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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vin Diesel Teases Us With “The Last Witch Hunter” Image

Vin Diesel posted a teasing image from his upcoming film “The Last Witch Hunter” as production begins. The film is being directed by Breck Eisner and also stars Rose Leslie, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood. “The Last Witch Hunter” has Diesel playing an immortal witch hunter who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity.

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First Promo Poster For ‘Supernatural’ Season 10 Revealed

The first promo poster has been revealed for ‘Supernatural’. The tenth season returns in October and it appears the Winchester boys’ battle is getting deeply personal. The tagline: Wrestle Your Demons”.

‘Supernatural’ premieres on Tuesday, October 7th at 9pm EST, kicking off with a ruminative look at the past. “Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last eight [now nine] years battling the things that go bump in the night. Over the years, with the help of the fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins), and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil.”

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“Inner Demons” Poster Displays Real Substance

Okay substance abuse…..

The new poster for “Inner Demons” has been released displaying some real substance awareness. “Inner Demons” is directed by Seth Grossman and draws similarities between the metaphorical and spiritual battle that nearly 12 percent of Americans endure-ADDICTION-but is it something even more sinister?

“Inner Demons” stars  Leslie Coutterand, Ashley Sutton, Susan Ateh and follows an 'Intervention'-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her - with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.

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Fear Film Releases Award-Winning Short “It Waits”


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FEAR FILM releases the award-winning short film IT WAITS, directed by Robert J. Massetti. The film, starring newcomer SHANDI HAMPTON and AMBER WATSON (Lover Boy), has been screening around the country at different film festivals and is now ready to be released to waiting horror fans just in time for Halloween.

Mr. Massetti states, “We’ve been showing the film at a number of different film festivals and conventions, but with Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to make the film available to everyone.”

IT WAITS is available for rental and purchase at the FEAR FILM website with all money going towards a feature version of the short film CREEPY CRAWLY, which is also available on the website for rental and purchase.

“We want to see if we can raise enough money through rental and purchase of our films so we can start making feature films instead of trying to find investment money,” says Massetti. “This way we can be in total control of the outcome of our films.”

FEAR FILM is an independent movie studio producing horror genre movies, entertainment, and events since 1999.








Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ginger Lynn Allen Stars In “House Of Many Sorrows”


HOS1Legendary Adult Film Star Ginger Lynn Allen has wrapped filming her role in the up coming Horror movie “HOUSE OF MANY SORROWS.

Shot just outside of the small town of Killam, Alberta, HOUSE OF MANY SORROWS is about a young man who takes over his mother's bed and breakfast establishment. Strange things soon begin happening, and people begin disappearing and dying.

Allen plays the role of Jocelyn Mathers who has a bad attitude in the movie. “I was very excited to land this role, and working with Director Barry J. Gillis has been a pleasure.” states Allen.
Outside of her adult film career Allen has acted in YOUNG GUNS 2, THE DEVILS REJECTS, VICE ACADEMY, and a slew of other roles. Her role in Metallica's TURN THE PAGE video is legendary. “I found this role to be very, very fulfilling” states Allen. She continues, “Barry also let me incorporate a few of my own ideas into the role, and that was really satisfying.”

“Ginger was great” chimes in Director Gillis. “I was looking for someone who could play the role of a bad girl, and Ginger was larger than life. I believe people are going to really like her performance in the movie. She also brought so much energy and charisma to the set. I would definitively recommend Ginger to anybody out there making movies.”



HOUSE OF MANY SORROWS is Written, Produced, and Directed by Barry J. Gillis. It also stars Tom Malloy (THE ALPHABET KILER, THE ATTIC, LOVE N' DANCING), along with Kim Sonderholm, (THE HORROR VAULT, CRAIG, SINISTER VISIONS) “I believe that I got the best performances that a Director could possibly get out of Tom Malloy, and Kim Sonderholm.” Gillis says. Both actors were phenomenal. A few up and coming actors and actresses, such as Samantha Brownlee, Nella Virga, Betty Maxwell, and Jolene Mackenzie round out the cast.

“This movie is beyond any other movie that I have ever created” Gillis states. My cinematographer Gabriel Yee understood exactly what I was looking for, and he delivered in every way possible. This guy is phenomenal, and this movie is going to blow away the audience.”

HOUSE OF MANY SORROWS is set to be released sometime in 2015.

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Pushing Comforts Out Of The Box And Into The Drama: An Interview With Indie Director Mikel D. Ledesma

MDLMikel F. Ledesma is a young director that I have come to know well to call a friend. I first came to know him when his Christmas horror “Tinsel” was released. The short film took the traditional horror concept of “slasher of the holidays” into new psychological territory, with a female lead with much more to offer to the tale than typical victim. I have since followed the progress of Ledesma as he has moved through the tough waters of indie horror. It has been a slow road toward reaching his ambitions to become one of today’s most notable indie directors, with the recent completion of two more short films accomplished, (“Losing Your Flames” and “Shattered” are in final post-production phases), Mikel is well on his way to reaching that goal.


There has been some time between the release of “Tinsel” and Ledesma’s current projects, personal reflection and educational advancement have put two projects on hold, “Man On The Roof” and “Tinsel 2” are shelved indefinitely until the time is right for those projects to be developed further. As of now Mikel Ledesma is back in school in Santa Fe, NM-and gearing up for the premiere of both “Losing Your Flames” and “Shattered” later this fall in Dallas. He has since added acting to his artistic savvy, as well as extending his genre sites into a more dramatic, socially and culturally poignant area-after completing the chilling short film “Shattered”, Ledesma attacked a more powerful-and personal story-“Losing Your Flames”. The latter film deals with social acceptance, personal conflict, and a fight that not only speaks to the LGB&T community, but to society as a whole.

LYFI interviewed Mikel Ledesma back in the spring as he was preparing for the production on his latest two short films. You can read that interview here ( Dramatic Turn Toward Realism And Art: A Conversation With Indie Director Mikel D Ledesma). Now as we edge closer to yet another holiday season (YEY!!!) Ledesma and I reconnected recently to discuss the new films, the choice to expand into drama, and the reception toward the recent release of the teaser trailer for “Losing Your Flames” in a new interview.


A Southern Life: You finally have "Losing Your Flames" in post-production and a teaser trailer was recently released.  How has the reception been thus far?
Mikel D. Ledesma: Yes, it is currently being edited. The reception has been pretty good. The teaser trailer was very vague.. Once the final trailer is released, it will blow everyone away.

A Southern Life: So when do you plan to release the full trailer?
Mikel D. Ledesma: The final trailer should hit sometime in October.

A Southern Life: And when is the premiere scheduled? Is there a specific date set yet?
Mikel D. Ledesma: Yes, November 1st, 2014.

A Southern Life: With “Losing Your Flames” you also act, you play Greg-Chris' boyfriend. How was it as both director and as one of the main roles in the film. Any challenges?
Mikel D. Ledesma: It was a very interesting role to take on, This was the first time I have directed or acted in a drama. So it was pretty stressful at first. Acting & Directing isn't easy. So it was a bit of a challenge. But it was a fun experience and wouldn't change it for the world.

A Southern Life: "Losing Your Flames" is a big departure from horror, but the story has a powerful message. Was there any issues that came along during filming, with cast or location-considering the subject matter?
1Mikel D. Ledesma: It was a huge departure from horror films, but it put me out of my comfort zone and it was a project that pushed me. I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, I wanted everything to be believable. So I hope all that comes off the screen. If the audience gets attached to the cast, and gets their emotions going. I did my job. No, the shoot went smoothly. But no matter what, you will always have a few people who are hard to please. But its a lesson learned on both parts. Other than that, the cast & crew had a great time to my knowledge. And not to mention we had a huge cast & crew. There was about 40 people a part of this movie. Which is amazing. They all helped bring this message to life.


A Southern Life: It is a great story, and considering the size of the cast and crew, one that has a lot of people's attention. Did the story ever get too personal or too intense for the cast?
Mikel D. Ledesma: There were a few scenes that did get personal to a few of us. I think the whole film in general was intense for the whole cast. It is a very intense film, and everything happens so quickly. The emotions each actor had to bring to life for their character. The actors did a wonderful job translating it all.

A Southern Life: How long does the film run? Was there ever a time when you worried that the whole story that you wanted to put out for people, wasn't going to be possible?
Mikel D. Ledesma: The movie is going to be about 35-40 minutes. Every time I start a project I begin to stress and worry if I will be able to pull it off. It was different with this movie though, we had so much support from the get go. We did have a really hard time with the casting. But, I could not be more proud of the talent I had for this film. Dalton, was a perfect fit for Chris. You know that saying "Third time's a charm." it was very true for this film. But other than the casting part, everything went smoothly.


2A Southern Life: Well congratulations on a successful shot for the film. I can't wait to see it. You also shot another short film-a thriller titled "Shattered". When can we expect a trailer for that film?
Mikel D. Ledesma: Thank You. I am excited for you to see it and review it. Yes, we shot that 2 weeks before "LYF". The trailer should make its debut soon.

A Southern Life: Now "Losing Your Flames" was written by Sara York, but "Shattered" is a Ledesma film,  closer to your horror roots than “Losing Your Flames”. What about this story made you choose to make it your next project after "Tinsel"?
Mikel D. Ledesma: Yes, Sara York is the writer for "Losing Your Flames". I went to her in early March... I believe. With the story and her writing skills just blew me away. She took the story to a different level. It was really cool to be able to collab  with an award winning author. That is correct, "Shattered" is a Ledesma  film. Written and Directed by the one and only.  I truly wanted to do something different. Especially in our DFW film scene, a film like that hadn't been done. I am the kind of artist that wants to do things that are new and fresh. And I love going out of the box, I don't like playing it safe. It's art, go all out.


A Southern Life: In many ways "Shattered" is more horror than what the description of thriller would suggest, the human pushed to monstrous limits is more terrifying than the masked killer-I think. So how dark does the film go with the characters?
s1Mikel D. Ledesma: The film is very dark. When I first started this project. I wanted the audience to feel uncomfortable. So we do push boundaries. It's a very intense film. The actors did a great job bringing their rollercoaster emotion characters to life.

A Southern Life: As a horror fan, I love for films to push my comfort level. I look forward to seeing just how far that goes with this film. How well did the cast handle the material?
Mikel D. Ledesma:  The dialog in the film will be very controversial. Matthew was excited from the jump. Scarlette,  had a issue with one line, but I explained to her why I put it in the film and she knew it made sense. But they knew how intense and crazy it got. They were still very excited to get it done. They had a blast bringing those characters to life . It will make people feel very uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable writing it.



A Southern Life: So how has the response from fans been so for toward "Shattered"? the screen shots for the film are getting great response.
Mikel D. Ledesma: Once the trailer comes out, I am sure the film will blow up! The screen shots for the film are getting great response.

s2A Southern Life: I am sure it will. The story, and images are pretty thrilling. Plus Anthony Gutierrez's camera work is so intense.
Mikel D. Ledesma: Yes, He is a very talented.

A Southern Life: Well congrats on getting this one complete as well, I can't wait to see both "Shattered" and "Losing Your Flames".
Mikel D. Ledesma: Thank You!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trailer Released For “Monsters 2: Dark Continent”


M2DCCheck out the trailer for Tom Green directed “Monsters 2: Dark Continent”. The film hits UK theatres on November 28th and continues the reality man faces after monsters are found to exist. “Monsters 2” stars  Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris, and Sam Keeley.

Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival.


American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won.

Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out.

But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill.

The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.



International Trailer For ‘Dracula Untold”


duA new International trailer has been released for upcoming action/horror “Dracula Untold”. The film is directed by Gary Shore and hits theatres on October 17th. “Dracula Untold” stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, William Houston, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Ferdinand Kingsley, Charlie Cox, and Thor Kristjansson.

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula.




UK Release Of “Grave Halloween” DVD Set


grave halloweenThe UK release of Steven R. Monroe’s “Grave Halloween” has been set for October 27th. The film stars Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Dejan Loyola, Hiro Kanagawa and Isabelle Beech. “Grave Halloween” premiered on SyFy Channel last October and deals with the paranormal driven legend of Japan's Aokigahara forest, known as Suicide Forest.

Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth. Years later as the crows scatter, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there.

In the Sea of Trees an ocean of lost souls rises up, closing heavy boughs around Miko and her friends. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…



New Trailer Released For “Motivational Growth”


MGA new trailer has been released for Don Thacker’s sleeper festival-hit MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (starring genre-legend Jeffrey Combs). The film will hit VOD worldwide on September 30th (via Devolver Films and Indiecan Entertainment in Canada), Blu-Ray & DVD in Canada on the same date, and DVD in the US the following week (via Parade Deck Films), on October 7th.



In Motivational Growth, Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 30s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (‘ReAnimatorstar Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine-narrative follows, full of colorfully-drawn characters and gruesome body horror. The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.




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The DVD release will include a commentary track (with actors Jeffrey Combs and Adrian DiGiovanni, and director Don Thacker), a photo gallery and trailers. The Blu-Ray edition will also include an hour of behind the scenes material.


 












Monday, September 1, 2014

My Review Of “Dead Girls”


dead-girls_large_800“Dead Girls” is a horror anthology that takes “sisterhood of power” into dark places, with some truly deadly results. The anthology is directed by Neal Fischer, Del Harvey and starring Jessica Galang, Joseph Luis Caballero, Rebecca Mullins, Aubrey Joyce Tunnell, Nick Cardiff, Matty Robinson, Ali Hadley, Mia Doran, Brian Rooney, Kelsey Sante and Lynn Lowry as the narrator. “Dead Girls” is three tales of revenge from beyond the grave with an empowering wraparound that gets a little help from the “evil side” (sides are relative).

The wraparound story focuses on a young run away fleeing a potential victimizer. Seeking refuge in an old farm house she encounters an unusually gifted young woman. It is a very interesting story that takes place in segments throughout the film, much like classic 80’s horror anthologies often did. The only real linking mechanism is a mysteries journal that chronicles some crimes against women that are met with vengeance. What I liked about this wraparound is the visual representation symbolically announcing the body count of young girls victimized, killed or left for dead. Some true social commentary that is very prevalent in today’s reality.

“Over My Dead Body” is a slice of domestic violence. The story doesn’t start off as seeming too creative. Girl killed by “ex” boyfriend is a cliché used a lot in revenge themed horror. However once the story gets going, and the real horror begins things get original. There is elements of the occult, mostly dark magicks, that aid in allowing this “dead girl” to get her vengeance on. It has moments of weakness, but there are some real cool moments in this short story also. (F.Y.I. –that is noticeable in all three of the short stories).

"Theta Phi's Never Die" is an insanely clichéd horror concept that starts off clunky, and fumbles a lot of the moments meant to draw out the black satirical writing. The characters aren’t two dimensional, and the acting is barely above amateurish-with the exception of “little miss revenge girl”. This story also has the dark arts aiding in helping this victim seek revenge on her victimizers-this time girls as opposed to the male assailant that the other stories use as antagonist. The story does pick up and have some cool, entertaining action and kills equal to slasher horror stuff.

“Vengeance Is Mine” is a really odd, out-of-step, tale that- at first- seems to not make sense. That is simply because in a short film it is hard to set up a story with the style of storytelling used here in such a short amount of time. Overall though the director does a decent job because once the sinister nature becomes clear, the beginning falls in line with what is happening. This one brings back the male creep as the antagonist exploiting young girls. It also deals with street justice, prostitution and religious hypocrisy. Once more the dark arts comes to the rescue allowing this young woman to get revenge. (F.Y.I again-that too is a common theme in all the stories here.

Overall “Dead Girls” flutters a bit when it comes to originality and depth-there is not a lot of subtext or strong wit built into the tales. The acting is mediocre, a lot of the concepts have been done better in other films and originality falters in this anthology. That being said, the storyline that pertains to the lead characters getting revenge does have a bit of creativity, there are some truly entertaining moments in all the stories, and the wraparound is an odd, “girl power” anthem from the dark side. Plus I have never seen a film that puts evil as the great redeemer and places those things in society “deemed fit” as the real evil. I liked that aspect. Some will enjoy “Dead Girls” and some won’t like it. I am almost split, leaning more toward liking more moments than I hated.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Check Out The Trailer For “Cub”


cubThe official trailer for Jonas Govaerts’ “Cub” has been released. The film stars Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Jan Hammenecker and Stef Aerts. The story revolves around troubled twelve-year-old Sam, as he heads off on a summer camping trip with his Cub Scout troupe. When the highly imaginative boy claims to have seen a creature in the woods, his counsellors naturally assume that their campfire tales of a monster named Kai have gotten to him.













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Trailer For “Lemon Tree Passage”


LTPA trailer has surfaced for “Lemon Tree Passage”. The film is directed by David Campbell and follows A couple of Australians as they introduce three American backpackers to the local legend of Lemon Tree Passage, where a ghost of a motorcyclist warns young drivers to slow down. “Lemon Tree Passage” stars Jessica Tovey, Nicholas Gunn, Pippa Black, Tim Phillipps and Andrew Ryan.

After seeing the ghost first hand three American tourists and their Australian guides uncover a malevolent force that posses the area and threatens to wreak havoc on the final days of their vacation. Isolated and ten thousand miles from home, the tourists find themselves caught in the clutches of an evil force much more heinous than the local myth believed.





UK Trailer For “Horns”


hornsCheck out the UK trailer for Alexandre Aja directed “Horns”. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe. Juno Temple, James Remor, David Morse, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson and is based on the novel by Joe Hill. “Horns” hits theatres Halloween.

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.














“Dungeon Of Harrow” 1962 Full Movie


dungeon of harrowAn evil, sadistic count lives in a waterfront castle with his insane family members. One day the survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore near the castle and finds himself a captive there. Directed by Pat Boyette, director of “The Weird Ones” and “No Man’s Land”. The film stars Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty, Eunice Grey, Michele Buquor and Maurice Harris. "Dungeon Of Harrow" is also known as "Dungeon Of Horror"







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