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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Promo Released For SyFy’s ‘Dominion’


DominionCheck out the promo for SyFy’s supernatural drama series ‘Dominion’. The show is based on the film ‘Legion’ and will debut in June 2014. ‘Dominion’ is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. when an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. ‘Dominion’ stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee(Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias).

The ultimate celestial battle between good and evil will descend to Earth in 2014 as Syfy officially green lighted the scripted drama ‘Dominion’ (working title) to series, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and BOLD Films, and filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed Legion, directed the pilot and is one of the project’s Executive Producers. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the film Legion, are also Executive Producers. Vaun Wilmott wrote the pilot and will also serve as Executive Producer on the series.

Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic Supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
 



My Review Of “Carrie” 2013

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“Carrie” 2013, the film that almost was awesome. Yeah I know that goes against the box office numbers and most cynical movie reviewers but “Carrie” was a pretty solid, emotion driven thriller. Closer to the short story written by Stephen King, this updated vision of the coming of age nightmare pays tribute to the 1976 while modernizing the characters to relate to 21st century horror fans. I think I like this version better than the original film. I didn’t feel bored or frustrated while waiting for the story to explode into blood soaked chaos begging for the fire.

The story is about Carrie White, a young girl who is about to enter womanhood. Unfortunately she is the psychologically neglected daughter of a bible-beating nut-job. Bullied at school by some very cruel classmates, Carrie transforms into a force of supernatural vengeance on a path to self destruction. It is a timeless and poignant tale that is very familiar. This film isn’t the first redo for the “Carrie” story but in my opinion it is by far the best.

Although the film is predictable to anyone who has spent countless seasons watching the classic film, or re-reading the story by Mr. King,  Chloë Grace Moretz portrays the telekinetic school girl with more charm and depth. Sissy Spacek  offers a more vulnerable, sorrowful Carrie and I enjoy her version immensely. I just feel that Moretz interpretation is more attuned to that outcast, sheltered, mentally scared character. I felt invested enough to stay connected through the parts of the film that almost seemed redundant and too close to the 1976 film.

The film moves in that same somber slow atmospheric realm of depressed soul  as the original and the characters are critically close to being two dimensional but the depth and breadth of Kimberly Pierce’s vision of “Carrie” offers so much more substance to the story on screen that it carries the characters from scene to scene. However disappointing the lack of personality the characters seem to have in the first half of the film second and last act the energy and chilling vitality begins to shine through elevating “Carrie” into a more visceral, macabre film. The characters become more affective and viable, especially in the last act when things really start moving.

Visually it all boils down to the effects and dark realization of Carrie’s breakdown into an uncontrollable storm of death and destruction. Pierce offers more detail to the personal “growth” of Carrie and more celebration of the carnage the ensues. I enjoyed this film and believe that it deserves far more love from horror fans than it has been given.

My Review Of “You’re Next”


you're nextAdam Wingard directed “You’re Next” is a modern visceral horror the delivers both the nod to classic genre filmmaking and contemporary storytelling. The film stars Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Ti West, Amy Seimetz, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett and Lane Hughes.  Yeah I know I named pretty much every one in the film but they all really do deserve a nod because there wasn’t a weak character in the film. Plus the characters gave such good death that I have to acknowledge them all. “You’re Next” stays with a pretty simple scheme of home invasion/violent attack that has become common over the past decade of horror films of this nature. The big difference between this film and a lot of the others is the brilliant blend of 70’s/80’s nostalgia with a truly 21st century spin.

“You’re Next” is about a wealthy family that gathers at a weekend home in the country on the parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Upon the big night when everyone has arrived and sat down to dinner they are attacked by masked assailants with extreme brutality. The story is tight and unwinds smoothly allowing for an intense thrill ride. At first I thought it was going to be one of those slow building horror film’s that ends in one twisted, violent displays of violence but “You’re Next” keeps a pretty chilling, steady pace of non-stop suspense that had me on edge. I have never enjoyed cursing at the people on the screen as I did with this film. I never really noticed any moments where the story became stagnant. Even after the mid-film reveal as to the plot I still found the remaining section of “You’re Next” just as thrilling as the first half. 

As for the special effects and soundtrack of “You’re Next”, I found them equally entertaining and quite strong for an indie horror film. The gore and violent action scenes were strong and bloody. I cringed at how the kill sequence would play out and yet I couldn’t wait to see it happen. The violence wasn’t over-the-top or gratuitous-at least not for my taste. The film actually gave me the same level of pleasure I get from the classic horror films like “The Burning” and the original “I Spit On Your Grave”. The soundtrack plays out with perfect resonance to the films almost somber atmosphere and violent nature. The sound effects created a wonderful homage to the VHS horror days that helped frame “You’re Next” as a truly nightmarish and modern urban apologue. “You’re Next” is a real present-day standard in horror.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Release Date Set For “Splash Area: Night Of The Freaks”


splash areaCoulrophobics beware! The release date for psycho clown flick “Splash Area: Night Of The Freaks” has been set for January 21st. The film is writen and directed by George Clarke and stars  Anthony Boyle, Leanne Marks, Ruby Campbell, Brian Norton, John Render, Gary Whelan, Paul McCarron, Alan Crawford, and Conor Pelan.

Eagle One Media is proud to announce it has acquired worldwide rights to George Clarke’s Irish made killer clown feature Splash Area: Night of the Freaks. North America DVD release is set for January 21 with the film now available on digital platforms itunes, Play Google, and Amazon Instant. Produced by Yellow Fever Productions the DVD may be pre-ordered at major on-line retailers such as Amazon.

Halloween night. A gang of killer clowns on are the rampage and after seeing their friend mutilated by them, three friends decided to go above the law in a bid to stop the red nosed crazies. Following them to an old asylum, they soon become the hunted in this fun house of blood and guts, fighting for survival against muscle, madness and chainsaws...

OmniCorps Field Test Clip For “RoboCop”


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The first official clip for “RoboCop” puts the cyborg police officer in a field test against EM-208 robots. “Robocop” hits theatres on February 12, 2014 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.





“Death Walks” Film Completion Details


death walks_thumb[1]In June 2013 Brentwood based Spencer Hawken announced his intention to create a zero budget horror movie, the movie would not have a cheap look and feel, and would break all the rules when it came to zombie movies. When work began Spencer had no names to attach to his picture, by completion he had several.

“Death Walks” is based in an East London shopping centre, on the night of a massive street party strange things begin to happen at the centre. Firstly an Italian woman arrives called Lucrezia (Cannibal Holocaust’s Francesca Ciardi) who promises that everyone is going to die. Her visit is followed by the arrival of Poppy (Tracy Beaker star Jessie Williams), from here the 25 people left in the centre are subjected to a night of terror.

“When we began filming it was an ambitious project” says Spencer Hawken “But as time went on it became more ambitious, I was able to bring a horror legend in the form of Francesca Ciardi back to the movie industry, after many big directors tried and failed. Then I secured Jessie Williams who you can find on the BBC each and every day with shows Tracy Beaker and The Dumping Ground. Then Lucinda Rhodes (Dream Team, Fall Of The Essex Boys, Cavegirl), Joanna Finata (Rush) and a scattering of other names came aboard. By the time final shooting came, I was having to sadly turn a number of big names from British television away.”

“Death Walks” ran on considerably longer than expected, it was originally due to be shot over a period of 24 hours. Instead it filmed from 15th of July to the 17th of November, but Hawken claims the look is now better. The achievement for Death Walks is that it never cost a single penny to make, everything including insurance was given free of charge, or obtained on a contra basis.

“It’s been a strange few months, first we shot a film for absolutely no cost thanks to the generosity of Romford’s Mercury Mall, then we acquired a cast of legends in their own arena’s, and finally a supporting cast and crew of almost 1000 who came back week after week for no cost to complete the task. During the process I was awarded funding for future projects, found work for many of out team, created a partnership with Lucinda Rhodes which already has two movies under it’s belt, three in pre-production and two currently doing the rounds for funding.”

Editing has now began on “Death Walks”, but no sooner has the film wrapped than the movie is about to become a franchise, Spencer is in serious talks to make Death Walks 2, and several of the cast are keen to reprise their roles. He promises the story will be a million light years from Death Walks “If you make a zombie movie, you have to be different, people will be both impressed and annoyed by Death Walks, but all will undoubtedly agree there has NEVER been a movie like “Death Walks”, hence how I was able to bring current and legendary talent aboard.”

“Death Walks” is due to complete editing in February in time for submission to the global festival circuit.
Spencer Hawken and Lucinda Rhodes begin work on “No Reasons” next week, Road Rage in the Spring, and Godfathers Of London in the Summer. Distribution for “Death Walks” is still a big question mark, but the film is planning a festival run thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
 









“Rabbit Hole” Promo Art And Crowd Funding Campaign

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Philadelphia filmmakers Mike O'Mahony and Rob Dimension are preparing to join forces and bring their newest concept, RABBIT HOLE to your screens. Both, fresh off of current successes; Dimension with BAGGAGE and O'Mahony with a DARK PLACE INSIDE, now focus their attention to this short film that deals with Family, Loss and Beliefs. Questioning your own beliefs is common for everyone; this film will make you question your own decisions. Filming will take place in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in April, May and June. (Click the highlighted movie title above to head over to You’ve Been Robbed Films blog where the crowd funding campaign in ongoing.



RABBIT HOLE is the story of a young Mother named Dottie, who upon waking, discovers her child is missing. For Dottie, the true nightmares happen when she isn't sleeping. Can she be saved? If so, saved from who or what? May HE have mercy on her soul.

SGL Entertainment Signs 18 Picture Deal with Hollywood Film Legend Ted V. Mikels

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SGL Entertainment has just signed a deal to distribute 18 of Ted V. Mikels most classic movies including: Astro Zombies 4, Girl in Gold Boots, The Doll Squad and The Corpse Grinders. SGL Entertainment specializes is Digital Film Distribution, and will be unleashing these amazing films into the world of VOD aka Video On Demand. “As of now these film have only been seen in theaters and on DVD.” Quotes SGL President Jeffrey A. Swanson. “There is a whole new audience out there who have never experienced these Independent Hollywood Gems”. “And we plan on getting them out there”.

Jeffrey A. Swanson and Damien Dante who head up SGL Entertainment have had quite a lot of success over the last several years bringing their catalog of 30+ independent films like “Jezebeth” to VOD services like M-GO, iTunes Movies, Roku, X-Box, Amazon, Vimeo, iReel, IndieFlix, Big Star TV and More. Our success is due to a large number of partnerships including that of Linda Nelson and Michael Madison with Indie Rights Distribution. All 18 titles are already available On Demand at our Vimeo On Demand Page via the SGL Movie Store:

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Titles include:
Astro Zombies: M4 – Invaders from Cyberspace / Sci-Fi / 2012
The Corpse Grinders 3 / Horror / 2012
Astro Zombies: M3 – Cloned / Sci-Fi / 2010
Demon Haunt / Horror / Fantasy / 2009
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels / Documentary / 2008
Cauldron: Baptism of Blood / Horror / 2004
Mark of the Astro-Zombies / Sci-Fi / 2002
Female Slaves Revenge / Horror / Action / 2000
The Corpse Grinders 2 / Horror / 2000
Dimension in Fear / Horror / Thriller / 1998
Mission: Killfast / Action/ Adventure / 1991
Ten Violent Women / Action / Crime / Drama / 1982
The Worm Eaters / Horror / Comedy / 1977
The Doll Squad / Action / Adventure / 1973
Blood Orgy of the She-Devils Horror / Thriller / 1972
The Corpse Grinders / Horror /1971
Girl in Gold Boots / Crime / Drama / 1968
Strike Me Deadly Crime / Drama /1963



Trailer For “Kamasutra 3D”

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Check out the trailer for Indian fantasy action film “Kamasutra 3D”. The film will be the first film in Indian cinema to open worldwide in over 6000 theatres. “Kamasutra 3D” was shot entirely on board a ship in the ocean, another cinematic first. The film is directed by Rupesh Paul and stars Sherlyn Chopra, Nasser, Andria Dsouza, Makrand Deshpande. The film will be released this spring.

Based on Vatsyayana's famous creation of Kamasutra. Set in the backdrop of the ancient, “Kamasutra 3D” is about the journey of a beautiful Indian Princess, who sets sail in the search of her husband. In her voyage, she undergoes through the transformations in her body, mind and soul with a fellow passenger who takes her by the forbidden world of sexual love and sensuality.

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New Poster For “300: Rise Of An Empire”

Check out the new poster for “300: Rise Of An Empire” featuring hottie  Sullivan Stapleton best known for his role on the hit Cinemax series ‘Strike Back’.  In “Rise Of An Empire” Stapleton plays Greek general Themistocles. The film hits theatres March 7, 2014 and co-stars Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Jack O'Connell, Scott Burn, Lena Headey and David Wenham.

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.

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“Autumn Moon” Puts The Horror Back In The Werewolf


autumn moonFew films recently have adhered to the classic horrifying look of the 80’s styled werewolf made popular in “The Howling” films and later in “Dog Soldiers”. A lot of films choose the shape-shifter ‘wolf’ concept or wolf mutant hybrid. And then there are those who CGI it all until the wolf is more cartoonish and far from scary. Well Skylar Phoenix Productions is putting the horror back in the werewolf with their new film “Autumn Moon”. Check out the intensely terrifying look of the werewolf and special effects to be utilized in the film.

The werewolf make-up effects will be created by Fabert’s Makeup EFX Studio.  The Director of Photography is Terrance Huff and Philip Jones will be handling the film’s sound design. Fabert stated to Horror Society that he hopes “Autumn Moon” will be “the most violent werewolf movie ever made.” He went own to say that “[the film]will not feature the same cheesy CGI werewolves that you have come to expect from other werewolf films of late, this will be an old school monster movie where the beast is an actor in a werewolf suit.”

Also I should note that Horror Society mentions that a promo video will be ready that will show the opening werewolf attack scene later that will be used on with a crowd funding campaign to help raise funds for "Autumn Moon".

“Autumn Moon” is directed by Randy Fabert and stars Bill Oberst Jr.(Children of Sorrow, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), Lynn Lowry (Shivers, Cat People), Timothy Waldrip (Kiss of the Vampire, 21 Jump Street), Joe Kidd (That’s What She Said),  Nathaniel Grauwelman (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies), Iabou Windimere (Psycho Killer, Sidney), Jocelyn Tanis (The Medal), Larry Combs,  Gerri Sutyak (Buffy the Vampire Slayer),  Sonny Burnette (Zombies R Friends), Richard Aughpin (Dragoon, Sidney), and Randy Fabert (Psycho Killer).

Pulp writer Michael Renee Allen thought the house on the edge of the woods would be the perfect place to write his next novel. He soon finds that the forest has more to offer than just fresh air and a nice view. Something unspeakable is stalking the forest. A cunning force of pure evil that hunts by night, painting the forest with blood.


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U.S. Release Date Set For “May I Kill U?”


may i kill uThe U.S. release date is set for February 4th on VOD for “May I Kill U?” black comedy. The film is directed by Stuart Urban and stars Kevin Bishop, Jack Doolan, Frances Barber, Hayley-Marie Axe.

Set against the backdrop of the recent riots in London, Kevin Bishop plays a policeman with his own ‘riotous’ thoughts. With a helmet cam for company, he pedals forth in search of fame and retribution – with hilarious and devastating consequences.









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Trailer Released For “The Babadook”


babadookCheck out the Sundance trailer for Australian thriller “The Babadook”. The dark fantasy thriller is directed by Jennifer Kent and stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney and Barbara West. “The Babadook” will premiere at the festival on January 17th but can also be seen on other days of the festival. Hit this link to check the full schedule.

“Do you want to die?!” seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning. After dealing with Samuel’s frantic tantrums his entire life, Amelia suspects that her son has begun directing his violent misbehavior toward her. However, after a dark and foreboding children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears on Samuel’s bookshelf, Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if there really is a bogeyman lurking in their darkened halls at night.



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Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Ladies Night” Short Film To Become Feature Film?

ladies nightRyan Stacy from Concept Media is posted a pic on Facebook teasing “Ladies Night” as a feature film. The project is still in the early stages but the original cast from the short film have verbally committed to taking on the killer femme fatales. Ryan Stacy is the director of indie faves “Midsummer Nightmares” and “Midsummer Nightmares II: Summer’s End”. He also collaborated on the horror anthology “Watch This” which features the short film “Ladies Night”. The cast of killer scream queens include Christy Faulkner, Amanda Collins, Emily Sewell-Smith. It is cool that the three ladies have already shown interest in the project. I am excited to see this film happen because I feel that 2014 is definitely the year of the Femme Fatale Noir picture.

“Ladies Night” is a twisted tale of three friends out to enjoy the night and meet some guys. Unfortunately for the guys sex is not the first thing on these ladies’ mind. My thoughts on the short film are as follows: The story is fun, fast and even throws in some graphic gore scene below the belt. This one was very entertaining and the ladies actually out shine the guys with the acting.

Trailer Released For “Haunted House On Sorority Row”


485974_350977051670900_1869013476_nCheck out the trailer for Indie horror “Haunted House On Sorority Row” (I can’t believe that there hasn’t been a film with this title yet!) The film is directed by Henrique Couto and stars Joni Durian,Erin R. Ryan, Brandi Baird, Tara Clark, Hayley Jay Madison. “Haunted House On Sorority Row” is expecting an early 2014 release.

A fledgling sorority has just purchased their new home, but the inexpensive beat up house has a history no one could imagine. Now as they move in and continue their college lives something evil is making itself known by affecting their minds... and bodies

Check Out Deleted Scenes From “Throwback”


ThrowbackThrowback” is a modern homage to classic creature feature horror film’s of the past decades. The film is directed by Travis Bain who created and wrote the screenplay. Check out these deleted scenes from “Throwback” that Sapphire Pictures posted on their Youtube channel. “Throwback” stars  Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells, Warren Clements and Andy Bramble.

Two modern-day treasure hunters go searching for the lost gold of a legendary 1800s outlaw in the remote jungles of Far North Queensland, Australia. But instead of riches, they find a different kind of legend: a ferocious Australian monster known as a Yowie, Australia's answer to Bigfoot, and a savage battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix is a park ranger named Rhiannon and a burnt-out ex-homicide detective named McNab. Travis Bain's second feature is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure/horror movie that pays tribute to B monster movies of yesteryear, ranging from 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' to 'The Legend of Boggy Creek' to John Carpenter's masterpiece 'The Thing', with a healthy dose of 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre' thrown in as well.

New Full Length Trailer For “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”


lizzie-borden-took-an-axeCheck out the full length trailer for “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”. There is hardly any time when a TV movie catches my eye or gets me excited. This one has me watering at the mouth! 1-it deals with the one real life killer that I have ever had a fan fetish over-Lizzie Borden. 2-It has Christina Ricci, who I think is Indie fierce!

“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.

“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” Gets Canadian Theatrical Run


cabin feverThanks to Raven Banner Entertainment “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” will receive a theatrical run in Canada. The film is a reboot to the Eli Roth viral nightmare franchise with “Patient Zero” being directed by Kaare Andrews. It stars Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton and Jillian Murray. “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” will infect 28 theatres across Canada through the Sinister Cinema film series.

A flesh-eating virus spreads throughout a cruise ship in the Caribbean after it crashes into an abandoned scientific research boat.

‘Penny Dreadful’ Series Release Date


penny dreadfulShowtime has announced that the new supernatural drama series ‘Penny Dreadful’ will debut on Sunday, May 11th at 10 pm.  The series brings together some of horror’s most iconic classic creations together in Victorian London and names Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Rory Kinnear, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway and Danny Sapani among the cast. The series is described as a frightening psychosexual thriller. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is created by John Logan. J.A. Bayona is director of the first two of the 8 episodes that will make up season one.

Teaser Poster For Fan Film “Halloween: The Curse Of Thorn”

A teaser poster has been released for fan made film “Halloween: The Curse Of Thorn”. The film is being produced by INDIE Cinderfella and directed by Kenneth M. Bleakley. “The Curse Of Thorn” takes place shortly after the night he came back to Haddonfield,  Michael Myers continues his terror in the nearby town of Russellville, where he is brought by a mysterious man in black to continue killing his family.

With the help of an obsessed reporter, Cindy, Michael’s cousin, Nathan, must protect his family as the terror of Michael Myers and the Cult of Thorn take over Russellville. Taking place between Halloween II (1981) and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), this fan film will bring back The Shape, good scares and will connect the entire franchise in this completely fan-funded feature.

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Teaser Trailer Released For “Altered Perception”


altered perceptionCheck out the teaser trailer for upcoming sci-fi/fantasy  “Altered Perception”. The film is directed by Kate Rees Davies and stars Jon Huertas, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Hallie Jordan, Jade Tailor, Danielle Artigo, Emrhys Cooper, Mark Burnham, Larry Wade Carrell, Nick Nicholson, Aileen Burdock, Christine Kapetan, Nichola Fynn, Matthew Ziff, and Jenise Blanc.

“Altered Perception” is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that follows four couples as they embark on a clinical trial of a new medication that is designed to help users move past traumatic experiences by altering their perception. As the couples continue their treatment, they begin to question and doubt their memories and eventually their sanity.

Trailer Released For Hammer Film’s “The Quiet Ones”


the-quiet-ones-hammer“The Quiet Ones” is a film that I have been excited about ever since the revitalized studio announced the production plans back in 2010 with the success of “The Woman In Black”. Now we edge one step closer to seeing this staunch supernatural thriller’s inevitable release with the trailer that has been released. Hinting at classic paranormal attempts as the classic 20th Century horror film “The Legend Of Hell House” the trailer has really amped my excitement. Check it out below.

“The Quiet Ones” is directed by John Pogue who directed “Quarantine 2: The Terminal” and also wrote “Ghost Ship” as well as “Quarantine 2”. “The Quiet Ones” stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne and Laurie Calvert. The film is due out in the spring and follows a university student and some classmates who are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman. Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First TV Spot For “Nurse 3D” Hits Airwaves


nurse 3dThe first TV spot for “Nurse 3D” hits airwaves. The film opens on February 7th. “Nurse 3D” is directed by Doug Aarniokoski and stars Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Niecy Nash, Judd Nelson.

After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby's fury and a rampage of terror.

Trailer Released For Sci-fi/Comedy “Unidentified”


unidentifiedCheck out the trailer for sci-fi/comedy “Unidentified”. The film is directed by Jason Richard Miller and will be available on VOD/DVD February 11th 2014 thanks to Dark Sky Films. “Unidentified” stars Parry Shen, Colton Dunn, Eddie Mui and Eric Artell. The film is the feature debut of Miller and follows four young friends who get into trouble with a loan shark during a Las Vegas trip and must leave town in a hurry.

But gambling problems may be the least of their worries after they get stranded in the Nevada desert. One of the guys discovers a mysterious metal fragment, then promptly goes missing during the night. When the remaining three catch up with their lost friend, there's something different about him. As his condition worsens, the others realize that something unearthly might be stalking them in the desert.

Poster Revealed For “Cooties” Horror Comedy

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Check out the poster for “Cooties”. The horror comedy will premiere at Sundance Film Festival and stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, Kate Flannery, Jorge Garcia. The film was produced by Elijah Woods’ Spectrevision company. “Cooties” will screen on Saturday, January 18 at 11:59pm – Egyptian Theatre (328 Main St.); Sunday, January 19 – 10:00am – Holiday Village Cinema 4 (1776 Park Ave.); Monday, January 20 – 6:00pm – Tower Theatre, SLC (876 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, 84105); Tuesday, January 21 -2:30pm – The MARC (1200 Little Kate Rd); and Friday, January 24 – 11:45pm – Library Center Theatre (1225 Park Ave.).

A mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town, affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters.  The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee.  Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive.

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Pagan Festival Shout Out: Thorrablot


thorJanuary 16th is the midwinter festival Thorrablot. The festival is a pagan time to resubmit ones oaths and prayers to the gods for blessing during the coldest and darkest days of winter. The festival is in honor of Thor who beats back the forces of winter and brings about the coming spring. Thorrablot starts with dinner of foods that are actually the smoked/pickled produce of the previous year. It is a Scandinavian tradition with lots of Viking history.

In Icland Thorrablot was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according to the old Icelandic calendar, which begins on the first Friday after January 19th (the 13th week of winter).  Origins of the name "Thorri" are unclear but it is most likely derived from Norwegian king Thorri Snærsson, or Thor the God of Thunder in the old Nordic religion.

On this occasion, locals come together to eat, drink and be merry. Customary, the menu consists of unusual culinary delicacies, known as traditional Icelandic food. These will include rotten shark’s meat (hákarl), boiled sheep’s head, (svið) and congealed sheep’s blood wrapped in a ram’s stomach (blóðmör)! This is traditionally washed down with some Brennivin - also known as Black Death – a potent schnapps made from potato and caraway. After the Thorrablot dinner traditional songs, games and story telling are accompanied by dancing and in true Icelandic style continue until the early hours of the morning! If you fail to receive a personal invitation to a family feast, local restaurants will often add Thorrablot colour and taste to their menus.

After the Thorrablot dinner group games, old songs and stories begin. So onn this day, raise a horn, gather family and friends together for a great feast, music and celebration. Give thanks to Thor on this day and celebrate the first half of winter being behind you as the spring warmth draws nearer.

DVD Release Set For “The Banshee Chapter”


The DVD release date has been set for “The Banshee Chapter”. The film hits shelves on February 4th 2014. “The Banshee Chapter” is directed by Blair Erickson and stars Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian, Monique Candelaria.

Banshee Chapter_thumb[1]In 1963 the U.S. government began experimenting on unsuspecting Americans with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The programme was named ‘MK-ULTRA’ and the results were horrifying… When her best friend James Hirsch goes missing, Internet journalist Anne Roland decides to investigate and discovers he made a videotape of himself taking a mind-altering drug before vanishing into thin air. Further probing guides her to anarchist poet and novelist Thomas Blackburn who gets illegally high on LSD-type hallucinogens supplied by a friend.

But when Anne learns this friend has been extracting the drug from the pineal glands of dead humans, the search leads to the mysterious Chamber 5 in a Black Rock desert research center where she enters an alternate universe of stretched sanity, brain receivers, sinister Numbers stations and Lovecraftian illusion. Based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about testing run by the CIA.

Teaser Trailer For “House On Rodeo Gulch”

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House on Rodeo Gulch” is written and directed by William Scherer and stars Chanel Ryan, Megan Jay Simrell, Jaye Wolfe, Adrian Torres. “House On Rodeo Gulch” is due out this summer and is a psychological thriller that is filmed in Santa Cruz. Check out the teaser and first look promos for the film below.

A mother and her teenage daughter move into the house of their dreams. Complications arise when they find the house is full of paranormal activity... or so they are lead to believe. Little do they know the minister living next door might have something to do with their problems.



Trailer For “Poker Night”


Poker NightCheck out the trailer for horror “Poker Night” directed by Greg Francis who wrote the script. The film is currently in post-production and stars Corey Large, Beau Mirchoff, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, and Ron Eldard.

In this twisted thriller, a young detective becomes an unwilling participant in a sadistic game of cat and mouse when he is kidnapped by a calculating serial killer. In order to survive, the detective must use the wisdom and hindsight imparted to him from senior detectives on their regular poker night.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Art For “Pin” Remake

Check out the teaser artwork for remake of 80’s horror “Pin”. Jack Reher will be adapting the film for modern horror fans with Nicholas Bogner set to direct.

Meet Pin, a harmless mute and lifeless fantasy in little Leon’s mind – a fantasy that initially took form when Leon’s father imparted life lessons to him through the use of an anatomical dummy. At first a source of amusement and comfort, Pin demonically evolves into the object of Leon’s mad fixation. Soon, Leon and Pin quietly but thoroughly eliminate anyone who intrudes into their private world.

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Trailer For ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Television Series


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Check out the trailer for ‘From Duck Till Dawn’. The new series kicks of the El Rey Network from Robert Rodriguez. ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ is set to premiere on March 11th as is based on the cult hit vampire films. El Rey, is an English-language network targeting Latino viewers, which launched last month (specifically, the channel targets men 18-49, including millennials and America’s growing Latino community. It’s currently available on several systems, including Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable.




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My Review Of “Screen” 2013

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“Screen” is an indie horror film from David Paul Baker about the mystery and nightmare surrounding a tragic event around the screening of a low-budget questionable film in the 70’s. In Baker’s film two friends decide to reconnect while exploring the mystery surrounding the event when the 40th anniversary of the tragic presents an opportunity to revisit the drive-in as a party is set to celebrate the anniversary. The official synopsis is as follows : A group of horror fans are found scared to death in front of a drive-in movie screen. Whatever they saw, also bled into their screens on their mobile devices. We go back 24 hours to follow two of the characters from this group. Lola (Nicole Alonso) & Carrie (Leslie Andrews) go on a road trip to attend this Halloween screening event. It's being held at an old disused drive-in movie theatre. They also research the past reports about the drive-in. It's haunted! People died in front of the screen in the 70's. This event is the 40th anniversary of the deaths. Lola begins to realize that carry has personal reasons for attending this party.

“Screen” is more horror-ish, the film is a nice steady story that celebrates the thrill of belonging to an indie horror community as the two friends rekindle their friendship around a story that really brings together two really cool elements, drive-in culture, and indie horror. One is thriving and the other is having a mild revitalization in pockets of the community. In “Screen” David Paul Baker manages to create a nice nostalgic vitality for the drive-in while highlighting some comradery between actual horror fans who make up much of the cast. As for actual horror, there isn’t a lot of that shown in this film. That doesn’t stop this film from being a slow and steady train ride into a fireball of horror with the film’s climax.

The acting and story in “Screen” are pretty cool and modern only leaning lightly on classic elements to create a creepy backdrop for Nicole Alfonso and Leslie Andrews to give a nice, relatable performance. There are some definite moments that seem to show more a male driven want than need when displaying the relationship between the two girls. The hotel scenes and some of the conversation between the two characters at time seem unrealistic and completely pointless other than the desire to show why hetero men love horror cliches. I don’t really think when spend a lot of time talking about cum and girl-on-girl action as was written in this film- but that is just me. It doesn’t take away from the over-all pleasure of the film though. Anyway, as far as action goes, the film is slow moving right up until the last 25 minutes of the film at which point it is like looking into the mouth of Hell and loving it the whole time.

 “Screen” delivers a nice, indie atmospheric, personal tale that is delivered wonderfully by two talented actresses. The film really opens up more the horror element at the end which is abrupt and leaves questions that beg answers in a sequel-maybe?! Anyway go into the film knowing that it isn’t a thrill-a-minute nightmare story but for indie film fans that like a good story that leads to one hellish ending then “Screen” is definitely that.

“Son Of Ghostman” Movie News


Son Of Ghostman Drops Online

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Montrose, CA 01/14/2014 Boonbam Productions is proud to announce the release of their first feature length film entitled “Son Of Ghostman” written and directed by first time film maker Kurt Edward Larson, and produced by Gabriel Guyer.

“Son of Ghostman” is a romantic comedy which finds Denny McNamara (played by Devin Ordoyne) an unemployed,  recently dumped man in his early thirties who decides to moonlight as the ‘son’ of his childhood hero, a bygone local horror host by the name of Ghostman. When his videos go viral, he must settle an old score with a high school rival and figure out where his life is headed, all while keeping his identity secret from a new woman in town he’s fallen for.

The movie features an ensemble of fresh faces including Devin Ordoyne, Angela Gulner, Marlon Correa, Matthew Boehm, Daniel McCann, and writer director Kurt Larson as the sinister Count Dracool.

“Son of Ghostman” was shot on location in Montrose, CA. Principal photography began June 1, 2012 the day after Larson and his wife Nicole returned from their honeymoon. The newlyweds living room was turned into the set  for “Son of Ghostman”, where the majority of the film was shot over 25 days. Larsons new bride was supportive of the film making endeavor stating, "Certainly it was bizarre waking up and walking through the Son of Ghostman's actual horror host set in the morning, I became really skilled at dodging candelabras and bats. Eventually it became normal and really, was an amazing experience. I'd never think twice about it again."

Larson took a year to finish post production learning all the steps of editing and color correcting along the way. In the meantime Guyer reworked and polished the sound. Larson said of the film making process, “We did every single facet of the film on our own, totally guerilla style. We basically committed to making the film, no matter the obstacles in our way. As we often say, we were two determined idiots running around town with a camera.”

Once the film was completed, the film makers reached out to several acclaimed horror host looking for their seal of approval. Larson has a great admiration for the genre, “As a storyteller, I was inspired by the fact that these little-known guys, these horror hosts, found a way to make people smile despite little fame or financial gain. they did it to entertain, because it was fun to do, and different than the norm. I thought film should be like that, so i wanted to pay homage to not just them, but to their strange path of life and the good it represents. I just think they’re so awesome.”

The movie has received some high praise from modern day horror hosts including, Larry Underwood who portrays Dr. Gangrene on Nashville's long running Creature Feature and Dr. Gangrene Presents. Underwood said of the movie, "Son of Ghostman is a terrific film that is a loving tribute to horror hosts from the golden age of television. The film is really well made and is a nice introduction to the genre for folks unfamiliar with it. I really dug it."

“Son Of Ghostman” is currently available to rent or own at Vimeo, or on dvd at the Son Of Ghostman website. To learn more about the movie and watch the trailer please visit, www.sonofghostman.com



Kurt Edward Larson is a graduate of Bradley University and two time Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist for screenwriting. He has appeared on the big screen in The Terminal and Jarhead as well as television episodes of ER, JAG, and Harry’s Law. His daily musings can be found at kurtedwardlarson.com including the new weekly podcast Stay Cool, Geek.

Gabriel Guyer is a musician and bassist for the rock band The Elizabeth Kill. To hear his work please visit gabrielguyer.com

Walking Dead Spoof Announces Lively Cast

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Jacqui Holland (Stretch, My Best Friend’s Girl), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie) Joey Oglesby (Fruitvale Station), Sophia Ali (The Longshots), and Tim Ogletree (Supernatural Activity) have joined the cast of Walking with the Dead, a spoof of AMC’s popular coffin dodgers series.

The film, currently lensing in San Antonio, Texas, is based on an original script by Ogletree (Supernatural Activity) and directed by Scott Dow.

A month into the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors, including four who "for safety reasons" go by the names of their favOgleorite cities--Green Bay, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Harlem--a Sheriff fresh off a nice, relaxing, six-week coma, his small-business-owner 10 year old son, and a voiceover-prone zombie, Romeo, who has convinced the group that he's not dead, just a little slow, are forced from the safety of their mall-camp in hopes of finding a rumored safe-haven.

The film is produced in association with MNDFCK, actress Jacqui Holland’s new production company. -- ENDS OCTOBER COAST PUBLICITY.



JINGA TO RELEASE ANDREW PARKINSON TRILOGY ON DVD FEBRUARY 18th 2014

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Collectors of rare horror DVD's are in for a real treat in 2014 as Jinga prepares to release a trilogy of body horror films by veteran genre director Andrew Parkinson. Recognised as one of the founding fathers of the 1990's British horror revival, the director has re-mastered each DVD and packed it with added value, including behind the scenes footage and commentaries. Moreover, the trilogy includes the previously unreleased VENUS DROWNING which received such acclaim at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

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I ZOMBIE: While on a trip to the countryside, a young man is bitten by a stranger. When he returns to the city, a slow degeneration begins. In order to survive he must eat human flesh. Against his own conscience he embarks on a killing spree, dragging his victims to his living room where he devours them limb by limb.

"One of the very best British horror films of the past 20 years,
a bleak, powerful tale of horror, introspection and social realism"
. - MJ Simpson












91n3EP9yoIL__SL1500_DEAD CREATURES: A group of young women have a terrible, degenerative illness which forces them to murder and feed on human flesh. As they adjust to this carnivorous existence, their only concerns are where to find flesh and how to avoid a zombie hunter.

"A study in contrast between dark, brutal savagery and caring companionship.

A superb example of the burgeoning millenial rebirth of British horror cinema"
- MJ Simpson









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VENUS DROWNING: After a failed suicide attempt a 
vulnerable woman moves to a remote seaside town where she finds a limbless creature on the beach. Soon a quasi-sexual relationship develops between the two with the creature feeding off the orgasms.​

"Enigmatic, Cronenbergian body horror set in an evocatively desolate British seaside locale.

An extraordinary film, sort of The Brood meets Liquid Sky".
- MJ Simpson






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