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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and FanBolt.

During the early 1980s, Phalin’s love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street.’ From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects.

In his twenties, Mike met Steve ‘Uncle Creepy’ Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities.

After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E’s home improvement show ‘Fix This Yard’ in 2013. This event rekindled Mike’s love of the entertainment industry and pulled him out of his seven year retirement.

Since 2013, Phalin’s focus is creating an outlet for up and coming professionals, actors, and filmmakers via his Syxx Sense Interview Series. These videos can be found on YouTube, Vimeo, and TopBuzz.

Mike Phalin recently has been on set for many Netflix shows including Stranger Things, Lost in Space, and Altered Carbon.

Filmmaker Marko Mäkilaakso Talks ‘It Came from the Desert’

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In the early ‘90s CD-based games were just starting to emerge en masse. I was one of the first kids in the little town of Lutz who had a Tubrografx and it’s pricey CD add-on. The selection of titles was rather limited, but there was one title that stood out due to it’s 1950’s big […]

FanBolt Exclusive Interview: Director Christopher Lawrence Chapman Talks ‘Inoperable’

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Christopher Lawrence Chapman, a Tampa based filmmaker, stopped by the Syxx Sense studio for an exclusive interview for FanBolt. Chapman’s many hats include being a lawyer, photographer, director, producer, and writer. A few of those titles were employed during the creation and execution of his latest cinematic entry, the psychological thriller Inoperable starring horror legend […]

FanBolt Exclusive Interview: Filmmaker Val Vega’s ’18 Minutes’

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Actor turned filmmaker Val Vega sat down with FanBolt to discuss her upcoming short film, a suspenseful thriller called 18 Minutes. Val’s other directorial ventures include the short ACID PINK and an upcoming music video for Third World Don. Her acting credits include 2014’s V/H/S Viral and the Ashley Judd feature Trafficked to name a […]