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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WATN: Judith O’Dea

Judith O'Dea (born April 20, 1945) is an American actress known for her role as Barbra in the George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead (1968).  She is also an acting veteran of over 40 years on stage, screen, radio, and TV. 

Judy began her exciting and varied entertainment career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when she was just 15 years old.  Musicals were her thing back then, but as time went by, she moved into more dramatic and comedic roles that took her from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, California.  Some of her favorite shows include South Pacific, Babes in Arms, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The Great Sebastians, Mary, Mary, The Odd Couple, Top Girls, Breath of Spring, and oh, so many more!

In addition to her acting career, Judy has been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed a second fulfilling career in business communications.  Using her experience on stage and in film, Judy began helping clients fine-tune their oral presentation skills.  She has spent over 25 years in this training and consulting field, building her own very successful company, O'Dea Communications. Among some of her notable clients are Hughes Aircraft Company, Raytheon Company, DirecTV, Spacelabs Medical, Inc., Datex-Ohmeda and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems.

Her related to this site’s films are as follows:

Serial Slayer (2003)

  • Original Title: Claustrophobia
  • Genre: Thriller – Horror – Comedy
  • Directed: Mark Tapio Kines
  • Produced:
    • Mark Tapio Kines 
    • Julia Stemock
  • Written: Mark Tapio Kines
  • Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Sheeri Rappaport, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Will Collyer, Judith O'Dea
  • Music: Christopher Farrell
  • Cinematography: Bevan Crothers
  • Editing: Marc Wade
  • Studio:
    • Cassava Films 
    • Greenstem Productions Inc.
  • Distributed:
    • Imagine Entertainment  
    • Lions Gate Films  
    • New World Pictures  
    • SF Norge A/S
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 18 June 2003
  • Running Time: 79 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
Lock your doors, draw the curtains, and avoid the windows for this terrifying tale of a madman who stalks his prey from the rooftops of their comfortable suburban homesteads.  If you thought murder was relegated to the inner-city, you'll be holding your breath and listening for footsteps on the rooftop as three women become trapped in an inescapable nightmare from which they may never awaken.  Armed with a crossbow and a taste for blood, this maniac is like no other that has come before, and if there is any hope of making it out alive, the girls must turn the tables on the killer and prepare for the fight of their lives.

October Moon (2005)

  • Genre: Drama – Horror
  • Directed: Jason Paul Collum
  • Produced:
    • J.R. Bookwalter  
    • Jason Paul Collum  
    • Jennifer Lynn Goebel  
    • Michael John Isaacson  
    • Julie King
  • Written: Jason Paul Collum
  • Starring: Judith O'Dea, Brinke Stevens, Sean Michael Lambrecht, Jeff Dylan Graham, Jerod Howard
  • Music:
    • Red Clark II 
    • Sean Michael Lambrecht 
    • Jamey Sewell
  • Cinematography: Red Clark II
  • Editing:
    • Red Clark II 
    • Dennis Petersen
  • Studio:
    • B+BOY Productions 
    • Red Films Inc.
  • Distributed:
    • Les Films de l'Ange  
    • Maxim Media International  
    • Tempe Entertainment
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 29 September 2005
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
Shunned by his loved ones after realizing his true sexual identity, a shy young man slips into a paranoid and violent rage when the object of his affection offers nothing but rejection in director Jason Paul Collum's bleak tale of love gone bad.  Elliot is a quiet soul with a pretty fiancé and a loving family, but when Elliot's growing lust for Corwin finds him isolated from his friends and family, the stage is set for disaster the likes of which this family has never seen.  Rejected by the callous Corwin and excommunicated from his family and fiancé, Elliot makes a murderous resolve to win Corwin's heart and vows not let anyone stand in the way of true love.

November Son (2008)

  • Genre: Comedy – Drama – Horror
  • Directed: Jason Paul Collum
  • Produced:
    • Don Christensen 
    • Sally Christensen 
    • Jason Paul Collum 
    • Jennifer Lynn Goebel 
    • Michael John Isaacson 
    • Mark O'Meara 
    • Wendell Perkins
  • Written: Jason Paul Collum
  • Starring: Judith O'Dea, Brinke Stevens, Tina Ona Paukstelis, Debbie Rochon, Jeff Dylan Graham, Robyn Griggs
  • Music:
    • Sacha Sacket 
    • Jamey Sewell
  • Cinematography: Jason Satterfield
  • Editing: Dennis Petersen
  • Studio: B+BOY Productions
  • Distributed:
    • Tempe Entertainment  
    • Ariztical Entertainment  
    • Tempe Video
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 10 July 2008
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
The horror that began in director Jason Paul Collum's October Son continues in this sequel about a mother coping with the loss of her son, and wrestling with the realization that she may have driven him to become an obsessive killer.  A horror soap opera that doesn't shy away from psychological torment, November Son opens with Emily Hamilton (Judith O'Dea) still mourning the loss of her beloved son Elliot (Jerod Howard).  Meanwhile, Nancy (Brinke Stevens) longs for the same kind of love she once shared with Corin (Sean Michael Lambrecht), Maggie (Darcey Vanderhoof) reaches out for a confidante like Jake (Jeff Dylan Graham), and reclusive Marti (Tino Ona Paukstelis) has allowed a secret concerning those in Elliot's life eat away at her psyche for the last two years.  Could Eli (Sacha Sacket) and George (Lloyd Pederson) hold the key to helping these wounded women recover from the traumas of their pasts, or will their efforts to force the women to confront their lingering fears and guilt ultimately prove the catalyst for total annihilation?

Timo Rose's Beast (2009)

  • Genre: Crime – Horror
  • Directed: Timo Rose
  • Produced:
    • Raine Brown 
    • Eileen Daly 
    • Kathryn De roet 
    • Kelly Michael Glynn 
    • Dirk Glücks 
    • Jim Guntharp 
    • Mathias Jakubski 
    • William Orth 
    • John Orth 
    • Lars Rohnstock 
    • Timo Rose 
    • Donald Schaedtler 
    • Frank Skalsky III 
    • Joe Zaso
  • Written:
    • Mark Hyacinth (Story)  
    • Timo Rose (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Joe Zaso, Joe Davison, Raine Brown, Andreas Pape, Timo Rose, Thomas Kercmar
  • Music: Marco Werba
  • Cinematography: Timo Rose
  • Editing: Timo Rose
  • Studio:
    • Cinema Image Productions 
    • RaineY DaZe Creations 
    • Rosecalypse and 9 Films International
  • Distributed: Cinema Image Productions
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 31 March 2009
  • Running Time: Unknown
  • Country: Germany
  • Language:
    • German 
    • English
Alex (Joe Zaso), who has been estranged from his family (Raine Brown and Eileen Daly), returns to confront certain "issues."  Aside from his day-to-day woes, his biggest trouble is that he transforms into a violent, feral beast - and he's been given this curse by someone in his family.  Meanwhile, another "beast" named Tim (Andreas Pape) is being pursued across the German countryside.  These similar people with different stories intertwine, the body count mounts, and a shocking truth is revealed in their wild, blood-soaked showdown.

Women's Studies (2010)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Lonnie Martin
  • Produced:
    • Cindy Marie Martin 
    • Lonnie Martin
  • Written: Lonnie Martin
  • Starring: Judith O'Dea, Cindy Marie Martin, Tara Garwood, Kelley Slagle, Mélisa Breiner-Sanders, Laura Bloechl, Tiffany James, Mundy Spears, James A. Radack
  • Music: Ryan Sayward Whittier
  • Cinematography: Aaron Shirley
  • Editing: Jim McGivney
  • Studio: Ningen Manga Productions
  • Distributed: R-Squared Films
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 15 June 2010
  • Running Time: Unknown
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
A highly-secretive women's academy houses a dark secret in this blood-drenched horror yarn. A graduate student in women's studies, Mary has her entire political career planned out when she discovers she is pregnant. Shortly after wrapping up a summer working for an influential female senator, Mary and her friends are returning to campus when their car is stolen, leaving them stranded in the countryside. Miraculously, a group of students from the nearby Ross-Prentiss Women's Academy happen shortly thereafter, and offer the girls shelter. Upon arriving at Ross-Prentiss and striking up a fast friendship with Judith, the leader of the group, Mary discovers that institution is in fact a feminist sect that aims to take the world back from men by force, and the students are preparing for all out war.

There are two more films with Judith O’Dea in the credits but I have little information on them.

Living Dead (2012)

  • Genre: Comedy – Drama – Horror
  • Directed: James Howarth
  • Produced: James Howarth
  • Written: James Howarth
  • Starring: Ingrid Bloom, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Frank Doak, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman, James Howarth, Duane Jones, George Kosana, Nicholas Majer, Judith O'Dea, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon, Karen Cooper, Mika Walter, Keith Wayne, Kelvin Xuna
  • Cinematography: Robert Aldrich
  • Studio: StampleVision Productions
  • Release Date:
  • Running Time: 62 minutes
Four characters experience old school horror in the far distant future.
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Ed Gein: D.D.S. (2013)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Cory Udler
  • Produced:
    • Cory Udler  
    • Derrick Carey
  • Written: Cory Udler
  • Starring: Judith O'Dea, Heather Dorff, Tom Lodewyck, Scott Rawson, Michael Eauslin Sr., Tom Running
  • Cinematography: Cory Udler
  • Editing: Cory Udler
  • Studio: Shalenn Productions
  • Release Date: 31 October 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
No other information is available on this film.
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