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Friday, September 12, 2014

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Capitoline Triad


triadThe Capitoline Triad refers to the  three supreme deities worshipped at this time by ancient Romans, consisting of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva and drawing on Etruscan mythology. Jupiter, Juno and Minerva were honored in temples known as Capitolia, which were built on hills and other prominent areas in many cities in Italy and the provinces, particularly during the Augustan and Julio-Claudian periods.

These three were worshipped in the great joint temple on the Capitoline Hill of Rome, usually called the temple of the Capitoline Triad or the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus ("Bestest and Greatest Jupiter"), as His was the central of the three cellae (temple chambers). This temple had very ancient origins—tradition ascribes it to Tarquinius Priscus, an early King of Rome said to have ruled in the late 6th century BCE and considered more legendary than historic. Juno had Her cella to the left, Minerva to the right; and in this temple were also two smaller shrines to the God Terminus and Goddess Iuventas, who had been a part of a sanctuary to multiple Gods formerly on the site and who refused to move! Each of the Triad had Her/His own hearth-altar, and though it is not known for sure what the cult-statues of Juno and Minerva looked like, they were probably of the same style and early date as Jupiter's, which was of Etruscan workmanship and made in terracotta.

Artwork Reveals Matthan Harris’ “Baphomet”

Check out the concept artwork for Matthan Harris’ “Baphomet” demon. The work was revealed on the film’s Facebook page. The film is currently in pre-production. The creature design is  by Emmy-nominated FX artist Jeff Farley.


baphomet artA family in Northern California celebrates their 24-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. The celebration is interrupted when a Satanic cult leader, Henrik Brandr, unexpectedly visits their ranch.

Henrik offers to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land, claiming it is sacred to his congregation. Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the priceless sentimental value of the ranch. Henrik, displeased, begins to put devastating curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off their land - even if it means murdering them.

After suffering unexplainable tragedies, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their house, revealing why their land is sacred to the cult. They realize they must protect their house from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.

“Creeping Crawling” Release Date Set


creeping crawling“Creeping Crawling” is slithering to DVD & VOD October 7th, 2014. You can read my review of the anthology at this link: (My Review Of “Creeping Crawling”). Brain Damage Films will release “Creeping Crawling”, an entomophobia-inducing horror anthology featuring three tales sure to make viewers bug out. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms.


“Creeping Crawling” is the work of writer/director Jon Russell Cring's CINEMA REBELLION along with writers Joshua Owens and Tracy Nichole Cring. The film features three creepy crawly tales starring exotic insects, arachnids, parasites, and reptiles -- Oh, and scream queen RAINE BROWN (Torture Chamber, Deer Crossing), America's Next Top Model contestant LAURA LAFRATE, Anna Shields (Little Bi Peep), and more, as well as music by Super 400, Bear Campo, and Absolute Zero.




cc1The film took home a Best Feature award at the 2013 JamFest Indie Film Festival and the RID segment took Best Screenplay at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival -- But if you don't trust awards it has reviews to back it up, like (re)Search My Trash's Mike Haberfelner, who says the movie "gives new, amusing but also fittingly macabre twists and turns to stories that might sound familiar. And add to that a very competent ensemble cast, a directorial effort that knows when to hold back, when less is more, and a light-footed note to the whole thing, and you've got a pretty entertaining piece of genre entertainment."

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Synopsis: You live with them, you feed them, you fear them. Creeping Crawling is an anthology featuring three tales of terror centered around things that go slither in the night. Doug and Allison have a paper due and they're hoping an eccentric entomologist will be the lynch pin to a passing grade.



cc3They get more than they bargained for when Dr. Tarkovsky tells them the story of GRUBBERY and the lengths supermodel Denver will go to in order to keep her figure. Denver's best friend Ginger introduces her to age old dieting wisdom as her boyfriend Rick witnesses her eaten away by her own vanity.



RID introduces Dori, a beautiful young girl who desperately needs money and poses as a nurse hired to take care of a comatose patient. While staying in the Gothic mansion, she begins to unravel as something feasts upon her while she sleeps.

cc4Dr. Tarkovsky's  final cautionary tale centers around Bailey. In BUGGER, the lonely man navigates love online. He can't seem to find a woman who shares his six legged obsessions. A co-worker has her doubts about his motives, as a serial killer is at large.










Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Trailer For “At Dusk”


at duskThe first trailer for Vinny Viti’s “At Dusk” has been released. The film stars Heather Taylor, Michael Harrelson, Brayon Harris, Mike Halpin and Christine Conger. “At Dusk” hopes to bring forth our fears of isolation and hopelessness. Sweet talk might get you something because my mind is tingling.

Looking to make a new beginning for themselves, an aspiring journalist and her boyfriend move to a rural Southwestern town. While on a scenic hike to the nearby springs, the couple stumble upon signs of a bizarre homicide. In their pursuit to uncover the truth, they are sucked into the seedy underbelly and dark history of the place they now call home.




Trailer No. 2 For “Sleepwalkers”


sleepwalkersA second official trailer has been released for horror comedy “Sleepwalkers”. The dark character study is directed by Ryan Lightbourn and stars Ansley Gordon, Tommy Goodman, Ben Owen, Amanda Phillips, Ben Evans, Doo Doo Brown, Dale Dabone, J. LaRose, John Russo, Christian Kelty. “Sleepwalkers” Sleepwalkers is a micro-budget creature-feature that is set in the deepest corners of Florida's woods.

Five college students attempt to enjoy a festive spring break getaway when they encounter a deadly, nocturnal presence. As horrific events unfold, the group joins forces with a local convenience store owner & a prison escapee. With night time approaching, they must set aside their differences and use their wits to survive.











Trailer And Poster Released For “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”


towndreadedsundown_onesheet_oct16_f__fullThe first official poster and trailer has been released for upcoming horror film “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”. The film will play  BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Beyond Fest before coming out October 16th, 2014. “TTTDS” is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and stars Addison Timlin, Ed Lauter, Veronica Cartwright, Travis Tope.

“Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? Or has somebody just seen the original film too many times?”

A young woman is the target of a masked killer.








RedBand Trailer For “All Hell Breaks Loose”


all hell breaks looseCheck out the redband trailer for Frenetic Films “All Hell Breaks Loose”. The film is directed by Jeremy Garner and stars Ehren “Danger” McGhehey , Nick Forrest, Todd A. Robinson. The horror comedy has not set a release date, and is currently fielding distribution deals.

When the Satan’s Sinners, a vicious motorcycle gang from hell, kidnaps one man’s bride, they bite off more than they can chew. Now the man is out to save his wife any way he can… even if it means dying over and over again. With the help of a shit-kicking sheriff, a perverted priest, and a cowboy who just might be God, all hell is bound to break loose.










First Teaser Trailer Released For “Convergence”


ConvergenceHorror thriller “Convergence” has released the first teaser trailer for the film. Directed and written by Drew Hall. “Convergence” stars Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, and Mykelti Williamson. The film explores the psychosomatic response when suddenly facing one’s mortality, inspired by a Dantean world.

When Detective Ben Walls awakens in a hospital he embarks on a journey to find out exactly what happened to him while being haunted by shadow figures and pursued by a religious zealot which hold an emotional link to his past that jeopardizes his future.













Promo Poster Revealed For “Baphomet”

A really cool poster has been revealed for upcoming film “Baphomet”. The film is directed by Matthan Harris and not due out until 2015. The story follows a family in Northern California celebrating their 24-year-old daughter's pregnancy. The celebration is interrupted when a Satanic cult leader, Henrik Brandr, unexpectedly visits their ranch. Henrik offers to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land, claiming it is sacred to his congregation.

Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the priceless sentimental value of the ranch. Henrik, displeased, begins to put devastating curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off their land - even if it means murdering them. After suffering unexplainable tragedies, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their house, revealing why their land is sacred to the cult. They realize they must protect their house from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.

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Teaser Trailer Released For “Dark”


darkCheck out the teaser trailer for Nick Basile directed “Dark”.  The film stars Joe Dante, Kathryn Belli, Nick Basile, Elias, David Boulton, Lauren Rayner, Meridoc Burkhardt, Aliki Paraschis, and is set to be released in 2015.

Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly find herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.

First Trailer Released For “Inner Demons”


inner demonsThe first trailer has been released for upcoming horror allegory “Inner Demons”. The film is due out on VOD October 3rd, 2014. “Inner Demons” is directed by Seth Grossman and stars Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, Brian Flaherty, Adrian Gaeta and Ashley Sutton.

The film follows an Intervention-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from demonic possession.










Trailer Released For “Lost Time”


lost timeCheck out the trailer for sci-fi/horror “Lost Time”. The film is directed by Christian Sesma and stars Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Derek Mears and Lin Shay. “Lost Time” is set to release VOD September 19th.

The story for the film begins with a strange encounter on the road. Melissa (Jenni Blong) and Valerie (Vallese), who are sisters, experience a bright light and lost recollections, while on a sojourn. They attempt to piece back their memories with help from a clinician, who has written a book on similar experiences. But, Dr. Reed might be more interested in covering up rumors of alien abductions and help is not the first thing on his mind.











Details On New “Slasher House” Spin-Off


The first details have been released for “Slasher House” spin-off “Cleaver: Rise Of The Killer Clown”. The film comes from director MJ Dixon’s Mycho Entertainment Group. The new film is hoping for an October 2015 release date.


cleaver1990 Oklahoma : Carlton Layton arrived home to find his wife in the arms of another man, he went out to his van and donned the clown suit that he used as a children’s entertainer and proceeded to slaughter his wife and her lover. All of this was witnessed by his 5 year old daughter and Carlton escaped into the night leaving his little girl behind.

5 Years Later : Halloween Night and Carley, a young college student, is hired to take care of a little girl as her parents head out to a Halloween party, but someone one is waiting, someone wants the girl, someone who we know as ‘The Cleaver”.

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