Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In A Few Short Days: OLD HABITS Movie Premiere & PARANORMAL Book Signing!!!


If you find yourself in the Nashville, TN, area this weekend (10/24 – 10/26), join me for these two fun events!

First up… on Saturday, October 24th, I will be signing copies of my paranormal book TENNESSEE GHOSTS at the Opry Mills Barnes & Noble, just across the parking lot from the historic Grand Ole Opry, from 1pm to 3pm. Here are the details:

515 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
PH: (615) 514-5000

The store sold out of books the last time I was there, so plan on arriving early.


Next… something a lot of people have been waiting for… the world premiere of OLD HABITS DIE HARD, starring myself, Kane “Jason” Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13TH, HATCHET), Tricia Cast (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), Roger Hewlett (THE CHANGELING, DEXTER), and Stacey Dixon (SHUDDER), takes place Monday, October 26th, at 7pm in the Belcourt Theater. Here are the details:

2102 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Box Office: (615) 383-9140
Main Office: (615) 846-3150

Tickets will sell out for this event, so go online and order yours today at the following link:

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009



If you are in the Nashville, TN, area this weekend (10/17 – 10/18), please stop by and join me at 2 fun locations… The October Comic And Horror Festival and Death Row Haunted House!

The October Comic And Horror Festival features a variety of multi-media guest, including actors such as myself, Brian O’Halloran (CLERKS), Dick “Michael Myers” Warlock (HALLOWEEN 2), Glenn Shadix (BEETLEJUICE), Daniel Taylor (RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING), Playboy Playmate Alex del Monaco (THONG GIRL 4), and Mike Christopher (DAWN OF THE DEAD)… as well as comic book personalities and artists such as Billy Tackett, Chris Claremont (X-MEN), Jeff Preston (EXCALIBUR STUDIOS), Sean Taylor (GENE SIMMONS DOMINATRIX), Bobby Nash (EVIL WAYS), Gary Friedrich (GHOST RIDER), George Bonilla (ZP INTERNATIONAL)… and many, many more!

This show is always good time! Stop by and join us on Saturday and/or Sunday at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for the fun. More info can be found here:

Also, this weekend…. SATURDAY NIGHT (10/17) ONLY… Join me, Dick “Michael Myers” Warlock (HALLOWEEN 2), and Mike Christopher (DAWN OF THE DEAD) at one of Nashville’s largest haunted attractions, Death Row Sanitarium Of Slaughter, signing from 7pm to 10pm.

The team at Death Row always put on a great show, so come on out and get the bejezzus scared out of ya! More info can be found here:

Hope to see you this weekend!
Jim O’Rear

Sunday, October 4, 2009

THE DEAD MATTER World Premiere


ABOVE: What lurks in the mist of THE DEAD MATTER?

The world premiere of the movie THE DEAD MATTER, featuring myself, Andrew Divoff (WISHMASTER, LOST), Tom Savini (FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, PLANET TERROR), and Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, ANGEL) was held this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, and what a screening it turned out to be! THE DEAD MATTER, directed by Edward Douglas (MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE) and co-produced by Robert Kurtzman (WISHMASTER, SCREAM, AUSTIN POWERS) and Gary Jones (XENA, HERCULES, ARMY OF DARKNESS), tells the story of a vampire relic with occult powers that falls into the hands of a grief-stricken young woman, played by Sean Serino (THE RAGE), who will do anything to contact her dead brother.

ABOVE: The aftermath of a vampire / zombie war in THE DEAD MATTER.

As most people who follow me know, I prefer to drive to events and movie sets that I’m working on, whenever possible, because it allows me to enjoy the country and culture that I would normally miss by just flying over it. So, I hopped in the car and left for Cleveland early Saturday morning, blaring jazzy and crooner-ific tunes from Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra on the stereo. During my drive I was treated to a beautiful sunrise and, later, some of the bluest skies I have ever seen in my life.

I think these sights were casual messages from God sent to remind me that it’s not the grand, earth-shattering events that make life worth living… it’s the simple pleasures that most of us take for granted every day that really make life special. And, to reaffirm that God has a sense of humor, notice my GPS moving average speed for the journey:

I know… I know… You want me to stop messing around and get on with it. So, here ya go!

ABOVE: Jim O’Rear as Vampire Junkie Ernie in THE DEAD MATTER.

I arrived in Cleveland early enough to take a look around Tower City, the location where the world premiere was being held. Wow! What a sight. It was an enormous city inside a city, basically. I was quickly amused by the mix of people wandering through the area. You see, Taylor Swift was playing a concert across the street. Looking through the crowd, you could see an interesting blend of horror fans and cowboy-boot-wearing country teen idol fans. Okay… maybe I was the only one amused at this sight.

ABOVE: Jim O’Rear and Jason Carter.

The first person I ran into was Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, ANGEL, CHARMED). He had arrived early, as well, and was desperately needing a smoke break. We stepped outside and briefly caught up with each other on our travels before going into the theater for check in.

ABOVE: Jason Carter… vampire slayer!

Stepping into the lobby of the theater I was immediately greeted with a hug and a handshake from Andrew Divoff (WISHMASTER, LOST, CSI: MIAMI). I found out that Andy has been spending a lot of his extra time working on his yard at home. I tried to convince him that I needed some work done at my home, too, but couldn’t talk him into taking on the extra job!

ABOVE: Jim O’Rear and Andrew Divoff.

ABOVE: Andrew Divoff as Vellich… master vampire.

It wasn’t long before Andy and I were joined by Robert Kurtzman (WISHMASTER, SCREAM, PULP FICTION) and his lovely wife, hands full of popcorn, and Gary Jones! Bob and Gary, both, have a lot of interesting things going on, right now… some of which I can’t currently mention… but, keep your eyes open for more news from these multi-talented gentlemen in the near future!

ABOVE: Jim O’Rear and Robert Kurtzman.

Soon, I heard a familiar voice behind me calling my name. I turned around to be greeted by Tom Savini, looking great, as always. We caught up on a few things and he filled me in on the details of MACHETE, Robert Rodriguez’s new film that Tom just finished working on with Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Don Johnson, and the list goes on. What a cast lineup!! From what Tom tells me, this film is not to be missed!

ABOVE: Jim O’Rear and Tom Savini.

ABOVE: Tom Savini as Sebed in THE DEAD MATTER.

It was time for the movie to begin so we all filed into our reserved seats. The film was premiering to packed houses on two screens in the multiplex. Within just the first few minutes I was completely drawn into the movie as it opened with a bang… a war between humans, zombies, and vampires. It’s a movie filled with action, mystery, monsters, and a really wicked sense of humor. It becomes very apparent that this film was made for horror fans by horror fans. One thing that genre hounds will be happy with, as well, is that the movie doesn’t treat you as if you’re stupid. Forget about explaining how to a destroy a zombie by killing the brain or preaching that vampires don’t like sunlight and crosses… the filmmakers figured that if you are sitting in the theater watching this movie then you already know the history of the monsters involved. It was a fantastic and refreshing change! Not only that... the story told in this film is completely original. I’ve been watching horror movies a long time and I can honestly say that I have not seen this story on screen before.

ABOVE: One of the many zombies to be found in THE DEAD MATTER.

I can’t say enough good things about this film. Ed Douglas and the entire cast and crew really poured their hearts into it. The acting, music, cinematography, makeup, special effects… everything is top notch. I can’t wait until this one reaches the general public to see how the genre audiences react.

ABOVE: The crowd travels up the marble staircase toward the premiere’s after-party.

After the screening it was time to cut loose and have a good time with the cast and crew at the after party. The crowd moved toward the great marble staircase and headed upstairs. This was another fun-filled event loaded with food, drinks, music, slideshows, and more. I missed seeing Sean Serino (THE RAGE) at the screening so she was the first one I had to hug at the after party. Sean does a great job in this film as the female lead, carrying the bulk of the story on her shoulders.

ABOVE: Sean Serino and Jim O’Rear.

The party got started as more of the cast and crew filed in, including C.B. Spencer (ALLY MCBEAL), Brian Van Camp (NEW WORLD DISORDER), Donna Williams (THE RAGE), Al Tuskes (MEN IN BLACK 2, GODZILLA, PLANET OF THE APES), Chris Robichaud, David Greathouse (POWER RANGERS, TALES FROM THE CRYPT), comic book model Nutopia Kim, and more. Of course, there was also writer, producer, director Ed Douglas, who deserved all of the praise he was getting that evening.

ABOVE: Ed Douglas and Jim O’Rear.

I could go on and on telling you about the event, but let’s have some of the photos do the talking instead…

ABOVE: Ed Douglas greets the crowd as C.B. Spencer and Jason Carter clown around behind him.

ABOVE: Andrew Divoff and Brian Van Camp watch the events onstage unfold.

ABOVE: Robert Kurtzman and Andrew Divoff take to the stage for a duet! Just kidding!

ABOVE: Jessica Cameron and Jim O’Rear pose for the camera.

ABOVE: Sean Serino and Gary Jones mingle in the crowd.

It was a great night to go along with a great film. It was so nice to see everyone again and I hope that we all get to work together on another project in the near future. If you’d like to learn more about THE DEAD MATTER, check out the last issue of SCARS MAGAZINE (available for order at for a multi-page in-depth article about the making of the film.

Thanks for reading!!
Jim O’Rear

Friday, October 2, 2009

BOOZE CRUISE (A Working Title)


ABOVE: Ervin Ross (COONS), Director Jim Wynorski (RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING), and Jim O’Rear (THE DEAD MATTER) taking a break from BOOZE CRUISE (working title).

I just wanted to post a couple of quick photos from a new comedy film I recently completed with legendary director Jim Wynorski (RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING, VAMPIRELLA, TRANSYLVANIA TWIST) under the working title of BOOZE CRUISE. It was a blast to finally work with Jim on a film! Ervin Ross (COONS) and I play scientists in search of a sea monster… a subplot to the main focus of the film. I would equate our characters to the likes of Jay and Silent Bob from Kevin Smith’s comedies… the two idiots that the audience checks in with, from time to time, as the main story in the film progresses.

ABOVE: Ervin Ross and Jim O’Rear handle a bomb… a scene that was dropped from the original script.

Ervin Ross was great fun to work with and Jim Wynorski, really, just turned the two of us loose and allowed us to ad lib and make up a lot of our own dialogue. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to be shooting on the lake outside of Shelbyville, Indiana, and the cast and crew were gracious and kind.

ABOVE: Ervin Ross and Jim O’Rear clown around on set.

It was a great experience and I can’t wait to work with this group again in the near future! Thanks goes out to all for making this shoot a fun job! I’m looking forward to watching the finished project.

Thanks for reading,
Jim O’Rear