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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Trailer And Picturesque Images Of “No Man’s Land”


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Check out the trailer and some pretty picturesque stills of Western/horror thriller “No Man’s Land”. The film is directed by Steven Doxey and slated to begin filming this coming fall 2013 with a 2014 release date. It stars Kent Hadfield, Brandon Sean Pearson, Matthew Webb, Steve Bethers, Lucas Bybee and Julia Fae.

At the turn of the century in the American West, a small mountain mining colony on the verge of prosperity inadvertently spawn a horror beyond their control. A very detailed synopsis was given in the recent article posted by HorrorBug that suggests an almost creature-feature/supernatural element to the film. Read it below then check out the promo trailer.

Deep within the rugged snowcapped mountains of the wild American West lay the town of Prosperity. The lights of its huts, streets, and taverns shone in the endless dark like a sole firefly in the middle of an ocean. Prosperity’s bountiful coal mines lured the entrepreneurial. Its utter remoteness proved irresistible to thrill seekers. And Warren Hill, who owned most of those lands and mines, dreamed of an ever growing empire that rivaled Carnegie’s or Vanderbilt’s.

Then IT came. It. The creature. The beast. The unnatural, monstrous thing that slaughtered the town’s folk as one slaughters game for a Thanksgiving feast. And those were the lucky ones.  Others were spared. If those touched by the creature could truly be reckoned among the spared. For they may look like men, and they may sound like men; but men, they no longer were. Once one is touched by the beast, one becomes the beast.


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New Zombie Film “Zombies Of The Living Dead”



zombies of the living deadCheck out these cool images from the zombie film “Zombies Of The Living Dead”. The film comes from Christian Ackerman and stars Josh Meny, Johanna Ciampa, Cheyenne Adamson and Christian Ackerman. Filled with great zombie monster special effects, exploding heads, action packed, and lots of crazy fun; comes a horror film expected by its creator Christian Ackerman.

Zombies attack a the town of Clear Water Hamilton County and the locals must try to stop them before it is too late.
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Shout Out To New Web Series ‘Sixty Second Slashers’


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Giving us a short but sweet bit of horror every Thursday is Flavored Shampoo’s ‘Sixty Second Slashers’. The web series created by Matt Stuertz and Adam Hartley will feature an array of indie talent in quick little nightmare slices. Check out “Back To The Apocalypse” below.
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Sixty Second Slashers is a new weekly webseries. Subscribe for a new horror video every Thursday, and every 13th.

New Documentary Exploring “Pet Sematary”



Unearthed-and-UntoldCheck out the trailer for “Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary”. The documentary comes from John Campopiano and Justin White. It is a complete exploration of what all it took to from concept to finish in the making of “Pet Sematary”.

nearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an independent documentary taking an extensive look at the making of Pet Sematary, the origins of the story, the stories of cast and crew, memories of the Maine locals who helped make the film, and the legacy the film has established among horror fans and scholars of Stephen King’s work.

In addition to featuring many cast and crew members never before interviewed about their involvement in the film, this documentary will also take fans on a tour of the filming locations. With never-before-seen photographs and video footage from behind-the-scenes, original props from the film, media coverage of the 1988 production, and new stories about the Hollywood production being on location in Maine, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an all-encompassing documentary by fans for the fans.


Trailer And Images From “The Station”

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A film that will be showing at this year’s TIFF that is very intriguing is “The Station ( Blutgletscher)”. This Austrian flick is going back to the classic motif of horror/sci-fi that hints at the 80’s film “The Thing”. “The Station” is directed by Marvin Kren and stars Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren and Hille Beseler. The film is a creature feature set high in the Alps.

At a climate research station in the Alps, the scientists are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid. It quickly turns to be very special juice — with unexpected genetic effects on the local wildlife.


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New Images Released For “The Green Inferno”

New images have surfaced for Eli Roth’s next trave-escape/thriller. “The Green Inferno” will premiere at this year’s TIFF in September. Check out the images below.

How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

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Trailer Released For “Fright Night II”



Fright-Night-2-BCheck out the trailer for “Fright Night II: New Blood”. The film will be a direct to DVD release follow-up to Farrell’s remake. It is directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and stars Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson. The trailer was handed out to fans at this year’s Comic-Con and encouraged by the studio to be uploaded. I am sure this is to test the buzz that will be generated for the film before they decide the definite fate of the film’s release. Jaime Murray as many are aware is getting a great deal of cult buzz for her role on SYFY’s ‘Defiance’ as well as some pretty cult-astic past roles.

When high school student Charlie attends a study abroad program with his horror obsessed friend “Evil” Ed and ex-girlfriend AMY in Romania, he soon discovers their young attractive professor Gerri (Jaime Murray) is a real life vampire. Too bad no one believes him. In fact, Evil Ed finds it amusing and it only feeds his vampire obsession. When Gerri turns Ed, Charlie seeks out Peter Vincent, the infamous vampire hunter (well, he plays one on TV) who is in Romania filming his show “Fright Night,” to teach him how to take down Gerri before she gets to Amy, who’s blood will cure Gerri of spending eternity as a vampire.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Official Poster For "Haunter" Revealed

Check out the official poster for paranormal thriller “Haunter” . The poster comes just days after the release of the haunting trailer was released. “Haunter” is directed by Vincenzo Natali and stars Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, Michelle Nolden. The film is due out on October 18th, 2013.

The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.

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New Images From ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot



shieldOver 40 plus images were released over on the G+ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ site today. I am not gonna post them all but I wanted to share a few of the really cool images for a show that I am eager to check out! To see all the images posted go to the G+ page for ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Marvel's first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot ("Dollhouse," "Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"). Jeffrey Bell ("Angel," "Alias") and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Lost," "Heroes") also serve as executive producers. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

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Pagan Festival Shout Out: Lammas (Lughnasadh)



lughnasadhToday marks the start of the Harvest season or Lammas (Lughnasadh). We call these days the dog days of summer although this season  here in Kentucky has been a bit more like fall. However  much of the earth is still dry and parched, but the yellows and oranges and browns that greet us in Autumn are not far away. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, summer veggies are picked and the corn is tall, green and lush. Lughnasadh is Gaelic  for this festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Originally it was held on 31 July–1 August, or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. However, over time the celebrations shifted to the Sundays nearest this date. Lughnasadh is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals, such as the Welsh Calan Awst and the English Lammas.

Lammas (Lughnasadh) is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and is believed to have pagan origins. The festival itself is named after the god Lugh. It involved great gatherings that included religious ceremonies, ritual athletic contests (most notably the Tailteann Games), feasting, matchmaking and trading. There were also visits to holy wells. According to folklorists, evidence shows that the religious rites included an offering of the first of the corn, a feast of the new food and of bilberries, the sacrifice of a bull and a ritual dance-play.

In Irish mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh (modern spelling: ) as a funeral feast and athletic competition (see funeral games) in commemoration of his mother (or foster-mother) Tailtiu. She was said to have died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. Tailtiu may have been an earth goddess who represented the dying vegetation that fed mankind. The funeral games in her honor were called the Óenach Tailten or Áenach Tailten (modern spelling: Aonach Tailteann) and were held at Tailtin in what is now County Meath. The Óenach Tailten was similar to the Ancient Olympic Games and included ritual athletic and sporting contests. The event also involved trading, the drawing-up of contracts, and matchmaking. At Tailtin, trial marriages were conducted, whereby young couples joined hands through a hole in a wooden door.The trial marriage lasted a year and a day, at which time the marriage could be made permanent or broken without consequences. A similar Lughnasadh festival, the Óenach Carmain, was held in what is now County Kildare. Carman is also believed to have been a goddess, perhaps one with a similar tale as Tailtiu. After the 9th century the Óenach Tailten was celebrated irregularly and it gradually died out.

Lughnasadh and Lughnasadh-based festivals are held by some Neopagans, especially Celtic Neopagans. However, their Lughnasadh celebrations can be very different despite the shared name. Some try to emulate the historic festival as much as possible, while others base their celebrations on many sources, the Gaelic festival being only one of them. Neopagans usually celebrate Lughnasadh on 31 July–1 August in the Northern Hemisphere and 31 January–1 February in the Southern Hemisphere, beginning and ending at sunset. Some Neopagans celebrate it at the astronomical midpoint between the summer solstice and autumn equinox (or the full moon nearest this point). In 2013, this is on 7 August in the Northern Hemisphere.

New Trailer For “Gallowwalkers”



gollowwalkersCheck out the new trailer for Lionsgate’s “Gallowwalkers”. The film is directed by Andrew Goth and stars Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix. “Gallowwalkers” is a supernatural- action western that has been long for the light of day. Now finally the film will hit VOD and DVD on August 6th.

A mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman – all those that die by his gun will return. Soon he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa (Howarth). Aman enlists Fabulos (Riley Smith), a new young warrior, to fight by his side.

Trailer For “They Will Outlive Us All” Infests The Web



they will outlive us allThe first official trailer for Patrick Shearer directed “They Will Outlive Us All” has infested the world wide web. The horror/comedy stars Nat Cassidy, Jessi Gotta, Alyssa Simon, Gavin Starr Kendall, Stephen Heskett, Christopher Yustin, Marc Landers, Rebecca Comtois, Stephanie Cox-Williams, Pete Boisvert, Desmond Dutcher and James Comtois. It is slated for release later in the year and deals with life in peril as New York is hit by a series of Frankenstorms. The damage has accumulated and New York is unable to recover. Electricity fluctuates, water is rationed, and there is little to no cell or Internet service. Even FEMA drop off points have been abandoned. As hurricane season hits yet again, New York braces itself for the oncoming wave of destruction.

Roommates Margot and Daniel attempt to survive this “new” New York by avoiding it at all costs. But with the advent of three strange deaths in their Brooklyn building, the world they’ve been hiding from is knocking hard on the back door. And the arrival of a surprise visitor starts a chain reaction that will drag them kicking and screaming from the comfort of their couch. They soon discover that the salad days of getting drunk and watching horror movies are behind them, because they have a new roommate, and he’s got a real bug up his ass. It’s time for our heroes to kill their TV, lay off the booze, and put out the roach… Or all of NYC could fall into the clutches of something that can’t even CLUTCH.

They Will Outlive Us All trailer from Jessi Gotta on Vimeo.

New Promo For ‘Sleepy Hollow’



Sleepy-Hollow-Poster-FOX-2[5]Fox has released a new promo for their supernatural crime/drama ‘Sleepy Hollow’. The series begins Mon Sept. 16th and is one of my ‘must watch’ TV shows for this fall.

“Sleep Hollow” is a modern-day retelling of the Washington Irving classic tale . Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

Crowd Funding Begins For Nick Basile’s “Dark”



Dark-movie-posterA crowd funding campaign has kicked off for the psychological thriller “Dark”. Directed by Nick Basile from a script written by Elias, “Dark” is set in New York City during the 2003 blackout, DARK’s story centers on Kate, a disturbed young woman who confronts her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a Brooklyn loft when the power goes out. The legendary horror director Joe Dante has jumped on board the project as producer. Together the team hopes to raise $50,000 to help cover associated production costs over on Kickstarter.

“I’ve always been attracted to projects by young filmmakers who are trying to do something within their means,” says Dante, “DARK has been conceived in this manner and has the opportunity to be a very suspenseful and commercial picture.” Campaign perks will range from exclusive Gremlins memorabilia to Blu-ray’s of The Howling – Collector’s Edition, autographed by Dante himself. Higher level rewards will include visits to the set and walk-on roles. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Joe Dante on DARK,” says Basile, “and we can’t think of a better time to launch the campaign than the 10th anniversary of the blackout.”
 



Red Band Trailer For “Apocalypse Kiss”



ApocalypseKissCheck out the red band trailer for “Apocalypse Kiss”. The film is directed by Christian Jude Grillo and stars D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tammy Jean, Tom Detrick, Tom Atkins, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Michael Berryman, and David Horn.

In this futuristic science fiction thriller, government security agent Jerry Hipple has been unsuccessfully tracking the city's most infamous criminal-- The Red Harvest Killer. When two nomadic lovers, Katia and Gladys enter the city the death count rises and are being credited as Red Harvest killings. Obsessive compulsive Adrian, the actual Red Harvest Killer becomes furious that the sexy serial killing duo are grabbing media attention under his alias. Not only does Adrian attempt to reclaim his rightful reputation but he also decides to cleverly aid his detective counterpart through the case. All the while, killers and victims alike are unaware the world is about to reach an abrupt catastrophic ending.

Watch The New Clip For “Harold’s Going Stiff”



harolds-going-stiffKeith Wright’s '”Harold’s Going Stiff” is a UK zombie film that takes a new look at the undead from a more personal emotive style thru documentary filmmaking. The film stars Stan Rowe, Sarah Spencer, Andy Pandini, Phil Gascoyne and will be released in the US thanks to Level 33 Entertainment. You can catch “Harold’s Going Stiff” on VOD August 20th as well as a limited run theatrically. A new clip for the zombie flick has been released that you can check out below.

HAROLD’S GOING STIFF takes place in grey-skied, rural England and centers on Harold (Rowe), who is suffering from a new disease that is slowly transforming him into a zombie. A young, lonely nurse, Penny (Spencer), is sent to help ease the symptoms of Harold’s frightening illness, and they quickly and unexpectedly become very close. After an experimental treatment fails, Harold’s condition deteriorates rapidly, and the two end up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes seeking to rid their town of zombies.

Trailer For “Antisocial” Spreads Infection



AntisocialFantasiaPosterCheck out the official trailer for pandemic horror film “Antisocial” . The film is directed by Cody Calahan and stars Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic, Romaine Waite and Ry Barrett. “Antisocial” holds its world premiere tonight (8/1/13) at Fantasia in Montreal.

Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.

Red Band Trailer For “Curse Of Chucky”



Curse-of-Chucky-CoverA red band trailer has dropped for “Curse Of Chucky”. The return of the killer doll with the eyes and soul of a homicidal maniac! The film is directed by Don Mancini and stars Brad Dourif, Brennan Elliott, A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti and Fiona Dourif. “Curse Of Chucky” hits DVD/Blu-ray on October the 8th 2013, just in time for the Holidays.

He’s back! From the filmmakers that brought you Chucky comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, “True Blood“), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. The return of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif, is unrated and full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills.

"To Jennifer" DVD artwork and Release Date



to jenniferCheck out the DVD cover artwork for James Cullen Bressack’s “To Jennifer”. The film was a casual and almost random road trip into the path of an oncoming force of Hell and Nightmare. You can read my review of “To Jennifer” here, and read the exciting news about the film’s release date as well as ways to watch the film below. “To Jennifer” , the first  feature film shot, edited and distributed on the iphone 5 finally has a release date as well as DVD artwork. “To Jennifer” is a realistic depiction of the lengths we go for vindication. The film has been well received by the press.


The film releases on DVD and VOD on October 15th the same day as Bressack's other film “Hate Crime” (being released by UNEARTHED FILMS).  An official APP for iphone 5 including the full film through APPLE and ZOOVISION will soon be released as well.  Attached is the Cover art work for TO JENNIFER's DVD. To pre-order “To Jennifer” go here!  This is the third feature film by James Cullen Bressack, the writer and director of the film “Hate Crime”. Shot entirely on the iphone 5, “To Jennifer” stars Chuck Pappas, Jody Barton (Hate Crime), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3) and James Cullen Bressack and features a cameo from American Mary's Tristan Risk. The film is being produced by Bressack, Pappas, and Jarret Cohen under the Psykik Junky Pictures umbrella.

Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him. He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a Video Diary of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through. In an attempt to make her feel guilty, he intends to give this tape.
 


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Check Out Trailer For “Haunter”



haunter“Haunters” hits theatres in October. On the 18th to be exact. The young adult paranormal/thriller stars Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, Michelle Nolden and is directed by Vincenzo Natali. Check out the trailer below.

The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.

New Promo Poster For ‘Grimm’

One of my favorite guilty pleasures has been ‘Grimm’ which now airs on Friday nights. The new season airs October 25th and shares the night with NBC’s new series ‘Dracula’. That is another show I am eager to see. Check out the new promo poster below featuring Hottie McGrimm himself- Nick Burkhardt played by David Giuntoli.

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Trailer Released For Paranormal Thriller “Displacement”


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Check out the first trailer for paranormal/thriller “Displacement”. The film is directed by Kenneth Mader and stars Courtney Hope, Sarah Douglas, Christopher Backus and Lou Richards. “Displacement” is currently in production and set for a 2014 release.

In this mind-bending paranormal thriller by award-winning Writer-Director Kenneth Mader, a young physics student must find a way to reverse a deadly quantum time anomaly and solve the murder of her fiancé while battling short-term memory loss and time slips caused by the event. Primer, Fringe and Memento fans will love this. Stars Courtney Hope (Mob Rules, Prowl) and Sarah Douglas (Superman: The Movie, Superman II) with more stars to be announced. Now in production.

New Horror Folktale “The Toyol” Coming Soon



the toyol“The Toyol” is a new psychological horror film based on an old Malay folktale. The project is a co-production of Little Big Film Company and Open Fire Films. The story follows a father attempts to reconnect with his six-year-old daughter in the wake of his wife's sudden and tragic death. Traumatized, the young girl retreats from her family only to find solace in a new and peculiar little friend who enters her life. A number of gruesome and untimely accidents leave neighbors and family members dead with only one thing in common: the daughter is the last to see them alive. With evidence mounting and his daughter the prime suspect, her father must race to uncover the real culprit and save them both. “The Toyol” will be directed by Brian Kazmarck from a script co-written with Russell Southam. It is scheduled to begin production in the spring of 2014. Like the film’s Facebook page to keep up with the latest on “The Toyol”.

A toyol is a dead fetus or stillbirth that's been re-animated by black magic. It's usually kept in a jar, or a box, and given offerings of food — often a few drops of blood from the creature's summoner. In return for the food and protection, thetoyol will lurk around the village at night, running errands for its master... errands the summoner would rather not be seen doing himself. Typical "errands" would include petty thefts or vandalism, which the toyol could get away with because of its tiny size. Since the toyol is really only a child, it would rarely be used for more serious mischief. Still, possessing a toyol is considered very dark magic indeed. Furthermore, though there are many legends about the ways to obtain a toyol, there are none about getting rid of one.

“What Waits In The Dark” DVD Cover Art Revealed

Rich Catino and Bradley Creanzo are getting ready for the Monster-Mania Convention where “What Waits In The Dark’ will show. They recently displayed the DVD cover art for the film that stars Darius Lee, Ally Sabogal , Michael Figueiredo, Noelle Hedgcock,Antonio Amorim ,Josh Peterson and Christopher Damas. “What Waits In The Dark” is a 20 minute short film that pays homage to the horror films of the 80’s.

Darius and Joshua plan a prank to scare friends with the old story of a ghost haunting a house. Little do Ally, Antonio, Chris, Noelle, and Mike know that Joshua has been planted in the house to make the scares. But, what waits for them in the dark is the question...

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Teaser Trailer Surfaces For “Bunnyman 3”



bunnymanThe teaser trailer has surfaced for Carl Lindbergh’s “Bunnyman 3”. The film is obviously a ways off from being released since “Bunnyman 2” is still negotiating a deal at the moment. At least now we all know it is a trilogy project at this point. Bunnyman 3 continues the tradition set forth with The Bunnyman Massacre. The film will follow the journey of Bunnyman, as he takes refuge with a group misfits whom run a traveling carnival.

“Rabid Love” Gets Distribution Deal



rabid loveThe indie horror “Rabid Love” has gained distribution through Acort International. The deal was met between the company and Rogue Taurus Productions / BAR Productions in Association with Open Wound Films to release the film in the U.S. on VOD as well as DVD. The film is a great little horror-thriller with a grindhouse horror feel that totally embraces all that was rad about late 70’s/early 80’s horror films. You can read my review of “Rabid Love” here.

“Rabid Love” is directed by Paul J. Porter and stars Hayley Derryberry, Jessica Sonneborn, Brandon Stacy, Josh Hammond, and Hannah Landberg.

Synopsis: When Heather Ross and her lifelong friends take one final trip out to a cabin in the woods before they go their separate ways after graduating from college, the weekend takes an unexpected turn when people start disappearing. Is one of their own responsible? How about the killer bear that’s rumored to be in the woods? Maybe one of the seemingly unstable hunters that have been drawn to the area and are out to get the bear? Join Heather and the gang as they find out where their loyalties truly lie and discover the secrets of the forest that might become a grave for all of them!


Official Poster For The Ford Brothers’ “The Dead 2: India”

The Ford Brothers made quite an impression with their zombie saga “The Dead”. The film placed emotion and heart into a subgenre that thrives on blood and scares. They have returned with the second chapter in the undead narrative “The Dead 2: India” . Check out the official poster issued for the sequel to this zombie story.

American engineer Nicholas Burton (JOSEPH MILLSON) in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend Ishani (MEENU). Burton enlists the help of an orphan street kid Javed (ANAND GOYAL) and together they make a perilous 300 mile journey across deadly landscapes as a zombie apocalypse threatens to engulf the entire nation.

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My Review Of “Frankenstein’s Army”



frankensteins_army“Frankenstein’s Army” is a sci-fi/action, horror blend leaves me a little conflicted. The Richard Raaphorst directed film which features monsters created by a descendent of legendary Frankenstein offers everything a video game/horror fan could ever dream in a live action film. Told in a documentary style the movie creates a first person level of intense action filled with explosions, violence, gore and adrenaline pumping bravado. Soviet military go behind enemy lines to capture the mad scientist, and proof of his rumored experiments for their own purpose. It is a sci-fi war between zombie-Nazi monsters and vicious communist war-dogs. So what about the film left me conflicted?

First in “Frankenstein's Army” , the story is a simple and allows only for testosterone grandeur, devoid of emotion or care for personality. The characters on both sides of this brutal opera are despicable in nature. You want to see the Russians die because essentially they are portrayed as war-mongering, heartless thugs- with no visible humanity. So that puts the uncomfortable light of heroics on seeing the Nazi monsters slaughter these a-holes. Yet Nazis are inherently disgusting reflections of man, so I never allowed myself to entertain that concept of pleasure in watching the creatures kill the soldiers. However something about the way the story was directed lead me to believe the writers and director wanted me to see the Nazis as some antihero, because the Russian soldiers where put in an obviously bad light in the film.  That was conflicting for me. Plus the actors kept slipping in and out of their characters accents. Half the time the hinted toward American or British accents before returning to Russian or German twangs.

There is the opposite side to the film though- The gore and action was killer. The intense, constant atmosphere held my attention the entire film. The monsters where some of the most creative designs I have seen in cinema in a long while, and the special effects pretty much rocked it from start to finish. In the end pretty much every one dies so that was pleasurable to watch-because they all really needed to so I could walk away from the film without feeling dirty for watching something that seemed to glorify the whole Nazi science-occult theme, under the guise of sci-fi-fantasy. I have to note that this is my issue I deal with when watching pretty much any of the Nazi themed sci-fi-horror stuff that has been coming out. I am always focusing on the story’s intent, fearing that the film will over romanticize Nazi fetishism. In a superficial sense I enjoyed the film based on the gore and monsters, but on a deeper level I never connected with the story or the characters, so I didn’t enjoy the film as much as I was hoping to.  I am 50/50 with “Frankenstein’s Army”.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Lithasblot July 31st



lithasblotJuly 31st is the Norse holiday Lithasblot. The harvest festival; giving thanks to Urda (Ertha) for her bounty. Often alms are given to the unfortunate at this time, or loaves in the shape of the fylfot (the Sun-wheel, which fell into regrettable disrepute during the dark times of the second World War when the symbol was perverted as a symbol of chaos and darkness).  Interestingly, Lithasblot 1941 was allegedly the time when the magical lodges of England performed rituals to keep the Nazi forces from invading their country; which may have worked, since Hitler eventually abandoned plans to invade Great Britain.  Lithasblot has long been associated with ceremonial magic and magical workings.

423px-Urd_magazineUrda is one of the Norns in Norse mythology. Along with Verðandi (possibly "happening" or "present") and Skuld (possibly "debt" or "future"), Urðr makes up a trio of Norns that are described as deciding the fates of people. Urðr is attested in stanza 20 of the Poetic Edda poem Völuspá and theProse Edda book Gylfaginning. Urðr is together with the Norns located at the well Urðarbrunnr beneath the world ash tree Yggdrasil of Asgard. They spin threads of life, cut marks in the pole figures and measure people's destinies, which shows the fate of all human beings and gods. Norns are always present when a child is born and decide its fate. The three Norns represent the past (Urðr), future (Skuld) and present (Verðandi). Urðr is commonly written as Urd or Urth. In some English translations, her name is glossed with the Old English form of urðr; Wyrd.

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