Spreading the SicknessAt TOETAG we specialize in creating artistic visions of the macabre. As an Independent Film Studio we are known for edgy original content. Our trademark EFX are award winning as well as cringe inducing. Along with producing original features TOETAG offers our filmmaking, EFX and creative services to other productions that would like TOETAG’s signature sickness.In addition to feature films we create horror inspired apparel, 2D and 3D art that we merchandize in our online store, at conventions, and through other resale outlets. To promote the underground culture we offer a platform for other artists as to achieve their vision by helping discuss, promote and possibly distribute their work. It is our ultimate goal to showcase there is an alternative to mainstream cinema thriving in the underground.
THE TOETAG CREW
Favorite Film: Frankenstein
After his pseudo-snuff classic August Underground (2001) gained the reputation of being the most disturbing movie ever made, Fred Vogel, co-founder of TOETAG INC., established himself as one of the most controversial filmmakers of the new millennium. August Underground’s MORDUM (2004) and August Underground’s PENANCE (2007) completed the violent Trilogy. In 2006, Vogel stepped away from the cinema-verite style he had used for the AU Trilogy and directed a linier tale entitled, The Redsin Tower, which showed his skill as a narrative director. Murder Collection v.1 (2009), Vogel’s 5th feature, is a mind opening look at how today’s new media has led to humanity’s desensitization to violence.
Also in 2009, Vogel co-directed MASKHEAD with screenwriter Scott Swan (co-writer of John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns) which has, much like his previous movies, drawn a cult following. In 2010 Fred directed his 7th film Sella Turcica (2010), which stars Camille Keaton (I Spit on your Grave) and tells a dramatic tale of a paralyzed soldier that returns from war to his family in worse shape than anyone at home could imagine. Fred Vogel is an award-winning director, whose passion for Horror has led him to create some of the most groundbreaking Underground films the genres ever seen.
Lead Special Effects
Favorite Film: The Exorcist
As the killer of TOETAG, Cruise is known for creating some of the most realistic and brutal EFX ever to be witnessed.
Director of Marketing
Favorite Film: Jaws
As one of the minds behind TOETAG, Shelby douses the world with her sickness as a producer, writer, and all-round artist. Through internalizing the chaos of everyday life she is able to harness the mayhem and create a blend of visceral art that is unique to the genre. She has produced all of the TOETAG films since 2003, acted, done still photography, costume design, and various other on-set jobs. As a writer her credits include “The Redsin Tower” and “Sella Turcica”.
In 2010 she was the production manager & photographer for Tom Savini’s segment “Wet Dreams”, for “The Theatre Bizarre”. Shelby has directed a scene in the Murder Collection entitled, “The Heist”, as well as recently directing and editing a short, “Stay” that appears on Jabb Pictures The Collective Volume III. Off set Shelby oversees the day to day functions of TOETAG, is a graphic artist, photographer, and screenprinter.
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A HISTORY OF SICKNESS
Two Sickos Meet
October 7, 1996
Fred Vogel (20) leaves New Jersey to study Special Make–up Effects. Jerami Cruise (18) leaves Ohio to study Graphic Design. The two meet at The Art
September 14, 1998
Fred Graduates and becomes an instructor at The Tom Savini Make-Up Effects Program. Cruise switches his major at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to learn the
The Birth of August Underground
August 4, 2001
Fred Vogel directs, produces and stars in his first feature film Fred Vogel’s August Underground while teaching at the Tom Savini Make-up Program.
October 12, 2001
Fred & Cruise meet fellow Art Institute graduate and underground filmmaker Michael T. Schneider (MagGot). The three discuss the possibility of working together to create a
November 15, 2001
Fred Vogel and Jerami Cruise create the TOETAG PICTURES name and logo in Cruise’s Millvale, PA apartment.
Killjoy & Vogel Meet
April 4, 2002
Fred meets Killjoy from the band Necrophagia. The two hit it off and start collaborating on something new that spreads the sickness through music and film.
Music Video Magic
August 6, 2002
Fred Vogel, Jerami Cruise, Michael T. Schneider and Killjoy start shooting footage for the Necrophagia music video Flowers of Flesh and Blood, which later became August
MagGot introduces Crusty
October 1, 2002
Michael T. Schneider introduces Cristie Whiles to Fred & Jerami. She begins creating art for AU and the look for TTP.
October 13, 2002
Fred Vogel, Jerami Cruise, and Michael T. Schneider are introduced to Shelby Jackson while working on the USS Nightmare haunted boat. She shoots photos for an
Breaking into the Morgue
October 22, 2002
Fred Vogel gives Rue Morgue Magazine owner Rod Guidino a copy of August Underground.
November 11, 2002
Fred, Jerami, Cristie, Michael, Killjoy film the sequel to AU called August Underground’s MORDUM under the name TOETAG PICTURES. Shelby gets involved acting and helping behind
December 1, 2002
The first article written on Fred Vogel’s August Underground is released in the Pittsburgh Pulp. It is written by Mike Watt.
Festival of the Macabre
December 13, 2002
At this event held at Rally Alley in Latrobe, PA, TOETAG PICTURES blew peoples minds with the first screening of footage from AUM. After that night Fred Vogel
AU VHS Released
January 1, 2003
Vogel releases 200 VHS copies of August Underground. Some include handwritten letters, photos, and restaurant guest checks. They were not numbered and often bootlegged.
May 2, 2005
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX supplied the props and blood for the film Mutilation Mile directed by Ron Atkins.
Arrested in Canada
August 26, 2005
En route to the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear horror convention in Toronto, the TTP gang is stopped for routine inspection, but their website throws up
October 15, 2005
Fred Vogel wins The Vanguard Filmmaker Award at the 2005 Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival.
January 24, 2007
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX handle the Make-Up Effects for Steve Mena’s Brutal Massacre starring staring David Naughton, Brian O’Halloran and Gunnar Hansen.
February 10, 2007
Jerami Cruise directs Rue’s music video “The Locust” and Papa Pill’s “The Murderer is Back” for the August Underground’s Penance DVD.
Closing The TOETAG Shop
March 1, 2007
TTP Studios closes the doors to the Shop in Bellevue, Pennsylvania
The Redsin Tower Plays Fantasia
July 22, 2007
The TOETAG Crew head to the Great White North to screen Redsin at The famous Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
AUP and Snuff Editions Arrive on DVD
October 5, 2007
TOETAG Pictures releases August Underground’s Penance on DVD as well as the AUM,and AUP Snuff Edition’s limited to 1,000 copies.
Killing it in Florida
October 13, 2007
The Redsin Tower wins 2 awards for Best Actress and Best EFX at the Freak Show Horror film Festival in Orlando Florida.
Opening the Studio
March 15, 2008
TTP Studios reopens a larger facility 7,000sq.ft on the West End of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. TOETAG plan for the next evolution of the Sickness.
Vampires in the Dominican
July 20, 2008
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX create the make-up effects for the film “Al Fin Y Cabo.”The first vampire film shot in the Dominican Republic.
We Need More Gore
August 30, 2008
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX creates 2nd Unit make-up effects for the film “Bereavement” directed by Stevan Mena.
Killing at the Chelsea
February 11, 2009
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX creates the make-up effects for the film “Hotel Chelsea” directed by Jorge Valdes-Iga
Time For Some Murder
February 14, 2009
TOETAG Pictures goes into production in their 5th feature film Murder Collection Vol.1 directed by Fred Vogel.
Farewell to Crusty
February 25, 2009
Founding TOETAG Pictures member Christie Whiles leaves the company to pursue her own endeavors.
Murder Collection comes to DVD
April 4, 2009
TOETAG Surprises the fans with Murder Collection Vol.1 a collection of murder clips hosted by the fictional character Balan.
July 4, 2009
Production begins on TOETAG’S 6th feature film MASKHEAD starring Michael Witherel, Shelby Vogel and Dani Inks. Directed by Fred Vogel and Scott Swan.
Back to the BUT
September 16, 2009
MASKHEAND and Murder Collection Vol.1 play the BUT Film Festival in Breda Holland. Fred Vogel is a special guest with John Waters.
MASKHEAD on DVD
October 6, 2009
MASKHEAD is released on DVD.
Time for a Vacation
November 19, 2009
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX creates Fish Masks for Zack Clark’s Vacation.
December 9, 2009
Rue Morgue Magazine presents TOETAG Pictures with the Best Gore Scene of the Year for the “Autopsy segment” directed by Jerami Cruise in the film Murder
December 11, 2009
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX create the make-up effects on film Revenge is Her Middle Name directed by Anthony Matthews. Anthony was TOETAG’S Webmaster from 2005
TOETAG PICTURES Dies
February 4, 2010
After 8 years as TOETAG Pictures the Crew decided to re brand the Company as TOETAG INC.
TOETAG is Born
May 13, 2010
TOETAG ‘s new brand is officially incorporated taking the company into the next era of Sickness.
What’s the matter with Brad?
July 15, 2010
Production begins in Ohio on Sella Turcica starring Damien Maruscak, Jade Risser and Camille Keaton from the original I Spit on your Grave. This is Fred
Sella Turcica comes to DVD
October 2, 2010
TOETAG INC. releases Sella Turcica on DVD.
The Loss of the TOETAG Studio
October 31, 2010
TOETAG INC looses their studio in the West End due to slumlord.
December 8, 2010
TOETAG works on Tom Savini’s segment “Wet Dreams” for the film Theater Bizarre . Savini passes the torch to Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX calling him
Fred Slaughters LA
June 25, 2011
Fred Vogel wins Best Director Award at Cinema Slaughter in Los Angeles.
August Underground Turns 10
August 27, 2011
To celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Fred Vogel’s August Underground, TOETAG holds an epic event at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg PA. A night of
Breaking Ground in the Netherlands
September 8, 2011
TOETAG are Special guests with the likes of Nick Zedd and Marian Dora at the BUT Film Festival in Breda Holland. We had the European Premiere
January 5, 2012
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX create the make up effects to the film “White Reindeer” directed by Zack Clark.
Killing in the Big Easy
January 12, 2012
Jerami Cruise and TOETAG EFX create the make-up effects for the film “Fractured” directed by Adam Gierach and staring Calum Blue and Vinnie Jones.
TOETAG EFX LA Bound
October 1, 2012
Jerami Cruise moves TOETAG EFX out to Los Angeles to Spread the Sickness out west.
Opening the TOETAG Store
April 20, 2013
The TOETAG Store opens. Friends and family travel from far and wide to celebrate the grand opening. The store is located at 631 Evergreen Ave Pittsburgh
Vampires in Brooklyn
July 21, 2013
Fred Vogel creates the Gore Effects on Onur Tukel’s Vampire comedy Summer of Blood in Brooklyn New York.
October 1, 2013
Rue Morgue Magazine’s 50 Years of Gore issue puts Fred Vogel on the cover as one of the most influential people in the history of Gore
King of the Modern Underground
February 1, 2014
Gorezone Magazine is back and issue 33 is dedicated to Fred Vogel. With a gory picture of Becky from The Redsin Tower gracing the cover, this
The Birth of TOETAG Releasing
February 9, 2014
Keith Voigt JR’s two short films Arme/Lust become the 1st official release from TOETAG Releasing.
Another Hammer in Town
June 21, 2014
Adam Ahlbrandt’s Cross Bearer becomes the 2nd release from TOETAG Releasing. Limited to 1,666 copies.
August 31, 2014
Fred and Shelby Vogel headline the 1st Annual Slaughter in Syracuse Film Festival screening the brand new color correction of The Redsin Tower.
A Killer from Chi-Town
November 21, 2014
Jason Hoover’s film I Am No One is the 3rd film released by TOETAG Releasing.
The Return of Redsin
December 20, 2014
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont PA screens a double feature of The Redsin Tower and the documentary “Possessed” the making of The Redsin Tower to celebrate
Respect from Days of the Dead
June 28, 2015
TOETAG receives The Day’s of the Dead Lifetime Achievement Award for Underground Horror Filmmaking.
July 11, 2015
Fred and Shelby make it to the 2nd Annual Slaughter in Syracuse. TOETAG Releasing debuts their 4th film Eric Stanze’s DEADWOOD PARK.
TOETAG.biz Gets a New Look
August 13, 2015
TOETAG.biz got a new look recently and it is AWESOME!