Give the Glad Hand…

ERIC JAMES.

“THE MOST BANKABLE STAR.”

Few have pushed me as hard as Eric James.  As much as he inspired me, he knew how to nudge me further toward my potential.  This was especially key in my formative years.  Eric has always supported every decision, for better or worse.  I have worked on more films with him then anyone.  We last juggled acting and special makeup FX duties on Slew Hampshire  as well as in the haunted house production Terror Town.  Thus the latter half of my career has been in serious withdrawal of Mr. James enthusiastic charm and skill.

 

The past eight years have not been the kindest to Mr. James.  Yet, he has remained humble and done his best to continue marching onward.  I’ve always wished for a means to thank him for all he’s done for me.  Though he is not one to accept rewards…

I had been editing Opening the Mind  in secret for three years.  Earlier this Summer, I strategized a surprise screening with his lovely fiancee Mo.  A film that spans 15 years and could finally come to a close.  Thanks to technology pulling full circle.

 

In 2005, we collaborated on my first two work for hire films back to back.  Return in Red  and The Wickeds.  It allowed me the chance to abandon my 9-5 to complete our little film Opening the Mind.  I had 9 months saved up and my focus was finishing up that movie full time.  Well, my naive enthusiasm on the set of The Wickeds, left me with a broken hand.

As much as I tried, it was impossible to edit with my other hand.  Soon after my cameras broke, followed by my editor itself.  Thus began a long journey to find an end for that film.

On set of Opening the Mind.Opportunity’s continued to fall in front of us.  Before we started anew, we wrapped principle photography in 2006.  But it would be a lifetime before technology would be on my side so I could capture the 80 tapes of footage for our little film.

So here we were, all these years later.  Reflecting on what we had started so long ago.  We discuss a finale in present day, giving us the opportunity to film together once again.  To allow the passage of time benefit the final film…

Then…  BOOM.

Eric and Mo are hit head on in a car accident.  As life often dishes out the irony, Eric’s dominant hand is rendered useless.  Ultimately, needing surgery.  Leaving him without work the remainder of the year and well into 2018.

He has burned through his life savings.  Thus, I am doing my best to finally return a heavy handed thank you to one of the best I’ve ever had the privilege.

Eric’s film Chromebaby  is available in the magGot store along with other festive treats.  These and an open call for donations, will go straight to Eric.  The medical expenses have piled up.  He is available to act, so if you are in need of ‘the most bankable star’  he is on the ready for hire.  Drop a message HERE to get in touch with Eric.

We are using this terrible situation as an opportunity.  As reality pushes you away from your very love, what often seems a massive pothole in the road of life.  Can also be an opportunity to rekindle passions as well as friendships.

It had been far too long since I shared the process of creative creation with Eric James.  Getting to shoot this years 9th annual magGot Christmas Special  was a gift all to itself.  Reminding me just how magical film can be.

I am pulling finances together to shoot with Eric on various other productions.  Feel free to contact me directly regarding these as well as any of the available releases.  I figure as many different ways as we can pull resources together, it’ll help Eric and Mo out immensely.  You can donate directly to Eric in the magGot Store HERE.

The annual magGot X-MAX box is up for pre-sale.  Just one of many opportunities for Eric and us magGot’s to play.

Let’s make 2018 a year to remember…  Thank you!

HE IS HOME

First look at the brand new 2017 Uncensored Directors Cut of His Devil’s Night. Featuring 16 minutes of previously censored footage… Completely restored, cut and remastered. This first limited edition includes more tricks and treats, which will be offered as a separate package soon… So grab it at the discount price, while you can! Pre-sales have shipped!

More about this release in the coming days… As well as all the other grimy bits of what has been churning in magGot Land…

My Mind Has Opened…

Lots of exciting things to catch the outside world up on… Stay tuned. First up… Taboo Textiles cozy garments have landed. The wicked design is by Ronny Carlsson. Join the Cult and celebrate the finale of magGot Films chapter thus far! Strap on your armor now… Get dead sexy.

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OPENING THE FUCKING MIND!!!

IT IS CUMMING… Here is your first look into the madness of Opening the Mind!

When all is silent, one is creating… Brewing… Feasting… Conjuring… That radio silence is nearly ready to be shattered.

It’s been a long fifteen year journey, but closure is nearly upon us. To celebrate we are collaborating with Taboo Textiles in Canada to print an exclusive T-Shirt. Pre-sales are up in the magGot Store.

Those buying pre-sales will be thrown into a lottery to win something very, very magGoty. You will get an advance look into the mind of Adrian Simms. As well as gain access two weeks before the street release date to buy the film.

I have been editing this in secret for over three years. In hopes of surprising lead actor and magGot Family Man ERIC JAMES. We recently were able to catch up and I did indeed surprise him with a private screening. We are reaching the climax of this journey and it will close a massive chapter of my life’s work and nine in house features spanning twenty years.

Pre-sales are up for films that were previously sold out. The estimated dates of shipments will announced asap. It is time to start chanting for the magGot choir. We are hungry and anxious for blood… Dig in family… Let’s show them the Cult is alive and well!

magGoty Christmas Part 2

I hope everyone is having a very merry holiday! Spending it with those you’re closest too and taking in the small moments…

By far the most personal Christmas Special I’ve had the pleasure of dreaming up:

What looks to become another tradition is the magGot Christmas BOX! Pre-sales are up on the site, for Part 2! The last one was a hit and I wanted to carry on the tradition! Details are in the store, click HERE!

Christmas limited

May you have a very bloody and magGoty and Happy New Year!

CoRnErEd.

The pre-orders of the Corner has shipped… Keep an eye!

There is an exclusive bonus dvd with the first 25 copies. The contents is a mystery, but boasts all things magGot. NONE of which has EVER been seen or released. Surely something any true fan would love to feast upon.

Also, the cover art was created by magGot for the original launch of magGot Corner within the CD-ROM publication The Meat Socket. This will also only be available with this first 25 copies.

Only a handful left…

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Anniversary…

Reflecting…

9.11.

2001.

Reflecting

I was working at Abraxas (a child rehab facility). During morning wake-up, we were given a heads up… For some reason, the counselors elected me to be the one to break the news to these troubled kids. Looking back, they were right. I was younger and even though I was blind to it, I had a strong rapport with them. I couldn’t tell you what I said to these kids, but the counselors were right in having me say what needed said. They watched me speak to them through the office windows. I was terrified. But the moment I had to speak, instinct kicked in. We had so much time to break the news, then we could turn on the TV sets. At this point, the counselors crept from the office with their jaws hanging. We had our own news station which we’d tune into during part of the morning. All morning errands and school were put on hold. Time stood still. We were one. A family. Americans. From this moment forward, we had an underlying kinship that lasted till I left Abraxus.

Later after things had somewhat settled and we were relieved to go about our way. After the hour drive back home. My buddy Eric James and I stumbled out shooting A Tribute to Sanity. He also worked there. So we were both working on no sleep and numb from the mornings events. The following day we shot the bar sequence in the film. It is extremely surreal because there’s a shot of a newspaper reading, ‘Terror Hits Home.’ All too fitting within the film, you’d think we’d printed it exclusively. But it was the real deal, the paper from our little town of Tidioute. Always a reminder of just how horrifying real life often is. As much as we imitate it, in hopes of swallowing its madness. We can never predict what lies around the bend…

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magGot FUCKING CORNER!

 

The first of a series of new releases is up for pre-sale. A decade of magGot Corner episodes. Over two hours of FILMS THAT KILL…
Including interviews and behind the scenes tidbits… Release date is the week of Halloween. The first 25 will be limited, numbered, signed and include original goodies…

Properly compiling and assembling the best quality versions of these shorts has been an undertaking. But one that needed done, before moving onward and upward. There will be never seen or released Corners and many great surprises contained in this exciting release! Mastered and balanced in a brand new magGot Vision transfer. Get your Corner on!

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Year SIXteen

Jesus is Strange

This past year has been a strange one. The long and arduous transition to a new magGot station has spanned many odd bumps. A road that was filled with a lot of mountains. Fittingly, I find myself atop of the city of Pittsburgh in Mount Washington. All things magGot are once again in full throttle.

There hasn’t been as long of a road block from completing this never-ending heap of work, since I started my journey. But the thing that’s now key, is that the work is enjoyable once again. Having firmly planted my feet in fresh soil. Traveling through the most absurd times this past year has opened many eyes, more then I knew I had. Yes, we can develop eyeballs in the back our heads.

As artists we can all too often except we are to suffer for our art. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. What this does allow is a struggle and a pure hate and love relationship with your very art form of passion. Often leading us to never-ending circles… chasing our own tales.

For three solid years I’ve battled a balance of taking care of my self and enjoying the art. This hasn’t been an easy transition. Having spent the majority of my life identifying with creative endeavors as something that pays back in pain. Rather then fulfillment.

I found stride in taking care of myself. But my art would suffer for it. When I would make a big dent in my art, my health would in turn take a beating. Finding a balance was not easy. I think it’s something everyone battles with. But for an artist this struggle is often a much harder synchronicity. We are our worst critics and self analysts.

The ‘final’ in house magGot production is 90 percent complete. Getting to a place where I had unhindered clarity to see it through good and proper has been key. But the fact that I have it in the can, is a huge relief. It’s a wild ride and one I can’t wait to share with the world.

There are many other releases upcoming. With the proper support and interest, they’ll continue dropping your way. Now that the magGot shop is fully loaded and chug a lugging.

The final journey to see all that’s been done through to the end. So we magGot’s ‘can break threw the wall to the other side.’ I personally have no plans on quitting. But the thing that folks must know is that I’m working on having my first clean plate since 2002. Something that has seemed an impossible feat for what seems a life time over. But the finish line is finely within my sights.

Nine features, tons of shorts. Countless works for hire. 13 years in the haunted house industry. Lots of creative endeavors. Getting the opportunities to take the stage, a long lost passion. Things are revitalizing what has felt like a candle burning down to it’s final hour.

For those reading this, I aim to begin writing on here more often. Sharing anecdotes and stories from set, life and all else. Shoot me a message with anything you’d like to hear about. The time is now with moving this magGot mechanism along to the finish line… and it’s a great chance to reflect. Share tidbits from the inside…

magGots BACK…

More news to come…but the magGot STORE is back up and running…set up in a brand new space and hitting the magGot Land hard…LOTS in the mix…

Here’s a lil tidbit to satiate the palette…stay tuned!