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Saturday, February 15, 2014

“Provoked” To Be Part Of Full Moon Streaming’s Feature Selections


provokedProvoked” is a film that I have followed from the beginning and had the privilege of reviewing back in November. The film is paranormal sleeper that draws you into the story and offers a mature, chilling, thriller. You can read my review of the film here. Now on to the really stellar news about this little gem. It seems that Wizard Entertainment, part of Charles Band Full Moon Entertainment, has picked up “Provoked” for the company’s streaming site.

“Provoked” will premier on Full Moon Streaming March 7th on Full Moon Streaming. The steady paranormal story, and a the modern nightmare ending offer up one hell of a ghost story. “Provoked” is directed by Jordan Pacheco and stars Tony Moran, Christopher P. O'Reilly, Nicole Lasala, Dan Liebman, Jami Tennille, Sean Carmichael, Kati Salowsky, Camille Farnan, Michaelah Noelle Nunes, Charles Everett Tacker and Jeanne Lohnes . The film was produced by Lock It Down Productions.

Production Complete For “The Conduit”


the conduitRock Soup Productions has finished production on the horror film “The Conduit” written and directed by Sixto Melendez. The film stars Maria Olsen, Rebekah Kennedy, Tyler Jaye, Wes Martinez, Monica Engesser, Carrie Fee, Gloria Jean Robertson, Chris Cox and Ted L. Quinn. “The Conduit” is the debut feature film for Sixto Melendez.


 Love is a virus that infects the soul...

“The Conduit” is a psychological thriller that follows love-scorned Eddie, who returns to his  hometown after his divorce, hoping to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Unable to deal with his cope, and haunted by tragedy from his childhood, Eddie attempts suicide, and winds up in therapy where, desperate to fill the void in his heart he falls for Amy, a mysterious and beautiful young wild flower. But something dark and sinister lurks in Amy's past, will her love save Eddie or will it devour his soul?

Check Out The “In Fear” Clip “Someone Behind You”


in fearIn Fear, the critically acclaimed international sensation and feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, makes its U.S. theatrical debut on March 7th, in exclusive engagements in New York at the Quad Cinemas and in Los Angeles at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas. "In Fear" arrives on DVD/Bluray/VOD on March 11th from Anchor Bay.

Produced by Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.




“Mr. Jones” Gets Theatrical Release


Anchor Bay has announced that they will release “Mr. Jones” in limited theatrical release in Los Angeles on May 2nd, 2014. The will be followed by the already scheduled DVD/VOD release on May 6th. “Mr. Jones” is directed by Karl Mueller and stars Mark Steger, David Clennon, Diane Neal.

From the Press Release:

mr.jones“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist, with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD. Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods.  When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror. 

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Teaser Released For “Alien Abduction”


alien abductionThe first teaser has dropped for sci-fi/horror “Alien Abduction”. The film is directed by Matty Beckerman and will be released on April 4th, 2014. “Alien Abduction” stars Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski, Jillian Clare, Jeff Bowser, Peter Holden and Walter Phelan.

For centuries people have been disappearing on and around Brown Mountain, North Carolina. In “Alien Abduction” a vacationing family encounters an alien threat.

Full Trailer For Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Series



penny dreadfulThe full trailer for Showtime’s new horror series ‘Penny Dreadful’ has been released. The series stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Billie Piper and Rory Kinnear. ‘Penny Dreadful’ premieres on May 11th with Antonio Bayona set to direct the first two episodes of the eight episode series.

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

Release Date Set For “Death Do Us Part”

death do us partA release date has been set for the horror film “Death Do Us Part” directed by Nicholas Humphries. The film is slated for a theatrical and DVD release on April 15th 2014 courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. “Death Do Us Part” stars Julia Benson, Peter Benson, Emilie Ullerup, Christine Chatelain, Kyle Cassie, Benjamin Ayres, Dave Collette, Viv Leacock and Aaron Douglas.

Kennedy Jamieson, a wealthy socialite, has waited her whole life to have the perfect wedding. Engaged to the charming Ryan Harris, the young couple is just a week away from the big day but hasn't had a chance to celebrate their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties. Ryan's best man Chet books a remote cabin in the woods to throw them a 'Jack and Jill' stag that they'll never forget. Out in the middle of nowhere, things take a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. What started out as a celebration quickly descends into a bloody nightmare. Friendships are ripped apart and accusations fly in this blood filled psychological horror with a whodunit twist.


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On April 15, orange blossoms will be replaced by bloody roses when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases a story of shattered trust and broken vows: DEATH DO US PART, available on DVD for an MSRP of $19.98.

From writer/producers Julia Benson, Peter Benson and Ryan Copple, the film was nominated for three Leo Awards and directed by award-winner Nicholas Humphries (SCREAMFEST, Best Short Film: The Little Mermaid). DEATH DO US PART tells of two people on the threshold of beginning a new life together: a threshold that turns into a precipice of death!

Kennedy Jamieson (Julia Benson, “STARGATE UNIVERSE,” THAT BURNING FEELING) has waited her whole life for her perfect wedding. Engaged to the charming Ryan Harris (Peter Benson, “THE KILLING,” “ARROW”), it looks like her dream is about to come true. Except for one thing – the young couple hasn’t had a chance to celebrate their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties. Ryan’s best man, Chet (Kyle Cassie, “TRUE JUSTICE,” LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE), books a remote cabin in the woods to throw them a “Jack and Jill” party that they’ll never forget. It doesn’t take long before things take a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. Kennedy and Ryan had planned for the celebration of a lifetime – but how long will that lifetime last?

So prepare for a deadly reception from where there is no escape; not until ‘Death Do Us Part’!

Special Features:
Death Do Us Part: Behind The Scenes


New Poster For “Oculus”

Check out the new poster for “Oculus”. It has a whole ‘out of the looking glass bleeds Alice’ thing happening. “Oculus” is a supernatural horror that comes from the “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” guys (producers). The film hits theatres on April 11th 2014 and is directed by Mike Flanagan. “Oculus” stars Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and James Lafferty.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force—unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.

Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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Hex Music Video World Premiere From The “Velvet Vengeance” Soundtrack

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Early spring of last year Jeremy Campbell and crew held an online battle of the bands with the winner being featured on the “Velvet Vengeance” soundtrack. Bands from around the world submitted music to be judged by Johnny Solinger (Skid Row) and Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest). Johnny Solinger is of course married to Paula M Solinger who plays Lita in the film.

hexThe judges narrowed the submissions down to 5 bands. Fans cast their vote on “Velvet Vengeance” Facebook Page for the band they liked best. The winner was UK’s Hex, a young rock band with an old school sound. Jeremy Campbell had this to say about the band’s music, “ Their music was such a perfect fit for the movie that we end up using 4 songs and their t-shirt.”


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Now with “Velvet Vengeance” getting closer to release Hex have released a music video for ‘The Librarian’ from the film’s soundtrack. The video offers a throwback style from the 80’s that blended rock with horror promotion.  Examples being Dokken ‘Dream Warriors’ from “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3”, Alice Cooper ‘Man Behind The Mask’ from “Friday The 13th Part 6” and 'Lazz Rocket ‘Leatherface’ from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.”

Check out the video for Hex ‘The Librarian’ below, and also feast on some movie stills afterward. Velvet Vengeance will be released this May through Amazon.com. “Velvet Vengeance” stars Lindsay Norman, Jessica Ochs, Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Forrest Vickery, Amanda Marie, Laiken A. Thompson, Kevin A. Green, Elisa Castillo, Cody Hofmockel, Hollee McMurray and Carl “The Coach” Bailey.

A young woman 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.




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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Trailer Released For “Wolves”


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The official trailer has been released for David Hayter’s “Wolves”. The werewolf flick is due out later this year and stars Lucas Till, Jason Momoa, Merritt Patterson, Stephen McHattie. Check out the creature filled tease for “Wolves” below.

Wolves follows the story of Cayden Richards - a young, handsome eighteen-year-old with an edge. Forced to hit the road after the death of his parents, Cayden finds his way to an isolated town to hunt down the truths of his ancestry. But in the end, who's hunting whom?







Digital & DVD Release Announced For Indie Horror “Morris County”


beneath the undergroundFledgling distribution company Beneath The Underground has announced the DVD release of their first feature film, “Morris County”. Beneath The Underground focuses on showcasing filmmakers of the underground horror scene. Starting on March 18th 2014, “Morris County” will be available for digital rental/purchase through Unearthed Films Online DVD Shop. There will be a DVD “Bootleg Edition” release available through the Beneath The Underground Facebook group for group members only with a 2 week window for purchase limited by the amount ordered.

“Morris County” is a horror trilogy that received Honorable Mention: Best Feature 2009 Boston Underground Film Festival and was an official selection at Rio Fan Festival Fantastico do Rio, San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest, Arizona Underground Film Festival, Seattle True Independent Film Festival. The film stars Darcy Miller, Marc D. Donovan,Christian Davidock, Albie Selznick, Maren Perry, Robert Peters, Peter Ganim, Matthew R. Staley, Alice Cannon, Pamela Stewart, and Erik Frandsen in three thematically connected stories as gruesome as they are tragic and heartfelt. “Morris County” is written and directed by Matthew Garrett.

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In a performance praised by both Fangoria and Rue Morgue, Darcy Miller is Ellie, a damaged teenage girl harboring a terrible secret. Through the course of one traumatic day we learn what led this innocent girl down a path of self-destruction from which there is no return.

In The Family Rubin, an upper middle-class Jewish family struggles to keep up appearances as their seemingly perfect life begins to crack at the seams. Albie Selznick (Ricochet, The Young & The Restless) leads an ensemble cast in this shocking and heartbreaking take on the destruction of the modern American family.

Elderly Iris is laid off in Elmer & Iris, forcing her to join her curmudgeonly husband in early retirement. When Elmer suddenly dies, Iris decides to keep his decaying body around out of fear of living – and dying – alone. Pamela Stewart (Hal Hartley’s Trust and Amateur), Erik Fransden (The Colbert Report), and newcomer Alice Cannon star in this melancholy meditation on loss and the inescapable prison of old age.








Pagan Festival Shout Out: Parentalia/Faunalia


4456231_f496Parentalia was the ancient Roman nine day festival held in honor of family ancestors, beginning February 13. Its observances were mainly domestic and familial, These observances were meant to strengthen the mutual obligations and protective ties between the living and the dead. Flower-garlands, wheat, salt, wine-soaked bread and violets to the "shades of the dead" were placed at family tombs. Parentalia concluded February 21 in the midnight rites of Feralia, when the paterfamilias addressed the malevolent, destructive aspects of his Manes. Feralia was a placation and exorcism.



In ancient Roman religion and myth, Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; when he made cattle fertile he was called Inuus. He came to be equated in literature with the Greek god Pan. Faunus was one of the oldest Roman deities, known as the di indigetes.  The first of the two festivals to Faunus happens on the 13th with the second once taking place on December 5th. Faunus was worshipped across the Roman Empire for many centuries. Faunus was also worshipped in Gaul and is considered to be equivalent to the Celtic deity Dusios.

On the festival of Faunus today you can set a bowl of soil, gathered earlier in the year, and many small cups of soil, the figure of a goat, a plate of cookies shaped like goats, and a cup of wine, on an altar of green cloth. In the large bowl set many sticks of incense, with a single stick in each cup. His element is Earth and on this day you can give gifts of seeds to people who farm or grow produce around their home. Also a vegetarian meal is eaten on this day. Below is the invocation to Faunus:

faunusHail Blessed Faunus, Benefactor of the Fields!
You whose name means Favored One,
Favor us, as we stand here today!
Favor our fields, that they may yield.
Favor our gardens, that they may grow.
Favor our flocks, that they may increase.
Favor our faith, that it may grow as well.
Give us increase and abundance of all good things,
Enough to help us through times of dearth.
Give us luck, that we may find our way
Past all the obstacles that cannot be
Surmounted by skill alone.
Smile on us, Faunus, Gladsome One,
Goat-horned and goat-hooved
Like the animals you watch over,
Let those in our care not go hungry
Nor suffer the pangs of thirst.
Show us the future, Oracular One,
And we pray that it may be a future
We can all look forward to.
Hail, Faunus, Father of Bona Dea,
Son and wife of Marica the nymph,
Called Lupercus, He who wards off the Wolf,
Ward the evil from our lives
And watch over us as your flock.

The wine is poured out as a libation. One takes the great bowl of earth and purifies the altar room with its smoke. All others take a cup and walk alone to some place in the House or the lands in order to purify that place with the smoke.

Killer Poster Released For Horror “Honeyspider”

Check out the killer poster for Josh Hasty’s “Honeyspider”. Up until seeing this poster I was more looking forward to spring and the warmer weather ( had my fill of these snow storms). Anyway “Honeyspider” has me already feeling the chilling thrills of Halloween. The film stars Mariah Brown, Frank Aard, Joan Schuermeyer, Rachel Jeffreys, Samantha Mills, Katie Bearden, David Hensley, and Ethan Dunn.

Honeyspider-PosterIt’s Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year.

The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead. All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night!



Drafthouse Films Announces Release Date For “Cheap Thrills”

A release date has been announced for Drafthouse Films “Cheap Thrills”. The film which is the directorial debut of Evan Katz hits VOD and select theatres on March 21st. The film will be available exclusively on the Movies On Demand platform of Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks on February 21. “Cheap Thrills” stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, and David Koechner. Check out the two new posters for the film below.

“Cheap Thrills” follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap.

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New Trailer Released For Serbian Fantasy Horror “Nymph”

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The new official trailer for Serbian fantasy/horror “Nymph” has been released. The film is directed by Milan Todorovic and stars Kristina Klebe, Franco Nero, Natalie Burn, Dragan Micanovic, Slobodan Stefanovic, Sofija Rajovic and Jelena Rakocevic.

Two American girls travel to Montenegro on vacation to visit an old friend. While there they decide to venture to Mamula, an abandoned military fortress located on a remote island. During their exploration of the fortress they discover that they are not alone. Someone else is on the island with them and he will stop at nothing to protect it's secrets. There is a darkness hidden beneath the island and the terror has just begun.

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Trailer Released For “The Purge: Anarchy”


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Check out the trailer for “The Purge: Anarchy”, the sequel to the 2013 film which was met with  mixed reviews . “The Purge: Anarchy” brings back Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) and writer/director of the first film James DeMonaco to produce the film alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).











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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Poster Followed By New International Trailer For “The Quiet Ones”

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If you missed it then check out the newest poster and international trailer for “The Quiet Ones”. The supernatural thriller is directed by John Pogue and inspired by true events. How awesome is it that Hammer Films are back in cycle with new horror. “The Quiet Ones” stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke. The film hits theatres on April 10th.

A university student (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel). 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, led by their determined professor (Jared Harris of Mad Men), are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

First Official Poster For “Under The Skin” Sci-fi Thriller


Check out the first official poster for sci-fi/thriller “Under The Skin”. The sort of “verite”, character study which features Scarlett Johansson, has unsuspecting hitchhikers fall prey to Johansson’s alien seductress character. “Under The Skine” is directed by Jonathan Glazer and costars Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Paul Brannigan, Krystof Hádek, Jessica Mance, Scott Dymond.

“Under The Skin” , based on Michael Faber’s novel of the same name, is due out April 4th 2014. Also check out the Official Website, and watch the newest trailer below.

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Seraph Films Reveals Concept Art For “The Shadow Guide” On Crowd Funding Site


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Seraph Films has revealed some cool creature concept art for their horror feature “The Shadow Guide”. The art along with updated perks were added to the Indiegogo crowd funding page. There is also a teaser pitching the film to potential backers. “The Shadow Guide” is a story of a young women’s journey to find value in humanity and fulfill her destiny, wrapped in a dark, science fiction cloak. The film follows Alexandria, a girl who has lived her life with a nagging feeling of imminent doom. Her dreams often find her haunted by a mysterious, skeletal figure, The Shadow Guide, who asks her, "Do you want to know how the world ends?"



Alexandria discovers that The Shadow Guide visits from a much older plane of existence; one that is rapidly losing its form to the void.  Facing his own oblivion, The Shadow Guide is willing to sacrifice his own universe to save ours, in an effort to help us avoid the mistakes of his own kind and preserve some memory and purpose of his own. Reaching from beyond our known reality, The Shadow Guide struggles to communicate his apocalyptic message to Alexandria.

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Terrified, Alexandria must overcome her fears to face her destiny and fulfill her role to save our existence. As Alexandria begins to understand the message of The Shadow Guide, she must reconcile her own existential doubts - is the human race worth saving?  Why is her role so pivotal when there doesn't even seem to be a grand scheme of things? Ultimately, Alexandria holds the power to choose between existence or oblivion.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Trailer Released For Chat Based Horror “The Den”


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Check out the trailer for chat based nightmare scenario “The Den” . IFC Midnight brings the modern horror story to fans on March 14th through VOD. The film is directed by Zachary Donohue and stars Bill Oberst Jr., Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy, Adam Shapiro. Based solely on the trailer and promo stuff for “The Den” the film looks pretty cool. There isn’t but in the trailer that would suggest that this film is breaking new ground but it does hint to the fact that Donohue and all involved brought their game to the project. The only thing that would kill it is if the chilling webcam death scenes aren’t portrayed convincingly, that –or weak dialog. As it stands now I am eager to check this one out.




A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

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