Check out this wonderful review of the "Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!" DVD by David Battams for Eyesore Cinema!
"Betsy, the secretary, is a dreamer, and she dreams of Dr. Vic McNaughton; longs for him like a delicate flower longs for sustaining sun, to deliver her from the drab, dusty darkness of her own sad, day to day life. Hoping he will transport her; Hoping he will transform her!"
Just watched SPACE ZOMBIES 13 MONTHS OF BRAIN-SPINNING MAYHEM. Produced and directed by Regan Macaulay, who also contributed to the soundtrack. Starring Regans husband Kevin Risk, who co-wrote the script with Regan and acted as Director of Photography, sound editing and did the effects. Co-starring Conor McCreery, Darcy Windover and Albert Masters. Supporting cast includes Kelsey Matheson( as Betsy), Dave Krstin, Andrea Lyons, Kyle McKeown and Jason Reilly. From the opening shot this is a complete homage to that God of Bad Cinema Ed Wood, Jr. Set in Toronto, this is highly influenced by PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. PLAN 9 is one of my ten favorite movies of all time, and similar devotees will totally groove to this. Even certain iconic shots from P9FOS have been lovingly recreated here. Movie doesn't just draw inspiration from Ed Wood, though, as BCAs (Bad Cinema Aficionados) will also catch nods to the films of Jerry Warren, Coleman Francis and Bert I. Gordon, and with none of them done in a mean spirited fashion. Risk is Vic McNaughton, "Doctor of the Cats", who, amid an epidemic of cat kidnapping, finds cause to believe that aliens from outer space are plotting...The End Of The World!!! However, it turns out that there is an even worse fate in store for the human race. Shot in black and white with bogus( but the fun kind of bogus) graininess effects and written in florid Ed Wood speak (see the above, pre-review, in quotation marks) this is absolute gold if you're in on the gag. You actually get to see what is without a doubt two pie tins stapled together set on fire to simulate the destruction of a UFO. All kinds of clever acknowledgements to bad movie protocol, with one of my faves being when one of the female actors( Regan Macaulay herself), mid speech and without stopping at all obviously leans forward to get a better look at her lines. Conspicuously fake graveyards, intentionally wretched acting and on purposely botched continuity and editing and, at 78 minutes in length, it doesn't wear out it's welcome, either. The disc includes the trailer, out takes and bloopers, a special fx featurette and interviews with the cat actors (!!!) from the film. There's also a Languages option, with one of the choices being feline. Yes , this movie can even be shared with your cat. There's an audio commentary with Regan, Kevin and Kelsey, which DIY film makers ought to check out, even if only for inspirational purposes regarding the making of an Indie production. Two of the songs on the soundtrack are quite catchy; Long Time Coming and Down To The River, both performed by Darcy Windover's old band The Heard Mentality, who also co-wrote both tunes with an assist on DTTR from Andrew Alstin. LTC is heard over the end credit crawl while DTTR is used as background music coming from a radio being played in one scene, however, both numbers are much better served in the fx featurette. If you love Cinema of the Silly, particularly harkening back to the rich period of the mid 50s-60s, this is an absolute must have for your personal collection. Highest possible recommendation for seasoned BCAs and B-movie freaks!!!
--Dave Battams, Reviewer for Eyesore Cinema
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Please tell me a bit about yourself—your background in writing for children and in other genres.
I started writing children’s books in 2015, after an idea popped into my head. I’m yet to release the first story that I wrote, but Peter came not long after. I wrote songs before I wrote children’s books, only for myself. I have no idea how the ideas popped into my head, I guess the universe was guiding me.
Tell me about your most recent work...what inspired the premise? What about your story is topical right now?
My next book, Have You Ever Seen a Dogahogahippodile? was inspired by my partner. I came home and he said he had an idea for a book character. From there, the book was written within the hour and I loved it! It’s about a combination of animals to make a dog-like animal who is loveable in his/it’s own way.
What do you hope young readers, and perhaps even parents take away from your story?
From my new book, I hope they take fun and laughter and the ability to allow yourself to be different and love it.
What are your fav scenes (and why)?
My favourite illustration is the Dogahogahippodile asleep on a hill. Charlotte Watkins captures the mood and animal brilliantly with beautiful colours too.
Where do your ideas for stories generally come from?
Sometimes I watch my children do something and it inspires me to write. Sometimes, they just live in my head and appear when they’re ready.
For the other children’s writers out there in my audience, could you share a little advice on either writing or marketing children’s picture books?
Whatever your idea is, write it down. I have so many unfinished stories that just didn’t work out, but I wouldn’t have found the ones I did without getting them out first. And don't be afraid to publish your work, a rejection from a publisher isn’t a rejection from a reader. Be brave.
How has the current pandemic changed or shaped how you write your books? What about how you market them?
It didn’t change how I wrote them. It gave me more time to focus on marketing though, as I am a Whitney Houston tribute so the pandemic took my entire livelihood, but freed up my time.
Tell me about some of your other books and projects!
The next Peter book in the series will be out at the end of the year, and this time he’s learning to swim! I have lots more lined up, and I’m too excited to share them with everyone!
What's next for you?
I’m working on my first adult novel, although it’s made me a champion procrastinator! I plan to finish it this year and get it published. And of course I have my 2 children’s books coming out as well.
And tell us something people might not know about you.
I’m a complete introvert, despite my job imitating Whitney!
Peter the Picky Polar Bear: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912765241u