Dead Lantern News

Casting Announcement for Road Trip!

Road Trip Cast Announcement!

As many of you know, about a year ago we finished the critically acclaimed microbudget horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. Now, we’re pleased to announce that filming of the sequel, CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE is well under way. A couple months back we shot BLOOD MODEL and now we’re diving into the wraparound device, titled ROAD TRIP and will bring Jeff, Sabiah, and a cast of new and returning characters from SHIVERS back to the big screen. Filming begins January 13th, 2017.

You can follow along with the production on the Prairie Lights Productions Tumblr page or the Dead Lantern Pictures tumblr page. Also, like us on facebook and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

ROAD TRIP picks up 3 days after the events of SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. Jeff finds a brand new genie lamp. Much to his chagrin, rather than Sabiah, he finds her ditzy blonde twin sister Mahktoonah! Together, they go on an epic road trip where Jeff will have to find his inner hero as they encounter ancient gods and monsters on their way to save Sabiah, who has been found by a sadistic torturer!

Below are the actors cast. Can’t wait to work with all of these great people again!


Splattercast 370 w/ Guests Karen Lam and Jessica Cameron



Director’s Karen Lam and Jessica Cameron join the Splattercast to wrap up Women In Horror Month! They chat about their upcoming flicks, Evangeline and Truth or Dare, as well as the new Carrie flick.


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REMISSION: Day 1 – Behind the Scenes Featurette

In addition to all the various film projects that we have lined up, Steve and I have been excited and honored to be a part of Joshua Weixelman and Tyler Schmid’s new feature length production, REMISSION. I am crewing (kinda doing anything and everything they ask of me) and Steve is acting. This past Sunday was the first day of shooting and I did up a 15 minute behind-the-scenes featurette documenting some of the production. I plan on doing these throughout the course of the film so that people can see the creation from the first day to the last. We shoot again this coming Sunday and I am looking forward to another cold and rewarding day!

You can follow the creation of the film on the Midnight Frights facebook group.



Later this year we’ll be doing a film noir entitled THE DARK AROUND YOUR HEART. The story involves a hard boiled private eye who gets wrapped up in a mystery involving vampires, mummies, and magic. Think of it as THE BIG SLEEP crossed with KISS ME DEADLY with a dash of CAST A DEADLY SPELL, and you’ll get an idea of what type of vibe we’re going for. We haven’t talked about it much on the Splattercast, but we’ve been real busy the past few months casting  and doing pre-production even as we continue to shoot Shivers Down Your Spine shorts and finish ISABELLE. Well, we’ve officially announced the female portion of the cast. I am very pleased to announce this extraordinarily talented cast:

  • Danielle Wolverton as VERONICA PAYNE
  • Christina Olson as MALLORY BLACKWOOD
  • Joanna Kingsbury as MIKA DALTON
  • Lindsay Washburn as TABITHA CARNOVASCH
  • Chianna Fisher as SATIAH
  • Jazmyne Van Houten as GEMMA STOKES
  • Ellen Gould as PENELOPE ANDERS
  • and Zenaida Smith, Allison Munger, Desiree Cade and Brandy Howell as the victims of Khufu

We have a Facebook Group for the film that will follow the entire production of the project and it includes character descriptions for many of the roles listed above as well as concept art.

Keep checking back for progress on the film.

Midnight Kiss delayed, but here’s something to tide you over

Howdy, folks!

As the headline states, MIDNIGHT KISS, has been delayed until January 13th. There are some things we want to tighten up and include before we release it to the public and we want to make sure we get with Deejay before that happens. Better to release something 100% finished than throw up a rough around the edges short just to meet an arbitrary deadline!

I did want to make sure I put up *something*, though. So above you’ll find a short 3 minute behind the scenes/outtake reel from the creation of the film. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on a Dead Lantern set, we’ll that’ll give you a taste.

Big thanks to Ellen Gould, Chris Muckey, Steve Eaton, Deejay Scharton, Jeff and Tina Schmidt, and Heather Waite for putting in all their effort to make this short. You’ll see it shortly!

Screenshots for MIDNIGHT KISS

We shot MIDNIGHT KISS today, the next installment of Shivers Down Your Spine. If all goes well, you’ll be seeing it here on Tuesday. It stars Ellen Gould, Chris Muckey, and our very own Steve Eaton. Big props to Jeff and Tina for letting us use their home and to Deejay and Heather for the hard work and FX, respectively. ONLY 2 DAYS UNTIL YOU SEE STEVE DIE!

Check out our tumblr page for more screenshots.

Shivers Down Your Spine returns on Valentine’s Day!

Sheesh, it’s been a while!

Shivers Down Your Spine will be making its return come Valentine’s Day, nearly a full year since CONVENTION GIRL premiered. Why has it taken so long to get a new episode? Well, for starters, we spent the entire summer and into the fall filming ISABELLE, our feature length slasher. That sucked in all of our available weekends. It didn’t help that I moved to Texas for 2 months in the middle of it. But hey, we’re back and have some rad stuff planned for you in the coming months. Be sure to go back and check out DEADBOLT, SLEEP TIGHT, BAIT, and CONVENTION GIRL to refresh your memory on how everything connects!

The newest film, A BAD HEART, was written by Tony Crumpton (Professor Bleak) and, we are excited and happy to announce, stars local actors Christina Olson, Dailen Cowden, and Mark Popejoy. It involves a woman who gets more than she bargained for on a Valentine’s Day blind date. We’ll be shooting the film on the 22nd of this month and we are stoked to work with these talented, rad people. In addition, Heather Waite will be lending her talents as an FX artist because, well, there will be blood! 🙂

On top of that, while planning to finish up IZZY shooting in the spring, we are busy with pre-production on THE DARK AROUND YOUR HEART, our horror film noir that we hope to begin shooting next summer. I’ve set up a Facebook group where you can follow all of the pre-production and discuss the creation of that particular flick. Busy, busy, busy! I’m sure you’ll hear all sorts of stuff about the making of these films on upcoming Splattercast episodes. So keep checking back and we thank you for your support!