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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Offerings To Manea


1Sunday May 11th is a time when offerings are presented to Manea, the goddess of death and insanity. She, along with Mantus, ruled the underworld. She was said to be the mother of ghosts, the undead, and other spirits of the night, as well as the Lares and the Manes. Her name links her to the Manes, Mana Genita, and Manius. This symbolic ritual works in the Lemuralia, a time when we rid our homes of malevolent forces. Giving offerings to Manea is away to receive the goddess’ favor in ridding our homes from these evil spirits, of which she is ruler.

She is called the mother of the Manes, the souls of the dead, who became her children when they descended to the Underworld. Manea is not the same goddess the Greeks paid homage to although the names are the same and both goddess’ ruled over death and madness. She was also later said to be the mother of the Lares. Her image was hung over doors to frighten away evil spirits.

Manea may be compared to Hindu 'Maya,' the Virgin Goddess whose name was "power," and Arabic 'Monat,' the Virgin Goddess whose name was "fate"and who represented the Triple Moon. In archaic Europe, Mana was the Moon-mother who gave birth to the race of man--that is of woman, which is what man originally meant.

Manea or Mana became a common name for the Great Goddess as Creatress and Queen of Heaven (moon) because it was intimately connected with the mysterious powers of women, like the moon itself. Scandinavians called the Goddess's sky-realm Manavegr, "the Moon's Way." Celts called it E-Mania, or Hy Many, the land ruled by the Triple Goddess. Sometimes it was Emain Macha, the moon-land of Mother Macha.Cormac's Glossary.

Manea was not solely a spirit of death or madness, however, in classical times. Her "moon-madness" or "lunacy" was viewed as a revelation of the divine, to be received with gratitude. Socrates said, "The greatest of our blessings comes to us through mania...Madness coming from [the deity] is superior to sanity of human origin." In other words, Mana-Manea was the Muse. Gnostics said Mana is "the divine spirit in man"; and the Great Mana, or Mana of Glory, is "the highest godhead."

As far as actual offerings to Manea today, present flowers to an image that represents Manea. Place the image and the flowers that symbolize death on the alter. Light black candles to ward off evil, burn incense that protect against malevolent forces and perform the second day rituals for Lemuralia while focusing on Manea as your guide. That is how I intend to honor the goddess of death, by incorporating her into my ritual celebration of Lemuralia. (Lilies, orchids, carnations, poppies and deadly nightshade are all flowers that symbolize death.)

My Review Of “Blood Mania”


blood mania1970’s “Blood Mania” is a sexy romp, dramatic thriller starring Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon, Vicki Peters, Reagan Wilson, Eric Allison, Arell Blanton and Leslie Simms that follows a sinister plot to take out the family patriarch and claim the inheritance. “Blood Mania” is directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill. The official synopsis for this film reads, “A sex-crazed nympho helps speed along her father's death so she can use the inheritance to help out her depraved boyfriend.” The film comes during a period of swinging, sexual liberation and female exploitation in cinema.

The story featured in “Blood Mania” offers the classic clash of familial confrontation and greed. It is a film idea that still maintains a strong hold in pop culture both in literature and cinema. “Blood Mania” presents and executes the concept with a soft, surreal sexiness with a sinister touch. The acting is a bit melodramatic but casual and “as is” in that the actors don’t take the characters too far and seem committed to the story line. A necessary quality considering “Blood Mania” requires an affection for drama, psychologically implications beyond what is seen on screen and acceptance of any real horror. This film falls closer to “Strait Jacket” than to “ Trip With The Teacher” when it comes to gore. It does offer skin, sex and scandal with a big-ish climax. I enjoyed watching the story unfold.

The effects and sound is basic late 60’s, early 70’s mediocre effects but from a nostalgic point-of-view, works better today than it must have to horror fans in 1970. I find films like “Blood Mania” a nice little slice of Americana, kitschy, sleaze theatre. The blood is fabulously fake but fun. It takes a dedication of sorts to get to the horror elements in the story, but the flesh and drama are just as entertaining. I liked the whole, sexy, casual vibe to psychological horror found in “Blood Mania”. It is one of the better b-movies that is worth watching.

Grindhouse Releasing To Unleash “Cannibal Holocaust” In July


Grindhouse Releasing has announced the blu-ray release details for cult staple “Cannibal Holocaust” in July. The new deluxe edition is available for pre-order on Diabolik DVD.

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Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce that Ruggero Deodato’s masterpiece CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST will arrive July 1, 2014 on Blu-ray in an all-new deluxe edition 3-disc release. The set includes two Blu-ray discs loaded with special features, and a newly remastered soundtrack CD of the original score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE).

Grindhouse Releasing’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Deluxe Edition Blu-ray is the ultimate home video presentation of this notorious classic named by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most controversial films ever made”.





Special Features:
  • New high definition digital restoration of the uncensored director’s cut
  • Spectacular digital stereo re-mix and original mono mix
  • Commentary tracks with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi
  • New in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesa Ciardi, assistant director Salvo Basile and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati, as well as classic interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and composer Riz Ortolani
  • Liner notes by director Eli Roth (HOSTEL) and legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun (DEEP RED)
  • Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world
  • BONUS CD – Amazing new remaster of the original CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST score by Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE)



Teaser Trailer Released For “Phantasmagoria”


The first teaser trailer has been released for horror trilogy “Phantasmagoria” from M International Films. The film offers three tales directed by Domiziano Cristopharo, Mickael Abbate, Tiziano Martella and is set to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. “Phantasmagoria” stars Alberto Cattaneo, Maya Dolan, Sophie Pâris, Cristina Puccinelli and Venantino Venantini. Read the full press release that came out with the teaser trailer below.

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The Open Reel, an Italian worldwide distribution and sales company, has secured worldwide sales on Phantasmagoria. Representation for the film will start in Cannes, France, at the Cannes Market in May, 2014, where the film will have its worldwide market premiere.

Three directors, Mickael Abbate, Domiziano Cristopharo, and Tiziano Martella, offer us their original visions of fear in three gripping films that encompass the breadth of the genre: Diabolique, Il serpente dalla lingua acciaio, and My Gift to You. Three different shorts about spiritual belief and supernatural phenomena able to surprise the audience in showing original, fascinating and scary stories drawing on the traditional genre flavors of Thriller, Supernatural, Horror-Comedy, Zombie Action, and Slasher filtered though the unique sensibility of each director.

It has been recently reported that Cristina Puccinelli (L’Ultimo Weekend), Venantino Venantini (City of the Living Dead, Ladyhawke), Sophie Pâris, and newcomer Maya Dolan are in Phantasmagoria. The stories are written by Mickael Abbate, Davide Chiara (Nero Infinito), Raffaele Picchio (Morituris), Lorenzo Paviano, Riccardo De Flaviis, co-produced by Extreme Video snc (Anger of the Dead, Morning Star, Zombie Massacre 1 & 2) and produced by M International Films.
“The Open Reel is glad to have been chosen to represent Phantasmagoria. We really liked the film, recognizing above all the talent of the three directors and the balance of each episode. 

Phantasmagoria is the first horror title that we have acquired… We are thrilled for this new experience, and we really hope to work together with the production to give it the best visibility which the film deserves,” said Cosimo Santoro, The Open Reel president of international sales.






Trailer No. 2 Arrives For “Alienate”


1The second trailer has arrived for sci-fi film “Alienate”. The flick is directed by Michael Shumway who directed the 2011 sci-fi “Snow Beast”. “Alienate” stars Blake Webb, Tatum Langton, Keith Hottinger, Marlys Miller-Fladeland, Cuyle Carvin, Jack Diamond, Brandyn Cross, Nathan Day, Sue Rowe, and Tye Nelson.

At the end of his marriage, David leaves on a business trip to give his wife much-needed space. When airplanes start mysteriously falling out of the sky and cell towers fail across the nation, he finds himself trapped. The Earth falling to an alien invasion, David fights to return to whatever is left of home.







International Trailer For “Necrophobia 3D”


necrophobiaCheck out the international trailer for “Necrophobia 3D”. The film hits Cannes later this year and deals with Dante, a tailor whose phobia prevents him from being in contact with death. Whenever he is in front of a dead body, he experiences a creepy feeling that makes him lose his mind. His illness is exacerbated when his twin brother dies, and he sees his 'own' face in a coffin. From this traumatic event the walls of reality crumble, and several close people are killed by someone who wants to incriminate him. Dante must solve the riddle of death, and thus discover a reality that is almost impossible.

“Necrophobia 3D” is directed by Argentinean director Daniel de la Vega and stars Julieta Cardinali, Luis Machín, Gerardo Romano, Viviana Saccone. The film screened at BAFICI - Buenos Aires Film Festival.

My Review Of “SX_Tape”


1Bernard Rose’s “SX_Tape” is a paranormal, found footage film starring Caitlyn Folley, Julie Marcus, Ian Duncan, Daniel Faraldo, Diana García and Eric Neil Gutierrez. The story focuses on Adam and Jill, a young couple in the throws of a spicy, sexual relationship as it unfolds on camera. The course of the day, kinky sexcapades and subsequent horrors take shape in a blend of psychological thrills and nightmarish chills.

The story of “SX_Tape” isn’t anything new or overtly original but it is well thought out and executed nicely. In an attempt to blend the sex tape phenom into the horror story, Eric Reese develops a pretty convincing concept with some actual eerie moments. There is one aspect that fails in “SX_Tape” that is an Achilles’ heel in many of the found footage stories, the plausibility that a person will continue to maintain control over a camera or keep a strong composure in the face of such a horrific, life altering moment such as unfolds in this film. It is debatable and doesn’t really kill a story, but when it becomes a question mark for a good third of the story, it slows down the chilling nature of a major component in the film’s main gimmick. However “SX_Tape” still manages to fully present a thrilling concept with a edgy, darkness that is entertaining.

The acting in this film is believable, with most of the character driven drama hanging on one person, Jill, played by Caitlyn Folley. Her ability to emote on camera the elements of both happiness and terror is both chilling and captivating. In the beginning I felt she was more mentally challenged than I am sure she meant to portray in this free spirit, whimsical character but as the movie went on I found her really more convincing. Over all the film’s intended vision stays present and creates a chilling nightmare. “Sex_Tape” holds it’s own in the found footage, paranormal genre without being too cerebral or too mundane.  The film offers a pleasant medium of drama, thrills and suspense.

“SX_Tape” offers up a nice blend of effects both in soundtrack and effects. The horror elements are at a minimum as far as the visceral components but with the creepy sound effects, sudden shock moments and constant pace toward the inevitable “SX_Tape” gives the thrills in expected places and some not so expected places. I jumped and cringed several times in the course of watching this film. Bernard Rose gives good chills, and is worth checking out by any fan of paranormal horror, especially for the fan of this ever-growing subgenre we call found footage.

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Review Of “Velvet Vengeance”


1“Velvet Vengeance” is the feature adaptation of Jeremy Campbell’s short film of the same name. The film stars Lindsay Norman, , Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Forrest Vickery, Elisa Castillo, Cody Hofmockel and Carl “The Coach” Bailey. “Velvet Vengeance” follows Alice, who sets out to seek the killer of her brother, local legendary maniac, Dolly, still roaming the area searching for victims. The film is a blend of classic, grindhouse horror, neo-western, last-man-standing movie where heroine meets slasherette and her psycho family.

Synopsis: 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.

The story builds off of a strong and creative concept when stripped to the core subject matter, that of a young woman seeking resolution and justice for her brothers mother. She faces nightmare and walks through the valley of death, facing the depraved and evil that humanity can often produce. The story grows from the baser concept featured in the short film, unfortunately it is built upon with a lot of weak add-ons that mare the power of the idea in flaws. I was eager to see “Velvet Vengeance” so my expectations were a bit high but there is no lowering my hopes enough to cloud the train wreck that this feature adaptation becomes on screen. The extra elaboration of character development and added elements just tear at the core story until there is nothing recognizable of the original concept-that I could have overlooked if the script, especially the dialog would have been stronger. Everything seems to fall apart right from the beginning. My heart aches over that because the short film was great and seem to work.

The acting is what you expect from low budget indie acting. The cast, well the key cast, seem invested in the characters enough to pull off this story that throws in every genre, every aspect from nearly every classic horror film, everything plus the kitchen sink, but the dialog is weak beyond what the actors could have worked with, or built up. The scenes never really come off convincingly, I didn’t buy that these people existed even in the most exaggerated, fictional circumstances I had a hard time believing the characters. “Velvet Vengeance” does manage to give a action packed ending but it seems hurried and too little to make up for the first two acts.

When sound quality was okay, the creepy, sound effects had power and offered some spookiness to the films lukewarm atmosphere but the sound quality more often was a fail, shredding the overall experience of watching the film. The editing was messy at best. Most people are going to be disappointed or just divested in “Velvet Vengeance” pretty much within the first 15 minutes which sucks because Dolly is such a great nightmare and the story here had so much potential. On a positive note the actually soundtrack that involved song/music fricking rocked, Hex is the only real shining moment in this nightmare of a film. Again to say that is painful because my hopes were high and I was expecting to love this movie. Whoever was around the director and his team that never bothered to speak truthfully during production and editing were not friends of the director or they would have pointed out the errors, (and there are plenty), before hand.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Lemuralia


1May 9th, 11th, 13th are the days of the Lemuralia, a Roman festival to remove evil household spirits. Rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead are performed in the homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa, a salted flour cake, from the first ears of wheat of the season.

Within each home, the head of the household was to rise at midnight, wash his hands three times, and while walking barefooted around the house throw black beans behind his back and recite the following nine times: “Haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis” meaning “I send these; with these beans I redeem me and mine”. At the conclusion of each of the nine recitations, the members of the household clashed bronze pots and required the spirits to leave.

Incorporating this ritual holiday into today, you don’t really have to toss beans over your shoulder while reciting the chant. Place the beans at the altar, light your appropriate candles and recite the chant. Toss salt, burn sage, however you normally cleanse your home from evil, on the Lemuralia perform those rituals. Plus however you normally honor your household spirits do so on these days as well, only with stronger intensity, asking them to help chase away and protect the home from the evil of malevolent spirits.

Poster And Trailer Revealed For “Ghost Bride”


1Check out the poster and trailer for paranormal horror “Ghost Bride”. The film will head for Cannes Film Festival later this year and follows young Chinese immigrant Jason Chen who becomes entangled with two women, a New Zealand beauty and the Chinese bride he is promised to. Held between the modern and the living, two worlds collide-living and the dead.

“Ghost Bride” is directed by David Blyth and stars Yoson An, Rebekah Palmer, Fiona Feng, Ian Mune, Catheryn Wu, Geeling Ng, Robert Wong, David Lim, Charles Chan.










International Trailer For “Chimères”


1The international trailer for Olivier Beguin’s horror film “Chimères” has been released. The trailer was posted on the film’s Facebook page. “Chimères” stars Jasna Kohoutova, Yannick Rosset, Catriona Mac Coll, Paulo Dos Santos, Sarah Marcuse, and Ivan Gonzalez. The film will be at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for potential buyers.

Alexandre is hit by a car while on holiday in Romania with his girlfriend, Livia. He is given a blood transfusion at the hospital to save his life. After returning home he begins to experience symptoms from a strange illness which he believes he contracted from the blood transfusion.








Teaser Trailer Released For “Charlie’s Farm”

Check out the official teaser trailer for “Charlie’s Farm”. The Australian horror film teaser, directed by Chris Sun, was posted on the movie’s Facebook page. “Charlie’s Farm” stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Allira Jaques, Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder. The film is set to be released in 2015.

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In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure. Once there, the four friends meet other transients and find Charlie’s Farm to be anything but horror inspiring. They are unaware that they are being watched. While exploring the property to prove the myth, they encounter Charlie, who shows them that some legends never die.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

XLrator Acquires Horror/Comedy “Housebound”


XLrator has announced their purchase of horror comedy “Housebound”. The film is directed by Gerard Johnstone and stars Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune, Wallace Chapman. Read the press release below and check out the trailer.

XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the horror-comedy HOUSEBOUND which recently had its U.S. premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March. XLrator Media will release the film in Fall 2014 on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label. The deal was announced today by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

1HOUSEBOUND stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru and is directed by Gerard Johnstone in his feature film debut. It was produced by Luke Sharpe for Semi-Professional Pictures, executive produced by Ant Timpson, Daniel Story and Chris Lambert and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.

“With its deft mix of suspense, comedy and genuine thrills, HOUSEBOUND marks an impressively assured directorial debut by Gerard Johnstone who promises to have a brilliant career in front of him,” said Barry Gordon.

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

The deal was negotiated by Barry Gordon on behalf of XLrator Media and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.






David DeCoteau Wraps On ‘3 Scream Queens’ Miniseries


David DeCoteau announced today on his Facebook page that he has wrapped on miniseries ‘3 Scream Queens’ for his RapidHeart.TV starring Michelle Bauer, Brinke Stevens and Linnea Quigley. The series written by Matthew Jason Walsh is slated to premiere Halloween 2014. Check out the promo poster.

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My Review Of “Blood Of Dracula’s Castle”


bodc“Blood Of Dracula’s Castle” is a 1969 film from Crown International Pictures directed by Al Adamson, and Jean Hewitt. The story takes place at the castle of Count and Countess Townsend, really Count Dracula and his wife. They lure a young women to their home for a continued blood supply. When a young man inherits the castle and appears with his young girlfriend the Count and Countess set out to chase away the couple.

The story of “Blood Of Dracula’s Castle” is a bit of a train wreck with very little true attention paid to detail as the story falls apart. John Carradine, Paula Raymond, Alexander D'Arcy, Robert Dix, Gene Otis Shayne, Jennifer Bishop and Ray Young all star in the film which gives a nice nostalgia for some of us when watching “Blood Of Dracula’s Castle” but not enough to really warrant any fan’s of Dracula’s to embrace the film completely. Dracula and his wife are practically neutered and remind me of the time the Flintstone’s met Count Dracula. The addition of Mango, and a homicidal maniac to the film should have brought with them more blood but the only red that flows in this film mostly languishes in the glasses of Count and Countess Townsend. All this makes for a dull viewing experience.

The effects and soundtrack for “Blood Of Dracula’s Castle” are also neutered in this one. For a film that claims to be exploitation horror I found no real show of exploitation save the bevvy of beauties chained to the castle wall. The deaths are almost none-existent and for the most part implied so I don’t get the exploitative aspect branded to this film. The sound is very 1969 cheap-o that screams love-me-late-night-horror-host so there is no real reason to even bother with addressing that element of “Blood Of Dracula”. Embrace this one if you wanna, I justify having it by my unending love of even crappy old movies and John Carradine. New horror fans just no that this is a 1969 Hammer film wanna be so don’t expect much of anything here.

Lena Headey To Star In Film Adaptation Of Clive Barker’s “Jacqueline Ess”


Variety has broke the news that Lena Headey (300: Rise Of An Empire, Game Of Thrones) will star in the film adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story  “Jacqueline Ess”. Raven Banner Entertaintment and Barker’s Seraphim Films have signed on to produce the film and will sell the film at this year’s Cannes film.

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“Jacqueline Ess” tells the story of a woman who has the ability to change people’s body shapes horrifically with her mind. The ability proves fatal for men who use her ability to reach their desires with the ideal female form. It’s a story of sex, power, and the extremes that await us at the limits of desire. Jovanka Vuckovic will make her feature debut with “Jacqueline Ess”.

Two New Images From “Guardians Of The Galaxy”

Check out the two newest images from “Guardian Of The Galaxy”. The film is adapted from the popular graphic novel and hits theatres on August 1st 2014. “GOTG” follows space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt who, after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

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New “Blood Glacier” Poster

Check out the new “Blood Glacier” poster. The Austrian film is directed by Marvin Kren and stars Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack, Felix Römer, Brigitte Kren, Wolfgang Pampel, Murathan Muslu, Adina Vetter, Michael Fuith. “Blood Glacier” is currently available on VOD.

Scientists working in the Austrian Alps discover that a glacier is leaking a liquid that appears to be affecting local wildlife.

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Monster Pictures Picks Up “Throwback”


Monster Pictures has picked up the creature feature “Throwback” for distribution. The company plans to offer Travis Bain's Sasquatch movie to potential buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will distribute “Throwback” in all international markets.

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“Throwback” is stars Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells, Warren Clements, Andy Bramble, Mike Elliott, Trevor Garvey, Shaun Cram and follows two treasure hunters, Jack and Kent who go searching for the lost gold of a legendary outlaw in the remote wilds of Far North Queensland. 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.

An Atmospheric Horror Looms In New “Hungerford” Image

There is a dark, atmospheric, horror looms in this new image from “Hungerford”. The film is a found footage, sci fi feature that premiered at Sci-Fi London in May 2014. It is the directorial debut of 19 year old Drew Casson and the first live action project from Wildseed Studios. “Hungerford” stars Casson along with Tom Scarlett, Sam Carter, Georgia Bradley and Kitty Speed.

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Synopsis: Cowen Rosewell lives with a small group of old friends in a scruffy flat in a small English town. Like many teens leaving school in 2014, there are few prospects or opportunities for people like Cowen and he has enrolled on a BTEC media course as a way of passing the time. His first assignment is to record everything in a week of his life.

At first Cowen dismisses the random acts of violence he witnesses as the business as usual in a small English town. However, when one of his best friends is savagely attacked by a stranger, and in defending her they kill her assailant, the inexplicably serious nature of the dead assailant’s injuries alert them to a more disturbing reality. As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious malign influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs who are rounding people up and taking them to a nearby factory. The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered and over run. Finally Cowen must make his way alone to the factory in search of his loved ones.
The evil force that awaits him there has implications not just for Cowen, but for the entire world.

Official Movie Trailer For “sx_tape”


2The official movie trailer for indie horror “sx_tape” has been released. The film is a found footage directed by Bernard Rose that follows a young couple looking to spice up their relationship by creating a sex tape. Unfortunately their choice of locations offers up a slice of spice that they had not bargained for. “sx_tape” stars Caitlyn Folley, Ian Duncan, Daniel Faraldo and Diana García.


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Adam and Jill attempt to spice up their relationship by recording a sex tape in an old abandoned mansion. However, it quickly becomes apparent that they’re not exactly alone in their new ominous surroundings. Soon, the couple realizes that some sex tapes should never be made as their kinky adventure turns into a desperate fight for survival.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Check Out “Soldiers Of The Dead”


1The first images have come out this past month for “Soldiers Of The Damned”. The film is directed by Mark Nuttall and takes place in the Eastern Font, in 1944,  “Soldiers Of The Damned” stars Gil Darnel, Miriam Cooke, Lucas Hansen, Nicky Bell and Tom Sawyer.

The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler’s occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.

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Trailer Released For Surreal Horror “Malignant”


1Check out the first trailer for Brian Avenet-Bradley's “Malignant” has been released. It offers an almost surreal, noir vision of horror both psychological and visceral. The trailer has my attention. “Malignant” stars Gary Cairns, Brad Dourif. FEATURING Nick Nicotera, Sienna Farall, Jennifer Blanc, Steve Wastell, Karla Droege, Saida Ekulona, Tom Loureiro, Dana Daurey, Ken Dickason, Trista Robinson, Stefan Avalos, Darren Leis, Norman Zeller, Susan Meier.

You can purchase tickets for the film’s ‘one night only’ screening at Brown Paper Tickets. The release date is set for May 20th, for VOD with the limited theatrical release taking place on May 28th, 2014.

A grieving man, Allex (GARY CAIRNS), falls victim to a rogue scientist (BRAD DOURIF) who conducts experiments on human test subjects to cure their "addictions." After blacking out, Allex awakes to find stitches across his chest and a video of a murder. Now he must confront the doctor's horrific method for stopping him from drinking, a method with deadly consequences.

New Posters For “Asmodexia” Offer The Surreal And Visceral

Two new posters have been released for upcoming horror film “Asmodexia”. One offers the surrealistic power of dark faith while the other gives a more visceral, gory nightmare. The film is directed by Marc Carrete in his feature debut. “Asmodexia” has been picked up by Raven Banner for distribution for the International market. This tale of terror stars Albert Baró, Marta Belmonte, Pepo Blasco, Ramon Canals and Roser Bundó.

Eloy de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter, Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.

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Artwork Revealed For Blu-ray Release Of “Pumpkinhead”

Word came out last month that Scream Factory was releasing “Pumpkinhead” on blu-ray. Today the official cover artwork was revealed for the release. Check it out below. I think I will make it my phone’s wallpaper for awhile. Scream Factory has announced a Blu-ray release for classic creature horror “Pumpkinhead”. There isn’t word yet on an exact release date for the film that stars Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino, Kimberly Ross. - See more here.

Scream Factory artist Justin Osbourn (Prince of Darkness, Phantom of the Paradise, Lifeforce), the blu-ray is expected sometime in September.

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First Trailer For Batman Prequel “Gotham”


gothamThe first trailer for FOX’s Batman prequel titled “Gotham” has been released. The series is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Starring Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Donal Logue ("Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper") and Jada Pinkett Smith ("The Matrix" films, "HawthoRNe").

“Gothamfollows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Executive producer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist") wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the "CSI" franchise, "Nikita"). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.

DVD Release Date For “13 Sins”


1Daniel Stamm’s “13 Sins” will hit DVD / Blu-ray on July 17th. The film stars on Perlman, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Rutina Wesley, Stephanie Honore, Han Soto, Brittney Alger, Beau Brasseaux, Wendy Miklovic, and Tom Bower.

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.











Trailer Released For “The Drownsman”


The-Drownsman-Poster_thumb[2]The first official trailer has been released for indie horror “The Drownsman”. The film is directed by Chad Archibald and stars Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, with Ry Barrett as The Drownsman.

After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her but, her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure.

After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison's four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.

Poster And Trailer For “Coherence”


c1Check out the trailer and poster for cerebral, sci-fi thriller “Coherence”. The film hits theatres and on VOD June 20th and stars Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Emily Foxler, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, Maury Sterling. “Coherence” is directed by James Ward Byrkit.

On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. “Coherence”  is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.

DVD Release Details For “Morbid”


1Wild Eye Releasing have announced the DVD release of slasher horror “Morbid”. The film is directed by Chuck Conry in his debut feature. “Morbid” stars Olivia Hiers, Brandon Magouirk, Richard Chilton, Ryan Grooms and Jessi Grissom. The throwback to classic 80’s slasher cinema hits shelves on August 26th, 2014.

A small town becomes the playground to a masked killer stalking and killing the locals for no apparent reason. With the town's sheriff and locals still more worried about a high school football game than getting to the bottom of what's going on, one detective from out of town must rush to save the lives of a group of teens tossing a party in the middle of all the chaos. But as we soon learn, these teens have some complicated issues of their own.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Dramatic Turn Toward Realism And Art: A Conversation With Indie Director Mikel D Ledesma


1Mikel D Ledesma is a young indie director with a strong presence in the horror community after receiving positive feedback for his holiday horror short film “Tinsel”. The film is one of my top 10 horror shorts and a great additive for any Christmas horror play list. I first interviewed Ledesma back in 2012 while he was promoting “Tinsel” and working on a feature film  “Man On The Roof”, that project has been shelved until a later date but is still very much a project that Mikel Ledesma intends to complete.

Currently Mikel Ledesma has a full plate keeping him going these days. He is setting out for college in the Fall and is working on two short films which will move him away from the horror genre but still very much anchored in deeply intense stories. Ledesma is in the early stages of a drama that draws from the current epidemic of suicide among the youth of today. He is also developing a thriller that focuses on a rape-retribution-moral conflict, so the guy is keeping busy. I had a chat with Mikel Ledesma about these two short films as well as some other projects in various stages. You can read that interview below.

ASouthernLife: So tell me about the first short film you are working on, what is it about?
Mikel D Ledesma: The first one is something different and something I never saw myself doing. It's not a horror film. It is actually a Drama. It is titled " Losing Your Flames" The film is about Chris the popular quarterback that is in his senior year of High School. But Chris has a secret that he knows will be life changing.

While at a party Chris's girlfriend finds out that Chris is in fact gay and has a boyfriend. She ends up taking a picture of the text he received from Greg and sent it to everyone in school. Causing Chris to get kicked out of his home, and all his best friends turning against him. And bullying him leading him down a path where he questions life.

ASouthernLife: So what drew you to the story and made you focus on a a drama film? It sounds pretty intense and very modern, was there a personal connection to the story?
Mikel D Ledesma: I always wanted to do a drama that is very modern and realistic to our generation. Bullying is a big problem with our youth. Reading about kids being bullied so much that the only resource they feel they have left is taking their life upsets me. I don't understand why we can't just accept people for who they are. Not based of their Religion, Sexual Preference, Race, etc.
So I wanted to do a film where we could relate to our youth and just send a message. So I got with award winning LGB writer Sara York and we brought my story to life with her vision and creative writing. I also wanted to try something new and show people that I can do other films other than just horror films.

ASouthernLife: It is very prevalent to the world we live in today. I find it very important for active, out people in the indie community to speak up. So I love the message that you are putting out there. Has production began on "Losing Your Flame?"
Mikel D Ledesma: Absolutely, I wanted to do this for everyone who gets bullied not just gays. But suicide is more common for young adults who are Bi/Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered. We are actually is the casting stage for the film. We want to make sure we cast the film right and the actors get the right emotions for each character.

ASouthernLife: I agree totally, the suicide rate for young people is epidemic. It has become a painful reality. So when do you expect to post casting calls?
Mikel D Ledesma: We actually posted the Casting Call today. But due to the context of the film I believe this one will be a bit harder to cast. But I am just hoping we find the right talent.

ASouthernLife: Good luck on casting, I imagine it will take time to find your Chris, Greg, and Chris' girlfriend-what is her name?
Mikel D Ledesma: Lindsay is the girlfriend and she is actually already cast. Jori Gill (Tinsel) will be playing her. And Thank You I am sure we are going to need it.


ASouthernLife: So what is the second film that you are working on?
Mikel D Ledesma: The second film is also a Drama/Thriller titled "Shattered".

ASouthernLife: The title makes me think of late night noir thrillers. Is there a psychological component to the story? What is "Shattered" about?
2Mikel D Ledesma: Unfortunately, No. It is about a Mother who's daughter gets kidnapped and the kidnapper Rapes and Kills her daughter. And the Mother captures the man who shattered her life. The film is going to be a edge of your seat thriller. What I want from this film is for the audience to question what would they do if they were face to face with the man who killed their daughter.

ASouthernLife: Wow, that sounds really dark, I like it! So how is production on "Shattered" ? Have you written the script yet?
Mikel D Ledesma:  Indeed it is. It still has a horror feel to it. But I don't feel it is a horror film. The film is written. And we actually have an idea of who I want for the cast.

ASouthernLife: There is a definite moral conflict element to the story that sounds pretty edgy. So who will play this mother in crisis and who will be her antagonist?
Mikel D Ledesma: I can't say until we have them signed on. But I promise they will do a great job. And yes when I wrote this script I wrote it as if I was the parent. And at the time when I wrote it I was on vacation when a girl from Texas was raped and killed by a 17 year old. I just amazes me how we live in such a sick world. I don't understand.

ASouthernLife: Rape is another our society's horrors that I could do without. Especially in light of the military issues that plagued the news lately. The story sounds powerful and intense. So are you working on the two short films simultaneous or consecutively?
Mikel D Ledesma: They will be shot back to back. With about 1-3 weeks break. But we have a deadline to reach. I leave for school at the end of August. And I want to have a Indie Showcase in Mid August.

ASouthernLife: Best wishes and you will have to let me know when production begins and keep me up to date on the progress. Do you plan to set up a Facebook page for the films?
Mikel D Ledesma: I will indeed keep you up to date. And I am not sure if we will have social media for these films. Just depends.

ASouthernLife: So tell me, where are things out with “Man On The Roof” and “Tinsel 2”?
Mikel D Ledesma: We have shelved “MOTR” until I finish school. I want to get more experience on how to get a budget. And I didn't just want to make it just to make it. I have very high expectations for myself and my films.

And we scrapped the whole Idea of “TINSEL II”. We tried. I wrote 8 different drafts and I just felt that it was just being made to make a sequel. So we decided not to go on with it.

ASouthernLife: Sad to hear that about “Tinsel 2” but I agree with your reason for not doing a sequel just for the sake of a sequel. Great that “MOTR” is just paused and not scrapped. It is an interesting concept and the story is fresh. So where are you going to matriculate?
Mikel D Ledesma: Yes. MOTR will be made. And everyone a part of the film can't wait to get it started. It is just something I feel that is different and not the same recycled garbage we tend to get. I will be attending Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

ASouthernLife: Well congrats and good luck in school. It can only enrich your already strong talent. Thank you for the interview.

Bill Oberst Jr. Joins Cast Of “Blood Angel”



1Carl Lindbergh has announced that horror icon Bill Oberst Jr. has signed on to join the cast of “Blood Angel”. Oberst  will be playing the tortured and darkly homicidal anti-hero, Icarus! “Blood Angel” is also set to star Marshal Hilton, Arielle Brachfeld and Maria Olsen in this edgy, fever-dream tale, interweaving alternative realities, the occult and Nazi Germany.

Blood Angel” is a thriller/horror film about a time traveling Nazi scientist. Germany, early 1940's. The Nazi regime are developing "wonder weapons" to win the war. The wonder weapons range from the occult to theorized time travel. The Nazi's lose the war, but their secrets remain hidden until now.

Blood Angel has elements of a slasher film, with intense scenes of gore, but there are deeper themes in regards to time travel. Such as mortality, the meaning of life, and reconnecting with loved ones. There is the gore to satiate the horror fans, but if they want a deeper meaning to the film, the characters have emotional undercurrents to their actions.

Watch Argentinian Zombie Comedy “Curas Zombies en Azul” Online In HD


1In super cool news, Argentinian zombie comedy “Curas Zombies en Azul” (Zombies In Blue Heels) is available to watch  in HD on Youtube for free, with English subtitles. The film is directed by Osvaldo Sudak and is totally Rockabilly awesomeness.

The Passover ceremony commemorating the death and resurrection of Christ, but when his blood pollutes the holy water of the Blue Chapel Cemetery, the reverend and his flock will die literally to resurrect later, wanting to conquer the infidels. Meanwhile, a surf rock band and a gogo dancer, comes to town by mistake, to encourage a political act in decadent Hall of Rural Society. Under the leadership of the manager and the local dealer, foreigners are entrenched, ready to face the zombies cures, but the evil owner of the place has other plans

Trailer Released For “Faust 2.0”


1Check out the first trailer for Swedish horror anthology “Faust 2.0”. The film premieres at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and brings together directors Robert Selin, Johannes Pinter, Nicolas Debot, Alan Gustafsson, and Micke Von Engström in this tech driven update to the classic Goethe tragic play about a legendary pact with the devil from German classic literature.

“Faust 2.0” will bring audiences together with five individuals who unwittingly enter into a pact with unseen forces. Those lives are changed dramatically as they use mystical apps to achieve their desires only to have deserved rewards unimaginable. As the apps spread, the pieces fall into place and a digital pandemic forms. The film stars Frida Liljevall, Thomas Hedengran, Katarina Bothén, Per Burell, Chrissy Pavlov, Peter Stridsberg, Mattias Redbo, Ida Linnertorp, Mariah Kanninen, Ola Björkman, Anders Hasselroth, and Per Ragnar.




Teaser Poster For “Fetish Factory” Revealed

Check out the teaser poster for directorial debut for Staci Layne Wilson, “Fetish Factory”. The film stars Tristan Risk, Chase Williamson, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Diane Goldner, Jenimay Walker, Emma Julia Jacobs, Jesse Merlin, Tom Ayers, Carrie Keagan, Ruben Pla, Morgan Peter Brown, Benjamin Easterday, and Stephen Wastell.

On a personal note: I quit watching Big Morning Buzz because they replaced Keagan with Nick Lachey. I am so glad to see that she is staying in the horror/sci-fi community. She was the only reason I watched the morning talkie anyways. (I am gay but honey I ain't that gay! Nich Lachey-as if!)

1The story centers on pin-up vixens vs. bloodthirsty zombies, and is set in post-apocalyptic Hollywood. Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong.

Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts and spike-heels into deadly weapons.



News Update For “Mad Max: Fury Road”


New updated details have come out for “Mad Max: Fury Road” in the form of a new synopsis for the newest installment of the post-apocalyptic warrior franchise. The film explodes into theatres on May 15th, 2015 and stars Tom Hardy as the iconic road warrior. “Fury Road” also stars  Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order…

There’s Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.


Official Trailer For Documentary “Leviathan: The Story Of Hellraiser I & II”


1The official trailer has been released for horror documentary “Leviathan: The Story Of Hellraiser I & II”. The docu film is a joint effort by Cult Screenings UK Ltd, Rotunda Films, and Viper Films in an effort to give the fans of one of the most notable franchises’ what they have been beggin’ for. “Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II” sets out to uncovering the history, making of and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s films.

With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, we hope to bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films. Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and the their subsequent lives and growing fan base, we aim to show fans and those less familiar with the films both the technical skills, the creative idea, the symbolism and the legacy of these movies.

Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project we’ll be exploring where he came from, where his career had taken him and the inspiration for the story and world he created. We’ll be telling the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.



Teaser Trailer Released For “The Shelter”


The first official teaser trailer has been released for thriller drama “The Shelter”. The film is directed by John Fallon and produced by JoBlo Movie Productions, with Bruise Productions. “The Shelter” stars Michael Pare, Rachel G. Whittle, Lauren Thomas and Amy Wickenheiser. The film is currently in post-production.

1On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Pare) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap.

Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Trailer Released For “What We Do In The Shadows”


1The first trailer has been released for horror/comedy “What We Do In The Shadows”. The film is directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement and stars Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie Van Beek. “What We Do In The Shoadows” follows the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are immortal vampires.

Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else - except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.

When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.

When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.

MPI Media Group Acquires “Summer Of Blood”

A release date coming soon for indie horror comedy “Summer Of Blood”. The film is directed by Onur Tukel and stars Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor, Dustin Guy, Melodie Sisk, and Jason Selvig. Clifford McCurdy, Melodie Sisk, Max Heller,  Matt Grady. “Summer Of Blood” will be available on VOD and DVD in the fall of 2014 alongside a theatrical release courtesy of MPI Media Group.

Eric, a misanthropic, emotionally-stunted New Yorker, finds himself on the brink of a premature mid-life crisis when he rejects his career-woman girlfriend's marriage proposal. Stuck at a dead-end job with no allure in the dating pool and even less in bed, Eric has all reason to lose hope. But that all changes one fateful night when he runs into a vampire in an alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in an excruciating pain that can only be subdued by one thing: blood.

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UK DVD Artwork And Release Date For “The Pigman Murders”


1The DVD artwork for the UK disc has been revealed for upcoming horror film “The Pigman Murders” (Somebody’s There), as well as a release date. The film hits shelves September 22nd. “The Pigman Murders” is directed by Stephen Patrick Kenny and stars Mark Hutchinson, Tom Ward, Gerard Fallon, Andrew Neenan, Marius Puodziunas, Eugene Horan.

7 friends head to the wilderness of Connemara, Co. Galway for a weekend break to celebrate the first year anniversary of a close friend. First night in they come across a beaten and bloodied male looking for help as he warns them that two masked men attacked him and took his girlfriend, some of the group head into the wooded area in search as others return to their cars which have disappeared. With no houses for miles and no transport they must walk themselves back but are not alone! All caught on camera “The Pigman Murders” is a intense rollercoaster that will bring documentary style to another level.

Trailer Released For “Joy Ride 3: RoadKill”


joy-ride-3-coverThe first trailer heralding Rusty Nail’s return has been released. “Joy Ride 3: Roadkill” will hit Digital HD on June 3rd with a DVD/Blu-ray release on June 17th. The film is directed by Declan O’Brien and stars Kirsten Prout, Dean Armstrong, Jesse Hutch, Ben Hollingsworth, Ken Kirzinger, Gianpaolo Venuta, Leela Savasta.

Rusty Nail is back on the road again looking to punish injustice at every turn — and this time it’s with a group of hothead twenty-somethings on their way to the Road Rally 1000. As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race, an encounter with Rusty turns sour, and soon he is tracking, teasing, and torturing them until the end of the road.









First Trailer Released For “Don’t Look In The Basement 2”


The first trailer for Anthony Brownrigg’s “Don’t Look In The Basement 2” has been released. The film stars Andrew Sensenig, Frank Mosely, Arianne Margot, Camilla Carr, Megan Emerick, Scott Tepperman, Jim O'Rear, Brady McInnes, Chester Rushing, Carolyn King, Kim Foster, Libby Hall, Willie Minor and is the sequel to S.F. Brownrigg's 1973 horror “Don't Look in the Basement”, directed by his son Anthony Brownrigg, director of the award winning Red Victoria.

DLITB2Set forty years after Doctor Stephens’ brutal murder in 1973 in a small town in Texas, Doctor William Matthews budding career as a doctor in New York City comes to a halt after the tragic accident of his wife. Seeking to escape the past he accepted a job at a small clinic in Texas as a clinical psychiatrist for the mentally ill. The clinic, GreenPark, has been in business since the late seventies and is as out of the way as one can get. One of only three doctors there, William adjusts to his life away from the toils of modern society in lieu of a simpler small town life.

The clinic itself has struggled for years, and the clinics administrator Emily has hired William in to handle a special patient in the hopes of bolstering the clinics press and benefactors. The patient, Sam Withers is seventy four year old man who still suffers from a lobotomy he had received in 1968 at the hands of Doctor Terrance Stephens at the Stephens Sanitarium. He is being transferred from a state hospital as something of a “star” patient.

Little does anyone know that GreenPark is located in the same building as Stephens Sanitarium. Sam is returning home. And something sinister is waiting in the shadows.

Upon Sam’s arrival things begin to unravel. Odd noises, and strange visions begin to haunt the patients as well as doctors there. When things begin to turn violent, William must struggle to find out what happened there forty years ago before he, as well as everyone else succumbs to madness.

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