It has been ages since I have written… been so busy working on other projects and touring around with House of Forbidden Secrets!!! First up is the amazing event at the Tampa Pitcher Show…. no, that’s not a typo…. Wayne and Cindy Valenti opened this theater and were one of the first to have the drinks, dinner and a movie theme much like Alamo Drafthouse. Tampa Picture Show already was beginning the digital upgrade process, with the understanding that the equipment will have to be returned if they didn’t have the money to pay it off. So we decided to do a fundraiser in Tampa, FL to help them!!!! The night was a major success! I was quite surprised to find so many fans in attendance, having me sign older DVD releases, old magazine articles and new HOUSE flyers and posters. The highlight was being reunited with my childhood friend Jason Fetters who I had not seen in 20 years, and meeting Joel D Wynkoop! Joel is an actor who I have admired since the first time I watched Tim Ritter’s classic Truth Or Dare: A Critical Madness. And the fact that both of them loved the film so much truly makes this heart proud! The night went incredible and we raised some funds for the theater – helping them was my goal…. supporting indie theaters that show Horror films is incredibly important.
Got back to the Midwest for a special screening of House of Forbidden Secrets with my older film “Violent New Breed” at the Screenland Theater. Again, a great time was had by all. It was a partial reunion as well when The Stodden family, Shane Hatfield, Luke Alvarez and Jenni Geigel attended. Pat, Becky and the Stodden family were cast regulars through the early “classic” years of films and seeing them again was just amazing! I have missed them. Big Dave and Big J, both former Descension members were also there, along with some cast and crew members who missed out on the sold out screening at Alamo Drafthouse. The night was a huge success, and Violent New Breed still has the power to shock people. We had a few members of the audience leave and tell the theater owner how offended they were, but they loved HOUSE. Guess I’m a bit mellower these days! The best part was seeing how much fun everyone had when Rudy Ray Moore in his only true Horror film was on screen… he truly does shine in Violent New Breed.
Next weekend, House of Forbidden Secrets goes international for the South African premiere! Part of the popular “X-FEST,” the event is sure to be a success, with special thanks going to the Film Festival organizer Paul Blom for giving us support and believing in the film! Wish I could be there in person, but that one is a bit too far for me right now.
April 26th, 2014 is the date for another great screening of House OF Forbidden Secrets as we invade Pittsburgh, PA! Again, it is a fundraiser for the incredible Hollywood Theater. The theater is also an indie, trying to secure digital projection, but keeping the old 35mm stuff as well! They recently showed An American Werewolf In London, The Thing and many other Horror classics. It is my firm opinion that anything I can do to help keep these theaters open and alive… I am there 100% – and this theater is a PERFECT fit for the film…. many people who frequent the theater are part of Horror Realm, and other area Horror clubs – after all it is in the Land of the Undead – the Zombie Capital of America… Pittsburgh.
Reviews of the film so far are all positive, people are absolutely LOVING the film. Old fans of my work are being blown away and put into shock… it is not what they expect at all… like Brandon Bennett said “I just wanted to say how proud I am of Todd, the cast, and crew. Can not wait for you all to see it. It’s everything you love about Todd’s old films, with the maturity and knowledge he’s learned over the years.” Brandon was one of the people who started the online Todd Sheets Fan Club while I was in the Hospital around the time of my heart surgery… His word means a lot to me… If he loves it, that says a lot! I’ll post some reviews soon, and I’ll also do better in keeping things updated, I promise… I’ll also be sure to let everyone know when new screenings are announced and let you know how each event goes. Thank you so much as well for your support and love of indie Horror!