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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

YDK: Jessica Cameron

A new feature I wanted to do for a while now, You Don’t Know will focus on the career of a currently working person in the horror/sci-fi film industry that you may not be familiar with.  For the inaugural article I wanted to talk about an actress that has been impressing me with her roles and now can impress me with her going behind the camera.

Biography:

This is Jessica Cameron, and is she not a Valkyrie personally sculpted by Odin from the Ether surrounding Asgard?  I do believe it was Mr. Will Smith, of the fresh royalty, that said it best when he said, and I quote, “DAMN!”

Jessica Cameron was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario in Canada and moved to Toronto to study fashion at Ryerson University.  After finishing her degree she moved to Ohio to work as a fashion designer and in her spare time she decided to try an acting class.  The acting bug bit, and Jessica decided to make acting her full time career.

In the last few years she has been cast in more then 50 projects including music videos, TV shows and feature films.  In 2010 she won an industry award for being a Rising Movie Star.  Some of her favorite recent performances include: playing Princess Areola in the film “Potpourri” directed by Elliot Diviney and she starred with horror icon Steven Geoffrey’s in the film “Mr. Hush”.  She also had the chance to work with legendary director Jim Wynorski on the SyFy channel film “Camel Spiders” and the established horror director Jeff Burr on “Resurrection”.  She was thrilled to play screen legend Marilyn Monroe in “The Black Dahlia Haunting”, having been a fan of hers for many years.

She has starred in 4 web series including the SyFy, film noir “Aidan 5″ which was nominated for too many awards to list including winning Best Web Series at Gen Con 2012.  She played a new age hair dresser Summer Perkins in the comedy series “2 Doors Down”, tough as nails Naria Dixon in the action packed series “Caught!” and a horrible mother in the horror series “Funny Man”.  In 2011 she started her comic book modeling while appearing in Brian Shirley’s “Crocaloctopus” and Dennis Willman’s “Ginger-Stein”.  In 2012 she is featured in Dennis Willman’s comic book series “The Vengeance of Sleepy Hollow” as well as many more film and TV projects.

 

 

Career Highlights:

Camel Spiders (2011)

  • Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Jim Wynorski
  • Produced:
    • Roger Corman 
    • William Dever 
    • Steve Goldenberg 
    • Kosuke Haga 
    • Diana Terranova 
    • Jim Wynorski
  • Written:
    • J. Brad Wilke 
    • Jim Wynorski
  • Starring: Brian Krause, C. Thomas Howell, Melissa Brasselle, Frankie Cullen, Hayley Sanchez, Diana Terranova, GiGi Erneta, Michael Swan, Kurt Yaeger, Matthew Borlenghi, Jessica Cameron
  • Music: Chuck Cirino
  • Cinematography: Andrea V. Rossotto
  • Editing: Tony Randel
  • Studio: Concorde-New Horizons
  • Distributed:
    • Syfy  
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment  
    • Earth Gate  
    • Sunfilm Entertainment
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 4 March 2011 (USA)
  • Running Time: 79 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Based on actual creatures that for years have tormented United States armed forces in the Middle East, these creatures have now invaded the southwestern deserts of the United States.  The Camel Spiders now freely hunt for prey, unafraid of any predator - including man.  No place is safe no one is beyond their paralyzing sting.  In the end, a small band of hearty fighters are forced to make one last stand against the creatures.

 


Silent Night (2012)

  • Genre: Horror – Mystery – Thriller
  • Directed: Steven C. Miller
  • Produced: John G. Carbone, Sean E. DeMott, James Gibb, Aaron L. Gilbert, Adam Goldworm, Vincent J. Guastini, Kevin Kasha, Thomas M. Kastelz, Shara Kay, Phyllis Laing, Edmund Mokhtarian, Edward Mokhtarian, Gary Preisler, Jayson Rothwell, Steve Ruff, Mark Sanders, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten
  • Written: Jayson Rothwell
  • Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Rick Skene, Ellen Wong, Andrew Cecon, Courtney-Jane White, Erik J. Berg, Tom Anniko, Mike O'Brien, Curtis Moore, Jessica Cameron
  • Music: Kevin Riepl
  • Cinematography: Joseph White
  • Editing: Seth Flaum
  • Studio:
    • The Genre Co., 
    • Buffalo Gal Pictures 
    • Ember Productions 
    • Empire Film & Entertainment Group 
    • Media House Capital
  • Distributed:
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment  
    • Koch Media
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 4 December 2012 (US & Canada)
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Country:
    • Canada 
    • United States
  • Language: English

It is a very loose remake of Charles E. Sellier's 1984 film Silent Night, Deadly Night and is also loosely based on the real life Covina massacre1.  A small-town sheriff and deputy are on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve.  But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight.  He has made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives.


Intrusive Behavior (2013)

  • Genre: Horror – Thriller
  • Directed:
    • Brian Troxell 
    • Johnna Troxell
  • Produced:
    • Jakob Beetem 
    • Ewan Bourne 
    • Jessica Cameron 
    • Brian Shirley 
    • Ylian Alfaro Snyder 
    • Johnna Troxell
  • Written:
    • Brian Troxell 
    • Johnna Troxell
  • Starring: Taylor Frase, Lorrie Remington, Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Rusty Riegert, Cameron Bigelow, Haley Faye, Nickolas Wolf, Jennifer Faith Ward, Kenny Mathews, Lindsey Riesen, Katrice Galloway
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Paul Steward
  • Editing: Paul Steward
  • Studio: Caisson Films
  • Distributed: Amazon.com
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 1 June 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

After 10 year old Heidi is committed to an institution for behavioral problems, Her family moves on with their lives. When they are told Heidi has committed suicide they feel they can finally break free of the guilt of abandoning their child 15 years earlier.  But all is not what it seems as the family is stalked by an intruder who has a debt to settle.


13/13/13 (2013)

  • Genre: Horror 
  • Directed: James Cullen Bressack
  • Produced:
    • Paul Bales 
    • David Michael Latt 
    • David Rimawi 
    • Devin Ward
  • Written: James Cullen Bressack
  • Starring: Trae Ireland, Erin Coker, Jody Barton, J. Scott, Bill Voorhees, Tiffany Martinez, Jared Cohn, Calico Cooper, Jessica Cameron
  • Music: Chris Ridenhour
  • Cinematography: Brian Weber
  • Editing: Robert Stuvland
  • Studio: The Asylum
  • Distributed: Peacock Films
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 1 October 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

For millennia, calendars have added an extra day every four years.  In doing so, they violated the ancient Mayan calendar.  Now we are in the 13th month of the 13th year of the new millennium, and the few who survive will battle a world of demons.


American Girls (2013)

  • Genre: Crime – Drama – Thriller
  • Directed: Eric Pereira
  • Produced:
    • Carlo Alvarez 
    • Ewan Bourne 
    • Brett Jozel 
    • Christopher Maltauro 
    • Shane Ryan 
    • Dennis Michael Smith 
    • Jessica Sonneborn
  • Written:
    • Devanny Pinn (Story) 
    • Eric Pereira (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Bai Ling, James Duval, Kevin Gage, Jessica Cameron, Devanny Pinn, Tawny Amber Young, Shane Ryan, Kristina Page, Jessica Sonneborn, Josh Hammond, Brandon Stacy, Noel Thurman, Carlos Ramirez
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Jimmy Bates
  • Editing:
    • Brett Jozel 
    • Jason Sikora
  • Studio:
    • Legacy Features 
    • AUX Entertainment 
    • Pinnovating Productions
  • Distributed: Unknown
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 11 October 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: Unknown
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Based on horrific true events, American Girls is a dark, nihilistic tale about the abduction, rape and murder of two high school girls and the fallout that nearly decimates a small Midwestern town, as long buried secrets surface when the police begin to put together the pieces of the crime.  Using the framework of movies such as The Social Network, American Girls offers no easy answers.  Using multiple character points of view, the film presents a harrowing, psychologically astute look at a tragic crime and an uncompromising glimpse at what contributed to the death of the girls, the aftermath their families face, and the utterly evil personae of their killers.


To Jennifer (2013)

  • Genre: Comedy – Drama – Horror
  • Directed: James Cullen Bressack
  • Produced:
    • Jody Barton 
    • James Cullen Bressack 
    • Jarret Cohen 
    • Jarrett Furst 
    • Geoff Krause 
    • Chuck Pappas
  • Written:
    • James Cullen Bressack 
    • Chuck Pappas
  • Starring: Chuck Pappas, Jessica Cameron, James Cullen Bressack, Jody Barton, Rebecca Abraham, Samantha Berdahl, Mike Blair, Marcus Bradford, Angela Bray, Jackie Bressack, Kitty Doll, Jarrett Furst
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography:
    • James Cullen Bressack 
    • Chuck Pappas
  • Editing: James Cullen Bressack
  • Studio: Psykik Junky Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • Music Video Distributors  
    • Psykik Junky Pictures  
    • ZooVision
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 15 October 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: Unknown
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him.  He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a Video Diary of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through.  In an attempt to make her feel guilty, he intends to give this tape to her after catching her in the act.


And because she is more than just a pretty face and able to stand on the mark and repeat lines the script says to, she is also a director.

Truth or Dare (2013)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Jessica Cameron
  • Produced:
    • Jessica Cameron 
    • Mem Ferda 
    • Jonathan Scott Higgins 
    • Sheryl Barnett Raber 
    • Buz Wallick
  • Written:
    • Jessica Cameron 
    • Jonathan Scott Higgins
  • Starring: Jessica Cameron, Ryan Kiser, Heather Dorff, Shelby Stehlin, Devanny Pinn, Brandon Van Vliet, Jesse Wilson, Buz Wallick, Grae Drake, Brett Wagner, Brian Olea
  • Music: Dustin Richardson
  • Cinematography: Chase Jonathan Azimi
  • Editing: Brian Weber
  • Studio: Small Town Girl Productions
  • Distributed: Unknown
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: September 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Six college kids obtain Internet stardom when they make “Truth or Dare” videos with violent twists.  It’s all fun and games until their number one fan decides that he, too, wants to play.

Now, upon reading just the blurb, every horror movie fan thinks to themselves, “Okay, so kinda like Saw with a lower budget combined with Halloween: Resurrection, right?  Just, please, without Busta Rhymes?”  Nope!  Not even close.  Though we do give credit to James Wan for his vision with Saw, Jessica takes a different approach and really captures what true fear entails by bringing a level of realism to her grittly-shot film that, now more than ever, falls by the wayside with bigger productions and the limitless money they spend on trying to make their movie NOT look this way–remember, everything is better in 3D, right?

 

 

Notes:

1. The Covina massacre occurred on December 24, 2008, in Covina, a city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, United States.  Nine people were killed from either gunshot wounds or an arson fire inside a house on 1129 East Knollcrest Drive where a Christmas Eve party was being held.  The perpetrator, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who entered the house while wearing a Santa suit, committed suicide from a gunshot wound to the head at his brother's residence in the early morning hours after the attack.  Authorities have cited marital problems as a possible motive for the violence; reports indicate Pardo's divorce had been finalized December 18, one week prior to the massacre.  Three people, including Pardo's ex-wife and his former in-laws, were initially declared missing pending identification of their bodies.

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