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Posted on December 15th, 2008
Posted on December 15th, 2008


You can view the proto-site here. Before my reign of terror begins… Lemme inject some humor into your miserable life…

There’s a show that’s been tickling my funnybone of late. It’s called “>Estate of Panic” on the Sci-Fi Channel. It’s a nutty gameshow where a-holes get sent to this mansion in hells-knows-where to go into f’ed-up rooms to grab money. Thing is, they gotta do it amongst snakes, spiders, electric wires, rotten meat, evil clowns, quicksand, maggots, flooded crevices, trash compactors, frozen lockers, locked vaults… basically the tamest parts of hell. It’s like “Saw” for real, except for housewives and little girls…

Non-apologies to the host, Steve Valentine… You may be a creep, but my mother called you, quote-Too dorky-unquote, to be scary or intimidating (ok, so I was home for Xmas and convinced her to put it on another gameshow other than “Wheel of Fortune,” big friggin’ deal). At least I didn’t choose “Deal or No Deal.” Howie is 100 times creepier, am I right? C’mon, Howie! Shake people’s hands! They ain’t gonna kill ya! (But they might give ya a fatal case of SALMONELLA BY CONTACT!!!… MUAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAA!!!). Howie’s a germ-o-phobe. That’s right, H. I outed ya. Suck it.

As for “Estate of Panic,” I’m waiting for the episodes (when the ratings get low) where they will face the “monkeys flinging excrement” room, the “plutonium leak” room, the “Japanese bukkake” room and the “two girls, one cup” room.

Until then, you get mildly entertaining pseudo-gameshow junk like this. Enjoy and cackle a bit at seeing these fools freak the hell out. I know I did. Watch the current, streaming episodes here. Watch one of the best episodes so far below…

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Trailer for the award-winning short PRISMA…


A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 2017 Oxford Film Festival

WINNER: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

SEMI-FINALIST: 2017 NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival

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OFFICIAL SELECTION:
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2017 Oxford Film Festival
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2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival
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2017 NanoCon International Sci-Fi Film Festival
2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival
2017 End of Days Film Festival
2017 Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
2017 Shiver International Film Festival

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Northern Mississippi 1932:
In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
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2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
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2012 OTHERFEST
2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

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