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Thursday, August 3, 2017

"Nocturne" Invites You to Face the Devil Out Now




Monarch Home Entertainment will release Steve Shimek’s Nocturne, this Summer. The film involves a late night gathering and a seance. A spirit is invited to the party, leaving a group of friends fighting for their lives. The film stars: Clare Niederpruem (The Maze), Darien Willardson (Storm Rider) Melanie Stone, Colton Tran and Jake Stormoen.

Jo (Niederpruem) has something to hide from her past. Her unsuspecting friends perform a late night ritual, which opens a hellish gate. Now, Jo is forced to confront her mistakes as her friends try to escape a supernatural spirit!





A girl running from her past is forced to confront her future when her friends perform an impromptu seance. Dirty secrets are revealed and an uninvited guest joins the party.

Check Out Official Poster And Trailer For "Playing With Dolls : Havoc"



Playing with Dolls: Havoc is the third film in this horrifying series. A slasher film, Playing with Dolls: Havoc was developed by director Rene Perez and production house Von Metz Entertainment. The third film find’s serial killer and psychopath Havoc escaping from his prison. This time, he targets his jailers and the local residents of an isolated wood. Out now on VOD, and stars Nicole Stark, Kyle Clarke, Stormi Maya and John Scuderi.

The story also involves a sadist and voyeur. He (Richard Tyson) holds Havoc in a closed cave, to commit murder. But, Havoc turns the tables and finds a way out of his confines. Now, he is free to kill again and again and again…



Perez is revitalizing the slasher genre. With brutal kills and the feminine figure, Playing with Dolls: Havoc brings back some of the best elements of this horror sub-genre. Fans of slashers can see this latest film, on 4K Ultra, via Amazon and Vimeo.

When serial killer Havoc escapes from his prison, there is no holding back. He descends upon unsuspecting lovers in their cabin get away. The world's most brutal killer is loose and his thirst for blood cannot be stopped!


Official Trailer For "Vidar The Vampire" Released


Vidar the Vampire is a Norwegian ultra low budget horror-comedy produced by UFOh! The film is set to premiere at The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on August 23rd, 2017 and will screen at both Fantasy Filmfest, Germany and FilmQuest, USA in September, 2017. 

The film is self-financed with a budet totalling approximately USD 60.000,-.

The making of Vidar the Vampire has been an entirely organic process from beginning to end, both by choice and necessity. We started writing the script in 2012, shot and edited a pilot in 2013, went back to the drawing board and rewrote the script over and over from 2013 to 2015. The rest of the film was shot on and off from 2015 through 2016, while continuously making changes in the script based on the footage acquired. This on-and-off process of filmmaking was necessary due to seasonal based scenes and the fact that our core crew members were reliant on side jobs to be able to support themselves. 





Vidar the Vampire follows typical genre conventions but with an energetic twist and innovation. 

Synopsis:

Vidar Haarr is a 33 year old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer who leads a Christian, monotonous and strenuous working life on his mother's farmstead in the Western outskirts of Norway. In a desperate attempt to break free from routine, Vidar prays to a higher power to grant him a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard and Vidar wakes up one evening as the Prince of Darkness in sin city, Stavanger.


Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Marit Sanden. Written and directed by: Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland. Director of photography: John Iver Berg. Editor: Tommy Enervold Jørpeland
Sound: Jan Erik Hagevold. Music: General Forsamling, Kriminell Kunst & Thomas Aske Berg

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Controversial Indie Thriller "DEL PLAYA" Out Digitally


Terror Films is released indie thriller DEL PLAYA across multiple digital platforms in North America on Friday, July 21st.  

The film’s story follows Matthew (Alan Ayala), who is routinely abused by his stepfather.  He has a crush on  Claire (Devon Barnes), during high school. His love for Claire rides a fine line between persistence and obsession. And when, Matthew is jumped by her boyfriend, things turn violent.  Five years go by and Claire discovers that her high school stalker has returned for her.
The film has been surrounded by controversy from the moment the filmmakers released a trailer on YouTube in 2015. There were claims made by several people, who saw the trailer, that the movie was based on college student Elliot Rodger. In 2014, Rodger killed six other students and wounded 14 others, in Isla Vista. Then, he killed himself. The controversy became so heated that a petition was created on Change.org by a former UCSB student, garnering approximately 30,000 signatures. The petition was a protest of the film. Meanwhile, major publications such as Variety and The Huffington Post reported on the controversy.
Writer/Director Shaun Hart admits that, while there may be similarities to the actual events that took place in 2013, this story is not based specifically on that incident.  “I was completely blindsided by the Elliot Rodger story – another devastating tragedy in a long lineage of mass shootings,” Hart says. “The only difference for me was that I lived on that street where Elliot’s rampage ultimately ended. ”




When asked about his motivations regarding making the film, Hart said: “storytelling is powerful. Being a filmmaker, I began to put the question – why does this keep happening year after year? - into a story because I believe that’s a way that we can learn. We have to come to grips with the fact that – as a society – something is changing. There is a very real darkness descending on our country that is more frightening than any imaginary monster we can manufacture in a horror film.  That’s what this film is about.”

As part of his effort to be socially responsible, Hart has decided that a portion of the film’s profits will go to Arts for Humanity! Arts for Humanity! is a non-profit based in Santa Barbara, California. Founded in 1997, this group empowers low income at-risk youth, people with disabilities and the elderly through participatory performing and visual arts programs. They bring opportunities in the creative arts directly to marginalized community members through art programs that are provided to social service agencies through Santa Barbara County.  
Terror Films has released the film across multiple digital platforms, in North America. Digital pPlatforms hosting the release include: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Steam, Vimeo On Demand, Roku (Free Flix Tonight, 24 Hour Movie Channel, Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight), I Bleed Indie, Tubi TV and many others.  Automatic Entertainment, the distributor’s official foreign sales partner, will begin introducing the film to foreign buyers at the AFM this November.

"Axeman 2: Overkill" - New Poster and Release Date Announcement


Today filmmaker Joston “El Rey” Theney and his production / distribution company #SinningWorks unveiled new, disturbing key art for the highly anticipated second installment of their 80’s throwback slasher series titled Axeman 2: Overkill. This installment’s notable cast include Farrah Abraham (MTV’s Teen Mom OG), Rachel Reilly (CBS’ Big Brother), Angelica Bridges (Baywatch, The Bold and The Beautiful) and Bryan Clark (WWE’s Adam Bomb, WCW’s Wrath). Along with the gory new poster, Theney revealed a home video release date for the unrated sequel as Tuesday, October 17th – just in time for every horror fan’s favorite holiday!

"I think this poster more accurately conveys the tone of the film,” El Rey responded when asked why it changed so drastically. “While the previous artwork was cool, it felt a little wooden and dry. This film is dark and sick. It’s crude and vulgar, it’s over the top and bloody. And I feel this new poster does a better job of setting up what the audience is in for.”

This upcoming film marks the return of the Axeman at Cutter’s Creek since the 2014 release of the original. When asked what’s different about this installment, the filmmaker laughed, “it lives up to its name. Overkill has two different definitions – one means too much of something, the other means ‘the amount by which destruction or the capacity for destruction exceeds what is necessary.’ We are definitely the second one!”

Axeman 2: Overkill is unrated and releases on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray October 17th worldwide. Information on rental/purchase locations is forthcoming. Stay up to date by following the film on Facebook at @AxemanAtCuttersCreek.

Artsploitation Brings Holiday Cheer with First Photos of "Red Christmas"


Artsploitation has released the first images for their upcoming release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas.  Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve.  Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.  




Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead.

Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day.  Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind.  Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light. 



Red Christmas - Trailer from artsploitation on Vimeo.

"Volumes of Blood" Drip This August!



From hot genre label Dark Cuts comes a stirring volume of bloodcurdling horror from Blood Moon Pictures.  In the tradition of cult classics Creepshow and V/H/S, comes Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories – a collection of bleedingly original horror from some of today’s most gifted genre filmmakers, including Justin Seaman (The Barn), Sean Blevins (A Brush with Death), and John Mayard (Nearly Dead)! 




Featuring the work of Sean Blevins, John William Holt, Jon Maynard, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Justin Seaman, and James Treakle with an ensemble cast including Cindy Maples, Moses Moseley, Theo Kostaridis, and Thomas Dunbar, Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories features 7 original stories craftily assembled by producing team P.J. Starks, Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger), and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror). 


A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?


Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories out now  from Dark Cuts.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Joe Dante's "Camp Cold Brook" Announces Cast!


ALEX CARL PENNED 'CAMP COLD BROOK' ADDS CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY, DANIELLE HARRIS , COURTNEY GAINS


 Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax, TV's One Tree Hill) and Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet III) will headline director Andy Palmer's Camp Cold Brook.

Script hails from up and comer Alex Carl, writer-director of Reeves Road. 

Produced by Warner Davis of Petri Entertainment, Gremlins alum Joe Dante and Mark Alan of Renfield Productions, and Jason Van Eman and Ross Marroso of Weathervane Productions, pic tells of a reality TV crew that get more than they bargained for when they decide to film the next episode in the legendary Camp Cold Brook.

Reality TV producer and host, JACK WILSON (Chad Michael Murray), finds himself in a tough spot. His finances have crumbled and his show, “Haunt Squad”, is about to be cancelled. In a last ditch effort to spark ratings to land a final season, he and his producers Angela (Danielle Harris) and Emma as well as their trusted cameraman Kevin choose the legend of Camp Cold Brook to save their show. The camp was host to a horrific incident, where the young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago.  Their arrival begins like any other episode. Cameras are placed, lights spark to life, but this is not going to be a regular episode of chasing errant noises and measuring for EVP. The terror here was real and the 30 are about to rise.

Courtney Gains (The Burbs, Children of the Corn), Michael Eric Reid (TV's Victorious),Candice De Visser (The Funhouse Massacre), Mary Kathryn Bryant (Hellraiser : Judgement), Loren Lodesma (A.S.K), and Jason Van Eman (1 Mile to You) help make up the ensemble.



"Man Underground" Searches For Answers



Indican Pictures is set to release Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine’s Man Underground. The film is a genre bender as a retired geologist attempts to discover extraterrestrial life. Having undergone illicit experiments, Willem hopes for vindication, in the stars. Man Underground’s cast includes: George Basil (“Crashing”), Andy Rocco (Teenage Vampire Killers from Hell) and Pamela Fila (“Law & Order SVU”). The filmost opened in limited theatrical release in July.




The trailer shows more of what Willem (Basil) has gone through. Scarred and broken, he has turned to conspiracy theories, in an attempt to deal with his pain. But, what if aliens do exist? Willem partners up with Todd (Rocco) and Flossie (Fila) to uncover the truth. They set out to discover what is out there, only to find, what is out there is watching them…





In a small town in upstate NY, Willem Koda, a retired geologist and alien conspiracy theorist, struggles to find an audience for his controversial beliefs. Willem decides to document his clandestine lifestyle and his violent encounters with aliens while working for the US Government with the help of Flossie, a local waitress and Todd, his fellow conspirator. As the story unfolds, the three of them witness bizarre events and unexplained happenings that force Willem to confront his past while he grows increasingly paranoid about the future of all mankind.

The Crime Thriller of the Year" The Mason Brothers on VOD


Writer-director Keith Sutliff’s The Mason Brothers hits VOD via Adler & Associates. The title will be available in the USA, Germany/Austria, UK and Japan.





The film, about a group of outlaws that attempt to reveal their brothers killer from a neighboring gang after being set up during a bank heist, features Brandon Pearson, Matthew Webb, Michael Whelan, Julien Cesario, Chris Park (Sons of Anarchy), Nazo Bravo and Sutliff, who also makes his directorial debut on the Adler & Associates release.

Sutliff’s film, the script of which was inspired by Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and Reservoir Dogs, is called "the crime thriller of the year" (Horror Society) and "Hottest Crime Thriller of 2017" (Golden State Haunts) by critics.


"Alien : Reign Of Man" Out Now On VOD


Uncork’d Entertainment’s Alien : Reign of Man invades VOD. Come face to face with a deadly new race of alien in writer-director Justin Price’s frightening new sci-fi horror.

Stranded on a distant planet, a team must fight aliens and activate a machine meant to restore Earth to a time before its downfall. Deanna Grace Congo, Torrei Hart, Khu, and Cameron White star.

From the director of Dark Moon Rising and The ClothAlien : Reign of Man on VOD now and DVD November 14.


"Simple Creature" Gives New Spin On Frankenstein Tale


"Simple Creature" is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is a modern telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the young Em is changed, forever, by technology. Though her life is saved, with help from a complex chip implant, Em’s life is no longer her own - after a brutal bus crash. Simple Creature stars Carollani Sandberg (All Things Hidden), D’angelo Madili (The Invoking), Russell Hodgkinson (“Z Nation”), Alycia Delmore (Grimm) and Tony Doupé (Wild) also star.






Techie college student, Em (Carollani Sandberg) heads home for holiday break, blissfully thinking about her new boyfriend is on the way. However, her life is put on hold when the bus she is taking crashes, nearly killing her. Em's father, Roy (Tony Doupe) is grief stricken. He is also the head of an advanced genetics, nanotech, and robotics lab. Here, he is able to bring her back to normal, with additional technology-enhanced abilities. While Em struggles to find her humanity after being upgraded, Roy’s lab struggles to control their most successful experiment.

"The Blessed Ones" Unleashed


Wild Eye Releasing has set The Blessed Ones free on a deadly flight across the desert.  Writer-director Patrick O'Bell latest feature follows escaped followers of a maniacal cult leader who must survive the unforgiving terrain and the enforcers dispatched to bring them back by any means necessary for a Heaven's Gate-style suicide pact.  Dave Vescio (Wolf Mother, Hell Ranch), Andy Gates (Garden Party Massacre, Niagra), and Tamzin Brown (The Adderall Diaries, The Institute) headline the thriller, which is available now on VOD and DVD.

An isolated cult hiding in a desert enclave prepare for an prophesied apocalypse, led by a charismatic Jim Jones-like leader. As the end of the world allegedly approaches, he binds them all to a suicide pact, in hopes of transcending earth for a new life in paradise. Two dissenters flee through the vast desert wasteland on the eve of the ceremony, hunted by the cult's enforcer - who will stop at nothing to insure that they keep their part of the bargain.  

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