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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Exclusive Coverage And Interviews Of DOA Bloodbath: Kara Rainer Interviews Cody Daniel Of “Velvet Vengeance”



DOAKara Rainer grabbed this nice interview with “Velvet Vengeance” star Cody Daniel on the red carpet. The film held it’s world premiere at this year’s DOA Bloodbath Film Festival in Dallas, TX. The film’s festival premiere was held this past weekend on October the 19th. “Velvet Vengeance” is directed by Jeremy Campbell and the coverage was hosted by the lovely Kara Rainer for A Southern Life In Scandalous Times. Cody Daniel is a Texas born indie actor who has starred in both film and television series.

“Velvet Vengeance” follows follows a  young woman who is faced with the tragic murder of her brother. She travels to the location of her brothers murder to hunt the killer but little does she know that she is the one that is being hunted. The film stars Lindsay Norman, Jessica Hall , Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Forrest Vickery, Linda King, Elisa Castillo, Cody Hofmockel, Cody Daniel, Amanda Marie, Laiken A. Thompson and Carl “The Coach” Bailey. “Velvet Vengeance” opened to a packed crowd to some great feedback.

Exclusive DOA Bloodbath Festival Coverage: Kara Rainer Interviews Paula Marcenaro Solinger & Amanda Marie Of “Velvet Vengeance”



DOAIn continued exclusive coverage and interviews from the recent DOA Bloodbath Film Festival, A Southern Life In Scandalous Times brings you a great interview with “Velvet Vengeance” stars Paula Marcenaro Solinger and Amanda Marie, hosted by the lovely Kara Rainer. Kara worked the red carpet for A Southern Life. DOA was also the world premiere of action/horror “Velvet Vengeance”. Check out the video interview below.

Paula is the wife of metal vocalist Johnny Solinger. She is also an accomplished actress of film and television both here and in her native Mexico. Amanda Marie is a child of theatre and has the loafty ambition of being on of horror's next Scream Queens.


“Velvet Vengeance” is directed by Jeremy Campbell and follows a  young woman who is faced with the tragic murder of her brother. She travels to the location of her brothers murder to hunt the killer but little does she know that she is the one that is being hunted. The film showed to a packed crowd of horror fans with some great feedback.


My Review Of “Lord Of Tears”



LordOfTearsLawrie Brewster's "Lord Of Tears" is an operatic thriller that follows the conflicts of a man's heritage against a systemic psyche. Which is to say that the title character if fighting with his past and in order to survive who he is in the present. The cool thing about this film is the fact that there is a haunting foreboding that brings an ominous atmosphere to the story. The film presents itself as a chilling supernatural nightmare. "Lord Of Tears" stars David Schofield, Alexandra Hulme, Euan Douglas, Jamie Scott Gordon and is filmed in the beautiful Ardgour, Highland region of Scotland. Truly one of the most visually stunning locations on the planet. The towering monuments of nature that are the hills in the Highlands against the stunning godsky is truly spectacular. 

"Lord Of Tears" tells a very chilling tale of mythic horror, pagan superstition and human conflict in a dark, surrealistic nightmare that is both captivating and practically romantic in its Gothic presentation. The story is intense and creepy while allowing for an artful, emotive character driven opera between the two main players, James Findlay and Eve Turner. 

Effectively, "Lord Of Tears" offers more expressionist, artfilm style than was really necessary but it only adds to the visual Gothic nature of the film, against the almost romantic flow of the dialog, than it does to detract. I found the film very hypnotic as the scenes moved from one moment to the next. "Lord Of Tears" is much more than the simple labels of "Gothic" and "Horror" can justify. It has an exuberant  grandeur in both it's visual and expressive storytelling.

Now for the cons of this film, they are limited and do not prevent the film from its chilling intentions, but they do merit mentioning. The flashes of surrealism, artistic shots between the character driven elements in "Lord Of Tears" at moments can be distracting at moments when more film plot would have really solidified the overall story. Some of the moments with the engaging dialog  between the two main characters comes off as more theatrical than ideal to be convincing. Lastly, some scenes of the interior, more dialog reliant moments in the film are visually less appealing compared to most of the stunning production value in “Lord Of Tears”. That is it, I had no more issue with this film because, for the most part, "Lord Of Tears" is a truly well executed Gothic story filled with tons of visual and aesthetic character, the the film is more than your average, chilling, Independent thriller.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Official Poster Released For Ultimate Fan Documentary “Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary”



Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary” is an ultimate fan retrospective that takes 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. The documentary is John Campopiano and Justin White. It will feature many cast and crew members never before interviewed about their involvement in the film.

“Unearthed & Untold” will also take fans on a tour of all the filming locations. With never-before-seen photographs and 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. The documentary is described as an all encompassing film by fans for fans. It is looking like a very sweet exploration into one of the best film productions of a King novel. I can’t wait to see the film. There is no word yet on exactly when “Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary” will be released. Also check out the trailer that released back in August below.

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IFC Midnight Goes Into The Den



IFC Midnight has acquired the North American distribution rights to horror film “The Den”. The film is about a woman studying the habits of webcam chat users who witnesses a brutal murder online. After she decides to investigate digitally, she is immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones becomes targets for a similarly grisly fate.

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Trailer Arrives For Indie Horror “Muck”


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An official trailer has arrived for the indie horror with a super hot cast, “Muck” is the highly stylized and hyper-violent middle chapter of a true horror trilogy that unfolds like a love letter to horror fanatics everywhere. Filmed completely on the Red Epic in ultra HD without any CGI, Muck simultaneously pushes the limits of what can be done both within the horror genre and independent filmmaking. The film is a middle chapter of a trilogy. It stars Lachlan Buchanan, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Draper, Stephanie Danielson, Laura Jacobs, Grant Alan Ouzts, Lauren Francesca, 2012 Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg, and Kane Hodder as Grawesome Crutal. “Muck” is written and directed by Steve Wolsh.

After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, long forgotten and buried underneath the marshes of Cape Cod, a group of friends emerge from the thick, marshy darkness, tattered and bloody, lucky to be alive. They have already lost two of their friends in the marsh, presumably dead. They stumble upon an empty Cape Cod vacation house alongside the foggy marsh and break in to take shelter. Whatever was in the marsh is still after them and soon after one of them goes for help, the rest of the group learns that the evil in the marsh is not the only thing that wants them dead. Something worse, something more savage, was lying in wait just outside the marsh, in the house. What happens next is unspeakable, horror that cannot be unseen. These unlucky travelers spend their St. Patrick's Day trapped between two evils forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DOA Bloodbath Film Festival Coverage: Exclusive Interview With Director Jeremy Campbell



DOACheck out the great interview that Kara Rainer got us at the DOA Bloodbath Film Festival. The festival was also the location for the premiere of Director Jeremy Campbell’s action/horror “Velvet Vengeance”. The film showed to a packed crowd of horror fans with some great feedback.

“Velvet Vengeance” follows a  young woman who is faced with the tragic murder of her brother. She travels to the location of her brothers murder to hunt the killer but little does she know that she is the one that is being hunted.

Modern Horror “Dead Water” In Pre-Production



Dead WaterThe horror film “Dead Water” is currently in pre-production but the synopsis is offering a tantalizing nightmare scenario.  “Dead Water” is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. I am definitely gonna keep my radar focused for this freaky little flick. “Dead Water” is being produced by Edwin Marshall and Y.K. Bae for Intandem Films. It is expected to be completed in 2014.

THE END OF THE WORLD, AS WE KNOW IT, CAME TO AN END TWO YEARS AGO…

Led by our heroine a few scientists are sealed inside an Eco Station -a self-sufficient environment deep in the desert. The survivors in the Station know the deadly truth. They know that when the end finally came, it wasn’t what anyone expected.

It wasn’t a virus that killed the planet. It wasn’t a curse from Hell. It was the water...

A chemical process, triggered somewhere in the world, got out of control and changed the molecular composition of H2O as we know it.

Suddenly drinking it, bathing in it, even touching water would change a human into...
Something else. Something unimaginable. Something deadly...

In The World Of Spirits: Mezcal Mayhem


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On the Liquor.com site a contributor posted this nice little wicked drink. His name is Adam Seger and the drink is something that definitely intend to give a taste.
Garnish:Orange wheel or twist
Glass:Pint or highball
Add the mezcal, Campari and Mayhaw Syrup to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a pint or highball glass half-filled with fresh ice. Top with the beer and garnish with an orange wheel or twist.
*To make Mayhaw Syrup, whisk just enough hot water into mayhaw jelly to make a syrup consistency. (You may substitute raspberry preserves or cranberry jelly plus a bit of lemon juice.)



Trailer Released For Modern Horror Film “Camp 139”

 

camp139Check out the official trailer for “Camp 139”. The film is directed by Matt Adams and with a tag line like “drug fueled camping trip goes to hell” how could you not get excited about this film. “Camp 139” stars Victoria Paege, Ricardo Andres, Shane Dean and Greg Bronson. The film is available on the website’s createspace link. It hits shelves officially on October 25th, 2013, in time for the Halloween season!

A drug fueled camping trip goes to hell when a militant killing machine stalks four teens through the wilderness, luring them toward an abandoned Army hospital.


Stacy (Sarah Wilson) and Brandon (J. Lyle Johnson) are pulled away from a weekend of romance when their classmates Haley (Victoria Paege) and Mike (Frank Prell) become captives of The Patient, a perverse medical experiment stemming from the government's post World War II research.

With the help of Mike's slacker brother John (Shane Dean, DEADFALL TRAIL, DEATH FACTORY BLOODLETTING) they locate the hospital, making a last-ditch effort to save their friends - or die trying.


Heaven’s Most Wanted Is No Angel On New ‘Supernatural’



CasTonight is all new with ‘Supernatural’ hitting CW tonight at 9 pm. Episode 3 “I’m No Angel” sees supernaturally hot Castiel battling some truly human issues as well as some supernatural tribulations. Check out the promos and tune in tonight.

Ezekiel tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) a group of angels is hunting Castiel (Misha Collins). Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) race to find their friend before the angels do. Meanwhile, a homeless Castiel is trying to make his way through the city and comes across some unexpected surprises.





Get Bitten With All New ‘The Originals’ Episode “Girl In New Orleans”



TheoriginalscastTonight is full of bite with an all new episode of “The Originals” on CW. One of my most fave channels with some pretty awesome genre television. “Girl In New Orleans” gets festive as Davina convinces Marcel to let her attend an annual music festival in the city; Hayley visits a mysterious doctor in the bayou and makes a shocking discovery; Klaus takes a special interest in Cami who reveals alarming information about her past; Rebekah tries to get to the bottom of a recent strange encounter involving Elijah.
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‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Faces The Girl In The Flower Dress



agentsofSHIELDstill2It is Tuesday and there is some pretty stellar programming hittin’  the boob-tube tonight. An all new ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ kicks off tonight on ABC with “Girl In The Flower Dress”. There is some pretty intense temptations in the episode and the drama may bring one agent’s cause to a screeching halt. Check out the promos below.

"Girl in the Flower Dress" - An elusive girl in a flower dress may hold the key to the mystery that brings Coulson and team to Asia to rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power; and Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team right when they need her most.


“The Orphan Killer” Blu-ray SteelBook Release Details



TOKThe indie slasher gore film “The Orphan Killer” is now available on a special Steelbook Blu-ray version. “TOK” is a powerhouse of  brutality, nightmare, and iconic horror. The film is the creation of indie horror hottie Matt Farnsworth and features equally hot Diane Foster as the obsession of torture for The Orphan Killer a.k.a. Marcus Miller. I reviewed the film recently and you can check that out here!

THE ULTIMATE TOK BLURAY STEELBOOK IS HERE!

Pre- Order now! Shipping begins first week of November.

The Orphan Killer has a whole new look on Blu-ray Disc complete with new menu and bunches of bloody extras, including  ”BEHIND THE MURDER”, a full 1hr 30mins of behind the scenes footage. It also includes the films Soundtrack and Media Book filled with images and interviews. This special edition is limited to 1,000 pieces and is Region Free. Buy it now before they are slashed away.
 
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First Images Released For Horror Sequel “Midsummer’s Nightmare: Summer’s End”



Midsummer's Nightmare IIThe first images have been released for horror sequel “Midsummer’s Nightmare: Summer’s End”. The film is directed indie director Ryan Stacy with production under indie film house Concept Media. “MN II” stars Kristie Faulkner, Julie Sherwood, Stacy Freeders, Kelci C Magel, Scott Gillespie, Autumn Richardson, Joe Vollman and will be released sometime in 2014.

The original "Midsummer Nightmares" gang is back. But who will survive this time? Director/writer Ryan Stacy reunites the original survivors with a new cast to continue the story that left off with the unimaginable question: Is Danielle Waters really dead...?
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Three New Images Offer A Glimpse Into The Unholy Union Of “Devil’s Due”

What is it? “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Hell in a baby carriage”. Something like that. Anyway check out the happy but hell bound family and their unholy union below in these new images for horror film “Devil’s Due”. The film is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. “Devil’s Due” stars Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, Robert Belushi, Kurt Krause and hits theatres on January 14th 2014.

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

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New Teasers For “Penance Lane”

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Two new teaser trailers have gone online for the new BJ McDonnell directed horror film “Penance Lane”. The film is slated to begin production in the first part of 2014 and will star Tyler Mane who also takes on the role of producer along side Renae Geerlings, and Justin Beahm.

“Penance Lane” follows hardened criminal, Crimson Matthews, fresh out of the joint who takes a job as a handyman in a dilapidated house; but the twisted horrors he finds inside are enough to send anyone running. So why does he stay? And why are so many people drawn to Penance Lane?



New Official Poster For “A Grim Becoming” Released

Check out the new official poster promoting “A Grim Becoming”. The film is directed by Adam R. Steigert and stars  Bill Oberst Jr., Devanny Pinn, Jessica Cameron, Melantha Blackthorne.

Press Release:
A Grim Becoming follows Raphael, a young and bitter executive who is on the verge of losing a multimillion dollar architectural deal with a large distribution company lead by the awkward Stanford brothers. Raphael suffers a sudden death in his family and has to immediately leave to go to the funeral in his home town of Metzburgh.

Seeing this as his big chance to get ahead is Wayne, a jealous co-worker who is in competition with Raphael. As Raphael returns to Metzburgh, he experiences a life changing event: witnessing a Grim Reaper taking a soul. This sighting results in Raphael becoming a Reaper and having to explore his own conscience and the lengths he will go to get his own life back. But Death or as he likes to call himself “Magoo” has other plans for the naive young executive.

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The film stars star Raphael (Brandon Williams), Melyssa Jade (Carrie), Devanny Pinn (Jamie), Jessica Cameron (Life), Magoo (Michael Sciabarrasi), Bill Oberst Jr. (Phill Looney) Melantha Blackthrone (Meryl Looney), Lynn Lowry (Mother) and Ocober (Aryn Fitzgerald).

A Grim Becoming reunites the talented scream queens Devanny Pinn (Jamie) and Jessica Cameron (Life). DefTone Pictures Studios Inc is also excited to be teaming up with Melantha Blackthorne for the first time. Melantha plays Meryl, sister to lead character Raphael. Indie film icons Lynn Lowry (Mother), Valerie Lynn Hanna (Charlie Stanford), and Bill Oberst Jr. (Phill) will also have supporting roles in the film.

DefTone Pictures Studios Inc has once again embraced the great talent of Western New York and many local actors and actresses round out the cast of A Grim Becoming. Patrick Mallette (Father), Melyssa Jade (Carrie), Mike Sarcinelli (Lance), Christopher Brechtel (Mick), and Aryn Fitzgerald (October) all have significant roles in the film.
 







First Images From “The Visitors” Has Surfaced

Check out the first images that have been released for sci-fi horror “The Visitors”. The film’s screenplay was written by The Vicious Brothers and directed by Colin Minihan. It stars Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia and Jesse Moss.

A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

First Trailer Released For “Wolf Creek 2”



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The first official trailer has been released for Australian horror sequel “Wolf Creek 2”. The film marks the return of one of the most nail-biting, thrilling serial killer franchises in modern cinema. “Wolf Creek 2” also sees the return of director Greg McLean helming the project.  “Wolf Creek 2” stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn and Phillipe Klaus. The film hits Australian theatres on February 20th 2014. No word on when a North American release will happen.

Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).

As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.

Exclusive “Velvet Vengeance” Red Carpet Premiere Coverage: Kara Rainer Interviews Laiken A. Thompson



DOAThis past weekend “Velvet Vengeance” held it’s red carpet world premiere at DOA Bloodbath Film Festival in Dallas, TX. Exclusive coverage of the event was provided by the lovely Kara Rainer for A Southern Life In Scandalous Times. Kara grabbed this great interview with actress Laiken. A. Thompson. Check it out below.


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“Velvet Vengeance” is directed by Jeremy Campbell and stars Lindsay Norman, Jessica Ballstothewalls Hall, Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Forrest Vickery, Linda King, Elisa Castillo, Cody Hofmockel and Carl “The Coach” Bailey.

The story follows a young woman who is faced with the tragic murder of her brother. The police swear that the murderer is dead but Alice can not shake the feeling that the killer is still alive. Against her friends and family's best wishes she travels to the location of her brothers murder to hunt the killer but little does she know that she is the one that is being hunted.

Stay tuned for more coverage of DOA and the red carpet exclusive coverage hosted by the lovely Kara Rainer, right here at A Southern Life In Scandalous Times.

Exclusive “Velvet Vengence” Red Carpet Premiere Coverage: Kara Rainer Interviews Hollee McMurray



DOAThis past weekend “Velvet Vengeance” held it’s red carpet world premiere at DOA Bloodbath Film Festival in Dallas, TX. Exclusive coverage of the event was provided by the lovely Kara Rainer for A Southern Life In Scandalous Times. Check out the great interview she got with actress Hollee McMurray.


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“Velvet Vengeance” is directed by Jeremy Campbell and stars Lindsay Norman, Jessica Ballstothewalls Hall, Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Forrest Vickery, Linda King, Elisa Castillo, Cody Hofmockel and Carl “The Coach” Bailey.

The story follows a young woman who is faced with the tragic murder of her brother. The police swear that the murderer is dead but Alice can not shake the feeling that the killer is still alive. Against her friends and family's best wishes she travels to the location of her brothers murder to hunt the killer but little does she know that she is the one that is being hunted.

DOA Bloodbath Film Festival Coverage: Exclusive Interview With Billy Blair



DOAThis past weekend was the Bloodbath V  Film Festival in Dallas, TX at the Texas Theatre. The festival is a showcase and celebration of Indie film talent and film fans of the horror community. The festival also held the world premiere for Jeremy Campbell’s “Velvet Vengeance” action/horror film. For the first time, exclusive coverage and interviews for A Southern Life In Scandalous Times are being provided by the lovely Kara Rainer. She spent the weekend stalking, and hacking here way through the indie talent to get the interviews and bloody good details at this years festival.

Check out the exclusive interview that Kara provided with  actor and musician Billy Blair. Blair was born in El Paso, TX and related to the great Edgar Allen Poe, Billy knew what he wanted to do at the ripe age of 5 after experiencing Sesame Street and KISS. He comes from a musical background as well. His great grandfather led his big band during the early 1900's in Mexico performing for some of history's greatest figures such as Pancho Villa.

For his whole life, Billy was dedicated to music and still is to this date. Being in numerous bands, he would experience touring the nation, playing in clubs, theaters, arenas and amphitheaters. Opening for some of the biggest names of rock. This was definitely a dream come true for him. By the mid 90's, Billy decided to add acting into his book of dreams. He signed up for theater at Richland College in Richardson, TX where he'd finally understand the techniques of acting. Getting these techniques he would then get cast lead for a couple of plays, then slowly work his way into film. He's then had the opportunity to act in film with some of film's greatest actors. This was a another dream accomplishment.

Billy Blair has appeared in “Machete”, “Machete Kills”, “Mongolian Death Worm” and “Pot Zombies 2: More Pot, Less Plot”. Enjoy this juicy interview Kara gets with the actor on the red carpet and stay tuned for more exclusive coverage of DOA Bloodbath V Film Festival right here at A Southern Life In Scandalous Times.

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