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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

“Love In The Time Of Monsters” Teaser Trailer


The the look of this indie film “Love In The Time Of Monsters”. The film stars Doug Jones (Hellboy), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) and Marissa Skell (“Scream Queens”).
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“Two sisters travel to a cheesy tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters in order to save the ones they love.”

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My Horror-ific Memories From Childhood

     When I was a child I spent most of my time outside, it was a requirement in my family. So for me days were spent riding bikes or playing with my star wars action figures. Very little of my days saw me in front of the television consuming the darker more appealing visions that I now obsess over. As a small child fantasy and horror were not words I associated with television or movies. The closest thing to scary that I was aloud to watch for a few hours after school and on Saturday mornings was Scooby-Doo, and The Space Giants. I actually prayed for rain or winter because it was the short time in a year that I could sweet talk my parents into letting me 'veg- out' in front of the television for more than two hours at a time. Most of the days were spent listening to my mom's cabinet stereo belt out Elvis or CCR tunes. That all changed when HBO came to town which was around the same time that I learned to explore the library at school.
       At age 9 I remember after pleading with my older cousin who babysat me on most weekends to allow me to watch HBO and stay up later than 9:30. Thankfully she did because on one glorious night I enjoyed my first taste of horror. It happened to be the movie "The Beast Within" a film about a deformed monster child locked in a basement who escapes and rapes a woman. I remember how the creature was always in shadow and most camera angles where through it's eyes. I even remember the seen where in senses the woman in a wooded area walking, then breaks free and hunts her down. It climbed on her and "went to town" so to speak. That was my first time enjoying the feeling of being scared with my knees up to my face, feet on the couch, holding my breathe waiting for the film to be over. I however could not stop staring at the nightmare unfold on the floor model television set that sat in our living room. It held me in it's clutches forcing me to watch in terror right up until the credits. I had nightmares that night!
      Later in the same year I found a copy of Cujo in our school library in the fiction section. Our schools had rules about age appropriate reading selection. Cujo was not as my librarian stated - "appropriate for me". So later that same day I waited until the library was busy and slipped the paper back under my shirt and walked out of the school. I did return it back to the library after I read it- so it wasn't really stealing! Anyway from that moment own I was hooked on horror- everything! I sought out books about ghost stories, more Stephen King novels, anything I could find that would scare the hell out of me I had to locate and experience. Then after I turned 11 I managed to convince my mother to let me start watching and reading openly more horror material. It took some deep persuasion but finally she cracked. She even started looking for books for me to read at stores and flea markets. Most of the material was Stephan King and then I ran across a large illustrated collection of nightmares about patchwork dolls that killed, creatures in the bathroom that feed on people, things more in tune with H.P. Lovecraft, more demonic.
      Then came the days of VHS - my spiritual experience! I fell in love with the local video store with the hard obsessive desire akin to adult men and the strip club. Luckily for by this time there was whole shelves of material to consume listed specifically under horror. Films like "Night Stalker", " Basket Case", "Texas Chainsaw Murderer". Another crucial factor in my horror indulgence was my two aunts who as I did became obsessed with VHS. They would take me to various rental stores around the county to seek out more films, and thankfully most of the material was horror or exploitation films. This was before the PMRC and others took away a child's right to b terrorized and gleefully so by demanding age restrictions and labels. Plus a person could rent up to 10 movies at a time and keep them for 3 days which I did every three days with my allowance from the age of 12 to 18.
         I love horror movies and probably always will. I have watched Jason Voorhees so many times slaughter so many teenagers that I kinda find the character hot! Yeah I know it is twisted- but so am I. When the horror industry had it's hay day in the 80's with the Friday the 13th franchise and Nightmare On Elm Street films it was pure nirvana. There were so many horror movies that came along that opened my eyes to the terrors and nightmares of fantasy . Jason made me wanna go to summer camp, and Freddy actually made me hope to dream. I learned how to fear the water from the first Friday movie after Jason rose from the water all deformed, and Nancy showed me the best way to stay awake on those long weekends so I wouldn't pass out before watching all my rented gore films. For a kid into horror the films are more than nightmare candy or gore-porn, they are life lessons! I still think that zombies are real and locked away in underground government facilities being experimented on, and that aliens are more likely monstrous creations that see us as a natural food source. So to all those in the horror industry who have given me so much pleasure over the years I thank you, and especially to Wes Craven who made it cool to make horror films again and express it openly and fervently without having people through holy water on you or look at you like your mentally challenged. So bring on more gore, after all your raising the next dementedly horror-ific generation of dreamers who see a fantasy world filled with blood and screams!
   

My Interview with Walter Ruether a.k.a Scarlet Fry



72737-28705      Several weeks back I had the privilege of meeting Walter Ruether. He is a writer, director and producer of indie self produced horror anthologies such as “Horrorama”, “Junkfood Horrorfest”, not to mention the more recent “Nightmare Alley”. Born in East L.A  Walter was raised on good classic horror having spent a lot of time at ‘Bob Burns Halloween’ shows as a kid, which is prevalent in his own anthologies and hosting abilities. He currently is finishing up on his latest horror treat “Scream Machine” which is touted as a horror/sci-fi anthology. His stories instantly teleport you back to the beginnings of horror when shows like “Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” feed us weekly doses of short terrifying treats delving into the macabre and the nightmarish.

     There is also another side of Walter Ruether, a darker and more fitting side that shows his true love of the genre that a lot of people still to this day consider a trash industry of debauchery and depravity. (which for me and many other fans and obsessors of horror is just fine.) Anyway this alter ego is the sinister and delightful horror host known as Scarlet Fry who as Walter Ruether states is modeled out of his great love of past hosts such as Zachelrey -the cool ghoul and Dr. Shocker.

images      Now as I mentioned before I met Scarlet Fry a few weeks back through this virtual ass kickin’ world of the online community of horror. After screening his earlier work “Horrorama” and “Junkfood Horrorfest” I sent him some questions that just kept playing over and over in my head. (the one downside to not meeting him out here in the physical world “yet” is the expansion of conversation that really let you into someone’s twisted world- hopefully one day shortly that issue will be rectified and I will meet Scarlet Fry) So as I was saying I sent my questions to the mastermind behind Scarlet Fry. So here is my very first interview with indie director and producer Walter Ruether, the man behind Scarlet Fry.
                         

Q: On “Junkfood Horrorfest” you have a bonus feature where you host “Carnival Of Souls”, was “Carnival…” the first horror film you ever saw?

A: Nope. It was “The Fly” with Vincent Price, I immediately fell in love with horror films.

Q: So how much of an influence did “Carnival…” have on you after you saw the film for the first time?

A: Well I was always a huge Rod Serling buff naturally I loved the “Carnival Of Souls” film. When it came time to choose a film to host, it was an easy choice.

Q: Scarlet Fry, the host in the horror anthologies, where did he come from?

A: I’m not sure – hahaha. He was a character I developed after Alice Cooper and those old time horror hosts like Dr. Shocker , Zachelrey the cool ghoul. I wanted to bring that back, this was in 1993 before a lot of these hosts that are doing it today where out there. I made the mistake of hosting my own films…oh well I still think its great that horror hosting has made such a big comeback.

Q: When did you realize that you first wanted to make horror movies?

A: As early as I can remember, when I was 12 I was quoted in my school yearbook saying “I want to make movies, or music”. Well I ended up making movies and working 9-5- hahaha.

Q: There are two shorts in “Junkfood…” that really stood out to me “The Devil Made Me Do It” and “Love Is Blind”, have you ever thought of making full length features of these two? I think they would translate well into feature films.

A: Thanks, I have a lot of ideas for a full length feature project but I’m not sure when I will be able to do one but it will happen, I'm not goin’ anywhere!

Q: In the new anthology your working on will Scarlet Fry host in that one as well?

A: The “Scream Machine Anthology” I am currently working on with David Sabal has a wrap around story so Scarlet Fry will not host, it is a little more mature than my past anthologies.

Q: What other horror films do you find yourself watching over and over?

A: Deathdream, all of the Peter Cushing Frankenstein films, “The Beast Within” and all kinds, I love the genre and have got it all.

Q: What is your favorite ‘worst film’ that most people think your nuts for liking?

A: Probably New Years Evil, everyone I know hates that movie, but I love it.

Right now you can experience Scarlet Fry at work as well as the vision of horror Walter Ruether now makes having spent his childhood dreaming of making fun frightful tales of terror. Currently out is “Junkfood Horrorfest” which comes with the classic anthology “Horrorama” and “Nightmare Alley”. And soon his next project “Scream Machine”.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Diggin’ On…”Prometheus” Eye Candy!


Cannot wait for the “Prometheus” film to come out but maybe the plethora of stills from the set will keep me satisfied until June 8th. I haven’t been this excited about a sci-fi film since “The Phantom Menace”!
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Horror Indie "Natalie's Lose Lose"

Okay found this cool poster art for indie flick "Natalie's Lose Lose" and I am so intrigued by this already. The film is from indie director Eric Williford and stars Danielle Adams, Natalie Victoria, Jose Rosete, Marian Liddel, Todd Hughlett, Kenyon Glover and Nicol Razon. Saw it on Horror-Movies.Ca along with this synopsis:

“Natalie’s Lose Lose” tells the story of a young woman who awakens to find herself gagged and bound to a chair.  The question isn’t just who put her there, but why did they choose her?”


Teaser Trailer For Icelandic Horror "Frost"

 "Frost" is a sci-fi/horror flick that began shooting Dec. 2011 and will premiere this year. It is directed by Reynir Lyngdal. Check out the creepy teaser trailer for this one.

Synopsis:
At a glacier camp, a young couple, Agla and Gunnar, form part of an expedition where she serves as supervisor and he shoots a video about the expedition. They wake up to find their co-workers gone. A sequence of very strange occurrences follow...


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My Review Of "Lady Of The Dark"

"Lady Of The Dark" is a dark conceptual piece that shows the transformation of a young woman from normal housewife into a sinister creature. The film is shot from a voyeuristic view point that at times moves more like a music video than an actual movie. The soundtrack provides the ambiance of this very avant gard film since there is next to no dialogue to speak of. the picture is purely visual in its approach.
The flick is held solely on the acting of a single character. The only other people in the film are shown as faceless bodies during her various sexual victims she seduces and then feeds upon. this film is not meant to show the gruesome and violent effects of such a transformation instead pulling you in with visual seduction and music as you witness the lady's cold change in solitude.
My only complaint with the film is the lack of cast and dialogue. At times it would have been nice to experience some of the brutality she inflicts on her victims or even to hear her own words more directly spoken expressing her frustration or rage. I personally did not like this film all though I understood the director's intent. For me the emotion was too far removed from the character for me to connect with her. Visually the picture rocked-literally. With the camera tricks and soundtrack it felt more like a rock opera unfolding.
If you like the avant gard abstract cinema stuff that thrives conceptually then see it. If however you only care for the action, dialogue, and norm then don't see it.

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Horror Anthology "Scary Story Slumber Party" Trailer

Coming on DVD April 20th from Slick Flick Productions is "Scary Story Slumber Party" horror anthology.The film stars Devanny Pinn, Jackey Hall, Sierra Holmes, Heather Dorff DaNae West, Jay Gates, Brittney Scalf, Jessica Dole, Amberly Pecsek, and ALOT MORE. The anthology has a load of horror shorts featuring such directors as Jonathan A. Moody, Chris Roll, Coven Delacruz, Myke Wilson, and Johnny Johnso. So check it out....Meanwhile take a look at the trailer!

3 friends gather together during their winter break from college to throw an old fashion Slumber Party like they did in the old days. They begin to tell each other scary stories to liven up the fun. But the fun is leading to something a bit more sinister.



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"Hellraiser" TV Series ...For Real?!

FromVariety "Sonar is co-developing with Eric Gardner's Panacea Ent. "Hellraiser," a TV series based on the cult British horror franchise. Gardner will exec produce along with Larry Kuppin, whose company New World Entertainment is behind the first two 'Hellraiser' pics."

Sonar announced, "One of the most successful (and terrifying) franchises in film history is ready for its weekly television debut. For over 25 years, fans have followed the exploits of an insidious villain named Pinhead, summoned from a nightmarish underworld by an ancient puzzle box. He will seduce you with power and tempt you with fear, until your soul belongs to him.
Now, for the first time, a weekly series set in the fantastic realm of Hellraiser will thrill audiences worldwide.
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All I can say is I hope they do this right. If not then one of the best nightmare realms is gonna look like a hot mess! Remember the "Friday The 13th Series"? It made a joke out of the whole franchise and helped put one of the nails in horror's coffin during those dreaded dead silence years when no one would touch a horror story! Remember those...when around 1991 the industry nearly died and the only movies that came out where an utter disappointment that kinda mocked the whole horror genre...all I can say is get this right or we will be beggin' Wes Craven to save us yet again!

Diggin On...The One Sheet for "ABC's Of Death"

Twenty-five directors are being invited to participate from all corners of the world. The 26th Director will be found during a worldwide search. Details soon on the Official Site.
Established directors and some of the most gifted emerging directors will make up the diverse roster of creative talent that will showcase twenty-six tales of mortality, beginning with the letter A and ending with the letter Z. 
This will be a celebration of death in all its forms. From the shocking and exotic through to the banal and droll. The spectrum of cause will run from the accidental through to murder most foul. It is up to each director to interpret the letter (word) they are assigned.
They have 6 months, 6 weeks and 6 days to finish their short tale on death.”
The list of directors include:
Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone)
Angela Bettis (Roman)
Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat)
Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman)
Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet (Amer)
Xavier Gens (Frontieres)
Lee Hardcastle (Competition Winner)
Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja)
Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police)
Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead; Red, White and Blue)
Marcel Sarmiento (DeadGirl)
Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse)
Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film)
Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre)
Andrew Traucki (Black Water, The Reef)
Nacho Vigalando (TimeCrimes)
Jake West (Doghouse, Evil Aliens)
Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers)
Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List)
Adam Wingard (Pop Skull, A Horrible Way To Die)
Yûdai Yamaguchi (Battlefield Baseball)

"Behind The Cross" Trailer

A very dark and twister teaser trailer is out for Finnish director Tomi Kerminen's "Behind The Cross" a film he wrote and produced himself with Macabre Media. From what I can make of the trailer it intends to freak and fascinate the mind in horrific splendor!



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"Biest" Trailer

Austrian horror flick "Biest" has two trailers that tease this upcoming monster picture directed by Stefan Muller. The picture stars Paul Hassler, Stephanie Lexer & Peter Simonischek. Hope this comes to America cause it looks pretty rad! Right now the film is in early development.




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"Jersey Shore Shark Attack" Movie

Many years ago, hundreds of locals and tourists were massacred by giant man-eating sharks in the infamous 1916 Jersey Shore attacks. But that's just a legend... or is it? It's a holiday weekend on the Jersey Shore and, unbeknownst to anyone, underwater drills have attracted dozens of albino bull sharks to the pier. When a man goes missing, TC (The Complication), Nookie and friends fear the worst and plead with the police chief to close down the beach. It isn't until a famous singer is eaten alive during a performance on the pier that the shark hunt begins. Now, the Preppies must work together with the Guidos in order to save the Jersey Shore and its inhabitants from another vicious slaughter. Starring Paul Sorvino, William Atherton, Jack Scalia, Joey Fatone, Jeremy Luc, Melissa Molinaro, Joey Russo, Daniel Booko, and Vinny Guadigno.




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"No Tell Motel" News

Coming from CMG - Cinema Management Group  "No Tell Motel" is in post production and is directed by Brett Donowho. The horror flick stars Angel McCord, John Hawkes, Chalie Howes, Andrew MacFarlane, Chelsey Reist. It is due out soon....

Synopsis:
 Secrets we keep from each other can come back to haunt us: NO TELL MOTEL is a compelling story of isolation, desperation, and the darkest kind of redemption. The old Horak place, an abandoned roadside motel tucked away in the woods just off Route H is the stuff of local legend. The place where little Angela Horak got run down in the middle of the road. Of course, that was nothing compared to what happened to her parents afterwards. It’s not exactly the ideal place to get stranded. But that’s exactly what happens to adorable Megan Walsh and her four teenage friends when their RV gives up the ghost. With no other options, the group reluctantly decides to hole up for the night in the crumbling motel’s mysteriously organized Room Six. It isn’t long though, before Megan and her friends discover they’re not alone…

Diggin' On...The New "Total Recall"

So I am totally diggin the new "Total Recall" movie with Colin Farrell. I only have one complaint, Jessica Beil. I know she makes straight men hard but I would have rather seen a new unknown in that role. Yes she kicked ass in the last "Blade" movie, and I am well aware that she gained street cred with the movie about the military flying machine with that one dude- Jamie Foxx but I don't really think she is a good actress. Just my opinion, anyway that aside I am completely stoked for this movie. Check out the trailer....

Doug Quaid (Farrell) dreams of going to the planet Mars. He goes to a company that sells implanted memory so he can have a virtual experience that takes him to Mars, but when the company finds that he appears to have undergone a previous memory replacement, he fears he may be a secret agent whose cover has just been blown.


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Fantasy Horror Trailer For "Red Kingdom Rising"

A very dark fantasy horror from Navin Dev which I will be screening shortly and with great enthusiasm after watching this twisted teasing trailer....

 A troubled young woman must finally come to terms with her horrific past as she is propelled through dreams into the terrifying fairytale world of the Red Kingdom where she encounters figures reminiscent of her memories and fears.


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