Bill Oberst Jr. has over 110 acting credits on his IMDB page, a number that could make Robert Redford and Tom Hanks blush (though he’ll have to clone himself to catch up to Danny Trejo). This self-professed horror freak and long-time Famous Monsters fan has starred in more films than Mr. Six Degrees himself. Bill Oberst Jr. is like the Kevin Bacon of twisted and demented horror. And he’s done all of it since 2007, helping to legitimize the sub-genre of extreme and visceral horror you either love or hate.
2014 promises to be another fruitful one for the actor who specializes in playing the crazies, the villains, the Big or Little Bad’s of a TON of horror films, independent and mainstream alike. He has more than 20 movies tabbed for a release this year, with an autographed photo of Forry Ackerman smiling down upon his desk at home. A cursory look at Bill’s resume includes a wealth of character names you wouldn’t want to introduce to your Grandmother. Or maybe anyone: Poacher, Sniper, Old Man Wampler, The Painter, Crazy Train, The Wolf, Maniac, Glasscock, Scarry Man, Ragged Man, Facebook Stalker, Trafficker, The Mysterious One, Dog Fight Trainer (in TRUE BLOOD), Little Joe and The Stranger.
He’s saving two of the best character names for upcoming, sure to be brutal and bloody, horror films. Bill Oberst Jr. will play Papa Corn in CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, a fiendish clown that ensnares visitors to the circus in a morality game that surely ends poorly for all parties involved. In DEADLY REVISIONS, Oberst Jr. plays Grafton Torn, an awesomely on-the-nose name of a writer forced to piece his memories back together. They are two of the five films spotlighted here.
CIRCUS OF THE DEAD
When Bill first sent me a link to the first trailer for CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, a coulrophobia-laden film, he was forced to send a quick follow up a day later:
P.S. – The first teaser trailer for Circus Of The Dead was removed/banned from YouTube last night after complaints of “extreme content.” Apparently a clown chasing a naked woman down a parking garage ramp with a cattle prod is considered “extreme.” Go figure.
That’s the kind of tale that director Billy ‘Bloody Bill’ Pon has prepared for us, and when I knew I had to spotlight him and a few of his movies. As of now, the film doesn’t have a release date, but CIRCUS OF THE DEAD will be making its premiere May 2nd at the Texas Frightmare Film Festival. While we wait, let’s check out the SFW teaser trailer and a bundle of slightly disturbing stills.
As Billy Pon put it: “2014 is going to be the year of the clown.” In addition to Oberst Jr., the COTD stars Roger Edwards, Chanel Ryan, Parrish Randall and Brad Potts.
Next up, is the aforementioned film from Gregory Blair, in which Bill Oberst Jr. plays a writer named Grafton Torn. Here’s the trailer, followed by some more stills, and a brief synopsis.
This psychological thriller focuses on the character Grafton Torn (Oberst Jr.). Torn has lost his memory after recovering from a coma. He experiences nightmarish visions, involving murder. A hypnotherapist helps Torn remember his past life. But, Torn’s horror writing blends reality and fiction together, until nothing is real anymore.
The flick stars Bill Oberst Jr., Mikhail Blokh , Cindy Merrill, Lise Hart, Ronny Coleman, Gregory Blair, Dawna Lee Heising and Shaun Gerardo.
CHILDREN OF SORROW
This Lionsgate release comes out March 4th and features Oberst Jr. as Simon Leach, and also stars Hannah Levien and Whitney Nielsen. Check out the trailer:
This arthouse horror film has been BANNED from some film festivals, and is aiming for a summer release. Here’s a sneak peak at the film, about an insomniac writer and his paranoid and violent hallucinations.
And to finish up our Bill Oberst Jr. revue (though only scratching the surface of his filmography), monsters…!
BLACK WATER VAMPIRE
A group of young documentary filmmakers set off to uncover the true story behind the Black Water murders, a series of brutal killings where women were found dumped in the woods, savagely slain, with their mutilated bodies completely drained of blood. In an attempt to exonerate the man accused of the crimes, they journey into the wilderness where the deaths occurred and find themselves face to face with a form of evil they could have never imagined. What began as a mission to save a wrongly convicted man turns into a battle for their own lives.
The film arrives to DVD and VOD on January 21st, 2014. After Bill Oberst Jr., the cast also includes Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli and Robin Steffen.