We’re crying today, at the passing of our longtime friend and collaborator, Ryan Nicholson. Ryan was such a generous and creative person, and we are grateful to have been able to have him in our lives.
We began with him in November of 2002, back when his Special FX company had a shop out in North Burnaby. We loved going to that shop. We all became fast friends with common interests and a knack for inspiring each other creatively. We even filmed scenes of each others’ films in that old shop, and in the relocated Flesh & Fantasy shop when Ryan moved it all just off of Main Street in Vancouver. After three years, and three projects, of Ryan helping us out with our independent horror films (he was WAY bigger than we were — he’d won a Genie award for his Special FX make-up work on Stargate SG the year we’d started working with him, and had just been hired to create all of the elf-ears for Jon Favreau’s ELF), we were very exited to return the favour to help him out on his first feature film, LIVE FEED.
That (Live Feed) was back in 2005, shooting all nights in a low-rent porno theatre in Chinatown, Vancouver. Crazy. After Live Feed, Ryan and us began to take separate paths, with Ryan focusing on his own movie productions. I got a call from him when he’d wrapped Gutterballs in 2010, and we all went to check it out when he screened it at the Vancouver Planetarium.
In the last three and a half years, we’d only seen Ryan twice, at the 2015 Calgary Horror Con, where we met his wife Megan Nicholson and enjoyed an impromptu reunion where we went out for drinks together between working at our respective tables, and then again after he’d survived his first bout with brain cancer, at a Phantasm screening at the Rio, which was over a year ago. The last message I got from Ryan was via Messenger, he thought it was amazing to be working on Arrow with the Key Make-up artist Tanya, all of whom we’d started these crazy careers together with Carmilla (Vampires vs Zombies) back in 2002.. That last message was just a couple of months ago. I responded, very casually, never thinking that it would be the last time I’d be speaking to Ryan. The things that Ryan and us at Creepy Six Films (Vince D’Amato, Nicki Hancock, and Josh Pasnak) collaborated on all those years ago left a strong, lasting, emotional presence in our lives, and Nicki and I are just brokenhearted that he’s gone, nevermind that we didn’t see each other that often over the last few years. It was those first few years that really cemented these experiences in our minds and our hearts. We will forever miss you, Ryan.
Domiziano Cristopharo’s visually stunning “Museum of Wonders”is now available to stream on Darkside Releasing’s Vimeo-on-Demand channel. This wonderfully freakish and hallucinogenic horror film is finally available in North American once again from Darkside Releasing, after years of being out-of-print, fans of the cinematically prolific Domiziano Cristopharo’s can now stream — and purchase on Blu-ray — Cristopharo’s MUSEUM OF HORRORS!
Darkside Releasing has just launched THE BLACK FOREST for DIGITAL rental & purchase on our Vimeo-On-Demand page https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theblackforest — (you may have noticed it’s been available on Amazon Instant VOD since last week when we changed our Facebook header) — “Chopping Block” from Bryan Wilson and Joshua Hull will be up this weekend with Domiziano Cristopharo‘s Museum of Wonders hitting VOD date-and-date with the wide Blu-ray retail release on Sept. 17th. In the meantime, enjoy THE BLACK FOREST, and have a slashy Friday the 13th!!!
“…The film is bloody and bananas, and [uses] its limited budget to craft a gorily unhinged world of hell with a diabolically compromised innocent at its centre.” ~Anton Bitel, Projected Figures
Museum of Wonders [Blu-Ray] – $29.99 – with Exclusive Slipcover (Limited Supply!)
Musuem of Wonders, Domiziano Cristopharo’s insanely stylish and existential take of Tod Browning’s “Freaks”, is the film that will be launching the new curated series of highlighted-edition Blu-rays from Darkside Releasing this month… Darkside Releasing’s 2019 Odyssey line of Blu-rays features curated collections, featuring the works of Domiziano Cristopharo, Sam Mason Bell, Maxim Ford, never-before-seen Japanese erotic films from original Japanese production studios, and much more!!
In the spirit of Anchor Bay (c. 2001). The name of our new line is an homage to the last standing video rental store on the North Shore in Vancouver, BC, which is set to close its doors later in 2019. We sincerely hope you enjoy the releases in this new series as much as we’ve loved curating them.
Darkside Releasing is extremely happy to announce a new collaboration with 101 International at TIFF Sept. 5th-11th – and at upcoming international film markets! Vince D’Amato (Darkside Releasing) and 101 began sowing the seeds of this film market collaboration while in Cannes earlier this year, which was finalized between the UK and Canadian companies this summer… Exciting times! If you’re attending TIFF, drop by and see 101 International! Featuring Danger God ,The Black Forest, Deadly Crush…