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Friday, April 17, 2015

DVD Release Date For “3:33 AM:The Witching Hour”


333Daniel Falicki’s paranormal horror “3:33 AM: The Witching Hour” hits streets on DVD June 23rd, 2015. The film stars Matthew J. Dennis, Sheri Beth Dusek, Scott Baisden, and Chris Kotcher. Check out the trailer below.

After two years in prison, John Spinelli is a free man. Upon his release, he moves into a halfway house known as ''Wellhome'' which is notoriously overrun with looney tenants and strange occurrences that happen at 3:33 AM. John simply wants to get on with his life, stay clean and get his life on track, but he quickly becomes entangled in a mysterious web of bizarre murders. As he grapples with his mad mix of macabre neighbors, John realizes something evil governs his new neighborhood. Every night, outside his window, lights flash and strange noises come from the house next door which has a dark and sinister past. Can he convince authorities he is innocent of the murders? Or will he wish he was back behind bars?



DVD Release Details For “An Irish Exorcism”


AIEThe supernatural horror “An Irish Exorcism” is due out on DVD May 12th, 2015. The film is directed by Eric Courtney and stars Aislinn ni Uallachain, Dillon White, Brian Fortune, Paddy C. Courtney, Elaine Hearty. “An Irish Exorcism” is shot in found footage style and based on an actual case. It is a story about an Exorcism carried out in a country house in Ireland. The tale deals with the effects of the Exorcism on the six individuals involved, two Priests, two students documenting the event, and a mother and daughter.

In her final year at school, Anthropology student Lorraine decides to film her final project – the subject of exorcism within the Catholic Church. Recording interviews with priests from the local diocese, she stumbles upon Fr. Byrne, an older priest who is currently helping a young mother whose daughter is apparently possessed by a demonic force. The curiosity of Lorraine, along with her camera operator, Cathal, leads them down a dark path of discovering the terrifying truth, and things go from strange to worse as all involved become entangled into a frightful journey to save a little girl’s life.


DVD Release Date For “Blood Slaughter Massacre”


BSMManny Serrano’s indie slasher “Blood Slaughter Massacre” finally has a DVD release date. The indie homage to classic 80’s horror will hit streets on April 21st via Wild Eye Releasing. The film stars Matt W. Cody, Mike Roche, Byron M. Howard, Carmela Hayslett, and Danielle Lenore. “BSM” offers some top shelf low-budget gore and really creepy masked killer. You can read my review of the film here: My Review Of “Blood Slaughter Massacre”.

Ten years ago, the sleepy suburb of Havenwood was plagued by a string of unsolved murders by a masked maniac remembered only as The Ripper. Now a new series of killings has begun, and teenagers are turning up dead everywhere. Can The Ripper be stopped this time around?






special features:
  • Audio commentary by director/co-writer/editor Manny Serrano, producer/AD/FX creator Lindsay Serrano and co-writer/cinematographer Louie Cortes
  • Over 12 minutes of deleted scenes
  • Extended scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • VHS rip of the BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE promo tape, containing the three faux trailers the film is based upon
  • “Demons of the Night” music video by Midnight Flashback, with footage from the film
  • The Ripper action figure toy commercial, starring Johnny Dickie of SLAUGHTER TALES


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Teaser Released For Paranormal Horror “The Gallows”


The GallowsAn official teaser trailer has been released for paranormal horror “The Gallows”. The film is directed by Chris Lofing, Travis Cluff and slated for release on July 10th, 2015. “The Gallows” stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown. The film takes the found footage approached and based on a case from Beatrice, Nebraska.

Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Love Is A Monster This Spring!


SpringPress Release:
A young American in a personal tailspin heads to Europe to escape his past and falls for a beautiful woman with a dark and deadly secret in the unique and unforgettable Spring. From Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff, and Anchor Bay, the genre-bending horror romance that’s been described as a brilliant cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London comes to DVD on June 2, 2015. The film will also be released on Blu-ray as a Best Buy exclusive on June 2nd – it will be available at retailers nationwide beginning August 11, 2015. The discs, which have extras totaling more than 90 minutes, have an SRP of $22.98.

Variety critic Joe Leydon captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind film when he wrote, “If Richard Linklater attempted a remake of Val Lewton’s Cat People, the end result might resemble Spring.” Filmmakers Danny Benson and Aaron Moorehead (Resolution) blend stunning locations, bold performances, and a unique visual style in this story of loneliness, love and monsters.

After the death of his mother and a bar fight that could lead to jail time, sous-chef Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) flees California for Italy. While backpacking along the spectacular cliffs of the Adriatic coast, he stops in an idyllic village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise (European TV star Nadia Hilker in a breakout role). A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that the voracious Louise harbors a monstrous, primordial secret that could put both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

Spring received high praise from audiences and critics at film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival (where it had its world premiere), Austin’s Fantastic Fest (where Lou Taylor Pucci was named Best Actor), the Los Cabos Film Festival, the Morbido International Fantasy Film Festival in Mexico, and the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, where it was named Best Film.

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary with writer-producer-editor-director Justin Benson and producer-editor-cinematographer-director Aaron Moorhead
  • Feature-length “The Making of Spring“
  • Deleted scenes
  • SFX case studies
  • Proof of Concept short
  • Alternate ending
  • Featurettes “The Talented Mr. Evan,” “Angelo: The Worst Farmer,” “Wankster Girlfriend Monologue,” and “Evan Ti Odio“
  • Promo videos
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired, Spanish subtitles





Official Trailer For “Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre”


SWPMThe official trailer for b-movie madness “Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre” has been released. The film is directed by Jim Wynorski and stars Dominique Swain, Traci Lords, Cindy Lucas, Christine Nguyen. “Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre” is by far one of the most “out there” shark attack flicks I have seen thus far-except maybe “Sand Sharks” or “Ghost Shark”. It does really celebrate all that is b-movie T and A, while drawing in the festivities of Shark Week madness.

When a fracking mishap accidentally rips apart the earth’s crust, the resulting hole opens up a gaping underground waterway to a vast and mysterious ocean somewhere deep below. Instantly, giant prehistoric sharks begin wending their way upward toward a murky bog in the heart of the Arkansas Bayou. Unfortunately for a group of female prisoners on a work detail in the swamp, the deadly sharks attack without warning – pinning a hapless group of intended victims in a small deserted cabin in the heart of the wetlands. Death may be the only means of escape!

Livin’ The Hollywood Scream Dream: My Interview With “Axeman 2” Actress Jacqui Holland


Jacqui3Jacqui Holland is set to face the Axeman in Joston Theney’s sequel “Axeman 2: Overkill” as well as several other nightmare antagonists and bogeymen in upcoming horrors like “Dracula’s Sorority Sisters”, “The Ritual” and “The Mangled”. The young actress has an impressive resume. Focusing on the horror credits alone Jacqui seems posed for true Scream Queen status. She can be seen in “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” (a personal fave- I love me some Full Moon Horror), “Monsters In The Woods”, “Silent But Deadly” (Miss Holland is a writer and producer on this project as well as actor.), “Sorority Party Massacre” ( A horror comedy that I love.), “Blood Lake: Attack Of The Lampreys” and “The Walking Deceased”.

JacquiThere are several more projects in various stages of development featuring Jacqui Holland in the pipeline, both in horror and other genres. She is multifaceted to say the least, and worthy of any hetero horror hounds affections. Several of the projects I have been following the development of, once complete and on the market, will no doubt solidify Miss Holland’s place in the Scream Queen hallowed halls. For now though let us focus on her character in Theney’s follow up to “The Axeman At Cutter’s Creek”, “Overkill” is the second in the franchised trilogy for this contemporary slasher/action horror that echo’s some noticeable qualities reminiscent of later “Friday the 13th” films and the more recent franchise, “Hatchet”. 


Here is my interview with Jacqui Holland who plays Sunshine in “Axeman 2: Overkill”:

A Southern Life: You play Sunshine in Axeman 2: Overkill, could you tell me a little about your character?
Jacqui Holland: Sunshine is a badass crazy blonde. At first you think she's really nice and sweet but then at some point you realize she's the most psychotic of the bunch.

A Southern Life: What drew you most to the character? What did you relate to most about Sunshine?
Jacqui Holland:I love playing psychopaths, (go figure) so the role was really fun for me. I've been in a relationship with a guy who was a homosexual so oddly I could relate to that, don't ask...

Jacqui2A Southern Life: Have you seen the first Axeman film?
Jacqui Holland: Yeah, cool movie :)


A Southern Life: To date you have done several horror films, have you always been into horror?
Jacqui Holland: Yeah, I luv horror. My first dog was actually named Damien after the Omen.

A Southern Life: When did you first realize that you wanted move to Hollywood and make movies?
Jacqui Holland: I always wanted to do it my whole life. But I didn't really make it happen until I was in a class learning about Barbara Stanwyck and it dawned on me I had to move to Hollywood immediately this was my dream. :)

A Southern Life: Who is your favorite final girl of the past?
Jacqui Holland: I'm gonna go with Anna Farris in Scary movie because she's hilarious and I totally dig her as an actress

NSFW Trailer For “Killer Rack”


killer rackCheck out the NSFW trailer for Gregory Lamberson directed “Killer Rack”. The film is currently running a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com. “Killer Rack” is a horror comedy about a woman who discovers her breast implants are man eating monsters. The film stars Jessica Zwolak, Debbie Rochon, Paul McGinnis, Michael Thurber, Lloyd Kaufman, Sam Qualiana, Brittani Hare, Robert Bozek. Michael O'Hear, Alexander S. McBryde, Sephera Giron.and Borooke Lewis as the Killer Rack.

Betty Downer thinks her life will improve when she gets breast implants from Dr. Cate Thulu. Her new assets attract attention, but Betty soon discovers her new boobs are man eating, Lovecraftian monsters hell bent on world domination - and only she can stop them.









Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Visual Goodies: Several Clips From “Nothing Sacred” Release Closes In


Nothing SacredCheck out the loads of visual goodies in the form of exclusive clips from Dylan Banks’ “Nothing Sacred”. The horror fantasy hits DVD on April 21st. “Nothing Sacred” is the second film for Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme, the filmmakers of IFC Films’s 2009 release “Nightmare”. Like Nightmare, which won 15 film festival awards including Best Picture and Best Director at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Nothing Sacred is shot in HD with a striking aesthetic that combines dreamy colors and gritty intimacy.

A pair of twins named Blue and Delilah (newcomers Alan Barnes Netherton and Naama Kates), separated at birth, meet for the first time at their mother’s death bed. Their mother (Debbie Rochon, Skeleton Key, Nowhere Man) tells the twins that it is their fate to fulfill a secret prophecy. The prophecy foretold long ago that they would avenge her death by killing the dark sorcerer Chambers (William Sadler, “The Pacific”, The Shawshank Redemption, Eagle Eye). The only problem is that Chambers is their father – and in a month from now, he’ll have the last gruesome ingredient he needs to become immortal.

As time runs down, the twins chase Chambers across the world from the corpse-filled catacombs of Paris to the most sacred rituals of the Muskogee Indians in Oklahoma. Along the way, they have to do battle with Chambers’ vast army of followers, bringing them face to face with the Mayor of Paris (French superstar Thierry Lhermitte, The Dinner Game, Little Indian, Big City), the Greek god Hermes (Eric Godon, In Bruges, From Paris With Love), a street magician whose frightening tricks are real (Philippe Nahon, High Tension, Irreversible), and an immortal king with a castle hidden high in the mountains of Belgium (Andre Valardy, The Goat, American Dreamer).

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NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - IN PARIS WITH PHILIPPE NAHON AND NAAMA KATES from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - CINDER FIGHTS BLUE from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - WILLIAM SADLER AND JANINE BARRIS AT THEIR CAULDRON from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - BLUE AND DELILAH from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - SPEAKING MVSKOKE WITH THE MUSCOGEE NATION from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - THIERRY LHERMITTE AS THE MAYOR OF PARIS from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - DEBBIE ROCHON IN THE UNDERWORLD from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

NOTHING SACRED - EXCLUSIVE CLIP - ANDRE VALARDY AND NAAMA KATES IN A BELGIAN CASTLE from Dylan Bank on Vimeo.

My Review Of “Crazy Murder”


crazy-murder_large_800Doug Gerber and Caleb Pennypacker’s “Crazy Murder” is a modern portrayal of the disease of the rotting Americana, a downward spiral of dreams and hope, and a disturbing reality check of human monstrosity. Not in the display of the subject matter or context presented here, but in the lack of show of our willingness to face and fix some very dark, emotional cracks in our society. Neglect is the horror that unfolds in such morbid, disgusting, and brutal honesty shown in “Crazy Murder”. This isn’t your daddy’s horror movie, hell-I fought against my gag reflex through almost every minute of this twisted flick.

“Crazy Murder” will be a film that is as controversial, disturbing and may even be banned in some places as time goes on. It offers a putrid slice of American life, one hidden in the seedy underbelly of our culture and on our dark, shadowy streets. The story, however loose it is, follows the further degradation of a truly sick individual as he battles his demons along a path of feces and death. It stars Ariela Arnon, Mark Hunt, Kevin Kenny, and James Quall.

The acting and direction of “Crazy Murder” almost feels too real to be comfortable. It unfolds in gritty, experimental forms of expressionism that is reminiscent of German/European avant-garde cinema. Only on the anti side where things get ugly and uncomfortable. There are scenes that I wish I could unsee in this film. I almost stopped watching several times, tried real hard to turn off the screen, but like a horror unfolding across the news or some leaked autopsy footage I could not pull myself away from the horrors that unfolded in “Crazy Murder”.

The special effects and almost every other aspect of this film carry that same “too real” look and affectation. “Crazy Murder” will not be for everyone. I myself am on the fence about whether this is just gross exploitation or bloody genius! It is that kind of “instant cult classic” film. Watch at your own risk, not just for more sensitive fans but that caution should bold well for all horror and indie film fans. This is a one-of-a-kind experience. There isn’t enough cleaner or drugs on this planet to scrub away what I have seen here, and I am not sure that that is a bad thing. It is like most art films, a piece that forces you to explore emotion and taste through experience.

New Trailer Released For “Sun Choke”


sun chokeA new trailer has been released for psychological horror “Sun Choke”. The film is directed by Ben Cresciman and stars Sarah Hagan, Sara Malakul Lane, Barbara Crampton. “Sun Choke” is set to show at Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, CO, on Saturday, May 2 at 5:00pm. The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema.

Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie's buried demons begin to surface.











Official Poster Released For “The Vatican Tapes”


A new official poster has been released for upcoming supernatural horror “The Vatican Tapes”. The film is set to be released on July 24th, 2015 and is directed by Mark Neveldine. It stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.

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THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

Official Trailer And Release Details For “Nothing Sacred”


Nothing SacredCheck out the official trailer for adult contemporary, fantasty/thriller “Nothing Sacred”. The film is from the director of “Bleeding Hearts”, Dylan Banks. “Nothing Sacred” is set to be released on DVD April 21st, 2015. It stars William Sadler (Iron Man 3, The Shawshank Redemption), Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game, Little Indian, Big City), Eric Godon (In Bruges, From Paris With Love), Philippe Nahon (High Tension, Irreversible) and Andre Valardy (The Goat, American Dreamer).

A pair of twins named Blue and Delilah (newcomers Alan Barnes Netherton and Naama Kates), separated at birth, meet for the first time at their mother’s death bed. Their mother (Debbie Rochon, Skeleton Key, Nowhere Man) tells the twins that it is their fate to fulfill a secret prophecy. The prophecy foretold long ago that they would avenge her death by killing the dark sorcerer Chambers (William Sadler, “The Pacific”, The Shawshank Redemption, Eagle Eye). The only problem is that Chambers is their father – and in a month from now, he’ll have the last gruesome ingredient he needs to become immortal.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Trailer For “Ant-Man” Goes Up


antmanThe first trailer for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has gone up on the web. The film sees Paul Rudd as super-soldier suited Scott Lang in this highly touted film adaptation of the iconic superhero. I had reservations about Rudd in anything that wasn’t slapstick but I am diggin’ the Ant-Man. “Ant-Man” is directed by Payton Reed and co-stars Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as Lang’s mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Hits theatres on July 17th, 2015.



Joston Theney’s Return To Cutter’s Creek: My Interview With The “Axeman II: Overkill” Director


Joston TheneyJoston Theney made his way into the horror world back in 2011 with “Bleed 4 Me”, but it was earlier own in his life growing up in Georgia that horror took him. A fan of the slasher and gore genre from childhood, Theney’s talents began to really shine at age 16 when his high school teacher encouraged him to pursue his creative writing, which got him published at that young age. Joston does have a strong ability to create worlds thick in mythos and nightmare. That became evident and solidified Theney’s place in the slasher genre when “Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” was released in 2013.

I first interviewed Joston back in 2012 during the production of “Axeman At Cutter’s Creek”. The film was highly anticipated, greatly buzzed about among horror-especially us slasher fans, and saw some positive response from horror fans, although the reviews where mixed. Since then Joston has gone on to create the nightmare “Adam K” which is awaiting release later this year. It to is a film that has caught a lot of buzz and media attention. Now Joston Theney steps foot once more into the killing fields of the Axeman at Cutter’s Creek. The film is in post-production and after a small space of time with no word on the film, stills and new details have began emerging from the movie’s front-line.

Here is my interview with the creative and ardent Writer/Director/Actor/Producer Joston Theney:

A Southern Life:  How has it been writing and preparing for Axeman 2, compared to the first time around?
Joston Theney: Equal parts satisfying and demoralizing, lol.  The path to finishing this series the way it was originally envisioned was almost squashed when the distribution deal we accepted turned out to be a turd.  Those filmmakers who've reached out about distribution have found me to be VERY frank about it.  And to those who haven't yet and are staring at their first distribution agreement - if someone expresses interest in your film, they should do it on terms all non-artists understand... money.  You've invested your life's blood and whatever money you could scrounge up - the least they could do is offer a minimum guarantee that puts you even in a financial sense.  From there, you can figure the rest out and make it make sense.  Know THEIR break-even point, when do you realistically see a return.  Alas, I digress.  I feel like I could write a book now, lol.

The great thing that came out of it though was that talent agents and managers starting reaching out to us to get their clients involved in the sequel, which had yet to be written.  Sales agents and distributors - legitimate ones - lined up to take meetings with us and this put the executive producer at Blood Red Films in an interesting position: settle for a loss on the first, which really DID sell a lot of copies and get seen... or double-down and go for gold, so to speak, with a legitimate sales agent and distributor with great talent attached.  He doubled down and suddenly, the trilogy which almost stopped at one film was back on track.

This led to what made the two filmmaking experiences very different.  In the first, with the exception of Brinke Stevens, Arielle Brachfeld and Tiffany Shepis, we were sifting through a largely unrecognizable pool of talent.  This time around, we had recognizable talent that expressed interest immediately.  We had talent agents and managers contacting us out of the blue to get one of their recognizable clients in to audition.  And we literally selected from the best of the crop.  Some casual fans might have their initial opinions about our creative choices, but I assure you when they are watching the films, they'll appreciate it.  They'll get it, lol. And I have even more in store for the finale in “Axeman III: Absolution”.



Axeman IIA Southern Life: Where you shocked by the mixed reviews that Axeman At Cutter's Creek received? Did the reviews have any effect in your approach to writing the sequel?
Joston Theney: I wasn't surprised by much of it.  I thought attacks on the cast were unwarranted.  These guys and gals were put through the paces to get this film finished in the small amount of time we had.  I think it was six full shooting days (originally 9, but 3 were wiped out because of weather.)  And that's me being honest - because Lord knows there are a few of them I don't particularly care for, lol.  But I'd never discredit anybody's work though. There were some wonderful performances under the most extreme shooting conditions.  So, yeah, the attacks on my cast were tough - I'm very protective of them.

The reviews though, I felt, were just opinions.  And opinions are like butt-holes - everyone has one and thinks theirs is special or desired, lol.  I took the good with the bad.  But the ones that actually went into specifics and outlined flaws were the ones I zeroed in on.  It taught me to listen to myself and trust my own voice.  The film was being made by committee inside Blood Red Films.  The tone became uneven.  But as the director, I have to accept the blame.  As well I should, it was my film to manage.  I need to trust myself more.  Trust my words on the page - they didn't need tweaking.  Trust my eyes - the shot list didn't need adjusting.  Trust my fearlessness - it's not foolish to rush into battle, it's foolish to think you can avoid it.  And assemble the right team and keep them happy - then you can trust them to follow you into battle and surpass their own expectations.

When I sat down to prep Axeman II: Overkill, the reviews had shaped me into the filmmaker I needed to be to pull this off and plant this film squarely where it was supposed to be the entire time.  I formed my own company #SinningWorks and kept the original work.. .well, original, lol.  I made sure to preserve the essence of what was on the page, no matter what.  The reviews fueled me to make an unapologetic film that goes for the red stuff as soon as the film opens.  The pics that have come out so far have been "clean."  When the trailer hits, you'll see how much red stuff gets spilled.  How intense the film is.  Yet it never lets it take itself too seriously.  The reviews gave me what I needed to make Axeman II: Overkill live up to it's name.  

JostonA Southern Life: Your character Darren returns in Axeman 2, how has he evolved since the first run-in with the Axeman?
Joston Theney: Well, the film picks up pretty much where the first one left off.  Actually a few minutes before.  Without giving away too much, Darren's broken.  Literally and figuratively.  The woman he loves has been slain.  And all of his friends are dead.  Oh so he thinks.  And he feels as though the walls are closing in around him.  There's nowhere to run.  And no one really believes the claims that the Axeman is alive and wreaking havoc.  It was actually a pretty lonely feeling.  But things happen in this film that will surprise you.  Things that surprise Darren.  His arc will be very memorable though his screen time is limited, lol.


A Southern Life: Have you already wrote the third installment, or will you wait until after Axeman 2's release?
Joston Theney: I'm currently writing Axeman III: Absolution.  Many things changed regarding the character line-up following Axeman II: Overkill.  Some things took me by surprise in the finished film and had a direct impact on the storyline for the finale.  Much like the sequel, the final installment will pick up right where the previous film left off.  All roads lead to Absolution.  All previously unrelated incidents will suddenly have their connections revealed.  But much different than the previous two films, Absolution will be wall to wall gore!  The trilogy will end with a bang, lol. 

A Southern Life: There is also a new guy stepping into the role of the Axeman, how hard was it finding a new killer?
Joston Theney: Believe it or not, Bryan was my first choice right out of the gate for Axeman II: Absolution!  We needed someone to sell the new direction - darker, grittier, bloodier, more menacing.  And he showed me all of those things, plus I was a huge fan of his from WCW.  He was there during the golden era as Wrath and just ran through people.  I knew that was what I wanted for this killer.  Plus, the big man has range!  I needed him to turn on the water works for a very emotional scene and he knocked it out of the park!  Very blessed that he took the part.  I trusted him and he delivered.  

A Southern Life: What can horror fans expect from Axeman 2: Overkill?
Joston Theney: Danger at every turn.  There are no heroes.  No help is coming.  There are only murderous mercenaries, bank robbers, crazy Christians and a vengeful town of vigilantes.  Oh, and TWO Axemen!

A Southern Life: Was it always your intentions to have multiple Axemen in the story or how did that develop?
Joston Theney: It was always designed that way in my original plan for the trilogy. To be honest, there are technically 3 Axemen. There is Bill “The Axeman” Talbert played by Bryan Clark, Bill’s father Polk Talbert played by Michael Foster and then the man responsible for the original Axeman murders whose named I won’t reveal due to the surprising nature of it’s reveal in the sequel and how we expand on it in Axeman III: Absolution. This was always designed to be an ever-expanding story that folds into itself by the conclusion of the third film – I’m just glad that I’m actually having the opportunity to do so. And have a fan-base that’s not only eager to see it but really demanding it. It’s exciting!


adamkA Southern Life: Adam K. is in post-production, when can we expect to see that film hit wide release?
Joston Theney: Adam K. is about to exit post production and will have a slate announced very soon.  I had to take my foot off the gas on that one to finish Axeman II: Overkill and get my upcoming modern re-imagining of Macbeth titled "The Letter Red" off the ground.  It stars some Axeman II: Overkill alums in Edward Gusts, Arielle Brachfeld, Arielle Hader, Rachel Reilly, Angelica Bridges and Linda Wong, as well as some awesome newcomers such as Melissa Mars, Mindy Robinson (who I worked with on Adam K.), Linda Bella, Azim Rizk, Constance Brenneman, WWE's Maria Kanellis, Jessica Sonneborn, Ethan McDowell and Tanya Gorlow.

A Southern Life: A re-imagining of Macbeth, why Macbeth? Does the film hold special meaning for you? And how does “the Letter Red” see the fates of these literary staples?
Joston Theney: Macbeth is not only my favorite work of Shakespeare, but my favorite play of all time. When Ed Gusts and Arielle Brachfeld approached me about co-writing and directing, I said the same exact thing and they laughed, thinking I’d given them a Hollywood answer until I broke out into soliloquys, lol. It holds a very special place in my heart because it is a tale of the dangers of love, ambition and self-betrayal, but it also allows you to explore the darkest hearts of the warmest people – at least in my eyes. I viewed the Macbeths as being victims of the Macbeths. They cannibalized themselves. And that’s where I placed the focus in The Letter Red. There were so many themes to explore but I made sure to keep the focus squarely where it told the best story. Ed and Arielle had created a very interesting world where the Macbeths lived and breathed and existed – they gave me a great skeleton to work with. I fleshed it out and gave it specificity – wipe the lenses of the glasses clean and gave it better focus.

This story is very much about fate and destiny, however unlike the original source material written by Shakespeare, I gave the witches a motive. There is a reason why their prophetic visions of Macbeth’s rise and fall are tainted or slightly off. They have a vested interest. The fates of (John) Macbeth and Lady (Jane) Macbeth are tied to what’s advantageous for some and detrimental to others. Much like life I suppose. One way or another, our fates – or at least some measure of them – are all tied to someone else’s vested interest.

A Southern Life: And just a final “fun fact” question to end with, Who is your all time favorite final girl from the past and why?
Joston Theney: Gail Weathers, without a doubt.  Tenacious, ambitious, take no prisoners.  And even when she has her ass handed to her, she dusts off and seeks out the son-of-a-bitch that did it.  She may not have the arc that most final girls have, maybe because she broke it when she knocked it over during her grand entrance, lol.




New Poster Art For “Shock Attack”


A cool new poster has been released for sci-fi/creature feature “Shock Attack”. The film is directed by Jaclyn Chessen and currently available on VOD. It stars Anya Prinz, Andrew Pedroza, Peru Kavalli, Angel Correa, Justin Sarnoski, Jessica Slagle and Ashley Elizabeth Allen.

A well-meaning scientist's attempt to develop a green source of energy unleashes a frankenstein of the sea.

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Trailer Released For “Shark Exorcist”


Shark ExorcistCheck out the trailer for blended sci-fi horror of “fintrifugal” force-“Shark Exorcist”! The film is directed by Donald Farmer and is obviously meant to capitalize on the latest CGI insanity surrounding shark horror. “Shark Exorcist” Angela Kerecz, Roni Jonah, Alaine Huntington and Bobby Kerecz. Fangoria released a teaser poster and a couple of images for the film which you can check out below the trailer.

“A demonic nun unleases holy hell in SHARK EXORCIST when she summons the devil to possess a man-eating shark. Now innocent swimmers are terrorized by the ultimate evil—Satan’s shark!!

                    

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Monday, April 13, 2015

First Trailer For MTV’s ‘Scream’ Series

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The first trailer for MTV’s new series based on ‘Scream’ was revealed during Sunday night’s award show. The series premieres this summer, June 30th, and stars Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, John Karna, Connor Weil, Bobby Campo and Amadeus Serafini.

What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past.

                           

Second “Terminator: Genisys” Trailer Released


TGThe second trailer for long awaited sequel “Terminator: Genisys” has been released. The new installment has Kyle Reese teaming up with John Connor's mother, Sarah Connor, and an aging terminator in a new timeline, to try and stop the one thing that the future fears, "Judgment Day". “Terminator: Genisys” hits theatres on July 1st, 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor. It stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, J.K. Simmons, Jason Clarke and Matt Smith.







New Images Released For Slasher Sequel “Axeman II: Overkill”

#SinningWorks in association with Blood Red Films, the production companies behind "AXEMAN 2: OVERKILL", the next installment in 80’s throwback slasher franchise, have released the second round of official film stills for the sequel that promises to deliver in a new chapter in the "Axeman At Cutter’s Creek" saga with the goal of making it darker, grittier and bloodier than the original.

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The cast includes actors Farrah Abraham (MTV's "Teen Mom"), Bryan Clark (WWE's "Adam Bomb") in the iconic villain role of Bill “The Axeman” Talbert, as well as rising stars of film/tv including Rachel Reilly (CBS' "Big Brother" winner), Angelica Bridges ("Baywatch", "Bold and The Beautiful"), Alisha Seaton (The Fourth Kind) and many more!  The gory new installment is written and directed by Joston “El Rey” Theney.

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Two stills include Farrah Abraham in what is sure to be an iconic role in the horror genre.  She stars as "Fanne Rae," a fanatic evangelical who is hell bent on spreading the word of God, even if it means spilling blood to do so.  In the first still titled "Crazy Christians" she's performing alongside (from left to right) Edward Gusts, Alisha Seaton, Arielle Hader and Allen Merritt.  In the second still, she's performing alongside on-screen husband Allen Merritt (Batman: The Dark Knight).

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Two more stills feature Rachel Reilly as "Breaker," a machine gun toting, double-crossing mercenary on the hunt for the bags of cash abandoned in the first installment of the Axeman franchise.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peek Pic Image Of The Axeman In “Axeman II: Overkill”

Check out the exclusive sneak peek image from “Axeman II: Overkill”. The image is of Michael Foster who plays "Polk Talbert", the Axeman that started the legend which still haunts the woods of Cutter's Creek. The image was sent to me by good friend to the blog horror Writer/Director/Actor Joston Theney.

“Axeman II: Overkill” stars ("Teen Mom") Farrah Abraham, ("Baywatch") Angelica Bridges, ("Big Brother") Rachel Reilly, (THE FOURTH KIND) Alisha Seaton, Monique Parent, Michael Foster. The film is currently in post-production with a release date to be announced. “Axeman II: is a collaboration between Theney's #SinningWorks and Christopher Otiko’s Blood Red Fims. 

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