The Valley of the Rats!

Posted by Jen - February 27th, 2017

Vince Vancouver Badass Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so cool to see Vince D’Amato’s The Valley of the Rats yesterday at the Vancouver Badass Film Festival!

Bruised screening at the Salty Horror International Film Festival!

Posted by Jen - September 23rd, 2015

SHIFF larels Official selection 2015

Bruised is an official selection at the 2015 Salty Horror International Film Festival!

Congratulations cast & crew!

We’ve also been nominated for 3 awards!

Best Director – Jennifer Campbell

Best Actress – Briana Rayner

Best Make Up – Carolyn WilliamsAmy-Leigh Poitras

New short film The Son is a Star

Posted by Jen - July 18th, 2014

Meeting number 4 today on my new short film The Son is a Star.

Very happy to be working again with Thomas Billingsley | Director of Photography, Carolyn Williams ,Amy-Leigh Poitras and Brian Minato on this one. It usually takes a couple of years to develop my films so hopefully we’ll be going to camera early 2016.

 

 

 

Bruised up for 2 Leo Awards!

Posted by Jen - April 25th, 2014

Congratulations to our wonderfully talented and lovely Bruised actor Briana Rayner on her Leo Award Nomination for Best Performance by a female in a Short Drama! Congratulations Briana!

Congratulations to our creative and talented Bruised Practical FX and Make-up team Carolyn Williams and Amy-Leigh Poitras for their Leo Award Nomination for Best Makeup in a Short Drama! Congratulations Carolyn and Amy-Leigh!

Vancouver 2014 Leo Awards Nominees

 

 

 

Interview with Vile Reviews

Posted by Jen - September 5th, 2013

‘Our interview with Jennifer Campbell — the writer, director, and producer behind the incredible short horror films, BRUISED & HIKE — is live NOW. This exchange was a fascinating look at the trials of independent filmmaking.’

Thanks John and Vile Reviews for the interview and support!

http://www.vilereviews.com/Jennifer_Campbell.html

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Some of my favourite 2012 horror movies

Posted by Jen - December 28th, 2012

So – watched a shitload of horror movies this year – just like every year!

Started thinking about which ones I really liked and had to narrow the list down as there were so many – 2012 was a good year for horror.

These are the movies that really affected me for various reasons –  stories, visuals, gore, sound design etc.

Excision

Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Innkeepers

Directed by Ti West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cabin in the Woods

Directed by Drew Goddard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kill List

Directed by Ben Wheatley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Loved Ones

Directed by Sean Byrne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woman in Black

Directed by James Watkins

 

 

 

 

 

Absentia

Directed by Mike Flanagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gray

Directed by Joe Carnahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ParaNorman

Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowtown

Directed by Justin Kerzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Joe

Directed by William Friedkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

Directed by Craig Zobel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wihm day 28/Linda Hamilton- The Terminator and T2

Posted by Jen - February 28th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Hamilton will forever be remembered as the iconic Sarah Connor in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Hamilton was in a few tv shows and movies before she got the role of Sarah Connor. She had just finished filming Children of the Corn when she auditioned for The Terminator. Her innocence and vulnerability were pivotal to her securing the part. The Terminator is about a woman who must reluctantly deal with the hand fate has dealt her. She will give birth to a son, John Connor, who will one day help the human race to survive in a dystopian future. Hamilton initially plays Connor with heart and soul; she’s a sweet girl who works in a restaurant and has a pet iguana – Pugsley. By the end of the movie that softness has given way to a hardness that will help her in the years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day – Sarah Connor is a 100% bad ass chick! Who will ever ever forget when you see her biceps of steel – strong enough to give Arnie a run for his money and a run for his money she gives him! T2 takes place 10 years in the future. Sarah has been trying to teach John what she thinks he needs to know and through circumstances winds up in a psychiatric hospital. The machines have sent another Terminator to try once again to execute John – this time with a more advanced version – the T-1000. Linda Hamilton physically transformed herself for the role. She underwent an extensive thirteen-week training regimen with personal trainer Anthony Cortes, training three hours a day, six days a week before principal photography began. The Sarah Connor of T2 is more experienced and tough. Her relationship with John has become tenuous as the result of carrying the burden of his future alone. She has become singularly focused and will stop at nothing to protect her son. She also receives help from an unlikely source.

I chose Linda Hamilton for day 28 of women in horror month because in my opinion, there is only one other character more badass than her in the genre – and that’s tomorrow’s blog.

wihm day 26/Kathy Bates and Misery

Posted by Jen - February 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Bates plays a great villain. Misery is a complete psychological horror movie. Bates is frightening as Annie Wilkes – the woman who brings James Caan (Paul Sheldon) to his knees. Literally. Misery is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel of the same name. Wilkes is a registered nurse who has worked in a few hospitals and now works at one in a remote part of Colorado. Sheldon is a well known romance novelist (he’s on his way to deliver the final book in his series) whose car goes off the road in a snowstorm. Wilkes’, who happens to be a huge fan of his novels finds him and takes him to her house. Both of his legs are broken from the accident and he is completely immobilized and unconscious. He wakes up to find Wilkes looking after him in her home under the guise that getting to the hospital is to hard because of the snowy weather. Initially she’s excited to look after her favourite author. She asks to read his latest manuscript and completely freaks out when she realizes he’s killed off her favourite character. Sheldon realizes she a) has no intention of getting him to a hospital b) is a psycho fan and c) is going to force him to re-write the novel with the ending she desires. He does what she says all the while trying to figure out how to escape.

 

Her violent mood swings increase with each passing day. Much like What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the story is elevated by the chemistry between Bates and Caan. They become prisoners in the house together. Kathy Bates gives this role her all and won an Oscar  for it. She plays the matronly prude wonderfully, oscillating between sweet and violent. Misery is about being held captive against your will. It’s also about fame and the unhealthy relationships fans can have with celebrities. Kathy Bates is my choice for day 26 of women in horror because of her portrayal of an unhinged stalker – Annie Wilkes really scared me.

 

wihm day 24/Adrienne Barbeau

Posted by Jen - February 24th, 2012

Adrienne Barbeau As Stevie Wayne in The Fog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrienne Barbeau is an actor who starred in the 1980 horror film The Fog. John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the film, (he was also married to her at the time) cast her as Stevie Wayne, the local radio host. Her character was almost like an unofficial narrator who helped move the story along. A mysterious fog brings the dead to life to avenge past wrongs committed by the city forefathers in Antonia Bay- a small fishing community in California. Along with Barbeau, The Fog also starred Jamie Lee Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a commercial success grossing over $21 million in North America alone. That solidified Barbeau’s genre status right there. In 1981 Carpenter cast her again in his next film Escape from New York. Barbeau played Maggie, the smart ass half of a couple struggling in a dystopian future. Harry Dean Stanton (The Brain) was cast as her boyfriend. Of course it starred the one and only Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. In the movie she’s one tough character who doesn’t take any shit from anyone. Once again like The Fog, Escape From New York was a commercial hit and is now considered a cult classic. It’s influence in pop culture has been felt from videogames to books to other movies and music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbeau’s next horror project was Creepshow – a movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. Creepshow was a 5 part anthology paying homage to old EC styled horror comics. Barbeau (“everyone calls me Billy”) was in story number 4 entitled ‘The Crate’. She’s married to mild mannered small town college professor Hal Hobrook (also in The Fog). They have a terrible marriage and he resents her bitterly because of her constant emotional abuse and alcoholism. Billy is the type of character that deserves some kind of comeuppance. And it arrives via the mysterious contents of the crate. She was memorable as the asshole wife who emasculates her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing her run of genre movies – her next role was in Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing. A creature feature based on DC Comic characters. Barbeau plays government agent Alice Cable who travels to a Louisiana swamp to learn more about a bio-engineering experiment scientist Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) is working on. Once there she finds herself falling in love with him. A rival group of scientists try to steal Dr. Hollands’s formula and in the process douse him with his own concoction. He turns into Swamp Thing. Cable spends the rest of the movie trying to get away from the bad guys. It’s a total tongue in cheek movie with a few laughs and plenty of swamp thing violence. Adrienne Barbeau is my pick for women in horror month day 24 – she’s had a successful career in both television and film (and then there’s Maude!) and has appeared in some awesome horror movies.

wihm day 23/Jenny Agutter and An American Werewolf in London

Posted by Jen - February 23rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Agutter has appeared in some big horror and sci-fi movies  – most notably in An American Werewolf in London and Logan’s Run. Agutter started her career as a child actor in the mid-60’s in London. She had roles on both The Newcomers (a British soap opera) and The Railway Children (another Brit tv show about a wrongly imprisoned father and his children). In 1971 at the age of 19 she won an Emmy for her portrayal of Fritha in The Snow Goose – a drama about war, horror and friendship. At 21 Agutter relocated to Los Angeles in search of  more adult themed roles. One on her first mainstream movies, Logan’s Run, was released in 1976. It was a commercial success. Though not in the horror genre per se – Logan’s Run is still horrific in nature. It’s story involves a dystopian future where everyone has to undergo Carousel (it’s not what you think) at the age of 30. Agutter, along with co-star Michael York, were awesome as the couple who find out what’s really happened to earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1981 she starred in An American Werewolf in London. It was written and directed by John Landis. Agutter played the London nurse (Alex Price) who falls in love with David an injured American backpacker. Who also happens to be a werewolf. She was fantastic in the role – sweet, affectionate and willing to do anything for the man she has fallen in love with. An American Werewolf in London has become a cult classic over the years. Combining horror and comedy – it’s an ultra violent story with amazing special effects – it won an Oscar for outstanding achievement in makeup. I chose Jenny Agutter for day 23 of women in horror month because she’s combines intelligence, maturity and innocence in her acting. She’s always a strong presence onscreen and in An American Werewolf in London she has a pivotal role that brings heart and soul to a story that is fully of brutality, violence, sadness and horror.

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