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Exclusive trailer & poster: “THE BRILLIANT TERROR” cuts deep into grassroots horror filmmaking

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 | Exclusives, Indie Films, News


The new documentary reveals how microbudget auteurs bring their most horrific visions to the screen.

Filmmakers Paul Hunt and Julie Kauffman of Lonfall Films have completed THE BRILLIANT TERROR, and are in the process of getting it out on the festival circuit. The duo have spent seven years shooting interviews and on-set footage for this project; the synopsis: “It’s not just about blood and boobs, zombies and vampires. Through behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews, the forthright unknowns of the microbudget horror community reveal why the genre is important to them and show the joyous, obsessive, creative lengths to which they go to put their personal fears on screen. Covering subgenres from slasher to PG-13 ghost parody to classic monsters, each filmmaker has their niche and particular viewpoint.”

The key figure is small-town filmmaker Mike Lombardo, who is followed as he writes, directs, shoots and reshoots his Lovecraftian horror short THE STALL. There’s also commentary by numerous other creatives, horror experts and fans, including Alan Rowe Kelly (THE BLOOD SHED, I’LL BURY YOU TOMORROW), Jeremiah Kipp (BLACK WAKE, SLAPFACE), Amanda Rebholz (SACRAMENT), Ashley Thorpe (BORLEY RECTORY), Julie O’Connor Ufema (CAVEAT), Stephen Romano (SHOCK FESTIVAL) and others (including–full disclosure–this writer). See the doc’s official website here; we’ll keep you posted on when and where you’ll be able to witness THE BRILLIANT TERROR.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).