Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Shines in Scrappy “Everly”, Out in February

LOS ANGELES, CA January 6th, 2015 – Actress/filmmaker Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is starting off 2015 with a bang, taking on a meaty role in Dimension Films’ action-horror film Everly, starring Salma Hayek and directed by horror filmmaker Joe Lynch. Everly is available on iTunes and VOD January 23rd, with a theater release February 27th.

Blanc plays Dena, a prostitute that corners Hayek in her apartment for a showdown in the holiday-themed killing spree adventure that brings out Blanc-Biehn’s inner Ninja, who did her own stunts in the film.

“Playing Dena was fun because I got to bring all that anger to the surface and really let go,” said Blanc. “She’s a fierce, woman and I enjoyed the opportunity to get to play her and work with Joe Lynch, Salma and so many involved.”

The gore-fest, which screened in September at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, takes place entirely on the floor of an apartment building, as Hayek – the target of a very lucrative mob hit – takes down assassins left and right without ever leaving home.

Blanc-Biehn and her husband, actor/filmmaker Michael Biehn, are known for their many different projects as actors and recently getting attention for horror and action films through their company Blanc-Biehn Productions, so Blanc-Biehn understands the delicate technical intricacies within action films, especially with female performers.

“It’s wonderful to see more women getting empowering, kick-ass roles, and Joe knows how to make us look good,” said Blanc-Biehn of filmmaker Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom). “He brings out that primal energy in your performance, with a gorgeous visual style.”

For more information on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn go to @jenniferblancb and


Actress, producer and director Jennifer Blanc-Biehn has been working steadily in show business since she was a child, studying Drama at NYC’s Professional Children’s School. At thirteen, the New York native landed her breakout role in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and has since appeared in dozens of television shows and movies over the past thirty years such as Dark Angel, Party of Five, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,The Victim, Hidden in the Woods, Friends Til the End, The Wrong Woman , Among Friends, The Night Visitor 2, and runs her own production company, Blanc/Biehn Productions, with her husband, actor Michael Biehn.

Blu-ray Review “Monkey Shines”

Starring: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Christine Forrest, Stephen Root
Director: George A. Romero
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Run Time: 113 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s funny certain things can trigger different memories. I remember seeing the box to “Monkey Shines” in the horror isle of my local mom and pop video store. Who can say no to a toy monkey with a knife, right? The film is also directed by horror legend George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead). Real monkeys were used in film, which really adds to the suspense in the film. This even has a few well known faces including Stephen Root (Office Space) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) popping up in it. The film is still effective and even though it runs near two hours, it holds up today.

Official Premise: Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) is a bitter, angry and vengeful man ever since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him. All that changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need. But when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor and meddling mother, Allan realizes he must stop the cunning maniacal creature…before she fully takes over his mind!

Scream Factory definitely delivered a solid Blu-ray presentation. The 1080p transfer is definitely awesome. The film is quite dark but the transfer really works and looks great. The last time I believe I saw this was on VHS, so I guess anything is an improvement. The DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo also doesn’t disappoint. The score is fantastic and that monkey screeches are ear piercing.

The special features are equally as awesome. There is a brand new audio commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero. “An Experiment In Fear – The Making of “Monkey Shines” is a brand new retrospective that runs over 45 minutes and features interviews with George A. Romero, actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow and Kate McNeil, Executive Producer Peter Grunwald, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini, Special Make-Up Effects Assistants Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell and Editor Pasquale Buba. There are some vintage extras including Behind-the-Scenes Footage and “Making of Monkey Shines” with additional interview clips. Lastly there is an Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, Trailers & TV Spot and Still Gallery included.