“Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story” directors talks about new documentary

Christopher Griffiths and Gary Smart, directors of “Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story” talks about their new documentary. The guys have also worked together on the following documentaries ” Pennywise: The Story of It” and “You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with the guys about their love for Robert Englund and his amazing career.

A classically trained actor and director, Robert Englund has become one of the most revolutionary horror icons of our generation. Throughout his career, Englund starred in many well-known movies, but shot to super-stardom with his portrayal of supernatural serial killer Freddy Krueger in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. This unique and intimate portrait captures the man behind the glove and features interviews with Englund and his wife Nancy, Lin Shaye, Eli Roth, Tony Todd, Heather Langenkamp and more.

HOLLYWOOD DREAMS & NIGHTMARES: THE ROBERT ENGLUND STORY will be available on Screambox and Digital on June 6, 2023.

“Mermaids’ Lament”: A New Film by Director GB Hajim that Teaches about Resilience through Trauma and Imagination to screen Dances with Films June 25


Director GB Hajim’s ode to Resilience through trauma and imagination, MERMAID’S LAMENT will screen at the Dances with Films film festival in Hollywood, California, June 25.

The story of two women who find strength in each other despite their personal struggles, MERMAID’S LAMENT follows two women: Oee (Dayva Summer Escobar) a traumatized woman who has lost her voice and may or may not be a mermaid. Her therapist, Dr. Nell Jamison (Justina Mattos) battles with anxiety herself, attempts to help Oee overcome her delusions and connect with reality. As they bond over their experiences, they learn to be resilient like the ocean and embrace the power of imagination to navigate the chaos of the world.

GB Hajim has been supporting the Hawaiian Renaissance through his multimedia work for over 25 years. He has produced over 150 Hawaiian language dramas, animations, documentaries, podcasts, and educational programs.

MERMAID’S LAMENT is GB’s second feature film, following the self-produced 2D animated sci-fi lesbian musical, “Strange Frame” (2013), which featured an all-star cast including Claudia Black, Cree Summer, Tim Curry, George Takei, Academy Award winner Gary Rizzo for sound, and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd for music.

GB is excited to bring his passion for storytelling and his love for the ocean to MERMAID’S LAMENT. He splits his time between working with the Hawaiian community, writing screenplays, freediving, and farming.

See the heartfelt and moving story that explores the power of imagination and the strength that comes from human connection, MERMAID’S LAMENT – screening June 25th at 9:30pm at the TCL Chinese Theater as part of Dances with Films.

Enter to Win a Digital Copy of “Renfield”

To celebrate the digital release for RENFIELD, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win a digital copy of the film. If you want a chance to win, please SUBSCRIBE to us on YouTubeclick here and tell us what is your favorite Nicolas Cage film in a comment below. This giveaway will remain open until June 6th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss: Dracula (Nicolas Cage). For centuries, Renfield has slavishly served Dracula by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, co-dependent relationship…

Win Free Tickets to See an Advance Screening for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

We are working with Sony to give our fans in the Tampa area a chance to catch a screening of Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse taking place on Tuesday, May 30 at Regal Citrus Park at 7PM


Please remember to arrive early. Seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.

#Spider-Verse opens exclusively in theaters June 2nd.

Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.

Win Free Tickets to See an Advance Screening for “Flamin’ Hot”

FLAMIN’ HOT Promo screenings:
Tuesday, June 6th
MIAMI – AMC Sunset
Link: https://searchlightscreenings.com/TIoRC69948
Code: TIoRC69948

Wednesday, June 7th
ORLANDO – AMC Altamonte
Link: https://searchlightscreenings.com/JGnOZ70897
Code: JGnOZ70897

Wednesday, June 7th
TAMPA – AMC Veterans
Link: https://searchlightscreenings.com/jRKua21615
Code: jRKua21615

*These are first come first serve passes. This pass does not guarantee a seat.

Film Review “The Black Demon”

Got to be honest, when it comes to sharks, I am a sucker. I watch all types of films shark films and trust me I have seen some crappy films over the years. “The Black Demon” suffers from a weak plot but features a solid CGI megalodon shark, it’s definitely no “The Meg” but you can tell they spent all their money on two things…Josh Lucas and the shark. After watching this trailer, which I felt gives too much away, I was hoping this was going to be one badass film but I was left wanting more.

THE BLACK DEMON stars Josh Lucas (“Yellowstone”), Fernanda Urrejola (Cry Macho) and Julio Cesar Cedillo (Sicario). The film was directed by Adrian Grünberg (Rambo: Last Blood) and written by Boise Esquerra (“Blackwater”) from a story by Carlos Cisco (“Star Trek: Discovery”). The director definitely knows how to bring the action to this film but I just wish that it packed a better story.

Official Premise: Oilman Paul Sturges’ (Lucas) idyllic family vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter a ferocious megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory. Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get his family back to shore alive before it strikes again in this epic battle between humans and nature.

Based on the Mexican legend, THE BLACK DEMON never gets a chance to really give the shark any meaning. It spends far too much time on land and when the shark does appear its brief and at underwhelming moments. I was hoping for more mythology of where the shark came from and why he was only stalking this oil rig but the pay off was simply disappointing. I have had more fun with cheesy SyFy shark movies over this one.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Tim Jacobus discusses his cover art work on the R. L. Stine Goosebumps series and its impact today

Tim Jacobus is responsible for well over 100 pieces of art. Best known for his cover art work on the R. L. Stine Goosebumps series, Tim is responsible for creating the iconic 62 original series covers, followed by the Goosebumps series 2000, special edition books, calendars and other GBs promotional art.

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Tim about the legacy of his work creating covers for the Goosebumps series, his favorite covers and how it feels to give tons of kids nightmares from just covers alone!!!

Click below to purchase official signed art by Tim: https://jacobusstudios.com/

Win Free Tickets to See an Advance Screening for “Book Club: The Next Chapter”

Monday, May 1
AMC Altamonte
DOWNLOAD YOUR PASSES HERE: https://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/MMMAY1

Tuesday, May 2
AMC Westshore
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Monday, May 8
AMC Sunset
DOWNLOAD YOUR PASSES HERE: https://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/MMMAY8

These seats are first come, first serve so we encourage all to please plan to arrive early.

CAST: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Giancarlo Giannini, with Andy Garcia and Don Johnson 

SYNOPSIS: The highly anticipated sequel follows our four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.

RELEASEMay 12, 2023

Enter to Win a Code to Watch Broken Lizard’s latest film QUASI before it airs on Hulu!

Broken Lizard is back! We have some Debut codes if your interested in checking it out the new movie QUASI before it hits HULU on Thursday, April 20th. If you want a chance to enter, leave a comment below with your favorite Broken Lizard movie to date and 10 lucky winners will be chosen and emailed on Monday April 17th!

Also be sure to check out our recent interview with Broken Lizard below, where we chat about QUASI as well as getting the scoop on SUPER TROOPERS 3 and BEERFEST 2 and leave a comment on the YouTube page!

Broken Lizard discusses new film QUASI as well as SUPER TROOPERS 3 & BEERFEST 2

Broken Lizard comedy troupe consists, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. They are behind cult classics like SUPER TROOPERS and BEERFEST.

Media Mikes had a chance to discuss their new film QUASI as well as SUPER TROOPERS 3 & BEERFEST 2.

QUASI premise: Follow a hapless hunchback who yearns for love, but finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the king of France when each orders the hunchback to kill the other.

Here is our first interview with Broken Lizard dating back to 2010: https://mediamikes.com/2010/05/interview-with-broken-lizard/

Andrew Scott Bell talks about scoring “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey” & “Deathcember”

Andrew Scott Bell is the composer of the new film “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey”, which follows Pooh and Piglet, who have now become feral and bloodthirsty murderers, as they terrorise a group of young university women and an adult Christopher Robin when he returns to the Hundred Acre Wood many years later after leaving for college. He also also co-composed the 2019 film “Deathcember”, which is a collection of 24 films that take a look at the dark side of the festive season.

Enter for Free Tickets to an Advance Screening of “Polite Society”

Monday, April 24th
AMC Sunset Place

LINK: https://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/MMSOCIETY

SYNOPSIS: A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, POLITE SOCIETY follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

STRANGER SINGS!, THE PARODY MUSICAL extends through Aug. 13 …New music video celebrating #JusticeForBarb released

(NEW YORK) – You can’t keep a good show (in The Upside) Down! Once again extended, by popular demand, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical will now run through August 13 at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s (308 W. 46th Street). To purchase tickets or for further information, visit StrangerSings.com.

In celebration of the newly announced extension, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical has released an exclusive look into the hit show. Captured in 4K video, live on stage during a recent performance at Playhouse 46, fans can now view SLee as Barb performing her showstopping 11 o’clock number, “Barb’s Turn.” SLee’s performance is both a fan and critic’s favorite. Forbes raved “SLee as Barb is one of the standout performances. Barb, following the particularly robust ‘Barb’s Turn,’ becomes the true audience favorite.” The New Yorker writes “the frumpy best friend role [is] hammed to perfection by SLee, as the dutiful turned divalicious Barb.”

Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical is the hit Off-Broadway musical that brings everyone’s favorite streaming series to hilariously-twisted life on stage. With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Hogue, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical is a wild and irreverent send-up of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” and all its campy ’80s glory. Take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana, 1983: when times were simpler, hair was bigger, and unsupervised children were getting snatched by inter-dimensional creatures. Join Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, and the whole Hawkins gang for a night of adventure, thrills, pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, dancing monsters, and maybe, just maybe… justice for everyone’s favorite missing ginger, Barb Holland.

“Stranger Things are indeed happening at Playhouse 46,” say Stranger Sings! creator Jonathan Hogue and director Nick Flatto. “After an overwhelming response from our fans, we extended our initial 16-week engagement through the winter. We extended again through the spring. Audiences continue to come back for more, so now, the residents of Hawkins, Indiana have decided, once again, to keep the portal open, this time until August 13! We could not be more excited to have #JusticeForBarb into the summertime and we are stoked to celebrate with the release of “Barb’s Turn,” one of the many hysterical moments the cast brings eight shows a week. We hope that fans will enjoy SLee’s belt-astic performance, and those who have yet to visit our special show will enjoy this glimpse into Stranger Sings! and then come to Playhouse 46 to experience that magic in person.”

Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical currently features Jamir Brown as Lucas, Nickolaus Colon as Hopper, Jeremiah Garcia as Dustin, Caroline Huerta as Joyce/Will, Nicolas Hermick as Mike, Kyle Mangold as Steve/Jonathan, Harley Seger as Eleven / Nancy, SLee as Barb, and swings Jean Christian Barry, Dashiell Gregory and Hannah Clarke Levine.

The creative team includes direction by Nick Flatto, choreography by Ashley Marinelli, musical supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Michael Kaish, a scenic design by Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Walt Spangler, costume design by Matthew Solomon, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jamie Roderick, sound design by Germán Martínez & Cosette Pin, puppet design by Matt Anderson, and props by Brendan McCann. Alex Dash is Production Stage Manager, and Kaitlyn Merriam and Lara Sato are Assistant Stage Managers. Casting is by Zachary Spiegel, CSA; general management by Visceral Entertainment, advertising & marketing by Leanne Schanzer Promotions, digital marketing by Super Awesome Friends, and the production counsel is Feldshon Law, PLLC – Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon, Esq.

Stranger Sings! is produced by Sue Gilad, Larry Rogowsky, Nick Flatto, and Jonathan Hogue. Co-Producers include Catherine Schreiber, Bard Theatricals, Miranda Farag, Inbal & Ron Gonen, Xin Wen, and Jason Turchin / Jim Kierstead. Joseph Longthorne is an Associate Producer.

Following its world premiere at Feinstein’s/54 Below in 2018, Stranger Sings!, The Parody Musical launched a hit Off-Broadway run at The Players Theatre in Summer 2021, winning seven 2021 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards including ‘Best New Musical.’ In addition to the Off-Broadway production,Stranger Sings!, The Parody Musical recently launched all-new productions in London, within a maze of disused railway arches underneath Waterloo Station; and Australia, bringing the The Upside Down to Down Under.

The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Stranger Sings!, The Parody Musical, is now available on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and all major platforms.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical plays through August 13, 2023 at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s (308 W. 46th Street). Tickets are $49-$99 for all performances. A limited amount of VIP Bean Bag chairs are available for $149. All prices included $1.50 facility fee. To purchase tickets or for further information, visit StrangerSings.com. Weekly performance schedules vary; see the calendar below or visit StrangerSings.com.

MEGACON Orlando 2023 Event Wrap Up

I have attended MEGACON nearly every year since 2010. It is literally one of the biggest fan conventions out there. They cover everything from comics, anime, sci-fi, horror, animation, gaming, & more. It is truly one of my favorite events each year. This year the show took place on Thursday March 30th and ran through Sunday April 2nd. My favorite day to go was Friday, it was busy but also not insane like Saturday usually is. This year, the wife and I even dressed up as a steampunk version of Disney’s Figment and his Dreamfinder. We ended up taking over 35 photos with other fans that stopped us along the way. It was a ton of fun. I have never dressed up for a convention before and it will not be the last time.

The highlight of the convention had to be some of the special events that took place including the Studio Ghibli VIP experience with Hirokatsu Kihara, former Chief Production Officer at Studio Ghibli, who was there to show key pieces of his collection and also to celebrate 35th anniversary this year: My Neighbor Totoro. This was a rare U.S. appearance and one not to miss. If you are a comic fan, Saturday was lit with the 25th anniversary of 300, featuring the man himself Frank Miller, doing a special panel as he discusses the ideas, art, and history that inspired the legendary comic, 300.

Friday was on fire with the following celebrity talent: Cerina Vincent (POWER RANGERS: LOST GALAXY, CABIN FEVER), Greg Sestero (THE ROOM), Sam Raimi (DIRECTOR OF EVIL DEAD AND SPIDER-MAN TRILOGIES), Anthony Michael Hall (JOHN HUGHES’ FILMS, THE DEAD ZONE), Carl Weathers (THE MANDALORIAN, ROCKY), Mercedes Varnado (THE MANDALORIAN, WWE’s SASHA BANKS), Sonequa Martin-Green (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY), COBRA KAI was represented with Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove and more, Henry Winkler (HAPPY DAYS), Tara Strong (TEEN TITANS GO!, MY LITTLE PONY) and Charles Martinet (VOICE OF MARIO)

Saturday brought some overwelming talent including Hayden Christensen (STAR WARS), Rosario Dawson (CLERKS II, AHSOKA), James McAvoy (X-MEN), Chevy Chase (NATIONAL LAMPOON SERIES), John Cleese (MONTY PYTHON), Zachary Levi (SHAZAM), Charlie Cox (DAREDEVIL), Steve Burns (BLUES CLUES), SCREAM cast includes Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (SAVED BY THE BELL), Giancarlo Esposito (THE MANDALORIAN, BREAKING BAD) and Vincent D’Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, DAREDEVIL)

If you were a anime fan, MEGACON, hooked you up solid with an outrageous guest list including
Christopher Sabat (DRAGON BALL Z, MY HERO ACADEMIA), Zach Aguilar (DEMON SLAYER), Aleks Le (DEMON SLAYER), Abby Trott (DEMON SLAYER), Justin Briner (MY HERO ACADEMIA) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (ONE PIECE, MY HERO ACADEMIA).

Besides just celebrities signing, there is SO MUCH MORE to the convention including a cosplay competition and endless supply of panels and workshops. There is a row of tattoo artists doing their thing as well as Artist Alley featuring Comic Legends, Pro Comic Book artists, and writers. Are you a video game fan? They have a tournament to battle it out and test your skills against other fans. If you are a D&D fan, you can roll for initiative and take part in play sessions.

Honestly, one of the best parts are MEGACON is that it is a family convention. They have activities and attractions for the whole family. I loved walking around and see groups of families all dressed up in costumes. There is so much for a family to do at a show like this. They even have an opportunity to take part in workshops & panels just for kids. Not to mention there is ten of thousands of square feet of shopping for the whole family.

The fun doesn’t end when the convention is over though, they have a ton of great after hours content to enjoy for those visiting. First up there was Karaoke with Emily Swallow (THE MANDALORIAN) kicking off things on Friday night. Also on Friday there was a special, interactive screening of THE ROOM, the best bad movie ever made with Greg Sestero, the actor who plays Mark, doing a live Q&A. That’s just the beginning with Anime After Dark featuring special Cosplay guests, amazing DJs like DJ Awesomeus Prime and DJ Kino, plus Anime, electronic, and hip-hop music all night.

Overall, I think it was a solid weekend, jam packed with tons of great content for everyone. MEGACON definitely stepped it up this year. Everything was easily down from the parking, which they handled very well to the registration, which was incredibly easy. I cannot wait till next year on February 1st through the 4th for the 2024 MEGACON convention! I will be first in line for sure!

Steven Wolsh talks about new film “Kill Her Goats” starring Kane Hodder and sequel plans!

Steve Wolsh is the man behind the new horror movie KILL HER GOATS starring Playboy Playmates and also horror legend, Kane Hodder!

Official Premise: Audra’s graduation gift is her dream house, but it soon becomes a living nightmare when some uninvited guests come to her homecoming party who aren’t very subtle about the fact they don’t approve of the home’s new owner.

KILL HER GOATS is Steve’s second movie after MUCK (2015), which both live inside the same film universe. It was funded by one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time and features 100% practical creature and gore effects…did I mention that it stars Playboy Playmates and horror legend, Kane Hodder!!?? This is a must see for all horror fans for sure!

You can purchased KILL HER GOATS from the official website along with tons of other additional merchandise, including a soundtrack album and even a GoatFace mask from Trick or Treat Studios: https://killhergoats.com/