Fright Meter Fiilms First Feature “Party Night” Goes to Kickstarter.com for Fundraising Campaign



February 2016, Houston TX – Troy Escamilla and Renee K. Smith, in collaboration with Fright Meter Films, are set to produce their first ever feature film and bring true terror to the screen in Fall 2016.  Titled Party Night and penned by Escamilla, the film is a throwback to 80’s slasher films such as Prom Night and Hell Night. This is the first feature film produced by Fright Meter Films, and the passion for this project is immense. “This film is truly a love letter to fans of genre.  There are many references in the script that horror fans will grin widely at, but the film is still unique in its own right,” Escamilla states.

Escamilla has a goal of raising $10,500 by March 10th, 2016 with the Party Night campaign. Troy Escamilla knows the horror genre.  He founded the Fright Meter Awards, which have grown in respect and popularity over the last few years with global backers that make up the over 50 member international Award Committee, including bloggers, writers, directors, producers, actors and fans in the horror genre.

What makes Party Night the perfect first project for Fright Meter Films is that it is fairly simplistic in its structure and content: there are only seven characters in the script and 85% of it takes place at one location, which equates to a modest budget. Collaborations are happening with other independent filmmakers, such as Kevin Sommerfield, who wrote and produced both Don't Go to the Reunion and Dismembering Christmas. Sommerfeld is on board as producer to lend his expertise on low budget independent filmmaking. Renee K. Smith, has experience as a playwright, producer, and director in the Houston area.

The teaser trailer for the film can be viewed on the Kickstarter page via the link below.

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2015 Fright Meter Awards Winners



Here's the list of 2015 Winners, along with the full nominees...


Best Horror Movie
The Final Girls
Goodnight Mommy
It Follows - Winner
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows
 

 








Best Director
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Spring)
Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak)
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy)
Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) - Winner
 

 





Best Actor In A Leading Role
Mark Duplass (Creep) - Winner
Lou Taylor Pucci (Spring)
Ryan Reynolds (The Voices)
Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk)
Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows)
 

 




Best Actress In A Leading Role
Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here)
Taissa Farmiga (The Final Girls)
Nadia Hilker (Spring) - Winner
Maika Monroe (It Follows)
Lin Shaye (Insidious: Chapter 3)
 

 


Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here)
Matthew Fox (Bone Tomahawk)
Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk)
Leigh Whannell (Cooties) - Winner
Rainn Wilson (Cooties)
 

 





Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Malin Akerman (The Final Girls)
Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)
Deanna Dunagan (The Visit) - Winner
Lisa Marie (We Are Still Here)
Sierra McCormick (Some Kind Of Hate)

 
 










Best Screenplay
Bone Tomahawk
The Final Girls - Winner
It Follows
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows
 

 













Best Makeup 
Bone Tomahawk - Winner
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
We Are Still Here
WolfCop
 

 











Best Special Effects
Crimson Peak - Winner
Deathgasm
Headless
Insidious: Chapter 3
Stung
 

 







Best Score
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
The Editor
The Final Girls
It Follows - Winner


Best Editing
The Final Girls
It Follows
Spring
Unfriended - Winner
We Are Still Here
 

 













Best Cinematography
Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
It Follows - Winner
Spring
We Are Still Here
 

 

























Best Short Horror Film
Chomp (Directed by: Lynne Hansen) - Winner
The Confession Of Fred Krueger (Directed by: Nathan Thomas Milliner)
The Package (Directed by: Damon Rickard)
Ronald McDonald Playground Slaughter (Nominees to be determined)
Selfie From Hell (Directed by: Erdal Ceylan)




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The Fright Meter Awards are presented annually by the Fright Meter Awards Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to honoring and recognizing excellence within the horror genre. The nominations and winners are determined by members of the Fright Meter Awards Committee.
Members consist of horror fans, bloggers, actors, producers, directors, and others, making the Fright Meter Awards truly the most prestigious horror award given. The Fright Meter Awards aim to select and nominate worthy films regardless of budget, means of release, or popularity.

The Premiere of the Teaser Trailer and Kickstarter Launched for Party Night!




With the launch of our Kickstarter campaign that will hopefully allow Party Night to be filmed this June, we have premiered the first official teaser trailer!  Our hope is that the trailer will give horror fans a glimpse of the tone and atmosphere we are intending for the film.

Party Night will be the first feature film from newly established Fright Meter Films.   The film was written by and will be produced by Troy Escamilla, founder and editor of FrightMeter.com and President of the Fright Meter Awards Committee.   Party Night is throwback 80's slasher film that focuses on six friends who become prey for a sadistic psychopath when they ditch their school's after prom party for their own celebration at a secluded house.  It will be directed by Timothy Sullins and will star Tommie Vegas and Billy Brannigan.

There is a lot of passion and talent behind the project. We  hope you enjoy the trailer and will consider supporting the film to ensure it gets made.   Even a simply sharing of the Kickstarter campaign on social media will be greatly appreciated!

Kickstarter Campaign:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1488629688/party-night

Check out the teaser trailer:





"Party Night" Announces Another Cast Member! Billy Brannigan cast as Travis!



We are excited to welcome Billy Brannigan to the party! Billy will be taking on the role of party-goer Travis, whose quiet and intense demeanor make him seem much older than his eighteen years. And though it is prom night, he begins to question whether he is truly happy with his longtime girlfriend, Molly. Billy studied at James Franco's Studio 4 and co-wrote the short horror film "The Clowning." He impressed us so much with his audition that we knew immediately he had to be cast. We cannot wait to see what he brings to the role and and thrilled to have Billy as part of our team!

Tommie Vegas Joins the Party! Cast as Molly in "Party Night."




Fright Meter Films is excited to make our first official casting announcement for our very first feature film, the 80's throwback slasher Party Night!  We welcome Tommie Vegas to the "Party Night" family! Tommie will be portraying party-goer Molly, who's used to getting what she wants from her boyfriend, Travis, and prom night will be no different. Tommie is already making a name for herself in the indie film community, with several credits to her name and upcoming projects. She even recently won the Best Actress award from PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas for her performance in "The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper." We could not be more excited to have Tommie as part of our team!



You can keep up to date on all the Party Night news here:



It Follows, Spring, and We Are Still Here Lead the 2015 Fright Meter Awards Nominations



Here we go. It's that time of the year! So without further ado, here are the 2015 Fright Meter Awards nominees...


Best Horror Movie
The Final Girls
Goodnight Mommy
It Follows
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows
 

Best Director
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Spring)
Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak)
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy)
Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here)
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows)
 

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Mark Duplass (Creep)
Lou Taylor Pucci (Spring)
Ryan Reynolds (The Voices)
Kurt Russell (Bone Tomahawk)
Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows)
 

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here)
Taissa Farmiga (The Final Girls)
Nadia Hilker (Spring)
Maika Monroe (It Follows)
Lin Shaye (Insidious: Chapter 3)
 

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here)
Matthew Fox (Bone Tomahawk)
Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk)
Leigh Whannell (Cooties)
Rainn Wilson (Cooties)
 

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Malin Akerman (The Final Girls)
Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)
Deanna Dunagan (The Visit)
Lisa Marie (We Are Still Here)
Sierra McCormick (Some Kind Of Hate)
 

Best Screenplay
Bone Tomahawk
The Final Girls
It Follows
Spring
What We Do In The Shadows
 

Best Makeup Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
We Are Still Here
WolfCop
 

Best Special Effects
Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
Headless
Insidious: Chapter 3
Stung
 

Best Score Crimson Peak
Deathgasm
The Editor
The Final Girls
It Follows
 

Best Editing
The Final Girls
It Follows
Spring
Unfriended
We Are Still Here
 

Best Cinematography
Bone Tomahawk
Crimson Peak
It Follows
Spring
We Are Still Here
 

Best Short Horror Film
Chomp (Directed by: Lynne Hansen)
The Confession Of Fred Krueger (Directed by: Nathan Thomas Milliner)
The Package (Directed by: Damon Rickard)
Ronald McDonald Playground Slaughter (Nominees to be determined)
Selfie From Hell (Directed by: Erdal Ceylan)



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The Fright Meter Awards are presented annually by the Fright Meter Awards Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to honoring and recognizing excellence within the horror genre. The nominations and winners are determined by members of the Fright Meter Awards Committee.
Members consist of horror fans, bloggers, actors, producers, directors, and others, making the Fright Meter Awards truly the most prestigious horror award given. The Fright Meter Awards aim to select and nominate worthy films regardless of budget, means of release, or popularity.

Horror Tale Tailypo Garners Emmy Nomination For Director Cameron McCasland




Some great news for indie horror filmmaker Cameron McCasland, director of The Lashman!  
Congratulations, Cameron!  It is always great to see horror honored by the mainstream awards.  Now bring that Emmy home!


Nashville, TN (11.20.2015) Cameron McCasland of Red Headed Revolution was nominated for an Emmy award for his short film Tailypo in the Program Director category at the 30th annual MidSouth Emmy Awards Thursday night at a ceremony held at BMI in Nashville, TN.

McCasland said of the nomination for Tailypo. “I am just so thankful to my cast & crew and the good people at Copper Canyon Ranch who opened their home to us to get this made. I carried this story around for a long time, and its really nice to see it connect with viewers. Thanks to NATAS for being so gracious. We are all over the moon.”

The film premiered online earlier this year and made the jump to the big screen winning awards at The Best Shorts Competition, Imaginarium Film Festival, The IndieFest, as well as screenings at multiple film festivals in The United States, Canada, and Russia.

McCaslands Tailypo is a re-telling of the classic American folk tale, a reclusive man (played by David Chattam) living in a cabin with his hungry hunting dog are stalked by a creature with sharp teeth, claws, and glowing yellow eyes after a blind shotgun blast severs the creatures tail. The hermit begins to question his own sanity as the unseen menace lurking in the shadows of the lonesome woods hauntingly taunts “tailypo, tailypo, give me back my tailypo.” Voiced to eerie perfection by Penny Dreadful herself, Danielle Gelehrter.

The director first heard of the story as a kindergarten student at Edgewood Elementary school in his childhood hometown of Edgewood, Texas. McCasland spoke about its origins, “The campfire tale was a Halloween favorite from two of my teachers, Carolyn Hooks and Darlene McEnturff. Its one of the first things i can remember really creeping me out as a kid. The thing just stuck with me, and It felt really good to get it out of my head and up on the screen.”

This marks the sixth Emmy nomination overall and first in the directors category for McCasland who has previously been given the nod in writing and producing categories for his work on the “Go Green With Dr. Gangrene” series of shorts, and his made for tv movie “The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special”.

You can see the award winning Tailypo as well as other work from Cameron McCasland at the website www.redheadedrevolution.com or find him on twitter @CamMcCasland

The 30th annual MidSouth Emmy awards will be announced Saturday ,February, 27th 2016 during a banquet and live telecast from the Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN. For more information and to see a full list of nominees please visit emmynashville.org

Cameron McCasland is an award winning director, writer and film producer. Earlier this year he was awarded “Best Indie Director” at the 2015 Indieville TV awards. The Texas born film maker lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Jamie, and two daughters. For more information please visit cameronmccasland.com

Fright Meter Films Announces its First Production, the 80's Throwback Slasher Film Party Night.



Troy Escamilla, President of the Fright Meter Awards, as well as owner and editor of the Fright Meter Blog, is extremely excited to announce the creation of Fright Meter Films.  This independent production company will specialize in producing horror films for true lovers of the genre, as well as true crime documentaries.

The first feature from Fright Meter Films is the 80's throwback slasher Party Night.  Written by Troy Escamilla and inspired by such films as The Mutilator, Prom Night, and Hell Night, the film will focus on six friends who become prey for a sadistic psychopath when they decide to ditch their school's after prom party for their own celebration at a secluded house near a river. Escamilla is a huge fan of the slasher genre and promises that Party Night will not only be a wink and a nod to the heyday of the genre, but a frightfest in its own right.

Currently in the early stages of pre-production, Party Night is anticipated to  be filmed in the summer of 2016 in the Houston, TX area and released in late 2016.  Executive Producer will be Troy Escamilla, who started the Fright Meter Blog in 2007 and serves as President of the Fright Meter Awards Committee, which is comprised of over fifty individuals including directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters.  The committee nominates and selects the winners of the prestigious Fright Meter Awards each year.  Escamilla is currently interviewing for a director who shares his passion for the slasher genre.

In the meantime, fans can keep up to date with the development of Party Night by liking the official Facebook page:   www.facebook.com/partynightmovie, following the film on Twitter: @PartyNightMovie or checking out the upcoming website: www.partynightmovie.com.  Escamilla hopes to launch the crowdfunding campaign within the next few weeks.


Seeking 2015 Short Film Submissions



(July 9th, 2015)—The Fright Meter Awards Organization is seeking submissions to be considered for the “Best Short Film” award.  To be eligible, the short film must be submitted to a film festival or available on social media outlets such as YouTube, Vimeo etc. between December 1st, 2014 and November 30th, 2015 and be available for the Fright Meter Awards Committee to view.

Now in its eighth year, The Fright Meter Awards are presented annually by the Fright Meter Awards Organization, dedicated solely to honoring and recognizing excellence within the horror genre. The nominations and winners are determined by members of the Fright Meter Awards Committee.  Past winners of the Fright Meter Award include John Cusack, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rutger Hauer, and Marcia Gay Harden.

The Fright Meter Award Committee consists of horror fans, bloggers, actors, producers, directors, and others involved in the industry. The aim is to select and nominate worthy films regardless of budget, means of release, or popularity. The Fright Meter Awards Organization intends to make the Fright Meter Award one of the most prestigious horror awards given.

If you are interested in having your short film considered, please contact us.
Individuals can visit www.frightmeterawards.com for more information about the organization.

Michael “Mad Mike” Nagy - Senior Committee Member
naggerz69@hotmail.co.uk

Troy Escamilla - President
troy@frightmeterawards.com

Fright Meter Awards Organization

The 2014 Fright Meter Award Nominations

The Babadook leads the 2014 Fright Meter Awards nominations with seven nominations.  See the complete nomination list below:



BEST HORROR MOVIE

The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Found
Housebound

BEST DIRECTOR

Mike Flanagan (Oculus)
Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive)
Gerard Johnstone (Housebound)
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Scott Schirmer (Found)

BEST ACTOR

Gavin Brown (Found)
Rupert Evans (The Canal)
Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills)
Shane Johnson (The Possession Of Michael King)
Mark Webber (13 Sins)

BEST ACTRESS

Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Karen Gillan (Oculus)
Jill Larson (The Taking Of Deborah Logan)
Morgana O’Reilly (Housebound)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills)
Gene Jones (The Sacrament)
David Koechner (Cheap Thrills)
Michael Parks (Tusk)
Ethan Philbeck (Found)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Katherine Isabelle (See No Evil 2)
Anne Ramsay (The Taking Of Deborah Logan)
Amy Seimetz (The Sacrament)
Rima Te Wiata (Housebound)
Alfre Woodard (Annabelle)

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Found
Housebound
Oculus

BEST EDITING

The Babadook
Housebound
Oculus
The Sacrament
Under The Skin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Babadook
Oculus
The Sacrament
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Under The Skin

BEST SCORE

The Babadook
Grand Piano
Starry Eyes
Under The Skin
Witching And Bitching

BEST MAKEUP

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Exists
Starry Eyes
The Taking Of Deborah Logan

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Afflicted
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Oculus
Rigor Mortis
Witching And Bitching

BEST SHORT HORROR FILM

Call Girl
I Am Monster
Lights Out
Little Red
The Tour