The world on online, horror web series has been kicking some ass lately and the folks behind HORROR HOTEL hope to continue the trend. HORROR HOTEL is described as stories inspired from THE TWILIGHT ZONE and ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS with more “aliens, ghosts, psychotic killers, gangsters, androids and more creepy characters.” Sounds good to me!! Check out the press release:
Twilight Zone and Hitchcock-Inspired Web Series, Horror Hotel, Releases On YouTube
Atlanta, GA – Amid much anticipation and over a year in the making, Horror Hotel has released the first season on YouTube featuring intriguing stories inspired by The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock. Breaking the mold of serial series, Horror Hotel is an anthology series with different stories for each episode. The uncanny tales span multiple genera’s including science fiction, horror, thriller & suspense. Like Hitchcock, there will be moments of comedy & drama for added entertainment.
About Horror Hotel the web series
Horror Hotel was created by Ricky Hess, an award winning costume designer and independent filmmaker, and produced by Ricky, Debbie and Al Hess. Ricky’s extensive experience working with latex formed the foundation for his work in special effects in a number of independent films in the Atlanta area prior to producing Horror Hotel.
“We work not only with seasoned industry film professionals in the area, but with film students and recent graduates from local colleges” says Ricky. “These students need quality projects and experience with other professionals. Horror Hotel is a great outlet for them,” he said. “Moving forward, we are looking for sponsorships and distribution so we can continue making the series.”
An imaginative set was built for the series that creates the Horror Hotel atmosphere and actually becomes a character of it’s own in every episode. Nearly all the principle photography is done on the set in Marietta with some location shooting done from time to time.
Debbie Hess designs the Horror Hotel set for each episode. “People are impressed with the atmosphere we created for Horror Hotel and always want to know how we make our paint ‘peel’ and look so creepy. It’s the number one question we get from visitors, cast and crew. Rick’s working knowledge with latex allows us to create the realistic look. We paint the walls in blotches and then paint latex over that, then simply peel the latex back. The paint sticks to it and produces that errie effect. We also use a lot of antiques to give the room a horror chic, sorta old European hotel look” says Debbie. Al Hess makes the custom designed hotel furniture and lots of amazing props like the Houdini’s Hand box for our pilot episode “Houdini’s Hand”, a unique self inflating alien radio for the retro black and white episode “Invader”, and most recently a very clever guillotine inspired mirror for our episode “Guillotine”. He is even constructing a miniature outside hotel model for use in some nighttime establishing shots for some of the episodes. It seems he is up to the challenge of whatever we might need and is a very gifted carpenter in addition to writing to date our intriguing episodes.
Here is a rundown of the episodes:
Houdini’s Hand – Two burglars steal the mummified hand of a famous magician and find out what it means to come up a little “short handed”. This is our pilot episode and was co-produced by Errol Sadler of Atlanta’s own Supremacy Films (Blackhats movie) and directed by Brandon 2mill Thaxton also of Supremacy Films. Starring Atlanta actors Tony Folden, Montrel Miller, James Edward Thomas, and Mike Bend. Houdini’s Hand also has a podcast that will be available for portable listening recorded by Henry Howard , a founding partner with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.
Bookworm – A psychotic woman will do anything to get a hold of her favorite author’s unpublished work. The Hitchcock inspired episode stars Elle Trapkin as the wacky “Margaret Tally” and Hugh Higgins as the seedy book dealer “George Spoetzl”. Bookworm was experimental in that it was filmed in living black and white. All the actors dressed in gray, black or white and the set was designed accordingly. Cinematographer Donovan Henneberg-Verity and the talented DP crew including Ben Lambeth executed fabulous Hitchcock like point of view shots. Directed by Ricky Hess.
Invader – When residents at the Horror Hotel become suspicious of alien activity, a sci-fi writer becomes the target.
We took it back retro si-fi with a Ray Bradbury style episode in black and white. Atlanta actor Troy Halverson played “Joe Wood”, the secretive local hotel resident, Susan Moss as the paranoid “Helen Kravitz”, James Edward Thomas played the sci-fi writer “Rodney Silvers”, Jerry Irwin was the loveable kook,” Gerald Boyd” and Darien Johnson rounded out the cast as “Mikey Bone”, a trigger happy member of the posse. Once again Donovan Henneberg-Verity and Ben Lambeth headed up the DP department with assistance from Nick Anderson from Cinevation Media for DIT to make the black and white footage pop. Directed by Kyle Kukshtel.
Tilt – An android and her abusive owner plot to kidnap and sell a well known computer hacker to a less than desirable group. A sci-fi tale in a scrambled time frame that includes characters ranging from a future android to World War II soldiers. With Marie Barker as the perky android “Skinny”, her owner “Merle”, played by Johnny Harvill, computer hacker “Saul Kaplan” played by Ronnie Mathew, and World War II Nazis Nathan DeRussy and Tanner Gould. Directed by Ricky Hess with director of Photography Torey Haas of MonsterBuster Entertainment.
Guillotine – Beauty has a price when a pageant contestant gets a hold of a charm cut from Marie Antoinett’s guillotine.
Featuring Stephanie Stevens, Ann Marie Gideon and James Edward Thomas. Brandon Thaxton is the director, and Bruce Lane is the Director of Photography.
Tesla’s Tooth – “A gangster get his ‘just desserts’ when he decides to bully a resident geek living at the motel.”
With Ted Parker, Neil Ramsay, Darien Johnson and Matt Rogers