Hallloween is just around the corner: watch Izzy Lee’s short film PICKET on the new horror anthology FEAR HAUS, presented by hostess Blair Bathory.
Move over, Rod Serling and Elvira: there’s a new horror host in town.
A long lost relative of the infamous murderous countess, Blair Bathory hosts and produces the new online horror anthology FEAR HAUS on Youtube.
Curating the best contemporary horror shorts and introducing them to an online audience, FEAR HAUS is currently in its twelfth edition, with dozens of shorts films lined up.
For the sixth episode of her anthology, Bathory summoned Boston filmmaker Izzy Lee and her 4 minute film PICKET starring Diana Porter and Christian Masters.
Topical, attacking political and religious subjects like Lee’s 2013 debut short film LEGITIMATE, PICKET exhibits strong production values and practical effects.
A lifelong horror obsessive, copywriter, actress and film journalist for TwitchFilm, Fangoria and Rue Morgue, Izzy Lee started her directing career only two years ago, but stayed prolific to say the least, directing 5 short films and two anthology segments in that short amount of time, all having good runs in festivals such as Fantasia, Montreal ComiCon and FrightFest.
After playing with the mind of country singer Kasey Lansdale for her 2014 short POSTPARTUM, the spooky director has recently premiered her new short Innsmouth at the Necronomicon Providence Festival.
Loosely adapted from the horror novella The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, Lee put once again the PICKET lead actress Diana Porter in jeopardy, facing the schemings of horror icon Tristan Risk.
It is not the first time that Izzy Lee paid homage to masters of the supernatural, as she oversaw the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project in 2014.
Initiated by sculptor Bryan Moore after the successful H. P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project the year before, the crowdfunded initiative which counted Guillermo Del Toro & G.R.R Martin as donators permitted the creation of a bronze bust of Poe placed on permanent display at the Boston Public Library.
Following the unveiling of the statue on October 30, 2014, she produced the following day a performance of the acclaimed one-act-play Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, where actor Jeffrey Combs inhabited the persona of the author.
If little is known about the past of the mysterious Blair Bathory, it has to be noted that she bears an uncanny resemblance with filmmaker Blair Richardson.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, her doppelgänger is a freelance director and producer, known for her horror short films First Date: A Modern Love Story and Kitty Kitty. A frequent collaborator of the Atlanta media company Magick Lantern/Resolution, she has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Broadband category in 2007 for the Team Gaïa-produced short online documentary Global Warming: Fact or Fiction.
On the way to make a shady deal, a church cult leader gets a nasty surprise.
Directed and written by Izzy Lee
Starring Diana Porter, Christian Masters & Sarah Paterson
Shot and edited by Bryan McKay
Music by Shayne Gryn
From October 30 to November 1, Blair Bathory will co-host the Spooky Empire’s Horror Film Festival in Orlando, Florida . Presenting Izzy Lee’s Postpartum alongside Gigi Saul Guerrero’s El Gigante, Lynne Hansen’s Chomp and Jill Gevargizian’s Call Girl starring Tristan Risk in its short film blocks, the event will also propose Q&As with horror legends George A. Romero and Tony “Candyman” Todd, here to present a showing of Lou Simon’s feature Agoraphobia.Discover the schedule of the Spooky Empire’s Horror Film Festival and buy tickets for the convention
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After its screening at Spooky Empire, Izzy Lee’s Postpartum will have its Mexican premiere on October 31 at Morbido in Puebla, Mexico and play on November 12 at the Buffal Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. Innsmouth will opens Perry Blackshear’s horror feature They Look Like People on November 15 at the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival and screened at the Vancouver Badass Short Film Festival on February 2016.
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