Kansas City Indie Film Wins Awards


Indie Horror film rises above a flooded marketplace due to an amazing cast, detailed and engrossing story and atmosphere that is both modern and familiar. Described as “Ambitious, modern and haunting, yet with a classic twist – with one foot in classic Horror films of the 70s and 80s and the other creating something fresh and original for modern Horror fans.”

The website is www.HouseofForbiddenSecrets.com -

The film stars Todd Sheets’ film regular Antwoine Steele in the lead, with acting support from several talented actors of film and television, such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead, Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Halloween 2), George Hardy (Troll 2), Allan Kayser (Night of the Creeps), Howard Maurer and Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS), Ari Lehman (Friday The 13th) and Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Films). Also in support are up and coming talent such as Nicole Santorella, Paxton Tarbell, Millie Milan, Brad Westmar and Iris Runyon.

“House of Forbidden Secrets” shot out of the gate with a BANG, Winning 6 awards at the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV where actress Dyanne Thorne attended. That was just the beginning. One month later, “House OF Forbidden Secrets” was selling out at the Alamo Drafthouse premiere as well as screening at the Tampa Pitcher Show in Florida to raise funds for the indie theater and their new projection system where it won love and respect of Horror fans and fellow film makers such as actor Joel D Wynkoop from Tim Ritter’s Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness. It is now touring America, with screenings set in various cities including the Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh. The film is gaining fans everywhere it plays, getting rave reviews and winning awards.... We truly hope we can be a included in your website, it looks like a perfect fit for us!!! This film is truly a one of a kind experience.

Below are some interesting points about Director Todd Sheets that you may consider:

In April 2012, director Todd Sheets had a heart attack and had to undergo Quadruple Bypass surgery, nearly losing his life. This resulted in Todd spending over 4 weeks in a hospital. While in the hospital Todd had quadruple bypass surgery and then a second surgery was needed due to complications. Having never drank alcohol, smoked or done drugs, it was a true mystery to the doctors as to what exactly had happened and it turned out to be mostly a genetic issue. Within a year of the heart attack Todd had not only finished the script, but finished the shooting and had began the editing process on “House of Forbidden Secrets.” He decided if he was going to come back, he wanted to show all he had learned in the years in between and make a film that is stylish, creative and larger than life. Something he could really be proud of. In 2013 Todd won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV. for his work on this film and for his contribution to low budget Horror cinema and for not only surviving, but coming back stronger than ever. There were complications and a second surgery was required. It was after the second surgery that Todd decided to get back into film, doing what he loves the most, directing and producing Horror films. In 2013, Todd was also chosen to be part of the anthology film "Hi-8" produced by Nightfall Pictures from producers Brad Sykes and Tim Ritter. For Todd being a part of Hi-8 was an incredible honor and a dream come true to work with many people whom he admires. Todd also completed SPIRITS in 2014, the film is also currently playing select theatrical dates and seeking VHS and DVD distribution, with several distributors expressing interest in the film.

House of Forbidden Secrets marks the 18th feature film for director Todd Sheets who began making Super 8 films in Kansas City at age 9. A true pioneer of micro-budget film making, Todd signed his first worldwide distribution deal when he was 18 years old, with B-Movie icon David DeCoteau that saw the raw talent in the young director and signed Todd to a 6 picture deal for Cinema Home Video. His early films, though crude, caught on with the Japanese, German and Italian markets. Todd grew up in Drive In Theaters and Grindhouses in the Midwest, a true “Monster Kid” from the 70’s, inspired by Famous Monsters of Filmland and Fangoria. His dream was to be a director. Any new medium that would become available gave Todd and his friends a new inspiration to make more films. Betacam, VHS, 8 mm, Hi-8, Super VHS… didn’t matter, he’d shoot on it. The rest is history. Todd disowns many of those early movies, yet fans of obscure underground cinema have embraced them. Todd counts his first film as “Zombie Bloodbath” in 1993, even though he had made several before it. As Todd grew, so did his films, eventually shaking lose his “zero budget” beginnings and winning film festival awards and acclaim in several countries. Todd’s film MOONCHILD even won the 2nd place Best Feature Film award at Kansas City’s own KAN Film Fest and an award was presented to Todd by none other than Dee Wallace! Todd strives to grow with each film as a director and an artist and to entertain as many people as possible with his films. It seems to be working as his newer films are winning awards and gaining critical respect.

You may contact Amanda Payton through Extreme Entertainment at Nightwatchpress@aol.com, or 913-515-8440 Interviews are available with Todd, cast and crew from House of Forbidden Secrets and SPIRITS.

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