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Infestation_LargeHosts: The Traveling Members of the OOU Crew

When one or two members of The Us get together, that’s merely a gathering. When hordes of Us descend upon one spot to worship at the altar of our geekdom, that’s the moment it becomes…an Infestation.

Welcome to Infestation, OneOfUs.Net’s official festival and convention coverage feature. Here you will find collected the various interviews, podcasts, and video posts from all present and future festival, convention, conference, and gala red-carpet premiere coverage. Well, not likely that last one but you get the point.
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Infestation: Fantastic Fest 2017 – Second Batch of Reviews

Our video coverage of the movies that played at Fantastic Fest this year continues…

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Infestation: Fantastic Fest 2017 – First Batch of Reviews

Hi gang! This year we chose to cover Fantastic Fest entirely through video and in our reviews for the films we saw you should come across lots of familiar faces (and voices). Check out our first batch of reviews…

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Infestation SXSW 2017: Best Of

Join the oneofus.net crew who were at SXSW: Chris, Patience, Martin, Richard, Kyle, Chris Herman, and JC. Both on the podcast here and the special short video we made to go with it, they talk about the best-loved movies, shows, parties and more from this year’s SXSW.

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Infestation SXSW 2017: The Videogames

Chris Herman, our intrepid video gaming journalist from We Are Error, took a thorough look at what SXSW had to offer in their big gaming hall this year. Take a look at the video!

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Infestation SXSW 2017: American Gods Review

Grant Davis, of The TV Dudes, and Chris Cox, got together during SXSW to talk about the pilot they saw there for American Gods, the new Starz Network tv adaptation by Bryan Fuller of the novel by Neil Gaiman. Give it a looksee…

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Infestation SXSW 2017: Atomic Blonde Review and Q&A

We got to see the new action film by John Wick director David Leitch at SXSW, Atomic Blonde. First up is Chris, J.C., and Jason with their review…

Then afterward they did a Q&A with David Leitch, Charlize Theron and James McAvoy…

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Infestation SXSW 2017: Day One (the madcap antics video)

SXSW is in full swing in Austin TX and the Oneofus.net crew is up to their usual festival shenanigans. This fun little intro video is just about showing the crew being silly, hanging out with old friends from the League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen, and setting up videos to come. Enjoy!

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Infestation SXSW 2017: Baby Driver Review

Live from SXSW we present our ‘on the street’ reviews (mainly because we didn’t have access to a downtown studio this year). First up, Martin Thomas and J.C. De Leon give their quick review of Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver. Check it out…

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The Unnamed Interview Show: The House of Torment

Chris got a chance to get a full behind the scenes tour of the haunted house named the #1 scare attraction in America according to Hauntworld Magazine, The House of Torment. The tour that he got to film included scares, booze, food, schwag, and a full interview with the two guys who made all this happen, Jon Love and Dan McCullough.

Not only have these guys built this huge and scary place every year for a decade or so, but they own Thirteenth Floor Productions which has built award winning scare attractions all over the country. Chris got in-depth with them about how to get started in the Haunted House industry, what’s involved, and what’s the most fun about it. That’s not all, as there’s plenty of spooky behind-the-scenes video and also a bonus audio review of their full House of Torment experience going through as customers by Chris, Herman, Frank and Kyle. Check it out.

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Fantastic Fest 2016: Episode 5

This time JC joins Chris to run down some of the best movies of the festival that should totally be on your radar…several coming to a theater near you pretty soon.

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Fantastic Fest 2016: Episode 4

Richard Whittaker joins up with Chris to discuss some of his favorites at Fantastic Fest this year. Check these out…

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Fantastic Fest 2016: Episode 3

With this entry in the Fantastic Fest 2016 book of lore, we turn to an old friend, C. Robert Cargill (or Carlyle as some of you might know him from the old Spill.com website). He gives us his top six list of movies to put on your radar and not mix that he saw at this year’s fest. Give it a listen…

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Fantastic Fest 2016 – Episode 2

This time Chris sits down with Ashley (That’s right, Ashley! I know, right?) to go through some of her favorite films to play Fantastic Fest this year, and most of them are by first time directors. Let’s take a look at what you get…

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Fantastic Fest 2016 – Arrival

Since Brian and Chris are both at Fantastic Fest, nothing can stop them from teaming up again, this time to take on Denis Villeneuve’s new hard sci-fi epic, Arrival. Listen up, because we’re calling it now: beyond the shadow of a doubt a Best Picture nod (if not win) for this one. Seriously. You gotta listen to the review to believe.

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Fantastic Fest 2016 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Brian finally gets back on the OOU mics to talk with Chris at Fantastic Fest about the new Tim Burton film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And you might be surprised by the results.

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Fantastic Fest 2016 Episode 1: “Safe Neighborhood”, “Sweet Sweet Lonely Girl”, and “A Dark Song”

The barrage of Fantastic Fest review posts for 2016 begins and what better way to start it out than with our friend and frequent collaborator, Jason Murphy. Chris and Jason run down three of the Fantastic Fest films they’ve seen and discuss for your amusement and best shopping value…

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The Unnamed Interview Show: Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett

Chris got a chance to sit down with the director (Adam Wingard) and writer (Simon Barrett) of the new Blair Witch film. Check out the fun video conversation below…

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Fantasia 2016: Part Two

Unless you have a bottomless bucket of air miles and a lot of friends with spare couches, film festival season can be a costly endeavor. Fortunately, the good people at Montreal’s Fantasia bent time and space to give the Austin office of One Of Us access to some of their more intriguing titles.

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Fantasia Fest 2016: Part One

Despite STILL not being able to make it up to Montreal to take part in their yearly Fantasia Fest (a longer sister festival to Austin’s own Fantastic Fest), we did get sent screeners for some films that folks are talking about there. So, let’s take a look at some of the films you might expect to see coming up at your local festivals…

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RTX 2016 – Rooster Teeth Fans & Exhibitors

In the last video of our RTX 2016 coverage, Christopher Herman explores the convention floor and speaks with several passionate Rooster Teeth fans who talk about the ways in which Rooster Teeth has impacted their lives. He also interviews members of the development teams for the video games ‘Layers of Fear’ and ‘Livelock.’

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The Unnamed Interview Show: Tim League

Chris got a chance to sit down with the founder, CEO, and owner of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, Tim League for a long interview about how the chain got started, where it’s going, and his passion for film. There’s even a few hints about what to expect in the future including some teases about the upcoming Fantastic Fest this year. Check it out!

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Infestation – RTX 2016: “Chris Speaks with a Guardian”

While covering Rooster Teeth’s annual convention, Christopher Herman spoke with Kyle Stover, one of the con’s many helpful Guardians. Kyle talks about his experiences as a Guardian and his love for Rooster Teeth.

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The Untitled Interview Show – Eric Zapata

Chris and Sarah get into an in-depth interview with local F/X and makeup artist Eric Zapata as he talks about his experiences on the SyFy show Face Off and on movies, working on the upcoming AMC TV show, The Son, and offers help to those who think they might want to get started in a similar field.

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Infestation – RTX 2016: “The World’s Greatest Head Massage” Part Two

Chris and Herman take a look at the second half of RTX’s documentary, The World’s Greatest Head Massage right here. Which is WAY different than the first half (which, for the record, we talked about and even made a video for the RTX coverage right here). Check it out.

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Infestation – RTX 2016: “The World’s Greatest Head Massage”

Chris Herman was sent to Rooster Teeth’s annual festival here in Austin, TX with the directive: find cool shit and cover it. And so he did, as here, with the first of his pieces, is an interview with the makers of and a look at Rooster Teeth’s new documentary, The World’s Greatest Head Massage: An ASMR Journey. But that’s not all…We also have an audio podcast here as Chris Herman and his cameraman (and regular site contributor) Mike McAllister, his roommate Mike Riojas, and Chris Cox all discuss the film and what the heck ASMR is anyway.

Just to add a cherry on top, you Time Lord and above level subscribers will find a really fun blooper reel in your forums. Check it out!

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Infestation: Welcome to Mr. Robot 2.0

Way back this year in March during SXSW we infiltrated USA Network’s Mr Robot by flashing our press credentials (yes, we have fedoras with little PRESS cards sticking out of them) and getting the grand tour. We filmed Sarah taking stock of all the amusements on display and we all had a great time. Which was all the better because we freakin’ LOVE MR ROBOT. And the new season starts on the 13th. So we held back this video until now as a promo for the new season. But I think you’re gonna have a lot of fun with it. Check it out…

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Infestation: Interview with Andy Kindler at Moontower Comedy Fest 2016

Chris got a chance at this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin Texas to sit down with comedian Andy Kindler. Often dubbed ‘the comedian’s comedian’, Andy is known for his State of the Industry address at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival where he tackles “hacks” in the comedy industry. He has worked on the shows Maron, Bob’s Burgers, The Daily Show, Dr Katz, Home Movies, Everybody Love Raymond, Last Comic Standing Wizards of Waverly Place and now, for reasons we cannot fathom but have learned not to question, he has deigned to spend time talking with Oneofus.net. Check out this really fun interview right here…

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Infestation: SXSW 2016: Sarah and the Tie Fighter

Here’s some fun stuff we shot at this year’s SXSW. We sent Sarah around to see what fun stuff you could do for free and without a badge. Enter the First Order, or rather, Project-X1.de and Stargarrison.com who showed up with this awesome full size Tie Fighter from The Force Awakens. She hung out with them for awhile and talked about it. Watch our video and then check out our YouTube channel and watch the rest of our great SXSW 2016 footage!

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Infestation SXSW 2016: Baron Vaughn Interview

Chris got a chance to sit down for an interview with Baron Vaughn: stand-up comedian, actor (Cloverfield, Grace and Frankie), podcaster (Deep S##t! With Baron Vaughn, Maltin on Movies) and now…the new voice of Tom Servo on the upcoming Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot. You can probably guess which topic Chris talked to him at length about. Check out this fun interview right here…

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Infestation SXSW 2016: Teenage Cocktail Review

In our series on the best films we saw this year at SXSW, JC is first up with a video look at the film Teenage Cocktail. Check it out!

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Infestation SXSW 2016: Interview with Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Todd Bieber

Chris and Sarah got a chance to sit down with two of the original members of the Upright Citizens Comedy Brigade, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, and the director (Todd Bieber) of a new film about the long-lived improv group and their inspiration for being. The film is called Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon and tells the tale both of the man who inspired them and a whole generation of comics to evolve improv into its own art form, and of the UCB theater itself. Check out our video and tell us what you think!

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation SXSW 2016: Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen & Joey Klein Interview

Chris got a chance to sit down with the stars and writer/director of the SXSW premiere film The Other Half and chat for awhile. We hope you enjoy our new video series with many more to come. Also, for you Jedi level subscribers, a longer (and even sillier) version of this interview will be available shortly in your subscriber forum so check it out!

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation SXSW 2016: Free Schwag Report SXSW 2016

Oneofus.net is proud to present the first of many videos to follow featuring our crew doing various and sundry stuff around SXSW. We start it off with a fun question: what was the best free schwag you scored at the fest this year. Check it out…

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Infestation SXSW 2016: “American Fable” Interview

A young girl living on a farm in trouble finds a man trapped inside an old silo and befriends him, only to find that her friendship and her family’s welfare might be at odds.

That’s American Fable brought to you by director/writer Anne Hamilton and our own Jenny got a chance to sit down and talk with her about the film. Check it out…

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation: Fantastic Fest 2015 Round 4

The fest is over, the post-fest-flu is losing its hold, and it’s time to gather together our critics into one room to talk about the rest of the films at the fest and list our top three. Chris is joined by Richard, Jenny, JC, and Harris to give one last round of discussion about the best festival in the world, Fantastic Fest…

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation: Fantastic Fest 2015 Round 3

This time Richard and Chris got a chance to sit down and talk about some of the films they’ve seen lately at the best film festival in the world, Fantastic Fest, in Austin Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse. And boy, do they have a few doozys for ya.

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Infestation: Fantastic Fest 2015 Round 2

We are now reporting to you live (sort of) from this year’s Fantastic Fest, the best and biggest genre film festival in the world right here in the galaxy’s capitol, Austin Texas. More specifically, at the Alamo Drafthouse. Today we got Chris, Brian, Diva, Richard and Jason Neulander together to talk about some of the crazed cinema they’ve been experiencing…

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation: Fantastic Fest 2015 Round 1

Finding time the first weekend of Fantastic Fest to get multiple people together to record their opinions on what they’ve seen is not entirely unlike herding cats, but we’re less adorable and more smelly. Nonetheless we made it happen. Chris, Richard and JC got together in one of the Alamo Drafthouse‘s private karaoke rooms to sing the praises of what they’d seen so far.

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Traveling all the way from Tallahassee, Florida, Thomas Mariani covers his five favorite films from SXSW.

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Diva Del Mar reviews Patrick Kennelly’s brutal new film, Excess Flesh.

Jill is obsessed with her new roommate Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA Fashion scene. New to the city and recently single, Jill is unable to keep up as she binges and purges to stay thin; eventually hating herself and everyone around her. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control — Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill can’t BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.

 

 

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It’s all done, the airports are clogged with our visitors wearily making their way home, but Oneofus.net has one last post to do about the films we watched this year at SXSW.

This time Brian and Chris are joined by Ashley Moreno as they slug down beers in preparation for the awesome majesty of a Karaoke Apocalypse show…but first, we talk lots of movies.

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PA_OoU_lgDiva Del Mar SXSW Review: We Are Still Here

Diva Del Mar reviews Ted Geoghegan’s terrifying horror film, We Are Still Here.

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

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Infestation: SXSW 2015 Part 2

We Are Still Here is unquestionably one of the best films showing at SXSW this year. Now we may be biased considering we do so love great horror flicks, but first time director Ted Geoghegan truly hit a home run with his inaugural effort behind the camera.

I sat down with Mr. Geoghegan to talk about the trend of film promotion opening the door to film production, the importance of practical gore, and the Lucio Fulci influences for We Are Still Here.

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PA_OoU_lgInfestation: SXSW 2015 Part 2

Standing on top of the world, or at least the Alamo Drafthouse parking garage, we bring you Part 2 of our epic SXSW coverage!

Brian and Chris are joined by J.C., OOU editor Thomas Mariani and We’re Alive creator KC Wayland to deliver a big auditory whiff of the strange of poporui that they have colelctively watched over the last few days. Yes, we’re aware of how many senses that last sentence engaged. So engage your sense of touch by clicking “download” and get ready for Phase 2 of this growing OneOfUs Infestation of SXSW!

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Get Hard is the latest Kevin Hart comedy in which he plays a guy mistaken for an ex-con by a racist, NERF-y finance executive. Playing that finance guy, and serving as the obligatory juxtaposition to Hart, is Will Ferrell. The two of them together should have been a recipe for tasty comedy stew. But alas, something went terribly wrong in that kitchen.

Brian and Chris take to the rooftops of Austin to record this highly special Highly Suspect review of Get Hard. Hey, that title also sounds like what happens when a man gets an erection…I just got that.

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PA_OoU_lgOn A Positive Note: Boo On Negative Reviews

Are negative film reviews even necessary? Busy covering the films of SXSW, One Of Us Net’s Diva Del Mar discusses the subject.

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Brad’s SXSW Genre Roundup Extravaganza!

Brad Henderson has traveled to the Movie Mecca that is Austin, TX for their yearly SXSW Film Festival.

There was a healthy genre representation this year, so he rounds up his favorite flicks of the festival. Including: We Are Still Here, The Corpse Of Anna Fritz, Deathgasm, Nina Forever, and The Invitation.

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Diva Del Mar SXSW Review: Ava’s Possessions

One Of Us Net’s Diva Del Mar reviews the dark-comedy, Ava’s Possessions.

After undergoing an exorcism, a young woman enrolls in an “AA” program for those who have suffered demonic possession.

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Infestation: SXSW 2015 Part 1

Get ready for your first official SXSW report from your OneOfUs crew; always in the trenches and under the influence! Brian and Chris are joined by We’re Alive creator KC Wayland to record a capsule review of the films that have seen so far at this leviathan film fest.

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Furious 7 (SXSW)

Here now, recorded live from SXSW is our Highly Suspect Review of one of the year’s most anticipated movies. If you aren’t already of a fan of this franchise, you may not find much to like here. But for all you Fasties out there (we need a better name), this is pure gasoline candy.

Brian, Chris, and J.C. are joined by special guests Kyle Scott, our editor Thomas Mariani, and We’re Alive creator KC Wayland to talk about why Furious 7 got them all revved up.

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Diva Del Mar SXSW Review: The Boy

Starting off our coverage for SXSW is One Of Us Net’s Diva Del Mar, who reviews the psychological thriller, The Boy.

Director Craig William Macneill provides an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath’s growing fascination with death.

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Infestation_200x200Interview: ‘The Guest’ Writer Simon Barrett

From the cult success of A Horrible Way to Die, through his breakout success with revisionist home invasion thriller You’re Next, and his new homage to ’80s slasher horror The Guest, writer Simon Barrett and his long-time directorial partner Adam Wingard have become two of the faces of new horror.

Not bad for the guy that penned Frankenfish, and programmed Treevengeevery Christmas at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Missouri.  With The Guest opening to rave reviews, we waylaid Barrett at Fantastic Fest to talk John Carpenter, The Stepfather, and exactly why you’ll recognize so many cast members from Riley Stearn’s Faults in his movie.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest 2014 Part 3

Our final barrage of reviews from the best film festival in the world, Fantastic Fest, is here, and we’ve got a whole lot of movies to talk about.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest 2014 Part 2

Brian and Chris got away from the madness long enough to do three more reviews of the films they’ve seen at Fantastic Fest, the world’s best film festival…

And here’s a link to the video our own Brian Salisbury playing a very dangerous game of kick-the-can with Marko Zaror during the Redeemer introduction. Somehow, he’s still alive.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest 2014: John Wick

Keanu Reeves plays a retired hit man for the mob who is in mourning for his wife who has died of cancer; she was the reason he left the business in the first place. But when the loose cannon son of the Russian mobster he used to work for kills his dog….there’s gonna be hell to pay.

… Ok, I know, it doesn’t sound like anything to write home about on the page.

BUT WE’RE WRITING HOME ABOUT IT, DAMMIT, AND IN ALL CAPS!!!

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest 2014: Tusk

Well…Kevin Smith is back, for what it’s worth.

We can’t say we listen to his SMODCAST enough to get the references that his new film “Tusk” is apparently littered with, but we can say that, well, erm….

Justin Long plays a shock podcaster who goes on a voyage to Canada to do an interview and finds more than he bargained for in Michael Parks who has a strange hankering to turn him into a walrus.

Yeah, don’t ask us either.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest 2014 Part 1

And so that time of year has come again, the time for the best festival in the world, I’m talking about FANTASTIC FEST in Austin, Texas. If you’re a poor unfortunate who still doesn’t know what Fantastic Fest is, for one week every year, a single location, The Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, becomes ground zero for the weirdest and coolest genre films to see in the world. Sci-fi, horror, mystery, martial arts, and just plain odd all make the rounds here, carefully chosen by the Alamo owner Tim League and his team of experts.Empty Space

Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Patch Town

Patch Town, the last film we’ll be reviewing for the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, is a musical. It is also a conceptual disaster on both the visual and aural levels.Empty Space

Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Zombeavers

Zombie freakin’ beavers! Need I say more? Sure, Zombeavers sounds like some hackneyed SyFy movie, but the title sure does catch your attention.Empty Space

Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Stereo

A German motorcycle mechanic named Erik and his family are visited by a band of nomads. Along with the travelers comes a hooded stranger with dark secrets about Erik’s past.Empty Space

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Bradley King’s full length feature debut tells the story of three friends who can see one day into the future, thanks to a special camera.Empty Space

Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Dealer

Director Jean Luc Herbulot’s feature film debut is a French crime drama in the vein of Guy Ritchie’s early work and that’s nothing to complain about.

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Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: The Man in the Orange Jacket

The Man in the Orange Jacket follows a young man named who has recently been fired by his job as a seaport. After getting his revenge, he decides to take up residence in his victims’ beautiful home.

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Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: The House at the End of Time

After a 30 prison sentence for a murder she didn’t commit, a woman is released on house arrest to face her past and the dark secrets within her home.

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Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Zombie TV

In this film, you’ll find out that trashy television designed to entertain zombies is just as brain dead as its intended audience.

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Infestation_200x200Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Cybernatural

In the English language debut for director Levan Gabriadze, a group of cyberbullies is tormented by an online stranger on the anniversary of their victim’s suicide.

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Infestation_200x200Texas Frightmare Weekend: The Soska Sisters

Writer/director duo Jen and Sylvia Soska aka the Twisted Twins have gone from unknown underground exploitation revivalists on Dead Hooker in a Trunk, to being lauded as the new Cronenberg(s) for American Mary, and this summer they resurrect a studio slasher with See No Evil 2. Richard caught up with them at Texas Frightmare Weekend, and they talked about role models, wrestling, and why the WWE is putting out a feminist art house horror flick.

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Infestation_200x200Texas Frightmare Weekend: Cast of The Blair Witch Project

Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams are the stars of one of the biggest, most influential indie horror films of all time. But the cast of The Blair Witch Project haven’t been lauded with the same plaudits that went to a Peter Cushing or a Lon Chaney Jr. In a very frank and honest interview with Richard at Texas Frightmare Weekend, the trio talk about the perils and consequences of being caught in the celebrity spotlight. Trust us, you do not want to miss this one.

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Infestation_200x200Texas Frightmare Weekend: Tom Savini

From arranging his own execution in Maniac to orchestrating the zombie hordes in Day of the Dead, if it can bleed, break, be eviscerated or decapitated, Tom Savini was the madman that designed the makeup effects. He chatted with Richard at Texas Frightmare Weekend about his career in mayhem: Surprise, there’s a lot more about Savini the actor than you’d expect.

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Infestation_200x200Moontower Comedy Festival: Matt Sadler

Matt Sadler is the Very Model of a Modern Major Austin Comedian. Beau got a chance to sit down with Matt (who you might remember from podcasts of yore) to chat about his own podcast (which he co-helms with Charlie Hodge), coming up the ranks in the comedy clubs of Austin and humor afloat on the high seas! Sit down, give a listen and get a chuckle.

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Infestation_200x200Moontower Comedy Festival: Erik Charles Nielsen

Chris got a chance to hang out in a (noisy) hotel lobby with up and coming stand-up Erik Charles Nielsen, who you may not know (yet) from his act, but you DO know from the show “Community” where he plays the character of Garrett Lambert. Erik and Chris get all up into the techniques of stand-up and philosophy of absurdist humor, as well as talking about his experiences on the set of the tv series. Check it out!

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Infestation_200x200Moontower Comedy Festival: Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler is a giant among comedians. It’s a shame more of you non-comedian types don’t know that fact. Beau got a chance to sit down with this walking encyclopedia of the current state of comedy (Andy gives the state of the industry speech every year at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival) to talk about the scene from the 80s boom to the 90s bust and the current comedy renaissance. Have a listen! And be sure to check out Andy’sseminal National Lampoon article The Hacks Handbook here.

. It’s your go-to guide to becoming a hack! (and exactly what you should avoid in order to not become one)

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Infestation_200x200Moontower Comedy Festival: W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is renowned for his trenchant observations on social and political issues, razor keen commentary on race and for hosting the late lamented (and wickedly hilarious) Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX…but really, what’s his favorite superhero movie?
Join Beau on location at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest as he asks just that, with occasional detours onto topics such as Cliven Bundy, and Bell’s own podcast (co-helmed by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid),The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture (and imagine what fun Beau had getting those first three words out of his mouth).

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Infestation_200x200Moontower Comedy Festival: Mike Lawrence

Chris got a chance to hang out with comedian Mike Lawrence during the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. Ideally, they should have spent the time talking about Mike’s really funny album, “Sadamantium”his current tour or his own podcast, Nerd of Mouth. Instead we just geeked out about comics and comic movies for an hour. Much fun. Check it out…

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: SXSW Reviews

Man, we saw SO many films at SXSW this year, there’d be just no way to get to talk about them all, so we decided to pull out some of the cream of the crop, get Martin, Brian, Chris and Richard Whittaker to gather together, and exchange notes on them. We only wish you had access to see these right now! Hopefully, soon enough most of these will get some sort of release in a theater (or at least a Netflix) near you.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: SXSW Recap Day…?

Though it was only a few days into the festival, it’s clear from this first audio recap that Brian and Chris are already showing signs of wear. They’re old, whaddayagonnado?

But that doesn’t mean they were about to leave you in the dark, wondering what they’ve been up to the last few days. Perched on a balcony above the hustle and/or the bustle of SxSW, the guys talk about a few of the flicks, and even TV pilots, they’ve seen thus far.

If you’re looking for the festival gems, these recaps are your headlamps through the mine.

…or something like that.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Raid 2 Stars Fight on Stage During SXSW Premiere

Whenever you are dealing with technology, there is always the possibility that something can go wrong. Whenever you are dealing with technology at a film festival, that possibility rapidly approaches Murphy’s Law territory.

Such unfortunately was the case with SxSW’s first attempt to screen The Raid 2. The wrong version of the film was downloaded to the theater’s server and eventually the screening was cancelled. Obviously, folks were disappointed. But in testament to how much director Gareth Evans and the cast care about Raid fans, Iko Uwais and one of his castmates climbed up on the stage to engage in a live, impromptu fight sequence.

YEAH, WE KNOW!

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Ron Perlman Interview

Not only did Brian and Chris score a chance to sit down and talk with the legendary actor Ron Perlman, but we even got to do it as a generalized look at his work and career (as opposed to ANOTHER one of those same ol’-same ol’ q&a sessions about his new film).

We can’t tell you how excited we are to bring you this chat and we really hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did recording it.

HOLY FREAKING SHIT, RON MFing PERLMAN!

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Staple Day 2

It’s good thing we’re at Staple, because if Brian’s voice during this recording is any indication, we’re having a hard time keeping it together. Get it? Staple. Together. Yeah, THAT’S how exhausted we are.

But luckily we had plenty to keep us awake on this installment of Infestation. During the last day of the expo, from our base camp in the dusty corner of the Marchesa exhibition hall, One Of Us was fortunate enough to speak with not just one, but a veritable cadre of immensely talented artists, including “Nakatomi” Tim Doyle and Chip Zdarsky of the overwhelmingly-acclaimed Sex Criminals.

For comic book and poster aficionados, THIS is a podcast not to be missed. And with that, we bid adieu to Staple. Many thanks to our gracious expo hosts and coordinators, who can now satisfy themselves that (for now) that the Infestation has subsided.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Staple Day 1

Staple is Austin’s now decade-running independent media expo. It’s a converging point for local artists, writers, and general creative types to network, to hawk their wares, and to be reminded that the transition from passionate hobby into lucrative profession is not in fact an insurmountable task.

And then…there’s us. Or more appropriately One Of Us. Nestled in their comfy corner of the main exhibition hall, Brian and Chris weren’t content merely observing the madness. They spread the good word, added new members to Us Nation, and talked with some phenomenal artists and creators. Also among the interviews, you’re bound to hear a familiar voice here and there.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: The Grand Finale Video

The end of Fantastic Fest means two things: 1.) The subsiding of OneOfUs.Net’s Infestation feature (for now) and 2.) TOTAL FUCKING MAYHEM.

 The closing night party for Fantastic Fest has a reputation for being…a bit wild. But this year involved ambulances blaring Metallica, shots of whiskey accompanied by face slaps, and stuntmen on fire!

Check out the bugnuts video!

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Truth or Dare Interview With ‘Cheap Thrills’ Pat Healy

During the festival, Brian had a chance to sit down with Cheap Thrills star Pat Healy. Unfortunately, Brian ran into Chris first who issued his own dare. For every legitimate interview question Brian asked, Chris dared him to read an insulting/offensive question form a list he provided. Brian would then be paid for each one.

Would Brian do it? How long before Pat lost it? Check out the most dangerous interview OneOfUs.Net has ever done.  Cheap Thrills hits theaters in February and VOD in January. You do NOT want to miss it.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Last Round of Fantastic Fest Reviews

As Fantastic Fest wound to a close, amidst the sea of discarded beer bottles and empty Visine containers, Brian and Chris sat down for an extended review session to discuss what wowed them since they last drunkenly discussed the movies they’d seen.

The guys (including a special appearance by Luke Mullen) chat about such gems as Ti West’s The Sacrament, Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West, Blue Ruin, Metallica: Through the Never, & Why Don’t You Play in Hell.

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Infestation_200x200Infestation: Fantastic Fest Rap Featuring PHZ-Sicks

Fantastic Fest may be over, but we’re rolling out plenty more goodies to finish off our coverage. I guess what we’re saying is, The Infestation has not yet been quelled.

During the fest, One Of Us fan, and mad lyricist PHZ-Sicks basically free-styled this outstanding rap bringing people in the outside world up to speed with what’s been happening at the fest as well as some of the things that have transpired while we’ve been entrenched in the festival madness.

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Infestation_200x200Weekend Weird: Luke Mullen Slaps A Filmmaker At Fantastic Fest

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting our own Mr. Luke Mullen, he is one of the kindest, warmest, most jovial teddy bears on the planet. However, he is also completely fearless. So when the bizarre game known as Slap Shots made its way from TIFF to Fantastic Fest, Luke did not shy away.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest Day 3&4 Recap

Between shots, Chris & Brian gather to discuss the latest crop of movies they’ve seen during the third and fourth days of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.

They muse, they joke, they shut down the bar. But honestly, isn’t that usually the best way to ensure the Infestation spreads?

Give it a listen, and be prepared for an onslaught of more Fantastic Fest coverage over the next few days.

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 Infestation_200x200Video: The OneOfUs Mantra Echoes Through Fantastic Fest

In honor of our surging fest momentum, our own John Gholson, one of the stars of Infinite Variations, decided to make this Vine video of a number of press and industry people from all over the country delivering portions of the immortal One Of Us chant.

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Infestation_200x200The Infestation Afflicts The Original Gentlemen

Two mighty warriors who shall emerge triumphant from the Fantastic Fest fallout are two of OneOfUsNet’s Original Gentlemen.

Martin and Chris found a quiet moment during the madness to get together and review a bunch of the Fest films they’ve seen so far. They take a look at Man of Tai Chi, Grand Piano, Afflicted, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Cheap Thrills and more…

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Infestation_200x200There Is No Tomorrow: Fantastic Fest Interview with Randy Moore & Lucas Lee Graham

Chris got a chance to sit down and have a fun conversation with the director, Randy Moore, and the cinematographer, Lucas Lee Graham, for the surrealistic and wonderful Fantastic Fest film, Escape From Tomorrow.

Escape was filmed entirely in secret on the grounds of both Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim. This guerrilla filmmaking has captured the attention and imagination of festival audiences across the country and, barring any legal pitfalls, will almost certainly be widely released so that you may experience this wild ride (and we’re not talking Mr. Toad’s) for yourself.

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Infestation_200x200Fantastic Fest Day 1 Recap

Day 1 is in the books!

Chris and (a very weary) Brian sit down to discuss (briefly because again Brian was passing out) what they saw and what they experienced on the opening day of Fantastic Fest 2013.

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Infestation_200x200Introducing Infestation: Fantastic Fest Preview

Welcome to Infestation, OneOfUs.Net’s official festival and convention coverage feature. It seemed entirely appropriate that the festival with which we christen this ongoing feature would be Austin’s own Fantastic Fest

Brian and Chris discuss their most anticipated films of this year’s festival, but which will live up to their expectations?