Liz Whittemore

Liz Whittemore is the author of AWFJ's I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog. She is Co-Managing Editor and writes for www.ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts the podcast Girls On Film and is a contributing writer for Cinemit.com and The ArtsWireWeekly. Now New York-based, she was born and raised in northern Connecticut. She's a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and has performed at Disneyland and famed Hartford Children's Theater, and been a member of NYC's Boomerang Theater, Connecticut's Simsbury Summer Theater, Virginia's Offstage Theatre, where she also directed. Her film credits include Suburban Skies and Surrender. In 2008, she shot Jabberwocky, a documentary now in post-production. Liz is still a children's theatre director and choreographer. She's working on an updated adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a series of children's books.

 

Articles by Liz Whittemore

 

WISH UPON — Preview by Liz Whittemore

What sets a horror film apart from all the others? A great trailer that engages fans’ curiosity, for one thing. But add another element for young fans to play with while waiting for said anticipated film? There’s your winner, and it’s Wish Upon. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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DON’T KNOCK TWICE — Review by Liz Whittemore

dont knock twice posterThe man with a hook for a hand, Bloody Mary, Slenderman — why are we so hooked on urban legends? Is it to scare ourselves silly? Or, perhaps it’s to see terror rise in someone else. We should know better than to test fate at this point, but we don’t. In the new horror film, Don’t Knock Twice, a troubled young girl wrangles her estranged mother into fighting a battle they may not be able to win.,even though they’re fighting together against evil instead of fighting each other. Read the full review on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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Taking a bite out of 2017 with… Shark horror? — Previews by Liz Whittemore

sky shocksIn horror, oftentimes, you’ll see a reoccurring theme of some half naked nubile thing running up the stairs to certain doom. Aside from the human(esque) villain, you might get a phenomenal film featuring a monster of the animal variety (Cujo, The Fly, Arachnophobia). Once in a blue moon something spectacular like JAWS appears and the a franchise is born. 2017 and 2018 will bring us three news films also starring sharks. Three? That seems like a lot, but if it works, then who cares if a recycled idea is scary. Here is a quick overview of what we know so far about Cage Dive, Sky Sharks, and Meg. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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SiREN — Review by Liz Whittemore

siren-poster-202x300Some of the most successful films actually began as brilliant shorts. Alive in Joburg, for one example, became District 9. And, Within The Woods eventually evolved into The Evil Dead. This time around, a short segment within V/H/S is getting its own feature length film. We wonder whether SiREN will be able to lure in the same audience it did in its 2012 origin? Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2016 — Liz Whittemore reports

nyff-54-previewWoman were out in  full force at this year’s festival. From directors like Ava DuVernay, Kelly Reichardt, Alison Maclean, Maren Ade, and Mia Hansen-Løve in the Main Slate section alone, to the star studded Hollywood performers we’ve come to love and respect throughout the years. Tackling subjects such as grief, injustice, rape culture, loneliness, fear and self actualization, this year’s selections were a strong representation of the complexities of  the female gender.  Read on…

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CLOWN — Preview by Liz Whittemore

clownEli Roth, resposible for directing and producing such chilling titles as Hostel, Cabin Fever, and Knock Knock, has brought one of the most common fears to life. Check out the trailer and box art for his latest project CLOWN, getting it’s Blu-Ray and DVD release in August. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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Kathriyn Bostic and Miriam Cutler Talk About the Alliance of Women Film Composers — Liz Whittemore Interviews

AWFC_logo_B_on_W_400x85I had the wonderful opportunity to interview two board members of the Alliance of Women Film Composers (AWFC), a group I consider to be sister to AWFJ. AWFC’s mission statement is as follows:

Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
I spoke with Kathryn Bostic and Miriam Cutler about the challenges and advantages of this unique group of women in the industry. Read more…
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Etheria Film Night: Female Filmmakers take note! — Liz Whittemore reports

Etheria Film Night bannerEtheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans.  Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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MARK OF THE WITCH — Review by Liz Whittemore

witchTastes great. But it’s less than filling. Jason Bognacki’s Mark of the Witch is a glorious feast for the eyes but, despite its clever release date of 6/6/16, it left me feeling rather empty. Find out why in my review, to be found in its entirely on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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YOU’RE KILLING ME – Review by Liz Whittemore

you're killing me posterUnapologetically self-involved dialogue and killing go hand in hand with a brand new indie titled, “You’re Killing Me”. The name, you’ll come to discover, is a double entendre. We welcome the arrival of this gay horror-comedy in all it’s glory, introducing a new dimension to the genre. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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Scary Ladies Part One: Five Female Writers/Directors Who Generate Fear – Liz Whittemore comments

we need to talk about kevinPresenting scary ladies. There’s an all too common perception that women in horror films are merely victims. But that particular take on the horror genre is way out of focus. Some of the horror game’s most unique and effective players are women. The genre features outstanding scream-wrapped films that are clearly products of minds of the female persuasion, reflect female perspectives and are centered on dynamic female characters. In the first of a new series on women in horror, here are 5 female directors and writers that put our preconceived notions on the back burner. These women in horror really kill it. Read more in I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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KRAMPUS – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Krampus_posterThe new horror-comedy Krampus has just been released in theaters to mixed reviews. My best guess is that if  you’re a fan of the 1974 Christmas horror cult classic Black Christmas, Krampus will be right up your alley. The plot revolves a horned, anthropomorphic figure who punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved. Read more about the legendary character from Alpine folklore and Check out the film’s trailer on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2015 – Liz Whittemore comments

nyff 53 logo realWith the abundance of beautiful films that screened at this year’s festival, I wanted to call to attention to a few key women who stood out from the crowd. Some were obvious to spot and already buzz-worthy. Others flew under the radar but deserve just as much applause. Altogether they add up to a significant showing for strong and complex women characters on the big screen. Welcome to the top performances by women of the New York Film Festival 2015. Read more on THE FEMALE GAZE…

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Movie is 40 years old! – Liz Whittemore comments

The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show poster2015 is the 40th Anniversary of the UK theatrical release of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show movie. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was sort of a flop by today’s standards, but once midnight screenings began in NYC, there was no stopping this raucous and infectious work of madness. Originally a stage play, it hopped from stage to screen with Richard O’Brien’s script. It was meant to be a tribute science fiction and B horror movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. The costumes are now iconic and shadow casts around the county work painstakingly to imitate them. It’s been said that the film’s costumes were a big influence on the punk music scene’s style. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION – Preview by Liz Whittemore

paranormal activity houseSelling Scary: What helps a movie get attention online these days? A prank that’s cleverly set into motion and coordinated by Paramount Pictures seems to be doing the trick for the latest in the Paranormal Activity franchise. Check out the campaign for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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New York Film Festival 53: Horror Genre Shorts – Liz Whittemore comments

nyff 53 logo realIn it’s 53rd year, The New York Film Festival has chosen to add an entire Shorts Program in the “Horror” genre. Alongside “Animation,” “International,” and the “New York” categories, this year’s horror shorts were all completely distinctive and very ripe for the viewing. We hope this program will sticks around from here on out. Read more>>

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GOODNIGHT MOMMY – Review by Liz Whittemore

goodnightmommy_poster-199x300Goodnight Mommy will scare the bejesus out of you and make you squirm like you’ve never squirmed before. Two boys suspect that their mom, recently home from the hospital with her head wrapped entirely in bandages, isn’t the mom they knew before! The performances are subtle and brilliant. Writer-Director team Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala bring us one hell of a tale that’s sure to make the pair of clearly talented and slightly demented creatives household names in horror genre circles and beyond. Read more on the I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD – Preview by Liz Whittemore

ash-vs-evil-dead-199x300How do you sell scary? Bringing an 80′s cult classic back to life (pun intended) is certainly one way to do it. The highly anticipated Ash Vs Evil Dead art is here! Read on, and don’t forget to watch the trailer.

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BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS – Preview by Liz Whittemore

bloodsuckingComedy and horror oftentimes go hand in hand. This new release brings the giggles and the gore. Whedonverse favorite Fran Kranz stars as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing corporation. One month and counting until BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS hits theaters and VOD. Read more>>

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THESE FINAL HOURS – Review by Liz Whittemore

these final hours posterWe’ve come to expect over the top action sequences and huge action stars when approaching the subject of the end of days. In this edition of Sunday Bloody Sunday, we’re looking at apocalyptic poignance in the new Netflix release These Final Hours. Taking a step back from the usual fare, this film gets to the heart of coming face to face with ones demise. Read more>>

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GRAND PIANO – Review by Liz Whittemore

grandpianoposterNot every film has to be gory to put your nerves on edge. Grand Piano is a beautiful nod to the masters of suspense. Elijah Wood and John Cusack stretch their acting chops in two very different ways in this elegant thriller. Never have I watched the opening credits to a film and felt so uneasy, Grand Piano is now available on Netflix. Read more>>

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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN – Review by Liz Whittemore

nothingbadcanhappen-202x300Katrin Gebbe’s work is exceptional. What trust and respect she must have had with her cast and crew to be able to pull off a piece that is so incredibly dark and frightening. It is hard to believe that this is her feature debut. This film draws you in from the get go. It has an ominous feeling that makes you happy that you are just watching a movie. You have to try to forget that this actually happened. Read on…

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COOTIES — Preview by Liz Whittemore

Cooties-poster-202x300Cooties comes to the to the big screen in September, just in time for the start of the new school year, and with it, Hollywood puts fear back into the classroom. Co-stars Elija Wood and Rainn Wilson find their teaching job to be unexpectedly terrifying as they discover that their classrooms are populated with zombie kids. Circle. Circle. Dot. Dot. Did you have your cootie shot?! Read on…

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CRIMSON PEAK – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Crimson-Peak-poster-200x300With Guillermo del Toro‘s fascination for Gothic horror, Crimson Peak should be right up his aesthetic alley, along with his other iconic films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. While del Toro has also delved into the sci-fi and comic book world with the Hellboy films (soon to be a trilogy) and Blade II, his eye for fantasy and horror is really his forte. Judging from the recently released trailer, Crimson Peak promises to be a great addition to del Toro’s filmography. Read more and watch the trailer>>

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (Final Sequence) – Liz Whittemore comments

humancentipedeposterWriter/Director Tom Six has given us two films that made us sick to our stomachs. The third and final installment of The Human Centipede trilogy is just about ready for release. There’s a whole lot of Human Centipede 3 pre-release hype that’s preparing us to puke again. But is anyone truly ready for the full repeat (and more) of Human Centipede blood and gore? Read on…

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