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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Trailer For “Raised By Wolves”


Raised-By-Wolves-Mitchell-Altieri-Movie-PosterThe Butcher Boys ( Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores) return to horror with “Raised By Wolves”. The found footage tale stars Jenna Haze, Evan Crooks, Michael Hudson, Kristina Emerson and Hassan Mahmoud. Mitchell Altieri who co-wrote “Raised By Wolves with Flores, took on the role of Director with the film currently in post-production.

When a group of extreme skaters go searching for an empty pool rumored to be behind an abandoned house in the barren desert, they learn they should not have ignored the rumors that the house is haunted by a demonic presence and a dark history of occultism.  What follows is a terrifying tale of evil possession causing the friends to slowly turn against each other.
 


Trailer And Premiere Info Released For “The Morningside Monster”

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Check out the trailer for “The Morningside Monster”. The film will have a world premiere at The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, GA on January 14th 2014. You can check out the ticket prices and more about the event here.  “The Morningside Monster” is directed by Chris Ethridge and stars Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tiffany Shepis (The Frankenstein Syndrome), Robert Pralgo (The Vampire Diaries), Cat Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Amber Chaney (The Hunger Games).

When a series of ritualistic murders rattle the small town of Morningside, NJ, the Sheriff and his deputy embark on a desperate race against time to catch the killer, pitting them against friends, enemies and even each other.


Teasers For Arthouse Thriller “BB”


BB_TEASER-POSTERCheck out the cool teaser poster and promo trailer for CJ Wallis’ “BB”. The arthouse thriller is currently in production with 2014 festival run planned. “BB” stars Jennifer Mae, Paula Lindberg, Karen L. Kruper, Troy De Lottinville, and Violet Vega. The film sees CJ Wallis assuming all roles in the film’s production. “BB” is co-produced by Troy De Lottinville who along with the other members of the cast are long time collaborators on Wallis’ previous projects.

BB is the provocative story of a girl named Leah who, under the name "Candy Cummings," performs strip shows online from her apartment for thousands of strangers every day, never fully knowing the extent of evils that could be watching on the other side of the screen.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Winter Solstice/Yule Begins & Divalia- Festival To Angerona

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December 21st is a very special day. It is the time when Yule begins, the time of the winter solstice. The very day when the sun begins it’s journey bringing it’s warm, nurturing light back to the Northern Hemisphere. Yule is a spiritual festival in Paganism. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names (Ærra Jéola (Before Yule) or Jiuli and Æftera Jéola (After Yule). Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modranicht.

Yule is celebrated with gatherings that often involve a meal and gift giving. However not all modern pagans celebrate the holiday quite the same way. Some choose to ritualize the holiday as close to their interpretation of pre-Christian, Germanic tradition while others (myself included) choose more eclectic practices that blend various traditions from the many Neopagan and Traditional Heathen practices. Dec. 21st is the solstice which begins the 12 day celebration of Yule. In the Heathen tradition of  Urglaawe Yuletide begins at sundown on 20 December and ends at sundown on 1 January. In most forms of Wicca, this holiday is celebrated at the winter solstice as the rebirth of the Great horned hunter god, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. The method of gathering for this sabbat varies by practitioner. Some have private ceremonies at home, while others do so with their covens.


DivaliaDecember 21st is also the day of the pagan festival to Angerona, Diva Angeronia known as Divalia. Angerona was said to be a protecting goddess of Rome, and kept secret the true name of the great city so that it should not be known to her enemies. Angerona is often depicted with a finger against her lips, or even with her mouth bound closed, leading her to be known as a goddess of secrets and silence in general. Angerona is the Goddess of the new year and returning sun, of silence and secrets. She would also relieve men of pain and suffering, including an oddly specific tale where she relieves angina.

On the day of this festival the pontifices performed sacrifices in the temple of Voluptia, or the goddess of joy and pleasure, who, some say, was the same with Angerona, and supposed to drive away all the sorrow and chagrin of life. She is considered to be the goddess of the winter solstice, who helps the sun get through this dark, difficult period. In this interpretation Her silence indicates concentration or meditation, and Her inner voice that conjures a powerful spell to help the sun regain its strength. She was represented holding Her finger to Her bound mouth in a gesture (apparently) requesting quiet. Some ancients believed that She was thus a Goddess of Silence, or that She represented the secret magical name of Rome which was not to be spoken aloud. Or that She was the Goddess of fear and anguish, and could prevent or drive away these feelings.

Crowd Funding Started For “Minutes To Midnight”


Minutes To MidnightThe Team behind “Minutes To Midnight” has kicked off their crowd funding for the indie horror film over on Indiegogo. “Minutes To Midnight” takes place at a desolate mountain ski lodge where they are methodically hunted down by ruthless, sadistic masked men with an unknown agenda as the a group of seven friends and a mysterious backpacker are forced to form an alliance to survive. The film is directed by Eric Forsberg from a screenplay written by Christopher M. Don. “Minutes To Midnight” is set to star Kane Hodder, John Morrison and John Kapelos who have already signed on for the project.

After an unsuccessful shot at a new life on the West Coast, Michael Banning, 20s, retreats back to his close friends & co-workers at a ski resort. With an ominous snowstorm approaching, total isolation, and the New Year’s countdown, the group set out to celebrate. A blissful night of drinking, sex, and music is abruptly stopped when they see a bright flare outside in the storm resulting in the rescue of a backpacker caught in a hunter’s trap. For the complete breakdown of the film’s story head over to the campaign page where you can also find all the cool perks for supporting this indie project.

New Trailer Released For “Death Walks”


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Late one night a group of lone workers in a shopping centre are visited by a sinister force. Think you know the zombie movie genre? Think again, Death Walks... reinvents the zombie movie, and spins your beliefs on your head!

Trailer For “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”


dawn of the planet of the apesThe trailer for “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” looks pretty awesome. Of course out of all the sci-fi sagas that have come along the Planet Of The Apes saga is my favorite. The originals, revisions, it doesn’t matter because the whole concept is just frickin’ awesome. So yeah I am diggin’ the trailer. Check it out below. “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” picks up several years after the mysterious plague depleted mankind’s control over the animal kingdom, an event the coincided with the rise of free-willed, super intelligent Apes. 

“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” is directed by Matt Reeves and will dominate box offices worldwide on July 18, 2014. The film stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Jocko Sims, Judy Greer, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Red Band Trailer For “Lucky Bastard”


Lucky-Bastard-PosterCheck out the red band trailer for “found footage” thriller “Lucky Bastard”. The film is about a porn website run by Mike (Don McManus) that invites fans to have sex with porn stars. Jay Paulson plays Dave, an eager young fan given a chance to have sex with the fabulous Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue). But everyone gets more than they bargained for in the seemingly mild-mannered Dave... with gruesome results.

“Lucky Bastard” is directed by Robert Nathan and stars Don McManus, Jay Paulson, Betsy Rue, Chris Wylde, Catherine Annette, Lanny Joon, Lee Kholafai.  The film will have a limited theatrical run February 14th.


Promo For WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Series


salemCheck out the promo for sensationalized retelling of a very real period in American history- The Salem that existed at the time of ignorance and persecution known as The Salem Witch trails. WGN American’s ‘Salem’ revisits that historical moment with a bit of embellishment of course,  the real trails had very little to do with actual witches and more to do with intolerance and ignorance. In the series witches are a very real thing so it will be interesting to see how pagans are shown, whether cliché and offensive or as varied and individualized as any other persons of that period of time. Based on the promo I think the first may apply-witches as corruptors, whores and a plague to mankind. Only time will tell.

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, SALEM explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In SALEM, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem -- and an even bolder new vision of witches. Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Shane West, Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant, and Elise Eberle all star in ‘Salem’.

Fetish Exposure In New “24 Exposures” Erotic Thriller


24-Exposures-Poster-610x887Fetish exposure frames the nightmare tale of indie director Joe Swanberg, “24 Exposures”. The film hits select theatres and VOD this January 24th. “24 Exposures” stars Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers and Caroline White. The film is an erotic thriller that follows fetish photographer Billy who stages elaborate shoots around his fixations, photographing women in various stages of undress and death.

 When one of Billy’s models winds up actually dead, depressed and romantically disillusioned investigator suffering through a crumbling relationship himself, knocks on his door and discovers a world he struggles to understand – in Billy’s art, as well as his apparent ease at juggling professional and intimate relationships with a committed girlfriend and various models. Jealousy runs high, and meanwhile, a killer is still on the loose. Check out the trailer below.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

“Evil Never Dies” A.K.A. “The Haunting Of Harry Payne” UK Release Date

The British Supernatural Crime-Noir “The Haunting Of Harry Payne” has a new title and a release date for the film’s UK DVD release. “Evil Never Dies” will be available for horror fan’s on January 13th 2014. It is available for pre-order at Amazon UK right now. I had the opportunity to review the film last month and found the story’s arch captivating and very mature which is a bit refreshing in the horror world where a lot of the material tends to flow more puerile to draw in the young adult audience seeking more dark comedy, blood and over-simplified typification. “Evil Never Dies” is directed by Martyn Pick and stars Tony Scannell, Graham Cole, Anouska Mond, Fliss Walton, Katy Manning, P.H. Moriarty and Neil Maskell.

Ex-London gangster Harry Payne retires to Norfolk to be close to his wife, driven mad when he was forced to kill his best friend, psychopathic gang boss Eugene McCann. Immediately he is drawn into a murder mystery in which an obsessive local police detective targets him as the killer. Unknown to anyone, Harry has psychic abilities he has always suppressed with alcohol. Now he must confront the supernatural and his own personal demons to save his wife and free the tormented souls of the ghosts that haunt him. You can read my review of the film here.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Trailer Released For “Deadly Punkettes”


deadly punkettesThe first trailer for Jared Master’s “Deadly Punkettes” has been released. The film brings the attitude back into horror with a little rock. The “girl band horror” stars D'Lannie Brown, Lauren Taler, Lourdes Narro, Julia Faye West, Dave Knapp, Danielle Stavin, Jillean Tucker, Dawna Lee Heising and Skylar Ripp. Check out the trailer below.

The ghost of the former lead singer of an all-girl band, returns to haunt her replacement, who unfairly takes credit for the group’s only hit. “Deadly Punkettes” is produced by Frolic Pictures, Dismal Productions and Van Swall Media Group.

Yuletide Greetings! Today I made my first ever large Yule Blessing Wreath

Yeah I know I am a few days late but I have been decorating for what seems like forevah! But today I finally made time to make my 2013 Yule Blessing Wreath. Normally I make a circle out of thin wire and string light around it and make the wreath that way. This year I decided to get more in depth. I started with a sage blessing throughout the home and for myself, then I set out to create this wonderful symbol of positive blessing for the Holiday season.


I found some gnarly vines to create my circle and base form with hanging across the creek that flows through the property. I would have loved to have three vines to braid for this but only found two that would work on this scale.























Then I took some evergreen and fastened it to the wreath until I had a tradition evergreen wreath made. Wild Eye made it really hard to get the work done after demanding my attention and claiming the wreath.
























Afterwards I bound the evergreen into a circle to hold it to the vine with twine. Then I added my lights and some wild berries that are still hanging from some trees in my yard.



















Once I had my evergreen secured and formed into a circle with the lights. I formed my star for the center of the wreath. Then I finished off with a few more wild items from around the property that are growing before adding more lights. Finally my finished Yule Blessing Wreath was hung for the holiday season!











“Jinn” Release Date Announced


jinnmovieThe release date for Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s long awaited “Jinn” has been announced. The supernatural thriller starring Ray Park, Serinda Swan, and Faran Tahir will be released on April 4th 2014. Read the full press release below for all the deets!


From the Press Release
Detroit-based Exxodus Pictures and Freestyle Releasing announce a North American wide theatrical release date of April 4, 2014, for JINN, a tension-filled supernatural thriller. The film, written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, was produced by Ahmad, Benjamin Dresser, and Alan Noel Vega and stars Dominic Rains (Flight 93), Serinda Swan (USA’s “Graceland”), Ray Park (Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace), Faran Tahir (Elysium), and William Atherton (Die Hard). Richard Mandell, Najam Syed, and Shahid Syed executive produced the film for Exxodus.

The amazing story of JINN involves ancient mythological beings that have rarely been explored in US cinemas. The premise of the jinn concept, known to over 1 billion people around the world, involves ghost-like entities and revolves around creation mythology.
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Already generating a substantial amount of early attention, this is the first film to accurately introduce and portray the jinn concept. JINN is also unique in that the vehicle used in the action sequences in the film, known as the “Firebreather,” was designed by director Ahmad and is the first vehicle in motion picture history available to the public for purchase. The “Firebreather” is a V8, 618-horsepower super exotic American muscle car with 50 limited editions being produced as the exact replica of the vehicle in the film. The car, several of which have already been sold, was designed by Exxodus to honor their hometown by creating modern design that fuses the soul of classic, American muscle.

The distribution deal was negotiated by Freestyle’s Co-President Mark Borde, Head of Acquisitions Chris Charalambous, and Richard Mandell and Najam Syed from Exxodus Pictures.

“The Exxodus team and I are very excited to be releasing JINN to the world. We have a tremendous responsibility to live up to the collective imagination of the people that already know about the jinn as well as revealing the concept to those who have never heard of it. Freestyle Releasing is the perfect partner as they have had many successes in the genre, and we feel they understand the originality of the concept,” said Exxodus’ Ahmad.

“We are happy to be distributing a film that will introduce Western audiences to an entirely new, entirely different supernatural concept; and I know that our team is excited to get this movie out to the public,” said Freestyle’s Borde.


jinn-1Synopsis: In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion, and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember.







Monday, December 16, 2013

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Saturnalia


saturnaliaDecember 17th is Saturnalia. A festival where roles are reversed. Sound familiar? On Christmas in the UK the same thing happed in Medieval times where the poor and commoner was allowed into the homes of the wealthy and treated to a feast. To this day it is why the people will often adorn the paper crown hats during the Christmas dinner celebration. Now to Saturnalia.  Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity, Saturn , held on December 17 of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through December 23.

Saturnalia is a festival of light leading to the winter solstice, with the abundant presence of candles symbolizing the quest for knowledge and truth. The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated in the later Roman Empire at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the "Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun," on December 25. Saturnalian license also permitted slaves to enjoy a pretense of disrespect for their masters, and exempted them from punishment. It was a time for free speech. The Sigillaria on December 23 was a day of gift-giving. Because gifts of value would mark social status contrary to the spirit of the season, these were often the pottery or wax figurines called sigillaria made specially for the day, candles, or "gag gifts". A lot of these elements where merged in with the Catholic’s Christmas in order to bring Pagans to Christianity.

Today Saturnalia is an exceptional time to raise the Holiday festivities of Yule and Christmas just a little bitter higher in our desire for end of year merriment. Bringing trees indoors to decorate which most people do,  decorating outdoor trees with sun and star symbols which I often do, and using swathes of greenery over doorways, windows, and on your person.  Decorations are secondary to revelry, feasting, drinking, merry-making, pranks, and gift-giving are the major objective for celebrating Saturnalia.

Biblioteca Arcana's suggestions are for celebrating the religious aspects of the Saturnalia and its two adjoining holidays, the Opalia for Saturn's wife, Ops, goddess of plenty, and the Consualia for Consus, "god of the storage bin." The site provides a complete ritual with an equipment list, information on preparation, location, timing, the banquet, and the conclusion.

Chants for Saturnalia:
Save the seed corn for the sowing;
Plant the seed to start it growing.

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Bring the light to wake the seed;
Let the shoot from earth be freed.

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Io Saturnalia!
Io Saturnalia!
Io Saturnalia!


For the entire Saturnalia/Winter Solstice Ritual Click The Image Below.
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“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” Promos Leave A Few Marks

Lizzie BordenThere is little that doesn’t deal with the Christmas season that really gets noticed. Most things, even in the horror world often have a Krampus or Killer Claus theme to them so during the sensory overload every little else is able to leave an impression during the Holidays. Lifetime’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” may be an exception to that unspoken rule. The TV movie starring Christina Ricci has definitely made an impression on me, and is successfully cutting through the Merry Merry Cheers to get noticed. Check out these promo posters and the cool teaser trailer below for the Borden movie.


Lizzie Borden 2On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma. But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden’s youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings, proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden’s name in infamy.


“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” airs on Lifetime January 25t at 8 pm eastern time. The movie also stars Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall. “It’s not just a disturbing nursery rhyme! Now the true story of how Lizzie Borden murdered her parents (or did she?) in the summer of 1892 is being brought to Lifetime, with Christina Ricci as the eponymous Lizzie. The true-crime case captured national attention when it first happened, proving that Americans obsession with scandalous and sordid tales is nothing new.

The nursery rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an ax…and gave her mother forty whacks…when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one” has been folklore for generations. But, in fact, it was Lizzie Borden — one of the most legendary figures in American history — who first whetted the public’s voracious interest in scandalous crimes in the 1800s with her own gruesome story involving the brutal murder of her parents.

Red Band Trailer For “Cheap Thrills” Released


Cheap ThrillsThe red band trailer for “Cheap Thrills” has been released along with word of the film’s release date. “Cheap Thrills” will land on VOD February 14, 2014 with a limited run in select theaters on March 21st. The film is directed by E.L. Katz and stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner.

“Cheap Thrills” tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life...but at a price.

U.S. Poster For “The Returned” Arrives

Check out the U.S. poster for Manuel Carballo’s “The Returned”. The zombie-human nightmare will be released limited on February 14 accompanied by a VOD release on same date 2014. “The Returned” stars ‘Lost Girl’ hottie Kris Holden-Reid along side Emily Hampshire, Claudia Bassols and Shawn Doyle. Check out the images that came out with the U.S. poster release.

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Trailer Debuts For “Haunt”


HauntIFC Midnight has debuted the trailer for the supernatural horror “Haunt”. The film is directed by Mac Carter and will be released in a limited theatrical run on March 7th 2014. “Haunt” stars Danielle Chuchran, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson, Jacki Weaver and Jan Broberg. Check out the trailer below to see if anything awakens in you. P.S. the synopsis reads like some Christian cautionary scare tactic aimed at young people.

A family moves into a new home with a dark past. When their son becomes involved with a beautiful girl next door, and together they begin to explore their sexual awakening, they unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house.

Horror Society Stories: Volume 1 Anthology Series Now Available


The first anthology book exclusively from HorrorSociety.com has been released.

1485054_10200931936171435_452174113_nAfter a world wide call for entries, the award winning website owned by Mitchell D. Wells received over 114 original short stories from authors far and wide. The final ten stories were selected after a series of rounds designed to pinpoint the best stories. Fans of ghosts, zombies, the war between vampires and werewolves, wrathful wildlife, supernatural illnesses/unexplained impulses, aliens, aquatic adventures, and end of the world scenarios will all find something to enjoy in Horror Society Stories: Volume 1.

Horror Society contributor Michael DeFellipo was put in charge of producing the book, and would eventually release the project under his own production company, Shillow Productions. This is what he had to say, “Putting out the book is a big achievement for all of us at the site. It’s the first step in making Horror Society more than just a website. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the entries we received, but the top ten really were the best in the bunch. Most of them I knew would be at the top of my list from the get-go. I think horror fans will scoop this up because it has a little bit of everything. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for any horror reader.”

Short stories in Horror Society Stories: Volume 1 include “Loaf Divine” by Canaan Frank, “Dead Ringers” by David Blackthorn, “A Vampire Walks Into A Bar” by Aaron Ray Ballard, “Jump $20” by Marc E. Fitch, “My Lover, My Garden” by Erik Gustafson, “The Invisible Enemy” by Bryan Cassiday, “The Lunch Pail” by W. B. Stickel, “The Specimen” by Angela Pritchett, “Hair and Teeth” by Katie Jones, and “Dogs Want To Eat You” by Ralph Robert Moore. A bonus story by the cover artist, Manny Serrano, is also featured in the book.

Barbie Wilde – celebrated author of The Venus Complex and Hellraiser II actress – calls the book, “A tasty cocktail of horror that will keep you glued to the page.”

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DVD Release Date For “Children Of Sorrow”

A release date has been announced for After Dark Originals’ DVD release of “Children Of Sorrow”. The film will be available on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD, and VOD March 4th. “Children Of Sorrow stars Bill Oberst Jr., Hannah Levien, Whitney Nielsen and John Mawson.

Simon Leach is a very sick man. Thriving on despair, pain, and panic, he unites a group of broken and desperate teens and showers them with the love and affection they’re so desperate for. But Simon has a much darker plan for his followers.

“Belongingness” can be a terrifying subject. When a young woman embeds herself in the cult looking for answers to her sister’s disappearance, she discovers their secret and an even darker secret within herself.
 
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Check Out The Trailer For “Dead Rivalry”



dead rivalryTake a look at the first trailer for indie horror “Dead Rivalry”. The film is directed by Garret Henry from a script written by Jeremy Thornhill. “Dead Rivalry” stars Evan Stern, Alysa King, Stephen Davis, Mark Buck, Jon Ambrose and follows two serial killers who end up in the same car on an old deserted road. Brendan, hitchhikes and kills the people who pick him up, while Winston picks up hitchhikers to torture and murder them. The film is currently in post-production and is hoping for a summer 2014 release.








My Review Of “Revolution 666”


revolution 666“Revolution 666” is a low-budget indie horror film from director Matt Jaissle, director of “The Necro Files”. The film ventures into the homemade-horror realm on many levels with the production value and gore effects but I will address that later. First a bit about this film’s story. The plot for “Revolution 666” is a clever little cult story of a sinister plot for massacre where by a “religious order” okay “evil cult”, yeah still sounds the same to me, anyway this evil order release hell on earth when they send a lost Fab Four song to a local DJ to be played on the air. The song is imbued with the supernatural ability to raise a dead thing who then carries out mass murder while wearing a cherished Walrus costume. The thing is a puppet of the damnation manipulated by this cult. Of course in the story the reanimated corpse isn’t the only one raising some hell in this town, the evil doers are enacting elements of their own plot and racking up a body count as well.

The story is a very fun, cheeky creative tale that is very entertaining to see unfold. It takes me back to the vinyl days of forcing my albums to play backwards-by hand-hoping to here some kind of witchy message.  The plot has a few quirks unfolding within it that sometimes seem unwarranted or ill-acted but the execution of the story’s ideas flow pretty well. There are some nice moments in “Revolution 666” that kind of validate the film’s script. Now it is a very low budget horror in the vein of “Death By VHS” and “Treasure Chest Of Horrors II” so the acting is amateurish on a basic level but the lines are very rarely flubbed and more often throw back to the early cult film era in the 80’s VHS hayday. The action sequences where the chilling thrills are enacted seem half-hearted and not quite convincingly acted-it would have been nice to see more attention paid to that element of the film because it would have elevated “Revolution 666” to the level of Jaissle’s earliest cult favorites like “The Necro Files”, and “Back From Hell”.

The special effects are something that also gets the lessor of attention. They present as cheap, really cheap and are executed on that homemade-horror scale, registering on the lower side of the scale. I wish that a bit more care was taken with the gory effects and blood quality because the cheap-o look takes away from the film’s overall effect on me as a viewer. However the soundtrack and sound effects utilized in “Revolution 666” are hot as hell and become infectious. I really enjoyed those elements a lot. It adds the classic Matt Jaissle signature to the film. If I ever find myself in a horror film sort styled ending to my life I want Matt Jaissle directing the soundtrack to it. Over all this film creates  a lot of what the director intends- groovy cult story, and a cool original killer with the undead slasher character. The acting and dialog often miss and the special effects in the kill scenes are too cheap to really gain favor with most horror fans. For the most part “Revolution 666” will disappoint the quality seeking low-budget horror fans but the majority of homemade, D.I.Y horror people will find some timeless, cult entertainment with the film. Ultimately I can’t say to see the film is a must, but there is no harm in cheeky fun which is what this film really embodies. Just go into it with caution and little expectations. I do recommend watching Matt Jaissle’s earliest films first or after to gain full appreciation for the director’s twisted but worthy talent.

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