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Review: The Rake

Published November 30, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan



Rachel Melvin’s tenure on the soap opera Days of Our Lives is put to good use in the indie horror film The Rake. As much of a monster flick as an exploration of the emotional fallout of damaged childhoods, this horror exercise doesn’t overstay its welcome and emerges as a nice addition to the creature feature genre.

Clocking in under 80 minutes and featuring smart direction from Tony Wash, the primary running time of the film is focused around a weekend get together hosted by Nicole (Melvin) and her husband Andrew (Joey Bicicchi). As past hurts are examined and new hopes emerge, it appears that someone (or something) is hunting the couple and their family and friends. Soon reconciliation and redemption are replaced by grievous bloodshed…and death. The Rake

The script by Wash and Jeremy Silva doesn’t necessarily explain everything. One doesn’t totally grasp what the rake of the title is or gather all the details of how Nicole is connected with the others, but the final 30 minutes of the film is a beyond enjoyable stalk n slash. Melvin and her co-stars also deliver the dramatic goods, a testament to their impressive talents and Wash’s keen ability to work with them.

You can stream The Rake at You can also follow Skeletons in the Closet, another recent Wash project, at

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Overview: Terror in the Aisles presents Short Cuts

Published July 22, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Money was raised (for AIDS charity Vital Bridges), chills were induced and laughter resounded throughout the theatre during Terror in the Aisles’ latest movie event Short Cuts. Taking place at the historic Davis Theatre in Chicago, Short Cuts featured the mini-masterpieces of over a dozen Midwestern filmmakers. Introducing the audience to works of humor, homage and serious horror, this one-of-a-kind event, ultimately, offered up a program that I was truly honored to serve as host of.

Introducing the directors!

Introducing the directors!

With many of the artists on hand to celebrate, each abbreviated feature contained true points of interest. Industrious Tony Wash (Its My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To) even utilized the event to promote his anticipated upcoming compiliation World of Death, featuring many of the selections submitted to last fall’s ABC’s of Death competition. John Pata, coming off the high of his critically acclaimed feature Dead Weight, also, choose Short Cuts as the Chicago premiere site of his latest (poetically macabre) effort Pity.
Clark & Pata chatting

Clark & Pata chatting

Personal favorites included Red Clark’s fun The Pool. Detailing the comeuppance of a bratty sibling, this charming throwback ends with some nifty camera work and a startling monster reveal. Lowcarbcomedy’s hysterical 4th Rule of Gremlins, meanwhile, offers up a very naughty take on what not to do with everybody’s favorite furry monsters. David Schmidt’s mock trailer for House on Nightmare Lane, also, hit the mark. Here, Schmidt combines the atmosphere of such classic flicks as The Haunting with the acting style of such drive-in favorites as Frankenstein’s Daughter. Overall, it’s like opening the (rusting) gates to a real winner!

Keep up with World of Death at and Pity at . Lowcarbcomedy rules the roost at and Vital Bridges is always keeping up the good work at

Meanwhile, you can keep updated with Terror in the Aisles at and me at

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Getting Communal with “M is for…”!

Published November 6, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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My favorite memories of nursery school were when my fellow classmates and I gathered around the mud pit and sacrificed the latest substitute teacher. Such communal joy!

Its kind of like the current “M is for…” contest for the upcoming ABC’s of Death 2. A bunch of inspired filmmakers are joining together to make some ghoulish mini-masterpieces. Granted, only one can ultimately win (voting ends on November 14th, 2013) – but the community spirit going on with this project is positively infectious!

Here are a couple shorts to check out – with voting options at each link:

The goddess knows, I can live by Scream Queen, alone! Sean Tretta’s creative, well acted M is for Matchmaker is one of my favorites in this contest and features such genre icons as Tiffany Shepis and Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose. Horror Heaven!!

Meanwhile, Tony Wash from Scotchworthy Productions is one of the best independent horror filmmaking savants. You can check out his gooey, flesh baring entry M is for Muck, here:

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Review: A Chance in Hell

Published February 12, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Thankfully, the only dangerous experiments that Big Gay Horror Fan suffered through as a child were his mother’s efforts in the kitchen! Director/writer Tony Wash’s explosive short A Chance in Hell, though, explores some insidious experimentation gone wrong with body chewing results.

A haunting opening sequence details how a mad WWII Nazi doctor and his brainy tinkering with a young Jewish girl bring about a zombie apocalypse. This is not so bad for the Nazi’s – who deserve everything that they get. But, it does have some unfortunate consequences for a group of young American soldiers who find themselves up against some vicious undead German enemies.

Taking place in a (mostly) abandoned warehouse, this second feature from Wash and the inventive Scotchworthy productions is rich with atmosphere and perfect 1940’s period mayhem. This has won the piece much notice and a handful of greatly deserved awards (Best Short at the 2012 Action on Film Festival and at the 2011 Chicago Horror Film Festival).

Director Wash works with simplicity and focus here. The growth from his first, fun feature It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To is substantial, leaving one truly looking forward to his further efforts. He is greatly aided here by director of photography, Mitch Martinez, and art director, Andrew Nathan Anzen.

Meanwhile, Kyle Anthony Silveira, Kevin Zaideman, Bradley Fowler and Doug Heiar all excel as the combative yet frightened Yank military troupe while Chad Meyer’s spooky Dr. Bucher rivals them with evil intensity. It is Kendyl Lynch as the doomed and deadly girl who makes the grandest impression, though. Her zombie child is haunting and scary, at once. She leaves a lasting impression and the hope that we haven’t seen the last of this fascinating character.

Both A Chance in Hell and It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To are available for purchase from

You can, also, view the official trailer for A Chance In Hell here:

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always hiding from the war torn undead at!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Taking a Chance in Hell with Amazing Tony Wash!

Published January 13, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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In his younger, hope filled days Big Gay Horror Fan believed that those unexpected meetings on the street with an object of his affection were fortuitous signals of better things to come. Of course, I hadn’t a Satan’s fiery clue.

Thankfully, determined and talented Midwestern auteur Tony Wash has a better way to describe a different kind of A Chance in Hell with his awesome, highly acclaimed zombie meets Nazi’s short of the same name. Gaining numerous awards and honors throughout its showings at various festivals, A Chance in Hell is now available for purchase, in all its vibrantly filmed glory at

You can take a look at all the axe chopping power involved by watching official trailer here:

a chance in hellYou can also keep up with the production’s demented activity at:

Wash, who recently directed genre legends Sid Haig (see photo above), Robert Z’Dar and Joe Estevez in the crime drama High on the Hog, is constantly developing new works – including a podcast devoted to indie filmmakers called It Came from the Underground and an awesome sounding horror film called The Storm centered on a female roller derby team. To keep up with all that juicy madness, be sure to visit:

Big Gay Horror Fan is always accepting old world zombie killers at!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!