Each year the Fantasia International Film Festival descends upon Montreal, Quebec, Canada, providing genre fans with a copious amount of films, feature length and short films alike. This year Gruesome Magazine will be covering a number of the films being presented at the 2016 festival. Tonight, Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss one of those films, the South Korean horror masterpiece from director Na Hong-jin, THE WAILING.
Interviewed this week is up-and-coming horror actor Sammie Cassell also known as Sammie The Comic Book Man. Sammie is the topic of a documentary from director Dan Sellers about how Mr. Cassell uses his love for comics to teach school kids about the wonders of reading and imagination. Sammie is also beginning to appear in horror films shot across North Carolina and is part of the forthcoming second year of the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival in Greensboro.
Hailing from South Korea, The Wailing from director Na Hong-jin is a genre blending masterpiece of suspense and horror. Doc and Paul review the film which is being shown as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film stars Kwak Do-Won, Hwang Jung-Min and Chun Woo-Hee. The film begins as a police thriller before evolving into a mix between a ghost tale, an exorcism and, for good measure, a zombie yarn. Even at 156 minutes, the film keeps its audience guessing right up to the very end.
Doc sits down with Sammiee Cassell to discuss his adventures in the film world. They discuss how a chance extra role in a zombie film has led to further roles and a growing acting career. They discuss how his love for comic books and teaching kids about reading has lead to a documentary about his approach to education called the Comic Book Man. He also is part of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast and is helping launch the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival in North Carolina.