Bad Advice For Good Times

News and fodder behind the films of Joseph Nanni.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Half Polypous, Utterly Alien Entity

Producing Casting Call of Cthulhu failed to provoke insanity, although watching  it drove a few people crazy, and the Bad Advice for Good Times crew lived to film again.  The new short was colour transferred just yesterday and sound post will finish next week.  But be forewarned – there is no escaping madness this time around.  To prepare you for what is to come we offer here a small, untextured, uncoloured sample of the horror that awaits you.  Warning:  The final character will be only partly material and you may experience temporary lapses of visibility.  


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I Can Haz Amberg Horror Fest?

If you live in Europe and you love Casting Call of Cthulhu then we have a hard time believing you because the film has yet to be shown in Europe.  CCoC will have its European premiere at the Amberg Horror Festival, OKT 28 to NOV 2.  So go see it and then say you love it.  You don’t have to lie to impress us – we like you for who you are.  Oh wait, the film is on the Internet, and Yog Sothoth, and Youtube, and thousands of Europeans have already seen it.  Awkward.  We’re sorry.  Look, things have been stressful at work and sometimes we just forget who we’re talking to.  How ’bout this, Friday we’ll go for dinner and catch a movie, just us?

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Grim and Frostbitten Norway Warms Up To Cthulhu

THE Xth WT OS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Oslo, Norway will be showing CCoC. That’s pretty much all we can tell you as the site is in Norwegian.

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Thriller! Chiller! Chills and Thrills

How cool is the Thriller! Chiller! crew from Grand Rapids, MI?  They’re showing Raiders of the Lost Ark, that’s how.  They’re also showing CCoC, which is almost as cool.  The 3rd Annual Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival runs from October 23 to the 26.  CCoC screens Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 pm.   The team has put together an incredibly diverse program different from the typical genre fest’ so be sure to check it out.  We’re just chuffed we get to share the screen with melting Nazi bastards – that’s what you get for messin’ with The Ark!

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Horror Comedy Sneaks into Proper Festival

Casting Call of Cthulhu (conveniently reffered to as CCoC) has made its way into a festival where the majority of attendees are unlikey to know what a cone-shaped creature is, let alone debate whether its head should be a yellow orb with flowers sprouting from the top.  The Indie Memphis Film Festival in Memphis Tennessee, a town immortalized by Paul Simon in his song “Graceland”, runs from October 9 to 16.  CCoC screens Friday, October 10 at 10 pm.  While you are there check out the tomb of Elvis Presley – scary.

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Spooky Movie 2008 Ain’t Fhtagn Around

The Spooky Movie Film Festival is quite possibly the most misleading fest’ name of the genre.  “Spooky” implies a few jumps and gasps.  Well we’ve just watched the trailer and we’re talking more churns and craps.  Seriously – this thing looks ‘ard core, people.  Thankfully, CCoC is on the roster to lighten the mood.  The festival runs from October 16 to 20.  Our film screens Sunday, October 19 at 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $8.00, effect on your psyche – priceless.   

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Nanni Announces Three New Lovecraftian Films

Bad Advice for Good Times, the most untrusted name in filmmaking, announced today that it will begin preproduction on two features and a short inspired by, expanding on, and celebrating the work of the most influential horror writer of the 20th century, H.P. Lovecraft.  The films will be co-written and directed by Joseph Nanni (Casting Call of Cthulhu) and produced by BAGT.  “CCoC was like a dry run for us, so we were pleasantly surprised by its success,” says Nanni.  The short film was selected by 12 festivals across the globe and was downloaded over 20,000 times from Yog Radio.  While Casting Call of Cthulhu is a comedy Joseph assured us that the lines will be blurred in the upcoming productions, “The next three films won’t be comedy but funny things will happen.”  None of the films are adapts of Lovecraft’s work but will incorporate characters and themes he dealt with.  “I think adapting Lovecraft is a great pitfall of the genre.  Fans inevitably compare the film to the text, which is unfair.  Lovecraft’s ideas and storytelling are a completely unique experience for readers.”  Nanni says his approach to Lovecraft will be similar to Lumely and others who have added to the mythos, “Lovecraft’s work was an open system, he encouraged other writers to take the ideas and expand on them.”  The team behind CCoC will once again focus on a minor Lovecraft minion, “The three films will feature Shub-Nigguarth and introduce a secret society dedicated to suppressing evidence of the Old Ones.”  The short, entitled Drawing Baphomet, will be released in early 2009 and the films begin shooting next spring.    


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Fill Up on Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Casting Call of Cthulhu has been surfacing in all sorts of places and for this we thank our unlucky stars.  But there is one event that takes particular importance in the pantheon of clicks, hits, downloads, and screenings.  This be the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhucon.  It’s the festival CCoC was made for – literally.  When we began production in 2007 it was with the intention of completing the film for the October festival and having a damn fine excuse to travel to Portland.  Well the festival is here and we will be there.  HPLFF&C begins Friday, October 3, at 6 PM and goes until Sunday, October 6, at midnight.  Guests include Lovecraft luminaries like S. T. JoshiBrian Lumley,  and Mike Mignola.  This truely is the one and only festival for die-hard fans of the Bard from Beyond and we are over what the moon brings to be part of it.  CCoC screens Friday, October 3, 10 PM in the Main Theater.

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Shockerfest Plays Host to Cthulhu

The Shockerfest International Film Festival, not to be confused with the Shockerfest International Flower Festival, will be held on October 3 to 5 in Riverbank, California.  Our favourite film, and yours, will play Saturday, October 4, at 6:30 pm.  Now, I understand there is some hesitation around going out to the shows because many of you claim you have already seen the short.  Some of you have gone as far as saying, “I made it,” or, even lamer, “I was in it.”  That’s no excuse people.  If we don’t support horror then there will be no horror in the world and what kind of world would that be?  Ask yourself.

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Coincidentally Named Film Fest Features CCoC

The Eerie Horror Fest in, wait for it, Erie Pennsylvania will be showing Casting Call of Cthulhu on October 11 at 10:20 AM.  Is there a better time to watch a horror film?  The answer is “no” because we’re in pole position just before Lovecraft:  Fear of the Unknown.  The festival will feature appearances by Sid Haig,  a reunion of the cast from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and many other uplifting experiences.  If you love horror and live in Erie then there is good reason for you to attend.  The fest starts Thursday and runs until Sunday.

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