"Your Premiere Micro-Budget Experience!"


April 24, 2011 - HorrorSociety.com

"...Murder Machine! is a very fun and entertaining micro budget slasher pic with some cool stunt and special effects work, a decent body count, and a very intense performance from the lead actor. It's definitely Twisted Spine's most professional production to date. I'm interested in seeing what they bring us next. "

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March 8, 2011 - Buried.com

"...The ending, though, is the kicker. I wasn't expecting that..."

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March 18, 2005 - The Plain Dealer


The folks at TwistedSpine Productions, who specialize in low-budget chillers, have unearthed a previously "lost" early effort called "The Gobbler." It's a grade-Z screwball romp about a college student investigating a series of murders. Can he learn the truth before an alignment of planets gives the killer mystical powers? Get your very own VHS or DVD copy of "The Gobbler" for $10 through the Twisted Spine Web site, www.TwistedSpine.com To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: jwashington@plaind.com, 216-999-4539
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March 2, 2005 - E-mail sent from TwistedSpine


The Cleveland Museum of Art, Give-A-Sheet Productions and TwistedSpine Productions would like to thank everyone for submitting to this years Fast Forward event. After record setting attendance, and rave reviews, there have already been inquiries about the next one. The answer is YES! Fast Forward is already an annual event and already in the works for next year. Over 10 hours of video was submitted for this event and we did everything we could to run them all. Thank you all again, and here is yet another opportunity to display your fine independent works. A very Special Thanks to the entire staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art.


Had none of those people ever been camping before? Those woods were neither dark nor deep. In fact, they were positively sylvan. Also, any camping spot you can drive to, however bad the road, isn't deep in the woods. Of course, I don't even want to think about the bitching and moaning that would have gone on if that bunch had to backpack somewhere. It does make me wonder how the police failed to find it, since it's relatively accessible and the psychologist apparently goes hiking there regularly. Perhaps they received the same training as the law enforcement in Seven Blood-Stained Orchids and TCM 2.

Aside from the insufficient darkness of the woods (which is really not their fault, I'm sure that's the darkest wood available in the greater Cleveland metro area), I could have done with a little more ranger and a lot less talking. I realize that it's cheaper to film people awkwardly flirting than it is to film an ex-Marine being beaten with a hammer, but come on, I can only take so much of the lawyer making sexist jokes before I get impatient for him to get killed already. Bring on the ranger! You have to like a killer who coordinates his outfits with his weapons and kills people with lawn darts. In fact, I think I'm going to capitalize his name and make him into The Ranger, deranged superhero, bringing the justice of the forest to citizens everywhere!

Ahem. Sorry about that. I got a little over-excited. You can see why I was disappointed when (giving away the big secret here) the institutionalized lone survivor turned out to be the real killer. Don't give me The Ranger and then tell me you were just kidding. It's not nice to tease.


May 19, 2004 - Scene Magazine


On Saturday, filmmaker Robert C. Banks will give fans a movie-making primer at the TwistedSpine.com Micro Film Fest , which features 12 hours of Indie screenings. Banks will explain how his own bizarre films ("sequential paintings," he calls them) are manipulated through bleaching film stock and tinting black-and-white negatives. Screenings start at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4730 Broadview Road. Admission is free. Call 216-749-2028 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
clevescene.com | originally published: May 19, 2004 | Link

May 5, 2004 - unspeakablemag.com


... Local filmmakers from Kent Speed Freak Productions showing their latest project "Demon Summer". 20 years ago the small town of Louisville, Ohio was stunned by the gruesome death of a local teenage girl. The case was shrouded in mystery and never resolved. The only man who knows the terrible secret of what happened that night wanders the streets in silence. When a group of meddling high school kids get too curious about the mystery, they inadvertently resurrect the evil. Now, no one is safe and only one thing is for sure- the town of Louisville will never be the same.

Unspeakablemag.com | originally published: May 5, 2004 | Link

May 22, 2004

1st Annual

March 5, 2004 - The Plain Dealer


Cleveland filmmaker Robert Banks and TwistedSpine Films will be guests on upcoming episodes of "The Midnight Movie," a movie and interview show that is available on Channel 15 for most Adelphia cable subscribers in Northeast Ohio. Hosts are Save Shurmer and Mike P.
The crew from TwistedSpine will talk about it's latest effort, "The Deep Dark Woods 2: No Witnesses," said P, who is part of TwistedSpine. A sequel to the ultra-low-budget horror romp "The Deep Dark Woods," this movie returns to the scene of the crime. A man who survived the first bloody camping trip must convince authorities that a psychopathic park ranger was really to blame.
"No Witnesses" is schedules for release on DVD on Thursday, April 1, P said. It will be available on the TwistedSpine Web site, www.twsitedspine.com, and at the film company's tables at FrightVision and Cinema Wasteland. They are horror and nostalgia conventions taking place in Greater Cleveland this spring.
"The Midnight Movie" airs each week at 1 a.m. Saturday, midnight Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Monday. The "No Witnesses" filmmakers will be on "The Midnight Movie" episode that premieres at midnight Saturday, March 27. Banks will be the guest on an episode that premieres at midnight Saturday, March 20.
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October 2003 - CinemaWasteland.com


Cinema Wasteland has always supported the "little guy" - the independent filmmaker who takes camera in hand and makes a movie for the simple love of making a movie. And over the years we've screen some damn fine micro-budget horror and exploitation films, but we've never had any locally produced stuff to screen at the show. until now! Director Ritch Yarber's DEEP DARK WOODS was shot in and around the convention area, so it doesn't get any more "local" than this. DEEP DARK WOODS is a good ol' fashion "slasher" flick. It has a group of young people heading off to the woods to enjoy a weekend of drinking, debauchery, and all the assorted fun you have trying to convince the unattached females in the group to go off alone with you into the night. It also has a demented park ranger more willing to teach the campers that they should never break the law of the woods. And he does this by example. Mostly be killing off the cast. And just like the lesbian double murder scene that starts the film off. DEEP DARK WOODS is short, sweet, and to the point. It clacks a mere 60 minutes, including a few out takes and bloopers, so it doesn't waste a lot of time before things start to happen.
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July 2003 - UtterTrash.net


This shot on video micro budget slasher fest/comedy isn't exactly what I'd call a great movie, but it nonetheless entertains. 'TDDW' starts out with a silly and pointless pre-credits lesbian sex scene that had me thinking someone had sent a Vivid Video in the mail by mistake. Before things get too graphic in the sex department, however, the girls wind up getting hacked (offscreen) by a machete wielding psycho. We do see the girls covered in cherry Kool-aid after the fact, though. Now you might think this is just another "sex=death" murder scene, but the real reason the girls had to die was littering. It seems the local park ranger (Mike P) enforces the rules of the woods pretty harshly. After the credits finish, we get down to the movie proper as a group of typically dumb and obnoxious characters from slasher film central casting decide to go camping. Of course they make the mistake of disrespecting nature and wind up being dispatched by the good natured by deadly ranger in a variety of painful ways. Director Yarber obviously knows the limitations of his effects crew on what had to be a really low budget so most of the gore effects are either post mortem or relatively simple. This keeps you laughing at the intended jokes instead of shoddy effects work. The acting isn't too shabby for a no budget film either. All the performances are acceptable, and P as the ranger has definite charisma. The videography and editing are pretty amateurish but passable for this sort of thing. My biggest problem with the film's technical aspects is the sound. Next time around, I'd recommend to Yarber that he have his actors come back and redub their lines in post production and beef up the presence of the background music. Also this is kind of short (just under an hour) but nonetheless worth a watch. You can order a copy for $19.95 at www.twistedspine.com on DVD or VHS. For that price you'll also get a soundtrack CD featuring several NE Ohio bands.
UtterTrash.net | originally published:July 2003 | Link

June 2003 - The Willowick Courier


TwistedSpine.com Films, the creator of the hit 2001 Cleveland cult film "Transylvania Police Monster Squad," have struck again. The Cleveland based film company's latest effort "The Deep Dark Woods" is now available online from www.TwistedSpine.com.
The Films depicts the tale of a group of campers whose weekend goes awry when they unknowingly challenge "The Law of the woods." This nostalgic but quirky homage to the eighties slasher flicks features and all Cleveland cast as well as musical performances by upcoming local bands. The film previewed to a standing room only crowd at the FrightVision convention in March and interest in the feature has spread consistently across the country.
Treat yourself and your friends to some quality hometown entertainment by visiting TwistedSpine.com today.
The Willowick Courier | originally published:June 2003

June 6, 2003 - The Plain Dealer


Who says making movies id always expensive and time-consuming? The crew at TwistedSpine need just one day to shoot its quirky horror movie, "The Deep Dark Woods." and one day more to turn a profit selling the DVD at a local horror convention.
"We're the premier low-budget movie experience," said TwistedSpine president Ritch Yarber of Strongsville.
Most of the TwistedSpine crew works at the Giant Eagle warehouse in Bedford Heights, where an interest in movies and moviemaking brought them together. "No one's going to give a bunch of guys [like us] money to make a movie, "Yarber said. "We just go do it."
The group hashes out story ideas, votes on decisions, divides up the filmmaking duties and share costs. The combined budgets of their first two movies, "Transylvania Police Monster Squad" and "The Deep Dark Woods," cost less than a good used car. "Deep Dark Woods" may lack slick camera techniques, but it has a silly sense of humor and a clever twist on a slasher plot. A group of kids ready to party on the woods runs afoul of the Ranger, who takes the rules very seriously. "Deep Dark Woods" is available on DVD for $19.95 at www.TwsitedSpine.com and at O'Malley's.
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April 30, 2003 - Scene Magazine


The latest release from Cleveland film company TwistedSpine.com, The Deep Dark Woods, features a soundtrack boasting eight local bands , including quarrelsome Parma punks Pride of Ohio , one-man industrial maelstrom the Donner Party , and local power-pop combo This Is Exploding . Visit www.twistedspine.com for details on how to get copies of the disc and the movie, which contains plenty of gore and a gratuitous lesbian scene.
clevescene.com | originally published: May 19, 2004 | Link