Michael J. Epstein is a Los Angeles filmmaker known for social-satire-horror Clickbait (2019), 70s-Euro-vampire Blood of the Tribades (2016), psychotronic-sci-fi Magnetic (2015), and the avant-mystery Ten (2014). He often co-writes, co-directs, and co-produces with his wife, Sophia Cacciola, with their production company, Launch Over.
2019 . Comedy, Horror, Thriller . 1h 20m
As Hollywood Juggler, Donald Trump. A college student who will do just about anything for Internet fame is kidnapped by a fan, and her reluctant roommate is the only one who can save her.
2015 . Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction . 1h 20m
As Subject of painting (uncredited). On December 31st, the Earth will be destroyed. Everything you know will become nothing. Maybe it already has.
2015 . Music, Animation, History . 1h 5m
As King Solomon (segment "Queen of Sheba"). Bring Us Your Women is an international anthology dedicated to women and the pursuit of divinity and freedom. The project seeks to tell existing and re-imagined stories of historic and mythical individuals, each presenting a message of humanity that transcends gender and religion.
2016 . Horror, Action, Crime . 2h 20m
As Bad Guy #1 (segment "John Smith"). Exploitation anthology from the twisted minds of established and up and coming directors from across the globe.
Executive producer. Party Time : The Music of Return of the Living Dead
2015 . Comedy, Drama . 40 m
Executive producer. Once upon a time in a cheap Jerusalem hotel room, Jesus and Judas are spending their time away from Nazareth between hot, sweaty, carnal love and preparing sermons for Jesus' growing fanbase. Enter Mary Magdalene, jealousy, Satan, and the Romans, and the once-perfect love affair between Judas and Jesus becomes a hellish ring of fire, leading Judas to betray his beloved Christ and the Romans to punish everyone for trying to turn everyone gay.
2020 . 1h 33m
As Pentheus (segment: Pride). 7 Sins is divided into seven segments, each one unique in its voice, acting, story, and style. While the seven deadly sins are cemented in Catholic Theology and are always the same, the interpretation by any single person is always different, and this assemblage is no exception. This film uses the themes within its subtext and introduces, and then wildly perverts, the punishments associated with the 7 Deadly Sins. The overall atmosphere is one of uneasiness that, in addition to a fair amount of disturbing visuals, is amplified by its pulse-pounding soundtrack. —Darkside Releasing
2020 . Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
As Mr. Keane (St. Patrick's Day). Voices...HORRIFIC Content...Right Here In The Holiday Of Horrors.
As couch TV couple. When super model and movie star Victor is shot on the fashion runway, he is sent to a purgatory chasm where he must journey through a TV archway and confront the demons of fame, fetish and vanity on his quest to redemption, amidst media saturation of the coverage of his apparent death. The Shackling is an experimental independent feature, shot entirely on Super VHS and Super 8 film, which comments on celebrity in a surreal, horrific and hysterical style, complete with comedic commercials interspersed throughout the main plot.
2018 . Horror . 1h 41m
Executive producer. An anthology of horror stories based on global conspiracy theories.
2019 . Documentary, Horror . 1h 46m
Executive producer. A documentary about the direct-to-video horror hits of the 90s.
Executive producer. Thirteen depicts the creatures vying for control of your subconscious while you sleep. Starring Sophia Cacciola and her mother, Julia Cacciola.