DAVE ALEXANDER

CO-CREATOR/CO-PRODUCER/CO-WRITER/HOST

As the co-owner and former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue – the world’s largest horror magazine – Dave Alexander is an expert on the Dark Side. He is currently Rue Morgue‘s Special Projects Manager and a writer an editor for Rue Morgue Library line of supplements, which he also created. Before joining Rue Morgue, he earned a degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Alberta, inevitably focusing his attention on genre cinema, and was a freelancer for publications such as SpinMaxim and the Edmonton Journal newspaper.
For a decade he programmed and hosted Rue Morgue’s monthly CineMacabre movie night screenings in Toronto, helped program Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear and Dark Carnival fan conventions, and has served as a jury member for Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Dave is also a published fiction writer, an award winning filmmaker, and has penned chapters for non-fiction projects, such as Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks, and various entries in the Rue Morgue Library series.
In 2012, he created If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror movie poster art show for Fantasia, which featured poster artists and established genre filmmakers collaborating on one-sheets for Canuck horror films that don’t exist, including Dave’s own creations, such as Farm of Frankenstein, Tundrasaur and Wucular Women of Winnipeg. He also appears regularly at fan conventions, on television and radio, and in documentaries – such as Zombiemania, Pretty Bloody, Fury of the Demon, Black Christmas LegacyWhy Horror?, 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters and Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business. He is also an executive producer on the horror shorts anthology Minutes Past Midnight.
He has also been developing a horror travel series with producer-director Bob Barrett, for which he’s interviewed Alice Cooper, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker, among others. Untold Horror is the story he’s been dreaming to tell other genre lovers for years.

 

MARK POLLESEL
CO-CREATOR/WRITER

A lifelong horror fan and storyteller, Mark gained hands-on experience working on feature film sets before embarking on a screenwriting program. Since graduating, he has penned a dozen horror movie scripts in a variety of subgenres – including a Loveraftian kids’ adventure, bloody crime thriller and a micro-budget ghost story – some of which are currently in development.
Looking to take his storytelling skills in another direction, Mark simultaneously turned to a childhood passion, pro wrestling, and in 2007 launched C*4 (Capital City Championship Combat), out of Ottawa, Ontario. Presenting a unique live experience by combining extreme athleticism with epic storytelling, under Mark’s direction C*4 has gained legendary status, regularly selling out every show. Additionally, the league has developed a loyal following internationally through DVD and VOD.
With various genre projects constantly in development or optioned, Mark’s aim is to hone his storytelling abilities and challenge himself. As a writer, creator and huge horror fan, he recognizes the great potential of Untold Horror to captivate an audience.

 

BOB BARRETT
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Bob’s storied career began at the legendary CityTV, where he spent seven seasons directing episodes of Movie Television. Looking for new challenges, he formed ACME Pictures, which successfully created high end corporate messaging, television ads and animated projects. Bob’s personal interest in documentary production subsequently saw him write and direct several projects, which have aired on Bravo, including Freedom (a contemporary dance series), Snapshot (a photo-themed documentary series) and Toller Cranston; The Art of Being, a one hour documentary on the legendary figure skater.
Bob then opened Maverick Media + Communications, which found him adding DOP to his resume. Directing, filming and producing internet content, Maverick has an impressive list of clients, including Loblaws, the University of Toronto, Pepsico and Evian. Currently, Bob is directing/shooting A Nation Soars, a documentary series on Canada’s ace pilots in WWI.
Over the years, Bob has also shot segments on numerous legends, including H.R. Giger, Lemmy Kilmister, the Ramones, Famous Monsters editor Forrest J Ackerman and Batmobile creator George Barris. More recently, while working with Dave, he’s sat down with Slash, shot interviews with John Landis and Takashi Miike, and gone bigfoot hunting in Texas.
Like Dave and Mark, Untold Horror is a labour of love for Bob, who’s driven to uncover the often bizarre, sometimes heartbreaking and always captivating tales behind the greatest horror movies never made.

 

KEVIN BURKE
PRODUCER

Kevin Burke has worked producing commercial and corporate video content professionally for over six years. Currently the in-house Video Producer for T1, a Toronto-based advertising agency, he has produced content for clients such as Dairy Farmers of Canada, Metro, Air Miles, Coca-Cola, and Mattel. An experienced Director, Editor, Cinematographer, and Motion Graphics Designer, Kevin’s highly-anticipated, feature-length, directorial debut, 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters, held its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX and will be released worldwide in 2017.

 

 

 

ANDREA BUTLER
PRODUCER

A fan of horror since setting eyes on the lurid VHS covers in her local video store as a young girl, Andrea has taken her love for the genre and made it her main focus of research and writing while having obtained a graduate degree in Cinema and Media Studies. She has given lectures and presented on various topics in horror, including film poster art, killer dolls, independent horror auteurs, and the erotic feminine in extreme European horror. Her writing on the genre has been published in Cinephile film journal, as well as on various film related blogs such as Flickophile and Rue Morgue. Andrea’s love of horror film poster art led her to become involved as a producer for the upcoming documentary on the topic, 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters, where the love of illustrated film art for genre films is explored and celebrated.