Eps 8 – Cryptic Pictures – Coining the Phrase Shockumentary – Mortal Remains

Shockumentary is a fascinating new term that describes the docu-thriller, documentary blended with found footage film Mortal Remains from Cryptic Pictures and directors Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis. Explore how the blend of Blair Witch Project and Cropsey offers these film makers a signature style all their own. The duo share their journey from concept to script to filming to film festival, including launching a Kickstarter campaign for a private screening.

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.

Directors Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis from Cryptic Pictures join Doc this week to discuss their film Mortal Remains explaining their unique, captivating approach to its documentary style. While they provide valuable insight in pitching and filming anything close to a documentary film, Ricche and Stavrakis explain who the subject of their films is: Karl Atticus a troubled and controversial film maker from the late 60’s who adapted the works of underground writer Vernon Blake. The film makers blend fact and fiction into a new sub-genre of horror, a Shockumentary.

You can find out more about Cryptic Pictures (Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis) and Mortal Remains at these links:

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.



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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