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Sooner Or Later, Everybody Wants A Shot

Haven’t talked a lot about film stuff lately because for one thing, it’s a little rough coming up with a reliable, committed core group intent on getting something accomplished here in the ‘Cape (as opposed to Miami), and also, there’s been other projects taking up my time. Freelance writing gigs, mostly, some side work for the Van Halen News Desk, stories for various anthologies (like the tale “ASHES” for Simple Things) and another project I’ll probably be talking about during the summer, but no promises. That one’s kicking my ass.

Even though I haven’t put an emphasis on anything film-related in a while, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still irons in the fire. Screenplay writing continues. I’m wrapping up a brand new horror script I’ll start pitching to producers once it’s finished, a webisode property that’s a night or two from completion, and one I’ve been polishing up when I can scrape together a coupla minutes here and there. There’s also a video project I’d like to try to shoot later this year. And, I’ve decided that, after some minimal changes to the music, we’re going to start shopping Redemption. For those who didn’t catch it when it was available on the Commodity Films streaming service, Redemption is a TV pilot I shot based on my short story, “Chance Meeting,” which was originally optioned and produced by Bunkasha, in tandem with DK Publishing. (Unfortunately, I never got paid for either the option or the teleplay, but that wasn’t the fault of either of those

Since the story and teleplay are both mine, though, and no one else owns the rights to either, I decided to shoot the pilot myself, using the Redemption  character I first introduced in the mid-’90s. Some of you may have the original black & white & red promotional poster we used to hype the character, illustrated by Louis Small, Jr.

Redemption, as portrayed by the sexy Rhonda LaRue
Redemption, as portrayed by the sexy Rhonda LaRue. © Sight Unseen Pictures

I’m pretty happy with the end-product (especially since I was so disappointed with the original). Plus, I think what we did with less than one tenth the budget and a production staff of four is pretty impressive. The sets that were built, the lighting rig we came up with, the score and F/X, all on less than two grand? We did a freaking lot with smoke and mirrors, that’s for damn sure.

So, how are we gonna do this? Glad you asked. This summer (we haven’t set the date yet), we’re going to be doing a YouTube-live sorta thing, where I’ll introduce the pilot, say a coupla things, and then we’ll screen it, for free. We’re also toying with the possibility of doing something akin to the Sharknado real-time Twitter thing, but again, we’re in the early planning stages, so could go either way. That premiere event will be our special kickoff. We’ll be doing invites, some PRs, etc., but we’ll also be making announcements here, the site, and of course, Twitter and Facebook. Still, if you miss that, we’ll also be putting up the pilot only at a later date, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to catch it.

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‘The Hidden’

While cinematic endeavors continue, including wrapping up a new horror screenplay to pitch to studios who don’t just want remakes, here’s the recently-promised short story for your reading pleasure. Hope you enjoy it. As always, comments welcome, reviews on Amazon greatly appreciated. #ShriekOn –JM

Cover to The Hidden by Joseph M. MonksAbout “The Hidden”:

When a procurer of rare occult paraphernalia is found with his eyes gouged out and his fingers amputated, NYPD detective Danni Locke finds herself investigating a murder that puts her in the crosshairs of a fanatical voodoo sect and their wealthy financier. Who are The Hidden, and what is the religious artifact they seek? How many corpses will they ring up in order to fulfill their goals? With the help of Luke Greene (Torn to Pieces) and a Lieutenant willing to throw the book out the window in order to bring the killers to justice, “The Hidden” introduces all-new characters to Joseph M. Monks’ NYPD universe: The kind of cops you want on the case when the crimes are truly unspeakable.

Available for the Kindle or Kindle app for just 99-cents. Get your copy now.

Sold Out!

NThe Bunker DVDo, not me personally, although to be honest, if someone tapped me to write a Lifetime MotW about a drunk who turns his life around because he’s pestered by cherubs? Yeah, I’d write it. But no, this isn’t about anything like that. As of today, August 1st, The Bunker ltd ed of 500 is officially Sold Out on Amazon.

Pretty happy? That’s an understatement. After all, for a while there, when I was scrambling to raise the funds necessary to finish the film, there was one liar going around to my friends and bragging online that it would never happen. Well, we all see how that turned out, eh? And, while the standard edition of The Bunker (unsigned, without the first issue of the Sick ‘N Twisted comic book) is still available, we’re gonna make some changes. Starting next week, I’m going to be including Howling Wolf Records’ score CD with the DVD & “Making Of” documentary for free. Yup, we’ve reached an agreement with the estate of composer Robert Feigenblatt, and will be packaging the DVD and film score together for the first time.

As for the ltd ed DVDs. I’m a comic book guy. I know what it is to be an indie creator, going to conventions and selling cool stuff. So, the last 25 DVDs I’ve got with the comic? They’re gonna be available until they’re sold out, too, by clicking HERE.

Oh, and since I wouldn’t put you, the fans, into a tough spot by making you choose? Yeah, I’m also going to throw in the Bunker score CD for nothing.  If you want one, just click, when these’re done, that’s all, folks.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of The Bunker, any edition. Or came out to see it at one of the many festivals I was fortunate enough to screen it at. Or who RT’d a link, or contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, or who wrote about the film on their site. You guys all helped make this happen, and I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
Currently listening to: “Revenge” by MINISTRY

You’ve Got Another Week!

THE BUNKER Movie PosterHeard from my distributor yesterday about the numbers on the premiere of The Bunker and how the film had been doing since. Good news across the board, as it turns out. The No. 1 movie on the IPTV channel? You guessed it – The Bunker. Russell was so happy he told me to go ahead and announce that Commodity is going to extend the Free viewing period for not just The Bunker, but Inside the Bunker, the Making of  documentary, for another week. So, if you haven’t had
a chance to catch the flick, the clock is ticking – but 
you’ve got 7 more days to take advantage.

To watch the film, click through to the Commodity Films Screening Room. Then you can bring up The Bunker or the documentary and start watching-on your schedule. Any time, day or night, now through November 13th at midnight. When you do, come on by and leave a comment, let us know what you thought of the flick. No, it isn’t Casablancabut for a blind director’s first effort? We’ve got some great reviews, and we’d like to hear yours.

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Currently listening to: Let the Madness Begin by Fozzy