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Wreak Havoc Productions, llc

 
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WREAK HAVOC PRODUCTIONS, LLC is a small, independent film production company owned and operated by filmmakers Dan Sellers and company Vice President, Sammie Cassell.

While this production company is merely a hobby for Dan, the goal is to turn it into a thriving business by producing quality short and feature-length films, and other creative endeavors.  So far we've produced and released feature films, several shorts, and are producing a handful of other films in pre-production and post-production.  Also, we host a bi-weekly podcast and manage an international horror film festival.  This production company is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

A HISTORY OF THE COMPANY:

Wreak Havoc Productions, LLC is a small independent film production company based out of Greensboro, NC.

Dan Sellers began making films with the 2014 horror-comedy Hank vs. The UndeadHank was originally intended to be a short film, an exercise in filmmaking, just for the fun of it.  However, as production got underway, a bigger story presented itself and scope of the film was broadened.  Dan was tasked with handling many of the basics of filmmaking by himself; from writing the script, to casting and scouting locations.  He even researched cheap and practical special effects and built apparatuses used in making the film.  Before Wreak Havoc Productions was established, Dan and his wife Lauren self-financed Hank and relied mostly on the hard work of friends and family to complete the film.  Hank was filmed between Guilford County and Dan's hometown of Anson County, where the classics The Color Purple and Evil Dead 2 were filmed.  On Halloween of 2014, Hank vs. The Undead premiered in Greensboro and eventually was released on DVD in October of 2015 by RetroVision Entertainment.  The DVD is still a big seller for the company and features: a producers' commentary, a making-of doc, a make-up tutorial, a theatrical screenings doc, a short film, and original cover art.  Hank had six theatrical screenings and was accepted into numerous film festivals. 

 

Dan followed up the making of his first feature film, with the pseudo-sequel Hank vs. Dracula, which finds the hero of Hank vs. The Undead back on the screen, this time facing a much more sinister enemy.  Hank vs. Dracula is a short film in the style of a fake grindhouse-style trailer.  After a theatrical premier screening, Hank vs. Dracula was released on the Hank vs. The Undead DVD, and has subsequently been featured in numerous festivals.  Much of the original cast returned including Colton Snodgrass as "Hank," Kristal Renwick as "Leslie" and Sammie Cassell as "The Hobo." 

 

After meeting on the set of Hank vs. The Undead in 2013, Dan and Sammie have gone on to collaborate again and share a partnership in Wreak Havoc Productions, of which Sammie Cassell is Vice President.  Sammie also went on to co-star in their next short-film Dark Heat a segment for the feature film anthology, Witching Hour II from Brain Juice Productions.  Dan also serves as an Associate Producer on the film, which is scheduled for release in 2016.

 

The collaboration between Sammie and Dan continued to Wreak Havoc Productions' next feature film, a documentary entitled Sammie the Comic Book Man.  This film tells the story of Sammie's talks to school-aged kids about the wonders of comic books and in doing so sparks creativity and a newly found love of reading.  This film became collaboration with Rose Lane Productions, a new company by Darren and Patti Blackburn.  

 

In October of 2015, Wreak Havoc Productions launched their very own festival event called "The Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival."  The Film Fest is an international, juried festival or shorts and feature films in the horror genre.  The first festival was held at the historic Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro, NC.  After a successful first year, the festival is expanding and moving to the beautiful Carolina Theatre of Greensboro and will return for its second year on September 30th through October 1st, 2016.

 

In January 2016, Dan and Sammie premiered a bi-monthly podcast to discuss their favorite movies called, "The Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast."  The podcast frequently features guests from the filmmaking community and covers films from all genres and all eras.  It's available on numerous platforms including iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher and iHeartRadio.

 

Dan and Sammie continue to focus their efforts for Wreak Havoc Productions between numerous projects and are already developing a horror short film called Midnight Shift and a documentary short called Trouble Will Cause and a horror-comedy feature film entitled The Boogeyman of Black Mountain.  

 

 

 

 

 

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2015 - 2017 Screenings & Convention Appearances

 

Caper Con - Hank vs. The Undead Screening September 12, 2015 in Sydney, NS

 

Hank vs. Dracula World Premier October 3rd, 2015 - Greensboro

 

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival October 9th - 10th, 2015 in Wadesboro, NC

 

Tryon International Film Festival - Hank vs. Dracula screening October 9th, 2015 in Tryon, NC

 

Horror in the Hills Film Festival - Hank vs. The Undead Screening October 17th, 2015 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 

Fright Night Horror Weekend Film Fest - Hank vs. Dracula screening October 18th, 2015 in Louisville, KY

 

Market Place Cinema's Social Short Film Festival - Dark Heat Premier November 8th, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC

 

Martinsville Horror Fest November 13th - 16th, 2015 in Rocky Mount, VA

 

Mad Monster Party March 25th - 27th, 2016 in Charlotte, NC

 

The Indie Horror Film Festival - Hank vs. The Undead Screening April 15th - 17th, 2016 in Gatlinburg, TN

 

Winston-Salem Comic Con April 23rd, 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC

 

Killuride Film Fest Screening Hank vs. Dracula and Dark Heat May, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Heroes Con 2016 June 17th - 19th in Charlotte, NC

 

Sammie the Comic Book Man presents The 1st Annual Patrick County Young People's Work Shop & Art Show

August 20th, 2016 at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, VA

 

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival Sept. 30th - Oct. 1st, 2016 at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC

 

World Premier of Witching Hour II October 7th, 2016 at RED Cinemas in Greensboro, NC

 

Tryon International Film Festival: Dark Heat Oct. 7th - 9th, 2016 in Tryon, NC

 

Sick Chicks Flicks Film Festival: Dark Heat Nov. 5th, 2016 in Cary, NC

 

Halloween International Film Festival: Hank vs. The Undead October, 2016 in Kill Devil Hills, NC

 

Fright Night Film Festival: Dark Heat November 25 - 27, 2016 in Louisville, KY

 

World Premiere of Sammie the Comic Book Man 

December 2nd at 7:30 at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, VA

 

Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man BUY TICKETS NOW!

December 16th at 7:00 at Market Place Cinemas in Winston-Salem, NC

 

Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man with Q&A Panel

11:00 am on Saturday, March 25th at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA

 

Live Recording of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast

11:00 am on Sunday, March 26th at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA

 

Best of the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival

1:00 pm on Sunday, March 26th at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA

 

Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

March 19th at NC Comic Con (Oak City) in Raleigh, NC

 

Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

6:00 pm on March 26th at Geeksboro Coffeehouse & Cinema in Greensboro, NC

 

 

Film Festival Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

April 14th - 15th at the Glass Tulip Film Festival in Washington, NC

 

Film Festival Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

April 29th at the Eastern NC Film Festival in Winterville, NC

 

Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

May 2017 at the a/perture cinema in Winston-Salem, NC

 

Con Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

June 2nd - 4th at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC

 

Con Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man

June 16th - 18th at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC

 

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival

September 22nd & 23rd at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC

 

 

 

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The Wreak Havoc guys have their very own podcast to discuss movies.  Hosted by Sammie Cassell and Dan Sellers, the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast discusses a wide variety of movies, from Action-Comedies to Dramas.  This show is released every other week and frequently features filmmaking guests. 

Don't forget to check out our Official Facebook Page!  We're available for download on the following platforms:

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wreak-havoc-film-buffs-podcast/id1076142576

GooglePlay Music: https://play.google.com/music/m/I6732x36rk3nlczfocqvk5ougja?t=Wreak_Havoc_Film_Buffs_podcast

iHeartRadiohttp://www.iheart.com/show/263-Wreak-Havoc-Film-Buffs-po/

Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dan-sellers/wreak-havoc-film-buffs-podcast?refid=stpr

Or stream us directly from Liberated Syndication:

1. Where We're Going We Don't Need Radio Back to the Future

2. The Schwartz Awakens - Spaceballs

3. Get Busy Listening or Get Busy Dying - The Shawshank Redemption with Zack Fox

4. The Name's Bond, Ja...Eh, You Know My Name - Casino Royale with Zack Fox

Part I

Part II

5. Mini-Episode: Spectral Evidence - SPECTRE

6. Chewie, We're Home - Star Wars The Force Awakens 

Part I

Part II

7. Watch Out, It's Behind You! - It Follows 

8. From the Files of Enrico Pallazzo - The Naked Gun with Tom Gore 

9. Mini-Episode: Knobby - Knob Goblins 

10. This is my Microphone, this is my gun - Full Metal Jacket with Tom Gore  

11. Double Feature Part I: Superman Begins - Man of Steel with Mark Bowers 

12. Double Feature Part II: Batman Lives - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with Mark Bowers and Sarah DeLong 

13. The Kid Stays N The Picture: Purple Rain with Morgan Meyers

14. I'm Your Huckleberry: Tombstone with Morgan Meyers

15. Mini-Episode: Captain Deadpool! - Deadpool 

16. This is the Zodiac Speaking: Zodiac with Mark Burger

17. Some Folks Call It A Podcast: Sling Blade with  Whitney Collazo & Jacob Allen 

18. Night Terrors: A Nightmare on Elm Street with Whitney Collazo & Jacob Allen 

19. The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski with Adam Sellers

20. No One Dies Harder than John McClane: Die Hard with Adam Sellers

21. There's No Crying in Podcasts: A League of Their Own with Ashley Meyers

22. Remembering Sammy Jankis with Stephen Tobolowsky - Memento with Stephen Tobolowsky 

23. Who You Gonna Call? - Ghostbusters with Ryan Daniel Thompson

Part I

Part II

24. These Are The Podcasts That Built America: Gangs of New York

25. Mini-Episode: Dead by Dawn - Evil Dead Uproot with Matthew Powell & LJ Landrum

26. Welcome Horror Fans!: Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival with Chad Hunt, Jacob Allen & Whitney Collazo

27. Don't Go Into The Woods - The Blair Witch Project with Chad Hunt

28. Mini-Episode: The Original Hollywood Horror Show

29. The Power of Sammie Compels You! - The Exorcist with Chad Hunt

Part I

Part II

30. Another Day in the Office - Office Space with Chris Demm

31. Hitchcock's Masterpiece and Obsession - Vertigo with Chris Demm

32. Mini-Episode: Our Documentary - Sammie the Comic Book Man

33. The Doctor Is In - Marvel's Doctor Strange

34. Christmas Vacationing with Tom Ackerman - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 

35. Podcast Celebrity Call-In's Vol. 1

36. We're On A Mission From God! - The Blues Brothers

37. The Podcast That Burns Twice As Bright... - Blade Runner

38. Winter is Coming - Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Alex Folmar

Part I

Part II

39. What's The Most You Ever Lost In A Coin Toss? - No Country For Old Men with Alex Folmar

40. By Sammie's Hammer: Galaxy Quest LIVE from MystiCon! - Galaxy Quest with Tom Gore

41. Angela's Secret - Sleepaway Camp with Jaysen Buterin and Felissa Rose

42. It's NOT the Muppet Show - The Dark Crystal with Jaysen Buterin

43. What's in the Box? - Se7en

44. Dante's Inferno - Clerks 

45. Mini-Episode: From the set of Midnight Shift

46. Hot Pursuit - Smokey and the Bandit with Chad Hunt

47. Quid Pro Quo, Clarice - The Silence of the Lambs with Annie Titus 

Part I

Part II

48. Who Cut the Swiss Cheese? - Swiss Army Man 

49. You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat - Jaws 

50. Podcast Celebrity Call-In's Vol. II (6/30/17)

51. Alien: Covenant with Jeff Cochran (7/7/17)

52. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Jeff Cochran (7/21/17)

Upcoming episodes:

  • Sleepers
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
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CAROLINA HAINTS

Coming in the fall of 2017, Wreak Havoc Productions in association with A Darker World will bring you a new podcast about the things that go bump in the night.  

Hosted & Produced by Dan Sellers

Written by Jeffrey Cochran

 
 
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WREAK HAVOC HORROR FILM FEST

sept 22nd - 23rd, 2017

at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

 

The 2017 Wreak havoc horror film fest is underway!  

In 2017, we're returning to the beautiful Carolina Theatre of Greensboro to bring you this third annual international film festival.  The show will be featured in The Crown on the 2nd floor of the Carolina Theatre.  

Check out the Official Website at: www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com 

 

2016 Official Selection

Feature Films:

Coffin Baby (US) 96 mins

Getting Schooled (US) 83 mins

Peelers (US) 95 mins

 

Short Films:

Cauchemar Capitonne (Canada) 9:20

Gingerbread (US) 10:45

Bill's Landscape and Exorcism Service (Canada) 5:00

Nasty (UK) 15:09

Scary Little Fuckers (A Christmas Movie) (US) 23:30

The Marshalls (UK) 3:15

Don't Let the Light In (US) 9:05

Grace (Canada) 9:35

The Watcher (US) 2:51

Hada (Spain) 9:00

I Love You So Much It's Killing Them (Canada) 14:30

Silently Within Your Shadow (UK) 14:02

The Tell-Tale Heart Sisters (US) 20:00

Tetras (France) 5:41

They Will All Die In Space (Spain) 14:47

Blurred Vision (US) 7:25

Lab Rats (UK) 14:59

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (US) 13:10

Knob Goblins (US) 7:35

 

Awards were presented to the following films:

I Love You So Much Its Killing Them - Best Picture (The Hank Award)

I Love You So Much Its Killing Them, Joel Ashton McCarthy - Best Director

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir, Michael Lorz - Best Actor

I Love You So Much Its Killing Them, Alex Duncan - Best Actress

Knob Goblins - Best NC Film

Coffin Baby - Best Special Effects

2015 Official Selection

Feature Films:
The Mothertown (UK)
Wonder Valley
RWD
Don’t Speak (from Spain)

Short Films:
Dark Corridors
My Favorite Holiday
Harvest (Australia) 
This Neighborhood
RockZtar (Argentina) 
The Case of Evil
Like Father (Canada)
Shhh (Canada) 
Dead Hearts (Canada) 
Paralysis (Indonesia) 
How I Ate Your Mother (UK) 
Zombies 4 Kids (Portugal) 
Last Bus After Midnight (Norway) 
April
Garaged
400 Ways to Kill A Vampire
Budget Cuts (Australia) 
Dring of the Dead (France)
After School Special
Sobrevivo
Leashed (UK) 
Parallel (Mexico) 
Painkiller
Light Games (Italy) 
Shi (Japan) 
The Outer Darkness (UK) 
Inescapable
No Life (Spain) 
Hominid
The Peripheral
Mr. Dentonn (Spain)

Awards were presented to the following films:

Dead Hearts - Best Picture (The Hank Award)

Painkiller, Jeremiah Kipp - Best Director

My Favorite Holiday, Nathan Tymoshuk - Best Actor

Wonder Valley, Suziey Block - Best Actress

 

 

Midnight shift

 
 

now in production.

 

Sgt. Brown answers the worst call of his career and steps into something for which he's totally unprepared.

 

Cast/Crew

Director/Writer: Dan Sellers

Producers: Sammie Cassell, Dan Sellers, Whitney Collazo, Jacob Allen, Heidi G. Cass & Jeffrey Cochran

Associate Producers: Joey Lettieri & Chad Hunt 

Consulting Producer: Alaina Damewood

Production Design: Jacob Allen

Makeup Effects & Costume Design: Whitney Collazo

Cinematographer/Editor: Dan Sellers

Assistant Director: Tom Gore

2nd Unit Director: Zack Fox

Visual FX: Chris Scarlette

Score: Judson Hurd

 

Rev. Eliza Obadiah: Joan Schuermeyer

Stephen: Willie Raysor

Sgt. Brown: Tom Gore (voice)

Rosalyn: Robyn Shute

Bert: Sammie Cassell

Angie: Allie Brock

Sheriff Campbell: Jeff May

D. A. Baxter: Heidi G. Cass 

 
 

Trouble Will Cause

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Coming in 2018...

Wreak Havoc Productions is developing a new short documentary about the Lawson Family Murders of Christmas Day, 1929 in Germanton, NC.  

 
 
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sammie the comic book man

Sammie the Comic Book Man is a feature length documentary brought to you by WREAK HAVOC PRODUCTIONS and ROSE LANE PRODUCTIONS.  Sammie follows comic book nerd, Sammie Cassell as he gives a series of presentations to elementary school kids about the wonders of comic books.  Through these talks, Sammie is able to engage young readers on a new level and create lasting impacts.  

For more information on this film, please visit:

The Official Facebook Page

IMDb page for the documentary

Screenings

  • World Premiere of Sammie the Comic Book Man - December 2nd, 2016 in Critz, VA
  • Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - December 16th, 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man with Q&A Panel - February 25th, 2017 in Roanoke, VA
  • Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - March 19th, 2017 at NC Comic Con (Oak City) in Raleigh
  • Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - 6:00 pm on March 26th, 2017 at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema in Greensboro
  • Film Festival Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - April 14th 15th, 2017 at the Glass Tulip Film Festival in Washington, NC.
    • WINNER of the Best Documentary and Best Full Length Film Awards!
  • Film Festival Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - April 29th, 2017 at the Eastern NC Film Festival in Winterville, NC
  • Con Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - June 3rd & 4th at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC
  • Con Screening of Sammie the Comic Book Man - June 16th - 18th at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC

DARK HEAT

 

Our short film Dark Heat premiered on November 8th, 2015 to audiences at the first annual Market Place Cinema Short Film Social Gala in Winston-Salem, NC.  Dark Heat has since screened in numerous film festivals, including the Halloween International Film Festival, the Tryon International Film Festival, the Fright Night Film Festival, the Killuride Film Festival and the Sick Chicks Flicks Film Festival.   

Starring Ryan Daniel Thompson and Sammie Cassell, this short film is a film noir, horror story about a mysterious package that holds the fate of those who possess it.  Set in the mid-40's, Dark Heat is a throwback to "The Twilight Zone" and films like The Maltese Falcon, but with a modern twist and an original score by Ryan Downing and cinematography by Zack Fox.  

Dark Heat was developed as the opening segment for the feature film anthology Witching Hour II from Brain Juice Productions. 

 

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Hank vs. The Undead is the first feature film from WREAK HAVOC PRODUCTIONS and tells the tale of a coward, Hank who embarks on a camping trip with his friends but quickly finds he must fight to stay alive as the zombie apocalypse begins.  Hank is a horror-comedy that was filmed entirely in North Carolina and has enjoyed a limited theatrical run and a DVD release by RetroVision Entertainment.  

"Hank" is also in the process of being adapted into a comic book series.

 

www.hankvstheundead.com - The Official Film Website

www.facebook.com/hankvstheundead - The Official Facebook Page