During the Fantasm Orlando event in October 2019, the hosts of Hanging with Web Show interviewed indie genre filmmaker Mike Lyddon whose latest film WITCH TALES aka CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA has been making the film festival rounds for the past year. They also discussed science fiction in films and writing stories and screenplays based upon emerging technologies, i.e. bio-nanotechnology as used in Lyddon’s short film THING IN THE SHED which is available on the HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE VOL. 1 DVD. Lyddon also adapted the screenplay into a short story available in the collection MONSTER PARTY on Amazon.com.
In 2013, Mike Lyddon and Reel Progress LLC released Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 featuring 6 tales of terror and clocking in at nearly 2 hours in length.
It was well-received and one of Lyddon’s short films THING IN THE SHED was particularly praised for its creepiness and originality.
“I combined the classic backdrop of ‘One dark and stormy night’ with a cautionary tale about new technology run amok and people really liked it, so I decided to take the original script and adapt it into a short story to sell it. After a few years and a few dozen rejection notices, Deadman’s Tome publishing bought it this last October for their new horror anthology collection MONSTER PARTY. It only goes to show that it pays to keep pursuing your goal, even when things look hopeless, because someone, somewhere down the line is going to recognize your work.”
MONSTER PARTY is now available in a limited edition on Amazon.
After nearly two years, Cuentos de la Bruja aka Witch Tales returned to Horror Fest Lima 2019 in Lima, Peru for an intimate screening and cast/crew Q&A afterwards.
It was at the 2017 edition of the festival where we did casting for the film so it was great to come back and say thank you to festival director Victoria for helping the movie in a big way.
Here are some selected photos from the event, enjoy!
Director Mike T. Lyddon
Very pleased to announce that CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA (Witch Tales), the feature horror anthology film made entirely in Peru, is an official selection at the HORROR-ON-SEA film festival taking place in January in the UK.
The indie horror film directed by Mike Lyddon and starring Mayella Lloclla will be opening the festival on Friday, January 10th, and tickets are available here. Make sure to specify for the weekend of January 10th!
Says director Lyddon, “I’m happy to be a part of Horror on Sea because they truly are a film festival of independent horror movies, and the line-up this year is amazing!”
For more info, please visit the official festival website.
It was a great pleasure to attend the first annual FANTASM ORLANDO convention and horror film festival the weekend of Oct. 11,12, and 13th. Held at the amazing (and gigantic) Rosen Hotel in Orlando, Fla., the 3 day event featured 100’s of indie horror films including a segment from my latest feature CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA called EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, an awesome introduction by director Don Coscarelli for the 40th anniversary of PHANTASM screening, a LIVE commentary by many cast members from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, Halloween Burlesque shows, discussions and panels on all things horror including a panel on film distribution by yours truly.
I met a lot of great people and I highly recommend that filmmakers submit their movies to this festival next year. Keep a look-out on Film Freeway!
Here is a ghoulishly good SCREAMFIX article by Vexxi featuring a few video clips I took of the Coscarelli and ROTLD events. Enjoy!
Cuentos de la Bruja director Mike T. Lyddon joined J. Deadman and SK Berit on the Deadman’s Tome Podcast Wednesday night, Oct. 9th and here is the full recording for your amusement. Topics range from indie genre filmmaking, indie distribution, pre-code golden age horror comic books, and bionanotechnology in relation to the short film “Thing in the Shed” starring Roy “Rusty” Jackson, Jr. and Brian Lanigan which Lyddon later adapted into short story form about to be published in a Deadmans Tome anthology.
You can check out the recorded horror podcast by clicking here.
Dateline: Kill Devil Hills, NC. The Halloween International Film Festival has wrapped up in Kill Devil Hills, NC this past weekend and the screening of Mike Lyddon’s “Cuentos de la Bruja” aka WITCH TALES was a hit with the indie horror film audience.
The feedback was awesome and left many people asking when the blu-ray was going to be released (soon my fiends, soon…).
Many thanks to the great Matt and Sue Artz for putting on a superb festival in a top notch venue, the RC Movie Theater of Kill Devil Hills. Big screen, excellent video and audio quality….In other words, a filmmaker’s dream screening.
Check out the Halloween Daily News YT page.
Dateline: Charlotte, NC
No-budget indie genre filmmaker Mike T. Lyddon’s short film BON APPETIT English language version is an official selection and will make it’s WORLD PREMIERE at Reels of the Dead Charlotte, part of the incredible Days of the Dead horror convention taking place at the end of September.
Bon Appetit is one of the segments in WITCH TALES aka CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA.
The film was shot simultaneously in Spanish and English using a bilingual cast.
Visit the Days of the Dead site for info on this great horror convention.
Dateline: Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Writer – Director Mike T. Lyddon and Reel Progress LLC are very pleased to announce that the Peruvian made indie horror anthology movie, CUENTOS DE LA BRUJA, is an official selection of the 2019 Halloween International Film Festival in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
More info on this great event soon, for now here is trailer #2 which Halloween Daily News has uploaded to their site –
Dateline: Atlanta, Ga.
Mike T. Lyddon’s latest feature film, Cuentos de la Bruja, has won two more awards at SWFF 2019.
The horror anthology film, made entirely in Peru and starring Mayella Lloclla as The Witch, picked up the main award for BEST FEATURE FILM and the Directors’ Award for BEST MAKE-UP EFFECTS which were done by Nanistronix Crimson, Mike Lyddon, Rubi Dioses Chavez and Ygor Sants Mayorca assisting.
Something Wicked Film Festival is headed up by Kevin L. Powers and showcases truly independent films every year at the festival held in Georgia.