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Friday, March 23, 2012

My Review Of "Men In Black: The Dark Watchers"

    Filmed in a very artistic and dream like style "The Dark Watchers" follows three women who are searching for UFO's in an area that is considered highly active with phenomenon. Apparently the whole town is dealing with abduction and sighting issues that have drawn attention from the paranormal community. The sightings are accompanied by the mysterious Men In Black.
    The picture is shot in a confluence of images ranging from abstract to the avant-garde as the story flows from  voyeuristic scenes coupled with near dream sequences. The thing that makes this constant shift in photography techniques work is the ever present soundtrack that at times feels more like a music video than a film. The sounds are almost hypnotic and unnerving as the music sets the mood for the changing scenes with perfect intensity.
    The actual story stays somewhat hidden and mysterious depending more on imagery and reaction to tell the tale and leaving the dialogue to only accent the women's lives as they realize the true terror of their ordeal. A risky approach for a film to take but if done well can make for a very intense and dramatic viewing experience. "The Dark Watchers" succeeds at times in this objective creating a very artistic and stylized piece yet at other key moments a stronger dialogue would have better served the film.
     The Men In Black become more like shadows lurking around the women never making themselves known, like ghostly figures haunting the surrounding spaces. When they finally do become known it is too late for the tormented cast. These are not the Men In Black popularly represented by Will Smith instead these are dark cold figures of UFO lore.
     "Men In Black: The Dark Watchers" is from Reality Films and is due out 5/8/2012. If you like artistic films that are very abstract and avant-garde then see this film. If however you need CGI and all the bells-n-whistles when watching a sci-fi or horror film then skip this picture. I for one found it intense and visually deep. I feel more cinematically intellectual for having seen "The Dark Watchers". If you would like to know more on this film check out Reality Films at www.reality-entertainment.com .

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Review Of "Bane: An Experiment In Human Suffering".

  
 "Bane" is a dark journey through the intense emotional levels of the human psyche. From the moment the opening credits begin the story unfolds with shear abstract force and does not let go of you until the final moments of the film. It starts as four women find themselves locked away in a hidden research facility with amnesia. As they become aware of their situation, filled with fear and confusion, the director pulls you in with a symphony of eery and dark music setting the tone for an emotional roller coaster holding you to the every changing images flashing before your eyes.
     At times you are reminded of Dario Argento as the film flashes from disturbing visual effects and psychological horrors that send the protagonists into terror and panic. Then the film gently unfolds further into direct French noir influences by casting force-fed slanted visions of shadow and light demanding your focus with blunt and hypnotic contrast. The blend is seamless as the characters deal with cold sterile experiments and nightmare visits from a mysterious figure called the "Surgeon". A bogeyman that combined with the harsh disconnected scientists in an aseptic environment is 100% British Indie at it's best.
     The whole movie keeps you confused and emotionally invested as the women are tortured during a constant episodic journey. The lack of information given to you as the the viewer is completely intentional and well worth it. You are forced to go along on the nightmare trip completely in the dark until the last moments of the film.
      For me "Bane" is able to mold cult gore and horror perfectly as only the British mind can and keep the film comprehensible. The beauty of this is done through the dark emotional music. It pulls you into the scenes and you don't care if you have no clue what or why this is all happening. You love it! At least I did. If I rated films I would give this one 3 1/2 out of 5. My only issue with the film is the long wait until the final reveal. I would have liked to see the mysterious creature shown earlier on in the film but all in all "Bane" is a really well written and executed gory nightmare. The movie does require your complete attention so if you are overly American in your viewing experience and require pictures to be "dumbed-down" or simple then this film is not gonna do it for you. It does what horror films did in the genre's beginnings- keep you guessing right until the last breath of the story.
        Bane comes from Chemical Burn Entertainment and hits the streets 4/10/2012. If you want more info on this film check out www.chemicalburn.org .

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"It Grows" In Pre-Production

There is a new strain of weed that is really killer and it coming for us all! Check out the poster for "It Grows".
The film is the brainchild of Nick Stathopoulos and will be directed by Ryan Cauchi. The film will first grow into a short film and hopefully with much support and enthusiasm from us all will bud into a full on stoner attack in full feature psychotica! Said to be a combo feeling of "The Blob", "Little Shop Of Horrors" and "The Thing" this is one project that I hope really grows into an awesomely high times franchise!


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Creepy Poster For "Apartment 143/ Emergo




A team of parapsychologists sets out to investigate a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. Telephone calls with no caller, mysterious shadows, extraordinary light emissions, flying objects, and exploding light bulbs, are some of the events they will face while recording their every step with state-of-the-art technology. Using infra-red filming, digital photography, psychophonic recordings, movement detectors, and magnetic field alteration meters, the group’s attempts to contact the “other side” will grow increasingly dangerous as they near a point of no return...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

“Vegas Skyline”


From the company that produced “Pan Man” comes “Vegas Skyline”. Starring Tim Delaney, Beverly Lynne and directed by Michael Ricks. The film is completed and due out soon. Check out the trailer below!
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Faced with the extinction of their species, shape shifting, evil alien monsters descend on earth with the intent to mutate with humans. They choose Las Vegas as their destination, seeking to blend in with Sin City to hatch their plan. Little do they know what they will be up against when they cross paths with Cindy, a hypnotherapist. and Lucas, a mystery man. Divining their evil intent, it is up to them to turn the tide and restore balance.
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“Osombie” Is In Post Production!


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Osama Bin Laden has returned from his watery grave and is creating a secret army of zombie insurgents.

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“Sorority Party Massacre” In Production


Coming in 2012 from Highland Film Group. The film  is being directed by Chris W. Freeman and stars Leslie Easterbrook (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS), Ed O'Ross (FULL METAL JACKET), Louis Mandylor (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING).
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When a city detective follows a missing persons investigation to a sleepy mountain town he finds himself protecting a group of weekend warrior sorority girls from a ruthless, brilliant serial killer.
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Monday, March 19, 2012

“Truth Or Dare” Trailer


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“The attraction of ‘truth or dare’ as an idea is simple: it takes an innocent game played by teenagers and students the world over – the core movie audience – and then subverts it by using it as a means of revenge for a crazed young man seeking the truth about his brother. In addition the game features the ‘spin the bottle’ device which will be used in marketing throughout the project in posters, trailers, websites and other media.”

Directed by Robert Heath and starring David Oakes, Jennie Jacques, Liam Boyle, Jack Gordon and Alexander Vlahos.
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A group of college friends celebrate the end of term with a party to end all parties. During a drink and drug-fuelled evening, an innocent game of ‘Truth or Dare’ has a very sore loser, sparking a terrifying sequence of events and a whole new twist on the game of truth or dare - where the truth can kill you.

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Check out the new Green Arrow!


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CW has released the first image of the new Green Arrow from it’s upcoming series ‘Arrow’. The superhero most recently portrayed by Justin Hartley on ‘Smallville”. I personally would have rather seen him continue on as Green Arrow but I am diggin’ on this new one as well!
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“Ekimmu: The Dead Lust” Trailer & Release Date


Andy Koontz “Ekimmu The Dead Lust” finally has a trailer and release date. The film was finished in 2004 but after being diagnosed with brain cancer Andy Koontz shelved the project to focus on his health. Well the gods appreciated that very much cause Andy is now cancer free and has finished the post production on this dark and disturbing tale. Look for “Ekimmu The Dead Lust” on June 23rd. And check out the trailer!
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The unassuming town of Briar Creek seems to be keeping a nasty secret... On a cross country trip home a young couple, Mike and Beth make a late night stop in this little town, only to stumble across a mysterious girl lying along the dark roadside,
The evil lurking inside of her waiting...planning...plotting....
When the two girls find that they are somehow psychically connected strange things begin to happen...
It's only a matter of time before the two girls cant control the inevitable. The following days will lead them to question everything, from their own existence to whether or not they have somehow opened a doorway to evil.
All of their answers can be found in only the darkest of places. Where the sins of the past become the sins of the future. Lost in a strange town, scared as helland running low on gas...
Darkness sets in as events begin to frantically tumble into the void of...

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“Scare Tactics” Campaign Teaser Trailer


The tagline “Remembering Can Be Murder”. It is a simple concept that translates beautifully and horrifically well into this suspenseful and nail biting film. The film stars Bill Oberst Jr. and is directed by Gregory Blair. There is a campaign going on over at Indiegogo to get this projected funded and underway. Check it out and see the teaser trailer for “Scare Tactics”.
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Hypnotherapy and drugs are used to help an amnesiac horror writer, but are the terrifying images that surface real or imagined?
Horror writer and filmmaker Grafton Torn awakens from a coma to find himself with a bum leg and a large section of his memory missing. His best friend Deter came to Grafton’s house in response to a strange phone call to find the front door open and Grafton lying at the bottom of the stairs.
To aide in the doctor’s orders of rest and relaxation, Deter offers Grafton his remote lakeside cabin. There, with the help of a hypnotherapist and medication, Grafton tries to piece together the missing memories. But nightmares haunt him…nightmares that blend possible memories with characters from his own horror films…
…nightmares that happen while he’s awake!
As the nightmares worsen, Grafton must try to sort out what’s real and what isn’t. Did he try to kill himself? Did he kill his wife? Is she back from the grave for revenge? He was sure he had control of his life, his imagination, his role in the horrors he created. But as scripts write themselves, hatchets disappear and people end up dead, Grafton begins to wonder who’s really in control.
Scrambling for answers, Grafton must face his own creations including a hooded figure, a possessed doll, and zombie before SCARE TACTICS rushes to its shocking conclusion and Grafton realizes the line between reality and madness is as thin
as a sheet of blank paper.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

“Go Go Girls VS The Nazis” Photos


Considered an exploitation film “Go Go Girls VS The Nazis” is as simple as the title states. Go Go Girls with busts busting out of their uni’s fighting Nazis! Straight men are gonna be hard just looking at the photos and gay men will be dressing like them very shortly- Hello Halloween!
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In a Small town near Lake Michigan a group of Nazis are slowing taking over. Can the Go Go Girls save the City? Will Tommy ever look at Barb's eyes?
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“Starship Trooper: Invasion” Teaser Trailer


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“A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined….”
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Second Teaser Trailer For “Detention Of The Dead”


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It was bound to happen. If you put large group of conformity driven pubescence, aka your average teenager, together for long enough, you can’t be surprised when one day they decide to eat each other…”
 
Starring: Jacob Zachar ("Greek"), Alexa Nikolas ("Zoey 101"), Christa B. Allen ("Revenge"), Jayson Blair ("The Hard Times of RJ Berger"), Justin Chon ("Twilight"), Max Adler ("Glee")
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Comedy and Horror unite in this “The Breakfast Club” meets “Shaun of the Dead" tale about a group of oddball high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies. Can they put their differences aside and work together to survive the night? Fat chance! This is High School after all.

New “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Trailer


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American 3D supernatural horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and is produced by Bekmambetov and Tim Burton. The novel's author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the adapted screenplay. The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861--1865), is fictionally portrayed in the novel and the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Benjamin Walker stars as Lincoln. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011, and the film is being produced in 3D. It is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2012.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.
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Awesome Homage To The 80’s “Among Friends” Trailer & Behind The Scenes Look!


Starring: Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Dana Daurey, Brianne Davis, Kane Hodder, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit, Chris Meyer
Additional Cast: Adam Cole, Miller Daurey, Mark Gantt, Bryan Kirkwood, Denny Kirkwood, Erik Preston, Amber West, Lorraine Ziff, Matthew Ziff
A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party but things take a dark turn when one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.
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From the Press Release
Scream Queen Danielle Harris' AMONG FRIENDS has been acquired for worldwide sales rights by British sales agency Aspect Film for their genre division Chiller Films. The film marks Danielle Harris’ directorial debut and will be showcased at the European Film Market in Berlin this month.
Penned by Alyssa Lobit, AMONG FRIENDS is a horror (and comedy, depending on how twisted you are) about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80's backdrop, good times take a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in the name of integrity. Through an attempt to help the others come clean about secret betrayals against one another, it’s revealed who's willing to cut through the bone to expose the truth. Starring Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Dana Daurey, Brianne Davis, Kane Hodder, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit and Chris Meyer.
The film is presented by Three Little Birds Productions in association with Hollywood Treasures, Inc. and produced by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Athena Lobit.
Aspect CEO Hugh Edwards said, “Having taken the genre world by storm, starring as ‘Jamie Lloyd’ in Halloween 4, as well as playing Bruce Willis’ daughter ‘Darien Hallenback’ in The Last Boy Scout, Danielle Harris has built an impressive resume as an actress. She now looks set to match that success in the director’s chair, and we’re thrilled to have secured the international rights to her debut at the helm."
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AMONG FRIENDS is a twisted horror about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80s backdrop, good times take a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in the name of Integrity. Through an attempt to help the others come clean about secret betrayals against one another, it’s revealed who's willing to cut through the bone to expose the truth. This is the feature directorial debut of Scream Queen Danielle Harris.
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New “Prometheus” Trailers Out!


Starring: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Logan Marshall-Green, Kate Dickie, Sean Harris.
“Prometheus” lands June 8, 2012.
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A team of scientists and explorers are on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.





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The Trailer For “The Devil’s Carnival”


The official trailer for “The Devil’s Carnival” is out now and just in time to promote the road tour for the demonic spectacle which hopefully will come to a city near us all…yeah finally after thirty years I get to say “something wicked this way comes” and this time it is musically hellish and frightfully wonderful!
Tickets for The Devils Carnival are now on sale, you can get your tickets for The Devils Carnival here. Some of the locations include:
The Devil's Carnival - Los Angeles, CA 4/5/12
The Devil's Carnival - Anaheim, CA 9:30pm 4/6/12
The Devil's Carnival - San Diego, CA 8:00pm 4/7/12
The Devil's Carnival - Scottsdale, AZ 8:00pm 4/8/12
The Devil's Carnival - Tucson, AZ 8:00pm 4/9/12
The Devil's Carnival - El Paso, TX 8:00pm 4/11/12
The Devil's Carnival - Austin, TX 10:00pm 4/12/12
The Devil's Carnival - Houston, TX 9:30pm 4/13/12
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"sinners are invited to a theme park where they endure the repetition of their transgressions. What chances do a conniving kleptomaniac, a gullible teenager, and an obsessed father stand when facing their own moral failings? Lucifer and his colorful cast of singing carnies invite you to grab a ticket to The Devil's Carnival to find out!"

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“Delirium” Trailer


Probably the creepiest film to come out so far since “Insidious”. A perfect blend of demonic possession and entity haunting.
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Emily has mysteriously returned home to her mother Rachel and stepfather Timothy, after being missing for over a year. There are no clues as to where she has been, and after extensive medical research, no one has been able to provide any answers to the mystery of the past year. Upon Emily's return, her biological father Barry has decided to launch a custody war against Rachel and Timothy, threatening to take Emily away from Rachel again. As the days go on, strange events begin occurring in the home. Something came back with Emily.
Delirium explores the story of two parents faced with the ultimate double-edged sword, through 90 minutes of heart pounding events and situations. Rachel and Timothy are presented with the choice of keeping Emily in a dangerous home, or letting her biological father Barry take her. Delirium has been received extremely well in the test screenings, with audience members being left in tears at the dramatic and emotional ending which seems to last with them for days. The film has been labeled, "a family horror film," meaning it offers something for just about everyone in the family, creating a whole new category and raising the bar for entertainment. Delirium delivers twists and turns, intense situations, dramatic moments, complicated dilemmas, and of course, extremely scary and violent moments.
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