70: Rituals with Matthew Currie Holmes
This week, filmmaker Matthew Curries Holmes takes us down the spooky back roads of Canadian exploitation cinema with the beautifully bleak and brutal "Rituals". We get sidetracked talking weird tattoo practices and witch burning, then back on the path with the stakes being raised by competent slasher victims, evil as a concept vs. as a tangible villain, and how something that should have been a cheap Deliverance ripoff became so much more.
Matthew's on the festival circuit right now with his new feature, "Buckout Road", and we pick his brain for all the filming tips and tricks we can - including the movie magic behind making locations look bigger and spookier than they are and the inspiration to be drawn from late night softcore movies on Superchannel.
This week's end credit music is the Theme from Rituals, composed by Hadgood Hardy. Hagood composed dozens of scores, including for the first two Anne of Green Gables TV Movies.
On this week's show
Matthew Currie Holmes is an 18 year veteran of the film and television industry and multiple award winning actor having appeared in over 40 films and television series, most notably alongside Harrison Ford in Firewall, The Fog (Maggie Grace) and Wrong Turn 2 (Henry Rollins).
Matthew produced, co-wrote and starred in the short film My Charlotte (Official Cinefondation Selection at Cannes), The Dump (Winner: Best Director Viscera Film Festival 2012) and produced The Barista for Fangoria Entertainment (Screamfest 2013) and the award winning horror shorts: Halloween Mask and Witches Brew for Shock Til You Drop.
Most recently Matthew wrote and directed the music-based drama Traces starring Pablo Schreiber (Orange is The New Black), Sosie Bacon (Scream: The Series) and Rock & Roll icon Rick Springfield (True Detective), as well as the supernatural thriller Buckout Road which filmed in Sudbury, Canada in August 2016, starring screen legend Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Evan Ross (The Hunger Games), Dominique Provost-Chalkey (SyFy's Wynona Earp) and Henry Czerny (Patriot Games, Mission: Impossible).
Matthew is a member in good standing with the WGC, DGC, SAG- AFTRA, ACTRA and UBCP. Matthew has a slate of high concept/low budget genre films in various stages of development, most notably the dark thriller Winter, which he co-wrote with writer/director David Hayter (Xmen, X2, Watchmen, Wolves) for Copperheart Entertainment and the vampire horror Self Storage, which he co-wrote and is slated to direct in 2017.
Shrimpton's Suggested Short
This week's Shrimpton Suggested short is Treevenge by the delightfully demented Jason Eisner.