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I am officially stepping down as the Arrow in the Head theatrical/new-releases reviewer!

February 4th, 2017 No comments

I founded Arrow in the Head in the year 2000 (this was my first review…lol), alongside my hombre JoBlo aka Berge Garabedian (thanks again for the opportunity man), when I was a young horror-loving punk and when the internet was still the Wild West. I did everything myself on the site till about 2005 when it got so big that we had to hire a staff to back me up. Up until now, I was the main “reviewer” on the site. On that, I did miss a lot of horror films last year for varied reasons, which brings me to this article: after 16 years, I am stepping down as the main theatrical/new-releases reviewer for AITH.

Although I do have mix feelings about it (it will be kind of odd and maybe refreshing to see new flicks and not HAVE TO write about them afterwards) I decided that this was the right time to do it. Throughout the years, I have balanced working on the site while pursuing my cinematic aspirations (I have been screenwriting or/and acting in films like 100 FEET, DEAD SHADOWS or AMERICAN MUSCLE). But it’s having directed my first feature THE SHELTER (coming to Redbox on February 7 BTW), which prompted me to call it a day.  I completely fell in love with the process, it invigorated me, and am now focusing my energies further on that career path. And to be honest with ya, since last year, reviewing new releases, just didn’t feel “right” anymore. When it doesn’t feel right – it’s time to call it quits.


With Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees), Nick Principe (Chromeskull) and R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface)! 

On that, I will always be on the site behind the scenes, and in the name of keeping my voice on it, I have decided to still give out my two cents and chump change on the occasional old movie (like I recently did here). Why? To educate younger readers about cinema and maybe bring attention to fine films that some of you may have overlooked. I also may start a column down the road, I have a nifty idea (yes, it is nifty), we’ll see. And of course, when I get my next feature off the ground (I got 5 that are being looked at right now, one will set-up sooner or later), AITH will be ground zero for me to share my (mis) adventures in filmmaking.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you who have supported my ramblings on AITH for all them years – I’ve felt lots of love over time and enjoyed interacting with many of you, debating what we all worship: GENRE CINEMA.  I also want to thank the haters who were key in my evolution too, as they taught me how to handle fair/harsh/unfair criticism. A key trait to have in this biz. Ya know, I still get the random e-mail from folks saying that they “grew up with me”, or “went into the film biz because of me” or that they fell in love with horror because of my keyboard drivel. Shit, I’ve even had high profile filmmakers re-cut their films after reading my early Fest reviews. Kind of nuts when I stop and think about it. So yeah, I think in terms of this field – one that I undertook by accident (creating/running a site and reviewing films were never goals of mine, they just happened) – you can’t get any better than that. Now time to conquer other mountains! Thanks again for all the support and the positive energy over the years. Back at ya mofos and mofettes!


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Some insight as to my journey with The Shelter!

August 22nd, 2013 No comments

Hey guys and dolls! As some of you may already know, I’m slated to direct my first horror feature film THE SHELTER early next year (get all the info here), with an impending crowd-funding campaign kicking in this coming Monday (!!). Here’s a little personal insight into the journey behind the film…

Ever since I can remember, all I ever wanted to do was direct feature films (horror or action, preferably). And all I’ve ever done in life is everything but direct a freakin’ feature film! I’ve written six produced feature lenght screenplays, acted in movies, produced, created an Award-winning short film, coordinated movie stunts, operated this website for the past 13 years and written over 1,200 horror reviews and yet…I have still not directed a full-length feature!

The day I sat down to finish the script after I cracked it. Yup, I already had a stogie parked there, ready to celebrate!

Now even though I had written plenty of scripts before, THE SHELTER was a different animal and actually took me three f*ckin’ years to finish. I always had my first and last acts, but the sumbitch 2nd act was the one that took me forever to crack. Now in the past, I would eventually give up and move on to other projects, but in the case of THE SHELTER, it just kept calling me back. At times, I’d be out drinking with my buds, and an idea to potentially crack act 2 would spring to mind and I’d text it to myself before I forgot, then I’d get home, try it out, to find out that wasn’t it. I went through that cycle a hundred times! I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason, I just couldn’t let THE SHELTER go. It became kind of an obsession actually.

And then the day arrived. Almost 3 years after starting the process of the screenplay I was finally able to crack the thing and let me tell you, I was happier than a John at a whorehouse! I went out with friends (you bet JoBlo was there), drank a few drinks, downed a few more (thanks again for the countless shots JoBlo) and just enjoyed the moment before the “real journey” of the film would begin. The good news is that according to everyone who has read the screenplay so far, the result of that crazy obsession was the “best script” I’ve ever written! Not to tout my own horn, but I have to agree. Unlike my previous scripts, this one was very and I mean VERY personal in terms of the themes brought up in the story. And I also rounded up everything I’d picked up in the horror industry over the past 20 years or so and combined those with my creative juices. Result? I like to think that I’ve hit all the right notes with this one.

A screengrab from a test shot that I did for the film. Yup some of the story  takes place in the snow! Should be visually striking!

Is it scary? You bet your ass! Character driven and depth filled? Yup! Is it mysterious, trippy and entertaining? Yes, yes and yes! Visually driven? Yes’sir! In fact, anyone who has read my reviews in the past knows that I’m a style whore and proud of it so expect plenty of eye-catching visuals to surface throughout the film! So yeah, I’m excited and confident in bringing this bad boy to life and here I am, asking for your help to make my life-long dream come true. I’m ready to rock this baby out to the world!

So next Monday is D-Day. We’re going to have a crowd-funding campaign for the film on IndieGoGo. Why? Well unlike Zach Braff or Spike Lee, I’m not even close to being a millionaire (I still pay rent, people) and THE SHELTER is an out of the mold project that isn’t likely to get financed through the usual channels. There’s a reason why David Lynch is longer directing feature films and that’s because rare are the folks that want to finance risky projects anymore. Basically THE SHELTER is not cookie cutter fluff. It’s a 70’s-esque mind trip, frightening as f*ck and not afraid to explore those very dark places.



I was elated when veteran actor Michael Pare responded to the script and agreed to do the film! The best man for the job!

So there ya have it. I’d like to thank everybody who has supported me over the years and I hope that come Monday, you can find it in your horror hearts to back me up and let me unleash my mindf*ck your way. Until then, Arrow out! Peace, blood, guts and love to all!  - John Fallon aka The Arrow

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Official “Billy Trigger” press release!

September 18th, 2012 No comments

JoBlo.com finances its first full-length feature film ‘Billy Trigger’

The action film will be directed by Christian Viel (Deaden) and stars Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), John Fallon (Saw 2), Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica) and Pia Metni (Mirror, Mirror) (Montreal, Canada) September 18, 2012 – Popular movie fansite JoBlo.com will be financing its first full feature called ‘Billy Trigger’ written by John Fallon and to be directed by Christian Viel. Principal photography on the film will begin in mid-October, with JCB Productions and Movie Seals Productions, which is a return to the genre for Viel and Fallon, who made Deaden together in 2006.

Iconic American actor Fred Williamson will play ‘Pops’ in the film, the leader of an Irish mob which employs Billy Trigger, the hitman played by John Fallon, who is also co-producing the film. Joining them are Matthew Bennett playing ‘Bruno’ the expert assassin, as well as Pia Metni who will portray ‘Catherine’, the lead actress and love interest in the film.

Official synopsis: Irish mobster Billy Trigger has been the O’Brien family’s number one enforcer for three years now. And for good reason: he is cold, calculating and relentless and has never tackled a job he couldn’t finish. His life is trouble-free and solitary and consists mainly of three things: loose women, doing the work and cashing in. That’s until Pops, the head of the organization, hands him his next assignment. Trigger is tasked to look over Pops’ young mistress, Catherine, while he’s away. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Trigger ends up on the wrong side of Pops’ esteem… What happens when the best in the business is pitted against the business? Place your bets!

This will be the 5th cinematic collaboration between Viel and Fallon, who had previously worked together on Deaden, Recon 2020, Recon 2022: The Mezzo Incident and Recon 2023: The Gauda Prime Conspiracy. Most recently, Viel is the creative mind behind the very popular online comic book web series “Heroes of the North”, while Fallon has written and starred in American Muscle, and starred in the French horror film Dead Shadows.

JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian and is well-known as one of the top movie fansites around the world.  Garabedian is “extremely excited to be a part of this creative team and I look forward to working with all these talented individuals on this very awesome production.” This will be the first time that JoBlo.com will finance a film in its entirety. It previously co-produced Deaden.

JCB Productions is handling licensing and distribution rights for the film, while Movie Seals Productions will produce the film, which is aiming to be released in the spring/summer of 2013.

ABOUT JOBLO.COM

JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian, MBA. Today, he is the CEO of the JoBlo Movie Network which encapsulates JoBlo.com, MovieHotties, Arrow in the Head and Movie Fan Central. Mr. Garabedian’s book “The 50 Coolest Movies of All-Time” was published in 2002, and he co-produced Deaden in 2006. More information at www.joblo.com.

ABOUT MOVIE SEALS PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 2003, Movie Seals Productions Inc. is a multiple award-winning leader in the independent production scene, having produced over six feature films, over fifty shorts, countless music videos and two web series. More information at www.movieseals.com.

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Movie Seals Productions   JoBlo.com
Christian Viel     Berge Garabedian
400, rue de L’Inspecteur, Suite 521  3360 Savard
Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3C 4A8  Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H4K 2N3
(514) 315-6051     (514) 335-1682

Official film website: www.billytrigger.com
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/BillyTrigger
Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/billytrigger

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Spitting words with Same Shit Different Show!

May 31st, 2012 No comments

I recently got to sit down, sip a couple of brews and talk movie biz and American Muscle with AD extraordinaire Buz “Danger” Wallick; the man who is also behind the bad ass Podcast SAME SHIT DIFFERENT SHOW and here’s what came out of it! CLICK HERE to listen to our chit-chat session!

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JoBlo & The Arrow cartoon short, coming soon!

June 19th, 2011 No comments

JoBlo.com mastermind Berge Garabedian has concocted a cartoon short with some input from yours truly (and I stress the word some, this is Berge’s brain-child, not mine). The short will focus on the adventures of JoBlo (Berge’s alter ego on JoBlo.com) and The Arrow (my alter ego on Arrowinthehead.com) and will somewhat be based on our real lives. I said “somewhat” :) Peep a preview of a frame above and do keep in mind that I may wind up looking like a white guy in the final product as opposed to a Latino :)

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