Salem Kapsaski

Salem Kapsaski is a stage and film director, screenwriter and playwright. He has directed several short films and numerous theatre plays.

I love big blockbusters as much as any other man, it’s always fun to watch millions and millions of dollars explode on the big screen, but if you want something that surprises you or something new, you know, art, you have to turn your back at Hollywood and look for the elusive indie productions. It’s something every film buff goes through, after a few years of Hollywood blockbusters you start to feel the need for something else. So it was a great honor for me to have had the chance, after merely 10 weeks of Gore With Soul’s existence, to interview Salem Kapsaski, an indie filmmaker on the verge of releasing his first feature film, Spidarlings. Please forgive my lack of originality in terms of questions (my journalist background and formal film knowledge are non-existent) and give praise to Salem’s answers.

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Go-Goa-GoneBollywood is known for songs, dancing, bright colors, large mustaches and over-acting at soap opera levels. So not a normal breeding ground for horror movies. But things may be changing, if only in baby steps, which is exciting because it’s a huge industry with very little to offer in the horror genre. I’ve recently watched Ragini MMS, which is not exactly a good movie when compared to other found footage offerings but it’s not bad either. Go Goa Gone however is a zombie comedy movie. You know how Shaun of the Dead is clearly an UK zomcom and Zombieland is clearly an USA zomcom? Well, Go Goa Gone is clearly an Indian zomcom. There’s no mistaking it, especially when the obligatory unshaven-sunglasses-wearing man appears.

Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das) are two dope heads who tag along to Goa with their buddy, Bunny (Anand Tiwari), on his business trip. Luv comes across a free-spirited girl, Luna (Puja Gupta) who casually invites them to an exclusive underground rave party on a remote island! The party is the brainchild of the macho Indo-Russian Mafioso, Boris (Saif Ali Khan), to launch the ultimate party drug. But something is not right on this island! All of a sudden, they are accosted by zombies! Where did these zombies come from? And who is Boris really? And why has this cold-hearted drug-dealing don come to save their lives? Together they need to get the hell out of the infected island!

Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and starring Saif Ali Kha, Kunal Khemu and Vir Das, the movie is set to open on May 10 this year.

I’m sorry for not getting a subtitled trailer (if you can find one let me know), I can’t understand Hindi either, but it looks more or less like you’d expect, fun, over-the-top, not too graphic and colorful.


Video  —  Posted: April 8, 2013 in News, Trailers
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The mother and son weird relationship continues to get weirder, and things complicate with the appearance of Norma’s older son. And it seems that he is the complete opposite of Norman and really despises his mother. We also learn that the town is not really what it seems, and that it’s inhabitants seem to be fire loving people.

So, how long will you live?

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Spidarlings

Every once in a while we come across something so utterly strange and yet so enthralling that we can’t really describe it. Spidarlings is that kind of thing. A movie described as a blood splattered musical with gags, gore, extravagant music numbers and a giant tarantula that alters the fate of everyone. All of this coupled with a love story between two unusual girls living on the edge.

Produced by Après Vague Productions, directed by Salem Kapsaski and entirely filmed in the UK comes this tongue-in-cheek satire about the British Welfare system. It stars Sophia Disgrace and Rahel Kapsaski as the two lovers and a veritable who’s who of the most diverse type of cast I’ve ever seen. You’ve got Rusty Goffe, Gypsy Lee Pistolero, Bloody F Mess, Toshio Maeda, Jeff Kristian and Lloyd Kaufman among others. So prominent actors, rock legends, gypsy punk singers, drag queen singers, japanese hentai artist, and the father of Troma in the cast.

Poverty stricken lovers Eden and Matilda have enough trouble just getting through the days. Their Landlord is trying to terrorize them and strange things seem to be going on at “Juicy Girls”, the place where Matilda works…  but when Eden buys a pet spider the real troubles start.

Spidarlings has the look and feel of a dream (or nightmare depending on perspective) and something so strange that can only be achieved through the world of indie film making. It’s not everyday that you come across a movie in the horror/comedy/musical genre with topics of LGBT in it. It feels like the director was trying to find the most off mainstream movie he could. The interesting is that sometimes it’s from these dark corners of film making that appear the rarest and roughest of gems.

You can find Spidarlings this summer at the Detroit Underground Film Festival (DUFF) and Film 4 Frightfest when it premieres. But for now take a look at the trailer and some still for Spidarlings.


Stills from Spidarlings:

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Video  —  Posted: April 7, 2013 in News, Trailers
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carrie 2013 (300x446)Horror fans are some of the most vocal people against movie remakes. The Evil Dead was the most recent movie to get the remake treatment and was greeted with heated voices demanding Hollywood to leave the original material alone, a few months later and the general opinion is that the movie does the original justice and it stands on it’s own as a horror movie.

Carrie, the 39 years old novel from Stephen King, has been adapted  twice and one of them had a sequel. Besides the first one directed by Brian De Palma the others were poorly received. This year Carrie is going back to big screen with a third adaptation. Let me take a break here to go back to my first comment about remakes and ask what is the difference between a movie remake and a movie adaptation? Ok, break over back to Carrie. This time Carrie shows promise of returning to haunt us with her blood drenched prom dress. For those of you who don’t know who Carrie is or her story here’s the official synopsis:

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The movie is being directed by Kimberley Peirce of Boy’s Don’t Cry fame, stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her mother and its currently set for release on 18th October 2013. Knowing that Chloë and Julianne are in the movie should be reason enough for anyone to see it. The trailer below shows that things have been updated to modern times but the story remains largely the same and it might even be closer to the original source than the 1976 adaptation.


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Video  —  Posted: April 5, 2013 in News, Trailers
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Blinky was written, directed and edited by Ruairi Robinson more than two years ago and has been available ever since. It was shot for 45k but the most impressive feat is that all the CGI was done for “free” by Ruairi and as you’ll see the man has some serious skills. It was the winner of Vimeo awards for narrative in 2012. As you’ll see it earned it. It’s one of my favorite shorts ever. This is one of those that should be seen without knowing anything about it  so, please, sit back, press play and enjoy.

Ruairi Robinson has since made another short Imaginary Forces and is finishing up is first feature film Last Days on Earth. Judging from what he delivered with Blinky those two are certainly going into my to-watch queue.

Blinky™ from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.

At last the third season of the best show on earth comes to an end, and it was spectacular. The whole season was very well done and greatly improved on the first two runs. Technically I couldn’t find a fault, I’m not an expert, not even close, but special effects,  camera work, script, dialog, make up, characterization all seemed perfect. Except maybe the fact that these dudes and dames have time to go to the barber, bathe, shave and even dye the hair in the middle of the apocalypse. I find it hard to fit in my routine life and these guys always manage it. It’s the single most impressive achievement of these characters.

Great cast picture but it's hard to see the Governor smile without getting a shiver down my spine.

Great cast picture. Even here the Governor looks dangerous.

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This clip shows the werewolf transformation and it’s one of the coolest I’ve seen, I especially like the final touch. I’ve got to say I’m not the biggest expert on werewolf movies but I do enjoy them and it’s cool to see them taking some of the spotlight away from the other mainstream horror creatures (pointing a finger at you vampires and zombies!). I haven’t read the novel that it’s based on but I’m confident that, with Eli Roth producing, the show will treat werewolves with the respect and dread they deserve. I hate when werewolves are depicted as a fantasy interpretation of horny, hormone infused teenagers. The 13 episode Hemlock Grove is going to premiere on Netflix on April 19th.

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Captain America Zombie by kostasishere in deviantart.com

First concept art for poster looks promising!

That’s right dear readers you heard it here first! Walt Disney Studios and Marvel have just announced a partnership between Joss Whedon and George Romero to direct the Marvel Zombies movie adaptation!!! It’s coming to the big screen on Halloween’s 2015 with production beginning later this year. The film will follow the events of The Avengers 2 in an alternate story-line where a zombie outbreak occurs. They’ve also mentioned interest in developing stand alone stories for each zombie hero pending on box office results. No word so far on casting but apparently Tom Savini will be in charge of our zombie heroes makeup and there’s a chance he plays a cameo or even a main role. Zombie Tony Stark perhaps? It’s also very likely that Stan Lee will show up for a cameo.

This is reason for superhero and horror geeks all over the world to jump in excitement!

This reminds me of this fan made movie trailer back in 2008:

PS: It’s a complete coincidence that this story popped up during April 1st.

One more episode to go. The second to last episode was really something. This is what the Walking Dead is all about, good characters played by great actors and occasional zombie killing scene. The exchanges between Daryl and Merle, Merle and Michonne, Merle and Rick, Rick and the gang were all great  to watch.

The things we do for brotherly love...

The things we do for brotherly love…

The show started with Rick dead set on delivering Michonne to the Governor. He went on to recruit the bad guy known as Merle to help do it. But Merle knows Rick and so he decides to do it on his own fearing Rick would back out of it, which he did, but by the time Merle and Michonne were on their way to meet the Governor. Then Michonne just talks and talks to get Merle to turn around. Tired of hearing her he decides to go alone and try to deal with the Governor on his own.

Daryl follows them but when he gets there his brother was already munching on someone’s guts. Watching Daryl deal with his brothers death and having to kill him was a dramatic  outcome. My question is will Daryl go ballistic on Woodbury or will he fall back in rank with the prison gang? Who are having something of a political revolution by the way.

Rick realizes he isn’t fit to lead and decide for everyone anymore so they decide to go back to a democracy. Tyranny wasn’t Rick’s style. Glen and Maggie are taking the next step and tying the knot. Cutting off an engagement ring from a zombie’s finger was a nice touch from Glen.

I wonder how Andrea is doing back in the Governor’s dungeon of love…