Archive for December, 2008

Drunken Tentacle Productions

For Immediate Release

We are proud to officially announce the formation of Drunken Tentacle Productions, a new independent film company based in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and headed by Mike Antonio, Matt Blazi, Jeff Heimbuch, Brian Keene, and Mike Lombardo.

Mike Antonio is a graduate of The Sheffield Institute For The Recording Arts. His production and co-writing credits include the short films They’ll Never Get Me, Ninja Slice, and Elkton’s Undead.

Matt Blazi has been involved in several films, including Land of the Dead, Deadlands, and George Romero’s most recent zombie movie (currently in production).

Jeff Heimbuch is the founder of Bamfer Productions. He has received numerous awards from film festivals all over the country, most recently including “Best Horror Film” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Garden State Film Festival for the feature film Leeds Point. He is also the writer and director of Brian Keene’s The Ties That Bind (forthcoming).

Brian Keene is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winning horror novelist. He also writes for Marvel Comics. The author of over twenty books, Keene’s work has been praised by CNN, The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Howard Stern Show, Fangoria, and Rue Morgue Magazine.

Mike Lombardo is the founder of Reel Splatter Productions and specializes in splatter comedy. Of his fifteen short films, he is perhaps best known for Demonstration of the Dead. He also occasionally serves as a voice actor for cartoons.

Drunken Tentacle Productions’ main focus will be feature-length horror films for DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download formats. Their first project will be an anthology film based on selections from Brian Keene’s short-story collections Fear of Gravity and Unhappy Endings. The film is expected to be released in 2010.

For more information, please visit www. or follow us on Twitter at DrunkenTentacle

Rough Cut Screening

So, this weekend I screened a rough cut of The Ties That Bind for a few other Keene fans (who also happen to be filmmakers)…and also for Brian Keene himself.
Needless to say, it was a bit nerve wracking.
I was pretty nervous to see his reaction…being as how this is the first Keene project that ever actually made it to the screen, I felt like I had a lot to live up too.
Luckily, he loved it.
I felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders, to tell you the truth.
On top of that, we got a lot of stuff done.
You see, the five of us had a secret meeting this weekend at Keene’s house.
I showed Mike Antonio (Gorebeast, who also came to help out during the first day of shooting), Mike Lombardo (of Reel Splatter Productions), and Matt Blazi the rough cut first, and thankfully, they loved it. And then Keene saw it, and loved it.
And hopefully, when all is said is done and everyone else sees it, they will love it too.
And it’s almost to that point now…sound mixing, color correction, and the score needs to be dropped in, and then we’ll be good to go!
As for the topic of that top secret meeting…well…go visit, and that’s all I will say for now…