Eps 6 – Bill Oberst Jr. – Still Waiting For My Close-Up – Circus of the Dead – Children of Sorrow

Getting work as an actor can be a tough proposition, making a name for yourself in independent films or Hollywood is even harder. But this is the dream of every actor in the business. And for those who target the horror genre, they may even want to become the next Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Peter Cushing or Christopher. With over 100 films to his IMDb credit in six years, the guest on this episode, Bill Oberst Jr., is well on his way to achieving that goal with his well deserved success as the go-to actor for cinematic mayhem.

Welcome to another episode of The Future of Horror, an interview podcast featuring new, upcoming talent in horror, The show is a sibling podcast to Horror News Radio, the official HorrorNews.Net podcast. With each episode, the show’s host, Doc Rotten, spotlights a director, an actor, a screenwriter, an effects artists, a film maker conquering hurdles and barriers to get their films made, to follow their passion, to make horror films.

Actor Bill Oberst Jr. is known for many of the roles he has tackled since he descended upon the horror genre in 2007. For some, the role that is best remembered is his performance in the Emmy Award winning film Take This Lollipop or his performance as Honest Abe in Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies or as the sheriff in A Haunting in Salem. With his intense expressions, imposing body language and demented delivery, Bill is known for his a number of different roles: the historical figures, the quiet monster and, thanks to films like Coyote, the manic mad man. He is now set to begin his college lecture tour called Still Waiting for my Close-Up: How I Made 100 Movies Without Really Trying kicking off March 18, 2014 at the Baldwin Hall Auditorium on the Truman University campus in Missouri.

You can find out more about Bill Oberst Jr. and his films Coyote, Children of Sorrow and Circus of the Dead at these links:

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Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

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