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Friday, October 3, 2014

First Teaser Released For “Found Footage 3D”


ff3dCheck out the first teaser from upcoming film “Found Footage 3D”. The film tells the story of a group of low-budget filmmakers who set out to shoot "the first 3D found footage horror movie", but find themselves IN a found-footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into the behind-the-scenes footage.

“Found Footage 3D” is directed by S. DeGennaro and Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O'Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg, Doran Ingrham, John Dawes. In the clip producer Derek (Carter Roy) and director Andrew (Tom Saporito) disagree about the best way to shoot a critical scene in their film, Spectre of Death.

Eli Roth’s The Crypt Presents #HALLOVINE: 13 Horror Directors, 13 Original Shorts


Hallovine13 DAYS OF #HALLOVINE!

The Crypt and 13 of your favorite horror directors invade your phone!

Check out The Crypt on Vine, Twitter, and Facebook @FearTheCrypt or on the app FeartheCrypt.com
The Crypt, Eli Roth’s multi channel horror studio and iPhone app, is bringing fear to your phone this Halloween as 13 directors are participating in The Crypt’s 13 Days of #HalloVine!

#HalloVine begins October 3rd and ends with Eli Roth himself on October 15th! Find these scary Vines by following The Crypt on Vine or checking out any of The Crypt’s social media channels @fearthecrypt.

The director of the day will conquer the realm of digital scares and take over The Crypt’s Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and the Crypt App giving fans the chance to

connect with their favorite directors and find out what inspired their love of horror
Kicking it off in the afternoon Friday the 15th is director James Cullen Bressack (To Jennifer, Hate Crime, 13/13/13, Blood Lake, Pernicious)

Check their media outlets daily to see who the Director of the day will be!

For Today, 10/3 keep your eyes on the twitter's and Vines of:
@feartheCrypt
@EliRoth
@JamesCullenB

For the next 12 days, bookending with Eli Roth on October 15th, the directors who will be participating in the “13 Days of #HalloVine”, in no particular order, with a few other not-yet-announced surprises, are: Chris Mintz Plasse, Jennifer Biehn, The Vicious Brothers, Emily Haggins, Doug Rath, Zachary Donohue, Alex Pulisci, Kheireddine El-Helou and Pearry Teo.

Here Are All of Today's VINE'S by James Cullen Bressack
I⃒N⃒T⃒R⃒U⃒D⃒E⃒R⃒S⃒ (Part 1)- https://vine.co/v/OmELUZVPB6B

I⃒N⃒T⃒R⃒U⃒D⃒E⃒R⃒S⃒ (Part 2) - https://vine.co/v/Om97xXXXWpX
 
I⃒N⃒T⃒R⃒U⃒D⃒E⃒R⃒S⃒ (Part 3) - https://vine.co/v/Om9ABeXTjXx

I⃒N⃒T⃒R⃒U⃒D⃒E⃒R⃒S⃒ (Part 4) - https://vine.co/v/Om9hYBW70vl







Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Posters Released For Thriller “Shattered”

Check out the series of new posters released for Mikel Ledesma’s horror thriller “Shattered”. The film stars Scarlette Martin, Matthew Roy, and Julianna Ochoa. “Shattered” is set to premiere in November and explores the lengths that a mother will go to get revenge.

Rose Sterling comes face to face with the man who raped and killed her eight year old daughter. How far will she go to get answers from the man who shattered her life?

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New Poster Revealed For Dramatic Short “Losing Your Flames”

losing your flameIt isn’t often that step outside the horror and sci-fi world to post about a movie. “Losing Your Flames” is one of those times that I gleefully do. The film is a stark character study focusing on an issue that a lot of young people face daily. Bullying, personal identity, love, acceptance, all issues that at one point in our lives we have had reach exceptional highs and disturbing lows.


“Losing Your Flames” is a dramatic short film from Twisted L Films that focuses on Chris Steadman, a young man who is battling an inner war between love and being seen as normal. The southern town he calls home lives, eats, and breathes traditional values, leaving no room for those who don’t fit the mold.

When Chris receives a text from his boyfriend, Greg, word spreads faster than lightning, resulting in his expulsion from the popular crowd, and worse his family. All Chris wants is to fit in. Acceptance is the only thing holding him together, but in bending to the wishes of others, he is losing his flames.

“Losing Your Flames” is directed by Mikel Ledesma and stars Dalton Edward Phillips, Mikel Ledesma, Jori Gill, Elvis Clark. The film is set to premiere in November. Check out the new poster just posted on the film’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Official Trailer For “V/H/S: Viral”


vhs viralCheck out the new official trailer for “V/H/S: Viral”. The film hits theatres on the 23rd and brings together directors Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Todd Lincoln, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo. “V/H/S: Viral” stars Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Dan Caudill, Stephen Caudill, Greyson Chadwick, Jawed El Berni, Natalia Ferreiro, Michael Flores, Angela Garcia, Amanda Hall, Jonez Jones, Carrie Keagan, Jessica Luza Randy McDowell, Harry Houdini and Michael Aaron Milligan.

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

New “Phone Call” Clip For “The Babadook”


the babadook“The Babadook” hits theatres in the U.S. November 27th with the UK release taking place October 24th, Check out the new ‘Phone Call” clip for the film directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear, Tim Purcell.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.




Trailer No. 3 Released For “Interstellar”


InterstellarCheck out the third trailer just released for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon. “Interstellar” will hit theatres on November 7th, 2014.

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.











New Poster Revealed For “Pizza Girl Massacre”

Check out the new poster released for upcoming slasher “Pizza Girl Massacre”. The film is directed by Jason Witter and stars Amy Bourque, Rhiannon Frazier, Debi Kierst, Scott Bryan. “Pizza Girl Massacre” is set to screen at Tricklock Performance Laboratory (T-Lab) on Oct. 10 & 11 at 8pm, and The Guild Theatre on October 16 at 10:45pm, in Albuquerque. 

A Pizza Girl gets no tip, murders entire cabin of people.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Review Of “Lost Time”


lost timeChristian Sesma’s “Lost Time” is a dark, nightmarish sci-fi that stars Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Derek Mears. Maria Olsen, Jenni Blong, and Chelsea Ricketts. The story blends sci-fi, psychology of fear, and concepts of the supernatural in an emotional tale that centers on two sisters, bonded for life, suddenly separated during trying times by an unexplained event that leaves one sister missing. There is a lost more to the plot that really gives Sesma’s story depth but I don’t want to spoil it.

This is a story that evolves as more of the plot is revealed. As a woman deals with fighting cancer her sister disappears during what is perceived as an alien abduction. Sesma obviously has explored the broader concept of aliens and their “possible” true origins. Blending the spiritual with an emotional trauma, and the awareness of a more sinister construct of our universe, “Lost Time” delves deep into the psychological nightmare and fear that surrounds the mysterious phenomenon of lost time/abduction experience. There is times when some noir permeates the film and reminds me of “Dark City” (not so much in style but attitude).

For me personally, I found the film pulsating with real human emotion, human tragedy, and fear of lost control over one’s destiny. Not only on a science fiction level but a level that is very much grounded in mortality, and confusion. The characters, although at first glance seem two dimensional, are standard paradigms emoting despair and desire for self-preservation. “Lost Time” is a complex story that at times feels a bit too tragic and macabre, but also generates such intense, surreal elements of horror. And don’t get me started on the fact that the story touches on the concepts of inter-dimensional, multiverse concepts. Comparisons between man’s mythology of creation and that of extraterrestrial interference.

The special effects and cinematography in “Lost Time” is stellar, with some truly chilling moments. It is a blend of CGI and practical, both done top perfectly and present the necessary spectacle you need to create the moment. I didn’t find any of them to be cheap or cheesy. The sound effects and instrumental music is pretty “cookie cutter”, it is all sounds we have heard many times over, but they do play well with the scenes, and really drive in the sense of dread that “Lost Time” goes for atmospherically.

Overall I enjoyed “Lost Time”. The story does get a bit heady at times, and may seem confusing as to the true nature of this chilling tale so be aware. Some moments do loose momentum as far as thrills and intensity, but those moments don’t last long. Most of the story stays dark and edgy. This is a more mature, stripped down sci-fi that uses a more toned down amount of CGI and effects to create those elements of fear, or science fiction. I enjoyed the fact that “Lost Time” starts as one kind of alien-esque story but then evolves into something different and far more sinister. The ending is a bit confusing and seems to reach for that final conclusion, but it is creative.

My Review Of “Zombie Isle”


zombie isle“Zombie Isle” is a throwback horror directed by Robert Elkins that embraces the style of early 80’s, late 70’s zombie films and manages a pretty entertaining experience. The film stars Crystal Howell, Jonathan Moody, Apryl Crowell, David S. Witt, Kyle Billeter, Leah Gosnell, Catherine Goodson, Tony Jones, Alyssa Wheaton, and Dewey Collins. The story follows a group of college kids and their professor who set out to explore the flora of a deserted island that mysteriously is uncharted on modern maps. Set in the 70’s “Zombie Isle” captures the classic look and feel of low budget zombie horror films of the era.

The story takes on a pretty basic concept- people enter unknown territory and come face-to-face with the reanimated dead. There is some depth added by the addition of a mad scientist from the Nazi regime that causes the horror in order to harness the power over life and death in the name of the Nazi party. The characters, although two dimensional, seem grounded with some realism, a bit of satire which make it easy to connect with them. The acting is a bit cheesy, but it is intentional. This is an homage to the low budget, poorly acted and much loved cult films of the past. “Zombie Isle” is every bit that and Robert Elkins does a d@mn good job at creating it both in story and visual effects.

The special effects used in “Zombie Isle” are stripped-down practical ones that at times manage to capture the same classic aspects of films like “Zombi”, “Dawn Of The Mummy” and “Zombie Island Massacre”. The zombies are simple, effective creatures that really sell the film’s overall intention to create a gory film on a low budget. There are moments when the effects are flubbed, mostly by showing the practical effect technique or aspect to clearly, giving away the illusion, but for the most part things work. The color effect and 70’s retro effect can be a bit distracting, but the sound effects dissolve any annoyance and really set things right- both atmospherically and suspenseful.

Overall I really enjoyed “Zombie Isle”. At first I just knew I was not going to like this film, that the vision and ability for Elkins to execute it would not mesh. I was pleasantly surprised. What really makes this film enjoyable is the zombie make-up style and creative use of simple practical effects. Plus Elkins doesn’t weigh the film down with a bunch of back story or added dialog. Everything is stripped down, and for the most part effective. There is some moments with the scientist that feels contrived and the ability to control mindless zombies without voodoo is questionable, but for the most part “Zombie Isle” gives us a a fun, entertaining, film.

Pinhead Returns In 2015!


Scarlet-GospelsPinhead will be raising more hell in 2015! A release date has finally been announced for Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels which heralds Pinheads return to our nightmares (If he ever left….). Check out the cover art!

 “AT LONG LAST… PINHEAD RETURNS. You’ve been waiting twenty years for this story… sign up on the Clive Barker mailing list at www.realclivebarker.com for updates! Harry D’Amour (the hard-boiled paranormal detective from the movie Lord of Illusions) going head to head with the Hellpriest known as Pinhead (in his first literary appearance since The Hellbound Heart). A roller coaster of terror that explains who the Cenobites are, where they came from… and how their world comes to an end. The long-awaited final chapter in the Hellraiser mythos… AVAILABLE MAY 19th 2015 FROM ST. MARTIN’S PRESS.”

New Clip Released For “Inner Demons”


inner demonsCheck out the clip for “Inner Demons”. The film is directed by Seth Grossman and is hitting a limited release on October 3rd. “Inner Demons” stars Leslie Coutterand, Ashley Sutton, and Susan Ateh.

An “Intervention”-style reality show crew 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 form a scary intersection between insanity, addiction, and true possession.










TV Series Adaptation For Blake Crouch’s Abandon


It is being reported that Blake Crouch’s novel Abandon is being adapted for a new television series for USA Network. Crouch and collaborator Chad Hodge are working on the adaptation, with these to be the second collab between the two. Crouch and Hodge also have the FOX series ‘Wayward Pines’ set to air in 2015.

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On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

Teaser Released For Demonic Dolly “Heidi”


HeidiA teaser trailer has been released for demonic dolly horror film “Heidi”. The film is directed by Daniel Ray, shot in found footage style and dubbed as monstrously evil. “Heidi” stars Samuel Brian, Joei Fulco, Joseph Bell, Eva Falana, Elizabeth Callahan, Ava Gianna, Michael Monteiro, and Diem Bell. The film is slated for a screening on October 17th at PollyGrind Film Festival, with wider release not until 2015.

After discovering a mysterious doll in an attic, two high school friends are increasingly plagued by a series of disturbing and unexplained events.










The Indie Adventures Of The Adams Family: Interview With “The Shoot” Director John Adams


The ShootThe Shoot” is a upcoming horror film that deals with a fashion shoot out in the desert that goes horribly wrong when two down on their luck rockers decide to rob the production  crew. The film is directed by John Adams and Toby Poser. “The Shoot” stars John DiMaggio, Keith Allan, Doug Spearman, Toby Poser. Check out this killer interview with John Adams about the film and story idea, not to mention the buzz that “The Shoot” has generated.

A Southern Life: This (The Shoot) is film number 3 for you, I believe?
John Adams: Yes. RUMBLESTRIPS was our first and KNUCKLE JACK was our second.

A Southern Life: Do you feel you become a more proficient and better filmmaker which each film you make?
John Adams: Absolutely. Getting our films out in front of people both with festivals and now with distribution really helped us understand what we’re good at and what we needed to improve. I think it’s just like anything, once you get good at building solid foundations then you can start to add the fancy stuff. With THE SHOOT we’re starting to add some new elements to our stories and it’s really fun.

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A Southern Life: Where did the story come from?
John Adams: The story is combination of two events in my life. The first was in the 90’s when I was shooting the Armani campaign in the Moroccan desert. I started wondering how we all would react if someone tried to rob us. Fashion shoots are filled with eccentric characters and watching them survive the desert was something I kept entertaining in my head. The other event was when I was in a rock band I was offered a huge “loan” to produce, record and market our CD so I could bypass the industry. The loan came with a big interest and was offered by a different type “industry”. I didn’t take the loan and often wondered where I would be or in NOT be if I had taken it.

A Southern Life: What’s one thing people don’t realize about making indie movies?
John Adams: That it can be done. That it is extremely fun. Most of all only work with people who agree that it can be done and move quickly past everyone that says it is impossible.

A Southern Life: Many get into this game for different reasons – but the main two seem to be to showcase their skills as a filmmaker or make some money. What about yourself?
John Adams: We got into film-making because we wanted to do something as a family. We all love movies and decided it was something WE could do. By doing this with our kids and involving them in the entire process we get to spend a ton of time with them before they grow up and move on and also get to show them what is most important in life. Don’t just follow your dreams, DO them and never stop until they become reality.

the shoot behind the scene stillA Southern Life: Even the best partnerships are tested at times. Tell me about your working relationship with your wife – are you mostly on the same page when it comes to film making?
John Adams: We have learned by our third film how to disagree. On our first film RUMBLESTRIPS  we had a couple higher volume blowouts but not many. Even so we both know high volume blowouts are not the way to get anything done. Now if we have any major creative disagreements we shoot it both ways and decide in the editing room. Honestly, Toby and I are not big on drama and the kids are also good at guiding us towards reason when we get off balance.


A Southern Life: The Shoot has been getting some good press online over the past month. Is the internet a blessing when it comes to indie films?
John Adams: The internet is a true gift. What can be achieved online is amazing. We never could have done this 20 years ago to such success.

A Southern Life: I’m guessing it’s the main channel of promotion for those without major studio backing?
John Adams: We’re tiny but sometimes tiny is a good thing and I think in our case tiny is what allows us to move quickly, get things done and also sets us part from the big boys and girls so I think it gets people rooting for us!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Release Details And Visual Goodies For “The Laughing Mask”


TLMDirector Michael Aguiar and Bravestarr Pictures have completed production on the horror feature “The Laughing Mask”.  The film is a kidnapping feature by way of Angel Heart (1987), with the film’s killer influence by the Shape from John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). “The Laughing Mask” will have its World Premiere in Lake Mary, Florida, at the AMStar Cinema 12 on October 31.

The film’s plot involves a tormented man, named Jake (John Hardy). Jake has already lost his wife, Jaycee (Inge Uys), to the Laughing Mask and his daughter has just been kidnapped. Jake must team up with a dogged detective, Kate O’Malley (Sheyenne Rivers), to track down this killer and confront him in his own twisted haunt. 

“The Laughing Mask” continues to gain in popularity. The film’s original trailer, on Youtube received over three hundred thousand views. The interest from the horror community led to a short film being developed into a feature, after financing was secured. As well, the film’s latest teaser, released September 2014, has already garnered over one hundred thousand hits. Much of the film’s popularity is based on the quality of film.The Laughing Mask” was shot with the Red Epic Camera in 4K digital. The high quality film can be seen in the latest clip below. 


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Trailer For “Hollows Grove”


hgCheck out the trailer for upcoming horror “Hollows Grove”. The film is written and directed by Craig Efros and stars Lance Henrikesn, Matt Doherty, Sunkrish Bala, Mikelti Williamson, Val Morrison, Matthew Carey, Bresha Webb. “Hollows Grove” follows a young filmmaker who documents his friends ghost-hunting reality show and enters a nightmare from which there is no escape.

A young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell is filming a behind-the-scenes documentary about his friends - the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team, (S.P.I.T) and their ghost hunting reality show. Harold joins the S.P.I.T crew as they head out to their next assignment, to film an old, abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning in to a nightmare from which they can’t escape.







Promo For Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For “Delivery: The Beast Within”


dtbwCheck out the promo clip promoting the 9 minute behind-the-scenes- featurette to be featured on “Delivery: The Beast Within” DVD/Blu-ray. “Delivery” is written and directed by Brian Netto who co-wrote the script with producer Adam Schindler. The film will be released on September 30th.

“Delivery: The Beast Within” tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a popular reality show. During the production, following a series of disturbing paranormal events, Rachel begins to believe that a powerful force of evil has possessed their unborn child. Set against the backdrop of never-before-seen footage deemed too shocking for air, Rachel and Kyle’s family and friends recount the terrifying ordeal that’s remained a carefully guarded secret – until now.

Trailer And Poster Released For “Dark Was The Night”


dwtnA promo poster and first trailer has been released for “Dark Was The Night”. The film is directed by Jack Heller and stars Kevin Durand, Bianca Kajlich, Lukas Haas, Nick Damici. “Dark Was The Night” will premiere at Screamfest horror film festival between October 14th-23rd.

“Dark Was the Night” centers on the isolated town of Maiden Woods, where a nearby logging company has disrupted the balance of the life in the woods. From the frozen forest, an evil will emerge and threaten the local citizens; their only hope being the local Sheriff and his trusted Deputy.










Sunday, September 28, 2014

DVD Cover Art Revealed For Anthology “The Horror Network Vol. I”

New DVD cover art has been revealed for reel Epic Entertainment’s horror anthology “The Horror Network Vol. I”. The film features nightmarish tales from rising indie talent Brian Dorton,  Joseph Graham. Lee Matthews, and Manuel Marin who direct five horror shorts starring Nick Frangione, Artem Mishin, Jan Cornet, Brian Dorton, Charlotte Armstrong, Jenni-Lea Finch, Brad Anderson, and Macarena Gómez. “The Horror Network Vol. I” will be released in early 2015 by Wild Eye Releasing.

 You can read my review of “The Horror Network Vol. I” here: http://asouthernlifeinscandaloustimes.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-review-of-horror-network-vol-1.html

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“Nightmare Castle” 1965–Full Movie


Nightmare CastleA sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.

“Nightmare Castle” is directed by Mario Caiano. The film stars Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Marino Masé, Giuseppe Addobbati and Rik Battaglia. The film’s original title is "Amanti d'oltretomba".












Trailer Released For ‘The Scarehouse”


scarehouseCheck out the international trailer for “The Scarehouse”. The film is directed by Gavin Michael Booth and set to release on October 5th. “The Scarehouse” stars Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Dani Barker, Jennifer Miller, Teagan Vincze, Emily Alatalo and Ivana Stojanovic.

When Corey and Elaina open a Halloween fun house on Devil's Night it is all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive. These six sisters are confronted by their betrayal as the night spins out of control. Revenge is a bitch.










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