I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
We’re officially in the spooky movie season, and Amazon Prime Video and Blumhouse Television are welcoming horror fans with four brand new films under the umbrella Welcome to the Blumhouse.
One of the terrors within the streaming anthology event is Bingo Hell, from director Gigi Saul Guerrero (The Purge series and Into the Dark series). It’s a horror-comedy that follows a band of elderly residents from a local community (Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell and Grover Coulson) fighting against a malicious bingo hall owner named Mr. Big (Richard Blake).
I mean, who doesn’t want to see some grandparents take on evil with shotguns?
Fresh Fiction recently had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Guerrero and co-writer Shane McKenzie (ABCs of Death 2.5) at the Austin-based film festival Fantastic Fest via Zoom video. We discuss Bingo Hell’s visual language, getting to see Caldwell kick some butt and building authentic character histories.
Enjoy the conversation below, and catch Bingo Hell and Black as Night on Amazon Prime Video today! Two more Welcome to the Blumhouse movies – Madres and The Manor – arrive on Friday to keep you up all night.