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OUTCAST and PREACHER, two TV shows about demon possession. And they both have the goods…

Posted on May 24th, 2016
OUTCAST and PREACHER, two TV shows about demon possession.  And they both have the goods…

by Coop Cooper

Two similar-in-concept, supernaturally-themed TV shows are premiering this week and both are worth checking out…

“Outcast” (Cinemax series) – Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) spends most of his time sleeping, barely eating, not showering and keeping to himself in his childhood home in rural West Virginia. His kind sister Megan (Wrenn Schmidt) shows up occasionally to help him clean up, take him grocery shopping and force him into awkward dinners with her family, but the rest of the locals treat Kyle as a pariah. They all think he killed his wife, but in reality, she fell victim to demon possession, a phenomena that has plagued Kyle’s family since his childhood. Meanwhile, Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) has been dealing with a rash of demon possessions all over the region and he believes Kyle may have a special ability to resist and vanquish the evil spirits…

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Most anticipated films of Oct./Nov. 2013

Posted on November 4th, 2013
Most anticipated films of Oct./Nov. 2013

by Coop Cooper

With blockbuster season over, Hollywood will release their holiday and wild card films to get audiences into theater seats. Here are a few that have potential…

“Gravity” (releasing Oct. 3rd) – Sandra Bullock plays a medical engineer on her first space mission with a soon-to-be retiring veteran astronaut played by George Clooney. On a routine spacewalk while the two are tethered, their shuttle explodes, hurling them far away from the space station leaving them stranded and helpless, floating in the vacuum. I wasn’t quite sure where a story like this could go (other than certain death for main characters) but unfortunately the TV spots promoting the film give far too much away. However, early word from critics has been overwhelmingly glowing and many are saying this film could sweep the Oscars…

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TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN part 2… Why the whole series was a big success

Posted on November 23rd, 2012
TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN part 2…  Why the whole series was a big success

by Coop Cooper

It’s difficult to do a review on the film adaptation of the final installment of a popular teen novel series, especially when you have no significant interest in it. No matter what you say about it, the target audience will still see it – and probably adore it – even if non-fans held captive in the theater would sooner watch paint dry. Since this is the case with “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” I’ll forgo the traditional review and rating in favor of offering a theory of how the series became such a phenomenon both in young adult literature and in film.

For those counting, “Breaking Dawn Part 2” picks up after Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) near death experience while giving birth to her half-vampire daughter with the benevolent vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). In an effort to save her, Edward converts Bella into a vampire at the last moment, thus bringing her fully into the fold. Other vampires, especially the ancient and despotic Volturi Clan, see the child as a threat and conspire to destroy her. Bella, Edward and the child’s bound werewolf protector, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) attempt to assemble enough sympathizing vampires and wolves to defend the child from the imminent attack.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the above synopsis might sound absolutely ridiculous…

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Coop’s next short film GOD MAKER has 6 more days left to fund!

Posted on November 13th, 2012
Coop’s next short film GOD MAKER has 6 more days left to fund!

That’s right, I’m making another short film. At this second, we only have 6 days left on The Indiegogo campaign with only $900 out of $5000 left to go to shoot this one (filming in Dec. of 2012) in Clarksdale and Como, Mississippi.

This one is a blues music-themed horror film set in the Mississippi Delta. See that fetching actress in the teaser box? That’s Juliet Reeves, my lead actress and co-producer. Here’s a bit of the pitch…

Since I began filmmaking, I wanted to create a project that included some of the most outstanding aspects of Northwestern Mississippi where I grew up. I wanted it to include the culture, architecture, folklore and – most importantly – BLUES MUSIC.

Your contribution will help me, my actors and my crew to film my latest screenplay, “God Maker”. This film is my revisionist take on the Robert Johnson “sell your soul to the devil” legend. It will be our most ambitious film to date.

Check out our fundraising page for our teaser trailer and to help us spread the word!… Go here to see the GOD MAKER teaser and to contribute!

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SILENT HOUSE (American remake) movie review

Posted on November 6th, 2012
SILENT HOUSE (American remake) movie review

Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) accompanies her father (Adam Trese) and Uncle Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to their old summer home in upstate New York to pack up their belongings before selling it. The house is without power and has been vandalized by local hoodlums, prompting boards on all of the windows and padlocked chains on the doors. After her uncle leaves she runs into an old childhood friend in the front yard whom she doesn’t seem to remember. Back inside the house, her father disappears and she soon finds herself trapped inside and menaced by unseen intruders.

While the premise is familiar, the method behind its filming is an oddity. “Silent House” is presented as one long, continuous take that lasts the duration of the entire film which clocks in around 1 hour and 20 minutes…

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GYPSY HEART brings a fresh spin to an old legend

Posted on January 24th, 2012
GYPSY HEART brings a fresh spin to an old legend

by Coop Cooper

While watching “Gypsy Heart” one might wonder where the story is going, until the payoff when they realize the story is oddly familiar to those who appreciate a good legend. A good samaritan (Glenn Payne) picks up an alluring hitchhiker (Courtney Cheek) on a rural Mississippi road. The more questions the guy asks, the more uncomfortable the girl becomes. Soon it becomes apparent that the girl is hiding something. As they approach their destination, both parties soon discover the reason for their chance meeting…

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Best new primetime TV shows of the 2011 season

Posted on October 12th, 2011
Best new primetime TV shows of the 2011 season

“Terra Nova” (Monday 7pm on FOX) – In the future where Earth has become ravaged and polluted, adventurous citizens get the chance to go back in time to the dinosaur age (85 million B.C.) to begin a new civilization. Ex-cop Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara) breaks out of prison to join his family on a one-way trip to the past. On the other side they encounter two warring factions of humans fighting over a well-protected secret while trying to survive amongst predatory monsters. Plagued by clichés, the first episode rose above the poor writing with big-budgeted special effects and an intriguing mystery reminiscent of “Lost.” Trying to duplicate some of the qualities of “Avatar,” the show employs “Avatar” veteran Stephen Lang to play the gruff militaristic leader of the main colony. The pilot showed a lot of promise. Hopefully it becomes more like “Lost” and less like “Land of the Lost.”(…)

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THE RISE OF THE “HOAXUMENTARY”: ARE FILMMAKERS CROSSING THE LINE? by COOP

Posted on September 7th, 2010
THE RISE OF THE “HOAXUMENTARY”: ARE FILMMAKERS CROSSING THE LINE? by COOP

In 1999, the world became fascinated by a little independent film called “The Blair Witch Project”. Word spread about this “real-life” found footage of college kids being stalked and ultimately murdered by a spectral being which sparked a wildfire of interest and prompted many people to discuss and investigate this story. Of course we all know now it was phony and even the smallest amount of research revealed the truth, but at the time it was quite the sensation. If you’re like me and keep up with current film industry rumors and news, you were clued-in far ahead of the rest of the general public. Besides, the movie never technically claimed to be real (even the “based on true events” tag no longer holds validity since then), merely the clever marketing suggested it could be.

Now in more jaded times, audiences are harder to fool. We think we’ve seen it all and most of us can’t fathom being duped like that again. This has prompted many filmmakers to resort to gimmicks or ambitious campaigns, sometimes involving some type of a hoax, in an attempt to get their project noticed. Three films releasing this year are trying to accomplish just that and so far, it looks like at least two are succeeding. They herald the return of the genre known as the “Hoaxumentary” which takes the “Mockumentary” one step further by officially claiming to be 100% real. These films are: “I’m Still Here”, “The Virginity Hit” and “Catfish”…

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Strange things are afoot at THE MAN BEHIND THE DOOR… by DARK SIDE

Posted on July 23rd, 2010
Strange things are afoot at THE MAN BEHIND THE DOOR…  by DARK SIDE

I love the “paranormal”. Hell, I AM the paranormal and I don’t wait around for Halloween just to get excited about the subject. So when Coop inherited a box of crazy from an amateur paranormal researcher, I was giddy. GIDDY, I say. Now Coop ain’t tellin’ me much about what’s in The Box [cue organ music and mad scientist laughter], but he’s already found some groovy stuff from this rogue investigator named Wes Cotten. Formerly based out of Memphis, TN, Wes has gone AWOL and left a bunch of his research for his old friend Coop to wade through and do what he wants to with it, including Wes’s creepy website THE MAN BEHIND THE DOOR

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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

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2017 Crossroads Film Festival
2017 Clarksdale Film Festival
2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival

Trailer for the lost short GOD MAKER…


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.

GOD MAKER remains unfinished and in limbo for now, but the trailer expresses the mood and imagery intended for the project...

Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM at the 2013 Clarksdale Film Festival...
NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
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:
2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
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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