Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival

C2E2 [2014]

Anime Central (ACen)

Howlin' Wolf Records: Silent Night [2013] and Music On Hold [2013]

Silent Night [2013]
Music by Kevin Riepl

Howlin' Wolf Records chimes in the holidays with SILENT NIGHT by award-winning composer Kevin Riepl (CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, CONTRACTED, ABCs OF DEATH). Featuring dark ambient chills, orchestral thrills and holiday sleigh bells, Riepl's score puts a foreboding spin on the perennial classic "Silent Night." Commenting on Riepl's music for SILENT NIGHT, director Steven C. Miller heralds, "Kevin's score is visceral, emotional, and straight up brutal. Working with him has clearly elevated the film."

Music On Hold [2013]
Music by Guillermo Guareschi

Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents a new score by Guillermo Guareschi (PHASE 7) for the fast-paced romantic comedy MUSIC ON HOLD ...a lush and beautiful score to celebrate the holidays. The score is recorded with a string quartet, bassoon, and piano and textured with clarinet, electric bass, synths, percussion, guitars, and banjo. Included on the album are piano solos inspired by the theme "Seba," which is the theme composed by the composer in the storyline of the film inspired by a love interest (Natalia Oreiro)

We are offering a two scores just under the wire of the year 2013 and they are a pair of good, not naughty scores. Okay one is "Silent Night" released last year and I believe was the only horror film for the holiday. Second is "Music On Hold" done by one of our labels favorite composers Guillermo Guareschi and I must say it's a wonderful piece of score music... So for the holiday and beyond into 2014, how can you go wrong?

Jeremy [HWR:OLM]


C2E2 is Coming!

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - also known as C2E2 - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!  

For More information: C2E2 [HERE]

We are going to this, based on when I am walking... fingers crossed!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Walker Stalker Con [2014]... [UPDATE]

Would you like to see the first group of photos from "Walker Stalker Con [2014]" CHICAGO?
Click on over to HATE the CAPTCHA [HERE]. Wanted to thank our Photographer Stephen Bulow for the outstanding coverage and special thanks to the Walker Stalker Con 2014 | Chicago and all their help! More to come...
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival [2014]

Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival will be making our next stop on the 2014 Tour in Chicago IL, on April 18-20 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.. This show is a celebration of pop culture in tattoo arts and films and features some of the hottest tattoo artists from all over the US. Live tattooing, gut wrenching sideshows, costume contests, Ms. Tattoo Pageant, human suspension, insane body modification, tattoo contests, guest appearances by some of your favorite horror celebrities and so much more! Click here to see Our entertainment line-up. The Huntsville Tattoo & Horror Expo is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

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We are going to this, should be an awesome experience!
Jeremy [Retro]

Interview with Composer: MICHAEL PENN

Starting a new series of interviews, not sure what to call it... they are more direct to the person's current project and I have some great interviews coming. Let's start of with someone well-known and not only a composer, but a great talented musical artist "Michael Penn"... Yes I said Michael Penn, I wanted to thank him for the time, thank you!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

HWR:OLM: Tell us about your current project "HBO'S: Girls" and how did you become involved in it?

MICHAEL PENN: I got a call about a young film maker named Lena Dunham who was about to start a new show for HBO.  She had done an indi feature (Tiny Furniture) that got a lot of attention. She knew of my film scores and wanted me to do the music for her show. I watched her film and knew immediately that I would love to be involved. This was the first TV I had done and the people behind Masters Of Sex had seen Girls and thought I'd be right for their show as well.

HWR:OLM: Being involved in the world of music from song to scoring, where do you find you like to do more?

MICHAEL PENN: They are very different. and yet for me one can inform the other. I like them both. Songwriting is a very personal expression and scoring is more collaborative. Both rewarding.

MICHAEL PENN: What is a typical day for you, how does it start?

Michael Penn: Wake up. Drink coffee. Read the paper/watch news. Start writing.


Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Penn ventured into film scoring when he was asked by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson to score the films HARD EIGHT and BOOGIE NIGHTS.

Currently the composer for Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series GIRLS as well as the new Showtime hit series MASTERS OF SEX, Michael Penn’s debut album March launched him into international renown with it’s first single, top 10 modern rock hit “No Myth”.  The brother of actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn and the eldest son of actor/director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, Michael Penn has released five albums as a singer/songwriter.

It was Paul Thomas Anderson who would lure Penn into film and television composing first with 1996’s HARD EIGHT and then with the 1998 film BOOGIE NIGHTS.  Penn continued to be an independent film darling with his heartbreakingly honest scores to THE LAST KISS, Nanette Burnstein’s Sundance hit AMERICAN TEEN, SUNSHINE CLEANING (starring Amy Adams), THAT EVENING SUN (starring Hal Holbrook), THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY (starring Patten Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis), and SOLITARY MAN (starring Michael Douglas).

In 2012 Pen was asked Penn was asked by Lena Dunham to score her HBO series GIRLS.  The show features not only original score but the occasional song by Penn, including “Good Girl Down,” which closed the 2014 third season of the series.  The song was called by Tim Molloy ( “classic Penn: an intense build, a gorgeous release, and lyrics filled with wry twists worthy of Lennon-McCartney.” 

The fall of 2013 saw the launch of the new series MASTERS OF SEX, a period piece about the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Masters and Johnson.  The show was nominated for Best Drama Series at the 2013 Golden Globes and is sure to be recognized at the 2014 Emmys. Penn’s original score features samples of period-accurate technology of the day including the Novachord.

Up next for Michael is the second season of MASTERS OF SEX, set to debut in July 2014, and the fourth season of GIRLS.


Matthew Llewellyn Composes Ominous Orchestral Thrills for Chiller's Deep In The Darkness

Opens in select theaters April 29 and airs on Chiller May 23 Soundtrack to be released by MovieScore Media

(April 14, 2014) Sherman Oaks, CA - Emerging film composer Matthew Llewellyn (Dead Souls, additional music for John Dies At The End, Far Cry 3) crafts a rich, thematic orchestral score for the Chiller Network original feature film, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS, opening in select theaters April 29 and airing on Chiller TV May 23. Llewellyn's traditional orchestral score for DEEP IN THE DARKNESS was recorded with the Slovakia National Symphony Orchestra and the soundtrack will be released digitally by MovieScore Media to coincide with the film's theatrical relase on April 29, followed by a CD release on Kronos Records simultaneous with the Chiller TV broadcast in May.

DEEP IN THE DARKNESS marks Matthew Llewellyn's third feature for Chiller, a division of NBC Universal, following his critically acclaimed score for the 2012 feature DEAD SOULS - "one of the most impressive genre scores we've heard" (Screamworks Records). His sweeping, ominous score evokes classic drama and horror scores, combined with Llewellyn's contemporary yet traditional orchestral textures.

Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Laimo, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS stars Sean Patrick Thomas (The Fountain) and Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) and is produced by Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien for Synthetic Cinema International (Dead Souls, Remains). The film is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys.

"Deep in the Darkness is a movie driven by atmosphere and a pervasive sense of looming evil," explains director Colin Theys. "Matthew Llewellyn's score is, as always, an absolutely integral part of the mood and tone of the film. The sound palette at once delivers the feeling of a classic, grand orchestral score and a modern, eerie horror film. It paints the portrait of a beautiful, idyllic New England town where evil lurks just out of sight."

Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town's deepest secret: a terrifying -- and controlling -- race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home.
"Llewellyn found a delicate balance that feels original and intense at the same time, taking the film through some dramatic twists and turns," adds Theys. "Matthew is delivering world-class scores that elevate the films they help to drive."

Preview music samples from the DEEP IN THE DARKNESS score:

See DEEP IN THE DARKNESS in New York theatres April 29, Los Angeles theaters April 30 and on Chiller May 23. For more information visit

Ian Anderson's HOMO ERRATICUS Out Today in North America

Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has released a new studio album Homo Erraticus today,  April 15 on Ian's own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible Gerald Bostock.

Ian and his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara and drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) will be touring the United States this September through November.  In addition Warner is re-releasing A PASSION PLAY; stay tuned for a release date.

In 1972 Ian's band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by the then eight year old Gerald Bostock in 2012. As many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald's life might have taken in his 2012 album, Thick As A Brick 2.

Following a forty year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks Gerald's return to songwriting, and is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In Homo Erraticus, Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music.  With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.
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Composed and by HENRY JACKMAN
For the new Marvel entry, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, composer Henry Jackman takes over the helm from Alan Silvestri to provide a modern, thundering new score.  Just as Steve Rogers struggles to find his place in a modern world, the score ramps up with modern sensibilities and joins Rogers as he leaves behind memories of the '40s world and deals with a new and more menacing enemy.  Jackman's goal was to create a score that fused the symphonic, heroic and thematic into one coherent work, while also creating something dark for the Winter Soldier, himself.  Capturing the essence of not only a superhero story but also a dark political thriller, Jackman's score modernizes and darkens Captain America's world.

In The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers (Captain America) is found adjusting to life in the modern world and living quietly in Washington, D.C. after the massive events of The Avengers.  But after a S.H.I.E.L.D.colleague is attacked, the quiet life is over as Rogers gets sucked into a nefarious plot that could threaten the world.  Along with Black Widow, Captain America finds himself trying to reveal a growing conspiracy and fighting off assassins. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy --  the Winter Soldier.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

Yeah, what else do you need to know... fan, yes! Just Announced!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

Intrada: CHILD'S PLAY/FIRST BORN - Michael Small

Composed and Conducted by Michael Small
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 275

“Michael Small’s score,
tiptoeing between the liturgical and the
eerie secular, is one of the most effective I have heard all year.”
-- Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times, reviewing Child's Play
Child’s Play (1972) is based on the play of the same name by writer Robert Marasco, concerning demonic goings-on at a Catholic boarding school for boys and was directed by Sidney Lumet. Paul Reis (Beau Bridges) returns to his Roman Catholic alma mater as the new physical education instructor and finds that things have gone horribly wrong in his absence. Young men are committing acts of depraved violence with increasing frequency and none of the priests—neither the dour Fr. Mozian (Ron Weyand), the paternal Fr. Griffin (Charles White) nor the sardonic Fr. Penny (David Rounds, reprising his stage role)—can offer a convincing explanation.

Michael Small’s main theme is a Latin song for treble chorus with keyboard and harp accompaniment, well suited to a traditional parochial school. But this fleeting impression of holiness merely serves as a pivot into the score’s darker half, consisting of music that might have drifted up from the very pit of Hell. For the majority of the film, the violent and blasphemous doings of the boys take place either off screen or obscured by shadow. Music is allowed to be the primary signifier of dark forces at work, and to this end Small holds nothing back.

The phrase “impending evil” could easily have been used twelve years later to describe Firstborn (1984). Directed for Paramount by Michael Apted and shot in New York, it tells the story of Jake Livingston (Christopher Collet), a teenager who finds himself looking out for his mother, Wendy (Teri Garr), and younger brother, Brian (Corey Haim), following his parents’ divorce. On learning of his father’s engagement, Jake’s despondent mother hooks up with a new suitor named Sam (Peter Weller). Jake mistrusts Sam and is suspicious of the way he insinuates himself into the family with gifts and easy charm. Jake has good instincts.

Small initially plays things straight, with sensitive keyboarded writing that highlights piano and synthesizer. His blend of orchestral and electronic elements is extremely characteristic of the period and is arguably more responsible for the vibe of the picture than the source music. The music flows smoothly between major and minor, with a touch of subtle anxiety in the way Small returns to and develops repeating half-step gestures. Once Sam enters the picture— and particularly after Jake discovers the hiding place where the drugs are kept—an undercurrent of dissonance and sonic strangeness creeps into the score.

For this premiere release of both scores, Intrada presents Child’s Play from ¼" tapes in Michael Small’s collection. Most tracks come from a stereo album mock-up the composer made. All other
tracks are from monaural rolls of album outtakes. Firstborn is presented from two-track ¼" stereo mixes made at the time of the film and—for selected cues not mixed to stereo in 1984—new mixes from the 24-track 2" multi-track masters.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit:
Just Announced!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

World of Wheels: CUSTOM CYCLES

Not just awesome vehicles, we have a few custom motorcycles for you to enjoy at the "Autorama's WORLD OF WHEELS" I wanted to thank Steve and his great photographs.. and the great folks at Autorama.. I am hoping to be able to go next year. I will be putting more images on my Facebook page, so if you want more go there.
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

World of Wheels: MORE CUSTOM CARS


World of Wheels: "Bumblebee" Camaro

More than meets the eye, I give you Transformers "Bumblebee" Camaro at the "Autorama's WORLD OF WHEELS"...
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

World of Wheels: MORE CUSTOM CARS

This year we had the great opportunity to cover "Autorama's WORLD OF WHEELS" this last month and as you all know I managed to break my ankle. So sadly I was not able to attend, I know the sadness is hitting everyone of you. Good news I was able to have our favorite Photographer Stephen Bulow make his way to this awesome event and well here is the next group! Sorry for the Delays... start your engines!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]


The Dark Side of Venus: Indiegogo Project

IT'S ABOUT A troubled stripper named Venus, whose quiet life is upended when Brian -  the love of her life - Breaks up with her… and now Venus, disturbed to begin with, starts a downward spiral into maddening psychosis. BUT… THERE'S A TWIST. And we don't want to give it away by outlining the entire plot of our film… Find Out More:

WE PROMISE A VERY SEXY, GROUNDED, CHARACTER-DRIVEN, TWISTED TALE!!! But at our story's core, and what will set this film apart from standard genre fare, is a deeply human story about the pain of heartbreak. A Love Tragedy. We promise escape.  THE DARK SIDE OF VENUS will not only be that escape, it’ll be a ride – always surprising, always thrilling, and always shockingly psychotic in the best of ways.

After the successes of his short films, Jon parlayed his talent into his first feature film JACK BROOKS:MONSTER SLAYER starring Robert Englund (the infamous Freddy Krueger from  A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET). The film gained considerable attention throughout the festival circuit and received rave reviews. The film screened at the 2008 Slamdance film festival and subsequently sold to Anchor Bay. His second feature, THE SHRINE, premiered at the 2010 FanTasia Int'l Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Shortly after, the film was purchased by IFC and is currently streaming on NETFLIX.

Magnolia Pictures will release WE ARE THE BEST!

WE ARE THE BEST! is Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco's graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early '80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments—or discernible musical talent—the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different.

"Evocative" –
"Outrageous fun." - Movie Mezzanine
"An entertaining crowd pleaser." - FilmPulse
"Era-specific but never nostalgic, tender but never sentimental, We Are the Best!, like all good films about teenage girls, finely illuminates the emotional extremes of this tumultuous development stage." - Art Forum
"A joyous, heart-swelling story of youthful rebellion. A delightful return to form for Lukas Moodysson." – The New York Times
"A JOYOUS TIME CAPSULE. Captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock and the bond of female friendships in one blissful swoop. For those of us who've been hoping that Lukas Moodysson would return to the tender touch of early movies like Show Me Love and Together, the wait is over." - The Village Voice

We all are rebels, so some just act on it!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]


Sumthing Else Music Works: Borderlands 2 Volume Two - Jesper Kyd

Featuring previously unreleased music by Jesper Kyd
and Cris Velasco, Soundtrack to be released digitally April 15

New York - April 7, 2014 - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, presents a Volume Two soundtrack featuring previously unreleased original music from the blockbuster Role-Playing-Shooter, Borderlands® 2. The Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack will be available digitally from iTunes,, and other music sites on April 15.

Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack features the remaining original music scores composed by Jesper Kyd (Assassin's Creed) and Cris Velasco (God of War), and several tracks from Raison Varner (Gearbox Software). The Borderlands 2 team of composers created a colorful and dynamic music score fusing multiple music styles for the game's adrenaline-fuelled combat and diverse atmospheric environments. Music samples from Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack are available on SoundCloud and the album is now available to pre-order at

Just Announced!
Jeremy [HWR:OLM]