter 12 novels, I need to figure out a new path regarding the publishing portion of my career.  I already know what my next project is - an extremely commercial trilogy - but my regular publisher passed on it, so for the first time in eight years I'm writing something on spec.  Do I get an agent?  Approach piblishers myself?  Self publish?  Right now, I'm not going to worry about it.  I figure I'll finish the first volume by the end of summer, and I can start the second while I send out queries,  It's possible the entire trilogy will be finished by the time the first one is published.

You may recall I have a few of book-to-film projects floating around.  Getting one of them off the ground myself will be my primnary focus this summer.  Another is out of my hands; and a third is about to be assumed by the director of a classic horror film.  As always, nothin' is nothin' until it's something.

After a successful crowd founding campaign to cover preliminary expenses, I'ms tartuing to submit KILLER RACK to film festivals, and I'm already anxious about hearing back from one of them.

Kaelin has school until late June, and then she's in a summer school program mid-July to August, so I'm not sure about activities for her.  We will be returning to Toronto for FanExpo Canada in September, where I'll be Medallion Press' guest on Sunday, Sept.  6th.  I have my fingers crossed for a trip to Montreal as well.

Back to work.
Gregory Lamberson

Slime City is the debut film by cult horror director and author Gregory Lamberson. The story follows Alex, who after moving into his new apartment is seduced by his neighbor and soon turns into a melting ghoul who is forced to kill innocent victims in order to maintain a normal human physique.

Slime City debuted in 1988 and spent months in the NY midnight movie circuit, at the tail end of the grindhouse era. Lamberson creatively made a great film with intense special effects with very limited money and a small crew of dedicated movie fans.

A huge part of what makes Slime City so fantastic is it's wildly creative score, which was composed by the now PHD, and current Music Director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony, Robert Tomaro. Rob's score is unlike any horror soundtrack past or present. In the artist's own words, "(the music is) perhaps what you might get if you locked Igor Stravinsky, Johnny Rotten and Bernard Hermann in a hotel room and didn't let them out until they wrote something together." The score is most certainly slimy as the film's title would leave you hoping for. Very much classically written, but with a serious mix of punk guitar work and weirdo avant-garde synth. A truly unique composition.

Strange Disc Records presents the Slime City Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the first time ever on vinyl. This limited run will offer a "Slime Splat" color vinyl variant (opaque slime green over clear vinyl) which is strictly limited to 200 copies. All other copies for this run will be on black vinyl. Slime City will be housed in deluxe heavy weight Stoughton tip-on sleeves with extensive liner notes by both Robert Tomaro and Gregory Lamberson included.

Preorders for Slime City are now live at www.strangedisc.com and www.lightintheattic.net, or www.onewaystatic.com for European customers.

Listen to three tracks from Slime City at www.soundcloud.com/strangedisc
Gregory Lamberson

The headline says it all. :)  It was a lot of hard work, but my press release was picked up by a lot of great sites, and most of our cast and crew were really supportive.

Shame on whatever "fellow" indie filmmaker flagged the video so YouTube removed it from their search engine for 24 hours; didn't hurt us, though.

Our IndieGoGo campaign is still live, we need to raise $364 in four days to make our ultimate goal.  And then, my friends, I am never crowdfunding again!