With 12 flicks In one year, is this the hardest working man in horror?
That’s a good question. It certainly sounds like it.
Bill Oberst, Jr. (Emmy Award Winner, Monstey Award Winner) sends us word of yet another bloody and exciting horror film on his 2013 docket. The teaser trailer for “Ditch” looks good, and we can’t wait to see more about this film, and all the others set to come out in coming months.
Our head monsters are most looking forward to indulging our love of obscure holiday monsters with “Krampus: The Christmas Devil.” We also can’t wait for a potentially clown-filled (and certainly scream-filled) double feature movie night with “Circus of the Dead” and “Circus of Dread,” the latter of which we posted about last Spring.
The updates Bill sent us are below. We will definitely keep you posted as we learn more about each and all of these projects.
A new teaser vid for the film Ditch has posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7dpPjCe8kA and the movie’s lead actor is slicing his way through more than half-naked nubile bodies: Bill Oberst Jr. is swinging for the title of Hardest Working Man In Horror.
Oberst is on track to complete roles in 12 independent horror/thriller movies by year’s end. The Los Angeles-based actor has just arrived in the woods of Kentucky to start shooting his 6th feature film of the year (The Dooms Chapel Horror) and is cast in 6 more genre features slated to go before the cameras in 2013. Oberst is already attached to 6 horror projects scheduled for shooting in 2014 and he has lead roles in 4 expected to be released this fall.
Thus far in 2013, Oberst has wrapped murderous, demonic or just plain creepy turns in Jason Hull’s Krampus: The Christmas Devil, Shane Wheeler’s The Fetish Set, Joseph Stachura’s Scream At The Devil, Jesse Baget’s The Black Water Vampire and Joe Hendricks’ Ditch. After John Holt’s The Dooms Chapel Horror, he’ll move on to Adam R. Steigert’s A Grim Becoming, Billy Pon’s Circus Of The Dead, two Todd E. Freeman films, Love Sick and the sequel to Cell Count entitled Cell Count 2: Blood Count, Edward Payson’s Squeal: The Harvest and Randy Fabert’s Autumn Moon.
So far in 2014, Oberst is scheduled to shoot Mark Savage’s Circus Of Dread, Jimmyo Burril’s The Bloody Clementines, Carl Lindbergh’s Blood Angel, Gregory Blair’s The Straying, Patrick O’Bell’s Lost Canyon Road and Joe Hendrick’s Lord Bateman.
After Dark Films has picked up Jordan McClure’s festival favorite Children Of Sorrow, with a wide release date announcement expected soon. Oberst won a Best Actor Award for his lead performance in McClure’s film at the Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood. His lead turns in Michael Bonomo’s Assassins, Gregory Blair’s Deadly Revisions and Trevor Juenger’s Coyote will all start hitting festival screens late this year.
On the non-horror front, Oberst’s role as a 19th century bounty hunter in Chris Eska’s The Retrieval played the SXSW Festival in Austin this year and got the actor his first mention in the industry trade mag Variety (“Oberst is chilling“) and his second Hallmark Channel TV-movie for director Michael Landon Jr. was a big ratings success over Mother’s Day weekend.
Oberst’s IMDb page lists 100 credits over the last 5 years. He’s best-known as the Facebook Stalker in director Jason Zada’s Emmy Award-winning ap Take This Lollipop and for his Lincoln in Richard Schenkman’s Asylum film Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies.
The actor, whom director Mark Savage says “has been deservedly called the new Lon Chaney,” enjoys the workload. “In the last 6 months I’ve chopped off a topless chick’s hand, killed a dozen people, had a bound woman spit in my face and kissed Lynn Lowry’s bloody corpse,” says Oberst “and it’s only June. I thank God for every minute. I love horror.“
Bill Oberst Jr. is represented by Gloria Hinojosa of AEF Talent (who also reps Danny Trejo and Sid Haig) and managed by Matt Chassin, whose stable of clients includes horror stalwarts Lynn Lowry and Camden Toy.