Eps 7 – Debbie Jo Hess – Creating a Web Series – Horror Hotel

A challenging new method of releasing your  short film or brilliant new genre idea is through a WEB SERIES. But what does it take to create and launch such a beast. Producer Debbie Jo Hess, from Horror Hotel Web Series, joins Doc this week to discuss how she, along with her husband and son, set out with a group of Atlanta film makers to launch a new horror web series, a collection of short films much in the vein of The Twilight Zone, Boris Karloff’s Thriller or Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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.

With titles like Tilt, Guillotine, Houdini’s Hand, Tesla’s Tooth, Invader and Bookworm, Debbie Jo Hess is guiding Horror Hotel Web Series into a bold, new direction in genre film making, gathering notice and awards along the way. Season one consists of six fantastic horror and science fiction short films that pave a new way to watch genre content. The collection can be watched online at the Horror Hotel website or on a DVD available at Amazon; and, soon, the web series will be available on demand through Roku channels and similar On Demand devices connecting the internet directly to your television set. Debbie shares how the concept came about, what challenges they faced and how they have been and continue to plan on promoting Horror Hotel.

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Thanks for listening to another episode of The Future of Horror podcast, subscribe today on iTunes and leave a comment to help support the show. Hopefully, the show will continue being an interesting, entertaining and enlightening journey into the film industry, from indepentent films to bigger budgeted studio pictures. As we continue meeting the incredible talent in front and behind the cameras, we will gain a glimpse of what it takes to create the horror films we love to watch: passion, persistence, talent, hard work and, maybe, a little luck and a little help from friends and mentors. Let us know what you think, email The Future of Horror at docrotten@docrotten.com.

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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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